SparkPeople South Africans and Friends of South Africa Team Messageboard South Africans and friends of South Africa. SparkPeople South Africans and Friends of South Africa Team Messageboard Returning Hi all. <BR> Back after years being away. Moved to UK and in the middle of Surrey's beautiful hills. Loads of weight to lose. <BR> Sun, 10 Jul 2016 18:26:42 EST slimmer sandra Hi I am 49 years old and need to lose 30 kg l have started cycling and am trying to watch what I eat. I would love to communicate with other people to keep myself and hopefully help to keep them motivated <BR> Fri, 20 Nov 2015 09:29:40 EST This is me Hi Everyone, I am new here and am looking forward to sharing this journey with you all. Fri, 10 Jul 2015 04:28:44 EST Loose 4 kg,s by end of March Challenge Hi guys. Let's loose 4 kgs by end of March that's 1kg per week, who is with me? <BR> <BR> Start Weight 1/3/15 <BR> <BR> Weigh in 8/03 <BR> <BR> Weigh in 15/03 <BR> <BR> Weigh in 22/03 <BR> <BR> Last weigh in 29/03 <BR> <BR> Let's do this!!!!!! Wed, 25 Feb 2015 08:08:42 EST Healthy South African Recipes Since Sparkpeople is mostly American, most of the recipes that are shared by other ingredients are food that is generally eaten in America. Could you share your favourite healthy South African recipe? I am struggling with the food side of things. <em>524</em> Fri, 16 Jan 2015 04:44:58 EST The Hug Hugs are the perfect gift <BR> <BR> 1. They work for people of all ages, sizes and shapes. <BR> 2. They can be given to family and friends alike. <BR> 3. You can never have too many of them. <BR> 4. They are good for the heart, they are non-fattening. <BR> 5. They are extremely affordable. One size fits all. <BR> 6. A hug a day keeps the blues away. <BR> 7. Hugs are suitable to give for any occasion, but often are considered most valuable when given for no occasion at all. <BR> 8. H... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 01:03:15 EST Hi everyone &#128522; Hello, <BR> <BR> I'm Sheridin and I've joined the site for support throughout my weight loss journey. I find that I do better when I am held accountable ot simply just inspired by my fellow Sparkpeople's progress. My final goal is to lose 80 pounds. I am setting mini-goals of losing 7-10 pounds a month. Any advice is welcome &#128522; Thu, 18 Dec 2014 02:14:50 EST Wanting my health back Hi there I am a 37 year old mom of two super kids. I live in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, namely Cape Town, South Africa. I have always been a slim person but after I had my kids my weight ballooned and I have recently been diagnosed as hypertensive. I want to get my health and energy levels back as well learning to feel better about myself. I look forward to meeting all the fellow spark people out there Sat, 4 Oct 2014 07:27:07 EST Garcinia Cambogia anyone? So has anyone here given gc a shot? I'm currently using the pmr nutrition gc and the results are impressive. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 05:16:04 EST Rania2006 Hi My name is Rania and I just joined yesterday 16 August 2014 and im not sure where to start. Please advise how many times a day I should eat and what I can have for breakfast lunch dinner and snacks and how many hours apart I should space my food. Im really desperate to loose weight. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 01:46:13 EST 22 year old female student back in action Hi everyone. Two years ago I was a gym fanatic...toned, energetic and healthy. Relocating to a new city became a bit overwhelming and my priorities became a little scattered. Gained heaps of weight and my fitness levels rocketed south. <BR> <BR> Been toying with getting fit again and last week I decided, "enough talk, let's do this". 18 kgs to lose by the end of this year. With a 1200 cal, low carb eating plan; as well as a daily circuit strength routine, I'm confident I can attain my goal ... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:10:07 EST 18, Female and determined ! Hi :) I'm 18 and really don't like being obese, I am really hoping to find happiness and stop being depressed because of my weight! Let's all do this together :) my email is : - please contact me if you are also in the same position as I am ! X Tue, 1 Jul 2014 03:00:09 EST Newbie Hi I'm new on this forum, but not new to dieting! I'm 43 and a single mom to a healthy active 10 yr old, I've been battling the bulge for so long I can't remember a time when I was happy with my weight. I saw a picture of myself on someone else page on the internet and I cringed and blushed. How the heck did I get to that weight! I'm short and huge, so I'm taking charge of myself. I'm following the weighless diet, which I've done many times with success but I've never got down to goal we... Wed, 28 May 2014 03:17:43 EST Healthy life style! Hello friends. Losing weight its a very long journey. We realy need to support one another. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:18:57 EST eating plan I am really struggling with a good eating plan. <BR> <BR> I have joined weigh-less in the past and did great on it, however I eventually start eating the same stuff over and over and then just fall off and gain more and more weight. <BR> <BR> It is really hard to try and eat better, my family are just not all for it. They will support me, but this means I have to make several meals and this is hectic on a budget. What should I eat? How do I not fall into the same routine and then fall off a... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 05:16:29 EST hi everyone My names Fadia. Ive been hooked onto this forum..reading everyones posts is really so inspiring. Im 43 years old, with 5 generally a very active and sporty person who is strugglibg to lose weight. Ive started a healthy eating plan. <BR> .nothing hectic...just including more protein in my diet...amd lotsa veggies. Im hoping that through this forum I will become more motivated and start training properlt. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Sun, 9 Mar 2014 15:09:24 EST Not healthy anymore Need some motivation and fellow friends! Sat, 1 Feb 2014 14:01:49 EST Biggest food down fall My biggest food down fall is wet biltong Mon, 18 Nov 2013 03:17:51 EST Hello Sparkpeople, I am ready to go! I only joined late afternoon yesterday. Was I pleasantly surprised when I tracked the food I've eaten for the day - it was within the limits set up to loose the weight I have been carrying for 28 years! That can only mean that it was the right day to start. I have gained the weight at an average rate of 2kg a year and I aim to loose it at around 2kg a month. <em>9</em> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 09:44:45 EST Hello I'm a 29 year old energetic family man with an amazing wife and cats Mon, 4 Nov 2013 13:40:49 EST Hello from Strand in the Western Cape! Hello! I'm trying to lose weight... again! I want this time to be my last weight loss journey. I'll be 49 next week and want to be at a healthy weight by my next birthday, the big 50! <BR> I struggle to stay motivated and hope joining the Spark team is a step in the right direction for me. <em>521</em> Sun, 20 Oct 2013 04:53:40 EST Hi all, I'm new here :-) Just wanted to introduce myself, you can call me Melissa, I had a hard time trying to find a username that wasn't already taken so in the end I opted for a somewhat random series of numbers :-) I am a 28year old (soon to be 29) female living in Cape Town... I need to lose about 20kg <em>24</em> so I have a looooong way to go! Thu, 12 Sep 2013 08:43:49 EST Hello Hi All <BR> <BR> My Name is Amy and i am from Centurion! I am looking to lose around 14 kilos!Really hoping that joining spark people will help! <em>104</em> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 08:26:26 EST Waterblo mmetjies I am making a waterblommetjie vegetable bake for dinner. Does anyone have nutritional info for waterblommetjies? Wed, 7 Aug 2013 08:38:23 EST HOW CAN WE HELP YOU? Would daily checking in help? <BR> Would a daily inexpensive recipe help? <BR> Any suggestions on how to keep the SA team alive? Tue, 6 Aug 2013 07:41:35 EST Gym Challenge I'm setting a fitness goal for myself to go to gym every day/ or do some form of sweaty exercise for at least one hour until 30 August. Who want's to join me? <em>85</em> Tue, 6 Aug 2013 06:56:52 EST Hallo from Langebaan Anyone close to Langebaan? Sun, 4 Aug 2013 12:42:25 EST Where is everyone...SA switched the lights off? Where is everyone? <BR> This poor old team never seems to get going and stay online. <BR> Can anyone suggest what could be wrong? <BR> <BR> Can we try and keep this team alive and talk about what goes on in SA that is positive? <BR> <BR> Here is my bid for the day. We live in a country that has such a lot of beauty in it. Can we try and get out at least once a week for a walk somewhere beautiful and contemplate how lucky we are that we don't live in bitterly cold snow drenched areas all ... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 09:05:07 EST What will you be doing on Madiba's Birthday? We will be delivering canned food that we collected to a local feeding scheme. <BR> What will you do? Wed, 17 Jul 2013 09:42:08 EST What is your Achilles heel? Monotony. I can't bare eating the same food, every single will derail me. I need variety. Mon, 15 Jul 2013 12:39:02 EST Typical Student!!! Hi, I'm Cait. I'm 21 I live in Joburg but study in PTA so lots of commuting!!! As a typical TUKS student I love to party, which can often be a very big set back on the weight loss aspect. Mon, 8 Jul 2013 16:20:47 EST Hi my name is Jennifer I am 45 years old. I have 3 Adult children and am trying to get into shape. I belong to an athletics club and walk for them when I have time. Mon, 3 Jun 2013 10:25:13 EST Sick but not giving up Hi, my name is Brenda, I am from Randburg, in South Africa. I have been under severe work pressure the last three years, and it has affected my health. I have bipolar mood disorder and fibromyalgia for which I take several medications. I am generally a very positive strong person , but have been gaining weight due to the stress, comfort eating, and the psychiatric meds. When I follow a healthy eating plan and exercise regularly I do lose weight, so it is <BR> Achievable! I am just my ow... Thu, 30 May 2013 15:16:04 EST Fat 20's done Fit 30's here I come!! Hello, <BR> I am a wife, mother and full-time student and I am tired of being overweight. I need to start living a healthier lifestyle for my own health and setting an example for my daughters. Tue, 7 May 2013 11:08:08 EST Hello all hey all, am glad to find this forum, am Sasa and am in Nelspruit in Mpumalanga it will be so lovely if i had some people from this forum near by, but still hoping to learn more about healthy living in any case Sat, 27 Apr 2013 06:13:39 EST Hello there hi, I am Dani. from Johannesburg South Africa. I want to lose 20kg. I am Married with 2 little kids. Sun, 31 Mar 2013 11:10:42 EST SPARK RADIO - Carbs are like Cocaine Hallo Team! <BR> Is anybody else listening to Spark Radio? It is one of my favorite things about Spark. We have wifi uncapped internet. (Whatever that means, in language I understand- it is free and fast where we live) <BR> I listened to an interview with a dr. Pam Peeke who did research on how refined (Sweet, Salty, Fatty High Reward Carbs) cause the same response in the brain that cocaine does. The first time the reward center of the brain gets stimulated. Dopamine elevates, you get 'high',... Thu, 28 Mar 2013 03:10:22 EST Braaing for champions - What do you do ? Hi there, I am new to Sparkpeople. <BR> <BR> I wanted to know, as South Africans <em>4</em> (well most of us), we love to braai. <BR> <BR> What are you great ideas for braaing and still staying on track ? <BR> <BR> I can suggest : <BR> <BR> Lean fillet <BR> Mielies <BR> Chicken - either sosatie or pieces, spiced - not with marinaded <BR> Vegetable sosaties <BR> <BR> I am a huge lover of the good old traditional chop (the small ridiculously expensive type), but I want to not only lose ... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 07:52:23 EST Help me please! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm going out for dinner with my husband next week for a special occassion, and we've decided to go to Cappuccinos. Here is a link to their menu: <BR> What do you think would be the best option to have? <BR> My plan is to eat light and at the lower end of my calorie range for a couple of days before we go, but I don't want to pig out. I would like to choose something that's still healthy, but will feel like a treat. <BR> Can anyone... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 01:35:25 EST Hello! Hi everyone! I am a bit skittish to post here because it is a public forum. So for now, I will just say "Hi!" Sun, 27 Jan 2013 13:39:35 EST intro <em>39</em> Hi my name is thuli george and I am a 27 year old new mom to a beautiful one year old lill girl . <BR> I am struggling to get the pregnancy weight of I thought by now I would be some where but I guess not and seeing my friends that are also new moms with the perfect bodies is making me so isolated and not wanting to go out with them and just stay locked up in the house I rely need help and support to do this coz I really can't do this anymore Fri, 18 Jan 2013 17:16:40 EST The SparkPeople Recipe book I have just tried to buy this book on my kindle but was blocked as the site told me it was unavailable to South Africa. Has anybody had the same problem? How can I get a copy on my Kindle? Thu, 17 Jan 2013 12:46:30 EST ACTION OOOOOOOOOOOH WHEN i SAW A RECENT PICTURE & VIDEO OF MINE THAT WHERE TAKEN ON CHRISTMAS DAY I WHERE SHOCKED TO SEE HOW MUCH WEIGHT I HAVE GAINED AND THAT SPARKED ME TO GET INTO ACTION, TO LOSE WEIGHT AND TO GET FIT AND HEALTHY AGAIN! <BR> <BR> <BR> GOING SHOPPING NOW TO GET THE GOODIES FOR A HIGH PROTEIN DIET, <BR> ANY ONE THAT CAN GIVE ME SOME ADVICE ON HIGH PROTEIN DIET? <BR> PLEASE I NEED ALL THE SUPPORT I CAN GET FROM ALL, AND ALL OF THE BEST TO ALL OF US!!!! THANKS SAN XXXX Mon, 7 Jan 2013 02:53:15 EST end of one year and beginning of another! hi all! <BR> <BR> i hope you have had a wonderful festive season. I've never been one for new years resolutions (i resolve throughout the year), but it is always a wonderful time to assess how far you've come and where you're going. what are your plans for the new year? and how did 2012 go?? <BR> <BR> this was SUCH a busy year for me, filled with so much change. i hope 2013 gives me the opportunity to enjoy the rewards of those changes. as for weight, i'm hoping to continue on my path ... Thu, 27 Dec 2012 09:56:47 EST New here! Altogether new around the spark people. Gradually navigating around the many things on offer. I live near Cape Town and gained around 15 kg following a hip injury which is messing with my running. <em>30</em> Thu, 6 Dec 2012 09:39:14 EST Looking for a Buddy Hi. I'm looking for a buddy who wants to focus on improving their relationship with food and eating better as the primary way to lose weight. I'm a young 35-year old with a 5-month old son, and I've been married to my soulmate for just over a year. <BR> <BR> I've always struggled with my relationship with food, and I really want to change that so that I can start to feel better about myself - I am so unhappy with my body that it's starting to affect my relationship. <BR> <BR> Looking forw... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 01:48:25 EST New again. Hi I want to reach my goal. <BR> Starting 82.4kg yesturday Tue, 27 Nov 2012 12:22:23 EST Fun runs , walks and challenges Hi all I'm looking for more runs and challenges to do in kzn north coast . pleas lets post all the runs here so we can get to do more challenges and all get more motivation. If your in my area pleas say hi I'm from Mtunzini and desperately need to push my self I'm doing the na half marathon in march and need lots of more practice. <BR> smarties to all. Mon, 26 Nov 2012 02:00:20 EST Can I get a WOO HOO! <em>244</em> <em>244</em> Mon, 19 Nov 2012 23:05:06 EST Splinter nuut Hi. I'm new to SparkTeam! I sooo need to loose weight and change from the inside out! <BR> <BR> Thank you Mon, 19 Nov 2012 07:37:10 EST New kid on the block Hi my name is Alice, I reside is Johannesburg Cosmo City. I have jumped the wagon so many time, but today I made a decision to be healthy. Fri, 16 Nov 2012 06:37:25 EST How many fitness minutes for the day! 270 minutes <em>198</em> Sun, 4 Nov 2012 23:03:00 EST Greetings Hi everyone, this is day 2 on here for me and I must say, this place blows my mind!! SO many good stuff and tips and help, it's absolutely amazing! <BR> <BR> I am very excited to see other south africans here, pleased to meet you all! <BR> <BR> Hope you are all doing great on your journeys! <BR> <BR> ciao <BR> <BR> Coleen Tue, 23 Oct 2012 08:03:50 EST What motivates you! Putting on my clothes everyday and seeing the difference.....everything is getting so big daily I see a difference. I found that I am now fitting into a size 42 top which is something that has not been so for years. Before starting my lifestyle changes I was taking a 48-50. <em>9</em> Tue, 23 Oct 2012 01:33:08 EST hi My name is Kimboly im 24 years old ,and im tired of being tired or feeling taxed by every small moment because my weight has gotten out of control. Ive come to an crossroads in my life ...and im choosing Me! this road that I plan to embark on will be long and hard but Im taking it one step at a time and one meal at a time .I came to this forum to get support and motivation from people who struggle just like me . Sun, 21 Oct 2012 06:11:14 EST hi My name is Kimboly im 24 years old ,and im tired of being tired or feeling taxed by every small moment because my weight has gotten out of control. Ive come to an crossroads in my life ...and im choosing Me! this road that I plan to embark on will be long and hard but Im taking it one step at a time and one meal at a time .I came to this forum to get support and motivation from people who struggle just like me . Sun, 21 Oct 2012 06:04:57 EST hi My name is Kimboly im 24 years old ,and im tired of being tired or feeling taxed by every small moment because my weight has gotten out of control. Ive come to an crossroads in my life ...and im choosing Me! this road that I plan to embark on will be long and hard but Im taking it one step at a time and one meal at a time .I came to this forum to get support and motivation from people who struggle just like me . Sun, 21 Oct 2012 05:59:21 EST Hello Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> I am from Johannesburg and wish Everyone one here the best of luck <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> I am a geek! I love playing PC games, console, boardgames, larping and lanning. <BR> I also love listening to music and watching movies. Tue, 9 Oct 2012 05:44:20 EST 2.5 litres water per day challenge Join me for this challenge this October. <em>244</em> Sat, 6 Oct 2012 09:50:54 EST Spark Minutes I have already accumulated over 400 spark points this week. <BR> <BR> Sharon Sat, 15 Sep 2012 14:10:54 EST Spark Minutes I have already accumulated over 400 spark points this week. <BR> <BR> Sharon Sat, 15 Sep 2012 14:05:04 EST Shazg321 Hi. I have done 596 minutes of exercise this week. I have increased my exercise from 40 to 50 minutes of Zumba on a daily basis and I also am doing Strength training which I am averaging between 30 and 50 minutes a day as well. I find it easy to do the strength training in the evening when I am watching television. The Zumba I do in the morning before breakfast. I just need to find the energy to work on my abs as well as they really need work. Any advise or tips would be appreciated. ... Sat, 15 Sep 2012 14:02:41 EST SHAZG321 - I am New! Hi, my name is Sharon I am 43 years old I currently have 48kg to loose. I have been over weight for ever. I am never been a big eater only a 1000 calories a day but have been very inactive. Three weeks ago i started exercising. I am currently doing 60 min of Zumba a day and fond the first two weeks I lost 10.4kg. It has unfortunately come to a halt this week. I have increased my calories as recommended but have increased weight this week by .1g so i am a bit down. Sharon Tue, 11 Sep 2012 01:00:43 EST spring Happy spring day tomorrow!!!! <em>244</em> <em>224</em> Fri, 31 Aug 2012 09:03:48 EST one step at a time hi, I'm a 37 year old month and during the past 9 years I gained a LOT of weight, but am very excited at founding sparkpeople. Need to lose the weight and feel healthy again! Wed, 22 Aug 2012 03:20:15 EST Greetings Hi there. I joined Sprakpeople to help me in losing weight and living a healthier, more active lifestyle. I used to live in a city where I walked a lot and I had an active lifestyle so I ate what I liked. I had healthier habits back then, but then I moved to a farm and had a baby and now I eat almost twice as much as I should and I don't get out to walk about. Things have been crazy the past three years and I feel that my head is spinning. I hope that with tracking and reading about othe... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 04:00:18 EST Anyone from Kempton Park South Africa? Hey everyone <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> Is anyone from Kempton Park/ Johannesburg South Africa who would like to go to the gym together or start a support group? would be fun :P and its a bit easier when your not alone :) Fri, 13 Jul 2012 00:31:42 EST Weight NOT Budging!! Plateau disaster! HELP! HI Guys... <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is well & not too cold on these chilly days we've been having in SA. <BR> I joined SP yesterday in the hope that it would help me kick this plateau Ive been stuck on for the last ALMOST 2MONTHS!!! I have recently lost 17kgs - and then it litrally hit the breaks on me?!? Ive tried changing my workouts, making them more intense - almost killing myself in the process, changing my menu's but still keeping them within my healthy habbits BUT nothing is budging...... Fri, 29 Jun 2012 03:31:12 EST New and will be in Africa this summer! Hey everyone. I am new to Spark People and I thought that this team was very interesting! I am actually planning a mission trip to Tanzania this summer where I will be teaching children music. <BR> <BR> Is anyone going to be around Tanzania (I'll be living in Mumba) during July and the beginning of August? <BR> <BR> I am on this blog to lose weight and just get healthy. <BR> <BR> <BR> If you are interested in my trip this summer you can check out my blog at: <BR> denisevanbeek.blogspot... Wed, 23 May 2012 12:29:23 EST Intoduction Hello Everyone! My name is Shelinda & I am glad to be a part of SparkPeople. I joined because I realize that everything God gave me I want to do my best to put & keep it in order and one of them is my body. I am aware that if I stay committed to taking care of it that I will be taking care of "many" area's of my life. Don't want to bore anyone but I am grateful for a Website as SparkPeople to help make our Journey easier, exciting & manageable. I look forward to meeting some of you & sharing ... Thu, 10 May 2012 17:06:07 EST Hi I am new Hi <BR> <BR> I am new and would like to introduce myself to the group. I am 42 years old, married and have 3 sons. I live in Centurion, Pretoria. <BR> <BR> Due to an illness (Lupus), I don't work anymore. I stay home and have a few piano students that keeps me sane. :-) I've worked all my life and it's been tough to adapt to staying home with nothing to do. <BR> <BR> I have about 20kg to loose and would like all the support I can get. <BR> <BR> Greetings <BR> <BR> Mariette Fri, 4 May 2012 03:22:02 EST I need advise... If you have a question, a problem, this is the place to sort it out... Thu, 3 May 2012 03:02:21 EST My plans for today Here we can plan our day. When you write down what you want to do for this day and you know the whole team is watching you, you will try harder to keep to your plans and not dissipoint the team. <BR> You can plan your short term and long term goals with us. We inspire each other and give ideas by doing this. Remember to report back if the day is done. <BR> <BR> With this we can help each other to stay on track with our goals. <BR> Tue, 1 May 2012 04:06:49 EST Sparkpoints for May Let's see how many sparkpoint we can make together. <BR> Lock your sparkpoint here. <BR> Tue, 1 May 2012 04:00:02 EST Fitness minutes for May Please join us in our fitness minute challenge for May. <BR> You can track your fitness minutes here and see how your are doing against the rest of the team. <BR> Tue, 1 May 2012 03:58:29 EST Happy Birthday for May Please tell us if your birthday is in May so that we can celebrate it with you. <BR> Tue, 1 May 2012 03:56:00 EST Hope to get thin soon Hi All <BR> I'm 29, just joined today. My current weight is 101kg, and hope to go below 70kg or more. Hope to get this done by November for my school reunion. <BR> <BR> Good luck to all those that are trying and working hard to loose weight too. <BR> <BR> Regards Wed, 25 Apr 2012 07:30:00 EST NEW CHAPTER TO MY LIFE BIOGRAPHY Hi I'm Uagan from Durban, just started so definately looking for support and hope this works well for me. Mon, 23 Apr 2012 08:18:58 EST Hi everyone! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Eleanor, not only am I new to SP but also to South Africa! I am 24 years and looking to loose about 20 kilos. If anyone is looking for a buddy to keep each other motivated and accountable, please contact me, I am really ready to go for it this time and it's always easier if there's someone on your team! <BR> Looking forward to becoming part of this lovely group! <BR> Eleanor Mon, 16 Apr 2012 05:18:21 EST Hello from Cape Town Hi All <BR> <BR> I have been using SparkPeople on and off for years (awesome website) and I am so excited to have come across this group - always nice to talk to people who can relate and are in the same time zone. Thu, 12 Apr 2012 07:48:57 EST DAY DREAM - What's Yours? I'm Day Dreaming to be 111lbs and Get a boyfriend. Realistic? I made this youtube video to hopefully help out the process. they are both quit large goals! Heres the link: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Leave me comments, likes, let me know what you think. feed back is always fun! Wed, 11 Apr 2012 04:00:26 EST Ive made so many mistakes I have just realised over the days that I have made a lot of mistakes with my diet. I normally took the things I ate for granted but after using the food traker, I have realised that there are so many healthy choices out there. Even the 50% juice that seems harmless is actually packed with a lot of calories (550 cal in a 330ml can). <BR> <BR> <BR> I have noted that using the food traker really helps to keep in check my calorie intake. My three year old does not unerstand why I use a cup to... Thu, 22 Mar 2012 11:06:57 EST My first message. Hi everyone. Just trying to see how this all works! <BR> Mon, 27 Feb 2012 14:55:33 EST I am new Hi everyone, <BR> I'm new and I hope I'm doing this correctly as there's so much info to sift through. And I am not a patient person hehe. <BR> I am determined to get healthy, fit and thin again, and hopefully share some thoughts and views with yourselves. <BR> Brenda Thu, 26 Jan 2012 08:23:49 EST I will make it I have decided to be more serious about my weight. I joined Spark people when I was 75kgs but I am now 90kgs. I have not been eating well and my lifestlye has not helped either. This time, I have decided to take one day at a time. I am now walking 3kms everyday from work to my house. I am actually walking at every opportunity. You know what, I am enjoying it and this time I will make it. I will get to 85kgs by June 2012. Mon, 23 Jan 2012 03:51:16 EST Hi Im new I live in Durban, I have been married for 30 years and have 2 children who have left home. Sob!!! I wish to get myself back on track with my eating and food choices, which have gone to seed in the past few months. Thu, 19 Jan 2012 01:59:39 EST New beginnings Hi, I"m Elmary and very happy to be part of this wonderful healthy lifestyle. <BR> I still have alot to learn and not sure how everything works, but I"m excited. Thu, 12 Jan 2012 01:37:43 EST New beginnings Hi, I"m Elmary and very happy to be part of this wonderful healthy lifestyle. <BR> I still have alot to learn and not sure how everything works, but I"m excited. Thu, 12 Jan 2012 01:37:33 EST New beginnings Hi, I"m Elmary and very happy to be part of this wonderful healthy lifestyle. <BR> I still have alot to learn and not sure how everything works, but I"m excited. Thu, 12 Jan 2012 01:37:06 EST Blessings for my friends Good afternoon friends, how are you all. I've not been part of SP for a while now. I've been trying to get everything to run smoothly but went haywire. Hopefully everything has now settled down. Tue, 10 Jan 2012 10:51:00 EST calories vs kilojoules Hi there, I'm new to sparkpeople and I've spent quite a lot of time on the website. Is there any way I can change the calories to kilojoules on the nutrition tracker? Thanks! Tue, 10 Jan 2012 01:39:49 EST To the S:part Community Hi all <BR> <BR> I am a returning "'Sparker"excuse the pun; i hope to really stick it out this time since i have decided to live healthily and not necessarily 'diet'". i am very active as i go to gym @ least five times a week for an hour's session. hope to make some friends in the forums. Tue, 3 Jan 2012 08:03:11 EST Devotions Take a minute or two and share with us your devotions of the day. Your devotions may be just what one of us need for the day. <BR> Mon, 2 Jan 2012 23:55:36 EST Recipies Let's share our recipies here. Mon, 2 Jan 2012 23:47:53 EST Sparkpoints for January Let's see how many sparkpoint we can make together. <BR> Lock your sparkpoint here. <BR> <BR> Sun, 1 Jan 2012 10:20:09 EST Fitness minutes for January Please join us in our fitness minute challenge for Jan. <BR> You can track your fitness minutes here and see how your are doing against the rest of the team. <BR> Sun, 1 Jan 2012 10:18:43 EST Happy Birthdays for January Tell us if it's your birthday so we can celebrate with you.. Sun, 1 Jan 2012 10:15:46 EST Capetonian with a goal! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Theresa. I live in Somerset West. <BR> I was given the amazing opportunity to move to Australia. <BR> My father has been living there for 2 years. He knows about my struggle to lose weight and the lack of motivation I have. So in order to motivate me, he has presented me with a deal. <BR> Lose weight, and he will pay for me to come live and work in Australia. Fri, 30 Dec 2011 04:37:49 EST Hello from the great Johazzardburg! Hi everybody, <BR> <BR> I've been struggling with my weight for sometime, but I'm here to make a good go of changing that. I've been following all the great advice on the site and 3 days (as a member), 7 (days actually) in I'm already feel awesome! <BR> <BR> Really excited to meet everybody and get healthy with people who share similar goals! <BR> <BR> Hugs! Thu, 29 Dec 2011 09:17:37 EST Introduction Hi everybody <BR> <BR> I joined yesterday...I count myself lucky to live in the beautiful Garden Route. I'm in my early forties, returned to SA 4 years ago after having lived abroad for 6 years. (teaching English deliciously in Taiwan - lol) <BR> <BR> My weight has steadily increased for years now and I've always been too busy to do anything about it. It just seemed easier to buy slightly bigger sized clothes every year.....which bought me here. So, let's see what the new year holds. <BR>... Wed, 28 Dec 2011 08:08:00 EST Sparkpoints for Des Let's see how many sparkpoint we can make together. <BR> Lock your sparkpoint here. Wed, 14 Dec 2011 02:14:28 EST Fitness minutes for Des Please join us in our fitness minute challenge for Des. <BR> You can track your fitness minutes here and see how your are doing against the rest of the team. <BR> Wed, 14 Dec 2011 02:12:22 EST Birthdays for Dec Please let us know if it your birthday, we want to celebrate with you. <BR> <BR> 14 Des - it's my 15th anniversary !!! Wed, 14 Dec 2011 02:07:09 EST Defeating the Monster Hi, New to this Sparks people site, trying to find some way to keep me motivated and wanting to carry on, this seems like the right webpage to be on, you can see actual people going through the exact same battles as you, and when you explain it to others they dont seem to understand that when you have like 20kgs to lose, its very hard to stay motivated and pumped to workout. <BR> <BR> I have hired a trainer and it is a everyday struggle for me to keep motivated to know that I will get back ... Mon, 5 Dec 2011 07:29:36 EST Hi fellow achievers Good Morning All, <BR> I have been a yo-yo dieter all my life and am now so pleased to have joined something as wonderful as this! A whole online support family! <BR> Thank you! <BR> Desiree Mon, 5 Dec 2011 01:48:04 EST Workout playlist Alrighty, so I have my body assessment lined up for early Monday morning after which I will have my session with the personal trainer. All good and well. After reading some message board posts on Spark People it seems like everyone recommends taking some music with you to work out to. So here is my question: What is your favourite playlist? I need to compile mine and what I normally listen to is too progressive, it would appear. So please help? <BR> Sat, 12 Nov 2011 04:25:11 EST Greetings from South Africa Hi! I'm an 18-year-old female student from South Africa, and I'm really excited to use this website as a platform for a new, healthier lifestyle. I'm also looking forward to receiving support and encouragement from others in a similar situation. I'm ready for a life change! Wed, 9 Nov 2011 11:35:28 EST Daily challenge This will be for only from Monday to Friday. <BR> I will enter something we can focus on for each day. Tue, 1 Nov 2011 03:56:20 EST Birthdays for November For me my birthday is a very special day. The more congrats I get, the more special I am feeling. I am sure I am not the only one feeling this way. So please come tell us if it's your birthday and let's celebrate !!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> Tue, 1 Nov 2011 03:48:04 EST Victory,Dissipoi tments,Planning, Motivation. Let's share our Victories. Big or small, if it's a victory for you, it's a victory for the whole team. <BR> <BR> Have you dissipointed yourself? Share it, so that we can give you advice, support you, and learn from each other's mistakes. <BR> <BR> Share with us what is your plan. What do you goal for the day, maybe the week or even the month? What is your plan to get to your goal? Maybe your plan can give me some ideas to make my plan a little bit beter. <BR> <BR> Motivation. We all need ... Tue, 1 Nov 2011 03:41:24 EST Biggest Loser for November Let's track our kg's here. If you loose even 0.1kg tell us. It's +0.1kg for yourself. If you gain some, it's -0.1kg. <BR> For example: <BR> I lost 1kg this week, my total stands on 1 <BR> Next week if I loose 2kg my total will stand on 3 <BR> Next week I gain 0.5kg then my total will come down to 2.5 <BR> <BR> I will update the team total every Monday so we can be inspire by the whole team's progres. Tue, 1 Nov 2011 03:27:07 EST Give your Recipy of the day... Let's talk Nutrition. <BR> Our food is abit different, so let's share our recipies, and tell each other what you are eating. <BR> Was it healthy or not? Was it tasty or just good for you? If you have any tip on Nutrition please share it with us. Let's get educated in the South African way. Tue, 1 Nov 2011 03:14:14 EST Let's spread the Spark Let's start spreading the Spark... <BR> If you invite somebody new please let us know. At the end of the month I will count who have invite the most newbies and that person will be the Spreading the Spark person of the month. <BR> <BR> Don't forget to go search for old S.A. team members. Let's all try to get atleast 3 old SA members active in our team again. <BR> <BR> If we have a new member let's all let him/her feel at home. Send him/her a goodie or just write a welcome mesage on his/her ... Tue, 1 Nov 2011 03:06:33 EST Fitness minutes for November I think it will be inspiring to see how each one is doing. Let's report fitness minutes. If you have a down day we all can see, and we can all can support you. If you have a great day we can all congrats you.. <BR> <BR> Tue, 1 Nov 2011 02:56:07 EST Planning for November Ok Team tomorow starts the new month and we have a few ? not answered.. <BR> I will act on what we decide today in this forum. <BR> <BR> 1. We must do the final vote on our team pic. Here is the options we have. <BR> 1.1 <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4551933 </link> The elephant. <BR> 1.2 <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4551953 </link> The Zebra that say: Welcome to the SA team. <BR> 1.3 Keeping the... Mon, 31 Oct 2011 02:59:11 EST Jokes Let's get some laughing in too, a good laugh is good for the body and soul.. <BR> Let's keep it clean and funny please Sat, 29 Oct 2011 22:15:53 EST What is your reward? Do you set rewards for yourself for every few kg's you lose? What is it? And what will your final reward be if you achieve your goal weight? Mon, 24 Oct 2011 07:12:59 EST Weighing in I normally weighing in on Mondays. So please join me and let's see how we did last week. <BR> <BR> This is the make of break of the week... <BR> We all know how bad it feels when Mr. Scale lost his way and go into the wrong direction. But with alot of motivational friends that support you, that bad can turn into good. <BR> <BR> We also know how good it feels when we are making progress. You want to climb a mountain and shout it out to the world to hear. <BR> <BR> So do it over here... It... Mon, 24 Oct 2011 03:42:31 EST Fitness minutes Let us start tracking our fitness minutes. <BR> October is almost finish but lets see how much minutes we can get before October finish.. <BR> <BR> Sun, 23 Oct 2011 09:21:04 EST Any Questions? If you have any questions please ask it here. <BR> Sun, 23 Oct 2011 09:17:09 EST Thought of the day Here we are posting some uplifting mesage. Something you think can help somebody else. Sun, 23 Oct 2011 09:10:20 EST Sparkwheel points Let's show our luck for the day.. <BR> <BR> I spin a nr. 10 <em>224</em> Sun, 23 Oct 2011 09:05:08 EST Your mood today in emoticon Here you show us how you are feeling today... <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Sun, 23 Oct 2011 09:03:20 EST Two word game I think most of you knows this game. We have two words and you must change one of them. <BR> <BR> Let's begin with: <BR> <BR> Spark People Sun, 23 Oct 2011 09:01:40 EST Is your birthday in October? For me my birthday is a very special day. The more congrats I get, the more special I am feeling. I am sure I am not the only one feeling this way. So please come tell us if it's your birthday and let's celebrate !!! <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> Sun, 23 Oct 2011 08:57:10 EST Are you new? Please introduce yourself. Hi <BR> <BR> Since there are not much active members on the team, let's introduce ourselves onces again. <BR> <BR> I am Hannelie from the Free State. Married almost 15 years and have 3 kids. I am homeschooling my kids. I love outdoors, music and creating things. Reading when I get time for it. <BR> <BR> Most of all I love Sparkpeople !!! Sun, 23 Oct 2011 08:53:47 EST Hi from Jozi Hello. <BR> <BR> I am Dominique from Joburg. I have been on this site before but slipped back into a bit of denial which I was rudely snapped back out of when confronted with a very recent photo of myself. So here I am again but this time round with so much more knowledge about my self and such a sense of determination! <BR> <BR> I am doing Adventure Bootcamp - first lesson is tonight - and I am petrified! Other than that I am just eating healthy and am on a 21 Day non breakable kick-star... Mon, 17 Oct 2011 10:33:02 EST Fresh start Good morning from JHB. I've decided that the time has finally come to make some positive changes in my life and I'm starting with my weight. <BR> <BR> Smal steps and achievable goals . . . . Mon, 17 Oct 2011 01:03:20 EST Apologies all round Hi! <BR> I'm popping in quickly. Two reasons, I miss my team and I have to apologize for my absence. <BR> My life has been super crazy of late. If you've read my blogs, you'll see that I have been ill. I'm still coughing a bit, but it is a lot better. (Dr. says I'll be coughing for at least another 2 months as I have been really ill.) <BR> Apart from that stress levels is at an all time high!! Without going into detail, it involves helping my son cope in school and/or finding a new school. I... Sun, 16 Oct 2011 13:30:32 EST What are you eating? Hi <BR> <BR> I am a real spark people's addict and am happy to see there are more and more SA foods in the data base. <BR> <BR> I would like to know what sort of healthy SA foods everyone is eating. <BR> <BR> My favourites are woolies hummus, PnP cottage cheeses, Soy and Linseed bread, rye 40% wholewheat, Jungle oats. Pnp has Sekko brown rice which is a lot more affordable than the other varieties and I have recently discovered barley, which is not very expensive and even my kids love it. Fri, 14 Oct 2011 07:53:09 EST Exercise For the past week, I started picking up my training and mostly been focusing on swimming and it has been going really really well and I felt great. <BR> <BR> This morning I woke up more tired than ever and so it continued during the morning. Why is this? I did my freestyle laps this morning, could not quite make the same number than yesterday and also every time after I do my laps I feel so disorientated, is that normal? <BR> <BR> Should I alternate the various exercises every other day? I ... Tue, 11 Oct 2011 06:06:44 EST Confused Oh, so I have to admit that I am totally confused. So I started using this site a few 2 or so days ago and really love it, it is great to know how much I consume etc. <BR> <BR> I just have a few questions: <BR> My food intake is nothing like what they have in the nutritional tracker (is that the sparkdiet?), funds are limited at this point in time, but I make use of what I have. <BR> I tried to start to get into a fitness routine, so I tried with swimming, squats etc, but I am just starting ... Mon, 10 Oct 2011 02:19:23 EST Hello from the sunny Durban Hi, new here on Sparkpeople. Took on the challenge to change my life once and for all. Started last week and already dropped 2 kg so I am very happy. Also started with a fitness program, swimming and doing Kathy Smiths vidoe, will also start from Monday with Zumba. I am very excited and know I am going to make this work. Still have another 48kg's to go, but I am very positive. <em>30</em> Sat, 8 Oct 2011 06:30:33 EST Is anyone in the team using USN supplements? I am interested in using USN supplements when I get to 80 kg so I can really work on gaining lean muscle mass and speed up my loss.I really would like to get rid of any loose skin that may follow my weightloss. Thu, 6 Oct 2011 16:26:10 EST Is anyone in the team using USN supplements? I am interested in using USN supplements when I get to 80 kg so I can really work on gaining lean muscle mass and speed up my loss.I really would like to get rid of any loose skin that may follow my weightloss. Thu, 6 Oct 2011 16:10:23 EST hello hello im a new member to the site and im from durban. Wed, 5 Oct 2011 14:12:59 EST Hello from Pretoria Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> Today is the beginning of a healthy lifestyle. <BR> <BR> I know I'll draw a lot of inspiration from all of you. Mon, 3 Oct 2011 08:07:28 EST Calorie intake Hi, <BR> what would you suggest as a calorie intake which would ensure weight loss, but not make you sick. <BR> <BR> I am at 188 kg and cannot do to much excercise at the monent. <BR> I want to lose 30kg by end Dec. <BR> Is that possible. <BR> Would 1800 cal a day do the trick for this big body? <BR> Regards. <BR> Deon. Tue, 13 Sep 2011 06:05:07 EST New! Hi I need to lose 95kg so I am in this for the long haul! My goal is not to just "diet" but to change my lifestyle. I am a "Gautenger"- from Pretoria. Tue, 13 Sep 2011 04:32:17 EST New Member Hi Everyone, what luck to find this free website and also a group of locals! I have lots to lose, but will be happy with a 20kg-loss. I have a slim sister who looks like a stick, as she's tall, like me. I have no idea how I reached 136kg. I've been a member of both Weighless and Weight Watchers, and have followed numerous other diets over the years. I am currently at my heaviest ever, mainly due to eating incorrectly. <em>24</em> Sun, 4 Sep 2011 13:07:44 EST Hello from Zambia Hello, am new to this team lets share ideas on nutrition since our food is similar. <BR> <BR> Good luck everyone Wed, 31 Aug 2011 06:20:00 EST ZAMBIA Hello friends, <BR> Am from Zambia, lets share ideas on nutrition since our food is having difficulties to track my food intake. most of the foods in the data base is not very closely similar to African food e.g pup Wed, 31 Aug 2011 06:07:10 EST Hello from Durban Hi everyone. I'm a mom who works at home which means the fridge is just too close and too full. The weight is piling on and no matter what I try, I sabotage it - that counts for everything I try, not just weight loss. I am my own worst enemy. So I'm working through quite a few issues, weight loss being just one of them. And I'm looking forward to being able to wear a bikini this summer. Fri, 26 Aug 2011 02:57:36 EST Hello from Cape Town Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> Just wanted to introduce myself and say "Hello fellow Saffa's" <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Good luck with your Spark Journey's... <BR> <BR> Amy Wed, 24 Aug 2011 07:20:00 EST A little worried. Hello everyone. <BR> <BR> I'm sort of semi-new here in that I had an old account which I didn't like so I went and started a new one. Anyway. I'm going to try and be more active on the site because it's nice to be part of a community. <BR> <BR> On that note, I have a problem and I guessed that this is the best place to ask it. <BR> <BR> I used to weigh a lot less than I do now, but then I went through an unfortunate stress time during final years of school, so I gained a lot of weight. <BR... Tue, 23 Aug 2011 05:35:57 EST PRETORIA I joined a few minutes ago. Where are you Pretorians Mon, 22 Aug 2011 07:04:03 EST Hi to all Hi I am from Boksburg Gauteng, but currently working in USA. <BR> Goal is to get back to my cycling fitness level. Fri, 19 Aug 2011 11:47:36 EST Birthdays for August <em>236</em> Hi <em>236</em> <BR> If your birthday is in August, please let us know. Thu, 18 Aug 2011 03:51:02 EST Hi Everyone I am from Jukskei Park, Randburg in Gauteng. My goals are to get back to gym, get fit and improve my eating habits. Thu, 18 Aug 2011 01:29:16 EST Evening meals are a bit tricky I try, oh how i try, I have a 2 year old who is a fussy eater and I have to watch what i eat. My baby will only eat if I let her feed me too. <em>43</em> Wed, 17 Aug 2011 09:47:56 EST Finally it seems as though I have this website fig I've been wanting to introduce myself, create a spark page and join the discussion , however there is always a problem of some sort with my PC or maybe it is me but I doubt it cause I consider myself computer literate, enough of that It is Good to be here <em>345</em> Wed, 17 Aug 2011 08:32:04 EST Hi from Cape Town Hi everybody! I am new to Spark and would just like to say "Hello". Mon, 15 Aug 2011 04:24:28 EST rugby world cup challenge?? hi all, <BR> i still think that we should do some kind of fun challenge, and i think the rugby world cup could be the perfect excuse! i'm assuming that most people will be watching, at least when south africa plays. perhaps we should brainstorm a related challenge (exercise to be done depending on scores, or depending on how much is consumed while watching?) <BR> <BR> any ideas? do people like this idea? Wed, 10 Aug 2011 00:42:12 EST Hi everyone Back for the third time and with a better mindset, I hope. It's been so cold I just want to hibernate, but I have discovered I warm up if I move around more! I live in Pinetown KZN and this is the coldest winter I remember - unless it's just my old bones.Any way, I have just retired from work and have no excuse not to exercise, eat properly and get enough sleep. I look forward to seeing old hands here and meeting all the nees. <BR> Shirls Mon, 8 Aug 2011 16:55:53 EST Your mood today in emoticon <em>100</em> Fri, 5 Aug 2011 05:36:25 EST A Big Hello I have been trying to introduce myself for a long time now (about 2 weeks). This morning I finally figured it out. It is good to be here. Fri, 5 Aug 2011 04:00:24 EST frica Hi guys, <BR> My name is Clint Kymdell and Im 30 years old and need to turn my life around, <BR> When i got married 7 years ago I was in shape but over the years Ive put on weight and it is starting to effect the way my wife looks at me, so Im determined to turn my life around and get myself looking good and fit again. <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> <BR> Clint Sat, 23 Jul 2011 11:38:11 EST S.A. Talks Hi <BR> I hope I will not get into trouble by making this topic.. <BR> But to tell you the truth I am feeling abit lonely in the SA team.. <BR> <BR> So let's get to know each other abit more.. We can even go for writing in Afrikaans over here if every one feels like that.. It's just a thought.... <BR> <BR> I am Hannelie. I am living in a VERY small town in the Free State. I am married with 3 kids. My son 18, daughter 13 and my baby daughter is already 9. Dammm times fly by so quickly. <B... Fri, 22 Jul 2011 04:34:16 EST Hi to you all!! My name is Blanche. I come from Florida in Gauteng. I would really like to lose a little of the excess baggage that I am carrying around with me and also to improve my health. I am new to posting so would need a lot of help. Mon, 18 Jul 2011 03:43:20 EST Suggest healthy eating plan with food we buy in SA Hi <BR> <BR> If anyone can suggest a healthy eating plan with food we buy in South Africa. In the morning i normally eat All bran flakes with 2% milk and no sugar about a cup full. I would like to keep on doing this as it keeps you regular and no bloating feeling. I do have a problem drinking water but will drink 8 cups of rooibos tea without sugar and milk per day. I also like green tea sometimes but not more that 2 cups a day. I am not a good cook and try to keep things simple and easy to... Sat, 16 Jul 2011 09:21:36 EST if you need a photographer in gauteng i used an amazing one! <BR> <BR> she made me feel so beautiful (some photos in my latest blog). i have no affiliation, and will make no money from this. just had to say that she was wonderful and i would recommend that anyone who is needing a photographer in the area - she is great! Sat, 16 Jul 2011 07:42:56 EST Hi! Hi, I'm Leia, new to sparkpeople, just looking to lose a little weight and get back into shape! Tue, 12 Jul 2011 09:06:26 EST how do you stay active? alright, everyone! we are in the middle of a very cold winter, and i'm wondering how everyone is staying active!? <BR> <BR> personally, i have a variety of things on my plate. i love going to the gym - gets me out of the house and i really like the vibe at my gym, too (virgin active). at the moment, i'm doing the new rules of lifting for women, which involves lifting really heavy weights 2-3 times per week. the rest of the time, i might do some endurance cardio (running, cycling, rowing,... Sat, 9 Jul 2011 15:21:13 EST Free Stater Hi all <BR> I am Hannelie from the Free State. Nice to see here is so many South Africans.. <BR> Please feel free to add me as a buddy, I need friends to help me through this journey.. <BR> Hannelie Thu, 7 Jul 2011 12:46:04 EST Using the food tracker the south african way How do you guys use the food tracker using south farican foods. it is all quite puzzling to me so much that i seek the American equivalent which is not that helpful as you never know if you have under or over estimated calorie or should I say kilojoule intake.would love to hear form the team mates. Wed, 29 Jun 2011 10:12:25 EST Big Hello from the Friendly City Hi there <BR> I'm so glad to find SparkPeople and especially an SA group :) <BR> I look forward to getting to know everyone here and look forward to sharing my ups and downs to a better new me :) Wed, 29 Jun 2011 09:53:34 EST A warm hallo on a cold Monday morning Hi All! <BR> <BR> Just popping in to say "hi" and to introduce myself. I'm D and I need to lose 13.5kg by Feb 2012 for our wedding! <BR> <BR> Chat to you soon! Mon, 27 Jun 2011 03:23:30 EST 1000 challenge? okay, this is kind of inspired by a 'rl' challenge that a few friends were doing here. they were doing a challenge to reach 1000 reps, but it only included push ups, pull ups, sit ups, squats and lunges. i asked if we couldn't add back extensions or even just all reps - this kind of challenge encourages strengthening the front of the body and ignoring the back. i was vetoed, so i'm not doing their challenge. here is my idea for our challenge: <BR> <BR> 1) 1000 reps per week <BR> 2) a rep... Thu, 23 Jun 2011 04:31:09 EST Sparkpeople newbie Good morning! <BR> <BR> Just saying hi to all the people on this forum - have joined what seems to be a wonderful tool online to reach goals and meet people - so hi to everyone here and looking forward to making some friends! <BR> <BR> Alicat003 Wed, 22 Jun 2011 04:52:53 EST Hello out there!!! Hello all! <BR> <BR> Just a quick message to say hello to everyone and to introduce myself. <BR> <BR> I am a 26 (almost 27) year old lady from Johannesburg with a few kilos to lose. I signed up here a while back but seemed to get a little distracted.... but I'm back, and this time I hope to make a success of it and reach my goals!! <BR> <BR> I look forward to chatting to you all!! And any motivation you can offer would be greatly appreciated! ;) <BR> <BR> Have a healthy day! Tue, 21 Jun 2011 07:20:23 EST favorite things about SA i recently went to a braai, and even though it is the middle of june and usually quite cold, it was REALLY warm in the sun. so i actually managed to get into a skimpy outfit and get a bit of a tan. tanning, in winter! i love it! <BR> <BR> it's one of my favorite things about SA - what are some of yours? Tue, 21 Jun 2011 00:08:01 EST Northwest Province? hello! who is from the northwest province? where? Tue, 21 Jun 2011 00:03:41 EST Eastern Cape? roll call! who is from the eastern cape? where? Tue, 21 Jun 2011 00:02:15 EST Adeline's weight loss begins Hi! My name is Adeline I am 35 years old and I am overweight, I was introduced into this program by a very good person. I want to lose the weight first for myself and the for my husband and three children. I want to like what i see in the mirror, right now i don't. Mon, 20 Jun 2011 05:24:29 EST Mpumalanga roll call! how many of you are in mpumalanga? where about? Sun, 19 Jun 2011 03:05:33 EST KZN roll call! how many of you are in kzn? where about? Sat, 18 Jun 2011 11:28:32 EST Limpopo roll call! how many of you are in limpopo? where about? Sat, 18 Jun 2011 11:25:59 EST Freestate roll call! how many of you are in the freestate? where about? Sat, 18 Jun 2011 11:04:42 EST Western Cape role call! how many of you are in the western cape? where about? Sat, 18 Jun 2011 11:01:42 EST Gauteng i'm in gauteng - i live in the northern suburbs of joburg. i would love it if people would use this thread to give information about what is going on nearby! it doesn't matter what side of the boerewors curtain you live on - we all want to be active and healthy and maybe occasionally get together for an event. are there races you know about? charity events? even fun walks... <BR> <BR> feel free to write about anything going on in the area! Fri, 17 Jun 2011 15:33:55 EST Winter challenge brainstorm alright everyone, it is DEFINITELY winter now. i don't know about everyone else, but my slippers are in full use, as are the space heaters and blankets. i find myself doing 90 minutes of zumba just because it keeps me warm! <BR> <BR> i would love to have a winter challenge for this team. winter is usually a time of hibernation, when we resort to comfort food and want the extra weight to keep us warm. but it doesn't have to be! it can be a time of secret changes - muscles developing unde... Fri, 17 Jun 2011 13:12:40 EST HOBBIES Hi everyone! Thought I would post to find out what everyone does in their spare time (if you have any lol). I am retired, so have a little time for things I enjoy such as Beading (I am a jewelry-holic!); Scrap-booking (very time-consuming), Mosaic, Crochet (current project is a king-size blanket for my daughter - been going at it for 10 years!!!), Knitting (scarves mostly), Cake decorating (this one is my absolute passion, although I only do it for family and friends at this stage), Reading ... Fri, 17 Jun 2011 04:08:38 EST winter! hey all! <BR> <BR> well, living in joburg was certainly interesting yesterday - we had some crazy (and unseasonal) rain! it has been very very cold, and i am doing everything i can to keep warm. <BR> <BR> i don't know about everyone else, but i am really appreciating my exercise as a way to get warm. also, eating lots of (healthy) soup, and making things like chili and burritos and curry and other such hot, spicy and warming foods. <BR> <BR> anyone else having similar experiences? how a... Wed, 8 Jun 2011 09:33:46 EST New Hi, am lyn. just joined. Want to lose weight and maintain a healthy life style. Need your support guys. a buddy would be fantastic. Fri, 3 Jun 2011 02:09:09 EST Wanda My name is Wanda, I am from a small town in SA. I joined to lose some weight, but as I go through all the articles I have added some new goals. The information are really good, as well as the motivation. A great thank you to all the members of Spark members. Wed, 25 May 2011 03:17:37 EST 20 year old nursing student hey im a 20 year old with a lot of weight to loose so i realLY hope to benefit from this group i need serious motivATION <em>20</em> Tue, 24 May 2011 17:51:18 EST New Member Hi! I'm from Natal and have just joined. I feel really motivated, as it appears that every area to do with getting rid of the extra weight has been covered. I have a looooong way to go - at least 100 pounds/45kgs to send packing! I'm ready to do it now and am relying on all of you to keep me on track! I'm REALLY good at self-sabotage and withdrawing, so........!!! Looking forward to being on this journey with you all. Mon, 23 May 2011 04:55:59 EST Lee-Ann Hi my name is Lee-Ann, I am 21 years old and a student in RSA. I weigh 65kg's and would like to bring my weight down to 55kg's. I live with my boyfriend. I find it extremely difficult to stick to a diet plan/exercise plan and hoping that spark people will be able to keep me motivated and support me in my journey of weightloss. Looking forward to the Bootcamp challenge. Sun, 22 May 2011 09:02:41 EST new from South Africa Hi I am from East London it is a city in a Province called the Eastern Cape in South Africa. <BR> I have an underactive thyroid and have joined this site to get the motivation to loose some weight. <BR> I have always been thin but over the last two years have been battling to get to my normal weight of <BR> 70kg ( need to loose at least 10kg) is there a diet that helps people with hypothyroidism. <BR> Many thanks Sat, 14 May 2011 16:26:22 EST Hoping for a miracle Hi out there, I am hoping to be able to change my relationship with food. My mind tells me that eating is being kind to me and rewarding me, whereas it is harmful to me. Get that! Any help with this daunting task would be very appreciated... thanks! Mon, 2 May 2011 01:32:29 EST New member. ME!!! Hi, I've just joined this site so am a bit of a novice with posting etc. Looks great tho. Am located in the Natal Midlands. Am already certain I'll struggle to get some of the ingredients on the recipes. Has anyone else struggled? If so, what do you do? Are you all using the recipes from this site or your own??? <BR> I have 2 children (one of them is autistic) and am a bookshop owner and pre-school teacher. <BR> I stopped smoking 5 months ago (yay for me!) and have subsequently put on around... Fri, 15 Apr 2011 09:23:24 EST New Member - ME! Hi, I've just joined this site so am a bit of a novice with posting etc. Looks great tho. Am located in the Natal Midlands. Am already certain I'll struggle to get some of the ingredients on the recipes. Has anyone else struggled? If so, what do you do? Are you all using the recipes from this site or your own??? <BR> I have 2 children (one of them is autistic) and am a bookshop owner and pre-school teacher. <BR> I stopped smoking 5 months ago (yay for me!) and have subsequently put on around... Fri, 15 Apr 2011 09:16:26 EST Two oceans 2011 Anyone else doing the two oceans next week? <BR> <BR> I'm doing the half marathon and although I am still kinda looking forward to it, I don't really have much hope of finishing in three hours! (By the way I want to strangle the next person who nonchalantly says 'Of course you can do it in three hours, you can walk it in three hours'!!) <BR> <BR> It'll be nice to know there are other sparkpeople there and if anyone else is also secretly afraid of being the slowest person there (hey someone... Tue, 12 Apr 2011 05:18:28 EST obesity in SA Okay, so recent reports are saying that SA is climbing the rankings in the world for most obese. Obviously the USA is still at the top of the heap, but it seems that South Africa is catching up. <BR> <BR> Why do you think this is? I know that when I first moved here the braai culture definitely led me to pack on some extra kilos, as did the lack of walking in joburg (safety is paramount, but i miss my walking cities). Any ideas? Is it just lack of education and the growth of fast food? Wed, 30 Mar 2011 15:06:06 EST Hi everyone! I'm new to Sparkpeople and just want to introduce myself. <BR> My name is Rina! <BR> I'm not one for many words, so basically, just HI! Mon, 28 Mar 2011 09:42:02 EST What did you do with your public holiday today? Instead of being able to spend it with dh as I planned, he had to go to work at 9.30am due to a system crash. Its 22.10 and the poor mans still not back. Hes going to be exhausted in the morning. <BR> I took my mom for a long drive this afternoon to De Dekke restaurant in Groot Brak, being sick and stuck indoors is really flipping her out and making her seriously grumpy. I took such beautiful photos of some geese that we fed bread to at a coffee shop, but alas my camera crashed and I lost eve... Mon, 21 Mar 2011 16:11:12 EST nutrition guide fir kingklip I am new to this team. <BR> my name is Ingmarie, hail from Sweden but I am living in Gainesville,Florida,since 30 some years back, 1 husband 2 grown daughters and a Great Dane dog. <BR> They say curiosity killed the cat , <BR> so here I am, I went to a grocery store yesterday, found a fish called kingklip <BR> went home cooked it , found it to be pretty good, but I have no nutritional info on this fish <BR> can anyone help? <BR> I will be forever grateful. <em>304</em> Sun, 20 Mar 2011 20:26:14 EST Motivated to loose some more weight I have been on a weight management program since November 2010 and have lost 16kg. I still have 15kg to go so I will need all the support I can get. Thu, 10 Mar 2011 04:24:16 EST Newbie :) Hi I am new to spark people and to the forum. <BR> <BR> I have been struggling with post pregnancy weight for the last 3 years and I have finally become so tired of being overweight and unhealthy. <BR> <BR> I started my journey 6 weeks ago and I have lost 5 kgs on a diet programme called Slender Wonder. And thinking of going on it again to loose more and then start a low GI diet plan from my dietician. <BR> <BR> I would love to know what has worked for the experienced weight losers. <B... Thu, 10 Mar 2011 02:30:09 EST New member on here... Just thought I would come and see if there is any fellow South Africans on here... <BR> <BR> The journey is a long one and somewhere down the line we need some support from someone who have experience going through it all... <BR> <BR> Hope to hear from my fellow countrymen and woman.. :) Wed, 2 Mar 2011 09:31:09 EST I'm back!!! Hope everyone i made friends with is still on here...and I hope to make many new friends to help motivate each other everyday! Sun, 27 Feb 2011 05:30:53 EST WOW!! Wow, great to find a South African support group! I am extremely motivated to start my I think millionth diet attempt tomorrow. What is going to be different this time? This time there is no more excuses, especially with support from friends and Sparkpeople. Please people, I need all the support I can get!! <em>9</em> Sun, 20 Feb 2011 09:28:01 EST How often do you weigh yourself? Hi Guys <BR> <BR> I am wondering how often you all weigh yourselves. What works for you? I am weighing myself everyday and then I get depressed when I havent lost anything! It's a vicious cycle. Then I find I lose momentum! Sun, 13 Feb 2011 16:43:27 EST Oh dear what did I let myself in for? Guess what? I'm new, and completely overwhelmed with the information on this site. I also know I'm going to need a lot of help if I'm going to make a success of this. <BR> <BR> Of course I also decided this just when I finished moving, so I'll be feeling overwhelmed soon enough. Give a shout out if you can inspire me, and make me feel less frightened about this huge task I'm undertaking Sun, 13 Feb 2011 14:07:04 EST new member Hi All...I have joined this site after seeing a programme on E. I really battle with my weight. About 1 year ago , I started piling on the kilos. I went to the doc and found out that I had an underactive thyroid. I am on tertroxine and diotroxine. I now have about 13 kilos to lose. I have a problem with binge eating. I am fine on a diet for about a week and then go off the rails. I do go to gym 5 times a week and feel better for it...Oh and forgot to mention I have started menopause.... Sun, 13 Feb 2011 01:13:16 EST Im new! Hi All <BR> <BR> I am a South African living in Canada, with a lot of weight to lose. I am hoping that Spark people is the answer. Already I feel motivated to keep up with some of you on here. It is hard though to get outside and exercise as we are covered in a blanket of snow! Wish I was in SA right now! Sun, 6 Feb 2011 10:37:14 EST Mom trying to lose the weight Hi, My name is Shalane, i am 24 years old from Centurion. I have a 9 month old son who is my life. <BR> Ive been battling with my weight since i was 15. I got it under control when i was 22 but then i fell pregnant and since the birth it hasnt gone its came. <BR> <BR> I have little motivation. Any advice would be appreciated! <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> Shalane Sat, 5 Feb 2011 10:13:59 EST Helloooo out there! Hi all! <BR> <BR> So this is it... time to get fit and lose this additional weight I have "hanging" around! Starting today.... (well, ok... tonight!) <BR> <BR> I am 26, live in Johannesburg and have 15kgs to lose. I am 5"2 and currently weigh 69.9kgs (the heaviest I have been in my life!!) and my goal weight is 55kg. <BR> <BR> Have a good night and I will check in tomorrow... <BR> <BR> Tue, 25 Jan 2011 15:05:44 EST Introduction Hello, I am Petro from Nelspruit, anyone else from Mpumalanga for motivation or exercise partner? <em>30</em> Sun, 16 Jan 2011 12:06:30 EST I shall not miss Gym tomorrow!!! Halo Everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Leigh-Anne. I'm from Johannesburg. And I need someone to hit me over the head with a dumbbell if I dont start Gym tomorrow! Sun, 16 Jan 2011 10:39:55 EST HELLO PEOPLE ALL THE WAY FROM SOUTH AFRICA Hi everyone I hope u r all fine n working hard..I am looking for anyone to be my partner for the 30 day shred and SLIM IN 6 I plan to start in FEB Sun, 16 Jan 2011 03:59:01 EST which gym, and why? haven't had much activity on this group in a while, and i was actually wonder which gym people belong to on this group. <BR> <BR> i shopped around for a while, and eventually went with virgin active. i have discovery vitality, so i was going to get a discount there or at planet fitness. but there are more virgin actives in my area, so i can change gyms and get a bit more variety if i get bored. also, i like that virgin life thing - i'm not always too sure about the accuracy of the scale a... Sat, 15 Jan 2011 12:53:56 EST Dumelang from Botswana Hello SparkPeople, <BR> I am very excited to join your team knowing that you all are just across the boarder!!!! Or in Lesotho ( lumela), and that we may actually meet and maybe go out to a restaurant together and discuss healthy entrées (sp):-) <em>345</em> . You may want to cross over to Gabs and enjoy the buzz of the Riverwalk (an imitation of the Village Walk, big brother :-) <BR> Im looking forward to a great life here at <em>252</em> Wed, 5 Jan 2011 10:14:38 EST activity vs. safety i've been thinking about a south african conundrum. i really want to be active, and i prefer to be active in my daily life by using my own energy to transport myself to places - walking or biking. however, south africa has serious safety issues. this is why most of my activity ends up being at the gym, walking around shopping centers (which also makes my wallet more active) and jogging around my complex. <BR> <BR> how have you dealt with this issue? is it just my part of the country (job... Wed, 5 Jan 2011 01:27:52 EST Introduction Hi All <BR> <BR> My name is Clare and I am 33 and I live in Centurion. I have a daughter who is now 16 months and very busy. I have joined Spark again in a hope to get the motivation I need to get fit and if I can lose weight that will be an added bonus. I have PCOS and it is soul destorying when you try so hard to lose weight etc and nothing works or helps. Looking forward to make some new "Support Buddies" Tue, 4 Jan 2011 09:42:16 EST Lumelang from Lesotho! Though not officially a South African (American, in love with Mzanzi!), and not actually living in South Africa (I currently reside in Maseru, though, as a famous Vice Presidential candidate from back home might say "I can see South Africa from my house!)I am thrilled to join Team South Africa here on Spark. I've only just started to explore the site, but am thrilled at what I'm finding and excited at the possibilities. <BR> <BR> Currently the Director of the American International School o... Tue, 4 Jan 2011 06:43:17 EST Group name Apparently I'm one of the team leaders now! <BR> And one of Spark's suggestions for new team leaders is to assess the effectiveness of the group name. <BR> <BR> Basically the group name needs to make the group easy to find and obviously be descriptive without being overly specific. <BR> <BR> I think the name fills these criteria pretty well. However it is a bit lengthy as names go. <BR> <BR> I didn't think I should just go and change it without getting an idea of what other people think.... Thu, 30 Dec 2010 15:17:48 EST An Introduction Hello! :) <BR> <BR> I am 33 years old, and reside in Jo'burg. I have joined here in the hope of finding some support from other South Africans! I need to lose approximately 30kg. I have PCOS and am insulin resistant. I would very much like to have a baby one day, and need to get my PCOS under control first. <BR> I would really like to start 2011 off in a good way - that's why I joined Spark People. I feel very alone most of the time and could do with a friend or two. :) <BR> Thank you, Alice Thu, 30 Dec 2010 07:27:58 EST Hello :) I'm not new to Spark but I've been lurking on this group for quite a while and doing sweet nothing. <BR> <BR> So I thought I should at least introduce myself. <BR> I'm Gaby and I live in Cape Town and I need to lose weight super bad. I used to maintain a really good weight then I got into the senior highschool years and the stress and other stuff really didn't help. So now I'm sort of back to square one trying to get rid of the chubby cheeks and the doughnut area round my belly button ;) <... Sat, 25 Dec 2010 13:25:02 EST Getting ready... trying 2 motivate myself... really need to lose some weight... <BR> working on the motivation... Thu, 23 Dec 2010 13:03:31 EST Fat and Unhealthy I am 31 years old, a Mom of 2 and I am fat and unhealthy. I want to be fit, healthy and if I can be thin, it would be a bonus. I want to get my weight down to 80kg, and need some support, tough love and inspiration. Wed, 15 Dec 2010 07:38:09 EST Just joined spark people and looking for advice I have just joined spark people and i am looking for some good advice in connection with getting a 6 pack. I currently have a body fat of about 10% so you can sort of see the 6 pack but not that well defined. I am looking for advice on how to get the bond fat down to between 5 to 7% from someone who has gone there. Mon, 13 Dec 2010 05:01:59 EST Brand Spanking New Hi <BR> <BR> I am new to spark people and needs lots of motivation to lose the first 10kgs. <BR> <BR> I try and try but it feels like i am self sabotaging myself on a daily basis. <BR> <BR> I need a buddy so I can be accountable to someone. <BR> <BR> Please help me on my weight loss journey Wed, 8 Dec 2010 07:56:07 EST kauai vs. global wrapps and other take aways... i know this is a bit of a continuation on our discussion about where to eat out in sa, but i have made a bit of a crazy discovery that i thought i should share. <BR> <BR> now, personally, i aim to eat meals that are about 200-300 calories. this way, i have the opportunity for lots of snacks and small meals. i tend to get cranky if i don't eat often, or if i eat meals that are too big and i feel too stuffed. and no, it has nothing to do with my blood sugar, just my temperament. of course ... Sun, 28 Nov 2010 23:57:57 EST surviving a braai?! hi all, <BR> <BR> i am looking for tips on surviving the braai culture in south africa. i love it - i love sitting around, drinking (usually gin and tonic), snacking on all kinds of things (chips, biltong, cabanosi, cheese and crackers) and eating whatever is crispy from the fire (pork rashers, chops, chicken wings). but this braai culture is killing my weight loss goals. i have tried eating before i go to a braai - i learned to never arrive hungry or i will eat ALL the snacks. but still... Thu, 25 Nov 2010 04:55:22 EST introduction hi all, <BR> <BR> i'm relatively new to sparkpeople. i finally set up my profile and joined teams... <BR> <BR> i am from new york but got my ba and ma in the netherlands. while studying, i met a wonderful south african man and agreed to follow him back to south africa. we live in joburg (northing suburbs) and are very happy together. so happy that i've gained 'love weight' as my mother puts it. the combination of a healthy, happy relationship and the richness of south african food has ... Thu, 25 Nov 2010 04:44:40 EST Eating out in S.A. Hi Guys <BR> My Husband loves to eat out and we often go last minute for suppers to various restaurants around Port Elizabeth. The problem I have is I like to arm myself with some nutritional info about various places so I know what I can choose when I get there. Unlike in the UK where I felt there were more healthy options and the nutritional values are more easily available, in South Africa I find many places just don't have that many healthy options and don't give out nutritional info or g... Tue, 23 Nov 2010 01:59:36 EST Newbie Hi everyone <em>213</em> <BR> I am new to Spark but have been following an eating plan since May and have lost 18kgs to date. Loving this website though, I am all motivated again like at the start and ready to lose those last few kgs. <em>30</em> Mon, 22 Nov 2010 04:21:01 EST 101 Blessings for my friends Meeting someone for the first time is like going on a treasure hunt. What wonderful worlds we can find in others. I like to be the sort of friend that you have been to me. I like to be the help you've been always glad to be. I'd like to mean as much to you each minute of the day as you have meant, old friend of mine, too me along the way. Friendships begun in this world can be taken up again in heaven, never to be broken off. God's heart is the most sensitive and tender of all. No act g... Sun, 14 Nov 2010 00:33:06 EST Curves For Women-SA Hello,all Curves ladies join...even you Curves-to be ladies join us!!! Thu, 11 Nov 2010 08:52:09 EST Trying desperately to loose weight Hi there, I am desperately trying to loose weight. I found this awesome website that is great motivation to stick to your goals!! I have endometerosis and the DR has put me on the depo injection with the hope that it shrinks the endo, but so far the injection has only made me put on weight! I have never had trouble loosing weight in the past, after having my two daughters. But I am struggling to loose the weight now and at times find it very disheartening. I am just taking it one day at ... Wed, 3 Nov 2010 02:58:30 EST wave! hi people back home!! I'm living in Germany, just wanted to say hi, introduce myself and give y'all a *wave*... good luck with your roads to health! Tue, 2 Nov 2010 12:30:02 EST Anyone out there? Hi all. New to the site, was looking forward to connecting with some South Africans. It doesn't look like this forum is very active, though... Anyone logging in regularly? Fri, 29 Oct 2010 15:16:31 EST Hello! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm "new" to spark, but I've been exercising for 6 weeks and eating correctly for the last 3-4 weeks - so I'm really hoping it'll all start paying off soon! (so far I've dropped 5kg :)) <BR> <BR> Have a lovely day! <BR> Jessie Mon, 25 Oct 2010 05:20:33 EST Top of the morning!!! Hi all, <BR> <BR> Just had to join this page when I saw it! <BR> My name is Lee, I am originally from Cape Town but now living in Ireland with my 2 children, Ross and Tara. <BR> South Africa is always in my mind and I am very passionate about it as a country! <BR> I am always up for a chat so feel free to mail me and add me as a friend! <BR> <BR> thanks and dankie!!! Sun, 17 Oct 2010 12:02:26 EST Missing home hi there, <BR> <BR> I am originally from Cape Town but am now living in cold Ireland! I was home in march/april this year and realised how much I miss home and how much my children are missing out on growing up in a warm country like South Africa. <BR> As I am now single I can't afford to go again next year but I will be there again in 2012!!!!!! <BR> Might even try and fit in a vortex party!!! <BR> Anybody else missing home????? Sun, 17 Oct 2010 11:03:30 EST I'm new! Very new! Hi everbody, my name is Gaynor, this is a first time for me trying to loose weight this way, I've never heard of this site before, until I decided to look around for a last resort. Today was supposed to be my 1st day at "trying" but cravings got the better of me. But I still won't give up. I'm a mother of 2 boys, 6 and 1y8months old, they take up most of my free time, I'm at work ful time during the weeks and that is where I've started picking up even more weight, I've moved from working wit... Sat, 16 Oct 2010 12:12:47 EST Hi there Hi everyone, im new to the site! I am a homeschooling mother of two boys - one with high functioning autism and one with Asperger's. I have been doing Herbalife since 24 May 2010 and have lost 23 kg (50lb) to date. I am hoping to lose another 10 - 20 kg and get fit and healthy and lively! Tue, 12 Oct 2010 09:14:54 EST Starting out Positive! Hi there, everyone <BR> I'm from Namibia, your friendly neighbor country <em>30</em> <BR> I've joined Spark People to help boost my motivation: to be fit and trim by the time I'm 30 years old next year! So far so good. I'm trying my best to keep up the momentum and am looking forward to hearing all the success stories and triumphs. Good luck to all! Thu, 7 Oct 2010 10:49:38 EST A little nervous but taking the first step Hi, my name is Tina. I am 31 years old and mother of two. I recently lost 20kg's the unhealthy way and now I have rebounded back up 15kgs and decided I need to change my lifestyle and not be on diet! I love playing sports such as cricket and golf and I am setting out to try my hand at running to get my body moving even more. I am a little nervous at the thought of failure but I know unless I start I will never know how strong I am. My biggest problem is making the right eating choices that ar... Tue, 28 Sep 2010 03:49:52 EST Hi there Everyone My name is Tamzin, Tammy for short. I am 25 years old and seriously need to do something about my health. Which is why I joined spark, duh :P <BR> I hope to meet many new friends and help support each other on a weight-loss journey <BR> Hope to hear from you guys soon Wed, 22 Sep 2010 05:42:50 EST Woolworths Foods If you use the Nutrition tracker, be sure to check on my list of shared foods. I just started this a week ago, but I am building up a list of foods, particularly Woolworths, so either go to my list, or look for (Woolworths South Africa) in the food description. Tue, 21 Sep 2010 15:14:09 EST Woolworths Foods If you use the Nutrition tracker, be sure to check on my list of shared foods. I just started this a week ago, but I am building up a list of foods, particularly Woolworths, so either go to my list, or look for (Woolworths South Africa) in the food description. Tue, 21 Sep 2010 15:12:57 EST Hey from SA Just a quick note to introduce myself. I am british born of Jamaican decent - I have been living in South Africa for the past seventeen years. my children study in asia and I finally have time for me.... Spark has opened a window that is giving me control in every area of my life. thanks for those who have gone before me.... your success spurs me on.... Sat, 18 Sep 2010 14:50:10 EST Hi There <em>252</em> Just a quick note to introduce myself. I found out about SP - at the beginning of September. I feel as if my eyes have been opened. Finally a program that factors my lifestyle into place. I am saying hi for two reasons, 1. Just to say hi - and acknowledge each of you and 2. to say that from time to time, i'm gonna need your support. I have only 40kg to lose and I am taking this one day at a time... <em>334</em> Sat, 18 Sep 2010 14:45:23 EST Hi Everyone I'm Karen, I have 25lbs to lose, and I am 55years old which does not make it easy! I have exercised 6 times a week since I started my diet two weeks ago, with great results the first week of 3.5lbs off, which of course was mainly water, but still a great result for me. Disappointment this week as the scale hardly moved, and I have watched and wieghed my portions, and resisted every temptation, so boo hoo not a happy soul! I am not going to let it stop me, I am sure it's just a gliche, or mayb... Sat, 18 Sep 2010 12:05:45 EST NEWBY Hi All, <BR> I'm new here and really need to talk to someone about my day to day progress. I'm in desperate need of losing 20kg in 5 months. I'm from south africa, happily married with no children. We do want to start trying for a baby know and losing the weight will help alot! I've never been this "big" before and believe me I dont want to get bigger. I'm uncomfortable with myself and need to get back in control of my what's going into my mounth. I'm not very good in doing excercises. I ... Sun, 12 Sep 2010 14:24:35 EST 101 blessings If instead of a gem or even a flower, we should cast the gift of a loving thought into the heart of a friend; that would be giving as the angels give. Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person a beautiful thing.Friends are on indispensable part of a meaningful life. They are the ones who share our burdens and multiply our blessings.Friendship delights the heart with sweet and fragrant memories of shared love and laughter. Fri, 10 Sep 2010 11:25:19 EST Claremont Cape Town Hello <BR> <BR> I'm looking for anyone who wants to join me on a challenge, it takes 66 days to form a habit, I work from 8-430, and then have other evening commitments. <BR> So, I'm looking for anyone who belongs to claremont virgin active, that would like to join me for 66 days at 6 in the morning to do some gym. Together we can motivate one another and achieve our goals. <BR> drop me a mail. Looking to forward to meeting you!!!! <BR> Hugs, Ann Mon, 6 Sep 2010 02:44:01 EST Please Help I joined the spark website, few days ago I still cant get the measurements to change form oz and lbs to grams and kgs, please help. Sat, 4 Sep 2010 03:00:04 EST HAPPY SPRING DAY <em>87</em> Happy Spring Day everyone. <BR> <BR> Bit bleak in Cape Town today but it is spring day. <BR> <BR> Have an awesome day everyone. <BR> <BR> Lots of love. <BR> <BR> God Bless. <BR> <BR> Heila <em>247</em> <em>220</em> Wed, 1 Sep 2010 04:47:33 EST Hello there Hi there <BR> I have just joined the site. I am still reading the book and trying to figure out how exactly this site can work for me. Great to see that the is a south african specific site <BR> My name is Cath, I live in Cape Town and have battled with my weight my entire life. it would seem that no matter how hard I try I just cannot lose weight. This is something I need to change and I need to change sooner rather than later. <BR> I look forward to getting to know you all <BR> Mon, 30 Aug 2010 08:17:15 EST No-one??? <em>46</em> Is there no-one who is going to attempt the 5km walk in the KFM Gun run? <BR> It is 10 October 2010 - so there is a month left to train for it. I think it is going to be a lot of fun. <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> Hey, I'll be happy to meet up with the ones who will run the 21 or 10km races after the event. <em>109</em> <BR> <BR> Think about it... Fri, 27 Aug 2010 06:09:44 EST hey peeps hi there my name is gila and I'm very new to this site i joined it because i am hoping to find some support especially because i know that i cant be the only one fighting the battle of weight and a healthy lifestyle. I'm from Cape Town, joining this site is part of the journey to becoming the new me Wed, 25 Aug 2010 14:40:06 EST Begin vandag!!! Begin vandag om aan my nuwe ek te werk. Ek sien baie uit na die hulp van my mede Suid Afrikaners. Wed, 25 Aug 2010 14:16:33 EST Just starting out Well, here it goes. My name is Lyle, and I'm 27 years old. I'm fed up with being fat, and want to make some changes so that I won't be anymore. I've been having problems getting started, and I guess I just need some support and encouragement. I always seem to lose my confidence and motivation very quickly. These days, I don't get time for much since I work a full-time job, and then I have classes in the evenings. I'm always feeling too tired to wake up early, to get in a quick jog or walk or ... Mon, 23 Aug 2010 17:42:20 EST Calling all Capetonians to some fun! Hi!! Hope you've heard about the KFM gun-run? If you haven't..... here is a link! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>94-5-kfm-gun-run/ </link> <BR> <BR> Who is with me. I'm praying for great weather on that day (I'm not one for walking -or singing- in the rain) <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> I'd really like to give the 5km WALK a try. Anyone with me? Mon, 23 Aug 2010 04:34:40 EST Foods from SA Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I am new to sparkpeople, been using it since last week Thursday. <BR> <BR> It seems that most SA foods we have to add? Is that how you guys do it? Or is there an easier way? Mon, 23 Aug 2010 04:16:06 EST New Hi, everyone I am new to the spark team. <BR> <BR> How are you guys finding the program, is it working? Is it long lasting? Wed, 18 Aug 2010 07:46:03 EST My kingdom for a Steers burger! I've been fighting the good fight for the umpteenth time. Its been three weeks this time. I've been doing well. Exercising, eating well, the works. Staying within my calorie range and sometimes falling below.And losing. <BR> This week was no different, however, for some unknown reason, I gained some weight.Since Monday I gained 650g. Which isn't much in some peoples eyes, but if it were a loss of 650g, wouldn't you celebrate? The opposite is true for me. <BR> Sitting here, I am a little di... Fri, 13 Aug 2010 04:49:22 EST 101 blessings Friendship is one of the sweetest joys of life. A friend that is near is better than a brother that is far. God bless the friend who sees my needs and reaches out a hand who lifts me up, who prays for me and helps me understand. My fondest hope is that I may be worthy of a place in your friendship, and being admitted to that sacred circle, I may never prove unfaithful to your trust in me. (101 Blessings) <BR> Sun, 8 Aug 2010 05:06:27 EST Not being on I am sorry for not being on SP for a while. School has got me down and had a lot to do. I've been moved to Grade R class and have to do everything all over again. Thanks for the understanding. Fri, 6 Aug 2010 12:09:32 EST Hi.....Starting Today I am going to start this and do it one day at a time. I am at the point where I know this is for the long haul and can only do it one day, one bite at a time. Im a little scared to fail as I have done every other time. Mon, 19 Jul 2010 02:36:43 EST 101more blessings He who plants kindness, gathers love.God's investment in us is so great He could not possibly abandon us. Greater love has no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends. The heart benevolent and kind the most resembles God. Friendships multiply joys and divide griefs. The heart benevolent and kind the most resembles God <BR> Sun, 18 Jul 2010 03:09:26 EST I did it! Hi! I have about 3.5kg's to lose to bring my BMI under 25 and I'll take it from there. I'm usually an all or nothing kinda girl when it comes to weight loss, but I am working on changing my attitude. I used to want to weigh what I did at varsity (45.5kgs) which is silly. Now I've lost 0.5kgs in my first two weeks and I figured out how to read my spark mail AND introduce myself!! WHOO-HOO! Hope y'all have a great weekend! Fri, 16 Jul 2010 11:24:00 EST Greetings Hi everyone, I am needing to change my lifestyle quite drastically and am hoping to find inspiration here. Having been diagnosed with pre-diabetic conditions and a heart condition my life style has to change. Tue, 13 Jul 2010 08:09:50 EST Hi from a food Addict in Cape Town I wanted to be accountable to as many people in as many places as possible. <BR> <BR> I have been stuck on a plateau for 6 months and its time to do something about it Tue, 13 Jul 2010 04:38:45 EST 101 blessings for my friends He who plants kindness gathers love. God's investment in us is so great. He could not possibly abandon us. Greater love has no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends. Friendships multiply joy and divide griefs. The heart benevolent and kind the most resembles God. Sun, 11 Jul 2010 04:49:28 EST Sunny day, sunny thoughts Greetings, I have just started the Spark process this week and am feeling great about it. I have radically cut down on tea and coffee consumption and in addition to water am drinking lots of herbal teas - fennel, Chinese and already I am feeling really good. I have put small weights 1,5kg next to the toilet so every time I go - often with all the water - I lift a few. I've mostly been exercising at home this week but plan on going to the gym today. I love the fact that I can see the date 14 S... Thu, 8 Jul 2010 02:22:59 EST Attention! Coffee Morning In Cape Town 30 June Hi everybody <BR> HEILAS and I are meeting at +/- 11a.m. on Wednesday 30 June at the Mugg and Bean in Tyger Valley Shopping Centre <BR> <BR> We would be delighted to have the chance to meet any of you who would like to join us for an hour or so for "bottomless coffees" and chat. <BR> <BR> Do join us - let one of us know if you think you'll be able to make it - so we can hold onto enough chairs and tables. <BR> <BR> Hope to see you on Wednesday morning <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> Sun, 27 Jun 2010 13:03:38 EST Hello People! :-) <em>244</em> <BR> I joined SparkPeople a while ago but haven't used the site to it's fullest. <BR> I'm really getting into it now and it's awesome! All the tools you need to keep yourself on track are right here. <BR> Keep going with your goals <em>306</em> - I'll keep sweating toward mine <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> <em>253</em> Mon, 21 Jun 2010 10:00:01 EST Hello Hi there <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> I'm new to sparkpeople and live in KZN. I've just turned 30 and I would like to start enjoying life a great deal more. I want to feel comfortable and happy in my body! <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Sun, 20 Jun 2010 17:14:33 EST Halo Hi <BR> I am Hannelie from the Free State, it's nice to see fellow South Africans over here. <BR> I am excited to meet alot of new friends and to be one for others. <BR> Please help me with this, there is so much on Spark People, I don't want to miss anything.. And yes I need a friend to check me up too :-) <BR> <BR> I hope I am not to much demanding for a start, but I really wants this to work.. I am very excited !! <BR> Hannelie Mon, 14 Jun 2010 04:14:46 EST Are you feeling it? 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup Where will you be when the Opening Ceremony takes place? <BR> Where will you watch the first match - Bafana Bafana vs Mexico? <BR> Are you attending any of the matches? Will you be going to the Fan Parks? <BR> <BR> Let's show the rest of the World how South Africa can F E E L I T ! <BR> <em>602</em> <em>602</em> <em>602</em> <em>602</em> <em>602</em> <em>602</em> <em>602</em> <em>602</em> <em>602</em> <BR> Let's show the rest of the World how Sport can unite a country - crossing ... Thu, 10 Jun 2010 05:39:24 EST Hello all I'm actually not new to Spark people. I used to have a sparkpage but decided to delete it. Well I'm back and ready to get going again. My weight has always been a problem and I'm trying to avoid the constant see-sawing. <BR> <BR> I've lost 10kg's in the past 6 months and I'm determined to keep it off. <BR> <BR> <em>253</em> <BR> <BR> Cheers Sat, 5 Jun 2010 16:17:58 EST Hello from a new friend Hi everyone! I am 28 years old and I have been fighting up and down with weightloss and gain as long as I can remember. About 4 years ago I was in a far better place as far as eating right and exercising goes - and I was in pretty decent shape - even though at the time I didnt think so. Funny how that happens! <em>198</em> So this is the heaviest I have ever been and its time to do something about it for a few reasons...1. I hate how i look in photos - I always used to have defined feature... Tue, 1 Jun 2010 06:22:55 EST To Health and Longevity Hi my name is Elaine I am 48 years old. Been over weight for the past 15 years. I have tried various programs and never succeeded in obtaining my goal weight. I have a great support team consisting of my husband, two sons, in-laws and friends. I have 18kg to lose doesn't sound like much but to me its like facing Mount Everest. So one step at a time. Mon, 31 May 2010 09:48:49 EST Human Trafficing under my nose Hello All Sparky Southafricans!! <BR> Did any of you watch the segment on Carte Blanche on Sunday about the babies beggars rent for R20 a day to use for begging? These were mostly Zimbabwean women. <BR> If you use a baby you can get up to R500 a day without a baby R100 only. <BR> A woman took some of the babies to a house of safety and found them drugged and malnutritioned. Some had fevers. Some wore plastic bags for nappies. <BR> This broke my heart. This is a kind of human trafficing th... Mon, 24 May 2010 09:57:24 EST ITS A START!! Okay so have made the start - yeah! am training for a half marathon in 8 weeks so using this to motivate me (and will hopefully loose a kg of 2) Tue, 18 May 2010 05:13:53 EST Hello from cape town Hi I'm Jhirvaan from Cape Town! <BR> <BR> I recently bought a blackberry and found SP application! <BR> <BR> I'm 24 years old been at war with weight most of my life, so I'm hoping that with the help of this site and the application, I will finally achieve my goal weight of 86kg! I'm topping the scale at 120kg now! Fortunately for me I'm really tall so I carry it really well! But I still would like to walk into clothing stores and not worry if they will have my size in stock. <BR> <BR> Als... Sun, 16 May 2010 16:01:46 EST Are you growing your own food? Sheila, our dancing girl from Cape Town recently posted pictures of the Avocados and citrus she grows in her garden. <BR> I grow sprouts on my windowsill, herbs in my garden and veggies under a net. The veggies go to DH's lodge for the guests to eat. It saves money and is a selling point. <BR> For me home grown organic veg leaves me with fewer cravings, fuller for longer, and tastes better. <BR> It is healthy and it is therapy. <BR> I would love to know how many of you grow veggies, and wha... Thu, 13 May 2010 11:06:55 EST second time lucky Hi all, I'm kinda new to SP. I registered last year but never used the site. Now I decided THIS IS IT! I don't want to be fat anymore. I lost 12kg last year, and today I'm sitting here so embarrassed because I have gained back 9kg of that. I have gone back to my fat clothes and its so shameful be such a failure. <BR> <BR> But now I'm starting over, and I'm hoping to get the support from this site. <BR> <BR> I hope this will be a better journey Wed, 12 May 2010 10:24:33 EST Have you ever fasted? I have, the longest time I have gone without food is 21 days. And right here, I have to add that I would never do that again. It shot my metabolism to bits. I apparently did not start eating again slowly enough. <BR> I had a terrible miscarriage, and I did it to heal. It was a time I needed to get close to my Father- He is always at the same place, but we get futher away, and don't hear. Fasting helped me to really listen and ignore the distractions. It was also a time to detox 31someth... Fri, 7 May 2010 01:48:24 EST SECOND TIME AROUND NEWBEE Hallo to all the great people at SP. It is lovely to be back on SP again, and even greater to be online with the world again. I have been an SP member in 2006-8 but had to close my site when I moved outa town and had no internet available to me then. But now I am back. When I started in 2006 I weighed in at a full 100kg and have during those three years lost 30kg on SP. I was weighing in on 70kg when I left the site, and have just opened up again now that I am back on 70.3 kg. For three... Fri, 7 May 2010 00:01:05 EST Hi I'm new! Decided today that enough is enough. I suffer from hypothyroidism and have been hiding behind that but - no more! I have 16kg's to lose. I train with a gym buddie and personal trainer 3 times a week but still seem to just be getting bigger and heavier. Look forward to my daily Spark intake! D <em>243</em> Thu, 6 May 2010 14:49:21 EST jagparker Hi there <BR> This is the most amazing site. I can lose weight/get fit/live a healthier lifestyle and more. <BR> I started putting on weight when I turned 50, and I do less and less exercise as well. I've also become a bit of a hermit, although I don't know why. I also suffer from insomnia. I need LOTS of encouragement for this (aka kick in the pants), so, please help if you can. <BR> Thanks so much. <BR> jagparker <BR> Tue, 4 May 2010 08:02:24 EST Hi All i'm Marquerite and just turned 27 on Friday the 30th af April. I'm getting married on the 5th November 2010 and will need everybodies help. my email if you have any ideas of how to help me please let me know. Tue, 4 May 2010 03:06:35 EST Going away, how to avoid indulging in junk food? Hi all, so its my first week on SP and we are going away on the weekend, id love to hear tips on how to avoid falling off the wagon! what alternitives should i choose when eating out if i find myself in that situation! look forward to hearing from everyone :) Mon, 3 May 2010 04:42:26 EST Grade 2 Yelp. Is there anyone in here that could help me with teaching grade twos. I've been put in the middle of the ocean and told to swim. I have no idea how to keep the class quite and have been struggling with them for the last 3 weeks. I have no teachers guide with the 3 subjects that I have t teach so I don't know if I am doing the right thing. <BR> <BR> Would appreciate it if someone could help. Cell no is 082 423 3198 for SMS or phone. No "please call me" Thanks. Antoinette. Sat, 1 May 2010 04:05:11 EST hello <em>213</em> hi everyone im Tracy from Johannesburg, im new to this and really hoping to shed the extra kilos and hopefully have fun doing it! also looking forward to meeting new people :) Fri, 30 Apr 2010 15:21:08 EST Spark Rituals Do any of you have a Spark ritual? I know you don't Rochiez, because you hate rituals and habits. I do. <BR> This is mine: <BR> I allow myself about 60mins playing on Spark-chatting teams and reading things. I can track fitness and nutrition whenever I want. This is how I devide my time: <BR> Logon, Nutrition tracker - colour all the fruit and veg and fill the glass. Even if it is a fasting day when I don't eat at all. Sorry, I just love colouring in. Fitness tracker - track what I pla... Thu, 29 Apr 2010 01:36:13 EST All things Soccer World Cup Has everybody bought their Soccer World Cup Bafana Bafana Supporter's T-Shirts yet? Are you wearing it on Fridays, like the government asked? What are you doing to get into the groove of all things Soccer? <BR> I got mine from Edgars for R80! And I love it.. <BR> Go Bafana!! <BR> <em>213</em> Tue, 27 Apr 2010 03:19:03 EST Rooibos tea Do any of you drink rooibos tea? They started providing it at work along with regular tea and (execrable) coffee and now I just love it, though I used to think it smelled like old socks. In fact I don't much like ordinary black tea any more. I take both types plain - no milk or sugar and I'm just wondering if it is as good for you as green tea, seeing it is so packed with anti-oxidants and even better is caffeine free. Oddly enough the best I have tasted is also the cheapest - Laager. It seem... Fri, 23 Apr 2010 11:37:01 EST