SparkPeople DONE Being The Fat GIRL! Team Messageboard This team is for women of all ages who are sick of feeling like they are being judged for being big, for women who want to be able to love who they are and who need support in their journey. SparkPeople DONE Being The Fat GIRL! Team Messageboard SparkPeople's Start page Did anyone else's Start page change or did I hit the wrong button and rearrange things? lol Whatever the case is, I don't like it and would love to change it back!! Tue, 16 Dec 2014 22:10:23 EST Accountability Buddy? I am here because I am looking for an accountability buddy! <BR> <BR> Here's me: <BR> I am a 27 year old single female without kids. <BR> I am 75lbs overweight. <BR> I am an hourglass figure. <BR> I like zumba, hiking, dance, biking and water jogging and would like to get into indoor rock climbing, pool laps, yoga (and maybe eventually hot yoga, eek!), and canoeing. <BR> My weaknesses are sweets, weight training, and plateaus. <BR> My strengths are cardio, finding me-time, and body po... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 19:01:46 EST NEW & FROM COLORADO! I am new to the team but not here at SP! I had a setback when my husband passed away July 2013 but I am back like I need & have to be. I have osteoarthritis in my knees & it isn't good having the extra weight. Thu, 11 Dec 2014 16:01:51 EST Greetings! Hi there, <BR> <BR> I'm a long time Spark member that lost her way a while back. I'm sure some of you know how that goes...get the ball rolling, get cocky, fall off wagon and gain X more lbs in the process. I'm reviving my spark page and hoping to get some encouragement/be encouraging to others to help this process along. Unfortunately, I'm at the heaviest I've ever been, but it's my hope to only go down from here. I'm looking forward to getting to know you all better and walking this journ... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 13:01:03 EST exercises... Hey ladies. <BR> <BR> I am going to the gym after work today (after i don't even know how long of a hiatus, it's been THAT LONG), and while I am obviously going to do some cardio, 30-45 min depending on how i'm feelin.. <BR> <BR> I really want to work on losing back/side fat. I'm cone shaped. my upper back/bra area (not actual boobs, just side/back flab) are the parts of me that I hate the most. <BR> <BR> WHAT exercises will help with that? I mean toning arms/legs etc is important too but... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 10:56:39 EST Help!!!! I have been struggling with my weight since I hit puberty. I have lost weight and gained it back so many times I've lost count. I have lost 60+ lbs since January 1, 2014. The problem I'm having is cramps. My hands are cramping, my legs are cramping and I have no clue what to do for it. Anyone having similar issues? Anyone have any ideas on how I can stop this from happening? Mon, 8 Dec 2014 23:06:40 EST Time of the Month question... Maybe this has been talked about previously, but I'm new (relatively) here and wanted to know: <BR> <BR> How do you deal with your cravings during your time of the month? I crave sweets: cookies, chocolate, gummy candies, etc - and I also have at least one day where I could eat an entire cow I am craving so much protein. Sun, 7 Dec 2014 14:44:00 EST Would like some Spark friends! I'm getting ready to lose some major weight! Looking for some ladies who I can connect with! This is my third or fourth time on Sprakppl and all my old friends aren't here anymore! Sun, 7 Dec 2014 00:36:10 EST Hi I just wanted to quickly introduce myself :) My name is Michelle and I am from Canada, I am not new to spark but have decided to start over again and re give it a go. In the past I have joined teams and stayed pretty quiet not really getting active on the message boards and this time through i'm hoping to change that. Its super easy to just walk away from spark when your quietly in the backround unnoticed but if I actually get to know people who can help keep me accountable I won't be able to... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 23:22:51 EST Thankful Thoughts... <em>526</em> <BR> With Thanksgiving just a short couple of days away, I thought it would be nice to have a lil thread in honor of this great day for us to tell something we are thankful for. <BR> <em>459</em> I am thankful for my Faith and Freedom and Family <BR> <em>252</em> I am thankful for SP <BR> <em>220</em> I am thankful for my SP friends & cyber pals with the Done Girls <BR> <em>430</em> I am thankful for having a job <BR> <em>542</em> I am thankful that when I m... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 14:29:15 EST Reintroducing myself! I know, it's a crazy time to do this. That I could just keep at my routine through the holidays and maintain this pace, but I need to get back on the WL bandwagon. <BR> <BR> I know I don't look like I belong on the 100+ pages anymore, but this was my home for the first 100+ lbs, and now that I seem to be sliding in maintence, it's time to come home and re-do some of the work. Get my head back on. <BR> <BR> Anywho! <BR> I'm Melanie, a 37 year old stay at home mom to two of my own and n... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 11:33:50 EST A little late, but "DST" idea For the end of Daylight Savings Time this year, instead of trying to get an extra hour of sleep - which never seems to work out very well, especially with cats who don't observe such mundane things as 'clocks' - I decided to do something much more productive with my "extra hour". <BR> <BR> Since my internal clock (and cats) are used to being up at 'that time' anyway, Instead of getting up an hour later, I get up at the same time and exercise and relax for an hour before I get ready for work.... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 15:44:55 EST Recommitting and Reintroducing Hi Ladies, <BR> <BR> My name is Jeka and I am 27 living in Ottawa Canada. I am not new to Sparkpeople having been on here off and on since 2009. I had great successes while being on Sparkpeople and look forward to having more. I have been struggling with my weight since I was a teenager and let my weight grow insted of deminish. I am chatty and love to talk and get to know people I would love to hear from all who need encouragement or wish to encourage me! Thu, 13 Nov 2014 22:26:53 EST Grave's Disease/Hy perthyroid Does anyone else here have Grave's Disease/Hyperthyroid? I was recently diagnosed. The good news is that I lost 20lbs, the bad news is that I was miserable the entire time from being sick. I'm on meds now that have stopped the weight loss and I'm not approved to work out yet--even though I really want to. Anyone have success with losing weight on Methimazole (thyroid balancing medicine)? I'm desperate to start somewhere, but I don't know how to other than just eating better. Sun, 9 Nov 2014 13:09:56 EST we're almost done! Ooops!! I forgot as well about this challenge, but decided to finish it anyway. I have been keeping track of weekly weigh ins on my fridge so added them in. I NEED to get back on track. Had lost some motivation but it's back!! <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> SW: 203.4 <BR> Positive Thinking Day 9/13: 202.4/ actual-201.6 <BR> Love Note Day 9/26: 200.4/ actual- 197.4 <BR> World Smile Day 10/3: 199.4/ actual 195.8 <BR> World Food Day 10/16: 197.4/ actual 196.6 gained <BR> Halloween 10/31: 195.4/act... Sat, 8 Nov 2014 20:08:27 EST want to be more active here pretty sure i've introduced myself before- but i come and go, and haven't been active in this group in a long time. <BR> <BR> i'm stephanie (steph). I'm 31 i live in astoria. <BR> <BR> all of my basic info is on my sparkpage. <BR> <BR> i remember enjoying the community here, hoping to reconnect, make some sparkfriends, etc. Wed, 5 Nov 2014 12:20:52 EST line between loving yourself and changing yourself From my blog but wanted to share: Lately I struggle between radical body love and wanting to change my body. It's like I use the "you need self esteem" as an excuse to be lazy about weight loss. I'm treading a fine line between learning to life myself and being okay with my weight loss goals. I think the biggest thing is that I need to grasp that I can have high self worth based on many things (job, attitude, compassion, strength) and not include my body. I am valuable outside of what I look ... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 10:39:35 EST not new, just restarting for the last time I'm 24, weigh 280 ish. I want to be down to 175. I at one point lost from 250 to 200 but gained it all back the past couple years. I'm restarting for the last time! I refuse to give up! Tue, 4 Nov 2014 10:31:45 EST how to flick the switch I used to beable to start up spark, eat awesome, drink my water and kill tracking, I really only needed a push to to work out, this time around it seems so far away, everything, I am at my heaviest I have been in years, and I cant do any of this it seems, once I get ok Im gonna do this attitude, somethings screws up emotionally, my mom sick, then I got her ok so Im gonna do this,.. aunt dies, moms backwards, ok im gonna do this, work went sideways, ok im gonna do this.. now i have a cold and ... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 08:06:00 EST Back after a year, feeling lost! <BR> Good afternoon everyone! <BR> I last logged into spark a week after I found out I was pregnant. That was exactly a year ago today. Now I have a healthy and *if I do say so myself* gorgeous 3 1/2 month old baby boy. I also have another 10lbs on my already obese body. <BR> I clock in at 220 now. And at 5'2, that's shockingly overweight. <BR> I feel so lost. I just can't wrap my mind around where to begin. Even though I know there are articles and everything on where to begin... I just fee... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 14:41:52 EST New toTeam, So Done <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> Looks like a great place to get support and new ideas. Just wanted to stop in and hello. <BR> <BR> I've got a whole big person to lose and I'm tired of being tired and sore. I am the biggest I've ever been in my life and I'm just done making excuses, I'm done putting this off and I'm done being the dang fat girl! <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> Sun, 2 Nov 2014 17:57:41 EST I'm done...but I say I'm done, but I still tend to find myself unmotivated and stuck in my old ways. Any hints of how to get my booty in gear? I'm feeling so blah at the moment :/ Sat, 1 Nov 2014 23:17:19 EST WFD? I posted this on the weight watchers team, but this team is way more active! <BR> <BR> I need some healthy dinner ideas... let's hear it! What's for dinner? <BR> <em>551</em> <em>53</em> <em>4</em> <em>492</em> <em>368</em> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:59:11 EST Are We Having FUN Yet? What do you do for FUN on this team? <BR> Where do you go? <BR> What is your favorite thread? <BR> What is your favorite activity? <BR> <BR> <em>303</em> <BR> What do you do for FUN on this team? <BR> ~I search out the "lost" Done girls, ones I haven't seen on the threads for a while. <BR> <BR> Where do you go? <BR> ~I go all over the place, hoping to see your smiling face! <BR> <BR> What is your favorite thread? <BR> ~I love the "DYKT" (Do You Know That) thread the mostest! It allows... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 11:42:31 EST New and DONE! Hey everyone, I'm new this week. And DONE. <BR> <BR> My name is Angie, I've got a 4 year old son, a full time job, 2 dogs, and a boyfriend. I joined the team because I like the premise and the attitude you all have about just being DONE. I'm DONE too, I'm DONE huffing and puffing trying to play with my son, I'm DONE huffing and puffing when I take the stairs, I'm DONE having to use my inhaler way too much, I'm DONE eating fast food all.the.time. because of our schedules, I'm DONE looking ... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 08:54:27 EST walk away the pounds I was thinking of getting these workout DVDs. Has anyone tried them, do you like them, do they require much room to do? <BR> <BR> I have very limited space and about 90 minutes aday to dedicate to working out at home but I still want to do something when it is way to cold to hike outside. <BR> <BR> Any info, advice and comments would be great Mon, 27 Oct 2014 12:44:28 EST New to Team Hello Sparkers, <BR> <BR> I am new to the team but not to spark. I had a great deal of success after joining spar, but when I lost my job 2 years ago I picked back up a few bad habits that I thought I was finish with. After having dinner on Sunday with friends and got a glimpse in the mirror and said to myself "This has got to change" So here I am, I am DONE being the fat girl! <BR> <BR> Looking forward to being a part of an active team. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:54:52 EST New Here!!! Just joined today. Looking for support and meeting new friends. My goal is to lose 33 pounds by next summer. I'm excited about changing my eating habits and losing weight the right way. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:38:12 EST Day 1...And DONE! (Just Joined) Hi! My name is Renee, I am 33 years old. I'm married, and I have 5 kids. (2 sons, 3 step-daughters) I live in Southern MN. And I am DONE!!!! <BR> <BR> I would like to lose 50lbs. Maybe a little more, but right now I'd be really happy with 50. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping by joining your team, I'll make some good friends and we can all support each other on this journey. <BR> <BR> <BR> Thanks everyone!! --Renee-- <em>249</em> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:35:15 EST Took my 1st Yoga class today I really enjoyed it <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> It's just general stretching. A co-worker teaches yoga at night and is now having a class here at work once a week. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 15:23:43 EST Can I be new if I've been here before? Hi y'all! I am Lucy, a 26 year old girl who is taking back my life. <BR> <BR> It's been 31 days since I recommitted myself to healthy living. I have only lost two pounds in that time, but I have made so so many good choices. I am trying to remind myself that the scale is not everything, and that continuing to work out three to six times a week, drink 4 litres of water and eat relatively clean should be my real goal and the weightloss just a by-product. <BR> <BR> However... I do want to lo... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 22:29:24 EST Hellooo! Hey all! <BR> <BR> My name is Michelle. I'm 23 (almost 24!), in grad school, single with no kids. <BR> <BR> As we all know, this weight loss journey is tough. I'd love to make new friends on here who are in a similar life stage. I'd like to hopefully hear from people who wouldn't mind communicating through phone, or facebook because I use those on a daily basis haha So if you're interested, by all means reply here or send me a message! Fri, 10 Oct 2014 21:11:28 EST Thanksgiving tips Please Ok For us Canadians Thanksgiving is this weekend!! And for The Americans it is coming up pretty fast. Lets all put our tips down to help each other stay on track. <em>429</em> <BR> Thu, 9 Oct 2014 17:21:19 EST New Done Girl Here!! Hey everyone!! I'm finally ready to take my life back. I have been unhappy with myself for way to long. I have a great support system at home and I know I can do this. I just started my 3rd week and I've lost 7.1lbs so far! best of luck to us all! Wed, 8 Oct 2014 21:10:22 EST Anyone have any home remedies for an oncoming cold Hi Ladies! <BR> <BR> I feel like I'm coming down with a cold and I cannot have that happen lol. I've started drinking green tea. Anyone else have some good ol' home remedies they can share? Mon, 6 Oct 2014 09:08:17 EST I need help!!! Hi everyone. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5792676 </link> <BR> <BR> I put all the info in my blog (so that you could see the photos that went with the story since I can't seem to post them here). Can you ladies tell me what you think or see if anyone would like to take me up on my offer? I'd totally appreciate it! Sun, 5 Oct 2014 09:03:27 EST Activity Trackers I have been looking into activty trackers and was wondering what everyone else was using. I need help deciding on which one to get. Since they are expensive i want the opinion from those who really use them and not just the good stuff the company wants you to see. So give me the good the bad and the ugly on which activity tracker you use so i can choose the best one. Sat, 4 Oct 2014 21:06:37 EST Unexpected Motivators I just bought my first set of actual workout clothes. Yoga pants and sweat wisking shirts and now I want go home put them on and get moving. <BR> <BR> So what are your unexpected motivators? Sat, 4 Oct 2014 09:31:53 EST Anyone use Ghee? I have numerous friends in the health field who swear by it and I finally caved and bought some. Just wanted to know if anyone else has ever used it? <BR> Wed, 1 Oct 2014 10:02:02 EST DONE girl intro - hey girls! Hey DONE girls. Below is my intro, which is a blog I wrote about a month ago. I am a former sparker and DONE girl returning to the fold. I am committed to being a supportive and active member of the DONE girls. I look forward to getting to know many of you and I hope you enjoy getting to know me - I am pretty freaking awesome and somehow I had forgotten that in this past year, so I am looking forward to letting my DONE girl freak flag fly! <BR> <BR> Intro: <BR> I have spent some time thinkin... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 15:21:35 EST New To Sparkpeople But Seeking Support Hello, everyone! <BR> <BR> I thought that I should really look into areas I could find support online, and a couple hours later, I found myself here on Sparkpeople. It's a bit overwhelming, but looks exactly like what I want. <BR> <BR> I just turned 30 at the end of August. This time last year, I was at my highest weight (255 lbs). I managed to lose 20 lbs simply by making healthier meal choices, but I still have a long way to go. There are also some obstacles in my way. I have laid out pla... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 17:17:35 EST Great Descriptive Words Only A friend told me that everyday I need to pick one great word to describe myself. I am not allowed to repeat words and it has to be a positive word. So I decided to challenge my fellow Done Girls to do the same. <BR> <BR> My word for today is.. <BR> <BR> I am FASCINATING <BR> <BR> What's your word of the day? Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:43:58 EST I want to be Fierce! Hello, my name is Sirena of the Sea but, you can call me Elvira. I have done Sparks before but, didn't stick with it. I am making sure this time around I do things a little different. I am taking one step at a time. It's not easy. Ideally I would love to lose 70 pounds but, I will be happy with 50 pounds. I am a diabetic, with fibro so I have my hands full and I'm 46 to boot. I have two great children that I hope to influence to making healthy choices in life. I want to tackle my weight loss ... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:47:48 EST Thanks for the warm welcome On my page! I'm heather, I tried this once before but didn't stick with it. This time for real! Thu, 18 Sep 2014 19:49:35 EST Just Need to Vent Hello... <BR> <BR> I guess I'm never happy. <em>20</em> I've lost a good amount of weight and am feeling great in that aspect, but the mental struggle I'm going through is about to do me in!!! I'm back in college after 20+ years going after a degree in education. It's not that the course work is difficult, but I just can't seem to get my head into it... if you know what I mean. When I'm not doing school work, I feel awesome! I have energy, clear headed, rested... but sit down and s... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:45:27 EST Hello! Hi, I'm Lee. I've used Sparkpeople before, but this is the first time I have actually posted anything. I am a mom to a toddler, and had the realization today that I have been holding her back from activities because I'm embarrassed of my size. I want to set a good example for her, and live to see her grow and flourish. I have what I call intermittent willpower. I will be gung-ho for a week or two, and then my motivation starts to fade and I slip back into my bad habits. I want to stick ... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:19:08 EST Any DONE girls use instagram? I love instagram and was just wondering if any of you lovelies have it and want to be friends? Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:09:07 EST awesome thing happened! ! I was in the kitchen cooking and my pants just dropped to my feet lol my kids seen it and said mommy yyou're losing weight!! The greatest moment ever. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 07:31:55 EST challenge question What are the weigh in days for the challenge? Tue, 16 Sep 2014 07:28:22 EST Hey Ya'll Howdy from Houston! <BR> <BR> I guess I'm new. LOL At 48yo - and two grown kids, and four furbabies, oh and a hubby too. I guess he shouldn't be listed last tho huh? I thought I'd join the crew here. <BR> <BR> I was a member back years ago and loved it. The team was inspiration! I went from 252 to 187... until I fell off my bike (bicycle not motorcycle) and jacked up my knee. Surgery - ew. <BR> <BR> Then I just got lazy. I didn't gain back some weight at first - but after leaving... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 11:44:59 EST What song(s) pump you up to work out? I have a few but I'm looking for more. Any suggestions would be welcome! thanks ladies <em>30</em> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 08:57:28 EST So Many Times So many times have I started and stopped on Sparkpeople. There was one time when I got down in Onederland by using this program. I hope that this time, I can stay with it. I'm 54, married, no kids. My hubby is an OTR truck driver. My mom lives with me, with our Boston Terrier, Samson, Siamese cat, Asia, and our 2 parakeets, Sunny and Bluey. I recently became unemployed to stay home with my mom. Her health hasn't been that great and her mind appears to be going, too. I hate that. She's in th... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 10:06:15 EST Looking for some new friends! Hi everyone! I started to notice that about 98% of my current spark friends are no longer active and it's kind of lonesome haha. I guess I can't blame them since I took a pretty long hiatus myself. I'm just looking for some committed (or want to be committed) people to help keep me motivated. Even if you really aren't interested in chatting I would just love to see some activity in my feed so when I'm having a rough day I can see how other people are doing and either commiserate or be encoura... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 20:14:14 EST Finally got a shirt that fits - YEAH! So, every year I do a 60+ kms walk for charity. This year we walked 34 kms on Sat and 21 kms on Sun. They always give you a nice shirt when you cross the finish line. THEY NEVER FIT!!! I have a drawer full of them. Now, in fairness they are ultra small. I got 2 shirts yesterday - 1 for finishing and 1 for next year's walk - they were both 3x. One was too tight! Even though I was wearing a 2x shirt and it was loose. The other 3x actually fit! It was very exciting. <BR> <BR> A smal... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 21:32:50 EST Hi Everyone Hi everyone. I am new to the team. I have been to sparkpeople before but fell behind. Now i believe i am really ready to do this. My name is Amber I'm 27 years old. a wife and mother of a toddler. Planning to have another child soon. Going to work on weight loss till then. Then practice good and fitness through out my pregnancy too. but i wont be focused on weight loss obviously. Then after the baby and my body has recovered then back to weight loss. My main goal isn't just the weight loss th... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 21:13:08 EST Fall Challenge Positive Thinking Day 9/13: <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> Love Note Day 9/26: <em>129</em> <BR> <BR> World Smile Day 10/3: <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> World Food Day 10/16: <em>432</em> <BR> <BR> Halloween 10/31: <em>431</em> <BR> <BR> World Kindness Day 11/13: <em>87</em> <BR> <BR> Thanksgiving (US) 11/27: <em>429</em> <BR> <BR> Well thank you for the invite! This is certainly a start! I have been off program for quite some time but have managed to keep all but 5 l... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 20:30:24 EST Weight Challenge! SW: 234 <BR> Positive Thinking Day 9/13: 232 <BR> Love Note Day 9/26: 230 <BR> World Smile Day 10/3:226 <BR> World Food Day 10/16: 224 <BR> Halloween 10/31: 220 <BR> World Kindness Day 11/13: 220 <BR> Thanksgiving (US) 11/27: 218 <BR> <BR> It can't wait to see how it all turns out!!! Thu, 4 Sep 2014 19:54:55 EST Goals <BR> <em>521</em> Wed, 3 Sep 2014 07:54:12 EST Fit & Fabulous Fall Challenge <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> Fit & Fabulous Fall Challenge <BR> <BR> September – November <BR> <BR> It’s time for our next seasonal challenge! This is an individual challenge to prove to ourselves that we can do it! Each participant will post what they want to weigh on certain special days over the next 3 months. YOU pick what you hope to weigh at each weigh-in day! It’s not about who can lose the most weight or everyone losing... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 20:34:39 EST Boobs 26 pounds gone and my boobs haven't gotten any smaller <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 07:38:02 EST What do you do to keep motivated when the scale go Hey Peeps, <BR> <BR> I recently paid $1100 to start a new exercise/diet program called Precision Nutrition based out of Canada. It is an online program that tries to help keep you motivated with daily workouts and healthy habits everyday. I have been looking at it for probably two years thinking boy that's a lot of money and you can not get a refund unless you stick with it for a year. (which stinks since I return everything if it does not work.) <BR> <BR> But this year has been such a st... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:59:08 EST Ideal Body Visualizations Hi All, <BR> Do any of you have recommendations on a good guided ideal body visualization? Audio or written -- either is fine. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Courtney Wed, 27 Aug 2014 22:29:14 EST Hi I suck at these intro things but wanted to say hi, new to this group. Hoping to give and receive encouragement and just have fun here with others who are *ehem* on the larger side of the scale. :) Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:14:49 EST To hot and humid I get really sick if I out in temperatures about 80 for more than a few minutes and the few days are going to be to hot and humid to do my daily walk outside. I have a small aprtment so things like workout videos tend to need more space than I have. I need ideas for a really good workout that doesn't need much space and is done indoors. <em>303</em> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:03:16 EST I'm back! I'm back!! I decided to take a planned hiatus when I found out I was pregnant in March 2013. I had every intention of getting back to SP after having my daughter. My sweet little girl was born Nov 16, 2013 and I was at my highest weight ever, 232 pounds (I'm 5'5). I knew I needed to make a change so in January I got really serious about working out. I became a beachbody coach, ordered the 21 day fix and T25 and got my rear in gear! I lost 45 pounds before my family moved from California to Oh... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:22:41 EST Do you have a favorite YouTube cardio workout? Will not be able to hit the gym this week and am looking for something that's a little more intense than Walk Away the Pounds. I have found a few from but am open to hearing about others as well. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Mon, 25 Aug 2014 11:12:13 EST First 21 days stories Today is day one of my new healthy life. It takes 21 days for something to be a habit. And I have heard the first 21 days of any weight loss program is the hardest. How did you deal with things like cravings, not wanting to workout, and feelings of this is to hard. <BR> <BR> I'm one of those people who tend to give up when things get to hard. I hoping your stories and tips will help me push through the tough times. Sun, 24 Aug 2014 07:50:29 EST Favorite workout songs? I'm always looking for new songs to add to my playlist. What are some of your current faves or old standbys to get you motivated to move? <BR> <BR> Here are a few that I'm loving right now: <BR> <BR> Bad Girls - Donna Summer <BR> Bang Band - Jessie J., Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj <BR> Come Get it Babe/Bae (?) - Pharrell Williams <BR> Come With Me Now - Kongos <BR> Counting Stars - OneRepublic <BR> Don't - Ed Sheeran <BR> Kill Your Heroes - AWOLnation <BR> Maps - Maroon 5 <BR> Master of Puppe... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:24:26 EST Morning vs Afternoon workout I have always done my workout in the early mornings. It's my quiet "me time" and I really enjoy it. Plus, I get it done and out of the way and only have to shower once. <BR> <BR> This week, my husband is out of town and I can't leave the kiddo at home alone to go run so I have to run in the afternoon. I'm curious as to how it will go but also nervous about how many people will already be at the gym. <BR> <BR> Who knows though, I might like it better! <BR> <BR> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 13:05:27 EST Need My Team Falling off the last few days - poor choices and very little working out. Getting lazy. Need some Done Girl encouragement (and maybe a little DG butt kick) <BR> <BR> Let me hear from you! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> ROCK ON DONE GIRLS!! <em>15</em> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 15:32:17 EST Why do I break promises to myself? I wouldn't do that to anyone else but I always do it to myself. I joined several weeks ago & Had a great first week . I was so motivated ........ Promised myself I would not quit again! This is after years of yo-yoing weight loss. Then for the next couple weeks I slid back into old habits. I need to treat myself as good as I treat my family.....I wouldn't break promises , say hurtful things to them, put them last on my list. However I do that to myself!!! Ughhh!! Why? I have to be as loving a... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 10:18:18 EST Advice on Switching to AM Workouts Hi All, <BR> <BR> Summer vacation is just about over and grad school demands I spend most of my afternoons / evenings in the library, so I need to make the switch to morning workouts. But I'm not really a morning person, so I'm worried. Do any of you have advice on how to successfully transition to AM workouts? General advice about morning exercise is also welcome. :) <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Courtney <BR> <BR> PS - Right now, my workouts consist of a three mile walk/run on an outside trail. Tue, 12 Aug 2014 16:11:35 EST Aug 23 Indianapolis Spark Rally Indianapolis Area SparkPeople Member Rally 8.23.14 <BR> <BR> August 23rd from 9 am to 5 pm <BR> <BR> Baymont Inn Conference Room <BR> <BR> Address: 9790 North by Northeast Blvd <BR> Fishers, Indiana <BR> <BR> Phone:(317) 578-2000 <BR> <BR> <BR> Presentations By: <BR> <BR> Tina Wiseley aka Hoosiergirlindy lost 207 <BR> <BR> Beth Donovan aka ~Indygirl lost 240 <BR> <BR> Brad Milligan aka Bradmill2922 lost over 200 <BR> <BR> Robert Wadhams aka OntoVictory lost 110 <BR> <BR> Lucy Herri... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 09:03:51 EST I will NOT fail this time! Every year I take part in a 2 day, 60 km walk for cancer, in Toronto. Every year they give away tons of stuff to the walkers. You always get a couple of nice athletic shirts. I have NEVER been able to fit into one properly. <BR> <BR> I have 3 weeks to get rid of a bit more weight so that damn shirt will fit right this time. <BR> <BR> Planning an hour walk and an hour swim for today. Also on day 14 of Whole30 program. <BR> <BR> Fingers crossed! Please cheer for me! Sun, 10 Aug 2014 09:25:27 EST I should have celebrated 190 a WHOLE LOT MORE... Have you ever been SO focused on a goal that you didn't celebrate the small triumphs along the way? Well i sure did. Last year this time I made it to Onederland and then some. I was 190. When I hit that number my next goal was to hit 175 which I did not make it to that goal. Some life events occurred that caused me to lose focus i.e. two stepchildren living with my hubby and me full time now that their mother moved, job positions changing to more intense work, a death in the family...etc. etc... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 13:00:45 EST I'm Back! I joined SparkPeople over 2 years ago. I was a part of this team and I loved it. I got off track and went through some tough times. I went from 230 to 209 and now am back up to 240! I needed something to help get me back on track and motivated again and I thought of you gals! So here I am! Here is to getting back into the rythm! Wed, 6 Aug 2014 14:03:18 EST Because I'm Done Hello all, <BR> I'm Rachel and what a great team this is for me to join. I am, indeed, done being the fat girl. <BR> <BR> 1.) I am done not finding clothes I like <BR> <BR> 2.) I am done feeling self-conscious at the gym <BR> <BR> 3.) I am done having people look at me like I have some sort of character flaw <BR> <BR> 4.) I am done not feeling good enough, despite my achievements <BR> <BR> 5.) I am done being worried about fitting in the seat on an airplane, or any other seat. <... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 13:00:20 EST know what sucks? I feel like this may be a better place to post this than the main forums.. hopefully i'm not wrong. <BR> <BR> I had weight loss surgery- I've lost 65 pounds in the last 3 months. last week I saw people I haven't seen in those three months- and you know what? Most of them didn't notice a difference. I am the smallest I've ever been since knowing them. <BR> <BR> It was very disappointing. I mean it's not like I am losing weight for other people but when you feel like you look good and you ma... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 09:42:48 EST My DONE statement Hello all. I'm not new to SP or this team but haven't posted in this team in awhile. I wanted to publicly announce my DONE statement for accountability reasons. <BR> <BR> I started a new WOE last year. My personal journey is low carb. I love it. I have PCOS and it works really well for me. I enjoy the food, don't feel deprived, etc. However, just like any other person who changes their lifestyle, sometimes you get off track and slip back into old patterns. I started slipping up around Feb, M... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 15:24:13 EST Tired Of Saying I'm Done Only to fail. Hi DONE girls! <BR> <BR> I am really struggling all around...physically, emotionally, spiritually. I could really use some encouragement and any ideas on how to restart. <BR> <BR> Earlier, in the spring,I started the Blooming Beauties challenge as well as the fitness minutes challenge. At first my momentum was up. I wasn't always meeting the minutes goal, but I kept striving to increase each week. I did well for awhile until my fibromyalgia flared up. It has been one big flare for the past ... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 12:48:23 EST Multitasking - While Eating - How to STOP! Hey Ladies! I'm sure in today's busy world I am not the only one who finds herself eating while doing other things - it may be working, driving, checking e-mail, watching t.v. or anything - but I know it's distracting and it's keeping me from fully enjoying my meals and paying attention to those cues that I am full and should stop eating. So my question for you did you stop this bad habit? I am hoping something will click for me and help me on my journey. Thanks in advance for an... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:53:43 EST Hi there :) My name is Kimberly, I've been on SP for just over a month now. <BR> <BR> I've been on this journey to better health for a long time, and up until recently it's been a slow, not-very-focused effort. At my highest, I weighed nearly 300lbs, I am currently at 211. For now I'm aiming for 180, then will likely push for 160. I don't have any real plans at this time to get below 160, but we'll see what I think once I get there. <BR> <BR> I've made a lot of lifestyle changes over the last 10 yea... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:06:42 EST First Sunday Weigh In 7 lbs off. I feel happy!! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <em>67</em> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 13:32:03 EST Not New Here - More Starting Over Hi everyone! I'm not new to Sparkpeople or to this team but I also haven't been around for a couple months. <BR> <BR> My husband and I both lost our jobs within a week of each other (we work for the same company). In our particular field, contractors normally aren't dropped in the middle of a project and are normally given two weeks to a month of warning before it ends. We weren't the only ones this happened to: our whole team was gutted. The development hit us HARD. We had JUST used most of... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:43:38 EST not totally a newbie.... ;) hi :) my name is kim. i was on here back in 2010 and then have been back on and off since then. i lost a lot of weight on spark people and slowly went back to my old habits (darn junk food! & emotional eating) - and have gained some weight back. i am here for once and for all. i am not going to give up on myself this time. this time is different. <BR> <BR> i am totally convinced that my husband is trying to mess me up ... but you know... he doesn't make me eat anything... i am... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:04:23 EST Important Question.... My starting weight was 257. that was about a week ago. <BR> <BR> Then I weighed myself yesterday morning, at about 4 am, naked, and was 255.6 or so. YAY lost a pound right? <BR> <BR> Then I weighed myself this morning, at about 8 am, naked... and was 253.3 or so... <BR> <BR> Is it normal for actual weight and fat loss to happen that quickly once it starts up? Or is it just most likely water weight differences? Is that why we should only weigh weekly? Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:05:31 EST Let myself go! I'm here to reset, and relearn. Although I have ever really been "the fat girl", I am 48 now with 4 kids, and over the years I have really let myself go, putting family first and believing that losing weight is a lost cause after having 4 kids. My weight has crept up on me and "technically" I am obese at 5'2" tall and 170lbs when I joined SparkPeople 5 weeks ago.(I am now 157). I have been stuck here for the last 5 years. Without changing a thing, my weight isn't changing and I have gotten... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 15:15:08 EST Hi Everyone :) I'm Katie :) I'm 34 and I am so done with being the fat girl amongst my friends, at work, on the beach, etc. I have 3 gorgeous little boys who have A LOT of energy! I want to be able to keep up with them and not be a sidelines mom anymore. <BR> <BR> I didn't start having a problem with my weight until I had my first son 7 years ago. Since then my weight has yo-yoed. It didn't get really bad until my mom was diagnosed in April 2011 with Leukemia and died a year later on my middle son's... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 08:37:32 EST My fear of strength training at gym? Hi guys, <BR> <BR> I was just wondering what your advice is on strength training at the gym? I only do cardio and i dont know how to ease myself in to weights. I tried once and i felt i looked so stupid especially with the hand weights <em>198</em> lol! I see kettle bells and the machines and i get so scared now. It's mostly fit people using the machines and doing all these routines with the weights. I feel out of place... <BR> Does it really help weight loss? I feel cardio at the fat b... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:53:59 EST im new!; I jus joined this fabulous team cause guess what??? I really am DONE being tha fat girl!! Whoo!! That felt good! Lol! I've already lost 40lbs & hav around 60 to go! I'm feeling healthier, happier, & jus plain better!! I'm excited to join all u Done ladies!! Sat, 12 Jul 2014 16:30:56 EST Sigh I know I had a really rough time in March/April. I know I just started getting back on the hourse in June. I have been trying to really track my food and get exercise in even when I don't feel like it for the last two weeks... When I stepped on the scale this morning it showed NOTHING. <BR> <BR> I know it takes a bit and I know that the scale isn't everything but damn it was disappointing. <BR> <BR> I know I can do this, I did it before but damn bummer start to the day. <BR> <BR> I ha... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 07:39:12 EST Hi! I joined a while ago, but I realized I never said hello! My name is Sarah, and I am DONE being the fat girl! <BR> <BR> My husband and I welcomed our first child (our son Thomas) in February 2013. I am determined to lose weight before we think about having more children sometime in the future. <BR> <BR> I have been very overweight for over half of my life (since high school). I can't wait to see what being fit and trim really feels like! <BR> <BR> I have lost almost 20 lbs since January 201... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 20:41:23 EST Birthday October 27th! Wed, 9 Jul 2014 12:08:44 EST June mini goals I want to hit my first goal of 225. I am 5 lbs away. I've been at 230 for about a month. <BR> In order to do that I am rearranging my whole schedule. More exercise time. I have zumba, a stationary bike, row machine, and getting a treadmill. All have been gifts from people knowing I am succeeding in this :D <BR> <BR> I am hoping to limit fast food to under 5$ once a week. <BR> <BR> Continue to be active Mon, 7 Jul 2014 10:55:49 EST Me. :) Was here before & got overwhelmed and left. :( I have decided to return because I need to do this for myself. :) <BR> <BR> Me? Well, I am a Canadian. Born in Toronto, Canada. Moved out of Toronto to go to College. I am a Full-Time College Student. Going into my 2nd and final year for Photography & totally love it. :) The types of things I enjoy taking photos of --- birds , wild life , nature and *maybe* some street photography. :) I saw a documentary done by Joe Cr... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 17:38:52 EST Need Help Confused to many diet choices... I have 1 yr to lose 100lbs and about 4 months or so to lose 50lbs before I try on wedding dresses, <BR> <BR> I am sooo confused about picking the "right" diet for me. I am tired of being confused one day i get ready to do Atkins next day WW the next i give up. Did Atkins lost 35lbs now i have gained 40lbs. i am in tears help me out. if i dont lose the weight my wedding day wont be a happy one.. <BR> <BR> I do Zumba & weights eat right some of the time but never consistant. <BR> <BR> Best... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 22:05:35 EST Small Victory 1 Finally got in a morning workout. Only 10 minutes, but for me this is a border line miracle. I am not a morning person, but I can always learn and change. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> ROCK ON DONE GIRLS!! <em>334</em> Thu, 3 Jul 2014 07:24:19 EST Help!! I've been eating today, I so swear... but not a whole lot. It's just too daygone hot. So any ways... I'm like 600-1000 calories under w exercise (give or take a few). I'm not hungry... actually a little sick to my stomach. Wed, 2 Jul 2014 21:39:00 EST JULY MINI CHALLENGE! <em>67</em> <em>259</em> <em>249</em> <BR> JULY MINI CHALLENGE ~FUN IN THE SUN! <BR> <BR> What is your July Mini Challenge?? <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> My mini is to be Down <em>55</em> 10 pounds! <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <em>249</em> Tue, 1 Jul 2014 11:26:33 EST Need Some Done Girl Rah-Rah's Feeling very discouraged. This is really going to be an uphill battle against weight and sleep apnea. Calling all Done Girls - remind me again that Done Girls Don't Quit! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>15</em> <BR> <BR> Thanks! Tue, 1 Jul 2014 09:35:02 EST Night shifts and eating habits I am currently stuck working a 12 hour rotating night shift. I find that I HAVE to eat every break or else before my next one I am absolutely starving. I get out of work and have to have something before I go to bed. If I work a 12 hour day, I eat my normal amount of food without having this issue. Has anyone else had this issue with working a different work schedule? And any ideas on how to combat this? I just don't know what to do anymore. I have another 2 months or so before I can ge... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 00:58:56 EST July Biggest Loser Challenge Chat! Please post all your questions and comments about this challenge here. <em>334</em> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 20:30:07 EST July Biggest Loser Challenge Hi Done Girls, <BR> <BR> Welcome to the sign up thread for our July Biggest Loser Challenge. This is a Biggest loser challenge, meaning the person with the highest percentage of weight-loss will win, however, there will be only two weigh ins - before and after. We don't want to stress anyone needlessly regarding the scale. Thus, for accountability each week we will do tasks that we will gain points for, each task is geared towards building healthy habits that will bring results on the scale ... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 20:28:12 EST Can anyone suggest a GOOD TASTING Olive Oil? I want to start using olive oil for cooking, but I have been told to be careful cause not all olive oils are the same. I want one that will give good flavor to my food, especially when I am cooking my eggs in the morning. Thank You! <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 09:45:46 EST Motivation seeker! Good evening! I am a 27yr old single mom from a teensy tiny town in southwest Iowa. I have been on Spark since January. I love it here! I recently lost my "oomph", so to speak, to stick with the program. I am looking for supportive groups/people to continue on. I look forward to motivating others in anyway I can! Wed, 25 Jun 2014 19:22:25 EST Tea without sugar is nasty! What was I thinking? I wanted some herbal tea but omitted the sugar. Ummm...disgusting! So do I push on and hope that I can develope a taste for it or do I ask my DONE girls for a alternative sweetener that won't eventually cause cancer? Wed, 25 Jun 2014 17:30:48 EST I will BEAT the SCALES!! since I started, the scales are being stubborn on me. To reducing my snacks, to running regularly, and changing my diet..much of changes.. <BR> <BR> I will not give up. <BR> <BR> I have enrolled for aerobic classes. Just started on my 5K running plan. Welcome to share the starter and 5K plan if anyone works! <BR> <BR> I bought Jillian Michael's DVDs through Amazon, and gonna get my fats burning! Mon, 23 Jun 2014 01:15:54 EST In need of help! I am having such a difficult time! I have absolutely no support at home and I am getting desperate. No one cares what, if anything, I do on this journey. I can carry my own momentum for a few days, but then I lose it. I have asked DB to help keep me accountable and give me a push if I need it, but no luck. I seem to be failing at every aspect of it, yet again. I am so frustrated!!! Sun, 22 Jun 2014 20:34:04 EST Wheat, carbs, diets and allergies? How do you know if you have a problem with eating wheat or carbs and if that is what's keeping you from losing weight? What would the symptoms be? For me, I'm a very "allergicy" "puffy" person in general. I have real allergies to dogs, some cats, rabbits, strong smells like perfume, cigarettes, animal bedding and foods like fruits with skins on them (I can eat some once peeled), raw carrots, nuts with skins ( peanuts are kind of okay). I take a daily inhaler (Advair) as maintenance. After I h... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 11:58:09 EST Breakfast at the Diner My dad loves to eat breakfast at the local diner. A big challenge for me is making healthy choices from a limited menu. Do any of you deal with this and what do you do about it? Fri, 20 Jun 2014 18:24:50 EST Kettlebells? Hey all! I'm trying to get started with kettlebells and got what I'm referring to as the "kettlebells with training wheels" kit. The bell is adjustable up to 12 pounds which I thought would be good for me to use as I get the hang of things and decide if I really like it before investing in some real kettlebells. It did come with a dvd, but I thought it was kind of lame. I'd love to hear what routines or workouts you do! Fri, 20 Jun 2014 10:48:39 EST Returning Done girl...please help me Hi everyone! I am Sarah and I was a regular member of Spark People and this team couple of years ago. In the past 3 years, I got married, changed my work location and then finally relocated from India to Charlotte NC due to my husband's work, moved house twice and managed to forget about my health :( I was diagnosed with a thyroid hormone disorder and PCOS last December. I want to and need to lose about 35 to 40 lbs so that I get get my PCOS under control and start a family. I am turning 29 n... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 08:41:09 EST Another Prodigal Child Returns After a long, difficult time in my life I'm ready to take care of me. I finally realize that I need the approval of no one but myself and I'm ready to build the rest of my life into something great. Will visit my Done Girls for a little cheerleading (I hope) and for inspiration. <BR> <BR> ROCK ON DONE GIRLS! <em>211</em> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 00:01:23 EST Returning DONE Girl Hey everyone, <BR> <BR> I can't remember if I reintroduced myself to the team or not. About 2-3 years ago I lost a lot of weight using SparkPeople (and really relying on the DONE Girls). I'm still trying to figure out how it happened, but I stopped tracking, stopped participating, and low and behold, put on 65ish pounds. So I know I need to get back at tracking, working out, and relying on the awesome support networks SparkPeople provides. <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to doing this journ... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 10:15:03 EST Calgon Ain't Enough - Help I am just stressing and my frustration is really showing with my weight, motivation, and how I approach others. I've been helping my mom with my niece and nephew. She took over guardianship of them in the last few months and I had a health issue which forced me to quit my job so she and I decided I would help out while I figure out my next step. She has some health issues too and isn't able to take care of two rambunctious children without some assistance. Just feeling like all I do is ta... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 23:31:18 EST Not a new newbie :) Hi everyone! It's been a LONG time since I've committed to being on sparkpeople and weight loss. I was a regular about 7 years ago prior to my son's birth and then got sidetracked. I got on and off the weight loss wagon multiple short lived times since then. The time is NOW to committ to losing the weight and keeping it off. I now have a beautiful 8 month old baby girl who will most likely be my last child and I want to have fun with her as she grows, not remain an exhausted lump on the ... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 02:14:39 EST Family activities... What types of activities do you like to do to get your family active? I realized recently that although I am the only overweight one in our household, we don't really get active together. My kids dance and play sports, but I want us to be doing activities as a family. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 09:25:51 EST June Mini Goals Post them here~ Per request for June Mini Goals! <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <em>306</em> <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> My June Mini goal is to Maintain thru June, I will be taking vacation and we all know how hard it is to stay on track while on vacation! <BR> <BR> What is your June Mini Goal? <BR> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> Mon, 9 Jun 2014 10:47:34 EST sauna/whirlp ol/steamroom do you guys use them?? I have used 1/3 each day after working out and oh how wonderful!! I think they are the reason I have gone 6/6 days without needing to miss a day-I just began on 5/31 and my first mini goal for me was to go 10/10 days to the gym and start by walking on the treadmill for 65 minutes than do a 5-15 minute cooldown on another I made it through day 7 and believe me I think it is a miracle because my feet kill me (244 lbs on a 5-4 frame) -so if you ladies have... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 18:42:35 EST Garcinia cambogia??? Garcinia cambogia, or HCA, was brought to my attention today and I'm always skeptical of diet crazes so I'm wondering if anyone here has any experience with this stuff. Wed, 4 Jun 2014 18:30:28 EST #30DONEdays Challenge #30healthydays I'm posting a daily blog with a photo - 30 days of being done. It's called #30healthydays or #30donedays. Either way, the concept is to pick one positive healthy choice to document each day. This might all be related to one thing- like actually seeing beauty around you. Or it might be fitness related. Maybe you like to take pictures of healthy food choices, or your meditation room. <BR> <BR> Have you heard of the #100happydays photo challenge? The idea is to post Instagram, Facebook, or Tw... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 01:53:52 EST Hey y'all! I took some time off when life kinda took over and I guess you can say I gave up for awhile....But now I'm BACK and I am So freaking DONE with being that girl.....I'm ready for the new chapter of my life to start and to get back on track with achieving my weight loss goals...And I know I can do this with the help of my Done Girls! I would LOVE to have a Spark buddy to help keep me in check and remind me of just how done I really am! I'm working on some new changes in my life, and getting some... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 12:02:56 EST Forgive me if this is TOO personal Has anybody else experienced dryness of the lower lady bits since changing up their diet? I'm not sure if it's a diet issue or something else. Sat, 31 May 2014 23:46:48 EST Ole head newbie! Hello Ladies.. yes I'm DBTFG. Hope to meet others to share motivation with..I need all the support I can get ;-) Sat, 31 May 2014 13:31:08 EST June Biggest Loser challenge chat! Please post all your questions and comments about this challenge here. <em>334</em> Fri, 30 May 2014 09:43:37 EST June Biggest Loser Challenge Sign up! Hi Done Girls, <BR> <BR> Welcome to the sign up thread for our June Biggest Loser Challenge. This is a Biggest loser challenge, meaning the person with the highest percentage of weight-loss will win, however, there will be only two weigh ins - before and after. We don't want to stress anyone needlessly regarding the scale. Thus, for accountability each week we will do tasks that we will gain points for, each task is geared towards building healthy habits that will bring results on the scale ... Fri, 30 May 2014 09:37:35 EST Sizzlin' Summer Honeys Challenge <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> Sizzlin’ Summer Honeys Challenge <BR> <BR> June – August <BR> <BR> It’s time for our next seasonal challenge! This is an individual challenge to prove to ourselves that we can do it! Each participant will post what they want to weigh on certain special days over the next 3 months. YOU pick what you hope to weigh at each weigh-in day! It’s not about who can lose the most weight or everyone losing the sam... Thu, 29 May 2014 20:30:35 EST Recommended Spark or YouTube videos? Hi girls! <BR> <BR> I've never used any workout videos from Spark or on YouTube before, but I'd like to start! Do you have any you can recommend? I'm looking for beginner level cardio and stretching routines. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> <em>410</em> Thu, 29 May 2014 10:16:18 EST Newbie looking for buddies and support! Hey everyone my name is Jess and I'm 27, married with 4 kiddos.... I am starting my weightless journey at a sad 235 the heaviest I have ever been in my entire life. Now that I am done having children I am ready to take back my body and give myself the healthy lifestyle and body I deserve for myself and my family. I for sure need some accountability buddies and friends to help me on this journey. So don't be shy and say hi! Tue, 27 May 2014 18:45:40 EST Love this team name I am SOOOOO done being the fat girl. I've always been the talented one, the funny one...always the one who got asked about my friend wanting a date never the one being asked out. I let it control everything I did and hold me back on many things. Now I've got a good, sexy man. Two beautiful children and confidence that I never knew I could have has come with getting older now I'm ready to get my body in tune with the rest of my life:) Tue, 27 May 2014 14:13:02 EST Healthy eating kids with unhealthy eating husband? OK, so i dont even have kids yet (and may never be so lucky) but one of the things that worry me a lot about having kids is how to teach them to eat right when my husband (and many times myself) doesn't. I was reading this great SparkPeople Blog <link><BR>st=5_foods_i_never_feed_my_children </link> and agree that i would not want to feed my kids these items either. The problem i have is that my husband LOVES most of these items. He only eats sugary cer... Thu, 22 May 2014 10:03:38 EST did fitness pal and it is kind of weird I have tons of friends that do fitness pal so i joined it to see how it was. I put everything the same that i had here and there is a huge difference. The calories that I am allowed to have is 600 more on fitness pal. Plus when I put in everything that I had today my calories were only at 900 instead of the 1400 that spark people said I had here. So fitness pal said I was on the brink of making my body go into starvation mode. <BR> <BR> anyone else have those issues on fitness pal or what a... Sun, 18 May 2014 19:50:46 EST Hi there! Hey everybody! <BR> <BR> It's exciting that there is a group like this on SP. <BR> <BR> I'm Rose, married to my HS sweetie (10 yr wedding anniversary is in 4 days and he remembers LOL), mom of two (6yo and 18mo), am 30 myself and I am actually happy with "me". I spent years as a pre-teen and teenager crying over why I couldn't be stick thin but now, I'm just flat out happy. Maybe it comes from turning the big 30 or maybe I was never actually that unhappy with myself to begin with. I've alwa... Sun, 18 May 2014 17:14:43 EST sparke activity tracker <BR> <BR> I would really love one of the spark activity trackers but I am in the UK and they don't ship them out here yet and so far have no plans to do so. so is there any one who could help me get hold of one? <BR> <BR> Sun, 18 May 2014 06:57:30 EST DONE Girls in Central Florida? Hi everyone! I was wondering if there were any DONE Girls in the Orlando area? I would love to meet up with fellow Sparkers! I am a member of the Orlando SparkTeam...I even was a leader for a few months, but people just didn't get involved :-(. If anyone here would like to meet in person, please respond! <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <em>220</em> Fri, 16 May 2014 15:48:52 EST newbie? nah, not really..... :) hello sparkies, :) <BR> <BR> my name is kim. i am a canadian, who loves photography (mostly street photography and nature), addicted to hello kitty & horror movies (yeah, i know that both of them don't go well together...but that's just me){*smiles*}. i am *wanting* to become a vegetarian but kind of nervous that i would just end up turning back to meat in the end... but i am willing to even try to do it. :) i am an emotional eater... but, surprising i did everything but eat after g... Thu, 15 May 2014 20:21:59 EST Dehydrated Peanut Butter question Hi All! I'm excited to try some organic dehydrated peanut butter that i received and i know i can just mix it with water to make peanut butter itself, but does anyone know if i can just mix the powder straight into things like oatmeal or do i have to premix it into PB first and then add it? Any other hints or tips??? <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> Susan Wed, 14 May 2014 12:44:19 EST Favorite SP Recipe I am the type that needs lots of variety. So tell me what is your favorite SP recipe or healthy recipe? The more simple it is the better it is for me to make. LOL Wed, 14 May 2014 11:27:10 EST Rough Day Hey Done Girls, <BR> <BR> I am having a tough day today. I fell off track about 3 weeks ago and have gained back some of the 18 pounds I had lost. I have slowly gotten back to eating healthy and planning my meals so there is no temptation to eat junk because it's faster/easier, etc. However, I am stressed and depressed and it is taking its toll on me. I am facing my job possibly being eliminated due to budget cuts and dealing with family drama, too. I have been trying to get full time work f... Tue, 13 May 2014 13:35:02 EST And... I am back.. I hang my head in shame yet ready to stand tall. I swear I say that way to many times. I apparently haven't found whatever it is to keep me on this path. I keep coming and going. Good news is I have not gained anything since the last time I attempted this. I would love an email buddy to keep me going through out the day. Some days getting online isn't easy to visit the boards. <BR> <BR> I do have a goal that by this time next year I am well into Onderland. Tue, 13 May 2014 11:20:27 EST Running my first 5K race! I've been back on SP for about a month now and running this 5K race will just set the pace of doing things differently this time around. I am so excited because I've also got my motivational poster up, something I have been thinking about doing for about two years now..No more procrastination, I am important and I need to show myself more love and acceptance! My weigh in is also tomorrow but no matter what it says I feel happy already ! Thank you Done Girls for your advice and support! <em>2... Sat, 10 May 2014 02:04:11 EST Another Done Girl joining the group. Hello Girls! <BR> First of all, I'm not exactly new here. I just sort of lost my way for a bit. But, now I'm back and this time, I plan to stick around and make the time to be more active here on Sparkpeople. <BR> I am a 35 year old writer and single chick. Just came through a couple of rough relationships in which the stress was unbelievable. That attributed to me being well over 480lbs by the time I started this journey. <BR> I am now at 397lbs. So, I'm getting there a little at a time (... Mon, 5 May 2014 17:08:22 EST May Biggest Loser Challenge Sign up!!! Hi Done Girls, <BR> <BR> Welcome to the sign up thread for our May Biggest Loser Challenge. This is a Biggest loser challenge, meaning the person with the highest percentage of weight-loss will win, however, there will be only two weigh ins - before and after. We don't want to stress anyone needlessly regarding the scale. Thus, for accountability each week we will do tasks that we will gain points for, each task is geared towards building healthy habits that will bring results on the scale o... Mon, 5 May 2014 10:18:15 EST Been away... ...and am coming back. <BR> <BR> I was recently diagnosed with fibromyalgia. It was a hard blow, and it's been difficult keeping positive, but I try to focus on the good side of this: now I know. With a diagnosis, it's not just a collection of strange symptoms and no explanation. I'd been going into the ER with alarming regularity, for chest pain, abdominal pain, shortness of breath, dizziness... And each time they gave my painkillers or sedatives, and said nothing was wrong. <BR> <BR> Fina... Thu, 1 May 2014 21:45:48 EST Blogs In the search box put the team name and blogs. You will find the link listed below for just your Done Girls team blogs. Some teams have no listing. Hope that SP will still lets us search for blogs by team in the future. <BR> You can also Look in your browser history, if you have recently visited your team blog page. <BR> Thu, 1 May 2014 15:31:15 EST May Mini Goal...Whats YOUR'S? I CHALLENGE each of you Done Girls to set a Mini Goal. Any kind of Mini Goal. <BR> <BR> Make it specific! <BR> Not.."Try to exercise more" <em>228</em> <BR> Yes: "I'll exercise 15minutes each day" <em>306</em> <BR> Not: "I'll eat less" <em>228</em> <BR> Yes: "I'll keep stick to one serving size" <em>104</em> <BR> Not: "I'll lose 35 pounds this month" <em>227</em> <BR> Yes: "I'll lose 5 pounds this month" <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> Be Realistic. Be True to Yourself. Be A... Thu, 1 May 2014 12:41:47 EST Hello (again) Hi there, I am Becky-- (I actually used to be a member of this team waaaay back in 2010, lol) but I fell off the bandwagon, and dropped off the face of the spark people world. But I'm back, and hope that you guys can help support me on this journey again. I've managed to lose and keep off over 45 pounds in the last few years, but still have a ways to go. <BR> <BR> I in Maine, but work in New Hampshire. I have three beautiful teenagers, who live with their father in Nevada for the school yea... Thu, 1 May 2014 10:25:13 EST Found the BLOGS! Go to the Community page. You will see "Featured Blog Posts From Members" there they are! Wed, 30 Apr 2014 22:13:21 EST May Biggest Loser Challenge chat Hi Done Girls, <BR> Since late last year we've been doing mainly fitness minutes challenges and I've been enjoying them but I think it's time we switch things up. What do you think? Anyone would like to join me in a biggest loser challenge? I love challenges but normally I shy away from those that focus on the scale because the numbers can be depressing at times and I don't want to put any pressure on anyone to lose weight; we all have our own unique journeys. If you think you are emotionall... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 12:10:29 EST Fear Hi Ladies, <BR> <BR> I am once again opening a topic for discussion hoping to get your thoughts about this particular situation I am going through. I have finally decided that I am DONE! but the thought of how determined I am to lose this weight this time around, even to the point of boldly stating that I want to wear a bathing suit this year, makes me feel complete panic... I've always wanted to wear a bathing suit but have never put it down as one of my goals because I guess in the back of... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 21:21:19 EST Back for the last time! Hi! I've been a SP member and Done girl in the past, and I'm determined that this time will stick. Before I'd have great success but I was all or nothing. I'd be perfect for months until, inevitably, I burned out, slipped up, and gave up. The past couple of years I've been steadily gaining until now, when I'm at my highest weight ever. I've spent a lot of time blaming things going on in my personal life or using them as a crutch, but nothing is going to change until I make it change! <BR> <B... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 12:41:08 EST Having trouble here..... I suffer with Lupus and rheumatoid arthritis and I find it very difficult to exercise. Most days I feel a lot of pain and sometimes just don't have any energy so I have to force myself to do even the simpler things. I don't know what to do to kick start my weight loss. I lose 60+ pounds from just eating better but I can't do anymore than I am already doing diet wise, have any advice for me? I really am DONE being that fat girl. Sun, 27 Apr 2014 00:46:59 EST First Steps to a New Life Hi, I lost a lot of weight, but I still have so much to lose and I can't seem to do it on my own so I joined sparkpeople. Saw your team listed on someone else's page and thought that's me. I'm done! Done being fat-done being sick all the time-done not having the energy to do anything..I'm just done! Sat, 26 Apr 2014 17:06:22 EST weight loss stalling Ok, I know the answer sounds obvious, but I don't necessarily mean the natural pounds lost decline that comes after the first weeks of dieting. I've been losing like 7-10 pounds a month, but I've noticed that during the last couple of months, it's only 5-6 pounds a month... <BR> I'm 21, walk a lot almost every day and I've been a low vegan for quite a while now. I have hypothyroid and a few other hormone issues.... It's just so sudden a decline... It wasn't gradual like I guess it should be.... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 09:56:59 EST Vanity? Hi Done Girls -- <BR> <BR> What do you gals think about vanity as a motivator? Does it get you going? Make you feel shallow? Is it OK for appearance to be a major part of the end goal? Do you think it's not a "real" motivation, but just what we think of when we say we want to be slim and healthy? Why do you think some people react negatively when others talk about vanity as a motivational tool, or embrace it as a goal? <BR> <BR> Curious to hear your thoughts! <BR> <BR> xox <BR> Courtney Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:23:00 EST Cutting out bread, pasta, rice and tortillas Hi Ladies, <BR> <BR> I know that Sparkpeople is an advocate of not depriving yourself of any kind of food, rather it's through moderation that we should learn to acheive weight loss. But I have noticed that in almost every meal I am having some sort of "filler" which I believe is not really giving me any kind of nutrition other than just empty calories. I know there are obviously wheat versions of all of these but I kind of feel like I should be able to go without them. And although I love a... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 22:40:24 EST I'm really struggling.... Hi done girls. I want to be done. I really do. I feel like I get on the fitness wagon and something happens and boom, I go down. I caught a horrible lung virus about 3 weeks ago and due to my asthma, I was hospitalized. I was put on major doses of prednisone and have been on it from 3 weeks and 1 day so far and still have 5 days left. grrrr. I have been on a very high dose too. I'm finally weaning off starting today but as I mentioned I still have 5 more days and it takes a few days a... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:56:54 EST I know I can do this but Ive lost my way I know that motivation comes within. No matter how many gym buddies or support you have. No one can force you to want to lose weight or more like make you want it bad enough. <BR> <BR> I am a formal member, this is a new profile but I joined in 2007 & in the mattet of nine months lost 85lbs. Following my tracking religiously nd working out, all with this fantadtic website I did it. I was 30lbs away frim my goal when my life quickly changed. Due to personal problems I put my weightloss on hol... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 23:25:34 EST Going to give'r and looking for friends! Hi ladies! I'm Lucy, 26, a long-time-ago sparker who has figured out she needs to be accountable to get things done. I've been watching my food and exercising a lot for the past six weeks or so, tracking on MyFitnessPal, but since the scale stopped moving almost immediately... I figured I need backup! <BR> <BR> I'm from smack dab in the middle of Canada, but currently in Ontario pursuing a masters in education. I'm a certified teacher (but unemployed out here) and it would be wonderful to m... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:38:49 EST Back in the game It has been a very long time since I have been on here and in that time I have almost gained back the 90 pounds I had lost. I realize that I need the support of this community to help keep me focused and the constant achievements I see others reaching are such an inspiration to me. I have been in a depressive state for many months and I know that there is only one way to change that and it's me choosing to change. So this is me making that choice and I ask with all my heart for each of you to... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 15:16:13 EST DYKT a Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:41:00 EST Back again Hi, Dana here. I'm back. In a better place mentally and physically. I live in New Jersey and am getting ready to move in a month or so, so things are stressful. But, I'm not going to try and let it get in the way of what I'm doing here. <BR> <BR> Just going to just "DO" it to the best of my ability. <BR> <BR> Eating the Mediterranean way seems to work best for me. Walking around the park daily makes me feel good. Adding indoor power walking twice a week and staying away from gorging on swee... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 08:22:47 EST That's Whats I Do Best Challenge A friend of mine told me that it's possible to jog for an hour if I wanted to. I found that impossible to do, but I realised I enjoy long walking exercises. I decided to try that for an hour and I found myself going for 1h 30mins with just one short stop for a breathe. <BR> And I realise exercising is also about locating the type and group of exercises you love doing best. <BR> <BR> We are going to go on a short trip of just one month and a half. Tell us the kind of exercises you are goin... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 04:13:02 EST Hello! Hi everyone! My name is Donna, I am 28 years old and I am a returning "Sparker". My life has been a roller coaster ride which has led to a constant battle with my weight. I've been very self conscious about my weight ever since I can remember, but the real issues started when I fell pregnant with my son. I gained 53 pounds during my pregnancy, and I am still carrying it around seven years later, plus some extra. It doesn't matter what I do, I always find a way to sabotage myself. I've ... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 18:35:44 EST SP activity tracker Does anyone use this? I just ordered mine today. Tue, 8 Apr 2014 16:04:49 EST Team A Chat April Fitness Challenge Hi Everyone! <BR> I am so excited about being the team captain for this fitness challenge. This is my first challenge and I am so pumped up about it. I see people posting their fitness minutes already and it just makes me want to work harder. <BR> Please post any suggestions for our team name. <BR> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> April Challenge teams: Team A members <BR> 1. ALI_P7 <BR> 2. ASK_STRATMAN <BR> 3. BJHEER (Captain) <BR> 4. BLUEJEDIBUBBLES <BR> 5. CANA... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 09:40:38 EST Plastic Surgery - Would you? I'll admit that the invasive procedures are quite scary seeming to me and hopefully I won't need ANYTHING but I've always told myself that if I get down to my goal weight and maintain for 6 months then I will go for a consult if I have anything that bugs me and no amount of toning in the gym can fix it. <BR> <BR> Skin has an elasticity level where it just can't ping back and I've been overweight for so long that I doubt its abilities! <BR> <BR> Has anyone else thought about this? <BR> <BR>... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 07:41:06 EST DONE with the excuses Ay, caramba! I was on SP a couple of years back and I lost a whopping 90lbs in one year. I gained some of it back and I'm ready to give my all this time to make it back to where I got down to (202) and surpassing it and making it to goal (125-150; I'm going to focus on getting to 200, then I'll rethink my goals once I get there.) <BR> <BR> I used to be on this team before and I loved it. So, when I re-joined SP with my new username, I new I had to re-join the DONE girls team. I don't know if... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 19:48:05 EST Help! Rewards? Hello! <BR> <BR> Thank you for reading my post. <BR> I'm in a generally strange place in my life right now. I'm not currently working (soon hopefully!) and money is tight. Emotionally I'm better after getting medication sorted out. But I don't currently *want* anything. Lose weight, yes. Feel better, have more energy, of course! <BR> <BR> But for something like setting a reward structure, I'm at a total utter and complete loss. I'm almost to losing my first 10 pounds. Exciting!! I should r... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 11:39:33 EST Question for you ladies! I was a member of sparkpeople about 2 years ago and I remember having a little ticker on my spark page to show the amount of weight I had lost. Did sparkpeople decide to get rid of this feature? Thanks for your help, I hope it's alright to ask this here! <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> (edit: I figured it out, thank you!) Sat, 5 Apr 2014 11:12:24 EST new!! Hey ya'll! My name is Angie. Im 38 years old . single mom.. And I am tired of being the FAT GIRL!! I hope to find alot of help and motivation to change my life here. I cant wait to get to know ya'll. <BR> Fri, 4 Apr 2014 14:39:25 EST Explain something to me...... One of my best friend's daughter is getting married this weekend. So happy for her, going to be beautiful wedding. I have helped with the planning & decorations. Can't wait for some girl time with the friends. So why is it I all think about is the "dessert" bar, cake, pies, cookies, etc.? Why do I always have food on my mind, can't quit thinking about it? I can't get motivated to walk, trying to eat right. Geez!!! Fri, 4 Apr 2014 10:50:26 EST Team D Chat April Challenge I have seen several responses on the main April Fitness Minutes Challenge Chat Thread <BR> but hadn't seen a group D thread…Feeling really motivated currently but I know that will prob change as the month goes on. How is everyone doing? <BR> <BR> <BR> Team D members <BR> 1. 4MEHEALTH <BR> 2. AIMEEDW1107 <BR> 3. CHULAVISTA1 <BR> 4. CURVYWIFE1985 <BR> 5. DOWN2EARTH2013 <BR> 6. KHENRY67 <BR> 7. MARYF1959 <BR> 8. MEGAMILLIONS135 (Captain) <BR> 9. MISSB8604 <BR> 10. NEVERORNOW <BR> 11. OPALMAE50... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 19:45:08 EST Team B Chat April Challenge! Hey Team B!! Hope everyone is doing great today! I'm really excited to be able to be the captain for team b and can't wait to work with all of you to meet our goals! We can do this! <BR> <BR> Team B members <BR> 1. FITNFINERBY50 <BR> 2. BROWNSUGAR2828 <BR> 3. CANDACEL24 <BR> 4. ILUVTHE80S <BR> 5. JCARDINAL <BR> 6. JUNE1435 <BR> 7. KAJ8NSU <BR> 8. MCS2013 <BR> 9. MY_TIME_2_SHINE <BR> 10. NOMORETHEFATTY <BR> 11. PILOTJESS <BR> 12. PTLDGRL <BR> 13. SHELLE13 <BR> 14. SUSANYVONNE68 <BR> 15. WOMAN... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 07:47:18 EST Not sure what's up with me Hi DONE girls, <BR> <BR> I need some advice. I have been doing really well since January, have lost almost 18 pounds since then. However, the last 2 weeks have been a mess. I am an emotional eater, and I had been doing very well not giving in to this bad habit up to that point. As they say, life got in the way. I have been trying over the past week to get myself "back on track," in the mindset I had when I started and let nothing stop me. But I am having a heck of a time getting back there. ... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 19:13:11 EST Kind of a personal question..... Can anyone recommend a good sports bra for someone with very large breasts? I am currently a 44DD. I am wanting to train for a 5k race in September and wood like to begin a running routine slowly. However, it is so hard without a good sports bra. Thanks in advance. Sun, 30 Mar 2014 16:04:02 EST The best weight loss strategy EVER!!! It's the stomach flu guys!! Ok, I kid... I kid! Sorry to get your hopes up. But for serious, I refuse to mark it as a new weight because that would be super unhealthy, but spending the last 18 hours so far only able to consume about 12 Oz of water and 2 Oz of ginger ale while simultaneously stripping my body from the inside out led to an overnight 4.5 Lb loss. I would totally trade the pounds to feel like a normal person again though <em>527</em> <BR> <BR> Although my tummy did just gi... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 08:28:14 EST need help tracking Ok so I was on my feet, standing, moving around, occasionally lifting lightweight boxes never sitting down, for approx 3 hours straight. Took a break and then was back at it again for another 3 hours. This is not a normal day for I was volunteering at my child's school event. How do I track this? I know I burned calories and my legs hurt like when I go on long, power walks. Does anyone know how to put this in the fitness tracker? <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> RK- - - - - - - <BR> <BR> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 19:20:38 EST April Fitness Minutes Challenge chat thread! Please post your questions, comments and suggestions regarding the April Fitness Minutes Challenge here; please make use of this thread to root for your team. <BR> <em>386</em> <em>224</em> <em>209</em> <em>386</em> <em>224</em> <em>209</em> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 17:08:17 EST April fitness minutes challenge! <em>524</em> Done Girls, <BR> <BR> <em>235</em> to the April Fitness Minutes challenge sign up thread. <BR> <BR> Rules: <BR> 1.Exercise for a minimum of 200 minutes per week. Fitness minutes include : Warm Up, Cool down, Cardio, Strength training and flexibility training. Fitness minutes do not include normal day to day activities like cleaning, gardening etc. You can do your minutes 5, 10, 15, 20, 30 minutes at a time throughout the day, whichever works best for you. <BR> <BR> <BR... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 17:06:15 EST Vacation Mess Up Ummm... I recently returned from a two week vacation, where I derailed a bit during it. After I came home, until yesterday, I did not get back to working out. WTH...why do I still have "vacation brain"... funny thing is, I biked the whole vacation! <BR> Perhaps part of it is because I am currently in school and most of my "free" time is spent doing homework, schoolwork, thinking about homework and <BR> How do I get "back to work" with my workouts? Or have I already done tha... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 10:50:46 EST Veggie servings? I know it isn't that important, but I like doing my quick tracking. <BR> <BR> How many veggie servings would you count a meal sized salad like from Au Bon Pain as? I am vacillating between 2-3. <BR> <BR> <em>551</em> <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 15:48:06 EST Adapting to new body "flaws"... How? Since my heaviest, I've lost 81 lbs. The actual shape of my body is starting to change, though I've got about 60 more pounds I want gone. I just learned how to dress to disguise the bulge in my lower belly, and now it's almost gone. That's great, because I hated it being in the way, ugliness aside. And you can sort of see where my ribs are, instead of rolls. That's happy news, too. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, when I lost those "problem areas," I gained a new one: love handles. I'm very se... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 19:13:55 EST Landmines You know those things that pop up in your path and threaten to derail you...things that are super tempting because they are exciting, or new, or flashy, or crazy delicious, or just an expected part of social life. What are these things for you and how do you (or do you plan on) dealing with them? <BR> <BR> I will say in advance, I am highly opposed to just blanket deprivation...especially when it is something particularly special that may be a once in a lifetime (or at least once in a lon... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 11:16:49 EST Happy Monday Instead of feeling "Ugh it's Monday," today I choose to think "Happy Monday!" a clean slate to stay on track and begin a streak! Go team! <BR> <em>249</em> You can always have a day one no matter where you are in your journey! Mon, 24 Mar 2014 10:35:15 EST exercise translations for fitness tracker? I am trying to track my fitness but some of the floor exercises I am doing don't seem to be matching up. I call them one thing and maybe spark calls them something else. I have been looking online to try to figure out what spark calls the exercises I do, but am having trouble finding what I need. Is there a better way to search to help match up what I am doing to what spark calls it? Points in the right direction would be appreciated (for example, my excercise guide at home calls a move a... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 06:12:41 EST What a day! I love this team so I had to get on here and tell everyone about my awesome day. I started it by going to Zumba this morning with my 14 and 9 year old. They love going with me now. We went to lunch and I treated us to some frozen yogurt. Went shopping and bought some outside play toys and myself a heart monitor/calorie counter watch. Then we came home and I played outside with the kids for 2 hours. I actually got off the porch and played baseball and frisbee with them. I am really beginn... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 20:29:50 EST Finally Friday! All right team, what are your strategies for staying on track over the weekend? The wheels tend to fall off my wagon and roll over a cliff over the weekend. Then I jump off the cliff after them! <BR> This all or nothing thinking has gotten me NOWHERE and FAT! <BR> My plan for the weekend: <BR> Stocking up on fresh fruits and veggies <BR> Planning meals in advance <BR> Family trip to the park with a walk around the lake <BR> Sunday we will decorate my mom's grave on the 5 year ann... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 12:09:27 EST Heart rate monitor/calorie counter? Can anyone recommend a good, accurate heart rate monitor/calorie counter? And where to get it? Fri, 21 Mar 2014 11:55:48 EST Some Advice/Ex perience? (Theme Parks!) Hi folks! I hope everyone is doing well! <BR> <BR> I just had a question and I was wondering if anyone could possibly help me out ... <BR> <BR> Last year I lost just over 100 lbs., and I've pretty much (unwillingly) maintained staying within the same three-pound range since. <BR> <BR> My boyfriend's brother works at Kings Dominion here in Virginia, and there's a possibility I may get to go to their season preview before the parks open next Sunday (which would be awesome!). <BR> <BR> My b... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 08:13:08 EST Go Team I already love this team! I look forward to sharing this journey with you! <em>345</em> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 11:36:18 EST Spark Page Thank you again for the warm welcome! I have made my Spark Page and now I need some friends! Wed, 19 Mar 2014 10:33:12 EST May I Play Too Please? I am here. I am a fat girl. I don't want to play at being a fat girl anymore. But I am weak. I am often weak. Weak in mind, spirit and body. But I want to play at being a fit girl and I want to support and be supported by others on a weight journey such as my own. Earlier this morning I read a sparkppl success story and the lovely lady referred to her weight loss as "the weight release". That turn around on the words really struck me as profound. But it also made me realize that the ... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 04:16:21 EST new to this Hi everybody! Im a 33 soon to be 34 year old who needs a total health overhaul and I hope this will be my saving grace. I have a few health problems that have to do with my weight. I would like to lose 120 lbs so I can be about 150 lbs. People say that I dont look like I weigh 273 lbs but I feel it. Im hoping this site does the trick. I love all the love and support I have found here so far. It helps make things feel easier. <BR> <em>381</em> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 19:20:49 EST Spark Page Thank you for the warm welcome. Several mentioned making a spark page which I thought I had done. :-) I changed a couple of settings. Is it visible now? <BR> Thanks for your help! Tue, 18 Mar 2014 12:09:33 EST Completely DONE! Hi everyone! My name is Becky and and I am done being the fat girl. I had a painful, brutally honest talk with my best friend last week and she helped me see some things clearly. I have a husband and 10 year old daughter I want to do things with. I am so very weary of being fat. Ready to live a disciplined life and I'm looking for friends on this journey! <BR> <em>521</em> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 11:12:18 EST Coming Back For More I was a previous SparkPeople member and DBTFG member. I have since gained about 45 lbs (making me 137 lbs overweight), and I'm ready to give it another try. <BR> <BR> I'd like to be able to blame my weight gain on something beyond my control, but that is not the case. It was completely in my hands, and I just kept going down the "fat" path. But I'm back with determination this time. I'm motivated to lose weight. I know it will be a struggle - possibly the biggest struggle of my life - but I ... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 20:22:39 EST Needing some extra motivation I am thinking about going to a spin class in the morning. I took a class before a few years ago and I never went back. I liked it, loved it even but my bottom hurt so badly that I decided to not go back. I want to try it again though. Guess I'm just trying to talk myself into it. Has anyone taken a cycling/spin class? How long did it take for you to get used to it? Sun, 16 Mar 2014 11:20:29 EST Zumba shoes? I tried my first zumba class today and I loved it. The only problem I had was my shoes kept slipping on the floor. I felt like I may slip and fall. Anyone else do zumba that could give me some advice on some good slip resistant shoes? Sat, 15 Mar 2014 19:06:00 EST Desperately seeking HEALTHY!!! I need help been up and down on this weight loss roller coaster far to long. I just want to be healthy and as a result loose this weight. I know what needs to be done but cant stick with it. I have a great life with 2 wonderful kids and amazing fiancé yet I just don't have the energy to do the things I love to do. ALSO my weight has gotten so out of control I miss out on special events with my friends and family just bcs I am ashamed of the way I look. In the past year I did Atkins and lost 3... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 11:28:14 EST What do you watch during your workout? I can't just stare at the wall while I'm on the elliptical, and at this point that's the cardio option that works best for me. I don't have a tv in the room, but I can see my computer. So I can watch Netflix or free episodes straight from the networks. I'm having a hard time finding a show that's high energy to workout to. If it's a sad show I end up trudging along, if it's boring I crawl. So I'm wondering if anyone has a favorite that they could recommend? Tue, 11 Mar 2014 12:05:59 EST Didn't run away... Today started off good, but ended with crappy eating. I'm flying out to WA tomorrow to help my parents out. I've been seriously munchy and super nervous. It was not a good day; however, I logged every single part of it. Usually I run away and don't log. I don't want to see what I did, but I logged it all. Deep breath, move on, tomorrow will be awesome! Mon, 10 Mar 2014 21:27:53 EST International Day of Awesome Today we celebrate awesomeness. So my SparkPeeps, share your awesomeness. What goal did you accomplish today or in your life that made you say "I am so awesome!!!" <BR> <BR> Mine awesome moment, I woke up an hour early (5:30am) this morning and worked out for 30 minutes. I've never been a morning person, so this was an awesome to me. <BR> <BR><BR>-Y <BR> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 08:30:47 EST Back Again! Hello All! I am Breanne. I was gone for a long while, but back with a new outlook! It's gonna be great! I am very excited to be back at it. I really love the encouragement & support that is offered here. I won't be able to pop in everyday, but I am hoping to be around a couple times a week. <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful week! <em>213</em> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 05:46:48 EST Zombie/M ud/Color run? There is a zombie/mud run coming up in September close to my hometown. I was wondering if anyone has done a run like these. My son who is 14 is going to be running with me. Any tips on how to prepare? How hard are the courses? I have never been a runner.I will have close to 6 months to prepare. Thanks in advance. Sun, 9 Mar 2014 11:10:22 EST This is contagious... My 14 year old son, who by no means needs to lose weight, is now asking me about eating healthier and building muscle at the gym. He is now going to the y with me . Also my husband told me a few days ago that he wanted to start eating healthier. He is overweight either but he eats horribly. Terribly unhealthy foods. So glad that everyone is joining me. My daughter is wanting to Zumba with me and my oldest son, the 14 year old, has convinced me to sign up for a zombie/mud run in September.... Sat, 8 Mar 2014 10:54:22 EST March Madness Fitness Minutes Challenge- Team D <em>235</em> <em>235</em> <em>235</em> <BR> Hey Gals! I'm Faye and I volunteered to be our Team Captain for this challenge!!! This is my first fitness minutes challenge but I'm excited and ready to <em>216</em> <em>315</em> <em>332</em> <em>414</em> <em>318</em> my way to 200 minutes a week. <BR> I KNOW <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> How's the week been going for everyone? <BR> Fri, 7 Mar 2014 00:21:15 EST March Madness Fitness Minute Chat- Team B <em>524</em> everyone! My name is Jenny and I have volunteered to be our team captain this go around. I have been involved in the fitness minutes challenge since December and have steadily been increasing my minutes a little at a time. Super excited to be involved in another fitness minutes challenge with you all! <BR> <BR> <em>523</em> to our returning team members from the last challenge, team Over and Done and <em>229</em> to any new members! <BR> <BR> Remember the goal this m... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 20:11:06 EST My own worse enemy So here I am again; starting over. Going to to my best to not set myself up to fail like I seem to be doing with just about every part of my life these days. Done good today so far. I had 1 serving of bran flakes with a half a cup of milk and 8 oz of pineapple juice. then took a short walk to the end of the block with my 3 year old grand daughter. I am drinking my first Coke Zero of the day. By this time of day ( 12:45 PM ) I would be on my 3rd or 4th. When it is gone I am going to drink wate... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 13:49:08 EST DONE with my hiatus from Spark!!! I have been super busy, 2 jobs and 3 kids, so I didn't think Spark fit into my life. <BR> But I've missed the encouragement and support from people who know what I'm going through. I will not be able to track everything everyday or check in everyday, but I will make an effort to be a team player, and together we can all be DONE girls! <em>524</em> Thu, 6 Mar 2014 13:43:15 EST March Madness Fitness Minutes Challenge - Team A Hi Everyone! I'm Porscad (Porsche, really). I volunteered to be the captain of our fitness minutes team. I've never done anything like this before but I'm excited about reaching 200 fitness minutes/week every week for March. What has everyone been doing so far to work towards their goal? <BR> <BR> Team A <BR> 1. AZCARDSGAL <BR> 2. BUFFY_SLAYER <BR> 3. CANAMORGAN <BR> 4. CATNIPCHAOS <BR> 5. CLEBLOOM <BR> 6. CRGARDNER1 <BR> 7. CRYSTALROSES <BR> 8. DEVSANGEL1 <BR> 9. LUNAMINT <BR> 10. MKLEINSC ... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 21:06:16 EST I'm back Hi everyone, my Name is Amber. I am back on spark after being gone for a year. I missed this team and all the support. I was working 2 jobs and dealing with family issues left little time to get on spark. I am back and looking forward to working toward my goal and supporting everyone in their goals Wed, 5 Mar 2014 14:43:07 EST THANK YOU from the Bottom of my HEART!! I would like to thank those who chose my page as DONE Page of the month! I am humbled and honored. This team is amazing and I am thankful to be a part of it. I would also like to extend a big thank you to all of you that dropped by with congratulations or goodies. Talk about making my day so much brighter! Each of you on this team is special and I'm thrilled to be a part of it. I am also thankful for my team mates...DG FORCE and the Blooming Beauty Challenge Team mates. Ya'll rock and well as... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 13:35:46 EST Yogurt! What's your favourite type/brand/kind of yogurt? <BR> <BR> I've been bouncing between Yoplait (which is my go-to) and Dannon Light and Fit. I've tried going Greek but there's something in it that makes my throat get uncomfortably dry and so I find it hard. Although, I did try a Dannon Greek yogurt (the one with the fruit on the bottom) and that was yummy; it was even better when I put it on a whole wheat bagel (instead of cream cheese or butter or whatever)! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Wed, 5 Mar 2014 01:40:23 EST My Epiphany Hello my Done Girls! <BR> <BR> I'm most of a lurker but had some inspiration or an epiphany of some sort that I thought I'd share <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Today as I was entering my food into the nutrition tracker I realized that there are choices I make that affect my calorie "allowance" but don't really add to what I call my "fullness factor." <BR> <BR> For example, I take my protein shake with coconut milk. I could take it with water and save 120 calories! The coconut milk really ad... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 20:33:15 EST Zumba? Anyone doing Zumba? It looks like a lot of fun however I have never been too coordinated when it comes to dancing. Never a cheerleader or anything like that. I am quite overweight. Are there any Done girls that have tried it or are currently doing zumba? Tue, 4 Mar 2014 17:58:02 EST DG FORCE / Team C Chat for March & April Hey team! Lets get those minutes done! Aim for 200 for the bonus points <BR> Team C Members <BR> 1. CERTHIA <BR> 2. DOLPHINLADY05 <BR> 3. EDDYMEESE <BR> 4. G33K10V3 <BR> 5. HLTHAPPINESS4C <BR> 6. JENRAQTAY87 <BR> 7. JSELLINGTON <BR> 8. NICOLETTEJJ <BR> 9. REENSKI <BR> 10. SGTSUNNY <BR> 11. TKRYSTINA <BR> 12. UNICORN212 Sun, 2 Mar 2014 17:46:00 EST Light Bulb Moment Here!! I have started and quit this whole weight loss thing for the past 10 years or more. I guess each time I get the bug to start eating better and exercising I have learned something. I have never lost more than 20 pounds or so. I feel so good this time though. I have been journaling for a week consistently now. The good and bad food. Typically before if I ate badly I'd not write that down, like i was hiding it from myself. Don't know why i would do that. And not just my food and drink bu... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 16:50:16 EST Food Processor... Help! :) I'm looking to purchase a food processor. I've been reading reviews and shopping on line. I want a machine that will handle both large and small quantitites. I want to be able to make nut butter, coconut butter, coconut flour, almond milk, handle frozen fruit, mince raw meat, besides prep vegetables. <BR> <BR> I currently have 2 sitting on my dining table, and I'm not sure I'm happy with either. <BR> <BR> Do you have/use a food processor? <BR> <BR> What do you use yours for? <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 19:19:29 EST March Madness Fitness Minutes Challenge Chat!!! Please post your questions, comments and suggestions regarding the March Madness Fitness Minutes Challenge here; please make use of this thread to root for your team. <BR> <em>386</em> <em>224</em> <em>209</em> <em>386</em> <em>224</em> <em>209</em> Sat, 1 Mar 2014 18:13:14 EST Blooming Beauties Challenge March to May <BR> <BR> The season of spring is all about renewal and growth! Let’s have an individual challenge to prove to ourselves that we can do it! Each participant will post what they want to weigh on certain special days over the next 3 months. YOU pick what you hope to weigh at each weigh-in day! It’s not about who can lose the most weight or everyone losing the same amount of pounds in a certain amount of time. It’s about picking goals that are attainable to our individual lives. ... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 20:38:06 EST March Madness Fitness Minutes Challenge!! <em>524</em> Done Girls, <BR> <BR> <em>235</em> to the March madness Fitness Minutes challenge sign up thread. <BR> <BR> <BR> This is dubbed March madness because we're going for a minimum of 200 minutes per week and we are challenged to lose 5% of our waist circumference in March. <BR> <BR> <BR> Rules: <BR> 1.Exercise for a minimum of 200 minutes per week. Fitness minutes include : Warm Up, Cool down, Cardio, Strength training and flexibility training. Fitness minutes do not inclu... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 17:23:53 EST Hello Done Girls.... Hi! I've been here before, but I've been slacking big time since I gave birth 4/2013. Knees are hurting for the first time, so I believe I have reached my maximum weight (LOL) -- so it's gotta go! Wish you all the best and hope to create new friendship on Spark! Go Done Girls!! Tue, 25 Feb 2014 01:35:14 EST Hello... Again :/ Hey there done girls. I'm Brandi, a 29 mother of four from Idaho. I used to be really active on Spark and loved this team, but life got in the way and I let myself get sidetracked. I gained back all the weight I'd lost along with six more pounds as a nice little bonus, but am ready to rededicate! I'm only a week in, and my diet has been far from perfect, but I'm not giving up. <BR> <BR> I am so tired of being the fat girl. I'm done! I'm done feeling worthless, ugly, unaccepted, and the odd w... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 10:33:03 EST motivation for exercise hi everybody! I'm having trouble with motivating myself to do my exercise... How do you guys cope with it? I literally can't get off my ass... I don't want to do Zumba, I don't want to walk on my treadmill... I just don't wanna do anything. Any ideas how to beat this? Mon, 24 Feb 2014 04:58:43 EST Challenge! Letting Go in 2014...... Hello all! <BR> <BR> I was inspired from another post on here to make a certain blog post. I have done so and I wanted to extend a challenge to you! <BR> <BR> The challenge is..... <BR> <BR> First part.... Dig deep and not just with the first thing that comes to mind. Dig deep to find the memories, feelings, and pain or what ever you feel that made you pack on those pounds. <BR> <BR> Second part.The actual Challenge............. Make a "Letting Go in 2014" blog post. It can be one post o... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 11:29:11 EST Small victory!!!! I'm so excited this morning that I had to share. I woke up this morning around 8:30am. My husband and son were no where ready to get up so I decided to make my breakfast and had some scrambled eggs with kale and a little avocado on top with a few slices of bacon. <BR> Around 10:30am my husband and son were up and ready to eat. My husband wanted McDonald's. So I jumped in the car to go get him McDonald's. <BR> Now NORMALLY I would have gone ahead and gotten something to eat again, even though ... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 14:19:29 EST Celebrating a year of maintenance! Just had to share with you guys - I hit my goal of losing 100 lbs a year ago today, and I've kept it off for the entire first year. So DONE being the fat girl, woohoo! :D Fri, 21 Feb 2014 08:23:44 EST Hello! I am DONE! Hi! I'm Katie, I'm 21, from England, and I study/work from home as an Artist. <BR> I've been on SparkPeople for a few years, but I've never really kept up with it. But that is changing now! <BR> I'm 310lbs at the moment, and I have 150lbs to lose. I have a short term goal to lose 30-40lbs by April 6th, because I might be going on holiday to San Francisco then, so it's very good motivation! <BR> <em>244</em> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 18:57:03 EST Pasta, Pasta, Pasta! Hi DONE Girls, <BR> <BR> This may or may not be a stupid question, but I was wondering about eating pasta before a workout. I found that I had absolutely NO ENERGY to shake my groove thang in Zumba, what’s up with that? <BR> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 16:41:24 EST Hi there! Im just getting back into Sparkpeople and I am tired of being fat....big boned, heavy, miserable with my body etc. I could go on and on. Hopefully this time will lead to some long term results. I have been trying to lose the same weight forever! Mon, 17 Feb 2014 19:21:26 EST Will things REALLY get better? I'm throwing this out there for anyone who has lost a considerable amount of weight. <BR> I've been heavy most of my adult life. I was 230 lbs in 2009 when I got pregnant, went up to 260 during my pregnancy and dropped to 250 after he was born. I recently shot back up to 260 when I fell off some stairs last October and injured my knee. <BR> The thing is, back in 2009 I remember struggling with aches and pains a little but this last 30 lbs is KILLING me. I hurt everywhere. <BR> What I am stru... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 16:37:33 EST Returning Need Encourgement!!! I have been here before and found success and then just "fell off". I also lost weight on Atkins (30lbs) and tried Weight Watchers not much luck tho it is a good program. I am normally a very happy go luck kinda gal though lately I just can't seam to shake this funk. I know its because of my weight gain. I know what needs to be done but came keep myself motivated enough. <BR> <BR> Anyone else having the same issues? Tue, 11 Feb 2014 11:29:47 EST Seasonal Challenge Idea Hey Donies! <BR> <BR> I have a great idea for an individual seasonal challenge. It is very similar to the Shamrockin’ Cupid and Frolicking Goddess type challenges from a while ago. Each participant will post what they want to weigh on certain special days over a period of 3 months. YOU pick what you hope to weigh and any other goals you may have at each weigh-in day! It’s not about who can lose the most weight or everyone losing the same amount of pounds in a certain amount of time. It’s a... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 19:47:42 EST I'm Back and DONE Once Again I was a DONE Girl back in another life. I loved the support of the Spark Community and in particular of this group. <BR> I have a new life now and and am ready to be a DONE Girl again! <BR> I have set up my Spark Page and started blogging my story. So, it would be nice to build my support back up again and this is where I'd like to start. <BR> Thank you fellow DONE Girls for being part of my journey! Mon, 10 Feb 2014 14:14:10 EST Thank you! <em>304</em> to everyone who stopped by my page. The support and encouragement mean a lot and it will definitely keep me motivated! <BR> <BR> Let's rock the rest of February! <em>224</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 14:10:02 EST Not so new! But back! Hello, everyone. My name is Thaís and I live in Brazil. My boyfriend is from Sweden and I have plans of moving in with him by the end of 2014. I've been a member of SparkPeople for 4 years now and I had lots of ups and downs, but lately, I've been having a hard time losing weight. <BR> I think that is mainly due to being away from my love, stress at work and all the anticipation of moving abroad that is making me anxious and giving me unstoppable cravings. <BR> <BR> I've been in this group f... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 12:29:37 EST SPARK MEMBER RALLY NEAR CINCINNATI! 4-26-14 Limited Seating is Available, so please get your tickets early. This is being hosted by ~Indygirl who is NOT keeping the ticket money, but is using it to get the conference room so we can have the rally. Hopefully there will be enough for us to have decorations and bottled water as well! Details of rally events are below: <BR> <BR> Cincinnati Area SparkPeople Member Rally 4/26/14 <BR> <BR> April 26th from 9 am to 5 pm <BR> <BR> Microtel Inns and Suites Conference Room <BR> <BR> Address... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 00:58:22 EST Hey ya'll! I'm back :) I know that I was never really plugged in the past here and I joined years ago. But from now on I really want to keep connected with everyone!! I am SO DONE BEING THE FAT GIRL! It's my time!! I am getting/working on that after photo!! Sat, 8 Feb 2014 20:30:43 EST Team O "Over & Done!" - Chat Thread Hello, Team O! <BR> <BR> Just started a chat thread for our team. Feel free to post throughout the week. We would love to hear your accomplishments, big and small, or if you need support, have questions...whatever you need! <BR> <BR> The thread name will change to include our name as soon as we have finalized it! <BR> <BR> Thanks, Donies! <BR> <BR> Kristi~ Sun, 2 Feb 2014 19:05:43 EST Team E - Eager to Win, eager to lose Chat! Hi Team E!! <BR> <BR> Welcome to our motivational thread!! <BR> <BR> I am Leneisha and I volunteered to be your team captain. I look forward to your suggestions to keep the team motivated and winning!! <BR> <BR> Share something about yourself! <BR> <BR> I am from Jamaica and have lost and gained back 40 lbs in the last three years. I suffered from a back injury which accounted for the gain and was scheduled for surgery. I started aqua therapy and surgery was cancelled. I am on the mend a... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 16:02:23 EST DG Force/Team L members Chat Team L members: <BR> 1. CERTHIA <BR> 2. DOLPHINLADY05 <BR> 3. G33K10V3 <BR> 4. HLTHAPPINESS4C <BR> 5. JENRAQTAY87 <BR> 6. JSELLINGTON <BR> 7. KLMAYS08 <BR> 8. LADYSHERRY <BR> 9. NICOLETTEJJ <BR> 10. PROJECTKRIS <BR> 11. REENSKI <BR> 12. RMBROWN71 <BR> 13. SGTSUNNY(captain) <BR> 14. TKRYSTINA <BR> 15. UNICORN212 <BR> Sun, 2 Feb 2014 09:40:26 EST Team (V)ictorious chat thread Team V members: <BR> 1. ALPHAEVE <BR> 2. ANASTASIAKC <BR> 3. CHARMING_GIRL <BR> 4. COMIC_BOOK_MAMA <BR> 5. DOG_MOM <BR> 6. LEANMEAN2014 <BR> 7. LOVINGLIFE43 (Captain) <BR> 8. MAMA_PICANTE <BR> 9. MKLEINSC <BR> 10. NFSISTER <BR> 11. NOMOREPLUS_SIZE <BR> 12. ROXYANGEL <BR> 13. RUNKIMRUN <BR> 14. RUNNINGFORJOY <BR> 15. TDMTBIRD <BR> 16. TSB1124 <BR> 17. CUYLERAYERS <BR> <BR> Let's rock!!!!!!!!!!!! <em>381</em> <BR> Post here so we can continually motivate and support each other. Sun, 2 Feb 2014 07:15:28 EST Motivation The Good & Bad I am motivated to take this journey because I want: <BR> Physical Freedom to do ANYTHING I want <BR> Airline Travel without feeling squished and awkward for 4 hours <BR> I want to feel Comfortable in my own skin <BR> I want to express Joy by Moving <BR> I want to go to the Beach without being self-conscious <BR> I want to be fit, slim and healthy <BR> <BR> I want to stay on this journey because I DON'T want: <BR> To be Breathless climbing stairs <BR> Stuck on the couch because it's easier be... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 18:25:30 EST Shout From the Rooftops!! Here I am, a month into my new 'plan' and I can't believe how different things are! I have been holding out to weigh on the 1st and I didn't think it would ever get here! LOL As of today, I have lost a total of 21.6 lbs (meeting my first goal) and a total of 17"! I have a long way to go, but I'm feeling on top of the world and want to shout it from the rooftops! I have so much energy and am still very motivated. Usually by now, I've given up on a diet, but I'm still rearing to go and fe... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 12:19:38 EST How can I prevent sweat/body odour in the carpet? Hello!! <BR> <BR> I need some suggestions. My roommate (not plus size) started working out in our livingroom to DVDs in November. We all smell when we sweat but her body odour was quite stronger then the average. After 3 weeks the apartment started to smell...really bad. <BR> <BR> I cleaned it with baking soda and aired it out and asked her to crack a window and clean her yoga mat better as it was starting to smell. She stopped exercising.... <BR> <BR> But has started exercising again 3 w... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 22:46:41 EST February 2014 Fitness Mins Challenge Chat thread Please post your questions, comments and suggestions regarding the February 2014 Fitness Minutes Challenge here; please make use of this thread to root for your team. <BR> <em>386</em> <em>224</em> <em>209</em> <em>386</em> <em>224</em> <em>209</em> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 17:47:29 EST Fling into spring 5% challenge Chat thread. Please post your questions, comments and suggestions regarding the Fling into spring 5% challenge here; please make use of this thread to cheer on each other. <BR> <em>244</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <em>244</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 17:42:05 EST Hi! Focus t25 Hi, looking for a focus t25 buddy. I finished day one today. Crazy, but I think it's good. Anyone else doin it? Mon, 27 Jan 2014 22:30:31 EST Fling into spring 5% challenge <em>524</em> Done Girls, <BR> <em>303</em> <em>303</em> note that this is not a beginners challenge so if you can't exercise for a minimum of 225 minutes in a week please don't join this challenge. This will be a very rigorous challenge and will be great for persons who are trying to breakthrough a plateau. <BR> <BR> This is a challenge to lose 5% of your current weight in 8 weeks. <em>9</em> There will only be two weigh-ins, one at the beginning and one at the end. We don't want... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 19:44:14 EST February 2014 Fitness Minutes Challenge <em>524</em> Done Girls, <BR> <BR> This is a fitness minutes challenge with a twist. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> The twist is we will each be challenged to lose 5% of our waist circumference in February. <BR> <BR> <BR> Rules: <BR> 1.Exercise at least 30 mins per day for 6 days per week (a minimum of 180 mins per week). Fitness minutes include : Warm Up, Cool down, Cardio, Strength training and flexibility training. Fitness minutes do not include normal day to day activities like c... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 18:56:43 EST Hello! I like the team title and the idea! I used to be one of the thin girls, then I got overweight. I saw the difference in how I was treated by total strangers. Anyway, I am losing weight for me, not anyone else! Sun, 26 Jan 2014 13:09:15 EST Spark Points I see various points awarded to me for different things, but what do the points mean? I see I can buy and send goodies to friends, but are those goodies just a nice gesture, or do they mean something extra? Sat, 25 Jan 2014 17:41:32 EST Anyone read Metabolic Effect? Hi gals. So one of my friends had been posting links to the Metabolic Effect page on facebook. I kind of ignored it as a spammy "fad diet" thing. But did check out a podcast and really liked what I heard. So I bought the book- about 1/3 into it now. <BR> I haven't been following anything per se (and I don't adhere to strict eating plans or "you can't eat that" mentalities) but have been picking up new habits, such as increasing my lean proteins, decreasing simple carbs, cutting back on sugary... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 17:23:56 EST New to the Team Hello <BR> I just joined the team and wanted to say hello! I am so tired of being the fat girl... I hate hiding away, but that is all I want to do. I'm 42 and have lost all of my confidence and just feel unimportant. On January 1, I stepped on the scales and had a good cry. I took a deep breath, stood up tall, looked in the mirror and told myself I can do this! I started on a new program that has turned my attitude around. I've lost weight and inches, my blood sugar is excellent, and I ... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 14:13:33 EST New Co-Leader Introduction Hello DONE Girls, <BR> <BR> I am very excited to be a new Co-Leader for this fabulous team! I think every member is amazing and I can’t wait to be a part of your journeys. I have been a member of Sparkpeople for 7 years and a DONE Girl for at least five years! I have learned a lot from this site and its members. Through all of the ups and downs I know one thing for sure…my most successful moments happened while I was active in this group. The support and understanding is wonderful! I look... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 19:17:55 EST Ever Considered What Guys Look For In Girls? Three minutes long. Made me cry that it even needs to be said. <BR> <BR> Then I power posed and felt better.... <em>530</em> <em>531</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>t-guys-look-for-in-girls-forget-it-thi<BR>nk-about-what-a-17-year-old-says-instead?g=2 </link> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 09:39:55 EST Starting over....AGAIN Well, back to square one. Starting over again. I fell off the wagon, so to speak, months ago and just can't seem to hop back on. Then I have been sick for the past 2+ weeks and I quite simply feel exhausted, frustrated, and and generally bad. <BR> I know I need to get back to walking daily and eating right. I'm having trouble getting started. So today I walked the dog for about 15 minutes outside. It was nasty windy and cold and hurt my lungs to be out there that long. How sad is that?... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 19:21:15 EST Restarting.... need help! It's been awhile since I posted in here. I really need some motivation and help. I know I can't do this alone. I want to make more friends and need help staying on track. Any takers? Sun, 19 Jan 2014 03:42:05 EST Netflix exercise DVDs?? I want to start putting exercise DVDs on my Netflix queue. If you have gotten any exercise DVDs from Netflix that you'd recommend, please let me know. I'm considering myself a "beginner" since I'm starting completely over. I am totally out of shape. I got Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred a couple of years ago (from Netflix) and although I enjoyed it very much, I know I'm nowhere near ready for something that intense Sun, 19 Jan 2014 00:57:24 EST A website to share with you! <BR> I love the show The Taste and I saw a competitor on their that has also lost a good amount of weight. She created a blog on how she did so with some AMAZING recipies so I thought I would share the link to her website. I hope you find something on their that you will like. <em>250</em> <em>265</em> <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 02:38:14 EST Minor Whoo Hooo <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Made it from seated to standing cardio and last 15 minutes. A very small accomplishment, but a month ago it would have been impossible. Stand back!! Nothing can stop me now! Thu, 16 Jan 2014 07:02:34 EST Hello Hi my name is Monica and have been over weight my whole life. I was kinda ok with it until I got preg with my daughter 4 years ago and found out I had a major heart problem that requires that I get a heart transplant. I can't wait to meet new people who can understand what I am going through and who can help motivate me at the same time! <em>249</em> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 01:03:03 EST At a Loss Hello.. <BR> <BR> I've been away from the site and from the team for a LONG time. I think my last weigh-in was a March of 2013. I'm wanting to get back into it all; I'm wanting to get healthy again. But, honestly, I'm feeling so overwhelmed with where and how to start. I know what I should be doing, but it feels like there's so much that I have to do that I'm not sure how much of it I should do. <BR> <BR> I need some guidance and a place to start from. I need to realize (and know) that it'... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 23:53:13 EST New Findings <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>194</em> <BR> <BR> <em>267</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Made vegetable soup from scratch last night and turned out pretty good. <BR> Water is looking better all the time too. Mon, 13 Jan 2014 06:49:54 EST Restart Underway I was on SP in 2008 and lost 80 pounds. I became discouraged with small losses and quit in 2011. I know you'll understand my frustration as I regained 2/3 of what I lost. <BR> No matter. I have restarted this journey. I feel better and healthier already. This time I am under new management. I am actively looking for inspiration to stay positive no matter what. I know I can because I already have and I will again. I hope to come to know you all and hope to offer positive support for your journ... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 18:13:57 EST DONE with being powerless! Do you want to be DONE with being powerless? Well along with our motivational verbal and written mantras, we need to pay attention to our less obvious non-verbal language. Turns out, qe can "fake it until we make it" and here's how: <BR> <BR> I watched a TED today that really opened my eyes as to how important our body language is, and how it has very real physiological impact on our hormones (Testosterone and Cortisol) <BR> <BR> I bet your eyebrows are going up right now, thinking, "Tho... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 11:01:19 EST SO DONE BEING FAT Hello everybody! I'm a 22 year old (23 in May) and I'm done being fat girl. I am at a point where, and I'm soooooo ashamed of that, my weight is dangerous to my health - I already have high blood preasure. So I really need to lose weight. I have also a very low self-esteem... I used to be thin - but not too thin. My weight was normal for my height (56 kg and I'm 159 cm tall) and I was sooooo confident. Then I got really depressed and I gained almost 30 kg (66 pounds) in just two years. Now I ... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 10:57:33 EST THE DG FORCE: January 2014 Fitness Challenge team Hello! This is a thread for members of THE DG FORCE team of the January 2014 Fitness minute challenge! Good luck, everyone! Stay strong! <em>381</em> Sat, 11 Jan 2014 00:00:44 EST Daily caloric intake distribution Hi ladies! <BR> <BR> I'm aiming at 1200 cal. intake but I'm struggling with how to distribute them throughout the day without being hungry and over-eating. <BR> <BR> I figured 300 cal for breakfast, lunch, and dinner with 2 150 cal snacks. (side note: I'm really struggling with 300 cal dinners, it just seems like not enough...but what do I know?, I can eat as much as my husband, hence the weight gain!) <BR> <BR> How do you all spread out your daily calories? Fri, 10 Jan 2014 18:40:16 EST NEWBIE <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> Hi, <BR> Am new to Sparkpeople and this team's title caught my attention. That is just how I feel. I am done being overweight. I have gained about 100 lbs between two (beautiful) girls. I had my first 7 years ago and the second 4 years...I lost/gained about +/- 20 lbs between then and now, but that's about it. I use to fluctuate between 140 and 150 lbs before children. That is where I would like to be again. I set up 6 months goals for myself...hoping to lose 40 or ... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 12:54:57 EST Ever Stuck?? Hi ladies! <BR> <BR> I made a decision in September that I was unhappy with my weight and unhappy with complaining about it. I jumped right in and started exercising six days a week at 5:30 a.m. I reduced my calories and viola, 3 months later I'm down thirty one pounds. I'm proud of my progress, but somewhere between graduating from college (in December) and the holidays, I've lost it. I stuck with a strict program before where I very seldom (almost never) had any snacks, severely monitored ... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 19:56:36 EST Informal Survey I have a few questions for people who have lost weight in the past and have regained. <BR> <BR> 1) What sort of "plan" were you on? (Sparkpeople, Jenny Craig, etc) <BR> 2) What was the trigger for regaining the weight you lost? <BR> 3) When you started regaining, were you still trying to lose or were you maintaining? <BR> 4) On the next journey of weight loss, what changes did you make from the previous weight loss attempt (you can list all attempts and what you learned & changed for the nex... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 06:48:23 EST I'm back. Again. ...and feeling like quite the failure. <BR> <BR> I lost quite a bit of weight on Spark before, I even got to below 170! It was awesome! <BR> Then I went back to school - got pretty relaxed about eating healthy and going to the gym - and now that I have finished school I have ended up at an all time high for me - 250 pounds! <BR> <BR> I have a hard time believing that I let myself get this out of control. None of my clothes fit, but I just can't get myself to buy the next size up. So why n... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 03:42:00 EST Baby steps Decided to allow myself one chocolate from a box given to me for Christmas. Ended up throwing it away - just tastes way too sweet to me now. Guess all the fresh fruit is paying off. Yeah! <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> Wed, 8 Jan 2014 01:38:17 EST Something positive about today's cold weather It forced me to bring my lunch to work so that I didn't have to go outsicde. Tue, 7 Jan 2014 13:29:47 EST This Done girl is back...and slimmer!! I haven't been on the site since oct 2010! whoa I know...but im back slightly slimmer and wanted to say hi to all my local sparkers!! Im obessed with running first 5k will be in March in Seattle where my sister lives. So to all the fellow runner or future runners...if you need support count me in!! xoxoxo hope you guys are all having a great start to your new year! Missed you guys! Tue, 7 Jan 2014 10:17:02 EST January 2014 running/miles challenge chat thread Please post all your questions or comments about this challenge here. Mon, 6 Jan 2014 13:25:27 EST January 2014 Fitness Minutes Challenge Chat Thread Please post all your questions or comments about this challenge here. Mon, 6 Jan 2014 13:18:33 EST Theme Song I suggest we come up with the official Done Girls theme song. <BR> <BR> For consideration: <BR> <BR> "I Got A New Attitude" <BR> "We Are Family" <BR> "Nothing Can Stop Me Now" <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Sun, 5 Jan 2014 05:51:02 EST Tired of the same thing Hey everyone I have been a member of sparkpeople since 2010. At one point I was doing great, losing the weight and working out. All of that changed when I joined this church which ended up being a cult. I gained all of my weight back plus more, I am the heaviest I've ever been and its embarrassing. I have 2 sister and 1 brother who has always been thin. All my life I've been known as the fat one or the biggest one in the family. I have a six year old daughter who I want to be around for. Luck... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 15:03:11 EST Need a laugh.... My DH posted this on his Facebook. He is a very wise man... <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> After being married for 25 years, I took a careful look at my wife one day and said, "Twenty five years ago we had a cheap house, a junk car, slept on a sofa bed and watched a 10-inch black and white TV, but I got to sleep with a hot 23-year-old girl every night. <BR> <BR> Now, I have a $500,000 home, a $45,000 car, a nice big bed and a large screen TV, but I'm sleeping with a 46-year-old woma... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 09:22:15 EST Panic Button No, it is not a Panic Button for the Zombie Apocalypse, for something much more scary... when it's 10:30pm and you're prowling the kitchen thinking, "What can I eat..." when you are not even the littlest bit hungry. <BR> <BR> In case you are in need of some immediate support (it is January 2nd after all!) I read on another post about the Spark "Panic Button" which from reading the posts is a hodge podge of topics, but if you post a "I need Help" topic, you are sure to get that immediate sup... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 19:57:05 EST Another Go I think this might be my third time introducing myself on here. <BR> I've lost 60 pounds so far since joining Sparkpeople, but I've gained around 30+ of that back over the past five months. I'm in my senior year of college, and it has been the most stressful school year that I have EVER had. Part of that is because I know that I didn't take time for myself and my health. I didn't cook like I did before and I didn't go work out more than once a week. I haven't worked out once in the past two m... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 14:46:53 EST I'm done being scared of changes Hi everyone ! :) My name is Caroline and i'm 32 years old and like the title says i'm done being scared of changing. I was always wondering why i was failing in the past, why i just couldn't keep the promises i was making to myself. I was scared of changing my habits. It's scary to think that one day you have to turn around and make new habits, make sacrifices and more importantly ask for help. Especially since i never thought i was worth any of those. But things have changed now and i am re... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 13:59:01 EST Back on track Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> Well, it's the start of a new year and since I didn't succeed at my goals last year, I figured 2014 would be my year to succeed. I'll be turning 40 in May and I am done being the Fat Girl! I want to be fabulous at 40. So, I have a question - I need a new soundtrack for my workouts. I need something with a bit of oomph, fun and inspirational. What are your favorite workout tracks? <BR> <BR> I wish everyone here a successful, healthy and fun-filled 2014! And remember... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 09:59:18 EST Daily Burn Website I have been seeing all the commercials for Daily Burn. Has anyone tried this out?? I think I would really like having my own personal trainer in my living room for a very decent price. I like the variety & personalization. I like that they tell me this is what I should be doing now, I am not very good at figuring out what, where, & when needs worked out. I am almost positive I am going to check it out, but was looking for other opinions as well. <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance! <BR> <BR> <BR... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 05:54:29 EST I'm DONE for real this time Hello everyone - I'm Jen and I have been active on this site before. Unfortunately I haven't stuck with it long enough to make the awesome things I learn on here a daily habit. This time I'm determined to make the outcome different. I'm taking it 10% at a time this time and am hoping that won't make me feel so overwhelmed. Also, I'm currently 37 years old and have recently stopped dying my hair (first ones started showing up in high school, so it's VERY silver now), so the vain part of my eg... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 22:49:01 EST January 2014 running/miles Challenge Hey Done Girl runners, <BR> <BR> How about a miles challenge??????????????????????? <BR> <BR> Here's the template, copy and paste with your starting weight included. Each week you will update your progress by editing your original post ( <em>303</em> do not make a new post every week unless its an emergency). Please interact with all challenge participants to keep each other motivated. <BR> <BR> Let's see which done girl will run the most miles each week. <BR> <BR> <BR> I'm in <em>... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 10:01:55 EST January 2014 fitness minutes Challenge <em>524</em> Done Girls, <BR> <BR> This is solely a fitness minutes challenge. <BR> <BR> Rules: <BR> 1.Exercise at least 30 mins per day for 6 days per week (a minimum of 180 mins per week). Fitness minutes include : Warm Up, Cool down, Cardio, Strength training and flexibility training. Fitness minutes do not include normal day to day activities like cleaning, gardening etc. You can do your minutes 5, 10, 15, 20, 30 minutes at a time throughout the day, whichever works best for you. <... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 09:58:27 EST Sparking Again I'm 37 and I want to lose around 110 pounds. 2014 is going to be my year!!! <BR> <BR> I have been away from spark for a couple of years. I have visited a few times, but I just can't seem to make it stick. A lot has happened over the past few years. I had a baby (he's now 2!), and we bought a new house. (We just moved in about 3 weeks ago) <BR> <BR> The stakes for 2014 are higher than ever! <BR> <BR> $$$$$- My work is going to charge more for insurance in 2015 if you are not within healthy ... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 15:05:56 EST Looking forward It is the last day of the year and we are stepping out of the joyous yet tempting holiday season. <BR> <BR> I have been spending this morning looking over my fellow done girls blogs. You all are so inspiring. <BR> <BR> I am guessing we all have a lot of the same goals and dreams for 2014 involving weight loss and fitness. <BR> <BR> Resolutions are so often part of today I decided to simplify this year and resolve to love myself more, I think that it will help with so many things. If I ... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 09:06:43 EST My intro... Hi everyone! My name is Gina and I am finally in the frame of mind in which I am serious about losing weight! I have birthed 7 babies in 14 years so that has taken a toll on my body. Combine that with little exercise and poor eating, I am currently 160 pounds which is too much for my 5 ft frame. I decided to join this team because it's an active one and also decided to start a blog on my Spark Page. I am currently slow jogging so I won't die during the half marathon that I'll be doing in Marc... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 07:42:41 EST Back Again I've been away from Spark, but I'm back again... starting off slowly by just tracking right now. I haven't felt very welcome, so I thought I'd get back to the DONE girls too :) Mon, 30 Dec 2013 09:42:43 EST New Sparky... Hi all, My name is Kimberley. I am a college student (taking Photography) and loving it. :) I was born and raised in Toronto Canada. Moved out of Toronto (still in Ontario) to attend school. :) I am married. No kids. Today (December 29th) is my birthday... so for a present from myself - I joined SparkPeople. :) I am not waiting til New Years to make my "become healthy" for my Resolution. I'm doing it right now! :) I would like to lose around 45 pounds and then re-evaluate w... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 11:28:15 EST ~Gift of Fitness 2014 HEALTHY Giveaway~ On my Facebook fitness page, I have a really awesome giveaway going on! Please come check it out if you are interested in some free health and fitness stuff - DVDs, book, goodies. <BR> <BR> Hope to see you all there! <BR> <link><BR>neGirlInProgress </link> <BR> <BR> <em>408</em> XOXO Here's to a super happy NEW YEAR!!! <em>407</em> Sun, 29 Dec 2013 01:04:29 EST Checking in from Chi Town Hello everyone - I am in maintenance - I have lost 121 -123 pounds - I joined this wonderful team to keep it off and be supportive , joke around cause laughter is a great healer and to give hugs - I am training for Tri in August of 2014 this after I learned to walk again - we can do this together ! Hugs Karen Fri, 27 Dec 2013 17:10:14 EST