SparkPeople Never Been Skinny Team Messageboard A team for those who've been overweight for most of their lives and are determined to change for a stronger and healthier self. SparkPeople Never Been Skinny Team Messageboard Holiday Goals I want to know what goals you've set for yourself this upcoming holiday season. Are you committing to three 30 minute workouts a week? Are you making sure to take time for yourself? What keeps you on track during the holiday season? Wed, 2 Nov 2016 09:25:22 EST March into March... Lets get out there and walk, IF you are on the snow zone, Walk in your house, march in place do whatever it takes to get moving !! <BR> <BR> Have a great time !! <em>311</em> Tue, 3 Mar 2015 15:03:24 EST Question Fitness magazine has 2 different exercises that I have been doing. I can't find them on SparkFitness tracker..."Double-Leg Stretch" &"Dead Bug". Does anyone know what they are on the SparkFitness? Mon, 5 Jan 2015 19:28:49 EST Whats your favorite part of Christmas? Is it the Lights, the Tree, the Smells, The Gifts ..... <BR> <BR> Tell us what you love most about Christmas. <BR> <BR> For me its the Tree, I love the way it looks and smells (if you keep it watered, lol) It reminds me of my grandparents who are both gone now. Sun, 14 Dec 2014 17:22:25 EST My New Transformation I had joined SP in Nov 2012, and reconnected in June 7, 2014 I was logging in every day. <BR> Last night I decided to deactivate my account and start fresh. I start this journey on June 7th weighting my heaviest at 279 pounds. I decided to open my past and start dealing with the issues. <BR> Last time I remember being skinny was when my grandma was alive Feb 1984. Ever since then I been gaining weight. Now I am done carrying this weight around with me. <BR> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 21:49:19 EST Returning to the Yellow Brick Road... I used to be a member of SPARK... I was not very successful... but I have returned to this road... and hope to not only find a path that leads me to my goals... but a few friends along the way to share the journey with.... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 23:23:49 EST How often do you re-assess your calories? I wanted to know about what has worked for you with re-assessing calories in and out. What prompted me to post this is that I have been counting my calories for a little while now and have not seen the scale budge. I am sure my body is just getting acclimated to the change in diet, but I wonder if maybe I am still too high with my calorie intake. I am still within the recommended, but I would like to know: <BR> <BR> How long do you wait to change your calories in and out when you don't see... Thu, 8 May 2014 19:49:32 EST February Is Here !! And its Pretty darn cold. This month Try a new low fat, or low carb, or just healther in general Recipie. Maybe you can make over one of your high fat favorites and make it healthier by substituting ingredients. <BR> <BR> Once a week would be great, but at least 1 this month, OK???? <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> Mon, 3 Feb 2014 22:44:46 EST Hi Hi I am Susan, <BR> <BR> I have been logging spark before but never communicated with anyone. I have been losing weight and exercising but want to kick it up. And get support and suggestions and just meet people and make some friends. Who deal with this. Hmm not sure what else to say. But I will be on spark more often. Have a great day everyone. Sun, 5 Jan 2014 18:56:13 EST Happy Skinny January 2014 <em>381</em> <em>249</em> <em>315</em> <em>550</em> <em>192</em> <BR> <BR> Ok team, its a new year and a clean slate for us all. <BR> <BR> Lets start this year off with the most basic of challenges, <BR> <BR> TRACK EVERYTHING YOU PUT IN YOUR MOUTH. <BR> <BR> Its important to track what you are eating so that you can see where you can make improvements and be accountable to yourself. Be honest and track everything, It doesn't matter if you use the Spark tracker, a n... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 15:26:18 EST Whats your favorite song? <BR> <BR> I don't know about you, but I have different favorites as time goes on, <BR> <BR> Right now my favorite song is "Pride" by Syntax Wed, 1 Jan 2014 15:07:53 EST New Years Resolutions Anyone???? Ok, I know that Resolutions generally last about 1 week and then we fall back into our old lives. <BR> <BR> What you going to do different in 2014? <BR> <BR> IF YOU DONT CHANGE ANYTHING, NOTHING WILL CHANGE <BR> <BR> I think that will be my mantra for 2014. I have to change. <BR> <BR> My resolution will be to actually GO to the gym minimum 4 days a week and get my life back on track.. <BR> <BR> When I used to have a membership, I went every night after work and actually kinda like... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 18:45:16 EST December already? Really? Yep this year has almost passed us all by. THis month should be the time to reflect on what you have done this year and what you can change for next year. We are all on this journey together and Best of Luck to every one !!! Mon, 9 Dec 2013 18:22:33 EST Hi!! I've been a big gal for the better part of my adult life. I started gaining weight around 10 years old and just kept on gaining. My highest weight is 275, which is the most recent. Was able to reach 220 around 10 years ago and gained all the weight back and couldn't kickstart that weight loss journey again. So, I haven't known skinny in a long while, would like to be really skinny in my ideal world, but I'll settle on healthy for the time being. :) Sun, 1 Dec 2013 09:23:58 EST Crazy conflict, should i give up? Advise needed. I am so conflicted! <BR> On one hand I am proud of myself for loosing 80 pounds. I feel better in myself, am on less medications, can do more with my new grand-babies. Clothes fit better, i can do so much more, I fit comfortably into a seat at the theatre. I mean there is so much benefit. Although I am feeling the cold this winter. <BR> <BR> On the other i have so much excess skin around my middle that i have only shrunk 1 size, and i am getting infections and sores. All of my doctor say i... Wed, 27 Nov 2013 02:07:22 EST TV Commercials Ok, we all watch TV <em>429</em> and some commercials are just annoying or maybe they are the funniest you have ever seen, <BR> <BR> Share here your favorite or the one you cant stand. Tell us which one and why. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>426</em> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 14:17:29 EST New to the group Hello..... <BR> My name is Donna and I have made a choice to get healthy......I have been overweight all my life and like most kids and even as an adult I have endured the stares and giggles along with the name calling. It was not until recently that I decided to change my lifestyle, not only for me but for my 14 year old daughter which also has a problem with her weight. I want to show her that loosing weight is possible and can be done in a healthy way. My biggest issue with loosing weig... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 10:25:36 EST November - DO you remember? Winter is creeping in and outdoor activities are becoming more scarce as the weather gets cold. <BR> <BR> DO you remember when you were more active and felt better and had more energy? I'll bet you weighed less at that time and probably had some kind of exercise routine. <BR> <BR> This month, focus on how much better you felt when you were active and try adding more activity to your life, whether its just walking more or getting more exercise, Maybe try an exercise video or get out your... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 13:05:26 EST October Leaves Ok, so I spaced out on the right month and thought this was September... Wow... <BR> <BR> October will be leaving (in more ways than one) passing us by and leaves falling from the trees so lets try this. <BR> <BR> We all Know what to do - we explain to others and I know I tell myself yet don't seem to get to all of it. <BR> <BR> So this October is We Know want to Do, now lets Do what we Know. <BR> <BR> Eat right <BR> Move fruits and Veges <BR> Exercise <BR> Track every day <BR> D... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 19:55:31 EST Change your Lifestyle What are you doing to change your lifestyle and lose weight? What's working and what's not? <BR> <BR> Share with the team and tell us your successes and failures. <BR> <BR> Thu, 3 Oct 2013 14:15:18 EST 1 perfect day I challenge each and every one of you to do 1 perfect day this month... <BR> <BR> Stay in calorie range <BR> Drink your water <BR> Track your food <BR> Exercise. <BR> <BR> All in 1 day, just 1 day of your life and do the perfect spark. <BR> <BR> Tell us how you did and how hard it was. <BR> <BR> Rayne <BR> Wed, 2 Oct 2013 21:32:42 EST 1 perfect day I challenge each and every one of you to do 1 perfect day this month... <BR> <BR> Stay in calorie range <BR> Drink your water <BR> Track your food <BR> Exercise. <BR> <BR> All in 1 day, just 1 day of your life and do the perfect spark. <BR> <BR> Tell us how you did and how hard it was. <BR> <BR> Rayne <BR> Wed, 2 Oct 2013 21:32:00 EST September to Remember Hi NBS Team <BR> <BR> How many of you have tried juicing? "Fat Sick and Nearly Dead" is a web movie (Its not very long) It shows Joe and how he lost weight by juicing (Fruits and Vegetables Only). I have been juicing now for 5 days and lost 4 lbs. I went to Walmart and bought an inexpensive juicer ($35) and it works great. The biggest drawback is having to clean the dumb thing after every use. <BR> <BR> I don't think that living on juice is a good idea, so I incorporate 1 meal of prote... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 17:23:34 EST New (again) here! Hi Everyone! :) I haven't been on this page in over a year so I thought I would reintroduce myself. I have been trying different ways of getting started lately and nothing has really been working for me. I'm just feeling really down today and that is my catalyst to really start trying again. I have all the tools I just need to work on my self control and motivation. Wed, 25 Sep 2013 02:57:16 EST August is Infused Water Month for the NBS Team HI All, <BR> <BR> I am a convert . We all know how BOARING drinking our 8 glasses a day is. You dont have to buy tools or containers, you can make them yourself, use a mason jar, use a pitcher, what ever you have handy. I bought a slimline container with a spout (1.25 gal) at walmart for about $5 to keep in my fridge All you have to do is is add Fresh Clean Fruit & Veges. Whatever combination you like. The water leaches out the natural vitamins and minerals from the fruit & Vege int... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 14:56:23 EST Hi! My name is Chelsee. I'm not new, but returning after almost a year of not being on. Need to incorporate Spark back into my life. Hopefully I can get on here a few times during the week. Fri, 2 Aug 2013 21:45:48 EST JulyK what you see? I avoid the mirror like the plague, Its time to make changes to our eating habits and exercise habits. We are the only ones who can do this so lets put forth our best efforts. <BR> <BR> Track your Food <BR> Drink lots of Water <BR> and No Excuses this month... <BR> <BR> Best of Luck team !! Tue, 9 Jul 2013 10:59:54 EST Hello there! Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Jess and I am a young, obese college student. I'm 22 (turning 23 in a couple of months) and I'm about 100lbs overweight. I've always been heavy. My whole life I was envious of those girls in my schools and neighborhoods that had flat stomachs and skinny arms. Even now, I've got friends that can eat ramen at 11 o'clock at night and still look super skinny. However, I'm trying to learn that it isn't about envy. That envy isn't going to help me. It's just hard ... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 22:38:16 EST Hi everyone!! Hey guys (and gals), I've been a member of this team for quite a while but I've been mostly absent since joining. I don't think I ever introduced myself when I joined, so, hi everyone, I'm Candace. I'm 32 and 273 lbs. I've struggled with my weight my entire life. The lowest my weight has ever been was at15-16 when I took Fen-phen for a while. I got down to 155 and I was briefly what I like to call "fat skinny" meaning thin but not fit. I'm only 5'2" so at 155 my BMI was still considered overw... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 12:16:26 EST Flooding in Southern Alberta Did you know that Southern Alberta has been flooded and people are losing their home.. myself included? <BR> <BR> If any of you have been watching the news and seen what's going on in Southern Alberta, I wanted to let everyone know that Greg and I are ok.. we lost a lot but we have each other. <BR> <BR> To those who have no idea of what's going on.. there has been some major flooding in Calgary and southern Alberta. Unfortunately, we got caught in it. Greg and I got lucky, we got our trail... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 14:04:34 EST I can resist anything, except temptation. So yesterday I filled up at the gas station, and went in and bought cookies. And ate them. This is my big bad habit, waiting and filling up my car when I want some cookies. This time though, I said to myself, "What the H. Stop it. Never do this again." I was wondering, how do you stop doing this kind of thing to yourself? (For me, the answer is to just use the credit card at the pump and not go in at all. If I see the cookies I'll probably buy them again.) Wed, 19 Jun 2013 10:50:13 EST Going to see a nutritionist - questions I have scheduled an appointment with a nutritionist next week to help me get more aligned with my goals of adding healthy foods to my diet. I've been journaling here for awhile, logging my food, and the overall take-away I'm getting is that I'm eating too much fat, and not enough protein. Oddly enough, my carbs are where they should be. <BR> <BR> I chose this nutritionist because she was recommended to me by the doctor at my company. However, I went to check on her web page and she is one of... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 08:11:32 EST I'm Glad to find you name is Annette. I'm 48 and back again working with Sparkpeople to get my health in line. All I lost with Spark a few years back returned after last Fall's hyster. Then I was so brilliant that I bought my wedding dress off the internet...yup...beautiful but way too tight. Wedding is in 3 months. <BR> I have been working here for the last month using the tracking tools. Today I decided to find some teams to work with also. <BR> Glad to meet you;) Tue, 11 Jun 2013 15:26:12 EST New Girl Here Hey everyone, <BR> My name is Kayla and I'm kind of new to this whole thing. Well for starters I can't remember a time where I was actually under 200 lbs. for longer than a couple months. I'm an emotional eater and always have been. Everyone expresses their anger and sadness in different ways and mine is though food. I don't find myself attractive and quit honestly never have. Despite every effort made to lose weight I have failed every time and I am out of ideas. If any of you could help me... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 20:24:12 EST June-o what you need to do Summer is upon us and I don't know about you but I am NOT skinny. This month let's focus on adding to our exercise. <BR> <BR> 1. 5 minutes per week that's right add 5 minutes per week to whatever work out it is you're doing if you're doing nothing start with 5 minutes by the end of the month you'll be at 20 minutes of exercise. <BR> <BR> 2. Additional challenge.... <BR> Add an extra fruit or vegetable to your daily intake. It doesn't matter if you add it to your breakfast your lunch or... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 13:18:48 EST howz the weather? tell us how is the weather where you are is it hot is it cold is it snowing share your weather and let's see how are all doing. Sat, 1 Jun 2013 13:07:43 EST To Tell The Truth.... They say confession is good for the soul... so fess up. What have you done that you shouldnt have? Wed, 22 May 2013 23:09:39 EST Crazy Exercise Share with us what you do to add exercise to your daily chores and daily activity. <BR> <BR> It can be simple and short or silly and time consuming. <BR> <BR> Here's one of mine !! <BR> <BR> When emptying the washer to the dryer, I take only 2-3 pieces of clothes at a time. I bend doen to get them and then stand all the way up before grabbing the next batch. It basically is just a little stretching and muscle movement, but every little bit helps !! Tue, 14 May 2013 10:52:51 EST Measure UP Do you measure yourself? Or do you rely totally on the scale to tell you if you are winning the weight loss challenge. <BR> <BR> This week I want you all to get out your measuring tape and take your measurements - If you dont have a tape, they are available at most dollar stores, fabric stores even Walmart... They arent very expensive ($1-$2). <BR> <BR> On your My Trackers Tab there is a place to put your measurements and it tells you how to correctly measure. <BR> <BR> Do this t... Tue, 7 May 2013 15:28:13 EST Tips, Hints and other Skullduggery <em>221</em> <em>52</em> <em>17</em> <em>313</em> <em>221</em> <BR> <BR> Got a hot Tip on weight loss? Heard a good story about feeling better? Seen an article that we could all relate to? <BR> <BR> We can all share in your good fortune of finding these hidden treasures. <BR> <BR> Post it here Wed, 1 May 2013 15:33:42 EST MAY-k It Happen for You OK, Team, <BR> <BR> Summer is coming at us like a freight train and wont be stopping - It will just pass us by like every other month if WE dont make changes. Its getting hotter and those long sleeve shirts and jeans and sweaters that help us hide our figures wont work during the summer. <BR> <BR> Its all up to YOU- each & every one of YOU to make weight loss happen . We all need to be like bears coming out of our dens and searching for ways to Get Fit (as opposed to searching for fo... Wed, 1 May 2013 15:12:35 EST Sabatoge Do you sabatoge yourself? Or does someone else help you out? <BR> <BR> In My case my X is constantly bringing "goodies into the house. for instance last week I was saying that I would LOVE to have a German Chocolate cupcake, however there was NO way I was driving to the next town to get one. So fast forward a few days and guess what he brings home? Not 1 but 5 German Chocolate Cup Cakes... so for the next 5 days I had cupcakes for dessert. <BR> <BR> I can certainly sabatoge myself, ... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 15:24:56 EST Are You Reading? Are you a reader? What book are you reading? is it good, educational, intriguing??? Mon, 22 Apr 2013 10:50:20 EST To Garden or not To Garden That is my question. <BR> <BR> Are you a garden person? <BR> Do you grow your own veges? <BR> Do you have flowers galore? <BR> Do you have a brown thumb as opposed to a green one? Thu, 18 Apr 2013 20:02:02 EST chew on this !!! Chewing your food is more important than you think. Saliva helps you digest your food better and the more you chew it the better. Not only does it take longer for you to eat, but this gives your stomach more time to tell your brain that you are getting full. <BR> <BR> Try this, I'm attempting to..... take a bite, put your fork down and chew, and chew, and chew. Do this until everything is chewed to death and swallow. Then and only then take your next bite and chew forever again. <BR> ... Thu, 18 Apr 2013 16:23:07 EST Hi there! I'm new here, so I thought I'd say hi. <BR> <BR> Hi! <BR> <BR> Yeah, that's all I've got for the moment. I'm pretty shy but doing my best to come out of my shell a little more. I thought maybe being around other 'Never Been Skinny' folks might help. I hope to get to know some of you! Wed, 17 Apr 2013 13:40:43 EST Lose it in April This month try to add more exercise. Even if you only do 10 minute intervals, thats certainly better than none. <BR> <BR> Tell us what exercise you do as many days as possible Wed, 10 Apr 2013 11:03:17 EST Don't know about you Hey All I tend to use facebook more than sparkpeople so just wanted to put it out there that I have started a group on facebook called "Say Healthy" I will be posting weekly pictures of myself because I have never been under 200 and want to share my journey and bring on cheerleaders! Here is the url its open so feel free to join anytime!!/groups/1821093<BR>15273821/ Thu, 4 Apr 2013 08:54:36 EST Whats for Dinner? (Or lunch or Breakfast) Share with us what you are eating and how you are making it healthier or are choosing healthier things. <BR> <BR> : ] Wed, 3 Apr 2013 11:09:37 EST No Fried Foods Lets see how long we can go without eating Fried things... I know its actually harder than it sounds, doughnuts are fried, taco shells are fried, most chips are fried, even frozed dinners have fried food in them. <BR> <BR> Bake things like chicken, pork chops... use pan spray instead of frying them. <BR> <BR> So far this month (2 whole days) I havent had a fried thing and now that I have started this I will have to be more aware of what I am choosing to eat <BR> <BR> Good Luck Team !... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 11:07:58 EST April - Do It Til You're Satisfied <em>335</em> <em>52</em> <em>204</em> <em>140</em> <BR> <BR> Those of you who are children of the 70's or older might remember this song. go to youtube and look up BT Express Do It til your Satisfied 1974. <BR> <BR> This month I want you all to focus on How much you eat. Eat til your full (satisfied) <BR> <BR> I personally and I am sure many of you - Eat til were STUFFED, miserable, overfull, uncomfortable - I'm sure there are more words to describe the feeling, but that i... Fri, 29 Mar 2013 15:20:18 EST Helllloo People :) I am new to this whole scene at SparkPeople but I am excited at what an amazing group of people this seems to be!! :) <BR> Anywho, I am Jessica. I am 22. I have been overweight my entire life and while I tend to eat healthy by nature; I have a sweet tooth. I am ready for change. I am tired of making excuses. I am ready to get started on living my life. I AM READY FOR CHANGE! <BR> <BR> Tell me about you... :) Sun, 24 Mar 2013 23:44:57 EST Spark Recipies Week Lets all use Spark Recipies for the next week. 3-17 / 3-23 Choose your meals from the Spark. The more you can do the better. I am aiming for at least 5 nights of Spark Dinners and maybe even a few breakfasts and lunches !! <BR> <BR> Give it a try and see if it works for you !! Fri, 15 Mar 2013 10:08:06 EST I Challenge You To: Hi Team, <BR> <BR> Its about 1/2 way thru March and even the bears are coming out of hibernation. I challenge all of you to lose 5 lbs by the end of the month. You have about 2.5 weeks left and that should be enough time to lose the weight. Add exercisse to your day and change your eating habits if necessary. Summer is creeping up on us and we all want to be ready... <BR> <BR> Check in and let me know how you are doing - I know some of you dont want to sell us your actual weight, s... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 10:57:13 EST March Right On Up <BR> <em>231</em> <em>23</em> <em>326</em> <em>350</em> <em>237</em> <BR> <BR> Well Team March is here and Summer is heading our way. This month I would like to see what you are doing to lose weight, So March on up to the poduim and tell us what you are doing to keep yourself on track, What is working for you? How are you staying motivated? What is distracting you? What have you learned? <BR> <BR> This Month I would like to see how much exercise you get, While Diet is... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 10:28:49 EST make us laugh Ok team. Lets relate some funny stories about your life here. It can be something that happened to you, something you saw or just something you heard. <BR> <BR> Lets hear it !!! Sun, 24 Feb 2013 14:42:55 EST where'd my motivation go?! Seriously! I want it back! <BR> I go to the gym still. I'm able to run a mile straight without walking for rest. That's 12 minutes. A month ago I could only run 5 minutes. <BR> <BR> So why am I having so much trouble eating right?! Every since revamping my calorie range I'm YET to be in it. Argh!!! <BR> <BR> Come back motivation! Come back and help me stay in my range! I still have 30 lbs to go! <BR> <BR> What do ya'll do when motivation seems to vanish? Sat, 23 Feb 2013 12:05:58 EST You're Not Pretty Enough I just read another members blog "You're Not Pretty Enough". It's relates to the website and book, Jennifer Tress, created. It's very inspiring and gives you an empowerment over yourself. Here is the link to the blog: <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5260833 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> The pledge is to promise yourself that: <BR> <BR> "Everyone deserves love. I promise to show love for myself by: <BR> <BR> Not judging myself or engaging in p... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 09:34:13 EST Can I just vent for a moment, please? Sorry but I need to get this off my chest. I loathe and despise the Food Police. <BR> <BR> I just started working at a company where there are a lot of marketing people who are image conscious. The topic I am about to vent about has happened to me all this week. And not with just one person, either. <BR> <BR> Guess what? I know I weigh 300 pounds. And let's address that: I'm doing really well - this past week, I lost 6 pounds. I'm working out every day and I'm feeling so much better than I ... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 12:41:26 EST Give us a Quote... Its hard to come up with new challenges... <BR> <BR> So here is an easy one Give us a Quote from your favorite author, your mom, whomever. Share them here for all of us th hear!! <BR> <BR> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 15:48:04 EST When is it OK to Accept? I'm kind of in a tough spot right now. I weigh somewhere around 250 pounds. I'm not sure of the actual number, but anyway that's not what brought me here. <BR> I exercise. I walk everywhere, work at a job where I'm on my feet and moving around for anywhere between 3 and 5 hours at a time, and I go to the gym a couple of times a week. <BR> As far as food, I really try to eat healthy. I don't have a lot of time to cook food due to my work and school schedules. So if I have to eat at work (i wo... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 22:45:14 EST How are we doing so far this year??? Hi team, <BR> <BR> What is working for you this year? Anything? Nothing? <BR> <BR> How are you changing your ways to make your weight loss and getting healthy a priority? <BR> <BR> Share your good bad and ugly here!! Its only February so dont let little set back get you down. LIfe happens, Its up to you to take it in stride and move forward!!. <BR> <BR> Mon, 4 Feb 2013 10:45:36 EST February Challenge - Erase Your Indulgences !!! Hi Team, THis challenge is to counter act your indulgences (or just your calories)... <BR> <BR> Use any type of exercise to delete calories from your day... The chart below is just a list of a few things and how many calories you burn doing them.. You can use the spark calculator or any other exercise calculator to subtract calories from your day. Pretty much everything you do burns calories so lets see how you all do this month !! <BR> <BR> Calories eaten: <BR> Calories erased: <B... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 10:40:52 EST Drink your water Week !! Hi Team - This new challenge is to get your water in this week. Black coffee and tea can count, but no Soda. <BR> <BR> Let us know each day how you do on your water intake - Strive for 8 glasses. and prepare to be running to the bathroom lol. <BR> <BR> Good Luck!! Tue, 29 Jan 2013 11:02:38 EST Whats in your Fridge or pantry? Hi Team, <BR> <BR> Ok More games it is. This is an alphabetical food game - whats in your fridge (or pantry) ? <BR> <BR> Each person choses the next letter in line and tells us what they have handy - For instance the first person says A - I have apples, the next person gets B They say B - I have Beans and so on. This is pretty easy unless you get X or something like that... I dont really know of any X foods, so you might need to skip that one letter.... BUt who knows, someone... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 10:58:13 EST Why. isn't. it working. I'm growing disheartened. <BR> <BR> I am normally so motivated to do this but as of late I'm not getting any result. I go to the gym at least twice - thrice a week working out hard for over an hour. I eat fruit, berries, eggs, salmon, salads. I don't touch chocolate and cake and alcohol. I do all the right things. And yet. The scale either says I've not lost anything, or that I've put on a pound or two. Somewhere I'm not doing the right thing. <BR> <BR> Obvious answer is to change my diet... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 06:46:07 EST Hey guys! I'm Randi, and I'm ready to make the biggest change of my life (so far). I've always been overweight, since I was a little girl. Now, about to turn 25, I want to change that. I started to lose weight when I realized I was 255 and it dawned on me just how heavy I was. Almost 60 pounds later, I'm happy but I know I'm not done. I'm past my halfway point, but I just need help to stay motivated and push myself to the goal that I've always dreamed of. I feel like, with a team like this, I wil... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 23:12:00 EST Good morning Just thought I'd pop in and introduce myself... not sure what info people would like to know. I currently weigh in at a whopping 304 pounds, and the closest I've ever been in my adult life to being "skinny" is 170 pounds. I have a 10 year old daughter that I'm trying to teach healthy habits to, and it's hard. I'm hoping that by joining this team I can find some motivation and new tools to keep me going and moving toward my goals. <BR> <BR> Progress, not perfection, is my mantra this year. Go... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 06:40:13 EST Use your Tracker Challenge <em>15</em> <em>9</em> <em>15</em> <em>9</em> <em>15</em> <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> I challenge all of you to use your tracker every day this week. Everything that goes in your mouth goes on your tracker. I know that somedays it scares me to look at my tracker much less put everything I ate on it, but this is the week. ITs a new year and the only way to get to a new you is to change old habits. <BR> <BR> Post on here during the week how you are doing and next Monday tell m... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 15:21:01 EST Hi from australia For as long as I can remember I have been over-weight, my family owned a bakery where I live and was just so easy to go and get unhealthy food instead of eating healthy which I took into my teen years and beyond, I know it is probably quicker to make something at home then to go and get junk food but it doesn't seem that way when u have to find it cook it clean up I am now at my heaviest weight yet at 254 pounds which is scary for me as I have never been this big, I have set my goal for the y... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 11:17:30 EST Hello All, I'm Brandii Hello All, I am a 27 y/o single mother of one, and I am so geeked about this team. In my world, I am the only kid that went from a size 16 husky, to a 16 women's. I hate that you all know this struggle for yourselves, but I am so glad to see that I am not alone! :) <BR> <BR> My goal is to drop 50 lbs by July. I know it's not going to be easy, but I cannot wait to go into "cruise control" where eating healthy and working out are second nature! <BR> <BR> I look forward to getting to kno... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 10:44:21 EST Lost in 2013.... <em>9</em> <em>332</em> <em>362</em> <em>403</em> <em>323</em> <em>319</em> <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> Hi Team, <BR> <BR> Lets track how many lbs we lose this year. <BR> <BR> Everyone should post once a week either Saturday or Sunday which ever fits your schedule better, how they are doing (Bad or Good) Please use the format below (copy and paste) <BR> <BR> Weekly Starting Weight: <BR> Lost/Gained : <BR> <BR> Spark Goodies to the monthly Biggest losers <em>9</e... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 11:07:06 EST January 2013 New You Challenge Hi Team, <BR> <BR> Its 2013, the world didnt end on 12-21 and Its time for all of us to step up to the plate. <BR> <BR> And by plate I mean the one you eat from. Track your food and Look at your portions <BR> <BR> This years first challenge is to pay attention to what you eat - Whats on your plate? How much of this is Protein, how much is Veges and how much is carbs. Are you happy with your plate? Have you made the correct portion size? <BR> <BR> This month I want you all to be m... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 10:48:22 EST Lite & Lovely Cocktails Ok Team - I know some of us enjoy a drink every now and then so I thought I would help lighten some of your favorites up and maybe give you a few new favorites.. <BR> <BR> Cocktails <BR> <BR> Watermelon Mojito: 100 Calories <BR> <BR> A whole day of eating right can go down in the swirl of cocktail -- with crazy-high calories and weakened willpower. So we've put a few drinks on a diet, starting with the Cuban mojito. Instead of using sugar, use a wooden pestle or a big spoon to gently cr... Wed, 19 Dec 2012 10:46:34 EST Resolution Time !!! OK, So we all make New Years resolutions and they generally fall by the way side within a few days, a few weeks and even a few months. Think about what your resolution or resolutions will be this year. Choose an attainable goal and resolve to reach it. It does not have to be weight loss related. <BR> <BR> Maybe you want to curb your shopping addiction, Your lottery ticket addiction, Maybe you want to quit smoking, or become a vegetarian.... <BR> <BR> This is the thread to post wha... Mon, 17 Dec 2012 10:52:48 EST What to do in January 2013 ????? <em>411</em> <em>298</em> <em>67</em> <em>27</em> <em>129</em> <em>51</em> <em>411</em> <BR> <BR> Hi Team, <BR> <BR> See the emoticons above? What do they mean to you? Good Day? Bad Day ? Happy Day? Sad Day? I want you to think about what you want for YOUR life next year. Every day is a new beginning so Where are you headed in the new year???? <BR> <BR> What do you want to do in January ? How will you change your patterns and goals in the new year? What woul... Thu, 13 Dec 2012 11:20:21 EST Greetings all Hello there. I'm brand new here so I'm still figuring this out, but so far so good. I'm 22 years old and about six feet tall. I'm currently at 269lbs, but I would love to be somewhere around 180lbs. I've got three older sisters and they're all much thinner than I am, so I've always kind of felt like odd one out in my family. What I really want to achieve is getting to a healthy weight and finally building up my self-esteem. <BR> <BR> So, hello and it's nice to meet you ^^ Wed, 12 Dec 2012 14:55:19 EST December 2012 Challenge Sorry I'm a few days late on this one - Bad weekend : [ <BR> <BR> <em>444</em> <em>442</em> <em>444</em> <em>442</em> <em>446</em> <em>444</em> <em>442</em> <em>444</em> <em>442</em> <BR> <BR> ‘This Month being full of holidays and travel and oh so good but bad for you food I think a Challenge Yourself’ Challenge is in order. <BR> <BR> This challenge is to set our own challenges! It may be a daily challenge like getting enough water, or something you just do ... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 14:52:33 EST Daily Tips for Weight loss Ok Team - Inspiration needed here - I will make this a Sticky thru December 31. <BR> <BR> If you have a particular way or thing that helps you or if you have heard a tip that just might work, This is the place to post it. <BR> <BR> I know we all hear the same thing over and over, Eat Less - Exercise More... - but just maybe some of them are right and if we practice them or put the tips to use in our daily life It will make a difference, I'm sure there are some that will be ignored (I... Wed, 28 Nov 2012 18:09:47 EST What are your plans for the Holidays <em>425</em> <em>446</em> <em>425</em> <em>445</em> <em>425</em> <em>444</em> <BR> <BR> What are you doing - Where are you going - What Gift do you want - What gift will you give - <BR> How do you spend your time - How many times do you go shopping - What are you making for Christmas.... <BR> <BR> Share with the team what you are up to. <BR> <BR> <BR> Happy Holidays Wed, 28 Nov 2012 17:56:11 EST What did you do RIGHT today ? Hi Team, <BR> <BR> Well here is a challenge for you take us into the New Year. This Challenge will run thru December 31. (unless you all want to continue longer)... <BR> <BR> Tell us what you did right today be it getting exercise, saying NO to a slice of cake, buying a new kitchen gadget to help your weight loss - Whatever you think you did right, Maybe you saw something you want to share that might help others, maybe you hit a weight loss goal... Its up to you. <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 28 Nov 2012 11:06:51 EST Eating too little ? I was wondering if anyone knows... <BR> <BR> I have been tracking my food on spark. <BR> Used a kitchen scale lately to get my portions right. I was very reluctant to get one, but it seems. I had some portions all wrong. <BR> <BR> I exercise 5-6 times a week (running (25mins) hot yoga (2x) and weight training (2x)) <BR> I have a whey protein shake when i train with my trainer so on those days the calorie intake goes up a little. But on average, I consume between 680 -890 cals a day (exc... Tue, 20 Nov 2012 09:27:16 EST Chain Gang Hi Team, <BR> <BR> In this game you chain words together. (2 words) You must use the last word to start the new word just like below. <BR> <BR> Down - Town <BR> Town - Hall <BR> Hall - Way <BR> Way - Out..... <BR> <BR> Have fun !!! Fri, 9 Nov 2012 13:59:25 EST Turkey Bowling anyone?? <em>429</em> <em>429</em> <em>429</em> <BR> <BR> Tis the season, Thanksgiving is almost upon us. <BR> <BR> Here is a link for Turkey Bowling, Its kinda fun, so If you have a few minutes give it a try and Happy Turkey Day !! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR><BR>ng-game.html Wed, 7 Nov 2012 15:44:32 EST Try a New Food Hi Skinny Team !! <BR> <BR> <em>267</em> <em>369</em> <em>261</em> <em>470</em> <em>262</em> <em>492</em> <BR> <BR> Lets try new things. In this challenge try something you havent had and let us know how it tastes and if you think you would incorporate it into your daily/weekly eating. It does not have to be something new on the market, maybe you have never tried an English Cucumber, Jicama, Sesame seeds, Broccoli, Fiber 1 bars.... The challenge is to try something new... Tue, 6 Nov 2012 10:45:18 EST Dedicate Yourself Monday Hi Team <BR> <BR> Seem that we all need to find a way to get back on track. Dedicate (or rededicate yourself) to something each Monday be it eating more fruit, getting more exercise, practicing more yoga, cooking 1 more healthy meal per week, trying something new, sharing information with friends... Its really up to you. Weight loss starts with a committment from you - to you. I know we all can do this if we put our minds and bodys to it. I have faith in all of you and would love it i... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 12:09:29 EST November Challenge Hi Team, <BR> <BR> Well, its already November where has 2012 gone? I thought I would start a challenge this month for our team. <BR> <BR> 1. Drink your 8 glasses of water - I know we have all heard it before but being hydrated keeps you from being hungry, it helps your skin stay supple, and it helps you lose weight - Most of us mistake thirst for hunger. Please give this a try and let us all know how you are doing <BR> <BR> 2. 10 minutes a day devoted to Exercise. I dont care if ... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 15:07:18 EST What's on the Menu Today? I would love to see what others are planning to eat on a daily basis I know we all have trackers, but.... <BR> <BR> Breakfast: 1 laughing cow lite cheese, 1 Nonie Biscotti, 5 crackers <BR> Lunch: Garden Salad, Leftover Meat Loaf and 1 bake potato <BR> Dinner : Homemade Chinese Chicken Vege soup with Rice Noodles. <BR> I use chicken broth, chicken, BokChoy, Mushrooms, Snow Peas, Onion, Water Chestnut slices and rice noodles. Add a lttle soy and hot oil to your bowl and you have Chinese Chi... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 13:38:22 EST Back Hello all! I'm Ellie! I've been a member of spark for quite some time, I kind of had some time away from the site. In 2011 I lost about 70 pounds (about halfway to my goal weight). The following fall, my grandfather passed away, and in January, I had to move in with my parents. The stress kind of got to me, and I ended up maintaining my weight for about a year, and now that I'm back on my own and have access to a gym, I'm working on losing weight again! <BR> The past year of maintenance prov... Thu, 18 Oct 2012 20:14:41 EST this is me hi my name is steph, im 24, have 2 beautiful children aged 4yr and 7mth. <BR> i am currently 132kg (290lb) and am wanting to get down to a healthy weight of 60kg (135lb) <BR> i am quite short, 158cm and am aiming for the higher end of my healthy weight range but my reason for this is because i also would like to build lean muscle. <BR> <BR> lets do this!!!! Sat, 13 Oct 2012 11:50:28 EST Hello from the Mississippi Gulf Coast Hello everyone, my name is Dale. I'm new to the team not new to SP. I live in Ocean Springs, MS but I am from Ohio. We moved here in April. My DH is from OS. I am 50 years old and I have a 10 year old son. I've battled with my weight all my life. In 2007, I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Follicular Lymphoma. I will be 5 years cancer free in October. Now my focus is on being healthy and losing weight along with it. <BR> Sun, 30 Sep 2012 20:57:27 EST just an update.. Hello everyone, just dropped in to give you an update... I lost access to the website at work so wasn't able to drop in and chat.. then I decided up yours and I dropped that job and got a new job much closer to home. It's a more physically active job (so yay!) and I have a 6 minute commute rather then a 1 hour commute (so double yay!). I have rarely access to the internet so I'll be even here less then I was! <BR> <BR> I'm home on vacation right now so I got to go dragonboating the other da... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 11:50:33 EST Spark Pals With the holiday season fast approaching, I think this is a perfect time to make sure our heads stay in the game. Let's have pals. Anyone looking to have someone to email, or check up on..and get that extra boost of help and motivation, please re-post the following, so I can match you up. <BR> <BR> Name: <BR> Location: <BR> Current weight: <BR> Goal weight: <BR> <BR> I know I am going to need help during the season (this is my first holiday as a family), so I am looking forward to getting... Tue, 4 Sep 2012 11:30:19 EST September Goals! What are your personal goals for the month of September? What are doing to reach them? Mon, 3 Sep 2012 20:18:49 EST Cheese.... Hi, my name is Joan, and I'm a cheeseaholic. I can polish off a block of cheddar in no time flat. No wonder I got to 260 lbs... <BR> <BR> Anyway, I'd intended to just not have any cheese in the house until I MAYBE re-introduced it at a later stage, but my friend got me a small thank you gift of a small bit of gouda from whole foods that she knew I'd enjoy... of course I couldn't refuse the gift. It would be so wasteful to toss it, as well, so I can't do that. <BR> <BR> It's been in the f... Sun, 26 Aug 2012 21:29:04 EST Hello Hi <BR> I don't think I was ever skinny but maybe when I was 5; I look at pictures taken when I was eight and I was chubby back then. I don't know how many diets I have been on but I have been dieting since I was 13. I tried many of the fad diets that have come and gone with minimal success. Part of it is I get discouraged and give up when I don't get the results I expect. I think I am just going to try the basics working on getting healthier, eating better and exercising. Fri, 20 Jul 2012 22:56:04 EST Losing Motivation For as much as I exercise and try to eat healthy (I hate fruits and vegetables, something that really needs to change) I can't seem to lose any weight. I lost four pounds so far this month, but now I've gained 2 of those pounds back. It was my goal to lost 10 pounds this month and that goal is just getting farther and farther away. I had to go clothes shopping yesterday for my new job and I looked like a sausage in everything I tried and they were XL's. I really don't know what to do anymore.... Sun, 17 Jun 2012 11:56:05 EST I need skin advice! HELP! So, I've lost 45-50 pounds since January 1, 2012. YAY! I feel great! Downside, my skin is like WHAT IS GOING ON?! I was looking at myself in the mirror yesterday and notice my stomach is looking reeeeally weird. Just bubbly and the skin is definitely loose. I notice it on my upper arms too. I know -eventually- the skin will catch up with the weight loss, but what can I do to help it along? Lots of water? Lots of lotioning? I've been doing that. Is there a specific lotion I should be using? Wh... Thu, 31 May 2012 11:22:44 EST Finding Inspiration Hello everyone I'm posting for the first time because I have found myself in a huge rut. I want to loose the weight, I need to loose the weight, and I work towards it but my inspiration is gone! At a recent checkup I was told I was completely healthy no issues despite my being obese from childhood. Good news yes but the thought that it will catch up with one day should be inspiring enough to keep me going. My question to everyone is what inspires you other than a healthy life? We all know wan... Sun, 13 May 2012 14:57:10 EST Hi Everyone! Hi! My name is Emily, and I'm new to the team! I'm super excited that I found a team of people who I can relate to! I have never been skinny. Ever since I was a child, I was larger than everyone else. It wasn't an obese large until I reached puberty, and developed PCOS. Since then, the pounds have been packing on - but now, I'm kicking them to the curb! I look forward to my journey, as well as getting to know all of you that are kicking excess weight, and becoming a healthier person! :) Wed, 2 May 2012 13:11:24 EST Hi I'm Kimberley Hi there! Well I have been overweight most of my life. I am 46 and I have decided that no matter how long it takes this time I am going to do it. I refuse to be heavy anymore and especially when I'm 50. I am watching portions now and exercising while watching tv or with dvd's and weights at home. I am looking for Sparkfriends to keep me motivated and on track and to be able to share my ups and downs. I have a Sparkpage and will be posting video blogs of my progress. If you want to keep eac... Tue, 1 May 2012 12:33:21 EST Hello! Hi everyone. It's Monday, and I'm cranky, but I'm staying motivated. Please vist my spark page where I just wrote about my journey so far. I'm interested in meeting people on here to help keep me motivated and give me encouragment. Of couse I hope to offer the same! Mon, 30 Apr 2012 15:20:37 EST Hope this helps.... <BR> So it has officially been a week since I started my venture with SparkPeople. I love this!!!!!!!! I have to say that I am so impressed with myself, I am down 5 lbs. I really am not having any issues with the diet, I eat anything in it's natural form, but no breads, grains, rice, pastas.... I really thought I would miss all the junk, but I don't. I eat lots of fruit and veggies, and make meals that resemble starches. Last night I made grilled boneless (no fat) pork chops with cream... Mon, 23 Apr 2012 12:56:16 EST Hello for the first time! Hi Everyone, <BR> This is my first post and I am very new to the process. Looking forward to chatting with you all! My first weigh in was today at 208, hoping to make it down to 150ish! My first step to to admit how much I weigh to keep myself motivated to drop that number, good luck to you all. Tue, 17 Apr 2012 15:50:23 EST What's your happy weight/mea surements? Hi everyone! I have never been thin, ever. The smallest size I ever remember fitting into was a size 10, and that was in 4th grade! My current goal weight is 123, which would give me a healthy BMI, being that I am 4'11''. However, I really have no idea what I will look like then, or what size I will be. <BR> So for people that were once at a happy, healthy weight, what was it? <BR> Currently (as of this morning) my measurements were a tight 31-27-40, putting me in between a size 8-10 if I can... Mon, 16 Apr 2012 11:12:06 EST Self Introduction I am new to this group, have been on this site for about a year and a half, but never really used it... <BR> <BR> I am preparing for the gastric sleeve, I finally made the decision to have it done. I have been over weight since I was very young. I remembwer going to weighins with my grandma at age 5. Had failed many diets by the age of 15: doctor supervised, nutra system, slim fast, counting calories, weight watchers ... you name it I have tried it. <BR> <BR> My weight tops out at about... Wed, 4 Apr 2012 10:58:36 EST New Attitute! Hi all, iv been quite for a while as i have been very busy but i am back! Iv been thinking about my weightloss journey up to now and i have to say iv made a 'life changing' decision (for me anyways). I have been going out alot lately with my friends: clubbing, out to eat and so forth and have therefor not lost any weight within the last few weeks. Although i havent lost any weight i have found that im happier than when i went out less and lost weight. This has led me to the following decision... Sun, 1 Apr 2012 14:40:53 EST Hello! Hi, I'm Katie and I'm 24 years old. Recently graduated college and got married last year. We are currently 29 weeks away from our first anniversary and I want to drop 30-40lbs. by the time we leave for our anniversary trip. As a senior in high school I lost about 25-30 lbs. and maintained that for about a year. However, once in college and in a serious relationship I gained the weight back plus more over the course of 5 years. I am ready to take on this challenge and ready to make life better... Mon, 26 Mar 2012 14:31:41 EST Tell me about your setbacks... So I'm REALLY struggling right now to not give up on this journey. I've gained weight and inches even though I've been working my butt off at the gym and eating less and I'm on the edge about to jump off the wagon AGAIN. So I was wondering, to those of you who have lost weight successfully... "What were some of your setbacks when you first started your journey?" Mon, 26 Mar 2012 00:42:30 EST March Goals ~ Preparing for the future! Howdy fellow NBS peeps!!! <BR> <BR> So, I dropped the ball a little for the month of March I know. I hope none of you waited for me to come and post the March Goals board to make any!!!! (and if you did, I am really really sorry!!!! ;) <BR> <BR> Anyhow, since its a little late in the game, I figure its as good a time as any to maybe start thinking of April Goals. And maybe since we are looking to the future, start planning on what you want to accomplish this summer!!!! Your challenge if ... Tue, 20 Mar 2012 21:03:06 EST Hi!!! Hi all! <BR> <BR> I am excited to be joining SparkPeople!!! I have been overweight my whole life and am pumped to have a community to work with as I go through this journey into my 30's and into a healthier weight/size/life. Thu, 15 Mar 2012 14:55:39 EST What time of day is the best to weigh? So it seems that my scale goes up drastically at night, I've been told that weight fluctuates during the day and I've seen it first hand. So my question is, "what time of day is the best to weigh?" Mon, 12 Mar 2012 10:20:42 EST HOW DO YOU COPE WITH STRESS? when we're stress some of us tend to eat, others exercise, write in a journal or hangout with friends. HOw about you? How do you cope with stress? Sat, 3 Mar 2012 09:38:35 EST advice needed Dear Spark people, <BR> <BR> When there's too much going on with your lives, like having a lot of stress, how do you handle it? How do you juggle everything? How about handling your eating? I've been through a lot of stress lately, and I must say that i turn to food to cope. Actually. its not just to "cope" but it became a habit to me, stuffing my mouth with bad stuff especially at night. Did u ever feel like you're gonna cry because you are shifting yourself to change? Like for example, you... Fri, 2 Mar 2012 20:55:40 EST Accomplishing a lot this week Accomplishment #1: <BR> I heard people laughing about me saying I'm fat this week. I just ignored it and walked away! I didn't get upset or cry like I normally would have. It still isn't nice to hear, but I'm glad that I'm responding better to it. I know at the end of the day, I'm doing something to change that. I'm doing it for ME not someone else! <BR> <BR> Accomplishment #2: <BR> I am a Christian, so I try to sacrifice something for Lent every year and actually succeed. My sacrifices this... Thu, 1 Mar 2012 21:13:06 EST Hi there! Hello, I'm Leny. I'm 19. I have been on this site since last year but haven't really been active until now. <BR> I love art, movies, my tv shows (Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, The Walking Dead, True Blood, Pretty Little Liars, etc...), all things horror, books and many other things. <BR> <BR> I have always been over weight and am ready to shed the extra pounds. I am tired of putting it off. <BR> <BR> Feel free to message me if you please. :) <BR> <BR> Thu, 1 Mar 2012 12:30:07 EST Hey there! >_< How are you guys doing? I'm Meg, 22 and looking for a buddy. Someone who is strong and motivational. A little bit about me? I go to college and work full time. I have 2 cats and one dog. I love, love, LOVE my family. I'm super laid back and down to earth (or at least I like to think so). I love children.... hmmmmmmmmm. I like doing pretty much everything. <BR> GOALS: make some new friends on spark people and keep track of my food and fitness. <BR> DOWNFALLS: FOOD!!! I love me some carbs! Thu, 23 Feb 2012 21:38:52 EST Actually Going To CRY!! so for 4 weeks iv been eating between 1500 and 1800 calories and excersising for an hour a day switching between long walks, workout dvds and jogging but yet every week i stand on the scale its gone up indtead of down! :/ i have no idea whats going on but iv about had it with life at the moment. iv gained 13 lbs in 4 weeks somebody please help me! Thu, 23 Feb 2012 12:26:58 EST psssttt Hello Again! Well, well, well.... who's back on the scene? ME! AHHHH!!! Well, I've been walking around visiting sparks every once in a while and felt the need for me to become more active in sparkspeople again. I loved this group, because it helped me alot last year and so with my new struggles hopefully it will continue aid me to get back on track. <BR> Why did I come back??? The night before last at work, we were talking about this new dance called The Woop. So a couple of us decided to do it, to show ... Thu, 23 Feb 2012 04:37:51 EST Head Back In The Game Hi guys, im fed up with the disappointing weigh ins each week and feeling down because of it! I spend the week eating right but not really excersising and the weekends going out clubbing with my friends (alcohol contains ALOT of sugar and calories) and then weighing in and being upset that im not loosing any weight. I spend most of the week being let down by myself yet not doing much to change it but now iv had enough. I want my next weighin to have gone down by something, anything. Im headed... Mon, 13 Feb 2012 03:27:48 EST Hi! Hi there. I've been sparking for 6 weeks and looking for an active team. This one caught my eye. I've never been skinny- at least not in my adult life. When I was a kid I was pretty average (yet teased occasionally?) and during puberty I started becoming chubby. I gained weight every single year. Now currently at 243 I have to stop this madness! I'm about to finish college and I want to leave healthy, happy, and much thinner. At 5'11 I've always "hid it" better so I don't look as heavy. But s... Sun, 12 Feb 2012 18:11:56 EST GOALS - February 2012 This is a goal and a challenge. I know it is coming almost 2 weeks into the month, but that might prove to make it even easier... <BR> <BR> There is always something we want to change, something we want to do more of or be better at. It could be anything from remembering to put your car keys on the hook by the door (instead of leaving them in your jeans pocket and having heart palpitations in the morning because you swear they have been abducted by space men) all the way up to maybe starting... Wed, 8 Feb 2012 18:47:21 EST Tips to make chores more fun? I am totally dreading my kitchen right now. It doesnt help that I live in a smallish apartment with a smallish kitchen and I pretty much can't even see my counter space because of dishes. I HATE DISHES. But I know there aren't many people who really like like doing chores, so I thought some of you might have some handy dandy tips about making them more enjoyable!!!! If you do, please share!!!! THANK YOU IN ADVANCE!!!!! <BR> <BR> eh, now off to the sink... : ( Wed, 8 Feb 2012 18:40:25 EST food... I don't know if it's just me, but I don't really get hunger pangs. So I can't tell if I'm hungry until my blood sugar drops too low. This might sound stupid, but does anyone know how to tell if you're eating because you're hungry or eating because you're bored? Mon, 30 Jan 2012 03:18:18 EST Hello from Richmond :) Hey there, I'm Erica! I'm a fellow "never been skinny" friend. Been chubby, at the very least, since I was 5 years old, but overweight since middle school. Finally committed to making some positive changes in my life. My goal is not the be "skinny", but instead healthy. I'm the biggest girl in my office, in my family, and in my group of friends, and I am over it. Send me a message if you want to chat. Sun, 29 Jan 2012 12:52:22 EST How Would It Feel? Hi. My name is Steph. I'm not a very self-confident person, mostly because of my weight and my constant struggle with depression and mental illness. But I wanted to know if anyone else has ever wondered the same things I have been wondering the past few weeks. I want so very much to lose weight and be where I want to be with my body and life. So I'm curious. <BR> Does anyone else wonder if they will change as a person if they lose the weight they've been waiting forever to lose? I don't want ... Fri, 27 Jan 2012 02:28:05 EST New to the site but not new to the plight! Hi, I’m Keisha. I am 33 years old, 406lbs, and I have dealt with my weight issues ALL OF MY LIFE! I was always a big girl, even as a child. I think it’s just born into some of us. I can remember being 212lbs at age 10. Anyway I have tried just about everything over the years. As a child my parents tried hypnosis, Weight Watchers, gym memberships among other things. I was an active kid, constantly riding my bike or swimming. It didn't seem to matter I was still fat. My dad died my freshm... Tue, 24 Jan 2012 16:29:51 EST A note from your future self... Picture yourself at your goal, no matter what it is. Goal weight, maintaining, keeping an exercise goal... whatever it is you have set out to accomplish. <BR> <BR> How would the "ultimate" you motivate the you now? Sat, 21 Jan 2012 10:43:27 EST Craving Food!! ERRGGGG! Hi guys its me again, I am so frustrated with my cravings for more food! I have cut down my portion sizes and my calorie intake but the changes arent dramatic enough for this craving for food! I think its the combination of this and the increase in excersise thats causing me to constantly think about food and convincing myself that im hungry! Instead of heading to the kitchen im writing this and i hope that i can keep it up because im dying to see the results on the scales on friday! Tue, 17 Jan 2012 06:10:25 EST Desperate for help Hi team <BR> My name is Lisa and I am in sooo much trouble!! I am 51 years old, married, 2 children, 4 grandchildren, 1 soon to be step grandchild, and desperate to be little. I have no support, no will power, and definitely no self esteem. I have tried every thing that TV has sold, from exercise rubber bands to a cotton sock you wear and slide back and forth on a plastic strip, I own almost every exercise dvd, from vhs to cd disks, and you know how much I have lost, none, nodda, zero, zilch... Sun, 15 Jan 2012 22:00:20 EST Hi so new start and new to group a while ago I tried to do this without really getting involved with any of the communities, I added the group but didn't get involved at all. Now I really want to introduce myself and show my commitment. <BR> I'm hoping to find new ideas and motivation by being apart of this group! :) thanks! Sat, 14 Jan 2012 07:17:29 EST Anyone in the SF bay area? There are days I feel I am the only fat person here. Thu, 12 Jan 2012 12:47:48 EST Frustrated But Determined! Hi guys this is my 1st post of 2012 :) as iv said in my previous posts my dad had a stroke in may last year and i have been going down hill weightwise ever since! i had lost just under 40 lbs at 209 and then quit dieting and excersise... im regreting this now as my last weigh in on friday produced the number 233 to me! I new i had gained weight but would have never guessed id ballooned back above the 220s, the shock has made me 100% determined to change my life for good. I have quit smoking, ... Tue, 10 Jan 2012 04:45:47 EST How did everyone do the first week of the NewYear I was checking in to my teams to see how everyone did the first week of the new year? I hope you all did great i'm down 2lbs <em>244</em> Sat, 7 Jan 2012 21:14:06 EST 2012...this is it! Hello everyone! I kinda dropped off the face of the earth the last couple of months. I fell off the weight loss wagon and quit logging onto Spark. 2012 is going to be the year where I finally get it! I need to get healthy and feel better about myself. Hope everyone is doing well! Fri, 6 Jan 2012 00:44:17 EST January Challenge - orchids and onions This is a month of fresh starts, new and forward thinking. This challenge to start off the year is going to be a personal one, so only you will really know if you are fulfilling it or not. <BR> <BR> I read an article once about a woman who tried to acknowledge one good thing, an orchid, and one not so good thing, an onion, every week, always trying to find more orchids than onions! <BR> <BR> Your challenge is to take a moment each week to think about the orchids and onions in your life. Do... Thu, 5 Jan 2012 00:08:31 EST January Goals What are you hoping to accomplish in the month of January? Wed, 4 Jan 2012 23:55:18 EST Today- in one word!!! Describe your day as best you can using only one word. ;) lets get creative!!! Wed, 4 Jan 2012 23:50:06 EST Help me go to a Biggest Loser Resort! Hello! I'm also in a contest where I could win a trip to a Biggest Loser Resort. Four weeks at a biggest loser resort! Can you help spare a vote? Thank you! You can vote daily. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s/160284/voteable_entries/39288179 </link> <BR> <BR> I've lost about 9 pounds since starting my journey. Holidays and recent illness/injury held me back recently. :( Wed, 4 Jan 2012 21:18:50 EST Hello team :) Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Samantha i'm 30 and i'm 271 lbs. I've been over weight my whole life but the last 6 years i've put on about 80 lbs....I work fulltime go to school fulltime right now i'm just trying to get my life together. <BR> <BR> I've taken a week to set up my spark and get use to it and meet people today (the 1st) as cliche as it is is when I decided would be when I started hardcore up to now i've been slowly making changes here and there. <BR> <BR> The one thing i've... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 13:13:19 EST Resolutions... What are they to you? Are they helpful? <BR> a reminder? <BR> Do you stick to them well? <BR> Di they drive you crazy because they only last a little while? <BR> Did you make any for 2012? <BR> Share them if you would like to. Mon, 2 Jan 2012 11:32:23 EST Hi! New Here! Hi, Name is Ashley and I am really ready to start my healthy journey to losing weight. I am using Sparkpeople, Blackberry Messenger, and Twitter. Would love to chat and get to know everyone. Sun, 1 Jan 2012 03:09:38 EST hi everyone :) Hi. I'm Amy, and I just joined this group and the site recently. Im really looking forward to the new year. I've struggled with weight for most of my life from being the chunky girl in grade school to now being very overweight. I've always felt like its really had a huge impact on my self esteem and just being shy and insecure. <BR> <BR> However, I'm very excited about finding this website. I cant wait to try all the recipes on here, I think they will help out a lot. And to simply find a we... Fri, 30 Dec 2011 23:47:37 EST haven't dropped off the face of the earth.. hi everyone!! Sorry it's been so long since I've logged in and chatted. Please know that I missed you all and that I didn't abandon you.. I'm just getting adjusted. Let me explain to you a bit on what happened. <BR> <BR> Back in October when I lost my job, I knew I was going to be moving cross country to be with my friend Greg and to try to find work here. There isn't a lot of work around home and here, it's the hot spot in the country. What I didn't know or expect is that the lack of routi... Thu, 29 Dec 2011 00:07:08 EST I am committed! Hi, <BR> <BR> I have struggled with my weight my whole life. I have come very far with the emotional part of what keeps me heavy and now its time I must release this weight from my body. I am seeking out people who are interested in being committed to speaking everyday if not almost everyday for support, guidance, accountablility and whatever else would benefit us. I have found this tool to be very useful for me and if you feel that it helps you too, lets connect. Good luck to all and this ... Mon, 12 Dec 2011 03:33:03 EST Hello! My name is Jeremy. I have never been skinny. As long as I can remember I have always been overweight. I did have a point in my life where I lost 75 lbs. But that was a long time ago. I am a busy husband and father and I am just trying to make changes in my life. I am new to SparkPeople as of last Saturday. Thanksgiving did me in. <em>198</em> I look forward to my journey here and the changes that I can make. Fri, 2 Dec 2011 00:31:38 EST ditching the scales i have decided to stop using my scales for a while. I wanna join a challenge and weigh myself at the end of the challege. The scales have been driving me insane for a while now so im going to go by how i feel for expample, im going to meditate abit more and ask myself: how do i feel today? am i happy? am i healthy? :) x Thu, 17 Nov 2011 13:35:29 EST HELLO ALL! Hi, <BR> <BR> My name is Stephanie, I was diagnosed with PCOS when I turned 10, shortly after that I started gaining weight, and have been gaining weight every since then I am 24 now. I have gained and lost hundreds of pounds over the years. Hopefully with joining Sparkpeople I can now keep up with my calories better and finally get this weight off of me :)! <em>252</em> Thu, 17 Nov 2011 10:40:28 EST Piling On The Lbs Hiya, I jus needed to share this to get it off my chest. Iv been so busy with my schoolwork and a new job that i havent had any time to hit the gym or go jogging for the last 3 weeks roughly nd my waistline had definately suffered the concequences! Iv gained around 9 lbs :( i was sitting on the bus today and they have cameras on the bus to monitor criminal behavour and i happened to see myself on the screen and i nearly had a panic attack.. seeing myself sitting next to my friend who is at a ... Tue, 8 Nov 2011 12:32:05 EST Hello all! :) I'm not really a complete n00b when it comes to Spark, but its the first time I'm really getting into the social aspects :) <BR> <BR> Quick summary! <BR> <BR> My name is Kat, I am 21. I am married, and have been for a year and three months or so :) My husbands name is Anthony and I will probably mention him a lot :P He's 22 and overweight as well. He is not as motivated as me, but is more and more willing to try new things and get on a healthy track every day :) I'm trying to turn him into ... Sun, 6 Nov 2011 01:32:59 EST hi all, new to this and need to lose weight :( Hi all, <BR> <BR> Well im new to this and have a lot of weight to lose! I was part of weight watchers and lost 4 stone 2 years ago and even though I havent put it back on i havent lost anymore so hoepfully be using this site and sticking to the plans hopefully Ill be more happy with my self x <BR> Thu, 27 Oct 2011 14:38:29 EST ME!!!! Hello everyone, I am Tyane I live in Lexington. I started my lifestyle change on oct 6, 2011 and I am so excited. I have been big my whole life. I was born 10.13 so you get the I am secure in who I am. I love me!! the only reason I am choosing to lose the weight is my health. I am so sick of insulin i can not begin to explain. I have lost 17 pounds, and 14 inches from my waist since starting so i am ready to go!!! I have a long way to go but I plan on getting there. I have a very... Thu, 27 Oct 2011 12:50:33 EST Starting over Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> Its been a while since I've been on sparkpeople. I've been so busy with work and school I haven't had time to come on here. I am starting over again with my weight loss journey. I know its a lifestyle change and hopefully this time i can stick to it. Mon, 24 Oct 2011 22:48:25 EST Im SO excited For This! Hiya guys me again, sorry for yet another post but im so proud of myself i just HAD 2 share this! Friday it was wonderful weather and i just decided to go for a morning walk before my breakfast and when i was outside i saw some people jogging and i was jealous of their ability to jog while talking for a long period of time. That made me determined to be able do this! I have never particularly liked jogging/running but this is because iv never been good at it, so instead of walking i started j... Mon, 17 Oct 2011 07:29:37 EST Work out music help Hey everyone. I have a little problem and need some help. I have been working out on the elliptical everyday but my playlist has gotten old, and a little to slow for the pace i'm trying to keep. So any suggestions on good fast paced workout music? I listen to pretty much anything, just not really much rap, so any suggestion will help. Thanks! Sun, 16 Oct 2011 09:47:32 EST Smoothies Hi everyone, Iv done a smoothie deit in the past and didnt work for me however these were bought in a shop already made. Now iv read lots about self made smoothies working wonders for dropping a few lbs but instead of doing a full smoothie diet i was thinking about replacing one meal for example my lunch with a freshly made smoothie. With fresh fruit im hoping this will boost my weightloss as i will NOT be adding sugar or sweetners! What is your oppinion? x <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 14 Oct 2011 17:25:54 EST What are you thankful for today? Just a little corner of the world to think of something that made you happy, made you smile, feel warm and fuzzy, etc... <BR> <BR> Please share! <BR> <BR> Tue, 11 Oct 2011 18:42:05 EST Here i go again.. Im back on track starting now! The last few weeks i have been unwel and ver busy and therefore havent been going to the gym or eating properly.. this is all going to change starting now! Im finally feeling better and am determined to et back on track! I have lost around 5 lbs in a few days due to being unwel and dont mind this at all though i know i will be gaining it back again once eating properly :( I cannot wait to hit the gym again 2moro and also reducing portions size :D Anybody have an... Tue, 11 Oct 2011 18:02:42 EST Virtual Walks Has anyone done any virtual walks to a certain destination? Do you find it motivating to have that as a goal? I am considering setting a goal as a virtual walk to/from Lake Michigan with a goal date of Thanksgiving. That would make 62 miles round trip just simply going straight East for me. If you have done it how do you prefer to track your mileage, on the mileage tracker or on a map you can see in person daily? Thu, 6 Oct 2011 15:07:29 EST My name is.... Hi, <BR> My name is Jessica. I have about 60 lbs I want to lose, plus I want to get back to how I felt when I swam competitively, I want to feel strong again. I'm also in nursing school and I want to be an example for my patients. I don't want to be obese and try to educate my patients on proper nutrition. I also want to have a family and I don't want my habits to have a negative effect on them. Originally, I joined the site because of a class , but now I'm using it because my support s... Thu, 6 Oct 2011 13:54:02 EST Phentermine My doctor has prescribed Phentermine to me in hopes this will help me with my weight loss goals. I am wondering if others have taken this medication and if so what they thought about it. <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance for the advice <BR> <BR> Mon, 19 Sep 2011 16:10:53 EST Gaining Weight Instead Of Loosing It.. I started college 2 weeks ago and have managed to gain around 5 lbs within this time. Iv tried eating regularly but it doesnt seem to help, i just seem to be getting heavier by the day. Im still going to the gym only less than i was while i wasnt at school, im hitting zumba classes twice a week and the gym once or twice a week depending on what my lessons are. Im hoping somebody has tips as to what i can do to at least stop the weight gain and hopefully shift some. Id be grateful for any tips... Sun, 18 Sep 2011 07:48:02 EST IM AMAZED! For the last few weeks my eating habbits have taken a turn for the worst as iv started college and have absolutely no time for food so literally grab something and go.. Despite this i have still been able 2 squeeze in a few excersise sessions as this is the most important for me (diet bein 2nd most important) well as youv probably guessed by now iv added on a few lbs to my last weigh in number 3 weeks ago (totalling at 223) but this afternoon i shocked myself. Not with number however, i was w... Thu, 15 Sep 2011 12:18:19 EST ~ Hot Plus Size Fashion Hunt ~ Hey Sexy Sparks <BR> <BR> I am always on the hunt for great Plus Sized fashion and love passing all the gold mines I find - so having said that I would love to get a list going of great websites that can satisfy our thirst for stylish hot fashions: <BR> <BR> Here are a couple that I really like - Check em out and add to the list: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 13 Sep 2011 23:10:52 EST September Buddies I saw that August was the last time this thread was started, so I thought I'd see if anyone was for starting it up again!! I'm new to Spark and joined specifically because of what I've heard about the benefits of community, encouragement, and the support inherent in someone holding you accountable to the goals you set for yourself. So I'm sure others of you feel similarly. <BR> <BR> I'm a 25 year old in Colorado who works for an international aid organization. And, of course, I've always be... Mon, 12 Sep 2011 23:26:22 EST Hi.. My name is... Hi Everyone! ... My name is Kim. Been here before - needed a new start. I am hoping this time will be the time that my spark is re-lighted. :) I live in Toronto Canada with my husband. Don't have any kids but lots of stuffed animals. :) I am addicted to horror movies, facebook, hello kitty, black&white photography, reading, listening to music (all kinds), and apparently collecting stuffed animals. :) <BR> <BR> I am a binge-eater, late night snacker, emotional eater, addicted to food... Sun, 11 Sep 2011 22:42:29 EST GARANTEED 30 mins walking 5 times a day! x Iv just finished my 1st week of college and iv realised it takes me just over 15 minutes to walk to and 15 minutes to walk back to the busstop before and after school so thats a garenteed 30 minutes walking a day 5 days a week! Thats ontop of the normal shopping trips and gym sessions a week! I was wondering if anybody else had any garenteed excersises for some or all days? Thanks for the replies in advance :) x Sat, 10 Sep 2011 16:46:50 EST Joined again and plan of staying. Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I am Amanda and am 25. I have been here before and lost 25lbs, but fell of the wagon and gained some of it back. Last time I looked at myself I was so unhappy with how I look, so I decided to get my ass back into gear and join this site to keep me motivated. <BR> <BR> I have 3 weddings to go to next year and I want to be able to have kids soon and do not want to the weight to cause any issues. So here I am.. I have joined kick-boxing, cardio boot camp, walking the ... Tue, 6 Sep 2011 12:31:14 EST Big, Sexy Style.......... <BR> <BR> It is on TLC. <BR> <BR> What do you think of it? <BR> <BR> I thought it was pretty demeaning. In one scene, four plus size gals want to get into a night club but the the door people are letting in the petitie gals and the plus size girls are asked to pay up $30 if they want to be let in. Nobody else is being asked for $. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 31 Aug 2011 14:28:57 EST Out Of The 220s :) My next small goal was to get out of the 220s and this week i have finally done it! my next goal.. 'onederland'! :) I was wondering if anybody else has met their mini goals lately? x <BR> <BR> Mon, 29 Aug 2011 06:38:11 EST Hi everyone! I'm new...sorta. Hi my name is Katie and I've been on SparkPeople for a little over a month now. I've already lost 18 pounds and I feel awesome! I signed up for this group then but haven't really got into the social aspect of the site yet. So here goes! I am 27 and live in PA with my husband and almost 2 year old daughter. I work in marketing research, though I did go to school for my Master's in International Relations and Human Rights...what a change, right?! I've been overweight pretty much my whole life. ... Wed, 24 Aug 2011 15:23:46 EST Get up early or Stay up late kinda person ? Are you a get up early or stay up late kinda person ? <BR> <BR> Im a get up only when i have to .. but can stay up as late as the next person kinda person :) Tue, 23 Aug 2011 12:33:01 EST 7999 members... fixing to hit 8000.. woo hoo !!! Tue, 23 Aug 2011 10:09:21 EST I have a question I am trying to increase the amount of water that I am drinking a day but the problem is I get tired of just plan water. Does anyone know if adding the 0 calorie packets to your water makes any difference as far as the health benefits of water? Thanks Tue, 23 Aug 2011 08:52:41 EST My Challenge to You I have found myself missing some members of this board in the past weeks. And what I have done about it...not enough. So today I challenge all of you to join me and leave a note for those friends we are missing on their pages. Let them know we care, and that we miss them. Sometimes thats all it takes to help the spark keep on glowing! Tue, 16 Aug 2011 10:03:35 EST Is it bad to indulge? Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> I've been struggling a lot lately with the idea of indulging. I've been doing great for two weeks. Totally on track and made some GREAT choices in my food when eating out or at parties. For cryin out loud I've even felt guilty after having an apple because it had 80 calories and that just seemed so much for a snack (which is another issue I'm having but that discussion can be saved for a different day, lol)!! Today, I want to indulge, and I feel guilty for even T... Sun, 14 Aug 2011 18:29:21 EST I need some spark love... <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4415221 </link> <BR> I just need some support today.... <BR> thanks to anyone that reads this Mon, 8 Aug 2011 20:00:59 EST hi everyone :) My name is Shelley and I've been overweight since about junior high....figured this out when I found a few photos from around age 8 when I was actually 'normal' size :) <BR> <BR> If you'd like to know more about me, I took the "HUGE" survey in the above post ;) <BR> <BR> I'd love to make some new friends, feel free to add me if you'd like! ~hugs~ Mon, 8 Aug 2011 15:26:58 EST Nutrition Tracker Guilty Feeling I joined SparkPeople a few days ago and have been getting used to everything the site offers. I'm having a lot of difficulty with the Nutrition function. Every time I enter in my food and watch my caloric intake go up, I feel really guilty about it, like I'm sabotaging myself, even though I know that healthy lifestyle choices involve eating the proper amount of calories. Has anyone else had this problem? I could use some advice on how to deal with this. Some other people mentioned you co... Fri, 5 Aug 2011 17:36:40 EST Hi Everyone :) I am Jessica. I am 26, mother of two beautiful girls. Happily married for 7 great years. I am feeling determined this time around to actually accomplish something! I would really like to make some new friends who are like minded in their goals. Feel free to message me :) Wed, 3 Aug 2011 11:42:25 EST Vintage Fitness Equipment: Weird Ways To Work Out <link><BR>ntage-fitness-equipment-weird-past-wor<BR>kouts_n_913479.html#s318307&title=The_<BR>Revolving_Hammock </link> Tue, 2 Aug 2011 00:48:07 EST August Buddies This is for those that are looking for someone or a group to help them reach their goal(s). All you have to do is tell a little about yourself and what type of buddy you are looking for. Almost kind of like an advertising ad, if you will. Once you have posted your "ad", whoever is interested will contact you via sparkmail. Then you two or all can set up daily/weekly/monthly goals together. Goals can be about anything from exercising (like cardio 15 minutes a day) to checking in on each other ... Tue, 2 Aug 2011 00:09:29 EST What's your weight story? I think this will be a fun way to get to know each other and learn from each other! Who knows? Maybe it will help each of us on this journey!! <BR> <BR> 1.) How old are you? <BR> <BR> <BR> 2.) How long have you been overweight, obese, or unfit? <BR> <BR> <BR> 3.) What made you decide to get healthy? <BR> <BR> <BR> 4.) Has anyone ever made rude/mean comments to you about how you look? <BR> <BR> <BR> 5.) What do you hate the most about your current/starting size? <BR> <BR> <BR> 6.) W... Sat, 30 Jul 2011 17:44:50 EST The mission, if you choose to accept it.... So I've got a mission for everyone. I've got a dear friend that lives in the Netherlands. She's more than just a friend, she's my sister. Not biologically, but that doesn't always make a family, does it? Sometimes its just two kindred spirits, finding each other. We've known each other for over 11 years now and have shared a lot of joy and quite a bit of pain over the years. She was my saving grace when my mom passed away. She truly is an amazing woman. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I had her join SP s... Sat, 23 Jul 2011 20:28:26 EST Looking for a supportive group! So, I created my spark page back in January when I swore to myself this was going to be the year...something just felt different..I felt much more motivated and my husband seemed more motivated...well now I am in July and that motivation is GONE! I logged back on to sp after being gone for months because I am just feeling so down and out about my lack of motivation and I feel like a failure for the millionth time! My husband was so sweet and tried his best to make me feel better. I have great... Sat, 23 Jul 2011 19:22:03 EST Just Wanted to Say Hey! I just joined the team. I weigh 294 pounds and have never been thin. Well maybe when I was 2. I am having a hard time getting motivated to exercise. When I do I usually walk my dog or do Wii Fit. Sat, 23 Jul 2011 15:22:59 EST Life Size Barbie <link><BR>ize-barbie-promotes-eating-disorder-aw<BR>areness-54954.html </link> <BR> <BR> What do you think? Fri, 22 Jul 2011 04:30:49 EST Special K Bubble... What will you gain, when you lose? Fri, 22 Jul 2011 04:16:21 EST Changing Diet Settings? Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> my question is: Did you keep your diet settings like SP suggested or did you change them? I found out that I on average consume less carbohydrates than suggested. I talked to a nutritionist and she said that for me a low-carb-diet could be a good option. My current setting is 163-236 g of carbs per day (for 1200-1550 kcal). Do you think I could change it to a lower number? If so, how low can/should I go? Tue, 19 Jul 2011 04:13:17 EST NBS Page of the Week <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> TEACHERDAWN <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> She's a great member of the NBS Team, showing NBS spirit by giving support to other team members, huddling and being active in the group with her post. With all of that she amazes the co-leaders with her ability to skate towards her goals in becoming a healthier Dawn. Stop by her page and give her a big <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ACHERDAWN&comment_p... Mon, 18 Jul 2011 17:00:23 EST SHOW N TELL This is where if you have either found or tried something out you can share it here with the team. I'm always finding things and want to share with you all and I'm a horrible blogger, so I thought this would be cool for like minded Soooo, it can be absolutely anything rather it be informative, funny, or etc... Also it could be a book/article/blog you have read and want to share, a website, a recipe, a new exercise, food, equipment, a person... anything. If it's informative g... Sat, 16 Jul 2011 18:38:53 EST Finally Starting To Become Happy Again Im not under 200 lbs yet,which is my current goal, im actually at 216 but im already starting to feel great. Theres the fact that my clothes are fitting properly and even having to buy new ones as my others are too big now! :) But theres also the fact that im feeling more confident in myself and the things im doing :) I was wondering if anybody else has started feeling this way despite not having reached your goal yet? x <BR> <BR> Sat, 16 Jul 2011 15:46:54 EST Today's Lyric.... As I was on the treadmill today, I heard a song and I was like "whoa... that is totally me lately." <BR> <BR> So, I wanted to share with you and see if there was a song lyric that maybe reminded you of YOU today? Share!!!! <BR> <BR> Hey, Don't write yourself off yet. Its only in your head you feel left out or looked down on. <BR> Just try your best, try everything you can <BR> And don't you worry what they tell themselves when you're away. <BR> <BR> It just takes some time, <BR> Little ... Fri, 15 Jul 2011 12:09:18 EST Scared I am scared. Its hard to start something when you are so scared of failing at it. Since I was a kid, I have been overweight, the worst part was that I knew I was but ignored it, denied it, acted like I didnt care, etc... I am now 26 and have 2 children that I do not want to grow up like I did. I was not told to be active, I was allowed to eat 2nds and 3rds at meals. And I continue that to this day. I want to change. I dont want to be the fat one anymore. I want to have the energy to play and ... Fri, 15 Jul 2011 10:17:33 EST 20 Random Questions 1. First Name <BR> 2. Location <BR> 3.What would be included in your last meal? <BR> 4. If you could paint the sky any color what would it be? <BR> 5. How did you find Sparkpeople? <BR> 6. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you finally grew up? <BR> 7. What do you do now? <BR> 8. Who in the team inspires you the most? <BR> 9. Do you workout at home or gym? <BR> 10. If you could live through any decade which one would it be? <BR> 11. What do you consider to be a big fashion NO-N... Fri, 15 Jul 2011 01:39:22 EST new member on board.... found your team after icedblackwidow showed me a random act of kindness and I linked to her page. I have been on spark people two months and am just starting to feel like I understand what I'm doing. I have been looking for active teams and based on the postings, I found one. Thu, 14 Jul 2011 21:47:58 EST Hello! I just joined up! I stumbled on to this team and thought it would be a good fit for me because I have never been skinny. Not outside of very young anyway. I don't have any pictures to use to motivate me or memories outside of childhood of not having a weight problem. <BR> <BR> And this might not make sense but I feel like I don't know who I am skinny. I remember when I was younger I was so outgoing and adventurous but I was never that person once I started gaining weight. I've been wondering lately if ... Thu, 14 Jul 2011 11:18:02 EST What do you put in your Salad? I just started back eating more fruits and vegetables, I also started back eating fresh salads. I just wanted to know what do you put in your salad. Do you make your own salad dressing? Do you like Creamy Dressing, Oil Based Dressing, or both? <BR> <BR> I use: <BR> Any kind of fresh greens <BR> grape tomatoes <BR> cucumber <BR> shredded carrots <BR> bell pepper <BR> red onion <BR> feta cheese <BR> Albacore Tuna, Chicken or Black Beans for Protien <BR> a squeeze of lemon juice for flavor <BR>... Wed, 13 Jul 2011 17:58:16 EST little late During the month of July I pledge to lose ___10_____ pounds. <BR> I will accomplish this by doing __90______ minutes of cardio per week <BR> I will stay within 50 calories of my calorie range each day <BR> I will drink 8 glasses of water per day. <BR> <BR> Starting Weight _264______ <BR> <BR> <BR> 7/15/11- pounds lost _____ <BR> I did ______ minutes of cardio this week <BR> I was/was not with in my calorie range each day <BR> I drank my water each day. <BR> <BR> 7/22/11- pounds lost _____... Wed, 13 Jul 2011 15:18:16 EST Not trying to make anyone jealous...... ...but I get a free facial on Friday! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Not only does the company I work for own 12 of the "Evil-Clown" restaurants, we also own 3 massage therapy spas. On Friday they are having a training in our classroom at the office and my staff and I get to be the test subjects. My facial will be the aroma therapy kind! I am so stoked!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> this is me doing the happy dance! Tue, 12 Jul 2011 18:36:59 EST Opinions! Hi everyone! I was wondering if any of you can check out my blog and see if you notice a difference in my weight loss. I know i'm a big girl with a lot to go still, but just looking for some opinions, thanks! <BR> <BR> <BR><BR>_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4353436 <BR> <BR> (I hope I did that link right!) Sun, 10 Jul 2011 16:46:52 EST The Meaning of TEAM T - Together <BR> E - Everyone <BR> A - Achieves <BR> M - MORE!!!! <BR> <BR> So, that being said... I have a challenge for everyone on this team! There are only 3 team challenges to join currently... One of them involves supporting your fellow NBS teammates by commenting on a blog. My challenge for you is to join this goal and try to make an effort to comment on at least 2 NBS blogs each week. <BR> <BR> We are a team to be here together to support each other. If not for that the tea... Sun, 10 Jul 2011 12:27:02 EST July Motivational video Is this in the wrong place? you ask... No, I don't think so. I am putting this motivations video up here in general discussion because I don't think everybody scrolls down to the other categories often. (but so you know, there is some great stuff down there!!!) <BR> <BR> My husband came across this video and when he showed it to me, I got teary. If you are having a hard time getting started, getting re-started, or sticking with the program... Hopefully this man's story will help give you... Sat, 9 Jul 2011 20:55:43 EST July Challenge Week 1 Results So far 22 people have pledged to work toward a healthier them in July. <BR> We have pledged to collectively lose 204 pounds and do 4705 minutes of Cardio per week. <BR> Thats <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Below are the first round of results. <BR> Way to go in week 1 team!!!! <BR> <BR> Weight Loss <BR> 1st Place - CSIGRISSOM = 10lbs <BR> 2nd Place - SPECKLESANNE12 =7 lbs <BR> 3rd Place - AGMKITE = 3.8lbs <BR> <BR> Met or Exceeded their weekly cardio goal <BR> ALL4ME9 <BR> LOTUSBURGER <B... Sat, 9 Jul 2011 18:25:21 EST Am I th only one who thinks this is crazy please read this. <BR> <BR> <BR><BR>700-pound-woman-makes-a-career-out-of-<BR>eating-a-lot/?ncid=webmail2 Fri, 8 Jul 2011 13:51:18 EST I'm back Hey everyone! I honestly can't remember the last time I have been on any of these forums, it has to have been at least a year. I just had a baby 7 weeks ago! I missed exercising while pregnant. I exercised up until the 4th month of pregnancy and I just really had NO energy to do it anymore, plus keep up with a 4 year old. So I just stopped. The hard part for me right now is food. I ate pretty much whatever I wanted while pregnant, and now I am trying to get out of that mind set. The lowest I ... Thu, 7 Jul 2011 22:14:20 EST July 30th It's national day of dance. Who's going to do it? Thu, 7 Jul 2011 20:17:32 EST Great Article from the Spark Leaders<BR>tion_articles.asp?id=659 <BR> <BR> Hola all!!! I came across this article while browsing and I thought it might be good for others to see! Basically, its a little questionnaire for the SP leaders, Dean, Chris, Tanya, Jen, Becky, and Nicole. It asks them about their exercise, if they skip, and if they eat "bad" foods and how often etc. Its just a great reminder that you can still be amazing and not have to be so strict with yourself that you d... Wed, 6 Jul 2011 22:26:02 EST if i stop jogging will i lose what i've gained? Hi guys, the topic is really my question. I have been jogging for 3 months and am proud of my progress, but now I am starting to lose interest in it. I want to try something new and I am leaning towards some zumba and yoga, but I am afraid that when I do go back to jogging, I will have lost all that I worked for and I definitely don't want that feeling again that I felt the first days jogging. Help and thank you! Wed, 6 Jul 2011 18:31:49 EST Motivational Reads Hola my beautiful team mates!!!!! Hope you all had a fabulous holiday weekend!!! <BR> <BR> So, reaching out to all of you because if like me, you have been looking for the secret of weight loss success (which has to be out there somewhere... someone has just got to have that stupid magic pill... right) (well not really, not yet anyway...) You have read a lot of articles/magazines/books??? <BR> <BR> So, I would like to compile a suggested reading list for our team. If some written word out ... Tue, 5 Jul 2011 17:46:06 EST I have collarbones! The discovery this morning was amazing. As of today, I have lost 46 pounds and I looked in the mirror this morning and I saw two beautiful collar bones. It is not something I would ordinarily notice, but seeing as though I haven't seen them in ages, this was a nice surprise. <BR> <BR> Have you noticed anything suprising like that since losing weight? I was hoping one morning I would discover a nice J.Lo butt, but that didn't happen (yet). I'll take the collar bones. <em>20</em> Tue, 5 Jul 2011 12:41:39 EST Exorcising Negativity A recent post made me start thinking about the negative comments/ back-handed compliments that we probably all have burned into our memory. I thought it would be interesting to have an airing of grievances if you will - a place to expose and exorcise all of that negative waste swirling in our brains. Try to flip the negative message in to something positive though! Or something... I'll post first to try to demonstrate what I mean :D Tue, 5 Jul 2011 11:01:17 EST How many lbs did you lose before....? How many pounds did you lose before <BR> 1)someone who did NOT know you were changing your lifestyle notice <BR> and 2) go down a pant size? <BR> I just want to know I am not losing more than just my weight (like my mind)!! I have lost 50 lbs and am just now seeing a SMALL difference in the way my clothes fit. Indeed, this is a step forward, but it's almost more depressing! Especially when someone does find out how much you have lost and you get the infamous..."Yeah, I can tell it in your f... Mon, 4 Jul 2011 21:40:41 EST Need some help Would anyone know how to enter yoga in the fitness planner? All they have is power yoga and I'm not doing power yoga. Sat, 2 Jul 2011 11:36:22 EST The Beginning of the End... of unhealthy living! At least that's my goal and why I'm here on SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> My name is Barbara and I live in the suburbs of Boston, MA. I have a significant amount of weight to lose over the next few years, but am highly motivated to turn my life around. I set reasonable goals, am under the watchful eye of a medical weight loss specialist, and am lucky to have the support of a strong network of friends and family. <BR> <BR> I hope to expand my support network by connecting with ... Fri, 1 Jul 2011 22:27:17 EST Last Fruit Eaten Mango Fri, 1 Jul 2011 16:17:19 EST Team Pic I just wanted to say I LOOOVVVVEEEEEE the new team pic!!! How fun! Excellent choice whoever picked it. Fri, 1 Jul 2011 15:46:16 EST July Buddies This is for those that are looking for someone or a group to help them reach their goal(s). All you have to do is tell a little about yourself and what type of buddy you are looking for. Almost kind of like an adversiting ad, if you will. Once you have posted your "ad", whoever is interested will contact you via sparkmail. Then you two or all can set up daily/weekly/monthly goals together. Goals can be about anything from exercising (like cardio 15 minutes a day) to checking in on each other ... Fri, 1 Jul 2011 00:23:16 EST Thank you so much! Thank you NBS Team for making me member of the month, it is a great honor! I love the motivation it has helped me get this far! I will keep dishing just as much as I am getting, I see no end in sight! You all are soooo AWESOME! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>104</em> <em>244</em> <em>104</em> <em>244</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> Kat Thu, 30 Jun 2011 20:47:05 EST July Challenge This is a multiple level challenge. I saw it on one of the other teams I belong to and thought it was a good idea. It goes like this.. <BR> <BR> During the month of July I pledge to lose ________ pounds. <BR> I will accomplish this by doing ________ minutes of cardio per day(or week) <BR> I will stay within 50 calories of my calorie range each day <BR> I will drink 8 glasses of water per day. <BR> <BR> Starting Weight _______ <BR> <BR> 7/8/11 - pounds lost _____ <BR> I did ______ minutes... Thu, 30 Jun 2011 20:12:52 EST 30 Days - 30 Positive Posts Day 30 Woo Hoo! We have made it 30 days with a positve attitude! <BR> <BR> For our final posts <BR> Post one way you will continue to practice thinking positive, keeping this momentum from the month of June going! <BR> <BR> <em>345</em> Thu, 30 Jun 2011 13:20:56 EST Oh my I keep getting super sick when I eat. I get severe pain in my stomach and I fell like tossing my cookies. I have no idea why this happens. It hurts so bad that I can't even move. Does anyone have any idea why this is happening? I have missed so much exercise because of it. Thu, 30 Jun 2011 10:09:11 EST Name that Song & Artist Who is the song and artist of the following lyrics: <BR> <BR> What about love <BR> Don't you want someone to care about you <BR> What about love <BR> Don't let it slip away <BR> I only want to share it with you <BR> You might need it some day <BR> <BR> Once answered post a songs chorus for the next person..... Wed, 29 Jun 2011 23:45:33 EST 30 Days - 30 Positive Posts Day 29 Post one weight loss compliment that someone said ou you that meat a lot. Newbies you might not be getting complimnets yer - post what you WISH someone would say. Wed, 29 Jun 2011 10:14:25 EST What can I use in Tuna Salad in place of Mayo? Can someone help me please? <BR> <BR> I'm going to the store in the morning and I'm picking up some things to make Tuna Salad Sandwiches. You know, something to hold me until I can go back to the store. I'm not a big fan of Mayo but when I make Tuna Salad, I add Miracle Whip. And I'm even getting sick of that too. What can I add in place of Mayo for Tuna Salad? <BR> <BR> Someone from I know suggested to use Lettuce Leaves instead of Bread when trying to cut down on calories. But sometimes I... Wed, 29 Jun 2011 03:05:26 EST 30 Days - 30 Positive Posts Day 28 Post one way that you are more connected to others, now that you are on your Spark journey. Tue, 28 Jun 2011 17:01:28 EST Weight Loss Goal Rewards Hey Team! <BR> <BR> I have been trying to set my goals in order this past week and I finally have my weight loss goals, but I want to have some rewards for this goals. I feel that I need rewards as extra motivation to keep me on track. Only thing is I can't really come up with any good goals. Here are my goals (below) I would love some help figuring out some goals for them. I have one goal in mind but I'm not sure where it should go. <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> <BR> 1. 5%- 278.4lbs <BR> 2. 10%... Tue, 28 Jun 2011 12:45:52 EST Weight Loss Goal Rewards Hey Team! <BR> <BR> I have been trying to set my goals in order this past week and I finally have my weight loss goals, but I want to have some rewards for this goals. I feel that I need rewards as extra motivation to keep me on track. Only thing is I can't really come up with any good goals. Here are my goals (below) I would love some help figuring out some goals for them. I have one goal in mind but I'm not sure where it should go. <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> <BR> 1. 5%- 278.4lbs <BR> 2. 10%... Tue, 28 Jun 2011 12:44:24 EST Big Dreams, Big Goals What was your biggest inspiration/motivation to get you started on your journey? What finally pushed you to begin changing your life? Tue, 28 Jun 2011 00:47:37 EST 30 Days - 30 Positive Posts Day 27 Post one way a teammate has brightened your day before. <BR> <BR> After all its Monday and we need all the brighteneing storeis we can get. Mon, 27 Jun 2011 07:26:18 EST Too little kcal, carbs and fat - bad for you? Hi y'all... <BR> sorry for creating my second topic on one day, but I have another question to the nutrition experts here. As I mentioned in my Diet Chef post, the diet I'm currently doing (it's not REALLY a diet to be exact...) seems to have too little carbs and fat according to the SparkPeople recommendations. It's not missing much (about 100 kcal below the minimum and a few grams fat and carbs below the minimum) but I was wondering: Can this be bad and hurt my weightloss? I know on a long ... Mon, 27 Jun 2011 06:00:43 EST Is anyone doing the "Diet Chef" program? Hi everybody... <BR> Is anyone here doing the Diet Chef program? I ordered the 10 weeks program but it got so boring after 5 weeks so I paused for a month. Now I'm starting again and tracking my Diet Chef food via SP. It really seems very well balanced, although it lacks carbs (or I'd have to stock up on carbs in fruits and veggies). <BR> Anyway, if there are any other Diet Chef girls/guys here: How do you do the program? Do you follow it strictly according to the rules? Or do you make brea... Mon, 27 Jun 2011 05:56:37 EST I feel AMAZING!!!!! Oh my gosh, I did it and just had to share this! All 349 lbs. of Erika jogged one mile today! I don't think I have ever done this in my life. Not only was this a weight loss goal, this was a life goal too! I'm so happy, I just don't even know what to say! I jogged my mile and then finished up with a 1 mile power walk. Now I am going to keep at it, working on speed and endurance I also signed up for a sparkpeople virtual 5k at the end of July. It will be a walk/jog 5k, but I am going to work h... Mon, 27 Jun 2011 02:39:55 EST Starting over! I have screwed up and was going way to fast. I also have taken this day to rethink the way that I have been handling my new "lifestyle". And I decided that I am going back to the beginning. I will be starting stage one all over again. I have written down a lot of things to help keep me on track. I have done the exact opposite of everything that I have learned. I have a plan and I'm ready to begin again. I could use all the prayers that I can get. I feel like such a disappointment. <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 27 Jun 2011 00:38:56 EST Which Healthy Snack Adds up to 100 Calories?-QUIZ <link><BR>100-calories-quiz </link> Mon, 27 Jun 2011 00:02:35 EST What's on your Ipod? Well technically, I don't have an Ipod, I have a Sony walkman mp3 player but its loaded with songs that mkae me move! <BR> <BR> My top 10 <BR> 1. On the Floor - Jennifer Lopez <BR> 2. Toxic - Brittney Spears <BR> 3. Santa Maria - Tatjana <BR> 4. Beatutiful Monster - NeYo <BR> 5. Just Dance - Lady GaGa <BR> 6. Tell It to My Heart - Taylor Dayne <BR> 7. Proud - Heather Small <BR> 8. Tik Tock - Ke$ha <BR> 9. Be My Lover - La Boushe <BR> 10. California Gurls - Katie Perry <BR> <BR> Wha... Sun, 26 Jun 2011 14:33:52 EST Beginner! I am looking into starting the 28 day boot camp. What is everyone's like and dislikes about it? Sun, 26 Jun 2011 14:25:21 EST Whats Your Goal? Hi i was just wondering what every1 elses goals were and how close you are to meeting that target? My aim to is to eventually reach 175 lbs and to be able to look in the mirror without quickly turning away again. My ultimate goal is to happy :) x Sun, 26 Jun 2011 12:39:07 EST 30 Days - 30 Positive Posts Day 26 Post by finishing this sentence: I have gained more confidence, and that allowed me to _______. <BR> Sun, 26 Jun 2011 10:24:26 EST Hey Y'all! Hey Guys! My name's April, I'm a 29-year-old single mom of 4 BEAUTIFUL babies from NC. I am currently going to school full time, so needless to say, I'm pretty busy, but I vow to get myself in shape so I am going to MAKE time to work out. You all will be in my prayers, GOOD LUCK EVERYONE! Sat, 25 Jun 2011 22:24:08 EST Are you a savvy eater or a health cheater? <link><BR>avvy-eater-diet-quiz/ </link> <BR> <BR> post your results Sat, 25 Jun 2011 16:44:25 EST Hey everyone! I'm Lindsey,I'm 21 newly engaged and from maine. I joined spark people back this winter and have had some success. This looks like great team with excited people.I really need some spark friends,and check in buddies,I would love to chat and just have a great friend to vent and laugh to. Feel free to add me,send me a message and all that :] <BR> I hope to talk with you all soon! Sat, 25 Jun 2011 15:04:17 EST 30 Days - 30 Positive Posts Day 25 Post something you included on your vision collage. <BR> <BR> If you have not yet created a vision collage, click here for more information: <link> </link> Sat, 25 Jun 2011 09:26:58 EST I need a favor... Hola my lovely teammates!!! How are you this beautiful friday afternoon???? <BR> <BR> I am doing fabulous! As opposed to how my day started! Anyhow, getting to the point! (have any of you noticed that I like to talk...a LOT...) <BR> <BR> My husband is a part of spark people and without him, I can honestly say I would not be as amazing as I am... ;) But, he is having a hard time finding people to support him because he cant log the hours on here like I can. So, my request is, if any of... Fri, 24 Jun 2011 17:04:45 EST Short Term Goals Here's what you need to do: <BR> <BR> 1. What is your next Healthy Lifestyle mini goal? (it can be pounds, kilos, stones, inches, fitting into a pair of jeans, a bikini, doind a 5k, WHATEVER!) <BR> <BR> 2. By when do you want to accomplish this? <BR> <BR> 3. Where are you starting at right now? (if applicable) <BR> <BR> 4. What is the biggest change/thing you are doing to make it happen? <BR> <BR> 5. What is your biggest challenge/roadblock? <BR> <BR> 6. What is your motivation/inspira... Fri, 24 Jun 2011 15:28:45 EST Healthy Eating Challenge. <em>140</em> <em>190</em> <BR> You have one week to complete this challenge. <BR> <BR> Your mission, should you choose to accept it is to try one new SparkRecipe. I has to be something that you have never tried before. Then share which recipe you used and how you liked it. <BR> <BR> Good Luck and Healthy Eating! <BR> <em>36</em> Fri, 24 Jun 2011 12:38:21 EST Friday Funny Two drunks are driving down the highway, drinking their beer. All of a sudden the driver notices lights flashing in his mirror; the cops are on his tail. His buddy says, "What are we going to do?" The driver says, "Don't worry. Just do exactly what I tell you and everything will work out perfectly. First, peel the labels off our beer bottles and we'll each stick one on our forehead. Then shove the bottles underneath the seat, and let me do the talking." They pull over and the cop walks up to ... Fri, 24 Jun 2011 07:43:22 EST 30 Days - 30 Positive Posts Day 24 Post one good thing that happened to you today. Fri, 24 Jun 2011 07:34:13 EST Hey there hott stuff!!!! What makes you...... SHAKE YOUR BOOTY?!?!?! What is your go-to song when you want to pump yourself up?! <BR> <BR> What song makes you dance dance dance? What song makes you tread faster? push harder? <BR> <BR> Thu, 23 Jun 2011 18:10:23 EST 30 Days - 30 Positive Posts Day 23 Post one way a fellow team member has inspired and motivated you. Thu, 23 Jun 2011 09:52:14 EST Workout Ideas Can anyone give me their thoughts on doing pilates? Wed, 22 Jun 2011 17:38:17 EST Team Leaders I want to welcome Punkin175 as a new Co-Leader and thank her for stepping up. We are so excited to have her helping lead this team. <BR> <BR> We are still looking for one or two others who are interested. I know personally I am having a ball! Let one of the current leaders know if you are interested. Wed, 22 Jun 2011 14:35:40 EST 30 Days - 30 Positive Posts Happy Wednesday! <BR> We are in the home stretch now people. June is almost over and hopefully all this positive posting has improved our mental ourlook and will help us see how wonderful this journey is going to be for us. We can do it! <BR> <BR> Post one way you build (and keep) momentum every day! <BR> <BR> <em>58</em> Wed, 22 Jun 2011 07:42:41 EST What can we do? With new leaders and lots of new members I was kind of curious... <BR> What do you want from our team? <BR> <BR> Our team name says that we have never been skinny, but are we looking to get there? Maybe not Super Model skinny, but skinnier? Are you just trying to get healthy? Are you done being the fat girl/guy? (I know that's a whole 'other team) What do you want and what are you willing to do to get there? <BR> <BR> I ask because my other co-leaders and I want to help you. If we know... Tue, 21 Jun 2011 21:09:34 EST Things you need to know about Chuck Norris When the Boogeyman goes to sleep every night, he checks his closet for Chuck Norris. <BR> <BR> Chuck Norris doesn't read books. He stares them down until he gets the information he wants. <BR> <BR> There is no theory of evolution. Just a list of creatures Chuck Norris has allowed to live. <BR> <BR> Outer space exists because it's afraid to be on the same planet with Chuck Norris. <BR> <BR> Chuck Norris does not sleep. He waits. <BR> <BR> Chuck Norris is currently suing NBC, claiming Law ... Tue, 21 Jun 2011 15:35:27 EST 30 Days - 30 Positive Posts Day 21 Post one nutrition or fitness goal that is easier than you imagined to reach each day. Tue, 21 Jun 2011 15:29:02 EST Favorite in-between store for clothes? Curious where others buy their in-between clothes as they're continuing to drop sizes. Where do you shop? Especially for business casual clothes? I can lounge around in sweats and t-shirts for a variety of sizes - cute tops and nice fitting pants are tougher. I have recently re-discovered JC Penney - they keep sending me good coupons and have sales. Mon, 20 Jun 2011 20:35:03 EST I feel siilly for asking I'm kinda confused by the calorie and exercise thing. Here is the scenario. By lunch time I had eaten 603 calories. Then I worked out for a total of 2 hours and the fitness thing said that I had burned 1,058 calories. And with as hard as I worked out, it felt like more. My clothes were saturated. But anyway, does that mean that I burned those 603 calories and then some? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Mon, 20 Jun 2011 19:30:48 EST Share a Recipe!!!! So, everyone finds that "Go To" healthy recipe that is just really tasty and easy to make. Even if its something out of the ordinary, you may find yourself eating it once or more a week! If you have a great recipe like this, lets share it with the team!!!! <BR> <BR> Hope you have a great day! <BR> <BR> Happy Healthy eating!!!! Mon, 20 Jun 2011 15:23:09 EST Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition Have you seen this show??!?!?!?!? It is AMAZING. Talk about motivation! This awesome guy Chris Powell takes someone who is very obese under his wing for a year and helps them change thier life around! It is so motivational and inspiring! <BR> <BR> If you havent seen it, you should look up to see if it plays in your area. It is on on Monday nights here, but I dont watch much tv so we catch it on on tuesdays. <BR> <BR> It is really really good. Mon, 20 Jun 2011 15:03:57 EST Weighing in? What day do you weigh in, and why that day??? Mon, 20 Jun 2011 12:51:45 EST Do you H2O?!?!?!? How many glasses of water did you drink today???? Mon, 20 Jun 2011 12:50:39 EST How Many Minutes? How many minutes of cardio did you do today? Mon, 20 Jun 2011 07:15:16 EST 30 Days - 30 Positive Posts Day 20 Post one way your Spark journey has spilled over into a non-food/exercise are of your life. Mon, 20 Jun 2011 07:12:29 EST 30 Days - 30 Positive Posts Day 19 Post one way you practice banishing negative self-talk. <BR> <BR> (sorry this is so late...I totally spaced it today...duh) Sun, 19 Jun 2011 18:40:42 EST How is everyone's weekend? What kids of activities have you been doing this weekend? <BR> <BR> <em>342</em> Sun, 19 Jun 2011 11:45:10 EST 30 Days - 30 Positive Posts Day 18 Post one healthy activity or interest you had when you were younger that you really enjoyed. (Why not commit to incorporating that happiness in your life again today?) <BR> Sat, 18 Jun 2011 08:38:02 EST Need Help! I have a question and I cannot find the answer on google. Imagine that. I wake up around 9am. And during the day most of my time is spent sitting. I'm either holding and feeding a baby or doing school work (I'm in an online college to become a paralegal). So I don't have time to work out during the day. I usually have to do my workout at night. <BR> <BR> Here is my question, am I going to still loose the weight I want even though I can't workout until later in the day? Is this kind of timing... Fri, 17 Jun 2011 21:19:03 EST I'm worth it! Hi. My name is Cindy. I am relatively new to Spark. Joined a couple of weeks ago and have already lost 9 pounds. It pays to write everything down. I have been struggling for quite some time. I have done the yo-yo dieting since I was a teenager. Since I turned 40, it has been so much harder to lose. I am going to take it slow this time and not worry about how fast I can get it off. I figure as long as I'm going in the right direction (smaller and weighing less) that I am ok. Obviousl... Fri, 17 Jun 2011 11:56:01 EST Woo Hoo Club!!! The Woo Hoo Club is a place for you to share your victories. Big or Small! Scale or Non! Weight Loss Related or Just Plain Life! <BR> <BR> Let us <em>236</em> with you! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Fri, 17 Jun 2011 07:26:48 EST 30 Days - 30 Positive Posts Day 17 Happy Friday Everyone! <BR> <BR> Post one way you will have fun today! Fri, 17 Jun 2011 07:14:15 EST Hi! Hi! <BR> <BR> My name is Alexandria and I joined Spark People Monday (6/13) and so far I love it!!! There's such a positive atmosphere within the whole website and the encouragement and motivation is great!!! <em>252</em> Thu, 16 Jun 2011 10:07:43 EST 30 Days - 30 Positive Posts Day16 Post one healthy activity you thought you'd never try, but now have. Thu, 16 Jun 2011 09:23:48 EST Egg or substitue? Just curious... I have switched to egg substitue lately because of the caloric difference... Any other egg freaks out there?!?! Which do you prefer??? Wed, 15 Jun 2011 11:53:59 EST 30 Days - 30 Positive Posts Day 15 Post one healthy food you thought you'd never try, but have. Wed, 15 Jun 2011 07:12:17 EST Finding my face So, having never been skinny, I've realized I have no idea what my face might actually look like. I was not one of those blessed people who are larger, but still have a slim and/or lovely face. I've found one of my big motivators, especially after seeing before and after pictures of success stories, is just plain old curiosity as to what I REALLY look like under all of this. Anyone else have similar motivations/epiphanies? Wed, 15 Jun 2011 01:03:54 EST Foot issues? Howdy - <BR> <BR> I dont know if this affects many people, but I have a lot of issues with calluses and dry skin on my feet and it causes me a lot of problems(ie. cracking/splitting/pressure)... I am having a really hard time trying to get rid of these issues and I was wondering if anyone has had any luck with remedies? <BR> Tue, 14 Jun 2011 23:46:18 EST 30 Days - 30 Positive Posts Day 14 Post One way you spread the Spark Tue, 14 Jun 2011 09:50:19 EST Exercises at work So I work at a desk..8 hours a day 5 days a week. I think doing this has really taken a toll on my weight. When I was 16-19 I worked at a Kennel 8 hours a day 5 days a week and I was thin. What are some exercises you guys do while you sit at a desk for 40 hours a week? I think it would help my day go by faster and I am always wanting to work out while I sit here and do nothing! Mon, 13 Jun 2011 16:45:19 EST Licking the bowl..... My biggest problem lately has been not feeling satisfied by the amount of food I have consumed in a meal... (coincidentally, the meals keep getting smaller... but so do I!) <BR> <BR> But I was thinking about this today and wondering how other people handle it... I have tried drinking vast amounts of water before I eat (thus making me feel like worlds lumpiest water mattress... ) <BR> <BR> adding extra fiber... (we wont go into what kind of effects that has...) <BR> <BR> and eating slower... Mon, 13 Jun 2011 15:09:02 EST Just dance 2 and Zumba I'm trying Zumba on my Wii for the first time today. I hope that it goes well. I'm so uncoordinated. If I'm having major problem I will go to my old reliable Just Dance 2. Wish me luck because I'm so unmotivated lol. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> Mon, 13 Jun 2011 13:16:43 EST 30 Days - 30 Positive Posts Day 13 Post one thing to be happy about today. Mon, 13 Jun 2011 07:10:02 EST Wii Olympics Ok all you Wii Fit and Wii Fit Plus players.... <BR> Below are two (2) activities from each of the fitness areas. I did not include the training plus because there are some who don't have the Wii Fit Plus. <BR> <BR> Strength: <BR> Push-Up/Side Plank <BR> Single Leg Extension <BR> <BR> Aerobic <BR> Basic/Free Run <BR> Hula Hoop <BR> <BR> Yoga: <BR> Warrior <BR> Tree <BR> <BR> Balance: <BR> Ski Jump <BR> Table Tilt <BR> <BR> Each day (Monday through Friday) do these 8 activities. You c... Sun, 12 Jun 2011 13:48:03 EST 30 Days - 30 Positive Posts Day 12 Post one way that you are a good friend to YOURSELF. Sun, 12 Jun 2011 08:27:44 EST Where does your clothes go? When you have lost enough weight to were you have to buy new clothes (YEAAA!!!!)...where does your old clothes go? Sun, 12 Jun 2011 01:13:58 EST New Image Contest <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> With all the new changes that's going on with the team the co-leaders have came to a conclusion that the NBS team image could also go for a change. <BR> <BR> There aren't any rules, though the image has to represent NBS of course. People join NBS because these three words has a deep meaning to each and every one of us. Though we have Never Been Skinny, it doesn't mean that we can't start l... Sun, 12 Jun 2011 00:48:29 EST Favorite Things - Game Here are the rules: <BR> <BR> Give a Topic and ask to list the "top" (like top 1, 2, 3...5), so after the 5th person has answered the question they have to come up with a new topic with a new top number. (Top favorite 2 foods, favorite clothing store, color, top 5 favorite movies....) Let's start with.... <BR> <BR> <BR> Name your top 2 favorite songs: Sun, 12 Jun 2011 00:07:08 EST 30 Days - 30 Positive Posts Day 11 Post one way that you are a good friend to others. <BR> Sat, 11 Jun 2011 10:10:14 EST I am no longer 'Obese' :-D Hi friends! I just have to share the good news! I have been on a bit of a plateau so I was super nervous to weigh in today. I went downstairs, fired up the Wii Fit and hesitantly stepped on. I closed my eyes when the BMI scale popped up and I didn't hear the normal "You're Obese" sounder. I opened my eyes and my BMI was 29.70!! Down from 30.30 the previous week!!! I started screaming and then crying and my dog thought I had lost my mind. I lost 3.5 (Three point Five!!) pounds this week! I can... Fri, 10 Jun 2011 11:22:19 EST 30 Day - 30 Positive Posts Day 10 Post one new positive habit that you have developed recently. Fri, 10 Jun 2011 07:30:57 EST Feeling like I have failed I have just started here on spark and I have also just begun to eat right and exercise. I know that exercise is important. I have been doing my just dance 2 for 45 minutes for the past 3 days. Today has been a bad day. I have not been able to exercise due to some personal issues. I feel just awful and I'm beating myself up. I actually cried. I'm not sure if it's because of the lack of food or just that I feel really bad. I do intend to exercise tomorrow because I will be outside all day. But ... Fri, 10 Jun 2011 01:45:02 EST Meaning of... 'potentially' and 'realistically' A young boy went up to his father and asked him, "Dad, what is the <BR> difference between 'potentially' and 'realistically'?" <BR> <BR> The father thought for a moment, then answered, "Go ask your mother <BR> if she would sleep with Brad Pitt for a million dollars. Then ask <BR> your sister if she would sleep with Brad Pitt for a million dollars, <BR> and then, ask your brother if he'd sleep with Brad Pitt for a million <BR> dollars. Come back and tell me what you learn from that." <BR... Thu, 9 Jun 2011 13:11:25 EST 30 Days - 30 Positive Posts Day 9 Post a compliment about yourself. <BR> Thu, 9 Jun 2011 07:14:13 EST help! Its day 3 for me of trying to become healthy and lose weight. I am having a really rough day and all I want is eat cookies and other things I shouldn't be eating. I feel like giving up but I know in a few days I would regret that decision. Can someone please help me to get through this day. How do you get through rough days? Wed, 8 Jun 2011 16:09:05 EST Hello all :) I'm new to this team, but definitely not new to Spark! <BR> <BR> I've been over weight for the majority of my life (since I was about 14). I gotta say, it was tough having a sister who was a year older than me, and who also wore a size 1-5 while I was wearing an 18-22 during high school. I'll just come out and say it-it sucks being fat. It sucks being the one that guys came up to in order to ask if my sister was single. No one ever paid attention to me, and I was just the 'fat friend'. It's... Wed, 8 Jun 2011 14:05:41 EST