SparkPeople Official 'Eat Up, Slim Down' Challenge Team Messageboard Tired of depriving yourself with restrictive diet plans? Learn which foods you can eat MORE of to stay full and still lose weight with SparkPeople's fun and easy 4-week challenge! SparkPeople Official 'Eat Up, Slim Down' Challenge Team Messageboard Tell us your success today! How have you set yourself up for success? What small trick have you done to increase your satisfaction and consume fewer calories without ever "dieting"? What mindful eating techniques or smart ways did you plate your food so that you feel fuller? <BR> <BR> How did you lighten up any recipe? What smart tweak did you do to a recipe or did you just enjoy it in a smaller portion? Tue, 30 Jan 2018 13:55:37 EST Challenges and successes during this week? How are you Boosting your filling power? What foods are helping you stay satisfied longer? How are you incorporating these foods into your meal plans? <BR> <BR> What wholesome foods (fruits, veggies, lean meats, whole grains with minimal processing) have you eaten today? Tue, 23 Jan 2018 12:56:17 EST Fast Food Nutrition - Did you know? In the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, as much as we would like to home-pre-prepare each nutritional meal we eat; sometimes we can't. <BR> <BR> So on the road out there to your next destination; here are some fast food facts! Mon, 8 Jan 2018 09:38:13 EST ?TOO MUCH FIBER BLOCKING SLEEVE GASTECTOMY I love fruits and veggies but fill up fast-need to eat more to stop careless snacking though!What do you suggest I do.Have bought a Nutribullet to try raw juicing! Sun, 17 Sep 2017 06:59:19 EST I'm not very good with "challenges" .. but ....... ...... this looked like something that could keep me motivated .. to get through this month .. I'm tired of making excuses for myself .. Challenges end up putting too much pressure on myself .. but we're going to try it .. looks relatively low key .. <BR> <BR> It doesn't seem to be too terribly populated, so I'm hoping that there is support that drifts through here .. <BR> <BR> Anyway -- June 1 .. and giving it a try .. Thu, 1 Jun 2017 12:02:42 EST Hi from Missouri! Hi, I'm Jane. I rejoined SP after several years away to get healthier and lower my blood pressure. I am trying to make full use of the Sparkpeople site and all the encouragement from all you lovely Sparkpeeps and encourage some folks right back! <BR> Blessings! <BR> <em>214</em> Wed, 24 May 2017 10:18:17 EST brand new how does this work Don't know how this site works, what do you do. what about joining other teams and challenges? Why do that Mon, 30 May 2016 14:46:57 EST Love Veggies, so why is Week 2 so hard?!?!?! I love veggies! I think the only veggie that I would pass up is radishes but I love everything else! So why on earth would this week be SO HARD for me? <BR> <BR> My goal is only 5 a day! Growing up, I ate nothing but veggies 75% of the time. Meats were reserved for Sundays and leftovers (if any with a family of 7) throughout the week. Breads were homemade, a daily staple. So why can't I eat a mere five a day now? What is blocking my brain? <BR> <BR> To help this week, I'm making a chart to ... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 08:13:34 EST Week 1, discussion - I'm new here. Decided to join your team today after reading the Post Coach Nicole created to see what it is about. Did not post on that page since she said not too <BR> I want to do better with my choices and continue to lose more weight. I do track on myfitnesspal and my nutritionist suggested this for me. So I am tracking and exercising. <BR> Looking forward to NEW Ways to Lose Weight. Thanks for any help you can give me. <BR> I am beginning today with action plan, week one. <BR> <BR> Irish Ei Thu, 7 Jan 2016 08:36:06 EST Ideas for getting family to eat vegetables Does anyone have ideas for getting my non-vegetable eating family to eat vegetables? What are some yummy ideas that my daughter and husband just won't be able to resist? Mon, 28 Dec 2015 06:48:42 EST Starting over and making new and better choices I'm hoping that this challenge will give me the ammunition I need as well as help me with my motivation. I have gotten away from what I know is healthy eating and I need to get back to what I know is right. Wed, 4 Nov 2015 16:33:38 EST Trouble tracking I have rejoined spark people several times. I have lost about 10 pounds over a course of time being aware of what I am eating. The exercise and food tracker are of big help. However when I get so busy I lose track of myself and quit tracking. I have decided to set exact times per day when I will sit down and take 5 or 10 min for myself and track. I also had a computer crash so I am going to see how this works on my Samsung 4G. Wish me luck. I have a grandbaby to look forward to and I w... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 12:21:26 EST What's Your New Name? Sometimes when you have a stressful day or week, you need some silliness to break up the day. Here is your dose of humor... <BR> <BR> Follow the instructions to find your new name. <BR> <BR> The following is excerpted from a children's book, Captain Underpants And the Perilous Plot Professor Poopypants, by Dave Pilkey, in which the evil Professor forces everyone to assume new names... <BR> <BR> <BR> So:- <BR> <BR> 1. Use the 3rd letter of your first name to determine your New first n... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 13:41:03 EST New member Hello! Ive just started trying to eat healthier, stay full by getting off junk food and getting more what's good for me. I'm not at a bad weight but I've been gaining from said junk food and my complexion is also showing it. <BR> <BR> I am Sharon, 59, live in Fort Worth, TX. I have osteoporosis so I got an exercise tape for that problem. I walk in a local park that is beautiful! Except this time of year! Have access to a treadmill so I go do that when it's too hot or cold. <BR> <BR> Lookin... Tue, 11 Aug 2015 09:11:40 EST Recipes Post a healthy recipe to share with the team. Mon, 10 Aug 2015 00:20:36 EST How do I get started? Do I just pick up fruits and vegetables and eat as many as I can, or do I follow a specific routine or recipe? Wed, 5 Aug 2015 13:44:47 EST Want to jump start I want a way to jump start a healthier me. I already love fruits and vegetables, but want new ideas. Wed, 5 Aug 2015 13:35:19 EST Let's talk meal ideas Seems some people are having trouble putting together meals. What are the favorite things you've eaten lately? I can start. Yesterday's plan had me make a shaved asparagus salad with fried eggs. Shave the asparagus, sautee shallots and the asparagus just a bit, then add to arugula with a bit of feta and tomato and parsley, then douse with fresh lemon. It was really tasty! Mon, 3 Aug 2015 14:46:57 EST Satisfying 300-Calorie Meals Cobb Salad Lettuce Wraps <BR> Prep Time 20 MIN <BR> Total Time 20 MIN <BR> Servings 4 <BR> <BR> Wrap the tasty ingredients of cobb salad into a crunchy lettuce wrap! You can have 2 lettuce wraps for only 220 calories. <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> 8 Bibb lettuce leaves <BR> 1 1/2 cups shredded cooked chicken breast <BR> 1 small avocado, pitted, peeled, cut into thin wedges <BR> 1 medium tomato, cut into thin wedges <BR> 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion <BR> 1/2 cup light blue cheese dres... Fri, 31 Jul 2015 17:19:17 EST Quote of the Day-Tell us yours or what you think! If you can't convince them, confuse them. <BR> Harry S Truman <BR> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 15:48:28 EST mini-meals I've always had a problem with mini meals. I feel hungry all day long and just keep eating way more than I should. If I stick to 3 meals and maybe one small snack I can stay on track better. <BR> I guess I'm wondering if this challenge is going to offer more suggestions besides eating more vegetables and eating more often? <BR> Wed, 22 Jul 2015 00:00:54 EST Beyond Week 4 Keep Going Week 5 ~ Day 1 <em>248</em> Thu, 25 Jun 2015 23:58:37 EST Hello I've been yo yo dieting for months now and I'm proud to say, I think I am FINALLY going to succeed because I'm MENTALLY ready, unlike before. I'd love some weight loss support and tips to help me along my new journey if anyone would help. Thanks in advance! Hope to hear from someone soon. Tue, 23 Jun 2015 21:49:45 EST Smoothies I found the best way to get all the fruits and veggies I need in a day is by making smoothies - tossing fruits and stuff like kale/spinach (raw) with a tsp of honey, 1/2 cup ice and about 2-3 oz of vanilla yogurt (greek even tastes good this way) into a blender makes awesome smoothies which actually make you feel full too! I have a smoothie in the morning, then a salad with lunch or dinner (dinner you add tuna on top) and that way all the veggies get in but you don't feel like you have to tr... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 12:03:46 EST Week 2 Trying, trying, trying to get all those veggies. I've tried replacing a daily beverage with V-8 in order to help! Tue, 7 Apr 2015 10:49:21 EST What exactly is a serving of vegetables? Anyone have a good resource that breaks down for different types of vegetables what a serving size is? Weight in grams would be helpful, but I can eye ball other measurements somewhat accurately. The problem is I'm trying to keep track of how many servings of vegetables I am getting a day, but I'm kind of just guessing. Mon, 6 Apr 2015 14:44:22 EST Introduction Hi all! New to SP - just looking to start eating healthier and to stick with it! Fri, 20 Mar 2015 13:21:20 EST Adding in the veggies & fruits-why still hungry? SO, I've been adding in the fruits and veggies to meals, watching portion size, methods of cooking, and tracking but I am finding myself hungry <em>4</em> I am trying to stick to my weekly goal of burning at least 2000 calories but listening to my body's hunger issues I see myself eating higher up in my range than last week. Kind of worried when it comes to my weigh in on Saturday because I am eating at a higher range. Today, I found myself very sleepy for the morning and had issues stayi... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 19:36:16 EST Still in week one,who else is using more resources I am still in week one though I did the action steps and continue on awaiting my new ones to focus on soon. To keep myself motivated and moving forward when I stop into the team page I have been utilizing the More Challenge Resources link. Did you know there is a whole slue of articles at your fingertips to help you through a rough patch as you are trying to learn your calorie range. <em>38</em> I am making it a point to read at least 2 articles listed to keep me educated and applying. I ... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 08:53:46 EST Week 1- Positive changes <em>249</em> After seeing an endocrinologist on Monday this week I really came to the realization that I need to get back to holding myself to accountability and re-educate myself about food choices, portions, measuring, and recipes. I want to eat healthy, feel full, and see weight loss results for all the fitness I do. I don't want to end up crying in a doctor's office saying "I cannot do it, please is there some kind of medication I can take?" I don't feel my weight issue can be solved wi... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 16:02:53 EST Rejoining Team Challenge Hi. My name is Marge and I am rejoining this team. I left Spark People for a while, but am back with a fresh new attitude and am ready to do this. While I left Spark people for a short time, I found I missed all the support, motivation and great knowledge I learned here. I want to live a healthier lifestyle and hopefully share my knowledge I have learned . <BR> <em>252</em> <em>381</em> <BR> Marge Fri, 20 Feb 2015 11:11:02 EST evening binge Trying to avoid the destructive eating I do in the evenings. I woke up to snow, so wont be able to get out tonight, but will try to keep my hands off food. Day 1 Mon, 16 Feb 2015 08:37:44 EST Making Lasting Change for 2015 I read a blog this morning by Jen Mueller, SparkPeople blogger, on setting goals for 2015. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st=how_to_make_2015_the_year_of_lastin<BR>g_change&utm_medium=social&utm_content<BR>=colorful&utm_campaign=social-share-button </link> <BR> <BR> I challenge us to set our goals for 2015. Don't make them unattainable or unrealistic. Set a goal that you know you can reach and keep to make a change. <BR> <BR> Share your Goal here so we can he... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 11:54:38 EST New to Sparks and looking for support. Hello, I am new to Sparks and could use as much support as I can get. Recently just got out of a 3.5 year relationship which has been horrible on my emotions. I am trying to view this as a positive to regroup and focus on me. Get back to a healthy state both physically and mentally. Thu, 25 Dec 2014 19:27:04 EST What are you hoping to get from this challenge? We all sign up ... but do we get from the challenge what we are looking for? Let us know what you feel that you want to accomplish at the end of this challenge! <BR> <em>213</em> Sun, 7 Dec 2014 21:09:41 EST Share Five Ways Challenge Hi EUSDC Team, <BR> I was thinking HOW to eat five vegetables each day. So I started creating a list of five. Here's my five. Would you share your five? Heads together we can have more ideas to meet our goal the next ( last) three days (Fri Sat Sun) of Week 2. <BR> <BR> List: <BR> Onion Soup (aperitif: no bread or cheese) <BR> Red pepper with lunch salad or sandwich =2++++++ <BR> Vegetable Stew with Lean Beef/Chicken (Winter Stew!) <BR> Celery stalk during meal prep if your a snacker ... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 23:09:27 EST Recipe Share Hi! There have been several of Team Members sharing recipe ideas on the 'Wall' recently and I thought it might be fun to share our recipes here! <BR> <BR> But before you begin! EASY AS 1-2-3 <BR> <BR> 1. First enter your recipe in and get it calculated up so you know exactly just how many calories, etc, there are in your dish. <BR> 2. Save your recipe on and make it a 'shared' recipe. <BR> 3. Copy the link to your recipe and then come here and tell us a ... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 17:04:57 EST week 1 9/29 Day1..week1....brought lunch and ate a healthy breakfast. Trying to stay focused by not obsessing on the number on the scale. <BR> <BR> Goals for this week: plan meals / snacks and stay within range. <BR> <BR> I have an all or nothing attitude so I'm hoping this challenge will help me realize that the small lasting changes all add up. <BR> <BR> I have always been heavy except in high school due to radical dieting. Making healthy changes for myself and my family. Here's to step one of ... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 11:38:51 EST The Serving Size Chart and a Plan Don't miss Chrissy's post from last year on serving size....just under Nicoles Week 2 post. It really helps. Again, I still don't know why this poster isn't posted in school cafeterias and taught at schools! I failed the Portion Distortion Test on SP... and learned a lot. That silly little pyramid Dept of Ag came out with didn't help me much. This CHART with PICTURES really did it for me knowing HOW and WHAT. <BR> <BR> My Plan for Week 2: <BR> I plan to make my Vegetable Bucket soup. U... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 12:22:36 EST Quotes for Success “Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal — a commitment to excellence — that will enable you to attain the success you seek.”–Mario Andretti <BR> <em>381</em> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 18:56:47 EST Week 1/September 20, 2014 I have been on Spark People since December 2013. I have lost 45 pounds and I have 20 more to go. I have been at a stand still for several weeks. So I thought I would have a change of pace. Looking forward to this challenge! Sat, 20 Sep 2014 19:57:39 EST Getting to know your new leader Hello! <BR> <BR> So who am I? My name is Becky and I live in Oroville, CA., which is in N. Calif. What I'm about to tell you next I don't want you to panic... take a deep breath.... but I'm soon to be 70 years old! Yes! That's right! BUT... I don't feel or act my age! Most people tell me I look like I'm in my 50's, which is a really good compliment, in my mind I still feel 27. <BR> <BR> But on to the important stuff. <BR> <BR> I'm married and between my husband and I we have 8 chil... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:25:48 EST Monday, new day, new month, new start Starting the challenge tomorrow 1-9-14 <BR> Cross fingers that I can make it work. <BR> I am going to really try this time. <BR> Will weigh in in the morning and go from there. <BR> Goal 4lb loss in 4 weeks, should be more than do-able <BR> <BR> Start weight 153lbs Sun, 31 Aug 2014 16:22:35 EST OK Read how to feel fuller for longer I can understand this one too, but I don't nibble because I am hungry. I eat sweets and cakes and biscuits because they are there. It's not practical to banish them from work or home if you don't work or stay alone. <BR> What else do folk do to stop nibbling when they can't escape from the boredom and go for a walk. <BR> When I am busy I don't nibble. When I am bored........ Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:38:26 EST I need to get rid of the negativity I read the article Eat more, lose more weight <BR> But how? <BR> I find <BR> • Work scheduling places time constraints on when I can eat <BR> • Workplace is an unfriendly environment for eating <BR> Because we have no regular, comfortable area to sit and relax with our meals <BR> • My workplace has no satisfactory self-messing facilities for hot meals placing restrictions on what we can have. If sandwiches and salads are not your thing then ……. <BR> • Commuting mucks up my choice of eatin... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:00:13 EST Week 1 Looking to start this properly on Monday since it is the 1st of a new month. <BR> This gives me a couple of days to look at what I am supposed to be doing. <BR> I can't get my head round eating more than the bottom of my range and losing weight. <BR> I also have problems getting the carb/fat/protein balance right. <BR> Has anyone any ideas they can give me on how to account for eating while doing extra physical activity? No, not planned gym stuff. Like most of you I suppose, I hold dow... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:52:13 EST Week 1- 170 pounds need to loose 60-70 pounds Dear God, I am starting my weight loss journey. Please bless me to achieve my goal to succeed in this journey. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 22:11:23 EST New to The Challenge Hi. My name is Marge and I joined this challenge to get suggestions for better , healthier eating and share with others on this new healthier journey we are taking together. I also will try and contribute suggestions and support to other team members. I need to lose around 40 lbs and believe we can still eat healthy without depriving ourself. I need to learn to get better at weighing, measuring and learning better portion control. Together we can do it. Looking forward to this challenge as th... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 15:33:12 EST Week1 Again starting from week 1. Managed to eat within my calorie range for 2 days out of 3. Feeling Good! <em>41</em> Tue, 5 Aug 2014 17:24:18 EST New to challenge I am easily distracted and give up. I will complete this challenge and get back on track. I have lost weight before and have gotten completely off track with my food choices. My first step is moving away from diet drinks and foods. Sat, 5 Jul 2014 08:10:22 EST Hello everyone Starting the eat up slim down challenge :) <BR> <BR> Wish me luck <BR> <BR> Toni xx Tue, 10 Jun 2014 12:52:02 EST Week 1 I am trying to stay within my calorie goal range this week. I am making sure I eat 2 small snacks during the day. <em>521</em> <BR> When I focus on tracking my food daily I tend to do much better. Just need to get better at the portion control, weighing & measuring my food. Tue, 3 Jun 2014 21:50:53 EST Week 4 - anyone else? Just wondering if there is anyone else in week 4 right now... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 13:47:15 EST Week 1- Here we go! When I focus on my eating I tend to do better overall on my plan. The last challenge I completed was the Healthy Eating Challenge and I lost 9 pounds doing that. Since the. I've lost a couple pounds but I've been very up and down with the whole thing. <BR> I'm doing this challenge to refocus my eating and get back in track. I love these eating challenges :-) Mon, 19 May 2014 23:34:54 EST Week 1 My goal is to fill my calorie range with healthier less processed foods. I have been tracking my calories most days and have stayed in range every time since I joined on 3/24/14 but I want to move towards the calories being filled with more fruits & veggies, healthier meats instead of the quick go to very few fruits & veggies type of meal. I want my body to enjoy what I put into it much longer than it takes to get past my taste buds. Mon, 19 May 2014 10:46:54 EST Hi Been on Sparkpeople since 3/24/14 - have lost 23lbs - my goal is to lose a lot more weight while gaining more energy and healthier habits. I want to try healthier foods and add in more fruits & veggies. I actually tried hummus for the first time yesterday and I liked it. It has me motivated to try other new foods. I want my daughter to have a well rounded healthy appetite and it's never too early to start - luckily she's always willing to try anything I'm eating because she likes copying her... Mon, 19 May 2014 10:41:29 EST So many veggies, so little time! I don't know about you guys, but trying to work in the 5 servings of fruit and veggies is a bit difficult for me. Not because I don't like fruits and veggies (I do!), but because they really don't transport to work well. Apples (grapples...mmmm) and peaches have done well for me so far, but I am no where near the amount of servings this week requires of me. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to take the time each night to prep my meals and snacks for work (we leave the house about 3:30 every morning and... Wed, 14 May 2014 08:23:42 EST Just starting out Hi all, <BR> I am new here and just started week 1 today. Of course my husband threw a wrench in my dinner plans but I found an alternative that keeps me in my calorie range so that's good. Good luck everyone. <BR> <BR> Beth <em>125</em> Tue, 13 May 2014 16:22:38 EST On Week 1? Is there anyone else on week 1? How are you doing? Thu, 8 May 2014 15:06:59 EST Feeling confident This is the second time I have attempted this challenge. I didn't make it past week 2 last time and this time I had to repeat week one. But I am doing really well now and feel much more confident in completing it! What's helped is that my husband, who is usually quite resistant to changes in our weekly menu, is totally on board this time. I've noticed in the past 2 months that he's trying to eat better and exercise more - probably due to our daughter being born! So rather than having hal... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 21:36:20 EST spark people #1 Hi I'm 44 and new to spark people, I love the site. I hope I can find all the support and the motivation to keep up with my weight loss.&#128522; Tue, 29 Apr 2014 01:57:50 EST Boosting Nutrition and Cutting Calories <BR> ''10 Easy Ways to Lighten Up Any Recipe'' gives suggestions on how to <BR> make food tastier, lighter and healthier. I will be trying these suggestions <BR> to cut on calories and enjoy new flavors. <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> <BR> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 10:51:46 EST Starting week 4 As I read the "9 Simple Tricks to Eat Less" I realized that I use most of these methods. The only one that was different is that I ask for a doggy bag when I finish eating instead of at the beginning when I order. It's a good idea. <BR> <em>4</em> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:58:08 EST Today is a Challenging Day There will be many delicious foods to pick from and many delicious desserts to savor. Good luck to all and may we all persevere. <em>4</em> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:27:06 EST I NEED HELP PLEASE I just joined Skinny Jeans Workout Challenge. Got my first e-mail just don't know how to get into it. Can someone help? PLEASE. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 11:27:00 EST Tips to Stay Full Longer I enjoyed this article and intend to follow up on some of the tips. I especially will try to have more soup with my meals and add vegetables to them. I will try to eat slower and savor my food. I tend to eat quickly. <BR> <BR> <em>140</em> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:31:33 EST back from my mini vacation. I'm happy to say that I did well eating my 5 veggies and staying on track with my meals during my vacation, <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>448</em> <em>449</em> <em>450</em> <em>451</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:57:06 EST week 3 while on vacation It has been challenging, but I've manage to stay on track as much as possible. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:52:05 EST the challenge do I have to get my weekly action steps by email or can i just click on the week lines on the main page? i don't get on email very often, too much junk mail. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:10:24 EST coffee creamer helps since the kids are all on their own there are times when i have no milk in the fridge and i rarely treat myself to cream but i usually have coffee creamer in the cuppoard, i get mine at costco n'joy, some others in the store have a slight vanilla flavor . the plainer the better. i use the creamer to make instant mashed potatoes, wherever cream is called for in a recipe , in tomato soup. use your imagination, it often saves the day. n'joy has 10 calories per teaspoon., Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:34:59 EST NEGLECTING FRUITS I HAVE REALIZED THAT BY CONCENTRATING ON HAVING VEGGIES, I HAVE NOT BEEN EATING ENOUGH FRUITS. I NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT I EAT THEM AND NOT LET THEM SPOIL. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 09:14:02 EST messages <em>521</em> Anyone who has completed this challenge..Please send me encouraging messages so I don't fall off the wagon this time! Thank you!! Sat, 12 Apr 2014 12:19:15 EST Hi! I am retiring this year after almost 30 years of teaching. I want to look great for my retirement party in June! <BR> I am ready to begin this challenge to keep me motivated! Sat, 12 Apr 2014 12:10:36 EST TRYING TO MAKE VEGGIES DIFFERENTLY Today I made a combination of carrots, cabbage, tomato, green beans and black eye peas. I made it in soup form. It was tasty and filling. I will do this again with a different veggie combination. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>551</em> <em>380</em> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:53:30 EST I eat abt 2400 cal, my range is 1700 max- starve?? hi! <BR> I ve gotten in the habit of eating a lot and often, but I am trying to change. <BR> I like to eat less healthy food as well as healthy, if I am conscious about it I ll have more than enough fruits and veggies a day, but the prospect of eating less is a bit scary! <BR> I end up eating a lot if easy food: pita with cheese inside, pita pizza, rice or pasta and I have s huuuuge sweet tooth ( I tamed it yesterday by fixin a smoothie instead of the regular afternoon frappochino ) <BR> has ... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 01:34:54 EST WEEK 2 DISCUSSION I started week 2. My goal are to continue to vary the veggies and try new recipes. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> Tue, 8 Apr 2014 19:42:58 EST doing a challenge again i have finished a few challenges that i would like to do again, how can i go about this? Mon, 7 Apr 2014 23:53:03 EST Goals for the week!!! I'm determined to fit my workout in 4 out of 7 days this week. I will stop making excuses concerning time, and plan my day accordingly. Mon, 7 Apr 2014 12:59:33 EST Also confused I eat a sweet potato every day because of its high content of magnesium, calcium and iron, I'm low on these nutrients. What other veggies are high on these nutrients? <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> Fri, 4 Apr 2014 17:31:12 EST New - Not New I am new to the team (although I may have joined my first time around) - but not at all to SparkPeople. I joined spark a really long time ago - lost a few gained a few then got discouraged. Did not just deactivate my account - completely deleted it. Then in January 2013, I started out fresh. I have lost 30# since then and am just 13 from goal. <BR> <BR> I have hit a plateau (and been there 3 months) - so I am thinking that committing to changing my eating habits (already pretty healthy) -... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 12:34:57 EST my forth week I am starting my forth week of sparks. I am going to go forward with a positive attitude ( or try through the ups and downs.) I will try to keep movin as much as possible. not working, retired so no reason I cant find something to keep me movin around the house. as soon as it warms up I am going to paint my living room walls a lighter color to brighten up things around here. there are lots of things that need work around my house that no one seems to want to do but I am going to tackle some... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 09:07:54 EST KEEP ON TRUCKING THAT MEANS KEEP ON MOVIN, DONT SIT AROUND OR LAY AROUND, JUST KEEP MOVIN. WE CAN DO THIS ALL OF US. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 08:57:33 EST gazelle with resistance when looking up the gazelle which I use to do my hour exercise everyday. the plain gazelles numbers didn't match the number of calories the gazelle was saying I was using compared to the gazelle with resistance which was much closer. 864 calories for the hours work( plus sometimes I just jump on for 5 or ten minutes here or there if I am in the living room. before I started this sparks I was doing 800 to a 1000 calories in a day or a day and a half. this is way I picked gazelle with resista... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 11:19:25 EST weight up HELP eating the right things, drinking 8 glasses of water and exercising 1 hour on my gazelle, everyday. what am I doing wrong. gained 4 pounds in one week.need help to push me though, give me something to make me think this is worth the effort. I know I am worth the effort but its not working. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 11:00:05 EST goals for this challenge team one little to no sugar in my diet. 2 drink plenty of water every day, no soda at all. 3 using vegetables in my breakfast omelet, some at lunch, and at least one or 2 for dinner, 4 use my gazelle for 60 minutes every day. I feel like I am eating more than when I was an overeater. I feel full and don't really crave sweets the way I use too. I now tell my son, that has lots more sugar you need to know how much you really get. he has stopped drinking soda and is now drinking water or a fruit ... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 11:20:47 EST i eat my vetables every day at supper, my mom always made large meals with plenty of variety of vegetables and things, also always had sweets that she homemade. wish I could have learned to cook like her but never did. so I like my vegetable, I guess you could say 3/4th of the list of all veg. so adding them in my omelet, making soup with lots of them and always having at least one with dinner is an easy way to get 5 veg. a day. good luck on your plans to eat more. fruits are a little different, mom always mad... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 17:09:13 EST ruff day yesterday well, first dealing with grandson isn't fun when he is sick. his mom always sends him here when he is sick and I take care of him all weekend hoping dad and I don't catch it where we are in our 60s. next seem what ever I decided to eat yesterday seem to be full of sodium. went way off the chart. really have to watch it today. ok get up and push forward to a new day. Sun, 23 Mar 2014 07:48:38 EST find your favorite veg use your vegetable in different ways to add more to your meals. like broccoli to a whole grain pasta dish. then have another color veg. to your plate. then there is 2. add veg. to morning eggs. peppers, onions, broccoli, etc. we can get them in. fruit have it out where you can always see them( in a bowl) so you can grab that instead of sugary treat. lets do this and we will be healthier eaters. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 09:45:25 EST eat up well I ate up yesterday. I ended up having 11 vegetables in my plan for the day. against fats and proteins it didn't look like I eat anything but veg. but I enjoyed every bit of it. small tip on veg. , tuna, chuck chicken in a can. before you use .wash out with water to rinse more of the salt off. this will cut some sodium from them. have a great day. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 09:36:50 EST full day of vegetables today, between the 2 veg. in my omelet this morning and 6 vegs in my homemade veg. beef soup for lunch and three veg. ,summer squash, onions and tomato slices at dinner. I think I totaled 11 today. WOW. easy ways to add vegetables. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 18:46:11 EST eat 5 veg. a day hi just joined the team. goal is to eat 5 veg. and fruits a day. I just started last tues and I am already doing this and liking it because I feel full. good luck on your goals. Sat, 15 Mar 2014 20:37:23 EST vegtables i like hi, the vegetables I like are broccoli. cauliflower, summer squash, green beans, corn, baby sweet peas, lettace, spinach, saurekraut,, corn, cukes, tomatos , green, red, yellow peppers. onions. I guess you can say I like quite a few. now I would like to learn ways to eat them and they are not the same all the time. favorite things with veg. are homemade veg, beef soup. and I love salsa. I could use it in almost Sat, 15 Mar 2014 20:17:18 EST Good morning Sparkspeople! A little bit about myself. I'm a mom of 3. My 33 Birthday is this month and I have spent my whole life over weight and ready to make a change. Its been a hard year on my family and I've come a accept the things I can not change and change the things I can. Its time for a better ME! I started my journey last week at 259 and as of today 253.6! My workout is T 25 ready to start week 2! Mon, 3 Mar 2014 08:42:55 EST really new hope im doing this right! hey all! <BR> how do i begin this challenge?? im really excited to start but dont know where to go from here! Wed, 19 Feb 2014 21:52:06 EST intro Hi, <BR> <BR> I am trying to eat more fruit and veggies each day so this is a great place for me to begin. I just turned 47 and I would love to be a healthy 47 1/2 year old. Thu, 23 Jan 2014 00:30:15 EST intro Hi, <BR> <BR> I am trying to eat more fruit and veggies each day so this is a great place for me to begin. I just turned 47 and I would love to be a healthy 47 1/2 year old. Thu, 23 Jan 2014 00:30:03 EST small meals more often I did some experimenting this week with more mini meals. I added an second snack to my nutrition page, making 5 separate meals at 300-400 calories per. It's helping me feel less hungry for sure. I need to incorporate a little more protein to feel even more satisfied. This means planning ahead a lot, as I now have to take two meals to work on long days. It's working though! Anybody else having good luck with this approach, or have any tips or ideas for small meals? Wed, 22 Jan 2014 12:42:35 EST Off to a great start - better late than never OK day 2 of the Challenge - Here is Australia it is summer so nothing like a long walk with the dog at the beach yesterday - felt recharged for the rest of the day and got lots done after. Weather a bit wet today but the plan is for workout inside. no excuses this time- get up and go is my new motto. <em>9</em> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 17:24:47 EST My Starting Point My starting point after yo-yo-ing my weight is 255, my goal is 190! I just want to be motivated without making excuses..Here's to a good start. Thu, 9 Jan 2014 12:22:42 EST Long Overdue I joined this challenge in February of 2013 and never followed up with the weekly requirements... I need some serious motivation and assistance to stick to anything! Thu, 9 Jan 2014 12:18:46 EST Hello My name is Renee, I am so glad I joined this team. A little bit about me Oct of 2012 I joined Spark People for the 2nd time and I've been on this site every day since. Joining Spark has been the best thing for me. Exactly 15 months ago I weighed in at 166 pounds for a 5 foot person that is a lot of extra weight. I was tired all the time and just did not feel good at all. I've lost 60 pounds and it's all thanks to Spark. The thing's I've learned on here have been life savers for me. I am so m... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 14:25:40 EST new. I have been a member of SP but keep forgetting to log anything. <BR> <BR> So now I hope I will,I have this on my phone too so that's some help. <BR> I'm almost 51 - on the 11th of this month - and live in Tilburg in the Netherlands. Fri, 3 Jan 2014 08:59:38 EST intro hi everyone, I'm also hoping to slim down as a bonus side effect to getting my diabetes under control. <BR> 2014-----a new beginning Wed, 1 Jan 2014 20:04:57 EST Goals I want to learn a way of eating that doesn't leave me hungry all the time. Wed, 1 Jan 2014 14:26:16 EST Hello! HI everyone, just wanted to stop by and introduce myself. My name is Sarah and I am looking forward to slimming down and getting healthy with everyone :) Wed, 1 Jan 2014 14:12:07 EST The 300 Calorie Article Seems a Bit Off I really didn't like that article promoting sugar laden yogurt and processed waffles and bread. There are so many other easy meals that are way better for you. Oatmeal from scratch takes 5 minutes and you can add all kinds of fruit to it. What did you guys think? Mon, 30 Dec 2013 21:33:58 EST Week 2 will be the easiest week of all I think I eat so many fruits and vegetables in the day. I guess I'll just keep on keeping on. Maybe I'll focus on adding more leafy greens. Where do you find it easy to add in more veggies? Where is it hardest? Mon, 23 Dec 2013 18:31:49 EST Looking for a particular snack I'm posting this on a couple of the team boards I'm on so I apologize to anyone who sees repeats. <BR> <BR> At the end of the day I find myself short on protein and fat. Does anyone have any ideas for snacks that are <BR> <BR> Vegan <BR> High protein <BR> Moderate fat <BR> Low carb <BR> Low calorie (around 100-120) <BR> <BR> I'm pretty open to most ideas Mon, 23 Dec 2013 18:29:08 EST Week 1 discussion Well, I'm already challenging myself so why not join an actual challenge? I am aiming to lose around 40 pounds and to get in to wicked shape. My first steps are to stop eating out (oh man, we waste SO much money on eating out) and to up my diet to 65% raw which I will gradually increase as time goes on. <BR> So, week 1: <BR> -No eating out (except for Christmas brunch with my Nana because that's special) <BR> -Increase my raw food intake <BR> -Stay within my caloric range <BR> <BR> Yay! :) Mon, 16 Dec 2013 15:47:35 EST hello I am here to try to create some structure and feedback. I know what needs to be done, in fact, I taught nutrition for a number of years. I find that I am eating my stress and grief. Food is a lovely way to sooth ourselves. I am hoping this will motivate me through the Holiday Season. Good to meet you! Sun, 1 Dec 2013 08:49:51 EST Another newbie Good morning. I saw your challenge and I am looking for a way to make sure I get enough calories in during the day, it has been difficult. I just finished my 1st month with SP and I am feeling really positive about my journey so far. I look forward to getting some new information here with this challenge. Cheers. Sat, 30 Nov 2013 12:58:06 EST Hello! Hello, I'm excited and nervous. I really want to lose weight but have unsuccessful for at least two years in doing so. When I get home from work, I am starved and eat all night until I go to bed. Many times I wake up and eat in the middle of the night. Never have I been so out of control. I even do all of this when any sugar and white flour make me very ill. I hope to make many connections here that will help me stay motivated and be successful. Mon, 25 Nov 2013 16:12:35 EST overall health i have come to realized that its not so much weight lost alone for me but healthy eating should be factor in i am hoping being in this challenge will steer me in the right direction for the future Sun, 24 Nov 2013 16:47:59 EST A new day has come. Hi <BR> <BR> Today is the first day of the new me, I'm 28 and have two kids, I had been married for nine years and out of the nine years I have been unhealthy for eight. I plan to spend my 29th birthday which is in August 2014 and a new healthy/fit body that my husband have not seen in a very long time. I can do this because I believe I can:) Sat, 23 Nov 2013 15:36:43 EST I am new to this challenge But not new to the weight loss battle. I have been fighting the bulge my whole life. Just got engaged, bought the Spark Activity tracker and am determined to do it this time. Just need all the help I can get Wed, 13 Nov 2013 17:29:31 EST New work schedule causing weight gain Hello all. So, I started a second job recently which has me working 7 days a week 8 hours five of those days and 16 hours straight two of the days. Normally on the Monday through Friday 9-5 job I am pretty good with breakfast, snack, lunch and and workout 1-2 hours, cook and eat dinner then call it a day. The two days I work 16 straight hours I do my breakfast, snack and lunch like normal. Then I can't eat again until almost 11pm (over 8 hours from lunch). Of course I am starving so go home, ... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 16:51:06 EST First day of Challenge I am currently training for a Triathlon in August of 2014. I have really taken the time to research food and the food properties such as nutrients. My calorie range fluctuates depending on the amount of training that I do on a particular day . To combat over eating - I spend my days off cooking different Spark Recipes and favorites recipes that I have modified to fit my dietary needs - I then weigh and portion control and freeze the meals - I label with meal name and nutritional info -... Wed, 6 Nov 2013 12:21:07 EST KICKBOXING KICKBOXING HAS HELPED ME LOSE 60LBS Mon, 4 Nov 2013 09:13:17 EST new here Hello all... I'm new here... I'm a runner and just finished a double down run (a 5k on the 31st and a half marathon this am) food/ meals are important to me... but I'm constantly struggling as a runner (particularly with long run weeks feel full and fueled up!? I've also plateaued in my weight... so thought this challenge may help me get back on track with my meals!? Sat, 2 Nov 2013 16:01:46 EST Week 1 GOAL Day 1 Week 1 <BR> <BR> If I didn't burn it, I didn't earn it.........If I didn't earn it, I CAN'T EAT IT!! <BR> <BR> Okay, so my goal this week is to earn some of those foods I love to eat. I'll reach my goal by staying within allowed calories each day, making sure I eat enough fresh fruits, vegetables and lean meats, drinking plenty of water, and getting in at least 20 minutes of exercise 6 days this week. Mon, 21 Oct 2013 04:06:26 EST Any ideas for new fruits/veggies? Anybody have something new and unusual you've done with fruits and veggies lately? I'm kind of stumped on this action step because I like most veggies, and cook them all the time, so I'm not sure what new thing I can try. Sun, 20 Oct 2013 04:12:27 EST Starting again!! Hi there!! <BR> <BR> I am starting again after successfully quitting smoking, so thought if i can do that I can finally get my weight in order. Thats the plan anyway!! <BR> Im hoping this challenge might give me the motivation I need to get started. Thu, 17 Oct 2013 23:54:07 EST Week 1 goals Hi all! My goals are to eat within my calorie range (1250-1550) and lose about 30 pounds. I have been tracking my food most days for the past 10 days, and I discovered I have been eating around 3,000 calories. Hey, I like to eat! Anyway, I know that life is not all about food, and I want to overcome this obstacle. I use food as my go to for everything - comfort, entertainment, a sleep aid.... <BR> Today, I am committed to this challenge. I can not undo yesterday, and I don't know what is happ... Sun, 13 Oct 2013 09:09:43 EST Week One My calorie range without exercise is 1270-1620. On the days that I do my 55 minutes of exercise my range is 1849-2199. <BR> <BR> However, I will not be eating 1800 calories a day! I have already gone through the first week of eating 1200 calories a day and not exercising (besides some intense labor on clearing property) and have lost 6.6 pounds in 6 days! Today I start exercising in addition to the labor of building a house. <BR> <BR> I will try to eat 5 servings of veggies but I get so fu... Sat, 12 Oct 2013 04:05:18 EST Getting my veggies in I am implementing the skill I learned last week - to pre-plan snacks- with this weeks goal. I prepared my veggie portions ahead of time placing each serving in a container I could just grab. I color coded by day with sticky tabs. By adding the veggies to my pre- planned snack and making sure I do at least one per meal I have met the goal of 5. My challenge will be to keep this up the weeks to come. Thu, 10 Oct 2013 08:20:38 EST accountability I joined on 10-5-13 and hope to stick with it and keep motivated. <BR> <BR> I am 58 yo, tend to start out well and then phase out so I need to be held accountable. <BR> <BR> I am hanging in there so far and love the receipes and exercise hints. <BR> <BR> Thanks for all the support Mon, 7 Oct 2013 10:02:15 EST What is my calorie range? <em>38</em> What is the easiest way to figure out my calorie range? Is it better to use calories or Weight Watchers points? (I've done Weight Watchers so long at various times that I have that practically memorized.) I've also used the exchange system that TOPs Club uses. I'd like a system that doesn't have me thinking about food 24/7, which I do with Weight Watchers. The exchange system gets confusing when you have mixed dishes. What to do to make this simple and easy and not the main... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 13:55:59 EST New to Sparkpeople and this challenge... Hello, my name is Debbie. I'll be 55 this month and I know that I can't change the clock back to LOOK 20. But I'm determined that I can turn the scales back and weigh in at my college weight of 160 and wear a size 9 again. At 5ft-10inches - 160lbs is my perfect weight. Currently I'm wearing a size 12-14 and have 35lbs to drop. I workout 3x a week at the gym, but don't do organized classes. I use the Treadmill, elliptical and lots of weights. <BR> I have the gym habit down and it's part of my ... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 17:02:06 EST Never participated in a challenge before My name is Jen and I'm a new member of the challenge. I need a jumpstart to a healthy lifestyle and thought that a challenge might be a great way to begin. Wed, 2 Oct 2013 09:55:51 EST week 1 My goal for this week is to begin tracking how I'm eating currently. I have had this illusion that I don't eat that much. My inability to meet my weight loss goal has challenged me to look closely at what and how much I'm eating. I have also challenged myself to plan out my snacks and stick to what I have planned. Wed, 2 Oct 2013 09:45:15 EST steps I have decided to get a pedometer to track my steps gona start tracking tommorow... not sure how many steps i should be doing in a day any advice or tips woud be great. Tue, 1 Oct 2013 18:54:01 EST New to challenge hello everyone. I am Charlene from Columbus, OH. I have been sparking for almost a month with some good results which I want to keep happening by joining this challenge. I had my first of the month measuring with a 2 inch loss in the waist!!! <BR> Losing the belly fat has been the hardest for me and, of course, it is the most dangerous fat for possibly developing diabetes and heart problems. <BR> Keeping the weight under control has been a life long challenge. I am now retired and to be ... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 14:01:56 EST Kittykat ready to make some changes I have tried over the years many different diets/fads and I either didn't stick to them or they didn't work. For the first time in my life I feel confident that I can lose weight, eat healthier, and get exercise on a daily basis. I am excited for this new chapter in my life. Tue, 1 Oct 2013 11:24:53 EST protein I noticed while tracking that my protein is low but fat is slightly above at times what are some good ways to up protein? <BR> <BR> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 08:37:05 EST Not losing weight Hi, I have been working out 3-4 times a week for 2 months. I do a 1 1/2 hr work out at the Y. I have cut my calorie intake down to 1200 calories or less a day. I have only lost 2 lbs. Can anyone give me any suggestions? Thu, 26 Sep 2013 12:27:53 EST great recipe I made the fast metabolism diet chicken and barley soup it is awesome and packed with veggies! i couldn't find barley so I used Quinoa and i cut the recipe in half its def my new go to! Wed, 25 Sep 2013 14:20:22 EST STILL on week 2 5 a day is HARD! WHO KNEW! I'm totally shock at how hard the goal of 5 a day is for me! Totally shocked because I LOVE fruit and veggies! Tue, 24 Sep 2013 08:58:44 EST Am I on track for my goal?? Hi all, <BR> <BR> Can anyone tell me where I can find where i SHOULD be to reach my goal? i know WHERE i am but want to compare it to the healthy way to eat, and lose weight. I personally will find that as an inspiration - i have a very set way in what I think i should be doing but I would like a REALISTIC expectation. Thanks! Mon, 16 Sep 2013 08:50:16 EST I LOVED this recipe!<BR>26167/ <BR> <BR> While my children didn't jump for joy, I believe they can learn to fall in love with it as I did! :) I'm going to make this again soon! Sat, 14 Sep 2013 19:08:13 EST Just starting the Eat Up, Slim Down Challenge Hello, I am new to the challenge. I am 62 and retired and I need to loose 10 to 15 pounds. I eat very well and am very active but I need to be held accountable for portion control, drinking the proper amount of water and kidding myself the enormous consumption of food is acceptable. I am hungry every 2 hours, even after having a meal that is healthy but I need to find a way to curb my appettite. It is going to be so good for me to be a member of this team. Also, I am trying to walk 10 miles a... Sat, 14 Sep 2013 14:40:41 EST Pedometer recommendations Hi all, <BR> <BR> I am looking for a pedometer that is RELIABLE and ACCURATE - anyone have suggestions? <BR> <BR> best to all! Fri, 13 Sep 2013 08:09:15 EST Calorie intake delema Since I started healthy eating I cam up with comfortable amount of calories per day. <BR> 1500 made me full, energetic, need hungry, 5-6 meals a day. Everything was fine. <BR> I even had my sweets everyday, restrictions really. <BR> About couple of weeks ago my lab results came I my sugar was lower then normal. <BR> I decided to adjust my food, I added olive oil instead of yogurt to avoid possible gallbladder problems, cause they are kinda common for people who need to loose huge ab... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 15:38:31 EST day 5 day 5 and I have tracked my food and fitness everyday, even if I had a bad food day. I guess what matters is that I tracked it. I have been looking on this discussion page since im new to this site and I have to say Im impressed with how much everyone is loosing, very excited to be a part of it. Mon, 9 Sep 2013 16:18:36 EST New Sprout on the block I'm hoping to eat better, been forgetting the greens lately now that I'm not working. Mon, 9 Sep 2013 13:15:57 EST Goals exercise 3 times this week for 30mins each time! <em>362</em> Mon, 9 Sep 2013 10:26:41 EST Hello Hi my name is Tina and I just started using this site a week ago as i just had a physical and I am at the highest weight ever and it hit me to go over 200 lbs time to do something I am only 5'1' and my weight should be according to the standards 125 ouch! so I have decided to get serious! Mon, 9 Sep 2013 10:16:49 EST Im New I started about 3 days ago. Still a little confused on how to move about the site and where to find stuff but I will get the hang of it soon. Sun, 8 Sep 2013 22:53:45 EST The calorie range CHANGES from day to day! I know my calorie range starts off at 1200-1500 each day. As I track my exercise, my calorie range changes. How in the world am I to pre-plan meals each week if I don't know what my range will be from day to day! <BR> <BR> HELP! <em>303</em> Sat, 7 Sep 2013 20:46:59 EST Newbie New and starving. I hope this challenge fills by belly! <BR> <BR> Ate an apple and carrots at 11pm instead of sweets. All I have thought about today was FOOD! UGH! Fri, 6 Sep 2013 23:22:26 EST New team member Hi everyone. I am 39(almost 40!!) and have 3 girls. I've done SP on and off for years but never stuck with it. I start off well and track my food, but when I don't get immediate gratification, I lose my motivation and stop. I also struggle quite a bit with exercise. I hate everything about it! <em>39</em> I need motivation and someone to keep me accountable. Any help or suggestions I could get would be great! Fri, 6 Sep 2013 13:41:35 EST Week 1 1. To track my food <BR> 2. Stay within calorie range of 1200-1600 Mon, 2 Sep 2013 18:51:04 EST Week 1 goals My goals for the week: <BR> - Stay within my calorie range. <BR> - Get at least 5 servings of fruits/veggies every day. Sat, 31 Aug 2013 09:28:05 EST New team member Hi my name is Chantelle and I joined this team yesterday. I'm always looking for new tips on healthy eating. I have been on an up and down journey so I'm excited to get back on track especially before the holiday's. Fri, 30 Aug 2013 17:11:52 EST Tracking food more carefully I have done weight watchers for a while now and have lost weight however I have seem to go up and down for the last month and so I decided to come back to spark people to really figure out my calories at every meal. I'm hoping this will identify what I'm missing or what I'm spending too many calories on. Thu, 29 Aug 2013 19:07:19 EST Week 1 Day 1 So today starts my first week. I ate one eggo with yoplait low fat yogurt on top for breakfast and two cups of coffee. I have a spinach salad, with a low fat dressing for lunch. Dinner will be the big obstacle, as usual! <BR> <BR> Goal: stay in calorie range & cut down on sweets. <BR> <BR> Going to try to keep my sweet intake to 2 or 3 mini pieces today, instead of 4 or 5 Wed, 28 Aug 2013 10:23:59 EST Restart I think I am going to leave the challenge and restart in a week or so. I am starting so many new things this week/ last week I lost track. I want to fully commit to the challenge and haven't. <BR> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 23:11:33 EST Hello All My name is Angela. I need to lose 50 lbs. I've actually lost the same 50 lbs over time, but lose some and then gain some. I just want to lose!!! <em>193</em> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 14:47:59 EST Week 2 Trying Recipe I added Balsamic Grilled Chicken and The BEST Tuna Salad to recipes am going to try the Balsamic Grilled Chicken tonight. Need to get some plain yogurt when I go shopping. They look good. <BR> Will let you know how they turn out, when I make it.. <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 14:03:13 EST 30 Days to More Fruits & Veggies Just read this <BR> <BR> I'm on day 10 20 moe days to go and Ill have 30 days !!!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> How is everyone doing? <BR> <em>213</em> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 12:40:12 EST New to page Hi! I'm from WV and not new to SP! But new to this page. I need motivation and guidance to lose this weight for my health and well being this time! Sun, 25 Aug 2013 10:15:37 EST weekend wreck Hi all - <BR> <BR> so here is an issue for me - I do really well on the weekdays but come Friday at 5 - it's a train wreck! I am normally running around with kids and we are totally on a 'weekend' schedule. by the time I get to Monday I am feeling like a total failure :( <BR> <BR> Any suggestions, tips, tricks or hints will be much appreciated! <BR> <BR> love to all Sun, 25 Aug 2013 08:34:31 EST Hello Hello! My name is Elisabeth and I live in Sweden. I joined spark people a year ago. I need a challenge to keep me motivated. Sun, 25 Aug 2013 05:17:14 EST motivation I am a mother of 4. Would really like to lose weight and feel good about myself-need motivation and tips. Wed, 21 Aug 2013 19:58:17 EST soups soups are something i am looking into as i would be able to take them to work for my lunch when the weather gets colder <BR> but how do i make soup? ... i would rather have home made than bought because then i know what is in it <BR> but all my attempts so far have come out like baby food <BR> what is your favourite soup? <BR> what is a good recipe? <BR> thanks <em>140</em> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 06:22:06 EST hiìiiiii iiiiiiii Hello everyone! Mon, 19 Aug 2013 13:59:40 EST Getting started I signed up for this team months ago and didn't do anything. Is there a way to join again? If not, how do I begin getting the emails? Mon, 19 Aug 2013 13:03:42 EST Regarding Consider mini meals Regarding Consider mini meals. - I have started this. I am eating 3 smaller meals and 3 snacks(mostly fruit) a day. My problem wasn't snacking all day is was skipping meals and over eating at the ones I did consume. <BR> ( Again I am a newbie at this and really don't know where to post. Please let me know if I am in the right place) Mon, 19 Aug 2013 11:31:32 EST Regarding my calorie range My calorie range is 1,200 - 1,550 . I didn't know where to post this ( bear with me I'm new LOL) <BR> Regarding Mon, 19 Aug 2013 11:21:48 EST The stakes just got a WHOLE LOT HIGHER well - my fears came true - i didn't do well at all this weekend - since my boyfriend (now fiance') took me on a river cruise with champagne and a great dinner! So now i start week 2 again - and now i have another goal for a wedding dress! YIKES - all advice is welcome and warranted! Mon, 19 Aug 2013 11:11:27 EST Results????? I have been vegetarian for 8 years & vegan for 1. <BR> When I started in 2007 I weighed 205. I now weigh 166. <BR> This has been an incredibly slow journey for me. <BR> I love cooking & workout roughly 5 days a week. <BR> Any advice on how I can lose weight a little faster??? <BR> Jeannie Mon, 19 Aug 2013 09:18:13 EST I am still alive I'm not gonna be able to do the challenge. Just have to much to do. But I would like to stay in touch with you guys. I have lost some weight. Just can not buy all the veggies and fruits low on money. I have veggies for dinner and for lunch the next day if there is leftovers. Bought 2 fruits. Seems like when I have so many fruits some of them go bad. Thank you for all the support. Sun, 18 Aug 2013 17:53:15 EST Intro to Me Hello All!! Deborah here...needing to loose 78 lbs to reach my goal. I am a mother of 5 and grandmother to 6 and I want to be around to watch them all grow and mature into fine young men and women. I am a diabetic with high blood pressure, bi-polar with manic depression and eating was/is a way for me to comfort myself. I am trying to break that mold and be more in control of my eating habits. I have started by keeping a complete food diary on paper and then transferring it to... Sun, 18 Aug 2013 17:07:52 EST Recipes for pumpkin or squash Hi all! Day 8 here - looking for any recipes you may have for pumpkin or squash. Main dishes, desserts, etc! All are welcome! Wed, 14 Aug 2013 08:32:30 EST My stomach is literally shrinking! I was under the false impression that I would be hungry all the time after changing my portions, but with adding flaxseed and tons of veggies such as broccolis and spinach to my diet, I actually find myself not eating everything I pack on a daily basis! Good stuff! Tue, 13 Aug 2013 23:43:49 EST What is a serving (great info graphic) <link><BR>es/1.6-Vegetables--Serving%20Size.pdf </link> Sun, 11 Aug 2013 12:32:06 EST Done so so this week Week one over. Did ok. Only lost 1 lb, but we had a week of fundraising at work and there were all kinds of goodies. With me being bad I had goodies twice a day. Looking forward to this weeks challenge. Fri, 9 Aug 2013 13:55:45 EST Getting my head in the game! It's been a long time since I've admitted I need to have accountability as I try to live a more healthful life. Grateful to this challenge, and group. A little nervous too. Fri, 9 Aug 2013 00:15:25 EST so... its only my second day on sparks people and i am going to a family party tonight. usually there is not too much junk food at these parties but it is hard to tell how many calories are in things. im a little nervous about it. at least i have done great so far today. Thu, 8 Aug 2013 19:26:08 EST Ideas for mini meals throughout the day Hi all! I am thinking that because when I get SOOO hungry I just wanna eat whatever I can - that I should try mini meals during the day. Anyone have great practices for mini meals? <BR> <BR> thanks all!! Thu, 8 Aug 2013 09:01:26 EST Week one challenge To stick with everything! This is always my biggest challenge! I want to track all of my food and reach my exercise goal. So far so good for day one <em>20</em> Wed, 7 Aug 2013 23:57:33 EST Hi - April Here Hi there - i am taking this challenge - i am hoping to drop 12 pounds before my 10/3 bday :) I hope this will give me a great start! Wed, 7 Aug 2013 15:44:34 EST Hi, I'm Karla Hello Fellow Challengees, <BR> <BR> I'm hoping this challenge will ingrain healthy eating habits in me for good (vegetables everyday). I love fruit, so no challenge needed there. Sun, 4 Aug 2013 14:48:24 EST my son's wedding I am here to lose weight and feel better about myself. My son's wedding is two months away and I can make a good start to goal in those two months. I need the accountability in my eating. The tracking is great. Sat, 3 Aug 2013 18:38:12 EST week one....feeling good Great week....healthy beginning. My son's wedding is 2 months away and I want to feel good about me when I go. I know that I can not lose all the weight I need to but i can make a good start. I met with a trainer at the gym this week and she is going to help me. I am loving my Zumba class and will add strength and stretching this week. Sat, 3 Aug 2013 18:35:19 EST My week one discussion Am I reading this correctly? I can eat more and more often and lose weight if I gauge myself within the correct parameters? Ergo portion sizes and food types? I'm even being told I am supposed to eat up to 3000 calories in a day from my Spark Nutrition Plan. Can someone even began to verify if I'm understanding this correctly and correct where I'm wrong? <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance guys!!! <em>198</em> Thu, 1 Aug 2013 17:56:31 EST What to do. Should I just start with the challenge again, or should I rejoin? <BR> Thu, 1 Aug 2013 15:07:04 EST Here I go starting agian. I'm trying to start again. I started about a month ago but did not do any of the challenge. Really busy, Have to just buckle down and do it. I saw myself in a window when I walked by and I look pregnant. Disgusted with myself. Thu, 1 Aug 2013 15:03:43 EST hello everyone hi im kelly and i am working on losing 65lbs and getting my body back Thu, 1 Aug 2013 10:48:30 EST how do you eat more and lose weight? Hello everyone!!!I have already started eating smaller meals through out day and i do notice that i am not starving and waiting for the next meal to come. i do notice i am more satisfied not eating more than i should. i want to know how you can eat more and lose wight. Tue, 30 Jul 2013 22:05:15 EST Staying on Track Hi everyone, I'm relatively new here to Sparkpeople, and like everyone else, am hoping to find a life-long balance of eating and exercising. I've always been overweight (like other members of the family) and have a first goal of 150 lbs. I'm currently at 176 lbs and though not at my highest (182 lbs), am unhappy with not only my body but my fitness level. I used to be in great shape and ran a half-marathon, but even then I was still about 165 lbs. I'm 5' 2" so according to my BMI, I'm obese, ... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 12:39:39 EST staying on track today I am finding many reasons why I should eat all the bad stuff instead of focusing on how great I will feel if I stick to the good stuff...then one quick look n the mirror and I get my wake up call,I don't like the person staring back at me and only I can change who she can become! Feeling blessed & greatful <em>43</em> to serve a mighty God who gives me sanity! Tue, 30 Jul 2013 08:58:27 EST Family wont eat veggies I think the reason that I don't get my five servings of veggies every day is that my family will only eat the same old things all the time. I am so sick of green beans that I want to just throw them all into the river! <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> My family will eat cooked carrots, corn, green beans and steamed brocolli. Over the years, I have gotten them to add raw carrots, and raw brocolli. Every once in awhile, I buy a veggie tray, but they won't even try the snow peas or celery! <BR> <BR>... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 16:04:07 EST Hi Everyone I have started the Spark program July 3rd and I have gained four punds I exercise and watch what I eat . I need a JUMP START idea as I am getting very discouraged.Any tips or ideas will be greatly appreciated to watch the scale go up is very depressing especially when one is really trying Waiting patiently and Thanks for all the support,Debbie Fri, 26 Jul 2013 05:56:29 EST Back from vacation Ready to dive into week 2. I was gone on vacation and even though it was e-free, and I did not document anything, I managed to eat healthy and do a LOT of great physical activity! I did have Smores by the fire though!! Those were my cheating things. Back home and on track now. Thu, 25 Jul 2013 11:01:56 EST I may be stuck on week 2 for a while! Yesterday, I got to four servings after much struggle. I didn't realize a vegetable serving was so large! Anyway, my goal is to hit at least three, one with each meal, and then two for snacks. I get why you would slim down eating up. Seriously. <BR> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 09:31:20 EST Today is the day Howdo. <BR> <BR> I am going to lose 100 pounds in the next year. I need your help with staying motivated. <BR> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 18:45:30 EST Brown rice I just got a rice cooker <BR> <BR> I need simple spices etc to cut the bland of brown rice, to eat as a side or a snack! <BR> Got any ideas? <BR> I tried cooking it in chicken broth, still bland <BR> <em>4</em> <BR> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 18:46:30 EST Help with new veggie One of my new veggies I'm trying is butternut squash. I am making the butternut squash fries. I don't know if I'm doing something wrong, but it took me 25 min. to peel it and cut it up. Is there an easy way to do this? Any advice is welcome. Wed, 17 Jul 2013 12:38:56 EST Got through my first week Did good with nutrition. Made sure I did at least 20 min/day of some sort of workout or exercise. AND-wahoo! My husband has been seeing how serious I am and he bought me a bike this past week. Complete with bell and basket! I went this past Sat. riding with my grand daughter ( a 6-year old ball of energy ), Sunday I was beat! <em>332</em> Not so sore. Ready for week 2. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 05:50:11 EST So far, so good I'm doing ok so far. I'm pretty much stuffing my lunches with veges and fruit. I need to go to the shops at some point today and get more fruit-berries don't keep for very long-and I've only had one sweet treat each day so far (none on Sunday!) I'm hoping I can keep this up. I'm pretty sure I can actually seeing as I've done it for two days already and don't feel any worse for wear! Tue, 16 Jul 2013 04:14:24 EST Checkin' in! Anyone want to join me for a daily check-in on week 1? <BR> <BR> My goals for the week: <BR> <BR> Track food <BR> <BR> Within range 5/7 days <BR> <BR> 5 veggies & track <BR> <BR> Exercise 30+ min 5/7 days <BR> Day 1 - done <BR> <BR> Be back tomorrow! <BR> <em>213</em> Sun, 14 Jul 2013 10:50:57 EST hi! Hi all! My name is Heidi, I have been a Spark People member for quite some time now and did great losing 30 lbs but as time went on I have started losing motivation and noticing the weight creep back on. I have only gained 10 lbs from 30 lost but it is still something I would like to keep off. I have another 20 lbs to lose and am consistent with my fitness, it is my food choices that are holding me back, I'm hoping this team will help get me refocused and on track! <BR> <em>381</em> Sun, 14 Jul 2013 09:51:22 EST Doing well with meals but snacks eh... I am doing pretty well for week 1 of this challenge, its easy enough for me to get in a really good breakfast, lunch and dinner. That said snacks are a bit of a challenge for me to deal with. There is only so much granola bar and peanut butter I can eat. I eat enough fruit and vegetables in my meals but I would eat vegetables before fruit if your suggestions go there. I have eggs a fair amount for breakfast and that is all I want to eat for my dairy. I do have yoghurt for breakfast or lunch m... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 04:19:39 EST Hi Hi I am new to spark people and new to this team. I am hoping this challenge will give me the kick start I need to get my healthy eating habits established. :) Sat, 13 Jul 2013 01:46:15 EST calories burned Is there somewhere in this site that gives calories burned for specific excercises? Thu, 11 Jul 2013 14:27:38 EST Just need a starting point I joined this challenge because I really need structure and motivation. Just the word "challenge" caught my eye. It's like Me vs The Computer. I can document 1 Nutrigrain Bar instead of my past habit of 12 tollhouse choc chip cookies and go "there, take that computer. I beat you again today!" <em>331</em> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 09:50:29 EST Hello I am taking this challenge for myself as a means of personal accountability. I am not a motivated person, but I am a competitive one. This challenge may be what it will take for me. I have not moved the scale much since I joined, but I do have a good intro of what I need to do. And I need a more structured program. This may be it. I have also aquired a walking buddy named Nita <em>338</em> . Boarder collie puppy FULL of energy! So, <em>249</em> , here I go! Wed, 10 Jul 2013 11:38:09 EST I did it! Yes fruit n veg is very hard for me. I know it, but I have committed to getting more into my day. I actually got 5 in today! IDK when that last happened. <em>244</em> Tue, 9 Jul 2013 19:00:54 EST Welcome to the team! Hi everyone and welcome to the team. Important info: under the challenge details on our main screen you will see the list of weekly activities to complete. After you have finished the current week make sure and check it off so you can earn your trophy. <BR> <BR> Please stop by the introductions discussion and let us know your here. <BR> <BR> As you work through each week join in the discussions. <BR> <BR> Good luck and welcome to the team. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <em>252</em> <e... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 09:52:39 EST I am committing to these team goals And it couldn't come at a better time. I am aiming for the 5 fruits or vegetables a day and three protein servings a day (my protein is always low). Recently, I started eating mostly whole foods and am struggling with calories; I think kicking up fruits and vegetables will help. Mon, 8 Jul 2013 17:38:13 EST Should I tweak my fitness settings daily? I have some days that I am very active, burning lots of calories, those are the days I work. On my days off I am lucky if I get a 30 minute walk in. The adjustment in calories is a difference of about 1000. Should I tweak my fitness settings on a daily basis to know how many calories I should consume, or just leave it at the higher one? Sat, 6 Jul 2013 19:15:05 EST Hey, everyone My name is Zoe. <BR> <BR> I'm relatively new to this site - this time around, as I used SparkTeens when I was much younger. <BR> <BR> I am about 75% vegan with at least one raw meal a day. The other meal is what I refer to as "reasonable" - meaning it's vegetarian but not vegan, while still being a healthy choice. <BR> <BR> I love smoothies, trains and everything about the sun. Feel free to send me a message, or whatever else! <BR> <BR> I'm happy to be in this challenge, and wish you all... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 17:31:29 EST blew it today I made frozen waffles and eggs for my son, and I also had 2 waffles and 2 eggs. Then for dinner did not feel like cooking so had 2 corndogs. I will do better tomorrow. I have to. I do not like the way I look when I pass by mirrors at work. Fri, 5 Jul 2013 20:29:23 EST Hi Everyone My name is Debbie and I would like to join your team so I can learn good eating habits ,lose weight and feel better.Thank-You for having me. <em>213</em> Fri, 5 Jul 2013 08:02:40 EST week one goal Well I am about half way thru my first week and I think it has gone pretty well, I have stuck with my calorie range. I have drank the water requirements every day so far. I am looking forward to weigh in, never thought I would say that. <em>224</em> Thu, 4 Jul 2013 21:18:32 EST Trying to lose weight Hello. My name is Tiffany. I have 2 kids, and 1 grandbaby. I want to be around for a long time for them. Want to try to eat better and exercise more. Monday through Thursday its hard for dinners because I get home about 5. Want fast easy meals. Thu, 4 Jul 2013 11:46:16 EST Starting this one again... Yikes! i messed up by week 3 so will start again. This challenge actually had me lose a few pounds in the first 2 weeks so i am feeling good about this! Wed, 3 Jul 2013 13:42:09 EST I'm up for the challenge Hi - I'm Melissa and trying to make better choices in my life! I look forward to being accountable with my food choices. I"m off to a good start but I tend to lose the spark quickly. Hopefully this challenge will help me! Tue, 2 Jul 2013 16:51:21 EST My Name is Tricia Well not really, it's Patricia, but friends call me Tricia. I'm 28, from southern California, married to Derrick and we have 4 kids; 9, 6, 3 and 9 months. We love the outdoors and water fun! Looking for more Fitness Friends, so feel free to add me! Tue, 2 Jul 2013 16:39:25 EST Hello from SSC I have been on a health quest for the last couple of years. My husband and I quit smoking 2/18/2012 and remain smoke free (I have not cheated at all). We started exercising but we were not very good about it, then we formed feet problems. Thankfully, mine were corrected with orthotics so far. My husband had surgery on one and will have surgery on the other next month. He is out for the summer, but I have been walking pretty steady. Since January of this year, I have lost a total of 28 lb... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 02:16:17 EST week 1 goals - eat within my calorie range <BR> - track EVERYTHING <BR> - try the mini-meals thing (I don't have a lot of time to cook a meal and sit down to eat it anyways) <BR> - check labels when purchasing frozen meals for calories, fat, saturated fat, and sodium. And add salad, fruit and milk to those meals. :) Wed, 26 Jun 2013 22:40:31 EST What are your thoughts on "cheat" days? For a long time, I've heard that one cheat day a week will actually help you lose weight. But I just read a SP blog condemning it. I don't routinely have cheat days. I allow myself one occasionally on special occasions. What do you think? Do you routinely have cheat days? Sun, 23 Jun 2013 08:42:06 EST Newbie Hello everyone, my name is Siobhan ( sounds like CHEVAUN) and I am an Irish mammy <BR> to a college student and a six year old , living a hour away from Dublin. I am 47 years young and hoping to lose 47 lbs before my sons 7th birthday in November 2013. I joined last night and I think this site is amazing, <BR> I have got so many tips already, didnt know that you could even use kale in a salad, we normally mash it up with mashed potatoes a little raw onion, milk and butter yummy but not so <... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 15:57:41 EST Hello! Nathalie here! Hello! I'm Nathalie (pronounced like Natalie). I'm a Environmental Science major in Ohio working on getting my bachelor's degree. I've never been "skinny" and last year I fell victim to the "freshman 15" along with picking up bad habits related to only being able to eat food on campus. I joined this site to change my habits that are working against my weight loss goals and pick up some extra good habits while I'm at it! Thu, 20 Jun 2013 01:42:39 EST Up for the challenge I am new to the challenge. I have been working with a personal trainer for approximately 11 weeks now. I workout for an hour 3x per week. I have a goal of 1200 calories. I do not enjoy food. I believe that eating is a waste of time. Therefore, my body has learned to hold on to every calorie it gets. I am 3 meals and 3 snacks per day. It is very hard work. I was given a meal plan that I have grown very tired of resulting in lower calorie intake. I am looking for new choices to help achieve my ... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 23:21:09 EST Hi Everyone My name is Shelley and I'm new here. Definetly need to work on my eating habits. It's hard when my family wants to eat badly. I am great about working out, I have no real clue when it comes to eating. I need recipes and ideas on good snacks. Hope this challenge will help me. Tue, 11 Jun 2013 14:21:29 EST Hello there! Nice to meet you all, i'm pretty new to this, i've joined this site with the sole purpose of losing weight mostly for my health, the thing is i don't really know what to do to achieve that, so i hope i can get some guidance from you guys. Tue, 11 Jun 2013 03:42:33 EST Need to pay attention to eating habits Hi everyone. I just joined this challenge. I have been exercising regularly now, so I decided I need to pay attention to my eating habits. I know they are not the greatest so time to get serious about it!! Good luck to all participating in this challenge! Mon, 10 Jun 2013 21:22:22 EST HELLLLO I haven't been on this site in a long time. I am trying to lose weight with no success so I am hoping that this will provide the key I need to be successful. A little guidance and inspiration. Here we go! Mon, 10 Jun 2013 11:27:25 EST eating well I have just been told by my heart care dr that I should loose40pounds in 6 months ready for a second leiscan/stress test....he suggested not eating any processed foods but filling up on veggies raw or steamed and fruits....little or no red meats and watch the calorie s ....that is how I discovered this site....he also said not to starve myself ...I will really need your page to do <BR> Fri, 7 Jun 2013 16:20:52 EST double chin hi people <BR> just share how to get rid of double chin . <BR> its very frustrating to have a double chin .it ruins all your face beauty .i have tried double chin reducer also... but didn't work :( Fri, 7 Jun 2013 15:26:09 EST Starting this challenge today Hi! I'm joining the challenge and chose the sub-goal of eating 2 planned snacks a day. I have a hard time with snacks because it seems any snack (planned or not) leads to more snacks. I have much more success with 3 square meals a day but can only sustain that for 2 days before I collapse from so much will power! hahahaha. I know fruits and veges are good snacks and I do enjoy them but why don't I reach for them? It is sooooo mental! <BR> <BR> Any words of wisdom or encouragement would be g... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 11:06:09 EST Goal Hello, I am new to the group. After coming back from my dr's it has been discussed that I will need to begin blood pressure meds. Needless to say, my goal is to keep this under control so that I am not on this medicine too long. I need to loss some weight, starting at 29 pounds and we will go from there. Have to take baby steps into this transition. Thu, 6 Jun 2013 14:19:55 EST heeey! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Jill and I am 28, fixin to turn 29 on Friday. I struggle so much with my eating habits, and I am in hopes that this team can help me improve. I am excited to start this challenge and to see the results it will bring. <BR> <BR> Cheers! <em>213</em> Sun, 2 Jun 2013 17:57:44 EST Hello! I'm new to join this team My name is Linda Dale lives in Haysville, Kansas near Wichita. I need to lose 43 or 50 lbs. I haven't start to walk or <BR> excerise. I hope you will help and support me. I know I will be busy to take care my husband, Sam. He will have his 4th back surgery on June 10. I hope it's work success for him. <BR> I'm grandma with two granddaughters & great great grandma with two great granddaughters & one great grandson I married Sam for 45 years this fall. I love working as signing para (ASL s... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 15:45:56 EST Protein vs Cholestrol Help. How does one consume enough protein in one day and not be high on the cholestrol. Yesterday my proteins were 1-Tbs peanut butter, 1-hard boiled egg and 1-fillet of broiled pollock and I went over the SP recommended cholestrol leve for me. Oh, I also had two pats of butter. Sat, 1 Jun 2013 14:11:49 EST Veggie Recipes Does anyone care to share some of the recipes they have found to cook some of the new veggies they have discovered? Thu, 30 May 2013 18:23:24 EST Hello Again! <em>213</em> I was a member of this team a while back and completed the challenge. I came back because I discovered without the accountability of recording my fruits and veggies I wasn't having enough. Maybe I need to be lifetime member of this team! <BR> <BR> Also, I am having trouble connecting to the discussion group. I click on what I presume is the link and nothing happens. Can someone help me with that? <BR> <BR> Thanks to all of you for being here! <BR> <BR> <em>250</em> to... Wed, 29 May 2013 21:06:42 EST Talk about falling off the band-wagon I also have a hard time with weekends, especially if there is something going on and I have to miss the gym. On the days that I go to the gym, I am really good about sticking with my diet. However, on the days where I skip the gym...look out! That's when I tend to binge and my goals go out the window. For example, I went to the gym every day last week for two hours each time. When the weekend rolled around, and we went camping, I packed healthy snacks like carrot sticks and celery, apples... Wed, 29 May 2013 16:00:43 EST What a way to start! WOW !! Thanks so much for the responses and support!! I am really looking forward to working with all of you - certainly don't feel alone any more!! Mon, 27 May 2013 13:10:52 EST Hi My name is Tracy and I am from S. MS. I am tired of being obese and I am ready to get fit and get healthy. I have lost 50 pounds since 2009 and I want to lose 50 more. I have tried low carb and portion control and I keep on the yo yo diet cycle and I am tired of it. I lost weight the first part of last year with spark people and portion control, so it's time to get back to what works. Sun, 26 May 2013 08:41:26 EST Introduction Hi, I'm Denise. I have about 35 lbs to lose. I am skirting on the pre-diabetes level and do not want to take medication. This issue can be solved with better nutrition and exercise. I bounce between great resolve and short-term follow-through to the "why bother, maybe I am meant to be this way" mentality. I enjoy SparkPeople and would like to use the site and all of its resources as my priority plan. Sun, 26 May 2013 06:25:13 EST Introduction Hi, I'm Liz, <BR> Have been on spark off and on over the past couple of years. Want to lose 35 lbs. and am not having much success - my own resolve is low but really want to tone up and take fat off. Thought this challenge may help. Dealing with a lot of stress currently - out of work, moved to new area, health issues, basically feeling like a fish out of water and not having much success with anything. Hard to keep smiling and am trying to see the silver lining in this cloud. Know that ther... Thu, 23 May 2013 10:27:18 EST good or better fruit? I'm planning my snacks for this week, mostly fruit. Is there a better or best fruit to eat for caloric value and nutritional value? Thu, 23 May 2013 07:09:59 EST New to the group Question; Is salad included in being one of the five vegetables? Wed, 22 May 2013 19:18:31 EST Why am I here I just found out that I am a type 2 diabetic with serious fatty live problems. I need to lose 60 pounds and change my eating habits. I am always starving in the evenings. I am looking for ways to fill up while losing weight. I also have a really difficult time with social settings and self control. Wed, 22 May 2013 16:13:31 EST Need structure & accountability! I was losing really well & once again got off track! Need to get back to eating more of the healthy foods & less of the foods that I crave......salty, sweet & lots of carbs!! Time to make some permanent changes. Wed, 15 May 2013 00:16:53 EST Yet another victim of Yo-yo Dieting Well hello there. One month ago I was happy about having lost 8 pounds for my wedding. Now, not only have I gained again those 8 pounds but added 6 more. Why, you ask me? well, as for sure many of you have experienced, I am a victim of Yo-yo dieting. I find myself avoiding some foods and exercising regularly during a couple of months and, as soon as I see results, instead of keeping up the good work I go back to my old habits and even indulge into some serious Binge eating. It is not until I ... Tue, 14 May 2013 15:03:03 EST Meredith, Hi! Any tips? Hi my name is Meredith, 18 yo, 200 lbs with a goal of 120 lbs. <BR> This is my first challenge and any tips to get the most out of it would be appreciated. :) Sun, 12 May 2013 19:41:54 EST Vegan members Are there vegans out there doing this challenge? <BR> Any ideas on how to use the nutritional tracker when it does not appear to be vegan orientated? <BR> I feel I have to consume more calories to reach all my nutrient goals. Any advice? Please discuss. Sun, 12 May 2013 03:23:12 EST I just need to lose the pounds. Hello, my name is Caitlyn, and I have been on the heavy side for quite a while now. No matter what diet I put myself on, I always find myself slacking off, due to lack of motivation. I wake up and tell my self everyday, "okay, today is the day I get serious and actually lose weight." I currently weigh 234lbs and I really want to weigh 180lbs or just be back in the 100's before the summer ends. I joined because I thought I'd try something new to atleast put myself back on a routine. I hope to ... Sat, 11 May 2013 13:29:47 EST how do i know if im eating the right calories i played around with the tools and adjusted the calories and now i have no idea how much i am actually supposed to have? Tue, 7 May 2013 23:19:45 EST Getting Healthy I Quit smoking 1 1/2 years ago and although I did not substitute food, my metabolism did a nose dive. I've always been a bit over weight but exercise always got it back on track. However since quitting smoking and turning forty my weight skyrocketed to over 200 pounds and I knew something had to be done. I've been working on healthy eating for months now and feel like i'm learning alot about cooking healthy foods. I've started slowly back with the exercise this week and will continue to bui... Mon, 6 May 2013 20:45:05 EST New to team but not to SP Hi There, <BR> My name is Leah. I've been a member of SP since 2006. I've sure had great success when I stuck with the things I learned on SP and stayed active here. However have been through some major personal stuff over the past few years and kinda just fell out of life in a way. So I'm back! And I'm ready to do it right. Have been tracking food and staying within calorie range for 3 days now. Want to get out and walk but it's been raining in AL, hopefully today the sun will shine. ... Sun, 5 May 2013 09:11:53 EST hi everyone .excited to start :) Hi there..I have always known about sparkpeople website but never took a serious intension and decision to start watching my weight because of a weak I joined this challange because <BR> I need to love love love fruits and vegetables to loose weight <BR> I love to have company in my loosing weight efforts <BR> Aaand a oneb month challange and commitment could make miracles to my body.. <BR> <BR> Want to commit to this challange..wishe me luck Sun, 5 May 2013 05:29:26 EST hello I am new to spark people Hello everyone I am new here on spark people and the teams and I am a little nervous because I never posted a message. I am 40 years old. My name is Amy. I am very obese. I have sleep apnea. trying to use my cpap machine every night. I get little to no activity throughout the day. Trying to lose weight on my own but not succeeding. Although I am out of the danger zone of being diabetic. I want to start exercising but having a hard time committing to it. Looking for general support and hop... Sat, 4 May 2013 20:08:43 EST Repeating a week Can we repeat weeks? I'm not doing so hot on the week 2 challenge. I need to repeat it - I'm only up to 3 vegetables/fruits a day. But I think if I do one more week, I could nail this. How do you get your veggies/fruits in? Wed, 1 May 2013 16:55:45 EST Hello! Newbie to Sparkpeople... So bare with me until I figure this site out. I just joined today. <BR> <BR> My name is Courtney and I am from Southern, Ontario. I am 28 years old, 5'7 and weigh in at around 172lbs. I am really hoping to lose the 25-30lbs of fat I put on in the last 6 years. <BR> <BR> I am not new to logging my food. I come from MyFitnessPal, which in the way of logging food seems much easier, however, for everything else sparkpeople seems to offer, a little planning and I think I will enjoy this site a... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 15:31:39 EST Hi! I am 45 and a mother of 3. I also have been doing a certification program in health coaching. My goal is lose about 8 lbs and mostly to be consistent in my consumption of healthy foods. I am trying to cut out added sugar, and to not eat grains as I believe they contribute to moodiness and depression for me. I do pretty well most of the time, but then break it and have trouble getting back on track. Just today, I started tracking my food - not on SparkPeople, but on my own. Looking for s... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 12:55:54 EST New to Spark People and the challenge Hi there. Have been working out since Feb this year and have dropped over 20 lbs. Trying to get healthy after a bout with Stage 2 breast cancer. I am done with this body and I want to get healthy! Mon, 29 Apr 2013 10:48:47 EST Goals for this challenge Sorry if I'm not doing this properly. I'm new here and don't quite understand how theses post work. My goal for this challenge is to eat more healthy so I can be more healthy. Maybe I can get some help from someone, maybe some tips on how to do this. I have tried diet after diet, I have had dietitions try to help. For some reason I can't loose the amount of weight I want. My goal is to one day look good at the beach like all my friends and feel good about myself. Thu, 25 Apr 2013 11:10:47 EST Queen of Excuses I am the queen of excuses and have a long to do list that I'm not motivated to do. When I'm not in the loop/on the band wagon/in an exercise routine, I add exercise to my to do list. That is always the first to get skipped. <BR> <BR> When I was cleaning, I found a journal from when I was in college. The first entry was from April 2000 - "I'm fat, I'm making bad choices, I'm worthless, etc." The second entry was from Feb 2001 - "I've started exercising, watching what I eat and I've lose 30 lb... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 09:27:09 EST Fat Content After completing my first week as a (return) member of Spark People, I decided to analyze my food intake. I am typically under on my protein, way under on carbs and right on/on point for calories & fiber. However, I always meet and even exceed my fat gram quota. When I exceed it - it hasn't been by a ton (2-10 grams), however, I feel like in order to lose weight, I better get my act together; especially in that area. <BR> <BR> I'm stumped though as through the years, I've experienced all sor... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 01:21:11 EST Nexercise App Hello Sparkers! <BR> <BR> If any of you have a smartphone, do you have/use the Nexercise App? It's the app that I use every day to track my exercise. I love it because it is super easy, free and a great way to motivate me to exercise. The least of them being every time you exercise, you earn mPoints, which can eventually traded in for a prize, raffle or gift card. Granted, some of the items are 12,000 points, but some are only 1000, and if you track your exercise, you'll get there in no ... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 11:18:14 EST Goal digger Hi.Im a 35 year old mom of 2.My weight has been a continuous battle for all my life.Im from South Africa so my current weight is 93.5kgs and i would like to reach a goal of 75kgs. <BR> It would be awsome to keep in contact with all you ladies who are going through the same thing. Mon, 15 Apr 2013 05:21:26 EST Joining a challenge Hello Team! This is my first time being a part of a weight lose forum or weight lose team. I heard about SparkPeople from some co-workers and friends. I have been trying to lose the same 20 pounds for some time now and because I have a thyroid condition it has been even harder to loose the weight. I wanted to join this challenge for the support and motivation to loose the 20 pounds and keep it off. Thanks Sat, 13 Apr 2013 14:22:44 EST newbie Hi today's the day ! I'm a 5'3" 179 lb ,53 year old female I've set my goal at 138. that's 41 lbs to lose. Within the last 7 years I've had a total hip and a total knee replacement . I have scoliosis and arthritis but I know I can do this. I lead a mostly sedentary life at work and home . I am hoping for some accountability as a motivator because I think my main hurdle is lack of motivation . I could easily see myself just buying bigger clothes ! So this is my big effort to stay off that roa... Sat, 13 Apr 2013 07:56:51 EST hello! hi! i'm hoping to join this challenge! I am a compulsive sweet eater... One taste of sugar and I'm done, I will binge on sweets. <BR> <BR> I'm on week one starting on monday of clean eating (1200 calorie range) and doing Jillian Michael's 30 day shred.... I did great for two days of eating, today I over snacked by about 500 calories :( <BR> Tomorrow is a new day, I get up at 6 to do jillian! Thu, 11 Apr 2013 01:01:10 EST Week One!!! Ok! I started this challenge because I had such success with my 10 minutes daily challenge---I'm into 15 minutes daily on my bike----now lets see if I can teach myself how to eat properly!! Part of my problem is self control, when I see a sweet I have to eat it. I've purged my kitchen of sweets and bad for me foods often enough, now I'm going to have to stop restocking. lol Wed, 10 Apr 2013 10:11:42 EST day 1 Day is mostly done. I stayed on track and got all of my water in. I feel so motivated. I really need to do this. I eve planned my dinner so I can stay in my calorie range. Mon, 8 Apr 2013 22:23:47 EST "Clicking" into weight loss mode! Aloha, I'm Renee, 48, Mom, wife, Christian and new Raw Foodie. <BR> I just ran across this team last week and it's at a terrific time. I'm trying to go fully raw, which is really hard when every Friday night is pizza night and the family favorites are tacos, spaghetti, & Mexican foods. But it's do-able... and I'm in the right frame of mind... finally.... to do this right. I hope it sticks this time! Mon, 8 Apr 2013 21:13:02 EST Raw Foodies? Aloha! <BR> <BR> I was wondering if there are any raw foodies here? <BR> <BR> I'm trying to convert and I have noticed on weeks where I'm as raw as possible (at least 80%), the weight just falls off and I feel so energetic and good... but when I fall off the raw wagon I find myself constantly tired, with indigestion, and wanting to eat eat eat. So I have decided that the raw food way is the best way for me. :) Mon, 8 Apr 2013 21:07:10 EST Hi! Hi. My name is Jenna and I'm 22 years old. I joined this team and SparkPeople, in general, just to be healthier. I would like to lose about 50 lbs so I have a little bit to go, but I know I can do it! Good luck everyone with all the challenges to come! I'm excited to be working alongside you all! Sun, 7 Apr 2013 10:39:44 EST The staring contest... With the candy dish...... <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I work at a bank and we offer little candies for our customers. Chocolate candies. I have 45 minutes left to resist these before the end of the day. I can do it!! Every time I want to reach for one I reach for my water instead. <BR> <BR> What tricks do you use to win the fight against your cravings? Thu, 4 Apr 2013 17:16:47 EST Re: Spark Solution Book As I said, I bought the "Spark" a while ago. There are a lot to read, and also tips to create your own menu. By all means how is it possible that so many people already lost weight, and the new book is only available the 7th of May?? <BR> Sometimes I am so sceptic about all the new books popping up. A year ago I bought the "flat belly diet book" and the cookbook. To my disappointment most of the foods they prefer you to eat are not available here in Israel! If I just say something about a... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 14:53:23 EST Frozen Fruit Experiences Hello all, <BR> <BR> I'm bummed. It's that time of year in Florida when the blueberry and strawberry seasons are winding down and it's really chancy to buy them at the market or the grocery. I actually returned some moldy blueberries last week the very next day after I purchased them. I have gotten really used to eating fresh blueberries with cottage cheese as my desert after dinner and now I'm at a loss. I use frozen blueberries and raspberries in my smoothies, but I have not tried eating... Fri, 29 Mar 2013 10:08:37 EST Why am I my own worse enemy? Hello. I wish I could tell you that I'm new to this site or that I'm new to Weight Watchers and that I didn't have a clue what was needed to lose weight, but that's not the case. Sparkpeople is a great site loaded with tons of motivation, information, exercises, recipes and other people struggling, as I am, to lose weight. So, here I am armed with all of this knowledge and help right in front of me and I don't lose any weight, not one pound all winter, "why"? I struggle to find an answer ... Thu, 28 Mar 2013 08:28:27 EST What's good this week? I notice that, while you can get most fruits and veggies year round, they are so much better in season. Everyone knows to eat apples and squash in fall and strawberries and green beans are best in summer, but did you know that oranges are heavenly in January, and that pears are juicy and sweet in March? <BR> <BR> So, can anyone tell me what else is really good right now? <BR> <BR> Also, how do I prepare Swiss chard? (I believe this is in season now? I saw it locally grown at a farmers mark... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 07:33:55 EST I DID IT!!! <em>104</em> I got up this morning determined to eat right, and exercise. And I did it!!! I walked 20 minutes, did crunches, and push-ups, and stretched. I feel wonderful!!! Mon, 25 Mar 2013 14:09:10 EST Looking for a Team Leader or Two As you may have noted, the challenge is no longer sponsored and we have tweaked the team name slightly. We are looking for a member or two that have interest in continuing with the leadership of this team to help support and encourage others throughout their challenge. <BR> <BR> Let me know here or via Sparkmail if you are interested. <BR> <BR> Coach Tanya Mon, 25 Mar 2013 13:34:59 EST Goals This week my goal is to track my food intake every day and exercise at least 4 days Mon, 25 Mar 2013 13:11:25 EST Day One First day of this challenge! My goals are to give up the sweets, prepare my meals, and make healthier choices. Mon, 25 Mar 2013 12:29:32 EST First day Love veggies and fruits, so this challenge should be a breeze. Hoping to get more recipe ideas to spice things up a bit. Sun, 24 Mar 2013 12:41:20 EST KSpam5 Good Morning All - My name is Kim - mother of 4 or 5 if you include hubby (lol) - I have joined becuase I need the motivation and support to loose the weight and become healthier - still working my way around the site and learning it - can't wait to start seeing results - have a great day Sun, 24 Mar 2013 10:57:41 EST Trying to re-Spark I thought I would join this team to help get my Spark back. Sort of gone back to old habits again and have vowed to make a new, healthy life for myself. I love the support I get at SparkPeople and I know that all of you will help keep me accountable! Sat, 23 Mar 2013 06:50:10 EST Getting enough protein Hi, everyone! New to the Team and Spark in general. <BR> <BR> One of my biggest problems is that I have trouble with low blood sugar and so I need a lot of protein throughout the day. All the protein sources I eath (meats, cheeses, tuna, yogurt) contain lots of calories and fat. I can't stand low-fat cheese, etc. and don't want all the junk they put in 'low fat' products either. What other options are out there? <BR> <BR> Krista Fri, 22 Mar 2013 11:11:47 EST What is a serving of vegetables? I have a lot of trouble getting enough veggies into my diet, so I'm wondering if I'm possibly underestimating how much I eat or what my options are. I know a half cup of cooked vegetables is a serving, but what else counts? What is a serving of carrots (I eat them whole, not chopped)? Or a serving of tomato sauce? How does servings in a salad work? How much lettuce is a serving, or cucumbers? I know I don't put a whole serving of one vegetable on the salad, but maybe I reach 2 or 3. Most impo... Fri, 22 Mar 2013 10:15:12 EST I need help please I am hving trouble starting my diet. Im inside all the time keeping my 10 month old grandson and I get down and out sometimes. Cn someone plz help me? <em>39</em> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 10:28:04 EST Please help! Okay so I am going to confess what I ate today and give some friendly advice many of you probably know already. Today I woke up and had my Rice Krispies with a banana and skim Milk. This is my energy breakfast for my cardio workouts. Within an hour I am doing my workout. Afterward I run errands with my three year old in tow. To avoid fast food I am trying to pack our lunches. For me I packed a tuna sandwich, a 100 pack of guac and organic blue corn chips. My son is a snacker and likes y... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 18:33:59 EST Please help me I'm having trouble staying within my calorie range. I either am too hungry or don't have the right foods. I'm having trouble getting control of this. Any suggestions for me? Wed, 20 Mar 2013 12:32:57 EST Hi ... Hi I am a working mother of two wonderful boys...I work 8 to 12 hours a day during the week.. the weekends are off.. I love to cook and bake since I love food... need to lose 50 pounds for I feel the huffing and puffin coming around... I love to play with my boys but half the time I am sitting and watching want them years from now for them to remember me having fun with them... that is my biggest goal... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 08:49:46 EST mission Getting fit!!!!!! Hi everyone <BR> I am so excited to join sparkpeople <BR> My goal is to loose weight as well as learn healthy eating habits.i have tried so many things to lose weight but i failed so nw i need ur support so that i can reach my goal <BR> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 21:20:45 EST Re: Book Did any one buy the latest book "Spark Solution?" I bought the original book "The Spark" <BR> Just wonder if it is better than the first one. Tue, 19 Mar 2013 11:57:51 EST Weekends do me in I do great during the week.....but the weekends do me in. Eating out....going to functions. Help! Mon, 18 Mar 2013 19:13:29 EST Veggies bloat me I love to eat veggies but, I was told by my dr. that eating broccoli, brussel sprouts (which I adore) can actually make me bloated. I have tried beano but, it really doesn't work Does anybody know any other remedies. I can even cook my veggies and still be bloated Mon, 18 Mar 2013 14:12:06 EST