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Posts: 10 6/11/13 1:51 P
Hi everyone! I'm Jess from the poconos in PA. I'm excited about this challenge because I always find myself not eating enough and then filling up with empty calories.
current weight: 175.2
Posts: 23 6/11/13 9:16 A
Hi everyone. I am Donna from Morgantown WV. Just found this challenge and excited to get healthy once and for all.
One day at a time! One meal at a time! One step at a time!
Pounds lost: 11.4
Posts: 1,263 6/10/13 12:11 A
I calculated my BMR, and can see the caloric range on my tracker.
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Posts: 25 6/8/13 11:10 P
Hi everyone I am Shawnee, I live in York, PA. I am so excited to actually be losing weight. And I can't believe how much I am eating. Probably more than I was before, just making better choices about it. But I haven't felt hungry or deprived. If I want or crave something I am finding ways to fit it in the plan. For example I have an addiction to Coke Classic. And I have not completely given it up. But I only allow myself 1 glass a day and only if I have gotten in all my water and still have calories at the end of the day. And even I am finding a lot of days I don't even care if I have it any more at all.
Pounds lost: 11.2
Posts: 25 6/8/13 10:23 P
Hi everyone, I am Ina. I just wanted to join the eat up, slim down challenge because I really want to achieve my goals. I'm very excited.
Pounds lost: 5.0
Fitness Minutes: (1,073) Posts: 20 6/7/13 9:32 P
Hi everyone, I'm Shantelle from SC!! I'm pleased to be a part of the group! Nice meeting everyone!!
Fitness Minutes: (9,444) Posts: 1,160 6/7/13 8:29 P
My name's Stephanie and I'm looking forward to this challenge, one of the things that I love about dieting and counting calories is that when I keep track of what I'm eating, I can actually eat a LOT of food, and it's really good food too, that I didn't even know I liked before I tried it! I'm eating a lot of fruits and vegetables, and lean meats, I can't remember the last time I had red meat like a cheeseburger or fast food (other than Taco Bell & Subway - I get the Fresco Chicken Tacos from Taco Bell for 150 calories each and buffalo chicken flatbread sandwiches from Subway).
I am always open to new suggestions and I like flavors from around the world, like Latin, Indian, Asian, etc. and I like trying new things.
I am at about 158 pounds right now and my goal is to get down to 130 pounds, so about 30 pounds to go, I've lost 10 so far, I started at about 170.
Edited by: SKRIBBLEZ at: 6/7/2013 (20:31)
"God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one of them to say -THANK YOU-?" - Dr. William Arthur Ward.
current weight: 151.6
Posts: 11 6/6/13 1:47 P
Hi everyone!!!... I am so excited to be here. I've joined SP around a year ago and turned my back. Last week I'd decided to revisit the site and discovered that you can do so much... I LOVE IT and I THINK I AM HOOKED.
Anyway, I really love this challenge thingy.
I goal is to drop at least 10-15 pounds.
Good luck everyone and I am looking forward to working and chatting with you guys...
Just Keep Going...
current weight: 138.6
Fitness Minutes: (210) Posts: 1 6/5/13 10:56 P
Hi everyone. Here I go again, this time I intent to make this a lifestyle change. I need help. I surrender because I cannot do it alone.
I am a mother of two boys, one girl and four grands. I married again, now going on 5 years. My new family includes 4 sons, 7 grands and now a 2 month old great grand. I need more energy to keep up with everybody. I really like playing with the kids, but give out much too fast.
Looking forward to working out with all of you!
Edited by: CABRAIL at: 6/5/2013 (23:03)
current weight: 230.0
Fitness Minutes: (2,601) Posts: 141 6/5/13 6:14 P
Hi! I'm Kelly. I've been back on SP about 3 weeks now. I just found this challenge and think it will help me a lot. I love fruits and veggies, but struggle to keep higher protein and lower fat.
Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.
If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right.
Pounds lost: 0.0
Fitness Minutes: (91) Posts: 2 6/4/13 2:19 A
Hey, I'm Jen and I just joined SP yesterday and my intention is to dive in with both feet. Hopefully with the help from all of you and the numerous tools here, I'll form bettter habits and live a healthier lifestyle. Very glad to be here.
current weight: 170.0
Fitness Minutes: (17,576) Posts: 7,093 6/2/13 6:08 P
Hi everyone! I originally posted an intro. Since then I realized how much of my time another challenge is going to take. To do it well I have to commit to it. Rather than half-heartedly participate in this challenge, I've opted to leave the team. Best to all of you as you work on reaching your goals!
Edited by: PATTK1220 at: 6/4/2013 (09:09)
Patt in Minneapolis Leader, Forks Over Knives and Engine 2 Diet ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
It's not what you look at that matters; it's what you see. ~Henry David Thoreau
The food you eat can be either the safest & most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison. ~Ann Wigmore
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Pounds lost: 13.0
Posts: 10 6/1/13 3:37 P
Hi! I'm glad to do this challenge- I think it's an important component of a healthy diet! I am 27, own a small business and am a full time student. I just graduated and am on to the next phase in my education. I am here because overall, I just really feel like it's time to get serious about my health.
March Minutes: 0
Posts: 62 6/1/13 6:42 A
Hi everyone! I'm 34 years old and I've been a vegan for about 8 months. I'm still trying to get rid of the junk food from my diet. Always looking for new ways to prepare and enjoy veggies. Now that summer is starting I'm looking forward to getting out to the farmer's markets and enjoying the seasonal fruits and veggies.
current weight: 165.0
Posts: 11 5/31/13 7:56 P
Hello! My name is Kristi. I'm excited about meeting this challenge. I think adding more good-for-me foods to my plate will be an all around win. Good for me and good for my family, too!
Fitness Minutes: (1,482) Posts: 13 5/30/13 9:18 P
My name is Alicia. I am looking to lose 20 pounds and to change my life forever. I no longer want to play games with my body or my mind about weight and health. I want to not feel pain in my joints anymore and I want to be strong. I WILL get there!
current weight: 143.0
Fitness Minutes: (1,482) Posts: 13 5/30/13 9:14 P
Wow that's incredible! I hope in a few months that I can say the same about my weight loss! :D Keep on truckin! :D
current weight: 143.0
Fitness Minutes: (1,482) Posts: 13 5/30/13 9:13 P
Don't feel sad. We all have our moments where we step off the trail for a moment. The good thing is that the trail is always there! It is very visible, always clear and has a beautiful view! You can do this!
current weight: 143.0
Fitness Minutes: (481) Posts: 41 5/30/13 8:35 A
Hello, Idocanoe, I hope I got that right. I don't know how this works, guys, if I type a reply to your messages and it goes directly to your email, as well as the post, or not (so please let me know, as I also see a send private reply option...) Anyway, I read your post and think it would be hard working all night with the munchies! I am not getting paid for this, of course, but I just ordered this really cool thing online called Naturebox, which delivers healthy snacks to you monthly. There are probably several options, but I paid 20 bucks for mine, and when I got it yesterday (it came in about a week and a half), I totaled the portions and it came out to 15 portions of snacks. They are pretty tasty, and they change every month. I would supplement some of them, like the Taj Majal trail mix,serving size 1/4 cup, with an apple, to be more filling. I really like these, because you feel like you are indulging, but all the ingredients are healthy :) Hope this helps
current weight: 172.0
Fitness Minutes: (481) Posts: 41 5/30/13 8:24 A
Hi, Rae. I just joined a few days ago. You CAN DO IT :)
current weight: 172.0
Fitness Minutes: (481) Posts: 41 5/30/13 8:21 A
Hi Kerrilandon! Burgers on the grill aren't really bad if the meat is lean. I use 97% fat free. Also the butcher can ground sirloin for you, which is also pretty good. I don't know if you use a food scale (I bought mine for 20 bucks at WalMart), but you can also weigh your portion of beef after its cooked and aim for 3 to 4 ounces. Hope this helps, that is if you aren't already using these guidelines :)
Edited by: RMARTI7 at: 5/30/2013 (08:23)
current weight: 172.0
Posts: 274 5/29/13 7:17 P
Hi, my name to Rae and I need to lose 26-pounds. This time for sure.
current weight: 142.4
Posts: 167 5/29/13 4:41 P
I am attempting to jump back on this bandwagon. I have had some kale in the fridge for a couple of days now but keep opting for the burgers on the grill. Not good
“Peace is to be found only within, and unless one finds it there he will never find it at all. Peace lies not in the external world. It lies within one's own soul.
current weight: 168.0
Fitness Minutes: (481) Posts: 41 5/28/13 2:54 P
Hi everyone, I just joined the team. I LOVE veggies and fruits, but sometimes do NOT fit enough in my daily eating plans. I just joined SP as well..... looking to finally do this and lose weight after three years of gaining after a surgery and being diagnosed with hypothyroidism. :) Feeling optimistic!
current weight: 172.0
Posts: 570 5/28/13 11:59 A
Hi, I just joined the challenge, hoping to jump start my otherwise stalled progression. I keep saying it is a marathon not a sprint, but this marathon has taken a break at the watering station... I need to get moving again. Thanks for having me, now I am going to eat some veggies!!! J
March SparkPoints: 409
Fitness Minutes: (14,872) Posts: 333 5/27/13 11:49 P
Okay. Just want to say Hi! I have lost 17 pounds on SP since joining in December. I would like to lose another 17 and I just realized I am half way there. Wow! That was pretty cool to put in writing just now. Anyway. I have joined lots of fitness SP challenges and am now looking for nutrition challenges to help with my food struggles. I would like to continue with my good choices during the work week and continue to track and stay within my calorie range on weekends. Weekends are my struggle. Day one completed and I stayed within my nutrition ranges even with it being a holiday. I tend to have the holiday mentality that I can binge for the day and start fresh the next day. I won the battle today. Yay!
Pounds lost: 10.2
Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 3 5/27/13 6:34 P
I have been on SparkPeople quite awhile ago. I tend to well for a week or two and then go off the wagon. It's been difficult for me to stay focused when I lose between 3-10 pounds in 2 weeks, depending on how closely I follow a program and then look at myself and know I still have over 100 pounds to go. I need to learn how to look at me and just take one day at a time and know that 2 pounds less one week, means two pounds less and that's good. Haven't really reached that place, but want to.
For love and long-life. God will give me strength
current weight: 273.6
Fitness Minutes: (195) Posts: 6 5/27/13 5:11 P
My problem is that I get depressed and I work nights, alone. I get the munchies late and find myself going back to grab cookies or ice cream or even a peanut butter sandwich. I know that sweets/carbs are my downfall and I have to learn to stay away.
4 years ago I followed a sort of low carb diet (not extreme) and worked out a lot, lost lots of weight. Today I am 50 pounds heavier, have a large roll around my waist and don't even like to look in the mirror.
I found Sparks from listening to a doctor talk about it. Now I just have to get some ambition and do something about this!
current weight: 188.8
Posts: 12 5/27/13 4:32 P
Hello Team, I'm looking forward to the upcoming weeks and getting back on track with my weight loss. I was doing really great at the beginning of the year and then death of a family member happened and the rest is history. I've gained weight since then, stopped exercising and picked up bad eating habits again. I'm excited about the accountability that being part of this team will offer.
Looking forward to keeping up with you all in the upcoming weeks!
current weight: 139.0
Fitness Minutes: (1,388) Posts: 42 5/26/13 9:50 P
I enjoy working out but I really struggle with food. From previous weight lose attempts, I know I lose weight the quickest when I workout and eat healthy. I'd like to work on cutting down on fast food, junk food, alcohol, and things that just have empty calories. I'm hoping this challenge will add some extra accountability.
current weight: 272.0
Posts: 1 5/26/13 12:10 A
Hi! My name is Bill and I've decided that I'm going to reach my goal weight... AND MAINTAIN IT.
I was married to a person for a long time who had some serious weight issues our entire relationship. Over the years, I learned about pretty much every fad diet and program that is out there. There are plenty of bad ones, but I know so much now and have figured out what is healthy and works for me.
I never really had to worry about my own weight until I was about 35. Then I started working out pretty seriously, lost the fat, gained the muscle and was a pretty lean 195 lbs. At age 40, I was surprised to find out that I was in the process of being divorced :( I lost 30 lbs in about 3 months. I call it the "no eat, no sleep, no weight lifting and worry a lot diet"
For the next six months I only ran... it was very therapeutic, killed my shins, but kept me from going insane. Eventually I met the most wonderful woman in the world who loved me, baggage and all. I became comfortable and started gaining weight.
Over the last 3 years, I've been on the dreaded yo-yo. I know how to lose weight, I can do it very quickly and easily. My weigh-in is tomorrow and after just a week, I expect to have lost close to 5 lbs. My problem, like most people, is keeping it off. I was so devoted and so committed 10 years ago, I know I can do it again and maintain it til I'm 90.
My short term goal is to lose 17 lbs by the time I get married in August. My long term goal is to be "that guy"... the one who everyone looks at and wonders what he does to have stopped aging (in my case) at 45.
Edited by: STOPPINGAT45 at: 5/26/2013 (00:12)
current weight: 178.8
Fitness Minutes: (1,439) Posts: 23 5/25/13 4:33 P
hey im luann I have lost three lbs and have ninety to go it is a struggle when if I haven't lost any weight for the week I just want to raid the fridge but so far I have not I have not been drinking any sodas which I do love and I am eating a huge salad for lunch and eating a lot of baked fish which I do enjoy hope to make this a life style instead of losing the weight and then going back to the dumbness hope everyone gets their ambitions and all that they are trying to do done
thanks to God I will not fail
current weight: 201.0
Fitness Minutes: (2,781) Posts: 377 5/25/13 11:47 A
I am Diane! I know I need to eat more to lose weight but I don't want it to be junk so am hoping to get some ideas on healthy ways to increase my calories! I am 41, work full time, 2 grade school age children, husband, and dog! I am ready to lose fat, gain muscle, and finally be fit!
current weight: 221.8
Fitness Minutes: (2,088) Posts: 11 5/24/13 12:55 P
Hi everyone! I am 27, almost 28, looking to get back on track and get healthy before my husband and I start trying for a baby! My biggest challenge is food...exercise isn't too bad for me, but the eating is the worst part. I am always looking for new friends to help motivate and support me and for which I can do the same! :)
Edited by: SHRINKTHATGIRL at: 5/24/2013 (12:55)
She turned her can't into cans and her dreams into plans.
Pounds lost: 0.0
Posts: 32 5/24/13 11:53 A
Hi everyone! I just turned 56 years young. My biggest challenge these days is getting rid of the belly fat that seems to have appeared and does not want to go away. Looking forward to this challenge and helping those, who like myself can use the support and accountability. In Joy, Patsy
current weight: 154.0
Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 1 5/24/13 11:03 A
Hi All, my name Daynell and I'm a recent widow and mother of one awesome 5 year old daughter. Being a single parent I now realize how important it is for me to take the right steps at being healthy so that I can enjoy life to the fullest with my little girl. I'm excited and scared but I'm up for the challenge. I'm looking forward to meeting the new me.
Fitness Minutes: (906) Posts: 30 5/24/13 8:29 A
Happy Friday All~ I am Jennie, happily married mother of four. I work full time and have started to struggle more with my weight since my last child was born (she will be 3 in 2 weeks). It was just time to start working on me so I CAN be the best wife,mother and friend.
If it's meant to be it is up to ME!
Pounds lost: 6.0
Posts: 1 5/23/13 7:09 P
I am now in my 60s. I have lost 40 lbs and have 60 to go. I need some encouragement and ideas, especially for exercise, which I hate. Anybody have any good ideas? I have moderately severe asthma and arthritis in my knees. Thanks!
Fitness Minutes: (274) Posts: 2 5/23/13 6:49 P
Hi I am 76 years old and I would like to lose 10 to 15 pounds. I weigh 155. I am frustrated because I really do not overeat or snack between meals. I understand nutrition and try to eat a healthy diet. I have cut out sugar and pop (sodas), count down on complex carbs etc. I do the Curves Circuit 3 x a week and do a 1-2 mile walking tape at home. I live in AZ so it is hard to walk outdoors, after the crack of dawn and I sleep until about 6:30.
Not sure what else I can do what I am willing to listen to suggestions.
Fitness Minutes: (3,754) Posts: 501 5/23/13 1:14 P
Hi, I'm Marianne and I joined SP on the recommendation of my Diabetic Nutrition Educator and I am sooooo very glad. Eating the RIGHT amount of the RIGHT food is making a world of difference to my glucose levels as well as my overall energy level and weight. It's only been a little over a week, and I've lost some weight already!! Wooo Hooooo!!
"The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but building the new". ~Socrates
"Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass. It's about learning to dance in the rain."
Smile...Crochet...Have a GREAT DAY...IT IS MANDATORY :0)
current weight: 175.0
Fitness Minutes: (59) Posts: 3 5/23/13 10:33 A
Hi! I just joined SP because I know the lifestyle I'm leading is not healthy. I have trouble overeating and a bad habit of not eating breakfast so I'm hoping being involved in a team challenge will be more of a motivator for me.
160.0 Inches Lost
Fitness Minutes: (340) Posts: 2 5/21/13 11:18 P
Joined Spark a few weeks ago. Surprised at how many calories I ACTUALLY consume when tracking on the food tracker. Need to find other ways to get full without going over 1200-1500 calories per day...just found & bought the SparkPeople cookbook at my local used bookstore! :D
Fitness Minutes: (2,528) Posts: 263 5/21/13 12:55 P
I joined sparkpeople last week and am still exploring. I saw this challenge and thought it might be what I need to get away from the lower end of my caloric intake. I've had two days where I didn't even reach my calorie goal but I simply could not eat any more.
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Posts: 7 5/20/13 4:01 A
Hey, I'm Anne. I've joined SparkPeople in March. I have lost 13lbs so far but this is only my halfway point. I want to go even further, some place where I haven't been in a long time. When it comes to sport, I am very disciplined. Sometimes I am in danger of overtraining, which is what I am trying to control now. I am also a balanced eater (most of the time). But I feel like I always eat the same stuff. I am looking for inspiration.
current weight: 147.0
Posts: 7,033 5/19/13 12:36 P
Hi! I've joined this team to hopefully get a little better at a lot of things. Tracking food and analyzing my food intake to make it healthier and hopefully rebrainwash myself to healthy instead of all the Salt, Sugar, and Fat getting back into it.
Also, I have been doing exercise, but I need to step it up cuz I know I'll lose more weight and better, too. I am pre-diabetic almost totally off meds, and trying to live with diet and exercise as a method of controlling.
Everytime I think I am retrained, my mind slides right back into the brainwashed attitude of S, S, & F and it just blows me away. I keep asking - Will I ever be away from it and learn how to eat so that I don't have to think about it, I'll just do it and do it healthy?
I guess that's my goal and so I'll keep doing the challenges cuz I know at some point I'll reach my goals and the best way to retrain is to keep practicing through the challenges.
Have a great one, all!
Author of the published novel, The Double K Ranch!
Fitness Minutes: (7,246) Posts: 725 5/18/13 2:56 P
Hello, I'm Tammy. I am not a new member of sp but I am a returning member. I became a member 2 yrs ago and was doing really well. I was working towards a goal that do to changes in my insurance could no longer happen. I took it very hard and just gave up, gained all the weight plus some back and it has taken a while for me to get back to were I was when I gave up. I am here looking for my motivation and to get my spark back. I picked this challenge because I seriously need to learn to eat a few more veggies, because right now I eat corn and potatoes and that is it. Unless you want to count spaghetti sauce. I also don't eat very much of anything else that very good for me. I know its why I have always struggled with my weight; even my older kids eat better then I do.. but my 4 1/2 yr old is fallowing to closely after myself.. I don't want to see him struggle with his weight and self esteem the way that I have.. I need to get passed my anxiety of trying new things and learn to step out of my comfort zone.
Never, Never, Never Quit!
Co-Leader of the "Walk At Home Team" Anyone walking at home with Leslie Sansone or other walking fitness program come and join us.
Hi, I'm Jenny. I went to the doctor in January for an upper respiratory thing and was shocked to see a number I decided I couldn't bear to live with on the scale when I checked in. I had made excuses for not making the effort to lose weight for years. That week I started to reduce carbs, eliminate added sugars, increase vegetables, and be more regular with my walking. In late February, down to 200lbs, I joined SparkPeople. The community has been a great help and I hope to learn from this challenge.
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.
current weight: 145.2
Fitness Minutes: (5,177) Posts: 150 5/17/13 6:57 P
Hi, my name is Linda, I lost and have kept off 25lbs for 10 years now, but the last 10 lbs, well they come off and on. I have tried weight watchers, lo carb, primal, south beach, and the coconut oil diet (ooh did not do well on that). I do eat a pretty well balanced diet, but can't seem to get off the belly fat. Hopefully I can learn some new things in this challenge.
current weight: 157.0
Fitness Minutes: (40) Posts: 2 5/17/13 4:45 P
Hi! My name is Stacy, I just joined SparkPeople.com in the last couple of months. I have a lot of health issues that I am trying to get under control and my doctor said that I needed to lose weight so she told me about this web site and I am now trying to do what I'm suppose to! I live in Olivehurst, California! Thank you in advance for the support I will receive here
“I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.” Marylin Monroe Quote
current weight: 230.0
Fitness Minutes: (396) Posts: 43 5/15/13 10:50 A
Hello team members. I'm sorta kinda new to spark! My name is Shantelle, I'm from South Carolina and I'm working on getting back down to my high school weight!
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