SparkPeople SP Class of March 9-15, 2014 Team Messageboard This team is for all members who joined SparkPeople from March 9-15, 2014. Welcome! SparkPeople SP Class of March 9-15, 2014 Team Messageboard Releasing the weight! I heard a short message by a certain Lisa that you shouldn't want to "lose" the weight... because you don't ever want to find it again, lol. <BR> <BR> That's how I feel!! <BR> <BR> I'm Natalia. I'm a mommy & wifey with a bit over 90 lbs to lose. <BR> <BR> Got a few short term goals: <BR> <BR> - Run a half-Marathon by September <BR> - Participate in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in October <BR> <BR> Nice to meet you all!!!! <BR> <BR> Feel free to add me :) Sat, 21 Mar 2015 20:30:01 EST 5 months in... Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> Since it's been a while since anyone has posted here, I was wondering how many of us who started on our SparkPeople journeys are still here and actively trying to work towards their goals! <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> While I can't say I've been giving it my all the whole time, I'm still down a few pounds (about 2lbs/month). I've also started tracking again and am following a workout plan to maybe get rid of a little more in the next weeks. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR>... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 05:48:07 EST Progress Three Months Out I was just wondering how everyone is doing with almost completing three months on the program. How has your life changed, and have you met goals you wanted to meet? <BR> <BR> Thanks for sharing your progress here so we can see how we've done and where we each are! Some of us may be further, some of us may be struggling, but one thing for sure is that we've changed something if we've kept with the program!! Please take a moment to share what you're success has been. Thank you so much! Tue, 27 May 2014 13:05:43 EST Newish to spark Hello, I would say this was a brief introduction, but my life is never that boring. March 15, 2014 was my start date for this site found it while browsing for a calorie counter. I am a 32 year old mom of 4. I have 3 girls and a boy. My oldest is 13, then 11, and 9 and then my miracle son who is 2. I had cervical cancer and had to have part of my cervix removed and was told I couldn't have kids anymore. Well 7 years after my last daughter was born and I get to do it all again, of course boys a... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 14:40:05 EST exercise up, water up, portions down Hi everyone in our new group. Just wanted share my progress. I haven't yet made all my new habits consistently, but I am pleased that there is some forward momentum. I am getting more exercise, almost daily, and l look forward to increasing the amount and intensity of my activity as my arthritis allows. I've really cut down on portion sizes...I didn't realize how quickly calories increase. And I am slowly replacing some foods with healthier choices. It is a lot to change all at once, but I ... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 11:53:00 EST Need Encouragem ent/Advice Please I've been hard at work training for an 18 mile walk to raise money for suicide prevention. It's going pretty well as I've walked almost 60 miles in the last month. <BR> <BR> Since I'm very overweight and out of shape it's slow going. My concern at this point is that I'm really hungry a lot now. I'm not dieting but focusing on eating tons of veggies and lean meatless protein (nonfat cottage cheese, tofu, etc.). <BR> <BR> Yesterday I walked 8 miles and today I'm so shaky hungry. I don't want ... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 15:32:45 EST Here we go again I am not new to spark people at all...This is my 4th time of getting on here...the first round I was able to shed 23 pounds in 11 weeks while using SP :) I aim to get to my goals by using Sp again :) I have stuggled with weight all my life ( since the age of 13) I have PCOS ( polycystic ovarian syndrome) <BR> ON top of that, we have been struggling with infertility for 5.5 of our 6.5 years husband is also losing weight to improve himself :) Both of us are on this journey togeth... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 10:12:53 EST Why can't I be skinny and pretty??? T.T Hi. My name is Keyana. I'm a 21 year old college student trying to finally take charge of her life and weight. I've always been a little chubby since I was a child. I did not really notice it until middle school. I was bigger and that was not a good thing. I decided to ignore it (great idea huh?) But it steadily increased throughout to the end of high school. My first year of college, I lost weight actually and I felt good! But I did it without trying (by starving because I had no money becau... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 19:29:49 EST new lifestyle, new me... I am beginning the first day of the rest of my life... <BR> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 23:04:34 EST New to SP HI there I am new to SP. I have ALOT of weight to loose. I have a tendency to find every excuse in the book to NOT begin. I am here because I need to be around encouragement. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 21:13:11 EST Week 3 check-in I didn't see a thread for this week, so I'm just posting here so that I still have my accountability :) I didn't lose any this week. I started on the elliptical, but after a rough weekend (friends lost in WA mudslides) I gave into Ben and Jerry's. Then I was waylaid by cadbury mini eggs last night. I didn't go crazy, but I know that one serving of those is more calories than 20 min. on the elliptical! <BR> <BR> So, feeling positive about this next week ahead. Time to make new habits! Thu, 27 Mar 2014 12:15:52 EST Hi Im new to this site and to getting healthy Hello, I have decided that it's time I make myself a priority and by that I would love to lose some weight and start living a healthy lifestyle. My goal is to lose 50 lbs by March 2015 but mainly to start making healthier choices in my life so that I can live a better life for my two beautiful daughters and not get held back because of my weight. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 21:09:57 EST Planning Ahead Hi, <BR> I usually do all my shopping on the weekend for the coming week. I would like to put recipes and food in for the upcoming week and then get the grocery list. I can add the recipes from spark people to the day I want but I don't know how to go to that day and add the extra vege's, snacks, etc. When I open track my food, it won't let me go to next week!!! <BR> Help! Fri, 21 Mar 2014 18:52:33 EST Weight Loss Buddies Hello everyone, <BR> I'm trying to lose about 16kg (~30lbs) and am looking for a weight loss buddy (or buddies :D)! Whether you're trying to lose more or less than that, if you're interested in keeping in touch throughout (even just a part of) our weight loss journeys, sharing questions and concerns, finding solutions for problems together, celebrating successes, simply supporting each other along the way, then feel free to write me! <BR> We could for example decide on short-term goals togeth... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 05:30:46 EST Hello My name is Sandi and I am a single mom of 2 girls (Reba 23 and Mandi 18). Mandi has Aspergers & Tourettes syndrome. Reba has 2 little ones that also live with me (Damien is 4 and Reiya is 2). <BR> <BR> I am not usually one to join groups and introduce myself. I tend to sit in the background and observe, but I feel for this to work for me I have to step out of my comfort zone. <BR> <BR> I started my weight loss journey this time around on May 18, 2013. I have lost 85 pounds, but get ... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 01:30:37 EST New and excited I am just getting started on this site, and I love it! If you have any good advice I would love to hear it. I am trying to loose 50 pounds that have creeped on over the past 10 years. Love food, but trying to learn to love it a little less. Currently reading Wheat Belly, and it is helping. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 20:33:39 EST Progress Week Two March 16-22, 2014 Just thought I would get this one started so we can progress from week to week and the first one doesn't get too long. Hope that is okay with you John. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Pam <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 20:03:50 EST week one Week one is actually this week for me.I joined Saturday. So I haven't tried to do anything different besides drink more water and try to exercise more. I never know where to start and in the past it didn't work. I came here hoping there would be motivation and great tips. So far this week I have dusted off my exercise bike again. Yay! I have drank at least 4 cups of water. If you meet me in real life you would know that I hate drinking anything. I drink a glass of something once a day normall... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 13:55:46 EST Sick of carrying this weight~ In more ways than 1! Hi, I am Sara, and I always thought of myself as young and healthy, all of a sudden I found that I turned 33 and I realized, I feel old, I am 4-5 different prescription medications for heart and cholesterol and I am overweight. I have maintained this weight for quite some time, but that isn't helping the situation. <BR> On Feb. 28th one of my co-workers thought he was having a stroke. Long story short, it scared me VERY badly. I have high blood pressure, high heart rate, high cholesterol and... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 19:23:08 EST New at SparkPeople Hi there. Im new at this site and hoping i can finally get some help and reassurance with my weight loss. I've been on a strict diet for a few months and did lose 15 lbs but i'm having troubles with my back making it harder to exercise for long periods of time. Im wondering if i did 3 10 minutes a day, would it work just as well as if i did 1 30 min workout? Any positive input would be greatly appreciated. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 07:50:36 EST Glad I'm not alone Hi to all Sun, 16 Mar 2014 19:50:11 EST Hello! Hi, I'm Pam. I'm 43, very busy with 3 kids and am very tired of feeling blah and unmotivated. I'm not overweight, but I feel quite chunky. I lost weight with Weight Watchers 7 years ago but most of it is back. My main goal is to GET HEATHLY!! Sun, 16 Mar 2014 17:28:34 EST Hi ya'll Hi I am new to this team, and re joined spark"s I had lost 83 pounds but have gained 23 back so would like to get it off plus an extra 45! I know I can do this I did it once before <em>334</em> Just takes time, effort, motivation, and friends that are going through the same thing. Hope to make some new friends on here and motivate one in another to do our best! Sun, 16 Mar 2014 14:15:19 EST hello I seem to be stuck in a bit of a slump these days - perhaps it's the endless amount of snow and freezing weather, but that's what I get for living in Ottawa, Canada. <BR> <BR> Here's to success all around, everyone! Stay positive and feed your body what it needs, not what your mind thinks it wants! Sun, 16 Mar 2014 11:36:59 EST Hello :) I'm a sort-of newbie looking for an active team to help keep me motivated! <BR> <BR> My current goal is to lose 50 pounds, but I'd be OK with simply fitting in size 6 (currently size 16!!) pants again. <BR> <BR> I prettied up my SparkPage if anyone is curious about who I am or whatevs. Nice to meet you! Sun, 16 Mar 2014 00:52:22 EST Hi! Just wanted to introduce myself and say hey! I'm joining SP specifically for support on my recovery journey. I have binge eating disorder. I'm excited to be on SP and this group! Thanks! <BR> <BR> Emily Sun, 16 Mar 2014 00:27:30 EST New and In need of support HI everyone <BR> I am new to Sparkpeople, and I am in need of support. This week I was diagnosed with Insulin resistance and PCOS as well as Hypothyroidism. Needless to say today has not been my finest weeks and defiantly put a huge damper on my self image. This week has motivated me that more than ever my life needs to change and fast otherwise I will never have children, I will get diabetes, I will end up with heart disease! I don't want this! <BR> please help! Sat, 15 Mar 2014 22:56:38 EST new member My name is lynda2327 just joined looking for help support on my journey in this,. Sat, 15 Mar 2014 19:23:42 EST Hello all! Hi everyone! My name is Amanda and I have been sparking on and off for the past year. I decided to re-create my account because I became so caught up in the craziness of the past year that I wasn't tracking well. Now I'm back with a huge motivator to get healthy and look better. I will be relocating my job to New Jersey within the next two months, and will be living my dream of living only a few blocks from the beach. I want to feel comfortable to walk out to the beach in a bathing suit, an... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 19:00:57 EST Keep me acountable! I decided to make a food diary, and this is just what I need. Being accountable. Several years ago I lost 35 pounds, had lipo, looked great and put it all back on plus 5 more pounds. 3 days ago I really say myself in a mirror and went WHOA!!!!!! Sat, 15 Mar 2014 14:28:46 EST MEGARA_REBORN's Well hey there! I'm not new to Sparkpeople, but I went away for a while and decided that rather than resurrect an account that was ancient. I hope to get to know you all really well xoxo Sat, 15 Mar 2014 12:02:11 EST Progress Week ONE Here is a chance to share how things went for you during your first week here at Spark. <BR> <BR> I'll share my week to start. <BR> <BR> I lost 3.2 pounds mostly by staying away from my trigger foods, French fries and cookies. I ate lots of fresh fruit and lo fat yogurt in its place. <BR> <BR> I've logged 379 fitness minutes (so far) this week. <BR> <BR> I stumbled a few times in mid week mainly because I didn't get enough rest. <BR> <BR> All in all a good week for me. Sat, 15 Mar 2014 09:00:58 EST Hello Hello fellow team members! <BR> <BR> I joined the site today .. as well as the first steps in my New Years resolution (yes I'm a bit of a procrastinator) to get healthy again. <BR> <BR> The past few years were a bit much emotionally and my health took a huge hit .. somehow I've doubled myself. Wish I could figure out a way to split in half like an emoeba, it would save so much work getting back to a healthy weight .. and having an extra me around might be nice if the other me would do the... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 00:31:10 EST Ready for a new chapter Hi all, <BR> <BR> Krystal here, ready to begin the work I need to do one day at a time to be a healthier, happier me. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 23:43:15 EST Hi! (CFS sucks) Hey all, what's shaking? Not really used to being terribly social on the web, heh, but I thought I'd say hello. I'm trying to recover my health after a year of attempting to figure out what the heck was wrong with my lymph nodes and energy levels - right now, my doc and I are moving forward with a tentative diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome, which is lame. Anyhoo, good luck to all, and to any CFS sufferers, it'd be great to hear your story and how you got on. <BR> <BR> Best! Fri, 14 Mar 2014 20:16:16 EST Not looking for miracles. I just created my new SparkPeople page. One of my very favorite movies is The Princess Bride, and Billy Crystal plays Miracle Max. As Miracle Max says " You rush a miracle man, you get rotten miracles." <BR> <BR> I have tried all the "miracles" out there. But, I used to be very physically active, going to the gym EVERY DAY. Since motherhood came in my early thirties, I just sort of gave up. I tried several times to get back into regular exercise, but the past few years, it has been mostly ju... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 12:04:46 EST Introducing myself Hi all, <BR> <BR> I'm new to Sparkpeople but not new to diets, you name it and I tried it. I was recently diagnosed with an under active thyroid and put on a med that seems to be helping me. <BR> <BR> I'm excited after only 3 days here I see just how much information I am gathering from tracking my nutrients. I also love the motivation and support found on this site. <BR> <BR> Hope to keep on this journey and make it to my ultimate goal weight. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 20:52:16 EST Figuring this out... Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Elisa. I'm married and a mother of two. I was diagnosed with MS a few months ago, and have been severely depressed since. I've put on a lot of weight as a result. But I've been seeing a therapist and working through the diagnosis, and I'm ready to get this weight back off and be feeling healthier again. I look forward to getting to know everyone and hope I can be of some support. :) Thu, 13 Mar 2014 16:32:59 EST Intro My name is Sharron. I've always been active and fit. I enjoy cardio and strength training. I had my 2nd son Feb 9th 2014. Right now I'm fluctuating between 15-20lbs heavier than my prepreg weight, which I'm okay with (would prefer to be back at prepreg weight but) as long as I can be fit and healthy :) I gotta say I've only been apart of this site for a couple days but I absolutely love the website and adore the app! Thu, 13 Mar 2014 13:32:44 EST Hello! Hi everyone, my name is Michele. I'm 28 years old (just a couple months shy of 29). I have finally decided to do the one thing left that I have to do to make myself happy...dedicate myself to losing weight! I have made so many other changes over the past couple years, it's time to tackle my biggest obstacle. I am so grateful to have the support and inspiration of all of you. Please be patient with me, as I may stumble from time to time...but I will always get back up and try again! I look for... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 08:53:23 EST New to this Hello all :) <BR> I am new to SparkPeople and looking forward to my journey. My second day on here and very pleased to see all of the information and resources I can use. This site/community seems to be very welcoming, so thank you. <BR> <BR> I am looking to becoming a better me and looking to lose at least 30 lbs by mid-June. Today is my first day of my lifestyle change and I am praying that I get through. <BR> <BR> I end up giving up, binge eating which in result, gain more weight than ... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 07:58:39 EST Nervous but hopeful... Hey, my name is Britt and I'm finally to the point where I'm so desperate that I have to do something. I've tried losing weight in the past but my willpower seems to be nonexistent after a couple of weeks of trying to be healthy. I'm guilty of losing 10 pounds, then putting on 20+. I'm to the point where my clothes aren't fitting anymore and I'm the heaviest I've ever been. The one thing in common with all of my past attempts is that I did it alone- so I'm hoping that participating in the me... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 00:01:44 EST I have a Slip disc but still need to reduce weight Hi friends, <BR> I discovered this site while looking for solution to my slip disc problem for which I need to reduce almost 20kgs ASAP w/ doing much strenuous exercises. Can somebody suggest me how I will be able to achieve that. I am very depressed due to my situation n need your help n support. I m 36yrs Female, married, have 2 kids 11 & 7yrs. Pls advise. <BR> God bless, <BR> Priti Wed, 12 Mar 2014 19:40:04 EST Brand New Sparker Hey there! I'm brand new to Sparkpeople. I have 4 kiddos, and still trying to lose the baby weight from the last one who's almost 2! Yikes! I've struggled with my weight pretty much my whole life, and am excited by the idea of the virtual community and online tracking tools. We can do this!! <BR> <BR> SW-199 <BR> GW-155 Wed, 12 Mar 2014 19:36:17 EST 2ND Time Sparker....Time to lose the baby weight! This is my 2nd time here on Spark. I joined originally as a 235 pound overweight, sad woman in 2009 when my now ex husband was deployed. I learned a lot of good tactics to lose weight and discovered the runner buried deep inside of me. During my duration on Spark I became a three time 1/2 marathoner. <BR> <BR> Last year I became unexpectedly pregnant. I was told I would never have a child for 15 years of my life... imagine my surprise when I had a positive pregnancy test. I now have thr... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 08:35:15 EST moodykeys Hi my name is Mary and I have been on a better eating plan since jan. one month 28 days actually. I started at 232 pounds and today I weighed in at 220. I need to lose 97 ponds to be at the top weight for my height. after 2 months of eating better, mainly stopping almost all sugar. I have started to feel much better and I move a lot easier than in the past without losing my breath. hoping to keep improving on this and feeling even better.. I was told by my wellness person to track my calories... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 13:11:49 EST New Hi yes new <BR> <BR> Shoot by now I don't know what else to say other then <BR> <BR> I am not only doing this for me but to be around for my son Tue, 11 Mar 2014 12:15:06 EST I'm a newbie Hello everyone, I've been living healthier life style since July 2012 and so far have lost total of 54 kg. Started off as an obese weighting at 120 kg and now i've reach 66 kg. The problem I am facing now is I've reach plateau and making it worst, I've gained 2 kg since last 2 weeks. I am really afraid that i will lose the motivation and strength to continue my journey. I really need support from you guys. I'm suspecting that i've damage my metabolism due to cutting calorie below my BMR.. =( Tue, 11 Mar 2014 10:35:58 EST Healthy Life, Healthy Eating I was 115kg six months ago and today I weigh in at 100kg. <BR> <BR> So proud of myself and how far I have come, considering I've done it all on my own and changed my life around, literally. Now that my mindset towards food has changed and I feel my confident with my body, I'm ready to start losing more fat and toning my muscles! <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 03:56:48 EST Melissa for Workouts and Diets Hello! Looking for a virtual workout buddy. Someone who won't let me take a rest day just because.... <BR> My main goal is to continue working out, rather than just rushing to get fit for events. Right now I'm doing well, but I don't want to stop just because I reach my goal weight. I always do that. My workout goals are to run/jog, 6 times a week, 12-18 miles. I try to do the Spartacus workout 3 times a week, and do a dedicated Ab and lower back workout twice a week in addition. When ... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 22:26:34 EST Day One and it's nice to be here... Hi, my name is Eileen and I am the mother of 2 beautiful daughters. I joined spark people today! I can't even say how many times I've said "I'll start tomorrow..." and it never happens for one excuse or another! I know what I should eat and how much I should exercise, it's just the matter of doing it. I hope today will be the start of a lifetime of great habits. I do not look at this as a temporary thing! Good to know others are doing it with me :-) <BR> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 20:41:42 EST new to this team. Good Evening & Happy Daylight Saving Time(if you changed your clock from standard time.) <BR> <BR> I have been with spark off and on and am back again. I lose the same 5 pounds on a regular basis. <BR> <BR> My short term goal is to lose 5 pounds & keep those off and then lose another 5. <BR> <BR> Thanks from, <BR> <BR> deb Sun, 9 Mar 2014 21:05:42 EST Hi everyone Hi, I am new to the board & I look forward to the new me. Sun, 9 Mar 2014 20:36:24 EST Hello there everyone! My name is Vicki. I'm new, I came across this site today and it looked and sounded great! I have been over-weight all my life. <BR> Not a new story I know. I stay at home most of the time. And so I would like some new friends, that <BR> might help and encourage me along the way. I am open to new ideas, recipes things like that. <BR> I believe I can get these pounds off! Maybe we can help each other. Thanks! Sun, 9 Mar 2014 19:36:28 EST Hi Everyone Hey there. I am a stay-at-home mom of 2. Used to be in the Navy. My family and I live near Augusta GA. I am dealing with the daily struggles of being a full-time mom with Fibromyalgia and everything that goes with it. I am hoping to lose about 70 pounds in the next year or so. Sun, 9 Mar 2014 18:12:28 EST starting now :) Hi my name is fiona <BR> ive put on 2stone in the last year and half and now is my time to start loosing weight again my problem is im lazy :) <BR> when im training i go great for bout 3 mts and then I just stop for some reason and start to undo everything and all the hard work I have done by eating chocolate , <BR> chocolate is my biggest downfall I love it I have since the new year giving up the ciggs and I know its great ive giving them up but I have taking on eating in its place Sun, 9 Mar 2014 12:39:26 EST 8 Is Enough Well at least to start with it is. <BR> <BR> You'd be amazed that once you get in the habit of drinking good old natural water it becomes part of your routine. <BR> <BR> Half way down your nutrition page is a glass you can keep track of your water consumption. <BR> <BR> Can we shoot for 8 a day <BR> <BR> Lemme know how you are doing Sat, 8 Mar 2014 20:38:06 EST Gimme 10 Start easy, start slow and commit to 10 minutes more per day of excercise. That can be anything!!! <BR> <BR> A walk around the block. <BR> A ride on your bike <BR> A trip to the gym <BR> A swim in the pool <BR> <BR> You pick. <BR> <BR> If you look at the fitness section of the start page you'll see all kinds of creative ways to exercise. I shoveled snow last Sunday and received 30 cardio minutes. Do you have a Wii or a PS3 or other game console. There's all sorts of coll exercises. <BR> ... Sat, 8 Mar 2014 18:42:36 EST My Name Is...... ........ Stop by, introduce yourself and tell us why you're here. Sat, 8 Mar 2014 10:18:05 EST Meet Your Team Leader johntj1 Hi, I'm John and I feel honored to be asked to lead your team. <BR> <BR> A little over four years ago I joined Spark People and I believe one of the many reasons I'm still here is because of a team leader who supported me and helped me through some of the rough spots. <BR> <BR> I'd like to give you a few suggestions that I've found are a big help in creating a successful experience: <BR> <BR> 1. Take some time and learn to navigate this web site. There is a lot of valuable information h... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 12:20:58 EST