SparkPeople Team Kiwi Team Messageboard A place to support NZ'rs trying to take control of their weight. The kiwi way... BBQs, jandals... fun in the outdoors rain or shine! Kia Kaha! Kotahitanga - Together we can achieve more. SparkPeople Team Kiwi Team Messageboard Team Membership I am gobsmacked AND disappointed. I just had a look at our Team's activity ON our team. ONLY TWELVE MEMBERS, including myself, have bothered to visit this team in a full month. I think that is VERY sad given the size of the team. It isn't as tho' there are only a few members. Even with the earthquake, nobody bothered to post to see how others were, except for me. It would appear that this isn't a very caring community :-( <BR> <BR> Kris Sat, 31 Dec 2016 03:11:09 EST Happy New Year I hope that your journey into the New Year is a safe and happy one. <BR> <BR> Kris Sat, 31 Dec 2016 03:06:36 EST Earthquake I hope everyone is safe after the big earthquake. Fortunately I didn't have to experience this, but very much feel for those who did. <BR> <BR> Has it affected you? <BR> <BR> How has it affected you? <BR> <BR> Kris Sun, 13 Nov 2016 23:02:27 EST Daylight Savings Don't forget to put your clocks forward 1hr for daylight savings. Not looking forward to it, or having my eardrums busted at noon re the Tsunami Warning Alarms being tested. <BR> <BR> Kris Sat, 24 Sep 2016 05:29:41 EST Team Bonus Points I thought it would be nice to encourage members to use the Team Bonus Points for Team KIwi and to post their points here. <BR> <BR> Today I got 20 <BR> <BR> Kris Thu, 8 Sep 2016 06:12:50 EST WeightWatchers help! Hey folks, I'm a kiwi living in the UK and was wondering if anyone on here is doing WW as I'd like some points info. I've just got some NZ goodies in and although I can calculate most of it the pineapple lumps (hubby's fave) came in a clear bag. We're doing smartpoints here in the UK so I don't know what the current points program is back home, but any help would be great. Thanks. X Mel Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:35:19 EST Kickstart Kiwis Any Kiwis out there interested in a thread about weight loss and exercise? Helping each other stay on track by offering support and motivation etc. I would love to start talking with other New Zealanders about where I'm walking or what I'm up to. Share my little successes and my learning curve. Learn about what others are doing, possibly meet up with some people or learn about what is going on around NZ. <BR> <BR> There used to be threads in this team listing events etc they seem to have die... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 21:54:40 EST What are your goals for May? Hi everyone, What are your goals for May this year? <BR> <BR> Mine is to increase the amount I am walking. I seem to be doing about 6000 steps a day. My goal is to achieve 8000 steps a day. Sun, 1 May 2016 20:10:44 EST Hi from Apiti Hi everyone, <BR> I used to use sparkpeople a few years ago but fell wayyyy off track. <BR> Have tried the weightwatchers app, but have recently got sick of paying $40 a month for not much. Sooo I'm back. <BR> Awesome this time to find a group for NZr's! Looks like a few more foods have been added too. <BR> Here's hoping I achieve my goals! Fri, 14 Aug 2015 19:39:34 EST Gidday HI, I am new to Sparkpeople and finding my way around. Nice to join a kiwi team here. Don't know how to get that weight loss banner thing at the bottom of a post. Lots of learning for me to do. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> <em>708</em> <BR> <BR> Edit to add - I found the banner thing! Tue, 7 Jul 2015 05:23:01 EST Kia ora Hi, <BR> <BR> I am on a mission to get fit to walk the Heaphy Track this Christmas. So far down 5 kg to 85kg and working out is getting easier at the gym. <BR> <BR> Still trying to find my way round the site..but started a blog as a personal diary. <BR> <BR> Look forward to chatting and encouraging. Mon, 1 Jun 2015 02:59:34 EST Kia ora my name is Whaea Yvonne I'm very keen to maintain my weight that I lost last year through exercise and healthy eating with the help of weightwatchers for 4 months and continued exercise throughout the years. Unfortunately one got a bit complacent over the xmas period and bad habits started to return slowly and before you knew it the weight came back. I need that assurance and support to maintain that healthy body and rid of the excess baggage that has found its way back. I'm trying hard again to drop that excess e... Tue, 5 May 2015 23:06:46 EST Autumn A -Z A - Autumn <BR> <em>422</em> Wed, 1 Apr 2015 14:41:53 EST incredibly unfit So I've started back at uni again this week, and felt so sick walking up the hill to it! (Victoria University is up a hill. So many stairs.) <BR> <BR> I've been relatively lazy over summer (read: no exercise at all), and I had quite a bit of difficulty getting up to Uni on Monday, sweating heaps and wanting to give up the whole time. <BR> <BR> But today, it was worse. I've had weetbix for breakfast (not heavy), and found myself getting that horrible bright vision, and a sore lower abdomen. ... Wed, 4 Mar 2015 16:01:22 EST MARCH in March ! Who is willing to do a "walk every day" in March challenge, Every Day, even if its just 10 mins fast walk round the block, or 30 mins , but a planned walk. You can use the Map my route to track KM's and time in your Fitness tracker and report here <BR> <BR> In Febuary I managed to walk all but 3 days. <BR> In March I hope to better that ! Fri, 27 Feb 2015 22:07:59 EST I love NZ because... Let's appreciate our fine country in 2015. <BR> Whether you live here or not - contribute. <BR> <em>708</em> <em>708</em> <em>708</em> <em>708</em> <BR> Thu, 5 Feb 2015 15:25:57 EST hi there i'm in taupo Fri, 30 Jan 2015 04:52:33 EST Second Stage started So I started at 150kg June 2013 and said that I had to lose 50 kgs which is first complete :) <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> Second stage starting at 100kg and lost 1 kg this week. <BR> <BR> Goal is to lose 14kg to get down to 86kg before I go on holiday in September. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 03:27:43 EST Talofa and Kia Ora, I'm new to this Group I'm so happy to discover a kiwi group. Makes it so much easier when it comes to metrics, stores and lingo:). I live in West Auckland and I look forward to starting this journey with fellow Kiwis all over the country and world. <BR> <BR> Cheers <BR> Gillianne <em>224</em> Tue, 16 Dec 2014 04:54:29 EST back again I'm in Otaki,Just moved here a couple of weeks ago Mon, 24 Nov 2014 21:47:34 EST Hello! Hi, <BR> I'm a Paramedic, currently working in Aussie, but originally from NZ (Nelson, then Chch). Looking forward to meeting people on here and sharing the journey of weight loss. I have 56 kilograms to lose. I'm also hoping to return to NZ in the next year or two. :) Fri, 31 Oct 2014 03:55:59 EST Effective, Short Exercises to start off with? I'm quite new to this whole "exercise" thing.. <BR> <BR> In other words, I'm just incredibly unfit and feel faint with the slightest bit of running! <BR> <BR> Does anyone know anywhere someone like me could start? Thu, 16 Oct 2014 22:32:14 EST Back on Sparkpeople Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I started using sparkpeople in about 2010, 2011 to try to lose weight, and I successfully lost 10kgs that year through dieting (quite badly though), and trying to regularly exercise. <BR> <BR> Now, in 2014, I've regained half of that weight and I'm kind of scared I'll go back completely. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I figured a team might be a good place to socialise and stay motivated :D So hello! Thu, 16 Oct 2014 22:26:33 EST I feel so alone! Is it me or am I the only one visiting Team Kiwi lately. I feel so alone on here lately. Enough feeling sorry for myself....GOOD NEWS..... my plateau has finally finished. I'm on the move again. Thu, 9 Oct 2014 16:35:09 EST Chch - The Press Summer Starter Who else is entered? Will be my first 10km run so have started running 6 times a week to get fit. Have 3 young kids so have to wait until hubby is home at nights <em>41</em> Tue, 7 Oct 2014 20:14:34 EST back again well I have come and gone from spark and from this team and I am back again . <BR> I have been attending weight watchers but due to a return of ptsd symptom's im not up to that at the moment .I have had to stop work so budget is another issue. I am in sawyers bay Dunedin Tue, 26 Aug 2014 19:58:51 EST Hi from the Bay <em>524</em> my name is Coral, I have been a member for awhile but I haven't been really active in the Forums. I live in the Bay of Plenty, I have 3 children 15, 8 and 5 months. I am currently on a study break from my 2nd year of my bachelor of Education/early childhood - I have always had a bit of a weight problem, I tend to get caught up with other things and dont exercise - I would like to drop 30 kg, I think that would be a good size as I am 5'9. I definitely feel that I need to get... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:14:30 EST Brief intro from chch :) Hey everyone, <BR> Very DTE (down to earth) woman based in Spreydon CHCH. <BR> Very bad at exercising...even this posting is another example of my mental procrastination...but I did say I would start today, so I must bite the bullet n do it. Thu, 14 Aug 2014 23:36:48 EST Morning from CHCH Hi, I'm based in Spreydon and joined up yesterday. I am doing the Optifast OLCD to get me kick started. Recently joined the gym and once i've kicked this cold from my body...I will I will I will -go. <BR> Exercise is not my most favourite thing to do...but I do enjoy it once I'm out there, go figure. Thu, 14 Aug 2014 16:59:43 EST Finding My Feet on my Journey of Change... Hi, So today is day 1, I'm not sure of what or how yet but I know it is time to do something so here is my first step to a whole new ME. My name is Wendy I hail from South Africa, Kwazulu Natal but now live in a beautiful country called New Zealand along with my husband two teenagers (one daughter, one son) and a Jack called Coco. Look forward to getting to know you all better as we all travel on our own journey of change. Wed, 6 Aug 2014 00:28:44 EST Hello from Auckland and Dunedin Hey Everyone. <BR> <BR> Hi I am Sabrina. Born in South Africa but New Zealand is home. <BR> <BR> -Have 53kg to lose <BR> - My current weight is 112kg <BR> -I live in New Zealand, Auckland and Dunedin(Studying in Dunedin) <BR> -I am 24 years old and postgrad uni student <BR> -My biggest reason for losing weight is confidence, my self esteem is at an all time low and it's affecting my life greatly, I have isolated myself and realising lately that I can't find any good qualities that I li... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 02:02:58 EST Hi All Hi, I'm Caitlin not so much on a weight loss journey but more a health journey. Trying to better myself and my body after putting it through some hard times. Feel free to add me or talk to me, I really thrive off supporting others and seeing others do well! I love cooking and I'm formerly a rower which I hope to get back into on a less competitive level once I am recovered from recent surgery on a hip injury :) Tue, 8 Jul 2014 02:39:08 EST Newbie :D Hey all, my name is Charlotte (: looking to meet some people with tips, advice, motivation in helping me keep fit and healthy. Determined to achieve my weight goal by July and ofcourse meeting new people (: woohoo Fri, 9 May 2014 08:02:55 EST Hi from Central Otago 2nd day on dukan diet is there any diet pals out there? Looking for encouragement and to discuss diets and track how us kiwis are doing. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 19:16:24 EST KiaOra Monthly Challenge *March 2014* Make an Autumn themed meal - think all the colours of autumn :-) <BR> <BR> Make an Autumn Motivational Poster - use pics/quotes/goals etc to keep yourself fired up <BR> <BR> Make March "Movement Month" and track your exercise every day <BR> <BR> Tue, 4 Mar 2014 18:25:29 EST KiaOra Weekly Challenge Starts 26.2.14 Three easy goals for this week :-) <BR> <BR> Walk 10000 steps at least one day this week *DONE WEDNESDAY* <BR> <BR> Have one meal with no processed foods *THURSDAY - Garlic Prawn salad mmm yummy) <BR> <BR> Check in with a member of Team Kiwi <BR> <BR> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 04:02:47 EST KiaOra Week 6 Challenge starts 12.2.14 Wednesday Why Not? <BR> <BR> What is one thing you always wanted to do and thought you couldn't do, and why not? Can you you now see that changing or see a way to be able to do it some day? <BR> <BR> - be happy, yeah I think I can be :-) <BR> <BR> Thursday Thrifty Tip <BR> <BR> Do five exercises today at home that cost nothing and need no special equipment and share them here :-) <BR> <BR> - plank, crunches, squats, wall push-ups, jogged in driveway <BR> <BR> Friday Fun <BR> <BR> Exe... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 19:54:26 EST KiaOra Healthy Recipes A place to share healthy recipes using Kiwi foods/ingredients :-) Tue, 11 Feb 2014 17:10:07 EST oops oops Tue, 11 Feb 2014 17:08:04 EST Kia Ora Week 5 Challenge starts 5.2.14 Well ladies here goes a new challenge <BR> <BR> Wednesday Workout <BR> <BR> 15minute walk <BR> 15minute cardio of your choice <BR> 5 squats <BR> 10 pushups wall/knee or full depending on your abilities <BR> 15 crunches <BR> <BR> DONE <BR> <BR> Thursday Thoughtfulness <BR> <BR> Reach out to a teamkiwi member and see how they are going or compliment them on a recent achievement <BR> <BR> DONE <BR> <BR> Friday Fun <BR> <BR> If some one gave you a bag full of cucumbers how many different... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 16:39:34 EST KiaOra Week 4 Challenge 29.1.14 Hi all sorry its late - again :-( <BR> <BR> this week lets try something a bit different - so I am going to spell out a word for each day to do with a KIWI SUMMER and we all need to do something healthy/positive for each letter of each word - cut and paste then fill in :-) <BR> <BR> WEDNESDAY's word <BR> <BR> Jumping jacks <BR> Arm workout with band <BR> Nice walk <BR> Dinner salad <BR> Ab crunches <BR> Lots of water <BR> <BR> THURSDAY's word <BR> <BR> BICEP CURLS <BR> EATING SALAD <BR>... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 00:08:45 EST Hello form Whangaparaoa Hello <BR> Im new here. I lost 15kg with sparkpeople 2 years ago (i was living in SA then). The food and fitness tracker helped heaps. <BR> Im excited and hopeful to loose 30kg. <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> H Sat, 25 Jan 2014 22:32:21 EST Newby Hi everyone. I've joined this site in the hope it will spur me on and get me back on track with healthy eating and exercise! Nice to see there is a Kiwi group :) Sun, 19 Jan 2014 02:27:55 EST KiaOra Week 3 Challenge Welcome to the challenge cut and paste the below challenge then pop in and edit it throughout the week :-) <BR> <BR> <BR> Drink 2 litres Water each Day <BR> <BR> Mon achieved <BR> Tues achieved <BR> Wed achieved <BR> Thurs achieved <BR> Fri achieved <BR> Sat achieved <BR> Sun achieved <BR> <BR> Set a realistic "Bedtime" then get to bed by then each night <BR> <BR> Time set - 10pm <BR> Mon failed but was there by 10.30pm <BR> Tues achieved <BR> Wed achieved <BR> Thurs achieved <BR> F... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 00:51:17 EST Finding these message boards frustrating <em>24</em> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 17:57:39 EST KiaOra Week 2 Challenge Try to up the anti from last week and step it up to 30mins cardio a day <BR> <BR> Monday --- done (interval training) <BR> Tuesday --- well and truly done 11km walk :-) <BR> Wednesday --- done (walking) <BR> Thursday --- not achieved - took a rest day as exhausted and in pain <BR> Friday --- achieved (3km walk) <BR> Saturday --- achieved (5km walk) <BR> Sunday --- achieved (10km walk) <BR> <BR> Healthy Eating - try something new and healthy 3 times this week and share whether you recommen... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 18:05:48 EST New here! Just want to introduce myself. I'm Marina and I live in Rangiora. Would love to connect with people around here. Also has anyone done the Catch Fitness 20 week body and lifestyle competition? I am keen to do that this year and wondering if there are any PT's out here that do it as I can't find one that does it on their website. Sat, 11 Jan 2014 18:06:16 EST A sucessful first week back Feeling great. So enjoying food that is healthy food!! Had good weight loss. Had a goal to walk 20 kms this week but managed to walk 25. So feeling very chuffed. Will slowly extend that out. Got so much more energy. Wed, 8 Jan 2014 22:53:05 EST Back again Hi everybody <BR> <BR> Back again after a couple of years. Determined to get back on track as lots of those bad habits have worked their way back into my life. Amazing after only 3 days of tracking my food how much better that I feel. Two years ago I walked a half marathon. Maybe I won't do that again but I intend to get a lot more kms done out on the road. <BR> <BR> Feeling very positive <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Bev <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 5 Jan 2014 00:44:19 EST How to beat the summer heat in bed :-) For a while I have been pondering the resolution to this unpleasant quandary. Yesterday I came up with a solution, so put it into action. <BR> <BR> I have 3 wheat bags for the winter, and I figured that if it provides heat in winter, it can provide coolness in summer. I promptly put one into a plastic bag and then into the freezer. It was BLISS last night - a nice cool bed to get into, and my feet were not burning hot like normal. (had the bag against them.) <BR> <BR> This morning I prom... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 18:38:23 EST It's a new year ... guess what that means? Lots of people making 'new year resolutions' to lose weight, and joining Spark! That means lots of new users. <BR> <BR> So ... new members to the team - don't forget to stop in and say hi and introduce yourselves! <BR> <BR> Longer term members - make it a goal to welcome a new member every day this week. If you can't find new members on Team Kiwi you can always go to Community - Message Boards - Introduce Yourself to find people who've just signed on! Sat, 4 Jan 2014 14:10:15 EST Kia Ora Weekly Challenge So we were discussing getting some challenges going in our Kia Ora chat group and I thought if I pop it in here anyone in Team Kiwi can join in - hopefully it will mean a few more members joining the Kia Ora chat group and also getting to know each other more as we motivate and support each other into an Awesome 2014 <BR> <BR> CUT AND PASTE THE BELOW <BR> <BR> Week One January 5th - 11th <BR> <BR> Exercise - 20mins of chosen cardio per day <BR> <BR> Sun---achieved (2km walk in 25mins) <BR... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 03:21:23 EST A bit quiet isn't it? Hi spark people <BR> <BR> Thought I would just say hi and introduce myself, but the forum seems a bit quiet? Are there a lot of users in here? <BR> <BR> I hope the page can keep me more motivated and be a help towards achieving my goals :) <BR> <BR> Thu, 5 Dec 2013 21:19:22 EST Im a new member. Hi there everybody. Im a new member and would love to get some handy tips on the best way to get started with getting fit. <BR> My name is Natasha Sun, 24 Nov 2013 22:41:29 EST I'm back Well I did really well last year and went from 142kgs to 110.9 but here I am after a crappy time healthwise and med wise and back up to gulp 130kgs - so before I get back to where I started I am back in charge. I could have started to get back in control about 3mths ago and honestly would probably be a lot closer to that 110 as I gained about 10kgs in the last 3mths and 3mths of being good would have lost me more than 10kgs - but I wanted to make sure I was good healthwise as around Easter I ... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 21:08:50 EST hi hi, just stopping by to reintroduce myself. haven't been here at sp for about 3 years now - been living in oz for almost a year now but nz will always be my home!! good to be back here once again still working towards my goal <em>213</em> Sat, 24 Aug 2013 04:48:52 EST Earthquake Just wondering if many of you have been affected by the Earth Quakes at all. Where I live we haven't felt any, but from what I read in the paper, it must have been quite a frightening experience for many. <BR> <BR> Sat, 17 Aug 2013 04:42:10 EST Hello from Darfield I have been a member for months but with the school holidays starting I have made the decision to begin my weight loss finally. Day 2 and all's well so far. It is great to know that there are lot of other Kiwis doing the same thing as I am and facing the same difficulties and challenges. I am still finding my way around the site but feel that recording my food and writing about this journey and getting support from the Spark community will help me succeed. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 05:00:58 EST Hello :) Hi everyone Im Monique and I live in Auckland, I've been big all my life and ive decided that things need to change. Ive tried many different diets and lost weight here and there which is great but I always end up loosing motivation and the weight piles back on. I dont really do things like this but I know if I dont try something new things are not going to change. I have lost alot of confidence over the past few years and I'm looking at getting that back! Tue, 11 Jun 2013 19:22:20 EST Rotorua Kia Ora! <BR> <BR> I have just begun my journey... I am from Rotorua :) Wed, 17 Apr 2013 22:01:09 EST From the King Country Im new to the Site as well as the team. Sat, 6 Apr 2013 02:54:36 EST Newby from Christchurch :) Hi Everyone :) <BR> <BR> I'm Anna, 28 years old and have just joined SparkPeople as a good friend of mine joined me up :) <BR> If anyone has any good tips on how to use this site - especially for tracking NZ food - please let me know :) <BR> I am a big fan of clean, healthy eating - I am currently volunteering for a weight loss programme & have been doing it since February 2013. I am so grateful to be having this opportunity to lose my unwanted fat & to start feeling good about myself. Even... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 17:47:59 EST Hungry for change Documentary on food and diets <BR> <BR><BR>wide-online-screening?utm_expid=565116<BR>67-2 Fri, 8 Mar 2013 22:25:30 EST 3 months in Hi All Kiwis, <BR> <BR> 3 months in and starting to change my life, slowly but surely.. <BR> <BR> loving the BBQ's in summer. Mon, 25 Feb 2013 14:05:14 EST Great to join all you Kiwis <em>30</em> Sun, 24 Feb 2013 18:59:42 EST Hello from Canterbury! Hi there! I just started yesterday, it's fun here. I really liked the idea that it is free. Cause I've been looking around Christchurch and their gym costs is around NZ$750 per year and joining weight watchers will cost roughly less than that. I'm so glad I found this site! Thu, 14 Feb 2013 00:16:01 EST How do you deal with grief? Hi all, <BR> <BR> A week ago my beloved uncle died of cancer. He was 46 and has two beautiful school age children. His death has impacted everyone who knew him. He was an extraordinary man. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately over the last several days I feel like I've been stuffing myself with food which has been available in copious quantities as the family has gathered together for the funeral. I have only just begun my new commitment to a healthier lifestyle and am now feeling bloated an disgusting... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 04:27:19 EST Food substitutes I have swapped full fat milk for trim,white bread to brown,white rice to brown rice....what can I use instead of margerine? whats a healthier,lower cal alternative? Mon, 28 Jan 2013 19:45:27 EST Hello 2013 Hi all, just wondering if people are still active in here! The site looks great but I didn't expect to see any NZers on here so that's really cool if you are all still checking in! <BR> <BR> I soooooooo need motivation as I never get anywhere on my own! <BR> <BR> :) <BR> Liza Wed, 9 Jan 2013 06:25:26 EST hi my name is Jacquie and I am in sawyers bay Dunedin .any other sparkers down here? Wed, 26 Dec 2012 18:23:20 EST Hello !!! I'm Karen. I had a baby 14 months ago and I am finding it difficult to loose those last 5-7 kg's!! I am hoping with the help of a few Spark Teams that will all change !! And I will find my motivation to exercise again!!! Wed, 26 Dec 2012 16:21:51 EST new to Whakatane Hi team Kiwi! <BR> I have just kicked off my weight loss and get healthy plan, and looking forward to getting to know some of you when we support each other through this long journey (long for me anyway!) <BR> Leanne Fri, 14 Dec 2012 14:26:22 EST Taking the challenge Kia ora koutou, <BR> <BR> I'm taking the challenge to lose some weight, get fitter and set up some healthy life habits. I need all the motivation I can get! Good luck to all of you in your goals :) Tue, 20 Nov 2012 21:10:42 EST Hi there from Papamoa Hi I am Jenny and I need all the encouragement that is out there. For the last few years - okay - 10 - I have been supporting a brother with Autism and and elderly Mum. Unfortunately forgot about me. I am hoping to become more energised, more enriched by using this community as a forum of support. Look forward to talking with you all at some stage. Have an awesome weekend and hope to that I can become an inspiration to someone in need. <BR> <BR> Jen Sat, 3 Nov 2012 19:26:18 EST Overwhelmed Hi I'm Jen, over the last 10 years I've gone from 69kg to 113kg. I struggle with depression and serious confidence issues and I can't stop eating compulsively. I haven't been able to manage a full day of sticking to an eating plan for years and as you can imagine, the failure is making everything so much worse. Everyone says not to beat yourself up over slip-ups but how can you not feel like s*** when you can't even go one day? I've tried everything bar surgery. It's not that I don't know ho... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 16:19:50 EST Hi, fellow Kiwi's Hi, I'm Robyn and I live in sunny Waikato. <BR> I am soo thrilled to see that there are so many Kiwis on this site. <BR> I am attempting to lose some weight. <BR> I walk, either outside or with Leslie Sansone, DVD. <BR> I also enjoy biking. <BR> I am the mother of seven, and want to be around to see them grow up. Sun, 23 Sep 2012 19:38:19 EST its all in the too hard basket! Hi my name is Jo when I met my future husband 18 y ago I was 57kg.When I was fully pregnant with our first child I was 69 kg.Now I am not pregnant and weigh 94kg!!! I am not sure how it all happened.Quite a bit of stress over the years moving countries 3 times.One child with difficulties and having to constantly battle the education system etc etc.Certainly increased my wine intake to about 2 glasses nearly everynight. Feeling the brunt of the weight having an impact on my health.This site is... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 18:20:47 EST Team Kiwi - Exercise of the Day challenge! All you have to do, is do the exercise of the day and post that you've done it! <BR> <BR> There's on via email and there's a different one in the "today on Spark" bar on the right. You can choose. <BR> <BR> Also, if you don't have the equipment for it or physical limitations prevent it, do something that approximates it within your equipment and abilities. Eg today's is Assisted Triceps Dip Machine. I don't have one, so I'll do some standard tricep dips off my coffee table instead. Sat, 22 Sep 2012 21:04:10 EST Start Me Up- Wellington Area Sunday 14 Oct 2012 <BR> Friends of mine are organizing this awesome event for Women of all ages and all levels of fitness, to help motivate them to get moving. The events are listed below : <BR> <BR> up to 7km WALK or RUN (Petone Foreshore) <BR> 15km CYCLE ride (Hutt River Trail) <BR> 25km CYCLE ride (Hutt River Trail) <BR> NEW for 2012: 5km RUN and 15km CYCLE duathlon <BR> <BR> If you want more details or want to register for an event go to their website The link is b... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 05:01:17 EST changing time and date My nutrition guide is always on the wrong day. I have gone into "my account" and tried to change it but it always goes back to the wrong day when i go to track my nutrition. Can anyone help me still new to this. Thanks Mon, 3 Sep 2012 22:46:30 EST looking for a fitness buddy! Hi there, my name is Toni, I'm 27 and from New Zealand. I've decided to make some positive changes in my life and I need some help along the way, so I'm looking for some buddies to help me along the way. :) Sun, 2 Sep 2012 03:32:19 EST Has anyone here worked on a beef farm in NZ? Not really relevant I know, but I'm doing a research project on the environmental effects of beef farming in NZ, for my degree, and I'd be keen to hear from anyone who has worked on one, or would know anything about the general processes of raising beef for consumption, or maybe just packed the meat? Or hey, maybe even a butcher? - before anyone gets the wrong idea, I'm not out to burn beef farmers at the stake! It's a totally objective project, and I want to get as much of the facts as possi... Sun, 19 Aug 2012 04:38:02 EST new to this Hi all, <BR> could anyone tell me if the expected total daily calories are in kj, kcal or calories i'm not sure if i did mine right. <BR> thanks Tue, 14 Aug 2012 00:37:25 EST Eating the wrong things I must be eating the wrong things as I have gained weight in the last four weeks in a row. I hate when this happens! what can I do to get the scales going in the right direction, downwards <em>46</em> Sat, 11 Aug 2012 20:53:11 EST Kia ora from Aotearoa/NZ Yes!! I am feeling great about taking control (well most of it), of my eating and exercise habits. I LOVE this website, thanks to the Sparks team. My mission is to keep up a positive attitude toward these lifestyle changes and I wish everyone out there who is striving toward their own personal goals all the best xx Thu, 2 Aug 2012 13:57:40 EST hi all . <em>104</em> Wed, 1 Aug 2012 23:44:43 EST Hello! Hi there, newbie here. I am in Wellington but originally from Christchurch, been here since 2008. Looking forward to eating better and loing a bit of weight, it is great to see a kiwi section here! Sat, 7 Jul 2012 20:08:02 EST Hey there Hi I am an ex smoker who would now like to not only lose weight, but become healthy too. Sun, 1 Jul 2012 07:01:58 EST Hi to all on team kiwi Hi I'm Sonja a 50 something lady living in Shakie Christchurch, have been a member of spark people for around 4 weeks now and loving how supportive the members are. <em>252</em> Sat, 30 Jun 2012 21:42:34 EST Kiwi Exercise Music I wanted to share this: <BR><BR>TE <BR> It has the haka mixed into it and is a very powerful song. My boyfriend goes nuts for it... Did anyone have any New Zealand songs they just adore to move to? :D Sun, 24 Jun 2012 23:29:43 EST Photo How do I get my photo to show on the email tab? <BR> <BR> Finally did some work on the spark page. <BR> <BR> Did the 2km walk with an umbrella tonight. Wed, 20 Jun 2012 05:50:14 EST Newbie from just outside Rolleston :) come say hello if u live out this way...or even if u don't :) Sat, 16 Jun 2012 05:33:45 EST Hi to all from shakie old Christchurch Hi I live in the shakiest city in New Zealand <em>24</em> Christchurch.I am in my late fifties. and am fighting a losing battle of the Bulge so it seems to day. feel like just packing it all in. Sat, 9 Jun 2012 23:24:11 EST The 'Me' Jar I'm starting a 'me' jar. Join me in my Me Jar? <BR> <BR> For every 30 minutes spent exercising, I get to put one bead in the jar. Thirty whole minutes - two 15 minute sessions won't (for me) add up to one bead - it's 30+ or not. <BR> <BR> At the end of the month, I get my Me Jar reward. For June, I am going to get one minute of massage/back scratching from my husband per bead! I'm hoping for 40-60 minutes or so by the end of the month. <BR> <BR> Your Me Jar could be a similar reward or cou... Thu, 7 Jun 2012 04:00:29 EST Kia Ora from Te Kaha, east coast Hiya, <BR> <BR> I'm 29 years old and I have 5 kids. I'm an Australian, but my husband (from NZ) and I moved here in 2006, to live in his old family homestead. My kids ages are 10, 8, 6 ,4 and 2. When my 2nd child was born, I weighed 101kg, which spurred me into weight loss. I lost 20kg, before falling pregnant with my 3rd child. I continued losing after he was born, and when we moved to NZ, I was 75kg (my boy was 8 months old by then). I lost even more weight and got down to 65kg, which was ... Wed, 6 Jun 2012 19:33:18 EST hello.... not sure how to do this! Hi. Im new to here. Im trying to kick start my diet with some positivity and ge my life back on track!! I have two young boys and we are farming. We moved to NZ 6mths ago from UK ad as ive not been "working" but home settling boys and life in to our new life i have eaten and eaten!! oops!! Mon, 4 Jun 2012 22:34:22 EST Sussing Out SP Hi All; <BR> My name is Kerry. I'm a 36 year old Canadian mother of one (a fabulous two-year old boy) who recently had the honour of becoming a citizen of Aotearoa. I've been working towards becoming more fit and active on my own for the last few months with some success (now running 3k at least 3x a week - usually...). Heard about Sparkpeople from a a friend and thought I'd take a look. I'm not sure what part it will play in my journey to a healthier me just yet, but am keen to give it a... Mon, 4 Jun 2012 05:08:10 EST Kia Ora from Oz Hi all. I discovered this site yesterday and have been drawn back several times to check it out already! <BR> <BR> I am from Nelson. I live in Oz at the moment, but Nelson is my home and has my heart. I am here to lose a pile of weight, get fit, and feel superb Sun, 3 Jun 2012 08:20:14 EST hi all, SP new kid here kia ora from Gissy, my name's Bubby and i just found this site yesterday and its taken me 2 days to get to the forums, wow, this place is huge. i was using another site called calorie counter for the last 8 months and it is nothing like this. yesterday when i signed up i was so overwhelmed by all the info on my page i couldn't keep up, i deleted the menu list off my page but then went and checked out the breakfast for this morning and hello, i had all the ingredients in my cupboard...omgosh... Tue, 29 May 2012 06:11:18 EST My Journey to a healthier me My name is Cindy, I have just turned 30 and have had enough of feeling generally unwell. I am so happy to have found this website, I have quite a bit of weight to lose, and this seems like just the thing I have been looking for! I plan to lose 40Kg's in a year and just generally be healthier and fitter. Tue, 8 May 2012 00:47:34 EST A big Hello from little ol New Zealand I joined Sparkpeople's website awhile ago & Id just like to say I so enjoy my daily email fix.. The motivational quotes, the funnies & reading all your wonderful inspirational stories about our weight loss journey. You guys rock! <BR> Ive been back at the gym since the 16th of January & lost 11.9 Kgs...about 26 Pounds in your language. I feel fantastic! I can actually tie my shoe laces up now without having to hold my breath or turning bright red. I believe that Beer & bread are evil..& to ke... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 19:44:36 EST Kia Ora new life!!!! <BR> I have just come to the realisation that I can't lose weight on my own and that I don't have to be! <BR> I am here to surround myself with like minded people and share my journey with everyone :) Sun, 29 Apr 2012 19:12:26 EST Introducing myself Hi <BR> <BR> I am a newbie, I am from Picton, New Zealand. Looking forward to reading some of the posts to help with inspiration Thu, 26 Apr 2012 03:13:05 EST Going to a Cafe with friends I joined my friends for lunch today at a Cafe. Feeling really positive and wanting to be really "good" I had a shrimp salad, which was nice, and a glass of their orange water. The trouble is it didn't even touch the sides and I was still really hungry after spending $17.95 on the darned thing!!! I ended up buying a (woops) oatmeal fruit slice and cup of coffee which kind of did the trick - but blew my good intentions out of the water....... <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> On looking at everyone... Mon, 16 Apr 2012 01:07:23 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 03:58:33 EST I'm Back PLEASE let me do it right this time Hi all, <BR> I was here a couple of years ago and did quite well But I am hoping this time I'll get it right . Fri, 30 Mar 2012 05:40:37 EST Hello from Napier Its great to be part of such an amazing programme. My sister in law introduced me 2 days ago and it's very addictive. I'm looking forward to achieving my goals over the next 6 months. Zumba and healthy eating is the main plan, so far.... My kids have already enjoyed surfing the site. Wed, 28 Mar 2012 14:14:23 EST newbie fatty whose had enuf Hi, Names Dutch, Im a gay mummy with two kids, need support to lose my weight <BR> Currently 103kgs/226Ibs <BR> Goal: 70kgs Sun, 18 Mar 2012 21:21:11 EST Hi another newbie Hi there, <BR> I have just recently discovered this site (was recommended by a friend.) I am a Kiwi currently living in VN and starting another chapter of my weight loss/fitness journey. I know people motivate me so I decided to join this team. I have a long way to go. I have been going to a gym for the last few months, but just this week decided to get serious about the food thing. So wondering if this team can help me. <BR> <BR> Roslyn Tue, 6 Mar 2012 04:44:21 EST My Journey Hi everyone, Today I decided to commit to weight loss and I hope that with everyones support I can do this...I am marrying my soul mate in October and want to look and feel great. I read of other peoples success and I am sure I can do this!!! I know that it has to be a lifestyle change. <BR> <BR> I have always felt low in self worth with the extra weight and not always as confidence as I would like....but 2012 is my year I am sure.... <BR> <BR> I hope to make friends and help support them ... Mon, 5 Mar 2012 02:47:34 EST A Kiwi Country Girl Hi I live in Tirau un the south Waikato. <BR> Anyone form around here. <BR> I discovered this website in the weekend so am still a bit new at it all. <BR> I have put on a lot of weight over the years, for me as I was a size 8 when I got amrried and now a size 14, nut I'm really short. <BR> I am married to DH for 33 years. <BR> We have five cherubs, the youngest still at home (17) . <BR> My eldest (31) lives in Wellington and is getting married in July. <BR> The next two daughters (29 and 24) ... Mon, 20 Feb 2012 21:15:26 EST Hi from another newbie in Chch Hi there! I have just joined SP and thought I would introduce myself :) <BR> <BR> I moved to Christchurch from Auckland several months ago and have started running again recently. I am from Russia originally, but moved here when I was 17. I gained a lot of weight after moving to NZ, and it stayed with me for most of the time. I would lose 10kg, then gain it back, then lose it again. I just can't seem to stick to my healthy eating and running. I am 25 now and unfortunately, temptations usuall... Fri, 10 Feb 2012 19:09:53 EST Anybody still here? Hi, just joined yesterday and am enjoying the site a lot. I'm 28 and live the shaky city, Christchurch. I've spent many a year overweight after leaving home, and I just thought it was about time I did something about it. I have a 4yo daughter who is starting to pick up on my unhealthy eating habits and that is something I need to stop. <BR> To start off I have decided to give myself a challenge. at the moment there is a challenge called FebFast. For the whole month of February people give up... Thu, 9 Feb 2012 17:15:05 EST Adding Protein Hey everyone, <BR> THought Id start up this topic as Im having real trouble getting enough protein into my diet...does anyone else have this problem or know of a way to solve it? <BR> Look forward to hearing from you <BR> <BR> Jean x Wed, 8 Feb 2012 13:31:49 EST Gidday from the Naki. Gidday, Im Drew, and Im sick of hating myself everyday.... <BR> <BR> I am in rural Taranaki, and have my awesome wife to thank for showing me the way to joining SP, getting out there and doing it. <BR> I have been watching her get off her arse each day, do her plans and training, which has been quite motivational in getting me off my chuff and doing the same. <BR> <BR> Every week I say to myself "righto, monday I will start training and loose weight" and every week another monday rolls past... Tue, 7 Feb 2012 16:15:38 EST Driving Rants! Okay, so who else loves to rant about those idiots on the road? Share your frustrations here, before road rage makes you do something stupid to their face...! <BR> <BR> Today's rant ... <BR> <BR> "Oh, so NOW you put your indicator on. You've pulled far over to the left, stopped at the white give way line, you're turned the car towards the left and NOW you flip the indicator on. Y'know what? I think I already had it figured that you were going left. It's called an "indicator" because it indi... Sun, 5 Feb 2012 19:56:17 EST Hello from Auckland New Zealand Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> Just dropping by to say hi. Ive decided enough is enough and am getting organised so that I can make a proper committment to being healthy and staying healthy. Over the years I have lost weight doing crash diets accompanied with excessive exercise but have never been able to maintain my weight and have always ended up putting on more than I lost. This time round I have decided to be realistic and have acknowledged that it wont happen over night but it will happen if... Sun, 5 Feb 2012 00:38:44 EST hi, kiwi in wellington newbie looking for a support buddy - and someone who can help me through this site Mon, 30 Jan 2012 00:55:56 EST Kiwi Recipes We all know how hard it is to use a site that's designed for an American audience, with American ingredients in most of the recipes available! <BR> <BR> So here's a place to post links to great kiwi recipes that you like! They don't have to be sparkpeople's, but they DO need to use the metric system and foods available in NZ supermarkets. <BR> <BR> It would be great to post recipes that you've tried and can let us know how they went! <BR> <BR> To start us off, here's one from Healthy Food ... Sat, 28 Jan 2012 23:34:37 EST February Fitness Who's up for a little rivalry? <BR> <BR> I know that while nutrition is more important for weight loss than fitness, I personally find it much easier to stick to my nutrition goals when I'm exercising, than when I'm not. So here's a place for us in Team Kiwi to post our February Fitness Minutes! Keep yours updated and you just might win a Spark Goodie prize throughout the month! <BR> <BR> Did you know you can change your tracker to reflect your fitness minute goals? That is what I'm using i... Sat, 28 Jan 2012 23:28:55 EST Virtual NZ bush tracks! Let's have a virtual walk together through some of the absolute best scenery available anywhere in the world - that's right, our own back yard! <BR> <BR> We'll start off with the Milford Track. <BR> <BR> Find out more about the Milford Track here: <BR> <link><BR>reation/tracks-and-walks/fiordland/fio<BR>rdland/milford-track/features/ </link> <BR> <BR> The Milford starts at the head of Lake Ta Anau and ends at Milford Sound, and is 54 km's long. Collect... Sat, 28 Jan 2012 23:25:16 EST Hi Y'all! Hi Y'all! <BR> <BR> My name is Sally and I'm so over being hard on myself. I met a woman who had lost over 50kgs using this site, so I'm joining in with the community rather than just doing the tracking alone (like I did last time). I live in Auckland city and look forward to being supported and supportive within our kiwi forum. <BR> <BR> I'm sure that learning how to be gentle will be fabulous journey. <BR> <BR> Many thanks <BR> Sally Thu, 26 Jan 2012 02:27:10 EST Kia ora from Belgium :) I am a Kiwi expat living and working in Belgium for the US Gov't with my US hubby. :) <BR> I was in wonderful shape in Afghanistan and when I came home about 6 years ago I think I got lazy (maybe a bit depressed?) and gained about 50 pounds (around 22 kg) over the course of the first 2 years back into normal life, and reinforced horrible eating habits which I'm now working hard to undo. <BR> We've been in Belgium for a little over a year so far, and luckily haven't fallen into even worse eat... Sun, 22 Jan 2012 12:54:57 EST New to Auckland! Looking for buddies Hello all! After some time away, I'm going to give this thing another go. <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> I recently moved to Auckland (Sandringham/St. Luke area) and don't know anyone except for my husband, so I thought it would be nice to find a weight loss buddy(ies) to help motivate each other. I'd also love to check out more of the city, especially the parks, and enjoy a nice walk outside (when it isn't raining!). <BR> <BR> Please let me know if you're interested! <em>437</em> Sun, 22 Jan 2012 03:18:06 EST Hi There! Aint this grand! Isn't it great to have a free website that not only helps you manage your weight but also connects you with people all over the world with the same goal! I've only been using the site two weeks but so far its really working for me! Sat, 21 Jan 2012 20:34:06 EST Hello Hi there, <BR> <BR> I've joined hoping that it will help me become more aware (but not obsessive) about what I'm eating and how much exercise I'm doing (or not doing, lol). <BR> <BR> I am currently 10-12kilo's over the ideal medical recommended weight so my goal this year is to lose a minimum of 10kilo's, with my maximum weight loss being 15kilo's. <BR> <BR> Tue, 17 Jan 2012 18:25:11 EST FREE fitness bootcamp in Christchurch From Jan 30 there will be a fitness bootcamp in Hagley Park every Monday night for 8 weeks. The cost of this entire bootcamp is $120. But ... the instructors (including yours truly) need to have a couple of practice sessions first, and these two sessions are FREE to come to. We need a few people to run the bootcamp on! <BR> <BR> The free sessions are Monday 23rd 6-7pm and Sat 28th 9.30-10.30am. <BR> <BR> If you're available and interested please send me a sparkmail. <BR> <BR> (And if you'd... Mon, 16 Jan 2012 13:43:44 EST Deb's IronMan Challenge! Ever wanted to do an IronMan but been absolutely flummoxed by the distances? (Hint - if you don't know, it's a three-stage event and the third stage is a full marathon!) <BR> <BR> Now is your chance to join me in a challenge to complete an Ironman this year, cumulatively! <BR> <BR> Ironman distance is: <BR> Swim 3.8km <BR> Bike 180km <BR> Run 42km <BR> <BR> There will be prizes along the way for anyone participating! Just post your updates each time and add to the previous totals for each ... Mon, 16 Jan 2012 00:31:56 EST CH - Surf'n'Turf swim and/or run The Surf n Turf events are a series of water and land based events. <BR> <BR> Events are every Wednesday for 8 weeks from Jan 25. There are 3km and 5km run only options, as well as swim/run combos of varying distance, and a stand up paddle event! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> A 3k is a great way to get introduced to running events with a very manageable distance! Mon, 16 Jan 2012 00:23:35 EST Another Jafa here. Hi Kiwis, <BR> <BR> I am new to Spark People and finding my way around here. I managed to quit smoking at the end of 2007 and now I need to work on my weight and fitness. Sun, 15 Jan 2012 23:32:51 EST Introducing me Hi there, <BR> <BR> I'm Elisabeth, and I've made my home in Lower Hutt/Wellington. I've tried SparkPeople before - as you can see from my member dates, but back then it wasn't very user-friendly for those of us this side of the dateline. Big, pleasant surprise that I can now track my meals in real-time! And it is fabulous to see so many of our foods are now in there already, it makes the tracking much easier. <BR> <BR> I can't promise that I'll be all that chatty on here, but thought I ... Sat, 14 Jan 2012 19:55:42 EST Back on track My daughter told me about this site ages ago but never really looked into it properly. Got tracking of food and exercise sused so all good. <BR> <BR> Started last Monday and can't believe how much better I feel and having been depriving myself just none of the "little extras". Exercise not a problem as do distance walking anyway but got really sick last year and that went on back burner and the kgs piled on again. Hope to do first half marathon in April carrying a lot less weight. Was suppos... Sat, 14 Jan 2012 16:05:32 EST Hi Hi, Freda here, I stopped smoking a little over a year ago and put on all this weight, have never had a weight problem until now, it's a bit of a shock, I am determined to get it off within this year if I can, at the moment I look terrible and feel terrible. Fri, 13 Jan 2012 22:42:56 EST Hello everyone :) Well, I am starting spark again after 2.5 years away. I enjoyed the focus and motivation spark gave me back then, but never really figured out the social side - gaining sparkfriends, feeling supported. I didn't really engage with the sparkteams, and hope to change that this time :) <BR> <BR> Last time I took on three challenges at once, and had committed to too much, too soon, resulting in injury and the slippery slope away. <BR> <BR> This time, I have joined the official ten minute daily... Wed, 11 Jan 2012 21:52:48 EST Hi Rocky in NZ - Why do I allow me to stay fat? Hi, I'm 46 years old and have had a weight issue most of my life. Sounds like the start of an AA meeting. <BR> <BR> I have had patches of brilliance where I was in really good healthy shape and then just let it slip away. I need to do some work figuring that out at a later stage. Need to figure out how to keep weight off - but that would be jumping the gun. Another problem - living in the past - used to be in great shape - AINT NO MORE!! <BR> <BR> I feel I am a smart lady, focussed, cap... Wed, 11 Jan 2012 14:38:26 EST Hi I am Nicky Hi I am wanting to make alot of changes this of them is to lose weight! <BR> This is the start of my journey!! Tue, 10 Jan 2012 07:35:19 EST Country Kiwi Girl Hello there, <BR> I recently discovered this site. An hour or so ago actually. <BR> My biggest goal of 2012 is to lose weight, it has been a long term goal over the years, but now I've decided it is truly time to do something about it. I want to gain back my confidence, and prove to myself I am capable. <BR> I'm 22 years old, and I live in the Waikato. <BR> Uhm. Yep, that is me. =) Tue, 10 Jan 2012 00:03:49 EST Another new Kiwi incoming.. Hi. <BR> <BR> Im Jason, recently turned the dirty 30, i live in sunny Marlborough and have done for the past 8 years, i have an office job where i sit 80%+ of the day, needless to say the kgs have been piling on for a few years now.. I have been working out at the local gym for the last 2 years but to be honest it wasn't the best effort, there were times there where it would be hard to go 2 times a week. This may come as a bit of a shock and counter productive but today i quit the gym! I am ... Mon, 9 Jan 2012 04:28:00 EST Chubby Kiwi Kia ora people <BR> <BR> Just found this website and looking forward to having some support and friends online who are on the same page as me. <BR> <BR> I have struggled for years with my weight flucuating up down up down and now its time to get serious and be healthy and well again in my life. <BR> <BR> I am a counsellor supporting others and with little time for me but 2012 I have claimed as mine and beginning to give to me. <BR> <BR> I am a fun person but sad at being so obese, I am an... Sat, 7 Jan 2012 15:13:29 EST Teenaa Koutou Katoa (Hello All) Hello to you all, I found this community quite by chance and I am thinking now what a great find! I am middle age and lumpy and I have made a resolution for this year to turn the lumps into bumps separated by a waist. I enjoy life and I enjoy living and I would like to continue with this meme for a considerable while longer. I thank you for the privilege of sharing this journey with you all. Sat, 7 Jan 2012 14:45:54 EST Weight Loss Challenges in Auckland Hi there. If you are in Auckland and want some group support and to be encouraged in your weight loss (and journey to improved wellness) I am running a couple of 12 week ) nutritional based) programmes starting soon. One is in Epsom and the other in Grey Lynn. Message me with your phone number if you would like to find out more. <BR> We are an encouraging group and have fun setting and meeting our goals on the journey towards improved health and energy levels! <BR> <BR> Cheers <BR> Steph Wed, 4 Jan 2012 00:06:56 EST Ready for some permanent changes Hi! <BR> <BR> After a few years now of my weight going up and down thanks to medication and varying levels of comfort eating, I'm ready to commit to switching to a healthy diet for good. <BR> <BR> Sparkpeople seems a good way to do that. Tue, 3 Jan 2012 22:33:18 EST This is the year! A new year, a new start. Feeling good that I have finally committed to change! 2011 was hard and stressful, and I put on a lot of weight as I ate to compensate. My big goal for 2012 is actually to learn how to manage stress without resorting to food. Last year I ran myself ragged with work, school and my family, and my health has paid the price. This year I'm doing something for me, taking some of the weight off, and getting my fitness back. I'm so glad I found this forum- demotivation h... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 19:51:11 EST Anyone in or around Ashburton ? I would love to meet some locals to help each other with our journey to weight loss <BR> <BR> When I lived in Christchurch I had some marvelous spark-buddies and we used to meet for a walk once a month which really motivated me and kept us hones, but now I've moved due to EQ's Sun, 1 Jan 2012 05:47:06 EST How did you see in the New Year? This is the FIRST time in over 20 years that I haven't seen in the New Year whilst ironing. I know it sounds strange, but for many years the ironing was because I was getting my St John uniform ready for the Rodeo the following day and it progressed to the rest of the ironing. After that, it was because I actually LIKE ironing, AND don't like going out to things much. <BR> <BR> THIS year, however, I saw the New Year in by having lots of zzzzzzs - I was tucked up all safe and sound in bed... Sat, 31 Dec 2011 20:01:51 EST Merry Xmas I hope that your Christmas is filled with love and joy, and for those in the Christchurch area, PLEASE know that our hearts go out to you as once again you are the subject of a frightening upheaval. <BR> <BR> Take care and stay safe, <BR> Kris xx Sun, 25 Dec 2011 00:48:02 EST Hi from Northland Hi,I am also new to the site. I actually joined quite a few months ago but wasn't in the right headspace (post quake stress and imminent house move to the other end of the country. Attempt 2 is going much better :) <BR> I just found this forum despite somehow joining the group ages ago and have just imported a whole list of kiwi foods which should help with the tracking! <BR> <BR> My goals <BR> #1 to make healthier choices - cut down my coffee (currently down from 5 or 6 a day to one with ... Tue, 20 Dec 2011 20:20:33 EST Any franklin People out there? Hi, <BR> <BR> Well i have just signed up and ready for my first day, but am wondering if there is any Franklin people out there that would like to have a walking pal? Sat, 3 Dec 2011 16:20:33 EST Hi - another newie Hi everyone. I'm Kathy, I turn 50 next April and I have challenged myself to lose my excess tummy by then. So I have 5 months to lose at least 6kg.....very achievable so no excuses! Sun, 27 Nov 2011 15:02:11 EST Hello I'm brand new! Hello, I'm Kim from South Canterbury...and I'm so pleased to have found this site and with kiwis on it too! I've signed up, done a big shop with healthy foods and dusted off the cross trainer and kettle bell so am ready to lose weight and get fit and healthy. Mon, 21 Nov 2011 23:53:33 EST No C's till Christmas I am trying to restrict my junk food addictions a little by opting out of some C-foods until Christmas. Would you like to join me? <BR> <BR> No cookies, no chocolate, no chips (the Bluebird/Eta kind). <BR> <BR> (Carrots, cucumber, and capsicum are all okay - it's a limited list of c-foods, not all c-foods.) <BR> <BR> If you join in, feel free to add other C-foods you think we could try to avoid for six weeks! :) <BR> <BR> This way I feel that I won't be entirely deprived. If I totally fee... Sun, 13 Nov 2011 00:30:39 EST Hello all, I'm newish lol Hey everyone :) <BR> <BR> I'm new to the site kind of, I did sign up back in March 2011 but after falling off the wagon, so to speak I stopped using the site and now have returned. <BR> <BR> I started up again on my weight wagon on the 29th of September and have followed very nicely since then and have even increased my amount of weight loss per week, which is fantastic for me :) <BR> <BR> I am on the North Shore so if there happens to be another from that area that is looking for a walki... Fri, 4 Nov 2011 21:51:49 EST Food Dehydrator Hi there everyone in kiwi team, I am looking for a food dehydrator, as my kids have developed a liking for dried apple etc and I figure it would be loads cheaper to make it than b uy it at $22 plus per kilo. I am wanting to either buy one cheap or borrow one, will even take a free one if there is one out there lol. <BR> If anyone has one, preferably in Palmy Nth I would appreciate it. <BR> Many many thanks <BR> Mon, 31 Oct 2011 23:55:39 EST Im Back ! No More Excuses Gotta be honest, since losing our house in the first Earthquake in Sept 2010, I have not bothered with healthy eating or excercise,,,, its been a handy excuse, but we get possession of our new house tomorrow... no more excuses ! <BR> so Lookout world, here I come... again! Sun, 30 Oct 2011 06:09:20 EST Palmerston North I am also from Palmerston North, and would like to have some 'friends'. message me and we can chat. Sat, 29 Oct 2011 05:00:08 EST I'm here, Yipeee Hi there, well it is great to see so many kiwis here. I love all the tracking of things on this site, it is awesome. I have finally decided to do something about me and so here I am. <BR> I look forward to maybe chatting with others and maybe even meeting up with some. Sat, 29 Oct 2011 04:55:31 EST hello new here Just started with spark and doing spring bootcamp so good to see other kiwis here <em>30</em> Sun, 23 Oct 2011 03:19:52 EST Kiwi Food for your Tracker <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <BR> DO NOT REPLY - SEE BELOW <BR> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Tip for all kiwis - there is a Spark account that has been created specifically for loading and sharing NZ foods. <BR> <BR> Here is an article telling you how to import foods from other members: <BR> <link><BR>/help_answer.asp?id=49 </link> <BR> <BR> Always check whenever you use shared food ent... Mon, 17 Oct 2011 01:56:20 EST So glad there are other Kiwi's on SP! Hey, I joined up a couple of days ago and man am I glad there's a Kiwi group! I'm in the Hutt Valley, and quite excited with this whole thing... very new and shiny :P Hope everyone's doing well :D Feel free to add me if you'd like a friend... my friends list is looking a bit pitiful :P Wed, 12 Oct 2011 05:26:25 EST HAMILTON WORK OUT hi guys, just thinking about doing a get together once or twice a week to go hard in a group environment and get in shape. Doing this in a group = more motivation, encouragement & fun!! Anybody keen?, comeon people.... Sun, 2 Oct 2011 06:25:50 EST Can't find the NZFOOD page Must be doing something wrong? Am looking in the nutrition tracker part where you log your food, can anyone help?? Fri, 30 Sep 2011 23:21:55 EST Just joined:) Hi everyone:), Here to make some changes, and unleash the weight loss beast!!!! Thu, 29 Sep 2011 16:56:17 EST Warriors Grand Finalist!!! What a weekend of sport. Thank goodness the elliptical rider is near the TV. Saturday night made you proud to be a kiwi. The warriors getting to the grand final was so unexpected. (Lets face it they can be an erratic team). Roll on next weekend! Sun, 25 Sep 2011 20:48:27 EST having trable meeting min cal's so in been at it for bout 1 1/2 mths now tracking my food and working my butt of off literary but the last couple of days have been so a hard time reaching my min cal's and new the last 2 days just had no interest in eating at all anyone alse having this problem. Sat, 24 Sep 2011 02:24:43 EST Lucky us, great site! Couldn't believe my luck when I stumbled upon this site. Ive finally got to grips with the balanced nutrition routine and fitness setups. It really does keep me on track, better then any other programme Ive used and its cheap and it can be done from home. I own a mountain bike and love to cycle up One Tree Hill. I now do strength training at home with dumbells and have a stability ball routine. Im excited about keeping on track and am finding this suits my personality best. Anyone feel free t... Thu, 22 Sep 2011 23:42:29 EST I Have arrived :-) Hi everyone, I am very happy to find myself here........ its taken a while but I supose you need to be at the bottem to climb to the top so here we go!!!!! <BR> I'm a mother of 2 young children & Have struggled with my weight since I was a teenager & am now at my heaviest......I don't want to be here anymore so here goes......... watch this space:-) <BR> <BR> Elza Mon, 19 Sep 2011 05:09:29 EST Anyone wanting a phone or Skype exercise buddy? Hi kiwi sparkers. I would like an exercise buddy, but I need to exercise on a soft surface. So I work out at home on an elliptical trainer. It's kinda boring though, so if anyone is interested in a telephone or skype exercise spark buddy, spark mail me. Sat, 17 Sep 2011 17:23:21 EST Hello Hi there. I'm Maree, and I live in Silverdale Auckland. Nice to have a Kiwi flavour on this site! <em>249</em> Wed, 14 Sep 2011 16:43:32 EST Challenge to see who your 2nd team to win. Just have a challenge to you all out there. I know that as a Kiwi and Maori I am backing the All Blacks. Then there is Tonga our island neighbour, then our community is supporting Argentina and Russia. I am connected by birth to Ireland. So am supporting a number of teams. The major one is the All Blacks. So who is your second team that you are supporting. Mon, 12 Sep 2011 02:35:09 EST kj's conversion to Calories Hi there fellow kiwi's, got a question for ya, when your tracking your food how do you go about converting kj's into calories? I find this such a hassle trying to work it out. Cheers Mon, 12 Sep 2011 00:41:10 EST Hi!! Hi everyone, <BR> I am Aimee, from Christchurch. I am new here. Trying to lose about 50kg. Glad to be on my way to achieving my goals. I am getting married in Jan and want to look good for then <em>224</em> . Looking for lots of support from people in the same boat as me as these bloody earthquakes are putting my stress levels high and I have found that I have been emotional eating a lot more than normal... <em>304</em> Sun, 11 Sep 2011 01:59:47 EST Rugby World Challenge. I have a wee challenge to see who of you will be following the Rugby World Challenge to be held here in New Zealand. So who will you be supporting? Be keen to hear. I am supporting the ALL BLACKS, Tonga and Argentina. So do let me know and make it a wee game. Tue, 6 Sep 2011 14:43:57 EST Rugby World Cup Challenge! Hi there, I am an avid All Black follower. However I am also supporting Tonga and Argentina. So what my challenge is is to to see who you will be supporting in the Rugby Wrold Cup? Let the challenges roll. Mon, 5 Sep 2011 02:05:31 EST Go the All Blacks. I have a wee challenge to see who you are backing in the Rugby World Cup? I am going for the All Blacks of course so there's my challenge. Now let the messages start rolling in. I look forward to the messages. Sat, 3 Sep 2011 00:19:56 EST Hi, I'm Nerissa I am on course to lose 11 kg. <BR> It has been a period of upheaval for me, moving to a new country (New Zealand), starting a new job , I'm a social worker, and getting acquainted with a new style of living. <BR> I have to stay focused on reaching my goal, as I now feel that I have low self-esteem due to my weight gain. <BR> I've fallen out of love with exercise, and I believe that this has contributed largely (!!!!) to my weight gain. <BR> I've joined this site as I need to have support fro... Mon, 29 Aug 2011 18:19:40 EST Hello Hi everyone, stumbled across this website looking at weight loss stuff on Google, great to find so many Kiwis in one place. I'm 32 and from Hamilton, have about 35 kgs to lose. The whole website is a bit overwhelming at the moment Sun, 28 Aug 2011 03:11:34 EST Kaiapoi Anyone else from Kaiapoi? Sun, 28 Aug 2011 02:40:59 EST Hello Everyone Wow, So I googled dieting plans and it came up with this amazing website!! I have never heard about it before and cannot BELIEVE how many kiwis are on here. I am an 18 year old girl studying in Hamilton and I am determined to lose 23kgs to become healthier and be beach ready for summer :D Sat, 27 Aug 2011 04:29:10 EST Kiwianas Just fabulous having this good old NZ page. Sparkpeople is a fantastic site, looking forward to messages via this place Sat, 27 Aug 2011 01:17:43 EST It's so good to find the Kiwis! So good to find the Kiwis here :-) <BR> <BR> I'm still finding my feet here at Sparkpeople, but pretty happy that I've managed to do my 10 minutes of exercise for TWO WHOLE DAYS so far! Yayness. <BR> <BR> Go me. <BR> <BR> :-D <BR> <BR> I hope everyone else is doing okay. <BR> <BR> Nutritaria. Sun, 21 Aug 2011 22:00:43 EST Hi There Hi pleased to be here :)I am 23 and from Tauranga. I know absolutely no one in the area. and because of the way I feel about the way I look at the moment I am not making many friends either... <BR> I joined this place as I have a lot to loose. I was also hoping to meet some likewise people along the. I have also been struggling to find any supportive sites or forums where I've been able to fit into. <BR> I am also not really aware of much in the way of weight loss res courses or groups in t... Sat, 20 Aug 2011 09:37:39 EST Team Kiwi General Chit Chat Here is a place for conversation on ... anything! Daily chit chat, keeping up with each other's weight loss goals, how the weather is down your way. Go for it! <BR> <BR> So ... that 14 week challenge looks interesting - who's going for it? Get into it! Fri, 19 Aug 2011 15:37:25 EST Go the 'All Blacks'. Yeah!!! Go the 'All Blacks' tomorrow. What are your thoughts. Fri, 19 Aug 2011 04:12:47 EST ~14 Weeks Til Summer Hits~ CHALLENGE Time to start getting ready for the nice warm weather! If you all post your SW (start weight) and your 14 week GW (goal weight) then we will have a weekly weighs in for accountability. <BR> Don't wait til summer to kick it into gear. Be ready for Summer! <BR> Mine is as follows <BR> <BR> SW 79.1kg <BR> GW 72kg <BR> <BR> If we get a few join in we might have some mini weekly challenges too <em>7</em> Thu, 18 Aug 2011 17:59:35 EST 84 days to loss 10% body weight (day 1) Hi all <BR> <BR> So here goes, day 1 of my plan. 12 weeks to loss 10.6kgs and then I'll set another weightloss goal. Little steps with BIG changes in mind. Would really like to find a buddy or buddies so we can share strategies etc. hope you'll join me Wed, 17 Aug 2011 20:06:05 EST Snow! Well, it's gone up as high as Auckland. How are you all enjoying this cold blast? <BR> <BR> In Christchurch I have snuck out to work even though roads are pretty bad. But they're not that bad as to prevent it, really. Not as bad as July's snow. Now it's just intermittent hail all day. Apparently a lot more snow coming though! Sun, 14 Aug 2011 21:22:38 EST Looking for kiwi food for your tracker? Tip for all kiwis - there is a Spark account that has been created specifically for loading and sharing NZ foods. You can search for foods by "NZFOOD" and get entries created by kiwis. Always check whenever you use shared food entries though - sometimes people may or may not have entered it correctly. <BR> <BR> The login details so you can add your own foods if they're not shown and make them available for other kiwi users are: <BR> <BR> User: NZFOOD <BR> Password: nzdteam <BR> <BR> Please... Sun, 14 Aug 2011 21:19:11 EST Adding nutrition information on kiwi foods Hello kiwis. I am not dieting yet but tracking my food. I'm always so excited to see kiwi foods that others have added. I know it can be inconvenient sometimes to add the full nutritional information to SP, and It occurred to me that it would be fun if people posted somewhere when they had added a food and all the nutritional information from the food label or whatever they used to get the calories, fat, fibre etc.. Then we would know THAT version was one that has all the right information, ... Sun, 14 Aug 2011 14:30:07 EST hello all Hi My name is Fiona and i am a 19 year old female who loves to cook, eat and occasionally go for a walk. i am hoping on this program i can combine the three of those things to make a better lifestyle for myself Tue, 9 Aug 2011 01:41:24 EST KIa Ora Koutou!! Hey there I'm Nicky & this is my 1st day. <BR> <BR> The leaf is turning and I want to get on the other side!!!! <BR> I'm a busy working Mum of 5. I am finally getting my A into G and am gonna do something positive and rewarding for myself. I am looking forward to reaching my goals even if at the moment they seem like they are unreachable. I want to be there for my babies and my darling for many years to come. I know that I can do it cos my whanau are worth it! Sun, 7 Aug 2011 20:31:29 EST I am back and I am staying! Have begun a different eating plan now (thanks to my sister who has inspired me!). <BR> <BR> Day two today, and all going really well. <BR> WIll weigh myself once a week, and measure myself once a month. <BR> <BR> Going to lower my carb intake, decrease my portion sizes and actually measure my food until I can tell how much something weighs, etc. <BR> <BR> So, here I go.... <BR> <em>213</em> Mon, 1 Aug 2011 15:05:07 EST tonka Hi. I am 59yrs, overweight but trying to eat healthier and be more active. I have been finding it a bit difficult to do it alone, and find it is not easy. With High blood pressure and High Cholesterol being monitored by drugs, I thought it was about time I took control. My daughter is getting married in March 2012, so that is my goal date for myself. I need all the help I can get, and someone to laugh with who is going through a similar scenario in life. Sun, 31 Jul 2011 22:55:53 EST First day! Hey all! First day here and I think I just figured my way around this site. Sat, 30 Jul 2011 21:07:00 EST Quick Homemade Low Salt Cottage Cheese I'd really like to make this recipe but am having trouble trying to work out the weight conversions. <BR> Can someone please help me? <BR> I guess I want to make about 1kg at a time. <BR> <BR><BR>tail.asp?recipe=385543 <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> Tasha <BR> <em>87</em> Sat, 30 Jul 2011 02:58:37 EST YAAY , TOO MUCH TEAM-NZ !! Kia Ora and Hello kiwis ! <BR> I didnt' realise just HOW MANY of us there were on here ! Lol <BR> <BR> I signed up two weeks ago , and in the two weeks passed have lost 2kg. I seriously believe it's because I stopped drinking fizzy (which is one of my Fastbreak goals) and started eating a bit better than before. So I think SOMETHING is working ?! Lol <BR> <BR> I've officially just sussed out my spark page , so add me as a friend , and lets get behind each other in this aye :) <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 21 Jul 2011 17:37:30 EST hello hello hi, im just brand new to this site. I think it looks quite good. Im forever trying to lose weight and looking for a bit of inspiration and motivation to help me along my journey. I think a big thing for me is knowing that it is going to be a journey and not an overnight miracle! <BR> Look forward to reading about you all and sharing ups and 'not quite ups' <BR> Wed, 20 Jul 2011 08:51:29 EST Hello Hi everyone, <BR> First of all, thanks for having me here. Really looking forward to my time on here with you all. <BR> I find losing weight hard just like the rest of us I'm sure. But when I have a weight loss buddy I seem to find it a much easier journey. <BR> <BR> I would love a weight loss buddy. I know it's the one thing that's going to keep me coming back and keep me accountable. So if you are after the same thing, please send me a PM. Mon, 18 Jul 2011 04:55:19 EST A kiwi in Sai Gon Vietnam Hi everyone <BR> <BR> I'm an expat living here and teaching at an international school. I'm really happy to have this link with you. Sometimes I miss home but other times I love the challenge of living here. I don't suppose there is another kiwi in Sai Gon at this site? <BR> <BR> Any questions about Vietnam.....I'll do my best to answer them. <BR> <BR> I am determined to change my life and get fit and healthier and drop the extra weight I have been carrying around. Sat, 16 Jul 2011 23:00:44 EST What is your favourite winter food? Years ago through 'Colour Me Beautiful' I learned about the colours & clothing shapes that suit me. This made clothes shopping (which I'm no fan of) much easier as I could ignore anything in a colour &/or shape that was not for me. Now as I plan what I'll eat I find my decision processes are similar to those I use when clothes shopping - when there are just so many delicious things to make, I can ignore the high calorie versions, which are not for me. <BR> <BR> Now that the cold weather is ... Sun, 10 Jul 2011 21:57:59 EST Looking for walking buddy Hey everyone Im new, Im looking for a walking buddy in Island Bay Wellington Tue, 5 Jul 2011 20:55:21 EST Looking for half marathon buddies Hi I'm running a half marathon as part of my healthy lifestyle - to take place 31st October 2011. I'm totally inexperienced and looking for any online buddies on here who want to share the adventure of walking/running to help lose weight, get fit, keep motivated. Thanks! Wed, 29 Jun 2011 20:43:28 EST Kiwi food and Brand names How do others cope with not finding kiwi brand foods in the 'search' function of the nutrition tracker? Yesterday I could not find boiled or steamed potatoes neither can I find 'Watties" foods. <BR> <BR> I am new to this site and am still finding my way around and trying to understand some of the 'americanisms' <BR> <BR> Lesley Thu, 23 Jun 2011 23:50:48 EST Is anyone from Dunedin area on here?? I was wondering if there is others from the Dunedin area in the team Kiwi forums, I need some serious motivation and would be great if I had someone I could get to know and maybe go walking with in my area. If not tha's ok too, will just have to do my best at getting motivation from all the other lovely people on here. <BR> <BR> Kath Thu, 23 Jun 2011 21:25:08 EST Kia ora koutou katoa Tena koutou ko Ngaio ahau. Just wanted to say Hi and I hope all is well. I'm in Tokomaru Bay, north of Gisborne and I want to wish you all the best with your SP goals and endeavours. <em>306</em> Wed, 22 Jun 2011 04:19:03 EST RadioNZ interview - Protein role in food intake One of the things I have found challenging using the nutrition tracker on SparkPeople is to ensure I reach minimum protein intake. I consider my meals quite healthy so it has puzzled me why I need the protein levels recommended. <BR> <BR> Today I listened to an interview on RadioNZ in which one point really caught my attention. The interviewee referred to "protein leverage theory". He said it has been found that people who tend to eat fats and carbohydrates rather than 'proteins', increase... Mon, 20 Jun 2011 01:58:53 EST Introducing me... Hi everyone. I'm from Mt Eden Auckland and this is my second time with spark people. First time I only used the app and found it hard to stay motivated so this time thought I'd go the whole hog and join in with all you lovely people! I'm in my early forties, married with three kids - Miss 6, Master 4 and his twin sister L'il Miss 4. My goal is to lose 7-8 kg by Christmas. Loom forward to hanging out with you all! Sat, 18 Jun 2011 19:39:43 EST hie from foggy Hamilton hello good people...i'm in Hamilton. Am keen to know all the cool people on here and make exercise buddies. This all seems much easier with a support network so please feel free to get in touch with me <em>334</em> Sun, 12 Jun 2011 04:15:34 EST Hey i'm new! Hi my names Shelley, <BR> I'm from Auckland, lived there all my life, i have a 16 year old son and i'm a teacher. <BR> I stumbled across this site and i'm hoping this will give me the motivation to lose weight!!! Sat, 11 Jun 2011 17:52:52 EST Heyah Hi everyone... my name is Sam, I'm 22 and I've been overweight for pretty much all of my life. I have finally had enough of being unfit and unhappy, so just under a month ago I started making small lifestyle changes, and have since lost 5kgs... but I recently fell off the wagon <em>198</em> <BR> and so I have signed up to Spark to gain inspiration and advice to help keep me on track Thu, 9 Jun 2011 20:26:26 EST Correct day on nutrition tracker? Heya, <BR> <BR> Just wondering how to get the correct day for me to show up on my nutrition tracker on the first click, instead of having to click through to the right day. Currently it's wed night here, but when I went to track food, it took me to yesterday (tuesday). <BR> <BR> I've changed the 'my time' on my account settings and that didn't help. Any ideas? Wed, 8 Jun 2011 05:33:36 EST What rewards do you find work for you in winter? The last couple of "Best Of Spark" emails I have received have focused on rewards. <BR> <BR> Over Queen's Birthday weekend (although it was very unseasonally hot here) I put away summer clothes and got out winter ones, amongst these some pairs of favourite trousers which for several years had not zipped up but had still not made the cut to the op shop bag. Having just reached the milestone of 10% body weight lost, I felt very rewarded when the zips did up comfortably on several pair. Anythin... Tue, 7 Jun 2011 03:08:03 EST World Cup Rugby. World Cup Rugby is nearly here and I can tell you that the All Blacks are ready to go. So go the AB's. <em>243</em> Mon, 6 Jun 2011 03:11:18 EST Just introduing myself. Thought I should say hi there ans just introducing myself to you all. Since I've been on here I've had heaps of messages. Just love this site. You will get to know more about me as time goes by. I'm a member of most of the Spark Teams. Sun, 5 Jun 2011 07:26:25 EST Greetings to you guys and girls already here! Hi folks, <BR> I am a Kiwi and live in Northland, New Zealand. <BR> <BR> I have 50kg excess to lose if I want to get really slim, but up to 30 would probably suit me better.I am older and the sagging and bagging may get me thrown out of town! I don't know how it is to be slim...have always been obese. <BR> <BR> My goal is to see how much I can lose in the normal everyday pace of life by controlling the much loved carbs. I believe they are my downfall and the key to my gaining kg, and als... Sat, 4 Jun 2011 20:55:10 EST Good Morning All Hi there, nice to finally find a site that has other kiwis on it, I've just discovered spark and hope it'll help me in my weight loss and live changing goals...its now or never for me and I'm sick of giving up and feeling disappointed in myself so this is why I've luck to everyone else that's on a mission like me! Fri, 3 Jun 2011 19:58:25 EST HI EVERYONE! =) Hi! <em>334</em> i'm Jess. just joined and glad to see SO many kiwis using this site! (feel less alone!!!! yay!) <BR> i live in Auckland and i am in my first year at Auckland University. <em>104</em> . <BR> <BR> Be strong! <em>213</em> You can do it!!!!!! and so can i =) Sat, 28 May 2011 00:35:42 EST future Kiwi Hello all! <BR> <BR> I am an American chick married to a Kiwi guy. We're currently living in Japan but will be moving to NZ at the end of the year. I'd love to adopt a healthier lifestyle; it's a year for change! <BR> <BR> I'd love to hear any tips you have for living healthy in NZ. <em>26</em> <em>56</em> Tue, 17 May 2011 11:25:58 EST Hey fellow Kiwis! :) Hi all :) <BR> <BR> How stoked am I to see a bunch of fellow Kiwi's here! This definitely makes a big difference for me. <BR> <BR> Basically my story is: I want to live. I'm currently 20 kilos overweight and wish to do something about it. Seriously do something about it. Not just start something...give it a week or two, then slowly lose motivation to where my efforts fizzle out completely. <BR> <BR> I guess the approach I've taken this time is a community-based one (albeit a web commu... Sun, 15 May 2011 01:25:37 EST Can't remember if I have introduced myself LOL! I'm Kelly. I'm 32, I'm a SAHM with 2 girls. Sophie(8) and Annabelle (15 months). <BR> <BR> I live in Wellington. Still haven't lost my baby weight. Closest I have been is 2kgs away. pre-pregnancy weight was 63kgs, though the is overweight for me, considering my height 5 ft 2 1/2 and my BMI. <BR> <BR> I started this weight loss journey a few weeks ago. At 68.9kgs. Currently 67.7kgs. Ideal weight 55kgs. Sun, 15 May 2011 00:57:27 EST JOURNEY Hello - I have been Overweight ALL My Life - Now its Time to Create a New Journey Fri, 13 May 2011 07:06:30 EST Hello everyone Just a quick note to say hi. I hope that i can succeed in losing weight and very happy to have found this website. Mon, 9 May 2011 20:52:00 EST HELLO!! Hi, my names cassandra, and have signed up to sparkpeople as a challenge to myself, to see if i can stick to it and not give up, my weight has slowly been creeping up, its time to give it the kick and am looking forward to the moment where i can stand in front of the mirror and be proud of me and my acheivement! so i cant wait to get started and i hope you all shall join and support me on my journey as i will to yours! :) <BR> thanks! Mon, 9 May 2011 03:09:02 EST HELLO!! Hi, my names cassandra, and have signed up to sparkpeople as a challenge to myself, to see if i can stick to it and not give up, my weight has slowly been creeping up, its time to give it the kick and am looking forward to the moment where i can stand in front of the mirror and be proud of me and my acheivement! so i cant wait to get started and i hope you all shall join and support me on my journey as i will to yours! :) <BR> thanks! Mon, 9 May 2011 01:07:58 EST Greatest challenge! What's your greatest challenge when getting dinner ready? <BR> <BR> What with work, school runs and after school activities how do you overcome this challenge? <BR> <BR> Love to get your feedback. <BR> <BR> Mikah Mon, 25 Apr 2011 01:11:53 EST Hello Hi there <BR> <BR> My name is Sam and I have just joined up here. I live in Christchurch and am a member of WW but wanted more motivation and support so thought I would join up here. My max weight was 125 I am down to 104 - it was less than that but since Feb I just haven't been losing weight and its slowly going back on ;x Scary! <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to being under 100 for the first time since I was 13...but I just haven't hit it yet. Sun, 24 Apr 2011 04:44:34 EST Dicovering fitness again Hi I'm Karen. Living in Seatoun Wellington New Zealand. Looking for exercise buddies to share in my journey toward fitness again. If you are keen to go walking, or to aqua/gym group fitness workouts, also if you are keen to share your goals,journey and successes then lets meet up! Sat, 23 Apr 2011 04:33:00 EST Lake Taupo cycle challenge Heya! <BR> Is anyone training or thinking of doing the Lake Taupo cycle in November? <BR> I'd really like a buddy to chat with even if I don't train with you... <BR> <BR> Here's the link for info: Tue, 19 Apr 2011 18:06:14 EST YAY for this site man! Hi, I have been overweight pretty much all my life, and been on plenty of diets over the years. This site for some reason has managed to motivate me so much! It's like a game or a challenge for me to get my calories within the right range, and now I've even started to track things like fibre and calcium. Really makes you think about what you eat. I stumbled on this site when I was trying to count calories myself while thinking - wouldn't it be great if there was a website that could calculate... Tue, 12 Apr 2011 03:24:30 EST Kiwi at Heart Hello! I actually live in Duck, NC, US but spend as much time as I can manage in NZ. My daughter lives in Invercargill and has lived in NZ for 5 years. <BR> I just had my 3rd hospital stay in 3 years for heart disease (so far one heart attack and 3 stents). After the first time I lost 50 lbs (22kg) but 20lbs has crept back (sneaky, sneaky weight)! I am determined to take it off forever. Mon, 11 Apr 2011 06:45:47 EST Greetings from The 'Naki Was put onto this site via a good friend in Israel and had this group suggested to me when I joined up so...hi! <BR> Am extremely keen to meet NZ (Hula) Hoopers, especially local ones :o) Sun, 10 Apr 2011 19:16:57 EST Newcomer Hi , Am doing SP for the first time, been going for a few weeks now and doing well.Anyone in Otago ??? Mon, 4 Apr 2011 19:57:37 EST Kiwi in the otherside of the world... Kia Ora....what a great site aye! I am a kiwi who has been living in Northern Europe for about 7 years, but home is home, so I wanted to connect with the other kiwis out there. <BR> <BR> It has been about 3 months since I started this latest weight-loss journey, and so far one of the biggest helps has been: actually liking myself - so not doing this because I hate what I see, but doing this because I want to be value myself. <BR> Also having an accountability partner - i have a... Sun, 3 Apr 2011 17:09:32 EST First day Hi, <BR> It's my first day today - I've got a heap of weight to lose and I'm hoping that with Spark and some determination I can do it this time! Sun, 3 Apr 2011 16:10:56 EST Hamilton Winter Series Bike Races - Saturdays 1pm <link><BR>fm?events.cfm?view=cal&day=05/03/2011 </link> <BR> <BR> The winter series of bike rides start in May. I did them last year, good fun, and you get to meet new people. <BR> <BR> You can either do 11km, 22km or 33km. Starting at the Kainui tennis courts, on Kainui Road, just north of Hamilton. <BR> <BR> It costs $4 for non-members, $2 for members. Sun, 3 Apr 2011 02:25:12 EST How to lose body fat not muscle I have just finished a nine week boot camp challange at our local gym. On weighing in I lost 8kgs which is great but trainer said I lost some muscle weight. Can anyone tell me what Im doing incorrectly.. Is it my diet or my training, but if training what aspect. Helpppppppp. Tue, 29 Mar 2011 15:32:20 EST Just starting Hi everyone, I've just joined Sparkpeople, with lots of goals to lose weight, hopefully with support of all the sparkpeople it might be a bit easier.. Good luck to everyone with their own goals.. :) Mon, 28 Mar 2011 16:59:31 EST Inspiration Hey everyone. Last year I gained a lot of weight, so this year I aim to lose it. So far I have lost around 6kg but I hit a bit of a wall, that's when I found sparkpeople. As we are all on the same page it would be awesome if I could get some support from people that have been successful as I don't normally tend to stick to weight loss programs. Hopefully I can this time and then be a mentor for someone else. Thanks guys. Bec <em>30</em> Mon, 28 Mar 2011 02:19:20 EST Fit for Life, Kiwi style I am a mum and Grandmother. I have a degenerative lung disease, and got swine flu last year as well, and I am on oxygen 24hours a day. However, I can still exercise. Swimming has kept me alive, now I am needing to lose just a little more weight to be eligible for a lung transplant, so I am using this site for motivation. I started at 155Kgs 5 years ago. I am now at around 90 Kgs. I need to be 81 - 86Kg, but I want to be 77, which would be half of where I started. I can do this!!!! Thu, 24 Mar 2011 03:14:27 EST Hello Hi Everyone, just signed up, decided to beat putting on too much weight after giving up smoking a month ago, alas the pounds are creeping on Sun, 20 Mar 2011 02:41:04 EST Hello all Hey there all, great to see so many of us serious about our lifestyle choices and taking responsibility for them. Kia kaha and I guarantee the results and benefits follow. Sat, 19 Mar 2011 18:41:21 EST gidday from thiskiwi. Hi all, I have been on this site about 3 days, still trying to negotiate my way everything. I live in Southland. I am 50+ and am feeling really good about a change in eating habits and exercise. I gave up smoking just over a year ago and now I don't know whats worse, not being able to breathe from the cigarette smoke or not being able to breathe due to all the excess weight I have gained since quitting. Tue, 8 Mar 2011 22:26:36 EST viruses and trojans A little off subject here have been attacke dby viruses and trojan the last three times I have logged in,they never got through as I have good security,has anyone else had a similar problem? <em>39</em> Tue, 8 Mar 2011 02:30:44 EST Hello! - I need to be accountable! Hi there, todays my first day on sparkpeople and I am looking forward to tracking my journey. i started going to the gym a few months ago and have lost 10kg so far but am hoping this site will make me accountable for everything I put in my mouth and keep track of my exercise. I am a mum of two under 5's, I work part time and it feels so weird to be doing something for myself! Wed, 23 Feb 2011 02:13:47 EST Earthquake Just saw the Christchurch earthquake on the news. My heart goes out to all of you, hope you and yours are safe. <BR> Sunny <BR> (Aussie not Kiwi) Tue, 22 Feb 2011 03:10:50 EST Christchurch sparkers I hope you and your families are all OK. Watching the news right now and am nearly in tears. Thinking of you all and please check in when you can. Mon, 21 Feb 2011 20:24:51 EST Some new challenges for me (feel free to join in) I am going to set myself new goals & challenges from today (Tuesday, 22nd February, 2011). <BR> <BR> I want to lose at least 5 kilos by Saturday, 26th March 2011. <BR> I want to lose at least 10 kilos by Saturday, 30th April 2011. <BR> <BR> I will weigh in once a week. <BR> I will measure myself once a month. <BR> <BR> I will use SP more often, especially tracking my food and water intake. <BR> <BR> I want to walk for 20minutes at least twice a week. <BR> I want to cycle for 15 minutes at... Mon, 21 Feb 2011 16:00:32 EST Which meal do you have the most calories in? I think for me it is dinnertime. Although because I am SO bad at not eating breakfast, maybe I need to allocate more for that time. <BR> <BR> Hmm! <BR> <BR> <em>45</em> Mon, 21 Feb 2011 15:51:46 EST looking for an Exercise/m tivational Buddy Hi I live in Tauranga, I'm in need of someone to do this with. I have a hectic family life and work full time. But somehow I need to find the energy and motivation to get up early and put in the time at the gym in the morning, some energy to take a walk in the evening ... so thanks to TEAMKIWI I have a virtual support system. <BR> But sometimes I would like more, not everyday, not in my face, but maybe a person to walk with occassionally, someone else that understands the struggle, someone t... Sun, 20 Feb 2011 03:32:33 EST Yay I'm new! Hello everyone! <BR> I have been trying to loose weight and generally feel way more awesome about myself for 10 weeks now and although I have lost weight I just need some extra motivation to keep me going because its all happening a bit slowly! <BR> <BR> Looking forward to this new adventure! <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 14 Feb 2011 20:19:52 EST How do you cope and exercise in the heat? Hi team Kiwi! <BR> <BR> The Herald tells us today that we're well on track for the hottest Feb in history, and up in Auckland I am really struggling. It doesn't help when you have a few extra kgs on your frame, but I am finding it hard to do normal household chores like folding laundry and cooking dinner, let alone exercise! <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any tips as to how they manage to exercise when it is so hot and humid? <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> <BR> Vicky Mon, 14 Feb 2011 14:19:06 EST Anyone else doing the 20 week challenge? I have signed up this week for the Catch Fitness 20 week challenge (see You can still enter up until 26 Feb I think. Looks like a good challenge, and you have to meet with a PT once a month to keep you one track. A treadmill, and diamonds up for grabs as prizes. Would be good to be in touch with others on the challenge to swap tips and ideas we are getting for our trainers. <BR> Apparently loads of entrants in Chch and Dunedin areas and since there are loads of you he... Fri, 11 Feb 2011 21:54:41 EST Starting again.... Hi all, I've just joined the site today. I'm 27 and live in New Zealand. I have let my weight creep up over the last few years but I haven't found a consistent way to lose it yet! <BR> <BR> I tend to yo yo on faddy diets which I can't keep up for long, and the same with exercise regimes. I would like to live an all round healthier lifestyle, with more activity. <BR> <BR> Wish me luck!!! Mon, 7 Feb 2011 19:56:26 EST Keeping motivated Hi, I'm Helen and I'm living in Marlborough, New Zealand. I joined spark people on January 3rd, and was really committed...for about a week. Now, I want to come back and give it my all. I need to lose about 10 kilos before the end of June. whoops, I recently read that you should never set a goal that a dead person could do better, so I will rephrase my original goal. By the end of june I will be lighter by 10 kilos and wearing the clothes I want to wear. I will have run my first ever half ma... Sat, 5 Feb 2011 22:34:44 EST where is the calorie counter Hi all I am new here. I have gained a lot of weight since i quit smoking. I joined this site today and cant seem to find the calorie counter Can anyone help?? <BR> Many thanks Thu, 3 Feb 2011 20:10:49 EST deleted event over *** Mon, 31 Jan 2011 18:22:20 EST Hi everyone! I'm new here... Sun, 30 Jan 2011 04:24:23 EST Hay im Wendy Hay there all I am looking for support & ideas on how to lose weight & get fit so that my husband & myself can start having Children I am a type 2 diabetic with polycystic overian syndrom and i am a smoker Fri, 28 Jan 2011 17:33:55 EST complete newbie.. .hopeful Hi, I'm Mel <BR> <BR> New to Spark, and never been on a forum before!! Came across this site by accident, just what I've been looking for. 40kg to lose, but for the first time in ages I am actually feeling hopeful. Thu, 27 Jan 2011 04:10:50 EST Where in NZ are you? Hi Everyone, <BR> I also found this great site while ramdomly surfing and I am thrilled with all the help there is offered. I am going to need it as I have a huge amount to lose. I have been trying to lose weight for 50 years and all I do is add more weight on. I am now nearly 70 and feel it is my last chance <BR> I am in Auckland. Good luck to us all and may we be a lot thinner by Christmas Tue, 25 Jan 2011 02:18:20 EST nelson hi everyone im from nelson and just joined Fri, 21 Jan 2011 14:09:24 EST hi all, After searching for the past couple of months, I have finally found this awesome sparks program that fits my budget as well all the things that i wanted to help me lose weight. All i need now is to have the SUPPORT and MOTIVATION from all you wonderful people out there who want to lose weight and be healthier just like me.. Currently have 3 kids and my youngest is 6months old. I dont have any support from partner at the moment. But i am determined to lose many kgs in the coming months. I can... Thu, 20 Jan 2011 17:13:39 EST Hey Im sarah from wellington new zealand. Hey, I found this site through a random youtube workout I done that referred me on to it. Well the instructor was one of the sparkpeople Neways so I have attempted the lemon detox as well as a couple of gym memberships and I think I am going to join another one lol but this time I want it to really work. I have just recently lost 10kgs doing this variety of attempts and thought it would be nice to join a community where you can share your success and your blunders and really l... Tue, 18 Jan 2011 19:17:42 EST The Spark paperback Hi everyone, just thought I'd save those considering getting The Spark paperback from shopping around - the best deal I could find is from The Book Despository <link><BR>1926465/The-Spark </link> - it has free shipping worldwide (and I've had heaps of friends get other books from the), and with the exchange rate still works out a handful of dollars cheaper than Amazon at the moment. :-) Tue, 18 Jan 2011 05:52:25 EST This Time it will happen . . . . . Hi, I have just joined and am not really sure what i am doing. Curiosity lured me in and in the three days since I joined I have wandered all over the web site half filling in bits here and there. I am determined to not spend another year obese but ,on the other hand, I am so sick of constantly thinking about food, exercise and "what's good for me". I just want to have enough energy to do my job and to be one of those terribly fit looking grandmas one sees on TV! I have spent too much time no... Mon, 17 Jan 2011 03:13:26 EST Round The Bays - Auckland 13/03/2011 It's less than two months now to Round the Bays. Registrations aren't open yet, but they will be soon (check the website). <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> For those unfamiliar with the event, this is a 8.4km run/walk along Auckland's waterfront - the roads are closed (it'll be interesting this year, since there is currently roadwork going on at the usual starting point). <BR> <BR> I walked with a friend last year, and it was great. :-) Sat, 15 Jan 2011 21:50:24 EST Hello I'm new here :) <BR> Im 23 and from tauranga. <BR> I am also new to tauranga and know no one here <BR> i'm not really sure what to put here Sat, 15 Jan 2011 05:52:08 EST Anyone here.....? Is there anyone here under the age of 28 from tauranga?? Sat, 15 Jan 2011 05:44:28 EST I'm returning, and already posted in wrong sectio Hi Everyone, <BR> I'm from just south of Temuka, hoping to get to know everyone and stay on track this time. Sat, 15 Jan 2011 03:16:24 EST Introducing Smiley Sam :) HI there just introducing myself as it seemed like a great idea. So I'm 30 years old (turning 31 in April) I used to be really active in my younger years and was in the NZ Army for just over 3 years. I have 3 children and am no longer with their father. I have always shed any weight gained after each child, however with my third child I shed all the weight & 10 kgs extra and when I started studying nursing (career change) my lifestyle changed and I've found it harder and harder to budge any w... Thu, 13 Jan 2011 02:53:57 EST Stuck in a rut Hi <BR> I'm Emily, I'm 30, I am an Australian but have lived in Christchurch for the past 7 years. This time last year I weighed 82Kg, and at only 160cm (5ft3) that gave me a BMI of 32 - which made me obese. So I finally decided to do something about it (again!). I started the year with Tony Ferguson, but that only last about 4 months. Then I did nothing for awhile. Then mid-year when my trousers stopped fitting again I decided to do it properly and just starting watching what I ate and count... Mon, 10 Jan 2011 19:11:28 EST In Team Kiwi I would like to see... This is your place for offering suggestions, criticisms, or anything you want that you think would make Team Kiwi more fun or more supportive! <BR> <BR> It's your team, what do YOU want to see here? Mon, 10 Jan 2011 01:11:35 EST More than a new year's resolution Hi everyone... <BR> <BR> found a link to this website on a friend's Facebook profile and thought I'd give it a try. I'm not extremely overweight, but have always had a few po eiunds too many though I've been playing soccer and I'm not a big eater either. So I figure I'm doing something wrong. Asthma, thyroid gland problems and my latest diet change (for medical reasons) to dairy-free and gluten-free don't necessarily make things easier. <BR> <BR> Anyway... hoping this will work, it definite... Wed, 5 Jan 2011 19:31:43 EST Hi my name is Michelle :0) Hello to everyone out there. I am 33yrs old and have two beautiful boys who I love to bits, I have a very supportive partner who I have been with now for 12yrs. I am wanting to get rid of all this unwanted weight so I can get married and not look like a marshmellow walking down the isle. Good luck to everyone out there in the same boat :0) Wed, 5 Jan 2011 18:01:24 EST Hello, I'm a new here :-) Hi all, <BR> <BR> I've just joined and hope to have an easy time losing some weight, I'm sure we can all help each other :-) Tue, 4 Jan 2011 20:34:46 EST hi my name is keith hi to all my name is keith in the last 3years i have put on a lot of weight i have gone from 100kgs to 125kgs i hate looking at my self it is my goal this year to get back to at least 100kgs i don't drink alot an don't socilise alot due to my work i am a forlift driver for a major freight co. with that i work nights 12 to 14 hours a day up to 70 hours per week i need some help please oh i am comming up 44years of age Tue, 4 Jan 2011 19:29:54 EST howdy Hi all, my name is Katie and I have always been fat, since childhood. In 2009, decided I'd had enough and lost 20kgs on Weight Watchers in 10 months. Since then, been very, VERY slowly losing about another 5kgs in the last year. <BR> I still have another 10-15kgs to lose and I want to lose it by mid year. I am putting exercise in my routine and hoping to stick to it, as I'm really lazy. <BR> Guess don't want to end up like my mum or my aunties with diabetes and who can barely walk due to ba... Mon, 3 Jan 2011 15:58:16 EST 2011 Resolutions Okay, so who's making them? <BR> <BR> I'm not committing to an entire year of a single goal all at once. But I am saying "10 minutes exercise every day in January". Also, I want January to be cookie-free! <BR> <BR> Who else has got what planned for healthy habits this year? Sun, 2 Jan 2011 17:27:32 EST New Kid Hiya, I'm Amy. <BR> <BR> Last time I weighed myself I was 165kgs, no prizes for guessing what my new years resolution is . <BR> <BR> Encouragement and support welcome! <BR> Sun, 2 Jan 2011 16:49:06 EST CH - Surf n Turf 3k/5k run The Surf n Turf events are a series of aquathon events which are introducing a run-only event this year. If you're interested in more than running check out the link for other multisport options at the same event! <BR> <BR> The events are Wednesdays from the 19th of Jan, for six events. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ails/run/ </link> <BR> <BR> A 3k is a great way to get introduced to running events with a very manageable distance! Sun, 2 Jan 2011 00:22:22 EST CH - Shoe Clinic Asics 5k series Jan-Feb Did you make a new year's resolution to enter a 5k race? The Shoe Clinic sponsors a great 5k series in Hagley Park on Tuesday evenings in summer. <BR> <BR> Tuesday 11 Jan to Tuesday 8th Feb, 6.15pm for fun run/walk option. <BR> <BR> Entry is only $5, which you can pay on the day (be 15 mins early). <BR> <BR> You can walk, run, or combine them. The course is easy to follow and there are hundreds of people there having a go! There are vouchers for every entrant on finishing, spot prizes, a... Sun, 2 Jan 2011 00:17:58 EST hi im sarah! Well here i am,im sarah im a 27 year old mother of 3,have been married for a year and have let myself go! I have struggled with weight all of my life, but it was mostly by being underweight! My 2nd pregnancy i piled on the kgs and before i knew it,here i am,buying size 18 clothing! I hate the way i feel! <BR> <BR> I had a health scare a few months ago,my blood pressure was so high i lost my eyesight temporarily and the doctors thought i was going to have a stroke or heart attack..pretty scar... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 17:44:22 EST just do it i want to lose my tammy . Sat, 1 Jan 2011 02:30:26 EST 2011 - January challenge This monthly challenge is to try to keep us focused on our goals. January might be a bit scant - with people all over the place and on holiday and so on. But if you're around, with internet access, why not join up this challenge and start posting!? <BR> <BR> The Challenge: <BR> <BR> Daily: Post in Team Kiwi! Any thread. Maybe offer support to someone in a challenge. Maybe post a new thread on how you're feeling today. Maybe offer up a new recipe you've found. <BR> <BR> Weekly: Post your t... Fri, 31 Dec 2010 14:53:25 EST 2011 Streak - 10m/day exercise! This is a challenge for the team to see how long we can keep this streak going! The challenge is to get 10 minutes of exercise every single day. Post in the thread your 10 minutes of exercise every day, and if you fail to get it, let us know so we can count your streak out. <BR> <BR> Let's see how long Team Kiwi can keep a 10 minute streak! <BR> <BR> To encourage exercise as a habit, only exercise for exercise sake counts. If you take 15 minutes to walk to work, that doesn't count - you are... Fri, 31 Dec 2010 14:49:16 EST Happy 2011, everyone! Happy New Year!! <BR> <BR> We have had an interesting year! Certainly the last part of it was disturbing and terribly upsetting for many, with the earthquake near Christchurch and the Pike River Mine Tragedy only weeks apart. And both of these are ongoing as the mine rescue team continually battle the mine's toxic environment to try to make it safe to go in and see if they can recover the bodies, and Christchurch and districts continue to be rocked by aftershocks. <BR> <BR> However, it is a... Fri, 31 Dec 2010 14:44:39 EST Jenmargb Hi I'm Jenny. I live in Christchurch, New Zealand. I have joined this site because I need to lose weight for my health and there is so much information and support I can tap into. I have never chatted on line before so this is a first for me. I have yet to work out how to post a photo. Thanks for the welcome emails and posts I have already received. Merry Christmas. Jenny Fri, 24 Dec 2010 03:42:02 EST MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL FELLOW TEAM KIWI SPARKERS!! Hi Team Kiwi! <BR> <BR> MERRY CHRISTMAS to you all! Enjoy the festive season! <BR> <BR> See you all next year for more fun challenges and goal meeting! <BR> <BR> <em>446</em> <em>447</em> <em>460</em> Fri, 24 Dec 2010 02:25:12 EST 40 somethings i am from New Zealand. I am currently upping my B vitamin intake. These have really worked in cutting down snacks. I am also taking iodine drops; these help with my thyroid condition. I chose these natural remedies rather than visit the doctor and take medication that could have bad side affects. Your local health shop is a great place to go to get tips on healthy diet, skin hair. I also take Kangen Water. Check this out on You Tube. It is great. Wed, 22 Dec 2010 01:22:54 EST Hi, I'm Alisha Hi, I'm Alisha. I'm 28 and i currently weight 162 kilos. I am aiming to get to 100 kilos, which is over my recommended weight but thats a comfortable weight for me. I know I won't do it over night but will take a long time which is fine with me. I didn't get overweight over night, so I don't expect to lose it that way. Would be great though. <BR> <BR> I am the manager of a charity shop and at the moment I'm my only employee. I love my job, there is no stress, it gets done, when it gets don... Sun, 19 Dec 2010 19:16:49 EST Looking for motivation Hi just found this website by accident, lucky me. I'm in ChCh and would love to be able to meet some like-minded friends to help motivate me to end my 20 years of unsuccessful diets! Sun, 19 Dec 2010 05:44:03 EST staying consistent help! im finding it hard 2 stay consistent with my eating.i generally eat healthy but will overeat on even healthy meals ending up blowing my calorie intake. any advice? Thu, 16 Dec 2010 01:02:24 EST hi all! I'm not really sure what to say, but hi, and I wish everyone luck in the challenge! I've never actually actively tried to lose weight before, so it'll be a challenge for me to stay on track :) Tue, 14 Dec 2010 10:00:05 EST HELLO CAN SOMEONE PLEASE HELP ME...I CAN NOT SEEM TO GET MY WEIGHT AND GOAL UP AND RUNNING ON MY PAGE Mon, 13 Dec 2010 01:28:05 EST 21 & in dying need of a healthier lifestyle Hey eveyone, My name is Waimarama Taumaunu, 21 years of age & currently residing in Hastings, New Zealand. Today I looked in the mirror & realized I really have a big weight issue & have gone long enough without addressing the problem, & now it has to STOP! So I went on google & looked up weight loss tips which then led me to this awesome site, Sparkpeople. After signing up & reading through everything it has to offer I am hoping with a lot of goal setting, hard work, motivation & determinati... Sun, 12 Dec 2010 23:11:52 EST hey everyone hi im new and slowley finding my way around im 32 and have a bit of weight to get of i am wanting to change the way i approach this instead of starving myself and then failing miserably x Sun, 12 Dec 2010 17:37:03 EST