SparkPeople Office Workers Unite! Team Messageboard We need to talk about your TPS reports. SparkPeople Office Workers Unite! Team Messageboard Quick hello I work at a b2b call center in San Francisco. I have had a fitbit for just over a month now and love it though often find getting my steps in challenging. Nice to see others in the same situation to get ideas on how to deal with it. <BR> <BR> Hugs and happiness all. Mon, 21 Dec 2015 18:21:50 EST Newbie here &#128522; Hello, <BR> <BR> New to Sparkpeople and just looking for good teams and people to join me on my fitness journey! <BR> <BR> My main goal is to be healthier and active by making better choices daily! <BR> A side goal is to reach a healthy weight. <BR> <BR> A little about me: <BR> <BR> Married to an awesome guy, for nine years now <BR> No kiddos, but we do have three spoiled fur babies <BR> Walking is my main form of exercise, I am addicted to my fitbit <BR> I've worked in an office for fift... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 23:00:15 EST ViLaNaH here, just saying hi! Stopping by.... <BR> New job, 40 hours office time a week, a lot of computer, a lot of sitting... I hope I can get some helpful advice here on how to keep the energy level and work out a bit during office hours. I do cook my own food and snacks and bring'em to work, I also walk to the office and back every day (2.5 miles total, 60 minutes). Hope to start getting into a better shape asap. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 16:20:37 EST How do you deal with temptations? Hi, <BR> I'm doing relatively okay on my plan but my big problem is the temptations at work. I bring my own healthy snacks to work, but coworkers relatively often bring donuts or other high carb stuff. I have diabetes and I really have to be careful with the stuff, but the temptation is sooo hard to resist. I crave sugar all the time and even not having sugar does not make it go away. <BR> <BR> How do you deal with temptation in the office? I often find out of sight out of mind, but the 'g... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 13:05:58 EST Amaranth's Intro Hi, I've been on Sparkpeople for a while but got a new job a bit ago. I have worked mostly from home before but now I find myself in an office 40 hours a week. I have fibro and it is hard. Luckily I have a cubicle and luckily they don't mind I have a folding camping mat in the cubicle and I lay down during the hour others take lunch. That makes it possible to do but it's hard. I find myself tempted by the donuts and other things that I never buy because I crave them so much. But now they're h... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 18:08:21 EST Helllloooo I never knew there was a group for this. I have had the same desk job for 4 years now. Since it's hard to get exercise in at home, (when i have the energy) i run up and down our stairs anywhere from 5-20 min. But any other tips would be great Fri, 30 May 2014 13:35:33 EST Hi! Hi everyone! I am a contract attorney, I spend long days sitting in small rooms with anywhere from 8 to 40 other people depending on the project. Since I'm in Manhattan, I walk from the train to the office every day (about 7/10th of a mile each way) and I try to take lunch breaks and walk around the city. I also try to take the stairs the 4 flights as much as possible. <BR> <BR> The hardest parts are sitting all day and being tempted by the food delivery available. I joined sparkpeople, an... Thu, 1 May 2014 08:14:47 EST Walking/Getting Steps In I'm Jenny and I work at a desk all day. I recently bought a Fitbit Flex and I am shocked. I thought that I was taking a lot more steps than I actually am. So far I've started parking farther away from buildings and marching in place while waiting for things (coffee to brew, printer to calibrate, etc.). Does anyone else have any ideas? It's so hard when you are glued to your desk for most of the day! Sun, 13 Apr 2014 12:58:03 EST A project that won't get done... I hope this is anonymous and that no one I work with is in this group <em>2</em> <BR> So there is this project at work that was supposed to be due last week. On other years I helped do it because I had extra time. I actually helped someone who doesn't work there anymore. She taught me how to do so much of it, I did what I could and she finished what I could not. <BR> This year she is not here and so I and another coworker have the responsibility. I had all of my part done beginning of the... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 18:59:17 EST Just Joined ... I have been a SparkPerson for 4 years, but this is the first time I have thought to actually join this team. I don't know what your upper age limit here is, but I'm probably a little older ... suffice to say I work full-time at MY age (close to vaunted early-retirement age, if not surpassing it); have a lengthy commute, work for a very small company--and need the money (do not know if I will EVER retire!) <BR> <BR> If it is adequate enough for you to know that I am expected to work at the e... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 20:18:52 EST New Kid Here Hi! I've been on SP for a while, but I just joined Office Workers Unite! today. I'm 29 and work in an office at an airport. I've done pretty well on SP, but I need a little more motivation to get off my chair and go for walks throughout the day. It's pretty bad when I realize that the only movement I've had all day is going to the bathroom. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 13:17:30 EST sorry i've been MIA I haven't forgotten about all of you. I just am not on here as much, since it is so cold and i can't get on here during work. Thu, 23 Jan 2014 12:21:50 EST New to Team Hi, I am Kat. <BR> <BR> I am an application engineer. I sit at a computer all day long. I am either working on a project with software, learning a new software, or providing over the phone technical support on certain software. I occasionally teach classes in which I am sitting at a computer showing software with a projector. <BR> <BR> I have already started to do things to stay a little more active. I take breaks to exercise at work. I drink a lot of water, and I try to make sure I have a ... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 12:03:18 EST Tools At Work Well, I work alone at my office, and sometimes food finds a way here, and I want to measure it. I had some measuring cups at my desk, but had to take them home when we had a remodel. So, I use the mail scale to measure food I don't pre-measure at home. <BR> <BR> I was just curious what kind of tools other people use at work to help them with their goals. (I'm also bored at work and hoping to start a conversation.) <em>334</em> Wed, 2 Oct 2013 18:58:54 EST I sit on my butt a lot. Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I was looking for an active group to help me, people who can relate to how difficult it can be to lose weight while working as a desk jockey. I stumbled across this group. <BR> <BR> I work in an office, and many times I am by myself through the day. I have people come in here and there, and some days my coworkers have some office time, but most of the time I am by myself. Since I am the office manager, I try not to keep a lot of food around, but I still struggle. Like... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 19:30:00 EST Hi I've just joined your team Hi, <BR> <BR> I've just joined your office worker's team. I have been using a treadmill desk but not seeing much result as i can only walk 2 hours a day at .8 mph while i work. I'm finding it harder to walk the two hours, but i keep telling myself i can do it and eventually at least one pound has got to move. I've also take 650 calories (pop and cookies) out of my daily diet. But still I'm weighing in at 247 on a good day. Planning meals seems to be the hardest part. I don't use nuke m... Mon, 2 Sep 2013 16:25:42 EST Hey! I'm new! I can't believe there is a team for office workers! That's great! I've been working in an office for ever now. Not the same one, but the last 3 jobs I've held (or currently holding) has been office work. I liked my last one because I had a 10 minute hike to my office. I worked in a warehouse as a transportation specialist. Now I'm an office manager. I hate the sedentary lifestyle, but I love the job. Well, I love office work anyway. I'm going to school to be an accountant and this job gives m... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 09:28:58 EST Hey there! I'm Sara and have been "on" Spark for years. I just recently discovered this group and was happy to join. I have been in the office environment FOREVER and have had my ups and downs battling the sedentary lifestyle that comes with such a career. And, I'm up an up swing! Yippy!!! <BR> <BR> Oh yes, one other thing, I am always looking for ways to brighten up my beige prison (cubicle) and my Day Timer. Your input is much appreciated. Thanks! Wed, 28 Aug 2013 09:02:28 EST New Hi, my name is Liz. I began my weight loss journey two years ago. I walk at lunch 1.5 miles most days. Walk up 5 flights at least twice a day. I've also encouraged a few coworkers to walk with me or to work out in the gym in our building Sun, 25 Aug 2013 18:53:55 EST Wow! A team for Office Workers? HI there, <BR> <BR> I have been a member of sparkpeople for some time, and love the way we can find so many different groups to join. I had no Idea that there were other office workers out there?!! <BR> <BR> I have worked in an elementary school office as the head secretary for nearly 7 years. My first year I gained 20 pounds. I worked hard and took off 55 pounds, but during the last couple of years I have let 40 of them come back... I have a lot going on this next couple of weeks with ... Sun, 25 Aug 2013 15:22:02 EST Hi Hello. I started an office job in May after trying daycare for a year. I am a mom of 4, ages 19-5 and though I am very happy to be back in an office (daycare was NOT for me), I have found that the weight is creeping up more and more. I have one flight of stairs that leads to our office space from the kitchen/bathroom areas and outdoors (I work for construction company), so I do tend to get that much of a work out every day, but it seems that with the stress of a busy day, I am soothing myse... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 22:43:21 EST Hello! Hi! I am new to the team and would like to introduce myself. <BR> <BR> My name is Angelina and live in Philadelphia, PA. I work as a financial controller for a property management company. I am also a real estate agent in training. <BR> <BR> I have just recently become active with Spark. So far I really like it. There is so much information and support here. Mon, 19 Aug 2013 11:01:35 EST How do you plan meals on work days? I've been having trouble meeting calorie requirements because even though I have a box of granola bars in my desk, I really don't have time to plan healthy meals and snacks except for the evening meal. I can't bring anything that needs to be refrigerated, it must be stuff I can keep in my desk. Anyone have tips or experiences you can share to help me get a better plan? Fri, 16 Aug 2013 21:50:31 EST There's a new member on the team! My name is Ceara. This summer I have started my first office internship! From what I have noticed, this is definitely a very inactive job more than I thought it would be even though I've heard this from many others. Thankfully, I won't have to do this every day until after I graduate from college. Other things about me: My goal is to lose 85 lbs by Spring 2014 (Mar./Apr./May) and so far I have lost 20 lbs! I am in school for Accounting and will graduate in Spring 2015. Come, post on my blog, ... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 10:48:57 EST Pretty quiet around here.... I joined this group of 16000+ members feeling excited to have a place with a connection. Yet, there seems to be nobody here? Thu, 30 May 2013 20:57:45 EST HI there! Hello, my name is Jaime and the tag line for this group caught my about those TPS reports? Love that movie! LOL I'm a buyer for a c-store chain and spend most of my time behind a desk, although I do get out in the field once a month or so and work in the warehouse on occasion. Hoping this is a great place to find others who can relate to the fitness challenges of busy office life! Wed, 15 May 2013 18:25:38 EST Hello! My name is Rachel, I'm returning to SparkPoeple after a few years of chaos... Hoping to stay motivated this time!! Working in an office has been a major setback to getting fit since I sit for 10 hours a day and then go home and sit some more. I'm hoping to find some tips and tricks here on dealing with trying to stay in shape while working at such a sedentary job. <BR> <em>381</em> Mon, 6 May 2013 20:22:29 EST exercise challenge for April hopefully the weather will be warmer, so i am excited to be able to do more walking outside. anyone else up for this? i will be asking for a new challenge every month. Mon, 1 Apr 2013 11:35:32 EST exercise challenge for March 2013 i prefer walking, because i don't do it enough. so, i propose that we have a challenge for this month to increase one of our exercises so that we are doing 30 minutes minimum 4xs/week. how does that sound? Fri, 1 Mar 2013 09:42:56 EST Hi everyone, I just joined the group I look forward to getting motivation from what you all do at work to increase fitness. I have flexibility in my time schedule but no one that will walk with me. Oh well I'm doing 15 min. X 2 everyday the last 2 weeks. Thu, 31 Jan 2013 23:31:26 EST Making the most of your desk. Any ideas for making the desk more fit? I work in a call center and feel like I am tied to my desk at times. I have purchased a set of hand weights but would love to hear what other's do to stretch and sneak in a work out. Thanks! Sun, 13 Jan 2013 08:52:50 EST walking challenge starts new every month? I really want to encourage all of us office dwellers to move more during the work day. so, how about we have a monthly challenge. everyone is welcome to suggest something. Wed, 9 Jan 2013 08:17:01 EST walking challenge for January 2013 I want us to get the new year started on the right foot. LOL. So, i propose that those interested have a goal of 5 miles + per work week of walking. We can report here on Monday whether we met that goal or not. anyone interested? Fri, 28 Dec 2012 11:22:09 EST Stuck to a desk is no fun.... I have joined a few months ago, but am now getting the courage to introduce myself. I am also a cubicle gopher. I am trying to stay fit and run away from the genetic gifts that my parents want to give me. I am trying to stay active, but often get too busy. The only time I have to exercise is at 4:30 am. I have a gluten intolerance and work as an exercise specialist for an insurance company. I am no expert, but want to help where ever I can. Wed, 26 Dec 2012 13:07:48 EST Hello New members Sunray0924 and SafeHarbor1111. Sparkmail me anytime you have any ?s. Mon, 19 Nov 2012 07:58:40 EST Hellooo...Hello Hi, I am Tahira & working in Packaging company.I am a chemical Engineer & Want to give best wishes to every one :) Tue, 16 Oct 2012 03:19:34 EST walking challenge for the remainder of 2012 every monday, i would like those of us that are participating to post how many miles he/she walked for that previous week. at the end of the first week in January 2013, i will determine the winner and he/she will get a nice Sparkgoodie. Okay? Tue, 9 Oct 2012 09:36:33 EST Hello Fellow Cubical Dwellers! Hi Everyone! <BR> I'm just getting back onto SP after a long break, so I'm definitely looking for some motivation and tips for staying healthy while sitting on my rear all day staring at a computer! I'm so excited to make a change for the better. I think this is the time I'll do it for good! Sun, 9 Sep 2012 15:51:19 EST HORRIBLE news.......not SP, but work related one of the most wonderful men, friendly, kind hearted, always willing to help me co-worker died of a heart attack yesterday in his home. he was so wonderful to work with all the years he and i were here. he will be greatly missed by those that knew him. he was too young to die like that. Tue, 4 Sep 2012 10:39:06 EST TPS Reports! So one of the things that the cult-fav movie "Office Space" got right was the emphasis on seemingly tedious or cumbersome and unnecessary reports! <BR> <BR> It's part of these things that bog us down at work, or make us feel so limited. I think that working in an office, with many people clinging to processes simply because that is "how it is done" is one of the things that limits our thinking in the rest of our lives. <BR> <BR> But think of how EXTRA rewarding it is and will be to break f... Thu, 30 Aug 2012 23:52:59 EST Hi, everybody! Hi, I'm Elizabeth. I just joined, and I'm looking forward to learning from the Office Workers team! Currently, I am a part-time librarian at both a public library and an academic one. Most of my days are spent behind the Reference Desk - I'm hoping to get out of my seated rut and move more. Sat, 25 Aug 2012 17:14:27 EST Hi! I'm Alicia, I just joined sparkpeople a few wks ago. I'm a dispatcher for a utility company. My job consists of sitting at my desk for 12 hr swing shifts. I find it hard to eat healthy bc I dont get a lunch break so most of my meals come from the canteen...then with the rotating shifts, sometimes i go all day without eating but then eat way to much at night. I'm so glad I found this team with people who experience the same problems as me <em>30</em> Sun, 19 Aug 2012 13:18:47 EST YOYO Motivation I have been eating healthier for a year now. I can feel the difference, and even get grumpy if I do not have enough veggies through my day ( who would have thought ). When it comes to exercise, I just find it very hard to stay motivated more than a week, as you can tell by looking at my profile. I have found many exercises to do in my office, but just continue with excesses. on why to not get on it. <BR> I have lost 10 pounds, but have been in a slump for quite some time, and I am needing de... Fri, 17 Aug 2012 09:27:44 EST Tips on finding a new job? I feel like I worked so hard to find this job, and now I don't want it anymore. I've worked there over a year. The boss has a temper. He wants me to do a new project thing which is NOT my job, not what I was hired for, it is actually his assistants job but the assistant has too much to do. I do try to help others in my free time, and once they set me up with little easy things I can finish their work. <BR> But this one project, I can't write tiny and it is going to get me yelled at and snappe... Sun, 5 Aug 2012 10:27:26 EST Hey I'm Zee. I work about 35 minutes from where I live at a YMCA as a front desk clerk/membership service representative (if you want to get technical). I'm currently looking for any other type of clerical/administrative/office work. I have a degree in nutrition, but I love doing office work. Something about organizing and planning stuff. . . <BR> <BR> Anyway, I'm trying to use my degree someway so I figured I'd actually apply it to my everyday life. Trying to cut back on meat and eating out an... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 16:05:36 EST Good news/bad news Hello everyone!! First I need to welcome my newest grandson ROMAN!!!! He was born July 17th @630 pm weighing in at 8 lbs, 5 oz and 20" long...yup, he's a big boy!!! <BR> <BR> Now to the good news..LOL <BR> <BR> Our center may be going to a combined center..the good news in that, is we will actually get a break. We will be able to get up and out of here for about 45 mins...Yeah!!! I can walk without getting into trouble.. <BR> <BR> Now, the bad...I will have to reapply for my job!!! Could... Thu, 19 Jul 2012 09:19:28 EST Something that makes me grumpy So...I work in a 911 call center...I have this pattern down where I can walk for 6 mins on my break...My boss and I were talking about it and she didn't like the idea of me being that far away from my partner...(it's like 100 yards and I do it in the early morning when we are quiet) that made me mad, it's ok for them to go out and smoke for 5-10 mins, but me walking is not good.... <em>101</em> Fri, 13 Jul 2012 10:04:42 EST I'm Back <BR> Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I am just returning to SP after about a 2 year absence. This morning I ate 2 doughnuts and felt like crap. When I got to work today I decided it was time. Time to get back to eating healthy, working out and feeling better about myself!! I can’t wait for my journey to get back on track!! <BR> <BR> Mon, 9 Jul 2012 15:05:04 EST Water I have a hard time drinking water. Not just drinking enough, but drinking any at all. I finally came up with something that is working! I have several plants at my desk and the only way to water them is to go get a glass of water - well, then I have half a glass of nice cold water sitting on my desk, may as well drink it. All of the little steps count! Thu, 5 Jul 2012 16:36:14 EST Inspiration Greetings Fellow Sparkers, <BR> <BR> Thought you may enjoy this little pick-me-up inspirational poster....and since it features my adorable son, I thought I'd pass it along. If you get a lift from it, please Share, Like or Comment on it. Thanks & be strong, be healthy!! <BR> <BR> <link>!/ph<BR>oto.php?fbid=10150977043629337&set=a.1<BR>0150974927174337.440402.238193504336&t<BR>ype=3&theater </link> Thu, 28 Jun 2012 12:15:38 EST Hi! I'm Deni Hello all!!! Not new to SP, but to this group!!! <BR> <BR> I think this is just what I needed to find. I am not in an "office" per se...I work in a 911 comcenter. I sit 10 yrs a day and work with 6 computers..Hope I fit in here!!! <BR> <BR> I work with 12 women and men..each of us are overweight..BUT,I am focusing on myself, hoping to inspire the rest of them. Most of them graze, I do pack my lunch..however, eating out usually wins out. <BR> <BR> So, I am looking for new, fun, easy exerci... Sat, 23 Jun 2012 00:30:05 EST What's your gig? What do you guys do for a living? How do you try to stay healthy at your job? <BR> <BR> I do the closed captioning for TV shows, probably some you watch. Depending on the program, I transcribe and time the captions that roll-up on a show, or I just transcribe the audio for someone else to time and place for the ones that pop on and disappear. <BR> <BR> My job involves very, very minimal movement (save for my hands, of course), so I try to get up and walk around the outside of our building a... Wed, 20 Jun 2012 13:14:31 EST Hello there Hi looking forward to meeting a training buddy to go to the gym with to help us both with motivation <BR> Anyone interested let me know Tue, 19 Jun 2012 06:48:08 EST warm weather maintain, not gain challenge? who's up for it with me? this would take place the months of June-July. Fri, 25 May 2012 11:21:08 EST Hello! Hello Everyone!! I just signed up to this and am looking forward to incorporating this into my health and fitness goals to keep me MOTIVATED! I need all of the support I can get in order to lose this last 25 pounds and STAY healthy!! Thu, 10 May 2012 17:21:03 EST always a beginning This is day 3 of trying to work out after work. My company provides a small workout area and I have decided to take advantage of it. The first night it was weird, because I was walking around the office in workout clothes. <BR> <BR> I am currently following the couch to 5k for jogging/walking to prepare for a half marathon in October. I used the treadmill for about 40 mins. <BR> <BR> After, I still had to drive the 1 hr and 15 min commute home. It wasn't as bad as I thought it would b... Sun, 6 May 2012 14:51:28 EST Hey, Fellow Office Monkeys! Hi Everybody, <BR> <BR> My name is Laura, I live in CT and I sit in a gray cubicle all day. I joined SP about 3 years ago but didn't do much, but now I've been back for about a month and I'm really workin' it. I love that there's a team for office monkeys because it's hard to remind myself to get up and move and ignore the nasty vending machine food. I also find the most depressing sound in the world is the loud THUNK of my frozen Lean Cuisine as it hits the microwave glass rotating plate.... Fri, 27 Apr 2012 12:23:25 EST Howdy! My name is Kyle. I work behind a computer all day long as an Accountant with long work hours combined with a long commute. I'm fed up with my weight and that is why I am here. Fri, 27 Apr 2012 00:18:46 EST Hi, I'm Jess Hello all! I'm happy to have found this team! I do data analysis for work with a bunch of other stuff thrown in. I am very much a professional desk rat at this point. I am over halfway to my goal weight and excited to add more little changes that make the difference. My cardio is what needs the most work and I'm tired of asthma and weak muscles standing in my way. I want to be able to keep up with my husband and do neat things like rock climbing and dancing! I also enjoy photography, b... Fri, 20 Apr 2012 13:42:13 EST Does this woman work in your office? 30 year plus, taddle tale, claims she doesn't like gossip but spreads it all. No matter what you or anyone else says she has to have the last word. Jumps up and goes the extra mile, then wines and cries when they give her more resposibility, Knows everything and will go out of her way to prove you wrong. If so how do you deal with her/him without strangling said person? Mon, 9 Apr 2012 17:59:00 EST Work Gossip Wow there's a lot going on lately. Everyone is into everyone elses business. I try to remain neutral, not listen too much and and I'm hoping my boss will intervene. It should stop. It's unprofessional and starts rumors. I'm not involved but I SEE what's going on, downward spiral. Bad moral. Everyone gets more miserable. It's not right. AT LEAST if a "moral" meeting would be called maybe it could dispell rumors and innuendo. If an employee is struggling I believe it is THEIR responsib... Thu, 5 Apr 2012 09:17:24 EST Hi! I'm Jovita I'm new to this online weightloss program. I'm a former marathon runner/runner in general. I have recently put on 10lbs due to new medicine. I would like to get back to my goal weight of 127-130. That's where I am the best weight for my build (5'2' and muscular). I do not have a problem with fitness, but I tend to like easy stuff for meals. Any help with meal plans or even fitness plans I have not tried yet would be great! Thanks! Tue, 3 Apr 2012 16:53:43 EST Hi all! Hello everyone. I sit at a desk all day long and I rarely even get up. I have a bad back and just started the 17 day diet about 13 days ago. I'm down 15.5 lbs and I'm on my way! This week was a very slow week for me... I actually lost most of the weight the first week. I'm ok with that, I'm going to keep with this and do it this time! <BR> <BR> I'm 44 yrs old. Live in Northeast Pennsylvania. I work in accounting and am looking at spreadsheets most of the day. I do get up for green ... Sun, 1 Apr 2012 10:17:08 EST HELP over the last month i have gained 6lbs. work has been crazy. we are implementing some big changes at work that mostly impact me. so i have been working roughly 50hrs. a week. plus i commute 1 1/2 hours 1 way. I'm a stress eater and there has been a lot of stress with the changes. so any ideas, tips, encouragement would be wonderful! THANK YOU! Fri, 23 Mar 2012 12:18:39 EST hello im as you guessed it new here ,,, just looking to meet some new fitness people around the area. Thu, 22 Mar 2012 10:37:01 EST Snack/M.eal Ideas for the Office? Looking to replenish my drawer, and Nutella is not the best choice. I like cooking at home but want some ideas on office food that doesn't require major work/cooking! <BR> <BR> (Microwavable and/or needs refrigeration is fine, luckily I have access to those) Wed, 21 Mar 2012 16:53:20 EST warmer weather, walking more challenge who's up for this? I know that it is still officially winter, but since we are having some warm day, who wants to be with me and walk 5 times a week for a minimum of 10 minutes each day? we can do this challenge until the end of april. Fri, 16 Mar 2012 09:10:58 EST TACT Any suggestions on how to handle a forceful, bossy, gabby coworker? <BR> I want to tell her things like: <BR> I don't have time to chat. <BR> I see that you take a lot of breaks and leave me here doing all the work. <BR> I hear you socializing everyday with the boss or someone for more than a few minutes. <BR> It's annoying when you don't ASK politely and just say "can I abuse you" to have me help her with something <BR> It'd be nice to have HELP when NO ONE is in the office - she takes off i... Mon, 12 Mar 2012 13:24:49 EST Office Yoga! <BR> <BR> I came across this while reading an issue of YogaJournal and wanted to share with everyone :-) Sun, 4 Mar 2012 14:56:06 EST New to the Team Hello, My name is Twila and I'm a church secretary. I sit most of the day in front of a computer. I can get up and walk around whenever I want. I don't always do that. I even have a program loaded on my computer telling me I need a break and I generally ignore it. I need to get better at taking my small breaks. When I do take a break I generally walk the hall and sometimes do the stairs. Fri, 24 Feb 2012 08:37:46 EST How do you fight this? Am I the only one who can be letter perfect all day, resisting temptations at work and when I get home run to the refrigerator and start eating anything I can find before cooking dinner, thus ruining my spark plan day after day? Why do I keep shooting myself in the foot? Any ideas about how to get control? <em>303</em> Thu, 2 Feb 2012 13:00:33 EST Hello want to correspond Hi I am Theresaannie and new to Spark People... and would like to correspond to others to share interest in staying healthy and excerising. Tue, 31 Jan 2012 15:17:37 EST Hi all! Hey. My name is Angela and I work in customer service. I have been at my present job for 7 years and am so stressed out daily. You can only take so much yelling and cursing before it gets to you. Anyway, I'm glad to be part of this team. <BR> Happy Sparking! Sat, 28 Jan 2012 21:11:11 EST Intro Post This is my first post ever. <BR> <BR> I am 40 yrs old, I am married to a Law Enforcement Officer and have 2 kids. <BR> <BR> I have worked in an office for almost 8 yrs and I can tell its not helping my weight loss at all. My day is long, I have a 1 hour and 15 minute commute, one way, 10hrs of work, then another 1 hr and 15 min drive home. by the time i get home its almost 8pm and all i have time for is some sort of dinner and then off to bed. <BR> <BR> My goal would be to have more ... Tue, 17 Jan 2012 10:42:53 EST bcfun66 Hi everyone, I am looking forward to having a way to be held accountable as I reach my goals. Tue, 17 Jan 2012 00:58:47 EST Hello :) Hi everyone. My name is Amy and I am just returning to Spark People after taking about a year away. I lost my focus with tracking and exercising when I got my new job just over a year ago in the office of an outpatient mental health facility doing medical billing. Over the course of the last year I gained back everything I had lost and then some and once I stepped on the scale and saw how much I had put on and the fact that I just generally felt like crap all the time I decided I must come ba... Sun, 15 Jan 2012 18:17:10 EST amelia winborne HI MY NAME IS AMELIA WINBORNE i AM A STRUGGLING WEIGHT LOSS PERSON HOPEING TO HAVE GREAT RESULTS. Fri, 13 Jan 2012 08:46:11 EST Hey there! Hi! Name is Yvette. I'm not new to Sparks but new to the team. I am an Admin Assistant for a Medicaid Waiver program in Seattle, WA <BR> <BR> I just came back to SP because I am going to make this year, MY year! No more playing around. I have started a healthy diet and have lost 5 lbs in 2 weeks. I have also started to exercise daily and today will be day 7. My daughter and grandson live me and are a good support system. My daughter is exercising with me everyday after work, and my ... Thu, 12 Jan 2012 17:08:00 EST Intro Hello. <BR> I finally decided it is time to make a change. No longer happy with how I feel or look. <BR> <BR> I've been using this for a week now, and taking it slow. I started by tracking EVERYTHING I've eaten and doing something (anything exercise-wise) for at least 10 minutes a day. <BR> I'm surprised how well this is going so far. (I caught myself doing a stretching exercise while pumping gas the other day and again today when doing dishes) <BR> I'm making small steps toward a healthi... Mon, 9 Jan 2012 22:59:20 EST New to team Hi I'm new to this team. I have been losing weight with weight watchers plus program since 6/21/11 and I lost 40+ lbs and things have changed and I can no longer afford the program, but I do have the basic concept. I have been gaining weight back slowly and that is not the direction I want to go in. Need all the help I can get. Wed, 4 Jan 2012 14:17:03 EST Time is now :) Newbie here :) I'm ready and determined. Tue, 20 Dec 2011 15:58:40 EST New here! I was really glad to find this group by happy accident. I've worked in an office my whole adult life, but this past year I've been at a new job that has created a whole new challenge....these people love their pastries! I am resisting right now, as I weighed myself this morning and was NOT a happy person. Willpower is what I need. I just stopped paying attention and started eating whatever somone brought in. Which is a freaking lot. And often. Especially right now during this whole Thanksgivi... Tue, 29 Nov 2011 13:36:07 EST I love thanksgiving! Boy, do I love Thanksgiving! <BR> <BR> I tried to stick to my diet plan,but everywhere I went temptation was there. I even reverted to talking to myself "stay strong you can do this." My will came crashing down like a stack of cards when my aunt brought out that sweet,sweet, German Chocolate Cake...sad to say, but it started a four day eating frenzy, inwhich made my belly stick out like I swallowed the whole turkey. <BR> <BR> If anyone knows of something to rid of this belly or any advic... Sun, 27 Nov 2011 12:28:10 EST Holidays at the office? Hey everyone! I am really interested in finding out how you celebrate the holidays in your office. We never do much at my office, only dinner, so I am trying to change it up this year. <BR> I will be doing 4 different activities, once a week for the 4 weeks leading to xmas, but I am not sure what the 3rd weeks activity should be. <BR> Week 1: Decorating ornamemts for the tree. <BR> Week 2: canned food drive <BR> Week 3: ????? <BR> Week 4: hot chocolate and desserts. <BR> <BR> So what do you... Wed, 23 Nov 2011 09:31:38 EST Just found this group. Heeelp :) I was going through different groups afterf finding myself in a slump with my goals. I am a customer service QA as you can imagine, I dont do a lot of walking unless it is from my desk to someone else's. I do not have a clue as to make this work in my favor. I need help :/ Sat, 12 Nov 2011 09:29:30 EST maintain, not gain challenge 11/14/11 -1/28/12 To those of you that are interested, I propose a "challenge". If you are struggling to lose the weight you want and you know, like me, that these upcoming holidays are a challenge already. how about we have a challenge to maintain our current weight, not gain any during the holiday season. If you lose, WONDERFUL! I would like to know how. if you are like me and just don't want to have another thing to think about so much, let's have weekly check ins to see who is maintaining or not gaining. t... Thu, 10 Nov 2011 11:09:15 EST Microsoft Word 2007 question I have a coworker who is getting a 'receipt' (for lack of a better term) printing out after every document she prints from Word. It includes information like author and editing time. The "print document properties" box is not check in "Word options," so we have no idea what to do. I have never heard of anything like this, have you? Any ideas? Mon, 7 Nov 2011 13:55:56 EST Team Newbie! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I've been using Sparkpeople for almost a year now, but have just joined this team. I currently work 4 days a week in an office (in Belfast, UK) and am soooo busy, I hardly get a chance to leave my desk apart from at lunchtime! <BR> <BR> I'll look forward to getting to know some of you and finding encouragement to stop the grazing habits!! <BR> <BR> Michelle x Sat, 5 Nov 2011 17:32:39 EST hello all, halloween eve. how r u doing? just stopping by to say hi. Sun, 30 Oct 2011 14:03:43 EST Hello Hi, there! Hope everyone is getting on well. I'm a legal assistant and work in an office, and despite the lack of exercise one might not get whilst in such an environment, I have lost a total of 105 pounds since July 2009. I did this by the calories in v. calories burned method, and trying to eat plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables, cutting out meats except for fish, eating vegetarian meat substitutes, cutting out white breads and grains and eating whole grains instead, etc. I haven't subscrib... Wed, 26 Oct 2011 14:11:46 EST Hello, I'm new-- I need help! :) Hello everyone!! <BR> <BR> I'm back to sparking and could really use someone to check in with- buddy system type deal :) I'm 23 and am brand new to this office life-- it's sucking the life force out of me while I'm adjusting. Learning a whole new system and terminology out to wazzu, BUT I'm trying to walk on my lunch break, take the stairs up to the 3rd floor office every time (sometimes as a mental break and for kicks i'll hit the stairs too :P ) Planning lunches and sparking... <BR> <BR>... Mon, 24 Oct 2011 23:48:33 EST october 24-29 challenge Just during the 5 day work week, I challenge us to get an extra 30 minutes of walking at least once. In addition to our regular exercise routine. It can either be 30 minutes at once, or 3 10 minutes trips. Sun, 23 Oct 2011 13:50:22 EST Hey there Friends! Hi, I'm Donna. I'm new and I'm ready to change my life. Thu, 20 Oct 2011 09:27:54 EST Hello all! Hi everyone, <BR> I'm not exactly new to SP, I've been around for a few years. But, I always get side tracked. I miss one day of checking in and it goes on for weeks at a time! I'm trying to be better. I was doing really good while I was away at school and keeping track of workouts and food. Now that I'm back home and have a job (I work for a museum in the Asian Art department) that is, obviously, a desk job that's 9-5, I'm finding it soooo hard to have the mental energy at the end of the da... Fri, 14 Oct 2011 08:55:21 EST October challenge. ...keeping sane @ work? Let's tell each other what we do or don't do to keep sane at our jobs. The challenge is to see how many different ideas we get. I'll go first. <BR> 1. i have pictures of my dogs at my desk so i can look at them whenever i need to and know why i am here. <BR> 2. i am doing much better about not taking work home with me. when i clock out, my brain does a much better job of leaving work @ work. Thu, 29 Sep 2011 14:40:01 EST Only been around for 2 months... Hi, My name is Shirley - I live in AZ and thought I would join this group. I do work in a office setting and would like to know what is desk dancing. Sounds like fun... Wed, 28 Sep 2011 16:25:46 EST I cook and take my own breakfast and lunch home Hi! <BR> <BR> Since beggining this year i started to cook my own breakfast and lunch at home and take with me to work. i find it very effective in keeping the weight off since atkeast you know what is in there. so what do you do? Wed, 28 Sep 2011 13:00:53 EST Desk Dancing?? I think so!! <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Remember during breaks & lunch to "Get up, get up, get busy!....I wanna see you <em>236</em> " Mon, 26 Sep 2011 10:21:19 EST Question??? Good morning All, <BR> Does anyone know how to track the stair climbing to the fitness tracker? Fri, 23 Sep 2011 09:22:43 EST Hey Everyone My name is Sasha and I work for the state of Georgia. Most of the people that work in my building are overweight, ironically, our department is responsible managing health benefits for the state. I have joined a weightloss challenge at my job and I am really excited. Our challenge ends on November 6 and I hope to lose at least 10lbs by then....Wish me luck! Thu, 22 Sep 2011 19:41:34 EST silly thing, but i am SO proud of myself I have read in many places that if I am watching TV, to get up and move during the commercials. I thought that was silly for a while. well........the past couple of nights, i have done that during a couple of shows. it was mostly arm exercises, but i did notice i felt better. so, maybe there is something to be said for that? i will continue and see what happens. :) Thu, 22 Sep 2011 07:54:11 EST huh? too funny (not SP related) I work at a call center for a health insurance company. I take incoming calls all day, everyday regarding anything and everything health insurance related. <BR> Today i got a call from our subscriber asking if i "knew where her husband is"??????? <BR> they are separated and the divorce process hasn't moved since he has "disappeared". LMAO. i was like "uummmmmm, i have NO idea where your husband is". i was thinking "maybe he doesn't want you to find him, since you are divorcing him"? but, i w... Fri, 16 Sep 2011 14:40:43 EST RIP brenda e and barb h.............. They were 2 co-workers that were wonderful and pleasant to all and died of cancer since last thanksgiving. <BR> Brenda was a private person, but very friendly. I would always say hi and ask how she was doing. it was a complete shock that she has passed away. she loved her job here and didn't retire when she got sick and her DH asked her to quit. <BR> Barb worked in my department for a few years in OH, then got promoted to manager in Reno, Nevada. I had no idea she was sick either. <BR> the... Thu, 15 Sep 2011 10:44:30 EST Hello! New to this team but not to spark, just kind of restarting my life. I currently work mostly from my home office, am in the field only a short time these days (was reporter/editor, changes came to the biz and to me, so now work as independent contractor from home and sit at computer all day lol and never see anyone). <BR> <BR> Used to be much heavier, fighting a regain as working in office (even if it is in home, it is an office) makes me eat too much. I still workout daily and have a gym mem... Sun, 11 Sep 2011 05:18:59 EST Hmmm; office stereotypes :) I think I'm a little tired of the office stereotypes sprouting up around my office; the whiny coworker who is constantly miserable, the single, older woman surrounded by pictures of her cat and the kiss up to the boss...makes me wonder which one I am. <BR> <BR> On the off note, it makes my daily 10 minutes of private walk time so much more worth it! <BR> <BR> <em>20</em> Tue, 30 Aug 2011 20:47:46 EST Feeling blue or unsure?. ..Ignite the Spark!! Hello Team!! Just a little motivation for anyone feeling in the dumps or needing a little boost of SPARK <em>283</em> <link> </link> <em>283</em> Tue, 30 Aug 2011 15:46:14 EST day off I was up all nite due to hurricane then there were delays in trians so I took off <BR> I had a migraine unitl 6 pm tonite Mon, 29 Aug 2011 18:06:49 EST meetings, meetings, and more meetings ........ that is my day today. team meeting, then staff meeting, then research time. i should be happy because that means less time taking calls today. however, i generally find all meetings with my company BORING as heck. Thu, 25 Aug 2011 09:04:38 EST hello everyone, i am your new co-team leader A little about me. I have been a member of SP for almost 3 yrs. I have not been serious about tracking everything for most of that time. I do my best to track everything daily, but it doesn't always happen. I am a work in progress. I am focusing on living healthy in all aspects of my life. tracking doesn't always happen, but i am better than i was 3 years ago, or even 1 year ago. <BR> I have been working at a MAJOR health insurance call center for over 9 years. I weighed 140 lbs when i start... Thu, 18 Aug 2011 10:44:08 EST Workout Hours How do you feel about working out early in the morning? I'm going to try working out around 5:30 am, but I'm afraid about how I'm going to feel going into work at 7:30 am after that. <BR> <BR> After work, I'm usually drained and that has been my issue with getting into the gym after work; I'm equally afraid that I won't be able to function effectively after sweating it out that early...what do you think? <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> Sun, 7 Aug 2011 19:04:03 EST Office Size Just wondering who else works in a small office (we have 4 permanent staff) and how everyone gets along. We seem to be going through a period of fake nice, or not so fake snarkiness. <BR> <BR> Thu, 4 Aug 2011 19:59:04 EST New to this board Hey all, my name is Ashley and I'm just dropping a line to say hello to you all. :) I'm not new to sparkpeople or to office work (I've been working in cubicles since I turned 20), but I'm going to take it seriously this time and work to feel better about myself. <BR> <BR> When I first started working in a cubicle I couldn't believe how much weight I packed on in such a short amount of time. It's like it all came out nowhere (but I know it was me eating everything in sight without thinking ab... Wed, 13 Jul 2011 00:00:45 EST Do you ever make mistakes at work? I am going on my third month at my office job...and am getting discouraged because I have been making big mistakes :/ <BR> So, I wanted to know, do you make mistakes at work? How do you handle it? Do you get yelled at? Or do you beat yourself up over it? <BR> I didn't exactly get yelled at today, but even though I didn't, I really beat myself up over it. I think ideally I should be constructive with my internal dialogue instead of negative. Meaning...instead of beating myself up over it (whic... Mon, 11 Jul 2011 18:45:32 EST New job with skinny coworkers = motivation I love my 4-month-old job as Editor and Publications Manager for an auto service consulting company. Having motivation in the form of slender coworkers is just a nice bonus. I'm the chubbiest employee here by about 20%, and the chubbiest woman by about 40%. Most of my coworkers are women in their early 20's who look like they wear a size 2. <BR> <BR> I don't feel hideous or hate myself over it (well, except when I have a severe cold and get down), but it is a constant reminder that I'm not t... Wed, 6 Jul 2011 15:43:21 EST New to working in an office I've worked from home for the last 9 years and took an office job 6 weeks ago. It was time to get back into an office setting for my career and for separation of work and home, but it's been a huge adjustment for me. I'm really enjoying it, and getting in more consistent workouts weekly, however, my eating sucks. I need to get that part under control ASAP! <BR> <BR> I'm not new to SP - last year I lost 40 lbs on it. This year I'd like to lose another 40-50. <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> Wed, 6 Jul 2011 10:23:32 EST How do you personalize your office space? Hi all, <BR> <BR> I am just wondering how you personalize your office space/cubicle/desk. <BR> <BR> I personally don't really take pictures often, so all I have right now is a nice pencil holder on my desk and a pretty quote hanigng on my wall: “I know the price of success: dedication, hard work, and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen” by Frank lloyd Wright. <BR> <BR> What else could I do? What kind of things do you keep on your desk at work? Tue, 21 Jun 2011 21:21:04 EST so stressed, went back on meds My job stresses me out so much, and I had a nervous breakdown last week. so, I went back on my anti-anxiety meds. As a result, I am EXTREMELY tired. I feel like I need to be sleeping all the time. However, I am not feeling as stressed as I was. So, I guess i'll have to take the good with the bad. Mon, 20 Jun 2011 09:43:30 EST Learning my way around Spark... Hi all! I am finally doing "this" after a couple of months hesitation and a wake up close-call. <BR> Time to be real and time to be my true to myself! I With all that I have read here so far, I have come to the right place to learn about myself (and others) and to evolve into the person that I was meant to be...better late than never! <BR> So many of you are inspiring to me... THANKS! Fri, 17 Jun 2011 00:21:42 EST New to SP and Group Hi Everyone, <BR> I am new to SP and this group. I am an administrative assistant in a large company and find that there is never a good time to get away from my desk. I am looking forward to getting any helpful hints and advice and challenges for getting healthier! Sun, 12 Jun 2011 13:18:05 EST Deadline STRESSOR Hello, <BR> Does ANYONE actually follow deadlines? It doesn't happen here and it makes MY JOB very difficult!! <BR> SO annoyed. Fri, 10 Jun 2011 12:51:42 EST Another newbie Hi...just joined SP today. I'm finding the site has many useful tools and I hope to use these tools in my journey to living and eating healthy. <BR> <BR> I worked in the financial industry for almost 10 years and although I had my own office, I was up and down and on my feet frequently throughout the day. I changed fields almost 15 yrs ago and work in development (with donors and alumni) in higher education. I spend 8-10 hours at my desk and sometimes longer each day and am not up and around... Mon, 6 Jun 2011 18:30:48 EST where's our team leader? temp.leader anyone? I am not saying I want to, but anyone heard from her? If she's gone, should we elect another permanent one, or should we ask for temporary volunteers? Mon, 6 Jun 2011 14:12:49 EST Food at work Wow you are going to crack up at this one. <BR> So a store had these bags of popcorn on sale for 1 each. So I bought 5 and figured great to keep in the drawer if I need a snack. <BR> A coworker saw them asked me where I got them and said she would get some at lunch. Her lunch comes and she puts a dollar in front of me while I'm on the phone. She pleaded and I was like GO OUT AROUND THE CORNER for god's sake. <BR> I have the most annoying food issues at my job. This is the second time someone... Wed, 1 Jun 2011 19:56:15 EST Hello My name is Naomi. I work as receptionist in an eye doctors office. The girls I work with are great, but they all love goodies. There is almost always candy readily available. Our Patients love us and sometimes will bring us dunkin donuts in the morning. We have seminars where we provide publix bakery cookies. There are always leftovers. I LOVE Sugar! Not Good. I immediatley joined the team goal of resisting sweets at work 8hrs a day everyday. I need a goal like that nagging me in my subconsio... Sat, 28 May 2011 07:02:54 EST New Here and Want to Get Healthy Hi I am a 49 year old woman who recently quit smoking. I quit smoking once back in 2006 and gained 25 pounds with that quit and never lost the weight even when I started smoking again. I have been quit for 25 days and am eating anything that is not nailed down and mostly chips (craving salty foods). I feel tired all the time. I have tried to walk every day but that isn't a habit yet. I want to get healthy more than I want to lose weight. I drink soda (at least two a day) and am trying t... Fri, 27 May 2011 21:13:34 EST New Here and Want to Get Healthy Hi I am a 49 year old woman who recently quit smoking. I quit smoking once back in 2006 and gained 25 pounds with that quit and never lost the weight even when I started smoking again. I have been quit for 25 days and am eating anything that is not nailed down and mostly chips (craving salty foods). I feel tired all the time. I have tried to walk every day but that isn't a habit yet. I want to get healthy more than I want to lose weight. I drink soda (at least two a day) and am trying t... Fri, 27 May 2011 21:12:55 EST Not too late to start. Hi all.. I'm Becky, and I've just been diagnosed with Angina, which has given me a bit of a jolt. (one I probably needed). I'm an office worker, so live a sedentary lifestyle, and haven't bothered with an exercise regime. Now that it's come back to bite me, I'm going to try to do something positive, starting today. Going to modify my diet to start with, so happy to join your groups, and here we go. Fri, 27 May 2011 20:14:20 EST Hello! I'm New Here! Hi all! My name is Elizabeth a.k.a. Ellie. I found this site by STILLGLAM (great makeup artist and super-mom!). I'm loving it so far! <BR> <BR> feel free to friend me here! <BR> xoxo Thu, 26 May 2011 12:31:58 EST End of the world at 5:56? mmmm Well if it is it's in God's hands. <BR> Now after the other 5 times I am a bit of a skeptic and by the way what about the west coast this guy is on the east coast! Fri, 20 May 2011 22:29:19 EST I'm going to be a Grandmother! My beautiful daughter, Maggie, is due December 12th and we are all so excited!! I feel so Blessed. We can't wait and I'm sure the rest of her pregnancy term will go quickly :-) I'm taking her out to lunch this afternoon then off to the stores to check out "baby stuff". <BR> <BR> I'm telling the entire world so you'll have to pardon me if you are on more than one team with me and I post this there as well <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Please make suggestions for Grandmother nicknames - I'd lov... Fri, 20 May 2011 06:46:17 EST Fell off the wagon Stress in life and work caused me to fall off yesterday and today <BR> I actually gained weight no surprise but today I feel more relaxed. I wonder if I stressed myself by overdoing working out and dieting too? Wed, 18 May 2011 19:22:20 EST MY EYES ARE ABOUT TO FALL ASLEEP Im sitting here in the office and I swear Im feeling delerious with tiredness!! I have had 2 little choc easter eggs and I feel like now a black coffee and more water!! <BR> I hate sitting here like a lump answering calls all day!! I feel like a robot!! Arghhhh Wed, 18 May 2011 00:09:29 EST NEED HELP WITH MY SPARK PAGE Hi Guys , <BR> Can any one tell me how I can change the wall paper on my spark page!! Soo many of you lovely people have pretty wall paper and I want that too! LOL <BR> That would give me something to do while I sit here and wait for calls to come through at work! xoxoxo Tue, 17 May 2011 23:15:33 EST new to group :) Hey! My name's Sarah, and I'm new to the group. During high school and college I seemed to eat right and work out all the time - I didn't understand why people said that I was lucky and that they wished they had the time. You HAVE the time, you just have to make it! YOU'RE WORTH IT!! <BR> <BR> Then I graduated and started working an office job... and I started to understand. I'm NOT a morning person, so getting up at 6am leaves me tired ALL the time (I'm childless with a very independan... Tue, 17 May 2011 08:34:19 EST Pedometer at work For 'the heck of it' I wore my pedometer to work yesterday. During the course of my 8 hour day, I took all of 1872 steps. Not cool - I'm going to have to work on this. I'm going to start scheduling 5 min walks throughout the day so I'm not stuck behind the 2 computer monitors all day long! <em>311</em> Pat Tue, 17 May 2011 05:51:14 EST Got job! Lost exercise motivation... I was hired for a job in an office, and so far I really like it. However, I have been exhausted after a work day I am not motivated as much to exercise. (it is 9 hour days so maybe that is why?) <BR> I figured that this might change in a few weeks as I adjust to that, and fully understand everything I am doing so it isn't such a mental workout for every task. <BR> I like that my job is a mix of standing and sitting. Some days I am sitting more-like today-but other days I am standing/walking m... Wed, 11 May 2011 20:07:20 EST Office Etiquette Hi, <BR> I've written about coworker trouble but I have found out that I am not the only one bothered by this particular chatty, rudely listening to everyone elses conversation and butting in with her life story, doing minimal work, trying to act like the boss, pain in the rear end. <BR> I don't believe anyone has spoken to our boss about it. <BR> I think if he KNEW he'd realize how miserable she makes things. It's not my place to have a talk with her - maybe she should be sent to a social e... Wed, 4 May 2011 14:28:37 EST BUY a new printer already O M * We have an old printer at work, the thing has had it. EVERYONE struggles with it and my boss refuses to put out $80 to get a new one... I SWEAR, the printer is just a printer. We can buy a Printer, scanner, fax, copier for less than $200. SPRING for it already! <BR> We waste hours a week fighting with the dang printer to do it's work, it's broken for goodness sakes! Feeling helpless over this!! ARRGGG. Thanks for letting me vent!! Fri, 29 Apr 2011 11:19:11 EST Recovering Workaholic Checking In... Hi all, <BR> <BR> New to SparkPeople (just a month), I am recovering from major surgery and while off have been enjoying this glorious stress-free time and contemplating what a wreck my work-life balance had become! <BR> <BR> I am a young 50 year old Director at a Fortune 10 corporation who had been working 50-60 hour weeks (and previously to that WELL beyond!). So consumed with work was I that I had been neglecting the important things LET ALONE trying to track my nutrition and fitness...... Fri, 29 Apr 2011 00:21:31 EST Coworker Trouble Wow, I've got a coworker who won't SHUT UP. I try to be polite and pretend I'm interested. I really don't CARE about her stories. She really needs more work to do. She just "let it slip" that she makes $18 an hour. This may not even be true. Jerk. I started here 5 months after her and make a lot less. She also came over to my desk and says "so you have nothing to do today" because I don't BUT that's not my fault, we are in a lull and she's got nothing to do too. IDIOT. OMG I just wa... Tue, 19 Apr 2011 10:50:16 EST What's your favorite workout? Home or Office.... I love my elliptical and when weather permits, I switch it up with a 30-40 minute walk outside. Enjoy your day! Pat Fri, 15 Apr 2011 05:57:13 EST What are you excited about in your life? What do you look forward to in your life? Maybe your 8 to 5 job is on that list but our "8 to 5" jobs don't define who we are. If you're struggling for an answer, think of something you've always wanted to do but never got around to doing it. Is it a reasonable goal/dream that you can aim for? Get excited! <em>9</em> Pat Sat, 9 Apr 2011 06:31:45 EST Happy Cesar Chavez Day!!! It's a state holiday here in California. The courts are closed, peace & harmony prevail. Yeah!!! Just had to gloat. Anyone else get this holiday off? <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Thu, 31 Mar 2011 11:47:30 EST Chat Line - just drop in to tell us 'anything' Back to work after being out sick for two days - can't imagine what waits for me there! Yikes. Have a great, productive day everyone, Pat <em>252</em> Thu, 31 Mar 2011 06:33:47 EST How many stairs do you climb? My best office workout is climbing stairs. How many do you climb at work each day? <BR> <BR> Me: <BR> 2x a day: four flights <BR> 2-3x a week: giant hill with 140 stairs Wed, 30 Mar 2011 14:38:42 EST It's Monday! How do you feel? Do I want to go to work today? Not really! I have lots of stuff waiting there for me! However, this morning while I pack my lunch, I'm also bringing my positive attitude. Life is what you make it. I'm grateful to just have a job in this lousy economy. So many people we see at the courthouse are jobless and having a very hard time finding work. <BR> <BR> So I'm feeling: <em>224</em> <em>224</em> <em>224</em> <em>224</em> <em>224</em> Mon, 28 Mar 2011 10:33:04 EST Exercise at the office? If anyone exercises at the office - more specifically, at their desks - please share you routine with us here. I bought a thighmaster (yea, I know!) to use at the office while sitting at my desk but it's too big and I don't want to look ridiculous/weird using it. Any ideas?? <BR> <BR> I do use the thighmaster at home, by the way, and I can feel positive results in my thigh muscles so it's not all marketing hype. "Thank you thighmaster" <em>334</em> Thu, 24 Mar 2011 05:38:40 EST Health Successes in an Office Environment Do you find working in an office environment an obstacle to your weight loss/health? If so, why? Have you learned to work around the obstacles in your office? Have you had success since joining Spark People? Please share it here. Wed, 23 Mar 2011 07:14:18 EST It's Monday morning! Yuck; right? ;) Well, I'm trying to be positive here. Already my schedule has been interrupted, and now I'm late to work, even though I would have been there on time had I not just gotten a call from my supervisor that changes everything. I'm going to have to run when I get off light rail. Good thing I've been getting in shape. <BR> <BR> How's your Mondays going? Better than mine, I hope!! Hang in there, and don't let the turkeys get you down. :) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 21 Mar 2011 11:38:44 EST The Best Snack Ever Hey gang. I haven't really found a way to keep or share a journal of Tips, Foods, etc. that I run across, which help me curb the additions or make it through the challenging times. So I hope you don't mind my sharing with you this way. <BR> <BR> I know it's hard to get the full dose of water in the day sometimes and even harder passing by the sugar (soda, sweet tea, whatever) when your body absolutely wants it. Well I may have an answer. I came across a water called Metro Mint (http://ww... Sat, 19 Mar 2011 22:24:54 EST How many of us are wearing pedometers at work? I do! ;) <BR> <BR> I saw this article today and thought I'd share. I thought I knew everything about wearing a pedometer. Turns out that was wrong!!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ealth20percentboost.html </link> <BR> <BR> The article suggests you were the pedometer while biking. I like that idea, especially since I just set up a bike in my living room today! <BR> <BR> ~~~~~ <BR> The beauty of bikes is that they're very quick and efficient. But that means... Sat, 19 Mar 2011 21:02:11 EST How will you unwind this weekend? I'm so glad to be out of the office for a two-day weekend. They are never long enough, though. We're going to take advantage of the beautiful weather this weekend and go for a few bike rides. <BR> <BR> What are your plans? Sat, 19 Mar 2011 04:46:55 EST Hello from NYC Hi All <BR> NYC here TGIF <BR> I needed to find a place that would understand the "DILBERT" like "THE OFFICE"like <BR> "OFFICESPACE" like truth and craziness! Fri, 18 Mar 2011 21:36:12 EST What's YOUR Mantra? In the depth of winter, I finally learned within me there lay an invincible summer. Albert Camus - I love this quote. I've printed it off and taped it to the bottom of my computer monitor so it's in front of me all day long at the office. <BR> <BR> I tell myself "invincible summer" over and over again. I used to call it 'talking to myself' but Spark People calls it a Mantra - that sounds so much better. <BR> <BR> What's your Mantra? Fri, 18 Mar 2011 05:36:11 EST How will you challenge yourself at work today? Thanks to the inspiration of "Hotsteno" I'm going to move more at work and make several trips up and down the stairs here in our office. I'll break up my usual trips so I have to move a little bit more. Wed, 16 Mar 2011 12:56:31 EST Emotional obstacles at your office? What emotional obstacles do you experience where you work? Maybe I should ask: what situations make you feel like you want to 'go off track'? <BR> <BR> For me, it's the stressful situation of being given an assignment and having no one to turn to for help or instruction. I'm left to figure most things out for myself.......and I usually do.... but my job has been a Baptism By Fire type of job from the day I started! <BR> <BR> Have a great Tuesday! Pat Tue, 15 Mar 2011 06:18:24 EST Do you snack at the office? I've been on a lot of diets in the past, but this time I'm not dieting. I'm still losing weight, albeit slowly, but instead of having a diet plan telling me what foods to eat, I'm trying to use good common sense to limit eating the junk I shouldn't and incorporate more healthy foods into the mix. The Sparkpeople website & iPhone app have been so helpful in that regard. I feel great, not at all sorry for myself because I'm on a diet. ;) <BR> <BR> I don't naturally snack, however. Even wh... Mon, 14 Mar 2011 16:44:13 EST Walking! To me, walking is the ideal exercise at work. It's something you can do during breaks and lunch that requires no special equipment (special shoes and pedometer are nice but optional) and can make a big difference to your activity level at the end of the day. <BR> <BR> Even a short walk inside your workplace can make a big difference. Heck, just standing up from time to time is very important. Don't believe me? Check out this link, if you haven't seen it already: <BR> http://www.juststand... Mon, 14 Mar 2011 14:21:50 EST Happy Monday I hope we all have a phenomenal work week and everything "goes our way" <em>224</em> Pat Mon, 14 Mar 2011 09:12:14 EST Carb Crash question to the group. Now that I'm tracking what actually goes into my face (lol), I am noticing a weird situation that happens ONLY when I eat certain food combinations...I become lethargic within 30-minutes of finishing the meal and I have to nap. This is not a new phenomenon for me...just that I have only started noticing the combination patterns this week. Certain food combinations, such as hamburger & beer or chicken & diet cola, cause this reaction. I have no known allergies and I have no reaction to mea... Fri, 11 Mar 2011 20:04:36 EST Sitting over 6 hours a day? (Sitting Disease) I believe this, my friends, is our biggest threat! Please check out this website and give me your feedback. I'd love to know your experiences with "Sitting Disease." <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/en-US/default.aspx </link> <BR> <BR> Fri, 11 Mar 2011 13:18:27 EST Are Fridays your splurge days? It's Friday! Yay! This is my favorite night of the week...however, it's the most dangerous to my healthy living plan too. <BR> <BR> On Fridays, I used to start out the day by going to Starbucks. For lunch, a friend and I would go out for a big turkey dinner at our favorite restaurant. And at dinnertime, it was pizza night. <BR> <BR> Here's the total for the average Friday: <BR> Venti skinny cinnamon dolce latte -- 160 <BR> Morning bun -- 350 <BR> Turkey -- 88 <BR> mashed potatoes -- 1... Fri, 11 Mar 2011 08:42:25 EST Thursday chat -- what keeps you on track at work? I have gained so much weight because of my job. I sit there all day, eight hours a day, and if I'm lucky, I can only get up once every two hours. I know this is terrible for my health. And then there's all the lunches. If everyone's going out to lunch, I just have to be included! <BR> <BR> I'm developing some strategies to stay on track at work. I try to get my friends to walk with me at lunchtime instead of visit a restaurant. If I have to go to a restaurant, I try to get soup or sala... Thu, 10 Mar 2011 11:42:00 EST Wednesday Goodie Game! I haven't passed anything up yet this morning, but I know when I get to work my judge's big bowl of chocolate bars is going to be sitting there, offering up temporary pleasures for anyone who succumbs to their siren's call. <BR> <BR> I don't even look at the chocolates as edible anymore. I see them as an expression of our judge's love and appreciation for her staff, which is exactly what they are meant to be. She could put flowers there too and it would mean the same thing. When I see t... Wed, 9 Mar 2011 10:54:03 EST Pound the Grounds!! Yes I'm a newbie to spark....However, I am a seasoned coffee addict. One of my personal goals is to 'Say No to Joe' at least one day during the work week. To my fellow office worker addicts, I promise you this is the equivalent to a months worth of fasting (lol). <BR> <BR> Embrace the pain, the stress, and anything else Murphy will throw your way when you put the Java down for a day. <BR> <BR> So pick a day, any day, and bypass the coffee pot for the water cooler. Then post back here and... Tue, 8 Mar 2011 18:33:29 EST Tuesday game: What goodies have you passed up? Hi, team! Who wants to play a game today? Anyone? I thought I'd try this as a test and see if anyone will play with me. <BR> <BR> I'm calling this game "The Goodie Game." If you work in an office, we all know lurking out there somewhere, on some desk, in some cubicle, on some shelf in some rec room, there is a bowl of goodies, or there is a vending machine with some sweet or salty treats waiting patiently for you and your quarters. In this game, we will acknowledge every time you say NO ... Tue, 8 Mar 2011 13:08:02 EST How did you get to work today? I took light rail! I started doing it because gas is about $4/gallon in my area (San Jose, California), but I discovered also that it's easy to get in my 10K steps every day thanks to the extra walking I have to do. Yeah!!! Plus our light rail recently added an express service with free wi-fi for a little extra incentive. I love it. <BR> <BR> So how did you get to work today? Do you have any creative ideas for adding more physical activity to your workday? Tue, 8 Mar 2011 10:37:23 EST Avoiding On-the-Job Weight Gain Did you all see this article on Sparkpeople yesterday? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=477 </link> <BR> <BR> This article really spoke to what's been on my mind lately. I am a court reporter, and I just came off of a two-year assignment doing long-cause felony trials. For two years, I worked all day every day in trial and then a few (or sometimes a lot) more hours at home. I worked through lunch breaks a lot too. What did I get for all this e... Mon, 7 Mar 2011 13:25:16 EST Working in a cell center? I got an interview offer for a job in a call center! But I wanted to hear from other people who worked in a call center too. The job will involve delinquent accounts, basically calling those who have them and working to collect the money. I just...wonder if I will like it? And what if I get this job, which would be awesome...but then regret it because it isn't for me? <BR> So, if you work at a call center, do you like it? What is a typical day like? How did you know it was for you? <BR> Any ... Sat, 5 Mar 2011 16:44:41 EST Introduction from a fellow desk jockey Greetings group, <BR> <BR> I'm still setting up my spark account, but wanted to post a short introduction to the board. I am excited at finally taking the plunge to break my bonds of office lethargy and reclaim my health. I look forward to chatting with some of ya'll and trading health tips, jokes, emails, and whatever it takes to get the ole physique movin from the nicely forming office chair pear. <BR> <BR> If you have any pointers...please fire them at me. Be gentle, I am not an avid ... Wed, 2 Mar 2011 17:59:42 EST Hi Everybody I am Tisi, an economist .....i live in the city( hence traffic) .....i have to leave early to avoid traffic( 6 .15 am) everyday of working day! Since i like to stay fit and in shape ....i have to wake up early in the morning( 5 am) to exercise for at least 45 minutes.......but sometimes it is so hard i feel so lazy to wake up that why i haven't been able to reach my fitness goal for a while now! this time am committed and hopeful this site will keep me motivated and inspired to wake up early... Mon, 28 Feb 2011 07:59:02 EST Are you enjoying the weather today? Here in the U.P. it is a glorious 52*F! It was just -27 last week so we are really enjoying it up here. I made sure to get out of my chair twice today. Took a slow 10 minute walk at lunch and then a quicker 15 minute walk with a co-worker. She's a fast walker so I tend to walk a bit faster when with her. I hope you are getting away from those desks and computers to get outside if you have been blessed with a day like we have! Wed, 16 Feb 2011 16:24:44 EST Hello Everyone! My name is Kimberly. I sit at a desk all day in "cubeland". I am the Administrator to our company's CRM and I really love what I do. I forget to move and stretch and can sit there for hours. I need to remember to get up, move my legs, and stretch. I changed my lifestyle 6 weeks ago and I'm still going strong. Looking forward to meeting you all. Tue, 15 Feb 2011 21:56:44 EST Gaining work experience? I am a college graduate and may have posted on here before. I have an associates degree for administrative office specialist. I did well in school and graduate with highest honors. I know several office applications because my degree required studying most of them separately (courses on Microsoft Word, Publisher, Excel, Project ect.) <BR> I've also taken several courses on important things like communication including interpersonal and public speaking. I also took courses in psychology, soci... Sun, 6 Feb 2011 20:48:22 EST Hi Guys! :) I am brand new to SparkPeople. I joined last weekend & am still figuring things out. I lost a little over 30 lbs. several yrs. ago w/WW meetings & online & was able to keep it off for quite a few years. Then, I switched to just WW online for awhile & did fine. Then, I quit WW online (since I was a Lifetime member I could go to their meetings for free, but still had to pay to use their online service, which is why I quit). I kept the weight off on my own for awhile, but gained 12 lbs. of it ba... Fri, 4 Feb 2011 17:41:39 EST Determined to see my belt buckle I'm a 66 year old male, retired Senior Master Sargeant (USAF) and currently work in the hearing healthcare industry. I absolutely love my job, have no stress, have a great boss, a great location, and a wife of 42 years. Have two sons and 4 grandkids. <BR> I've read enough on diets to choke a horse. Now I'm determined to make myself into a healthier person by incorporating those things that I know will help which is more vegs and fruits, smaller portions, whole grains, and fiber. I live ... Thu, 27 Jan 2011 09:03:20 EST Avoiding Office Junk Food?! I just started a new job and everyone is really into snacks. There are cookies and candy everywhere, donuts, name it! At my old job, I could just avoid going into the kitchen but now whenever I go to my boss's office, I pass piles of unhealthy treats. Do you guys have any tips for resisting the temptation? I'm trying to lose weight, not gain it!! <em>24</em> Wed, 12 Jan 2011 17:26:45 EST New to the Spark Site Hi Everyone!! I discovered this site on Friday and I love it!! Was busy all weekend reading up on the site and filling out my points and exercises! I can't believe what an amazing site this is and I'm only just getting started! I hope you all have a great week - Happy Monday!! Mon, 10 Jan 2011 10:05:59 EST Walk at lunchtime Hoping to take a walk during lunch hour today if the weather cooperates. We had a dusting of snow this morning. Have a healthy, productive day! Pat Fri, 7 Jan 2011 05:28:47 EST Hello from East Texas Hi, <BR> I'm new to this program and have no idea how to get started. I'm 48, happily married and work at a law firm. I'd like to lose at least 20 lbs for my health but also for my daughters wedding in June. I'm down in my back right now but I'm hoping to be able to get some exercise soon. I would welcome any advice. Thanks in advance. <BR> MrsAggie Sat, 1 Jan 2011 14:48:16 EST I am so happy to have found you all I have worked in a cubical for the last 6yrs. I have plied on most of my weight sitting at this desk. The free office food, the lack of sunlight, 10 min breaks that leave you no time for a walk. It's crazy! No one understands unless they do the work we do. I need to lose weight, I need to find the strenght to say no to free food. Wed, 22 Dec 2010 14:48:52 EST Newbie Hi! So I've been on SP for a couple of months now and was looking for a group of cubicle dwellers to join up with. I work for a local government in budgeting ... super exciting stuff. And after a day in a windowless row of cubes there's nothing i want to do less than work out or eat healthy ... but i'm trying to anyway ... Wed, 8 Dec 2010 16:12:31 EST Emily from Ohio Hi, fellow desk jockeys! I'm an accountant in Ohio and I hate sitting at my desk! Unfortunately, I am stuck here. I want to try getting up twice a day and walk the steps (eight stories) - just to get off my butt! Any other strategies you can share? <em>303</em> Wed, 8 Dec 2010 09:17:05 EST Lauren from Illinois Hello. I've been on here for about a week now. I am looking to improve my nutrition. I am 30 years old and I have always been able to maintain a healthy weight through exercise. Now that I am getting older, I am not able to burn the calories like I once did. In high school I was an all around athlete and as I entered college I began running in 5ks. I am getting to the point now where my knees and hips are aching after runs and this in turn means less workout time. I've come to the realization... Sat, 4 Dec 2010 07:52:13 EST Christmas Cookie Receipes OK so Christmas is getting very close!!! I always do Christmas baking with the family. I need to change it up a bit. Lets see if we can come up with any new healthier But still good tatsting cookie receipes. Just post it here for our team to see. This should be fun. Fri, 3 Dec 2010 09:22:27 EST Weigh In Room Here we go: The 5lb loose Challenge before Jan 1st. If you post return to this post and update it please do not do a new post this way we can keep track of everyone. Good luck and lets do this team!!! Fri, 3 Dec 2010 09:13:31 EST I'm new and can't do it alone Have been working with a wellness coach for a year now and managed to lose a whole 5 lbs. I hate getting her calls but I know to be heathier this is something I have to do. With all the ups and downs, I finally figured out that I need a support system. She suggested Sparkpeople and I am glad I did. I have to go to the library twice a week to use it, but I look forward to getting updates and encouragement. Thu, 2 Dec 2010 13:40:54 EST Hello Eveyone! Hey everyone! I am new to SP and have worked in an office for about the last 2 years. In that two years I have gained about 50lbs and I am hoping to lose it within the next year. Wed, 3 Nov 2010 10:51:40 EST Well, hello there! Hello! My name is Laura, and I am 24 years old. I am a district administrative assistant for a Fortune 500 company, the Literary Director of an internationally published paranormal magazine, and a part-time undergraduate student majoring in Criminology & Criminal Justice. I love to travel, spend time with my family and friends, and sleep (but really, who has time for that?!). <BR> <BR> I have approximately 100 pounds to lose, most of which has been gained over the last decade due to emotiona... Tue, 21 Sep 2010 21:34:09 EST Lunch Ideas I am looking for healthy lunch and snack ideas to have here at work. I am not good at bringing my leftover dinner with me. I need ideas that I can store in the fridge or the cupboard. <BR> <BR> I really need help to get on the right track! Tue, 14 Sep 2010 14:36:16 EST Hi everybody Hi, I'm Gilbert, and I'm new here! Right now I'm at the weight I want to be, and my ongoing goal is just to keep the weight off. Many times I feel like keeping the weight off is much harder than losing the weight in the first place for three main reasons: (1) temptations to fall back into old (bad) habits, (2) complacency, and (3) plain ol' hunger. Right now I carry a pedometer and I track my steps every day, but I wondered if there was a website where I could track this stuff online. So I fo... Sat, 4 Sep 2010 10:01:23 EST Hi spark people! My name is Santiago, I´m from Colombia. This web page can make our lives better. I hope all of uss can reach our goals. Keep in track! Fri, 3 Sep 2010 12:22:18 EST Sparkling Realtor Hi, my name is Marilyn Harrell. I'm a realtor in Beaverton MI. My daughter invited me to this site and to this group. We all have varying needs in our quest to be healthy. My daughter wanted to lose a few pounds and I need to just plain eat more healthy and exercise more. Being a small boned person, I've never been over weight, but I still have fat! So I'm a miniature fat person..... How annoying... <BR> So, I am pleased to be a member for two reasons. The first is to support my daughter and... Thu, 2 Sep 2010 14:08:13 EST Hi everyone! So I thought I'd say hello. I've been working for a big 5 bank for about five years now, and spend 8-10 hours a day at a desk. It wasn't so bad when I first started, but definitely in the past 1-2 years, I have definitely noticed a change in my stomach. You pear folks-I'm jealous! We apple folks have stubborn belly fat. :) <BR> <BR> This website was suggested to me by a friend at work-I figure the more encouragement, the better! Nice to meet you all-I'm sure we can help each other! Thu, 2 Sep 2010 00:20:21 EST Just trying to get back in the groove I *was* active my whole life - running, swimming, rugby, fencing... just to name a few. But I hurt my knee skiing and THEN found out I was pregnant. :) <BR> <BR> Problem is, I have a 2.5 year old now and I'm at a weight I've only ever seen while pregnant. Schedules are tight though, so I'm trying every little thing that helps. Thanks! Mon, 30 Aug 2010 19:03:37 EST Introduction--I am back I have used SparkPeople a few times over the years and am back to lose 35 pounds. I have Hashimotos hypothyroidism and began working with a registered dietician a month ago. I am not as active as I should be--I work in an office and sit a lot but I do walk my 2 Boxers a few times every day. I also am enrolled in college working towards my Bachelors degree in Business Administration and have 2 children that live at home and are in college. <BR> <BR> I am hoping that with the support of... Sun, 29 Aug 2010 17:55:22 EST Fragrance in the office I found this article on the Web, Using fragrance in an office environment, by Sara Shea, and thought it might be a good jumping off point for discussion. I'm paraphrasing: aromatherapy enhances physical & emotional health & contributes to overall well-being and can provide positive energy to a work environment. Some chemically & artificially scented products, i.e. air fresheners, wax products, can cause allergic reactions, headaches, dizziness, nausea, skin irritation, respiratory problems. ... Sun, 29 Aug 2010 14:39:12 EST Hello My name is Deb and I started my weight loss journey almost 4 years ago by having gastric bypass. I went from 300 pounds to 163 pounds. I have since gained a bit of that back and am working on losing those pounds in a healthy and permanent way. I am not dieting, I am changing my nutritional habits. <BR> <BR> I love to cook and am a self proclaimed foodie. I love to prepare healthy, beautiful meals with interesting ingredients that please the eyes, nose and the mouth as well as nourishing my ... Sat, 28 Aug 2010 22:20:08 EST How Do I Log An Office Pot Luck? Hi Everyone...I just came back from our Healthy office potluck but I'm really not sure how to log that in myNutrition section. Any ideas? Thu, 19 Aug 2010 12:51:54 EST Getting Started Hi everyone. <BR> I'm biting the bullet and finally getting serious about diet, fitness and health. I'm a 44-year-old mom working at a full-time desk job. I have a great husband and 3 wonderful sons (ages 13, 10 & 2). When I graduated high school I wore a size 6 and weighed 98 pounds. A lifetime later I'm a size 12/14, weighing in at 166 pounds, my highest nonpregnancy weight ever--just 6 pounds shy of my highest pregnancy weight. In addition, I have been battling high blood pressure and taki... Wed, 18 Aug 2010 10:44:43 EST Over whelmed...where do I start? Hello, This is my third attempt to improve myself. I start, all gun ho to make changes, then after a few days, I seem to lose interest. I really need enouragement, read success stories to keep me motivated. I feel that I have finally reached botton. I'm looking for a life line. I want the help, I want to break the cycle. Is there any oe willing to work with me? I believe that I'm finally ready to live again. I was just diagnosed as a diabetic, have an underactive thyoid, stress. ... Tue, 17 Aug 2010 13:29:11 EST Getting started AGAIN! Hi everyone, I am trying to make this start my last start. Seems like every time i get going myself or my son gets sick and everything gets off track. <BR> <BR> I work a full time job getting up at 5:30 leaving the house at 6:30 and returning around 5, which is when i start plating dinner as we do not eat late. Then it goes to bathing everyone and getting things ready for the next day. By the time all this is done, I REALLY dont want to get on the elliptical or pop in a DVD, i just wanna be... Sun, 15 Aug 2010 17:11:36 EST New to this but not to stress~ Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> I am a single mother of 1; I work a full time job in which I commute to work daily. In the process of buying a house and determining if I want to get married again. Stress is not new to me and is a big part of my fluctuating weight gain/loss. I am determined to get into better physical shape than that when I was in my 20's. I am in my early 30 somthing's and want to lose the love handles. Primarily not having things jiggle where they should be. =) This is an... Thu, 12 Aug 2010 18:02:41 EST Hi I am Shani! Hello, just saying hello to everyone! I started up with Spark because it's nice to know you aren't alone in the battle against the pudge! I also want to live a healthy lifestyle, and reap the benefits. I care less about losing the weight quickly, and more about being healthy and having toned muscles :) Thu, 12 Aug 2010 16:28:05 EST Hello From TX Hey there. I am a 31, over worked, under paid (aren't we all?) admin for an engineering company in Houston TX. Before this I worked retail for a feed & hardware store. I never realized how many calories I burned at that job until the "chair spread" set in. I have gained almost 50 pound in 5 years. My first goal is to loose 15 pounds before Thanksgiving. Not sure whats going to be after that... <BR> <BR> I get to walk a lot in my job so that is a God send. Now if I can just weed out using ht... Wed, 28 Jul 2010 13:31:11 EST Email Buddies? Does anyone else sit in front of a computer all day? <BR> <BR> I would love to find one or a few buddies that would like some one to email for daily support. Someone to check in with during the work day to help motivate each other to get out and walk at lunch. Or give lunch ideas, or even life support! Some work days can be a real challenge. <BR> <BR> if anyone is interested my work email is <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Thu, 22 Jul 2010 13:16:13 EST Hello sexy beasts!!!! My name is NuNu! <BR> I am so excited to speak to all of you and loose this flab!! Wed, 21 Jul 2010 16:47:19 EST Hello My name is Lori, I'm not new to SP, but at the end of last year I reentered the workforce. I'm the main receptionist for a state government agency, thankfully we have a queue of 10 secretaries that help with the phone line so I'm not tied to my desk all day. <BR> <BR> I've gained back the 10 pounds I was able to lose last year since I started working, and I really need to get those off again. I felt so much better, physically and esteem wise at 160. <BR> <BR> I look forward to reading w... Mon, 19 Jul 2010 12:07:59 EST New graduate! Hi, I'm new to the team. <BR> I am graduating with a degree for administrative assistant and looking for my first job! I read that networking is a good idea, and even though none of you probably live near me, I figured it would help to be able to talk to people in the same or similar field! <BR> Any suggestions on job seeking? There do not seem to be many openings in my area, so I am simply applying and sending my resume & cover letter to businesses I think I would like to work for. Wed, 16 Jun 2010 19:52:13 EST Catering facilities Hi, something which is really bugging me these days is the lack of facilities in my place of work. It is an office environment for about 150 ppl. There is a kitchen with a table which seats a max of 8 ppl at one time! There are 2 microwaves, a kettle and a 4 slice toaster. There is a cooker with oven, grill and hob. Worst of all, there is a fridge freezer which is far too small for the volume of food people would like to refrigerate! <BR> <BR> I really wish they would sort it out - with prop... Wed, 16 Jun 2010 18:55:46 EST Where do you walk at lunch when it's raining. It is raining here today and my usual walk has been postponed. I can do about 8 flights of stairs but my knees give out, so I was hoping some of you could give ideas on what to do instead. Wed, 9 Jun 2010 11:22:37 EST I live in a pod That is what we call our cubicles at work....Pods! <BR> <BR> I'm Deb and I work as a Supervisor in a Credit Union. I work at the corporate building, so, I don't have face to face interactions with our members, just phone interactions. <BR> <BR> I've been at this location since they built the building, it's been 5 years. I can't honestly say that sitting at a desk has contributed to my weigh gain, but it's not helped either. <BR> <BR> I can and do get up and walk, (the building is huge). ... Wed, 2 Jun 2010 08:47:27 EST New to the team, but not to Spark Hi everyone, my name is Barbara. I am 37 years old and from Germany. I work for Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt which means sit sit and sit again whole day. Or run from one meeting room to the other the whole day. Never in balance ;-)) <BR> I am glad, I found Spark and now that I have found this team of people who know how hard it is to squeeze in workout when you sit the whole day. Tue, 1 Jun 2010 17:52:36 EST Change I want to change health Wed, 19 May 2010 16:25:32 EST ballance ball as office chair? One of my co-workers purposed that we being in balance balls and use them as our office chairs... <BR> <BR> Thoughts? has anyone done this? <BR> <BR> Pros <BR> Cons? Tue, 11 May 2010 12:39:50 EST Posture I've been working in office environments for a few years now, but lately I have been having trouble with back pain while at work (specifically upper back). I catch myself slouching a lot. Does anyone have suggestions for how to improve your posture at work? Thu, 6 May 2010 14:05:00 EST The Cubicle Workout Okay guys! I have a real challenge for those of you who are brave enough to make a total fool of yourself for 15 minutes a day! <BR> <BR> So, I've taken control of the wellness in our company at this office and for my team I have created a small workout plan. Its a bit intense but if anyone would like to participate you will definitely start to see results! <BR> <BR> Okay, so once in the morning and then again at night we walk the stairs in our building (12 stories). <BR> <BR> Then, throug... Tue, 27 Apr 2010 13:01:48 EST Happy Administrative Professionals' Day! In honor of the holiday... well, and also because I just need to... I am going to try to be more active on SparkPeople, like I was when I first lost all this weight. :) Wed, 21 Apr 2010 16:45:27 EST Hello everyone Hi! <BR> <BR> I've been on Sparkpeople for years on and off, without much success so far. In fact I've gained about 20 lbs since. I realize that I only have one person to blame. I now have about 50 lbs to lose. I do live a very busy lifestyle which will have much to do with it. I have 3 beautiful children under the age of 6. Them and my wonderful wife are what keep me going. We both have full time jobs and as well we own and manage a small business (Childcare Centre) and currently em... Wed, 21 Apr 2010 16:36:02 EST Hello Hi there my name is Carly, I'm not etirely brand new to spark people but I have been hesitant to try posting :) I'm 18 and work in a monitoring station for ten hours a day 4-5 days a week (depending on the rotation) I get 3 15 minute breaks in my day so that doesn't leave me alot of me to really do anything. I stay pretty active (I go and ride my horse once a week and have taken up roller blading) but I gained all my weight when I got my drivers lisence and I am also a bored eater. That's m... Sat, 17 Apr 2010 13:51:17 EST Living Life NOW! I'm 33 and I'm tired of wasting time! Whether I have a few pounds to lose or not, life is short and I don't think a minute should be wasted just because a person has weight to lose! If your out enjoying what the world has to offer you have less time to worry about what the refrigerator has to offer!! I don't believe in boo hooing and the poor me game, I want to surround myself with people who look for the good in life and that don't constantly point out the bad!!! Fri, 16 Apr 2010 15:19:26 EST The Good, The Bad and The I did What!! This is ment to be a daily thread about what you did good, bad and what you are incredibly proud of or ashamed of. Wed, 14 Apr 2010 17:21:30 EST Spring to Summer Improvement What are your plans to get in shape for summer? Mon, 12 Apr 2010 14:54:17 EST New Habits Challange This will be the Challange for April. <BR> Create a new and healthy habit. It does not have to be weight loss realated, just something that will make you healthier overall. Tue, 6 Apr 2010 10:17:32 EST LYING TO MYSELF HONEST TO YOU! Greetings to all! <BR> <BR> I am Ms. Zsa Zsa McFierce. Fun, smart, honest, and outgoing. Obese and chronically ill are two of the descriptors I would most commonly omit. For the last quarter of a decade I have been content with being severely overweight. I bragged and boasted that it was my choice to eat slow-poising junk food, not exercise and love my body all at the same time. Proud and confident of my curvaceous silhouette I thought I was able to do and conquer everything and anything. ... Mon, 5 Apr 2010 20:33:05 EST portable ellipticals??? Recently I've been considering purchasing one of those small, portable ellipticals or bikes to use at my desk at work. I get up as often as possible but I am still at my desk for long periods during the day and I'm starting to feel a little guilty about the inactivity. Has anyone tried them out?? I'm curious as to if they offer enough of a workout for my to actually purchase one. I'm definitely not expecting a full work out but every little bit helps right? Fri, 2 Apr 2010 15:28:36 EST Walk, walk, walk I took a 1/2 hour walk today during lunch hour. Windy but worth it. Really makes the day easier and healthier. <em>311</em> Thu, 25 Mar 2010 02:16:23 EST Glad to Have Found This Site New to SparkPeople, but already like what I have seen. I am here to get inspiration from all of you and hopefully be able to give inspiration in return. Mon, 22 Mar 2010 08:00:01 EST I need Support I have seen similar topics on other teams, and I am in need of support too! <BR> <BR> I put candy in the office candy dish today. There was alot of stuff i would have liked to eat. Chocolate toffee, laffy taffy and some fruit chews. I have resisted so far. I am turning to tea to help with the desire. Tue, 16 Mar 2010 10:33:24 EST Tuesday's promises to myself Drink my water; <BR> track my calories (makes SUCH a difference!); <BR> walk at least 15 minutes outside during lunchtime; <BR> write down at least one thing I really like about myself :-) <BR> <BR> Have a great day everyone, Pat Tue, 9 Mar 2010 06:08:13 EST Hello all! My name is Sharon. I'm pushing 50 years of age and living in the northern panhandle of West Virginia. I've been in property management for about 20 years and am currently managing a HUD family apartment community ... quite stressful each and every day. This sedentary job isn't helping my health, though. I have about 100 pounds to lose and the older I get, the harder it is to release. Looking forward to making friends and gleaning insights along the journey through these boards. <BR> <... Sun, 7 Mar 2010 17:39:21 EST a promise to myself this week...... .......... One of the promises I'm making to myself this week is to get out of the office and walk during my lunch hour - at least for 15 - 30 minutes. Not only is it great for your body but so good for the mind as well. Helps to make my work day more enjoyable. Have a healthy productive week everyone! Pat Sun, 7 Mar 2010 07:09:50 EST Kinda new to community messaging Hi, I'm 50+ and realize it's never to late to get healthy and maybe even meet some new friends along the way. Have a great day! Sat, 6 Mar 2010 14:26:27 EST Celebrate the Small Things... Of all the things that keep me going, it is the little things. Things like seeing muscle definition in my arms and legs, being lest tired when I take a flight of stairs, even just feeling good for the day. <BR> Post those nice things here, help motivate our team! Tue, 2 Mar 2010 16:40:56 EST What I Ate for Lunch.. Today I had a small salad with cheese and no dressing. In stead of dressing I put in a .5 teaspoon lemon juice, lemon pepper and garlic. Mmmm... I also had a small muffin for the starch. I found an awesome recipe for doughnut muffins on a blog called Noble Pig. I modified the recipe to taste a bit better. They are a huge hit at work and at half size and how filling they are they are quite healthy too. Mon, 1 Mar 2010 16:39:56 EST What is a butterflysong? What is a butterflysong? <BR> So many have asked....and this is my story. <em>88</em> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=2929697 </link> Fri, 26 Feb 2010 14:45:10 EST Can someone answer a question for me please? I notice many people have those weight gauges that say either how much they've lost or what their current weight is and what their goal is. Where do I find this application? Thanks in advance, Pat Thu, 18 Feb 2010 20:30:12 EST Good to get out of the office! I took a 30 minute walk today during my lunch break. What a difference it made for me; we have lots of snow in PA but the sun was out the exercise felt wonderful. I plan on making that a 3-time a week goal. Glad to be part of the group! Thu, 18 Feb 2010 20:25:56 EST Hey All! I'm new to Sparkpeople. Just created my profile yesterday. I work in French hotel reservations here in Utah and sit at my desk 8 hours a day 5 days a week. I'm currently working towards my goal to become a chef. I'm working on getting myself motivated a bit more and thought this site and group would help. Sun, 14 Feb 2010 09:11:46 EST Hey All! I'm new to Sparkpeople. Just created my profile yesterday. I work in French hotel reservations here in Utah and sit at my desk 8 hours a day 5 days a week. I'm currently working towards my goal to become a chef. I'm working on getting myself motivated a bit more and thought this site and group would help. Sun, 14 Feb 2010 09:11:35 EST Hey All! I'm new to Sparkpeople. Just created my profile yesterday. I work in French hotel reservations here in Utah and sit at my desk 8 hours a day 5 days a week. I'm currently working towards my goal to become a chef. I'm working on getting myself motivated a bit more and thought this site and group would help. Sun, 14 Feb 2010 09:04:31 EST Hey All! I'm new to Sparkpeople. Just created my profile yesterday. I work in French hotel reservations here in Utah and sit at my desk 8 hours a day 5 days a week. I'm currently working towards my goal to become a chef. I'm working on getting myself motivated a bit more and thought this site and group would help. Sun, 14 Feb 2010 09:04:25 EST Hey All! I'm new to Sparkpeople. Just created my profile yesterday. I work in French hotel reservations here in Utah and sit at my desk 8 hours a day 5 days a week. I'm currently working towards my goal to become a chef. I'm working on getting myself motivated a bit more and thought this site and group would help. Sun, 14 Feb 2010 09:04:20 EST Hey All! I'm new to Sparkpeople. Just created my profile yesterday. I work in French hotel reservations here in Utah and sit at my desk 8 hours a day 5 days a week. I'm currently working towards my goal to become a chef. I'm working on getting myself motivated a bit more and thought this site and group would help. Sun, 14 Feb 2010 09:04:08 EST Calling All Rotarians Check out the Spark Team Exclusively for Rotarians. <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=40454 </link> <em>220</em> Mon, 8 Feb 2010 14:40:43 EST Hi everybody! I sit all day at a computer and tend to forget to get up and move around. Maybe being a member of this team will remind me to use breaks and lunch to take care of myself. Looking forward to talking with you all! Sun, 7 Feb 2010 23:21:01 EST BelindaJ4 Hello, I am a 52+ secretary and my main goal is to be healthy. I have a great husband, children and grandchildren and I want to enjoy them for years to come. I need to lose about 15 pounds and get my cholestrol under 200. This is very new to me but I feel encouraged. Fri, 5 Feb 2010 18:30:12 EST I Need Support Hi I am a 56 yr Divorce Whte female. About 65 lbs over weight. Recently had both Adrenal glands removed in hopes of getting healthy due to Cushings Syndrome. This Syndrome made it imposible to lose wgt and be healthy. I found this site and in hopes of finding friends to keep me going on those days when it seems to be to much and just want to give up. I also hope to be able to also help those who are struggling to go on and somedays just want to give up. Tue, 2 Feb 2010 11:43:58 EST Office Etiquette When you want to talk to someone, what do you do? <BR> Email first then walk over? <BR> Walk over first? <BR> What if someone else is chatting with them? (not a meeting, just talking, work related or not) Do you interrupt? Come back later? Is your reaction different if they see you or don't? <BR> <BR> Fri, 29 Jan 2010 16:50:27 EST Trying again at almost 40 Once upon a time, I was FIT, now it is time to get back there. I know I can do it again. Just need the determination and motivation. Sat, 16 Jan 2010 10:35:20 EST HELLOOOOOO spark people! HI, spark people, this is leslieLuV and i would love to lose a few pounds while reframing my mind and lifestyle. I am a full time college student in the city, and at times it gets hard to keep up with the bustle of life and mind my health, so it's a new year, and what better time to learn. Im new and will need help making this transition, so feel free to be of help if you can, and ill do the same 4 you! Tue, 5 Jan 2010 21:39:46 EST Casey J - Learned life lessons the hard way This is a great site :) it is so wonderful seeing and reading about everyone that is taking back their lives and taking back the control!!!!!!!! I am 47 years old and have been through so much! I was very toxic and out of shape. I went through alot 6 years ago to correct some complications health wise ... but it put me back on the right path! I feel fantastic but it is still hard work and dedication to healthy living and good health choices! Its all about support through other people - we are... Tue, 5 Jan 2010 20:30:23 EST Healthier me! Hi! My name is Samantha and I just joined after reading about it on Hungry Girl this morning. Though I have recently lost a large amount of weight I still don't feel like I'm living as healthy as I should. I definitely saw through the holidays that I would make the poorer of choices knowing that a couple of extra higher calorie items wouldn't hurt me because I am at a good weight, but a month later and five pounds heavier I learned that I really need to learn to have more c... Mon, 4 Jan 2010 08:29:39 EST Happy New Year and New Life! Hello, I am new to Spark and just getting a feel for things this week with so much wonderful information I am over excited to say the least. Over many years I have done the Yo Yo, but after my reviewing of all spark has find that I really can change my life with encouragement and support! WOW! This is so refreshing I am on my way with my measurements, teams, goals and activities in the works. What a wonderful recipe and tracker system as well, who could ask for more? And there is so much m... Fri, 1 Jan 2010 18:05:59 EST I'm new I've been checking out SP for about a week now and am liking all of the information I have been reading and many of the blogs of different members. <BR> <BR> I really don't know what more to say except HI and hope I'll be getting to know a few others out there, Thu, 24 Dec 2009 12:06:56 EST Menopause support I'm 47, soon to be 48. 2 months ago I went of premarin and now I can't seem to control my eating and am gaining weight like never before. Need help. How to curve the cravings and the binge eating. Thu, 17 Dec 2009 00:14:35 EST HI NEW HERE Hi everyone my name is Amber and im new here, im 24yrs old with a 7yr, and a 18month old i need to lose at least 25lbs I work full time sitting at a desk all day!! so i need lots of motivation and determination <BR> My goel is to lose the weight in my stomach and back (love handles) and get toned!!!! <BR> Fri, 4 Dec 2009 17:32:59 EST New Member! Hi! I'm a full time college student, I work full time and I am in the Air National Guard. I am so busy that I have not made time to workout and plan my diet. I played basketball in grade school and high school, and the military has kept me in shape as well. I love sports and am very athletic, but unfortunately an office job doesn't exactly promote physical activity. I'm too young and able to feel out of shape, so I'm getting back at it! I work at a Federal Reserve Center, and was referr... Wed, 2 Dec 2009 18:09:27 EST walking in Rincon, GA I walk every morning, Monday -Friday and sometimes on weekends and/or evenings. I have to go out very early though and wonder if anyone else would care to join me. Tue, 17 Nov 2009 16:32:47 EST 10,000 steps a day! How is everyone getting their steps in...and how are you going to adjust for winter? Wed, 11 Nov 2009 11:55:28 EST Hi, I am Saille I have doing office work for 6 years and lost all of my muscle tone, plus other health issues contributed to it and I have decided that its time that I try and do something. I am 57 and I really can't wait any longer! Tue, 10 Nov 2009 19:36:04 EST Hello Hi my name is Lettie and I recently joined sparkpeople as a way to try and stay focused and committed to my health goals. I have recently lost 15 lbs and have 5 more to go to be at my goal weight of 125lbs. I am following a low glycemic index diet which is working well, I am losing weight and I feel much better. <BR> Now that I have lost some weight my main goal is to get in shape and so I have signed up for a half marathon in Feb. but I am having trouble staying motivated to train as the... Tue, 10 Nov 2009 11:14:57 EST Office Walks? I have been trying to take daily walks around my office, either to visit friends or just to get moving. I was wondering if anyone had any success with "in the office" walking... or any tips for me on how long to walk for, how many times to go up and down the steps (I work on the 3rd floor out of 3), anything like that. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to get back into this Spark thing - I need to stay active to keep my motivation going! - any advice would be really great... Thu, 29 Oct 2009 16:22:55 EST Site Maintenance Wanted to be sure everyone saw this. <BR> <BR> *** Today's Feature *** <BR> <BR> Site Maintenance Tonight <BR> <BR> The SparkPeople site will be down for maintenance tonight from 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. Eastern Time. Thank you for your understanding! <BR> <BR> (that's all I know! just passing it along) <BR> Thu, 29 Oct 2009 11:20:50 EST STOP!!! GET AWAY FROM YOUR DESK.... NOW STRETCH! Ladies, having a desk job is hard on the body as we all know. So we have to remember to get up and stretch at least once every hour. <BR> <BR> So right now, just stop what you're doing... now, just stop.... drop that pencil... put that call on hold really quick.... now get up, reach to the sky, bend to the left, now to the right, carefully, stretch your neck, stretch your arms, stretch your legs, stretch stretch stretch.... good job!! Now get back to work! Mon, 26 Oct 2009 14:29:07 EST Anyone else doing End of Year supply refill yet? I'm currently working on putting together my order for OfficeDepot at work. I need to get the 2010 desktop calendars, some more CD-RWs, etc etc etc. Anyone else working on restocking their supplies? Just wondering. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any suggestions that makes their office work that much easier or more convinient that I may be able to get from OfficeDepot? Tue, 20 Oct 2009 14:06:46 EST Anyone work with SAP? Some job openings I'm reading require experience with "SAP". Okkkk, which SAP product? Can anyone provide any insight? How does one train on SAP outside a work environment? <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance. <BR> Fri, 16 Oct 2009 14:23:55 EST Introduction Howdy, <BR> <BR> I'm a 28 year old, soon to be father. I came across this site after working out for 6 weeks now. Hopefully using this site will help to keep me motivated and provide me with info to get the results I seek. Discovering beer, and stopping any kind of physical activity, has really put some pounds on this body. Thankfully I haven't smoked in close to a year. I have decided to drink either water or coffee too. Guess we'll wait and see how things go... Wed, 7 Oct 2009 21:33:01 EST When Syphilis wants to stay fit.. So let's start with the typical thingie that gets these things going in the community. Hey y'all I'm new here..Well..Kind of. <BR> <BR> I used to be on SparkTeens thinking there was a difference due to growth spurts and what other ordeal teenagers go through, but there wasn't. And as most people my age haven't been working (officially) since they were 15, supporting themselves, and have not finished high school yet, it was related to a lot of school work and whatever teenages do which has ... Tue, 6 Oct 2009 12:07:02 EST tired I'm SO TIRED when I get to work in the mornings. It takes me so long to get moving, without actually falling asleep at my desk. I do eat breakfast, and I don't usually go to bed terribly late... so I have no idea what's going on. Any ideas? Tue, 6 Oct 2009 08:54:50 EST looking for people to email text for same to get s looking for people to text or email to give support to lose weight and keep it at bay Mon, 5 Oct 2009 09:13:33 EST Hello, new here Hello, my name is Gary, I am 47 years old. May of 2008 I weight 260lbs and had high blood pressure, high colesteral, high Trigleceries and elavated suger levals. Since I start my weight loss I have droped to 165 lbs and am in much better health. Now I am looking for fitness and nutruition ideals as weight maintance can be harder than weight loss. Plus I would like to loose that last 5 lbs. I am 5'11 also. Sat, 3 Oct 2009 20:38:46 EST I am Indian, aged 53, Haresh R. Bhojwani. Due to ostroarthiritis I having problem with my knee and joints in hands shoulder and leg. Sat, 3 Oct 2009 19:23:10 EST Hi yall! I have to say...compared to my last position in a career services office at a shall-remain-unnamed big 12 college I love living in the prairie dog village! <BR> <BR> I'm a paralegal who works in an alternate capacity as a Bankruptcy Analyst. Why yes, it IS just as exciting as it sounds.... Sun, 27 Sep 2009 21:49:55 EST Hey Everyone! My name is Brittany and I live in Las Vegas and I currently work for a Public Relations firm as an AAE. I love to exercise and to stay in shape. But lately with work and being a full-time mom I have packed on pounds. I am ready to get fit again and live a healthy lifestyle! Wed, 23 Sep 2009 11:45:05 EST New to Sparkpeople Hi all, my name is Kelly and I am new to sparkpeople. I love interacting with others and look forward to learning as much as possible. I am trying to improve my health and my lifestyle. <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> Kelly Mon, 21 Sep 2009 21:47:36 EST What is working for you? I've noticed many of you have lost some serious weight and I am wondering what your secret is! Mon, 21 Sep 2009 14:57:49 EST Sitting here is killing me I'm hoping to find a really good sparkteam whose members are facing what has become my biggest challenge on this journey - office work. Not only is it sedentary, it is stressful. Some days I would really rather do some mindless ditch digging than sit here trudging through a never ending inbox. But, I know that's probably not the answer. :) I have tried to motivate my co workers but they are pretty resigned to their ever expanding waste line way of life. But me, I'm not quitting just yet... Mon, 21 Sep 2009 10:46:18 EST Desperately Seeking Skinny Hi all! I'm Steph, 32 from WV. Looking to get healthy for my 3 year old son. Look forward to some positive conversaions and motivations! Fri, 18 Sep 2009 20:19:30 EST Getting It Done I have no problem getting it done at work being an all around girl friday, receptionist for a printing company. However, I joined SparkPeople to keep me motivated in getting in done with maintaining a healthy lifestyle and losing some weight. Tue, 8 Sep 2009 22:48:37 EST Love all and be in Peace with all. Let us hate war and love Peace. Mon, 7 Sep 2009 08:25:29 EST Workaholic Chocaholic in need of work/life balance Hi everyone. I have a very demanding job with deadlines. I work overtime to meet them then take time off later when things are slower. This makes it really difficult to separate me time from work time when it is crunch time. I have racked up 12 days of overtime to take later and still won't be able to take time off for at least another week. How do you deal with this kind of stress and still make time for your personal fitness needs? I track my food on SP so other than a slip up yesterday dur... Sat, 15 Aug 2009 22:20:59 EST Do You Have A Desk Servival Kit? Any healthy snacks packed away at your desk for hard times? Share it with us! Thu, 13 Aug 2009 12:20:18 EST Microsoft Office Certifications Has anyone taken the Microsoft Office Certification tests? I'm doing the prequistes courses online and wondering what the tests were like, simulations, multiple choice, etc. Any advice or comments are welcome. <BR> <BR> Maybe we can start a thread for assistance on Word or Excel problems. Wed, 12 Aug 2009 22:14:09 EST New Office Diva! Hey every1 Im new check out my page... Wed, 12 Aug 2009 12:26:37 EST Let's Get this team back on track!!!! Hey everyone dont quite on us office divas now! Comment on some of the topics, invite more office divas, set new challenges! Whatever it takes! Wed, 12 Aug 2009 12:24:56 EST Friends! Sparkpeople! Lend me your ears! My name is Marcia, and I moved to Chattanooga in September of '07. I'm an admin assitant by day, and by night I love cooking, watching movies and participating in theater. I'm here on SparkPeople to meet people in my community and to motivate myself into my home stretch of my weight loss goal. I began my journey in June of 2006 at 258 pounds. Three years later, having traversed job, relationship and home changes, I have plateaued (again!) in the mid 190's. I'm thrilled to have lost more ... Wed, 5 Aug 2009 13:48:43 EST Healthy Living with Lena Hi SparkPeople fans. My name is Lena and I recently lost 25lbs through a program that I truely believe in. However I can't seem to find anyone to really commit in walking through this with me. I want to be able to live a Healthier Life Style, share information and have others share information with me. I want to have someone to talk to when I am struggling. And, we all know there are struggles along the way. But it is always good to have a friend to encourage you and lift you up when yo... Tue, 4 Aug 2009 16:44:40 EST I'm new to this process My name is Pinky. I found myself 80 lbs overweight because throughout the last ten years I dedicated myself to everyone else's needs but my own. Spark People was mentionned on ET and that is how I found out about you all. It is now six days and I have had five of my friends join. It's is sometimes overwhelming but if I could have quit smoking 12 years ago...I know I can do this. I am greatful for Valerie Bertinelli for being my inspiration. I've decided to take this a day at a time. Ex... Sat, 1 Aug 2009 07:37:38 EST Is It Just Me? Is it just me or does it seem like you consume more calories Monday thru Friday? I was going through my Nutrition Log for the past week and altho I didn't write everything down, I know I ate more on work days than I did during the past four days I was off. Why is it that the longer a person is awake, they seem to need more stuff to eat???????? Mon, 6 Jul 2009 10:46:38 EST CoolWaters This is a journey for me that I knew I had to take to get rid of 100 lbs (or more) and I am hoping I will find other walkers, hikers, bikers, pray-ers and snail crawlers like me, who will introduce themselves and tell me how they are doing and what they are doing. I have not even had an opportunity to work my way through this wonderful web site of SparkPeople to figure it out, so I am looking forward to the days ahead to do just that. and to get myself started. <BR> <BR> I live in the state... Wed, 1 Jul 2009 15:30:23 EST Hello! Hi, I'm Deb and I live in the Greater Rochester (NY) area. My primary job: I work from home as a "virtual administrator." My colleagues are in offices around the world, which results in work hours that are all over the place since I'm often working with others in significantly different time-zones. In addition to my primary job, I work part-time for my church as an administrative assistant. As with any administrative work, the work and stress level between these two jobs can be fairly high... Wed, 10 Jun 2009 18:29:23 EST Introduction Hi - <BR> <BR> I'm Tiffany, 27, from the St. Louis area. I lost 40lbs a few years ago with Jenny Craig, but the weight has slowly been creeping back on and now I'm only 9lbs away from where I was 5 years ago , which is not acceptable. <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> I know what I have to do, I just need to motivate myself to actually do it - and I'm hoping SparkPeople can help me. I sit at a desk all day, so when I saw this group I just had to join! <BR> <BR> I saw my Dr. last Thursday, and he... Tue, 9 Jun 2009 10:05:04 EST No equipment needed! <link><BR>orkout.htm </link> <BR> <BR> found this and it is a good butt kickin' workout! Tue, 2 Jun 2009 11:05:05 EST Hello from the switchboard desk.... I am stuck at my desk for hours at a time, not able to get up and move around. I have gained some weight from this job and nine months of not smoking (woohoo!!). Came to SparkPeople to help motivate me to move around more when I'm not at my desk, and snack less when I am! Wed, 6 May 2009 08:31:53 EST What do you eat for breakfast? What does everyone eat for breakfast? My typical breakfast is a large Dunkin Donuts coffee with Cream and Sugar. I plan to cut that down to Cream only - adding Splenda instead. <BR> <BR> I like something sweet for breakfast - right now I am having a Quaker Breakfast Cookie. Pretty good, 180 cals. What are you guys eating? <BR> <BR> I would like to eat a bit healthier at breakfast (seems to be my most troublesome meal). I do not have much time for preparing in the morning, as I leav... Tue, 5 May 2009 13:46:11 EST Hi from my office! I work as an office manager for a modular home builder, starting my program today! <BR> <BR> Looking forward to chatting with all of you soon! Mon, 27 Apr 2009 15:25:53 EST Hi out there I guess I fit into this category. I am sort of an office worker or at least I do clerical work. My office is actually an emergency room. I am 35, married, have 5 kids, and work part time. My job can be pretty active some days. Some days I feel like I have run a marathon while others I am searching for toothpicks to hold my eyelids open. You never know how many sick people there are going to be I guess. I do a lot of computer work and collections. It is an ever changing job that is for... Fri, 24 Apr 2009 19:48:31 EST New to Your Team Hi everybody, <BR> <BR> I started sparkpeople about 2 months ago as part of an office challenge. <BR> <BR> I'm loving it though - just what I needed. I work for a faith-based international development organization. I was based in West Africa for 23 years. I've been back for 2 1/2. Now I'm behind a computer all day. There's parts of my job I love because I'm supporting the folks overseas that continue to do what I used to do, but I oh so miss the variety of my life in Africa. Sure, there we... Wed, 22 Apr 2009 17:58:11 EST