SparkPeople 20 somethings with 10-24 pounds to lose Team Messageboard This team is for those in their twenties with 10-24 pounds to lose and are looking to lead a healthier life by making a lifestyle change. SparkPeople 20 somethings with 10-24 pounds to lose Team Messageboard hello! Hi there, <BR> I'm 29 and am new to sparkpeople but excited be part of this community! I'm looking to lose 15 lbs and build some healthy habits and get fit. I lost this same weight for my wedding, but now that we've been married for two years and sunk back into old habits, it's crept back up on me! <BR> <BR> I work from home (remotely) and often don't get out much during the day so i'm looking for a group or someone to be accountable with and motivate me to get up and get fit. <BR> <BR>... Sun, 30 Apr 2017 23:16:20 EST Ya, Folks! My name's Yu, though you can also call me Yun (and both of these names are usually written with a macron over to u, but it won't display). I'm a quarter century old and I'm trying to lose 10 kg/22 pounds by the end of November. <BR> <BR> Pleased to everyone. Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:14:10 EST Weight loss plateau BUT feeling great Hey all! Hope everyone is having a good weekend. <BR> <BR> I've noticed something and it's led to a couple of decisions. So my weight loss as already plateaued - I shifted four pounds, and nothing since. I'm actually okay with it though, because my measurements are changing and I have a tonne of extra energy. I'll keep my rough goal of shifting the extra six pounds, but I feel like I'll track measurements more. I rarely do selfies but I snapped this one, if you don't mind indulging me. (Cut... Sat, 18 Mar 2017 08:32:16 EST March Challenge 2017 Stealing this Challenge idea from May 2014 Challenge. <em>285</em> <BR> <BR> Pick 1 fitness goal <BR> Pick 1 dietary goal <BR> Pick 1 general well being goal for this month. <BR> <BR> Use the thread to check in, update, and receive support!! <BR> <BR> Personal Challenge example: <BR> <BR> 1 fitness goal - do 10 minutes exercise a day <BR> 1 dietary - plan snacks for 5 days a week <BR> 1 well being goal - no social media one day a week <BR> <BR> March 1 2017 begins tomorrow what are yo... Tue, 28 Feb 2017 17:35:42 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 13 Feb 2017 22:33:11 EST Another newbie here! Hello all! <BR> I just joined today and am here to live a healthier life because of some health issues I have. I'm 26 years old, turning 27 this year. I hope to make some friends to join me in both my bad and good days during this journey! I don't really know what else to write, so please feel free to ask questions! Sat, 14 Jan 2017 13:52:55 EST Hello Everyone M Robin. My height is 5'5 and I weigh 62 kg,28 years. Wanna reduce 10 kg before January and already following a very strict diet. I have a daily intake of around 800-900 cal. I drink plenty of water and green tea too. I have a sedentary lifestyle. M going through a lot of anxiety too.. I need help either ways.. Wed, 23 Nov 2016 07:42:58 EST Salutations Hello, my name is Samantha and I'm trying to keep my resting heart rate down and lose just over 15 pounds. Sat, 5 Nov 2016 23:16:23 EST Salutations Hello, my name is Samantha and I'm trying to keep my resting heart rate down and lose just over 15 pounds. Sat, 5 Nov 2016 23:12:42 EST New Here Happy to join this fun, supportive community! <BR> <BR> <em>551</em> Mon, 3 Oct 2016 09:55:40 EST What do you do to relax? I want to know what helps you unwind and chill. <BR> <BR> I love to read, reading is my go to when I'm feeling miserable or stressed. <BR> I also love listening to music one particular song is an instrumental track from a movie. It's very soothing. <BR> Don't do this often but a hot batch with some low lighting and essential oils is very nice. Thu, 21 Jul 2016 15:12:30 EST Looking for support buddies Hi everyone! <BR> I am looking for other like minded people to create a support circle who I can interact with on a daily basis so we can support each other and share our progress stories or even rant about our daily stresses and difficulties we face! <BR> <BR> I would love to hear from you if you feel that this is smithing you can commit to and would like to be a part of! <BR> My goals are to lose weight and built emotional and mental strength in the process! <BR> <BR> Speak soon xx Sat, 18 Jun 2016 05:29:55 EST From eating disorder to healthy weight loss Hi all! <BR> <BR> This is my first post and I'm hoping this community might be able to help guide me on my journey. I have a history of anorexia for a few years from age 22-25, which ironically enough began during nursing school. I was never too low weight (119 at 5'7" was my lowest) but it certainly took a psychological toll leading me to anxiety and depression, and eventually the excessive exercise and strict calorie restriction of 800-1000 calories lead me to bingeing. I ended up shooting... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 21:30:38 EST Please help I am Kayla and 23. I am trying to lose 20 to thirty pounds by summer's end. Is this possible? I am 5:3 and last time I checked, 145 lbs. is it a healthy goal? I need help. Sat, 11 Jun 2016 15:00:04 EST I am new. I can't do this alone. My name is Kayla. I'm 23 and I'm trying to lose some weight between 20 to 30 pounds. I summers and. I'd like to be up to fit into smaller things. I've been battling dieting and food. But not too bad. I can't do Sat, 11 Jun 2016 14:51:51 EST Hello Hello guys! I am new to spark people and would like any tips to lose the 20 pounds I want to lose. I am 24 years old and need friends that are into fitness and healthy eating to accomplish my goals lol.. thank you! Wed, 1 Jun 2016 22:42:55 EST Hello! Hello! My name is Nicole and I am brand new to this site. I am trying to lose 22 pounds overall but only 10 pounds between now and October. I am getting married then and have already picked out a dress (that is mostly lace) and will be very hard to alter. Because of that, I feel like i'm an awkward weight loss limbo, based on the dress... if that makes since. I can't lose as much as I would like until after my wedding. I was doing research on weight watchers when I came across this website in... Mon, 30 May 2016 14:30:10 EST VICTAVALOS's SparkPage I am a 20 year old college student who enjoys writing & music. I think that blogging will help me stay on track during my weight loss journey. I have never had a problem with my weight before so I am having a hard time kicking these bad habits. If you find yourself in situation much like my own, I would like to get to know you. Even if you are nothing like me, I'd like to talk to you. Maybe we can inspire each other! Wed, 27 Apr 2016 15:39:43 EST Non-Weight loss Goals 2016 What are your non-weight loss goals for 2016? <BR> <BR> I will try a new recipe each week. <BR> I will swim in the Flower's 1 Mile Sea Swim <BR> I will be able to do 50 regular push-ups in 1 minute <BR> I will try yoga <BR> I will start saving for retirement (on top of my pension) <BR> I will start an emergency fund <BR> I will paint my bedroom walls <BR> I will visit the crepe place <BR> I will go to the beach Wed, 20 Apr 2016 09:35:27 EST new here I am 25 going on 18 :) I am want to lose 17 kg to get my bmi to a healthy position. looking for motivation for these hard to lose kgs Fri, 8 Apr 2016 01:31:56 EST Are you training? Is anyone on here training for anything? A 5K? Marathon, Triathlon, etc? <BR> <BR> I signed up for a 1 mile sea swim happening in June. I did it for the first time last year and I hope to shave off a few minutes this year. <BR> <BR> My training plan so far is strength building - core, arms and legs. <BR> Going for walks a few times a week and swimming at least once a week. <BR> This week I'm going to create a schedule and make it more concrete. Tue, 5 Apr 2016 11:45:08 EST Hello everyone Hello. My name is Kayla James. I am 23 and totally blind. I want to lose weight and get healthy. One inspirational person, whose story I read in Spark Solution, inspired me. Her name's Tina and she won a modeling contest. I want to do that. Fri, 4 Mar 2016 18:39:20 EST New Challenge Idea! - 100 day challenge Hi all! It is 2016, and admittedly past the NY resolution period, but I would like to propose a new challenge. <BR> <BR> This was a fun and exciting challenge I had taken part in a couple of years ago that really got everyone motivated. It was called the 100-day challenge. The basis of this challenge was simple - it take 100 days or so to develop and establish a new habit, and so, as a group, we would work towards 2 goals - individual goals and group goals. <BR> <BR> If you guys are inter... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 01:29:02 EST New and Need Support I am twenty six and just had a baby about a year and a half ago. Since then I have gained 17 pounds. I eat a lot of junk and I am turned off by anything healthy. I have rolls on my hips and stomach. My arms are flabby and so are my thighs. When I put clothes on everyday I hate how I look. I always promise myself that I will get fit and feel better in my own skin. Looking back before I had my baby I tried to lose weight BUT even though I stuck with it I never lost weight. So I get down on myse... Sat, 19 Dec 2015 17:38:54 EST Hi I'm new and ready to Win!! Hi Guys, <BR> <BR> My names Rebekah, from London and I'm 22 with 22lbs to lose. <BR> It was 27lbs but recently lost 5lbs. <BR> <BR> Something clicked and no I feel super motivated and determined to lose the last 22lbs! <BR> <BR> I'm aiming to focuses mainly on eating healthy and working out 3-5 times a week, and eventually weight loss will be the side effect of my new eating habits. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to getting fit with all you great inspiring people! <BR> <BR> Have a awesome ... Sat, 21 Nov 2015 22:12:45 EST Hi everyone!! My name is Paula, I'm 25 and just signed up because this last stage of my weight loss journey is proving to be very difficult!! Started at 185, down to 150 now. Wanting to lose those last 20 pounds and make friends along the way!! Wed, 21 Oct 2015 13:17:11 EST Seriously needing motivation/ friends I have been "trying to lose my last 15 lbs" for around 5 years. I'm getting so sick of it. I got fit over the summer and lost my tone once I got back in college this year. I know my diet is my main issue and once I am off campus I'll be able to make a lot of better decisions about diet but when I eat in the cafeteria I tend to make poor decisions and then not realize it until I'm done eating. I would love any help or would LOVE LOVE someone to text / kik / message on spark regularly to keep i... Sun, 20 Sep 2015 22:47:21 EST Kakew Hi, <BR> New to SP but not new to dieting. Having lots of trouble losing my last 10 lbs and would love any support or recipe ideas :) Mon, 31 Aug 2015 08:45:54 EST New Kid on the Block I'm new to SparkPeople and I just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Hannah, soon I will be turning 28. I live near Chicago and I work out about 4 times a week and try to eat healthy- but I would love to lose weight. I lost about 25 lbs for my wedding last year and have kept (most) of the weight off. I am having trouble staying motivated without a big event in the future. So, I decided my current goal is to run a half marathon. Any guidance/tips would be appreciated. <BR> <BR> Good Luck... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 11:34:01 EST Back and Looking for Motivation! Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> I was part of this group several years ago and was very successful loosing weight with the support of the group. I got down to my goal weight of 125 and maintained it for a while. Then I started traveling about 50% of the time for work and saw the scale slowly start moving back up. Over about a year and half I went from 125 to 138. I kept thinking I was about to be done with all the traveling and would get back into my normal routines and the weight would start comi... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 13:04:54 EST WANTED Weight Loss Buddy Summer 2015 Hi! I am looking for pals to lose 20ls till the end of summer. I am 152lbs now and my goal is to reach 132 by the end of summer. I will start my diet tomorrow and workout 4-5 days a week. Thanks everyone in advance :) <em>381</em> <img src=""> Fri, 10 Jul 2015 10:45:31 EST Newbie! Hi everyone! I am new to sparkpeople. I am 23 years old and finishing up college! I am excited about a new chapter in my life and am looking forward to having my body match! I have about 15 lbs to lose. I am looking forward to the help of spark people. Wed, 1 Jul 2015 16:35:43 EST Hello Everyone! Hello! I am 23 and I have about 25-30 pounds to lose! I have a great guy who keeps hitting about marriage so I am trying to get into shape and start better healthy habits! I Sat, 20 Jun 2015 11:25:44 EST Hi everyone! I'm new! Hello everyone! I'm new here and I'm excited to begin my journey. I'm from Indiana, 21 years old and I'd love new friends on here. I love weight lifting and doing yoga. Add me if you ever need support! Sat, 6 Jun 2015 21:49:47 EST Hi there! I'm Britt! I'm not new to Sparkpeople. I've always had problems staying motivated since I expect immediate results. <BR> I'm stoked to start again and meet some great people. I just started taking kung fu, which has always been a dream of mine. I would love to run a 5k at some point and integrate running into my lifestyle. <BR> I'm cheering for everyone here. Nice to meet you all! <BR> <em>381</em> Tue, 2 Jun 2015 13:36:47 EST What will you do to reward yourself? What is your biggest fitness goal, and how will you reward yourself when you reach it? <BR> <BR> I personally want to reward myself with a new hairstyle and wardrobe. ;) <BR> <BR> What about smaller fitness goals? Do you have rewards for those? Tue, 2 Jun 2015 06:15:06 EST I'm ready to wake up and feel alive! I have never tasted a truly hard earned goal achieved.  <BR> <BR> I've been lazy. I sleep my life away, like most do. Eyes closed, dreaming of more but not quite able to crack an eye open and see life for what it truly is. Not something to be survived, but something to make you feel alive! To live in! To taste, feel, experience every little sensation for what it is.  <BR> <BR> Hard work, I am ready for you. I'm ready to choose positivity each and every day. I'm ready to work for long term g... Tue, 2 Jun 2015 02:50:41 EST Hi there! I am natalie and I'm 20 years old. I am 180 lb right now and trying to get back to 160 lb. I was a tri-sport athlete in high school and was 160, with a 7:45 mile time. Now I'm 20 lbs heavier and my fastest mile time in the last four years has been 10:00. I am disappointed in how out of shape I have gotten and I want nothing more than to come back to college in September back in shape and feeling great about myself. I am hoping that SparkPeople will be the difference to make this time the fin... Sat, 23 May 2015 17:37:29 EST Hi guys! 19 year old SoCal gal introduction Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Alexx. I am a 19 year old college sophomore at USC looking to lose a few and get dat slammin' bootay! I really need some help staying motivated, so if anyone wants an accountability partner, workout partner, diet partner or anything to meet with, chat with, text with, whatever. So please friend me, message me, and if you want we can kik or email or something. <BR> <BR> Later! Wed, 13 May 2015 23:30:50 EST Hi i am jsut joining! need all the support i can :) weight has always been struggle whether it is maintaining or losing :( hope this helps almost 20 pounds to lose! <BR> Fri, 8 May 2015 10:09:15 EST Hello All Hi All, I'm new and my goal is: <BR> To loose 10 pounds by July- I believe i can make it. Wed, 29 Apr 2015 21:12:44 EST Ready to win Hey everyone! I am new to this site and everything it has to offer. I want to heal in my life severely right now! I know it takes one day at a time but it sometimes feels like forever. I was wondering if anyone has any ideas on how to stick with this everything on this site, how to get more involved, and how to succeed even though I might fail sometimes. Mon, 23 Mar 2015 17:39:08 EST New to the program Hi, I'm Terah I am 27, married with a 6 year old daughter and I am very dissatisfied with my figure. In the last I would say 2 weeks I have noticed some pretty big signs that it is time for change. Clothing not fitting the way they should, shortness of breath and the feeling of being tired all the time. I'm 5'8 and about 180lbs I would like to be at least at 160, that is the goal I have set for myself. My biggest problem is motivation I need some where I can get the advice and aid I need to k... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:16:28 EST Hi.. I'm Lavanya Hi all am lavanya .. IT professional of height 156 cm and weight is 68.. <BR> i wanna reduce 10 kgs in 4 to 5 months.. <BR> i walk for 40 min and used to cover 4 km.. but still am not able to reduce weight.. <BR> need ur valuable suggestion and guideline to reduce my weight.. <BR> I got married 2 years back .. because of my weight am not able to get pregnant... <BR> Please advise on the same. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 07:38:31 EST hello from texas! my name is mandy and im 22 looking to lose the weight that i regained after losing 50 pounds to start off with. looking for lots of motivation! feel free to add me! :) Sat, 3 Jan 2015 20:59:20 EST Hello! I'm Breanna and I'm 26 years old. I'm working towards loosing about 20 pounds. I'm hoping this will keep me motivated! Fri, 2 Jan 2015 18:27:35 EST New Team: The 2015 Resolution Revolution Challenge I created a new SparkTeam for 2015 weight loss resolutions. It's called The 2015 Resolution Revolution Challenge, and I hope that you will join! <BR> <BR> The challenge starts on Sunday January 11, 2015. Are you ready? <BR> <BR> Join Here: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>2015 </link> Tue, 30 Dec 2014 14:46:42 EST Returning to the group Hello all! <BR> <BR> My name is Jacki. I was in this group about 2 years ago and found it very motivating. I had lost weight while in the group and continued loosing weight afterward with the healthy habits I had made. When we found out my husband would be deploying I did a fair amount of stress eating and put on some weight. Then we went to Italy and I basically gave myself permission to eat myself silly (and it was delicious!) and I put on more weight. I kept saying afterward I needd to ea... Sat, 27 Dec 2014 22:58:37 EST I'm new!!! Hey everyone! I am new, 25 years old. And looking to lose 20-25 lbs :) please add me for support! Sat, 27 Dec 2014 22:07:06 EST New Challenge Team! Come join a challenge team focused towards 20 somethings who are looking for a quick dose of daily motivation! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=63672 </link> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:12:42 EST mrs.Mitchell Hello everyone im ready to be all that I can be with the Sparks excited Mon, 10 Nov 2014 21:28:38 EST New to the group. Hey guys. I'm Jon. New here and looking for some friends. Trying to cut about 20 lbs off. I'm going to try and do baby steps. My first goal is to get down to 1 soda a day and try to always drink my 8 cups of water. <BR> <BR> I'm a huge nerd/scify fan so feel freed to add me as a friend. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:05:51 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 29 Oct 2014 23:07:13 EST hey :) hey everybody :) <BR> my name's Krystyna. i'm a 25y/o SAHM, and i live in Shreveport, La. i have one child, and he's 15 months old. i recently found out i have arthritis in my knees, which is one of the reasons i quit working. my main goal is to lose some weight so that i can walk up a flight of stairs without getting winded. i would LOVE to get at least down to the weight i was after i delivered (177). i at least want to get rid of my baby fat and shrink my thighs. my ultimate goal would be ... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 04:06:40 EST New to the group Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm Tonka and I've been on SP on and off for about 5 years now, most recently on since August 2013. I have finally melted off 45 lbs and am left with just under 25 to go! My goal is for December so that I can be at or close to goal while I shop for my wedding dress! I have found running, ST, and calorie cycling to be my good luck charms along the way. <BR> <BR> If anyone is interested, I am also leader of the 20 Somethings Challenge Team ( <link> Fri, 3 Oct 2014 11:45:14 EST Hello I'm Margaret Hi my name is Margaret and I am enrolled in a sports nutrition class, my reason for joining! This is a neat website and I look forward to using it even after the assignment is complete. I have always dealt with fluctuating weight, and I am realizing this is due to my inconsistency with my nutritional needs! Any great tips are welcome! Thank you Tue, 23 Sep 2014 16:25:52 EST September Challenge! What are your goals to challenge yourself for this month? <BR> <BR> Mine are to reduce my coffee intake, alcoholic beverage intake, and to walk two miles/night, 4 nights a week. <BR> <BR> <em>56</em> <BR> <BR> The coffee is a very short term goal because lately I just crave it, not feel like I need the boost. I drink coffee about 2 cups/day and I don't want to consume more than one. <BR> <BR> The alcoholic beverage part I have already started working on so it should also be a short te... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 10:36:37 EST Calorie burned- Spark or equipment? When it comes to jogging I go over uneven terrain, but measure it out with google earth. My Sync watch measures my heart rate and gives me a calorie burned for a jog, and it's usually quite different from what SP tells me. Take today for example, SP says I burned 266 calories on my run while the watch reports a whopping 546cals. <BR> It was a 37min run. <BR> What's a girl to do? <BR> I suppose as long as I make sure to eat when I'm hungry right? I'm in weight maintenance mode right now and I... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 10:54:02 EST New to SP Hey everyone! I've been struggling to lose weight and stay on track for years now; I always start strong the first few days and I always feel so much better, but then I give into a craving. I quit smoking a little over a month ago, so I feel like I must have the willpower to lose weight and control cravings also. My goal is to go from 156 LBS to 135-140 by Christmas this year. I hope to find a support system on SparkPeople, hopefully having people to motivate me will help keep me on trac... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 21:18:16 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 3 Aug 2014 03:22:16 EST Looking for Wellness Hi! My name is Gabbie. I'm 21 and have been off and on with SparkPeople since I was a teen. I have only recently been more committed. <BR> I have lost 50 pounds since 2013 and just have about 20-25 pounds to go. Theses pounds seem to be the hardest to loose and stay off. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:32:49 EST New to SP Hello everyone. I'm Nerd-Runner, or Erin offline, and I'm just getting back on the horse to getting healthier. I was doing really well up until March when I moved to Houston to start my first 'adult life' job after graduating from college in December. I'm just about to go over the hump out of my mid-20s (I turn 26 in early November), and am looking to lose another 15-20 pounds by the end of the year (10 by early September when I have a dress fitting for my best friend's wedding). I'm working ... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 19:05:38 EST Hi Hi! MY name is adina i am 16 years old and 74 kg i am relly trying to achieve 64 how are you?? <BR> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 12:57:52 EST First day using spark! New to using this site! Looking to make friends to help along the way. I'm no stranger to counting calories and tracking fitness, but really like what I see here. <BR> <BR> I was using myfitnesspal for a long time and was only 5lbs from my goal but got off track and gained 10lbs back. I also use a jawbone up band to count steps and keep me motivated, it's a great help! <BR> <BR> My main goals are to kick up my exercise routine and focus more on healthy eating instead of just counting cals. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 12:51:04 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 2 Jul 2014 00:12:34 EST Turning 30 Soon Hi - I'm turning 30 in five months and refuse to start my next decade heavy. I've gone up and down quite dramatically in weight since I was 18 and I just don't want to struggle anymore. Being this size makes me feel extremely self conscious and scared because I go back and forth with pre-diabetes and have knee and hip joint issues that in large part I think have been because I've carried extra weight for so long. i don't want to be 20 wincing as I go up stairs or not being able to go on a hi... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 07:36:16 EST Hello.... So..... I am new, of course.... I joined because of my mom. I am only 20 (21 in December!) but i figured i would get a jump on looking and feeling better! I haven't really made a big effort in the past two years so here is to me putting down the books and crochet hooks for a little while each day! Thu, 26 Jun 2014 01:56:25 EST Hi everyone! Hi guys! My name is Amanda and I just joined. I'm a 23 year old mother of one beautiful daughter sweating it out in Arizona. I love meeting new people and would welcome encouragement and motivation from anyone who has some to spare! <BR> <BR> Good luck meeting your goals! Sun, 22 Jun 2014 02:15:17 EST Nervous Newbie Takes Charge - Saying hello! Hello everyone - I am brand new to SP and looking for some SparkFriends for support- and I want to support you! I have recently had a bit of self-realization and that has led me here. I have seen the pounds (about 35 of them) creep up on me over the last 4 - 5 years, and my activity levels drop (being an adult is hard! Commuting! Long hours!). I have always talked a big talk about getting in shape – for years – and have lost a little here and there- but have never really committed. I had ... Fri, 23 May 2014 12:09:45 EST First time:) Hi everyone! I'm looking to lose at least 20 pounds and could use lots of motivation so if you have tips and tricks I appreciate it :) Thu, 8 May 2014 12:53:20 EST A makeover before 30's My name is Inas and I was struggling to lose extra pounds after giving birth to my second child. Now, I 'm about 75 kg and hope to see 60 kg some day. I just want to make a decision fat or slim and I want not to be in the middle position . Just want to be healthy one and learn my kids healthy life. If someone feeling that he has the same goals like me , join me and we can motivate each other. I love here so much and trying to be like other members. I love reading and food off course but now I... Tue, 6 May 2014 12:41:15 EST May Challenge, 2014! Last year there were several members who benefited from monthly challenges. Starting this to see if anyone else is interested in reviving that. <BR> <BR> May Challenge: pick 1 fitness goal, 1 dietary goal, and 1 general well being goal for this month. Use the thread to check in, update, and receive support!! Thu, 1 May 2014 11:50:03 EST Hi, I'm new :) Hi there! <BR> My name is Samantha and I'm new here. <BR> <BR> Trying real hard to lose weight, but I haven't yet my goal weight is 140 <BR> I've joined the Y and started Fitlinxx there <BR> Sun, 27 Apr 2014 20:53:04 EST HI! Hello to all! I am excited to get back to my old body! I have a few concerns but hopefully you all can help. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:15:06 EST Healthy life style! Hello friends. Losing weight its a very long journey. We realy need to support one another. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:18:58 EST Hello All Hey, my name is Sarah and I'm 23. I'm starting my life changing goal of becoming healhty. I'm 320 lbs, 5'6'' and I'm ready to get healthy and stay healthy. My wedding is September 5, 2014 and my short term goal is to lose 20 lbs by end of August. I'm going to go small step by step and change into healthy Sarah. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 08:07:25 EST New here Hi everyone, <BR> I'm Sarah and 26 years old and in college to hopefully become a web designer in the next year or so. I also am at 160lbs, and for a 5'4" girl thats not a good thing. highest i've ever been in my life. I would like to drop 10 pounds, maybe 15. Just need some more motivation, as my boyfriend does workout with me when we make time between homework and life. Sat, 12 Apr 2014 22:18:37 EST Message Removed Message Removed Fri, 11 Apr 2014 09:49:43 EST excited :)! So I haven't been logging in since January and I have lost about 17 pounds (which is good, but really wanted to lose more). At least I haven't gained anything back during the past couple of weeks when I sort of fell of the wagon :P. Still, another 20 to lose asap, but in a healthy way of course :). Won't be easy, cause I'm writing my thesis right now and am hardly motivated to exercise at home... I do have 1 zumba class and 1h of swimming pool a week, but I bet my organism has already adjuste... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 13:27:51 EST Hey, new to site Looking for friends :) Mon, 7 Apr 2014 10:33:15 EST Back problem So I screwed up my back pretty bad I think. I'm not even really sure what happened. I just bent over at work to put on my boots and I felt something in my back pop. A day later I noticed that one side is swollen to the point that it makes my whole body look like it's crooked. I checked my spine and I am about 90% sure that it's still straight, but one hip/side is a lot bigger than the other and I'm in a good bit of pain. I can't find anything that seems to be out of place, but obviously some... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 03:26:46 EST Hey Hi, my name's Dave. I'm 29, from WV. I lost about 50 lbs last year. I went from 230 to 180. I've been going to the gym, running and being a lot more conscious about what I eat. I'm still not happy with my body though. I have definitely made improvements, but not as much as I'd like. I lost weight and it's very noticeable, but I can't seem to get rid of the belly and my muscles really only show if I flex. I know that a big part of it is me not being as serious as I should be. I've had lazy per... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 05:17:12 EST Hey! Hey everybody my names Molly and I'm 24 years old. I'm trying to lose 13 lbs by the time I go to Hawaii at the end of May. I'm trying to get healthy I usually tend to go on an extreme diet and then I'll binge. It would be awesome if I could find a friend so we could motivate one another (: Sat, 29 Mar 2014 22:17:29 EST Hello everyone! Newbie here :-) Hey, how awesome is this site?!?! Just popping in to say hello as I learn the ropes around here. <BR> I'm a mom of 3 little ones who are 9, 6 & 5 and have 25lbs (or so- I'm not really as hung up on the number so much as physical shape) to lose for my 10th wedding anniversary and vow renewal in 20 weeks! I am ready to get back into pristine shape and blow my husbands socks off in that renewal gown! I've set a start date of April 1st to give me a few days to really get a feel for the site, prep... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 17:50:34 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 26 Mar 2014 15:32:12 EST Hey All! I am a college graduate working my first fell time job. I live in NC. The first time I joined SparkPeople I was in college and joined with an unhealthy mindset... just to lose weight. Now I just want to work on losing fat and gaining muscle mass to be toned and healthy! Thu, 20 Mar 2014 11:46:55 EST self empowerment and loving myself !! Hi all, <BR> As many of you, I have tried losing weight countless times and I have in fact lost but never reached my goal weight. For the past 8 years I have tried to reach my goal weight of 115-120 lbs and just never quite made it. This year I realized how little I really loved myself and how I was always braking promises to myself. Yes, among them losing weight. This year I decided to lose the 20 lbs that have haunted me for years. I am very excited. This is not just about looking good phy... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 07:09:30 EST Bloated after eating healthier <em>15</em> <BR> I have been eating significantly more fruits and vegetables and taking multivitamins for the past week. The past three days I'm constantly bloated and gassy. I know that happens when eating a lot of raw vegetables. Does anyone know what I can eat/do to stop this? Thu, 13 Mar 2014 17:38:46 EST Hi! Hi! i'm a former college athlete who took a year off of a healthy lifestyle to have fun and pig out. I'm sloppy now, and I hate it. I'm trying to lose 17 lbs. That's about it :) Happy to be part of the team. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 03:24:16 EST Hello Hello! My name is Joy and I am 23 years old. I am brand-spanking new to SparkPeople. I would like to lose around 10 to 12 pounds. I have lost around 5 lb. already. I recently got engaged, however I was already in the process of trying to lose weight. <BR> My main problem every time I try to lose weight is frustration. My family and friends tell me they can see changes, but I never feel that I can and I want to see results faster than what I usually do. I then get frustrated, lose motivatio... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 17:59:58 EST Hello! Hello all! <BR> I'm new to SparkPeople, wanting to lose about 25 pounds before my 27th birthday in May...and before my husband & I start a family. My goal weight is 130, but I'm not sure if that is attainable with my body type...I'm quite busty. My biggest complaint is that I gain in my midsection- and I don't want this muffin top. <BR> <BR> I was pretty active when I was younger, but now I have a sedentary office job. I'm also currently working on my Master's degree, so that is an addi... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 14:24:47 EST Need an EST zone virtual workout buddy Looking for a virtual workout buddy to help keep me accountable and motivated and I'll do the same for you! I am 26 and live in the EST time zone and would prefer early morning (5-6AM) workouts as I have more free time in the morning before family are awake, if you have a similar workout time and want me to give you a push in the morning through messages and you the same for me then send me a message here on spark people. <BR> <BR> Communicating via Twitter DMs would be the best way to chat... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 12:10:49 EST Feeling Bad After Exercise I just started to exercise again this week. I have been taking a 20-25 minute bike ride daily (my neighborhood is a bit hilly). When I am done riding I feel very fatigued and a little bit nauseous. I also get very red in the face (I have pretty pale skin). I am eating about 200-300 calories about an hour before I go out and drinking plenty of water. This is not something new that has been happening. Anytime I have ever exercised this has happened. <BR> <BR> Any insight as to what may be the... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 09:50:07 EST Need a weightloss buddy! I just joined the community and am currently on week 3 of P90X3. I'm starting to feel very demotivated due to lack of weight loss. Anyone interested in teaming up to share our successes?? Wed, 12 Feb 2014 14:37:30 EST 30-Day Squat Challenge So there's a popular squat challenge going around right now, involving basic squats. However, I found a different one that incorporates different variations of squats: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>nge-30806625 </link> <BR> <BR> I want to tone my legs for summer so I want to try this challenge! I know it's not the beginning of the month so perhaps you'd like to start in march. I plan to start it tomorrow though! Anyone with me? &#128170; Thu, 6 Feb 2014 23:40:53 EST I need a weight loss buddy! Hey I need someone as serious as me who wants to lose weight. Maybe another girl where we could encourage each other and push each other-get in touch and good luck to everyone and their journey:) Thu, 6 Feb 2014 23:21:39 EST Looking for a buddy? Hi <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> I'm Eden, and I'm looking for a buddy to provide mutual support and advice. I love to cook and read (memoirs are my favorite), and I'm also a proud feminist and nerd. My SP goals are to lose about 20lbs and find more fun fitness-y activities. Feel free to message me if you'd like to buddy up. <BR> <BR> Hope you all have a great week! <em>41</em> Mon, 3 Feb 2014 23:23:57 EST Hello All My name is Juanita and I have been battling my weight since the birth of my first child. I was always bigger than others but I was okay with my shape. I gained eighty five pounds with my first child and three children later I am still fighting to regain my lost figure. I really like the website. It helps me see where I could have made better choices. <BR> I have been losing weight but I have hit a little roadblock that I would like to get out of. I know I can do all things because Christ... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 20:14:29 EST Hey there! Big guy on a mission! Hey everybody!! <BR> I'm a big guy who has lost roughly 120lbs so far! Not looking back! <BR> I'm super outgoing and motivated! <BR> Big time outdoors guy, I love mountain biking, hiking, geocaching, walkin the dogs, and the gym of course! <BR> Lookin for anybody who's close to me with equal interests and goals! Keep fit guys! Sun, 26 Jan 2014 12:24:33 EST Hi Hi. My name is Shandi. I am 26 years old. I have 2 beautiful daughters and 3 step kids. I am looking to lose some weight and tone up so I can keep up with all the kids. My youngest daughter was diagnosed with LAD (an immune disease). She will be having a stem cell transplant hopefully right after her first birthday. She has to stay home all the time so I am trying to find things to do in the house and ways to involve her. I love all my kids and am doing this for them and for myself. Fri, 24 Jan 2014 10:51:41 EST January Challenge- how many calories can we burn?? Let's start a monthly challenge! It's a little late in the month but if you have been tracking since the beginning of the month, go ahead and add it! Let's see how many calories we can all burn together and then see if we can beat it each month this year!!!! Fri, 24 Jan 2014 10:33:46 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 23 Jan 2014 10:47:44 EST Anyone from the Lehigh Valley??!! Hey guys! I am 28 and looking to lose about 15lbs. I would love to develop a support group that could eventually become more than just through the site. I love having a workout buddy so it would be great to meet people who live close by and would be interested in eventually meeting up for some fitness and maybe even some healthy meals :) I am a female and since I am verrrrry close to getting engaged (yeeeeee!) I would only be interested in meeting other females. No offense, boys! Hoping to de... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 23:16:42 EST Goal: Go hard and then mantain! Hi! My name is Gina and I am 28! I am trying to lose 10 and then work on toning and making working out and eating healthy a lifestyle and not just something I do for a month. I recently moved to NYC and took on a decently stressful job. I tend to do well on my diet for a few days and then bad for a few and on and on... I just want to feel good about what I eat and how much I work out EVERY day. <BR> <BR> I was hoping someone (or a few people) on here has similar goals and would like to budd... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 17:35:07 EST hi My name is Lauren and I need to lose 20 lbs Mon, 20 Jan 2014 11:13:36 EST Weekend Binge's I'm sure this has already been covered many times, as I believe it's not an uncommon problem. Weekend eating. <BR> <BR> The fact is, I eat very WELL during the week. I can even fast for 24 - 48 hours if I feel the need to do so. I eat healthy, I don't over eat, and I loose weight (1-2 pounds a week). The problem? I gain the weight back immediately on the weekends. I don't know what to do! NOTHING works. During the week, I eat small. I eat healthy. And I am FINE. I'm not holding myself back ... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 22:28:56 EST Help! Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I am new to this whole scene and very hesitant :/ I am really trying to get my health on the right track.. Unfortunately, I am a closet binge eater and addicted to sugar. I don't exactly look the part. I am not overweight, but I am definitely not healthy. Some days I will eat clean all day and spend 2 hours on the treadmill and tthe next day I will easily finish a box of Oreos on my own. I have all the tools I need to get healthy, but I lack support and motivation. ... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 18:14:31 EST Hello :) Hey everyone! This is the first time I've ever been on spark people and I joined bc I am not happy with my body at all. I've always been on the chubbier side and I've always done yo-yo dieting but now I'm ready for a lifetime change. I am currently unemployed which makes it very difficult for me not to snack considering how bored I've been. I am hoping spark people helps me stay on track and gives me a little structure in my life. So far I've been enjoying with site! Feel free to add me. We c... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 18:40:38 EST Hello Im Lyndsay. 2014 and ready for change. Hello everyone! I've had an account with Sparkpeople for the longest time, but in the past only used it rarely for the articles and used it to track my eating habits when I remembered. I am 28 and determined to finally get my body in shape this year so I feel comfortable in whatever I wear and am ready for swim season. I am ready to make the changes needed to meet my goals. I need to go out/drink less, get 8 hrs of sleep, make better food choices and workout. I had the opportunity today to si... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 21:59:10 EST hello Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm nearing 25 and have struggled with my weight since college. I was thin throughout high school but bad habits caught up with me. I have lost significant amounts of weight in the past but it's starting to creep againand I'd like to finally get down to my goal of 125 before next summer (no more sad sack bathing suit sulking!). <BR> <BR> I struggle a bit with emotional eating and evening snacking especially. My intentions are good but my stick-to-it-iveness is lacking! Hopi... Thu, 19 Dec 2013 15:20:06 EST Hello Everyone! Hey my name is Mandy! I have recently gotten together with a group of ladies (most Ive know since middle school) to start a weight loss challenge. We are not competing against each other, but are motivating each other through a Facebook group site to all get healthy for 2014. I just found this site through Pinterest and thought it would be helpful too. I'm 26 years old, and trying to lose about 20-25 lbs in the long run. Thu, 19 Dec 2013 09:41:50 EST New to SparkPeople Hello All, <BR> <BR> My name is Brittany and I am a 27 year old mother of 2 from Southern California. I am finally at my pre 1st baby weight after almost 9 years, and I'm not looking/feeling like I did back then. So I am trying to loose those last 10-15lbs that will make me look/feel better about myself. I have been able to maintain my weight over the past 2 or so years give or take a few lbs. <BR> <BR> I have no idea how this all works so I would love to get some feed back from other memb... Sun, 15 Dec 2013 23:06:26 EST Hi! My name is Nikki and I'm ready to get healthy! Hi, my name is Nikki! I am 5'1, and weigh approx. 140lbs. My goal is to lose 20lbs and I am really hoping that with the support of my friends and family and a new diet that I can reach my goal! I am 20 years old and am currently a college student. Sun, 15 Dec 2013 01:28:28 EST Hello All My name is Mariela and i just want to introduce myself to this website. Sat, 14 Dec 2013 16:35:40 EST feeling really frustrated with my lack of results I've been on SP for 5 weeks now and since starting I've tracked my food every day and worked out almost every day (often for just 10 minutes, but usually 40 minutes the past couple of weeks). I got a fitbit and set myself the goal of 10,000 steps a day, and a calorie deficit of 500 a day so I can lose 1 lb per week, and I've been really successful with meeting those goals. I've also been working on drinking more water and striving for 8 cups a day. <BR> <BR> At first I was getting good resul... Wed, 4 Dec 2013 23:27:24 EST Exercise Daily in December Who's with me on committing to health and pursuing goals during the holiday season? I'm in the giving mood recently, and I want to give myself as much love as I'm doling out! <BR> <BR> So I've decided I'm committing to changing my habits TODAY - forget about January 1! <BR> <BR> What if we check in here daily to make sure we get some exercise every day of December? This way, we'll establish healthy exercise habits before the new year, and our health-related resolutions might be easier to ad... Wed, 4 Dec 2013 09:03:37 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 3 Dec 2013 10:47:03 EST Need to dedicate Hello! I am a 22 year old female college graduate. In the past year I have gotten a new job and moved to another state, away from everyone I know. During this transition, I have watched the pounds add on and done NOTHING to stop it. I am not overly overweight but I do have about 20 lbs that I am needing to lose in order to be healthy. I have half-heartedly tried to do this in the past, but instead I have continued to gain instead of lose. I am committing myself now to this journey and will no... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 18:45:37 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 28 Nov 2013 01:12:48 EST Tummy Tuck anyone? Hello ... So I'm considering a tummy tuck and I'm wondering if any of you have before and after pictures. I am currently 127 and 5'2. I have stretch marks and a little bit of extra skin from 2 pregnancies. Tue, 26 Nov 2013 19:30:01 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sat, 23 Nov 2013 00:10:27 EST my journey in a nut shell hi my name is Christina! I am a writer and a stay at home mother of two! my son's name is traegan he is 6 and in the first grade ! and my daughter is 3 her name is chesakah and she is my litte mini ! I have struggled with a lot of bad habits growing up, before becoming a mother (drinking, drugs, sleep disorders, depression/anxiety) and ive conquered them all except for my weight .its been a rollercoaster and though I lose a few lbs here and there it would never stay off! but im defiantly im... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 11:27:20 EST Can someone tell me where I'm going wrong!? Happy Hump Day! I weighed in today and I'm up .3 lbs from last week. I was hoping for at least 2 pounds. I've been good about working out and eating so I'm not sure why it's not coming off. I should start my period in a week, so I'm not sure if this is the beginning of the water retention. If someone could look at my tracker and share their thoughts, I would be very grateful! <BR> <BR> Thanks! Wed, 20 Nov 2013 09:26:40 EST New again Hi All! <BR> <BR> I am trying to get into shape for my wedding in 5 months and hope to use that as a motivator to make lifelong healthy routines. <BR> I'm on a budget so I'm looking for ways to motivate myself with what I can do at home. <BR> <BR> I could use some friends for support! Mon, 11 Nov 2013 16:04:54 EST Hello I'm a 29 year old energetic family man with an amazing wife and cats Mon, 4 Nov 2013 13:40:49 EST Lose 5 pounds by Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving is 1 month away! Will anyone join me to make losing 5 pounds by Thanksgiving our goal?! <em>429</em> <em>430</em> <BR> <BR> I know it may be possible to lose more by then, but the holidays can be a tricky time ( <em>4</em> <em>427</em> <em>428</em> <em>426</em> <em>367</em> <em>471</em> <em>190</em> ) and I don't want to set myself up for failure by making an unattainable goal. Feel free to set your goal higher if you would like. If you would like to j... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 15:27:31 EST Hello, there! Hi everyone! My name is Caroline and about 3 years ago, I lost 35lbs and was in the best shape of my life. Went to law school, gained back about 2/3 of the weigh in the past year, and went from running 5ks at the start of last year to being a total couch potato. I've decided that I'm not letting myself make anymore excuses - I miss feeling like I can tackle anything, and so I'm here on sparkpeople and ready to get going! Thu, 24 Oct 2013 10:01:29 EST hopeful Hello everyone. I am new and hopeful that I will loose 18 kg Wed, 23 Oct 2013 14:03:19 EST Using SparkGoodies to reward yourself? Happy Wednesday! I'm wondering if anyone here uses SparkGoodies to reward themselves. If so, I would love to hear how you measure it and what you feel are suitable rewards! <BR> <BR> Thanks! Wed, 23 Oct 2013 13:40:46 EST Want my body back I had a baby in May and want to get back down to my original weight. I gained 40 lbs during pregnancy. I lost the first 20 fairly easily, but the last 20 has not gone away on its own. I have set a goal to lose 20 lbs by Christmas and I hope joining a team will help me stick with it. I've been doing it for two days and it seems to be going pretty well so far! <em>41</em> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 23:24:20 EST Need help calculating calories burned Hello, <BR> <BR> Does anyone know an easy way to calculate the calories burned from doing the following video? <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> It's not listed in the exercises and when I try to put each exercise individually it doesn't work because some are only done for 30 seconds and that registers as 0 on the fitness tracker. Mon, 21 Oct 2013 23:37:22 EST Looking for help Hi my name is Rebecca and I'm 28. I work in the medical field and often get home late and don't feel like cooking so I eat fast food. I've been trying to lose weight, but have a hard time to stay on track, in 1 1/2 years I gained 20 lbs. I also and an emotional and stress eater and eat whatever. Not a big fan of fruits and vegetables. Anyone willing to help me Mon, 21 Oct 2013 22:17:15 EST NEED A MOTIVATION BUDDY? Hey guys, my name is hayley and im relatively new to sparkpeople. I'm looking for some people that i can talk to about fitness and nutrition and hopefully we can help keep each other motivated and on track with our weight loss goals. If anyone else needs a motivation buddy feel free to add me as a friend and e-mail me any time. Good luck! Sat, 12 Oct 2013 22:04:50 EST Clean Slate Hey All, my name is Jenny. I'm 22 years old and I've packed on some "not welcomed baggage" on my body ever since I graduated high school. I may not be over weight on the BMI scale but I certainly don't like the way the scale is going higher each time I step on it. I really want to be active and healthy again. I recently moved into an apartment on my own and I have the control to do what I need to do that is best for me but food and health wise, I'm failing at. I also have type 1 Diabetes and ... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 05:11:05 EST leila 25 years old Hi <BR> This is leila 25 years old,i am studying pharmacy,i am 65 kg,and 163 cm height,i love to be 49 kg,i like to have some freinds,to motivate them to loose their weight,and vice versa.i love to be in touch with my freind through skype,yahoo and here Wed, 2 Oct 2013 02:59:30 EST New to all of this and need support My name is April Smith, and I am a working mom. I am always on the go so of course getting busy with life has hindered me from being as healthy as I can, as a result of having children and not watching what i eat or do, I gained a little weight, so I am working to get a handle on it now before it spirals out of control. My goal is to lose 15 lbs. I need as many friends on here as I can get to help me get started. Thanks! Fri, 27 Sep 2013 13:00:08 EST Hey... I'm a newbie Hi, i"m looking for sparkfriends to help me thru my fat loss journey... Pls add me if you are interested!! :) Wed, 25 Sep 2013 06:33:51 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 18 Sep 2013 17:50:21 EST Hello! Hi! My name is Evita, 29 y.o, and I am currently in Netherlands, but originally come from Latvia. In last 4 years I have been struggling with my weight. The biggest I was 104 kg and at that point I understood that that I can not do this to myself anymore. <BR> My struggle is fact that I am an emotional eater, and it has been very hard for me not to overeat and not eat whenever I feel down or lonely, as my other half works away and is not by me every other month plus I am 'housewife' and have... Mon, 16 Sep 2013 10:06:01 EST Starting from the beginning... again. Hi Everyone. <BR> Well I have joined because I find that I miss having someone to talk to about weight loss and the daily struggles of a foodie to not eat everything in sight. A few years ago I managed to loose 20 kgs but in the last 6 months I've gained half of that back again. On the positive side I am maintaining my new found weight gain - but I am hoping to finally loose those 13 kgs that I've wanted off for quite a while. <BR> I love exercising and tend to do an hour every day. This ye... Sun, 15 Sep 2013 13:34:12 EST Tired of being the minimal me Hi all! My name is Katelyn and I am currently in my final year of college. I am an early childhood education / special education major. For as long as I can remember I have never been really happy with the way I looked. As a kid I never watched what I ate. It was always, I I felt like having a junk food snack, I would. As a young kid I always played sports, but I started having knee troubles so I had to begin quiting a lot of the sports I loved and enjoyed. After that I remember being chubby ... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 23:50:39 EST Hey Everyone.. Hey I'm Blackbird92, I just joined Sparkpeople a few days ago. I'm twenty years old and live in Texas. I'm trying to lose some weight and become healthier. I hope everyone is having a great day today and good luck with whatever goals you are trying to reach :) Sat, 7 Sep 2013 11:10:47 EST Hi Hello, all. My name is Miranda, and I'm working on losing weight that I've gained back. I really want to lose 20-25 lbs, but I'm starting w/10 as it seems less overwhelming right now. Fri, 6 Sep 2013 10:50:20 EST Upcoming Vacation is Stressing me Out! I have recently started getting back on track with eating healthy meals, drinking less alcohol and exercising more frequently. I'm usually so excited for my vacations but my upcoming vacation is stressing me out as it could be a real set-back in my progress. My vacation starts in three weeks and is a 10 day cruise.. Its all you can eat so I know its unlikely to stay on track with my eating plan. Not to mention, who doesn't want a few margarita's while laying by the pool. Does anyone have ... Thu, 5 Sep 2013 11:14:53 EST Just starting Hey! I'm Adrienne. I'm 28 and have creeped up to a weight I am not happy with. So I need to get back into things and tracking my food and excerise has helped me in the past, so here I am. I would like to lose 10-15 pounds. Thu, 5 Sep 2013 11:05:22 EST Slow Metabolism - Thanks Doc Question - <BR> <BR> Went to the doc and I heard that good but awful news. Well your thyroid is functioning perfectly but you do have a slow metabolism and I'm sure you can thank your mom or dad for that one. Okay well great doc - now what?! <BR> <BR> Anyone else had this convo with their doctor? I've tried the South Beach theory before and did notice a fast drop in weight (and mood). Didn't know if it was my lifestyle at the time and being younger by 5 years or if there is some truth t... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 18:36:39 EST When your husband... I wish I had my husband's metabolism -_-. He eats and eats and drinks beer... yet he stays the same exact weight. Not one pound more! UGH! I drink a beer and I get an instant lame beer belly. He was definitely testing my temptation today too lol (not on purpose) but he grabbed a beer during dinner (me+alcohol=good old pals. lol) and then grabbed spicy doritos to snack on. *sighs* If only I could eat and never gain a pound.............. anyone else on this boat?! Mon, 2 Sep 2013 20:50:48 EST Does replacing a meal with a liquid meal help? Hi all! <BR> <BR> I started my weight loss journey last week and something I've been doing is replacing a meal with a "green smoothie" (I put spinach, banana, V8 juice, and bok choy). Does this actually help with weight loss? When I hear people taking a liquid diet, they usually replace a ton of their meals with a liquid meal. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Mon, 2 Sep 2013 12:20:10 EST New here! Looking forward to staying motivated with the help of the SparkPeople community =). Mon, 2 Sep 2013 00:29:04 EST Stefani Gets Healthier Hi, I'm Stefani, I'm 20 years old and I'm ready to lose some weight and tighten and tone. I've lost about 5 inches on my stomach since February but a lot of family emergencies came up within the past two months and I've fallen off my tracks. I'm ready to hop back on and lose a few more inches, 15 lbs, before January. Sun, 1 Sep 2013 12:16:19 EST Amanda Rena Hello everyone ! My name is Amanda Rena and I'm 24 years old. I was born and raised in Augusta, GA. I am still in college for psychology, but I graduate in May !!! My goal is to lose 22 pounds and just be healthy and happy again. Thank you soo much for inviting me to join this group. I look forward to getting to know all of you. <em>334</em> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 15:38:41 EST New to this Hi everyone, This is my 3rd day on here and I'm excited loosing weight, exercising and eating healthy is much easier when you have support and helpful ideas, tips, and other people with similar goals around. <BR> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 10:18:32 EST Hello! Hi my name is Melissa! I'm a not quite tech savvy stay at home mother of a three year old. I'm trying to lose the last of my baby weight (12 pounds) and was delighted to stumble onto this website. So! Changing how I eat, starting some exercise dvd's, and talking to you fine people! =D Thu, 22 Aug 2013 15:50:11 EST HELLO im 28 female wanting to lose 20lbs I had back surgery on my lower back for sciatica....they took a peice of my L1 S5 out so it wouldnt be pinching my sciatic nerve anymore....and I also quit I recently went from 160 to 185 and I really want to get back to my healthier weight.... <BR> Its a struggle with the back issue and not having much support..... Sun, 18 Aug 2013 15:05:46 EST Progress, not Perfection. I am new to this SparkPeople thing myself, 5 days now... I never stick to such things that require so much tracking and organization, but I can honestly say that this time it's working. <BR> <BR> I may not be in the same shoes as others on here in terms of how much they want to lose, but I think I can safely say that we all want to look and feel healthier as well as strengthen our mental and spiritual energies. <BR> <BR> I used to go all out when I exercised but this time I've changed my ... Fri, 16 Aug 2013 13:23:40 EST Accountability Buddies Hey everyone! I am thinking that it would really help me stay motivated if I had someone out there holding me accountable for my food and exercise trackers. If anyone is interested in partnering up so we can motivate each other, let me know! The more accountability buddies I have, the better! :) Wed, 14 Aug 2013 11:36:07 EST Short hourglass figure not always a good thing Hi My name is Patricia. I am married almost 5 years next week. I am married to a wonderful man that I feel to a fault the most comfortable with. I have always live a healthy life style until I got married. I've gotten so comfortable with just being at home and not being as active. On top of that we have had a lot of health problems over the years me with having nerve problems in my legs to him having problems resulting from his military service. I am trying to lose 20 pounds but I would be ha... Tue, 13 Aug 2013 00:02:33 EST Wanna Drop 20 Hey Im looking to drop 20 and could use all the advice, emotional support and suggestions you can think of!!! Mon, 12 Aug 2013 17:16:37 EST Need accountability and encouragement Too much over indulging, traveling, and relaxing has added 10 lbs to the 10 lbs I had gained over the past year- 20 lbs in 2 years oh no! Tight pants= time to shed some excess. <BR> <BR> Just got married and actually gained weight before the wedding- oops! Definitely needing accountability to stop me from constant overindulging with the new husband. Sun, 11 Aug 2013 10:49:55 EST What have you gained by working out??? So there is this commercial ( I think it is special K) that has a women tell what she has gained during her lifestyle change/weight loss journey. I am getting ready to work out and I was thinking about how I am not longer ashamed of my body. Simply working out, regardless of weight loss, has allowed me to feel good about myself. I went out last night, and for the first time in a long time I didn't think about how my stomach looked in my dress or about what other people were thinking when they... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 13:46:06 EST Hello Everyone!!! Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> I am LanaH85. This is my first day as a member of SparkPeople. I look forward to speaking with each of you throughout our journey to get healthy. I want to wish each of you good luck and prosperity in you health goals. Wed, 7 Aug 2013 11:19:51 EST Hi!! Hi , My name is Jessica. I'm a 24 yr. old college student, majoring in Social Work. Over the summer I let my workouts lapse and just started eating lots of junk food. Because of this I have about 15 pounds to lose and I know I can do it with motivation and support! Mon, 5 Aug 2013 11:36:33 EST hello everyone my name is ria i really want to lose weight and be fit joined spark people just now i have two wonderfull kids and iam a stay at home mom spark people tells me that i need to lose 13 kgs hmmmm thats sounds like a lot of weight just dont know how will this miracle happen but i will try whatever i can do to be fit and slim this time Sun, 4 Aug 2013 20:11:50 EST A year and a half later... I am introducing myself a bit late in the game... I have been using sparkpeople on and off for a year and a half. I should be on more than I am. I have a hard time posting when I know I am doing 'bad' and am more likely to post when I am doing 'good'. I need to hold myself more accountable no matter what day it is! Mon, 29 Jul 2013 15:38:18 EST Favorite workout! Hey everyone! Post your fave workout: it could be a routine that you do in the gym or at home (including dvds). State what part of the body it works out and why you love it. This can help give others ideas for work outs. Mon, 29 Jul 2013 11:33:09 EST Newbie Hi my name is Jessie. I am trying to lose hopefully 20 pounds by my birthday in October. But really anything would be awesome. I have started before and I would always lose motivation either because i would get stressed out because of school or because my boyfriend would act like i wasn't working hard enough no matter what i did. Now i feel like if i can just have the support of people who are going through the same thing as i am, it would help me stay motivated as tracking helps me keep myse... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 21:54:34 EST want to get into my pretty dresses :'( Hi, I have about 15-20 lbs to lose and need someone who is on the same journey. Need a kick up the arse to get me to the gym more and can help someone in return. In Scotland, 29 yrs old, anyone who needs a wee fitness/ diet enforcement buddy (and likewise)....mail me. Sun, 21 Jul 2013 11:13:54 EST Hi, again Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I have been on a hiatus since the end of April but am ready to get back into action. Being away from Sparkpeople made it hard to concentrate on my goals. I "relasped" and got back into old habits and gained back about half the weight I lost before. <BR> However I have reassed my goals and my approach so that I can make living a healthier lifestyle more manageable for me without any pressure except being a better me than I was yesterday! <BR> <BR> I have 15lbs to lo... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 03:08:18 EST New girl... Hi all! I'm 21 and I weigh 160. I want to lose weight in order to be healthy and also to look sexy. I have been trying to lose weight for years. I got fed up and from today on I will be disciplined and goal oriented. I want to meet friends so that I'm not alone on this journey. I need to keep myself in check! <BR> Sat, 20 Jul 2013 21:01:15 EST Howdy My name is Cheryl. I am 28 years old... in a year and half I'll be too old for this group :(. I live in Maryland with my husband and dog. I've been on SparkPeople for a few years. I've been on a weight loss roller coaster the whole time. I have a generally health diet full of mostly lean protiens, whole grains and vegetables but like most people I have my weaknesses. I haven't been active on the spark teams or message boards mostly due to lack of time from work and school. Well I finis... Fri, 12 Jul 2013 11:56:56 EST Hello New to this hopefully it works! :) Wed, 10 Jul 2013 21:00:12 EST Annmarie-c Hi I would like to introduce myself. I am a mother in my 40's. I need to get more energy to keep up with my very active boys. Every month that goes by I feel that I am getting more sluggish. Also since i have turned 40 (now 43.) I feel like I am gaining weight by the day. What I hope to get from joining Sparkpeiople is more energy, weight management, and healthy lifestyle. Wed, 10 Jul 2013 14:33:25 EST Hola, I'm new! Hi there! My name is Paulina Sosa and I am happy to be a part of this team. I just joined SparkPeople this weekend so I'm excited and pumped to start burning that fat, building those muscles, and getting healthier! I'm open to any advice/suggestions you may have! <BR> <BR> PS. I have done this before-- about 3 years ago I lost 50 pounds successfully. But, once I studied abroad, I slowly lost that motivation to stick with my routine and it's been hard to get back into it ever since then! I k... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 18:54:31 EST Hi!!!! I there :) I'm Sydonna, you can call me Syd if you'd like. I have actually visited the site and had an account for a few years but never actually got around to *using* it o.0 But I am now :D I'm 28, married and have three awesome kiddos. I'm looking to lose 10 lbs I recently put on and get healthier/toned/stronger. I have a penchant for junk food and have never really had the ability or stamina to do the things I want to do as frequently as I want to do them. I'd love to run a 5k and even a 1... Thu, 4 Jul 2013 16:31:52 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 1 Jul 2013 11:47:03 EST Long time lurker... Hi all! I'm a long time lurker, but decided to finally say hello. I'm 29, from the Boston area, and trying to lose 5 - 10 lbs. Something about turning 30 in a couple months kicked me up a gear! I love running and swimming, and I'm trying to love weights. Nice to "meet" you all! Mon, 1 Jul 2013 11:41:53 EST Fitness for Navy Hey there! <BR> <BR> I am working on losing about 25 lbs now. I've already lost 30! My main focus now is mostly fitness. I am leaving for the Navy later this year, and don't want to be the "fat" kid at the back of the pack that can't keep up. <BR> <BR> I'm 23 years old, and will be towards the older end of the group that will be leaving from my area (I acutally think I'm the oldest). I've been overweight and out of shape for most of my life, and I have never been very active, so getting up... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 19:18:24 EST Hi all newbie here I've started ti struggle with my weight. Ive been struggling since junior year of high school, and I'm know going into my senior year of college. I lost 50 pounds on Atkins diet senior year but gained it back. I then went on weight watchers during sophomore year of college , but since I live at home my mom would never cook meals I could eat, and buy snacks for my younger siblings. I'm one of a 9 siblings and I thought the whole family could eat healthier. We eat well, and healthy, but h... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 17:58:29 EST new restart!!! Hello sparks, <BR> I am Stacey and I have been a part of spark people for a couple of years. The longest I lasted was a month, then gave up, using nursing school as an excuse. Tried it again, saw some results and failed again. Well no more excuses for me. I want to get back to running everyday, or doing some outdoor activity. I feel so blah lately, inside and out. I am here to find some support and get some helpful tips from people. <BR> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 01:34:32 EST Newbie! Hi every one, I am new here to spark and once again started my weight loss journey 10 days ago. I had lost 7 pounds cheated a bit over the weekend and gained 4 back. ughhhhh <BR> Well i am 28 years old and about 22-25 pounds over weight! I really want to try to loose the weight and get toned this time around. I live in MIami Fl, and have a boat. I practically live in the water when i am not working. I have gotten to the point that I no longer feel comfortable in a bikini and it has really tak... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 11:52:41 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sat, 22 Jun 2013 19:02:18 EST Getting Started So I have found that the hardest part of dieting has been getting started. I will have a couple of days where I eat great and then a day where I eat poorly. Did anyone else have this problem and if so how did you get past it? Thu, 20 Jun 2013 02:55:47 EST Hello. New here :-) 180 lbs lost ... 18 to go ! Yep, you ready it right. lol My name is Lindsey. I am 29 years old and have lost 180 lbs. I am a previous Sparkpeople member, but under a different account.... long story ... a lot has changed and emails etc had to be changed and deleted. I have not been on in about a year though. <BR> <BR> I am a prior military wife and was married for 11 years. After dealing with infidelity, domestic violance, losing 3 daughters at birth, having 3 wonderful boys and eating myself into a depressive state...... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 19:33:11 EST Hi Everyone! Hey there! My name is Romy i'm 26 yrs old and im starting a lifestyle change Tomorrow 17th of June. I recently moved to Qatar and it seems that everything in this country(even breathing) gets you to gain weight. With my busy work schedule and 2hour commute everyday, i hope i can get encouragement and daily motivation from you to hit the gym every morning (5:00am) and to eat healthy & lose the weight. I will be more than happy to help you aswell reach your fitness goals. <BR> Im looking forwa... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 03:43:19 EST Hello. Hello my name is Adam and I am currently in the Army. Right now my family and I live in Germany. My wife and I have 3 children together. We joined Sparkpeople together and are really hoping to use it to lose the excess weight that we gained together after I returned from my last deployment. We have both been working out a great deal but have avoided dieting until recently (we love food). We finally started changing our diet after realizing we were getting no where. So far we have found a lot ... Sat, 15 Jun 2013 10:40:03 EST Emotional Support Anyone? I realize I posted this in the wrong place, I apologize. I am still new here. <BR> <BR> I have mixed emotions. On one hand I feel great because I went for a walk and did some strength training. Yay! On the other hand I feel like crap because I really haven't done much (except for the exercising) and not doing a lot gets me feeling depressed. I don't have a lot going on this summer and I am already not feeling great about it. <BR> <BR> I am just worried that if I am already feeling like th... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 23:12:45 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 11 Jun 2013 03:42:33 EST Intro Hi, my name is Kiana. I am 27 years old. I am married 5 years and have 3 children. I am currently in the process of trying to lose my baby weight from my last pregnancy 4 months ago. I am doing a workout program but so far its a big challenge to get rid of the belly fat. Been on the program for a month and haven't seen much results due to not being on a healthy eating plan. I look forward to seeing everyones weight loss journey. <em>30</em> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 23:57:30 EST My Introduction Hello! I am 21 years old and I just joined SparkPeople a few days ago. I want to lose 24 pounds, if not more. I have always been on the heavier side and when I got to college I actually lost weight- my campus has a lot of hills! I felt awesome, and wanted to keep it up but school got in the way. I have gained some of it back, and I am almost back up to what I weighed in high school. I do not want to go back there. I am trying to change my entire lifestyle so I never weigh this much again. I w... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 11:37:15 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 6 Jun 2013 23:39:32 EST Happy National Running Day! Happy National Running Day! Today and every day that I train, I run for those who can’t. I am running the St Jude Half Marathon this year as a St Jude Hero. This year I have committed to raising at least $500 for the kids. Please consider visiting my hero page to donate and read about how your donation helps. Because of awesome donors like you, no family ever pays St. Jude for anything! No child is ever denied treatment because of the family’s inability to pay. Donations are tax deductible! E... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 10:13:32 EST Workout partner in Fullerton/La mirada/buena park I'm 22 yr old female looking for a workout partner in Fullerton/Lamirada/La Habra/ Buena Park area. <BR> I just got my membership at 24 hr fitness in La Mirada (Beach blvd). <BR> Desperately looking for a workout buddy though! <BR> I'm knowledgeable as far as nutrition goes, but I really want to use the weight machines to gain muscle mass. <BR> Planning on going to the gym 4-6 times a week. Even if you only wanna go 2x a week, be my workout buddy! <BR> <BR> Reply or send me a msg! <BR> Thank... Fri, 31 May 2013 14:52:47 EST June: Screw 8 lbs! I just want to lose 5 lbs! This forum is for those who have tried the 8-10 lbs goal, but just don't seem to be able to get there. <BR> <BR> Don't think that this is for you to become lazy! <BR> <BR> Again this month of June you need to pick another goal to achieve other than weight loss. Maybe it is the same one you had for May, maybe a new one. There is calorie counting habit, fitness habits, food intake goals (fruits, veggies, water), fitness goal (5k, # of push ups, # of sit ups), and many more. <BR> <BR> Remem... Fri, 31 May 2013 13:33:37 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 28 May 2013 15:38:42 EST Hello! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Angela and I am about o turn 28. This is my 3rd time trying Spark and I'm hoping to really stick with it this time. I am hoping that by connecting with some fellow Spark members I will be able to gain some accountability and motivation. While I have a few pounds to lose I am more concerned with living a more healthy lifestyle. I look forward to having some Spark friends to encourage and bounce ideas off of. :) Tue, 21 May 2013 23:58:15 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 21 May 2013 13:57:28 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 16 May 2013 15:21:58 EST Here we go again... 25th birthday looming I'm not sure if I ever made a formal introduction post to this page. I forgot I joined this sparkteam. <BR> <BR> Hi I'm Hannah. My 25th birthday is coming up at the end of June and I really want to lose some weight beforehand. I've been on SparkPeople for over 2 years and I'm not the best tracker because I really annoyed and frustrated and forgetful with it. I mostly use SparkPeople for the message boards because they are so informative and supportive. <BR> <BR> Thu, 16 May 2013 13:42:24 EST CLOSED - ignore UPDATING AND CLOSING ~ THANKS! Wed, 15 May 2013 12:12:51 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 14 May 2013 10:56:28 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 13 May 2013 15:07:53 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 12 May 2013 14:56:15 EST Mother's Day Quotes <BR> A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie. ~Tenneva Jordan <BR> <BR> <BR> Hundreds of dewdrops to greet the dawn, <BR> Hundreds of bees in the purple clover, <BR> Hundreds of butterflies on the lawn, <BR> But only one mother the wide world over. <BR> ~George Cooper <BR> <BR> <BR> Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs... since the payment is pure love. ~Mildred B. Vermont <... Sat, 11 May 2013 19:43:06 EST Message Removed Message Removed Fri, 10 May 2013 11:12:33 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 7 May 2013 18:37:10 EST Avoid Eating When Others Are Hello, I was wondering if anyone had a good idea to not eat when other are or when cooking, I hate gum and have tried that and I can't feel good about chewing on something that has so many ingredients I can't pronounce and it doesn't taste good to me. I can do good not buying the foods so I don't have many snack foods in my house but when we visit other people they always have snack jars filled with candy and say eat as much as you like. I just don't have much will power when it is something ... Tue, 7 May 2013 12:13:26 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 7 May 2013 11:08:07 EST Gratitude Quotes <BR> <BR> Gratitude Quotes <BR> <BR> "At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us." -Albert Schweitzer <BR> <BR> "He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has." - Epictetus <BR> <BR> "Go to foreign countries and you will get to know the good things one possesses at home." - Johann Wolfgang Von Goe... Sun, 5 May 2013 03:35:32 EST Spring Fitness Whether you’ve been working out all winter or just coming out of hibernation, spring is a great time to start or step up your activity. We know the key to success with any fitness program is consistency. How about taking the work out of exercise and returning to play? <BR> <BR> So many activities we did as kids can still be surprisingly fun and serve double duty for fitness. Check out these three ways to redefine your fitness. <BR> <BR> Play like a Kid <BR> <BR> We’ve turned so many of ... Sun, 5 May 2013 02:46:05 EST Spring walking tips <BR> <BR> Time to tune up your walking in anticipation of spring. With daylight savings time and warmer weather just around the corner, get ready to make the most of it. <BR> Tune Up Your Walking Gear and Clothing <BR> <BR> You will need lighter clothing layers for spring. If you are new to walking, this is your chance to go shopping for shorts and light tops. If you are a veteran walker, time to unpack the spring and summer workout clothes and check to see what needs replaced. <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 5 May 2013 02:38:24 EST Fitness and the Bible <BR> <BR> 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 ESV / 167 helpful votes <BR> <BR> Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. <BR> <BR> Philippians 4:13 ESV / 91 helpful votes <BR> <BR> I can do all things through him who strengthens me. <BR> <BR> 1 Corinthians 3:17 ESV / 83 helpful votes <BR> <BR> If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him. For God's... Sun, 5 May 2013 02:22:44 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 1 May 2013 23:44:29 EST Lose 8-10 lbs in May, and decide one other success I am going to start this forum since no one else has yet. This helped me stay on track through April and was a great resource to stay motivated while reading other people's success and struggles. <BR> <BR> I noticed in April not many people lost the 8 lbs. So this month lets put in one other goal that will make May a success. For example, losing an inch somewhere or eating a specific way for the whole of May. <BR> <BR> I will start: <BR> My other goal is to be able to run for 30 minutes st... Wed, 1 May 2013 12:24:06 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 29 Apr 2013 09:27:01 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 29 Apr 2013 03:11:32 EST WEEKLY WEIGH-IN Hey, how about a weekly weigh-in thread to stay accountable, and either celebrate or analyze what should be changed. <BR> <BR> Today, for me it's a small happy dance - I'm down about a pound, 3.5lb total, 7.5 more to go. <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <em>4</em> <em>9</em> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 03:21:10 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 23 Apr 2013 10:11:48 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 22 Apr 2013 04:32:17 EST Hello! Hello everyone! My name is Meisha, I'm 22, and live in Saskatchewan, Canada. I'm 5'5" and currently weigh 155lbs. Last year I lost 40lbs to weigh in at 141lbs, but since last summer with working in a bar and not keeping an eye on my diet and exercise, it's been fluctuating at higher weights. My goal is to lose this stubborn weight and keep it off, with an end goal of 130lbs. I have trouble motivating myself to workout sometimes. I also have a bad tendency to eat healthily during the day, and ... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 01:08:08 EST Message Removed Message Removed Fri, 19 Apr 2013 16:21:21 EST Message Removed Message Removed Fri, 19 Apr 2013 00:19:22 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 18 Apr 2013 13:03:27 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 18 Apr 2013 12:43:27 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 18 Apr 2013 11:17:54 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 17 Apr 2013 17:00:38 EST Hello! Ready to get started & motivated! :) Hi all! My name is Olivia and I'm a 22 year-old living in the Bay Area of California. I've just launched my career in the corporate world and am working on balancing my work with fitness & nutrition. Coming home after a long day and motivating myself to hit the gym sometimes is tough, but I'm getting better! I'm also improving my eating habits from the college diet of frozen meals and snacks. Over the past couple years, I've watched my friends complete the Tough Mudder, and this year have dec... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 14:19:03 EST Totally back to square one. I don't know what happened, before christmas I was on my way to my goal weight, feeling pretty good about everything. <BR> <BR> Then came christmas. I stopped exercising, all the seasonal food came into the house (sweets, cakes, chocs, fatty food) and it just went downhill from there. I told myself I would get back on track in the new year, but here we are mid way through April and I still haven't done anything. I've been plagued with coughs and colds, comfort eating, and the last time I wei... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 09:13:01 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 15 Apr 2013 17:13:50 EST Concerns... Hey everyone! Has anyone else noticed that if you look up what your calorie needs are on other websites it's most likely different than SparkPeople? I've checked on websites like,, (which was the closest but supposedly I should be able to lose 2 lbs per week with what I'm eating and that's not happening), and the information I'm getting from them says I should be eating more calories than SparkPeople says to. I'm currently eating 1,200 calories a day... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 14:08:02 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 11 Apr 2013 23:59:26 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 11 Apr 2013 20:22:04 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 7 Apr 2013 13:43:17 EST Message Removed Message Removed Fri, 5 Apr 2013 22:05:17 EST Bored w/ my routine, need a change Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> Right now my typical routine looks like this: <BR> <BR> 2-3X per week: <BR> 10 min warm up, 30-45 min strength train on the machines at the gym, 30-45min cardio <BR> 1-3X per week(in addition to above): <BR> Spin class, 45 min run on treadmill, maybe a Bodyflow or Core class (depends on the week) <BR> <BR> I want to change it up but don't know where to start. <BR> What is your typical routine like? Tue, 2 Apr 2013 15:19:50 EST Need help breaking this habit. In the last few months I've settled into the pattern of laying down right after I eat. That's how I put on about 10lbs. What does everyone do after a meal to avoid this? Tue, 2 Apr 2013 01:07:26 EST How to Create a Consistent Exercise Routine How to Create a Consistent Exercise Routine. You know the drill about how great exercise is for you, but perhaps you struggle with making it a priority in your life. Consistency is the key to making exercise a lifelong habit. Here are some tips on building workouts into your regular routine. <BR> <BR> Instructions <BR> <BR> 1 <BR> <BR> Get out early. Research shows that people who exercise first thing in the morning are most consistent. Nothing except your alarm clock gets ... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 21:08:26 EST Spring Exercise Tips Spring is a good time to start exercising and stay motivated to keep it up. Photo Credit spring image by Valery Sibrikov from <BR> <BR> When spring comes and the weather gets warmer, many people start peeling of the clothes and decide that it's time to get serious about exercise. The most important thing to remember is that small changes go a long way toward achieving your goals. Just because you are committed to an exercise program does not mean that you cannot have fun while yo... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 21:07:28 EST What You Need To Know About Exercise and the Sun With the warm weather coming, we can finally break free of the doldrums of indoor exercise and hit the sidewalks, trails, and roads! Exercising outside is great, especially if you dread indoor exercise, but some recent research lead by my colleague, Dr. Kristin Schneider shows that people who exercise may be at greater risk for skin cancer, because they spend more time outside than people who are sedentary. Skin cancer is the most prevalent cancer in the US and one of few cancers that is ac... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 21:06:47 EST Vitamin D – sun and exercise?! As new research emerges surrounding Vitamin D, the news is all over it, telling us that the “Slip, Slop, Slap” campaign may have caused Australians to go overboard with their sun protection…and now many people have a vitamin D deficiency. <BR> <BR> During the winter months, Healthy Fix has taken the Bondi Bootcamp and Bondi Boxing sessions indoors to escape from the chills. However, as summer approaches, we will be heading back outdoors to train in the sun (for some of the sessions at le... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 21:06:08 EST Spring Into Fitness By Julie Deardorff — Chicago Tribune <BR> <BR> Think you have what it takes to get in shape? Spring is “gut check” time. And if those abs – or arms or thighs – aren’t ready for public display, here are some ways to start a new workout routine: <BR> <BR> If you are working out but have reached a plateau and are bored: <BR> <BR> Spring clean your routine: Try one new cardiovascular workout each week for a month, said Mark Verstegen, founder of Athletes’ Performance and Core Performance, whic... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 21:04:54 EST April Fitness Minutes Challenge STARTING APRIL 1ST!! <em>249</em> Let's rock April with fitness!! It is time to think of our fitness goal for the month and then go for it emoticon <BR> <BR> Okay, so to create that extra motivation to get moving here is a fitness challenge. Starts April 1. We will start each set of totals for the month. <BR> <BR> Here is how it works... pick a challenging amount of minutes you would like to workout during the month of APRIL (maybe add 200 or 300 to your total completed minutes from las... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 22:57:33 EST Lose 8-10 pounds in April Let's do a challenge to lose 8-10 pounds in April!!! STARTING April 1st <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> We need to weigh in each week and share if we have lost any pounds keep in mind the scale isn't the only measurement tool. I recommend also tracking body measurements as these can change before the scale. <BR> <BR> Very important to record your starting weight. Then by tracking our food, fitness, and weigh-in/measurements we can get a whole picture of how we are doing. <BR> <BR> Let's get fit... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 22:52:13 EST How are you doing with your goals in 2013? Hey Everyone, <BR> I am very curious to see how everyone is doing with their goals so far this year. I can’t believe it’s already been a quarter into the year! It is always nice to hear others stories (successes and struggles). It helps to bring some reality back into the picture. <BR> <BR> I will be honest; it’s mostly b/c I want to feel better about how it’s been going for me: <BR> I had a great end to 2012 jumping into the lifestyle change and losing weight as planned. 2013 hasn’t gone... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 15:31:57 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 26 Mar 2013 22:18:59 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 26 Mar 2013 16:34:25 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 26 Mar 2013 02:15:24 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 24 Mar 2013 09:06:45 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sat, 23 Mar 2013 12:58:08 EST Hey! Hey! My name is Violet! I've been a member of SparkPeople for... gosh... a long time. I've been on multiple diets throughout my life and my weight continues to just yo-yo all over the place. I've been up to 200lbs and down to 140. I'm currently at 148. I would like to be able to get down to 125, but that seems a little unrealistic now so, at the moment, I'd be happy to just make it down to 135 and be in the middle of my healthy BMI range. Let's see... anything else about me that I shoul... Fri, 22 Mar 2013 19:03:23 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 21 Mar 2013 08:37:24 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 21 Mar 2013 08:28:48 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 20 Mar 2013 17:01:26 EST Exercising & dieting when you're not feeling well Hey Everyone, <BR> <BR> I managed to catch something on the weekend. Sinus pressure, sore throat complete with raspy voice, and feeling kind of dazed still. I had a horrbile sleep last night and have been feeling much hungrier than normal while I haven't been feeling well <BR> <BR> Opinions on exercising when sick with virus/headcold/sinus pressrure? Rest up or sweat it out? <BR> <BR> Also, do you increase caloric intake according to your body's signals to statisfy the hunger pangs? Do ... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 15:03:59 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 19 Mar 2013 12:46:41 EST Hello! Hi guys, <BR> <BR> New to using forums for helping me stay motivated! I am working towards loosing 20kg in total. I have a skydive at the end of April and I need to loose about 8KG before then.... EEP! However I have personal training twice a week and horse ride, swim...hopefully with getting the diet in check it should fall off! <BR> <BR> I am a teacher, originally from the UK, and 28! Not completely active but definitely don't spend my day sat at my desk! Tue, 19 Mar 2013 05:56:40 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 17 Mar 2013 21:55:57 EST a new chapter Me and my husband finally had our wedding celebration. It was so much more than I could have imagined!! We just got back from our honeymoon (which I used as an excuse to over eat). Now I am stuck in the mindset of what now... I didn't reach all my fitness goals but I did realize that I have potential to do whatever I would like to do in life, so now I am starting to share my fitness story and goals and hopefully make some money! I am so excited to start on this new chapter in my life and see ... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 17:26:05 EST hey everybody! So, here I am. I'm 27, and some things happened last year that just made me start gaining weight like crazy. I can't pinpoint one thing to be the cause, but I gained about 20lbs in a few months. I quit smoking, my depression medicine was working over time so I got off of it, and I fell down a flight of stairs (which made it very hard to do anything for about 2 months) and bam, I went from around 120 to 140. I'm down to 135 right now, but it is coming off painfully slow. I have a sweet to... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 09:21:07 EST 60 Day Challenge!! Hello everyone!! <BR> <BR> This is for all you Sparksters that managed to get through this challenge and are ready for a new challenge!! <BR> <BR> Did you enjoy this challenge and are ready to pump things up even more?!?! <BR> <BR> The 60 day challenge team is for those dedicated to changing living a healthier lifestyle for the next 60 days. You can stick to a specific exercise regimen, practice healthy eating, or (and preferably) both!!! Once you join this team, a detailed plan will be a... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 00:57:34 EST How much exercise and what types? Hey! <BR> <BR> I'd love to hear about everyone's workout programs. Just trying to get some ideas. I usually do 30 minutes to an hour. I'm trying to do Jillian Micheal's 30 day shred, plus some cardio throughout the day. I'm having a hard time! I'm 4'10 and 102, and my goal is going to 90. :) <BR> <BR> <BR> Thanks guys! Tue, 12 Mar 2013 17:42:15 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 12 Mar 2013 16:05:04 EST Sugar addiction! Long story short... transferred to a university and am constantly under STRESS. Instead of exercising like I used to, I stuff my face with sugars! Clif bars, cookies, lattes, candy, sugar in my breakfast food, fruits of all sorts, naked juices... AH. Help! I always feel so tired after I eat sugar, but I can't help but craaave it. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I started working out again. The stair climber is my new friend. Tue, 12 Mar 2013 13:37:31 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 11 Mar 2013 23:11:02 EST online/at home fitness programs I am looking at starting Jamie Eason's Live Fit, 12 Week, 3 Phase program on in April <BR> <BR><BR>son-livefit-trainer.html <BR> <BR> Just wondering if anyone else has tried any similar programs (ex. P90X type stuff) and what opinions/results they had? Mon, 11 Mar 2013 16:23:25 EST Have you taken any new classes/ orkouts? Hi! <BR> I haven't been on here in a while but it feels great to be back. I'm starting this post to help us find ways to challenge our selves and to try something new. Just because you try it, does not been you will like it but at least you changed it up a little. Well, I have started doing a class at my gym called Bodyflow. It is a pilates, yoga, tia chi mix. I wasn't sure if I would like it at first but I gave it a shot and it turned out be soooo Awesome!! I'm glad I gave it a shot. So what... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 13:12:28 EST Wanted: text buddy to motivate each other Hey sparkers, so I am 25, go to grad school and work and I am finding it very difficult to eat right and work out. I would like to find someone around my age that is working on eating right/working out so that we could motivate each other. Having similar interests in common would be wonderful as well: loving the daily show/colbert report, enjoying self magazine, hiking, tea/lots of coffee, and having dry humor works as well. So if you're down to earth, text without abusing the filler (lol, lm... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 00:22:30 EST Do you put more focus on your failures? Do you put more focus on your failures rather than your success? How can you change it? <BR> <BR> I often notice I am harder on myself for my failures. I find them easier to point out and get upset about. But as far as my success, I often do not recognize it and don’t stop to be proud of myself. This also makes me miss out on a lot of the good I do. Today in order to focus on the good, every time I achieve a goal I am going to reward myself with some me time! <BR> Thu, 7 Mar 2013 01:23:26 EST Do you feel lonely more often than not? Why? Do you feel lonely more often than not? Why? Do you want to change that? <BR> <BR> More often that not I feel lonely. I do not know how to fix it. I can be surrounded by a hundred people and I often still feel like I am a sore thumb in a crowd. I get over-whelmed around a lot of people and I think that is why I don’t reach out. Or it may just be my lack of connection. Today to change it I am going to offer two random people compliments! <BR> Thu, 7 Mar 2013 01:22:39 EST Boo Hoo Water For some reason I cannot drink water when I am suposta. I use to drink water all day every day. And I drink non-sweetened tea all day long, but for some reason I cannot brink myself to drink the water I need to. It is to the extent where I looked up oz to cup ratio's. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to enjoy water? <em>194</em> <em>46</em> Wed, 6 Mar 2013 14:53:26 EST Self-Worth The concept of self-worth involves your inner sense of value or worthiness as a person. In truth, you are already born with inherent worth as a spiritual being. <BR> <BR> Over time, however, your views about what you deserve in life may be affected by self-destructive patterns of belief and behavior and external factors. <BR> <BR> By examining your personal interpretation of self-worth, you can gain insight into subconscious patterns that may not be serving your highest good. <BR> <BR> Par... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 07:50:02 EST Self-Esteem Below are a set of self esteem assessment questions that you can answer as either 'True' or 'False', as applicable to you. <BR> <BR> Since the questions are based on what you think and feel, your answers will always be true to you - there's no universal right or wrong answer. <BR> <BR> You will need about 10 minutes of quiet time, a pencil and a piece of paper. To get the best out of this assessment, try to be as honest as you can when answering the questions. If you do not know an answer t... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 07:41:23 EST Self-Esteem How do you build your self-esteem up on days when you are ready to give up and walk away? What do you do to tell yourself you are a winner and to keep going? <BR> <BR> I often remind myself how I felt and how I feel and that does it for me. But sometimes I need to remember I am with the man I am due to lifestyle changes. I have the friends I do, do to changes. I am as positive as I am due to changes. And I want the life I want due tot he changes! Tue, 5 Mar 2013 07:32:33 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 4 Mar 2013 20:59:31 EST Just being cautious! too much too soon? Poundage. Since Feb. 18th, I've lost 8 pounds off my 163 frame. Should I be worried in any way? I think that the weight loss is more than I was 'scheduled' for. Mon, 4 Mar 2013 12:28:04 EST Bar dancing...pros, cons, calorie burning? I went dancing at the bar the other day, and as far as I can surmise I burned a lot of calories. Stayed fairly energetic throughout a three hour time frame, with short breaks. how many calories do you think I burned? And do you think it's a good idea? <BR> My opinion is that is a fun way to burn, but best if you're not going to judge yourself afterwards, and not looking for guys, but fun. Mon, 4 Mar 2013 12:10:56 EST ~*~ March Challenge ~*~ How do you plan to challenge yourself this month? Share your goal here! <BR> <BR> In case you are stuck here are some ideas for things you can challenge yourself to... <BR> <BR> - lose certain amount of weight <BR> - work out 'x' minutes per day/week <BR> - eat within calorie range 'x' days a week Fri, 1 Mar 2013 09:59:55 EST Lose 8-10 pounds in March <em>192</em> Let's do a challenge to lose 8-10 pounds in February!!! STARTING MARCH 1st <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> We need to weigh in each week and share if we have lost any pounds keep in mind the scale isn't the only measurement tool. I recommend also tracking body measurements as these can change before the scale. <BR> <BR> Very important to record your starting weight. Then by tracking our food, fitness, and weigh-in/measurements we can get a whole picture of how we are doing. <BR> ... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 22:24:59 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 28 Feb 2013 19:29:09 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 27 Feb 2013 21:30:37 EST MARCH Fitness Minutes Challenge STARTING MARCH 1ST!! <em>249</em> Let's rock FEBRUARY with fitness!! It is time to think of our fitness goal for the month and then go for it <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> Okay, so to create that extra motivation to get moving here is a fitness challenge. Starts MARCH 1. We will start each set of totals for the month. <BR> <BR> Here is how it works... pick a challenging amount of minutes you would like to workout during the month of MARCH (maybe add 200 or 300 to your total completed minu... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 05:32:42 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 24 Feb 2013 14:00:55 EST Find A Weight Loss Buddy Hey Everyone, <BR> <BR> I thought it would be helpful to find fellow Sparkers in our group that could be a weight loss buddy. Someone to inbox back and forth on a regular basis and add as a Sparkfriend for support and to help each other through our journeys! <BR> <BR> Just post a brief intro; something about yourself, and summarize your goals. <BR> <BR> I'll start: <BR> <BR> My Name is Danielle. I am 22, single. no kids, & live on my own. I am from Alberta, Canada. I have 17lbs to los... Fri, 22 Feb 2013 17:42:57 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 20 Feb 2013 16:51:09 EST Stuck, just can't lose weight (and inches) Kinda demotivated. <BR> <BR> I used to exercise regularly before uni and rarely exercise during uni. I graduated last year and have started to exercise regularly, even more frequently than before, in the past 3 months. <BR> <BR> I consider myself 'skinny fat' at 5 ft 9 weighing 123 pounds. My fat are stored mostly in my belly and noticeably in my back. I do combinations of jogging (interval training), Tae Bo and Zumba for cardio exercise while for strength, I lift weights and do callanetics... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 12:29:11 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 13 Feb 2013 15:45:18 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 13 Feb 2013 07:40:45 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 10 Feb 2013 16:05:14 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 10 Feb 2013 15:45:06 EST Hello! :) Hello, I'm April from Ottawa, Ontario! This is my first time trying Sparkpeople... or any diet really and so far, so good! Gonna have that beach body in no time! ;D <BR> <BR> <em>362</em> Thu, 7 Feb 2013 08:16:00 EST Cheats... Hi everyone, <BR> I am battling an internal battle. I am trying to eat cleaner and cook 90% of my meals at home, trying to avoid processed foods and excess sugar, but I get stumped when it comes to cheat days. I know we need them to keep our metabolism confused but I am having difficulty allowing myself to do a “real” cheat. I don’t want to accidentally have a major binge or let myself slip up too bad. I think it might me having a negative effect on my weight loss. <BR> <BR> Generally I w... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 15:09:40 EST Yay! Out of the 25-49 lbs group Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Danielle. I am 22 from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. <BR> I weighed in at 145lbs this past Saturday, January 26th 2013 meaning I only have 15-20lbs left to lose to meet my long term goal =) <BR> <BR> I am very excited that I am able to be in this group and figure out if the last little bit is actually the hardest to lose! Thu, 31 Jan 2013 13:54:42 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 30 Jan 2013 10:40:29 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 30 Jan 2013 06:17:28 EST tough time I'm going to be completely honest because that's the only way I'll be able to get the help I need & want! I am a recovering bulimic and lately I've relapsed....bad. I'm not quite sure why I'm doing this to myself, and believe me I've asked myself countless times. My urges to binge get so bad that there is absolutely NOTHING anyone can say or do to change my mind. I was wondering if anyone else experiences the same thing and what are somethings you do to help you cope and get through the strug... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 17:58:37 EST Message Removed Message Removed Fri, 25 Jan 2013 09:24:14 EST Am I exercizing enough? I weigh 134 and im 5'3". I want to lose 20 pounds. I eat 1200 to 1300 cals a day and I exercize for 30 minutes a day. Am I exercizing enough even if Im only eating this many calories? Thu, 24 Jan 2013 23:40:53 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 24 Jan 2013 21:59:07 EST February Fitness Minutes challenge STARTING FEBRUARY 1ST!! <em>56</em> Let's rock FEBRUARY with fitness!! It is time to think of our fitness goal for the month and then go for it <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Okay, so to create that extra motivation to get moving here is a fitness challenge. Starts FEB 1. We will start each set of totals for the month. <em>314</em> <BR> <BR> Here is how it works... pick a challenging amount of minutes you would like to workout during the month of FEBRUARY (maybe add 200 or 300 to your to... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 12:28:02 EST