SparkPeople Girlfriends Getting Healthy! Team Messageboard Do you have the busy life of balancing health, boyfriend, work and possibly school? If so, come join us and we can all help and support each other! SparkPeople Girlfriends Getting Healthy! Team Messageboard is there a reason... That this group is inactive??? There are still over 400 members but no posts in over a year. Sun, 30 Nov 2014 12:39:31 EST Hey yo I am Katie, I'll be 21 in a few weeks. I am trying to lose about 115 lbs, already am down some. <BR> I have been with my boyfriend Erich since March 2012. He is one pf the best parts of my life. He has never made me feel bad about my weight even though he is only 140. He is so sweet and we can joke around and tease each other. Add me and we can talk! Wed, 26 Jun 2013 16:53:22 EST Living together and eating seperatly We live together we shop together and we usually eat together but I cant keep eating the things he does. Hes a picky eater and so no into the health kick. So has anyone gone through this. Trying to buy and prepare seperate meals? Wed, 29 May 2013 11:58:06 EST Happy 2013!!! So as is tradition, I wanted to lose weight for my New Years Resolution. However, I started in december so it would take the pressure off. So far I'm 10 pounds down from where I was in December and just wanted to see what other goals and resolutions people have made for the upcoming year!! If you didn't make one or need to revamp yours, now is the time to do it!! My boyfriend loves that I've been working out and it has increased my self-esteem so much!! <BR> <BR> What are your goals, resolu... Fri, 22 Feb 2013 11:33:22 EST So thankful for finally finding a support system.. So this might come out as cheesy, but I feel this is an appropriate place to share my boyfriend story, so here I go. <BR> <BR> Before my guy now, I had a string of really bad luck. One of them being a violent, abusive, traumatizing relationship that left me in a really bad spot. Like, PTSD bad. I thought that I would be alone for a really long time trying to recover. <BR> <BR> Lucky for me, I found what I thought didn't exist - an understanding boyfriend! He's wonderful. We never fight... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 20:20:05 EST Hi guys! Hey, I'm Randi! I've used SP before, but lost track when a big event happened and threw me off. I was able to stay in the same 5 pound range, but haven't been able to lose the rest of it! Now that I'm seeing a wonderful guy, I want to look my best for him. Especially if we keep going places that involve swim suits! Can't wait to make some great new friends and stay motivated to lose <em>224</em> Wed, 23 Jan 2013 23:07:31 EST Just Wanted To Say... Hello, I just wanted to say hello to everyone. I have been trying for a few years to lose the 50lbs I gained after I quite smoking. I have just started a 8 week Diabetes Weight Loss Challenge & the 4 week Healthy Cooking Challenge. I day down. Woohoo. Wed, 16 May 2012 00:34:18 EST DAY DREAM - What's Yours? I'm Day Dreaming to be 111lbs and Get a boyfriend. Realistic? I made this youtube video to hopefully help out the process. they are both quit large goals! Heres the link: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Leave me comments, likes, let me know what you think. feed back is always fun! Wed, 11 Apr 2012 04:23:03 EST Hi everyone! I just joined this group! I wanted to take a minute to say hi to all of ya'll. Hope to meet some cool girls here! Wed, 4 Apr 2012 21:34:54 EST Hey Everyone! Hello! Oops, I already posted a topic "Meeting the Parents" under the boyfriend praise/vent thread. Sorry, I am just learning the etiquette and my way around the site. I am looking forward to hearing your stories and sharing mine with you! I feel like there is a different type of support system between girls, and one that can be important to success- especially with weight loss. Looking forward to talking with you. Thanks! Tue, 29 Nov 2011 22:46:57 EST Meeting the Parents I have yet to meet my boyfriend's parents. His father, a long-time head of the ER thinks that all overweight people are lazy, and unattractive and can't possibly compete with those of an average weight. He keeps wanting to introduce me to his parents, but after hearing that, I don't know what to do. I'm not sure if I should just suck it up (no pun intended) and meet them, since I am a pretty confident person, who works hard, or if I should lose weight before I agree to meet them? I guess ... Mon, 28 Nov 2011 13:44:34 EST Hello! My name is Hannah, I am 20 years old. I work part time at my dad's automotive shop and I go to West Georgia Technical College. I have been with my boyfriend four almost four years. He is going into the army at the end of January and I want to look good for him before he leaves and when he gets back! I can't get motivated though and I am super lazy. I weight 170 now and I want to get down to 150-155. Tue, 8 Nov 2011 15:17:34 EST Hello All! Hi guys! <BR> <BR> My name is Felicia, I'm 21 and working on losing the last 63 pounds. I've already lost a total of 50, gained some of it back and I hate feeling like this. Sooo....i've decided I'm not going to let anything stop me. I'm using wii fit which I love. Anyway there's alittle background on me! :) please feel free to add me as a spark buddy! Everyone needs support every now and again :D <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 9 Jul 2011 00:34:55 EST woohoo! It was my boyfriend 26th birthday on monday! :) So I did have a piece of brownie that night. Unfortunately he is back on his diet so he asked me to take the pan of brownies home with me. That didn't go to well yesterday but I'm getting back on track for today! <BR> <BR> I started weighing 335 and now I am down to 227. So when I saw him I gave him a great big hug and he started feeling my sides and asked If I had lost weight. He said that he could feel the difference. :) So that just made my... Wed, 18 May 2011 07:19:43 EST Hello Everyone! My name is Lisa and I am 24, engaged, and a nursing student. I am looking to get and shape and be healthier. My heart is set on being a nurse but I am realizing I am very out of shape and do not have the endurance to do many of the task I need to be learning. That is a scary thought! So I realize now that, no more excuses! Its time to be serious about getting in shape. I have a problem with being consistent and easily get distracted with my goals. So I am with the guidance from the wonderfu... Mon, 31 Jan 2011 14:33:49 EST Vent - his loss, my possible gain. My boyfriend has manged to loss 6 lbs in two weeks I am so jealous, I know that we are on this getting healthy kick together and I am happy for him, but I wish I could take off the weigh like he dose. I know its because he goes to the gym (which I can not afford a membership and he has a personal trainer). And making matters worse he can eat anything he wants, when he wants and he knows that he can just burn it off at the gym. <BR> <BR> Mean while I am here struggling to lose and shape up w... Wed, 19 Jan 2011 19:09:39 EST Valentine's Day Ah, one of the three days per year wherein candy plays a significant role. Where flowers and cards and cutsieness reigns extreme. <BR> <BR> What I'm getting at here is Valentine's Day is coming up. Yes, it IS taken over by Hallmark, but that doesn't mean there shouldn't be a day just devoted to appreciating your significant other. <BR> <BR> So what are your plans, surprises and ways to avoid the candy trap this year? Tue, 18 Jan 2011 22:11:18 EST HI Hey All <BR> I'm Alyssa I was a member of this team about a year before I closed my sp profile, so since I joined back up.. I figured I should introduce myself again. I'm 24 and in a wonderful healthy relationship with a great guy and we have been dating just a little over a year. We are both trying to lose weight he has his methods and I have mine. I am hoping to lose 50lbs. <BR> We have a semi long distance relationship, we live about an hour and half away by car so I get to see him a... Sun, 16 Jan 2011 17:45:29 EST Why are you in this group? Are you in this group because you are a girl who happens to be a girlfriend, are you on Spark life to get healthy motivated by your relationship? <BR> <BR> Please respond so we can set some goals and get more active! Wed, 22 Sep 2010 15:46:51 EST Supportive My boyfriend is SO supportive. We've been together almost 2 years now, and he's always been there for me through everything. Through gaining 40 pounds on a medication that the doctor wouldn't take me off of. Through dealing with my weight issues and shame because my mother tries to engage in anorexia by proxy using me and my sisters. Through a stressful medical degree program. He's just always there for me, and it's amazing! <BR> <BR> Who else has an amazing and supportive boyfriend? Sun, 19 Sep 2010 11:59:04 EST Christmas I know this is kind of early, but this is the first time since high school that I have had a serious boyfriend during the holidays, and I am wondering what kind of gift(s) do you give your boyfriend? Or, what did you get him last year? Sun, 15 Aug 2010 11:05:34 EST I'm ready to REALLY do it this time! Hi everyone! <BR> I'm so excited that I found and joined this new site! I am going in to my fifth and last year of college (whoo!); I'm majoring in Elementary Education and will be student teaching starting in January 2011. I have definitely gained the "Freshman 15"....but unfortunately for me it's been more like the "Freshman 40." BUT now I'm ready to take it off for good this time! My boyfriend and I have been living together for the past year, and I think this has also contributed to my w... Tue, 13 Jul 2010 16:07:15 EST Venting for myself :( and praising him :) So me and my boyfriend are both very over weight and have now after almost 4 years of dating that i have realised that i have been a really lousy girlfriend!! Although he is also very overweight that has never bothered me and i have never looked at his body and been like "eww i would change that" or "he looks really gross like that" and yet i feel like that is what he thinks of me despite the fact that he tells me all the time that he could care less about what my body looks like he loves me.... Wed, 19 May 2010 00:18:30 EST Hey Girlfriends!! Well I'm Ashley and I've been with the love of my life for over a year now and I've really let myself go!! So I need to get my bottom back into shape! I've gained about 60 pounds and went from a size 4-6 to a size 14!! This is the biggest I've ever been and the first time I've been in the 200 pound range. <BR> <BR> But it's all good, I know I can get back into shape. I look forward to getting to know all you gf's and shedding the pounds together! <BR> <BR> xoxoxoxox Sun, 25 Apr 2010 01:45:02 EST Just became a girlfriend :) Hey all! I'm really excited to be a part of this team- not only does it seem like a great environment, but I'm happy to be a girlfriend. <BR> <BR> Currently my new boyfriend (squeee!~) does not know that I'm doing SparkPeople... I figure this is something that comes out later in the relationship. And then, when it DOES come out, I think I'm just going to tell him that I'm trying to get healthy (which is true) and put a smaller emphasis on wanting to lose weight. Fri, 23 Apr 2010 19:13:43 EST Two pounds gone this week!! Hi fellow girlfriends getting healthy, just wanted to say that I lost another 2 lbs. this week I am on my way to doing something that I have never done....lost 10 pounds 2 months in a row. <BR> <BR> NatesGirl5 Sat, 27 Mar 2010 13:10:30 EST trust issues ugh :( major meltdown <BR> boyfriend was supposed to work till 11pm and now hes working till 1 all of the sudden, load of bull to me...i hate this!! i wish i could trust him,i feel like the main reason i cant trust is because of my weight, does anyone else have this problem? if so how do you deal with it? Sun, 14 Mar 2010 21:21:09 EST How do you react when someone says this? So I'm 22 years old..and over the past 6 years in my life I have gone from 120 pounds to 200 at my heaviest (I'm 190 now). There are times when people do not even recognize me. Even worse, my family are some of the most superficial people in the world--you're nothing if you aren't good looking. My siblings are constantly calling me sister even told me to "go throw up and get skinny" a couple days ago. It doesn't matter to them that I'm smart and do very well in every other aspect...a... Wed, 10 Mar 2010 14:03:56 EST throwing a birthday party Hiya! My boyfriend’s birthday is in May, so I have lots of time to prepare. He’s turning 30 and wants to have a dinner party. Do you have any fun ideas? Balloons, cake, candles, flowers, handmade napkins etc... Wed, 10 Mar 2010 12:55:46 EST New Relationship - I can't stop eating! We've been dating for about 4months now and I'm really happy, but I just want to eat out with him and make big delicious dinners all the time! He's trying to support me in my quest to lose weight, but I just can't stop snacking and craving rich foods. Any ideas or anyone going through the same thing? Thu, 25 Feb 2010 02:55:42 EST Hi everyone I had been apart of this site before, but my goals were set to "maintain" and so I never got many results because my diet was still much higher in calories. At the time, of course, I wasn't too interested in losing weight. Now I have a new account for "losing" even though I don't wish to lose much. I mainly want to lose some body fat, tone up and strengthen my muscles, and just have better cardiovascular health. For exercise, I enjoy Zumba (my favorite), yoga, running, swimming, elliptical, f... Mon, 8 Feb 2010 09:59:51 EST Skinny boyfriend..Fat me, from DC Hi everyone... <BR> <BR> I am Jessika, I have been on SP for over a year. I have lost close to 90lbs. I still have 80 to go, I have lost it with diet and exercise, and even WLS. I had the lapband placed in August of last year. People that arent educated about the LapBand procedure just assume that the weight fall off but it doesnt. This is the worst "diet" that I have ever been on. I can not cosume any carbs, and only eat 4oz of protien at a time if I want to lose weight. (this is the l... Fri, 29 Jan 2010 18:55:03 EST Getting my boyfriend to support me Hi, <BR> I can definately do with losing 14 lb, I am on the overweight section of the BMI chart, but I am concerned about how to broach the bubject of healthier living around my boyfriend (who can eat what he likes and stays skinny <em>28</em> ). I've put on about 4 lb since he moved in. <BR> <BR> We communcate a lot, and I have some ideas about what I want to say to him, but if anyone has had this conversation I would appreciate your input! <BR> <BR> Rhosyn XxX Tue, 1 Dec 2009 08:10:00 EST Hello There! Hi all! I joined SP a few weeks ago in addition to kicking off a weight loss/exercise regimen. I just graduated from Cal Poly in June and moved back in with my bf of 6 yrs. We met in college, lived together for a year, he graduated, moved 5 hrs away to work on his PhD while I finished my BS in structural engineering for 3 years, and now I'm back with him while he finishes school! I am currently unemployed, which might be changing rather soon! - I have the unfortunate situation of being in ... Wed, 18 Nov 2009 13:40:17 EST Hello There! Hi all! I joined SP a few weeks ago in addition to kicking off a weight loss/exercise regimen. I just graduated from Cal Poly in June and moved back in with my bf of 6 yrs. We met in college, lived together for a year, he graduated, moved 5 hrs away to work on his PhD while I finished my BS in structural engineering for 3 years, and now I'm back with him while he finishes school! I am currently unemployed, which might be changing rather soon! - I have the unfortunate situation of being in ... Wed, 18 Nov 2009 13:38:16 EST Team Goals?? Ok, for those of you who don't know, I had gastric bypass a week ago on 09/21/09, so I am in this whole new health/fitness thing like I never have before! So, I'm looking for some great team goals! I know this has been discussed before but nothing was done but I'd really like to set some for the team! Any ideas?? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Sun, 27 Sep 2009 21:51:48 EST Beauty Reviews, Tips, Etc.... Ok, I wanted to actually create a seperate forum for this but I can't create another one, so I am making a thread instead :p <BR> <BR> So... I am calling all my Girlfriends! I want to hear your beauty reviews, tips, whatever you got! I'll start... :D <BR> <BR> One product I have been using that I LOVE is Bare Minerals! I love how it feels on my face and my skin has also improved! I saw that Avon came out with something similar though for a much cheaper price so I'm going to have to try it a... Wed, 16 Sep 2009 22:19:11 EST long distance relationships Hi! I live in Canada and my guy lives in Sweden. We've been together just over a year. I met him here, it started out innocently, didn't expect much but I really liked him, and with email and Skype it was so easy to keep in touch and get to know each other. <BR> <BR> It's tough! I'd love to hear from other people in LDRs! <BR> <BR> <BR> edited to add: I meant with email and Skype, it was easy to get attached to him, even though I didn't want to, because of the distance! Mon, 7 Sep 2009 18:05:27 EST Weekend time! It's almost the weekend!!!! (Just 2 more hours at work for me, in fact). Anyone have big plans? I'm just catching up around the house after being gone last weekend. Need to spruce the place up - the parents are coming next weekend, I think (not exactly sure when - maybe I should find out). At any rate, hope you all have a good one! Fri, 14 Aug 2009 14:35:24 EST Bonjour from Westchase in Tampa :) just saying hi and I hope y'all have a great week :) Tue, 4 Aug 2009 14:34:46 EST presents for boyfriend's parents Hi! Me again, agonizing over gift giving. Going to visit my guy's parents again. Last time I brought wine, peanut butter, and lots of candy. The peanut butter sounds funny, but they can't really get it where they live. <BR> <BR> I like to give food and drink as presents, so that people can use them and aren't stuck with more clutter in their house. <BR> <BR> I also like to give fancy tea towels, everyone can use them, but might not spend money on really pretty ones. <BR> <BR> Any other id... Tue, 4 Aug 2009 11:16:04 EST Team goal? I am new to this group, and really exited to find it. Most of my girlfriends here don't have boyfriends, so it's nice to find girls who will get me! <BR> <BR> I am really interested in starting a team goal, anyone else? Thu, 16 Jul 2009 09:54:27 EST Hey all...this time there is no turning back... Hey there, <BR> <BR> I'm new to all of this...still trying to get the feel of the site etc. I've been trying to loose weight for as long as I can remember. In 2007 I over came it all and lost 23kgs and only had a few more to go then as life goes there were a few set backs. Now I have picked up quite a bit of weight and still want to loose just over 10kgs. There are quite a few big things happening in my life in the neat future and I am sick and tired of being fat. I refuse to go through lif... Mon, 6 Jul 2009 04:43:29 EST ENGAGED!!!!! I am very happy to announce that my boyfriend and I got engaged yesterday! We are planning for summer of next year. I am so excited! <BR> <BR> I just had to share with you all! :D Sat, 4 Jul 2009 12:43:48 EST presents for boyfriends What gifts has your boyfriend really liked? Fri, 3 Jul 2009 10:22:37 EST July Challenge!!!! C'MON GIRLFRIENDS!!!!! <BR> <BR> It's summertime, it's nice out, time to get outside and get some exercise! For this challenge, I want you to set your own goal, whatever that means for YOU! <BR> <BR> For me, my goal is to hop on the Gazelle at least 3 days a week and do some other form of exercise at lease once a week. <BR> <BR> C'mon girlfriends!!!! I want to hear from you!!!! Fri, 26 Jun 2009 19:03:11 EST I'm a Spark newbie! Hi everyone... my name is Jeannine and I just moved in with my boyfriend who's a big health nut. I've been working out consistently since I've moved in with him and I think it's great. Hope I can keep it up and maybe help motivate some of you too <em>30</em> Sun, 21 Jun 2009 01:47:13 EST here for girly support :) hello everyone! my name is daniece. my boyfriend and i have been together for 3 years now and he's on a work out kick so i decided to get on one too. he always tells me i look great but i really want to do this to feel better about myself and how i look. im sick of my muffin top!! lol! im glad i found this team and im here whenever anyone needs support :) Thu, 21 May 2009 16:21:41 EST long distance relationships Hi! My guy lives on another continent, and there's a 6-hour time difference. It's tough! I was over there for a week at Easter, and he'll be here June 6. I hope to tone up my body a bit before I see him. <BR> <BR> Anyone else in a LDR? Thu, 14 May 2009 09:53:45 EST Dining out too much Okay so heres my dilemma, my boyfriend and I see each other easily 5 days a week and we eat out every single day. And not only is it straining the wallet but also straining the waist line. The problem is he lives with a roommate and all of the cooking things are hers. And it makes me feel very awkward to ask her if i could cook in her kitchen. (And its impossible to do this at my house since i still live with my parents and im always at his place) Any suggestions would be wonderful. Sun, 5 Apr 2009 23:23:31 EST April Challenge? Is anyone here up for an April challenge? What would you like to see as an April challenge? Post your ideas here! Sun, 22 Mar 2009 11:07:28 EST Boyfriend vent and praise lol =D So i have a wonderful boyfriend who is sweet and kind and spends an hour on the metro to get here to visit me, but i do have one problem with him. he doesn't smell like a man. i know that sounds weird but i have a sharp nose and its very obvious to me. all the guys i'm used to being around smell awesome because of their cologne. How do i get him to wear some? should i buy him a bottle for valentines days as a subtle hint? Mon, 26 Jan 2009 12:57:32 EST New to the group My current boyfriend likes me for me, but thinks i should lose some weight, so i'm trying to lose it. Wed, 21 Jan 2009 18:26:25 EST b/f thinks he's the dieting guru does anyone else's bf think hes knows everything there is to know about eating right? it's so annoying. i just called him to tell him how happy i was that i was losing weight and i told him what i ate today and he was like o u had mashed potatoes? u cant eat that they're bad for u...i was like i dont care i like them and i cut out a lot of things i enjoy and i can have some freakin mashed potatoes if i want. he was like they're bad because they have milk and butter in them...we also fight ... Thu, 15 Jan 2009 19:55:03 EST Help Needed!!!! My b/f's family lives in San Antonio, but mine live in Dallas. Right now we live one hour from mine and six from his. His mother is pestering him to move closer, but his family and I do not get along. We need to figure out where to live soon cause of graduation from college. I love him, so I want to make him happy while still keeping a good distance from his family and being near mine. HELP!?!?! Sun, 4 Jan 2009 18:38:31 EST Finding me Hi! I am new to the team, but not sparkpeople. I am 29 years old, divorced and have no kids. I have been dating a WONDERFUL guy, Eric, for 7 months and we are moving in together in April. <BR> <BR> I am in a healthy weight range, but don't feel healthy. I don't necessarily need to lose weight, but definitely tone up. I am also tired a lot and I know it's because of what I eat. <BR> <BR> I am going to start working harder at adopting a healthier lifestyle. I am in charge of the wellness pr... Sun, 28 Dec 2008 20:38:34 EST January 2009- Start the New Year off Right! Does anyone post here anymore...??? <BR> <BR> Let's start the new year off right... no resolutions, just a healthier attitude! <BR> <BR> I am setting my goal at working out 3 times a week, 8 glasses of water a day and 5 fruits and veggies per day! <BR> <BR> What's yours? Sun, 28 Dec 2008 20:30:45 EST He finally woke up... I posted a thread back in April about how my BF and I were fighting and how badly it was affecting me...well a LOT of things have changed since then, and perhaps this may give everyone else hope that may need it! <BR> <BR> My BF and i broke up in July after constant fighting, and me finding out he was chatting with his Ex. After two months had past and some contact here and there, we finally spoke. He finally woke up! <BR> <BR> What I mean is that I saw the emotional roller coaster that he ... Wed, 24 Dec 2008 11:27:10 EST so guess what i just found out my boyfriend cheated on me a year ago and im just finding out now. idk if i should be upset because things have been good...idk im so confused, i need some advice Wed, 17 Dec 2008 15:17:03 EST Christmas Plans!!! <em>233</em> Hi team! Just wanted to let you all know that I am taking off for my Christmas vacation on Thursday and will be gone until the 30th. I will try to check in over the break, but I'm sure you all know how hectic visiting the family can be! Take care, and remember, we can all have a fun, happy holiday season and stay on track, too! <em>247</em> Mon, 15 Dec 2008 11:06:27 EST Weekends What do you guys do for fun with your boyfriends on the weekends or even weekdays? Sun, 23 Nov 2008 09:55:26 EST Dressing up for Halloween? Hi there! Is anyone planning to dress up & go out for Halloween this year? What are you dressing up as? <BR> <BR> I'm not sure if I will dress up or not this year since the BF can't go out (although we are getting together to watch Rocky Horror, so I guess I could throw on a pair of fishnets <em>18</em> )! Thu, 30 Oct 2008 12:30:06 EST I'm new to the team! Hello! <BR> I'm new to the team! <BR> <BR> Me and my boyfriend have been together for just over 2 years. We now live together and the first little bit was NOT easy. After trying to push each others buttons for the first few months, something happened and all of a sudden everything changed! We are now even more in love and support each other very much. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to get more toned after gaining about 25 pounds. I'm doing it for him and also for the love of myself!! <BR> <BR> than... Mon, 27 Oct 2008 15:47:49 EST BE THE GF I WOULD WANT... so my name is new to SP...&& i love the idea of this sparkteam. i have a lot of insecurities...i always i have always held back a lot in relationships. i want to be the girlfriend who is down to do anything...anytime...anywhere! i am tired of having to worry about whether or not there will be a ton of people there to judge me...or whether im wearing the right outfit or not...i want to be spontaneous...grab a bathing suit and head to the beach any day of the week! [[instead ... Sun, 26 Oct 2008 14:56:50 EST I want to look better... Hey ladies! I'm a sophomore in college. I was supposed to have reached my goal weight by my 20th birthday. I wanted to look AMAZING once I reached my 20's. That didn't happen. <BR> I had lost weight before I got to college, and I was only about 8 lbs away from my goal weight! I gained back the weight I lost, and I gained a little more. I'm pretty unhappy with myself, and I'm just so happy that I found this site! <BR> I want to look good for myself, and I want to look good for my boyfriend. ... Sun, 12 Oct 2008 19:47:48 EST Halloween Challenge! October is almost here! I would like to challenge all you girlfriends to look hot, hot hot for Halloween! Let's all try to lose a few more pounds and inches before the holiday by: <BR> <BR> 1) making sure to get our 8 glasses of water a day minimum EVERY DAY <BR> <BR> 2) doing at least 45 minutes of cardio a day, 6 days/week <BR> <BR> 3) doing at least 30 minutes of strenth training 3x/week <BR> <BR> Post your daily water & exercise on this thread. Weigh-in will be on October 1st and ... Mon, 29 Sep 2008 12:39:08 EST Gettin the BF into it A little while ago my bf mentioned to me that he needs to loose weight. This isnt the first time he has said that to me, but this time he sounded more serious that usual. I asked him if he would like to do it with me and he said yes. <BR> <BR> Im a little skeptical since I last remember, he once told me that he would go to the gym with me if I start going. When the day came when I got serious to go work out, he flaked. Completely bailed on me. Dont worry though cause I took that anger out on... Sat, 27 Sep 2008 04:36:59 EST Introducing! Hey Girlfriends! SparkPeople is launching another new site -! The new site will be a blog-type site where the Spark coaches and experts will post daily news & tips. Learn more here: <BR> <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=1173 </link> Tue, 19 Aug 2008 11:49:08 EST We broke up ((SIGH)) Its been a month and I think I can talk about it. I was with my guy for 4 years, we were suppose to move in together, have a life together... BUT after 4 years and no change, we called it quits. I did the initial break up but he is the one that said we tried and it just can't work. <BR> <BR> I don't know if I am sad... I think so, I don't cry but I am lonely... Tue, 19 Aug 2008 08:16:46 EST New to the team Hey! Im Liz. Im 25 and overweight. My boyfriend is one of those guys that can eat and eat and eat and never gain a pound. He is SUPER skinny and it drives me NUTS. But Im here trying to better myself and loose weight to look better, feel better, and wow him eventually! He loves the way I look but I know it could be better so here I am. Thanks for allowing me to be apart of your awesome team!!! Thu, 7 Aug 2008 16:26:12 EST One Year Anniversary!!!! October 19th is my boyfriend and my one year mark. We've already been through so much together, I'm proud that we've managed to work through things. <BR> <BR> But, a question. What do you buy boyfriends for anniversaries? I have no ideas. <BR> <BR> If it helps, here's a bit of info about him. <BR> --He's also trying to get into shape. <BR> --He loves video games and computer games. <BR> --He works at Target here in town. <BR> --He loves Comic, basically anything nerdy! <BR> <BR> =) Wed, 6 Aug 2008 15:18:16 EST Boyfriends ex having a baby Hey everyone. I just needed to vent. I'm kinda freaking out. I knew that she was pregnant before I even started dating him. I was ok with it. He told me she is dilated 5 cm and probably going to have the baby today. I am feeling sick and nervous. He is going to be there for her which is a good thing, but I don't know why I'm freaking out so bad. Sun, 27 Jul 2008 13:44:19 EST I'm Back! Hi Girlfriends! I'm back from my trip to see the parents. It went much better than expected, even though mom invited half the family to a BBQ one night - talk about pressure on the BF. I'm trying to get back into the swing of things at work, but my body still wants to be in the other time zone. <BR> <BR> So what's up with you all? Any news to catch up on? Hope all is well. Wed, 16 Jul 2008 11:34:49 EST Ahhh! I just want to know why things are never easy with my boyfriend??? I love him, but things have been rocky lately. I know we both have some stuff to work on and I think after our major talk last night we will make some headway. I just hope they get better soon. Ok, Im done. Mon, 14 Jul 2008 17:06:16 EST Hey everybody! Sorry I haven't been around much lately - I've been going crazy with work with the education blitz for a new policy. On the road a TON and everything else has really sabotaged my healthy living goals, but now that the big launch has happened, things are starting to slow down a little. You can see me talking policy online by checking out this video from our local newspaper's website: <link><BR>84847 </link> <BR> <BR> So this week it's more media blitz... Tue, 8 Jul 2008 12:33:10 EST Totally off the topic Hey Girls... <BR> <BR> I began a new group called Metabolic Repair for all of us stuck on a plateau. I read a book about repairing the metabolism and found that it described ME to a T... so I wanted to share that with everyone else on spark. <BR> <BR> I hope you check it out ;) <BR> <BR> Dee Mon, 7 Jul 2008 20:59:10 EST GTKG for 6/23 - 2/29 OK, sorry this is late. I've been off a few days because my dad's been sick & I'm working on a huge project for work that's due next week so not much time to take care of me (or check in with you guys)! Anyhow, the Getting to Know Girlfriends question for this week is: <BR> <BR> Do you have any health/fitness mini goals for July? Wed, 25 Jun 2008 11:29:21 EST Team Goals Does anyone have a suggestion for a team goal for July? I thought I'd start asking now so we have some time to gather ideas, discuss and decide on one. Coach Jen just let us know that they've created checkboxes for tracking the team goals now, so it should be a snap to keep track when you reach them. <BR> <BR> Let's brainstorm!!! Tue, 17 Jun 2008 11:19:48 EST long distance advice Any tips, tricks, or advice for maintain a relationship over long distances? <BR> My boyfriend of 2+ years is working until August in Texas while I stay in Florida... Mon, 16 Jun 2008 12:49:29 EST GTKG for 6/16 - 6/22 OK, Girls, it's a new week, which means a new question! <BR> <BR> Do you have a pet name for your BF? Mon, 16 Jun 2008 11:34:47 EST giving up How long should someone wait for a reltaionship to be right. I have been with my boyfriend for almost 3 years now with a two month break last summer. I am still struggling with trust issues...he lied and cheated last year. He swears he want this to work but I feel like we are stuck. And I am watching all of my friends in new and exciting relationships move forward and I feel like I am stuck. I love him and today I mentioned that I was not going to wait on him forever. How much longer should I... Mon, 9 Jun 2008 21:36:10 EST GTKG for week of 6/8 - 6/14 OK ladies - let's give this a try! It's time to GTNG - Get To Know the "Girlfriends"! In order to get to know each other better, I thought I'd post a question of the week for everybody. So for this week, the question is: <BR> <BR> What are you afraid of? Mon, 9 Jun 2008 11:00:20 EST Announcement! Hello Girlfriends! <BR> <BR> So I wasn't sure if you all noticed, but our little group is growing! It's been a lot for me to try and run it on my own, so yesterday I asked REDSHAVEMOREFUN to be co-leader and she agreed! So use this thread to congratulate her on her new co-leader status! I know she will do an awesome job! <BR> <BR> Congrats Robin! I know you will do an awesome job! <BR> <BR> *Bethie* Wed, 4 Jun 2008 10:55:32 EST How Much Can You Burn in June? Hey Girlfriends! I don't know about you, but this was good for me in May, so I thought I'd post a new thread for June. I'm increasing my weekly calorie burn goal to 2090. Let's meet or beat our goals every week this month! <BR> <BR> Week One: <BR> 6/1: none <BR> 6/2: walk/run on treadmill (313 cal.) = 313 <BR> 6/3: 15 min circuit training (102 cal); 15 min treadmill (150 cal) = 252 <BR> 6/4: 10 min elliptical (144 cal); 10 min bike (112 cal); 10 min treadmill (100 cal) = 356 <BR> 6/5: n... Mon, 2 Jun 2008 13:07:53 EST what happend to me? Hi everyone.. <BR> My name is Erin and I am 27 almost 28. I have about 35 pounds to lose. I have been with my boyfriend for almost 3 years...with a small break in there last summer. My boyfriend loves to eat and is overwieght also. When we broke up I found it much easier to eat healthy and exercise. I lost 30 pounds last summer but have gained it all back. I love him but not the body I have when I am with him. We eat out...well I cant blame it on him...truth is I get lazy when I am with him a... Thu, 29 May 2008 21:46:00 EST Going away this weekend.. ...little nervous So my boyfriend and I are going away this weekend for the first time in our relationship. We are going to my college reunion with my gfs that I haven't seen in like 5 years and he's going hunting with his buddy one morning. I'm a little nervous about it, but excited just the same. We both live home at the moment, so there has always been the fear of mom or dad walking in or explaining why he's still here in the AM, but this weekend....there's nothing. Any words of advice? Fri, 23 May 2008 20:21:56 EST Changing Lifestyle My boyfriend is moving from six hours away to where I live. I haven't lived in the same town as a boyfriend since high school. He loves to eat out especially fast food. How do I get him involved in my healthier lifestyle? Fri, 23 May 2008 14:32:00 EST Any plans for the long weekend? Hi girlfriends! Do you have any fun plans for the long weekend? Mine will depend on the weather - either I'll be spraying my back lawn to kill everything and start my new landscaping project or if the weather is icky, I'll be renting movies and doing some housework catch-up and sewing. Thu, 22 May 2008 12:26:31 EST I need help getting a gift for my boyfriend!! Fellow girlfriends, <BR> <BR> My boyfriend and I will be celebrating our 2 year anniversary on June 3rd. This also happens to be his 21st birthday. (Yes, I was a brithday present 2 years ago..haha) Anyway, I cannot, for the life of me, come up with something to get him! Usually when we see something that we think the other person would like we just buy it and then give it to them, even if we aren't celebrating anything. I already made him a memory/scrapbook, he loves video games, but we alre... Wed, 7 May 2008 10:46:44 EST I NEED TO VENT I hate fighting with my boyfriend! and my boyfriend got into a fight the other night and although we both said things to hurt each other. He called me fat! He usually says that I'm beautiful and he worries about my health because I stress out so much, and we both apologized the next morning, but I couldn't believe he said that. I know he was trying to hurt me but i couldnt believe he sunk that low. <BR> <BR> We're fine now though, and I said horrible things to him too, and I apologized too. I love him so much and I c... Mon, 5 May 2008 13:58:06 EST praise!! The other night when i wanted to eat late my boyfriend stopped me and said let's go to sleep! i'm so glad i didn't eat i knew it wouldn't have been healthy. Mon, 5 May 2008 10:57:11 EST May Challenge: How much can YOU burn? Ok, I decided to go with this one since I had such a good response when I did it for the weekly challenge. So this month's challenge is to meet your calories burned goal every week this month! Since today is Thursday, you can backtrack from Sunday if you like, to make the week. <BR> <BR> So for me, my goal is 3000 calories a week. So right now it would look something like this: <BR> <BR> Week One: <BR> 4/27-off <BR> 4/28-off <BR> 4/29- 20 minutes A.M.T. 304 calories <BR> 4/30- A.M.T. 35 min... Thu, 1 May 2008 11:41:45 EST Frustrating yet funny... So I'm a teacher and I typically don't check my personal email at work. Well, today I was getting ready for my first class and before they came in, I logged into my mail only to see a message from my BF saying he was locked out of the house! Ok... so I call him. Turns out, he was putting his laptop in his car but for some reason had turned the lock and left the door open. Well, one of our dogs jumped on the door and pushed it shut, locking him out! LMFAO!!! I had to leave work during class to... Mon, 28 Apr 2008 21:16:08 EST It hurts his feelings? Any advice or support? Hey girls, <BR> <BR> Last night my boyfriend and I got into a serious discussion about some issues that have came up in our relationship. Well during this discussion, Jake told me that it hurts his feelings that I am not trying harder to get into shape and lose weight. He said that it is hard for him, someone who is very active and very much in top notch shape, sit here and watch me struggle with the ups and downs of losing weight. He said that it seems like I get bored and just give up. Wel... Sat, 26 Apr 2008 10:15:35 EST How do you gals feel about monthly challenges? Ok, I tried weekly challenges, and that doesn't seem to be long enough, so how would you all feel about monthly challenges? I'm trying to get some motivation going here! <BR> <BR> Also, there are team goals we can do now as well! Anyone have any ideas for those? I was thinking maybe a fruits and veggies one or water. Anyone else have any suggestions? <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> *Bethie* Fri, 25 Apr 2008 08:17:39 EST Total Vent! Men talk about how we make them crazy?!?!? Are they kidding!?!?! They drive us well at least me just as crazy. My BF is totally PMSing for the past two days...putting me on sucha rollercoaster ride. Two days ago it was "I love you so much" "I miss you cant wait to see you this weekend" NOTHING! Didnt have anything to say yesterday..seemed to have cared less..has supposed training today which he normally texts me like crazy cus it is boring and i have heard NOTHING!! I dont know whats g... Thu, 24 Apr 2008 11:00:03 EST I think my trainer's trying to kill me! Just kidding! But I got my fitness plan for this month, and it will definitely be a challenge. I did OK on most of the run-through except for the hanging crunches - making my goal of 15 reps will be hard, hard, HARD!!! Ok, enough whining - I know I can do this, and really, I'm pretty excited to get going on this one. Left to my own devices, I almost NEVER strength-train, so this will be excellent for me. Hope everybody's having a good week! Tue, 22 Apr 2008 11:57:17 EST Praises for my guy! =) Well, first of all, I am SO happy to have found this group. I love how that even though every relationship is different, we sometimes go thru the same things. I don't have any girl-friends where I live (my best friends all live 3 hours away or 7 states away) so I love this group. Before I tell you the praises for my boyfriend (Jake) I want to tell you a bit about my past, and why I am the way that I have ended up. When Jake and I met, I had just got out of a HORRIBLE 4 year relationship with ... Mon, 14 Apr 2008 18:05:29 EST Newbie! To both the forum and relationship... Just wanted to say Hi! I have been dating my BF for just over 2 months now...known him for about 4-5 months prior. It's hard knowing his last ex GF was the size of my right thigh! and I am petite! But regardless of that...he is very supportive and compliments me when i need to hear it. But I realized that the confidence i was lacking I was taking out on to help myself and to get that self-esteem back and confidence, I have decided to change the way I feel about myself by eating bette... Mon, 14 Apr 2008 11:15:35 EST Boyfriends are frustrating!! (warning... rant) I have to say, for the most part I have a great guy. He is smart, employed, lives on his own and even has a car (ok, a little sarcastic with the last few), he is funny... all around good guy. At times I think that he is mean. Totally on purpose. You know that saying that misery loves company? Its 110% true. We only see each other weekends. Honestly, sort of my fault. I have 3 kids and am busy with them and work during the week. So I invite him and only sort of mean it. Lucky for me,... Mon, 14 Apr 2008 09:35:32 EST No longer a girlfriend... My boyfriend broke up with me yesterday. We've been together for almost two years and he was such a huge part of my life. What can I do to stop crying and stop thinking about him? I could really use some help right about now. All I want to do is call him and tell him I love him and that I miss him. I don't know what to do... Mon, 7 Apr 2008 18:27:52 EST Challenge from April 6th to April 12th Ok! This week's challenge will be strength training! Did you get yours in? Let us know what you did and how often you do it. <BR> <BR> Strength training is so essential to weight loss! It's important to build those muscles so we don't lose muscle as we're losing weight. It's the fat you want to lose, not the muscles! So let's pump that iron! <BR> <BR> I do weights, 3 days a week. I usually do them on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. <BR> <BR> *Bethie* Sun, 6 Apr 2008 09:30:28 EST Challenge for week of March 30th to April 5th Ok! I decided that I am going to start posting weekly challenges. So there's your first one! :D <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is Sunday, which starts a new Spark week! So, your goal for this week is to meet your calories burned goal! So be sure to post what your goal is and how many you have burned. You can also post the kind of exercise you have done too, if you like! <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to everyone burning lots of calories this week! :D <BR> <BR> *Bethie* <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 29 Mar 2008 13:52:43 EST Boy could I really use some girlfriends! Hey everyone, just joined your group today. I have been with my man for almost 4 years. We do not live together, but I see him every weekend (fri - sun), I have 3 kids that live with my during the week and I prefer to keep these relationships seperate. <BR> <BR> I have been at spark since 2006!!! I have about 5 pounds I want to lose (stubborn pounds). My man is supportive (since he was the one that was unhappy with my bod in the first place), BUT he does the guy thing and wants to eat mo... Fri, 28 Mar 2008 13:59:34 EST Challenges? Ok, so I was thinking about starting a challenge forum on here. So my question is, do you all like the idea and if so what kind of challenges would you like? I was thinking maybe to meet your calories burned goal for the week or drinking 8 glasses of water or even a fruits and veggies challenge. Then there's the traditional weight loss challenge. Let me know what you gals think! <BR> <BR> *Bethie* Thu, 27 Mar 2008 21:18:09 EST Freaked out! Should I leave? Hey Girlfriends, <BR> <BR> I may not be a "girlfriend" for much longer. I got a phone call from a police officer at 2 a.m. on Sunday to tell me that my BF had showed up at a hospital in CA with an injury to his arm. They called me because they were going through his cell phone and found a text from me, and deduced that I must be a girlfriend. The thing that's freaking me out is that something very similar happened last July (he disappeared for several days, then showed up at a hospital - t... Mon, 24 Mar 2008 12:06:34 EST Help What Am I Doing Wrong? Hello ALL, <BR> <BR> Many times I look in the mirror and wonder "What is it I'm doing WRONG"? The person staring back always say's the same thing, what am I doing wrong? Can some one please help me. I'm feeling BLUE and not over the Los Angeles Dogers:-(( Wed, 19 Mar 2008 19:40:01 EST Help! BF is unmotivating. My boyfriend this morning got on my case of not making my usual 5:30 workout. He said he is trying to motivate me, but really he just hurts my feelings and makes me want to sulk around. How can I get it through his head that compliments and praise work more? Now I just feel like he is being critical. Thu, 13 Mar 2008 09:16:25 EST Cohabitation and Living in Sin Hey girlfriends. I am planning on moving in with my boyfriend in June. We have already been dating a little over 2 years. We plan to get married, but are putting off an engagement because he just started a new job two weeks ago and with moving we think it's too stressful of a time to start planning a wedding. I'm running into a problem though. We are both Catholic and so are our families. I also am employed by the Catholic church as the music director of my parish. My Grandma is having ... Tue, 11 Mar 2008 10:30:33 EST TOM weight So I got my period last week Wednesday. Through the week last week I gained a couple pounds even though I worked out and ate well. I understand this happens so it wasn't a big deal. Well my period was over by Saturday night and when I weighed myself this morning I was the same as I was on weigh in day last Tuesday. I know I shouldn't be checking the scale everyday, but I can't help it! How long does it take to lose the TOM weight?? The couple pounds I gained are gone, but that's it. So... Mon, 10 Mar 2008 10:45:58 EST Stay on track this weekend Another weekend is here (hooray)! Since weekends can be hard to stick to our goals, I thought I'd start a thread for weekend mini-goals, and we can report back on how we did on Monday. <BR> <BR> To stay on track, I am going to stay in my calorie range, and get my bike out and ready to go and hopefully go for a short ride at least. Fri, 7 Mar 2008 11:41:49 EST LDR blues Hey Girlfriends. I'm having a total case of long-distance relationship blues today. Don't know what's bringing them on - he was just home a couple weeks ago, and will be home again the end of the month, and it's not like we haven't spent most of our 3+ years together doing this. Anyhow, don't mean to be a whiner or anything - just missing my Sweetie. Wed, 5 Mar 2008 14:01:10 EST And now introducing... Me! My name is Laura. I'm 22 years old. I'm new to SP and to this team! I have a wonderful boyfriend of over a year. Right now things are really good. I'm getting in gear to go back to school, managing a women's clothing store part time, and trying to get fit. I feel like it is one of the most exciting times of my life because there are so many possibilities ahead. I have nothing to lose except my weight :) Sat, 1 Mar 2008 13:31:55 EST HELP!! I need some kinda push! So...I've been watching my calories, cutting back on fried foods, drinking 8 to 10 glasses of water a day, and voila!!! I lost a whopping 15 poinds in three(not two correction i counted the days wrong) weeks, just dieting no exercise at all. Thats good right? <BR> <BR> Now I've lost momentum, I'm slipping up, my 420 calorie 10 piece nuggets from mcdonalds keep making their way back into my diet,so i'm calling in the cavalry before I completely fall back downt he hill into the pit that I cal... Thu, 21 Feb 2008 14:40:14 EST Hi I'm new Hi everyone, I'm new to the team, I figured this would be a good team for me to join becuase it would introduce me to girls who are experiencing the same thigns i am when it comes to being in a relationship and dieting and trying to get healthy. Good Luck everyone! Tue, 19 Feb 2008 16:15:19 EST I'm New Hey, My name is Kelsey and I'm 18, I'm a freshman in college and my boyfriend and I have been dating 9 months today. He means everything to me and is absolutely wonderful. Before we started dating over a short period of time, he lost over 40 pounds and went from and xl to a small. I've always felt insecure do to this major weight loss, and wanted to lose weight for him. But, he seems to actually genuinely like my weight... so I want to just lose a little, find a happy medium where I feel beau... Mon, 18 Feb 2008 21:35:27 EST Cooking for two vs. Eating out on weekends So I'm having a hard time with staying on track on weekends when I visit my bf who is still in school. I live at home so he usually visits with me, but sometimes we need "couple time." He lives in a studio with a super small kitchen that is not really up to par for cooking delicious meals. Since my bf is a bachelor he has "hand me down" kitchen appliances and supplies, so not the best resources to cook with and be creative with. So we usually eat out. I've tried to be really good on the weeke... Mon, 18 Feb 2008 12:08:30 EST I'm new! Hey everyone! I'm new to the team. I'm 20 and I've been dating my boyfriend for over a year and a half. He's great, but he doesn't exactly understand how I need to be motivated. He tries to help, but at the same time, he tells me I don't need to lose weight at all. I know, it's sweet, but that doesn't help me get moving! I look forward to being a part of the team and hopefully it will help me stay on track! <em>9</em> Mon, 11 Feb 2008 23:54:23 EST What is everyone doing for Valentines Day?? Valentines Day is this Thursday! I can't believe that we are already this far into 2008! So does anyone have plans for Valentines Day! <em>129</em> ? What did you get your boyfriend? Anyone out there like me who still has to get something? Have a great week girls! Mon, 11 Feb 2008 10:34:36 EST Hello!!!! Hey my name is Alisha...I'm 19 years old and have been dating my boyfriend for about 5 years now...I'm going on vacation with his family for the first time this summer and I really want to feel comfortable laying on the beach with them in my bikini....I'm hoping spark will help me along with new friends to meet my goal of 145 by July 08!!!! Fri, 8 Feb 2008 15:40:53 EST I'm a Newbie! Hey! I'm Emily and I'm ALMOST 19! lol My boyfriend is Bryce and he just turned 20...We're both from Michigan, born and raised, but want to leave as soon as possible! lol We act like an old married couple (trying to change that!) lol And I constantly feel like I'm on a rerun of Boy Meets World haha...So anyways just lookin for some buddies to help me stay motivated! <BR> Thanks! Fri, 8 Feb 2008 10:53:57 EST I'm New! Hey guys! I'm Melissa, I'm 18, and around 195-200 <BR> <BR> I'm in college, and I've been seeing the most amazing man ever--John :) <BR> <BR> We've been dating for about 3 months, and I love him! <BR> <BR> I just want to be healthy, and feel good about my body!! <BR> <BR> send me an email if you ever want to talk! Mon, 4 Feb 2008 20:52:22 EST another one bites the dust Ok this team is all about being girlfriends and not wives or fiances, but I really do want to marry my boyfriend. I had TWO more friends get engaged over the weekend. Seriously they are dropping like flies! I am truely happy for them, but at the same time I can't help but be jealous. <BR> <BR> Where are you girls in your groups of friends in terms of being married?? - in my core group I'm one of five unmarried girls verses ten married. <BR> and <BR> Do you experience jealousy toward th... Mon, 4 Feb 2008 16:36:32 EST Newbie Here My name is Billie Jean and I am a single mom to a beautiful little girl who is 6. Last June we moved to the great state of TX from AZ. I joined Spark back in 2006 but i didn't stick with it now I find myself at 300lbs and really hating myself right now because I told myself that I would never let myself get this big...........Boy have I let myself down!!! <BR> But I am here now to change that. Well that's all for now........ I hope you all have a good day. <BR> <BR> Billie Jean Sun, 3 Feb 2008 06:16:43 EST Healthy Superbowl Snacks! I know that Bethie and I (football freaks that we are) are gearing up for the Superbowl this weekend. I'm invited to a combination mardi gras/superbowl party on Sunday, so I've been thinking about healthy football snacks. I think I'll make some hummus & a veggie tray (my hummus recipe is linked to my sparkpage). Anyone else have a favorite low-cal snack idea for this weekend? Wed, 30 Jan 2008 12:18:58 EST Good weekend? How was everybody's weekend? I managed to stay on track and it showed on the scale this morning - yay! Have a great week! Mon, 28 Jan 2008 11:23:06 EST Hi! My name is Kelsi, I'm 20 yrs old and looking to get healthy and fit. Any advice on exercise motivation, eating on the go, and fitting in more vegetables would be great! See ya around Mon, 21 Jan 2008 14:41:30 EST Mini-goals for this week I thought maybe posting my mini-goals for this week would encourage me to actually meet them, so here goes: <BR> <BR> 1) stay in calorie range every day this week <BR> 2) get in 30 minutes of cardio at least twice <BR> <BR> Anyone else have some goals for just this week? Mon, 14 Jan 2008 11:41:55 EST What will you do for YOU this weekend? We all deserve to be spoilled a little this weekend, so . . . what will you do for YOU this weekend? <BR> <BR> I'm going to rent a couple movies and indulge in a "lazy saturday" (I'm not leaving the house if I don't have to) complete with a hot bath before bed! Fri, 11 Jan 2008 11:39:45 EST New Icon! I just wanted to let you guys know that we have a new group icon that I made. I hope you guys like it! Any input for future icons is welcome! It'll give me a challenge as I'm trying to sharpen up my graphic skills. <BR> <BR> I hope you guys like it! <BR> <BR> *Bethie* Wed, 9 Jan 2008 18:03:20 EST HI I want to date again I had some bad experiences and want to feel comfy losing weight and meeting new guys, hope to chat soon, check my blog out if the posts show up down on the team page.. i am posting pics of my progress. kind of good motivation, <BR> chat soon! <em>224</em> Mon, 7 Jan 2008 19:10:17 EST I am so so sorry... but I'm back for good now! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I feel so horrible for being gone for so long. In my defense, things went downhill fast. Due to the hours I was working, being on my feet all day, stress, and just plain being lazy, I lost track of everything health related. Things got bad enough for me that I ended up quitting my job, it's in my blog if you want to read about it. <BR> <BR> Of course, I ended up gaining my weight back, but I am not giving up! I lost it before, I can lose it again... and more! I will s... Sun, 30 Dec 2007 11:40:50 EST 2008 New Years Resolutions ok, as an attempt to get a little conversation going on this team, I wanted to know if anyone as gotten to thier resolutions yet... <BR> <BR> Has Anyone Started Thinking? I have and this is my list. Post yours here! <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. lose 25 pounds (about 2lbs per month) <BR> 2. stick to my budget and save more. (Stick to my savings plan so my 2009 Europe trip really happens and save for a new car) <BR> 4. Develope better eating habbits <BR> 5. Enjoy the outdoor activites I once did be... Wed, 26 Dec 2007 18:10:23 EST Did this team DIE? What happened to this group? It seemed really interesting so I joined but no one is being active I guess.. Maybe we should start a challenge :) Thu, 6 Dec 2007 06:21:18 EST Hello!! I am new to the team!! My name is Brittany and I have been with my bf for more than 5 years!!! When we first starting dating, I was at a comfortable 125 and now Im at 165!!! 40 pounds heavier... I like to call him happy fat... :) I want to get back to my size 5/6!!! I am hoping to do it... My problem is that I have taken on his eating habits and so I eat like a man!!! I am trying to get back the the womenly eating... And so far so good... Has anyone else had this problem??? <em>4</em> Fri, 16 Nov 2007 14:50:28 EST Hello everyone! I'm very excited about joining this group and hope to make many lasting friendships. <em>9</em> Sun, 7 Oct 2007 21:50:56 EST All about your man!!! Hey all, <BR> <BR> I decided to creat this thread, so everyone would have a little place to brag about that lucky man in your life ( which you all know you love to do!) So, tell us about him..about what makes him special, and makes him the love of your life. <BR> <BR> <BR> My boyfriend's name is Jason <BR> He is 20 years old ( 2 years older than me) <BR> We have been dating for over two years, <BR> He is so suppoortive in everything that I do <BR> He thinks that I am beautiful no matter WH... Thu, 20 Sep 2007 12:01:23 EST Why can my boyfriend eat whatever he wants?! I love my boyfriend, but he eats horribly. Since I've been with him I eat the same way. He never gains a pound!! I try and stay healthy but it's so tempting when it's all around. He is very supportive of me, but I don't want him to have to go on a diet because I need to. Any tips on how to stay on track while he eats pizza and cookies? Mon, 17 Sep 2007 01:28:48 EST Hi All! Glad I found this message board! I'm Tara from Illinois. I work as a nurse educator for cardiac ICU. I am busy with my work, dog, boyfriend, family, and friends. Plus trying to lose weight and quit smoking! I want to get healthy in the next year, get married, and start my master's. Glad to be here. Thu, 13 Sep 2007 13:00:48 EST Chit Chat Thread? Hey, I thought some of you might be interested in having a thread to talk in. I feel like all my posts lately have been about one challenge or another, or what I ate for dinner, or advertising for the SparkTeam I lead, or jow many minutes I ran... geesh! <BR> <BR> Anyone want to just talk about life? <BR> <BR> Here's mine right now... Tonight will be the first night in a while that my boyfriend and I aren't hanging out. I'm going out with a high school friend, and he's hanging out with th... Thu, 19 Jul 2007 18:59:32 EST I'm proud of myself today because.... I thought it would be nice to have a topic where we can celebrate little victories that may not seem a big deal, but deep down we know we deserve a well done for! <BR> <BR> Today, for example, my mum got some cider from the shop and I said I'd like some because I was low on calories etc. First I said it was OK cos it was 200 calories a pint. But then I decided to only let her pour me half a pint. I had one mouthful and didn't really like it. Normally I would carry on drinking it for the sake... Sat, 14 Jul 2007 20:19:51 EST Weekly Weigh In I thought it would be great to have a weigh-in thread. I myself have been stuck for 3 weeks now, I REALLY hope I have a loss soon! Of course, I am adjusting to a new schedule, I'm working alot more, so I've been hungrier. I just need to learn to keep that hunger in check! I know that I know how to do it, it's just doing it sometimes. <BR> <BR> So I am still at 257. Here's to hopin for a loss this week! <BR> <BR> *Bethie* Sun, 10 Jun 2007 09:55:27 EST Weekly Calories Burned Challenge! I thought it would be a good idea for us to have a cardio challenge. I see alot of groups have minutes challenges, but how many calories are you burning in those minutes? We all have a weekly calories burned goal, I thought it would be fun if we all posted our weekly goal and how many calories we burned in a day, then for the week, to help keep ourselves accountable! <BR> <BR> I'll start with me. :) My weekly calories burned goal is 4500. I went to the gym this morning. I did 40 minutes on t... Sun, 10 Jun 2007 09:51:56 EST My boyfriend is a cook... My boyfriend is a line cook at an upscale hotel restaurant and cooks me dinner atleast twice a week, which I love. And its not like he makes horribly fattening items, he makes things like baked salmon, shrimp stir fry, etc. The only thing is that its hard to track calories when he makes dinner. I try to watch him cook it but the kitchen is small and I dont want to step on his toes when he adds ingredients. Should I just estimate the calories by the ingredients I can see and taste and watch my... Wed, 23 May 2007 06:22:00 EST I need a little help from the girls! Hi All, <BR> <BR> I figured that I would post this here as we are all female! I have an issue and I hope I am not alone! The day before my period, I am ravenous! I am hungry all day and want to constantly eat! This is so frustrating. Is this a problem that any of you struggle with? What do you do so you don’t eat the town?!?!?! <BR> <BR> Thanks For Your Help! <BR> Fri, 18 May 2007 11:35:46 EST Job/Career This turned in to a really great thread in another team I am on. <BR> <BR> What do you do for a living? What is your job or career choice? <BR> <BR> I am a commercial insurance underwriter... Sounds borring, but it is interesting in a nerdy sort of way. We look at financials, losses ect to decide if a business is a good risk to insure. We also deal with Risk managment to help prevent losses. <BR> <BR> How about everyone else. What do you do? Tue, 15 May 2007 01:10:46 EST What did you do to make yourself feel good? Here's an ongoing topic I thought would be fun to share: <BR> <BR> What did you do today to make yourself feel good? Tue, 8 May 2007 10:26:07 EST Frustrations My boyfriend has been searching for Passover Coke since late march... it has Sugar instead of Corn Syrup which makes it different and exciting for him. <BR> <BR> It finally dawned on him that he has a friend who works for Coke doing grocery store merchandising. <BR> <BR> His buddy got him a CASE of coke. So now I have eight bottles of Passover-Coke staring at me. This household went without any beverages other than water for so long! Gah! Sun, 29 Apr 2007 15:23:13 EST I am proud of my partner because... I thought it would be nice to create a little section to celebrate the good things our partners are doing for their health and ours. <BR> <BR> Yesterday morning, out of nowhere, and after a night out - my boyfriend went to the gym BEFORE work! He's mentioned he might try it, but never has. I don't push him too hard because I don't want his morning routine slowing down my morning routine. But I was so proud of him for doing something good. <BR> <BR> Usually he goes on his lunch hour, ... Fri, 27 Apr 2007 13:21:11 EST The week I can't believe the weeks are going by so fast now! <BR> <BR> It might be a few different and new elements to my life... <BR> 1) I have fitness goals and challenges each day <BR> 2) I'm thinking about myself a lot more, and the foods I put into me (instead of just thinking "I'm bored.) <BR> 3) I'm excited for Saturday to come so I can weigh in. <BR> 4) I'm more alert and sharp thanks to all the vegetables and whole foods I'm eating. <BR> <BR> Has anyone else noticed their weeks seem to go b... Fri, 27 Apr 2007 12:12:10 EST Who's your celebrity inspiration? Are you inspired by the bodies and glamorous lives of celebrities? Who inspires you? <BR> <BR> I'm inspired by Drew Barrymore - she's short, fit and toned. <BR> <BR> Also Cameron Diaz - I love her dance sequences in the Charlie's Angels movies. <BR> <BR> And I'm also inspired by the models and clothing in the J.Crew and Anthropologie catalogs. I just did a mini "virtual" J Crew shopping spree. When I get down to my goal size I'm going to go nuts in that store! Mon, 23 Apr 2007 11:35:04 EST Plans this weekend? What does everyone have planned for this weekend? <BR> <BR> Tonight I'm finally going to get a chance to relax! I'm planning an anti-social evening of catching up on the laundry, eating tuna salad, watching last night's CSI, and going through some old clothes. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is the gym in the A.M., eating a healthy lunch and dinner, and a birthday party. <BR> <BR> Sunday... I love Sundays. It's the lazy day when all I have to do is plan meals for the week. And mop the kitchen. <BR> ... Fri, 20 Apr 2007 10:38:52 EST Nerves!!!! Hey everyone. <BR> This thursday is coming up really quick, and i am flying out to see my boyfriend for 5 days. I am excited but nervous at the same time. I have gained some weight since i last saw him and really dont feel that great about myself. I know he will probably be really supportive and i am probably worrying for no reason, lol. but anyways i have to go to work, thank you for letting me vent. <BR> Talk to you all soon <BR> ~Gemma Mon, 16 Apr 2007 17:26:43 EST Cooking Dinner? Does anyone else cook dinner every night? Or almost every night? <BR> <BR> We used to order out a lot... but that got us nowhere in terms of health. <BR> <BR> So now I cook every night, and pack breakfasts and lunches every night. I do enjoy it, and on the nights I don't cook, I have a plan before I get home of what I want to order out for or where I'd like to go out too. <BR> <BR> So I thought this would be a place to just bounce dinner ideas off of each other. Since we're a small grou... Thu, 12 Apr 2007 11:46:16 EST Man v. Car Happy times at my house this week. <BR> <BR> My boyfriend's car stopped working last June (the brakes were gone) and he lost his job as a result... skip to February - he finally saved up enough money to get it fixed (he did find another job after the car broke). Skip to yesterday... he finally got the money to get it insured. <BR> <BR> In Massachusetts you MUST have insurance in order to drive a car... and due to some US Postal Service errors while in the process of moving he missed a... Wed, 11 Apr 2007 16:19:20 EST Welcome! Hello! <BR> <BR> I would like to extend a warm welcome to all you new members! I'm so happy you all are here! Post a little about yourself: your weight loss goals, about your life, and the good and bad things about your boyfriend (only if you want to!)... I'm really looking forward to getting to know all of you! <BR> <BR> *Bethie* Tue, 10 Apr 2007 16:17:04 EST Why I created this group... Hello! I'm Bethie and I created this team for some girlfriend support! There are sooo many teams that support wives, but what about those of us that are girlfriends instead of wives? We are just as important, and have similar issues and pressures, along with some different ones. So feel free to post away! <BR> <BR> A little about me... I live in Green Bay, WI with my boyfriend of just over 2 years now. I currently work in a supermarket and just working to get myself in shape. I would like to... Wed, 21 Mar 2007 11:43:42 EST