SparkPeople SP Class of August 19-25, 2007 Team Messageboard This team is for new members who joined SparkPeople from August 19-25, 2007. Welcome! SparkPeople SP Class of August 19-25, 2007 Team Messageboard Ten Years! What? Can you believe it is almost ten years since we joined sp? <BR> <BR> How is it going? Thu, 26 Jan 2017 21:17:00 EST Streaking I am attempting a streak of 10 minutes of movement or 10 reps of a body weight exercise. <BR> <BR> So far 8 days streak from 1/10 - 1/17 is the longest <BR> <BR> Start over: <BR> <BR> 1/19 10 squats <BR> 1/20 swim <BR> 1/21 10 pushups <BR> 1/22 10 crunches Fri, 22 Jan 2016 22:01:44 EST 2016 Now is the time when we look at the year thAt is winding down and what we want to do next yeAr. What is your assessment? Tue, 22 Dec 2015 01:29:05 EST New goings on. I've been reading about Chi Running and it sounds good. <BR> <BR> ...any new activities that are keeping you going? Mon, 13 Apr 2015 21:01:40 EST 2015! Another year. The slate is clean. What story will you write this year? Wed, 14 Jan 2015 23:08:53 EST 2014 reunion Can you believe it has been seven years since we joined. <BR> <BR> How is it going? Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:42:55 EST How Long have you been Sparking? Diet is a life habit with ups and downs. How long have you been Sparking? I have been here since 2007. I left for a while, but missed the support and of course put about 8 pounds back on. So I Spark and I plan to Spark until I die......How about you? Thu, 12 Jun 2014 07:35:48 EST I won't be able to exercise for a while I have hit a "bump in the road" as they say -- actually, I was in a roll-over automobile accident on the highway the other night. And, while I know I'm lucky to be alive and not more seriously injured, I was injured enough not to exercise or even to walk. <BR> <BR> Hope to be "back in the pink" sooner, rather than later. <BR> <BR> Wish all of you the best in reaching your goals, and looking forward to being back with you. <BR> <BR> Linda Sun, 8 Jun 2014 01:10:44 EST 2014 How is it going? 2014 has been a challenge for me. My weifht loss stalled and i am having trouble doing the fitness minutes i desire. today i was to go swimming, but my husband asked a service man to stop by and i am the one to talk to him. Wed, 30 Apr 2014 11:18:48 EST Hello November!!! Hello Team, I'm stepping down as leader from this team. If you would like to step in as the leader, please let me know. I never did figure out exactly what makes a good leader and I could not inspire conversation on this team, so I'll step aside. I can not remove myself as leader, unless someone takes over, but I will only be participating as a regular team member from now on. <BR> <BR> I wish everyone the best and I will continue to visit your blogs when I see new ones. <BR> <BR> Make i... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 20:14:16 EST Hello October!!! What's new? Tue, 1 Oct 2013 18:07:06 EST Hello September!!! Is it Fall yet? Back to school and it seems like the rest of the year is so short and full of fun times and candy. Let's start planning strategies for those Fall and Winter holidays. <BR> <BR> How are you spending September? Mon, 2 Sep 2013 17:19:49 EST Hello August!!! It is our Sparkaversary month! How should we celebrate? What have you learned in the last six years related to health, fitness, and nutrition? Fri, 9 Aug 2013 09:53:06 EST Hello July!!! Ok, the year is in it's apex. How are you making it great? Now is the time to make sure the year goes on to a great December. Plan now, and you'll feel awesome! Thu, 4 Jul 2013 16:07:15 EST A to Z of fitness This game requires 'audience participation' <BR> <BR> A is for airplane pose. <BR> <link><BR>exercises.asp?exercise=118 </link> <BR> <BR> Please incorporate the last exercise, if you can, into your next workout before moving on to the next letter. <BR> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 19:00:47 EST Hello June!!! What are your plans for June. Now, the summer is officially here and we can all get outdoors and be active in the sun. Enjoy it. Thu, 6 Jun 2013 15:30:13 EST Produce A to Z A apple Thu, 30 May 2013 03:22:07 EST Hello May!!! Hello Team, what are you up to in May? What do you plan do accomplish this month. Best of luck! Fri, 3 May 2013 16:48:05 EST Hello April!!! The first quarter of 2013 is past, but there are three more quarters to get this year's goals met. How are things going? <BR> <BR> I blogged about it, and would love to here how others are doing. Wed, 3 Apr 2013 11:00:16 EST what are your goals for 2013? what are your goals for 2013? Mine are to lose 2 pounds a month, I feel this should be doable. <BR> Goals: <BR> lose 2 pounds a month <BR> gain no more then 2 pounds when I travel <BR> think positive everyday. <BR> <BR> That;s it. Sun, 10 Feb 2013 12:31:14 EST Hello February!!! It is month two of 2013. Hopefully we are all on top of our goals for the year. If not, you can start now. It is never too late to choose a healthier lifestyle. What is store for the month? Tue, 5 Feb 2013 12:09:04 EST Hello 2013!!! This is a new year and a new chance to rewrite your story. What will you accomplish in 2013? Tue, 1 Jan 2013 13:54:34 EST Hello December!!! We made it! Another year is almost begun. We still have a month in 2012 to end the year with a bang. What do you plan for December? Fri, 30 Nov 2012 11:42:32 EST 2012, Year in Review How was 2012? I hope it turned out even better than you hoped. Do tell, how was it? Mon, 26 Nov 2012 19:25:02 EST New Image Contest Now that our team has had it's 5th birthday, it's time for a new icon for our team. <BR> <BR> Please post your suggestion here, or send me a spark email. Send a picture or simply describe what you think would make a good image for our team. <BR> <BR> We can have a contest, and your image might win, so send your suggestions ... <BR> <BR> Remember there are copyright laws related to images downloaded from the internet, so please send or suggest an image you own or is 'free'. <BR> Mon, 26 Nov 2012 19:20:23 EST Prompt.... Can you remember a pet you once had which you don't have anymore? Do tell. Wed, 7 Nov 2012 15:10:57 EST Hello November!!! What's up people? The year is going to quickly. Make it a stellar two months and end the year with a bang. <BR> <BR> How do you plan to meet your health goals over the next two months? Mon, 5 Nov 2012 15:10:57 EST Hello October!!! Only about a dozen weeks left in 2012, let's make the best of it. How do you plan to do that? Mon, 1 Oct 2012 14:30:11 EST Hello September!!! Is it Fall yet? Maybe Autumn is a better name as it sounds like something better. In an case, I hope 2012 is going according to plan, or if not, now is as good a time as any to steer back to the path you desire. Each day you get to do the small things that add up to your big goal. Good luck staying on course! Tue, 4 Sep 2012 13:27:01 EST HAPPY 5TH YEAR ANNIVERSA RY!!!!!!! <em>386</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <em>384</em> <em>244</em> Sun, 19 Aug 2012 17:59:48 EST Happy Fifth Anniversary!!! It's been five years since we all hooked up with SparkPeople. <BR> <em>236</em> <em>244</em> <em>507</em> <BR> <BR> Have you enjoyed my time here? <BR> <BR> Though I'm still working on how to get to where I want to get, I've learned a lot about myself. I've learned I have to keep examining what I'm doing and tweaking my habits until I get the new habits that get me to my goal. <BR> <BR> How about you? What has the last five years been like? Tue, 31 Jul 2012 15:34:11 EST Hello!!! August 2012 It the home stretch for summer. Hope your plans include lots of healthy activities. Tue, 31 Jul 2012 15:29:42 EST Five Year Roundup Can you believe it's been five years since we signed up to SparkPeople? <BR> What's happened since? <BR> What has been the most useful aspects of this website? <BR> Did you reach the goals you originally set out to, or have you set new goals? <BR> Has it been smooth sailing or a challenging ride? <BR> <BR> Tue, 24 Jul 2012 19:09:13 EST hello July It is the 27 th week of 2012. How is the year treating you so far? It is not too later to right things if it's not going so well. What are your goa <BR> ls for this month? Tue, 3 Jul 2012 21:26:45 EST Hello!!! June 2012 Oh boy, the year is practically at the half way mark. How are you doing on your year's goals? <BR> <BR> In May I joined the SP's Spring Challenge. I helped me rack up SparkPoints and Fitness Minutes. Those 'feel' great, but they also turn into actual changes towards better fitness. That's the real reward. <BR> <BR> I'm going to keep challenging myself this Summer so I can continue getting as healthy as I can be. <BR> <BR> How about you? What are your plans for Summer? Sat, 2 Jun 2012 16:00:33 EST Hello!!! May 2012. Wow, summer is almost here. I'm taking the Spring Challenge. How about you? What are your plans for this month? This month holds most of weeks 18, 19, 20, 21, & 22. That's almost a full five weeks to complete your goals for the month. Good luck. Tue, 1 May 2012 11:45:20 EST It all started with Spring break. I take my exercise in a class called ‘swimming for fitness’ at my local community college. A couple of weeks ago, we took a week off for Spring Break. This coincided with a business trip that took me away from home. The combination of not having my regular workout and my regular kitchen made it a challenge to keep up (down) with my weight. I managed to get in a few hotel-room-body-weight-workouts and a nice walk. More importantly, I was very vigilant about what I ate. It wasn’t always the he... Wed, 25 Apr 2012 14:17:02 EST Hello!!! April 2012. It's officially spring! Hope you are getting ready to enjoy the outdoors, if you haven't been already. <BR> <BR> My open swim group has started and I've been postponing joining them because it feels too cold and I'm still a bit afraid of open waters. Maybe by month end I can report I've swam in the Pacific! <BR> <BR> What will you plan for this month? <BR> <BR> <BR> This month has four weeks. Week 14, 15, 16, and 17 of 2012 take place this month. Let's make the best of these days. Mon, 2 Apr 2012 16:06:21 EST How Have Your Goals Changed since 2007? So, 5 years we have been on this website. Many of our compatriots have stopped logging on, stopped sparking, or are on a hiatus. But many of us are continuing the journey, and continuing to spark. <BR> <BR> How have your goals changed in the last 5 years? <BR> <BR> When I first started on Sparkpeople, I had started to get bogged down by school, stress, and a lack of exercise and self-care. I wanted once and for all to establish a healthy lifestyle, and be able to wear what I wanted and feel... Fri, 23 Mar 2012 17:11:51 EST How many Spark Points did you get on today's wheel I think I got 3 points today. Sat, 10 Mar 2012 18:25:01 EST Teams you visit often. This thread is another one for chit chat when you pop over to your original Spark Team. <BR> <BR> Answer this: <BR> What SparkTeams have you been visiting lately? How are they helpful to you? <BR> <BR> My favorite team, is this one. Do I have to say that? :-) <BR> Other than this one, I enjoy the 'Swimming for Cardio' team very much. The team is active every day and it has challenges that help me improve my swimming. Sat, 10 Mar 2012 18:23:42 EST Favorite feature. This is another thread for chit chat with your fellow SparkPeople class. <BR> <BR> Describe what feature you have found most helpful or for another reason is you favorite. Maybe that changes from time to time. <BR> <BR> Lately, I'm digging the Workout Generator. It keeps my workouts interesting. Sat, 10 Mar 2012 18:20:52 EST What have you learned recently? This thread is to help you get posting points. Simply describe something you have learned recently. It might help others to! <BR> <BR> I learned that I load up on calories at the end of the day. If I stick around the kitchen or in front of the TV I'm more likely to over load. Sat, 10 Mar 2012 18:18:36 EST What did you have for lunch? This is a thread to help you when you want to get some points. Simply answer, what you had for lunch? <BR> <BR> I had a 6 inch Subway sandwich. Sat, 10 Mar 2012 18:16:40 EST Hello!!! Month of March 2012. It's March. I hope you are all doing well and those in the part of the country that are getting the winds are stying safe. <BR> <BR> Spring is almost here. <BR> <BR> What are you looking forward to in Spring? <BR> <BR> Me?, The blossoms! <em>214</em> <em>126</em> <em>146</em> <BR> <BR> This month has four weeks. Week 10, 11, 12, and 13 of 2012 take place this month. Let's make the best of these days. Tue, 6 Mar 2012 13:35:09 EST Hello!!! Week 9 of 2012. Too long I've been trying to get past one obstacle or another towards a more healthy diet. I'm a stress eater, but I'm also a boredom eater. I also eat to celebrate and socialize. I'm realizing there will always be something. Life isn't perfect and I need to plan for those times that aren't smooth sailing because the reality is that most times are like that. <BR> <BR> How do you keep on your path towards healthy living? Mon, 27 Feb 2012 13:31:35 EST Hello!!! Week 8 2012 Good day! I read that right about now those that have been doing well in their fitness goals are now considering an investment in home fitness equipment. How about you? Are working out at home or does the gym work better for you? <BR> Mon, 20 Feb 2012 13:24:43 EST Hello!!! Week 7, 2012. Happy Valentine's Day! I tried a few SparkPeople Cookbook recipes for our Valentine's Day Dinner (which we celebrated) yesterday--Tilapia, Couscous, and Braised Spinach. It all had a sunny flavor--of lemon. The low calories allowed me a glass of white wine to celebrate. <BR> <BR> I hope that your day and week go well. Do you do something different on Valentine's Day? Why not shake up your workout today and be your own Valentine. Tue, 14 Feb 2012 11:18:06 EST Hello!!! Week 6 of 2012. Recently I read an article about how working out with a friend can be beneficial to staying motivated to a fitness regiment. What about a friend with four legs? When my sister got a dog, she lost weight because her pet depended on her for its daily walks. Dogs are indeed a great friend to us, in more ways than one. <BR> <BR> Hope you get the chance to workout with friends this week! <BR> <BR> What techniques do you use to keep to your workout routine? Mon, 6 Feb 2012 18:04:15 EST Hello!!! Week 5 2012. This is almost February. How are you doing? Today I saw an interesting article about what different cultures find yummy and disgusting. Check it out in Wall Street Journal online. It is called " <BR> You Eat That?" <BR> <BR> Wish all my trigger foods looked gross to me; well maybe not. I enjoy the treats, but it is something to think about. <BR> Mon, 30 Jan 2012 11:14:57 EST Hello!!! Week 4 of 2012. The last few days I've been thinking about mindful eating. My TOPS chapter ( had a discussion about eating without distractions and I watched an episode of Ruby (Netflixx) that dealt with what they called 'gentle eating', or something like that. <BR> <BR> I recalled that one day I did the math and found that my weight gain over ten years only amounted to about an extra half cookie's worth of calories a day above my caloric needs. That's it! Just a 'little' taste can have a big effe... Mon, 23 Jan 2012 13:07:19 EST Hello!!! Week 3 of 2012. January is rolling right along. Hopefully, you're rolling right along with it with your goals for the month in mind all along. What are you focusing on? <BR> <BR> I've been sleeping. That's right, this year I plan to sleep well and cook. So far, I'm on those goals. The difficulty is sticking to those new goals while still adhering to past goals. I haven't worked out as much as I like. I need to figure how to eat right when I can't find the time to exercise. <BR> <BR> What are you up to thi... Mon, 16 Jan 2012 10:54:15 EST Hello!!! Week 2 of 2012. How is 2012 going? I've already come up against some challenges to my fitness agenda. I didn't workout or manage my eating very well this weekend. A bunch of work came up, and I tended to that, but I also fretted over doing the work. I'm sure I could have done things better if it weren't for the anxious time I spent trying to figure out which way to go. <BR> <BR> What do you do when your fitness goals seem eclipsed by other responsibilities? <BR> Mon, 9 Jan 2012 01:30:00 EST Hello!!! 01-03-2012 Hey Team, <BR> It's time to get used to writing '2012' instead of '2011' when I write the date, It usually takes me a while to get used to it. I'm also making changes now that my schedule has normalized from the holidays. I'm going to go to bed at reasonable hour so I can get up at a respectable time. So far so good. Only 353 days left, if I counted correctly. It's a leap year, so it might be off... <BR> <BR> What are you doing now that you will keep up for the rest of the year? Tue, 3 Jan 2012 13:52:56 EST Hello!!! Week of 12/26/2011 Now that Christmas has passed, it will be almost another year before we can listen to the cheery music of the holiday seasons. For many, it's the time to access the year and to plan for the new year which will shortly begin. To help those that are resolved to change some behavior in the new year, here are some hints from "Firming Resolve" by Dan Gordon, in the latest edition of UCLA magazine. <BR> <BR> 1) Establish a reward system. First set achievable goals, then check in on a regular sche... Mon, 26 Dec 2011 15:40:01 EST Hello!!! Week of 12/19/2011 It's getting exciting! Only two more hectic weeks to the year. Usually we take a break from work and get to spend more time at home or with family or friends. However, that doesn't mean, we need to take a break from our fitness goals. In fact, it's a great time to get a jump start on those 'new year resolutions'; why wait to the new year to treat ourselves great? <BR> <BR> I've been rearranging my workout schedule a bit. After nearly three months of focusing on the pool, I've gotten back to... Mon, 19 Dec 2011 13:54:33 EST Hello!!! Week of 12/12/11 Hi Everyone, how are you doing? <BR> <BR> As the year winds down, I'm feeling overwhelmed by all I want to finish. Today it's gray and the sky is leaking here in So Cal. It isn't as much fun to be outdoors or look out the window on these days. <BR> <BR> What tactics do you use to keep motivated when things are hectic and the sky, literally or figuratively, is dark? Mon, 12 Dec 2011 13:55:33 EST Hello!!! Week of 12/05/11 Action is the anecdote to anxiety." That is my mantra this time of year. I feel like I need to get so much done in order to wipe the slate clean for the new year. <BR> <BR> Here are the last two tips to help with the holiday eating. <BR> <BR> 9. Avoid indulging in food just because it's there. It's common to have candy and snacks lying all over the place this time of year. Grazing unconsciously leads to extra calories that you probably won't even remember enjoying. <BR> <BR> 10. Look for... Mon, 5 Dec 2011 13:47:49 EST Hello!!! 12-2-11 Friday is here. Hope you have awesome weekend plans. Here are the next two tips, in case your plans include holiday get togethers: <BR> <BR> 7. Eat mindfully. If the food is so special, give it your full attention rather than eating on autopilot. Reduce distractions and sit down to eat--even if it's just a cookie. Appreciate the appearance and aroma of your food and savor one small bite at a time by putting your fork down. You'll eat less and enjoy it more. <BR> <BR> 8. Be cautious of 'obl... Fri, 2 Dec 2011 11:45:40 EST Team Suggestions Hello, if you have any suggestions about games or topics we should discuss on this team's page, please post here. I've read on this site that being involved in a community helps us meet our goals. We've been here a few years, in what way has being in a other teams helped you reach your goals? Thu, 1 Dec 2011 13:25:36 EST Hello!!! 12-01-11 It's December, now, those tips for dealing with holiday eating seem to have all the more relevance. <BR> <BR> Here are two more tips to deal with the holidays: <BR> <BR> 5) Socialize away from the sight of food. People who tend to overeat are 'food suggestible,' so just hanging around food causes them to eat more than they need. <BR> <BR> 6) Survey all of the food at a buffet before making your choices. Choose the foods that you really want most at that time and remind yourself that you ... Thu, 1 Dec 2011 11:34:21 EST Hello!!! 11-30-11 Last day of November, all ready. Hope you had a great month, if not there is always the next month. Now, it's time to get in gear for all of the holiday eating that comes with December. Continued below, the list of tips for dealing with this month's potential hazards. <BR> <BR> 3) Make an effort to pay close attention to your body's signals. It is easy to get distracted from signals of physical hunger and satiety when your catching up with your loved ones...especially if food is the main eve... Wed, 30 Nov 2011 02:26:18 EST Hello!!! 11-29-11 I'm a member of TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) and I find it very helpful to meet others that are trying to accomplish similar goals. They have a magazine that comes out nine times a year. The latest issue has some rather good articles. I would like to share some of the information from one of the articles. <BR> <BR> The article is from the Dec. 2011/Jan 2012 issue, written by Michelle May, M.D. and it is a list of Tips for holiday eating without weight gain. <BR> <BR> Here are the firs... Tue, 29 Nov 2011 01:42:50 EST Hello!!! 11-28-11 How was your Thanksgiving break? Mine was awesome! My husband and I cooked a nice meal and my family members brought an abundance of sides. <BR> <BR> We also celebrated our anniversary by going to trapeze school. I can't believe I did that. I'll surely remember this more than any fancy restaurant. Now, how do we top this next year? <BR> <BR> What's the most memorable way you have celebrated an important event? <BR> <BR> OK, not it's time to put a lid on the t-day leftovers and get back t... Mon, 28 Nov 2011 00:22:55 EST Hello!!! 11-23-11 It's time, the day before Thanksgiving! I'm psyched, hope you are too. I saw this blog about making a plan for the holidays. Seems like a good idea, hope you enjoy it: <BR> <BR><BR>do_you_have_a_plan_of_attack_for_the_h<BR>olidays Wed, 23 Nov 2011 01:22:38 EST Hello!!! 11-22-11 Yesterday I had too many calories. Combined with a couple of missed workouts, I feel sluggish. Well, there is always swimming tonight. I plan to go extra hard. Then, I get to stay home the next day and clean and cook! Yay! NO, really, I'm looking forward to it and my family visiting and getting all snuggly around the table. Mon, 21 Nov 2011 23:48:05 EST Hello!!! 11-21-11 Good day team! The end of the year festivities are about to begin. Only a few more days for Thanksgiving Day, then it's time to decorate and get Christmas gifts. Usually, this week, I'm thinking about the baked goodie I want to try this year, but this time, I'm hosting. I'm a little unsure about what this means, and thank goodness others are bringing a variety of dishes. Now, on to even bigger concerns, when and how long am I going to work out? Mon, 21 Nov 2011 14:05:05 EST Hello! 11-18-11 Hey it's Friday! What's in store for the weekend? I need to plan the first Thanksgiving that I'm hosting. It's just family coming, so I don't feel great pressure, but I do want to make it a good time, so here goes nothing. <BR> <BR> Make it a fabulous day! Fri, 18 Nov 2011 11:58:04 EST Hello! 11-17-11 Hi! Wow, it's a busy day. I bought an ipad2 for my husband, because he has bought in to the hype, but I wish he would be happy with Samsung or Sony or any other tablet, because I hate hate hate the bad service at my local Apple store. <BR> <BR> Other than that, everything is great! I'm going swimming today and work is jamming, to. <BR> <BR> Hope all is well! Thu, 17 Nov 2011 14:41:39 EST Hello. 11-16-11 Hi! I had a great swim yesterday, so I feel awesome. I enjoy swimming a lot and it always lifts my mood. I hope you have found some activity that is uplifting and gets your heart rate up too. Make it a grand day! Wed, 16 Nov 2011 01:29:58 EST Hello. 11-15-11 There is local radio station that has already begun playing Christmas music. They started after a local mall put up their tree. I enjoy the upbeat music, so I'm liking it, but some people feel it's too soon, but there are a hundred other choices, so those people can choose a top 40 station, I'll stick to 'sleigh ride' music, though I've never been on a sleigh. <BR> <BR> Merry Christmas! (Too early?) Tue, 15 Nov 2011 13:32:57 EST Hello. 11-14-11 It's looking like November now, and it's time to prep for T-Day. I'm still in the "is there enough chairs and china phase", but I have to figure out the menu soon....yikes! <BR> <BR> Make it a grand day. Mon, 14 Nov 2011 13:16:48 EST Hello. 11-11-11 Happy Friday. It's got a lot going for it: it's Veteran's Day (Thank You Vets!), it's got a bunch of one's, and it's the end of the work week. Time to plan an awesome weekend. Make it grand! Fri, 11 Nov 2011 13:31:58 EST Two Words, Change One hot dog Thu, 10 Nov 2011 16:43:15 EST Hello 11-10-11 Hi Spark Class of the week of 19 Aug. 2007! It's Thursday. Make it grand! <BR> <BR> I had a good calorie day yesterday, and I get to go swimming today, so I'm starting the day on an uptick, and I'm going to keep it that way. <BR> <BR> I saw this quote today: <BR> <BR> “What a man accomplishes in a day depends upon the way in which he approaches his tasks.” <BR> <BR> Thu, 10 Nov 2011 00:45:40 EST Hello 11-09-11 Hello. Hope yesterday was awesome, if not there's still time to make today awesome. <BR> <BR> I did 1.5 hours of swimming, but I was feeling kinda bored with it. Then, I felt impressed by myself that I've gone from a complete beginner to finding swimming boring. Ha. Ha. After those thoughts I just kept right on going because I still want to improve my distance. I can go 100 yards with the backstroke and 50 with the crawl; I get to feeling overwhelmed about coordinating the breathing with my... Wed, 9 Nov 2011 13:34:38 EST Hello 11-08-11 Good Morning, hope today is shaping up just the way you would like, if not why not nudge it towards that direction? <BR> <BR> I made a rice breakfast, inspired by a recipe I saw in a book, and ginger tea, then work, then swim, and back home. Tue, 8 Nov 2011 11:32:23 EST Hello 11-07-11 Good morning! It's a brisk and clear day in So Cal. It rained over the weekend, but it was a productive one. When we fall back I always use the extra hour to get extra stuff done, and it felt good. Hope your weekend went well too. <BR> <BR> Make it an awesome day! Mon, 7 Nov 2011 13:23:28 EST Hello 11-04-11 Good Morning! Hope you made an awesome week and have stellar weekend plans. <BR> <BR> Yesterday my workout was jazzed up by an activity our teacher described as a triathlon. We ran three laps in the shallow pool, then swam three laps in the deep pool. Finally we positioned our body vertically in the water, wrapped our arms around our chest and simulated peddling for the 'bike' portion of our triathlon. It was fun, and with everyone leaping in the deep pool, it didn't feel appropriate to hes... Fri, 4 Nov 2011 13:38:01 EST Hello. 11-03-11 Good Morning! Hope everyone is making it a great day. The weather is great here in So. Cal. I can see the airport and the ocean from here when it's not overcast or foggy. Today is a day like that. I feel energized and ready to get in another good swim. Thu, 3 Nov 2011 13:46:46 EST Hello. 11-02-11 Just noticed that yesterday I typed the date in an odd format. Today, I got it down! <BR> <BR> Yesterday I had an awesome workout. After my swimming class, I stayed an extra hour. I made up an absenese and I got a lane all to myself. Maybe it went to late, though. I wasn't feeling sleepy until about 3am, so today will be a challenge. <BR> <BR> I have my dance class to look forward to, though. <BR> <BR> Hope your workouts are going well. Wed, 2 Nov 2011 13:50:47 EST Hello. 1/11/11 Good Morning! Today and in ten days is a day of all ones! Good luck to those of you that are rededicating yourselves to your health. <BR> <BR> Today's my days of swimming. What's your workout? <BR> <BR> How's the weather where you live? <BR> <BR> What's new? <BR> <BR> Hope to hear from you. Tue, 1 Nov 2011 11:17:49 EST Hello. 10-31-2011 Hello everyone! <BR> Let's get this team going again. Let's support each other as we work on year five on Spark. How's it going? <BR> <BR> I'm some pounds heavier than when I started, but I'm less than I was two years ago. I'm still trying to figure out my way down. Tonight I go to dance class. I'm pretty good on physical activity, but eating is my struggle. <BR> <BR> Hope to hear from you soon, if not today, then tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Mon, 31 Oct 2011 17:06:47 EST Our 4 year Sparkversary in one month Hi <BR> Anyone else been here 4 years and still struggling along? How come some people take off like a firecracker thier first spark year and reach thier goal by the first anniversary and others-like me are here years later still working at the original goal plus a few extra pounds? Guess at least we can congratulate ourselves for still being here, if not we would most likely be less healthy. How are you doing? Fri, 29 Jul 2011 01:45:15 EST more to lose Hey my name is Teresa. When I signed up for this before I was weighing bout 350. Then I was 333 due to going to a weightloss doctor I am now down to 273. I would like to get down bout 73 more pounds. For now i want to try bout 20/25 pounds. Wish me luck. Thu, 23 Jun 2011 17:41:09 EST How's it going? According to the Team Stats, several of us that signed up in this week in 2007 are still around on this site. Many of you have done well at your goals; Me? I'm down 4 pounds from when I signed up. I went up ten pounds first, though. Now, I'm having a tough time getting consumption down to get the fat down. Sigh. <BR> <BR> I know what my trouble is though, I need to either eat less or exercise more. Both have proven to be a challenge. <BR> <BR> Still working on getting better. Hope everyon... Mon, 23 May 2011 11:25:39 EST Still here? It's been over three years now. I'm still here. But, am just as I started. Have you been able to reach your goals? Thu, 28 Oct 2010 18:41:11 EST Hello how are things working for you? just like to know if anyone has any ideas are you stuck or just bored and in a spark up.. <BR> <BR> Hugs martha n tx Mon, 30 Mar 2009 18:03:30 EST Motivation threw Quotes <BR> I don’t know about any one else But I know Some times little saying or quotes are a fun way to perk Up the day So If you can Just add yours here. There is no Specific type of quote Just any thing you would like to share If you can Include the Persons name Mon, 30 Mar 2009 04:12:59 EST Logging in once a week to check in? Hi all, I hadn't been round in a while & I signed up for the goal of loggin in once a week to check in. Anything to get me motivated. I have come quite a ways just it is sooooooooooooooooo slow & have to keep at it like a rat at cheese. So how do ya'll keep it going. <BR> <BR> Hugs Martha n tx Thu, 5 Mar 2009 21:16:22 EST Hey everyone, my name is Kevin SPARK NAME: multimediakt <BR> <BR> Name: Kevin <BR> <BR> Age: 30 <BR> <BR> Birthday: January 14 <BR> <BR> Marital Staus: Happily Married (or so she tells me :) <BR> <BR> Children: none as of yet. still reading books on that. <BR> <BR> Where do you Live: Virginia <BR> <BR> Hobbies: my own sports radio show, sports, music and housework. <BR> <BR> Tell us about yourself: I use to play professional soccer in 1997-2000 weighing roughly 160lbs at 4-5% body fat, but since then I've been in ... Tue, 3 Feb 2009 15:17:18 EST What are you proud of today? Sometimes I get down on myself because I don't do everything perfectly everyday, and I dwell on that. I am now trying to be proud of myself for something every day. I wanted to start this topic so we could post what each of us is proud of every day and congratulate each other on our successes, even if they are small ones! Wed, 21 Jan 2009 16:11:57 EST Healthy New year I hope every one has had a great begining to this new year. We have all learned alot from being on spark and we have all came a long way. So from all that we have learned How are you starting off your new year? <BR> <BR> I have really started my exercise agin I am hitting the gym three days aweek and working out at home 2 days a week. I have gottne my eatting down and just got to stick to my Guns and keep the exercise going <BR> Sat, 10 Jan 2009 04:25:20 EST Getting on track and staying there.. I don't normally post the DailySpark randomly, but it's a new year and I've seen a couple of messages of staying on track. If you get the DailySpark, you've seen this. It's DietGirl's story. But, what is really great about this post is the 20 tips. Enough so, that I'm bookmarking them. They make sense, but we sometimes get so focused on the weight loss that we lose site of the rest. <BR> <BR> Here's to a great year for everyone. <BR> <BR> <link> Sat, 3 Jan 2009 20:20:25 EST Did I miss the one year anniversary? How are we all doing? I just got back on this website. It's been a while because I lost my password. <BR> <BR> I see there are over 11,000 members. But, only a few people check in. Does that mean that the rest of us made no progress? <BR> <BR> For me the answer is yes. I still have a rounder middle than is ideal. My habits have changed little. My weight is the same. Mon, 20 Oct 2008 22:12:21 EST Robbie is here! Hello all, hope everyone is doing great. Just a quick post to let you all know that Robbie has finally made his grand entrance into the world. He was born on Friday, July 25, 2008 @ 8:13pm weighed in at 6lbs. 9oz. and measured 19.25 inches long with a full head of brown hair and blue eyes. Mom is recovering quite well (already dropped 11 pounds and counting, lol.) Labor was easy for the most part only 10 1/2 hours from start to finish. Did the last 6cm in approx. 2 hours time. Glad to be home... Tue, 29 Jul 2008 05:40:43 EST Hi my name is Marcia I'm back at it. I keep finding excuses for not putting forth the effort to make some changes. No excuses. I'm on a 3 day roll...LoL <em>244</em> Sat, 19 Jul 2008 21:32:45 EST New Feature We wanted to let you know about a new feature that launched today! <BR> <BR> You can now add clickable links to your Message Board signature, the same way you add links to your board or blog posts. To change or add a signature, go to edit mode of your SparkPage and scroll down to the "Personal Signature" text box. <BR> <BR> This feature was frequently requested by our members, so we hope you enjoy! Also, please remember that the Community Guidelines apply to signatures, so we don't allow ... Thu, 17 Jul 2008 01:56:00 EST True motivation Passing this along courtesy of DDOON, from another SparkTeam...some Independence Day inspiration!: <BR> <BR> I received this in email. It is a VERY powerful message. You can use this on your teams if you'd like: <BR> <BR> This is the most amazing story you will ever be a part of. The next time YOU think that you just CAN’T ___, remember THIS story and attached video. <BR> A son asked his father, 'Dad, will you take part in a marathon with me?' <BR> The father who, despite having a heart... Sun, 6 Jul 2008 04:10:53 EST How are you kicking off the summer I know that the summer is a busy time for a lot of us with kids and summer vacation But what do you do to kick off your summer. <BR> Now that school is out and my brother and brother inlaws are out we go for walks alot wether its shopping or Taking a trip up the canyon we get out and walk. <BR> I love to push my daughter in her stroller and show her are neighbor hood we have started to walk more places It makes me feel like Im really doing something. She loves it she will get her stoller an... Mon, 9 Jun 2008 03:25:51 EST chit chat hows your day My hubby has left(basic training) and i am on day five things are getting better I wanted to see how is every one here? <BR> I have lost 5lb this week im happy Its been better now that i am getting out more with my daughter. <BR> Hows your weight loss? <BR> Fri, 11 Apr 2008 20:21:59 EST 3/26/08~QOTD~ Question of the day: <BR> <BR> What is your favorite flower? Wed, 26 Mar 2008 16:20:11 EST I'm back! Hello all hope everyone is doing great. Finally moved in for the most part. (It's all in my blog.) Just stopping in to let everyone know I'm back online and ready to get back into the swing of things. <BR> Wed, 26 Mar 2008 16:18:07 EST spark goodies I was wondering if anyone else buys for theirself from the Sp goodies? <BR> <BR> I've bought several things as thank yous for other people, but I've also bought myself a haircut (which I did in real life IRL). I also bought a purse which I purchased in IRL. I just used points for a pedometer as a reminder to self to walk daily. <BR> <BR> Anyone found somethinging the goodies they like? Sun, 23 Mar 2008 23:37:44 EST FUN MARCH CHALLENGE I have seen that we have been getting a few new members and that is so great. I thought that as a team that we could visit the other team members pages and leave a comment not just freiends but people maybe you have only seen on the board Say hi be positive Maybe we can get some of are missing team members active again lets show are support as a team. You never know you night just find a freind, Maybe you'll be that persons smile for the day... Lets do it Are you ready for the challenge Sat, 8 Mar 2008 03:35:46 EST 3/1/08~QOTD~ Question of the day: <BR> <BR> Help running out of questions! So today is submit your OWN question! :) Sat, 1 Mar 2008 08:42:22 EST 2/29/08~QOTD~ Question of the day: <BR> <BR> How many fruit and veggie servings do you get each day? Fri, 29 Feb 2008 10:10:53 EST 2/28/08~QOTD~ Question of the day: <BR> <BR> What is your biggest challenge when dining out? <BR> <BR> Thu, 28 Feb 2008 09:20:37 EST 2/27/08~QOTD~ Question of the day: <BR> <BR> Do you take any supplements? Wed, 27 Feb 2008 07:33:54 EST 2/26/08~QOTD~ Question of the day: <BR> <BR> what time of day do you tend to overeat? Tue, 26 Feb 2008 08:21:24 EST 2/25/08~QOTD~ Question of the day: <BR> <BR> How many friends do you have on your spark page? Mon, 25 Feb 2008 07:33:29 EST Please help... Hello all, I'm posting this thread to ask for help in welcoming all the newbie' s this week for the SP class of Feb. 24 - Mar. 1, 2008. This team just started at midnight and already have over 200 members. If you could take 5 minutes out of your day (any day this week) and help welcome a few new members to SP it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance. Mary Sun, 24 Feb 2008 07:35:36 EST 2.24.08~QOTD~ Question of the day: <BR> <BR> Who is your favorite band/singer(s)? Sun, 24 Feb 2008 07:31:20 EST 2/23/08~QOTD~ Question of the day: <BR> <BR> How many days a week do you eat breakfast? <BR> <BR> Sat, 23 Feb 2008 09:23:55 EST 2/22/08~QOTD~ Question of the day: <BR> <BR> Woman, do you perform breast self exams regularly? Fri, 22 Feb 2008 07:43:17 EST My new Goal My husband Has Just joined the Army National Guard and Will be leaving for Basic training On April 8 We have been struggling with the Idea of Him joining the Military for a year now. Well we picked one, He will be gone for 5 months.( a little scary) <BR> I want to try and surprise him with a Slimmer me <BR> I am going to try and loss 30lb by the time he gets back. <BR> I am a little nervous since He Swore in we have been working out together. Its will be different to work out on my own again... Fri, 22 Feb 2008 07:33:06 EST 2/21/08~QOTD~ Question of the day: <BR> <BR> How much sleep do you usually get on an average night? Thu, 21 Feb 2008 06:49:24 EST 2/20/08~QOTD~ Question of the day: <BR> <BR> Do you buy organic foods? Wed, 20 Feb 2008 08:22:24 EST 2/19/08~QOTD~ Question of the day: <BR> <BR> How many spark america fitness minutes do you have in for the year so far? Tue, 19 Feb 2008 07:19:23 EST 2/18/08~QOTD~ Question of the day: <BR> <BR> Do you have a favorite day of the week? Mon, 18 Feb 2008 13:30:28 EST 2/17/08~QOTD~ Question of the day: <BR> <BR> Why did you choose the picture you use as your profile pic? Sun, 17 Feb 2008 10:08:08 EST 2/16/08~QOTD~ Question of the day: <BR> <BR> What state/country were you born in? <BR> Sat, 16 Feb 2008 09:39:55 EST 2/15/08~QOTD~ Question of the day: <BR> <BR> What was your highest weight ever? Fri, 15 Feb 2008 07:10:17 EST 2/14/08~QOTD~ Question of the day: <BR> <BR> <BR> What is your favorite valentine treat? <BR> <BR> Thu, 14 Feb 2008 08:26:36 EST 2/13/08~QOTD~ Question of the day: <BR> <BR> What is the total of your spark points right now? Wed, 13 Feb 2008 10:33:00 EST 2/12/08~QOTD~ Question of the day: <BR> <BR> What is the temperature and weather conditions outside right now? Tue, 12 Feb 2008 08:26:01 EST 2/11/08~QOTD~ Question of the day: <BR> <BR> Do you exercise with a personal trainer? Mon, 11 Feb 2008 08:21:09 EST 2/10/08~QOTD~ Question of the day: <BR> <BR> How many people live in your household? Sun, 10 Feb 2008 08:26:56 EST 2/9/08~QOTD~ Question of the day: <BR> <BR> What guilty pleasure treat can you not live without? Sat, 9 Feb 2008 09:50:26 EST 2/8/08~QOTD~ Question of the day: <BR> <BR> How young will you be on your next birthday? Fri, 8 Feb 2008 15:16:30 EST 2/7/08~QOTD~ Question of the day: <BR> <BR> Besides water, what is your favorite drink? <BR> <BR> Thu, 7 Feb 2008 08:21:38 EST 2/6/08~QOTD~ Question of the day: <BR> <BR> Where was your profile picture taken? Wed, 6 Feb 2008 09:45:16 EST 2/5/08~QOTD~ Question of the day: <BR> <BR> What types of books / magazines do you like to read? Tue, 5 Feb 2008 09:02:53 EST 2/4/08~QOTD~ Question of the day: <BR> <BR> What type(s) of music do you enjoy? Mon, 4 Feb 2008 08:09:46 EST 2/3/08 ~QOTD~ Question of the day: <BR> <BR> What is your favorite flower? Sun, 3 Feb 2008 09:32:12 EST 2/2/08~QOTD~ Question of the day: <BR> <BR> Do you plan on taking a vacation sometime this year? Sat, 2 Feb 2008 10:51:51 EST 2/1/08~QOTD~ Question of the day: <BR> <BR> Who is your favorite actor/actress? Fri, 1 Feb 2008 08:49:59 EST 1./31/08~QOTD~ Question of the day: <BR> <BR> <BR> What is the meaning behind your screen name? Thu, 31 Jan 2008 08:54:31 EST 1/30/08~QOTD~ Question of the day: <BR> <BR> What is your favorite holiday? Wed, 30 Jan 2008 08:19:41 EST 1/29/08~QOTD~ Question of the day: <BR> <BR> <BR> What is your favorite movie? Tue, 29 Jan 2008 08:58:01 EST 1/28/08~QOTD~ Question of the day: <BR> <BR> What did you have for breakfast this morning? Mon, 28 Jan 2008 09:40:27 EST 1/27/08~QOTD~ Question of the day: <BR> <BR> What is your favorite season? Sun, 27 Jan 2008 14:39:14 EST 1/26/08~QOTD~ Question of the day: <BR> <BR> Do you have any pets? Sat, 26 Jan 2008 09:07:03 EST 1/25/08~QOTD~ Question of the day: <BR> <BR> What did you have for dinner last night? Fri, 25 Jan 2008 08:54:15 EST 1/24/08~QOTD~ Question of the day: <BR> <BR> What is your favorite television show(s)? Thu, 24 Jan 2008 16:14:27 EST 1/23/08~QOTD~ Question of the day: <BR> <BR> <BR> How often do you exercise? Wed, 23 Jan 2008 09:34:25 EST 1/22/08~QOTD~ Question of the day: <BR> <BR> What is your favorite motivational quote? Tue, 22 Jan 2008 09:19:53 EST 1/21/08~QOTD~ Question of the day: <BR> <BR> What is your date of birth( year optional)? Mon, 21 Jan 2008 11:16:35 EST 1/20/08~QOTD~ Question of the day: <BR> <BR> How much weight have you lost since joining spark people? <BR> <BR> Sun, 20 Jan 2008 11:10:39 EST Things I Have Thought Of Well, I was kinda wondering... I'm not the type of person who just stops everything and exercises for however many minutes, but I do exercise in little bits throughout the day. Is this just as effective in helping me lose weight? I need to lose a lot of weight! <BR> <BR> Also, I have a goal to lose 10 lbs (5.5 lbs to go!) before next thursday. Any good tips on how to do this? I know I can! <BR> <BR> Jealousy Sun, 20 Jan 2008 10:14:54 EST Starting the new year I know for alot of us the new year can be so exsiting and in some ways sad cause time sure dose fly by fast. I am sure that we all can agree the health and fitness is one of the most important things for us to remember. <BR> I have been dealing with some health issues that have set me back a little due to findeing I am suffering from High calesteral at 22 it has been hard but its made me think I need this more now then ever. Staying fit and getting more active now then ever I want to atart t... Sat, 19 Jan 2008 20:19:43 EST 1/19/08~QOTD~ Question of the day: <BR> <BR> What would be your dream vacation destination? Sat, 19 Jan 2008 09:24:42 EST 1/18/08~QOTD~ Quetion o the day: <BR> <BR> Do you have any siblings? How many? Fri, 18 Jan 2008 08:07:59 EST 1/17/08~QOTD~ Question of the day: <BR> <BR> What is your favorite vegetable? Thu, 17 Jan 2008 10:25:10 EST 1/16/08 ~ QOTD ~ Question of the day: <BR> <BR> How many children/grandchildren do you have/want? Wed, 16 Jan 2008 10:01:25 EST 1/15/08 ~QOTD ~ question of the day: <BR> <BR> What is your zodiac sign? Tue, 15 Jan 2008 08:20:21 EST 1/14/08 ~ QOTD ~ What is your middle name? Mon, 14 Jan 2008 08:42:30 EST 1/13/08 ~ QOTD ~ What is your favorite fruit? Sun, 13 Jan 2008 08:15:22 EST just wanted see how everone is doing i wanted to see how everone was doing on their weight loss and i am doing really good drink lots and lots of water over 10 glass a day but filling really good Thu, 10 Jan 2008 20:55:35 EST Quetion of the day I've seen this on other team forums and thought we could start one here as well. <BR> <BR> 1/10/08 ~ QOTD ~ what state do you live in? Thu, 10 Jan 2008 07:12:37 EST SparkAmerica challenge We all need a little motivation I hope you all have got the SparkAmerica news letter what do you say we try as a team to get our numbers up I have pleged that I will work out 5,714 min for 2008 that is work out 4 times a week for 30min. I think it will be Awsome whos up for it Thu, 3 Jan 2008 01:02:43 EST New Year's Resolutions This is what I have so far... it's a start <BR> My Goals For 2008 <BR> 1.Continue to exercise 30 minutes 3-5x week. <BR> 2.Eat healthy, get 5 fruits/veggies each day. <BR> 3.Finally be able to quit smoking (quit date is Feb.3rd.) <BR> 4.Monica pass 8th grade. <BR> 5.Have an easy pregnancy, delivery and recovery. <BR> 6.Ricky graduate from potty training. <BR> 7.Have a healthy full term baby. (Ricky was 3wks early) <BR> 8.Move into a larger house by July, 2008. <BR> 9.Gain no more th... Sat, 29 Dec 2007 14:15:49 EST wha are some of your holiday plans or Traditions I know for a lot of familys were busy running around trying to see all your relitives and friens but are there ant traditions that you have that you want to share <BR> My brother and I bake cookies and bread and pass them out to are friends and Neighbors My daughter is trying to be a help with that now. We also make homade christmas cards for are family which is a lot of fun for him. <BR> Since my daughter is only 17 monthes we have not been able to get into a lot of traditions yet <BR> But W... Mon, 24 Dec 2007 03:25:42 EST Support is here I know that we all have are days were we need a little support from the littlest thing to the big hard problems I would like you to be able to come here. Let us know what we could do to help. Sat, 15 Dec 2007 19:51:02 EST Keeping up the Spark what motivates you?? Hi Im Amber the new spark leader. I don't know about any one els but I know Sometime I have a hard time staying motivated and I need to keep the spark up. What Do you do to keep up the spark and motivation that you need to keep going. <BR> For me I like to listen to rock when I work out Cause its loude and fast. <BR> We have are Total gym in the liveing room were are family pictures are and to see all the old ones of me really makes a big diffrenc Cause I see what ... Sun, 9 Dec 2007 07:39:59 EST plateau Ok, Im at at loss and would like everyones advice in helping me decide what to do. <BR> <BR> Ive been at a plateau since July 15th. I cant seem to lose the last 15lbs I need to lose. <BR> <BR> I looked over my food log and Ive been eating from 1800 to 2200kcal per day. <BR> <BR> Im 32, 5'10" weigh 196-200 depending on the time of day, water weight etc. Ive not done any body composition testing but I dont need to. I know Im overfat. The pinch test doesnt work because I can grab more than a ... Tue, 4 Dec 2007 12:20:13 EST how is everbody doing today ! i am doing great! but i wish it was not started to get cold out. i can't wait until sat we will be having a halloween party. hope everone has a great week-end enjoy it !! shelly Fri, 26 Oct 2007 09:34:03 EST took me a while but hi everyone sparkname:Juelz23 <BR> name: Julie <BR> age;22 <BR> birthaday:April 30, 1984 <BR> marital status: in a relationship <BR> children: none <BR> where do u live: New Jersey <BR> interests:love to dance, spend quality time with my family and friends, recent college grad and looking forward to starting law school in the near future, work full time in Real Estate/mortgage company at the moment <BR> <BR> what im looking for: support, since i'm pretty much doing this on my own, trying to gain contr... Wed, 24 Oct 2007 19:09:38 EST How to plan meals for a week? One of the goals we are to work on is to plan our meals for one week. But, I'm having trouble with this one. The online meal plan doesn't appeal to me too much. <BR> <BR> I was able to plan for two days at a time last week. My intake was reasonablly healthy. <BR> <BR> But, the weekend really trips me up. Is the only solution just to spend the time or to use the online plan? <BR> <BR> Sun, 7 Oct 2007 17:11:09 EST Having Trouble With Eating and Exercise Hi, <BR> <BR> I have been on this site for about six weeks, I think. I was losing great at first, but as I have ramped up my exercise, I get so hungry. I can't keep within my calorie range on the days that I exercise and I way over do it, as in I am gaining instead of losing. I refuse to enter my weight in because it is not lower than my previous weight. <BR> <BR> I'm drinking tons of water, but it just doesn't make me feel less hungry and I choose healthy snacks, but I overdo it at meal... Sun, 7 Oct 2007 16:04:23 EST Bummer! I had a picture perfect week this last week. I hit all my goals and was satisfied with the food I ate; however, I didn't lose even half a pound or inch! I thought for sure I'd see some inprovement because even after the weekend that I had a major junk binge I lost something. I don't know what to do. Wed, 3 Oct 2007 08:07:08 EST My sept total for lost inches is over 14!!! I've lost 14.25 inches total in Sept. I realized today that my bra was looking a little big. A couple weeks ago I just realized they were fitting again. According to my measurements I should dear a 38D. I measure kind of odd though and still tend to wear a larger size. At least my 38 H is very roomy now. My undies are just too big. I am really excited that I maybe very near my goal bra size. The major point of me losing weight. <BR> <BR> Everyone has started to comment that I am noti... Sun, 30 Sep 2007 02:17:23 EST One month down... How are you doing? How is your "mini_goals" been... Are you able to resist temptations on the weekends? What has been the key to your success? <BR> <BR> Share your stories with us today! Mon, 24 Sep 2007 09:15:09 EST I reached my pre-baby waist measurment!!!!! After 3.5 years, I finally reached my pre-baby waist measurment! So far this month, I've trimmed 2.5 inches off my waistline! A total of 5.5 inches lost since I had my son. <BR> <BR> Now, I just need about 5 or 6 inches to be at my pre-marriage waistline, LOL. I am half-way there though :) <BR> <BR> Also I realized that I've managed to lose 7 inches, 2 inches with SP in this past month!, off my bust since I had my son too. Another 3 or 4 inches and I'll be happy altho still on the la... Sun, 23 Sep 2007 20:23:28 EST **IMPORTANT** Need New Team Leader(s) Hi and congratulations to all of you who are still sticking with your new Spark-Lifestyles. <BR> <BR> The other leaders and I started this team to help you get to know SparkPeople and meet some friends. Now it's your chance to figure out how you want this team to run. If you are interested in being a leader for this team, please send me a SparkMail. Up to 3 people can be leaders and they can be changed by current leaders at any time. <BR> <BR> What you would need to do as a leader is mak... Sun, 23 Sep 2007 13:54:06 EST Hello I am new to this, thought i would say hi to everyone. I am a mother of 3. Have one son in iraq not a real great feeling. the others are in school and have a busy lifestyle which sometimes is over whelming exspecially with kids. I hope to change that by working on myself to make me feel better. <BR> <BR> thanks, <BR> nseay Wed, 19 Sep 2007 16:28:52 EST fantastic Lifestyle quote "What you want to be eventually,you must be everyday.With practice,the quality of your deeds gets down to your soul." <BR> <BR> <BR> Isnt that fantastic and it shows that this weight loss health journey is for life,not just something you do until you lose weight,get slack and put it all back on. Wed, 19 Sep 2007 00:13:45 EST I feel like giving up I've only managed to lose 2 lbs so far! The scale said 6 lbs last week and I was super excited as I have lost a total of 4 or so inches. I feel like now its just some weird random weight loss and next week I'll be back where I started. I am scared to measure myself incase those losses have turned into gains. <BR> <BR> I've been sticking to my calorie range. I've managed to cut out fastfood, junkfood, sweets, and processed convience foods without feeling deprieved! I've managed to add in... Tue, 18 Sep 2007 23:50:56 EST Hullo <BR> SPARKNAME: Manic_Geisha <BR> <BR> NAME: Natica <BR> <BR> AGE: 24 <BR> <BR> BIRTHDAY: Nov 3 <BR> <BR> MARITAL STATUS: divorced <BR> <BR> CHILDREN: 1 son, age 3 <BR> <BR> WHERE DO YOU LIVE: West coast of Canada <BR> <BR> HOBBIES: knitting, crafts, being a book nerd, videogames, boardgames, thriftshopping, notice how stationary I am? LOL. <BR> <BR> TELL US ALITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF: I work for a not-for-profit charity doing something I love. Also I do a bit of clothes and accessor... Tue, 18 Sep 2007 23:29:02 EST HEED THIS WARNING!!! IF You receive an email entitled "Bedtimes" Delete it IMMEDIATELY. Do not open it. Apparently this one is pretty nasty. It will not only erase everything on your hard drive, but it will also delete anything on disks within 20 feet of your computer. It demagnetizes the stripes on ALL of your credit cards. It reprograms your ATM access code, screws up the tracking on your VCR, and uses subspace field harmonics to scratch any CD's you attempt to play. It will program your phone auto dial to call... Tue, 11 Sep 2007 16:01:08 EST Hello I am new to the site and this team. I look forward to my graduation when I achieve my goal weight of 146 pounds. Great site! Fri, 7 Sep 2007 17:56:35 EST Measurement conversions??? Hello, wonderful helpful people! I KNOW I saw a measurement conversion page somewhere on this site, and I cannot for the life of me find it again! I've been searching for almost half an hour! <BR> <BR> I am looking to find out how many mL are in a cup -- my new water bottles are "1 pint 0.9 fl. oz." and I am just trying to find out how many of those equal my eight waters for the day. <BR> <BR> Yeesh! Does being frustrated burn calories? ;) Please help! Thanks! Fri, 7 Sep 2007 14:47:08 EST Feeling The Pain! Today I moved into Stage 2 which is AWESOME! BUT...Tonight is the first night I am really feeling that portion control. I'm starving! Right now only my will power to get rid of the fat I carry around daily is keeping me from running into my kitchen and stuffing my face to fill the void I am feeling in my stomach. <BR> Someone please, give me the stregth! <em>198</em> Wed, 5 Sep 2007 23:05:06 EST Greetings from Fort Wayne, IN Hello! I'm new to Spark People as well as to the Team Pages. I have only been coasting since I first started. I have found that by trying to follow the menu guidelines with substitutions of what I have in the house, I have difficulty eating that much food. I tend to be very active and forget to eat. From what I've read of other's profiles and introductions, I seem to be a rare individual in this point. Most days I have been struggling to eat more than 500 calories. <BR> <BR> I reside ... Sun, 2 Sep 2007 18:42:42 EST On holiday for a week I am off to Cornwall for a weeks Holiday! So can't fill in anything from today. I'll do it with a vengence when I come back. Bye All!!! x <em>298</em> Fri, 31 Aug 2007 13:22:34 EST Hi I have been getting used to the site and tracking for about a week now and I finally found the forums. <BR> <BR> So, I am really ready to lose some weight so I can fit in to my clothes that are not sweats and feel more healthy. I have just had no energy and I am looking forward to feeling better. <BR> <BR> Sarah Thu, 30 Aug 2007 10:36:59 EST What should I be doing? So far, I'm on day 10 of my fast break. I'm struggling to meet the fast break goals I set. The cardio just isn't happening. What should I be concentrating on during this time? Am I missing something in the loop? I've done all the reccommended things, and even tried to use as many of the site features as I could. But what should I be doing? Trying to follow the nutrition planner and fitness goals already? I feel so lost. Thu, 30 Aug 2007 07:43:02 EST HELP! I used to get emails telling me when there was new posts, but now I'm getting nothing. I don't know there are new posts unless I search endlessly for them and I"m missing out on important topics! I have it set to where I receive emails when new posts are made, and I"ve even subscribed to almost all of them..what else can I do? <BR> Wed, 29 Aug 2007 13:27:11 EST hello Howdy, my name is Kalina and I hope to graduate with 20 kg less than what I am now. Tue, 28 Aug 2007 08:45:54 EST when to switch stages? i'm thinking about opting to proceed to stage 2, but i'm not sure if i'm ready because i don't exactly know what stage 2 entails? <BR> <BR> i've been on a decent program (mostly) since january, so i don't know what would be best for me. any suggestions? Mon, 27 Aug 2007 10:42:25 EST OVER CAME A FEAR TODAY I'm a country girl from Australia now living in the city. I have always been a bit frightened to ride a bike on the road, but today i rode the 2.5KM to the shops and back. <BR> Thought i might die when i got back but now i feel great. <BR> <BR> GOOOO TEAM! <em>108</em> <em>244</em> Sun, 26 Aug 2007 21:36:24 EST Strength Exercises Question Hello! I am wondering why our strength exercises are not kept track of by calories burned for each one and only gives us points earned? <BR> <BR> ~Suzanne~ Sun, 26 Aug 2007 19:48:07 EST hello all I am new at this and still browsing around. I was nearly past a point of return abt 2 yrs ago pushing 500lbs. Now I am down to 350 and still at least another 150 lbs to go. Looks like a lot of great info. I know I didn't put the weight on over night and it sure isn't going away easy either. LOL. Just a little at a time. I am looking to becoming more active hopefully in the next few months. <em>40</em> Sun, 26 Aug 2007 15:57:44 EST Exercise My exercise so far has been limited to inside - exercise dvd's. I've started one by Leslie Sansone. She has tons of tapes for "walking" inside. It's actually marching in place, but I definitely get a workout. Good for a beginner. Too hot in TX to do much outdoors. That has always been one of my excuses, anyway. :-) <BR> What does everyone else do? <em>231</em> Sun, 26 Aug 2007 12:50:09 EST New member! Hi I'm Tink and I'm 41, I live in the UK in a small sleepy village. I have 3 grown up kids 22,20,19, a massive dog, two cats and a turtle. I live with my girls, my son the oldest is now living with his girlfriend. I have been ill and now I'm gettin better! I have boundless motivation and will be thin again! I'm a great cook my son and my Dad are both Chef's, and may have some different ideas for any one wanting to try out some european flava! My love of food has never made me fat! thought I s... Sun, 26 Aug 2007 10:18:04 EST New Here....Joined Aug 25th Well I started off at a whopping 175lbs (my heaviest ever), standing 5'3"...In about 1 1/2 months I got down to 162 with eating healthier and hitting the gym 3-4x/ goal is to lose another 25lbs by December 1st. With the help and motivation from friends(you), family and my 5 year old son I plan to live a healthier lifestyle for the rest of my life. Sun, 26 Aug 2007 08:06:00 EST Hi... <BR> SPARKNAME: 145pounds <BR> <BR> NAME: Jess <BR> <BR> AGE: 19 <BR> <BR> BIRTHDAY: December 22 <BR> <BR> MARITAL STATUS: Married <BR> <BR> CHILDREN: none <BR> <BR> WHERE DO YOU LIVE: California <BR> <BR> HOBBIES: Writing books and poetry, reading books and poetry, drawing, designing clothes...etc. <BR> <BR> TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF: I recently graduated from high school and I will be attending college in the spring.. I wanted to take some time away from school to get settled... Sun, 26 Aug 2007 06:47:17 EST New to the Community <BR> I am new to this community, but from everything I have seen so far I am really encouraged and motivated. This whole site is incredibly unique and has so much to offer anyone willing to reach out. Well consider this me reaching out. <BR> I have slowly but steadily gained weight since the mid 90's. I have never been what you would be considered skinny, but I was in shape and fit....until my accident. Long story short, I was thrown from a horse, broke my back and pelvis, concusion, etc (J... Sun, 26 Aug 2007 00:49:24 EST Hi all from Queens, NY Hey everyone! I'm new to this site. I am in the process of changing my lifestyle for the better. I have lost about 40 lbs already and still have at least 65 more to go. I am currently a member of Weight Watchers. I also walk, hike, strength train at a gym and am on my third week of the Couch to 5K running program. It all seems like so much when I type it out, but really it is fun and makes me feel so good every day <em>104</em> . Sun, 26 Aug 2007 00:33:33 EST Howdy from Texas I'm not really from Texas but we just moved here about a month ago! My name is Tracee, I'm a SAHM and Air Force wife. We just moved back to the US after being in Europe for 8 years (with 1 year of Korea/California in the middle). When we moved to England I gained about 50 pounds...yikes! Now that we're back in the US I am ready to loose it and get back to my old self. One of my biggest problems is I love food! I LOVE to cook, but I don't mind cooking healthy food, so hopefully I can get... Sat, 25 Aug 2007 16:26:11 EST Hi everyone from Iowa <BR> SPARKNAME: PhatGrandma <BR> <BR> NAME: Terri <BR> <BR> AGE: hmmm we don't talk about that at my house. LOL!! <BR> <BR> BIRTHDAY: April 3 <BR> <BR> MARITAL STATUS: married at heart <BR> <BR> CHILDREN: 2 1 son who lives in Kansas and works as a firefighter and is in the national guard. 1 daughter who lives near me and works as a mail carrier and does woman's roller derby. <BR> <BR> WHERE DO YOU LIVE: Iowa <BR> <BR> HOBBIES: I love to spend time with my 2 beautiful grandbabies more ... Sat, 25 Aug 2007 11:59:39 EST Getting to know this site terms. What is a sticky point. Sat, 25 Aug 2007 00:03:14 EST Newbie Hello Everyone!!!I just wanted to say that I feel really welcomed since joining. There is so many things to do and see and so many groups to join. I'm not familiar with everything as yet, but I can't wait until I am. Fri, 24 Aug 2007 17:35:44 EST Figure Pics Ok, I've seen several members with pics on their pages of a girl in a white top & black shorts that you can apparently change to show a particular body figure. <BR> <BR> I think it's neat; where can I find it? Fri, 24 Aug 2007 12:53:49 EST I don't recognize myself sometimes Does anyone else ever feel this way? I don't emotionally "feel" like the 186 pound woman who looks at me from the mirror... sometimes I don't even recognize myself when I walk past a store window.... I need to do this for myself... my sanity... I'm already worried about losing my motivation though. How do you keep it going? I did so well this winter, using my elliptical trainer every day... for an hour or MORE at a time.... but the pounds didn't budge... people told me I looked good, but sinc... Thu, 23 Aug 2007 20:31:39 EST Starting out for the first time Hello, <BR> My name is Jennie I'm new here and I am trying to go about this the right way, I am wondering how do I weigh-in? Basically, what I am trying to say is that I would like some pointers on how to use this site in general all this is so overwhelming and new to me, but it is also exciting. <BR> <BR> Thu, 23 Aug 2007 14:50:44 EST Starting over again... Hi. My name is Dori. I'm not new here but I fell off the wagon "BIG" time so here I am starting over... I'm starting LVN school on Monday and I know that I need to change something and soon... If anyone has any advice please feel free to share it... I'm looking forward to making friends and getting the help and motivation I need... Thanks, Dori Thu, 23 Aug 2007 03:10:47 EST Hi there... Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm a male 30 in Bellwood, IL. My wife is Darcykins on here. We have 8 kids between the two of us, 6 in house. Wed, 22 Aug 2007 21:39:39 EST Finding Thai Food values To all, <BR> I live in Thailand and I'm finding it hard to find local foods listed in the food list database. Do you know of any sites that might list the nutritional stats on Thai foods? <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance. Wed, 22 Aug 2007 20:59:46 EST Just wanted to say hello Hey everybody, my name is Patti and I have been doing this for 2 days now, I bought an Elliptical machine and just used it for my first time tonight, I did 20 min and was out of breathe but I will make it to my 30 min goal by the weekend.I wish you all luck. Wed, 22 Aug 2007 19:46:58 EST Greetings from Helsinki Hello everybody? How many are we that started this week? <BR> <BR> I'm almost lost in the jungle of this super resourceful and super complicated (lol) forum (I mean the whole SP). I'm not sure where I'll find my real peer support group, is it this starting group or some other... Maybe the 40 somethings, or the health professionals... or single mothers... <BR> <BR> BUT here is my introduction anyway: I'm 40 years old, a single mother of a 9-yo boy, I live in Helsinki, Finland, and am a rea... Wed, 22 Aug 2007 13:10:27 EST A day in the life of ME SPARKNAME: QueenOfSchmooze <BR> <BR> NAME: Suzi <BR> <BR> AGE: 41 <BR> <BR> BIRTHDAY: April <BR> <BR> MARITAL STATUS: basically married <BR> <BR> CHILDREN: just a one eyed cat with an attitude <BR> <BR> WHERE DO YOU LIVE: Michigan <BR> <BR> HOBBIES: making over my house <BR> <BR> TELL US ALITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF: Over the past few years I've pretty much become a workaholic. I have 2 part time jobs and am also working on building up my own business in my "spare time". This is actually... Tue, 21 Aug 2007 19:35:32 EST Questions about the website Post them here and we'll try to answer...or at least point you in the right direction <em>49</em> Tue, 21 Aug 2007 14:46:51 EST Hello! I stumbbled accross this site by mistake. Now that i have, i thought i'd give it a go in the hope that it would help me in my quest! I need to loose a lot of weight ready for my wedding, and to feel happier all round! My name is Gwen i'm 25 from Wales, and have been very shocked by some recent holiday snaps!!! Mon, 20 Aug 2007 18:10:52 EST A PLACE TO COME TOGETHER This thread will be used for general conversation between all of us. <em>235</em> Thu, 2 Aug 2007 10:07:02 EST Fast Break Goals The first part of the SparkPeople plan is Fast Break, a time to really focus on being successful in meeting 3 goals that you can accomplish everyday. When you set up your program what 3 goals did you pick and why? Also, let us know how you're doing at meeting them. Sun, 29 Jul 2007 05:26:06 EST Daily High and Low One thing I love about SparkPeople is how great it feels to have a lot of supportive people to celebrate successes, problem solve challenges, and vent frustrations with. Post here to share the highest and lowest part of your day with your teammates...doesn't have to be directly SparkPeople related. Sun, 29 Jul 2007 05:17:31 EST Scavenger Hunt Discussion Questions or comments about the Daily Scavenger Hunt? Post them here! Sun, 29 Jul 2007 05:13:29 EST Daily Scavenger Hunt **Please Don't Reply Here** To help you get to know the different features of SparkPeople I'll post a daily "Scavenger Hunt" here for ideas of new things to try. Also, it's not mandatory to participate, but I hope it will be fun and helpful. Please don't reply in this thread so each day it'll be easy to find the new challenge. <BR> <BR> Check the Scavenger Hunt Discussion thread for step-by-step instructions and feel free to leave any comments there! Sun, 29 Jul 2007 05:09:23 EST WHATS MOTIVATING YOU TO REACH YOUR GOALS THIS WILL BE A PLACE FOR US TO SHARE WHAT IS MOTIVATING US TO REACH OUR GOALS. WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO LOSE WEIGHT? SHARE HERE. Fri, 27 Jul 2007 12:01:48 EST TELL US ABOUT YOU......... THIS THREAD WILL BE USED FOR US TO LEARN ABOUT YOU AND YOU TO LEARN ABOUT US. COPY AND PASTE AND PUT INTO A NEW POST. <BR> <BR> <BR> SPARKNAME: <BR> <BR> NAME: <BR> <BR> AGE: <BR> <BR> BIRTHDAY: <BR> <BR> MARITAL STATUS: <BR> <BR> CHILDREN: <BR> <BR> WHERE DO YOU LIVE: <BR> <BR> HOBBIES: <BR> <BR> TELL US ALITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF Fri, 27 Jul 2007 08:25:21 EST