SparkPeople Vets Unite Team Messageboard Are you a military vet that wants to get back to their fighting weight? Come on in & share your story! SparkPeople Vets Unite Team Messageboard Summer is almost here. Well now that the heat has been turned on what do you do to keep busy in this season. <BR> <BR> Here in AZ its early morning or late late evening walks and time in the AC exercise room. Wed, 5 Jun 2013 10:37:36 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 6 May 2013 00:46:25 EST It's Time For A Change. And I'm heading to someplace new: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5315942 </link> Mon, 8 Apr 2013 14:07:14 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sat, 12 Jan 2013 00:59:38 EST John's Holiday Challenge Who has a six week holiday challenge set to music? This guy. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>johns-holiday-challenge.html </link> <BR> <BR> <em>444</em> Wed, 21 Nov 2012 10:37:02 EST Veterans' Day 2012 Celebration Information FYI This is to pass along to any veterans in your life: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>terans-day-free-meals.htm </link> Mon, 5 Nov 2012 16:18:55 EST U.S. manufacturers to train vets for factory jobs <link><BR>plans-train-veterans-factory-jobs-1503<BR>57581--sector.html?goback=.nmp_*1_*1_*<BR>1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1_*1.gde_47803_member_175467991 </link> <BR> <BR> Just FYI to pass among yourselves and also to your veteran friends. Tue, 16 Oct 2012 23:11:16 EST Challenge for Fall? I'm needing a new challenge for Fall, and I think I need to focus on nutrition and healthier eating. <BR> <BR> Thoughts? Fri, 28 Sep 2012 13:46:03 EST Message Removed Message Removed Fri, 14 Sep 2012 13:01:53 EST Intro Name - Jeremy <BR> Rank/Service - Sgt/USMC <BR> Dates of Service - Sept 24, 1985 - June 2, 1989 (medical discharge) <BR> Why You're Here at Spark People - To get my life back and be the kind of Daddy my daughter needs me to be. Thu, 16 Aug 2012 12:45:57 EST From Fat To Finish Line: The Documentary Lots of movie news to share. Our website is up and the first preview trailer is ready! <BR> <BR> Check out my blog for the links: <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5013860 </link> Mon, 13 Aug 2012 16:24:05 EST VRAP (Veterans Retraining Assistance Program) ***** TAKE A CHANCE, I sent in my application less than a month ago and got approved today. ******* <BR> <BR> Requirements <BR> <BR> If you are interested in VRAP, as a veteran you must meet the following eligibility requirements for acceptance into the program: <BR> <BR> - be between the ages of 35 and 60. <BR> - currently unemployed (as defined by the Department of Labor). <BR> - have a discharge other than dishonorable. <BR> - ineligible for any other VA education benefit program. <BR>... Sat, 4 Aug 2012 02:27:16 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 24 Jul 2012 17:40:12 EST This is for any unemployed veterans Heroes Wanted: Apply Here for Job Training <BR> <BR> Unemployed Veterans ages 35-to-60 are eligible to apply for the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) that offers up to 12 months of training assistance towards a high demand career field. Apply for VRAP through VONAPP. <BR> <BR> It is very limited and worth a shot if you qualify:<BR>e.cfm?id=2347 <BR> <BR> I applied, I just saw the news article, I am an Army Veteran. Pass this along to... Thu, 5 Jul 2012 20:48:53 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 21 Jun 2012 20:27:44 EST Summer of Run Challenge I've decided I need big goals to keep myself on track, so today is day one of my Summer of Run Challenge. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>summer-of-run-2012.html </link> <BR> <BR> 94 days of running. I'm ready! Thu, 21 Jun 2012 01:23:03 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 18 Jun 2012 13:33:28 EST Got Slump? I do. And I blogged about it here. <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4912026 </link> <BR> <BR> Stay tuned, though. Tomorrow, I'm blogging about my fight to get out of it. Mon, 4 Jun 2012 23:25:40 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 28 May 2012 19:17:29 EST Here comes Summer 2012, Team! Can you believe that Spring is already halfway over? And that means Summer is right around the corner. <BR> <BR> I've been running like a fool, finishing eight half marathons in 2012... so far. And Sunday is my second full marathon, Pasadena. <BR> <BR> So... what have YOU been doing and how are you preparing for the warm (and shirtless) days of Summer? Tue, 15 May 2012 11:04:10 EST Are you ready for Spring '12? Hard to believe that winter has almost passed completely. Now comes Spring. <BR> <BR> So, what are YOU doing to get ready? And what are your plans for Spring? Mon, 5 Mar 2012 13:32:41 EST Hello.. let's make 2012 great! I'm Jen, USAF veteran (2002-2010) and Army spouse (2005 to present) <BR> <BR> While in Germany, I joined SP in 2008 and lost 15 lbs but our PCS back to the US last year was accompanied by his immediate deployment and my assuming a directorship at a local non-profit. We're also preparing for our final move for husband's retirement this summer. <BR> <BR> Looking for different types of groups to keep the motivation open and what group is more motivated than military/veterans? <BR> <BR> Ori... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 07:49:10 EST Winter Plans? Winter is here, team. And with it comes this bold announcement: <BR> <BR> I will lose 20 pounds before the first day of Spring. <BR> <BR> Yep. Just that simple. <BR> <BR> So, what are YOU working towards this winter? Wed, 21 Dec 2011 11:01:19 EST So, what are YOU planning for 2012? The new year will be here soon. What are YOUR plans for a healthy and fit new year? Tue, 13 Dec 2011 23:05:21 EST Seven Week Challenge Seven weeks left in 2011. I'm going to refocus and end the year feeling fit and fantastic! Mon, 14 Nov 2011 09:43:58 EST Plans for the rest of 2011? We have 7 weeks left in 2011. 2012 is right around the corner. So, what are YOU going to do between now and then to ring in the healthiest New Year possible? <BR> Sun, 13 Nov 2011 00:17:39 EST Summer into Fall. Are YOU changing? Summer is gone and we are well into Fall. Has that changed anything for you and your fitness journey? Have you revised goals or training plans? <BR> <BR> What's going on, team. How are you going to stay fit through the Fall? Thu, 20 Oct 2011 14:18:01 EST DID ANYONE BUT ME ENJOY MARCHING ? I used to enjoy marching when I was in the military. In fact I joined the drill team. Its was great exercise. Did anyone else enjoy it. Mon, 10 Oct 2011 09:16:04 EST I struggle with _____, so I _____. There are many different areas where we each struggle. For some, it's eating. For others, it's exercising. And others, it's finding support or motivation. Regardless of what we struggle with, identifying it is only half the solution. The more important element is what we do to work through our challenges. <BR> <BR> I struggle with eating healthy and in correct portion sizes, so I use the SparkPeople food tracker to monitor my calorie intake. Wen I can see just how much each item adds to my d... Sat, 1 Oct 2011 12:06:56 EST October 2011 Challenge I have really been struggling with my eating, my workouts, and my attitude. And it shows in my body right now. I feel like a slug. My energy levels are down, my weight is up, and my moods are all over the place. But that ends now. (Actually, it ended last night when I made myself go on a late night, 6 mile run as penance for being a crabby jerk all day.) <BR> <BR> On October 30th, I will be in Washington, DC, running the Marine Corps Marathon. It will be the most physically, mentally, and em... Thu, 29 Sep 2011 11:17:13 EST Reasons to succeed Today I was reading blogs and realized that so many people are looking for the easy way to drop pounds and get back in shape. There is so many reasons why we can exercise or why we are eating to much. That is the problem our country is in the shape it is in and as a group that has stood up for this country I think we need to be seriously ashamed of ourselves for going along with that kind of thinking. <BR> <BR> I dont know how many people I saw say that they got up and did there 10 minutes ... Thu, 8 Sep 2011 16:18:49 EST Not sure if I've introduced myself yet.... Hi all! <BR> I joined this team several months ago and then fell away from SP again....let my busy schedule get in the way. But I'm here and wanted to say hi! <BR> About me.... <BR> My name is Heather...I'm an Air Force vet (spent 8 years AD) and a currently on my 2nd year as a Navy Reservist. I joined SP a couple of years ago because I just plain wasn't happy with how I felt about myself....I had a little weight to lose and wanted to get in shape and feel better and be healthier. I'm stil... Thu, 25 Aug 2011 10:34:11 EST Howdy All Been trying to get this rig back into shape for a while now. Fighting a loosing battle at times, but the war is far from being over -- no one ready to give up yet. Feeling a whole lot better since beginning exercising more frequently, three to four times a week. <BR> <BR> Hope to find commonality with folks here, if you are in the AO of central PA let me know, i'm usually up for a cup of joe with another vet, doesn't matter what era. Thu, 4 Aug 2011 04:08:18 EST Hi all New to the team. Retired Master Chief needing to shed some weight and regain my equilibrium. <em>249</em> Thu, 28 Jul 2011 16:36:08 EST SDJ Becomes "Spark People SDJ" Hey Team! <BR> <BR> Yes, it's true. As of today, I work for Spark People. I have been hired to serve as Spark People Success Story Manager. (Think SparkOprah, but offficial!) <BR> <BR> Here's a link to the video I made announcing the news: <BR><BR>730796270111&saved <BR> Fri, 22 Jul 2011 08:05:01 EST This is harder than boot camp I really like this site and all the support. Its harder than boot camp but at least there is no drill sergeant yelling in my ear. I know there are times there probably should be to help get me off my butt and exercise better abd to not eat the little extra that I really dont need. Wed, 13 Jul 2011 13:40:17 EST Spent last week in Washington, DC. Wow. I had the honor of spending a week in DC, exploring the Marine Museum and all the monuments and memorials on the Mall. <BR> <BR> I'm still humbled and amazed at the sites. As a former Active Duty Marine, I felt so proud to be a single link in a chain of millions who have served. <BR> <BR> I'll be writing a blog about the details, but wanted to share this here first. I am honored to be in the company of so many Veterans. Sat, 18 Jun 2011 13:08:40 EST Coffee Mate to clean the sinks? Hey everybody. My husband and I were talking about "back in the early days" when in boot camp and right after boot camp of some of the things we did and used for cleaning. When I was in, we were still in the "squadbays". I remember our drill instructors having us use coffee creamer to clean the sinks. We also used coke to polish our brass (the real stuff). Anyone out there have similar recollections? Sun, 5 Jun 2011 15:21:58 EST Tough Mudder? Oh, yeah. I did it. Most difficult thing I have ever done, but I did it. And I have the pics to prove it! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4266248 </link> Tue, 31 May 2011 05:35:35 EST STILL HERE? THEN IT'S P.T.!!!! OK, the planet is still here, and SO IS YOUR FAT, so WHAT are you doing to "rapture it" somewhere ELSE? Without ever walking into a gym, or getting onto any exercise equipment, I have lost a total of FOUR pant sizes!! HOW? I work six days a week on this house, and that burns THOUSANDS of calories a day. YOU DON'T NEED A GYM, the ONLY equipment that you need is a building, or gardening project, and THEN the DISCIPLINE to NOT USE EVERY POWER TOOL BUILT. I mix the concrete that we throw BY H... Sat, 21 May 2011 13:08:33 EST May 2011 Challenge (Or, Keeping Up With LilDiesel) Clearly, LilDiesel was a man on fire in April. Let's see if we can keep up with him this month! Thu, 5 May 2011 13:10:22 EST hello im fatchikita14 Hi i am fatchikita14, i am really likeing this site, and i am happy there are so many other like me, and that i am not alone. I would really like ANY tips that any of you have. I need all the help i can get(: thank you Sun, 1 May 2011 22:35:29 EST Hello Hello to all new to the team,not to spark, just trying to lose the pounds be healthy since my neck was smaller than my waist back in 95' Sat, 30 Apr 2011 13:50:55 EST Staff Sergeant Ducky reporting for duty Hello everyone, I left the Marine Corps as a Staff Sergeant and am trying to get back my mean, lean body. I had it up until 2.5 years ago and lost it somewhere. I am out in California at Camp Pendleton with my husband who is an active duty Marine. My main goal is to get back to what I was in the picture I have posted. I am about 35 pounds away from that. I still run and workout. I will get my old body back. I am here also, for anyone who needs a friend and/or support. <BR> Semper Fi... <... Fri, 29 Apr 2011 15:04:24 EST Hi I am medically retired from the Army. My husband and I both served from 2001 to 2007. We served two years at Camp Humphreys (korea) and four years at Fort Drum, NY. I started gaining weight after we were married and then had a child. My ultimate goal is to lose 80 pounds. Tue, 19 Apr 2011 19:25:29 EST Hello all! Hi, my name is Matthew. <BR> <BR> I have worked my way up to working out at my gym 6 days a week as a "walker." <BR> <BR> I am visiting with a personal trainer this week, to incorporate strength training exercises into my routine. <BR> <BR> I look forward to getting to know all of you! :) <BR> <BR> Matthew <BR> <BR> --- <BR> <BR> Random quote: <BR> “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” ~Mahatma Gandhi Mon, 18 Apr 2011 01:47:10 EST Not so Fit To Fight Hello, <BR> I am curently still serving in the AF Reserves and am trying to keep fit for the new Fit To Fight Standards. I need as much help and motivation as I can get! <em>39</em> Thu, 14 Apr 2011 22:45:23 EST how to track calories how do you track an estimated amount of calories? i went to the cafeteria and got herb-oven chicken, steamed green beans and oven roasted potatoes, how do i track the calories on this meal? please help. Wed, 6 Apr 2011 20:48:18 EST I cheated at dinner again i dont know why i cheat at dinner all the time. i do a good job counting my calories and eating healthy all day until dinner. today was two delicious slices of pizza and some mouthwatering mexican food. when i cheat i cheat really bad. the whole day was a waste. i dont know what is wrong. i caught myself make excuses so i dont feel bad for eating this cheating food. i need help. Tue, 5 Apr 2011 21:43:35 EST Greetings. I'm Joe Spitzig. I served in the Army press corps in Viet Nam in '68 and '69. Stationed at Long Binh Post, I traveled all over the country. One trip I took was to an area called the "Tram region" to visit a cadre of Green Berets, who were advising a company-sized outfit of civilian irregulars, like a village militia. We went on a sweep, got into a fire fight, engaged until the dust settled, and then withdrew. When I got back from that trip, after I got my hands (and everything else) to stop s... Tue, 5 Apr 2011 13:40:05 EST April 2011 Challenge Welcome to April! Let's have some fun and get moving. Keep track of your PT minutes here! <BR> <BR> Join the PT Challenge. Members with 1500+ fitness minutes claim bragging rights. <BR> <BR> Each day post your minutes trying to get to 1500 minutes for April. <BR> <BR> <BR> Format reminder: <BR> Date of exercise <BR> 1st Number: Minutes you did today <BR> 2nd Number: Minutes you've done so far this month <BR> 3rd Number: Minutes left to go to reach the goal this month. <BR> <BR> For ... Fri, 1 Apr 2011 11:27:10 EST AF EOD veteran new to group! Hi All - I am new to this group and to SP. I got out of the AF in 97' where I was an EOD Tech for 6 years. After getting out I really started to put on the lbs. My health steadily declined (Diabetes, High Cholesterol, High BP, and all the usuals that come from obesity). I am trying to turn this thing around and I will be looking to this group for support and to virtually "Call me out" when I start slacking off. Good to meet everyone! Mon, 28 Mar 2011 14:10:42 EST Hi I was a Navy WAVE I spent three years in the Navy. It was when the Viet Nam War was ending. The baby Airlift. It was experience I would never forget. I met my husband in the Navy. Sun, 27 Mar 2011 15:37:57 EST FNG Hey y'all! My name's Andrew, I'm 27 yr old former Army SGT. I've been out since early '08, but I'm currently working as an IT contractor on a base in Kuwait. <BR> <BR> I was on a weight profile pretty much the entire time I was in the Army, except when I was up for promotion. Then I'd do the purge diets, cover my love handles in Preparation H and saran wrap, and suck the gut in just enough to pass the tape test. When I got out I went to work at my family's restaurant. I loved it there, but h... Fri, 25 Mar 2011 04:30:24 EST USAF VETERAN Greetings (not in the bad way either!) <BR> <BR> Picked up a People magazine at the vet's office and started an article on 8 people who lost hundreds of pounds. One consistent web site mentioned was I am so glad I check it out. This is exactly what I have been looking for to get me motivated! <BR> <BR> I am a USAF veteran, 1977 to 1986. I loved it and wanted a career until the evil right knee caused my demise from the AF. And I have been eating my disappointment ever s... Tue, 22 Mar 2011 22:00:55 EST I want _____, so I will _____. I want to feel fit and strong at my Marine Corps Reunion in June, so I will spend the next ten weeks focusing on my fitness and healthy eating. <BR> ____________ <BR> <BR> So, what do you want and what will you do to get it? Tue, 22 Mar 2011 10:16:48 EST Welcome, ELSKANMIN, to the Vets team! Glad to have you with us here on the team! <BR> <BR> <em>223</em> Fri, 18 Mar 2011 17:13:06 EST Hello from Tampa Fl Hello everyone. I retired from the AF in 2007 and started working at MacDill AFB in sunny Tampa Florida. Looking for friends and will provide support as needed or if asked. Mon, 14 Mar 2011 19:28:54 EST Welcome, CARBOHOLIC08, to the Vets team! Please welcome Ellen to our team! <BR> <BR> SDJ Sun, 13 Mar 2011 19:34:08 EST Regaining Me Hello, I'm here to improve my health, lose weight and find/keep the motivation necessary for me to reach my goals. I need and want to lose 50 lbs. Please feel free to send me any suggestions or tips that you have. Sun, 13 Mar 2011 11:17:58 EST Welcome, LILDIESEL426, to the Vets team! Another new member has joined our team. Please welcome LILDIESEL426! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>LDIESEL426 </link> <BR> <BR> SDJ Thu, 10 Mar 2011 14:35:17 EST Hello, fellow Vets Hello everyone, <BR> I was active duty from 2002-2009 but pulled the ejection handles (Air Force) to spend more time in the same country as my family. I'm a DOD civilian now, and finding that with PT not a priority to my employer, I have a harder time fitting it in. My husband and I are both trying to get back to "fighting weight," so it's good to have his support. <BR> <BR> I'm at the Pentagon now, which is quite a change from the outdoorsy life I've had to this point. I'm hoping as the ... Wed, 9 Mar 2011 14:25:57 EST Welcome, KATIESMOM04110, to the Vets team! Please welcome Alyssa to the team! <BR> <BR> SDJ Wed, 9 Mar 2011 11:47:19 EST Cadence Do you remember any cadences? I remember a few...but here's one without a certain branch: (I've also downloaded some on itunes to run/jog to. I mostly walk, so when the cadence comes on, that's my cue to double time it! At least for the length of the song lol.) <BR> <BR> Me and superman got in a fight <BR> i hitem in the head with kryptonite <BR> i hit him so hard i bashed his head <BR> and now im datin lois lane <BR> left left left right <BR> left left left right <BR> me and batman got i... Mon, 7 Mar 2011 19:23:15 EST Welcome, HYACKLE25, to the Vets team! Please welcome HYACKLE25. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ACKLE25 </link> <BR> <BR> Glad to have you with us! <BR> <BR> SDJ Mon, 7 Mar 2011 10:10:13 EST Welcome, ARITTER66, to the Vets team! Please welcome ARITTER66 to the team. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ITTER66 </link> <BR> <BR> Glad to have you aboard! <BR> <BR> SDJ Mon, 7 Mar 2011 10:08:41 EST retired young vet Hi, I jut retired about 1 year ago. I am still under 40, (for a couple more months) and loving the retired life. I am a stay at home mom to a 7 and 5 year old and have a husband serving in Afghanistan (again) right now. <BR> Looking to loose about 30 lbs that love to creep on and off. Starting week 3 today, hoping to keep my momentum of 2 lbs per week. <BR> I enjoy fitness, though I sure lost that 7 minute mile I "used to could" do, now I am "running" 12 or 13's , but it is still trotting <... Thu, 3 Mar 2011 08:24:19 EST Hello My name is Evelyn and I served in the US Army as a SPC-E4 from 1990-1994 and then in the NC Nat'l Guard till 2000. I joined Spark People to lose some sedentary weight I put on during a long term relationship and to regain the active lifestyle I enjoyed while I was a soldier. Wed, 2 Mar 2011 10:49:52 EST March 2011 Challenge Welcome to March! Let's have some fun and get moving. Keep track of your cardio minutes here! <BR> <BR> Join the Cardio Challenge. Members with 1500+ fitness minutes claim bragging rights. <BR> <BR> Each day post your minutes trying to get to 1500 minutes for March. <BR> <BR> <BR> Format reminder: <BR> Date of exercise <BR> 1st Number: Minutes you did today <BR> 2nd Number: Minutes you've done so far this month <BR> 3rd Number: Minutes left to go to reach the goal this month. <BR> <... Tue, 1 Mar 2011 21:52:46 EST Disabled Vet Tired of Getting Fatter Hi, I'm Aaron. <BR> <BR> I'm a father of two sets of twins. The girls are 10 and the boys are 6. <BR> <BR> I am also an 80% disabled veteran. <BR> <BR> I had two back surgeries while I was in the Navy from 1997 - 2009. I got a medical retirement after I was told that I was going to be kicked out for being overweight (even though I could hardly move for almost two years). <BR> <BR> I recently had my third back surgery in November 2010. <BR> <BR> I am in constant pain, and I have been in... Wed, 16 Feb 2011 13:31:44 EST HI EVERYONE!! I'M SO NEW TO THIS. I WILL NEED SOME HELP WITH TRYING TO FIND TIME TO ACTUALLY WORKOUT. I WORK 3 12 HR SHIFTS, IN SCHOOL AND A SINGLE MOTHER OF 2 BOYS. IF YOU HAVE ANY HELPFUL TIPS PLEASE LET ME KNOW. Tue, 15 Feb 2011 11:12:51 EST Please welcome ARGEECEE We have a new vet with us here on the team. Please say hello to ARGEECEE. <BR> ___________________ <BR> "Hello! <BR> <BR> Just Joined this team. US Army veteran, a medic. Vietnam 1971. <BR> <BR> Trying to lose it to keep my health. Lost about 75 over the past two years. <BR> <BR> Hope to check in at least once a week.. <BR> <BR> thanx................RON " <BR> <BR> <link><BR>GEECEE </link> <BR> ______________ <BR> <BR> SDJ Tue, 8 Feb 2011 10:45:03 EST In Memoriam Marine Corporal Lucas Todd Pyeatt was lost in action near Kajaki, Helmand Province, Afghanistan on Saturday morning, February 5th, 2011. Luke was a member of the USMC 2nd Radio Battallion, stationed at Camp Lejuene, NC. <BR> _________________ <BR> <BR> In 1988, I was fortunate enough to deploy with Second Radio. We went TAD to Germany and I learned more in four months about my role in Signals Intel than I had in all my time before that. They are an amazing unit doing unbelievable things. <B... Tue, 8 Feb 2011 10:01:01 EST Over and Over in 2011 Just wanted to say Hi All! <BR> <BR> I'm not really new to SP, but this is a new profile because for the New year I felt I needed a new start! So here I am starting over again, which I will do as many times as needed till I feel I've got things the way I want them to be! <BR> <BR> There are times I wish I could go back to bootcamp (Navy) because after coming out of bootcamp, that was the smallest I've ever been in my adult life and the best I've ever looked....but I was also on crutches fo... Tue, 4 Jan 2011 20:02:33 EST Goals for 2011 Anyone have specific goals for the new year? I'm still working on mine. Right now, they are too "squishy and unclear" to really do me any good. <BR> <BR> SDJ Thu, 30 Dec 2010 13:21:04 EST reporting as ordered... "Loki" <BR> US ARMY <BR> Spc / E4 <BR> 91B1P - Medic, Paratrooper <BR> 274th F.A.S. Team, Ft. Bragg NC <BR> 1990-1995 <BR> <BR> proudly served. miss my buddies worldwide. <BR> props to my veteran brothers and sisters out there in sparkville. S! <BR> <BR> started my re-introduction to fitness last year. a little biking, swimming, hiking. <BR> decided to hit it hard this year after my birthday in april. i have been doing p90x, mixed with a little insanity, mixed with some running and bikin... Mon, 13 Dec 2010 16:42:06 EST Running to get this goal ACCOMPLISHED! Hi everyone! I'm a USAF veteran 1998-2004 and am looking to lose 20 lbs. I currently work very closely with the veterans at the Carl T. Hayden hospital in Phoenix, AZ and know no other stronger support system than us veterans. With a little willpower and a lot of support I'm hoping to make this goal happen! HOORAH! Thu, 9 Dec 2010 13:27:47 EST Dragging Butt Ugh. I'm not going to the gym and I'm eating crap. And I know better. <BR> <BR> Snap out of it, SDJ! <BR> <BR> SDJ Thu, 9 Dec 2010 12:50:20 EST Hello! Hello everyone. My name is Angie. I am 25. I am a disabled Army veteran and now an Army wife and stay at home mom of two little girls, ages 3 and 13 months. <BR> <BR> I gained 50 pounds right before and during my last pregnancy and now that my daughter is a year old I've decided it's time to make myself lose the weight. My goal is to lose 40 lbs and I've already lost 20 :) Halfway there! <BR> Wed, 17 Nov 2010 11:22:53 EST Deployed and eating chow hall food Hello, <BR> <BR> I am deployed in afghanistan (been here for over 7 months). The biggest problem I am finding is tracking the food. I cant really make anything and can only eat what is provided. Not to mention it is the same thing everyday and the calorie and fat content are different then what I can find on the food tracker. For breakfast I eat 1 hardboiled egg, 2 turkey sausage links (which say they are 86 calories for 2 links), 1/4 cup of cantelope, and some kind of starch (be it a bagel ... Fri, 12 Nov 2010 19:26:52 EST Happy Veterans' Day to all!! <link>;<BR>_ylt=A0SO8ZqgCdxMTEIAomz7w8QF;_ylu=X3o<BR>DMTBrYXNma3Q1BHNlYwNzZWFyY2gEdnRpZANWM<BR>TE4?p=vets+flag+reveille&fr=my-myy&ei=<BR>utf-8&n=21&tnr=21&y=Search </link> Thu, 11 Nov 2010 10:26:09 EST Hello from Wisconsin Hi, I'm Deb. I was active duty Air Force 1990-1995, left as a senior airman. I started on Spark People 2 1/2 years ago for encouragement and support while adjusting to the role of caregiver to my spouse who had 3 strokes and could no longer work. Now I'm here for weight loss and accountability. <BR> <BR> Wed, 27 Oct 2010 23:13:37 EST Retrospective Forty years ago today, I boarded a Boeing 707 jetliner at Tan Son Nhut airport in Saigon for the trip back to the US after my tour of duty with the US Army in the Republic of Vietnam. I remember the cheers when the pilot informed us that we had left Vietnamese airspace. After a short refueling stop at Yakota AFB in Japan, we landed (same day, thanks to the International Date Line) at Travis AFB north of San Francisco. We disembarked and went into the terminal to pick up our luggage -- I re... Sun, 24 Oct 2010 13:48:49 EST 27 - Medically Retired Hello, Air Force here 2002 - 2010.. Single mother of a three year old... I was medically retired this year for a health condition called POTS (postural Orthostatic tachycardia syndrome) ... Wishing I was back in right about now ;[ Wed, 13 Oct 2010 20:16:31 EST FEDERAL, WORLDWIDE INJUNTION AGAINST DADT I JUST got this on my conputer from the local ABC TV Affiliate. <BR> A Federal Court Judge has just issued a worldwide injuntion on the implimentation of DADT. <BR> <BR> It is about time that the 17 year witch hunt ended. Brie Tue, 12 Oct 2010 16:07:52 EST What can we do to get Vets active on SparkPeople? It seems like Veterans are not active on any military veteran related teams. Surely we vets can come up with some ways to get Vets into the teams. I know they are out there. Fri, 1 Oct 2010 01:28:49 EST Hi all-Marine Vet from San Diego Hi, SDJ-invited me :)- I served for 5 and a half years as a Marine -stationed at Camp Pendleton. I have been out for almost 8 years and have stayed in San Diego. I look forward to getting to know some of you at least-Crystal <BR> Details; <BR> USMC/6324-Avionics tech on huey's and cobra's- the old 2 bladed ones- saw they upgraded to 4 blades recently. <BR> E-4/Corporal <BR> served 06/24/97-12/23/02 Wed, 22 Sep 2010 13:04:28 EST New to board, Vet from Colorado! Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I am a Vet. I served active duty 1981-1982 and reserve 1982-1987. <BR> <BR> Great to have a vet group! <BR> <BR> Tue, 14 Sep 2010 18:11:41 EST Cheers All Craig K <BR> SrA/USAF <BR> 1995 - 2000 <BR> <BR> It has been a long time since I was in the same shape I was when I got out of basic but come hell or high water thats where I want to get back to! Mon, 30 Aug 2010 09:04:14 EST Dedicated, Motivated - What keeps you going? Is there anything specific that has you fired up today? Any reason for that extra pep in your step? If so, let us know. <BR> <BR> What's got you motivated today? Sat, 28 Aug 2010 12:45:59 EST Hello from John in San Diego SanDiegoJohn <BR> Corporal/USMC <BR> 1985-1989 <BR> <BR> As my time in the Marine Corps got farther and farther behind me, I lost my discipline and my confidence. Twenty years later, I weighed 220 and was in terrible shape. I joined Spark People to try to get myself fired up again. <BR> <BR> Glad to be part of the Vets Unite team! Sat, 28 Aug 2010 12:40:11 EST Chow Hall Recap - Food Victories Found a new food that tastes great without a lot of calories? Learned a quick way to whip up a healthy meal? Overcome a temptation that was kicking you around before? <BR> <BR> Let us hear about it. What's working for you? Sat, 28 Aug 2010 12:31:18 EST Since when are military vets a quiet group? I think Spark People and a separate veterans' group are a perfect combination. Many of us were in fighting shape back in the day but have lost our focus in the civilian world. <BR> <BR> I'm 30 pounds down on my march back to great shape, and I'm happy to have fellow veterans alongside me. <BR> <BR> SDJ <BR> Cpl/USMC <BR> 1985-1989 Wed, 25 Aug 2010 12:06:59 EST Jarhead Vet Hey everyone! I got out of the Marines Apr. of last year (2009) and went straight to hell. LOL! I put on some weight and now I gotta get busy and get back in shape. Sat, 19 Jun 2010 20:07:35 EST HOOOAH from Salt Flats, Texas Hey, everyone, my name is Sabrina, Brie for short. I will tell you my story, THEN you can throw me off the team. <BR> I am Ex-Army, former Sniper, Tactical Nuke Missile Team member, (I carried a "keyset for the PAL box), former Communications unit Chief, and a BUNCH of other stuff I still can't talk about. <BR> How did a girl manage to do all this stuff that Women CAN'T do? <BR> ANSWER: Because the Army DIDN'T KNOW I was a girl. I was born in 1950, and was a Hermaphrodite. My parents were ... Mon, 17 May 2010 22:19:42 EST Great website for USAF personnel - check it out! I just found this great website for USAF vets and active duty. I believe people from other military branches can also join. I have put together my profile and I hoping to find some old buddies here. Spread the word! <BR> <BR> Tue, 30 Mar 2010 19:34:20 EST VA MOVE Program Went to my first MOVE clinic check in or up with EATING RIGHT PERSON (anything with DIET in it is dead) and PT people and program head. ALl systems go and great Tue, 30 Mar 2010 17:26:37 EST Anyone out there! I was just wonderding if anyone besides me was interested in a daily chat thread so here I go. My name is Jen, visit my spark page and get to know me. I am happy to support anyone who needs it and the team in general. Anyone know or interested in some April goals? How do we go about that for the team? Someone, anyone please reply. Mon, 29 Mar 2010 23:04:31 EST New member - USAF Hi y'all. I'm Jen and I'm a USAF veteran. I served from 1984 -1992 and was released on a medical discharge for knee and foot issues. (surgeries on both although I only get 10percent disability). <BR> Anyway I was a munitions systems specialist (one of the the first females in that career field). My husband is still on active duty and is a CMSgt in the AF. I am in GA holding down the home front until my hubby retires. Just started a new job after being unemployed for 2 years and having a ... Sat, 27 Mar 2010 10:35:23 EST Hello from the blindguy 24 year Army VET I was born in the summer of 1955, in a Soddy on the Great Plains, in the …oh wrong story. <BR> <BR> My friends call me they call me Robin, Dr Robin, the Blindguy and Dr Blindguy. <BR> I am married to Kathy and have two grown daughters out of the house (27 and 28) and two daughters in the house, 17 and 18 and a granddaughter 11 and a grandson 3 years old, that live with in Iowa City, <BR> Iowa. <BR> “Dr. Robin”, the well known MLM Radio personality is an Eagle Scout and 24 year U.S. Arm... Sat, 13 Mar 2010 21:07:21 EST hello - navy newbie Hello! Served from '90 - '96 and loved being an AC (Air Traffic Controller). Married one of the black shoes who worked on the communication gear while stationed in Adak, AK. Medically discharged and gained lots of weight. Now older and wiser, I finally realized that I need to work on me and before I have more medical problems. Mon, 15 Feb 2010 15:40:04 EST Share Your 2010 Goals What would you like to accomplish this year? <BR> <BR> What goals have you set for yourself? <BR> <BR> How are you going to achieve them? Fri, 29 Jan 2010 15:06:27 EST Ok Kids... I flabbergasted someone not long ago, when I told them I was discharged from the AF for being overweight. <BR> <BR> That was 13+ yrs ago.. and to this day, I still shake my head wondering "why". But, regrets be damned, that's then, this is now - right? <BR> <BR> I've never been a cookie cutter gal... so, when I was told I had to be a certain weight... well, things just sorta toppled. This was particularily true after the birth of my son. <BR> <BR> While in the service, my attempts includ... Thu, 31 Dec 2009 10:11:26 EST Christmas Reflections 40 years ago tonight, I was attending Mass at a chapel on Long Binh, Vietnam. I remember feeling proud of what I was doing yet lonely so far from home. Thanks to all those serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, and around the world. My thoughts and prayers are with you tonight, as they are with the names on the Wall. God bless and keep you safe, and to my brothers and sisters on the wall, sleep in heavenly peace... Thu, 24 Dec 2009 18:17:43 EST Inactive reserve-Navy Hi, I served 4 years in the Navy, ended up marrying a sailor on my ship, got out of the service a year ago and found out I have knee problems, trying to figure out what it is and how to fix it, have been inactive and gained 9 lbs in one year! So i'm working on getting to 125 lbs, i'm currently at 142 lbs. Fri, 20 Nov 2009 10:15:52 EST New Here Also Retired USAF after 20 as a SP (Cop)in 1989. Was in good shape. Then came civilian life and jobs that involved more desk time, stress and politics. Twenty years later, April 2009, 35 lbs overweight, high blood pressure and sugar in diabetic range. Have been laid off for 18 months and live in Michigan (not many available jobs). Started feeling sorry for myself and decided to do something about it. The hardest thing I've done in 20 years was quitting smoking 2 1/2 years ago. Now I've decide... Tue, 8 Sep 2009 20:19:18 EST New Here~Prior Army Soldier Hooh! My name is Bethany. I am a Army dropout... I served from Apr98 to Sep00. My heart has always been with the military. My husband is a SGT in the Army getting ready for deployment back to Iraq. I work for the Army now as a Contractor Trainer. <BR> I joined this team to get back the body shape, stamina and endurance I once had when I served. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Go Army!! Tue, 18 Aug 2009 14:02:05 EST Summer Finale Hi everyone, Summer of 09 is sliding by. What are the most interesting and fun things you have done this summer and what do you want to get accomplished weight and non weight wise in August? Wed, 29 Jul 2009 20:58:05 EST Disability claims First, let me say hello to all the veterans throughout the world. I am an Army veteran and i'm truly disappointed with the VA system even though i work for the agency. I hope to make a difference in every veterans life that i touch, but the Veterans Administration higher ups is all about politics and making themselve look good at veterans expense. I have been in a battle with the VA since 2005 for an injury to my shoulder that was caused by a service connected disability and it just seems ... Wed, 24 Jun 2009 09:48:53 EST What is your goal? Is your goal weight, fitness, clothes size, pat on the back? Jump in and tell me what your goal is? And what you will feel when reaching that goal. Mon, 1 Jun 2009 16:22:01 EST New Member - Marines Hey all. New here at SparkPeople. After getting out in 2000 and having some serious health issues, I want to get back in decent, not military, shape again. <BR> <BR> This shouldn't be nearly as hard as some of the things I did in service though. *grin* Thu, 21 May 2009 21:19:55 EST Former Puppy Pusher Hi all, my name is James and am new to this team. I was in the Marine Corps from '92 to '96. My MOS was 5812 (Military Police Dog Handler). I loved it and miss working with my dog on patrol and bomb sweeps. When I graduated Boot Camp (Parris Island, SC)I was 150lbs. I would love to see that again. Many years ago I developed Sleep Apnea and my weight got to 288lbs. It was a total nightmare. I had surgery to correct it and got down to 146lbs. Now is the time to take control and obtain my goals.... Tue, 14 Apr 2009 09:48:41 EST Do you know service origination's ? Do you know service origination's are here to help you here, now & later? <em>232</em> Thu, 9 Apr 2009 09:03:36 EST PTSD So, Friday my friend Jason killed his wife and himself at 5:45am in Las Vegas NV. We were stationed together at Nellis AFB in Las Vegas and worked together in Vehicle Operations. <BR> Here is the link to the story: <BR><BR>dex.cfm/Page/Article/ID/12385 <BR> <BR> If you are on Facebook or know of people on Facebook who are Veterans and/or know someone who is a veteran please send them to my group on facebook to join. It's for Iraq War Veterans and the ... Sun, 22 Feb 2009 10:45:37 EST New, but not to the service I am starting to get into losing weight and my wife introduced me to Spark people. My military history is long and varied. I was drafted into the Army in 1968 and finished the year in Viet Nam. Got out in 1970 and after a couple of years I found that I missed the service. I enlisted into the Marines in 1972 and stayed in until 1985. I got out as a GySgt when we had the fourth kid and the money became to tight. Got a great job at Mare Island, CA. and joined the Navy Reserve for a three ye... Fri, 23 Jan 2009 17:35:04 EST New Member I recently joined Sparkpeople. I was a little shock when I was listed as being "obese" by the website. I'm also shocked that it has already been 10 years since I retired from the Army...time out sure goes faster than time in did. I now work as a Military Services Coordinator from Columbia College...which basically means that I help service members get their experience evaluated for military credit. <BR> I'm hoping that I can lose 50 pounds this year to get back to my "ideal" weight...whi... Mon, 5 Jan 2009 20:13:52 EST Goals for 2009 Having a little trouble getting them nailed down. I know I want to reach my goal weight this year. What are your goals, maybe it will inspire me! Tue, 30 Dec 2008 06:51:05 EST 3ID.....Ft. Stewart. GA bulldog here...hello ya'al Hey there name is Amber and I live in Walthourville, GA. I am orgianally from Dover, PA but have been in GA since 2001 when I was stationed at Ft. Stewart with the 3ID as a mechanice. I got out of the Army in 2004 b/c of a severe ankle injury that required 2 surgeries. I am a home-health CNA and love helping people. I am a country girl at heart and love the outdoors. I am very happily married and have been for almost 5 years now. We are the proud parents of a very furry- baby nam... Tue, 23 Dec 2008 21:48:25 EST New here Hi everyone. I'm an Army vet (pre/post GWOT). I loved being a soldier, and want back in. But I am waay out of shape. Joining this site is an ealy step in a 18 month to 2 year goal. When I was young I could go into PT overload an diet ad drop weight pretty quick, but those tricks are no longer effective (and were never very healthy.) I love seeing so many military groups here. All the best to all of you! Mon, 8 Dec 2008 22:04:48 EST Devil Dog Hello, everyone. I am a former female Marine and I miss the Corp. When I was there I weigh 127lbs and was lean and mean. Now I am a mom of two teenagers and a husband. I still do more before daylight then most people. Four months ago I tore two ligaments in my R ankle. The doctor's put me in a leg brace with orders to stay off my feet for 3 1/2 months. Ha, I did that to a certain degree. I stayed off my feet for 1 day(kind of). But, I have to much energy to stay put and its a good t... Fri, 14 Nov 2008 22:07:06 EST Hello All....... .......... New to the site but not weight loss. Retired Army...had to go thru a pinch test to get in (1981!). Nothing has changed. Have been retired since 2003 and my body is missing the required morning PT regime. I need to lose weight. Uncomfortable with myself, nothing fits and I miss dating and sex. So I am hoping with some help, I can slug it out and lose some weight. Does not look like this site has been too active.....anyone out there? Tue, 14 Oct 2008 13:52:16 EST Hello from South Carolina Long time listener, first time caller, ha heard that on a Everyone Loves Raymond episode, (used it early on another post dont tell noone) Just wanted to say hi... 3yrs Army 17 Years Navy, 1972-1992 it seem like a long time and now soon it will 20 out, jee im getting old fast! Sat, 6 Sep 2008 22:57:02 EST Newbie Hey Everyone, <BR> <BR> Just found this team, (glad there is a Vet Team.) <BR> My name is Cindy-I live in central Indiana-and was a medic in the Air Force for 12 years. <BR> <BR> In a way-we can only know, I still have that empty space that longs for the camaraderie, that the military had. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to meeting everyone, here! Thu, 3 Jul 2008 11:35:53 EST Hey Everybody Just wanted to introduce myself. <BR> <BR> 4 Year Army infantry veteran. (SGT/E5) Spent one year in Iraq, then after we got back I got injured during training. I had a hard time working out, and I put on nearly 30 lbs. So far, I've lost 14 pounds, and I'm trying to get back in shape and get my weight back down. Tue, 1 Jul 2008 17:23:54 EST just saying hello I'm Dana. I'm a Navy veteran and a Marine wife. We're currently in Beaufort, SC. I'm new to Spark People and just trying to make some friends here. If you want to know more about me and my health or whatever, feel free to ask. Sat, 21 Jun 2008 09:17:10 EST Hello from Midland, Texas Hello from West Texas. I am retired Army, spent 20 years in the the US Army. I have been retired for 11 years and have gained a lot of weight. I am working on improving my overall health, losing weight and my ultimate goal is to be able to manage my high blood pressure without medication but through diet and exercise. Fri, 23 May 2008 16:49:11 EST Hello from a Marine Hello- <BR> I was in the USMC for about 5 years (active duty) and I was discharged 4 years ago. After that I had a baby and along with a permanent injury (got while in service) I just kind of kept the weight on. I am looking forward to feeling normal again! Sat, 19 Apr 2008 22:38:48 EST FLW area..... Hi there. Been on SP for a little more then a month....though I would find a vet pg! Mon, 14 Apr 2008 17:49:41 EST Former Marine Hello all, my name is Petra and I was in the Marine Corps for wonderful years and loved every minute of it. I am now a wife an mother who is trying to get back in shape after the baby. My hubby is in the Marine Corps and supports me every step of the way, my only challenge is finding the time for myself. Fri, 11 Apr 2008 16:35:36 EST WOOOTTT!!!! I reached a goal!!!!! YeeHaw.........I have officially dumped 25% of my total goal!!! That is huge for me. I'm so excited!!! <BR> <BR> OK, back to the regularly planned programs......... <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> Sun, 16 Mar 2008 11:38:22 EST MamaV's Veggie Challenge How about a little challenge for the team!! I need help with getting the veggies in so how about a challenge to get 3 veggies and 2 fruits in every day for a week. Just post your choices every day and maybe we can see what the favorite fruit and veggie for the team is. Have fun!!! Fri, 14 Mar 2008 23:18:25 EST 10 Commandments of Dieting Found this on another team and thought it was good to share around. <BR> <BR> <em>129</em> <BR> <BR> 1. Thou shalt honor and believe in thy self. <BR> 2. Thou shalt move thy booty, move it and move it somemore. <BR> 3. Thou shalt never go hungry again. Eat small meals and healthy snacks daily. <BR> 4. Thou shalt stock thy fridge with the right stuff. Fruits and veggies of the earth. <BR> 5. Thou shalt honestly write it down. If you bite it you must write it. <BR> 6. Thou shalt measure an... Thu, 6 Mar 2008 10:48:58 EST Greetings from Nashville, TN. Just wanted to stop in and say hello. <BR> <BR> I'm a 10-year Veteran of the U.S. Army (SSG/E-6). <BR> <BR> I've been dieting for about 7-weeks and have lost approx. 22 Lbs. so far. <BR> <BR> X Wed, 27 Feb 2008 17:38:46 EST SP is great! Everywhere I turn, I keep finding more people that have similar interest as I do. I retired from the Army reserves 10 years ag (10 active/10 reserves). I loved how fit I was in the Army. Now I am dedicated to getting back in shape and to con't to being healthy as I get older. I now am a nurse and work at the VA taking care of our Vets and love my job and am so proud to have the priviledge. Tue, 19 Feb 2008 07:37:09 EST Fit Again I want to be fit again. 43/s/b/f. I want my life back. US Army Vet(8 yrs) living in the beautiful state of Washington. Fri, 15 Feb 2008 16:08:11 EST Hi there! It's hard to believe looking at me now, but I was in the Air Force from July '95 until October '02. I loved being in but family obligations made it impossible for me to stay past my second enlistment. <BR> <BR> I'm married (the hubs is still active duty AF--we met at tech school) and have 3 wonderful boys. We have been in Germany since 2003 and will return to the states in 2010. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to meeting you all. :) Fri, 8 Feb 2008 07:03:27 EST Hi there Hey there all, my name is Reed and I was in the Air Force from 1990-1994. I live in Niles, MI and attend school right now. Just trying to lose a bunch of weigh and feel better. <BR> <BR> Take it easy, <BR> Reed Thu, 7 Feb 2008 12:11:03 EST New Vet- sorta Hi Everyone. <BR> <BR> There's really no team for Reserves/Guard so here I am. I get veterans benefits- so that means I'm a vet right? OK-... USAF 5yrs with a prior enlisted life (let bygones be bygones) <BR> <BR> The one thing I remember as of recent is "It could be a good day or it could be a 1SG day..." and that was before every morning PT. Miss those days. <BR> <BR> Look forward to being part of the team. <BR> <BR> Jen Wed, 6 Feb 2008 17:22:52 EST New Just found this group and decided to join. I'm a veteran of both the Air Force (6 years active duty) and the Army (1 year guard). I was overweight pretty much the entire time, and it's only gotten worse since I've been out. But I'm finally getting it under control. How's everyone out there doing today? Sun, 3 Feb 2008 11:45:02 EST Who's watching the game Sunday? So, who is going to watch the game Sunday and who are you rooting for? Me? I am a Giants fan and I really want them to win this one so that they can shut up those Patriots!! UGH!!! Very snooty and cocky, is ya ask me!! :) <BR> <BR> Also, if your watching the game at home are you going to have a party and what type of foods will you serve? <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is having a great day. I am one day closer to my husband coming back from deployment. I always used to think that it was better to... Fri, 1 Feb 2008 22:55:08 EST New Vet I am glad to find this site. It is nice to have people that know what it is like to step on that scale after a PT test for the weigh in. I was 12 years active duty Army and struggled with my weight the entire time. It was aweful how badly I treated my body in order to stay at a standard and being taped was horrible. I got out after my third child and balloned up to 228lbs. That was 8 years ago now I have it down to 186 and I will meet my goal weight which will make me smaller than I ever... Wed, 30 Jan 2008 13:11:55 EST If you were on a reality show..which one, and why? My hubby is still in the Army's inactive Reserves. He just got back from Iraq about a month ago, and we are always talking about doing "The Amazing Race" together. Of course, you have to understand...I am a disabled Marine, and there is a lot of intraservice jibes in my house. <BR> <BR> We would like the race because we think that it would provide us a chance to see the world together, feed the insatiable competitive nature in each of us, and also allow us to do it together. <BR> <BR> So,... Wed, 23 Jan 2008 22:46:28 EST New Member Hello everyone, I am a veteran of the US Army. I have been out of the military for 20 years, but only 40 years old. However, I would love to return to an appropiate weight class. I am currently overweight by 50 pounds, so I look forward to the added support in combinationwith my own will power to succeed. If there are any suggestions or ideas, please share. Thanks, new recruit <em>249</em> Thu, 17 Jan 2008 12:41:56 EST mad Army love Hello all! I am a prior service Army medic. I grew up AF. My parents spent my whole life telling me that if I wanted to join the military, do it as an AF officer. I was 18 and rebelled by becoming Army I have been out for over 6 years now but would love to get back into the shape I was in when I was serving. My husband is currently in the Army, going on his 9th year. He teases me all the time because now I'm a dependant and I have the funny ID card. He's currently in I... Wed, 9 Jan 2008 22:00:15 EST New here What's up everyone? I am a 29 year old former Marine. I got out December 2001. I went to college, drank lots of beer, ate pizza, got fat. Before I knew it I was 240 lbs. I then started working out trying to lose weight before my wedding. I ended up losing 40 lbs. After I got married I landed a great job. Problem is, its a desk job and I commute 1 hour each way. So basically for 10 hours a day I am completely inactive. I eventually gained back 30 lbs. I now weigh 230. I just joined... Wed, 9 Jan 2008 12:46:59 EST What did you do for Cardio today? Log it in. Let everyone know what you did today. So far I've only taken my dog for a run, but the day is early. Tue, 8 Jan 2008 09:09:46 EST Funny War Stories I thought it might be fun to share any funny experiences/war stories just to keep the group cheered up and active. I'll start: <BR> <BR> During the Vietnam conflict, the Army instituted some preventive maintenance programs to keep key equipment running. One of these was a program to pro-actively re-tube artillery pieces before the tubes would wear out and fail. It was dubbed the "Retrograde and Repair" program. There was a two-star general in charge of overall maintenance and support act... Wed, 19 Dec 2007 09:40:45 EST Christmas while on Duty How many of you remember a past Christmas where you gathered with members of your unit and tried to make a "family"? <BR> <BR> I guess my most memorable times were when I was stationed in Hawaii, because none of the younger troops could afford to go home for the holiday, so I always had about 20 single Marines at my house for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Tue, 18 Dec 2007 09:55:55 EST Favorite Cadence What was/is your favorite cadence to run to? Fri, 14 Dec 2007 21:15:58 EST Cardio Exercises Now and Then What is your favorite cardio exercise to do these days? <BR> <BR> What was your favorite cardio exercise when you were active duty? <BR> <BR> What is the one exercise, probably from boot camp, that you absolutely detested? <BR> <BR> My answers: <BR> Now - Latin Impact Dance <BR> Then - Tarzan (a.k.a. Rope) Courses <BR> Least Favorite - Circuit courses Tue, 20 Nov 2007 14:17:03 EST Hoo-ah Former US Army Ordnance Corps type -- Vietnam Vet. Trying (and almost there) to get back to "fighting weight" of 140-145 pounds from a starting point of 173.4 in June 2007. <BR> <BR> All the best to all of you on Veterans' Day (also my birthday, oddly enough). <BR> <BR> <em>232</em> Sun, 11 Nov 2007 22:09:13 EST Possibly Leaving Team!! <em>39</em> I really like the idea behind this team but it is almost completely in active. I want this team to be successful but it can only do that if the members keep it alive. Shall we give it life or let it die? <BR> . <em>245</em> Fri, 9 Nov 2007 21:04:24 EST REVIELLE----GET OFF THOSE BUTTS!!!!!! <em>224</em> <em>232</em> <em>185</em> <BR> YES---ITS THAT TIME OF DAY AGAIN!!!! GET OUT OF THOSE COTS AND INTO THOSE SOCKS!!! WE NEED TO LOSE SOME MORE INCHES AND TO BURN THOSE CALORIES. TIE'M UP AT THE STAKE AND BURN'EM. GET HOT, GET HEATED AND MELT THOSE INCHES AWAY. WE CAN DO THIS----WE JUST HAVE TO KEEP MOVING---GO SHOPPING, WALK THE DOG, GO TO THE GYM, CHASE EACH OTHER AROUND, JUMP UP & DOWN-- JUST KEEP BUSY!!! GOD BLESS YOU ALL & HAVE A SUCCESSFUL AND HAPPY WEIGHT LOSS WEEKEND!!! <... Fri, 9 Nov 2007 06:37:48 EST REVIELLE ---GOOOD MORNING TEAM!! <em>232</em> <em>215</em> <BR> GET UP--GET UP--GET UP!!!!!!! LETS GO BURN THOSE CALORIES!!!! ITS A ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL DAY AND WE ARE NOT GOING TO WASTE IT. GIVE THE KIDS A HUG, GIVE YOUR SPOUSE A HUG, HELL GIVE EVERYONE A HUG AND THEN GIVE YOURSELF A HUG. WE ALL NEED A HUG EVER NOW AND THEN!! WE WORK HARD, WE PLAY HARD, AND WE ARE HARD ON THOSE CALORIES & INCHES. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK AND NEVER QUIT -- JUST A FEW MINUTES A DAY WILL MAKE THAT DIFFERENCE---Soooooooooooooo GO GET'M!!! <BR> ... Wed, 7 Nov 2007 06:50:37 EST TUESDAY REVIELLE!!! <em>232</em> <em>54</em> <em>54</em> <em>54</em> <BR> ITS 0530(CT) AND TIME TO LET GO OF THOSE BLANKEES!!! GET TO MOVING!!!!! I'M HERE TO PUT SOME SPARK IN YOUR MORNING. EAST COAST SHOULD BE MOVING ALREADY--CENTRAL GET GOING--WEST - GET OUT OF THOSE BEDS: COME ON PEOPLE TIME TO MOVE AND KILL SOME CALORIES. AMBUSH THEM BEFORE DAYLIGHT- DON'T SHOW THEM ANY MERCY!!! WALK, RUN, JUMP, BEND, SQUAT, TWIST, WHATEVER IT TAKES TO GET RID OF THOSE INCHES!!!! LETS GO TEAMS!!!! GOD BLESS YOU ALL... Tue, 6 Nov 2007 06:51:08 EST REVIELLE FOR TODAY <em>232</em> <em>215</em> <BR> OK PEOPLE LETS GET MOVING!!!! ITS TIME TO BURN THOSE CALORIES. LETS SHOW THEM WHOSE BOSS TODAY. SOOOOOOOO GET OUT OF THOSE PJs AND GET BUSY. GONNA WASTE SOME CALORIES TODAY. GO==GO==GO==!!!!!!!!!! Mon, 5 Nov 2007 06:50:15 EST SPECIAL PRAYERS <em>223</em> <em>232</em> <em>135</em> <BR> WE ALL NEED TO TAKE TIME THIS MORNING TO REMEMBER ALL OF OUR SPARKFRIENDS. REMEMBER THAT WE ARE A SPARK FAMILY AND WE MUST ALL STAY TOGETHER IN OUR JOURNEY. PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO MEDITATE AND PRAY FOR THOSE WHO NEED HELP AND FOR OURSELVES AS WELL. DIANA NEEDS A SPECIAL PRAYER FOR HER DAUGHTER. OUR TROOPS NEED OUR PRAYERS, AND THOSE IN CALF. NEED OUR PRAYERS. <BR> IF WE DO THIS IT WILL HELP THOSE IN NEED AND ALSO OUR OWN MINDS. IT WILL REDUCE ... Fri, 2 Nov 2007 07:07:17 EST DAYLIGHT --ATTACK THOSE CALORIES!! <em>104</em> <em>232</em> <em>215</em> <BR> ALL RIGHT YOU GROUND POUNDERS-----THIS IS YOUR 1ST SERGEANT AND ITS TIME TO MOTIVATE. GET ON THOSE TWINKLE TOES AND GET THEM TO MOVING. WE HAVE AT LEAST 600 CALORIES TO KILL OFF TODAY! SO LETS GET BUSY AND START RUNNING THEM DOWN. CALORIES IS SLOW AND WEAK BUT WE ARE HARD AND STRONG AND WILL WIPE THEM OUT. CALORIES GET NO MERCY------GO,GO,GO,GO!!!!! GONNA KILL ME SOME CALORIES TODAY!!!!!!! Tue, 30 Oct 2007 06:54:50 EST WEEKEND OVER---NOW GET UP AND WORK!!! <em>232</em> <em>215</em> <BR> WEEKEND IS OVER SOOOOOOO YOU SHOULD BE UP AND AT IT. WE NEED TO BURN SOME CALORIES. GET OUT OF THOSE BEDS---I LET YOU SLEEP ALL WEEKEND---NO EXCUSES NOW---GET UP AND MOVE----MOVE----MOVE!!!!!! WE ARE BURNING DAYLIGHT AND WASTING TIME---ITS TIME TO LOSE SOME WEIGHT---GO--GO--GO--GO!!!!!!!!! Mon, 29 Oct 2007 06:43:16 EST Learn Something New <em>246</em> I always try to learn something new as often as I can. Well this weekend I learned a new thing. As I was walking Friday night, I didn't quite get my right foot up high enough and I tripped and fell. Well, I learned that OLD MAN 1SGBOYD fall down hard and him roll down hill faster than he walk down hill and that it take OLD MAN long time get up. But---him get up and keep going. Soooooo if you are younger than 60 get off your arses and kill some calories. Sun, 28 Oct 2007 23:07:34 EST BE ALL YOU CAN BE Good Morning Everyone! Its 0510 here in Okie land and its time to be all you can be (just a little thinner, than you are now). Sooooooo lets go-----OFF YOUR COTS AND IN YOUR SOCKS (try to say that 3 times real fast)we have a new day. Get up and get to burning those calories. May you all lose 10 pounds today. Have a Great day everyone and God Bless you all. (Don't forget to pray for all of our young soldiers and now for those in CA) Wed, 24 Oct 2007 06:26:04 EST Lets Go Team Ok Everybody, its time to rise and shine. We need to burn some calories. Got to walk. got to lift. got to bend, got to squat, got to strench, got to reach for the sky and knock off those pounds. Its 0515 and the beginning of a new day, so don't waste it. Get up and live. Its dark, its dreary, its chilly, its wet (at least here) but do we care? NO NO No cause we are SparkPeople and we are going to make our lives better. Soooooooooo Double time March!!!!!!Have a great day and live like there is... Tue, 23 Oct 2007 06:24:15 EST Vets Unite Are You Out there? <em>24</em> <BR> Come on you guys. We have been there and done that other stuff. Now lets lose some weight. Can we fire this team up and make these boards light up? This has to be a team effort if we are going to be successful. Pastor John are you still out there? Mon, 22 Oct 2007 23:12:53 EST Have a Great Day!!!!!!! <em>9</em> <BR> Rise and shine. Here we go again. Lets all get busy and kick some weight butt. Get UP, GET UP, GET UP!!!!!! Lets go team, have your coffee or whatever and get to moving. MOVE!! MOVE!!! MOVE!!! Have a great dat and God Bless each and everyone of you. Thu, 18 Oct 2007 07:36:57 EST Get UP and Live <em>232</em> <em>215</em> <BR> Get Up and burn those calories!!! You have to live and move in order to lose that weight. Lets all do this together-----move, move, move!!!! Wed, 17 Oct 2007 07:12:39 EST Revielle Ok guys I'm BACK!!!!! Its that time of day again. Remember you were allowed to wake up this morning. Soooooo, Make the most of it and GET UP!!! You're burning day light and should be burning calories. Get Busy and show this weigh problem who is boss. Kick yourself in the booty and move, just do something. Have a great day, make the most of it. May God Bless and Protect All of my Spark Team mates. <BR> Hugs to all. <BR> First Sergeant Boyd Tue, 16 Oct 2007 07:11:20 EST That Time of Day!!!!! <em>232</em> <em>215</em> <BR> Rise and Shine!! We're burning daylight and should be burning calories!!! I am up and getting ready to go for a weigh in. But before I left I just wanted to say good morning to all of my team mates. We can do this, just get out there and do it. Have a great day. Get UP, GET UP, GET UP!!!!!Image an old Drill Sergeant beating on an old metal trash can. Rise and shine----We're lucky we woke up . SOOOOOOOOOO don't waste it---Go burn Calories <BR> <BR> Fri, 12 Oct 2007 07:52:04 EST Inspiration Please <em>232</em> <BR> I have set a goal of losing 10 lbs this month but it is not going well. Everytime I turn around something else comes along. I'm walking or mowing everyday and it is just not melting away. I have lowered my calorie intake but to no avail. Any body got any good words <em>198</em> <em>215</em> HELP Wed, 10 Oct 2007 23:39:43 EST Hello and Good Morning To All Vets <em>232</em> <BR> Just wanted to say hello to everyone that is a vet and on this program. Hope you all have a great day and future. Tue, 9 Oct 2007 12:25:00 EST Old Vet <em>232</em> <BR> I am a retired Army 1SG and would like to join this team. Can you let an old lifer in. <em>246</em> Sat, 6 Oct 2007 14:49:48 EST Orange County Vets...this is for you. I saw this on (I get the <BR> <BR> <BR> Habitat for Humanity to Build Homes for Veterans <BR> Week of September 10, 2007 <BR> <BR> Habitat for Humanity of Orange County is looking for qualified families for 27 homes to be built in San Juan Capistrano over the next few years. <BR> Fourteen of the homes are being marketed to combat-disabled veterans and their families, and surviving families of veterans. <BR> Thirteen of the homes will be marketed to local famil... Tue, 11 Sep 2007 08:36:55 EST Possible Identity theft...Found on Personal records including addresses and Social Security numbers of more than 35,000 veterans and their families were stolen this month from the offices of a POW support organization in Texas, officials announced Friday. <BR> <BR> Leadership of the American Ex-Prisoners of War said they are working with local, state and federal authorities to track down the burglars, but they are asking all their members to watch for signs of illegal activity. <BR> <BR> Veterans concerned about the possibi... Tue, 4 Sep 2007 08:21:46 EST Veterns and school info... Hey I have been out of the AF for about 7 years. I also have 40% disability through them. I know alot of things that most people do not, and things that they will lie to you about. If you guys have any questions ask me and I will try to help you the best way I know how. <BR> <BR> Did you know that if you at least 10% disabled they will pay for your BA degree? They tell you you have to be 30%, but I got them to do it at 20%. Its called Vocational Rehabilitation. <BR> <BR> Did you know t... Mon, 27 Aug 2007 14:52:43 EST 'broken' Army Vet Well, not broken...but things are clicking and clacking that never did b4. <BR> <BR> I was in for about 5 yrs (Military Police). I was stationed in GA where I met my husband. I miss certain things, but certainly not the people (long story). Anyhoo, I'm hoping to get back in shape. Mon, 30 Jul 2007 21:22:49 EST Military to Civilian Career Just curious. What were your jobs in the military and do they relate to what you do in civilian life? I was in the USAF as information management (typing decorations and performance reviews, typing orders, handling secret mail, delivering mail, updating regulations, etc.) In the civilian world I was in business management and then after earning degrees in psychology and education, I became a Guidance Counselor. Now I'm getting another degree in Educational Leadership. I don't really want to b... Tue, 24 Jul 2007 22:53:36 EST Just separated from the US Air Force Well I'm 23 years old and separated from the air force in april. i know for a fact i made the right decision. i am so much happier now that i am out. however, i still am fat lol. being in the air force didn't exactly do my body good. i partied too much and didnt exercise enough. so now that im out it's a whole new chapter in my life. :) Tue, 10 Jul 2007 18:49:50 EST Vets Unite Are you a vet who just isn't in their old fighting form anymore? Share your stories, your experiences, anything! I look forward to inspiring each other! Thu, 17 May 2007 11:43:45 EST