SparkPeople South Bend Team Messageboard Looking for friends to encourage each other! SparkPeople South Bend Team Messageboard A Boomer Newbie happy to be on board! <em>524</em> I want to be much more consistent with my exercise. I get derailed too easily, and tend to lose my motivation. Sleep problems don't help the situation, but no excuses, I need to do whatever it takes. I'm seeing if I can get a variety of people from my building to walk to <BR> different areas of interest in the city. I'm naming the effort, THE WEIGHT AND SEE WALKERS. <BR> After all these years I've decided I need support for my weight loss and fitness journey. <BR> Tue, 16 Jun 2015 17:06:59 EST From Laporte,IN Hi everyone. I just joined this team it is as close to my city as I can get. Hope to get my health back on track. Good luck everyone. <em>381</em> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:32:50 EST keeping up with my new changes My name is Jessica and this year is my year. I am currently at 54 pounds lost and have a lot more to go and just need a little support from people that are walking in the same shoes... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 21:07:59 EST February Challenge~ Lose 3 lbs Hi All! <BR> <BR> OMGoodness... have I been busy. I am so sorry this thread is getting off to a late start, but we aren't going to let that hold us back now are we? <BR> <BR> This month, I would like to see us each lose 3 lbs. Get your water, fruits, veggies and sleep and get MOVING :) I know it is SO hard to do this with the weather the way it is, but I am hoping (really hard) that mid Feb. will show us some relief from snow and frigid temps. <BR> <BR> I am going to make it a personal goa... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 14:10:13 EST NEW YEAR NEW YOU CHALLENGE~ Jan1-31, 2014 Hi All! <BR> <BR> Please joing me in the New Year, New You Challenge. I know I have been gone from Sparkpeople for quite awhile now and I want to get into shape to set a healthy example for my 2 daughters. A little more energy to keep up with them would be great too! <BR> <BR> SO, first I would like to welcome any new members who have joined the South Bend Team. Welcome and Happy New Year! We are all go glad that you decided to join our team. Historically, the South Bend team has been an e... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 08:40:33 EST Helllooooo. Where do you live? Hello all. Thank to Spark America, I realized South Bend has a team. I guess it doesn't say if it is Indiana or another state, so I am not sure I am in the right place. <BR> <BR> I am from Cassopolis, Michigan. It is about 10 miles north of South Bend. Where are you from? Wed, 11 Dec 2013 09:39:34 EST Hello... hello... hello? I looks to me like this team might be in hibernation! I hope that will change because I could definitely use some support from local teamies. <BR> <BR> I lost about 100lbs several years ago and slowly, but surely it's creeping back... I'm starting the Paleo way of eating and seeing how that works for me. I'm currently on day 4. <BR> <BR> I hope to hear from some of you! Sun, 24 Nov 2013 13:53:34 EST Let's Take This Challenge Right Into September SALLYSUEPJ set a goal to reach by September 21st, I am challenging you to join us and work together toward reaching our goals. Sat, 10 Aug 2013 04:07:43 EST Back to Sparkpeople! I'm just coming back to SP again; I'd lost 100 lbs last time I used it, then since I started working from home May 2012 I put on 105... So it's time to kick some butt! <BR> <BR> Due to lack of space, I rely very heavily on Wii for exercise - I use Wii Sports and Gold's Gym Cardio Workout (usually warming up with the running segment 10-15 mins and then the boxing exercises). <BR> <BR> I'm a work-from-home indie game developer, so I spend about 99% of my time sitting and on my laptop... DOH! Thu, 8 Aug 2013 15:49:12 EST hello New to this site hope to meet new and motivated people here need this to help me get motivated Fri, 26 Jul 2013 02:04:34 EST Looking for a buddy in the area Hi! I'm Sarah. I'm 23 years old and I am looking for a workout buddy/partner to do weight training or walking with during the week. <BR> <BR> I've been all over the net and I can't believe how hard it is to find people in your area to connect with! I work out of the home, so I don't really know anyone, or have any connections to meet people. I was hoping to find someone here since this is such a large community. <BR> <BR> I've been a member here for several years now, but found I didn't... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 12:44:42 EST Let's Take This Challenge Right Into July Come on, Sally needs some motivation. Let's Take This Challenge right into July and keep encouraging each other. Wed, 3 Jul 2013 05:02:11 EST June Challenge I am going to focus on my weight loss as a rescue mission and take on a warrior(ess) like mindfulness toward discipline in the areas of my nutrition, my strength training and my yoga practice in the month of June. <BR> <BR> Last night, I got together with good friends to play "Apples to Apples." I said no to the desserts offered and snacked on fresh cherries. Sat, 1 Jun 2013 05:10:50 EST May Challenge Please post your ideas for a May Challenge here. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Carey Sun, 21 Apr 2013 17:39:21 EST Need to lose I tried this once and failed, back again for another try. I want to lose 40 lbs by Christmas and with the help of a dietitian I'm going to do it. Instead of counting calories I am counting carbs. Can't wait will Wed. to see if I have lost anything. Sat, 23 Mar 2013 23:45:40 EST Challenge: lose 6 pounds by the 28th of February Please join me in this challenge for the month of February by setting a goal to lost at least 6 pounds by the 28th of February. Jot down your starting weight and let's spark it up! I could use your encouragement and I would like to encourage you!! Thu, 31 Jan 2013 04:34:26 EST New Here So I've been on spark people for a little bit and hadn't explored the boards here at all....until now. :-) I'm glad there is a local group! <BR> <BR> My name is Mindy. I am 30 years old. I am engaged to be married. I have two children of my own and a soon-to-be step son. I currently work in a very active job, but somehow I still manage to hold on to the fat!! I'll soon be going back to school and leaving my job. I'm scared I'll pack on even more weight when that happens. I would reall... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 15:17:09 EST Hello there! Hello Im annie ive been overweight most of my life, ive lost 28 pounds in the past 2 months but need more motivation and support so hopefully i find it here, this means more to me than just getting skinny but be healthier and happier! Mon, 31 Dec 2012 09:37:52 EST 2013 Goals Has anyone set goals for 2013? I have spent what little free time I have had the past couple of weeks thinking about the fact that all three members of my household need to make 2013 the year that we make health and fitness our priority. I have had several discussions with my DH, my 14 year old DS and even our family doctor. Although both my DH and DS admit and some times complain about the fact that they need to lose their excess ponds and exercise more, I am struggling with getting them ... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 20:18:37 EST Challenge you to lose 6 lbs by the 31st of October I would like to extend this invitation to all of you on this team to encourage each other and participate by joining this new challenge. I thought it might be a way to breathe a Spark back into our South Bend team. And I ask for your support as I'm struggling with my weight loss at this time. <BR> <BR> I challenge you to lose 6 pounds by the 31st of October. Join this challenge by posting that you're in (or post your starting weight, if you feel comfortable doing so. This starting weight is... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 12:28:23 EST September Goals Has anyone set some personal goals for September? Back to school time in my house means that we add even more activities to the ones that we are already struggling to juggle. I have finally realized that certain aspects of Sparkpeople fit into my life well right now, and unfortunately, others do not. <BR> <BR> I try to log in every day and soak up the wisdom and motivation from the articles and blogs. Some of my families favorite recipes have come from here. I love the fact that I can tr... Tue, 4 Sep 2012 09:19:51 EST August Challenge I am thankful to Cyndie for her inspiring LESSOFMOORE's blog entry listing her goals for August. I would like to "borrow" these for our August challenge (Thank you, Cyndie) <BR> <BR> "My goals for August are..." <BR> <BR> 1. Drink 9 glasses of water daily. <BR> 2. Stay within calorie range daily (including weekends!) <BR> 3. Log in water and food daily. <BR> 4. Complete at least 150 fitness minutes a week. <BR> <BR> Wed, 1 Aug 2012 05:57:22 EST I nee to loose weight hi, my name is christy and I didnt like the number that appeared on the scale at the doctors proves I am obese..this stinks. Wed, 11 Jul 2012 21:15:41 EST July Challenge Good morning on the first day of July, anybody want to continue tracking their nutrition with me this month? I would challenge you to track your cardio and strength training this month as well. These are basic tools of accountability and self study. June was busy and demanding and I didn't track every day in June, but I would like to make this a basic habit again as I continue to work toward my own weight loss goals in a new month, this month of July. <BR> <BR> Wishing you strength and suc... Sun, 1 Jul 2012 08:27:06 EST South Bend Work Out Buddies? Hi, I am Angie and just started working out May 22 and joined Spark again recently. Looking for workout buddies in the area, female or male who enjoy walking or doing Zumba. I cannot run unfortunately because of my knees and have to modify even during my exercise classes but at least I go! Whoever would like to possibly talk or is interested in meeting to discuss schedules and where I workout etc message me or post here! I hope to find someone interested! <BR> <BR> Angie <em>220</em> Wed, 13 Jun 2012 15:09:44 EST Save the date: September 15 On September 15, there will be a 5.5K and 10K trail run called "Mash the Creek" at Potato Creek State Park. Want more information? Visit: <link> </link> <BR> <BR> In addition, this race is benefiting the Food Bank of Northern Indiana - please support the Food Bank by running in this race. Sun, 3 Jun 2012 18:23:35 EST June Challenge - Track Your Nutrition Good morning on the first day of June, anybody want to track their nutrition with me this month? It's a basic tool of accountability and self study. I've been thinking about nutrition a lot lately and thought I'd create this basic challenge for June. Also, I would like to weigh less by the 4th of July... <BR> <BR> Wishing you strength and success with your weight loss and wellness endeavors, always! <BR> SWDOTB2 <BR> Fri, 1 Jun 2012 06:13:23 EST Newbie Hi, from South Bend, Indiana, so if anyone would like to message me for a workout partner or to exchange recipes and healthy tips, I'm up for that! Single mom with 2 teenagers looking to become more healthy. Thu, 31 May 2012 18:16:28 EST New Member Hello, I am new here, my name is Georgia, from Mishawaka. I have been on my weight loss journey for a while, and it has been a struggle. I would like to lose 40 lb already lost 10. I am recovering from open heart surgery and due to medication I find it difficult to lose weight. But I have to and I am doing my best to get it done. 10 lb is good but I have a ways to go. Sun, 20 May 2012 00:31:21 EST May challenge to walk Route 66 U.S. Route 66 (US 66 or Route 66), also known as the Will Rogers Highway and colloquially known as the Main Street of America or the Mother Road, was a highway within the U.S. Highway System. One of the original U.S. Highways, Route 66 was established on November 11, 1926—with road signs erected the following year.[1] The highway, which became one of the most famous roads in America, originally ran from Chicago, Illinois, through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and Cal... Wed, 2 May 2012 14:12:29 EST Hi I guess my title says it all. My name is Nicole, and while I have already made a couple blogs I thought I should also take a minute to introduce myself and say hello. I learned about this website through some magazines I was reading. I thought maybe this would be a helpful way to kick start myself back into a healthy lifestyle. Hopefully this works! Fri, 13 Apr 2012 17:25:29 EST HI EVERYONE! Hello! <BR> Great to be here! I recently had a baby-he is 4 weeks old and am very eager to get back into shape and lose the baby weight!! I have already lost about 40 lbs but have 30 more to go to reach my goal weight for a healthy BMI. I have lived in South Bend for 2 yrs, but don't really have many friends up here so it would be great to meet some new people who are also wanting to lose weight too! :) Look forward to gettinto to know everyone! Wed, 28 Mar 2012 00:09:07 EST Sunburst 2012 I just got a flyer from my daughter's school advertising the Sunburst in June. I know many of us met there at the Sunburst last year. Are you planning on doing it again? Thu, 22 Mar 2012 22:11:00 EST Bizarre weight patterns so here's a crazy story for you regarding my weight. Can you offer some explanation? I have a hypothesis, but I'm not willing to test it yet. <BR> <BR> The weight I report on Saturdays is a "dehydrated" weight. I weigh in after exercise between 11a-1p. I haven't consumed any water or food since dinner/late night snack the night before. I've typically urinated at least 2-3 times and defecated, too. (perhaps TMI??) anyway... Yesterday I weighed in at 124.4. <BR> <BR> Typically during the week... Sun, 11 Mar 2012 14:25:24 EST New to SB and new to the group :-) Hi all! I am Crystal. Im a 21 year old stay at home mom of two girls. Chloe who is 2 1/2 and Emma who was born 2/9/2012. I am starting my weight loss goal to get down to 135 by July. I am also aiming to get physically fit and stay that way. I am new to South Bend, we moved here in December when my husband got a management position at Swan Lake in Plymouth. We found a house we loved on the south side of SB and moving in was basically my Christmas present lol. Im excited to be part of a group i... Sat, 3 Mar 2012 22:26:38 EST Calorie Deficit For those who want to try this or those would would like to continue the February Challenge I wanted to start this thread so that we can do this. I know it has helped me get back on track and stay there! <BR> <BR> To find your BMR go to <link> </link> or <link><BR>lculator.htm </link> or you can go to "reports" here on Spark and find out your BMR. Be sure to recalculate your BMR every week. Then take the calories you have eaten m... Fri, 2 Mar 2012 02:57:57 EST March challenge - Hiking the Appalachian Trail This month we will be hiking the Appalachian Trail. <BR> <BR> In 1968, The Appalachian and the Pacific Crest trails were the first to be designated as National Scenic Trails. <BR> <BR> Follow the 2x6" white paint markings as you make your way along the 2,184 mile route from Georgia to Maine. Home to thousands of plant and animal species, including many designated as rare or endangered, the Appalachian Trail crosses many roads which allow access to towns and hiker-oriented accomodations. Mor... Wed, 29 Feb 2012 21:35:10 EST Marine Mud Run 2012 Hello! Holly mentioned the Marine Mud run last August and I wasn't able to participate, but I've had it in the back of my mind since! This year's Mud Run will be in September, here in South Bend! <BR> <BR> Perhaps we can make a team or run as individuals, but I think it would be awesome to get to meet in person. I think that by organizing this 6 months early will give us plenty of time to start working on our upper body strength to handle all of the obstacles. <BR> <BR> Here is the link and... Thu, 16 Feb 2012 20:24:29 EST Racquetball Hello, I am wondering if anyone is interested in teaching me how to play racquetball. I am a member of the Memorial Health Lifestyle and Fitness facility downtown and they have a racquetball court and I want to get into a sport that I would enjoy. Racquetball seems like it would be fun. Wed, 15 Feb 2012 03:41:05 EST New Member, Great to be here! Hello to all! My name is Amy and I am so ready to lose this weight. I can't wait to do this and have a group that is dealing with the same thing. Let's go!!!! Tue, 14 Feb 2012 15:22:52 EST February Challenge - Calorie Deficit Challenge Ok this is a 4 week challenge to loose an average of 4 pounds, however there are 3 options depending on your current weight and goals. <BR> <BR> It’s based on creating a calorie deficit. It takes a deficit of 3500 calories to loose one pound. So here’s how we are going to do it. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1) Go to<BR>or.htm <BR> and calculate your Basal Metabolic Rate. Enter your details and on the drop down menu choose Basal Metabolic Rate. This gives... Mon, 30 Jan 2012 08:59:36 EST Nice to meet you! Hello my name is Melissa i live in South Bend and i am in my early 30s. I have been a biggger girl ever since i could remeber . i have been trying to lose weight numerous times but i get discouraged and give up. I really need to stick with it this time and find friends in the same boat as me for additional support ! I am a student and have lots of school work and thats what usually takes up my time on the computer so i admit sometimes i dont get to check my spark . so if anyone is interested... Mon, 16 Jan 2012 18:43:02 EST January Challenge I know that this is late getting started but I wanted to get some thing up for this month. This moth I want to challenge you to start tracking again. If you are stillt racking then great, but if not start. If not here on Spark then use a journel, Weight Watchers, or what ever works best for your life. I knwo sometimes it can take time to do it here on Spark but it is so worth it. You do really see what you are eating and how much you are burning in calories. <BR> <BR> Are you not eating eno... Thu, 12 Jan 2012 10:24:23 EST Hi, I'm new here! Hello, I am here for weight loss and getting stronger, anyone else feel this way? <BR> <BR> Sun, 1 Jan 2012 21:31:10 EST December Challenge Hello team! <BR> <BR> This months challenge is going to be a little different. December can be a challenge in it's self just with all you have to do ! So I talked to Lee and we have come up with a litte twist for this months challenge. December is such a hard month with all the winter weather setting in and all the wonderful holiday coming up. <BR> <BR> We all know that that holidays with all the great food and drink is hard to resist! But the challenge is to do a little of that resisting a... Thu, 8 Dec 2011 12:00:32 EST November Challenge November always brings up gratitude thoughts for me. I am thankful for the connection of encouragement we have within this team. I am thankful that I am a Spark person and that we're here for each other. <BR> <BR> I'm weighing in at 177.7 this morning and I would like to weigh 174 by the morning of Thanksgiving. My challenge to you is to continue working toward your weight loss goals, I know life is busy, especially as we head into the holidays. Sun, 6 Nov 2011 07:24:29 EST Hello I am new to this team and just wanted to say Hi!.I have about 55 pounds to lose. Have used Sparkpeople before and want to get healthier again. <BR> Sat, 22 Oct 2011 17:19:03 EST October Challenge: One Pound per Week It's a new month, it's a new week and I heard myself saying I want to lose a pound per week this month. I challenge you to let go of and release one pound each week in this month of October. I challenge you to follow through with your intentions, feed your body good nutrition and keep your fitness appointments with yourself. Share inspiring quotes that motivate you by posting them throughout this month as we head into the holidays. Share the music that motivates you. Weigh-in on Saturday... Mon, 3 Oct 2011 04:35:30 EST September Challenge Weighing in at 173.7 this morning on the first day of September. <BR> <BR> My challenge for this month is to stay connected to your fitness goals. Don't put them down nor misplace them. Keep them high on your priority list this month. Write them down with sincere intent and then place them in your day-to-day landscape to view. <BR> <BR> "30 days hath September..." Stay connected to your intentions (and Spark friends) this month. Let go of excuses and pick up determination. Even if... Thu, 1 Sep 2011 07:09:18 EST By the End of August Challenge (Summer Milestones) Is it really the 1st day of August? Summer always goes by way too fast for my liking. <BR> <BR> My challenge to you: I challenge you to continue working toward your goals during the month of August, no matter what obstacles appear on your path. <BR> <BR> Where do you want to be by the end of August in your weight loss endeavors? <BR> <BR> I am posting this August challenge and would invite you to join me this month. Let's keep working toward our weight loss and good health. <BR> <... Mon, 1 Aug 2011 05:38:54 EST Anyone do Zumba or workout at the YMCA? Hi! I am Pam and joined Sparkpeople on 7-7-11. Curious if anyone uses the Y? Looking for others that are loosing weight and getting fit. I have a LONG way to go but have lost 23 pounds since April 3rd. ! 9 of those from using the SP website since starting it! Be great to meet others that are in the SB area! Sun, 24 Jul 2011 14:42:49 EST Does anyone post in this team anymore? Hi! I'm new to the site this month! So happy I found the SB team. I am not finding alot of recent postings though! Is there another team or site that updates more? Sun, 24 Jul 2011 14:25:33 EST By the End of July Challenge( Milestones of Summer Good morning, <BR> <BR> The month of June flew by way too fast for my liking. I was encouraged by many of you as we worked toward our goals. When I attended a Spark Rally in Cincinnati in May, I was given the Spark book. On returning home to South Bend, I felt more inspired to work harder to reach my goals after reading this: <BR> <BR> In the Spark book on page 18, 4th paragraph, "The SparkPeople program encourages members to focus not only on long-term goals but also on smaller intermediat... Fri, 1 Jul 2011 04:59:36 EST By the End of June Challenge (Milestones) Good morning, <BR> <BR> In the Spark book on page 18, 4th paragraph, "The SparkPeople program encourages members to focus not only on long-term goals but also on smaller intermediate goals and action steps." <BR> <BR> This paragraph jumped off the page at me when I first read it in Cincinnati, Ohio at a Spark rally last weekend. I like the way they're labeled differently and the way the time frames are assigned: <BR> <BR> "Long-term goals are usually one year or more, but can be shorter de... Tue, 31 May 2011 05:22:48 EST Sunburst 2011 I am starting this thread so that all mambers that are walking or running in the Sunburst this year to have a plae to come and talk about which event they are in. Also if you would like to join us that would be wonderful. <BR> <BR> With some luck maybe we will all meet at the end and enjoy some time together! <BR> <BR> I am in the 5K Fitness walk and as far as I know Cyndie is joining me on this one. I know IUSBDEB is doing the half marathon. (Hey Deb, correct me if I am wrong..LOL). I ho... Fri, 20 May 2011 09:37:59 EST Bike The Bend Is anyone planning on joining Bike The Bend next Sunday, May 15th? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I've never done it, but I figure this is a great year to start. My goal is bike from Keller Park to Potawatomi Park (about 7.5 miles). <BR> <BR> Tue, 3 May 2011 22:35:22 EST The May Challenge Please consider this invitation to join us in a new challenge for the month of May: I challenge you to lose at least 5 pounds (or more) by the end of May. Post your starting weight on this thread at any time before or after the 1st Saturday in May (the 7th) and then I encourage you to post a weigh-in every Saturday in the month of May. All the best wishes for your continued success to reach the weight loss goals you set for yourself. And as always, wishing you strength and wellness and determ... Sun, 1 May 2011 05:26:10 EST Another Newbie Hi all! I'm a 34 year old guy from South Bend and just starting the road to getting into shape. I have about 60 pounds to lose, but I'm taking it slow. I've been on SparkPeople for two weeks now and enjoying it. My goal this month is to take a short walk each day. So I'm always looking for new places to walk. When it's rainy I do have a membership to Fitness USA that I would like to start going to more frequently. Hoping to meet more people in the area with similar goals. :) <BR> - Ke... Sun, 24 Apr 2011 19:06:32 EST Fitness USA Hi! I just joined Spark People. I'm from South Bend and I work in Elkhart. :-) I recently started working out at Fitness USA. Does anyone else work out there too? I'd love to find someone to say hi and maybe have an encouragement partner from time to time. <BR> <BR> Scout Thu, 21 Apr 2011 12:36:02 EST Hi-just joined! Hi, my name is Jane, and I just joined Sparkpeople today. I am trying to lose 22 pounds by September. This is the first time I have ever tried to lose weight. I have been slowly putting on pounds since starting a desk job 3 years ago, and drastically reducing my activity level as a result. Last year, I had some health issues, too, that made it impossible to stick to a regular exercise program. <BR> <BR> I am going to the gym twice a week, and hope to track my calorie intake on SparkPeople.... Tue, 5 Apr 2011 15:26:56 EST The April Challenge Please consider this invitation to join us in a new challenge for the month of April: I challenge you to lose at least 5 pounds (or more) by the end of April. April 30th is the last Saturday in April. And we also have the tempting candies and foods surrounding the Easter holiday in the month of April to get through. Post your starting weight on this thread at any time before or after the 1st day of April (this coming Friday) and then I would encourage you to post a weigh-in every Saturday i... Tue, 29 Mar 2011 06:43:16 EST March "Into Spring" Challenge Let's keep working toward our weight loss and health goals with a March Challenge. I invite you to stay focused as we march (walk, run, bike) into Spring. Come on, come on, let's keep encouraging each other and focusing on nutrition and fitness. Begin by posting your Starting Weight (SW) between now and Saturday, March 5th here on this new thread. Weigh-in on Saturdays through the month of March or (when your schedule allows you to), I find this kind of accountability to be a key in helping... Mon, 28 Feb 2011 02:23:38 EST Hello! I'm not from South Bend, but my good friend melindacristine is so I wanted to join her weight loss team! I'm about 10 pounds away from where I would "like" to be (I'm around 150 and would like to be around 142), but I also like sweets and I continually sabotage all of my hard work. I need to commit myself but not obsess. Some positive motivation from a group can help I think! Great to be a part of your team! Fri, 25 Feb 2011 04:26:08 EST hello My name is Dave. i've been dieting for nine months, i've gone form 301 lbs to 175 lbs in that time now i need to start maintaining and i am having trouble doing this. i am also starting to lose motivation. I'm hoping that the spark team can help me and i can help all of you Tue, 15 Feb 2011 19:23:59 EST February "You Can Do This" Challenge Let's keep working toward our weight loss and health goals with a February Challenge. You Can Do This! I invite you to keep your New Year's resolutions, the long month of January is behind us and the days are getting longer. Come on, come on, let's keep encouraging each other and focusing on nutrition and fitness. Begin by posting your Starting Weight (SW) <BR> between now and Saturday, February 5th here on this new thread. Weigh-in on Saturdays through the month of February or (when you... Mon, 31 Jan 2011 05:33:39 EST Hi! It's I am Sam! Good morning everyone! I just had the most wonderful phone call from Lee. I am still grinning from ear to ear! Thank you so much for calling and seeing how I am doing. <BR> I had to make a new account, since I couldn't remember what email I had used has been quite a while. I now have 3 kids, 3 dogs and still happily married to Dan. <BR> I look forward to reconnecting and helping each other get healthy! <BR> Much love. <BR> Sam Mon, 3 Jan 2011 09:17:13 EST 31 Days to Unbreakable Resolutions! Happy New Year Team! <BR> <BR> Behavior experts say that it takes about one month to form a new habit, and many people try to create or break habits at the start of each year. Witht he right attitude and focus, you CAN stick to your New Year's resolutions and achieve long term success. Each day this month I will post a daily tips to help you so exactly that. Good Luck! <BR> <BR> If you haven't settled on your top goals for the year, do so today. Writing down your goals (in specific terms) m... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 08:47:15 EST January "It's A New Year!" Challenge It's a New Year and beginning, a time to focus again on your health and weight loss goals. I would like to extend this invitation to you to join our January "It's a New Year!" challenge beginning this Saturday, January 1st. Begin by posting your starting weight on this thread and let's encourage and motivate each other! Weigh-ins will continue on Saturdays (January 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th). Come on, South Bend, what do you have to lose? Thu, 30 Dec 2010 05:19:25 EST I am Back! Hello everyone! It has been months since I have logged in to spark people. With two kids under the age of 2 and going to school full time it has been hard to fit in anything else. I am proud to say that I lost all the weight I originally set my goal to... it was what I gained while pregnant (down to 140 from 167). Now my new goals are to tone up and lose the mommy belly! I have the spark people app on my phone so that will help tremendously. But I will try to log in at least once a week to ch... Wed, 29 Dec 2010 10:52:33 EST Hello From Kim... After 30 years of smoking, I decided to stop smoking this past May. Yes, I packed on the expected 10 pounds after quitting, then I just kept going and ended up about 20 pounds heavier. That is when I got angry with myself for gaining and started working out on my own, and counting calories. I stumbled onto sparkpeople when I was doing a google search "how many calories are in "something" I joined sparkpeople, and love the exercise tracking, and strength training routines. Sat, 11 Dec 2010 00:53:22 EST December Challenge I know this is a busy month and one that is filled with holiday festivities and sweets. I had the thought this morning that I NEED to stay focused on my weight loss goals in December and I sincerely hope that you might consider this challenge. We have four weeks before the new year, let's hold ourselves accountable to our weight loss goals by weighing in on Saturdays and see where it leads us by the time New Year's arrives. Post your initial weigh-in anytime and then again on Saturdays in ... Fri, 3 Dec 2010 05:06:58 EST November Encouragement As we take a small break away from the challenges, I want to name this thread: November Encouragement. My hope and intent is to promote, not only a sense of posting on this thread FOR encouragment in this new month, but also to give ENCOURAGEMENT to each other as we post. And let's share the victories we experience along the way as we head into this season of thankfulness! <BR> <BR> Tue, 2 Nov 2010 13:25:44 EST Challenge of the Disappearing 5 lbs. by Halloween FVHORVATH came up with this wonderful title for our Halloween challenge. Post your starting weight tomorrow on this thread and let's keep rolling. Thank you, Vicki for the suggestion! Fri, 1 Oct 2010 16:52:36 EST Lose 5 pounds by the 2nd of October Challenge Are you looking to stay motivated through the month of September? I invite you to join our "Lose 5 pounds by the 2nd of October Challenge." Post your starting weight and we'll measure our progress by weighing in on Saturdays (or when you can). Let's keep encouraging each other to move toward our weight loss goals! Mon, 6 Sep 2010 16:48:48 EST Hi, yet again. Hi! <BR> <BR> I have joined Sparkpeople about 10 times over the past four years. This time I'm making a commitment to lose weight and be healthier! I'm going to really try to read these boards, interact with people that are doing the same thing I am and find and give support. Keeping my fingers crossed that I don't get frustrated and give up yet again! Wed, 11 Aug 2010 09:14:10 EST Lose 5 pounds by Labor Day (Sept. 6th) Challenge It's still summer time and the challenges continue, increase your efforts to lose 5 pounds by Labor Day, the 6th of September. I challenge you to keep reaching for your goals!!! Post your starting weight anytime and then post your weigh-ins to measure your progress on Saturdays. Weigh-ins will be on August 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th and the 4th of September. Consider encouraging other challengers by posting on our challenge thread, dropping by their Spark pages and giving each other Spark goodi... Sun, 1 Aug 2010 06:28:15 EST Hi I'm Angel I come to this team through an invite by SWDOTB2. (thank you for taking the time) and because my fiancé is also a member of the team. (CATACLYSMGAMES) Charlie and I are doing the whole weight loss journey together and he's a constant inspiration. We live in Bourbon, In. The South Bend team is our closest local option. :) <BR> I look forward to getting to know you all soon. <BR> <BR> I have been a member of spark people since 10/09 but wasn't active until late April of this year. So far from ... Fri, 16 Jul 2010 18:58:32 EST Daily Total: Calories Burned from Fitness Minutes HSCHLUTT had this great idea to have a place here on the South Bend team where we could post our daily total of calories burned from fitness minutes to help motivate each other. Game on!!! <BR> <BR> Fri, 16 Jul 2010 17:16:05 EST New Member Hi! My name is Kelly & I am in desperate need of some motivation. That's why I joined this group. I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer early this year & am in the final stages of my treatment. I start radiation in the next week. I fluctuated pounds during my chemo, usually only by about 5 pounds here & there. As soon as I was done with chemo & my taste buds started getting back to normal, I started eating back to what was "normal" for me. I have recently started changing my eating habits... Fri, 9 Jul 2010 22:33:36 EST Walmart Scavenger Hunt Okay Team, it's time for some fun! <BR> <BR> Let's go shopping in a Walmart Super Center and list items from A-Z. <BR> <BR> I will start this out and then the next person list something that starts with a "B" and then "C" and so on! <BR> <BR> Good luck some of the letters can be tricky! <BR> <BR> A - Atlas Thu, 8 Jul 2010 10:32:04 EST Lose 5 pounds by the 1st of August Challenge It's summer time and the challenges continue, increase your efforts to lose 5 pounds by the 1st of August. You can do this. I challenge you to not let up on reaching for your goals!!! Post your starting weight anytime to measure your progress, Saturday weigh-ins will be on July 10th, 17th, 24th and the 31st. Consider encouraging other challengers by posting on our thread, dropping by their Spark pages and giving each other Spark goodies. And as always, thank you for being an active partic... Mon, 5 Jul 2010 06:37:31 EST July 3rd Farmers Market! <em>491</em> <em>258</em> <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>45</em> <BR> July 3rd!! <BR> Who's up for attending the 1st SB team get together?? <em>303</em> <BR> We will meet at the Farmers Market at 8? Is 8 good for most? We can shop the market then go for a walk followed by a lunch together. <BR> Any other tweaks we need to do we can. I just wanted to get us in one spot talking on topic about it. <BR> Yea!!! <em>345</em> <BR> <em>485</em> <em>69</em> <em>284</em> <em>291<... Wed, 23 Jun 2010 12:54:05 EST Blueberry Stomp- Labor Day weight loss challenge?? Hey All!! <BR> <BR> Labor Day weekend is the Blueberry Stomp 5k and 10k in Plymouth at the Blueberry festival! is anyone else participating? I just started Couch to 5k last night... so I might be walking some of it, but thats ok :) <BR> <BR> Would anyone be up for a Labor Day weight loss challenge? It's about 12 weeks away. My goal is to be out of the 300's by then. Right now I am 332. <BR> <BR> Let me know if you want to join in, thanks! <BR> <BR> Wed, 16 Jun 2010 15:07:15 EST 5K "Spud Run" in North Liberty June 19th Hey everyone, I just wanted to see if anyone was interested in running in the 5K "Spud Run" on June 19th in North Liberty, Indiana for their annual Potato Creek Festival. <BR> <BR> Here's the basic information: <BR> -5K Run/Walk Begins at 8:30AM <BR> -Course will run through paved country roads beginning at the North Liberty VFW. <BR> -$18 to register online at or<BR>y-in/5k-spud-run-and-1-mile-fun-run-2010 <BR> -Medals will be awa... Wed, 2 Jun 2010 14:34:06 EST Lose 5 pounds by the 4th of July Challenge Please consider this invitation to join us in a new challenge for the month of June: I challenge you to lose at least 5 pounds (or more) by the 4th of July. Post your starting weight on this thread at any time around June 1st (or after) and then I would encourage you to post a weigh-in every Saturday in June. All the best wishes for your continued success to reach the weight loss goals you set for yourself. And as always, wishing you good energy, strength and wellness. I sincerely hope you w... Mon, 31 May 2010 06:25:05 EST Sunburst Is anyone signed up for the Sunburst fitness walk or 5k run? Its next week Saturday, June 5th at 9AM. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 28 May 2010 00:01:34 EST Lose 5 by Memorial Day Hi all. I am a newbie at the discussions, usually don't have time but am really frustrated. Joined the lose 5 challenge for this month and thought I would be well on my way to another 5 lbs but instead am 3.8 lbs heavier. At the beginning of the month we took on a project of putting up 3 new garage doors and taking down the old ones. Exhausting hard work and have been hiking about 5 - 8 miles per week plus taking pilates. I haven't logged every bit of food due to lack of time but also ha... Mon, 24 May 2010 10:47:49 EST hello Hi! I am new to Spark and to this team. I can't wait to get to know you guys and hopefully get together with you too!! Thu, 20 May 2010 22:34:23 EST Hi! Hi everyone. I just found this website tonight and am feeling very encouraged already. I'm also from South Bend and look forward to getting to know you all. Tue, 11 May 2010 21:37:33 EST HI everyone! I joined Sparkspeople on April 22, right before THE busiest weekend this year! It was my older daughters prom, and my younger daughter was in a scholarship program. I need to work on my timing! LOL Tue, 4 May 2010 07:17:04 EST Lose 5 pounds by Memorial Day Challenge Please consider this invitation to join us in a new challenge for the month of May: I challenge you to lose at least 5 pounds (or more) by Memorial Day. Post your starting weight on this thread at any time around May 1st (or after) and then I would encourage you to post a weigh-in every Saturday in May. All the best wishes for your continued success to reach the weight loss goals you set for yourself. And as always, wishing you good energy, strength and wellness. Wed, 28 Apr 2010 07:10:49 EST Put the "Spark" back in South Bend Hello fellow South Bend team members, <BR> <BR> Is it just me, or does it seem strange to anyone else that with almost 1400 team members this is the first post for the month of April? We have at least 77 active team members this month. I know that some of us are active on other teams, but this is where we have the chance to connect with and support our neighbors. Is everyone too busy, not interested, too shy or just waiting for someone else to start? To be honest, this is the first threa... Wed, 21 Apr 2010 09:47:32 EST Hello from South Bend Well I just started my healthier way of life on March 1st. I am enjoying using this web site and I have been doing real good lately. What I would like to find is a partner to help me on my weight loss journey as I can help them. Motivation is the key. Need to be in the right set of your mind (happy) Gotta go more later. Tue, 9 Mar 2010 16:27:20 EST Not new - but starting anew Good morning all! My name is Cindy. I have been a member of Sparkpeople for a few years, but under a different username. When I first joined SP, it was a great resource for me. I exercised and ate right. I logged on to SP many times a day. Then, slowly, I began to drift away. I started to make excuses for not exercising, and I began to eat in a very unhealthy way. I was dissatisfied with my body and even more dissatisfied with my lifestyle. SO............ <BR> This morning, I decided... Mon, 8 Feb 2010 10:30:51 EST New to the group Not new to dieting, unfortunately! I think I've tried them all. Some worked well, most did not. I do love to grab a cookie when I go through the kitchen. I do love to sit in front of a computer all day and all my hobbies are sedentary. Looks like this is just the place for me! I've read some of your messages, especially motivational, and they're quite helpful! It's nice to meet you all...... Mon, 18 Jan 2010 15:51:59 EST YMCA I just joined the YMCA in South Bend! Any there any other YMCA members in this team! If so we could organize workout buddies! Sat, 16 Jan 2010 17:53:08 EST Spark Boot Camp I signed up for boot camp today. Anyone else doing this? It would be great if we could help keep each other on track! <BR> <BR> Steph Thu, 31 Dec 2009 12:11:51 EST Hi Everyone I found this site last year at this time but didn't stay on my goals or use this site to it's advantages. I'm hoping this year will be different and I can make a life long change keep my weight down and look and feel great. Fri, 18 Dec 2009 22:11:05 EST Jmack's Journey Hello, I am 46 and am ready to lose my extra weight. I have a crazy busy life and somehow I have forgotten about taking care of myself. Well it is time for some positive changes. Thu, 3 Dec 2009 09:01:15 EST Help! Need an accountability partner! Hey everyone. I have gotten WAY off track. I haven't been to the gym or eaten remotely healthfully in months. Life has been stressful lately, but I need to get back on track with my healthy choices. The problem is, I know that I can't do it alone, so I'm asking, begging, for some help from my cyber-buddies. <BR> <BR> Does anyone go to the Y in South Bend? If so, maybe we could be workout buddies? I need someone who will help hold me accountable, and I know many of you would like someon... Thu, 26 Nov 2009 18:13:24 EST I'm just getting started I am really excited to get started on this journey. I love that there is a local Spark team! How long have you all been a group? Looking forward to the journey. Wed, 18 Nov 2009 21:13:05 EST The Enabler/Enablee are one and the same All these years I've been saying the my hubby has been enabling my bad behavior towards my weight/health when all a long we each have been both to each other. He was my Enabler while I was his Enablee and vice versa. I never saw it that way until I had a heart to heart with a friend the other day. I guess that's when I realized that the only person standing in my way is ME. I hope that my hubby and I can continue the Enabler/Enablee relationship but in a more beneficial way. Wed, 18 Nov 2009 15:35:07 EST It's been a long time.... about 9 months =) Hey Everyone!! <BR> <BR> I am finally back from my maternity leave and I'm glad to see alot of familiar names in the posts. My beautiful daughter was born 10/13/09 and after a few minor setbacks we are in enough of a routine now that I'm ready to take some baby steps to get back into shape. I have some extra work to do.... I was on bedrest from 8/4 till delivery and then had a c-section so I haven't done a lot yet. The good news is that because of the strict diet I had to be on while stil... Wed, 4 Nov 2009 09:25:40 EST Lose 10 Pounds by Halloween - 2009 Hello Team- <BR> <BR> I fell off the wagon. Somewhere in between school ending (for me- college), work going into overtime hours week after week, stressful personal relationships, and money woes… I fell. Since May, I’ve gained about 30 pounds. The reasons why don’t change the fact that the scale reads “240.0”. <BR> <BR> Midway through May I found myself profoundly fatigued. I chalked that up to finally graduating and the psychological relief from that and the start of 60 hour workweeks. On... Fri, 21 Aug 2009 15:26:41 EST Excited to get started Hello to everyone out there wanting the same results as I do. I have done several diet plans before and I am hoping this will be the last. I need to lose 25 pounds to get to my desired weight. I have had no luck in the past - please help this 43 year old reach her goals Thu, 20 Aug 2009 10:30:16 EST Tonya Hi my name is tonya i am 27 and weigh 238 pounds Tue, 4 Aug 2009 09:30:55 EST June '09 Healthy Lifestyl e/Weight Loss Challenge This is the forum for the June 1st to July 7th weight loss and healthy lifestyle challenge. <BR> <BR> WEIGH-INs: Tuesdays. I happened to like Tuesdays so, let's try it since it's my first one being a captain of sorts. <BR> <BR> CHALLENGE: In the next 5 weeks or so, take on some aspect of a healthy lifestyle, that you set for yourself. What do you want to do? Do you want to lose 5#? Workout 2-3 x a week? Increase your mile times? Eat at home for all meals or only 3 x a week? You set the goal... Sun, 31 May 2009 00:48:50 EST Weight Watchers Would anyone be interested in buddying up and join Weight Watchers together? Fri, 29 May 2009 23:23:22 EST New to this Site Hi All. I am new to this site. At least it has been about a year. I am anxious to have people for encouragement. I am at a loss on what else to try to loose this weight. Fri, 29 May 2009 23:22:40 EST My Introduction Good Morning Everyone!! <BR> <BR> I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself to the group. I too, live in South Bend, Indiana. I had Lap Band Surgery on April 8th and now recovering very nicely. One of my many goals is to loss 100 lbs, get healthy and take back control over my life and weight. <BR> <BR> Are there any outside activities that you guys do together? Thu, 23 Apr 2009 09:14:44 EST New to this site Hi everyone. My name is Joanne. I love finding a community that is so close to home. I would love to find a weight loss buddy. I go to Weight Watchers meetings and envy the friends and family that attend together and give each other support. And, the friends in my neighborhood (Hinton's Sub in Granger) who walk together. I am looking forward to interacting through this community board. I will have to figure out how to maneuver through it. Mon, 20 Apr 2009 22:17:07 EST Lose 10# by Memorial Day Challenge Thank you to all of you who have expressed continued interest in our South Bend team challenges. Let's keep motivating each other as we continue to lose unwanted pounds. Let's lose 10 pounds by Memorial Day! Post your starting weight and we'll begin. Weigh-ins will continue to be on Fridays, with the last weigh-in taking place on Monday, May 25th. Good luck, keep moving! We can do this!!! <BR> <BR> Lee Tue, 17 Mar 2009 19:55:05 EST Hi South Bend Just wanted top pop in and say hi since I'm new to this team =) Fri, 13 Mar 2009 13:28:01 EST Hello everyone, I'm new to this team I just found this team and being from mishawaka which is close to south bend, i thought i'd join in. I can use all the help i can get!! Wed, 4 Mar 2009 17:52:24 EST Upcoming test I'm sort of new as an active member, and I really enjoy following what's going on with people in the group. The food and exercise thing is going well for me at the moment, but I do have an anxiety-producing event coming up. I will be taking a qualifying exam for my PhD on Wednesday and Thursday. I need to pass it in order to go on to the dissertation phase. I'm stressing a bit, and knew I could count on the team for support. I've been so impressed with how friendly and helpful everyone is. Th... Mon, 2 Mar 2009 19:52:24 EST Weigh in <em>198</em> Well I weighed myself today gained a pound. It wasn't that I ate more than usual - probably less - even exercised more than I have in a month. Being taken to dinner this weekend for my birthday = I will really hate to weigh myself when I get back in town. Plus for some reason this birthday is really bothering me. so I weigh in at 190 today sorry team <BR> Mon, 2 Mar 2009 18:59:35 EST Lose 5 pounds by St. Patrick's Day Challenge <em>137</em> <em>137</em> <em>137</em> <em>137</em> <em>137</em> <em>137</em> <em>137</em> <em>137</em> <em>137</em> <BR> <BR> Thank you to all of you who have expressed continued interest in our South Bend team challenges. Let's keep motivating each other as we continue to lose unwanted pounds. Let's lose 5 pounds by St. Patrick's Day! Post your starting weight and we'll begin. Weigh-ins will continue to be on Fridays, with the last weigh-in taking place on Tuesday, Ma... Sat, 14 Feb 2009 16:27:39 EST Thankful I don't get on here as often as I should by any means, but I have made it a point today of changing that. My wife gets on here every day and when I look at her and see how well she is doing it really motivates me. Today I was depressed after checking my weight because it seems for about 2 weeks I have pretty much stayed in the same weight range. One reason that we agreed upon for this is because I lost my job recently, so I am not moving around like I used to. Also I will admit I have been ea... Mon, 9 Feb 2009 20:08:28 EST WANTED: Walkers in the Michiana Area! Hi, my name is Angie and I currently live in Mishawaka. I'm looking for fellow walkers who are interested in getting together 3x a week at least (or whatever you can commit to) for walking. I haven't exercised in a very long time and most likely will be walking slow at first. If anyone is interested, post here or email me here at spark! Let's get moving! <em>68</em> Sun, 8 Feb 2009 13:38:12 EST You know it, I'm new. Hello everyone. I just found this site last week and decided to join today. I'm hoping this will finally keep me motivated to lose the weight. Also it never hurts to meet new people in the area. Wed, 28 Jan 2009 13:17:20 EST Hello ! I just wanted to say hello and that i am new to the group. I was wondering if you all got together for workouts or anything like that. <BR> <BR> Thanks Kim Wed, 14 Jan 2009 11:21:12 EST Better late Than Never So I've been using for over a year and have never introduced myself to the South Bend team. Hi everyone! I hope you are all making good progress on your lifestyle changes. I'm am yo-yo resident of South Bend (I move away but keep coming back - this is my home.) I am glad to know there are friends in the community who are looking to reach a new level of health and wellness. Peace! Sun, 11 Jan 2009 19:49:51 EST Trying to figure it all out? Hello...I just joined this group today. I'm not really sure what I'm doing yet, but I'll figure it out. Just thought I'd stop by and introduce myself and try to catch up on the messages. I actually live in Rochester and work in Plymouth (not South Bend), but this was the closest group to me that I could I figured that it was ok. <BR> <BR> I've been on my quest to a healthy lifestyle since Sept. I am a member of Lifeplex in Plymouth and go 5 times a week. I am also trying to lo... Sun, 11 Jan 2009 15:06:33 EST New to the Area! Hi all! Just moved to the area about 5 months ago for my husbands job! I've been a sparkmember for a little while now, but would love to find some local inspiration! I try to work out at the YMCA in Niles, anyone frequent? Also, I would like a goal (other than weight loss) to strive for.. maybe something like a run? No idea where to begin looking. If anyone could help me out that would be great! I would love to meet some friends! Thanks for checking! Sat, 10 Jan 2009 16:05:57 EST New Year's to Valentine's Day Challenge I've been thinking alot about the New Year and what I would like to accomplish. I'm looking toward my weight loss goal and I want to reach it in 2009. In reflecting on the holidays and this being the last day of 2008, I'm trying to let go of what I didn't do. And with new resolve, I would invite you to participate in a new challenge called the New Year's to Valentine's Day Challenge. <BR> <BR> I'm challenging you, South Bend, to weigh in on the first day of the New Year (or the second) and ... Wed, 31 Dec 2008 03:28:40 EST The December Challenge of Giving Support I've been thinking about what we might do in the month of December to continue helping each other be accountable and mindful of our efforts, especially with the holidays and New Year just a month away. Why wait for a New Year's resolution? In writing an earlier Spark mail message today, I found myself talking about how this is an exchange: an exchange of encouragement, an exchange of motivation, an exchange of CARING to help each other work toward our health and weight loss goals. And I've no... Sat, 29 Nov 2008 15:02:24 EST Steel Oats...? Okay...forgive me if this has been covered before..but i'm a relative newby and thought someone may know the answer. I was talking to another mom from my son's school a couple of days ago and she was talking about steel oats and how much healthier they are and all...but she made it sound like SUCH an ordeal to prepare them. I know some of you have posted about various foods you mix into thought i'd ask what they are, where you get them, and how you prepare them as well as any other... Thu, 20 Nov 2008 19:00:21 EST New here to this whole thing Well hello all. I was reffered to this site by one of your own. I am a local student. I have big goals that I am learning I neecxd to break down into smaller ones. Name is mike, have 3 kids, and am a disabled vet. Mon, 10 Nov 2008 08:58:31 EST Hunger between meals When I started with Sparks, I was eating A LOT! At 280 lbs. and 6 ft. tall, I am a big boy. I find that between meals, and even right after eating a meal, I am still hungry. I eat something about every 2 1/2 to 3 hours, but still don't feel "full" or "satisfied". Can someone please give me some suggestions as to what I can do to about this dilemma? <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> Curt Tue, 4 Nov 2008 17:12:03 EST Howdy! My name is Curt. I am from Syracuse(Indiana). For those who are not familiar with my town, it is located about 15 minutes southeast of Goshen. It is the home of Wawasee Lake, the largest natural lake in the state. <BR> I have been a member since Oct. 8., I am 45, and I have been doing GREAT with my weight loss. I started at 280 lbs. and within 3 weeks I was already down to 267 lbs. My goal is to get to 200 lbs.(my high school graduating weight in '81--when I played football)by mid-July of nex... Mon, 3 Nov 2008 12:14:13 EST hello! Hi I am Shanna and I am new to the group and looking forward to some help with goals and motivation! Fri, 31 Oct 2008 11:14:25 EST Lose 5# by Thanksgiving Day Challenge More than several of you have asked for another challenge, thank you!!! Let's lose 5 pounds before November 27th, Thanksgiving Day. Post your starting weight and let's encourage each other by posting on this thread. I'd like to use two different weigh-in days (Mondays & Fridays) for this challenge. You can choose either one or both and I'll keep updating the weekly weigh-in chart as I have in prior challenges. Come on, South Bend, let's stay focused on our goals during the holidays!!! Le... Fri, 31 Oct 2008 05:05:36 EST Michiana Women: Tell Your Story! Hi Fellow Sparkers! <BR> <BR> I wanted to let you know about a project that is close to my heart: Michiana Monologues! <BR> <BR> Last year we raised $10,000 to help St. Margaret's House, SOS of Madison Center and the YWCA of St. Joseph County! Our goal this year is $15,000 or more! <BR> <BR> Do you have a story to share! Write and submit it anonymously at <BR> <BR> A love story, a childbirth story, an inspirational story, your weight loss story, or a life-changi... Tue, 21 Oct 2008 16:18:42 EST Hello there!! :-) Hi there everyone I live in Bremen just a hop skip and a jump away from South Bend. I lived there for years and my mom still does, so needless to say I'm there all the time. I've finally decided its time to just do I'm totally committing to weight loss and no matter what I plan to stay active and positive in my journey. <BR> I just wanted to drop by and say hey and wish everyone luck and success. Mon, 15 Sep 2008 00:09:49 EST One More Newbie! Hi Group! I just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Kim and I've been on Spark for a long time, but was never serious about it. I've read enough of their articles to know that if I follow the great advice and use their suggestions, I can't help but have a healthier lifestyle. So, this time I'm doing it! Sat, 13 Sep 2008 11:16:49 EST Lose 5 pounds by October 31st Challenge Challenges are helpful in keeping us focused on our weight loss goals. We'll be weighing in every Friday as we help each other in our effort to lose 5 pounds by October 31st. Let's keep our South Bend team active in our posting and lending support to motivate each other. And THANK YOU for participating in this challenge, it means alot to me. Sun, 31 Aug 2008 08:51:36 EST confused don't know where to start. are there groups that get together and walk or do you all walk separately and report to each other Thu, 21 Aug 2008 21:23:36 EST need some quick fix meals Hey everyone, <BR> <BR> We started taking the tae kwon do lessons there in Elkhart. My youngest is going to take the Tiny Tigers class at 4 and then we head over to pick up dh at 5, eat some dinner and head back over to the school by 6. <BR> <BR> I live in Goshen which is about 25 minutes from Elkhart <BR> <BR> As you can see, I don't have much time, so I need to find some meals that I can quickly serve. <BR> <BR> I can prepare them the night before or in the morning, just need to be a... Tue, 5 Aug 2008 13:33:16 EST Good morning! Good Friday morning all! I'm new to the group and community looking forward to getting to know you all better. <BR> Kathie Fri, 18 Jul 2008 09:15:08 EST Events in South Bend Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I wanted to just drop a line to you all to let you know about some events in the next couple weekends. I know that sometimes these are the hardest places to "behave" but it's something to do and w/ gas prices and everything else, I thought I would pass these links along. Have a great weekend! <BR> <BR><BR>t.php (has events this Saturday and then next weekend) <BR> <BR><BR>2008/honor-o... Fri, 11 Jul 2008 12:56:24 EST New to Group Hi, I live in South Bend and am new to this group. I'm working on losing weight but find that support is needed. I'm glad to be a part of this group. Tue, 8 Jul 2008 15:23:07 EST hello My name is jennifer and I live in south bend. I home school three kids and work. very hard to find time for the gym, or the money. any tips on gyms in the area or exercises that work that do not coast alot. Tue, 8 Jul 2008 00:46:08 EST Lose 8 Pounds By Labor Day Weekend Challenge Challenges can help one stay focused on goals. Summer time is a good time to work toward weight loss goals. There are fresh vegetables and fruits available locally and the weather is much better to get out and exercise. Please consider joining us in this challenge, we'll encourage each other to continue working toward our health and weight loss goals. Let's lose 8 pounds by Labor Day Weekend! Sat, 5 Jul 2008 09:04:33 EST New to the area Hi Everyone! <BR> I am new to the area--well, it's been a few months now--and I am just wondering if anyone has a favorite running route on the south side that they would like to share. What gyms do you belong to, and what is your favorite/least favorite thing about them? I look forward to hearing what everyone has to say. Have a great Wednesday! <BR> Kelly Wed, 11 Jun 2008 11:37:10 EST ????? about "Team Map" I am going to do my best to be more active on at least this board.... <BR> <BR> I was checking out the features & like the idea of a team map but when I went to it there are only like 6 folks there....there are 435 members in our SB team..what gives? Fri, 6 Jun 2008 13:04:08 EST Unusual Restaurant (French & West African!) <BR> (site is still under construction) <BR> <BR> Le Rendez Vous Restaurant is open in its new location...we just had lunch there today & it is every bit as yummalicious as it was the first few times at the old location...and at the Farmer's Market in Niles....mmmmm . <BR> <BR> Tom & his sister Esther from West Africa do the cooking & they have a very nice & professional waiter/barkeep....the ambiance is cozy and romantic with cloth napkins & table... Fri, 6 Jun 2008 12:25:50 EST Greetings Everyone!! I want to join the next challege, if at all possible. I'm getting better about logging in to Spark... :) <em>252</em> Anyways....I had orange roughy for dinner tonite - eating has been going well for me lately...once in awhile I have to fight back chocolate cravings but other then that I just need to keep moving!! <em>211</em> Wed, 4 Jun 2008 23:25:43 EST Sunburst Race This is Sunburst's 25th year here in South Bend! Would you consider sharing your experiences and times with the Sunburst Race? How many years have you participated? And in what event? And how was your time? How was the weather? This year will be my first time as a participant, I registered for the 5K Fitness Walk, it's a start. Good luck to all of you who are running tomorrow!!!!!!! Fri, 30 May 2008 09:27:59 EST Hi! I'm new.... taking a chance that *this time* I will stick with healthy eating and looking forward to sharing and support. Mon, 26 May 2008 12:27:41 EST Lose 5# by the 4th of July Challenge I'm presenting another challenge and hope you will consider participating on this thread, "Lose 5# by the 4th of July." We'll weigh-in on Fridays beginning this coming May 23rd and encourage each other in daily posts. Please join us as the Memorial Day challenge has been a success!! <BR> <BR> Lee Mon, 19 May 2008 11:40:45 EST Hello! I just found SP and was amazed to see so many people from the area are members. I live in Granger and work in Elkhart. I've got about 60 pounds that I'm going to lose! <BR> Thanks <BR> Jace57 Mon, 19 May 2008 10:45:21 EST Hello Everybody!!! Hi Everyone! My name is Deborah. I am a friend of Jennifer (JP). I am a teacher for the South Bend School District. I am excited to join Spark People and find some fellow dieters in the South Bend area. Wed, 14 May 2008 11:37:32 EST Can't remember what you ate? Take a picture Sunday night during our fellowship meal I looked up in time to notice a young man take a picture of his food. <BR> <BR> I sorta give him the puzzled look, and then said to myself, "Well, I guess it makes journaling easy" <BR> <BR> Now when I said that, I hadn't really thought of how ingenious it was. How many times have you come home after a night out and tried to remember what you ate? <BR> <BR> It seems that everyone nowadays carries a photo-phone, so why not just take a quick picture of... Tue, 13 May 2008 10:25:25 EST Spring Art Walk tomorrow - May 3 Just a reminder that the Spring Art Walk is tomorrow from 11-5. Eleven galleries are participating - including the SBRMA. The Tribune has more info on their website if you're interested. <BR> <BR> Happy Spring!! Fri, 2 May 2008 17:35:28 EST I'm back!!!!! I haven't been logging in to spark people, as far as that goes, I haven't been getting on the computer at all. I need to get back to keeping up with my teams and team mates. I need their support and I want to be support for them. I am stuck at 242 lbs. I have lost 32 lbs since the 14th of January. Now I am starting to get discouraged. Sorry I have stayed away from the team so long. Mon, 21 Apr 2008 14:46:52 EST FREE PEDOMETERS Anyone who needs a free pedometer can get one from the state thanks to the Ready, Set, Walk program. Check out the program at the site. I registered and picked up my free pedometer from the South Bend Y yesterday with the coupon I printed off. There are pick up locations in every county in Indiana. Just check the website for more info. <BR> <BR> Steph Tue, 8 Apr 2008 15:43:27 EST New to board Hi, My name is Stacey and I have been struggling with my weight for years. I am really hoping this website helps me stay focused and give me the motivation to lose this 150 pounds I need to lose. I could use any advice on exercising for beginners, and what kinds of meals to fix. I will post my progress so that if I am doing something wrong, someone can correct me. Thanks in advance for the support. <BR> <BR> Stacey Mon, 7 Apr 2008 11:14:10 EST Hi All, I'm a newbie, too. I discovered this site from a success story posted on another web page. What a great site! <BR> <BR> I am married with a 14 yr. old son. I have tried Weight Watchers more times than I can honestly count and never made it very far. I am a relatively private person and didn't share during the meetings. I think this site will be more beneficial for me because it's so much easier to talk about the way I feel or what I am going through when it isn't face to face. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I just ... Mon, 31 Mar 2008 13:42:15 EST Urgent Appeal! Help! A good friend of mine returned from a Peace Corps assignment in Romania 6 months ago. The person who took care of her cat while she was away gave her 6 months to retrieve her cat - and that deadline is up this week. My friend is living with her father - who is highly allergic - while she is looking for a job in her field so that she can move and then get her cat back. She hasn't found a job yet - we all know how this economy is - and has to get Dixie anyway. <BR> <BR> On Wednesday I am go... Mon, 31 Mar 2008 10:44:00 EST Weight Watchers Hello. I live in Granger and was wondering if anyone belonged to Weight Watchers and if anyone would be interested in joining with me? Sat, 29 Mar 2008 23:01:23 EST New to this site Hi. I am from Granger and just came across this site. I look forward to sharing idea, challenges, successes and encouraging setbacks. <BR> <BR> Sat, 29 Mar 2008 22:54:07 EST What did you have for dinner? I thought that it might help keep us on track, motivate us, and give us ideas, if we share what you had for dinner (or what we plan on having for dinner). <BR> <BR> Tonight we had salmon with baby spinach. It was my intent to serve it on a bed of spinach, but there wasn't enough spinach to do that. <BR> <BR> It was yummy and good and I felt that I had enough, but now I'm hungry. Thu, 20 Mar 2008 20:47:24 EST What have you lost? Good Morning All! <BR> <BR> I saw this on one of the other message boards and thought it would be cool to find out just what we have lost and are going to lose! I have put it on on of the other teams I am on and we are having fun with it so I figured that we could have some fun here to as well! <BR> <BR> I have lost 10 dozen eggs! I am going for that 2 month old horse! <BR> <BR> Here are some weight comparisons... <BR> <BR> Now.. What equivalent have you shed and what will you be shed... Tue, 18 Mar 2008 08:28:32 EST St. Patrick's Day St. Pat's Church - downtown South Bend - has activities scheduled today from 1-4. There will be lots of fun stuff for kids and adults. I don't care for corned beef - and it's not something they eat in Ireland anyway - lol - so I'll eat my own healthy lunch first. <BR> <BR> Steph Sat, 15 Mar 2008 11:24:42 EST Feel like I'm climbing a brick wall Erg!! I am really having a hard time with this. <BR> I have done 1 exercise day since I joined. (which reminded me of just why I need to get in shape) <BR> Part of it is the fact that I am preparing for a children's clothing resale in Wakarusa, thus my living room has shrunk. Part of it is just that I don't feel like it. <BR> <BR> I am trying to get my husband on board with the exercise part of it (especially since he is the one that needs to lose some weight) so that I will have more ... Tue, 11 Mar 2008 07:39:03 EST Getting started... Hi all! Sorry I am late at posting and getting going with the group. I work 12 hour days through the weekend (Fri-Sun) and have a 2 year things get a little hectic those days! Mon, 10 Mar 2008 21:47:22 EST HI I'm new HI I'm new to all of this. I would like to join your group. I have already lost 65lbs. I would like to lose 40 more. It took me a year to do it. But I did it I am just having problems with the last 40. I did enter the kmart contest to lose weight. I was dq'd as of the 23 of this month because I missed a weigh in. But that is ok. I walk alot. That is how I lost the 65lbs. Well I think that is it. I hope none of that sounds lame. Like I said I am new to this. My sister helped me with my page. S... Thu, 6 Mar 2008 23:50:50 EST Lose 10# by Memorial Day Challenge Is anybody on this team interested in participating in a challenge? We could encourage each other to lose 10 pounds by Memorial Day to kick off summer. Is anybody interested? I'm finding that other challenges that I am participating in are helping me stay focused on my weight loss and health goals. Let me know by posting here on this thread if you might be interested. <BR> <BR> SWDOTB Mon, 3 Mar 2008 07:23:12 EST Ready for spring! I am so ready for spring weather. <BR> <BR> This is my second winter out here in Indiana and folks are telling us that this weather is not common. <BR> <BR> I so want to just take the kids and hubby and go for a walk around town. (which would really help out with that fitness goal) <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> It will take forever for that stupid flood water to recede back in to the ground :sigh: but once it finally does, we are headed over to the park. <em>224</em> I can't wait. I'm... Sat, 1 Mar 2008 16:19:41 EST Just down the road Hi all, <BR> <BR> I am here to encourage my husband at losing weight and to get fit myself. <BR> <BR> It is my goal to be able to do a full sit-up by summer. <BR> <BR> So far I am not doing that good with the fitness plan. Part of it motivation part of it is trying to find the time. <BR> <BR> I am the wife to an amazing man, and the mother to 6 awesome children Wed, 27 Feb 2008 13:04:24 EST Hello I am from Elkhart and I just found this site and I think it is great. I love the support system here Thu, 21 Feb 2008 21:11:49 EST South Bend YMCA Does anyone else belong to the Y? If you're looking for a gym, you really can't beat it. Jeff (my bf) and I did extensive gym shopping at the end of the year, and I was very skeptical about the Y, but they've renovated and cleaned it up. The family membership is only $51 - which saves us hundreds of dollars per year over the other gyms we were comparing. For those with kids, they also have child care and activities for kids. I highly recommend it. I also like it because the patrons are ... Wed, 30 Jan 2008 14:22:42 EST Salutations! I have been on SparkPeople since October, 2007, and have been greatly impressed with the amount of information available. I have been a yoyo dieter since my forties, and have proven from experience that the keys for me are portion control and exercise. I am 5 ft 2 in with a six foot appetite! The battle continues! Fri, 11 Jan 2008 07:20:10 EST 1st timer Hey everyone! I'm so excited to find some people who are close by that are on spark people. I live in Elkhart. My daughter from Pennsylvania got me started last year, but I didn't stay with it. After gaining 10 lbs last year, I thought I needed to get started again. I am 53 and need to lose about 30-40 to get my blood pressure down. I would love to create a walking club and would be willing to drive to Mishawaka area. Let me know if anyone is interested. Thu, 3 Jan 2008 10:00:32 EST New to Sparks Just wanted to introduce myself to everyone. Mon, 3 Dec 2007 16:04:24 EST New Team Leader/Adm inistrator Ok folks, I am entering my 8th month of pregnancy and would like to find a replacement for myself. I just haven't been as active as I should, and will not be logging on as much when we go from 2 kiddos to 3! If anyone is interested, please PM me, or just reply to this thread. I am hoping this team with thrive and be everything you need, but at this point I'm not sure I can help direct that. I am grateful for eveyone here, and will stay a part of the team. <BR> Much warm wishes! <BR> Sam Wed, 28 Nov 2007 14:46:21 EST Hi All! Hi South Bend Team, <BR> <BR> My friend got me hooked on this site over the weekend - perfect timing! It's great to know there are other people in the area who are intersted in health and wellness. I wish you all luck on your journeys. See you out walking/running/sledding/ ice skating/ having fun! Mon, 26 Nov 2007 19:53:05 EST Greetings Everyone!! Hello everyone!! I'm Kasey & I'm from South Bend. I've been on spark people since like April or so, I just came across your Spark Team and thought it'd be neat to be apart of a local team. I'm really stepping up and trying to be a loser. My doctor recently put me on Meridia which I don't know too much about. I'm also pretty much following the WW program. I'm trying to login at least once a day and update my fitness and eating tracker on here. I have been carrying a pedometer and getting at le... Mon, 12 Nov 2007 14:22:08 EST Intro :) Hello! I'm very new here (found spark people about 20 minutes ago) and very excited. I am just feeling my way around for now. I am a 30 year old sahm from South Bend. I have a 11 month old and a 7 year old and I'm happily (very very) married. <BR> <BR> I have been battling my weight for a long time. At one point I gained then lost 100 lbs and now I've gained back about 75 with pregnancy and breastfeeding -- so it's very important that I work on some good long-term lifestyle changes. <BR> ... Thu, 25 Oct 2007 00:09:35 EST Pregnancy news Hi team! <BR> We just found out on Friday that we are being blessed with a baby girl. I really thought we were having another little boy. Honestly, I didn't really care who came next, as long as everyone stays healthy and happy! I have had a great pregnancy, stayed active(hard not to do with two little boys) and only gained 9lbs, and I'm more than half way done. Our due date is Feb 2nd. <BR> I hope that all of you are doing well, and staying healthy and strong. Take care of yourselves. (... Mon, 8 Oct 2007 14:18:50 EST Lawyers? Any other lawyers from the area on the board? Thu, 4 Oct 2007 13:27:18 EST Checking in! Where is everyone??? LOL! I hope you are all doing well, and staying on track. I am doing good, my pregancy is going very well. I've gained only 6 lbs so far, and trying to walk everyday. <BR> Let us know how you are doing! <BR> Peace and love <BR> Sam <BR> Fri, 21 Sep 2007 09:43:20 EST How are you doing? I thought I would start a thread to check on how you are all doing. What has been the easiest thing to change, and the hardest? <BR> For me adding exercise has actually been easy, since we now have a dog to walk. Plus with two little ones, we are playing outside more and more. (I'll hopefully go back to the gym when Tyler gets the ok from the dr to be at the daycare there.) <BR> The hardest(since I got pregnant and Ty got sick) has been eating healthy and tracking what I eat on a daily bas... Sun, 22 Jul 2007 15:11:45 EST vacation Hi friends! We are going to try to take a vacation again. Ty's doctors gave us the ok to take him and Tony out of state. We are headed to Cheboygan MI to see my husbands family for about a week. I'm looking forward to seeing the family finally, it's been since Easter! We normally see them once a month. <BR> When we return, I'll be able to take the kids to the gym, and return to exercising(checking my heart rate, since I"m 9 weeks pregnant). <BR> I hope you are all doing well, and continuing... Thu, 5 Jul 2007 16:22:21 EST Great news! We are going to be adding to our family this winter. With all that has happened this past week or so, this has made our day! I am going to stay on spark, and just maintain my current weight, until baby arrives. yeah! <BR> Tyler had a better day today. No big fever spikes. Hopefully in 2-3 months he will make a full recovery. We are very blessed to have such wonderful support, and an amazing doctor. <BR> Peace and love <BR> sam Thu, 7 Jun 2007 22:25:21 EST Introductions Hi and Welcome. I thought start a post for any possible new members to introduce themselves. I am Sam, live in South Bend, IN and love spark. I am a sahm to two beautiful boys, and am so in love with my husband. I hope we can all connect and share our stories as we jouney to a healthy life! <BR> Peace and love, <BR> Sam <BR> <em>213</em> Thu, 31 May 2007 13:43:37 EST Everyday chatter Thank you for the notice about Bhappy50. I put a comment on her sparkpage. I hope you are having a great day! I figured I would start a new thread, since our last was getting long. Plus I am hoping to get all of us chatting! <BR> Peace and love <BR> sam Wed, 9 May 2007 17:15:12 EST Anyone??? Looking for friends to encourage each other to get healthy. Hoping to start something good! <BR> <em>224</em> Sat, 24 Mar 2007 20:21:48 EST