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 Hello from Malaysia! Hi, I'm Elaine from Malaysia. I am Chinese, Christian, single and child free! <BR> <BR> I have been on dialysis for 11 years bcoz of SLE. I have been trying to lose the last 40lbs for YEARS!!! You may not consider me fat but I beg to differ. My belly roll drives me nuts! <BR> <BR> Hopefully I can be slim someday before God calls me home. Wed, 25 Nov 2015 06:22:57 EST Why do my photos keep uploading sideways? In my computer the images are upright but whenever I upload it to SP it goes sideways <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> Any suggestions? Tue, 24 Nov 2015 19:02:02 EST Back at it :) I was pretty active here in the group and all the great challenges back in late 2013-early 2014. Lost 100 pounds on that journey, then I quit. Oh goodness how I let myself down. I've since gained 25lbs of that weight back thanks to some meds I was put on that causes weight gain like crazy, and just some poor choices. Apparently drastic weight loss can cause gallstones because I had to have my gallbladder removed in August. Gallbladder attacks are not fun at all. Doctor said the weight loss wa... Sat, 21 Nov 2015 02:30:24 EST Starting over again Hey ladies! <BR> <BR> I started my journey back in March 2011 and from that point to Nov 2011 I had lost 60 pounds and swore I'd never let myself get back to where I started in March 2011. Here I am 4 years later at that same point I swore I'd never let myself get back to. I'm starting all over again. My husband came back from deployment and I got pregnant with our second child and just stopped trying to get back to where I was in Nov 2011. I'm more determined than ever to succeed this t... Thu, 19 Nov 2015 11:35:01 EST A returning Done Girl... Hey ladies. I'm a returning Done Girl, been gone for a while and back at Spark People. Sorry for the small novel ahead, but it has everything to do with why I'm back. <BR> <BR> I did this back in 2012 and Lost over 30 pounds. Fell off the boat and did lose more weight along the way - December of 2014 I was down to 197 which felt GREAT - but then... life. <BR> <BR> Long story short; my marriage fell apart over the course of six months. It exploded into domestic abuse and then my husband lef... Sun, 15 Nov 2015 23:20:50 EST New to team Hi everyone! I'm Vicky and I'm in the middle of my 3rd major weight loss journey. I'm getting back on track. Fell off the wagon when my back went out. Much better now. Still have a ways to go but I'm getting there! Wed, 11 Nov 2015 09:33:10 EST New Again! Hi DONE girls! My name is AJ or Amy Jo. I live on a farm in SW Minnesota and I was thinking that I wanted to join WW so that I would have people to be accountable. Then I realized there were no meetings close to me and I thought, "Hey! SP is free and there are teams for me to be accountable to!" So, I'm back on SP! I'm on day 4 of staying in my calorie range (I'm planning to stay in range today, so I'm calling it day 4). It is wet outside so I think I will do a DVD for exercise rather than wa... Wed, 11 Nov 2015 09:23:15 EST new to board Hi everyone, <BR> My name is Jessie and i'm new to this board. I have been on and off this site for many years but really didn't stick to anything. I became depressed after some personal issues and i gained weight. I am at my all time heaviest of 255. I have been working out 4-5 days a week at the ymca and watching my calorie intake but still gaining. I'm frustrated! I am done being the fat girl!!! Wed, 4 Nov 2015 14:09:03 EST Returning After A Year - Still Done Hey Ladies, <BR> <BR> I was a member a year or so ago. Things were going well until my other half and I were in a car accident that kicked my butt all over the place...exercise was out and so was standing up to cook healthy meals. I am ready to start again and this is the first step of the journey. <BR> <BR> Sun, 1 Nov 2015 23:22:45 EST US expat living in the land of Twiggy... Where to in Uk with my Brit hubby..and at the moment everything in my life really depends on me being not so fat. I love to exercise, but have ZERO motivation. My health is suffering, my marriage is suffering, I am suffering and yet...there is a block in my brain keeping me from moving forward. And losing weight. <BR> <BR> I have done all sorts of programs, diets, healthy eating, etc., but this is the first time I joined in to a group or forum with real's scary...... Wed, 14 Oct 2015 08:53:32 EST A Letter To My Younger Self Dear young Beth, <BR> <BR> I know you think you are ugly and a monster rather than a girl. Well, you aren’t. Dear girl, you have listened to others far too long. From the babysitter who calls you “Monster child,” to the kids at school, and even your own family, everyone else tells you who you are. Do they ever ask you who you are? They should observe rather than label based on your weight. They would see a girl that takes all of that and then some and is still standing. <BR> <BR> You’ll com... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 09:35:55 EST Done Girl Seasonal Challenges Does anyone else miss these? I sure do! <BR> <BR> <em>382</em> Sun, 27 Sep 2015 10:13:06 EST Struggling. Reaching out. Need support. My husband works part time, overnight shifts, so he has a lot of free time during the day. He decided late last year that he needed to start exercising, as he found himself sitting around on the couch too much and wasn't feeling good about himself. I was glad, he felt so much better and was taking care of himself. <BR> <BR> Then he lost his dad this February. It was very sudden, and obviously very hard. My husband's exercising habits suddenly went from 'getting in shape' to a distraction fro... Mon, 21 Sep 2015 16:09:36 EST Back again! Hi everyone! I haven't been around in a long time but I wanted to pop in and say hi. I'm planning on sticking around! 😊 I know I'm going to need encouragement! <BR> <BR> I'm really looking forward to getting to know all of you! Fri, 18 Sep 2015 11:45:36 EST Just getting started. Hey sparkies! I'm Nicole and joined spark people late last night. I am excited to share this journey with you. <BR> <BR> I'm on a mission to loose 200 lbs. So far, I'm down 18...Which, is almost 10%. I feel it's important to celebrate the small victories! So every 10% of my goals has a reward associated with it. I'll be posting the details in my profile later. <BR> <BR> I hope to meet like minded people here and share is each others success!! :) Sun, 13 Sep 2015 13:08:35 EST Borrowed from another Done Blog. I loved this, great way to get to know everyone. <BR> <BR> A little questionnaire just for fun: <BR> <BR> Where is your cell phone? next to me <BR> Spouse? still sleeping <BR> Your hair? brown, dyed "chocolate cherry" <BR> Your mother? next door <BR> Your father? at home in Windsor <BR> Your favorite thing? books and baking <BR> Your dream last night? none that I can remember <BR> Favorite drink? Coffee <BR> What room are you in? living room <BR> Your hobby? reading and craft... Thu, 10 Sep 2015 05:52:08 EST duplicate Sorry! Posted in wrong place... Mon, 7 Sep 2015 08:55:34 EST Back again - 21 day challenge Ok, small confession this is a few days late but as part of my 21 day (return) challenge I am (re)introducing myself to the team. Hello team! Ladies, my health is a hot mess mostly due to terrible advice, self inflicted woes, and negative forces for about 2 years now. At one point I walked every day outside for a mile for 390 days straight. Today, I'm just recommitting myself one day at time to build up healthy habits again. It's all about the little victories. <BR> <BR> So hello again Done... Sat, 5 Sep 2015 15:29:05 EST Running circles, around around around around I've been trying to loose weight for years. I was always heavy, and dieted and exercised to an unhealthy level when I was a teenager. 10 years later, and I'm heavier than I was pregnant! I'll keep at it and loose 10-30 lbs, then I use my crazy life as an excuse to fall off the wagon. I'm 27 and a stay at home mom of 4 (ages 14, 7, 6, and almost 2), 2013 started with 2 kids and along the way we added a teenager and a newborn, my husband has had jobs lost, careers changed, and worked 300 miles ... Fri, 4 Sep 2015 16:17:00 EST The Newest Member.... <em>213</em> Hi everyone! :) My name is Kim. I'm married, Canadian, recent college graduate (june 2015) and looking to lose some much needed weight. I am tired of letting my weight rule my life. I am ready to take my life back! Starting right NOW. :) I am somewhat shy but I am looking for some people on here to become spark friends with... so we can cheer each other on. :) <BR> <BR> Thanks for reading my intro.... :) <BR> <BR> <em>184</em> Tue, 1 Sep 2015 20:31:32 EST Feeling a bit defeated I've started over so many times I've lost count. I recently celebrated a birthday this past week and saw pictures of myself that made me feel absolutely disgusting!!!! <BR> <BR> I'm eating better but not losing anything! My body makes it so difficult to lose weight. I have to work 3x as hard to lose the same amount of weight as a "normal" person. I just don't get it. I'm eating and tracking what I'm eating and drinking. I make spinach/broccoli/apple smoothies for the morning with a hardboi... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 14:39:28 EST I'm back, and so DONE I have been a non-active member of the group for a little while but I am Really wanting to get on track with getting this excess baggage off me....y'all I need help getting rid of all the junk in my trunk lol I'm BACK and I am So freaking DONE with being that girl.....I'm ready for the new part of my weight loss journey 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 kee... Sun, 30 Aug 2015 19:32:14 EST Holiday Challenge? I know it's a little soon but with schools starting up this week, I can't help but think how fast the holidays are coming up. (well, that, and I'm seeing more and more Halloween candy in the stores....) Does anyone have any ideas for a good holiday challenge? Something fun that will last through the candy, turkey, and cookies... <BR> <BR> <em>431</em> <em>429</em> <em>446</em> <BR> Mon, 24 Aug 2015 05:41:00 EST DON'T QUIT Don’t Quit <BR> <BR> When things go wrong as they sometimes will; <BR> When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill; <BR> When the funds are low, and the debts are high; <BR> And you want to smile, but you have to sigh; <BR> When care is pressing you down a bit <BR> Rest if you must, but don’t you quit. <BR> <BR> Success is failure turned inside out; <BR> The silver tint of the clouds of doubt; <BR> And you can never tell how close you are; <BR> It may be near when it seems afar. <BR> So,... Fri, 21 Aug 2015 20:34:51 EST Book Recommendation Book Recommendation <BR> <BR> Dr. Judith S. Beck, The Beck Diet Solution, train your brain to think like a thin person. <BR> This book has been on my wish list but never reached the top priority of my to do list. Time to take action. <BR> <BR> This book is highly recommended by successful SP members of the "At Goal & Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance" team. There is also a The Beck Diet Solution SP team. <BR> <BR> The Beck Diet Solution, train your brain to think like a thin person... Fri, 21 Aug 2015 16:27:05 EST Cize versus Zumba I was wondering what the comparison is the Cize and Zumba. I love going to my zumba classes but I am looking to add some more exercise into my daily routine and where I live only has zumba twice a week. A Facebook friend of my has started doing cize and is raving about it. What are some other opinions of it? Sun, 16 Aug 2015 23:21:03 EST Lunch Ideas Needed! I work in an office of which a lot of people go out to eat, myself included. I need some easy lunch ideas. I have a 1 year old and mornings are rough for me. I need quick and easy; preferably something I can make the night before. I have been bringing frozen lunches, but they are packed with sodium - not good for my 1 kidney. I need some fresh, creative, and yummy ideas. Oh, and I sincerely don't like veggies. I try....I do like salads with cheese/tomato/olives/corn/beans, but I get sick of t... Thu, 13 Aug 2015 14:04:59 EST Hello Ladies! Hello ladies, I am Reyanne, 28 years old and on the way to being the best me I can be. <BR> <BR> Looking for spark buddies to join this journey of mine. <BR> <BR> I have about 60 pounds to lose. <BR> <BR> Ready to crush these goals! Wed, 12 Aug 2015 12:51:27 EST Happy Friday Hi everyone! Hope you have a great Friday and upcoming weekend. Anyone have any special plans? I've got the usual housework and errands but I intend on fitting in some walks and playground time with my daughter too. Fri, 7 Aug 2015 06:30:49 EST Back and Cancer-Free!! Hi done girlies, <BR> <BR> (sorry this is long....please read...needing support!) <BR> <BR> I am back again....seriously, I don't stick to anything....but, 2014 may have brought about the changes I need in order to finally be DONE! I had the best experience of my life, which was becoming a mommy to the most incredible little man named Michael (born July 19, 2014). Along with the best thing ever, 2014 also brought some of the deepest lows in my life. <BR> <BR> My pregnancy was incredibly ... Wed, 5 Aug 2015 22:57:13 EST Hello from Germany Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm here because I have to loose over 100 pounds. I joindes Spark on Sunday and hope to find a lot of support and inspiration. Wed, 5 Aug 2015 15:56:22 EST Awesome August Get to Moving Challenge! So here we go... Starting another month... It is time to get off of the couch & get to stepping! <BR> <BR> Tell me what you are doing for getting your Groove ON! <BR> <BR> What I am doing: <BR> I am starting a daily routine of 30 minutes minimum of dancing, walking or yard working. Sun, 2 Aug 2015 00:24:57 EST Manage Stress Relief <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Happy August, DONE GIRLS! On this first day of August, let's do what we can to find ways of managing stress in our lives. I'm hoping the following seven strategies will help you to reduce stress: <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Get enough sleep. Inadequate or poor-quality sleep can negatively affect your mood, mental alertness, energy level, and physical health. <BR> <BR> <em>104</... Sat, 1 Aug 2015 12:04:48 EST I'm still goin! I just wanted to post a little encouragement for those still starting out or struggling. This team really helped me get started with weight loss 4 years ago, and through some life obstacles, I'm still going strong. I updated my "done girl" picture today. I believe in all of you, you can do it. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> this was me after losing 20 lbs, which is when I first felt comfortable taking a ... Fri, 31 Jul 2015 22:06:23 EST I'm Back!!! Hello everyone! I lost 50 pounds in 2010 and this team was extremely helpful. I'm glad to be back and hoping to make more friends for support along the way. Fri, 31 Jul 2015 18:33:35 EST HELP ln the last five months l have lost my favorite aunt, quit smoking, been the rock for others, and unconsciously lost faith in me. Nibbling took the place of the cigarette. Soothing the loss of my aunt with ice cream. Eating, when l didn't even realize l was eating!!!!! <BR> l was walking to my office last week and l glanced at this horribly obese lady. l thought to myself "oh, honey". You cannot imagine the the utter shock when l realized it was my reflection in a mirror in the distanc... Thu, 30 Jul 2015 12:12:33 EST App update on Android Has anyone else seen the most recent update for the sparkpeople app? I'm not sure if I like it. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 05:17:50 EST Joining in! Used my spark tracker to update :) SW June 7th: 193 <BR> June 14th: weighed in at 191.2 <BR> June 21st: 189 <BR> June 28th: 186 <BR> June Total: 7 lbs! <BR> <BR> July 5th: 185.4 <BR> July 12th: 186.8 <BR> July 19th: 186.4 <BR> July 26th: 184.4 <BR> July Total: 1.6 lbs! <BR> June/July Total:8.6 lbs <BR> <BR> August 2nd: <BR> August 9th: <BR> August 16th: <BR> August 23rd: <BR> August 30th: Wed, 29 Jul 2015 18:46:07 EST Fiance is disappointed because of my weight Hi, <BR> so I lost weight (about 18kg) and I had a bad year last year with my family and profassionally and so I gained almost all the weight back (funnily not in dress size). <BR> I am scared to lose all the weight again, because I was a bit overwhelmed of how different people treat you when you are thinner. <BR> I talked with my fiance about the fact that at the moment I want to maintain my weight and not lose it quickly again. He said, he prefered it if I was thinner. When we met, I was ... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 02:45:42 EST That voice. I like this, thought I would share. <BR> <BR><BR>85437891/i-used-to-be-300-lbs-i-though<BR>t-that-when-i-lost <BR> <BR> STFU voice! Thu, 23 Jul 2015 09:00:53 EST Honored to be Co-Leader! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> so much for welcoming me as a co-leader in the DONE GIRL’S team! Your support and encouragement means so much to me! It is an honor to be able to serve you in a positive way. I treasure having you as spark friends and teammates. It is a privilege that you are allowing me the gift to share the DONE GIRL journey with you. As an introduction, I wrote two blogs that will he... Wed, 22 Jul 2015 12:13:52 EST Back and needing support! I've been here on and off for years, lol. I lost 35 pounds with Spark a few years ago, and while I didn't regain any of it, I didn't lose any more either. I've decided once again that I'm ready to be DONE, but I need help! <BR> <BR> I know what I need to do and what works (tracking, tracking, tracking! and eating within the ranges Spark gives me), but I tend to lose motivation and not do it. I don't have anyone in "real life" working on the same goals to keep me accountable, so I'm coming... Sat, 18 Jul 2015 08:47:39 EST Back after about a Year with Weight Watchers I was doing great with W.W. ( Weight Watchers) But we have a run a bad luck. My parked car was totaled by an a@# with no insurance, and we can't get any money out of him to replace it. So we got an old SUV from my sister; and after having it a about a month the transmission is now going out on it! So we have to cut back on some of the things we are paying for. And well no W.W means an extra $60.00 a month. The only reason I was going was for the meetings. they got me out of the house and arou... Thu, 16 Jul 2015 10:16:33 EST Hi y'all :) Hi y'all :) I'm new to the team... And I'm so excited to be here! <BR> <BR> Just a couple words about me (warning, I'm so bad at short stories)! <BR> <BR> I'm a 33yo woman. I'm a full time professional by day and by night mommy to the 2 most beautiful baby boys I've ever laid my eyes on! I started my journey on 08/17/2013. I weight in at 335lbs.. I joined SP at that time and did great! I got down to 235lbs by January 2014.. I found out I was pregnant with my 2nd son and immediately stopped... Tue, 14 Jul 2015 12:08:03 EST New-ish Hi everyone! My name is Adrien. I lost 20 pounds on my own before I joined SparkPeople back in May. However, once I joined I never did much with the website. I am giving it another go-round and thought I would join some teams. I am looking forward to getting to know all of your on this journey. Mon, 13 Jul 2015 10:15:18 EST I'm here! Sorry for the inactivity ladies. I definitely had too many teams to keep up with and the last couple of weeks have been hectic for me. <BR> <BR> Still here and done!! I hope. <em>40</em> The birthday parties and picnics have made my eating plan go completely off course. I need to dust off and start over again. <BR> <BR> Hubby's birthday is Saturday so this weekend I'm taking him to a Mongolian grill. Definitely a lot of healthy options for me there. Fri, 10 Jul 2015 09:15:12 EST I want a new workout program I am thinking about trying either Slim in 6 or the 21 Day Fix. Does anyone have experience with either of those? I just cannot make up my mind. I like that the 21 day fix has a different workout 7 days a week, while Slim in 6 has vastly less variety. However, I prefer the price (hello tight budget) and the exercise style of the Slim in 6. <BR> What to do? What to do? I am concerned that I will get bored with Slim in 6, but I am kind of leaning that way. Tue, 7 Jul 2015 13:16:11 EST Goal of the week What is your goal for this week? <BR> <BR> Mine is to write out a (reasonable) routine/schedule. I need a kick in the pants! I'm enjoying the slowness of Summer, but it's too easy to skip out on exercise when I don't have some sort of schedule in place to keep me in line. Mon, 6 Jul 2015 08:57:11 EST Still with you Hi Ladies, <BR> <BR> My name is Ingrid and I am still here. Not giving up <BR> <BR> I had great success 2 years ago, then some heath issues came up I got depressed ad let things slide. Gained some of my weight back got more depressed. <BR> <BR> BUT I kept logging in spent some time meditating reading the pages and am back. <BR> <BR> Been logging all my food for about a month, have been going back to the gym at least 3 times a week. <BR> <BR> Recommitting to you all <BR> <BR> Hugs <e... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 05:19:19 EST JULY POWER CHALLENGE! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> STARTING: <BR> "July 5thru11 Power Challenge" <BR> <BR> *** <BR> Everyday people can post positive things they did to increase their Healthy Power, or Super Power! <BR> <BR> What did you do today to BOOST your journey? <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Mon, 6 Jul 2015 00:33:22 EST A Great-Big Thank You! Cannot tell everyone THANK YOU enough to express my gratitude with the awesome support y'all are giving! Nearly every blog post has comments. Random Done Girls drop by to visit and encourage me on my SparkPage. Y'all are Awesome! Thanks so much for the motivation. <BR> <BR> Began my journey with SparkPeople back in 2008. Lost the weight I needed to loose. Gained strength, flexibility, and endurance then, but unfortunately I quit. Life is life. Before you know it, I needed SparkPeop... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 12:45:31 EST Thread of Inspiration! !! Hello, Lovely Done Girls! <BR> <BR> The summer is here and so are bbq's, potato salad and cupcakes! <BR> <BR> On any given day, did you know that we make over 200 food related decisions every 24 hours?! No wonder losing weight isn't super easy. But it also doesn't have to be so hard either! Especially when you have the support and encouragement from a team of over 19,000 DG members to help you through it! <BR> <BR> Welcome the Thread of Inspiration! !! <BR> <BR> Please post YOUR succe... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 23:36:35 EST Returning Not new - but returning! <BR> <BR> I lost about 25 pounds, and felt great - after some life things, a few years of stress, and the worst winter I have ever lived through I am basically back where I started - <BR> <BR> but not without some tools. <BR> <BR> So hi - I hope to get to know some of the wonderful people here, and wish you all well! <BR> Thu, 2 Jul 2015 10:40:06 EST Birthday Club! July 3rd!! <BR> Coming up quick the big 30!! Tue, 30 Jun 2015 20:53:11 EST Amusement park advice!!! My boyfriend wants us to go to 6 flags this upcoming weekend... But I'm really nervous.. I've never gone while I've been this heavy. My big fear is they are going to turn me away for not fitting. I'm 5'1" and 223lb... Does anyone have any advice as to whether or not they think I'll fit??? Mon, 29 Jun 2015 13:04:55 EST Hi! Hi all! <BR> Starting late!! <BR> Looking forward to watching your success and sharing mine!! Sun, 28 Jun 2015 20:48:11 EST Hi!! Hi everyone! <BR> Starting late!! <BR> Cant wait to follow all of your progress and share mine! Sun, 28 Jun 2015 20:32:29 EST SO HAPPY WITH MYSELF! You guys, I kicked some SERIOUS BUTT on the track today. I ran all of my C25K intervals without stopping. And look at that mileage increase! WHEEEEEEEEEEEE! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 25 Jun 2015 16:11:38 EST Fun exercise So by now I think most if not all of us have found fun cardio activities to burn calories. My problem is finding fun strength training. Standing around lifting weights just isn't doing it for me. I get so bored! <BR> <BR> For ab work, I try to spend most of my work day standing. (I have a desk at work that lifts so I can do that.) I try to balance on one foot as often as possible so I'm engaging my core. <BR> But for arms legs etc, I tune out mentally so quickly. So, any fun strength work... Thu, 18 Jun 2015 07:47:44 EST Getting back into the groove! Hiyas! <em>213</em> I've been a Done Girl for a very long time, but I've been MIA for far too long. I was diagnosed last year with a rare heart syndrome that unfortunately has no cure. So between the heart medications and a big, fat dose of self-pity, 30 of my hard earned pounds managed to find their way back. So I'm done and recommitted to reaching my goal weight hopefully by the New Year. I started last week and lost 6 lbs, so I'm taking it as a sign that my body appreciates what I'm do... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 20:41:13 EST Waiting until we are good enough I have always been at war with my body, never finding it good enough. If only I could have the body I had during my college years back today -- I would appreciate it for how fabulous it truly was, which of course I could not see at the time! I saw an article on SP just the other day reminding readers that we are worthy, good enough, just as we are, right now. That is not to say that there is anything wrong with wanting something different for yourself, of course, or with trying to be your ... Thu, 11 Jun 2015 22:36:59 EST . . Wed, 10 Jun 2015 14:12:09 EST FREE SparkRally July 25, Registering Now <em>88</em> Sun, 7 Jun 2015 16:19:51 EST FREE SparkRally July 25, Registering Now July 25th 2015, we will be having a SPARK RALLY at the Noblesville, Indiana Library from 10 am -5 pm. <BR> BE EXCITED! We always have lots of fun and YOU are invited! <BR> You have to register via the Noblesville Library, more info to come on how to do that. <BR> <BR> We will be hearing from SPARKGUY himself live over Skype <BR> Bradmill2922 who has lost over 200 pounds <BR> ~Indygirl who has lost over 200 pounds <BR> Crazymama46 who has lost over 200 pounds, <BR> Hoosiergirlindy who has lo... Sun, 7 Jun 2015 16:18:19 EST Sizzlin' Summer Honeys Challenge <em>67</em> <em>259</em> <em>344</em> <em>259</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 each week 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 ... Wed, 3 Jun 2015 10:00:35 EST This is it Hi, my name is Anders. I recently decided to seriously lose weight. So I joined SP. I'm hoping to find support and a maybe a weightloss buddy. I'm not really interested in the amount of pounds I lose, I just want to lose some fat and inches. I'm currently 50/51/50 in measurements. This fat has got to go. Thu, 28 May 2015 20:31:14 EST Poop on a shingle..... Did you know that is what a meal is called!!??? lol <BR> <BR> I'm here, I was so done but obviously not all the way ready because I've been dealing with the same issues!!!!! When will I learn!?? I can't expect change, when I'm not changing!!!!! <BR> <BR> I'm going back to my near and dear low carbing way of living. Not super charged Atkins or anything, but doing lower carbs while counting calories. <BR> <BR> I keep saying I'm going to get out walking and I finally got tennis shoes that... Thu, 28 May 2015 12:44:50 EST Paleo anyone? Okay. I am starting to eat Paleo today. I have several family members who have lost a lot of weight, gained clearer skin, less digestive issues, etc., with the Paleo lifestyle. I have done some research on it and am going to give it a try. <BR> <BR> This board is for tips and advice from those who follow the Paleo lifestyle or for anyone else who would like to try it out/change with me! All are welcome! <BR> <BR> This DONE GIRL is DONE with cereal grains and legumes, all vegetable, h... Tue, 19 May 2015 09:41:47 EST FREE SparkRally July 25, Registering Now July 25th, we will be having a SPARK RALLY at the Noblesville, Indiana Library. <BR> BE EXCITED! We always have lots of fun and YOU are invited! <BR> You have to register via the Noblesville Library, more info to come on how to do that. <BR> <BR> We will be hearing from Bradmill2922 who has lost over 200 pounds <BR> ~Indygirl who has lost over 200 pounds <BR> Crazymama46 who has lost over 200 pounds, <BR> Hoosiergirlindy who has lost 190 pounds <BR> McCourtt who has lost over 60 pounds <BR> ... Mon, 18 May 2015 10:08:56 EST delete delete. <BR> Sun, 17 May 2015 12:28:49 EST Hey everyone!! I'm DONE!!! I'm tired of this crap, and you know what, I've spent a decade in misery because of this weight. I'm in my 30's and I'm not going to sit around being "pillowy" and mid-aged, plump!!!! I'm not waiting, I'm not starting over tomorrow, and then tomorrow and then tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I'M NOT GIVING UP, THROWING IN THE TOWEL! I'm not sitting around waiting to die! <BR> <BR> A new begins tonight, and I'm going to get there, and be sexy, vibrant, and someone my children can be proud to have as a... Fri, 15 May 2015 00:42:23 EST Back from a long hiatus Well it's been a long time since I committed time and effort to a healthy life style. After all the crap I'm finally free to enjoy enough time to make new goals come true. So hello everyone. Nice to see you again. Thu, 14 May 2015 21:08:40 EST WEIGHT & SELF ESTEEM ISSUES hi. my self esteem at this point is really low and it really is affecting me. i am over 95 kg and i feel sluggish and incapable. i told my doctor (psychiatrist) that I get really nervous in the ward. am a registered nurse. it s affected my training. he said that i need to work on my confidence. because it seems like my confidence on my self is really low. I never had a job, i am 30 yrs old. I tried going back to school but eventually dropped out. He said that ( the doctor) its also about my a... Fri, 8 May 2015 08:18:45 EST Need some feedback! I was told recently that I should "stop all this dieting nonsense" because I'm "past 60 after all" and should just "relax and enjoy what's left of life". Was surprised and not sure how to answer this. Have no children ore grandchildren to watch grow up, so can't use that. What do you say Done Girls? How do you anwer this? Wed, 6 May 2015 00:18:26 EST Back Again It's been a long time since I cared about myself, but I'm here now and moving forward again. Good to be home! <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Wed, 29 Apr 2015 07:48:03 EST Back after a long, long break. I don't remember the last time I was here, but it was probably June 2013 or so. I've had a lot of problems and stress and illness and I ended up regaining pretty much all of my weight. I always loved this group and I can't wait to reconnect with people and make new friends. Sat, 25 Apr 2015 20:38:49 EST Protein Rich Foods Hi! I've recently started a new exercise program and was told by my coach that I need more protein in my diet. Anyone have good ideas on how to incorporate this? I'm a picky eater and know the easy route would be eating more eggs and chicken, but just curious if anyone else has ideas? Mon, 20 Apr 2015 14:50:28 EST New Blog and Comparison Pictures I have been gone from Spark for a long while! Whew! Lots of life changes! <BR> I want to share my blog from today because a) I think a lot of people feel this way! and b) I have my newest comparison picture posted there. <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>blic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=59<BR>14547 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Yay to be back with Done Girls! <BR> Warrior On my friends! <BR> Sarah Mon, 20 Apr 2015 12:38:20 EST I AM AWESOME!!! I decided something yesterday and this is HUGE for me. I AM AWESOME!! I have spent most of my adult life feeling not good enough for two main reasons. 1. I quit college and 2. I am overweight. I come from a very small town. 7 girls in my graduating class. Of those girls, one went on to work in Washington DC helping to write speeches for the President. One became a physical therapist. One who was NOT athletic at all went on to compete in a fitness competition last year. What have I done??? Tha... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 09:19:56 EST Wasn't going to say anything Well I wasn't going to post because I thought "Here I am. Back again!!" I try and fail. Try and fail. Try and fail but one thing I never do is give up!! So here I am AGAIN!!! Hope you all will have me back in your group because I NEED you!! Thu, 9 Apr 2015 12:30:19 EST item of clothing you will feel comfy and sexy in! what are the clothes you haven't worn in a while because they put you down, that you plan to feel amazing in? Wed, 8 Apr 2015 20:15:17 EST back after 4 years I MISS MY DONE GIRLS!!!! I'm sure it's probably a whole new batch of ladies in here, but the good vibes on this team will never change. When I was active on the site before, I remember how much support and encouragement I got from you all. Amazing. Thank you!!!!!! <BR> <BR> The past 4 years have been a little whack... I lost all three of my grandparents that I had known my entire life. Not that it didn't affect me, but they were 94, 98, and 102, so I kind of saw it coming. What I did NOT see... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 03:04:19 EST Thank you! I want to thank everyone for all the birthday wishes. I love my fellow Done Girls, you are always there supporting me and each other. Wed, 1 Apr 2015 20:29:59 EST Hi ladies.. I'm ready to be done! Just saying hi! And looking forward to finding support and encouragement... I so want out of my hiding suit! <BR> <BR> Jenn Sun, 29 Mar 2015 19:50:41 EST Experience with Master Cleanse I know the master cleanse has been around forever. Does anyone have any experience with it? Any positive experiences with other cleanses/detoxes? Sat, 28 Mar 2015 12:59:55 EST haven't been here for a while, back again Hi everybody, I just started tracking my stuff again a couple weeks ago, stopping by to say hi. I want to try to be more active on the team, it seems to help to have support :) Anyway, I'm Heather, I'm 44, trying to get into better shape, eat better, you know, the usual. Nice to be back! Thu, 26 Mar 2015 19:19:43 EST Today <em>102</em> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 08:11:35 EST Back Again Well I'm back again! I used to belong to Sparkpeople and this team a few years ago. I just recently had my first child and I am ready to start working this program for him. I want to be able to play with him and live a nice long life for him and I can't do that if I am out of breath just getting out of bed in the morning. I'm tired of being fat. My knees hurt, my back hurts, and I watched my grandmother struggle and lose to her weight issues. I don't want my son to see me struggle with it and... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 09:24:34 EST Need help getting clue Hi Done Girls, I'm doing a Challenge Nation event in San Francisco tomorrow. Challenge Nation is pretty much an urban scavenger hunt with a race component. It's easy to log a 5k with it. There are 12 clues you get at the very start of the race which are usually some kind of local landmarks. You have to run back and forth to them and take photos. <BR> <BR> But I need help getting a mega clue tonight. If you go to the event facebook page, find my comment of my team name, and like it, I may ge... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 12:27:59 EST Any binger's here?? I always feel so alone, even though I know I can't be the only one who does and suffers from this! <BR> <BR> If there are, what are some of your tricks in dealing with this. It is by far my crippling thing I do to myself <BR> <BR> I've been doing this long enough to know I have certain triggers, and learning how to avoid this... <BR> <BR> One- Not eating after around 8 pm usually keeps me binge free. Even if I try at that point to have a "healthy" snack, I end up eating everything but ... Thu, 19 Mar 2015 09:21:45 EST Hi...55 lbs or Bust! Hi, I'm Tina, I have been gone for awhile but I'm back, this time I will succeed!!! <em>224</em> Wed, 11 Mar 2015 14:10:43 EST Ready to Rock 'N Roll with some DONE Girls! Hi All! I'm Amy Jo or AJ and I am a returning DONE girl! <BR> <BR> I'm 29+ (Ok, 45) and a farm wife and mom of 2 great teens. I'm also a respiratory therapist who works 3 days a week and helps out on the farm on my days off from the hospital. <BR> <BR> I'm also 5'3" and 100+ lbs overweight. I've been overweight since I was in upper grade school and obese since probably the end of college or not many years after. I honestly can't remember when I was at what weights except for when I lost 2... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 11:07:55 EST Rockin Body with Shaun T <link><BR>ograms/ </link> <BR> <BR> Have any of you tried this? A co-worker ordered this set but hasn't given it a go yet. Tue, 10 Mar 2015 11:00:47 EST March MADNESS Challenge Hello Done Girls! <BR> <BR> It’s the start of a new month and I wanted to challenge myself to consistently take care of me. I thought it would be great to start a Challenge to motivate myself to do my best…and why not invite my lovely Done Girls to do the same?! <BR> <BR> Here are the guidelines for the March Madness Challenge: <BR> <BR> Start/End Date: March 1st – March 31st <BR> <BR> Earn 1 point daily, for up to 5 points daily for the following: <BR> • Nutrition: Earn 1 pt per day ... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 14:58:27 EST Blooming Beauties Spring Challenge <em>184</em> <em>87</em> <em>184</em> <em>87</em> <em>184</em> <BR> <BR> 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 each week 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 t... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 14:03:47 EST looking into fitband Hey Done girls! I was wondering if anone has any recommendations for a fit band or something similar? Tue, 24 Feb 2015 14:53:47 EST Hello Done Girls! Hi all! I'm proud to say that I'm back at it. :) I lost myself for a while there- found myself in a rut of over eating, couch surfing, and watching life pass me by. I wasn't being an active mom or a fun wife. I found myself in a rut of laziness and I knew I needed to make a change. I lost over 25 lbs with spark people in the past, and I know that SP is the best place for me! <BR> <BR> So, I'm back and ready to kick butt!!!! Mon, 23 Feb 2015 11:47:44 EST Hi! I'm New! Hello, Everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Kelly and I am new-ish here on SP. I admit this is not my first time here, but I'm positive that I'll see it through to my goals this time! I live in sunny Florida and have close to 200 pounds to lose. My wonderful husband and I are hoping to begin growing our family soon, so we're both working hard to get healthy and fit. <BR> <BR> I look forward to getting to know you all as we work towards our goals together! <BR> Wed, 18 Feb 2015 13:46:58 EST Meal Replacement Shakes - What do you think? I know meal replacement shakes get a bad wrap when it comes to long term weight lose goals. I understand the concerns if you only use them to reduce calories and don't make overall good food choices. <BR> <BR> My question to you, can they have an appropriate place in a healthy diet? Here is what I put on my blog. I look forward to hearing anyone's opinion on the matter. <BR> <BR> Tracking my food has been eye opening. When you start tracking I assume it's common to realize you are eating m... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 17:12:22 EST Back with a vengeance! Hi, everyone! I'm back...I deleted my old profile LUVMYCRAZYKIDS...bc that was old news. This is my fresh, clean start! On a positive note (that's part of my goal remain and find positive in every day...even when it's hard!)...I am still 12 lbs LESS than my starting weight on that profile, so ALL was not completely lost! I can even recall how long it's been...maybe 4 yrs? Not sure. <BR> Anyway, I had a little bit of a health scare yesterday. As I was showering in the morning, my he... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 21:22:11 EST Fitness Watch with Calorie Counter Hey everyone! I need some help. I am in need of a fitness watch and I would like it to also count calories. I have looked and looked but can't find one that works from all activity and not just running or swimming. Is there a watch like that? Mon, 9 Feb 2015 15:58:57 EST Hi, I'm Shannon Hi, I'm Shannon - I'm not new to Sparkpeople, but I got away from it for quite some time, and I never really used the boards before, but I feel like having people to relate to will help me in my goals. I live in Toledo, OH - I work at a university as a secretary, and I'm also an art student, my main focus is sculpture. I have been married for 9 years and have two beautiful dogs, Gili and Murray. Mon, 9 Feb 2015 12:57:33 EST In need of..... I seriously need a weight loss buddy. I need someone to help keep me motivated and help keep me on track. I'll of course do the same. I am SO done being the fat girl. Sun, 8 Feb 2015 00:09:37 EST Hi there! Today seemed like a good day to introduce myself to the team - don't think I've ever done this before! My name's Richelle but most people call me Shell, and I'm tired of feeling lousy like I do when I don't take care of myself. I really want to run a marathon in a year...anyone here ever take themselves from couch potato to running queen in one year? Sat, 7 Feb 2015 14:16:35 EST I'm back After several years of focusing on other goals (and putting weight back on in the process) I'm back. I'm ready to focus on myself now- the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of myself. I'm committing to logging into sparkpeople everyday. With the amount of time I spend online, this should not be an issue! Fri, 6 Feb 2015 09:18:21 EST Thank you ladies I just wanted to say thank you for all the lovely Birthday messages you left on my page. The Done Girl team is rocks. Wed, 4 Feb 2015 15:08:59 EST piyo anyone out there doing beach body piyo? looking for workout buddies! Mon, 2 Feb 2015 23:26:19 EST St. Patrick's Day Challenge ST. PATRICK'S DAY CHALLENGE <em>137</em> <BR> <BR> Starting Date: February 1, 2015 <BR> Ending Date: March 17, 2015 <BR> <BR> *Lose 1 - 1.5 lbs. per week <BR> *25 Jumping Jacks are done each day (along with exercises you're already doing.) <BR> *Post weight loss each Sunday <BR> Here's to pounds lost on the other side of the rainbow! <em>437</em> <BR> <BR> <em>137</em> <em>441</em> <em>438</em> <em>440</em> <em>137</em> <em>441</em> <em>438</em> <em>440</em> <em>137</e... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 19:54:26 EST hello ladies! ...can someone delete this topic? i was trying to post it in the introduction thread. Sun, 1 Feb 2015 03:32:13 EST Oh! Emm! Gee!!! Okay, I am back....again &#128530;. So, I have the healthy stuff in the kitchen, renewed motivation, and a little bit of a heavy heart that I will fail. I know, I know, not the outlook to have, I should be doing positive self-talk, I am a counselor for crying out loud!! Lol. But, on the positive side, I feel like I have a much more realistic approach! E.g. I'm not on a diet, rather, a lifestyle change! My BF and I work graveyard, I only work 3 12-hour days, while he works 5 8', the c... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:51:26 EST 23 1/2 hours a day Hi, <BR> <BR> I just joined the team and only rejoined Spark a couple weeks ago after many years away. I've been trying to read lots of blogs and visit SparkPages for some motivation. <BR> <BR> Today one of the many blogs included a link to this video that really hit home to me (sorry I don't remember which blog). I thought I would share: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> It's about all the health benefits of being active but in a scientific and interesting manner. <BR> <B... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 19:21:08 EST I have got to crow & help keeping my positive flo I feel like an athlete today. Down to 166 for probably the first time in 6 years. I feel like my body is just slim and tone. <BR> Now all I need to do is get naked and look in the mirror to see the truth. I am still over-weight, I am still a fat girl. <BR> But today... when I stood on that scale and there was a significant loss. I could hear the Rocky theme music. When I went to Water Aerobics and the Elton John, " the bitch is back" came on I knew it was playing just for me. <BR> Now how do ... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:49:39 EST Ladies Have your Vitamin D levels checked I am a world class procrastinator with my own health care. When I finally got my blood checked I had "levels of D lower than my doctor had seen on a living person" Not surprising I'm in IT I work in a basement, my hobbies involve reading and crafting. I don't get much sun. <BR> <BR> Now the important part. If you have low vitamin D it will be next to impossible to lose weight. So if you've been eating within your numbers and exercising and nothing is moving its something to check... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:50:33 EST Anyone else with a chronic illness? I have fibromyalgia and arthritis and a bunch of mental health issues. <BR> <BR> Anyone else have that added to their struggle to lose weight? <BR> <BR> All of the pain teams are totally dead! Fri, 23 Jan 2015 02:54:53 EST Adjusting weight to adjust calories on Sparkpeople This team rocks but I've been away from spark for a few years and some things have changed on the website. I need some help. On spark's website you used to have to go to a special place to adjust your weight every 10 pounds so that your calories would be adjusted to continue weight loss. I can't seem to find this feature anymore. Is it now automatic or can one of you help me find it? Thu, 22 Jan 2015 19:32:26 EST Dig me out please So lately I've been feeling pretty depressed and pretty down. My weight has been creeping up and up and I pretty much lack all the willpower to eat anything healthy in healthy amounts. I wake up feeling good about starting a new day and all of a sudden my stomach has extreme hunger pagnes that I am desparate to fill that need. Then I eat until I feel full and that's usually after eating large portions of something. <em>46</em> I thought I start with the healthy eating and I guess my mind ... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 10:59:18 EST advice needed! TIA Been member in the gym for 8 years but i never lost a significant amount of weight. For the first 2 years i was active in dancing class. I dont know what happend, I guess i got tired of that routine. Tried cycling last 2012. I was consistent for a month and i just stopped. Now, 2015, i feel "motivated" again to do the work. I just worry i would lose my focus and consistency again. I cant seem to keep it up. I lose my motivation and my focus. Do you guys feel this way??? What do you do when t... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 10:33:30 EST What are you dancing to? I've got the Cupid Shuffle cranked up! <BR> What do you have cranked up today? Tue, 20 Jan 2015 19:10:27 EST Do the math!!! So I have been struggling to drink my 8 cups of water a day. <BR> <BR> And then I realized my usual drink of water is in a one pint glass. <BR> <BR> So that's 20 UK ounces. <BR> <BR> So 2.5 glasses is my 8 a day. <BR> <BR> And I easily drink that! <BR> <BR> Is there a head on desk emoticon? <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <em>30</em> Tue, 20 Jan 2015 10:59:55 EST Inspirational Quotes! Hi, Done Girls! <BR> Things are a bit tough for me right now. I feel overwhelmed and need some support to stay on track. <BR> One of the things that helps me are inspirational quotes. <BR> <BR> If any of you have quotes that help you, can you possibly share them with me? <BR> <BR> Here are two that I've contemplated lately: <BR> "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." - Confucius <BR> "urrr urrrhh aaahhrrrr rrrrrr..." Chewbacca (very wise.) <BR> <BR> Thanks, Done Girls :... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 22:45:10 EST Hello, Hypocrite.... My dad had a heart attack Jan 11th. He is doing well, he went home a few days later after 2 stents were placed. He feels good and it looks like he didn't have too much heart damage. My dad has been at a perfect weight his whole life, he's an active guy because he's a farmer (79 years old and was still farming last year). <BR> <BR> The day it happened, one of the first things that I thought was, "You can't smoke for 60 years and not expect something to happen." Immediately after that I thoug... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 12:29:04 EST Challenge at Work We are starting a weight loss challenge at work that I'm really excited about. We have to put in $5 to start, and we're weighing in on Monday mornings. For every pound we gain, we have to put in $1. At the end of the challenge, there will be 2 winners: most pounds lost and biggest body fat percentage lost. <BR> <BR> I'm already 27 lbs. down since the start of my lifestyle change, but this challenge at work will keep me extra motivated since there is money involved! I don't know how much of a... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 11:20:42 EST Share with me today I would like for you to share what exercise you are doing to get your calorie burn! <BR> <BR> What did you eat today that you just love/hate! <BR> <BR> You just do not know how sharing helps yourself and the ones you share with! <BR> <BR> Sat, 17 Jan 2015 11:43:55 EST Saw this and had to share So many bodies, ages, abilities. We can do this <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Light and Love <em>433</em> Ingrid Wed, 14 Jan 2015 20:29:16 EST Hi Done Girls I was on spark people 3 yrs ago and now I'm back to loose 30 lbs in 6 months - did it last time and I know I can do it again - this site is awesome that way! Looking forward to getting to know ya'll. Take it easy Tue, 13 Jan 2015 10:40:51 EST Pushing Past Plateaus Over and over I have started to lose weight, only for my body to stop losing and plateau at this point. It feels like my body would rather I stay this weight forever. <BR> <BR> Do you ladies have any idea how I can blow through my plateau this time, the weightoss train has slowwed and will soon come to a stop if I don't try something new to fuel it. <BR> <BR> Mon, 12 Jan 2015 08:26:21 EST Fitbit users Just curious as to how many Fitbit users we have here and if so has it helped you. I seen someone say that you can connect to SP , has anyone done this? <BR> <BR> I also wanted to know if anyone wanted to connect with me so we can motivate each other to keep moving, my user name is MsV2U Sun, 11 Jan 2015 21:58:14 EST facebook users are there any FB users here?I'm on it and would like to friend others also from SP. Let me know your user page so I can friend you <BR> Sat, 10 Jan 2015 16:09:58 EST Gym So, I have started to regularly exercise... I know it's not quite routine yet- but I'll get there. <BR> <BR> I tried to weigh myself yesterday and this morning - yes I know you're not supposed to weigh yourself every day but yesterday my scale was all over the place (seriously a difference of 20lbs) so I was like nevermind, i'll check tomorrow. Today it said I'm 3lbs heavier than I was on monday... I've worked out 3x this week and have been eating very well. <BR> <BR> I know water retentio... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 10:36:54 EST Has your perception of "beautiful" changed now that you workout? <BR> <BR> I'm not sure when it happened. I've always thought of models (like Cindy Crawford) as beautiful. And, she is. But, this morning at the gym, a female runner caught my eye, I'm thinking in her early to mid 50's (gray & white hair) but not sure, and I thought "wow, she is beautiful. I want to be like her." She has an awesome body. Well defined muscles (but not body builder type), just enough. You know what I mean? Not a stitch of make-up or "fixed" hair or dress... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 10:58:36 EST Coffee issue....any ideas? I've never been a coffee drinker. Not that I didn't like it I just don't feel the need to drink it and so I never owned a coffee pot. THEN Keurig came into existent lol! I've not had one of those either until now. I have been having a cup a day (except today as it has been SO cold and so I've been drinking it this evening too....decaf of course). <BR> <BR> Anyway, I don't like straight black coffee...try to but I just can't stand it. I try creamers and milk and those help but there i... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 01:04:32 EST Meatless March: <link><BR>st=meatless_march_are_you_taking_the_c<BR>hallenge </link> <BR> <BR> Check out the blog link above &#8593; <BR> <BR> If you check out the link, and click on some of the links in the blog to go to the thread for the challenge you will see that this was back in 2012. But I still found the basis to be just what I may be looking for... <BR> <BR> ~So my hubs has been talking to me about giving up meat for a time just to see the difference in our ... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 22:01:05 EST Hello...newbie here.. hello, I just wanted to thank you for letting me join...I am Diana, 47, Married, live in Upstate NY close to Saratoga Springs, I grew up in Toledo, Ohio...been here over 16 years now.. Am Mommy to a beautiful Wheaten Scottish Terrier, named Bailey, he is 2.5 years old and the apple of our eyes.. <BR> I am an artist ( folk) and have been a lover of the Paranormal for most of my adult life. I have had several experiences, and after tonight, I will have more time to pop in and tell of a few.. <... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 18:06:19 EST being told to lose weight causes weight gain. hmm. (edited to remove link - I hadn't see the rude comments from people on the link when I originally posted. sorry.) <BR> <BR> Hi, ladies! I thought I'd share this article with you - (link removed.) <BR> <BR> According to the study this article is citing, being told to lose weight from loved ones can cause people to GAIN weight. <BR> Every time my mother told me to lose weight, I would just gain. It became a viscous cycle that I, and really nobody, deserves. <BR> I know that she was "only tryi... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 13:43:37 EST it is 7 degrees Perfect for hot chocolate, warm apple cider but thankfully I am upstairs on Spark instead. <BR> <BR> So far staying strong <BR> <BR> Drinking water <em>194</em> Mon, 5 Jan 2015 20:30:26 EST Complete, slightly overwhelmed newbie here! Hi everyone. I'm Knight. I joined the site today after I saw someone in my Facebook feed comment about liking this website for tracking their activity and calories. I've spent the last couple hours cruising the site (it's very overwhelming) and, in the process, found this team. <BR> <BR> You seem to be very active, and that's exactly what I'm looking for! <BR> <BR> I am one of many, many people that made a New Year's Resolution to be healthier in 2015. It is, however, the first time I've ev... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 13:25:24 EST DONE...and I definitely mean it this time. Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> My name's Char, and I was DONE back in 2011. But life and being in my own head got in the way. My world got shook up when I was in a car accident that almost killed me, and my weight shot up to 425 as a result. I had finally had it. I'm 26, now separated, and I'm starting my life over with a brand new outlook on life, and an inner strength I never knew I had. I lost 41 lbs in 2014, but I refuse to stop there. I hope I can get to know you all, and I love being DONE :... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 15:09:07 EST Got a fitbit? Hey y'all! My husband completely surprised me and got me a fitbit for Christmas. I would love to have my done girls as friends. So if you have one please look me up, <BR> Thanks so much! Wed, 31 Dec 2014 10:08:20 EST Hello DONE Girls! :) Hi Everyone... <BR> <BR> My name is Kim. I'm a Canadian. Loves - Hockey, Hello Kitty, Thunderstorms, Horror Movies, Vanilla Scented Candles, Honey/Vanilla Tea, Stuffed Animals, Photography, and My Husband! ;) I am a Full-Time College Student taking Photography, and I'm finished in April 2015. Really sad ... because I love my teachers and all the awesome Photographers I have met along the way. (fellow classmates of course!) ;) I signed up on here last night.. (December 29th) beca... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 23:37:45 EST I Pad Users Hello Beautiful Done girls!!! <BR> <BR> I am back after being away for almost two years!!! I am so motivated so I keep my IPad with me so I can track everything!!! My question is do any of you who use an IPad have issues uploading pics or posting sometimes? I tried to upload pics for my Motivation board and they were all turned sideways. I need to updated my page, but I don't want sideways pics!!! <em>40</em> Thanks to anyone who can help!! Tue, 30 Dec 2014 13:32:08 EST Room for 1 more? Hi, I hope your have room for me. I also want to be "done" being the fat girl! I would like to actually wear a bathing suit to the beach this summer instead of being the only one in my group wearing shorts and a t-shirt. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 29 Dec 2014 11:08:55 EST Any CrossFitters? Looking for other Done Girls that choose CrossFit as their lifestyle. Mon, 29 Dec 2014 10:59:50 EST Back Again, But a Different Person This Time Greetings! My name is Jenna and I'm back again. This time is different though. I've been doing Crossfit for about 4 months now. I don't want to be skinny, I want to be STRONG! I only weight myself once a month now and I'm more interested in my measurements and what my body can do than my weight. <BR> <BR> I look forward to getting to know all of you! Sun, 28 Dec 2014 15:06:51 EST Post holiday scale I knew I had slipped but wow. <BR> <BR> Trying to look at my fall and weight gain as a starting point and a way to know what i have to do. It is hard not to feel like a failure but I know I did it once so I should be able to do it again. <BR> <BR> Time to get back on track and be more active to be the Done girl I want to be. <BR> <BR> Light and Love - Ingrid Fri, 26 Dec 2014 16:47:53 EST New (Again!!) Hello DONE girls!! My name is Jennifer, I am 25 years old, and live in North Carolina. I have been on SparkPeople on and off for about 4 years now! About 3 years ago, I lost 30 pounds to be in my brother's wedding. Now I am planning for my own wedding, October 10, 2015 to my best friend and love of my life!! My short-term goal, by my wedding, is to lose 50 pounds. Overall, I have about 125 pounds to lose. I am at my heaviest of 275. I am ready, and determined, to get this weight off of me. Th... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 10:26:15 EST Again! Hi guys! I've actually been, technically, a 'done' girl for a awhile now, but haven't been much acting like it! I've had a rough year. I had a lot of illness and complications which led to a major sinus surgery and the inability to work out. When I'd just gotten the all clear from my doctors to exercise again, I got the flu! (I got the flu shot, but the CDC said they were 'off' on the predictions of what strains would be where, so it isn't as helpful this year!) I'm ALMOST back to gettin... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 07:15:11 EST new year new changes This coming year could be stressful for me. But I'm determined to make changes. <BR> <BR> Over the past year, I let myself go again. I succumbed to the stress and allowed myself to emotionally eat and only exercised in short spurts. (would exercise for a couple weeks each month then give up. I've had a lot of things happen this year and not all of it was bad, so I need to accept the bad changes and focus on the good. <BR> <BR> My grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's this year. It's di... Sun, 21 Dec 2014 05:33:18 EST 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 Wonder Women Winter Challenge <em>425</em> <em>344</em> <em>425</em> <em>344</em> <em>425</em> <BR> <BR> Wonder Women Winter Challenge <BR> <BR> December – February <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 losin... Sun, 7 Dec 2014 22:05:25 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