SparkPeople African American Newbies Team Messageboard This group is for African American women from around the world who need support in the "Weight Loss Journey". Get support and make friends while on your journey to a NEW YOU !! SparkPeople African American Newbies Team Messageboard New Beginnings Today I decided to begin an eat right and get fit journey. I've tried dieting before and got stuck in the yo-yo effect. My goal is to stick with an exercise plan and to reduce the amount of sugary foods I eat and replace them with more healthy choices. Instead of obsessing about losing weight, I've decided to focus on increasing my fitness age. If your in the same boat as me and you are looking for a Sparkpeople buddy to share the joys and ups and downs that the challenge brings, I would ... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 22:34:44 EST Determined I'm not new to SparkPeople, but never fully utilized this wonderful resource toward achieving my health and fitness goals on this site. I was thrown off guard this morning during a "weigh in" for a Biggest Loser Challenge at work. Looking at the scales to see that I am up to 172 lbs!! I haven't owned scales at home several years. Of course I knew that I've gained weight over the years, but never in a hundred years would I place myself at 170+ pounds. Being a single mom and working profession... Fri, 10 Jul 2015 17:34:58 EST Hello Everyone Just saying hello! Getting on the bandwagon for weight loss! Mon, 20 Jan 2014 19:13:11 EST Does anyone lift? Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> Im new to the newbies group. Do any of you lift weights here? I almost never see African American women who do so was just wondering. Im doing the New Rules of Lifting for Women Program, just started on Friday. Sun, 5 Jan 2014 20:25:01 EST Taking back control Hello dimepeice back after the holidays. After a bad 2013 I vow to make this year a better year for myself. So I am taking this day for my last rest day from the holidays. as of tomorrow I will be back in full force. So until tomorrow good luck everyone. Sun, 5 Jan 2014 17:38:58 EST Hello Everyone I'm from Virginia, in the process of continuing my Weight Loss Journey. I'm hoping to meet new people to converse with about clean eating, fitness, natural hair, and just general everyday topics. I Love groups like this where we all can Unite in Sisterhood and build friendships. Sun, 15 Dec 2013 20:08:39 EST Getting back to me. Hello My name is dimepeice I am new to this team I just want to say hello to everyone. I haven't been on spark people in very long time so I am trying to set new goals and stick to them. <em>249<... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 20:54:04 EST What am I doing? Hello everyone! I'm welpatt2. I Love this place. The help and support here is amazing. I am just learning how to find my way around the site. I hope to be reading and posting very soon. So far I've lost 2# and I'm happy about that. Before I would have been upset, but learning to eat healthy is rewarding because I know it will last a lifetime. What am I doing? I'm getting involved and changing my life! Sun, 8 Sep 2013 09:32:18 EST I'M A NEWBIE Hello my name is Shy, I'm a wife, mother of 2 and I work and full time job. I have been trying for over a year to lose weight and have not been successful. I am truly in need of a great support system to stay focus and I hope to find that here on SparkPeople. Thu, 25 Jul 2013 12:47:25 EST New to the team Hi everyone, I'm new to the group and looking forward to sharing information about our goals, challenges and successes. Sun, 13 Jan 2013 09:55:46 EST Hello to all!!! Just joined this team. looking forward to hearing about the different journies Wed, 26 Dec 2012 23:54:19 EST TGIF!!! Got big plans this weekend? Hi everyone!! <BR> How did you do this week? <BR> Highs: <BR> Lows: <BR> Pat yourself on the back moments: <BR> <BR> What are your plans this weekend??! <BR> <BR> Fri, 7 Sep 2012 05:47:12 EST Sistas, How is your hair? You know how we are about our hair, ladies. I'm so glad this group is here so we can chat about things like this. Lol. 'm walking everyday for exercise first thing in the mornings and am LOVING it. It gives me so much energy for the day!! I call it my "Sunrise Mile". <em>464</em> It's sooo hot outside here in Texas, even that early in the morning and my hair sweats. I also chose dance as a form of exercise and my hair goes all over the place. And of course, more sweating. I end up looking... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 14:55:45 EST Processed Foods Has anyone been able to completely eliminate processed foods? I am planning to embrace the "clean eating" mentality. It is not as though I eat a lot of processed foods anyway, but I discovered that I will be excellent at limiting them but fail miserably if I attempt to eliminate them completely. Knowing that I sometimes want crackers with my soup, instead of an unfulfilling substitute, I think this approach is less self-defeating. Any thoughts <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Sat, 4 Aug 2012 15:59:49 EST Hello all! ----Just wanted to introduce myself. I am all about making mind/body connections on my road to the best weight for me. Let me thank everyone on this blog in advance for your support. I welcome all words of advice and encouragement, and I hope to provide insight and blessings to you all as well. Thu, 2 Aug 2012 15:25:18 EST New and loving Sparkpeople! Hi, I'm new to Sparkpeople and looking to make lifestyle changes. My husband and I both have some health issues that we need to handle ASAP! We began clearing our pantry and joined a gym. We have been going together and it feels great to have a partner. I am married with 3 children and I teach. I love to read books. I'm looking for some Sparkbuddies! Wed, 18 Jul 2012 13:52:02 EST Have you had your yearly physical this year? Yes Wed, 18 Jul 2012 08:18:20 EST Peace Newbies for a new newbie Hey I am glad to see some like minded people here. I wish everyone the best on their lifestyle adjustments. Please contact me. I'm looking for some weightloss buddies. :) I live on Long Island in Ny. <BR> Blessings <BR> Keturah Mon, 9 Jul 2012 11:40:20 EST Starting Again and Need Support I thought I was on on the right track, but apparently I tripped and stumbled off the track. I am back on my game, but I need someone to support and push me. I don't think I can keep this up without having someone to answer to. I know I am doing this for myself, but I can easily (and do) justify my bad actions to myself. <BR> <BR> Does anyone live or work in the Towson or Park Heights area? Maybe we can hook up for lunch to walk or during the weekend. I am also a member of LA Fitness. <... Fri, 8 Jun 2012 13:08:36 EST BEEN AROUND THIS AVE A MILLION TIMES.... Hello. Greeting to all my name is Joy..... my nick name bib breasted girl is not what has pushed me to get into shape or Funny shaped Joy Either.... or the popular Joy you so fat you are disgusting and sloppy with a flat butt nope not that either hat has pushed me to try again is that if i have faith to keep at it one day it will sink in and it will not be in vain!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you see you only are a weakling if you give up and no matter ho my peers family or husband give up on me I do not... Wed, 15 Feb 2012 14:51:33 EST BEEN AROUND THIS AVE A MILLION TIMES.... Hello. Greeting to all my name is Joy..... my nick name bib breasted girl is not what has pushed me to get into shape or Funny shaped Joy Either.... or the popular Joy you so fat you are disgusting and sloppy with a flat butt nope not that either hat has pushed me to try again is that if i have faith to keep at it one day it will sink in and it will not be in vain!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you see you only are a weakling if you give up and no matter ho my peers family or husband give up on me I do not... Wed, 15 Feb 2012 14:51:32 EST Natural Hair I understand that "going natural" is the best thing that ever happened to working out. Does anyone have any helpful hints on how to care for natural hair after sweating through a workout? Sun, 12 Feb 2012 07:23:33 EST So who is twittering?? My twitter name is @EllieTV follow me and @ me so I can follow back. Another way to light the spark in ourselves daily! <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> <em>220</em> <em>223</em> <em>252</em> <em>220</em> <em>223</em> <em>252</em> <em>220</em> <em>223</em> <em>252</em> <em>220</em> <em>223</em> Wed, 8 Feb 2012 14:42:29 EST Hello Again!! Hello All, <BR> <BR> Well I never officially interacted with the group previously but that will change this time around. My name is Tenshar and have decided to focus on me, my happiness, my healthy and enjoying the beauty of life. Just really learning to be appreciative for who I am and being thankful in general. Be patient with me, I absolutely do not know who to navigate my way through SparkPeople but I'll eventually learn. <em>334</em> I'm excited to embrace the strong, inspiring wom... Thu, 5 Jan 2012 18:14:15 EST starting over again Hello everyone. Well I'm going to give this another try. Need to lose 30 lbs. Been on a yoyo of trying to lose weight the last few years. Have lost and gained the same 15 lbs for over 2 years. Will be 55 in a couple of weeks. Somewhat disgusted with myself for letting myself go. Tue, 13 Dec 2011 12:03:03 EST What do you do to motivate yourself? I borrowing this question from today's Healthy Reflection and the question is..."What do you do to motivate yourself?" "What's pushing you?" <BR> Sat, 10 Dec 2011 13:07:02 EST newbie I'm 44 years young, blessed with 3 kids, 2 grand kids and engaged. My goal 160 pounds. Being a natural sistah as of 6/11, I have no EXCUSES when it comes to working out and my hair!!! ha ha so now is the time to get it in!! Lets get to it ladies!! Wed, 7 Dec 2011 19:39:57 EST Newbie Alert Hello! I am new to SparkPeople. I would like to lose weight and continue to live a healthy lifestyle. I am 42 and have 2 grown daughters and 1 grandson. I am getting married in April 2012, so my goal is to lose 10 lbs by April 1. I am confident that I can DO IT, but am happy that I will have the support and encouragement form everyone on this forum. Sun, 27 Nov 2011 14:03:01 EST OSweety I have been avoiding getting Spark, because I wasn't really sure if I had the time to look through everything or keep up. But now that my health has changed and I must take better care of myself, today I feel more determined. Not sure how I fit in or how to fit into smaller sizes, but I am going to give it a try. I tried on my own this year and managed to lose some weight but I am slowly putting it back on again. Not good. Especially that I have gallstones. <BR> I also realize it is self... Thu, 3 Nov 2011 08:02:41 EST Summer is over! Now what??? Summer is over! Ugh! School is back is session and our lives are have become more hectic. What are you going to do to release the stress of it all? I plan to look for some recipes. I tend to get busy and eat junk. My goal is to plan to make better food choices since it has cooled off outside and I can now heat up the oven. (I'm in Milwaukee. It gets cold here)... Tue, 20 Sep 2011 22:09:36 EST Stuck Weight Ladies Uhg, I'm so sick of being stuck in the 140s.... I don't understand, its very depressing. I workout five times a week for an hour and burn 400-500cal a day and eat about 1200cal a day... The scale is your worst enemy it's very discouraging. Sometimes i just want to give up since i can't get past the 140s. I also switch my workout routine up so my body won't get use to it but somehow it is. I'm soooo sad :( Tue, 23 Aug 2011 10:52:07 EST Newbie! Hey ladies...I must say im happy to see so many women like myself on here trying to stay healthy. Im 23 years old and i would like to lose 20 pounds...ive never had any problems with weight in the past, but in the past year and a half my body started to change and i slowly put on WEIGHT. i just decided to take this commitment seriously and im workin hard yall! gonna be adding yall as friends and stuff so i'll see ya around... <BR> <BR> nowhere to go but <em>49</em> !!!!!!!! Mon, 22 Aug 2011 01:22:57 EST New To This Hey Whats good im new to this whole thing, i think i need some guidence! Mon, 15 Aug 2011 18:41:45 EST Hello from Las Vegas, Nv Recently I've decided to take steps for living a healthier life. I did The Big Chop two days ago in order to grow my hair out naturally (I'm still adjusting to it) and I discovered this site yesterday to help me reach my fitness goals. I am really looking forward to getting advice and encouragement from you ladies as well as advising and encouraging others where I can. I don't have any buddies yet so ADD ME and let's get healthier together! Wed, 10 Aug 2011 14:05:45 EST Zumba I hear thats a great way to lose and also fun. Wed, 10 Aug 2011 12:13:29 EST Swim Do you Swim Wed, 10 Aug 2011 12:11:40 EST Hello I stumbled upon SparkPeople while searching for 1200 calorie diet menu planner. I checked it out and here I am expecting great things with wonderful people. Feeling very motivated already. Wed, 10 Aug 2011 10:41:07 EST Hello! Hey! Just checkin in. I'm hopin I can really get some use from this site :-) Tue, 9 Aug 2011 18:04:04 EST Hello Hi, I'm new to the site. I hope this site helps me to reach my goals. <BR> I have a short term goal to lose 30lbs by Nov 4th for a cruise. I have a long term goal to lose 115lbs, for a life time. Mon, 8 Aug 2011 16:51:55 EST Working out at a gym versus at home I used to work out solely at home, but I just got a gym membership. I need to workout outside of the house, because I find to many other things to do instead of working out. I am looking forward to going! It will give me some me time out of the house as I am sahm, and I will look forward to working out and getting healthy and being able to take classes at the gym as well. I do not know how many days a week I should start out with to not get burned out. I was thinking maybe 2 times a week for ... Sun, 7 Aug 2011 16:49:40 EST Hey! New girl here.. Just wanted to say hello and that I'm excited to be a part of this team. Sat, 6 Aug 2011 22:14:50 EST I pray I am finally ready Hi, my name is Christie and I am a mother of 2 daughters, wife and teacher by profession. I am a 11 year breast cancer survivor and I have had the struggle of my life trying to lose 30 pounds this summer. Since I only lost 8 pounds in 3 months, I became discouraged and now my goal is 20 pounds. I am so upset because I just cannot seem to lose weight. I have cut calories and portion sizes, I have exercised, taken care of myself and nothing is seemingly working. I going to give it another try a... Fri, 5 Aug 2011 20:38:36 EST New to the team Hello there! I am starting this journey today toward a more healthy me. I joined SP in 2007, but admittedly did very little to achieve my goals. It hit me how much I needed to change when I logged in and saw that my weight in 2007 and my goal were the same today as they were back then! No more excuses! No more delay in getting to my goal. I am looking for a supportive network outside of those in my daily life who understand just how important it is to me to get it done NOW! <em>104</... Thu, 4 Aug 2011 12:42:36 EST Hey Everyone! Any Southern California supporter out there. I don't have family support so I hope this is the last stop for support. Hope to hear from you soon <em>41</em> . Thanking you in advance. Thu, 4 Aug 2011 00:00:39 EST Newbie Hi all! <BR> <BR> I am not new to Sparkle, however I am back after a long hiatus. This is the first Spark Team page I've been apart of, so I am very excited about joining. Hopefully my journey can help motivate others and vice versa. I am looking to lose 140 pounds. I dont have unrealistic goals of how this will be done. I know it's going to take commitment, consistency and patience, but it must be accomplished. Wish me luck! Mon, 1 Aug 2011 21:45:46 EST Happy To Be Here!!!! Hi, everyone. I am new to the team. I am enjoying all of my new Sparklers on this site. <BR> I think I am going to love the motivation and support from my African American Newbies. <BR> I will need all the support that I can get while on this weight loss journey..Wish me luck! <em>41</em> Wed, 27 Jul 2011 19:26:35 EST Recovery Blogs Hi again! Just a heads up for anyone who is interested in working directly and more in-depth with intuitive eating practice (rather than dieting/calorie counting): <BR> <BR> Based on my own decades of recovery from eating disorders, as well as my professional and personal counseling experience, I've created a series of blogs designed to help aid in the goal of making peace with food. <BR> <BR> It is very much aligned with the approaches of Susie Orbach, Karen R. Koenig, Jane Hirschmann, Ca... Wed, 27 Jul 2011 00:47:11 EST Question Does anyone on this team plan out their out meals and eat 5-6 small meals a day? Mon, 25 Jul 2011 11:29:34 EST Hello New to the Team! I am excited about being on this team! I will be with women who share some of the same struggles with exercising and eat right. I am 39 years old, I am married with 2 children a 15 year old and 2 year old. I am stay at home mom and a student. I need to loose 40 pounds to get out of the danger zones of diabetes, heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure, etc., that run in my family. Needless to say I have not been doing well, but I am determined to find some realistic goals to stick to. The o... Sun, 24 Jul 2011 12:27:42 EST being liberating Ladies, I've come to a decision. I want to be a new me! With my new mind set, I've decided to cut my hair and go natural. New me and new attitude. I failed to mention that my hair is probably down past my shoulders. Thu, 21 Jul 2011 22:21:03 EST Hello to everyone Hello, I am OhioMissMia, i'm new to the site, and hope that i will find all the support i need and give all the support i can. Also need a buddy to work with if someone is available i would appreciate that. I have a hectic schedule, and will have to find time to really spend on the site but i will be checking in on a regular basis. <BR> <BR> Nice to meet you all, and look forward to chatting with you and supporting each other. Thank you Wed, 20 Jul 2011 14:39:28 EST Hello to all Hey Everyone, <BR> I am 23 and looking for a healthy lifestyle change. My goals are to feel better about myself and to do a run/walk for charity. I need all the help I can get to stay motivated and get into the best shape of my life. Wed, 20 Jul 2011 08:57:39 EST Hoping This Will Help Me I think I have tried a million ways to lose weight. My Type 2 Diabetes is fairly controlled, but too many meds. My goal is to be a normal-sized person and a person who does not have to take meds. I'm hoping the support and accountability will keep me on track. Tue, 19 Jul 2011 19:35:55 EST new kid on the block Hello everyone. My name is shaunte and I am new to spark people. I have been on a intermittent weightloss journey for several years. What have always been my down fall is my own insecurities, excuses and not being consistent. I start out strong for several weeks, and then I just stop. Initially I have good intentions, but then the self sabotage starts and the cycle will be begin all over again. What gets me through is seeing all the success stories and encouragement from people who have... Sun, 17 Jul 2011 08:14:51 EST GETTING MY GROOVE BACK <em>212</em> Hey everyone I'm new to this site and looking to change my life...i am 36 years of age, not married, no kids <em>39</em> and have been an emotional eater because of it....i am gonna be 37 in 4 months and want to look great on my bday....i am looking for a strong support group and happy to have found this site....i have a goal of losing 30+ pounds and need all the help i can get...i am open to any information given... <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> AMA ZING <BR> <BR> Sun, 17 Jul 2011 03:30:15 EST New kid on the block Hello I discovered this site last night and thought that it may help me lose weight. Usually I don't stick to anything but I'm determined to lose this weight!! Any helpful tips will be greatly appreciated.Thanks Sat, 16 Jul 2011 09:42:38 EST Mrs. unique hi im unique i nedd motivational help in putting this weight to sleep forver Sat, 16 Jul 2011 08:42:14 EST excited new guy just saying whats up to everybody. just signed up but i will be posting regular updates and replying to topics, so u guys will see me around. glad to be here.i stumbled on this site as a lucky mistake lol Wed, 13 Jul 2011 00:33:05 EST Greetings from Chicago! New to this forum in my middle age quest to lose weight. I never thought the young, wiry college student who couldn't gain a pound would be facing obesity in middle age! Anyone else facing this circumstance? If so, what are you doing to counter weight gain? Mon, 11 Jul 2011 10:04:08 EST Work out in the AM I always plan to work out in the evenings after work, but sometimes I'm really tired to have errands to run. I have a gym membership and a workout buddy, but if she can't make it sometimes I stay home too. Someone suggested a morning workout even if it is 10 minutes. So starting tomorrow I'm going to give it a try. Wish me luck! Sun, 10 Jul 2011 12:18:28 EST Hello from Maryland I am a just joined sparkpeople on Friday and this group today. I am 44, a wife, a mother, and a grandmother. I need to loose 30 pounds and lower myh blood pressure. I'm happy to be a part of a group of strong women. <em>224</em> Sun, 10 Jul 2011 12:10:54 EST Hello Hello Hello! Hey ladies! I'm newbie, SistaBIGbonez. I am sooooo glad that I found this group. I've heard of Spark People before but just recently decided to go ahead and join. I have restarted my weight loss journey and I am ready to get it in!! Wishing you all the best ladies!! Fri, 8 Jul 2011 17:11:46 EST Hello Everyone! I am elated to have found this site. It suits all of my needs to inspire me to be successful in my weight loss and fitness journey. I have already seen so much positivity and beauty in people here. I am very happy to be part of a team with everyone. Fri, 8 Jul 2011 01:25:16 EST Hi newbie here! Hello everyone, I just joined this website today and I love it already. I'm currently on WW to teach me how to eat the right porportions for the 3rd week now. I was 224 coming in and I'm down to 216 as of my last weight in which was last Saturday. I'm eager and determined to live a healthy lifestyle. I'm happy for support groups like this one makes me feel like I'm not alone in this! This will be a journey but I'm ready, thank you and God bless! :-) Fri, 8 Jul 2011 00:38:11 EST Hello. New and need help I am 42 years old with 3 children ages 12, 7, and 22 months.I would like to lose about 45 pounds. I have done a lot of fad diets to lose weight and now I want to do it right. I am finding it very difficult, however, to follow the nutrition plan on SP. First, I don't like to eat a lot of the suggestions. Second, I don't have the time to do all the shopping and cooking that goes along with this diet. I need something quick, healthy, effective and yet reasonable. Has anyone done anything outsid... Thu, 7 Jul 2011 18:39:07 EST Working out with Relaxed hair? Help ! Hello Ladies, I would like to know how do you work out daily while maintaining your short relaxed hair or just relaxed hair in general? I love walking however, I sweat so much that it ruins my hairstlyle. please someone help? Thanks in advance. <BR> <em>29</em> Wed, 6 Jul 2011 01:02:14 EST New to Sparks I need help. As a working wife and mom of 6 kids (2 out of the home) I am struggling to lose weight and eat healthy. I lost weight before and have now gained it plus more back. I am exicited about being a part of a group that is made up of people who are working toward the same individual goal. Sat, 2 Jul 2011 16:16:55 EST Hello! Hello everyone, my name is Toya. I'm am very happy to have found this website and hope it will help me towards my goal of losing 30 pounds. I welcome any advice and hope we all can work together to achieve our goals. Sat, 2 Jul 2011 11:48:31 EST twinsister50 I need support in losing weight, My goal is to lose about 25 pounds. I'm married with 5 children and 2 greandchildren. My daughter Amber is special needs, she is 22 years old. She has serve Cerebral Palsy, MRDD, hearing impaired and seizures, I get nursing help with her, but I do her care in the evenings, it is very physical and emotional draining on me. I need to get healthy for me I am also a heart patient. Please give me the movitivation to help myself Fri, 1 Jul 2011 06:48:03 EST Hello to All Hello Everyone, I am Dana and have been with Spark People for a couple of months now. I offically started using the site correctly April 25 of this year and so far i have lost 11lbs! YAY!! I feel like it should be more but thats fine, its better than what I have been losing. I love to bake so trying to stay fit and taste out my recipes aren't always that easy to do. Plus I just need to get back fit and in shape for my self and identicals twins. Well that is just a little introduction to who i... Wed, 29 Jun 2011 10:36:22 EST As of June 13, 2011 I've lost 21.5 pounds!!! Yes!! I am sooo happy.....I was once in 18/20, now i'm down to 14/16!!! Yaaayyyy!!! <BR> My blog explains it all on my page!!! Wed, 29 Jun 2011 10:20:18 EST Hi {{WAVE}} I'm new & Motivated in Houston Hi {{WAVE}} I'm new & Motivated in Houston <em>334</em> Tue, 28 Jun 2011 12:46:06 EST WHERE ARE THE LOST POUNDS ??? I HAVE BEEN WORKING OUT AT THE GYM SINCE OCTOBER.I EXERCISE 5 DAYS A WEEK FOR AT LEAST AN HOUR A DAY. I HAVE SHRUNK IN CLOTHES SIZE AND I SEE THE DIFFERENCE WHEN I LOOK IN THE MIRROR, BUT WHEN I GET WEIGHED AT THE DR. THERE IS LITTLE OR NO WEIGHT LOSS. WHY AM I NOT LOSING WEIGHT. Fri, 24 Jun 2011 21:26:14 EST trying to keep it simple hello everyone, just going through some tough emotional times right now. also looking at the scales everyday does not help much. the older I get the harder it is to share those unwanted 5 lbs. (and more). I try eating right and getting my walks in, but the lbs seem to be stubborn (they stay and grow). I'm 169.5 today, and need to lose a good 10 lbs or more. been working on it for two weeks and see only .5 leave <em>39</em> . but I'm going to keep on trying. trying to reach this goal by... Fri, 24 Jun 2011 11:55:38 EST Walking group in Silver Spring, MD? Hi everyone! <BR> I've been on this team for a few weeks now and was just wondering if there was anyone in my area who'd like to walk with me. I live not too far from Glenmont metro. <BR> <BR> Went jogging/walking this weekend in my old neighborhood and it was absolutely exhilarating. There are several trails and I'd love to go but more so with a little team and not so much by myself for safety reasons...anyone care to join? <BR> <BR> Demi <BR> Wed, 22 Jun 2011 14:20:25 EST a little nervous hello everyone this is my first attempt to join a weight loss program and I am a little nervous but committed to reach my goals married for 21 years 4 children and 7 grandchildren and looking forward to making a change in my life for health issuses Mon, 20 Jun 2011 14:05:22 EST Hello Everyone Hi just joined this group today, however have been with Spark since 2010. I didn't use the site like I intended to, so I decided to come back and give it a try. <BR> <BR> My name is Eraina and I am in NC. I have battled my weight just about all of my life. I am trying to, no I am GOING TO lose 35-40 lbs by the end of the year. I know with the support of this group I can do just that. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to getting to know you al and from all the support and encouragement that we wil ... Sat, 18 Jun 2011 12:22:56 EST Hello! Hello! I just joined Sparks on advice from a nutrionist and I am terribly excited about sharing this journey with others! Sat, 18 Jun 2011 10:42:39 EST Hello. Trying Something New Hi! I'm excited about this journey and hope I received great results with weight loss, better eating habits, along with meeting new people. <BR> <BR> I just want to stay motivated to stay with my new lifestyle. I get bored easily and discouraged when I don't see results. Does anyone have any pointers for me to keep moving on when weight loss is slow? Fri, 17 Jun 2011 16:51:06 EST HELP!!! GOING CRAZY ABOUT RIGHT FOOD CHOICES Hey ladies, <BR> <BR> Just wanted to see if I could get some sisterly advice. I'm going crazy with choosing the right things to eat. I live deep down south and I love all the traditional foods. But my made problem is fried food. I can excercise for an hour or 2 a day with no problem, but I am having an extreme hard time making the right food choices. So far I've only lost about 30lbs. I dont have to have a recipe but can you guys give me some advice on good foods or snacks you g... Thu, 16 Jun 2011 15:33:56 EST Hi! Hi! <BR> <BR> My name is Alexandria and I joined Spark People Monday (6/13) and so far I love it!!! There's such a positive atmosphere within the whole website and the encouragement and motivation is great!!! <em>252</em> Thu, 16 Jun 2011 10:06:45 EST I love peanuts!:-) after putting in the amount of peanuts I ate today in the nutrition tracker (calorie counter) I was amazed at the calories in just a fistful (cup).....gotta be more careful!! <em>29</em> Tue, 14 Jun 2011 16:42:36 EST Measure or eyeball? How do you determine how much food you're consuming? <BR> <BR> <em>190</em> <em>301</em> <em>483</em> <em>180</em> Mon, 13 Jun 2011 21:35:51 EST Newbie Here Hello I'm Star, <BR> <BR> Looking forward to being a part of this group. <BR> <BR> Thanks for having me. <BR> <BR> Star Sun, 12 Jun 2011 15:11:47 EST newbie Hello everyone, once again I am on a diet. My goal this time is for me to lose weight and keep it off. I am feeling really good about it this time because its for me and not someone else. Sat, 11 Jun 2011 18:55:21 EST Hi everyone, I'm new here! Hi to all - my friends call me Glen and I'm new here. I am enjoying all that Sparks has to offer and pray my weight loss will be successful! <em>41</em> Sat, 11 Jun 2011 15:43:04 EST Hello Friends Hi Everybody. I have just discovered this website and I am looking towards loosing a few pounds (LOL) - more pounds than I had previously thought. I look forward to learning more from the more seasoned members as I battle this luggage I am carrying around. <BR> <BR> I have an open mind and am eady for this new challenge. Wed, 8 Jun 2011 01:04:15 EST New Here! Hello my name is Coco and I am glad I found this team. I look forward to interacting with everyone! Tue, 7 Jun 2011 13:25:35 EST A BETTER ME HI GUYS I AM HERE BECAUSE I AM UNHAPPY WITH MY WEIGHT.,....... I FEEL INSECURE ABOUT THE WAY I LOOK AND I BELIEVE ITS TIME I STOPPED TALKING BOUT IT AND DID SOMETHING ABPOUT IT....... I WILL NEED ALL THE MOTIVATIONS AND FRIENDS. SO PLEASE DONT HESITATE TO MESSAGE ME THANK YOU Tue, 7 Jun 2011 10:29:31 EST Ello Fellow Members! Hey! Im on the weight loss journey too. I was 20 pounds lighter one year from today. Ive gained 20 pounds since high school. I want to be at my best for my sophomore year of college in the fall. So far its pretty cool, its like my second day. Good luck guys! <em>223</em> Tue, 7 Jun 2011 00:46:12 EST Real life Jack Spratt Story Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> Have you ever heard of the nursery rhyme Jack Sprat could eat no fat his wife could eat no lean?.. Well I'm living proof of that nursery rhyme... My husband and I battle the scale with opposite outlooks. He's slim and trim but wants to put on weight and I'm fighting like hell to lose a few more pounds and keep it off. The issue is that he continuously buys all types of fatty snacks for the house and I'm still not strong enough to not indulge myself. I kindly asked ... Mon, 6 Jun 2011 13:47:23 EST Hello! 2nd Timer from Maryland Hi Ladies! <BR> I was on a weight loss kick a few years ago that was very unsuccessful and decided in April that I'm going to give this a 2nd try from the perspective of wanting to be healthy & let the lbs fall off naturally. So many of us just need community to achieve results and I'm very happy to join this one. I'm in the process of transitioning (16 wks post) and am absolutely loving this journey to a cleansed & healthier spirit & body. I've cut out ALL prepared & processed foods, drink a... Sat, 4 Jun 2011 23:19:54 EST freshman hi team my name is jamleck,its my first day and even tho am scared to fail,i want to give this a try,nice to meet u guys Sat, 4 Jun 2011 15:49:08 EST Hello Hello to everyone on this magnificent day. I am new to spark and I hope I will like it. Good luck to all in your goals to become fit and healthy. Thu, 2 Jun 2011 16:42:27 EST New and excited... I'm excited about having this group! I haven't ever embarked on anything with any real support...this is cool. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> Wed, 1 Jun 2011 22:30:02 EST HELLO HELLO EVERYONE, my name is Amy and I am 32yrs old. I am a nurse and a single mother. I am a very busy person, which means that I dont devote much time to myself. I am a full time student, I work full time and my most important job is being a mom to my two kids. I use to be real active in school, starring on my school basketball team, but after I have children that all changed. I have been struggling over the past two years trying to mentally embark on this journey of being healthy. I would st... Mon, 30 May 2011 16:45:37 EST Firing the Stork Greetings from the Virgin Islands. My name is Mia and I'm almost 26. I can remember when I was 21yrs old I was a sexy figure 8 weighing in at abour 175, even up to about two and a half years ago I still had it going on. Over the years I've learned that I can't be there for everyone without being there for myself first. I was going through some serious problems with my boyfriend, I always seemed to be helping everyone else and then I ended up losing my job, and almost my apartment. During ... Mon, 30 May 2011 13:12:27 EST Hello All Good Morning Ladies, <BR> My name is Tenshar, I've struggled with my weight for many years now but I's either now or never....I'm ready to get it done. <BR> <BR> I look forward to learning, losing, inspiring and believing with you all. <BR> <BR> God Bless, <BR> Tenshar <em>30</em> Mon, 30 May 2011 10:57:59 EST Hi Everyone! Hi I am ready and eager to get this weight off. I am hoping this with your help I can stay motivated and keep with a weight loss plan. Fri, 27 May 2011 11:22:02 EST HELP ME THROUGH Just signed up yesterday. I am ready to start my lifelong healthy journey. Let us do it together. <em>244</em> Thu, 26 May 2011 18:13:48 EST African American Newbie Hell-o I need help. I'm here in Pittsburgh PA and I'm having a hard time finding support groups (ex: walkers, groups that meet to share new ideas, dance groups or motivators) I've tried and I've tried. I cannot seem to keep it going ! Most of my friends are into themselves and their not really over weight and the ones who are they always have excuses as too why they can't exercise. Please help.... <em>131</em> <em>39</em> Tue, 24 May 2011 18:58:13 EST Hell-o <BR> <BR> I'm glad that the Cardio nurse shared this web site with me. I am 278 lbs, diabetic (typeII), high blood pressure and cholesterol. Just got out of the hospital. I know I'm severly over weight and I'm looking for some people or a group located here in Pittsburgh PA. that is part of SPARK People. I need HELP and SUPPORT. Soon to be 58 and I'm 5'6. Tired of being tired !!!!!!! Tue, 24 May 2011 18:41:15 EST Hello Everyone! I am a married mother of three who lost over 100 lbs and has maintained it for the last 10 years. However, I have been trying to lose the last 25lbs for more than a year. I think I'm just not motivated enough. My clothes are a size 8 and to be honest...I LOOK GOOD. I need HELP!!! Tue, 24 May 2011 18:07:08 EST Cardio and no more hair excuses - advice requested I am new to this site and looking for suggestions/ideas on how the ladies on this site handle intense cardio and natural hair. For years I made excuses of not being able to work out (cardio) because my hair was natural but heat straightened but now I am older and wiser and I choose my health over my hair. However, if anyone has suggestions on how to handle natural hair without using braids/weaves please send me your ideas as this is the last excuse I have and I want to permanently get rid of ... Tue, 24 May 2011 08:54:37 EST Hello My name is Janelle and I weigh 215lbs. I gained significant weight with my third child and have had a hard time getting the weight off. My son is now 15 months old and I have gained weight after having him.I found this website on google. I liked it and joined. Prior to signing up with this site I was enrolled with weight watchers and felt as if no progress was being made and I paid on a monthly basis. The beauty of this website is that its free and well put together and updated withe latest t... Tue, 24 May 2011 03:59:38 EST Another Newbie I am new to this site and I was excited to find it. I need to lose 50 pounds for not only my heat health, but overall health. Mon, 23 May 2011 23:59:34 EST Newbie here on Spark Hello Everyone, <BR> I am a newbie here and am going for the gold to lose 100 pounds by 2013. I recently lost my mother, about 5 months ago and want to be healthier for my family and my children. I have a dear husband who I have been married to for about 13 years this week . Next Saturday willl be our anniversary. I have a special needs autistic son(4 1/2) and a daughter(9yrs old). Who keep me going and want only the best for me overall.. <BR> I haill from the suburbs of Eastside Washin... Fri, 20 May 2011 22:10:09 EST Another Newbie Hello everyone, I am new to the team, however, not new to dieting. I thought I had the weight loss/gain game done and over with, but I find myself yet again at a very unhealthy weight. Somewhere along the way, I've fulfilled the needs of others and neglected the needs of myself. So, I'm here to kick it in high gear, get off the couch, stop being depressed and allow my teenage son some room to breathe, grow and explore (all within reason-of course) while Mom learns to live life and love hersel... Thu, 19 May 2011 20:02:34 EST Sooo ready ! Hi all , very new to this and the page seems a bit overwhelming , but im up for the challenge, getting married soon and the dress has got to be a 10, also want to loose the weight this time and never find it again! <BR> Mon, 16 May 2011 20:03:20 EST Hi, I new here, too Hi, I am new here too. I am struggling desparately to lose this weight. I have heard alot about this site, so here I am....seeking encouragement and support. I welcome any comments or suggestions. I have found that trying a very low carb diet is working best for me - so any suggestions on recipes and snack in this category would be fantastic. Thanks, and if I can encourage someone you have my ear. Thanks Mon, 16 May 2011 16:08:09 EST I'm new here Hello, my name is Mejia. I'm 25, a grad student, a mother of 3, a wife, a veteran, and a woman who need to lose 15-20 pounds to reach my goal of 110. I stand at a very short 5 foot 3 inches and weigh in at 130. My interest are preforming arts, dining out, shopping, watching movies, and being around family. My children are Jade 3 years old, Jael 2 years old, and L.J who is 7 months old. My goal to to get to my pre pregnancy size of 110. Hello to allll Sun, 15 May 2011 21:17:31 EST I'm new here Hello, my name is Mejia. I'm 25, a grad student, a mother of 3, a wife, a veteran, and a woman who need to lose 15-20 pounds to reach my goal of 110. I stand at a very short 5 foot 3 inches and weigh in at 130. My interest are preforming arts, dining out, shopping, watching movies, and being around family. My children are Jade 3 years old, Jael 2 years old, and L.J who is 7 months old. My goal to to get to my pre pregnancy size of 110. Hello to allll Sun, 15 May 2011 21:01:41 EST Help how are you all losing weght? Help me here <BR> is this Spark community a weight loss diet <BR> or is this jus a motivational board <BR> havent seen the diet yet, just wanted to know if it is a diet <BR> or do you have to go on a plan of your own and get motivation to stick with it <BR> I don't know , I am so confused ifI have found the right site for a diet or not <BR> can someone please help to clarify this for me <BR> thanks so much, hope my post is not confusing to anyone <BR> Lisa Sun, 15 May 2011 03:36:24 EST lisa_ljh Hello My name is Lisa and I am new to the community <BR> I dont know anything about this weight loss plan <BR> any tips and/or suggestions will be helpful to me <BR> I am trying to look around the site to get familiar <BR> with everything, but it is so much to read <BR> hope to enjoy chatting with all of you <BR> Lisa Sun, 15 May 2011 02:35:43 EST Hello! I'm new to this team, but a former member of Sparkpeople. It's been a year since logged on last and at least 4 years since I was an active and consistent participant. I have tracked my food and fitness for a week now, but I'd like to find Sparkfriends to keep me motivated and encouraged. I also want to give encouragement to others I look forward to getting to know everyone and doing what I can to help. Thu, 12 May 2011 22:39:05 EST check in!! hello everyone...hope every1 day going well...I am off to great start its beautiful outside. me n my sister is going walking today...yea me!! have fabulous day Thu, 12 May 2011 16:52:59 EST Hello Everyone Just joined. I'm looking forward to learning new and exciting ways to living a healthy lifestyle. Thu, 12 May 2011 15:09:21 EST Hello Everyone Hello All, Hope everyone is reaching their Winston Churchill once said Never, never never give up! With that being said if u still hanging on or almost there, or finish KUDOS to you.. I am new to the site & loving every moment. I am looking forward to meeting like minded individuals like myself that not only motivator but have made living a healthy life a habit...Letssss gooooo African American Newbies Wed, 11 May 2011 21:42:56 EST Hello Hello my name is Andrea. I am on a life transformation journey, not just to loose weight, but to have a life style change. <BR> <BR> My goal started off as a 30lb weight loss, which now the over all total will be 46lbs. <BR> <BR> I enjoy reading the blogs, using the tools, the support, and reading the succes journeys. Wed, 11 May 2011 15:26:55 EST new here hi just found out i have diabetis is anyone out there that canhelp me control my diabetes. Tue, 10 May 2011 09:07:17 EST Weight-loss Hi everyone, <BR> I'm a new member and I need to lose weight. I've had a hard time staying motivated. I lost my job so now I stress eat. I need help. Sat, 7 May 2011 22:34:46 EST New and in need of support Hi guys, I just started this new journey a week ago and find myself mostly struggling closer to the end of the week or when the weekend starts. I have a hard time figuring out portions so I try to stick to the meal planner. One particular thing that I'm struggling with is getting full enough to get rid of that hunger feeling. If i don't take care of it early on in the day, then it will stay with me throughout the day. This feeling is agonizing. Can anyone give me some tips on how to get full ... Thu, 5 May 2011 13:25:37 EST I need to lose this weight! Hello, my name is Temeka and I have been a spark member since 2007, so this is nothing new to me. My weight has been off and on all of my life even as a child. I am not willing to do something about this and stay focus and lose this weight! I have no problem working out, the problem is that sometimes it gets boring. I will do it, I will do it no matte how boring it gets, I will be 37 in June 10th, and today I will be going to YMCA around 9am to begin this life long change. Thu, 5 May 2011 08:31:42 EST Hello Hi, everyone im returning after 2yr, to finish what i started . im willing this time to do whatever it takes to lose weight and get healthy . Wed, 4 May 2011 23:54:26 EST New and need all the help I can get. Its time to get serious, <BR> My weight has balloned to 205 and this has got to go. <BR> I am trying to eat clean this week..well 2 days so far and increase my water intake. <BR> any advice is welcomed. <BR> <BR> <em>33</em> Wed, 4 May 2011 08:01:01 EST JBAPRIL HI my name is April and im joing to loose weight asap i want to look good for the summer i at least want to get down to 150 Tue, 3 May 2011 16:39:15 EST New Team member hello everyone <BR> <BR> My name is Michele I am 41 yrs. old I workout 5 days a week. I currently weigh 163 would like to be 145 lbs. I Look smaller than I weigh, but the body is at a stand still. <BR> <BR> It's only you vs. you Mon, 2 May 2011 09:07:54 EST Doing me! Hi everyone! <BR> I'm really excited about this weight loss journey. I'm a mother of 3 with a very busy lifestyle but the only thing I never take time out for is MYSELF. So this weight loss experience is something I'm doing just for me. GOOD LUCK TO ALL! Sun, 1 May 2011 02:32:22 EST Hey Ladies...Let's talk! I recently became the leader of the wonderful group and I wanted to learn about you. What gets you motivated? What are your challenges? <BR> <BR> <BR> My recent motivator is purchasing a dance DVD. I love dancing. I also enjoy watching DWTS. (Who knew?) Anyway, I purchased the Latin Dance DVD and man oh man, did it make me sweat. <BR> I am challenged with family holidays because of the great food. (Easter dinner was difficult but I didn't take anything home) I also struggle when I eat o... Wed, 27 Apr 2011 22:13:01 EST Noniherbs Hello, I am new here. I am trying to monitor my nutrtion to better know what I am eating and can and cannot have. I like the site. Just have to get my main foods listed to make the job easier. Hopefully will lose weight with this approach. i want to monitor my carbs, protein and fat to see what I need to get rid of the hunger during the day and late evenings. Wed, 27 Apr 2011 12:12:09 EST Lose 50 in 2011 I have been trying to lose 50 pounds for three years . I plan to lose 50 in 2011. Exercise is easier than making good nutrition decision. I am becoming more aware of how many extra carbs I put in my body. My weight is around 245 pounds. <BR> <BR> <BR> I am going to try this again. I did not suceed in 2011 Sun, 24 Apr 2011 03:59:17 EST Hiya Newbie here! Hi Im Ms Amore! BNew to Sparks! Found site by accident - thought I would give it a go, my goal is weight loss and to increase my health and fitness, need/ would like to lose 23kg/ 3.64kg Sat, 23 Apr 2011 17:10:22 EST 20 something Newbie Checking In Hello everyone! I just saw this link while looking for workout routines on YouTube. Needless to say I was happy to see something so good for FREE :) I just wanted to introduce myself. I'm 27 years old living in sunny Orlando, FL and needless to say its always beach season and I've been reluctant to make necessary changes. My goal is to tone up and feel better about myself. Thanks for being a great forum family. I look forward to hearing great things Sat, 23 Apr 2011 15:47:54 EST newcomer I am very new to actively trying to lose weight and also online communities. I hope that everyone here will be a support system for me during this new and exciting time! And I am trying to not only lose weight but sustain it and make a lasting lifestyle change. Thu, 21 Apr 2011 01:14:55 EST HEY EVERYONE LETS GET HEALTHY HEY EVERYONE IM STEVE, IM HERE TO GET MY FITNESS ON AND ENCOURAGE AND BE ENCOURAGED BY OTHERS WITH THE SAME GOAL.. Tue, 19 Apr 2011 08:52:54 EST I am new and need Support!! I have tried to lose weight on my own to no avail. I want to see if having a online support group will help me achive my goals , as well as lend support. Sat, 16 Apr 2011 09:11:56 EST 18lbs lighter so i joined after i tried the Julian Michaels thing and hers is great as well but i love the sense of community and simplicity of spark note. when i started this journey that i'm still on i was 225lbs at 19 and now a i'm 207.6lbs my journey is not ending here because my goal is 160lbs but i just wanted to be an encouragement to someone that is on this journey as well. i really believe that the change thats happening to me started from the inside with building self-esteem and a... Fri, 15 Apr 2011 18:27:15 EST WEIGHT LOST Hi I am a Newbie, It said to introduce myself not sure how that is done , but just want to know is anyone working out everyday with no results other than me, very disappointing. what can I do? Thu, 14 Apr 2011 19:17:10 EST How to stay motivated when world is falling apart? Hello ladies, I am a 40 year old mother, wife and Pre-K teacher. My days are so full wtih everone else that I don't make time for myself. My kids are very active in sports and school activities and my Husband is in Law Enforcement and works at night. After putting the kids to bed all I want is Cake and ice cream to make me feel better. Tue, 12 Apr 2011 22:46:56 EST savingme2011 finally hi everyone! glad to be a part of this great team...looking for lots of encouragement Tue, 12 Apr 2011 19:54:18 EST hello Hi, I am new to sp and I am looking forward to losing another 47 to 50 pounds. I have lost about 53 over the last 14 months with weight watchers, but I need to jumpstart my drive again. I know I can! I know I can! I know I will! <em>43</em> Tue, 12 Apr 2011 11:33:14 EST OH IT'S ON!!! Hi Everyone, <BR> I'm Beauly in Cincinnati and I am revved up to get rid of the rolls, the nooks and crannies, and the fatigue. I've been working on getting fit for the last 3 weeks and I finally decided to join Sparkpeople. I really enjoy all the articles, trackers, and look forward to making new connections. Do you wanna be my frieeeeend? Lol! <BR> <BR> Hope to hear from you! <em>334</em> Sun, 10 Apr 2011 17:14:32 EST Hi Everyone My name is Tere and I am new to Spark people. I am a registered nurse and diabetes educator. I am trying to practice what I preach. I need to lose some weight and there is no better time than the present. I have lost weight before and gained it back and I hope that this time I can keep it off. If anyone has any helpful hints or words of wisdom on this journey, I am all ears. <em>41</em> Sun, 10 Apr 2011 00:50:52 EST Let's Get It New to the team but I've been on SparkPeople for a new weeks. I'm trying to get healthy and in the process lose weight. Fri, 8 Apr 2011 15:08:19 EST Looking for some help to loosing weight Hello I'm Tiabard, I would like some advice and help to loose some weight, there is about 1 month ago, I joined the Sparkle people but until now I haven't lost any weight, and I am trying to be careful not all the time, because i like bread but i really would like some help and advice from everyone please. <BR> At the moment my weight is 83 kilos and would like loosing 15 kilos, I know is going to take time but if some of you can tell me what to do first and I'm sure I able to do it. -( I'm 5... Thu, 7 Apr 2011 17:41:57 EST Hello! Hello 27 year old african american female, trying to loose 30-35lbs before the summer. Thu, 7 Apr 2011 14:44:02 EST Shopping Newbie Checking in........ Went Shopping yesterday! Size 14:) I'm so Excited! Sun, 3 Apr 2011 09:51:44 EST Checking in Hi ladies: <BR> <BR> It is very exciting to find this thread. I am new to Sparkpeople and am totally impressed by this website. Looking forward to working on this team and shrinking to a size 6-8 the size I was 30 years ago. I even saved a dress from that time just in case I lost my mind and got this big. Guess what? I did lose my mind and have to get back to basics. Of course it is harder now that I am older but it can be done! Sat, 2 Apr 2011 20:26:00 EST New Member Hello Everyone! I'm a Newbie to the Group........ About to hit the Gym for a Morning Workout! Have a Good Day:) Sat, 2 Apr 2011 08:26:40 EST First day on Spark people!! Hello everyone!!! I am SOOO EXCITED that I found this website, and also this forum!! All my life I have struggled with weight issues. I am honestly just ready to get fit, and not be the "chubby girl". Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated, also I look forward in helping anyone I can. let's make this a great journey!! <em>306</em> Thu, 31 Mar 2011 14:34:25 EST AMAZON I AM A TALL BIG GIRL, WHAT THEY CALL A AMAZON, I PLAN ON LOSING THESE POUNDS AND KEEPING THEM OFF, SOME PEOPLE SAY YOU DONT LOOK THAT BIG, BOLOGNA,I AM DETERMINED TO GET SLIM AND HEALTHY, IF YOU FEEL ME HOLLA Wed, 30 Mar 2011 16:07:49 EST HAIR DISASTER Ok Ladies....I am trying to start my workout routine AGAIN :) and my hair is giving me the blues. LOL. <BR> <BR> Seriously, I haven't had a perm in 2+ yrs so my sides curl up and get all over the place. I'm a gel type girl...yes I still use gel! Anyways, are there any tricks to keeping the sides slicked down during cardio (i.e. stretch paper strips, wave cap, bandana), Any advice will help ladies!!!! Wed, 30 Mar 2011 14:34:32 EST Getting Motivated How do u get motivated to work out, I can't seem to get started, I need help <em>402</em> Wed, 30 Mar 2011 11:40:40 EST I'm new to Spark Hello all! I am new to spark and I am looking forward to enjoying this weightloss journey with others with the same agenda. I am 30 and mother to 2 beautiful little girls. I work about 3 days a week and I feel it is a big contribution to why I can't lose those last 10 pounds. I am asked all the time if I am pregnant and I really don't mind except it is ALL THE TIME. I am looking for information and support as I travel this journey to a newer, healthier me so that I can pass this on to my fami... Mon, 28 Mar 2011 14:00:16 EST I Need This I'm new, and I want this to work. I'm a 30 year-old divorcee with a 9 year old who needs motivation and help. I've tried a certain program (that shall remain nameless) that worked, but is no longer convienent. I need to lose this weight for health reasons, personal reasons, and because I'm overweight reasons. I hope that this is a true start to "my-thighs-be-gone" way of life. Mon, 28 Mar 2011 10:26:07 EST New to Spark Hi, you can call me Cami. I am hear for the same reason as everyone else. I have a lot of weight to lose. I am encouraged and ready. I am a mother of five and want to be around for a long time, as I need to be. Any encouraging words and thoughts will help. Thanks. Mon, 28 Mar 2011 08:31:28 EST Hello Hello everyone. I'm joining SparkPeople in hopes have getting some support in losing some weight. I would like to meet some new people with the same goals and also gain some tools and knowledge for my journey into wait loss. Thu, 24 Mar 2011 20:08:09 EST Turning FAB 40 Hello Sparks I live in Snellville Ga and walk every evening at Briscoe Park from 6:30-7:30 with my dog Choppa and friends. Would like to meet others with the same weight loss goals in mind. Tue, 22 Mar 2011 12:56:12 EST Hey Everyone ok guys i didnt know i had to get on and introduce myself..i thought it was just a click of a button and u pop in on a group...i have been on now for maybe like three weeks...i want this to be my last time starting over not only to lose weight but make myself is gonna be some bumps in the road but at least this time ima say its ok and take the bump, roll over it and keep on the drive to my weight loss goals...i am a single mom and i work crazy insane hours(I am a server at Chili'... Sun, 20 Mar 2011 19:45:56 EST Introduc ing..... Hello everyone, my name is Karen I am new to Spark people I was using weight watchers, but a friend informed me of Spark People and now I am hooked. I have made up my mind and I am committed to loosing this weight (130lbs) and being healthy for myself and my babies. I am excited to be apart of the team, please feel free to hit me up with tips that may be useful for my weightloss journey... <BR> <BR> Karen <em>104</em> Sun, 20 Mar 2011 13:55:43 EST Weigh more than you look like you do? Ever since middle school I noticed that I seem to weigh about 20-30lbs more than I look like I do. It's never been a real issue.. just something I figured was unique about me :) As I'm trying to set goals for being "healthy." It's clear that we're not all cookie-cutter.. and I've accepted the fact that I might never fit into a healthy BMI (but will look like I do). <BR> <BR> I was just wondering if anyone else has had the experience of weighing more than you look like you do. Is it an Afr-A... Sat, 19 Mar 2011 01:18:17 EST Introduction... Hello, I'm new to sparkspeople...and excited about this site!! :) Wed, 16 Mar 2011 14:03:20 EST New Newbie This is my 3rd week in Sparks. I love all the information it offers. I also like the fact that there are teams. I need motivation!!! Its a struggle to eat right after working all day and coming home tired. Sometimes the last thing I want to do is cook. Drive-through restaurants have become my easy way out. I know that I can make this work! No fast food in 2 weeks. Now I have to get of the couch and exercise. YIKES!!! I need some help sisters!!!! Sun, 13 Mar 2011 20:56:12 EST Stopped Poking I have been poking around with sparkspeople for a month now...I am seeing great results. Not only the scale but in my clothes. I refused to buy a larger size of anything. Now my clothes are very, very loose. I have dropped a dress size and I am back into some of my favorite clothes...My next step is to buy a scale and measure my food seriously. The sparks receipes are great.... Sun, 13 Mar 2011 09:44:43 EST fatmama I just want to lose weight to have my life back Sat, 12 Mar 2011 11:27:06 EST Ciao!!! Hello everyone. This is my first night on I am in dire need of support and friends to help me get this weight loss regiment a kick-start. I have been dieting and exercising off and on for the past 3-4 months. No matter how hard I have tried to prepare myself mentally and physically it seems like the path to losing weight doesn't stick :( I know I don't lack the motivation...that is so not my character. But I definitely lack the will-power. I feel myself getting BORED very qui... Tue, 8 Mar 2011 23:35:44 EST so brand new! hello ladies my name is mickee and im excited to join this team..i hope to find awesome support here! im looking to drop atleast 50 pounds so we here i go! im so ready Tue, 8 Mar 2011 22:16:16 EST New on the block Hi everyone!! Just wanted to say that i am looking forward to beginning this journey. I know there will be a lot of bumps along the way but i know that with you guys and my determination to succeed it will all come together. Tue, 8 Mar 2011 11:49:25 EST Stomach Anyone with an apple-ish shape lose their gut? I did the waist im 32 and my hips is 40 BUTTTT i have lower gut fat tha makes my waist look bigger and i have no hips really <em>46</em> Thu, 3 Mar 2011 14:07:02 EST NEW!!!! HEY LADIES..MY NAME IS JADE IM 28 WITH A 1 YR OLD DAUGHTER :) ...I WOULD LOVE TO MAKE SOME FRIENDS ON HERE SINCE IM VERY SOCIAL (ITS THE LEO IN ME LOL)...I WEIGHED 200 AFTER MY DAUGHTER AND I AM CURRENTLY 150..MY GOAL IS 140 TONED :) IM WORKING ON IT..MY MAIN PROP IS MY GUT AND I HAVE KINDA SKINNY LEGS TO ME..SO IM THINKIN TO BULK UP WITH SQUATS LUNGES AND SPINNING CLASSES..AS FOR STOMACH SITUPS <em>9</em> Thu, 3 Mar 2011 13:38:17 EST Omega1 My story sounds alot like all that I've had the opportunity to read. I was thin when I was in my early age gained about 50+lbs to much; I joined this club on 3/02/11 again didn/t stick to it the first time in 2009 or 2010 and deceid to try once again to follow the plan. Before I started on 02/12/2011 I weighed 185 and deceide to just start small and walk 30mins or somedays 60mins and I lost 5lbs from 02/12/2011 -02-28-11 so you see small steps pays big. My goal weigh is 133....plan to sti... Thu, 3 Mar 2011 10:17:26 EST Making things stick for a lifetime!! Hello, my name is Jennette. I have a weight loss of goal of 75 lbs. I have been down this road before. In 2008, I achieved my weight loss goal(lost 110lbs) and was doing pretty well. Then, I lost my job, and went into a period of depression, during which I gained over half of the weight back. That was a dark time for me, it seemed as if food was my only friend. Now, I have a new attitude and new focus. I realize that I am definitely an emotional eater, and I spend everyday fighting tho... Wed, 2 Mar 2011 20:03:29 EST Hello I'm a Newbie Hello!..I am new to Spark people and want help on my weight lost journey. my goal is to lose 60 pounds!.. :) Wed, 2 Mar 2011 15:29:53 EST Hello Everyone Hey, <BR> <BR> Glad to be and just want to say hello to everyone. Anyone on the Team in the Baltimore City/County area? I live in West Baltimore and work in Towson. Tue, 1 Mar 2011 10:18:44 EST Hey there Hello All, <BR> <BR> Hoping to lose 50 pounds by next year this time ƒº I keep telling myself I am making a lifestyle change and not going on a diet, so I hope that this time will be the one! Looking forward to seeing everyone reach their goals and hopefully reach mine. <BR> Tue, 1 Mar 2011 09:09:09 EST Pressing toward the mark (Newbie-that'd be me) Hi. My name is Uvonda and Ive been with SparkPeople since January 11th. I am just desiring to live a healthier lifestyle through eating healthy and exercise. I love the Lord and as His temple I must honor Him through taking care of it. I will be praying for you all as WE work towards goals and CELEBRATE each success (big or small). Be blessed!! Wed, 23 Feb 2011 17:14:21 EST New to the site Hello! I'm new to this site and am looking for motivational women who can help me reach my goals. Hope to hear from you ladies soon!!!!! Tue, 22 Feb 2011 14:28:57 EST Hey Ladies! My name is Anitra and I'm looking for truly dedicated women to keep me uplifted and encouraged throughout my journey. This will probably the most challenging venture I've ever embarked on and I'm not trying to waste anymore time. Good luck to you All! We can do this <em>104</em> Tue, 22 Feb 2011 11:22:59 EST HELLO!!! hey there, <BR> <BR> Im new to the site and Im trying to lose weight. YAY!!!! I am in need of a few buddies.... if possible. Im not the best person who keeps motivated. Thats one of my problems. So a buddy would be great. Well Im starting my workouts today..... so we will see how it goes. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> CHAO! Tue, 22 Feb 2011 06:06:06 EST Hello everyone ::waves:: I am so excited lol I think Im too excited? what's everyones name and progress??? Wed, 16 Feb 2011 16:10:38 EST New Day Good Morning Everyone! I didn't do well at dinner last night and the scale confirmed it this morning. But I said a prayer and am staying positive. I'm reading The Black Diet Doctor's Solution For Black Women by Robert S. Beale, Jr., MD and am finding it very motivating. It explains the different health risks Black women have with obesity. I'm usually low on motivation but today is a new day, the slate has been wiped clean and I'm ready! Wed, 16 Feb 2011 08:29:38 EST LADYTT HI!!! YOU YA I AM LADYTT AND I NEED HELP TO LOST WEIGHT. I NEED A WEIGHT LOSS BUDDY HOW DO I GET YOUR HELP. I HAVE LOTS OF THING THAT I WISH I CAN DO BUT THE MAIN THING IS TO LOSS WEIGHT SO HELP !!! HELP !!! <BR> <BR> LADYTT GET BETTER 2011 Mon, 14 Feb 2011 19:24:49 EST Hey Guys I'm Monica, tomorrow is day one of my new life and my quest to get 60lbs lighter. My goal for this week is to weigh in 5lbs lighter next Monday. Wish me luck!!! Mon, 14 Feb 2011 00:01:12 EST Finding the Skinny Girl Within ME!! :) :) Hello Spark Family.. I am a 24 year old young lady...I AM SO TIRED OF DIETING.....ha ha... Straight to the point huh, but I have been on a diet for 12 years literally and that is sooooo SAD.... so now that I am older and my weight is the highest it have ever been....269lbs oooooh that number hurts.... I am ready to make a life style change... Be Healthier, Happier, and FREE... My biggest obstacle right now is getting that motivation and will power to go to the gym which since I renewed my me... Thu, 10 Feb 2011 13:00:07 EST New Here Hi my name is Joann and I live in Illinois. I am on this journey to loose weight and to get healthy. I have proposed to move 550 minutes per month and hope to make this goal or come close to it. Learning to portion control is key to any weight loss journey along with consistent exercise. <BR> <BR> I am hoping to get a lot of support from this forum. Wed, 9 Feb 2011 12:05:35 EST Transformation724 Good morning everyone. My name is Michelle and I am new to I'm looking forward to taking back my life, losing all my weight for me to become truly healthy on the inside, become beautiful from head to toe and gain support from anyone willing to help me reach my goal as I will definately help you any way I can. Good luck to everyone and do not give up! Wed, 2 Feb 2011 10:42:37 EST Hi I am new to sparks and I am just trying to connect with some folks I have something in common with. Tue, 1 Feb 2011 15:02:03 EST Newbie <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> New to the team, flexible and eager to learn new and good healthy habits. <BR> <BR> SP <em>220</em> <em>41</em> . Fri, 28 Jan 2011 20:03:38 EST I'm Back!!1 Hello all, <BR> I slipped for a while, however I am back. My goal is to reach my target weight by May... I have been working hard at not only losing weight but keep my skin hydrated with water and using an all natural body product line, Suga on Top. Great products!!! <BR> They are also on Facebook and they are giving away goodies to fans!! Check them out. Wed, 12 Jan 2011 15:25:02 EST Cheloooo... Hi My name is Alexis... I am not brand new to Sparkspeople, but I feel brandnew in the aspect to my seriousness and go getedness... LOL.. Yes I created that word!! I am down to earth and would love friends to connect with for support and encouragement.... <em>244</em> Tue, 11 Jan 2011 17:18:46 EST New Hello all.. I am new to the group and I am lookin for friends for support and encouragement!!! All are welcome!! <em>247</em> Tue, 11 Jan 2011 17:15:20 EST My confessions of January 8, 2011 Divas, <BR> <BR> I would like to make a small confession, Jan 8, 2011 I catered an event for a friend and went way, way, way over my caloric intake for the day <em>46</em> , however; understand that I am not disappointed in myself, not one little bit <em>41</em> . I will have these days often, as long as I am catering, maybe not to the extent like I did yesterday, but none-the-less there will be these kinds of days <em>246</em> where I will go over my calories.....I expect this to happen g... Sun, 9 Jan 2011 11:13:22 EST Gettin Ready - Need Some Words of Wisdom Hey ya'll <BR> <BR> My name is Bri and I attend Elon University as a student-athlete. The first semester of this year, my sophomore year, was a trip. I made a point of getting out there and meeting more people, especially more black people, and I ended up getting involved in the wrong ways. For one, partying became too much of a priority and the heavy drinking that I was doing caused some unnecessary drama in my life. I also got involved with several jocks, and though I never went so far as... Sun, 19 Dec 2010 13:29:18 EST Newbie Hey ya'll <BR> <BR> My name is Bri and I attend Elon University as a student-athlete. The first semester of this year, my sophomore year, was a trip. I made a point of getting out there and meeting more people, especially more black people, and I ended up getting involved in the wrong ways. For one, partying became too much of a priority and the heavy drinking that I was doing caused some unnecessary drama in my life. I also got involved with several jocks, and though I never went so far as... Sun, 19 Dec 2010 12:13:13 EST HI, I'm new Just started sparkpeople a week ago and already lost 3 pounds! Yay! <BR> -robstar Mon, 6 Dec 2010 11:55:13 EST Hurdles? What hurdles if any are you facing while trying to stay on track with healthy eating and exercise? Tue, 30 Nov 2010 22:35:23 EST A New Me! Hello Sistas. My name is Janet, but just call me Jae. I'm in the healthcare field and I live in North Carolina. I'm looking forward to getting to know others on this journey and to gain as well as give support. Thu, 25 Nov 2010 19:07:51 EST back from an unexpected illness hello team!! my apologies for being m.i.a the last few weeks. i've been sick. i had some complications from my diabetes. i'm back now and i'm good. the semester is winding down for me! how is every one else doing? Wed, 17 Nov 2010 01:38:38 EST Whats On Your MP3 or IPOD? What type of music do you like to listen to during your workout? Hip-hop always gets me energized to workout even when I'm not in the mood. <em>104</em> Thu, 4 Nov 2010 20:48:41 EST Check In!! Hey everyone, I am the new admin of the group and I just wanted to check in and see how everyone's doing!! I'm doing great just recovering from a ankle sprain hope everyone is doing well!! Thu, 28 Oct 2010 23:59:14 EST Trying it again Hello people, <BR> OK I'm not new to site but this is my first real effort to this site. I log in and thought is interesting but never took the time to learn this site until now. My goal is to get in shape and feel good about my body. I miss shopping and not having to worry about if the pants fit me right in my waist and thigh area of my body, I always had a problem with the shirts and that will never change. So I hope to get some advice and support with in this group. I also hope to find fr... Sat, 2 Oct 2010 15:35:32 EST Dueces Ok, so I'm not so new to SparkPeople but I have been a little off my square. I have not logged onto SP in 232 days. "WOW...that's a long time" My life has been moving forward like only life can but my weight loss goals have staggered far behind. Since signing up for SparkPeople I have gained 8lbs. Am I discouraged? of course not. I'm a winner and a believer; I still believe that I have won this battle in life and I still believe that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. <BR... Tue, 3 Aug 2010 21:12:54 EST Fact or fiction I hear from my sisters (my actual sisters--I have eight of them) that a black woman's healthy weight is different from other races and that the FDA (and other healthy weight/BMI guideline) charts cannot be used when trying to assess it. I think it is more of a body type than race thing (small, medium, large) and since most weight charts take that into account things should roughly be equal between the races. <BR> <BR> If there truly is a difference, can someone offer some medical/scientific ... Mon, 26 Jul 2010 13:40:20 EST WALKING There is no myth when it comes to walking. Walking burns calories while it strengthen your cardiovascular system. Walking relief stress and clear the mind. <em>331</em> Sun, 16 May 2010 05:56:54 EST HI Hello everyone, I'm 26 and live on the Texas Gulf Coast. Just trrying to finally get the weight off and keep it off. Tue, 30 Mar 2010 17:12:06 EST Daily Sacrifice on the Calorie Altar Today I did *NOT* eat: Monday Morning Office Donuts <em>473</em> <BR> <BR> But ooooh, they smelled so good! <em>198</em> Mon, 29 Mar 2010 17:18:49 EST hello my sista's I just joined this site.I've been looking through all the different teams and support groups they have.I have 5 kids.Ages 16-1 I am 36 years old.I would like to be around to watch all my kids graduated from high school.By joining this site and this team i hope i get all the support i need to help me make it.It will also be great if i met friends along the way.I have alot of weight to lose i believe exercise,support,and my willing will make me and help me do that.I want to live a healthy longe... Tue, 23 Mar 2010 16:09:27 EST Ahh! Can't stand the back rolls/fat... Okay, so my stomach has always been my primary issue in terms of the area of my body in most need of weight loss, but every now and then, I will pay special close attention to the status of my back which is waaaayyyy far from where it needs to be, and it drives me nuts! <BR> <BR> I've seen a lot of females - both with and without clothes, and both bigger and smaller than me - who no matter what their size or body shape, don't seem to have this problem... I'm not quite sure why I feel like s... Mon, 1 Feb 2010 17:08:18 EST A Quick Intro.... Greetings All! I'm a 28-year old newbie to SparkPeople looking to lose 22lbs in order to improve my blood pressure (hereditary, unfortunately) and get my body prepared to start cranking out kids with the hubs. Looking forward to a lot of hard work, tough times and a few choice words. lol Hope to interact with each and everyone of you. Lets get this thing rolling! Tue, 26 Jan 2010 14:35:13 EST Hello! If you are serious about your weight loss goals, I would love to meet with you. <BR> Tue, 26 Jan 2010 09:09:08 EST Hello Team Hi! My name is Shana. I have always been overweight. I actually cannot remember one day of my life where I have been comfortable in this body. I know there is a healthy happy me inside. I just need the motivation to carve away the outside. I have tried so many times to lose weight. I have even tried making myself throw up, I have tried so many different diets and schemes to lose. When I was 10 I remember shoplifting diet pills so that I could lose weight. It didn't work. my mom found them and... Thu, 7 Jan 2010 14:30:37 EST Glad to be back! Hey all! It's been about 3 years since I last logged on and participated on Spark as Anointd2srv. My, my much has changed but this group remains. Praise God! Got so much encouragement from my friends on here so I'm back again one mo' gin trying to achieve a healthier lifestyle. I'm gonna take my time, get acclimated, then jump right on in with the rest of you. I'm on a mission in 2010. It's gonna be an exciting year, I just know it! Tue, 29 Dec 2009 02:37:57 EST Getting Back on the Horse Hi Ladies - its Sunday, Dec 19 and we are snowed-in in DC. Started back in November 2009 and making sure I succeed in my weight transitions. Love to hear from you all. <BR> <BR> take care and God Bless Sun, 20 Dec 2009 11:17:59 EST This is the season to be giving of ourselves <BR> Hi Team <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> 2009 was not our best year. But we can make each member of our team or teams feel a little special by dropping by on their page and leave a word of encouragement a long with a little gift. <BR> <BR> Peace and love to all of my team members <BR> <BR> Keep on Sparking <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>295</em> <BR> Mon, 7 Dec 2009 12:20:00 EST Can We Talk? Today I notice that I had picked up a couple of extra pound due to my medication. My hands, fingers, and face are swollen also. Is there anything that I can do to counter react the weight gain? Like drink more water exercises more or change my diet? <BR> <BR> Keep On Sparking <BR> <em>295</em> <BR> Thu, 3 Dec 2009 19:13:10 EST yo! I'm here! I am very excited to have this resource of spark it was just what I needed! I want to be able to dance for hours without getting winded! I am looking forward to a healthier, happier more energetic life! I am happy to see that there are African Americans joining each other in this journey on here! <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> Tue, 27 Oct 2009 23:04:02 EST Hi from the Peach State!!!!! Hi everyone!!!! <BR> I recently restarted my weight loss journey and in need of support and motivation. I'm open to virtual buddies as well as buddies that may live near me. I live about 3o mins outside of Atlanta. Can't wait to meet and mingle with everyone on the team. <em>213</em> Tue, 27 Oct 2009 22:14:29 EST CALORIE IN VS. CALORIE OUT CONFUSION!! HELP... <BR> MAY SOMEONE PLEASE EXPLAIN HOW THE CALORIES IN VS. CALORIE OUT RULE WORKS? I'M SORT OF CONFUSED... SCRATCH THAT... I AM CONFUSED!! <BR> <BR> FOR EXAMPLE IF I EAT 2,000 CALORIES A DAY, DO I HAVE TO BURN MORE THAN 2,000 CALORIES AT THE GYM FOR THAT DAY? IS THAT HOW IT WORKS? <BR> <BR> PLEASE HELP! <BR> Fri, 16 Oct 2009 17:33:18 EST GIVING IT MY ALL No excuses. For years I have been overweight. I have "TOLD" myself over and over again that I would do something about it but I never actually put those plans into "ACTION." After a while, I just became tired of it all. I've decided to take my life back begin LIVING. I'm working toward a better me and I haven't felt this motivated in YEARS. It will take sometime but I'm ready and I'm giving it my all. I'm so happy I found this website!! Thu, 15 Oct 2009 15:21:42 EST To Fellow AAN's I have been here for awhile. Mostly browsing and reading fellow SP'ers pages. This site is really amazing and hopefully will help me with my healthy living lifestyle. <BR> <BR> Good luck to each and everyone of you!!! <BR> Wed, 23 Sep 2009 15:50:00 EST Hello all!! Newbie here, ready to make a change! Took a long time but I'm finally ready! Wed, 16 Sep 2009 21:39:10 EST Hello all!! Newbie here, ready to make a change! Took a long time but I'm finally ready! Wed, 16 Sep 2009 21:38:57 EST Hello all!! Newbie here, ready to make a change! Took a long time but I'm finally ready! Wed, 16 Sep 2009 21:38:33 EST Hello All Hi All, <BR> MY name is Pam I am her to loose weight and get in shape. My life is very hected. I have a 9 month old and 3 boys with autism. I am always doing something. My only break is when I am sleep because I am a stay at home mom. How is everyone else doing? Mon, 14 Sep 2009 21:31:26 EST fat smash diet hey you guys I bought the fat smash diet book and decided I want to try it. Has anyone tried it yet and what did you think of it? Thu, 6 Aug 2009 20:49:12 EST I'm excited.... I am a newbie . I just wanted to say "hello" to everyone, and I wish you all good luck in your journey to a new and healthy lifestyle. <em>244</em> Wed, 29 Jul 2009 14:48:43 EST Resetting your articles Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> Based on member feedback, we've made it so that you can now reset the articles you’ve read more than 6 months ago. To reset articles, you can go to Account/Email Preferences ( <BR> ence.asp) from your MyStart page, and scroll down on the Account tab to the Reset Articles section of the page. Click the Reset Articles button, agree to reset, and voila! You can now read the articles again and get more SparkPoints. Again, this wil... Mon, 15 Jun 2009 20:52:34 EST my first day back Hello everyone, I'm looking forward to giving and receiving tips, inspiration, motivation while we reach for our goals whatever they may be <em>104</em> My exercise of choice is Wii Fit, Wii Fitness Coach and I just bought Wii active a couple of days ago I also do WATP and Core Rythms. I'm up to the challenges and working together...I'll post a pic soon. I had an old one up but decided it's time to accept me as is while I work towards the me I'm destined to be Wed, 10 Jun 2009 22:31:11 EST Hello everybody I'm Mary from Texas. I am a 56 year old single woman. Divorced so long ago it is almost like I was never married. I am the medical staff coordinator for a hospital in North Texas (Dallas/Fort Worth area). I was thin most of my life and then had a hysterectomy. I went from gaining 1/2 pound a year to 62 pounds in the first year post surgery. Weight has been on an upward climb every since. Eating too much is not my problem. Not eating enough on a regular basis is what I struggle with. I d... Sat, 6 Jun 2009 16:48:10 EST Kim from Cleveland hi everyone, I am starting again...looking forward to meeting and chatting with everyone Mon, 1 Jun 2009 09:44:45 EST New from SC Hey ya'll!!! I am new to this whole site and am just looking for motivation and advice. I am trying to return to my pre pregnancy weight (125). Any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!! Thanks!!!!!!!!! Sun, 24 May 2009 11:08:42 EST New Chunky Houstonian Here! Any advice from those who have been successful is greatly appreciated. Especially those with skinny friends who wanna go eat all the time? Thu, 14 May 2009 02:28:10 EST Hair Issues Anyone considered getting a weave because of the sweating from working out and not wanting to constantly be trying to fix your hair? I have been considering going natural anyway and I figured maybe that would be the way to go to give my hair a rest. Any advice. I am new to SP and I want/need to lose about 70 lbs. I am tired of shopping in the plus size section and I an tired of having to see if the sleeves of a shirt are big enough for me or to make sure that the fabric will not cling to... Thu, 14 May 2009 02:26:01 EST not so newbie Hey guys i'm an not a newbie i just havent been on here in like ages. So i'm just checking in.My weight is still the same so frustrating back and forth and i am truly clueless. I need help big time. <BR> <em>46</em> <em>46</em> Mon, 4 May 2009 13:01:22 EST Newbie in FL Hello all.. I am a newbie. I am just looking for friends and support as I embark on this new journey of weight loss. I have been a member for a while but just decided to stop procrastinating and work on me for a change instead of everyone else. I look forward to going on this journey with each of you. Fri, 10 Apr 2009 15:52:24 EST Hi Hello I am new to SP. I have been on for a few days, and I have found that I really enjoy being on. My name is Tennile and I am happy to meet you all. <em>247</em> Thu, 2 Apr 2009 07:22:05 EST Newbie and biggest loser fan Hi I joined about a week ago so I am still learning the ropes. I was a member of the biggest loser club for the last 3 months but recently quit since I found this site which is free (and maybe a little easier to use)I've been on the road to weight loss for about 6 months. I've lost about 12 pounds. So it has been a very slow process. Every pound is a struggle. But I am committed to the process. I think my metabolism is very, very slow, so if I don't exercise I will not lose weight no matter h... Mon, 23 Mar 2009 10:23:08 EST Newbie from TX Hello everyone!! I am new here to SparkPeople! I tried it last year this time but fell off the wagon! I think my mind is right and I could use any encouragement/motivations/tips etc!!!! I look forward to meeting you all!!! <em>30</em> Wed, 4 Mar 2009 09:59:22 EST check out my sparkpage!! check out my sparkpage. looking for friends and support! Sun, 15 Feb 2009 22:35:38 EST Black Pearls Sometimes it's hard being a newbie how ever I'm looking forward to getting the help I need from some very wise black pearls <em>220</em> Sun, 8 Feb 2009 17:18:07 EST Good morning team! Good morning everyone. This is my first real post on this site. Just wanted to say have a great day today. <BR> Leslie Wed, 28 Jan 2009 08:38:29 EST Hey everyone, I am new to the site and evne newer to the group. I am looking to shed a few pounds and then maintain a healthy lifestyle. I live in Philadelphia, PA. I attend Sweat Fitness. I'm looking for a work out buddy as well as any exciting things to do here in Philly. <BR> <BR> Leslie Tue, 27 Jan 2009 14:11:48 EST Newbie from Cali! Good Afternoon Ladies!! <BR> <BR> My name is LaMiesha and I, of course, am a newbie to the group. I'm 25. A mother to an almost 9 month old little girl. And a proud Navy wife. I'm from California and we are also currently stationed here in my home state. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to lose what I gained during pregnancy. I knew getting back into was going to be tough but I had NO idea it was going to be THIS tough. And what makes it even worse for me is I have ALWAYS been an athletic person. So, n... Fri, 16 Jan 2009 17:02:43 EST Hello everyone... My name is Darlene and I'm a Jersey girl born and raised I'm also married with no children. After years of being thin and able to eat whatever I wanted, I found myself turning 40 and almost almost 40lbs overweight. I've tried all kinds of diets and programs including SP a few years ago, but with diabetes and high blood pressure in my family I decided that 2009 will be the year that I start treating my body better. No matter how hard it is. My life depends on it. So nice to meet you and be... Sat, 10 Jan 2009 15:05:12 EST Hi I'm new to Spark and new to the team My Name is Gloria - everyone calls me Glo. I am 40 years old (in 2 days) and have been significantly overweight since 1998 although I have had off and on issues with weight gain most of my life. I want to be a hottie again (I feel good, look even better). <BR> <BR> I know I need motivation and support but I also hope to be a motivator to the team. I just got a personal trainer and look forward to sharing any tips I get. This is not a new years resolution for me - its a life change. We ... Fri, 9 Jan 2009 13:16:54 EST Do you want to live long enough? Til When? Well I was just asking myself if I wanna outlived those people of my generation and reach a centenarian age. Or Have a quality of life were in you touch the lives of others but die at 50. Wed, 7 Jan 2009 07:15:55 EST Hi New to Spark page and the Team My name Shirley. I'm 59,a native of Phoenix AZ. Grandmother of five and I need to lose 60 lb before I turn 60 in Aug 2009. Tue, 6 Jan 2009 22:09:30 EST Big Questions???? 1. Your hair and your workout... How do they get along? <BR> <BR> 2. Need help manageing a schedule. 3 kids and a husband, full time job, and back to school. Certainly it can be done. I just need to know how???? <BR> <BR> 3. Old Fashion way or help from Modern Medicine? Bypass surgery, Cleanses, diets pills.... Whats your secret? <BR> <BR> I guess I just want to know your secrets... I have none, yet. When I find them I will share. Has any one tried the meal replacement Lean 1 by Nut... Sat, 20 Dec 2008 20:15:34 EST new and looking for help hello my name is meshka and i live in nashua nh. i have five children and plenty of weight to lose. looking forward to meeting new friends. stop by my page and say hello. <BR> <BR> <BR> we are blessed <BR> 2 b a blessing <em>213</em> Tue, 9 Dec 2008 15:26:19 EST Hey... Hey, I am QTCrush1! I am new to this team and still learning about posting. I am 29 years of age and I have struggled with losing weight my whole life. I hope some of you take the time to check out my page and add me as a friend. QT Tue, 9 Dec 2008 13:18:14 EST I am new to Spark People Hi, <BR> <BR> My name is April. I hail from Atlanta, GA, but I am living in New Orleans, LA. Recently (maybe a long time :), I discovered that I am too cute to not be healthy, and carry all this extra weight with me. With that being said, it is really nice to meet all of you! <BR> <BR> God Bless! Fri, 21 Nov 2008 15:42:59 EST hi... I am a 24 y/o SAHM from a small little town in upstate New York near Ithaca and Corning called Elmira. We are better known for our psych center and prisons, LoL. I come from a long line of healthy ppl and I hope to end the trend. I have a sweet little 18 m/o girl named Charlize and a loving husband named Tim. He has always been in good health and never been over weight but he is now trying to be a little better in his eating to try n make it easier on me. I have high blood pressure already an... Thu, 20 Nov 2008 00:12:28 EST New to the team Hi ~ <BR> My name is Charsell I'm from Clinton Township, MI <BR> I'm new to the team but not new to SP....My job challenge us to join SP to become fit and healthy. <BR> I believe with this team it will keep me motivated and not give up like I've done in the past. <BR> <BR> I'm looking to get to know you all and to help encourage those that needs a pick me upper or to congratulate you on your goals. Tue, 18 Nov 2008 20:24:36 EST Need a little help/enco uragement Hi fellow Newbies! I have completely falling off the wagon so to speak. This summer I found myself having plenty of time to work out and track my eating since I didn't have a job. Lately though I started back at the Elementary school I had been working at and have recently gotten a second job. I've been coming up with all of the usual excuses as to why i can't work out or why I have to get that fast food since "I won't be home until really late". It's a real problem since I was in the same si... Tue, 18 Nov 2008 12:19:59 EST Newbie Here! My name is KeAndri, but I prefer to be called "KiKi" (my nickname). I'm 34 years old and I live in Northwest Indiana. I'm originally from Jackson, Mississippi. I am a Chemist for a wastewater treatment plant in Chicago. I have a wonderful husband (Derek), 1 son who is 11(Malik), and a dog named Amy. I am trying to lose 40 pounds by August of next year. I've gained this weight, in one year, due to stress eating caused by my job and difficulties encountered during my trying-to-conceive-another-... Fri, 14 Nov 2008 22:15:44 EST Where is that weight measurer thingy? The one that shows your start weight and adjust as you gain or lose. I see it at the bottom of alot of members. <BR> <BR> Thanks Tue, 11 Nov 2008 12:35:31 EST I am new Hi I am Lisa I am new on here and would really just like some support. Tue, 11 Nov 2008 11:03:41 EST OK, this time I'm sticking with it. Good morning all. I am an old newbie. I actually joined SPARKPEOPLE back in 2005 after seeing it in a fitness magazine. The thing is I never used it one I joined. However, today is a new day. I am freshly motivated and ready to begin! Good luck to all of you. We will all be successful in reaching our goals. Mon, 3 Nov 2008 09:28:47 EST Hello Im ready I just wanted to say I am excited to start making strives to get in shape and meet people like me who are doing the same thing. Sat, 1 Nov 2008 13:51:28 EST My Intro Hello, I am a newbie looking to lose weight and become healthy and fit. Sat, 1 Nov 2008 11:55:12 EST Hey There! Hi Everyone <em>213</em> , <BR> <BR> I just wanted to stop in and say hello. I'm always looking for new friends and people to help me on my journey. This feels like it's my umpteenth weight loss attempt, but I really need to use this as a launch pad. I really think I'll succeed this time. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> So feel free to add me or just say hi. Sat, 25 Oct 2008 10:57:52 EST What Is Our Team Goal We need a goal and it should be to drink water. Thu, 23 Oct 2008 21:14:55 EST KEEPING MOTIVATED WHEN NOBODY'S LOOKING :) Good morning everyone.. I am really motivated seeing you all motivating each other. :) I am just starting this journey to a healthier lifestyle. In February my dad, who I was very close to past away of cancer, following this I lost 25 pounds in 3 months, not healthy at all - so of course I've gained all but 5 pounds back. I've vowed to get off this emotional roller coaster and start appreciating myself... So I am working out now... Jullian Micheals 30 day shred is not a joke!! I work aro... Thu, 23 Oct 2008 07:23:51 EST Heeeey ladies hope all of yall are doing well today. Wed, 22 Oct 2008 00:07:07 EST Anyone in FL? Just curious, anyone else in FL. . . . or just me? Sun, 19 Oct 2008 15:58:45 EST Hello Hi I am new and I just wanted to introduce myself to the group if I haven't already. Sun, 19 Oct 2008 12:14:47 EST I NEED YOUR HELP FOR MY MOM>>> PLEASE READ I hope this email finds all of you well. I am sending out a message request a little help from all of my friends. <BR> <BR> My mom, a former nurse, has suffered from health issues for the past 12 years including chronic pain and depression. She was recently diagnosed as a manic depressive and put on a MICA program because of the regimen of medications she had been given (outpatient program for Mentally Ill Chemical Abusers). I have moved away nearly 2 hours from her and she has no support s... Sat, 18 Oct 2008 13:36:59 EST MY INTRO HELLO, I AM A 31YR. OLD WOMAN FROM DETROIT, MI. I AM TRYING TO LOOSE 25LBS. I AM 155LBS. I LOVE FOOD AND I LOVE TO SHOP. I ALSO NEED SUPPORT!! Thu, 9 Oct 2008 22:06:05 EST What is your focus Hi Team <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> We are now approaching the cooler months ahead I decided to focus on the part of my body that need the most attention. I have belly fat or muffin top that needs more trimming, so this month is gut buster month. What part of your body do you need to focus on? <BR> <BR> Keep On Sparking <em>295</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Daz <BR> Sun, 5 Oct 2008 13:52:29 EST Introduction Hello everyone. I've been with SP for a few weeks now but I've just started getting involved in the groups. I lost about 5lbs so far and I feel a lot better about myself already. I know I can do this. <em>252</em> Mon, 29 Sep 2008 12:51:06 EST newbie in arkansas hey my name is keke and i am 35 -i'm married ..i am a sahm with 5 kids..i'm doing lifestyle change that i am hoping that will improve my health and my family is supportive ever so often husband has joined me and i have nothing but healthy things inthe house except for the lil kids stuff..but i need support to conquer this change because i live in this small town where no one seems to care about their health outside our fam..and i have no friends..why you ask..because everyone is related ... Fri, 26 Sep 2008 09:16:46 EST New Member from CA Hello everyone. My name is Yvonne and I am from Sacramento...born and raised. I am looking forward to meeting some new people to share stories, motivate, and encourage each other on our journeys to better health, self esteem, or whatever your goals are. <em>220</em> Thu, 18 Sep 2008 17:33:55 EST Let me introduce myself... Hey Newbies, Im not new to SP but Ive been on in a while and gonna try it again till I get it right but I think with all of my SP help I will do just fine.. <BR> Im 30 years young with 1 child size 18 and 221 pounds needed to loss this spare tire that is not cute at all lol....anyways just wanted to say hi and introduce myself..... <em>48</em> <em>249</em> Tue, 16 Sep 2008 10:58:20 EST Ike's Strom Surge Hi Team, <BR> <BR> I would like to extend the hand of friendship to the survivors of Hurricane Ike, the storm with a little name but one that created a large disaster to mankind. Along with the hand of friendship I would like to extend the hand of Faith. Which kept you out of harms way during you most pressing time. Love which I give to you now and my prayers from all of us at SP you computer life line. <BR> <BR> Remember to take one day at a time and each day things will get better. L... Sun, 14 Sep 2008 10:03:21 EST Does anyone Wii Fit I have incorporated a Wii into my workout program and i love it...Do anyone else do it Wed, 10 Sep 2008 23:32:16 EST Vote for sparkpeople I found this on another website <BR><BR>estofweb2008/health.htm Mon, 8 Sep 2008 15:04:58 EST New From Wisconsin /Chicago! Hey there! I'm back on SP, actually serious this time. I was going to join weight watchers when I realized that you get almost the exact same program (give or take a lil) from SP!! I'm excited to get started. I'm 23 years old, just moved from Atlanta, back to my hometown in Wisconsin, then I will be moving back to Chicago next summer. I want to be fit and happy before then!! Sat, 6 Sep 2008 20:25:03 EST New From FL Hi all, i am so happy to be a part of this group, lookin forward to my weight lost because i am among family YEAH ME Fri, 5 Sep 2008 21:15:25 EST hi i am new need to lose 20 lbs this year to be healhty and FINE. Wed, 27 Aug 2008 20:02:42 EST Job Title I was told that I have to find a job title to explain everything that I have done over the past year. I am stuck so I would like some suggestions. The best way to describe it is stay at home mom. However, I am not a mom. I was the go between through our house buying process, I had to sit at the new house with the contractors, cook, clean, organize, manage the finances, drive everyone to and from work and/or doctor appointments, take care of any problems that came up at the new house (we ha... Thu, 21 Aug 2008 20:10:22 EST NEW From PA Hi everyone! <BR> I'm from PA, an I'm new to the group. I was on spark a while ago, now I'm rejoining! Add me as a friend! Tue, 19 Aug 2008 19:56:55 EST I'M NEW (ONCE AGAIN) Hello! I originally signed up in January..I was trying to start my year of right! That didnt work...So I am starting up again. I really need to get this weight off me! The extra 70 lbs has turned me into a different person. I just dont feel the same (mentally and physically). I did loose 11 lbs last year but put it back on when I stopped going to the gym due to transportation issues. My job has opened a gym and I can start there BUT when its time to end my day, I am READY TO GO HOME! I know ... Tue, 19 Aug 2008 16:03:13 EST Hi Everybody,I'm new!!! Hi! I'm from Washington, DC. Every since I started working for the phone co. 4 yrs ago I've steadily put on weight!!!I put on ten pounds within my first month there!!! Then I had two babies back to back! I'm a mess! I'm so happy I found sparks and even happier that I found this (active!) group. I hope to get and give a ton of motivation so we all can reach our goal. Let' get slim sistas!! Peace! Tue, 19 Aug 2008 13:45:58 EST Silly Sunday horror weight loss story <em>213</em> Hi team, <BR> <BR> Before I found SP I would ask friends and associates how to loss weight. It was a fact that I had a membership to a gym and I would exercises when I could, so that was not a problem. I asked a lot of people and one of the main answers was I always got was. If you go to the gym and work out for an hour and drink a lot of water you can consume all the food that you want and you do not have to worry about a weight problem. <BR> <BR> This is far from the truth... Sun, 17 Aug 2008 17:55:03 EST Hello from the Bronx, NY Hi, my name is Sandra and as you can see, I live in NY. Joined SP several months ago, but just starting reallying using it last week. I really like this place, the people are nice and helpful. I am hoping to lose about 50 lbs but doing 20 lbs at a time. <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Sun, 17 Aug 2008 17:43:05 EST I made it to 20lbs! I just wanted to share my good news with everyone. I have made it to 20lbs total lost!(12 before SP and 8 with SP) I have never been this excited about anything! It feels extremely wonderful to have made it this far. I know I still have a long way to go before I reach my goal,but this is a milestone for me. It shows that I can actually conquer this weight problem i've had for far too long. Thank you all so much for the support and encouragement you give! There's no stopping me now!! My next g... Tue, 5 Aug 2008 10:22:12 EST Deer Caught in Headlights!? I do not consider myself to be shy in the least. We moved to a new house about 3 months ago and my neighbor is beyond attractive. There are some issues he is friends with my youngest uncle and my oldest brother. I want to talk to him but every time that I get up the nerve one of three things happen: 1. I don't see him, 2. Mother is around ( I could never talk to a guy in front of mother) 3. I totally freeze! <BR> I don't think that I have a problem talking to guys ( I am the only girl... Mon, 4 Aug 2008 19:39:56 EST I need your advice BAD follow up I just want to thank each and every one of you that offered me advise regarding my MIL and my daughter. I sent my MIL a detailed email letting her know that I appreciate that she wants to help my daughter, but that I thought her way of going about it (by calling her fat) was not productive. I told her that her method was in fact hurtful. I prayed that my message would be received with understanding and I sent it in a non confrontational way. She received the message and responded in love. My ... Mon, 4 Aug 2008 18:12:01 EST Extremely Upset Today I just need to vent and get some advise...Today my heart is just breaking and i'm so sad...I have a friend who keeps telling me negative things about one of my sons...things like he's going to take advantage of women...b/c he to cute...Huh?...stupid i know...then she says that he's going to beat women b/c he likes violence...b/c he play violent video games...Well he plays things like smackdown raw, naruto, and stranglehold...and Metal gear solid 4...and other shooting games...and she thinks h... Mon, 4 Aug 2008 15:17:54 EST Mad as Hell Monday!!!! This is some BULLS$%^&, Bull, Ok, last night I had to make an unexpected trip to the hospital. It seems like the Dr. that had treated me on Wednesday had put the cast around my toes and feet too tight. My toes start to look like sausages. I asked someone to come over to give me an opined on how my foot. Also help me cut about two inches in the dressing so it could relieve some of the pressures that that I was experiencing from my toes a looking like a little cherry tomatoes to the size o... Mon, 4 Aug 2008 14:29:23 EST The August-S eptember 2008 Buddy Challenge! hey!!! you look great and your progress is inspiring!! would you like to join my buddy challenge?? its from august-sept. if you'd like to join the challenge but receive this comment after the start date (8/1), thats totally fine!! just join in anyway! (as opposed to ending on sept 1 u'll end the same day the following month. i.e. u join on the 8th.. your end date will be 9/8. dont feel left out at all!!! no matter if ur end date is 9/30!! the group support and motivation will remain strong!) ... Sat, 2 Aug 2008 13:54:21 EST Over eating...Yikes! Hello all <BR> Day one was fine <BR> Day two was cool <BR> Day three my lil sis came to town and <BR> I ate so much chicken....fries...porkchops <BR> Ahhhhh <BR> I feel like I failed <BR> So what is the point of continually trying and falling? <BR> I know I have to keep moving but its difficult. Any suggestions? <BR> <BR> <em>46</em> Sat, 2 Aug 2008 09:20:00 EST BUDDY CHALLENGE---Au gust-September hey!!! you look great and your progress is inspiring!! would you like to join my buddy challenge?? its from august 1-sept 1. if you'd like to join the challenge but receive this comment after the start date, thats totally fine!! just join in anyway! (as opposed to ending on sept 1 u'll end the same day the following month. i.e. u join on the 8th.. your end date will be 9/8. dont feel left out at all!!! no matter if ur end date is 9/30!! the group support and motivation will remain strong!) ... Fri, 1 Aug 2008 14:13:56 EST New to the site Hello everyone: <BR> I am starting over with my goal of losing fifteen pounds. I workout alot by my nutrition is what I need to focus on. Well its nice to meet you all! <BR> Wed, 30 Jul 2008 08:29:08 EST I need some advice BAD I have an 11 year old daughter. Her grandparents live out of town. We see them about 6 times a year. Whenever we see them her grandmother makes comments about how much weight she had gained and the she is getting fat. She has even pulled out a scale in front of a room of people and made her stand on it. Then after she sees how much she weighs she comments that she didn't weigh that much until she graduated from college. It always disturbs me to see this, however I have never said anything. I ... Tue, 29 Jul 2008 11:28:11 EST Hello I just wanted to sat hello to everyone on the team. I joined SP last weekend and I am excited about what it has to offer. Good luck to everyone. Sat, 26 Jul 2008 21:28:58 EST Hair: before, during, and after working out? I wear my hair permed and have found that during my workouts it's drenched in sweat, after it's a hot mess!! Does anyone have any tips on how to keep my hair from "going back" while working out? Not working out is not an option, not any more Thu, 17 Jul 2008 23:37:47 EST