SparkPeople TEAM IS NOW CLOSED!!!!!!! Team Messageboard PLEASE VISIT ON MY WAY TO 170 SparkPeople TEAM IS NOW CLOSED!!!!!!! Team Messageboard The You Name It Challenge Guess I have told everyone that I'm no good at challenges so decided I'd just make a thread for a challenge you can decide on for yourself. We each like to do something different. Post here what you are doing for exercise and what you are challenging yourself to do to get your weight off. Maybe what you do will inspire the rest of us! Wed, 2 Mar 2016 09:43:48 EST Time to get Serious Challenge I don't know about you, but I don't want to be in 180-ville too long! It's not the nice people here I want to leave! It's this weight. I don't like being this heavy! It's time for me to get serious about it and I'm hoping others will want to do the same. <BR> I just didn't try last week and it's a miracle the scales didn't jump today. I didn't lose, but I didn't gain! I know it is going to take work, but I'm ready for the challenge. <BR> I'm not going to set any goals for anyone. You... Sun, 14 Feb 2016 10:05:27 EST Share a recipe Do you have a favorite recipe or are you looking for one? This is a great place to share and find new things to make for meals. Mon, 8 Feb 2016 11:28:36 EST How Many Points Did You Win for The Team Today Every day when you log in be sure to go to the lower part of the start page and click on our team banner to win points for our team so we can move up on the leader boards. Let us know how you did. Any points are better than no points at all! Mon, 8 Feb 2016 11:25:47 EST Question of the Day What state are you from? Mon, 8 Feb 2016 11:22:58 EST February Exercise For the month of February I'm doing a mile walk at least 5 days a week. Thu, 4 Feb 2016 10:54:26 EST 2016 WELCOME WAGON Welcome to the 180's or those getting close. Tell us a little about yourself. Mon, 28 Dec 2015 14:37:02 EST 2016 TIPS & TRICKS That Work For You ~ Help Others or Help Yourself: <BR> <BR> What works for you to stick to a healthy plan? What works best for you to lose weight? Please share your Tips &amp; Tricks here. Mon, 28 Dec 2015 14:32:43 EST January 2015 Exercise <em>331</em> <em>311</em> <em>231</em> <em>312</em> <em>318</em> <BR> <BR> Do you want to log in your exercise for January? Let's Get In Some Minutes!! Wed, 31 Dec 2014 18:35:18 EST 2015 WEIGH IN <em>193</em> <BR> <BR> You are more than welcome to record you weight for 2015. <BR> <BR> Let's Watch Our Weights go DOWN <em>55</em> <em>55</em> <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> Wed, 31 Dec 2014 18:27:22 EST One Pound Per Week Challenge This is a start whenever you want challenge. <BR> <BR> Challenge yourself or get involved to help others along the way. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 18:59:34 EST May 2104 - Any Activity Challege In May things get busy for people. It has been a long winter. The weather is getting better, Outside chores need doing, mowing, gardening, or weeding. Take some time for yourself. Your choice of time and activity. The challenge is to get minutes in of what ever activity you choose!! Sun, 27 Apr 2014 12:03:21 EST April 1 mile a day challenge. I'm challenging myself to walk one mile per day for the entire month of April. If I miss a day, then I have to make it up ASAP. Goal is to log 30 miles total durin April!! <BR> <BR> 4/1: 1.05 <BR> 4/2: 1.80 <BR> 4/3: 1.06 <BR> 4/7: 4.35, making up for the 4-6 and today. <BR> 4/8: 1.83 <BR> 4/9: 1.09 <BR> Not gonna list out each day but as of 4/29 I have 48.2 miles!! Tue, 1 Apr 2014 12:02:03 EST Weekly Weigh In 02/23/14: 189.0 <BR> 03/02/14: 188.6 <BR> 03/09/14: 188.0 <BR> 03/16/14: 186.0 <BR> 03/23/14: 184.5 <BR> 03/30/14: 184.5 <BR> 04/06/14: 182.0 <BR> 04/13/14: 181.0 <BR> 04/20/14: 181.0 <BR> 04/27/14: 182.0 Mon, 24 Feb 2014 20:21:07 EST TEN POUND BUNNY HOP CHALLENGE Start Date: March 2, 2014 <BR> <BR> Would you like to lose TEN pounds by Easter? <em>449</em> <BR> <BR> Easter is only SEVEN weeks away, so this is a bit more challenging! The average weight loss is a little under 1 1/2 pounds a week. You will feel so good to have lost weight to look your "Sunday Best" that you will not be tempted to indulge in the treats that the Easter Bunny may bring! <BR> <BR> To join this thread, simply "reply" You can Copy and Paste the dates below: <BR> <em>... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 19:56:43 EST March/April 2014: Lose One Pound A Week Challenge This challenge is straight forward "Lose One Pound A Week". When recording your weekly weight, please edit your thread (not a new one every week, please). This will make it easier for everyone to see how successful you have been....because WE ARE GOING TO BE SUCCESSFUL!! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> To make this easy, all you have to do is record your weight each Sunday and record the amount of loss/gain for that week. <BR> <BR> To join this challenge simply "reply to this thread. Copy & Pas... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 19:38:45 EST One Day At A Time To 179! This will be a place to come just to chit-chat as we work our way down to the 170's. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 19:05:51 EST New team leader A big thank you to Dee, our new team leader! Thank you for stepping up to lead the leaving 180 team! Sun, 23 Feb 2014 22:13:21 EST 4 week chsllenge Challenge to go to next town <BR> <BR> 7 lbs goal <BR> Joural daily <BR> Water <BR> Exercise <BR> Steps or miles <BR> I any one want to try Thu, 19 Sep 2013 08:25:47 EST Farewell- words of departure As you leave, know that we are proud of you and your accomplishments. Please leave your parting message here. Sat, 2 Feb 2013 00:03:06 EST Valentine's Day Challenge Every day you exercise between now and Valentine's Day, I want you to push yourself a little longer. Keep track of the extra calories burned and log them here. Whatever your total is by V-Day, that is your splurge allowance for the day if you so choose. It is a nice, guilt free, extra that you earned. Whether you are going out with your significant other or out with the guys/girls and saying screw this day,you will know you earned it ahead of time <em>4</em> Fri, 1 Feb 2013 23:58:21 EST 1,000 Miles Elliptic l-anyone want to join me? Anyone want to join me in challenge to log 1,000 miles on the elliptical? No time tables. Go to the post linked below to log your miles! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>oard.asp?imparent=29794377&imboard=8 </link> Sun, 6 Jan 2013 17:44:08 EST WEEKLY WEIGH-INS 2013...NO LATER THAN SUNDAY EVES THIS IS OUR THREAD for our weekly weigh-ins <BR> <BR> <BR> SW: <BR> CW: <BR> <BR> <BR> SW = Starting weight <BR> CW = Current weight Wed, 2 Jan 2013 09:57:31 EST COFFEE SHOP CHIT CHAT 2013 Hi! <BR> <BR> This is our new thread for us to catch up with each other on our daily lives, etc. I hope we can all get to know each other here. <BR> <BR> <em>235</em> Wed, 2 Jan 2013 09:40:43 EST WELCOME 2 HOTEL 180-VILLE..WHAT FLOOR R U ON? 2013 I didn't see one for this year so I thought I'd start one. <BR> <BR> I'm proud to announce that I started 2013 at 190 Ibs <BR> today january 2, 2013 I weigh 188.8 Ibs <BR> <BR> So I'm on the 8th floor!!! woo hoo!!! Wed, 2 Jan 2013 09:39:06 EST What are your 2013 Goals?? What are your renewed Goals this year? My goal is to loose atleast a pound a week and get to my goal by the end of this year. Slow but steady. So this month by goal is to be 179 by 01/15 and 177 by 01/31. Im gonna stay in my calorie range and walk atleast 3 times a week. <BR> <BR> How about you all? Tue, 1 Jan 2013 02:09:03 EST Here hopefully for not to long Name is kelly 34 f from cleveland ohio. Just got to 189 and hopefully leave here soon Mon, 26 Nov 2012 15:08:59 EST 180-ville keeps pulling me back! I dont even know what to say. I lost a ton of weight about 6 years ago and I kept it off through out the years and even a pregnancy but then last year my husband (raptureboy) and I found out we were expecting our 4th baby and I ended up gaining 85 pounds during my pregnancy and now .... GRRRR ... I hate to say this but now Im having such a hard time losing this baby weight and Im hovering between 187-189 pounds! Im only 4'11 and I have a new mommy body so you can imagine my frustration <em>... Sat, 13 Oct 2012 18:11:31 EST JULY 15TH - July 21st 2012 CHALLENGES <BR> <BR> <BR> #1. Encourage another member this week...a member of our group Leaving 180-ville <BR> <BR> #2. Try a different activity this week, one that you probably wouldn't use as a source of <BR> exercise - examples - walking on a beach bare footed, joining your child in a fun activity, <BR> consider what you can do - do not hurt yourself, think of something different that would <BR> fun and could be use as a source of exercise and GIVE IT A TRY. <e... Fri, 6 Jul 2012 18:23:38 EST June 24th - June 30th (2012) This week were going to be trying to accomplish the following challenges. <em>306</em> <BR> Please post your results in this thread. <em>250</em> <BR> You can post each day by updating your post or every few days or once a week at the end of the challenge - choice is yours. <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> This week's challenge <BR> <BR> 1) Water - the challenge is to drink 8 glasses of water a day <BR> Sun <BR> Mon <BR> Tue <BR> Wed <BR> Thur <BR> Fri <BR> Sat <BR> <em>274</em> <em>2... Sun, 24 Jun 2012 10:49:53 EST JUNE 3rd - JUNE 9th - CHALLEGE OF THE WEEK (2012) Two challenges this week: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> CARDIO: I will do ________________ minutes this week. (Lets try for 5 or 10 minutes more than last week, or last challenge) What you do is your choice...tell us what you did do to accumulate your minutes. <BR> <BR> <em>231</em> <em>316</em> <em>332</em> <em>237</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> TRACKING: Do you track what you eat either on spark, in a note book or something place else? Track this week and share with us how you did. <BR>... Sat, 2 Jun 2012 15:15:38 EST I'm outta here! Who's coming with me? I weighed in at 179.9 this AM. Just barely in the 170s, but I'm there. I'm going to hang around here for a few more days just to make sure I stay out of the 180s. Hope everyone is doing well! Mon, 28 May 2012 07:33:31 EST Moving In - Temporarily Hello All! Just moved in here from 190-ville. Weighing in from 210 to 189 as of this morning! 21 pounds gone FOREVER! I hope to not be here to long, and also hope to see all of you in 170-ville soon! ( ; Fri, 25 May 2012 07:47:43 EST MAY 20TH - MAY 26TH - CHALLENGE Lets up our challenge slightly - <BR> <BR> <BR> EXERCISE: How many minutes this week will you do? <BR> How many did you do? <BR> <BR> <BR> WATER: How much water did you drink this week? <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>132</em> <em>231</em> Mon, 21 May 2012 07:47:03 EST WELCOME 2 HOTEL 180-VILLE..WHAT FLOOR R U ON? 2012 Hi! and <em>235</em> on your journey through 180-ville!! So glad you could stop in and visit. <BR> Each floor of our hotel offers you an accommodation for your stay on that floor - we also offer you <em>315</em> challenges and <em>248</em> mini goals to help you move down through the floors and head you in the <em>55</em> right direction on your journey to the next "ville". <BR> <BR> While your here share with us how your doing, and tell us what floor your on and how you are making... Sun, 13 May 2012 10:57:49 EST THE PICNIC GAME Its very simple were going through the alphabet so the story goes....... <BR> <BR> <BR> I'M GOING ON A PICNIC AND I AM GOING TO BRING...... <BR> <BR> (were bringing healthy things or exercise related things) <BR> <BR> The first person would bring some that begins with an A, the second a B item and so forth through the entire alphabet A-Z. <BR> <BR> Give it a try. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> Sat, 12 May 2012 10:03:32 EST A WEEK'S WORTH OF MINI CHALLENGES 2012 Up for a mini challenge or two, maybe three or more!!! <BR> <BR> These challenges are mini challenges and will run from May 13th - May many of them will you do........................ <BR> <BR> You can post your results in this thread if you would like - <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> 8 mini challenges done any way you would like to do them <BR> <BR> <BR> 1) Take some time to journal... Sat, 12 May 2012 10:01:15 EST WHAT ARE YOUR WEIGHT-LOSS GOALS Feel free to share your weight-loss goals here, they can be short term, they can be while your in the 180's, they can be long term, they can even be for the week or the month. The choice is yours. <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> <BR> <em>243</em> Sat, 12 May 2012 09:39:12 EST COFFEE SHOP CHIT CHAT 2012 Hi! <BR> <BR> This is our new thread for us to catch up with each other on our daily lives, etc. I hope we can all get to know each other here. <BR> <BR> <em>235</em> Sat, 12 May 2012 09:36:49 EST WEEKLY WEIGH-INS 2012 - no later than Sunday eves THIS IS OUR THREAD for our weekly weigh-ins <BR> <BR> <BR> SW: <BR> CW: <BR> <BR> <BR> SW = Starting weight <BR> CW = Current weight Sat, 12 May 2012 09:33:49 EST MAY 13TH - MAY 19TH CHALLENGE (2012) WHOSE UP FOR A CHALLENGE - I know I am!!! <BR> <BR> WON'T YOU JOIN ME!? <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> CHALLENGE <BR> <BR> How many minutes this week will you exercise? <BR> GIVE yourself a number and than........ <BR> <BR> At the end of the week which would be next Saturday night figure out how many minutes <BR> you actually did exercise <BR> <BR> So the challenge should look lik... Sat, 12 May 2012 09:28:02 EST Hello there.... Hi! I'm Dottie and I am fairly new to this group but not to spark. I am on my weight-loss journey and look forward to meeting everyone. Sat, 12 May 2012 09:08:44 EST 188 Well Hello 188. It's been a while since I've seen you. Alas...we're about to bid farewell forever. Nice knowing ya. <BR> <em>253</em> Tue, 14 Feb 2012 01:28:13 EST Well Helloooooo ooo!!!!!!! Hello Everyone!!! <BR> <BR> I just joined SP about a week ago, and I've lost 6 lbs. AMAZING!!!!! I am under 190 lbs. for the first time in two years! Yippeeee!!!! <BR> <BR> I can't wait to lose even more and leave this team forever :) <BR> <BR> I'm brand new and still looking for some support and motivation. If you need the same thing add me as a friend! We can both work on moving on to "leaving 170-ville" Fri, 27 Jan 2012 02:57:17 EST Moving Out Hi everyone. Well I've weighed under 180 for the past few days so it's time to move on to 170-ville. Best of luck and I hope to see you there soon. Sat, 8 Oct 2011 09:04:08 EST Muscle Challenge - starts 08/29! Up for a challenge? Me too! <BR> <BR> It's simple but challenging. <BR> <BR> 3 times a week do the following... <BR> <BR> 50 push-ups <BR> 50 squats <BR> 1 minute plank <BR> <BR> The idea is to do as many as you can and work up to the total amount by the end of September! Once you did them, report back what you completed so we can all cheer you on! <em>321</em> <BR> <BR> It starts on August 29th!!! <BR> <BR> I think the following format would be good: <BR> <BR> Monday <em>320</em... Mon, 22 Aug 2011 23:01:19 EST What is on your bucket list? My bucket list seems a bit light. This is it... <BR> <BR> Warrior Dash/Go Commando Race <BR> Become a Half Fanatic <BR> Run the Boston Marathon <BR> See a live flashmob <BR> Touch all oceans <BR> Experience love <BR> Visit Ireland <BR> Skydive - weee! <BR> <BR> What is on yours? Sun, 7 Aug 2011 14:26:42 EST should be in 180ville tomorrow! hello. newbie here. last time i weighed in i was 190 even!! going to step on that scale tomorrow and expect to be in 180ville!! have not been there in years and cannot wait to visit again. <BR> Mon, 27 Jun 2011 19:07:59 EST So Happy To Be Here... For a Short Time! Hello, everyone! <BR> <BR> I hung out in 190-ville for the better part of 2 1/2 years, so I'm so happy to be in 180-ville! My scale is still bouncing back up into the 190-192 range on some days, but I'm going to go ahead and join you guys, because I'm ready to work hard to see 170-ville! <BR> <BR> I am getting married in September, and my wedding dress (which I purchased while in 230-ville... eek!) is being altered. My fitting is on July 13th, and I'd love to see 179.8 by then. Wish me ... Sun, 19 Jun 2011 03:20:00 EST I love the LEAVING 1x0-VILLE concept I am coming to you via Mags Ingval - AKA Stan's Spark Page. <link><BR>GSINGVAL </link> Thanks Stan for providing the route here. To be honest with you I first went to LEAVING 170-VILLE, but then I thot what the heck I started with Spark People at 180, so I should start with LEAVING 180-VILLE. BTW I love this concept of LEAVING some wt-VILLE, how absolutely clever of someone to think it up. That's one thing about SP, there are so many people who are diff... Mon, 30 May 2011 04:53:04 EST What Have You Lost? 1 pound = a Guinea Pig <BR> 1.5 pounds = a dozen Krispy Kreme glazed donuts <BR> 2 pounds = a rack of baby back ribs <BR> 3 pounds = an average human brain <BR> 4 pounds = an ostrich egg <BR> 5 pounds = a Chihuahua <BR> 6 pounds = a human’s skin <BR> 7.5 pounds = an average newborn <BR> 8 pounds = a human head <BR> 10 pounds= chemical additives an American consumes each yr. <BR> 11 pounds = an average housecat <BR> 12 pounds = a Bald Eagle <BR> 15 pounds = 10 dozen large eggs <BR... Mon, 23 May 2011 22:03:48 EST Do you use the report function? Sparkpeople has a lot of fun gadgets like food and fitness trackers. When I am tracking food, I like using the reports. Do you use the reports? If so, what is the report you use most often? <BR> <BR> Mine is the daily and weekly differential report! <em>17</em> Sat, 7 May 2011 17:25:58 EST Newbie Hi all, <BR> Just joined the team and wanted to say hi. Ive been in the 180's for the better part of my adult life. (boooo! hehe) I have been trying off and on for a long time and for some insane reason, I sabotage myself each time I nearly get into the 170's and below. I am not sure what gives, but I'm over it. Looking forward to chatting with you all! <BR> <BR> Happy Easter! <BR> <BR> :) Katie Sun, 24 Apr 2011 00:33:59 EST Surprise Cravings Tonight I was surprised by some cravings.. first I wanted a fresh loaf of bread, than I wanted tons of salt! It was crazy! <BR> <BR> Anyone else had crazy cravings tonight? How did everyone eat this weekend? Sun, 6 Mar 2011 21:35:50 EST Superbowl Game Who's watching the Superbowl Game tonight?! <BR> <BR> I am.. probably for the commercials than the game, lol! Sun, 6 Feb 2011 18:26:12 EST how long have you been in 180-ville? just how long have you been in 180-ville?? Fri, 4 Feb 2011 16:49:52 EST pound for pound: 180 you have reached the ground floor!! 180!!! <BR> <BR> <em>345</em> <em>236</em> <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> whew! congrats!! if you take progress pictures, take one now! and take your measurements now too! <BR> i bet your clothes are fitting better! <BR> <BR> keep up your hard work, and give it all your all! its time to move on out of 180-ville! Sat, 29 Jan 2011 16:57:00 EST pound for pound: 181 your on the 1st floor!! wahhoooo! <BR> <BR> <BR> you have been working really hard, stick to your routine, but give yourself a time to relax in the day. take a bath, do some yoga, write a blog, soak your feet, or just lay down for a minute. whatever helps you relax. <BR> <BR> <em>250</em> Sat, 29 Jan 2011 16:48:00 EST pound for pound: 182 the 2nd floor! 182! <BR> <BR> congrats!! you have come so far! you've got just two more floors and you are done with the 180s! <BR> <BR> if you're having trouble staying full throughout the day, try eating a banana or another fruit between meals. and remember to start the day with a good breakfast! <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> Sat, 29 Jan 2011 16:42:01 EST pound for pound: 183 moving on down to the 3rd floor! 183!! <BR> <BR> get organized! are you tracking your fitness and nutrition? make sure you are! it can make all the difference! get in some extra cardio, go for a walk! clean your kitchen! take the stairs! do some lunges! if your in a plateau its time to bust it by it giving your plan that extra oomph! <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> Sat, 29 Jan 2011 16:33:25 EST pound for pound: 184 down to the 4th floor, at 184! <BR> <BR> SO close! really make sure you are giving it your all, and getting in all of your water and fitness minutes! <BR> try increasing your cardio by 10mins. make sure to push push push yourself! <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <em>224</em> Sat, 29 Jan 2011 16:24:47 EST pound for pound: 185 you're half way through on the 5th floor!! <BR> <BR> <em>243</em> <em>345</em> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> if you take progress pictures make sure you take one now! you are doing an amazing job! and only 4 more floors after this one and you are outta here and onto 170-ville!!! <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> Sat, 29 Jan 2011 16:09:34 EST pound for pound: 186 down to the 6th floor! 186! WOW!! <BR> <BR> why not try a new smoothie? or a new tea? <BR> caffeine free tea is a great way to get in your water. <BR> and smoothies are a super easy way to get in fruits and even veggies! <BR> <BR> your almost half way through 180-ville! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>345</em> <em>224</em> Sat, 29 Jan 2011 16:00:31 EST pound for pound: 187 woohooo down to the 7th floor! 187! <BR> <BR> time to reflect and think about how far you have come! or if you are just starting out how far you will go! <BR> visualize yourself at your goal weight! maybe set some rewards and goals? write a blog! <BR> <BR> <em>344</em> <em>224</em> Sat, 29 Jan 2011 15:54:29 EST pound for pound: 188 alright youre down a floor, 188! <BR> take a moment and say or think something positive about yourself. write a sticky note love note to yourself saying "you are beautiful" or something else positive and stick it to your mirror! it works wonders! <BR> <BR> keep up the excellent work and keep on moving down! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>306</em> Sat, 29 Jan 2011 15:47:19 EST pound for pound: 189 welcome to 180ville! 189 is the top floor! you've worked hard to get here! <BR> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> keep it up the good work! and keep moving on down! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> Sat, 29 Jan 2011 15:41:39 EST im a new co-leader! hello my 180villers! i am so excited to be a co-leader of this team! i am a very active sparker, on the site everyday, several times a day. if you need anything, someone to talk to, or anything else, dont hesitate to contact me! <BR> im going to be making some new threads, and perhaps a challenge? im open to suggestions too!! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Sat, 29 Jan 2011 15:17:09 EST Message from Coach Jen - please read! <BR> Coach Jen asked that we do not respond to chain letters, they clog the system. <BR> <BR> Hi everyone <BR> <BR> This is just a friendly reminder to please not pass along "chain" type SparkMails or comments on your SparkPage. There's one going around right now about being a beautiful person and passing it along to 3 other people you know. It's nice in theory, but can easily get out of hand. <BR> <BR> I'd ask that you spread the word to prevent things like this from continuing. <BR>... Wed, 26 Jan 2011 13:45:18 EST B-I-N-G-O! Recently, I decided to update my motivational board with a game of Exercise Bingo. Basically, I took activities I wanted to get done during the month like run or lift and made a Bingo card out of it. I have rewards for 1 line bingo, four corners and black out. <BR> <BR> Recently, I did it for fellow Spark Friend and totally had tons of fun doing it. <BR> <BR> So.. here's my idea. <BR> <BR> I have approximately a week before I gotta go back to classes and have quite a bit of time on my ha... Sat, 15 Jan 2011 22:04:41 EST I'm almost out! 180.2....heading to "Leaving 170-Ville" any day now. Hope you join me soon! Wed, 12 Jan 2011 16:32:58 EST Today's exercise and the plan for tomorrow! What did you do today? <BR> What do you plan on doing tomorrow? Sun, 9 Jan 2011 17:27:58 EST January Exercise Log This can be a fun way to log your exercise for the month and see how consist you can be! <BR> <BR> 01/01 - Ran for 35 minutes <BR> 01/02 - Elliptical for 20 minutes <BR> 01/03 - Spinning for 60 minutes <BR> 01/04 - Ran for 38 minutes <BR> 01/05 - Walked with friend for 30 minutes, ST <BR> 01/06 - Ran 3 miles in 43 minutes <BR> 01/07 - ST <BR> 01/08 - Rest <BR> 01/09 - Ran 2.7 miles in 40 minutes <BR> Sun, 9 Jan 2011 17:24:33 EST Fruity Friday It's Fruity (and veggie) Friday! Remember to get your fruits and veggies in. <BR> <BR> What is your favorite fruit? Fri, 7 Jan 2011 13:45:51 EST Thirsty Thursday It's Thirsty Thursday!!! <em>91</em> <BR> <BR> Right now, I am slacking on this but feel that if I focus on it, I will be VERY successful by the end of the day! <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> <em>306</em> <em>306</em> Thu, 6 Jan 2011 14:46:30 EST Weigh In Wednesday It's weigh-in Wednesday!!! <BR> <BR> Did you lose? Gain? <BR> <BR> Remember as much as we are here to celebrate your losses, we are here for struggles, too! Wed, 5 Jan 2011 11:29:04 EST Tummy Tuesday Focus on your tummy! <BR> <BR> There are many exercises that can be done with no equipment (traditional crunches), with a Swiss ball, or the weight machines found at the gym. <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> <em>306</em> <em>306</em> <em>306</em> <em>306</em> <em>306</em> Mon, 3 Jan 2011 21:44:02 EST Muscle Monday Pump that iron! <em>344</em> <BR> <BR> What do you have planned for today?! Mon, 3 Jan 2011 10:39:57 EST Where are you? I have been on this team for a few months.. and I want to know where everyone is? <em>24</em> Fri, 22 Oct 2010 17:21:27 EST Do you track cleaning as fitness minutes? So, the past, ok well starting today actually...I've added my time doing household cleaning chores as fitness minutes. It was interesting to me that raking the leaves burned 515 calories, and vacuuming 300. I watched a program on weightloss on tv a while back, and the guy said that anything we do that moves our bodies is a form of exercise. I'm going to start tracking the things I have to do on a regular basis anyway as exercise, not just the walking that I have to do because I don't have a c... Sun, 17 Oct 2010 20:37:47 EST Still here Well, I was hoping to leave you all last week, but I am still here. I stalled on my weightloss I think because I am at a plateau, a set weight I had been at for a long time earlier in my life. Fri, 15 Oct 2010 15:46:32 EST Hiya 180'ers! I'm finally with ya'll!! Sorry to say I wont be here very long, but I'm finally down into the 180's. I'm at 187 as of this morning and I'd like to be down into the 170's in about a week or so. I've been steadily losing on average 1lb per day so I hope that continues. <BR> <BR> I am 35, 5'5 and I live in Salem, Oregon. I'm a single mom of a 16 yr old and I am so addicted to SP I am here chatting/blogging more than I should be, lol...but it does help keep me motivated so it's all good!! Sun, 3 Oct 2010 18:59:32 EST Can't believe I'm here again. In my journey I got down to 164.6 lb. but fell off the wagon and I am now back here. I hate the 180's and hope I don't stay here long. Plan to leave here by the end of Sept. Fri, 3 Sep 2010 12:00:34 EST Never thought I'd be here again! Whew, just saw my old spark page after not logging on forever and shame shame shame but I had to quit the leaving 150ville team and set myself back here. I'm hoping not to stay too long but I'll try to enjoy my time here as much as possible! Tue, 24 Aug 2010 20:54:41 EST See you all later! Whoo hoo, I am out of here - it's been fun, but I'm glad to be headed out to the next stage. <BR> <BR> See you there! Sat, 31 Jul 2010 15:19:49 EST Farewell! It's Been Too Long! I've been here long enough. I'm heading out today at 179.4!! I'm on my way to 100 pounds lost (need to lose 7 more to hit that goal). Don't give up! Fri, 23 Jul 2010 10:16:14 EST I made it!! I'm leaving 180-ville. This morning I weighed in at 178! I haven't been in the 170's in 6 years. <em>244</em> Good luck to you all!! You can do it! Tue, 20 Jul 2010 11:56:57 EST I'm your new team leader! Hi team! <BR> <BR> I am your new team leader as of today! Allow me to introduce myself: My name is Stephanie, I am 23 and I have been on SparkPeople for about 10 months now. I have lost 70lbs so far and I'm determined to lose even more. <BR> <BR> I'm originally from Germany, lived in the US for a year during high school and currently live in England, where I'm about to graduate college. <BR> <BR> I only joined the team a few days ago and noticed that it had an inactive team leader. So I... Fri, 11 Jun 2010 11:17:16 EST I need YOUR suggestions.... I'm going to the beach this weekend (just for a day), but I want some suggestions on creative foods to bring. I usually just bring potato chips and fried chicken or some other finger foods, but I want to do something different... and healthy! What are your ideas? Tue, 8 Jun 2010 08:41:46 EST That time of month... How much weight do you usually gain around TOM and when does it go away ?? Any suggestions to keep that scale down? Wed, 5 May 2010 06:36:35 EST Just joined today, yayyyyy!!!! Hi everyone, i am new here and hope not to stay too long. Sun, 25 Apr 2010 14:51:43 EST Well, my bags are packed... and I'm boarding the train to 170-ville! I'll be there for a bit, I'm sure so please come join me there ASAP! I hit 179 this morning and haven't been in the 170s for years now so it feels pretty good! <BR> Have an awesome day, <BR> Tue, 20 Apr 2010 08:50:10 EST Thanks everyone! I hope everyone continues to exceed their expectations and meet their goals! Good luck everyone I'm off to Leaving 170-ville!! <BR> <BR> Megs Wed, 7 Apr 2010 16:54:50 EST Count Up by Your Wheel Points Let's see how high we can count! Each person adds their wheelpoints to the total! Since we're starting new, the total is 0. I got 4 points today so I would post--- <BR> <BR> 0+4=4 Mon, 1 Mar 2010 22:09:33 EST How many log-in points did you get? <em>125</em> <em>125</em> <em>125</em> <em>125</em> Mon, 1 Mar 2010 22:06:47 EST How many points to your next trophy? 269 Mon, 1 Mar 2010 22:05:24 EST I am leaving town, see you soon! Today I am boarding the water taxi to 170-ville, as I weighed in at 179 this morning. It's been a very nice stay here, but I need to move on. Please come visit me soon in 170-ville! Fri, 18 Dec 2009 12:40:42 EST Passing The Torch... Spreading The Spark! Hey guys! <BR> <BR> Just wanted to post a quick note to let you know that I recently took over for Tricia as the leader for this AWESOME group!!! My name's Kristy, and I am currently residing in 180-ville, though I plan to stick around here once I move on to the other fabulous towns along the way. I'll post more soon, but if you need anything, please do not hesitate! <BR> <BR> Keep on Sparkin'! <BR> <BR> Kristy Mon, 14 Dec 2009 16:51:39 EST Leaving Town Goodbye 180-ville. Weighed in this morning at 179.0. Hope to see everyone in 170-ville soon! Tue, 8 Dec 2009 11:17:29 EST Getting (slightly) discouraged I've been following this diet for a few weeks and started exercising. I've steadily been losing weight and have been really excited about the progress. I weigh myself everyday to keep myself encouraged. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, however, I gained a little bit of weight. Today, I didn't lose anything. Yesterday was the first time in this diet that I didn't lose, and to have it happen two days in a row freaks me a little bit. <BR> <BR> I know it's silly because it's only two days, but I've b... Fri, 20 Nov 2009 06:47:42 EST I'm Your New Team Leader! Hey, Everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm the new Leaging 180ville leader! I'm Tricia. I've been a Spark member for almost 3 years...I took a long break between year 2 and now, but I'm back and motivated to make it this time! <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to getting to know each of you and to helping you reach your goals! <BR> <BR> Let me know if there is anything else you want to know about me...feel free to stop by my page! <BR> Thu, 5 Nov 2009 12:59:00 EST Hello 180s!! Hey 180s! I think it's so great that there's a group so specific to what weight we're getting away from, rather than what we're aiming for. <BR> <BR> My name is Steph, I'm 25, a nurse, and eager to not be in these not-so-fabulous 180s anymore. <BR> <BR> Here's to having a great time, losing some weight, and making some friends! Mon, 2 Nov 2009 19:55:14 EST Any special plans to help leave 180ville? I've been stuck here for a while, and really, truly want to get out already. I set out on Spark with 52 lbs to lose, and am down 26, so I'm stuck right smack in the middle. <BR> <BR> Anyone have any special strategy for leaving this zone? I'm going to try to cut back on carbs, and see if that helps. Thu, 1 Oct 2009 09:32:36 EST Daily 8 I don't know about you, but getting my 8 glasses of water in is a tough challenge...and a worthy goal. I'd like to go public. My usual is about 4. Join me here. Bottoms up! Sun, 6 Sep 2009 14:02:57 EST Newbie Hello Everyone <em>213</em> Im new to the team! I hope that this is just a pit stop on my way to 170ville! Wed, 2 Sep 2009 15:29:05 EST New to the team Hi guys! I just found this team and hopefully will be leaving it soon (no offense) <em>20</em> I just lost my first five pounds and am down to 180. If anyone wants to add me as a friend, that would be great! Hope to see you in 170-ville soon! Tue, 11 Aug 2009 00:07:45 EST Favorite at-home workouts? I've only got a few fav dvds: Biggest Loser Cardio Max, Zumba, & Turbo Jam. Besides those, I enjoy doing stability ball exercises...push-ups are tolerable as long as I'm using that wonderful ball!!! Thu, 6 Aug 2009 16:03:10 EST New Member Hey everyone! My name is Jen, I am 28 and a SAHM to 3 and we live in Michigan. Back in 2007 I lost 50lbs and went from a size 18 to a size 8...then got pregnant. My youngest was born in February 2008, 18 months later, I'm heavier now than the day he was born!! I was at 188, but after months of not really doing much and then a week long vacation of eating anything and everything, I'm in the 190's. I started on South Beach 8 days ago and started working out again yesterday, it's a long road to ... Tue, 4 Aug 2009 14:11:15 EST Challenge: Lose 10 lbs in 30 days! I just started a new challenge to lose 10 lbs in 30 days. It gives you daily challenges and I know it works because I have done it before by myself. The last time I did this I lost 14 lbs.!! So feel free to join my team and do as I do. You can read more about it in my general discussion forum. I listed all the details of how it works. <BR> <BR> <BR> We will really glad to have you! <BR> <BR> Go to Member Created Challenges, then Specific Time Period Challenges, then sort it by the newest a... Tue, 28 Jul 2009 11:06:48 EST 180-ville Hotel!!! What floor are you on? Hi I've seen this in other Villes and I thought it was the best part. Post what floor you are on currently in the hotel. As you move down let us know. I think its a fun way to get support and motivation. Fri, 3 Jul 2009 09:39:55 EST One Week Challenge--Wash it Away NEW CHALLENGE FOR JULY 1-7 <BR> <BR> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>271</em> <em>271</em> <em>271</em> <em>271</em> <em>106</em> <em>106</em> <em>478</em> <em>478</em> <em>469</em> <em>469</em> <BR> <BR> DRINK DRINK DRINK DRINK DRINK DRINK DRINK DRINK DRINK x 8 EVERY DAY <BR> <BR> THERE WILL BE PRIZE <BR> <BR> <em>205</em> <em>208</em> <BR> <BR> I've been reading up on health this month and I think we all n... Mon, 29 Jun 2009 16:03:08 EST LET'S STOP THE YO-YO SYNDROME !!!!! <em>43</em> <em>4</em> <em>9</em> <em>15</em> <em>30</em> <em>29</em> <em>41</em> <em>18</em> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> I've been reading the posts that have been made in the time I've been away and seeing that there have been a lot of us who have suffered the same ole disease that I've had for many years: <BR> THE YO-YO SYNDROME <BR> <BR> I think anyone who has had a weight problem for any length of time has probably had this same problem. It's not uncommon. <BR> <BR> Let's get o... Mon, 29 Jun 2009 12:25:52 EST Hi I am new. Hi, <BR> Two weeks ago I left 190 Ville never to return and I have rolled into 180 Ville. I am looking forward to a short visit before rolling into 170 Ville. I have enjoyed SP. and the support. <BR> <BR> looking forward to meeting you while we journey to 170 ville. <BR> <BR> 4 Sunrises <em>41</em> Sat, 16 May 2009 23:27:52 EST MAY CHALLENG E--Tired of Being Tired??? SPARKGOODIE TO THE FIRST PERSON WHO TELLS ME WHOSE SPARKPAGE GAVE ME THE IDEA FOR THE NAME OF THIS CHALLENGE (except the owner-she already got a goodie ;op <BR> <BR> PURPOSE: Get moving and shed those extra pounds by moving sedentary muscle groups, however you choose.…PROVEN: activity produces energy. <em>415</em> <BR> <BR> 1. Dates: May 1-May 31 <BR> <BR> 2. DAYS: 6 days a week-skip any day you like, I'll skip Sundays <BR> <BR> 3. WHAT: You chose your favorite exercise it can be ... Wed, 29 Apr 2009 13:16:21 EST CAN YOU FIND WHO THIS IS?? This forum is to help you get acquainted with team members. Search and find who they are.... <BR> <BR> Copy and Paste these questions to your reply post and answer them. <BR> <BR> Who is from the Twin Cities? <BR> <BR> Who is from Dallas? <BR> <BR> Who is from Massachusettes? <BR> <BR> Whose name is really Sharon? <BR> <BR> Who lost 80 pounds? <BR> <BR> Look at Spark pages, etc. and get to know your team mates. Send them a note. Tue, 28 Apr 2009 12:05:57 EST Getting close to leaving.. I want to leave this group as quickly as I came. I am just so thrilled to be here. Everytime I join a new group 10 lbs lighter I go into this out of body experience. I feel like this can't really be me. I thought I would struggle and struggle and never actually make it this far, but the more I do the more I want to do. Here I come 170ville! 3 more lbs. I hope when I weigh in on Friday that I'll be there! Tue, 21 Apr 2009 23:34:22 EST ABC words about SPRING For this game you post a word that pertains to Spring. The Next person posts an item about spring starting with the last letter of your word. <BR> <BR> Sample: you: grass <BR> next post: sunshine <BR> <BR> You would say: spring <BR> Next letter is G <BR> <BR> Let's keep this one going....... <em>67</em> Mon, 13 Apr 2009 23:48:42 EST WELCOME to 180ville, we're glad you're here Take the time to visit our chat line and talk to us often. We'd love to get to know you. Tell us about who you are, where you live, your family, where you work or not, etc . <BR> <BR> Huddle with us every day--it's a point of contact and gives us team spirit. <BR> <BR> Help spread the Spark to other 180villagers. <em>213</em> HI and <em>235</em> Mon, 13 Apr 2009 23:37:10 EST 2 DAY CHALLENG E--APRIL 6 AND 7 YOU CAN DO IT <BR> <BR> ONLY 2 DAYS <BR> <BR> April 6: Do 50 wall push ups <BR> April 7: Walk (power walk, or treadmill is ok too) 30 min. in the beautiful <em>67</em> Spring breezes <em>231</em> <BR> <BR> If you complete these 2 challenges, <em>236</em> in the chat line above. We'll all celebrate with you!! <BR> <BR> Let's see how many team members will participate???? <BR> <BR> Are you in??? Tell us so in this line now and we'll see you Monday. <BR> <BR> <BR> P.S. DON'T FO... Sat, 4 Apr 2009 12:18:30 EST 180-ville peeps.... I'm just getting around to introducing myself, but lo and behold after my weigh in this morning - I'm outa here... <BR> <BR> It was nice observing you all in the meantime... see you all in 170-ville! Fri, 3 Apr 2009 10:36:29 EST Please take to 170ville soon!!! Hi, I am new to 180ville on spark but not in real life. I have bounced around in 180ville many years now!! My weight passport includes a short trip to 190ville a few years ago, an extended stay in 170ville (pretty much my permanent residence) and small amounts of time in 160ville. I WANT OUT! I want to see 150ville and 140ville for the first itme in 14.5 years! I hope I can! <BR> <BR> How do the (villes) work anyway, do we leave the team and join the next one down after losing the weight... Sun, 29 Mar 2009 16:55:15 EST Just a quick check in. Sorry I haven't been around lately. For those of you who are new, My name is Laura I joined SP in August after having a second M/C. I decided I needed to lose weight to have a good pregnancy. I then found out I have 2 blood clotting disorders that caused the m/c's. When I came here I weight in at 203lbs. I lost 25 lbs before I found out I was pregnant again that was in December.I have to take one baby aspirin a day and give myself a shot of a blood thinner called Lovenox a day in hopes of hel... Sun, 29 Mar 2009 12:33:12 EST exercise 15 minutes daily,report here Keep a list here, on one page of your daily exercise: how long, cardio,strength or whatever <BR> Not a long report but make it daily and fun. <BR> <BR> EXERCISE is one of the 2 elements that will really get the job DONE <em>231</em> <em>108</em> <em>416</em> <BR> <BR> LIKE THIS: <BR> Day 1 - jumping jacks 15 min. <BR> Day 2 - power walk 20 min <BR> Day 3 - stationary bike 30 mins. <BR> etc. <BR> <BR> Let's see how many days from now through ??? we can keep going <em>67</em> Sat, 28 Mar 2009 21:10:32 EST Today My Goal Is------ Set a goal for one day that you think you can reach. It could be a food/diet goal, an exercise/cardio goal, or a drink water <em>194</em> goal. <em>220</em> <BR> At the end of the day, click on 'edit' and celebrate if you met your goal and we will celebrate with you!!!. <em>242</em> <em>248</em> Sat, 28 Mar 2009 20:23:16 EST Weekly Weigh-In , Mondays, by 9 pm Eastern Post in this manner: <em>192</em> <BR> SW: 250 - (Starting Weight) <em>249</em> <BR> GW: 150 - (Goal Weight) <em>205</em> <BR> CW: 186 - (Current Weight) <em>220</em> <BR> +/- .5 means lost or gained .5 since last weigh in <BR> <BR> You may add a comment if you wish. <BR> Make this a fun post. Whether you gain or lose, it's the effort that counts, not the numbers. Just remember to keep it honest and fun. <em>223</em> <BR> <BR> BON VOYAGE, GOOD LUCK, GOD BLESS, AND SPARK IT UP!!!! <em... Sat, 28 Mar 2009 17:40:15 EST HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN HERE?? This one is a little bit stickier than others. <BR> <BR> We are all anxious to get outa here, but too often we stay longer than we anticipate. <BR> <BR> Let's pull it together here on this 1st day of spring and face the fact of how long we've been here in the 180's and then forget the past and MOVE ON!!! <BR> <BR> <em>225</em> OUT THE WINDOW WITH THE PAST <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> of the Spring cleanout of our cupboards--get rid of the flab and fat producing foods <BR> <BR> AND WE'LL ... Fri, 20 Mar 2009 11:11:26 EST What City and State are you from? It's nice talking to y'all but sometimes like now, when it's the first day of SPRING and I have tulips and redbuds and already had to mow the lawn, I wonder where in this world you are 'from'? <BR> <BR> We all hale from differing places and unite here on this site for the purpose of 'losing it'. <BR> <BR> <BR> Looking forward to your posts. <em>9</em> Fri, 20 Mar 2009 11:06:01 EST Misc.Seasonal Mini Challenges Hi Team <BR> <BR> I decided to create a new line for mini challenges. <BR> <BR> HERE'S THE RESULTS. <BR> <BR> First of all--ANOTHER APOLOGY--as I said in 'announcments' I didn't know they erased the huddle board every night and I didn't check it out after DAVE-O posted, so he is the last one I have. If you posted after him, I apologize and will get you in if you let me know. <BR> <BR> FIRST- let me contratulate you. I had heard that this team was not very active and wasn't really into p... Sat, 14 Mar 2009 11:51:17 EST misc. seasonal mini challenges This was a mistake but you can't take these posts back so it is here forever !!!! <BR> <BR> See below for the real seasonal mini challenges topic Sat, 14 Mar 2009 11:13:26 EST TALLY POSTS "SPRING WEEK CHALLENGE" This is where you will post your points for your first challenge. <BR> <BR> This are the rules: copy and paste the below date areas on your own 'post' in this line and use it all week. HAVE FUN WITH IT!!!!!! <BR> <BR> 1. huddle daily - use prepared statements - 1 pt. <BR> - create your own statement about Spring - 5 pts <BR> <BR> 2. Post on 'GET BACK ON TRACK" line - 5 points <BR> or/and - you can do ONE OR BOTH <BR> 3. Post positive chat about Spring on the Coffee Chat Room line -- 5... Fri, 13 Mar 2009 20:49:44 EST SPRING WEEK CHALLENGE EXPERIMENTAL CHALLENGE: (all opinions welcomed) <BR> <BR> Pulling together the beautiful season-Spring, our weakness-huddling and posting, I thought we'd try an easy challenge for starters, before we get into some meatier challenges to help our weight-loss. <BR> <BR> We will have a separate posting line where you will post your daily points totals. <BR> <BR> THE CHALLENGE: very simple <BR> <BR> 1. huddle daily - use prepared statements - 1 pt. <BR> - create your own statement about ... Fri, 13 Mar 2009 20:31:13 EST GET BACK ON TRACK -- Hop this train and get outta As I was cruising the posts I noticed so many statements that we are struggling with 'this same pound' or 'still trying to lose this weight' that I thought it would be good to have a place to discuss our struggles with that troublesome pound of 2 or 3 or 5 that just won't move. <BR> <BR> Let's not just talk about it. Let's think of some ways to GET BACK ON TRACK AND GET IT OFF---FOR GOOD. <BR> <BR> What do you say????? <BR> What can we do to get back on track?? Fri, 13 Mar 2009 19:35:43 EST Just stopping by - I hope! Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I only recently discovered this team but thought it would be fun to stop by for a little while. My goal is to reach the exit by the end of March. Thu, 19 Feb 2009 18:27:14 EST Good bye Team! I've been in the 170's for a couple of weeks now, so I'm going to be moving on. It's a great feeling! I didn't do much as team leader, but the position is open if anyone is interested! Good luck to everyone and hopefully will see you in 170ville soon! Don't ever give up!! Thu, 5 Feb 2009 08:26:16 EST Goodbye, *not* see you later... Today was such an emotional weigh-in for me for so many reasons. When I realized how many milestones I'd hit in such a short amount of time--especially considering how discouraged I felt because it didn't seem I was accomplishing anything--I burst into tears. Just thought I'd share... <BR> <BR> - My waist measurement is no longer in the "danger zone" (i.e. 35+"). <BR> - I *FINALLY* lost my first 15--plus some!! <BR> - I'm actually *in* the 170's...which I haven't been able to say since I was... Mon, 26 Jan 2009 10:14:26 EST Valentine's Day Challenge How about a challenge where we try to get an average of at least 150 mins of exercise in a week! That amounts to 30 minutes 5 days a week. We'll go until Valentines Day! Sound good? <em>129</em> Post at the end of the week how many minutes you worked out. Tue, 13 Jan 2009 14:04:41 EST Exercise goals? What are your exercise goals? What would you like to see for an exercise challenge? Should we do something hard to really challenge ourselves or should we do something simple to help us get on track and start building healthy habits (if anyone is off track)? Let me know your ideas! Wed, 7 Jan 2009 10:30:43 EST bummer :( I've arrived and left.. <BR> Come back... and left. <BR> <BR> And now, unfortunately, I'm back again. <BR> <BR> Yo-yo-ing is something I battle a lot. <BR> <BR> But HOPEFULLY this time around I can keep focused, motivated and eventually get out of here for good! <BR> <BR> Fingers crossed! Fri, 2 Jan 2009 14:49:14 EST 7 Weeks + and I'm Outta Here! Hey, slow and steady wins the race!! You have probably just moved here from 190-ville. Post your weigh in here. Fri, 2 Jan 2009 11:35:22 EST 4 - 7 Weeks and I'm Outta Here! Post your weigh-ins here if your goal is to be below 180 in 4 - 7 weeks. Fri, 2 Jan 2009 11:34:00 EST Less Than 4 Weeks and I'm Outta Here! You're either very determined or close to leaving town. Good for you! Post here if you're goal is to be below 180 in less than 4 weeks. Fri, 2 Jan 2009 11:32:45 EST Our other goals... So how about we talk about our OTHER know those goals we all have, other than weight loss! <BR> <BR> Mine are: <BR> <BR> Not having my thighs rub together when I walk... <BR> losing that double chin! <BR> seeing my collar bones again... <BR> walking up a few flights of stairs, WITHOUT getting winded! <BR> having more energy.... <BR> being healthier and <BR> fitting into a size 6 again! Tue, 30 Dec 2008 13:08:03 EST weekly weigh in I've noticed that no one seems to post under the right way/wrong way posts, so I'm changing this to our weekly weigh-in. Depending on where you are in 180ville it will take everyone a different amount of time to leave. Please figure out where you are and what your goal is for leaving town. I'm going to break it down to 3 different catagories. Less than 4 weeks, 4-7 weeks and more than 7 weeks. Weigh in whichever day works best for you, but try to do it the same day every week. We'll sta... Wed, 24 Dec 2008 09:11:09 EST Track food at least 4 times a week I do Weight Watchers and track points. I know that tomorrow (Christmas day) I'm not going to be able to track my points. I also know that I'm going to go over my points. But I'm not going to let it turn into a daily event - like it did over Thanksgiving! I'm still recovering from that!! One bad day doesn't have to turn into a week and then a month and before you know it you've gained back 10 pounds! So, do your best to eat healthy on Christmas day (or whatever you may celebrate), but ge... Wed, 24 Dec 2008 08:11:25 EST 64 ounces of water daily Lets try to make sure we are getting our 64 ounces of water in everyday. Grab a water bottle,fill it up and keep it near you. Drink often! When you are properly hydrated you really do feel better and less hungry! Wed, 24 Dec 2008 08:04:33 EST 10 mins of exercise daily until 1/3 This is a very busy time of year and I know that (for me anyway) exercising can go out the window. So, until Jan 3, I'm going to try to get in at least 10 minutes of exercise every day. If you are doing more, great!! Keep up the great work and you can help inspire the rest of us!! Jan 4 is a Sunday, and we'll set a new exercise goal then. But let's start small anyone can squeeze in 10 mins a day. Even on Christmas day - go for a walk after lunch, get dressed warmly and go play in the sn... Wed, 24 Dec 2008 07:58:00 EST PRAYERS NEEDED PLEASE Please see my blog on 11/26/08 regarding Thanksgiving and Prayers. And please pass the prayer request on to everyone you know! <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> God Bless! Thu, 27 Nov 2008 17:35:05 EST Just passin' thru Hi all- <BR> <BR> Had a little break from sanity, but I'm on my way down now. I'm in at 189...holding on thru the holidays! Wed, 26 Nov 2008 11:45:52 EST Didn't think I'd be here again unfortunately i'm back. back in the 180's. <BR> <BR> boo! <BR> <BR> anyway, i hope to be out of here soon. Wed, 29 Oct 2008 14:30:12 EST Pictures of Overweight/O Obese/Normal people <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I just got done looking at this, and it really brought things into perspective. I found 3 girls with my BMI. Their bodies are lovely, even though they are "overweight"... I think I can stop beating myself up now and be happy with the progress I have made. <BR> <em>104</em> Thu, 23 Oct 2008 17:54:51 EST Alas, you'll all miss me But I am slipping out of town (179.5). After 2 weeks of trying to find the secret escape route and being caught on the edge of town every single time, whether I rode my bike or walked with weights or combined the 2 and added weight lifting, I was constantly held back. <BR> <BR> But I'm finally out! HA! <BR> <BR> Come and get me, you know where I'll be, 170-ville! I dare ya to come and find me! <BR> <BR> Sun, 19 Oct 2008 18:23:22 EST Hoping this is a 1st and last post 'Cause I'm at 180. 'Course, it took me a week to go from 183 to here so I could be here longer than I want. <BR> And here's hoping I never come back too, LOL! This isn't my first trip thru 180-ville, that's for sure but I can't wait to get out once and for all. By now I HAVE to be older and wiser! Sat, 11 Oct 2008 13:43:06 EST Hoping to come and go fast! Hello all. I am new to the team and just barely about to be here. At my last weight in on Thursday I was 189.5. So I am hoping that I can see the number drop and not rise anymore. I'd like to lose 10 lbs by Nov 8th. Tue, 30 Sep 2008 10:53:50 EST This is an important town... Because not only am I finally here... butI'm at 185... which marks a total of a 100 lb loss for me!!! Fri, 19 Sep 2008 18:55:32 EST Yee ha! Joining the team..and thrilled to be here! I have jumped on the scale for two days straight and am "sticking" in this bracket. <BR> <BR> Can't tell you all how pleased I am--in the last eight months down 41.5 pounds!!! <BR> <BR> And this past weekend I completed a 5K; a year ago I would have gotten out of breath driving 5K, LOL. <BR> <BR> Hope that everyone is having a great day! Thu, 18 Sep 2008 11:42:15 EST Getting out of dodge... Okay - I'm ready to get out of here already! There are 2 weeks left of August...and I want to be into 170-ville by then. <BR> <BR> So - eating clean, exercising and staying focused are on the plan. <BR> <BR> How will you change it up this week to meet your goal? Mon, 18 Aug 2008 09:39:40 EST Just stopping into 180ville... Hi, I'm Candace a 24 year old stay at home mama to 2 and a wife to the most wonderful guy ever. I just re-entered the 180s after 2 years of being away and I'm hoping to fly through town lol:) I'm so glad I found this team, something about breaking my goals down into smaller incriments makes them seem all the more reachable!! Can't wait to get involved! <BR> Candace Wed, 13 Aug 2008 15:34:59 EST New in town to lose these last 4 lbs in 180-ville Hi Everyone! My name is Krista and unfortunately I have always struggled with my weight and am committed to losing these unwanted lbs to give me a better ME <em>100</em> I really want to make a quick visit to 180-ville. I am currently 5 foot 4 inches and 184 lbs. I just need to lose these last 4 to then enter the 170's. Any help, support, and friendship is welcome. I am currently doing the exercise program - the Firm (transfirmation) and watching what I eat - cooking at home, eating mor... Thu, 24 Jul 2008 10:16:06 EST I'm new Hi everyone! I have been on spark people for about 2 weeks and have lost 7 pounds, which puts me now in the 180's. Looks like this is the team to be on! <BR> <em>236</em> Fri, 20 Jun 2008 21:39:55 EST Having hard time staying within calorie budget Like so many of us, I've dieted for years and have become a pro at tracking my food intake. I know from the past that my previous normal daily calorie intake was regularly 2700 calories. It's no wonder I haven't lost that baby weight! So now that I'm serious about losing weight and getting healthy, I am trying to stay within my 1200-1500 calorie budget. The thing is, I rarely make it. The daily average for me now is more like 1700 calories. I am still losing weight, albeit slowly (0.5-1 lb/we... Thu, 12 Jun 2008 21:56:57 EST Hoping this will be a quick visit! Hey 'All, I'm excited to be here because you all seem like great folks. I generally limit the number of SparkTeams I join, so I can be an active member, but I decided to join this one because I needed some advice and motivation from other people who know exactly what it's like to be at this place in the weight loss journey. Like many of you, I'm not proud to be in the 180's -- it's the most I've ever weighed in my life -- but I'm hoping to get headed in the right direction down the scales in ... Thu, 12 Jun 2008 21:32:28 EST Welcome Me to 180-Ville Hi Everybody, <BR> <BR> Today I just hit the 180's and I'm so happy! I went from being 191.5 last week to 186.5 today. I'm excited to be joining all of you, and hopefully we don't have to be here too long! <BR> <BR> Nek <BR> <em>252</em> Fri, 6 Jun 2008 20:28:49 EST Hi! I'm new I am looking forward to leaving 180ville... I've been bouncing in between the same 4 lbs, and I need to refocus and leave this town in the dust. I look forward to meeting everyone on this journey!!! Tue, 27 May 2008 14:56:59 EST down,up,down,,? I started Monday at 184, lost 2 lbs by Wednesday,gained 4 by Sat(without cheating),now am back to 183.It is spinning my otivation in circles. Sun, 18 May 2008 08:08:10 EST weight gain I AM SO FRUSTRATED FROM GAINING WEIGHT WHEN I HAVE WALKED 3 MILES A DAY STARTING THIS WEEK,EATING RIGHT AND DRINKING 8 GLASSES OF WATER DAILY.WHAT AM I DOING WRONG?THIS HAPPENS EVERY TIME I START DIETING.IS 1200-1500 TOO LOW?I FEEL LIKE I AM LOST AND GOING THE WRONG DIRECTION- TO 190VILLE.SOMEONE PLEASE POINT ME IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. Sat, 17 May 2008 17:39:34 EST ARGH...the scale won't budge! :( I have been at 180.5 for THREE WEEKS. Talk about teetering on the edge! Not that I don't like it here, but I'm dying to leave town. <BR> <BR> I'm thankful that the scale isn't creeping up and I'm feeling good, so I don't want to complain too much, but ARGH!!!! <BR> <BR> Just wanted to rant a little. Thanks for listening. :) Fri, 16 May 2008 08:21:23 EST newcomer to 180ville HI MY NAME IS JENNIFER AND I AM NEW TO 180-VILLE.I AM STUCK AT 183 TODAY BUT HOPE TO INCH MY WAY OUT OF THIS TOWN.HOPE TO MEET SOME OF YOU ON MY WAY OUT. Wed, 14 May 2008 14:48:03 EST GOALS There is a new feature on Sparks. It is team goal tracking. I have set up three of them. We can set up others and change what I have set up. Take a look at them and give me feed back. They are on the main page under the Forums. <BR> <BR> Kathy Wed, 23 Apr 2008 13:33:28 EST Challenge: Diet and Exercise Here's a challenge for everyone trying to leave 180-ville!!!! <BR> <BR> Post one diet problem that you have (i.e. eating too late at night) and one exercise problem (i.e. never finding the time to exercise) each week. Then post a solution to break that bad habit and stick to it for a week. <BR> <BR> Post here daily to let everyone know how you're doing and to also hold yourself accountable. And at the end of the week tell us how you did overall and any weight loss that occurred... <BR> <BR... Mon, 7 Apr 2008 16:00:32 EST Ughh weekends.. Ughh so I hate the weekends. I do so well during the week with staying within my calorie ranges, and cooking dinner and bring lunch everyday. Then Friday comes, and I don't have time or want to cook on the weekend, so we order out or go out. I try my best but I go over a little on cals. I don't want to deprive myself of things I would like to eat, so its in moderation. But when I tally it up in the food diary here, the numbers are so high! <BR> <BR> How do you stay out of temptation and/ or ... Sun, 6 Apr 2008 20:58:50 EST Top 5 Exercise Plateau Breakers *** I saw this on another team and wanted to share it with everyone here! <BR> <BR> Top 5 Exercise Plateau Breakers <BR> by: Gillian Hood-Gabrielson <BR> <BR> Plateau. That dreaded word that you do not want to hear, let alone experience. Especially if you have been diligently exercising in an attempt to get fit or lose weight. We have all experienced a plateau at some time all of a sudden you stop losing weight or you just cant seem to run any faster. When you hit a plateau, dont panic. I... Wed, 19 Mar 2008 14:03:21 EST Top Diet Myths Exposed! Here is a short article about common diet myths <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/top-diet-myths-exposed </link> Wed, 5 Mar 2008 14:22:40 EST Leavin' town! This morning's weigh in put me at 179.5 BYE-BYE 180-ville! <em>104</em> Fri, 29 Feb 2008 10:04:41 EST Hello! Joined this team this week, because for the past 3 weeks I have being yo-yo'ing between 182-180 and I just thought I was going to be in the 180's a while longer as it seemed nothing I did made a difference. However, I persevered. I was so excited this morning when I got on the scale and saw it said 179.5! Sorry my stay was so short and I was unable to get to know more of you better, but glad to be moving on. I just hope the 170's goes faster than the 180's. <em>213</em> Thu, 28 Feb 2008 13:41:33 EST I need support! I've stalled. I used to be completely unemployeed and a routine was easy to establish, but now I've picked up a few shifts at a friends resteraunt, and my schedule is always different. I feel like I'm losing control of my progress! I'm keeping what I eat in check, but on the days I work I don't go to the gym. I'm also not keeping my food diary very accurate. <BR> I am also still looking for a 'real' job, and getting even more upset and frustrated! I am also saying "oh well" a lot more, aka no... Thu, 28 Feb 2008 13:02:13 EST Goodbye 180s :) Hello team! <BR> <BR> My name is Stephanie. I just wanted to let you know that I will be leaving the team FINALLY!! I wish you all well and hope your stay here is short :) Fri, 8 Feb 2008 08:57:05 EST So long, 180-ville! I'm leaving, and I'm not coming back! <BR> <BR> Hope the rest of you join me soon! <BR> <BR> (I'm so excited--I haven't been in 170-ville since 2006!) Tue, 29 Jan 2008 10:12:36 EST Temporarily renting property in 170-ville... Hey guys! Well, yesterday was my usual weigh-in day and I actually weighed in at 182.6 but I know I was retaining water and I weighed in today and it read 179! <BR> <BR> Im not going to confirm the loss completely until next Thursday but for now, I will be renting property in 170-ville, but still keeping my home here with you guys. <BR> <BR> I hope to see all of you as my neighbors soon! Fri, 25 Jan 2008 09:43:34 EST I'm back... after a quick start in June of '07! Hi there Lovely-Leavers of 180's-ville! I am back and just barely into the 180's camp this morning at 189! I was a new member last June, right before my daughter's wedding, but only had a couple weeks of posts before I got so busy with the wedding, that I was unable to find time for myself and my new Spark friends. I am so sad that I didn't return until now...I'm right back where I started at, hovering around 190! :-( Oh could be worse I guess. So...I've decided to start walking 3 ... Wed, 9 Jan 2008 16:03:32 EST 180ville- Get your SPARK back in 2008 Borrowed with permission. <BR> **************** <BR> So, on with it already … this week I'd like you to take a few minutes to say goodbye to 2007 and hello to a successful start to 2008. We’re starting over, so we should start over here, too. Today, everyone should take a few minutes to update your Spark goals and pages. Some things to consider: <BR> <BR> REVIEW THE TEAMS YOU BELONG TO: If you haven’t read or participated in any of a particular team’s threads, or you never post in them, now... Tue, 1 Jan 2008 23:14:58 EST Goodbye 2007 Hello 2008 I borrowed this topic from the Village Beacon Team. <BR> <BR> Did you make progress in 2007? Did you meet your goal or are you still working at it? Tell us a bit about your 2007 challenges/successes here. <BR> <BR> THEN, let’s be done with 2007 and look to the fit future!! <BR> <BR> What are your top goals for 2008? Writing them down and sharing them will yield you great support and hopefully hold you that much more accountable. We are all here to help!!! What do you pledge to work on in... Thu, 27 Dec 2007 11:25:05 EST bubble room dance floor w/jacuzzi hey guys i cant wait to join this town its so exciting i am sooo close!!!!!! :) <BR> <BR> wish me luck Wed, 26 Dec 2007 08:53:21 EST Happy Holidays I don't know how much I will be on Spark this week end or through the Holidays so I figured I would send this out today, hopefully I am not to late. I realized this is the beginning of the "Holidays." <BR> <BR> I just want to take a moment to tell everyone how much you are appreciated by me and to thank you for all your help and support here at Spark People. Just knowing that if I posted something whether is was a prayer request or just a little joke, from sorrow to laughter, someone respo... Fri, 21 Dec 2007 18:34:24 EST Stress Eating This is a great read from <BR> <BR> By Deb Dellapena , Deb Dellapena is a freelance writer. <BR> So you snarfed 10 Oreos after fighting with your sister, gobbled three Krispy Kremes in the car after a tough day, and munched a big chocolate bar while staring at that horrendous credit card bill. Skip the guilt--research suggests we're hardwired to reach for sweet stuff when the going gets tough. <BR> <BR> <BR> In prehistoric times, anxious eating may have been a smart su... Sun, 14 Oct 2007 20:55:42 EST I'm going, ya'll Alright, I gave myself until October 5(I think) to get out, and I made it before that. I've been hovering around 178, so I think it's time to join the 170 Team. <BR> <BR> Good luck, everyone - you can do it! <BR> <BR> Tue, 2 Oct 2007 08:37:40 EST Gastric Bypass In July19th 2006 Hi Im Missy and I had the RNY Gastric Bypass and So Far I lost 108 lbs Now am at a standstill and I have to lose another 50lbs to be able to have plastic surgery. Any hints or tips for me <BR> Thanks For me day One was July 10th before surgery <em>249</em> Thu, 27 Sep 2007 12:38:50 EST How many calories How many calories do you all eat a day to lose weight or to maintain? Wed, 19 Sep 2007 16:24:12 EST Finally Leaving... Well it looks like I am finally going to go. I entered 180-ville on June 14th and I have lived back and forth all over it until today. Today I woke up and found myself lying in a hotel in 170-ville (did I sleepwalk here???) I will be shopping for property in 170-ville today. As for my 180-ville home I will keep the keys until I hit 175 (like usual) but then I will leave the team (and the old weight) behind. 3 more lbs. Thank you all for your support, I will miss you. I am excited and scared t... Sat, 8 Sep 2007 14:41:56 EST 10 lbs by 10/1!! I have already gone down 2lbs this month, anyone want to join me in the last 8lbs?? We can keep each other focused and motivated!! Fri, 7 Sep 2007 11:02:43 EST 15 Mins a Day Exercise Streak Who is interested in doing an exercise streak?? Works like this, You must do at least 15 mins of exercise everyday, once you miss a day then your count starts all over. If you have been on a streak already then you can count your past days, but if you did not exercise yesturday then you cannot cout them. Your exercise can be anything, as long as it is atleast 15 mins. <BR> <BR> Day 1 8/31/07 25 mins stationary bike <BR> Day 2 9/01/07 25 mins stationary bike <BR> Day 3 9/02/07 1.5 hours o... Thu, 6 Sep 2007 09:15:09 EST Almost outta here! I weighed myself last Friday (Aug24) and I was at 179.4 - I was SO happy! I just want to get down to 178.something before officially leaving. It's going to be tough over the next 2 weeks because I'm going to be away without the option to make my own food. So I'm going to have to make some really good choices, and make sure I get my exercise in! <BR> <BR> How is everyone else doing? Tue, 28 Aug 2007 09:18:30 EST A Quick Visit... I Hope! Hi everyone! I'm new to this team... and no offence, but I hope it's a short-lived stay! I started my journey on July 30th at 190 lbs. As of this morning, I'm down to 182 lbs. I'm really happy with my progress so far! Two more pounds till I'm outta here... <BR> <BR> I so don't feel like hitting the gym today, but I WILL go. I am leaving on August 31 to see my hubby and I would love to be in 170-ville by then! Mon, 20 Aug 2007 11:19:03 EST Few more weeks left until New Years Eve New Years Eve is 19 weeks away, do you have a goal weight you want to be at? <BR> Do you know what you are going to do to get there? <BR> <BR> Even though many of you may not be here in Leaving 180-ville New Years Eve. But that should not stop you from thinking about what it is you want and how you are going to get there. <BR> <BR> As for me, I am drinking my water everyday, I am increasing my exercise a little everyday and I am planning to have just a salad either for lunch or dinner ever... Sun, 19 Aug 2007 10:02:34 EST Are there other Ville I'm new here and I have a question. Is there other villes like 170 ville and 160 I'm curious. this is so encouraging... <BR> <BR> God bless! Wed, 15 Aug 2007 02:03:39 EST weight loss 'icons' Hi folks! <BR> Just wondering...I've seen on some people's pages they have icons that say "lost 5 lbs" or "lost 25 lbs." etc. Where do you get those images? Tue, 7 Aug 2007 09:08:14 EST New Spark Feature Below is a message from Coach Jen about a new feature. <BR> ********************** <BR> Hello Everyone! <BR> <BR> We launched a new feature today called the SparkTeam Wizard. The SparkTeam Wizard is a great place to start if you're new to SparkTeams. Based on a couple of questions, the Wizard will help you find SparkTeams that fit your interests and goals. You can use Team Wizard and/or the SparkTeams Search to join as many Teams as you'd like. <BR> <BR> To get to the Wizard, click on Com... Fri, 3 Aug 2007 17:05:15 EST I am SO worth...a milkshake? I heard the most annoying ad on the radio today. A lady had a big successful day at work so she went out to a fast food place and go a milkshake. The ad said "You deserve this" and she said "I am SO worth it". <BR> <BR> I had just read an article about emotional eating because you want a reward, and the article said to tell yourself "I deserve a reward that doesn't make me feel bad". Having read that article, the ad seemed so offensive! Of course we all deserve much more than a fast fo... Wed, 1 Aug 2007 23:57:55 EST Need some encourag ment...! Sigh... I'm a little frustrated here, as the month draws to a close. I've been doing very well with my eating, have been consistently exercising, and tracking both on the site. I had hoped to see a much better loss than I have this month (so far - only 3lbs). I'm glad that I finally made it into 180ville, but fear I may end up settling in with permanent residence! <BR> <BR> Not to worry - I'm not going to give up yet, I'll keep on keepin' on. Hopefully the scale will show better results for the mon... Mon, 30 Jul 2007 10:20:18 EST Moving - Disappointed I had joined this team a couple of weeks ago when I was at 189 for a few days. I have now weighed in again and I'm sorry to say that I am leaving this team and moving back to 190 ville as I weighed in at 192 today. I had remained a member of this team in the hopes that the 189 stayed but unfortunately that is not the case. <BR> <BR> I hope to move back into 180 ville by the end of the month. TIME TO GET BACK ON TRACK!!! Thu, 12 Jul 2007 14:56:14 EST Scales? What kind of scale do you have, and how do you like it? <BR> <BR> I've had both mechanical and digital. The digitals go through batteries like crazy, because if *anything* touches the top, the battery drains. The mechanicals tend to rust in the bathroom, and become inaccurate. And I can't afford a physicians' scale, which would be my first choice otherwise. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions? I'm on a tight budget. <BR> <BR> ~~ Info ~~ Wed, 11 Jul 2007 09:04:35 EST Challenge Road As you can see I renamed the Challenges thread to Challenge Road and started a couple of lanes. This is a magic road that can have as many lanes as we want and everyone will head in the same direction. Everyone will be able to encourage each other. I started with two basic challenges but if you need more or you want to add please feel free to create a new topic to cover that challenge. If you have questions about that forum post on this thread. If you don't like it at all then let me kno... Sat, 30 Jun 2007 21:14:01 EST 30 Minutes of Exercise If you have met this goal each day then let us know. If you didn't and want ideas how to get going then let us know. <BR> <BR> Kathy Sat, 30 Jun 2007 21:07:12 EST 64 oz of water a day If you have met this challenge then let share with us. If you have problems meeting this goal maybe we can give you some ideas. <BR> Sat, 30 Jun 2007 21:05:00 EST WRONG WAY Did you take Chocolate Blvd and now you are lost? Post it here and we will do what we can to help you find the right roads out of town. <BR> <BR> Kathy Wed, 20 Jun 2007 17:54:28 EST RIGHT WAY Have you found the right roads out of town? Share with us the roads you are taking. <BR> <BR> Did you choose to turn on Apple Way instead of Chocolate Blvd? <BR> <BR> Share with us so that hopefully the rest of us can find the right path out of town. <BR> <BR> Kathy Wed, 20 Jun 2007 17:49:39 EST Right road Stop. Changing name. <BR> <BR> Kathy Wed, 20 Jun 2007 17:33:48 EST Forums We have 2 more forums that I can create. What do want those forums to be? Food, Exercise, Challenges, and/or Road Directions? I would like to keep the fun of this group when coming up with the names but I'm not creative so let me know. <BR> <BR> Kathy Tue, 19 Jun 2007 01:22:58 EST New in town? Tell us all about who you are. Welcome to 180ville. We hope that your stay is short and sweet. <BR> <BR> Kathy Tue, 19 Jun 2007 01:04:06 EST Unsure I don't know what to do; I am trying to break my soda habit. Its driving me nuts. I know if I start drinking alot more water the pounds will start to fall off. Any suggestions? Wed, 13 Jun 2007 02:12:07 EST I'm outta here! You are all very nice people, and I hope you don't take it personally, but I hope not to see you all again in this group , maybe we can get together in another. <BR> --vanessa <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Mon, 11 Jun 2007 12:19:06 EST Wrong Direction I try to weigh in only once/ week. But, this Monday I weighed in and i'd left 180-ville... for 190-ville!!!! I guess my donkey and cart got a bit confused and went North instead of South. <BR> <BR> In any case, I've just arrived back in 180-ville and have breathed a sigh of relief. Hope to not be here too long, but also really, really hoping that next time I leave, it's not because of a detour! It's 170-ville or nothing (knock on wood). <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Thu, 7 Jun 2007 19:41:26 EST 180.779 Until thursday I was still stuck in 183. I had a not so good week and missed gym twice. I even had a mini binge.I was glad because even when I break down, I do it in a responsible and accountable manner. <BR> <BR> But yesterday (weigh in day) I was 82 kgs ie 180.779 lbs. This seems fishy and I will recheck today. <BR> <BR> So I guess I should start packing. Mon, 4 Jun 2007 02:59:28 EST Won't be leaving 180ville for a long time.... I am at 182.4 but I know I won't be losing much for about a year... why? Because I am prenant!!! <BR> <BR> I haven't been on here much because I was discouraged about not losing weight. I have been in the 180s for too long.. but then oopps... I had this unexpected blessing. I will be 40 when the baby arrives, God willing. <BR> <BR> I would very much appreciate prayers for the baby's health and hope to be back here after the baby is born and to charge down and out of 180ville then. Wed, 30 May 2007 09:18:53 EST Yeah, I'm finally outta here! I have finally broke into the 170's!!! Thank you for all the encouragement! I'll see you guys in the 170ville group! Thu, 24 May 2007 03:09:07 EST New in town and to SP! :) Hiya everyone! I'm new to town..actually, new to SP..just started on Monday and I'm already in the 180 range! I went from 192lbs on Monday to 185lbs today's weigh in! :o) So I'm so happy to be joining this town alrhough I hope I'm not staying for much longer! I know this is the weight range that I always get stuck in so this is why I joined here becaue I know I am going to have a hard time. Even though I'm trying to stay as positve as I can I just have a feeling that I'm going to have a rough... Fri, 18 May 2007 21:26:00 EST Consistent Exercise Challenge Hey everyone, <BR> <BR> This is challenge for all who are interested in getting into (or back into) the habit of consistently working out. Whether its walking, running, biking, yoga, or anything else I challenge you to committ to a consistent goal for this week. <BR> <BR> I will committ to do core training on the ball Wednesday for 25 minutes at lunch and walk/dance/jog for a minium of 30 minutes each day for one week starting today. <BR> <BR> I think I will post in each day to be accounta... Thu, 17 May 2007 15:31:08 EST I logged in today For the first time in months. I have a bunch of personal issues / family issues that have taken precedence. I need to get back on track but I'm struggling. Badly. Wed, 16 May 2007 00:04:48 EST SP Articles just noticed the new feature on the articles page, if you have already read an article it puts a check mark next to the title on the list. This has really helped me and I hope is helping you as well! The articles are great so if you are not taking advantage of the information, read a few and learn something new! <BR> <BR> Sherri <BR> Fri, 11 May 2007 08:58:43 EST How often do you weigh yourself? Since I started Spark, everyone has been telling me not to weigh myself more than once a week, but today on the home page is an article talking about weighing yourself often, even as much as once a day. Does everyone here do it just once a week? Thu, 10 May 2007 12:00:24 EST Spread the Spark Greensburg Kansas Tornado Relief I received this Spark Message and call for help from a fellow Sparkie, cut and paste the URL below to go to the team page, Laraine has an abundance of information on how we can all help the victims of this terrible tragedy. <BR> <BR> ---------- LARAINE wrote: ---------- <BR> Sparks and I have started a team to help raise funds and started a clothing drive to help the People of Greensburg Kansas if you could help me spread the word it would be greatly appreciated this is what I posted on adv... Wed, 9 May 2007 21:22:43 EST Co-leader I don't spend as much time on this board as I should. I'm looking for someone that can help me encourage people and also create topics that encourages people to talk. Some boards need organization and some need new topics. This is a board that needs new topics. <BR> <BR> Kathy Mon, 7 May 2007 10:19:16 EST Sherri - USARMYMOM Does anyone know where Sherri is? She was very active and now no one is hearing from her. I'm concerned. Sun, 6 May 2007 09:46:42 EST HELP! I have hit a wall... I have only lost 1 pound in the past month! AARGH I need to re-kick start things. Need some inspiration. Tue, 1 May 2007 00:29:44 EST Moms with little ones.... What do you do for exercise? <BR> <BR> I have a newborn(8 weeks old) a 2 yr old and a 4 yr old....I have tried doing tae bo but with the kiddos having to join in its fun but not too many calories burned since it becomes more of a game for them.... <BR> <BR> I feel like I will never lose the weight Now that my baby doesnt sleep as much.... <BR> <BR> anyway, HOw do you do it????LOL <BR> <BR> thanx Thu, 26 Apr 2007 11:15:55 EST Goodbye we will miss you. I thought I would start this thread to say goodbye to people as they move onto 170ville. If you like the idea feel free to post and keep it at the top. <BR> <BR> Kathy Mon, 16 Apr 2007 16:40:53 EST Diet Rage I added a new article today. Diet Rage. Boy did it make sense to me. I hope you all enjoy it. <BR> <BR> Kathy Wed, 11 Apr 2007 13:21:49 EST To Much Junk Thanks to A1CMOM I posted an article that she recommended in the Team Favorites. <BR> <BR> Easter wasn't really the problem it was a lack of sleep for me. I am the perfect example of what Spark says about lack of sleep and the carb cravings. I haven't even posted todays food and I probably won't. <BR> <BR> I'm also not going to dwell on the past but start on Monday to make sure that I make the right choices. <BR> <BR> Kathy Sun, 8 Apr 2007 20:23:01 EST When is it time to stop? I think that no matter how thin I have ever been that I have always been trying to get thinner. I am 5'8" and I was a size 4 in high school until my senior year when I got bigger from running a lot and went up to a 6. Then my curves started to fill out and I was an 8 in college. I stayed that size until I got married and gained a little weight. I was a 10 until I got pregnant and then we won't discuss that! Now that I am getting back down, when do I stop? My BMI range says that I should... Fri, 6 Apr 2007 23:52:20 EST town mayor Howdy town folk! <BR> <BR> My poor laptop needs to see the DR. It will be down for several weeks and I need someone to take over as team leader. All I have to do is email who ever is taking over and the process is seamless. <BR> <BR> Sparkmail me or reply to this thread. When my laptop is done I don't plan on being in 180-ville. When the new leader is ready to leave just ask for a replacement and email that persons name and so on. A revolving mayor! Tue, 3 Apr 2007 12:42:01 EST Weekly weigh in I have noticed some tickers going down I do believe. Here's your chance to brag and we can all celebrate and do the happy dance with you! <em>179</em> <em>9</em> Thu, 29 Mar 2007 11:30:39 EST I'm Streaking! <em>246</em> . <BR> Yesterday was the 1st day of my streak. I got in 6 veggies and 1 fruit and my workout. <BR> I was about 100 or so cal over my limit <BR> But my main streak I'm goin for is to get the fruits and veggies in. <BR> By day 4 of my streak I want to be staying in cal range. <BR> By day 7 I want to have gotton in exercise everyday. <BR> <BR> Lets hear it for streaking!!!!!!! <BR> I want to see this town streak <em>104</em> Thu, 29 Mar 2007 11:28:16 EST Team links Good Morning 180-ville. <BR> I finally figured out how to add articles to the team favorites list. If any of you have a favorite that you think deal with the issues we are talking about around town then let me know which ones and I will add them to the list. <em>87</em> Thu, 29 Mar 2007 11:23:26 EST Scared to weigh... I haven't been sticking to my healthy lifestyle very well lately, and I'm sure I'm more firmly intrenched in 180-ville than ever! I've been scared to find out how bad its gotten... <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> But I really don't have to weigh...I FEEL like I've gained weight. My clothes aren't fitting so well and I just feel blubbery. <BR> <BR> I can't give up. <em>234</em> Wed, 28 Mar 2007 17:18:06 EST favorite indoor/outdoor hobby Outdoors...I love to garden and catch rays! <BR> Indoors, I LOVE to decorate. Organize things. I am also a crafty person and I do alot of woodcrafts. Cut my own wood and paint gifts n things. <BR> <BR> I love baking too but...when I bake I want to eat it so I usually wait till Christmas and bake tons and give it all away! (minus a dozen in samples more or less, hehehe) <BR> <BR> What does everyone else in 180-ville like to do? Sat, 24 Mar 2007 23:02:55 EST when do you actually leave 180 ville? <BR> Good Morning All!! <BR> <BR> Silly question of the day. lol <BR> <BR> I know from my own personal experience that when my scale does show 179 I am not to get to excited because I can go up and down 2 lbs easily week in and week out. I know I truly won't be in 170 ville until the scale shows 178 for me. It would be silly to bounce between the two towns for two weeks. My thumb would get sore from hitchhiking daily!! lol <BR> <BR> what is the usual procedure for a newbie like me? <... Sat, 24 Mar 2007 07:46:10 EST Coffee Shop-place to chit chat Bear with me everyone. <BR> <BR> I am trying to figure out how to unstick some topics. <BR> Does anyone have 3 favorite sticky topics that they think should stay at the top. I don't think it matters too much. I can always find info. <BR> I do think the new in town needs to stay at the top <BR> And by the way, hopefully we won't be here too long but hello to all those new in town. <BR> I'm debi! <em>213</em> Fri, 23 Mar 2007 15:03:14 EST new in town ok! I think I'm finding my way around sparkpages. I've been using it for tracking my calories and excercise but I thought I would venture a liitle further on this site and here I am. I was 180lbs but went up to 183lbs so working to make my way back down. best of luck to all on this journey! Wed, 21 Mar 2007 20:15:44 EST I am leaving.... . Mon, 19 Mar 2007 18:01:45 EST Ghost Town Has 180-ville become a ghost town? No one is posting anymore. Let's hear about how you are doing, what you are proud of that you did today, what is your goal for today....let's stay motivated, let's help each other get out of town. Thu, 15 Mar 2007 21:41:00 EST Leaving 180-ville Group Forum . Wed, 14 Mar 2007 12:18:37 EST PLEASE READ: Posting guideline . Wed, 14 Mar 2007 12:15:17 EST I was doing well.... and then this week has been horrid. I was at 188 but now I'm at 189.5, clinging on to my stay here in 180 ville. <BR> <BR> I've just been emotional eating. I know it. But still I seem to be stuck. <BR> <BR> Feeling very frustrated. Tue, 13 Mar 2007 16:21:08 EST Proud of myself today, and my group I am proud of myself because I went to my colleges pub night, and only had 1 sleeve of beer and half the normal ammount of fries. And after all that I still worked out. <BR> <BR> <BR> P.S. I think that that's an awesome idea, just putting the food in your cart and then putting it back. I make such bad choices when I'm at the grocery store...what 3 bags of chips for 5 dollars?? OK. And congrats on dropping a cup size and pumping up the old ticker. It's awesome and in... Tue, 13 Mar 2007 00:19:27 EST Just checking in Today's weigh in was 183.4 Boy the 180's seem to be taking me much longer then the 190's did. I was so happy to see a 2 1/2 pound loss today though. Maybe in 2 or 3 more weeks I will be out of here. I can't wait. <BR> <BR> Sarah Mon, 12 Mar 2007 11:55:18 EST I left 190-ville.... and it felt great! I was the "Mayor" for the team, and I just handed over the key to the city to DOTTIE51460. It's official - I now reside in 180-ville and I hope I never ever have to visit 190-ville ever again. Sat, 10 Mar 2007 10:00:50 EST Yeah! I made it! Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I am so happy to be here in 180-ville! <BR> <BR> My weigh in this morning was 189 so I am thrilled! <BR> <BR> <BR> I am hoping to move out soon enough but for now, I am thrilled and delighted to be here! Mon, 5 Mar 2007 09:20:44 EST Town recipe book We all have favorite recipes. <BR> I am actually looking for a basic granola. Does anyone have one that is a bit less in sugar or uses natural sugars like dates or raisins? The resource page does but it had a whopping 350 some odd cals in it. Obviously granola is one of those things thats higher in calories anyway but I would think we could come up with something? Mon, 5 Mar 2007 09:16:43 EST My goal today... To reach our monthly goals we all know we get there because of the daily goals. <BR> Today I am going to drink all my water +3 extra. <BR> I'm going to do my weight training. <BR> I'm going to walk 10,000 steps, and our pooch benefits from that one. <BR> <BR> I am going to hug my daughter and I will most importantly love myself! Mon, 5 Mar 2007 09:09:20 EST March Challenge: Ten Pounds! Is anyone up for a challenge? Today is March 1st, so I thought it would be a good time to start a challenge. <BR> <BR> How about shooting for a 10 lb loss for the month of March? That would kick us all out of here and we could slide on down the road to 170-ville. <BR> <BR> I KNOW we can do it!! ~Christie <BR> <BR> <em>110</em> Thu, 1 Mar 2007 14:07:16 EST Does anybody else.... This is the first time I almost did this... <BR> <BR> Does anyone else consider lying on their food tracker? About a week ago I started doing the "I don't think I ate that big of a portion..." and then today, I went to add the popcorn that I ate last night and I realized it would put me over my calories, so I almost didn't add it. <BR> <BR> I'm immediately going back to weighing and measuring. <BR> <BR> This is insane. I dont' think my a$$ reads my nutritional tracker, so i don't that sh... Wed, 28 Feb 2007 16:55:42 EST Going camping Well after a really bad week with my husband leaving (Navy) the scale was less than kind this morning. I don't want to move back to 190-ville so I think I will just pack the camper and and stay for a little while between towns. The house is open for anyone that wants a place to live for a little while but I do plan on being home soon. <BR> <BR> Kathy Mon, 26 Feb 2007 13:37:38 EST I'm proud of myself today, because... Some days, it seems like we do everything right. Other days, we don't have much to celebrate. <BR> <BR> But even on those bad days, if we look hard enough - there is SOMETHING that we've done that we can be proud of. <BR> <BR> I thought it would be nice to celebrate the big things, and little things, that we do to make ourselves proud. <BR> <BR> I'm proud of myself today, because...I drank all my 8 glasses of water and stayed in my calorie range! <BR> (And all my laundry is done!! Yippe... Sat, 24 Feb 2007 22:07:54 EST Look at my ticker! I'm getting closer and closer to leaving 180ville!!! <BR> <BR> Stacey Sat, 24 Feb 2007 17:53:22 EST Need Help... I walked 2 miles today and it took me 1 hour. I was trying to register it and I couldn't figure out what they meant. They would have 15 min./mile. I just don't what it means. Can anyone help me? Sat, 24 Feb 2007 15:00:49 EST PRAYER CHAIN I hope I am not offending anyone by asking for a prayer chain, but my neighbors need as many prayers as possible. If you don't believe in prayer please just think positive for them. <BR> <BR> Beth, my neighbor, was pregnant with twins due in May. She called me last night and said she had an emergency c-section on Saturday the 17th of February. Luke was around 2 lbs and Nathan around 1 lbs. Both boys were born with spinalbifibia (Please excuse the spelling), they can not do anything about it... Wed, 21 Feb 2007 10:12:01 EST sweet tooth? How are you all coping with your sweet tooth? <BR> <BR> I tend to count calories from the foods I buy from the grocery store but I generally make rough estimates regarding the food I get on the run. Turns out I've been way off. I guessed that one almond croissant from Au Bon Pain would be about 300 calories. Wrong! I found out a few weeks ago that it is nearly 600. <BR> <BR> Starbucks is about on par with that, Panera is just a touch better. <BR> <BR> Lesson learned: pass on the baked g... Mon, 19 Feb 2007 22:06:35 EST I'm going to miss y'all ... But hope to see you gals soon on the flip side, in 170-ville real soon! I've enjoyed my stay here! Mon, 19 Feb 2007 13:58:38 EST town gym Here I just got to town yesterday and it just happened ChicagoCathy had to leave town and needed someone to take over. I was online and had just gotton here and I figured it was a sign! <BR> <BR> Since not everyone has a local gym I thought it would be fun to share all the creative ways we have exercised. <BR> <BR> For when it's cold outside I run up and down my stairs (the dog looks at me funny!) <BR> And I use my stairs to do my push-ups. Sat, 17 Feb 2007 09:56:23 EST New in Town Hello....this is my first day on SparkPeople. I'm certainly hoping to make my way to Leaving 170-ville soon..but while I'm here I look forward to the support and info! <BR> <BR> Vy Sat, 17 Feb 2007 08:37:14 EST Sticking around.... Hi guys. Hope you are all having a great day today. Being that it's Friday is a plus! Well I weighed in today but didn't lose anything. Didn't gain any either so I guess I am not too disappointed. Hope I'm not hitting a plateau. I hate working through those. Maybe I will see a loss next week. Fri, 16 Feb 2007 15:40:42 EST Taking a Time Out... Hi guys! <BR> <BR> I need to take a time out from Spark for a while... I'm going back to school in a week and really need to focus on that. Plus, it's just too distracting when I can only check it from work. (stupid laptop... all messed up... grrr) <BR> <BR> Would anyone be interested in taking over leadership of the group? I know I haven't been around at all lately and I feel like you deserve someone who checks in every day. <BR> <BR> Send me a message if you're interested. First one ... Fri, 16 Feb 2007 10:39:59 EST and I'm outta here! Weighed in at 179 this morning! See you on the other side!!! Thu, 15 Feb 2007 07:59:28 EST sooooooooo close I am right at 180!!! Hope to be out of here VERY soon :) Wed, 14 Feb 2007 10:06:14 EST Here for at least another week! Not that I mind, y'all are a lovely bunch of people! And I'm soooo close. Down 1.4 lbs to 180.7 ... I may have to leave next Monday. Mon, 12 Feb 2007 12:40:14 EST Almost left for wrong reason I gainned but then I lost so at 189. but went up to 192 so though i would have to leave to join the 190 ville. ok I am doing better so far. still need to get my exercise in. so working on journling not eating anything i dont want to journel and to get some exerersie in. Sat, 10 Feb 2007 08:51:29 EST A good weigh in today! Lost 3.9 lbs, down to 182.1 lbs! So hopefully I'll be out of 180-ville in a couple of weeks ... that big drop was because last week was TTOM, so I dropped a bunch of water weight too. Mon, 5 Feb 2007 12:26:10 EST Goodbye 180-ville! Okay, well, I had been feeling poorly all weekend, stomach cramps and all... so today I had a very, ahem, productive morning for the first time in about a week. I was shocked to discover that I'm now finally under 180! I'm down to 176.6 as of today! I'm on my way now, and feeling much better. So long, don't be too long, I hope to see you all soon in 170-ville! Sun, 4 Feb 2007 16:47:09 EST Dang drill weekend After my drill weekend in the Guard, I gained two pounds putting me at 189. I always come out heavy at the end of those darn things! Their stinkin' scale read me at 192 when I walked in at 188 that morning. (187 the day before hence the two pounds) GRR. Sun, 4 Feb 2007 12:10:44 EST Hooray! I weighed myself this morning, and had lost 4 lbs this week. I am now at 177.8, which I guess means I need to find the Leaving 170-ville team. <BR> <BR> Thanks everyone for the support, and I'll see you all soon. Good luck <em>30</em> Sun, 4 Feb 2007 07:39:23 EST ::Sigh:: Still here. Well, crap. I just did my weigh in, and I'm still at exactly 180 lbs. I've lost nearly an inch of my hip and neck... but nothing from my waist (which was my real concern). I guess I'm here for another week. Fri, 2 Feb 2007 18:32:51 EST new pics I added my new front and side few pictures to my gallery (will put new ones up on the 1st of every month) Thu, 1 Feb 2007 13:41:56 EST "Attention" Leave the Back Fat at the Door! LOL I couldn't believe I actually had back fat to begin with but I noticed today getting outta the shower...(Dang Mirror) it WAS GONE! Not that I am missing it by any means but YES!!! It is gone...oh yea if ya find it PLEASE DON'T SEND IT BACK! ;) <BR> LOL Tue, 30 Jan 2007 13:48:15 EST Oh, so close! Okay, I didn't weigh on Friday, because AF was in town, and I knew whatever weight I was at was a lie. So, I weighed today. I'm at 180 even! I KNOW that by Friday I'm outta here! Who's coming with me? Mon, 29 Jan 2007 18:11:52 EST HABITS "Excellence is not a singular act, but a habit. You are what you repeatedly do." <BR> --- Shaquille O'Neal <BR> <BR> I found this quote this week and it really hit home for me. It pretty much sums up my existence up until this point! <BR> <BR> My physical appearance up until now can be traced back to quite a few habits... here are a few that I'd like to change! <BR> <BR> - Turning on my TV and laptop the second I walk in the door. I don't get anything done except eating and sitting on... Fri, 26 Jan 2007 10:49:05 EST hi everyone! I hope to not be here for long :P Fri, 26 Jan 2007 10:35:03 EST Everyday Exercise Oh, exercise. I'm pretty sure that *not getting enough exercise* is how I've put on the pounds over the years. I don't really eat that bad... I've made significant improvements to my diet since joining Spark two months ago and have managed to lose about six pounds... and didn't gain over the holidays! But I'm ging for bigger results now. <BR> <BR> I just don't MOVE enough! I started wearing a pedometer a few weeks ago, big shocker! I'm supposed to be getting 10,000 steps a day, but on a... Wed, 24 Jan 2007 23:25:39 EST What's comes next? I see there's nothing after Leaving 170-ville. So, what, those of us who are soon to be there will be racing to see who starts up Leaving 160-ville? I'm curious to see where this goes. Wed, 24 Jan 2007 10:58:55 EST My Winning Streak I totally stole this from the general message board, but thought we could use it here. My biggest hurdle is making something a habit. So I thought I'd post my first 2007 goal and track it here. <BR> <BR> Here is the spark article that explains this: <BR><BR>vation_articles.asp?id=88&page=1 <BR> <BR> Exercise is my biggest downfall. I don't really eat that poorly, but sometimes it's a real struggle to be active! That has really hit home since I ... Mon, 22 Jan 2007 10:18:55 EST The Perfect Day - an experiment. Ready to plan tomorrow? A day that will just make you feel SO damn good cause it'll be ALL about what's good for you. It'll be a 24 hour demonstration of how much you care about yourself. I mean really care. Really really so. Take a second to think about what will make it exactly what you need to either get on track or experiencing already being on track. What sort of planning do you need to do today? (Do it!) What sort of schedule, either exact (at 8 o clock I will...) or vague (sometime in ... Sat, 20 Jan 2007 12:28:31 EST Target date. Get your calendars out! Lucky number seven! We're bound to hit the 170s in 2007! When do you plan to permanantely move out of 180-ville? Let's get some dates down amongst ourselves to hold each other to week by week by week til we each get there! Sun, 14 Jan 2007 13:37:54 EST New in town? Click here to introduce yourself! Welcome! If your scale says you're 180-something, feel free to hang out here as you make your into the 170s. Let's work hard to run each other out of town! Sun, 14 Jan 2007 13:07:02 EST