SparkPeople SP Class of May 19-25, 2013 Team Messageboard This team is for all members who joined SparkPeople from May 19-25, 2013. Welcome! SparkPeople SP Class of May 19-25, 2013 Team Messageboard 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 New (again) to SparkPeople Hi all, <BR> Just introducing myself. I'm Tammy, (mom to 5) and also a full time Music Director. I love my family and my job, but have put myself last for too long. Had some pretty serious health struggles with lupus this past year+ and I'm trying to get healthy. Looking forward to being part of this community! :) Wed, 21 May 2014 16:05:12 EST over sthe road-rolling strong Hey how are we all tonight? I'm spencer 24 and a long haul driver. I have a goal of getting down to 150-160ish. Currently I'm starting at 194. I'm shooting for 1-3lb a week. Any support given will be appreciated. Out here on the highway there isn't much support for a driver so any is greatly apreciated Mon, 24 Feb 2014 06:06:10 EST Going backwards! The past 2 weeks I have been doing terrible! I do great until it gets dark then I'm on a eating frenzy. All those things that we picked up at the store for everyone else find their way to my mouth! Glazed donuts, peanut M$Ms, all the things I know better than to eat, but love to eat. <BR> I have done pretty well since May now it seems I am going backwards and this time of year makes it even worse because of all the goodies for Thanksgiving and Christmas. <BR> The more I get down on myself the... Sat, 16 Nov 2013 08:40:53 EST AUGUST CHALLENGE Try to get 10 minutes of cardio in BEFORE noon every day! Mon, 12 Aug 2013 12:54:45 EST JULY CHALLENGE Increase your fitness by 10%. If you are walking 1 mile walk 1 mile and a tenth. If you are walking on the treadmill at 2.5 mph then up it to 2.75 mph. If you are doing 10 sets of strength training then do 11. <BR> <BR> We have to keep pushing to sustain momentum as we lose. <BR> <BR> Think <BR> <BR> INCREASE speed, intensity, length, weight (handweights), incline, reps, etc. Thu, 11 Jul 2013 09:49:34 EST Texas Grammy Tries Again This is my second attempt to get in better shape and better health. Two years ago I was doing well. I had lost 14 lbs and was exercising 4-5 times a week. Last year we had multiple losses in our family. Within 1 year I lost my sister, my mother and a beloved great-nephew. Last week my 17 yr old cat had a stroke and passed away. And so I stopped focusing on my health. I've gained back all the weight plus added an additional 5 lbs. I was always tall and thin and never had trouble with m... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 14:06:46 EST Hola Everyone! Hola Everyone! I am 31yrs old and I have found myself uncomfortable in my skin, so I've decided to change things for myself. I am very excited and positive about using Sparkpeople to help me attain my goals; and I hope to make friends along the way! Tue, 18 Jun 2013 22:29:25 EST Eat A Rainbow <link><BR>h/fruits-vegetables.shtml </link> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 10:16:20 EST Free SparkPeople App - TODAY ONLY! <link><BR>&node=2350149011 </link> <BR> <BR> Normally it is 3.99, and today it is FREE!! <BR> <BR> Get it now, while you can! I have it, and I LOVE it for tracking nutrition and fitness minutes, and logging my water in as I go! Mon, 10 Jun 2013 14:07:11 EST Workout songs! <link><BR>st=the_top_100_running_songs_of_all_time </link> <BR> <BR> What are your favorite workout songs? Any of your picks on the SP list? Want to share your motivational playlist? <BR> <BR> My (embarassingly) favorite song to listen to when jogging is the song from Rocky "Eye of the Tiger" - anyone else pretend to be Rocky when exercising? lol. <BR> <link> </link> Fri, 7 Jun 2013 15:41:18 EST New at this Hi everyone, <BR> My name is Veronica and I go by Vero! I have been on Sparkpeople for a couple of weeks now so i'm getting the hang of it. I'm a bit shy and right now nervous. I have 4 girls and I'm here to drop some pounds! Wed, 5 Jun 2013 14:47:15 EST JUNE CHALLENGE One of the key components to successful weight loss is TRACKING FOOD! <BR> <BR> It doesn't matter if you use the sparkpeople tracker on the website, the sparkpeople app or a notebook with a pencil. It's just very important that if you bite it you write it! This includes samples at the grocery store, bites while cooking and those french fries you ate off your child's happy meal! <BR> <BR> For the month of June try to track ALL your food. <BR> <BR> In addition - work toward getting SOM... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 08:35:22 EST Hello Class of 19-25! Hi Everyone, <BR> Just wanted to say hello to everyone. I joined last week, but am a little late joining the group. I'm new to this on-line support/sharing site, but the response from everyone so far has been great. It's nice to have others cheering you on. <BR> I've been on the dieting roller coaster most of my life...but something recenty "clicked" with me this time. I'm 55 and have so much to live for..2 beautiful daughters and 3 adorable grandchildren... I want to be healthier, happier,... Fri, 31 May 2013 22:52:23 EST EXERCISE LOG Use this topic to hold yourself accountable to exercise. Feel free to post your gym visits, runs, walks, zumba classes, etc. Fri, 31 May 2013 08:52:50 EST New Here Hi There! My name is Patricia, I'm 31yrs old and I was looking for some MOTIVATION!!! I'm trying my best to lose weight but it's not easy! Been working out at home for about a month now and I just want to give up.... Thu, 30 May 2013 01:17:37 EST hi so I'm just starting So basically I'm trying to get fit and I'm having allot of trouble motivating myself Wed, 29 May 2013 22:45:34 EST Waving My Hand! Hi Everybody, I'm Shantelle From South Carolina.. Looking To Drop 65 lbs!! Wish Me Luck!!! Tue, 28 May 2013 21:55:03 EST Hello All!! I am ready to Lose Pounds... Hello Spark friends. My name is Jenifer and I am 39 years old. I will be 40 July 10 and have made a promise to myself for my fortieth birthday to lose these 50 pounds that have been hanging on since the birth of my second child 7 1/2 years ago. Instead of losing weight to please others around me, I am ready to do it to better my health and make myself happy. It sure is hard. I have been walking two miles every day for the last three weeks and lifting handweights inbetween. I have been w... Tue, 28 May 2013 16:24:33 EST Couch to 10k Runners! Hi All, <BR> I recently started the Couch to 10k program with an Android App. It's a really slow start program combining running and walking and perfect to get someone in. I'm looking for someone who wants to do it with me. I'm only just on week 2, and I would love to have some to "schedule" my runs with and have the support of knowing EXACTLY what I just did. Anyone interested? Tue, 28 May 2013 14:10:46 EST getting started and excited <em>244</em> Hello Sat, 25 May 2013 19:22:56 EST New returning member I was on here years ago and for some reason deleted my account but it worked for me then and I love the community. I am now a Navy Veteran (was active duty then), a stay at home Mom and a new business owner. I just started a business. But I live a pretty sedentary life. I recently got a fitbit flex love it but it does show me how sedentary I really am so I need all the motivation I can get to get up and get moving. Sat, 25 May 2013 17:47:35 EST New Spark Member Hi my name is Kate, and I am looking to get involved with the spark community. My goal is to gather support on my journey to lose weight as well as be a supporter myself. <BR> I live a life that is constantly going; working a full time job as an assistant teacher, hanging out with friends and family, and now going to school for medical assisting. <BR> I have found in the past that with the right support and hard work you can move mountains. <BR> My hobbies/interests include photography, cook... Sat, 25 May 2013 15:03:33 EST's me! I'm Mrs. Tightwad....I am a personal trainer, a blogger, a coupon guru, an author, a mother, and a wife. I'm new to this site, but it seemed pretty cool and what drew me in was the recipes using protein powder. Woohoo!! I'm as cheap as they come.....except when it comes to my protein. <BR> <BR> Feel free to message me, friend me, here or on Facebook (I'll send you the link if you ask for it). Have a great nite!! Fri, 24 May 2013 22:20:36 EST Hi I'm Briana from Washington state. Joined today, a week shy of my 29th bday. Fri, 24 May 2013 17:51:16 EST Where do I get the courage to begin? Helllllo there, <BR> <BR> I've never actually used message boards of any kind so this is new for me. My name is Drea, I have 100+ pounds to lose and I'm looking for a place to begin. <BR> <BR> My story is the age old story of overindulgence, emotional eating, stress, poor willpower etc but I'm hoping to change all that and eventually become someone who is empowered and successful. =) Fri, 24 May 2013 12:24:26 EST Hello I just started on this site this week in order to track what I eat. Any pointers or suggestions on how to best use this site? Any Sparkers out there from central Maryland? Fri, 24 May 2013 11:21:32 EST Hello My name is Pat and I would like to loose at least 90 pounds. The number seems to large for me to reach but, I am going to give it an all american try. I usually give up too soon. I love food but, mostly junk. I would like to make some life time changes. I am looking forward to being on this journey with the rest of you. I know I will need your support. So, thanks ahead of time. <BR> Thank you, Fri, 24 May 2013 09:51:11 EST Looking for a specific team I am not new to Spark, but had to close out my account and now I have a new one. I'm looking for the Australian Blue Heeler, or Australan Cattle Dog team. Help!!! Thu, 23 May 2013 15:30:22 EST Just started, hope I can make this work. I recently stopped smoking and I feel the biggest help was talking with other people on the same journey, facing the same set backs and feeling the same triumphs. So I am going to utilize the community chat with this journey as well. Thu, 23 May 2013 14:01:00 EST Cory Rebooted Time to install new software (you know the kind that helps you eat better, sleep better, workout) and reboot this body. Going to use P90X (lean) and a walking program together to see if I can get where I need to be. Goals are set to lose weight/feel better between 6/1 - 9/8. Certainly can't start a regimen before a major beer drinking, hot dog eating holiday! I welcome all supporters, fellow members on similar journeys. And I wish you the best! Thu, 23 May 2013 12:08:06 EST I'm Erin- Looking for friends and support! I'm Erin, I just rejoined SparkPeople again after being MIA for almost 3 years. I lost 55lbs last time but sadly gained it all back and then some. I hope to get back on the bandwagon! Wed, 22 May 2013 22:52:41 EST New here! Better days ahead:) Hi! I am new here, and enthused to have found a supportive community like SparkPeople! After managing my life rather badly the last while I am hoping to find the motivation and support I need to meet my goals. Fitness and a healthy lifestyle are important goals to me, and I want these to become my lifestyle, not just habits. I feel that achieving these goals may be a key to managing some of my depression issues and giving me the tools I need to be a healthy role model for my family. Moving fo... Wed, 22 May 2013 22:13:31 EST Hi There! Hi Everyone, <BR> I'm a late-20-something in the midwest looking for a group to help motivate me and keep me accountable. After initially losing 10+ lbs more than five years ago, I failed to maintain it and gained back double. I've been unhappy with my weight and constantly yo-yoing ever since. I'm a fairly introverted person and I never put much on the web, but I realized what might be missing from my weight loss efforts is the social component - a group of people I can talk to about my tri... Wed, 22 May 2013 18:29:55 EST Glad to be here Hello I have been obese pretty much all my life and now i am 42 and my body is breaking down on me. I need to take control or i am going to be immobile and die. This is a first step in my journey i am glad i am here with you all. Wed, 22 May 2013 12:56:23 EST Hey there, im on a mission...wanna come along? Hello everyone, I am here to change my eating and living for life. For so long, I've jumped from diet to diet and this time I want to do it right. <BR> <BR> So with a little encouragement and from folks going through the same changes, we can support each other. Wed, 22 May 2013 09:14:58 EST Hey there, im on a mission...wanna come along? Hello everyone, I am here to change my eating and living for life. For so long, I've jumped from diet to diet and this time I want to do it right. <BR> <BR> So with a little encouragement and from folks going through the same changes, we can support each other. Wed, 22 May 2013 09:12:31 EST Marree15 Hi, <BR> This is my first day with Spark People.....I am a 66 year "young" lady living in Washington state. I am wanting to lose 85 lbs. and it is not easy!! <BR> I lost my job four and a half years ago, and am now retired and have way to much time on my hands! I am a mother of five (5) grown kids, have fifteen (15) Grandchildren and two (2) Great-Grandsons. I am also divorced and live by myself, which is very nice. <BR> I look forward to hearing from some of you that want to share. <BR> Tak... Tue, 21 May 2013 14:05:29 EST Not really starting over, but rather starting. Hello every one, <BR> My Name is Kaitlyn, and i am 21 years old. Im not really sure what else to day, other than I hope i am successful in reaching my goals. I am tired of being over weight and this summer its about to change. I know no one one here and it would be nice to have friends, to help encourage me along the way Tue, 21 May 2013 12:43:01 EST Gracefully 60 Hello and how are you all doing? I am here to do get healthy, and I beleive that I can get the support here on this site. You all have a good and blessed day!!!! Mon, 20 May 2013 18:07:39 EST Life begins today Am one that gets going well and tends to talk herself out of anything or justify why I am still sitting at my desk right now and not going to the stairs and doing a flight or two Mon, 20 May 2013 14:38:24 EST Hi All My name is Aimee and I am back for another round. I haven't been on here for over a year. I found my old name, deleted it and wanted to start fresh, new name, new game. <BR> <BR> I am not sure where to begin any more. But I got depressed when I couldn't get on my Wii board anymore because I exceeded the weight limit. <BR> <BR> One day at a time is all I can do for now. Mon, 20 May 2013 13:45:16 EST Main Message Board Forums Hi! I'm totally new to this site & seeking empathy & encouragement. I'm 66, newly retired, have some physical difficulties, and just finished 28 days following the book "The Fast Metabolism Diet" where I lost 15 pounds and now want to begin further healthy and sensible efforts. Arthritic knees and spine prohibit exercising to limited walking and seated exercises for the time being. I currently weigh 339 pounds and feel like "what's the use" because even if I lost a good pound quantity, I'm ju... Mon, 20 May 2013 12:09:35 EST Let's get this party started! Hi everyone, my name is Jennifer and I am really excited about this new journey to a better me. Looking forward to meeting new people and helping others along the way. I can't believe this website is free. I can't wait to try some of the recipes. Hope everyone has a great week. Mon, 20 May 2013 01:07:07 EST LIMITED OPPORTUNITY - 12 WEEK PROGRAM My success has come doing multiple 12 week rounds of BLC (Biggest Loser Challenge), a member created challenge team in it's 22nd round! <BR> <BR> This team based approach to weight loss, fitness, nutrition and accountability has been my vehicle to success. Let me say right off the top - It's not for everyone. <BR> <BR> Do you like working with a close group for 12 weeks (25-30 people with 2-4 leaders)? <BR> Are you willing to connect with your team 3-5 times a week (daily is better)? <... Wed, 15 May 2013 14:06:30 EST GLUTEN FREE FOODS ALWAYS have someone check the nutrition/ingredients labeling. <BR> <BR> Acacia Gum <BR> Acesulfame K <BR> Acesulfame Potassium <BR> Acetanisole <BR> Acetophenone <BR> Acorn Quercus <BR> Adipic Acid <BR> Adzuki Bean <BR> Acacia Gum <BR> Agar <BR> Agave <BR> Albumen <BR> Alcohol (Spirits - Specific Types) <BR> Alfalfa <BR> Algae <BR> Algin <BR> Alginic Acid <BR> Alginate <BR> Alkalized Cocoa <BR> Allicin <BR> Almond Nut <BR> Alpha-amylase <BR> Alpha-lactalbumin <BR> Aluminum <BR> Amaranth <BR>... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 18:23:40 EST GLYCEMIC INDEX This is a good list of foods and their glycemic index. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>emic_index_and_glycemic_load_for_100_f<BR>oods.htm </link> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 18:22:54 EST VEGETABLES - HERB AND SPICES <em>301</em> I found this list at Food Editors online and thought it might come in handy for cooking your Vegetables and making them more tasty! <BR> <BR> Vegetables & Herbs <BR> <BR> Sweet Potatoes- nutmeg or cinnamon <BR> Potatoes -garlic and basil, mint and sage <BR> Squash (orange)-thyme, basil and rosemary <BR> Squash (yellow)-basil, parsley and oregano <BR> Cabbage -cilantro and cumin <BR> Carrots -cumin, sage, ginger <BR> Corn -marjoram or sage, dill seed & thyme, basil and rosemar... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 18:21:34 EST MAY CHALLENGE The best way to get going is to GET GOING! Exercise is a KEY component to your journey. <BR> <BR> The challenge this month is to track fitness minutes. <BR> <BR> Try to get 60 minutes a week minimum. There are helpful videos and demos on the website. <BR> <BR> Exercise Demos Here: <link><BR>e_demos.asp?exercise_type=core </link> <BR> <BR> Fitness Maps Here: <link><BR>_maps_home.asp </link> <BR> <BR> <B... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 18:18:50 EST