SparkPeople 50+ POUNDS TO LOSE Team Messageboard We are a fun-loving, supportive group of individuals who are working to lose 50 pounds or more. (Click on team picture) SparkPeople 50+ POUNDS TO LOSE Team Messageboard Back again. Here I am again for the third time. I'm determined to stick with the Spark Program and loose some of my stubborn pounds. Wish me luck!! Fri, 1 Nov 2019 17:13:40 EST Winning At The Losing Game OK I know we all have been down this road before, we start a diet and a week, month etc. we give up. More disappointed and feeling more overwhelmed! Its hard to do the right thing and usually we wait until it becomes a MUST. I have done it over and over only to find myself gaining more weight each time I give up. Well, my MUST happen last week when I got my blood work back and learned that I have a lot of medical problems that have been created from giving up on myself, now I have to stay th... Wed, 7 Aug 2019 07:08:44 EST Hi . New to the team Just started on Spark people last week and one of my 21 day is to join a new team. So here I am . If anyone is looking to become chat buddies and help each other get through the good days and bad please message me :) Thu, 6 Jul 2017 16:53:14 EST Hello! Hi everyone! I'm a stay at home mom who homeschools my 12 year old autistic son. I'm working really hard to lose weight and keep it off. I had lost 25 pounds a year ago but then gained 40, life kicked my ass and it took me a bit to get back on track. I'm working with my Dr. to ensure I don't injure myself again while working out (I'm an all or nothing kind of person and it's a double edged sword). I workout in my pool, walking right now and building up to running. I have lost 7 pounds s... Wed, 7 Jun 2017 13:40:12 EST Discussion Hello team! Sorry for a boring form letter, but I want all of you to know I am here for you now. <BR> <BR> I missed my faithful teams as-well-as my new teams. While on vacation, I do not always have access to Wi-Fi, which explains the absence. <BR> <BR> Have you been getting in those 10 minutes? Have you been drinking enough? What is for dinner? Treat fitness and nutrition like a job... You are more than likely to get it accomplished if so. They say to make it fun though. I disagree... Mon, 22 May 2017 12:06:03 EST Need to Break a Plateau that is very STUBBORN Hi All! <BR> I decided to come back to Sparkpeople to help with my weight goals again. I'm already doing ok having started in March with Intermittent fasting at 214 lbs and currently in January am at 193 lbs. <BR> <BR> The first long-term goal I'm aiming toward is 130 lbs but I have set littler goals along the way and I follow a chart I made myself. <BR> <BR> Biggest frustration: I am fluctuating between 190-195 lbs and can't seem to see that "8" any time soon for the 180's lbs. Any suggest... Mon, 20 Feb 2017 08:18:14 EST Anybody between sizes? Is there anybody like me that is between sizes? <BR> <BR> I've lost almost 30 pounds at this point, and I have a hard time keeping some of my clothes from falling down at this point, yet the next smaller size is often way too small still. <BR> <BR> I'm routinely buying a smaller t-shirt size, and some of the shirts that I did have that were a little bit too small now fit, but pants shopping is a little annoying. <BR> <BR> Anybody else with this problem? Fri, 9 Sep 2016 20:06:45 EST 1lb a week here I come! I usually am very hard on myself if the scale doesn't budge, I lose motivation easy.. But I will make this thread for my accountability and hopefully 1 lb a week is an achievable thing for me (I think it will be) ^_^ Sun, 21 Aug 2016 08:34:44 EST Its still early but I am off to a great start! So far I just had some water, a cup of coffee, and a healthy breakfast! Trying to start my day right before I jump into day 2 of my 30 day challenge! I am feeling happy (which is kind of a big deal for me!) Sun, 21 Aug 2016 08:32:27 EST Hello! *waves* <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hello my name is Nicole! I am 4'11" and currently 164 lbs so I want to lose somewhere around 50-60 lbs all together but right now im working on my first 10! I have made some serious changes to my approach this time including joining this team an a 30 day challenge I am feeling positive and motivated and am glad that I found somewhere to go for support! No more yo-yo diets for me!! Sun, 21 Aug 2016 08:30:08 EST What If Wednesday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> If there were no barriers or obstacles what would you do? <BR> <BR> Wed, 10 Aug 2016 13:44:26 EST Alabama Hi my name is Margaret I'm 5ft 3in my starting weight was 224 I am now at 165 I came to sparkpeople to find people with struggles like mine because you can't fight a good fight alone motivation and inspiration are the key when you have others to hold you accountable you tend to stick to your goals. I have yet to reach my goal the one I set for myself 120 pounds. Sun, 7 Aug 2016 18:42:52 EST Looking for accountability Hi! I am back at it. My starting weight in June 2015 was 240. I got down to 216. Not sure where it is right now. I am prepping this weekend so I can start on Sunday. If anyone is interested in supporting each other- send me a note/ friend request!! Thu, 12 May 2016 23:28:26 EST Scared of Losing Weight? I know this sounds silly, but I realized last night that part of me wants to stop and stay right here--down 22 lbs. My goal weight is still 28 pounds away but all of a sudden I seem to be having "cold feet." I guess I'm afraid of changing that much. I don't want to not wear all of my favorite clothes. This is not a rational thing. It's mostly subconscious but it is real enough. I'm at a plateau right now and I think it's because part of me is saying, "this is enough of a change." My Typ... Fri, 24 Jul 2015 06:11:01 EST Face Laser treatments is anyone doing laser for rosacea ? <BR> i posted a blog with pics <BR> ty <BR> <em>204</em> Wed, 22 Jul 2015 19:15:25 EST Rest of June Challenge Two of the three current challenges haven't been responded to this year by any of us. How bout if we make new challenge for the rest of June? <BR> <BR> 1. Run your nutrition, fitness and weight tracker reports at least 1x/ week. Let us know how you are doing so we can celebrate the positives as well as offering support and encouragement. <BR> <BR> 2. Share with your fellow Sparker's a healthy eating tip that you use. <BR> <BR> 3. Learn more about a team member by visiting their Spark Pag... Wed, 10 Jun 2015 21:44:02 EST I need motivation and help! I need help and motivation. I'll try to wrap my story up in a small paragraph....hopefully! <BR> I found SP in 9/2011, and my sister had passed away 2/2010, so I felt I was full of motivation with her terrible young age Diabetic. I was scared to death by her death, with her being overweight and didn't take much action to get healthy. She was only 54. I'm 56 now and am here to say that I lost 67# and have gained 40# back and I know that if I don't do something drastically to change this, I... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 16:52:34 EST Lost 50 but need to lose 50 more... I seem to be stuck. <BR> <BR> I know I need to up the exercise, but I can't seem to stay with it. <BR> I get going for a few days then fizzle out. <BR> <BR> Ideas? Mon, 27 Apr 2015 19:55:13 EST I have to get serious I have tried every thing out their!! I had blood work done recently because no matter what I do I have seemed to gain and not lose, and of course it all comes back normal. I joined spark a while ago but never really did anything so now I have to get serious, I'm all by myself and it's difficult, no motovation looking in the mirror everyday and seeing the same fat girl...once I hit my 40's it's gotten harder to lose. So maybe on here since we are all on here for the same reason I can get the m... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 11:37:36 EST Working towards getting health Hi everyone, I'm Jen and I have nearly 100lbs to lose and everything has failed so far. I'd loose and gain it back...again and again. I was terribly discouraged thinking I was never going to make this work and my Doctor pointed me to Spark People, I'm enjoying meeting new people and the motivation I getting from the challenges. Wed, 4 Mar 2015 18:35:58 EST Need a quick but awesome ab workout today?<BR>8 <BR> <BR> Love this woman and her workouts!!! Thu, 3 Jul 2014 15:05:40 EST Back at it! Hi! <BR> I'm Heather. I'm 40 and I live in Southern California. In late 2010, I found Sparkpeople and myself. I lost 80 pounds and discovered a love for running. <BR> Since then I have run over 20 half marathons and the LA Marathon twice. <BR> Then I got injured. My injury not only broke my body, but my spirit as well and I've packed on some of the weight I vowed to lose forever. <BR> So, I'm back. I had my best success while on Spark People and I'm hoping that I can use this tool and you... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 14:02:43 EST I'm finally ready to begin... My name is Eric and I'm 30 years old. For most of my life, I've carried some extra weight. I was a chunky kid, a husky teen, and a "big guy" as an adult. Over the past few years, I've allowed myself to reach a state that can only be described by it's true name: obese. Throughout this time, I've been with a beautiful girl who is a normal, healthy weight and have felt inadequate and ashamed to be with her when I am so unhealthy. This led to a deep-rooted depression which, of course, only made t... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:15:04 EST Have lost and gained again... Hello-Hello, <BR> <BR> I live in Ontario, Canada and am turning 38 in a few days. About 7 months ago I was within 10 pounds of my final goal weight after having 3 children and years and years of diet and exercise. To make a long, crazy story short - I got laid off work and my oldest daughter began having severe health problems. After countless appointments for my daughter and a major surgery, the stress for her well-being and of me still not having a job...I recently emerged through it to fi... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 10:57:54 EST starting over hello everyone! I just wanted to stop in and say hello. My name is Andrea. I currently weigh 278.5 lbs and I am super determined to begin my journey to weight loss with the help of spark people. I'm going to keep this short today however because I need to sleep. LOL. I look forward to getting to know as many of you as possible starting tomorrow <em>220</em> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 04:40:47 EST Hello Everyone My name is Jordan, I am 21 years old and a writer. I am 5'1 and 200 lbs. I have been on this site before and been trying to diet and exercise for 2 years with my weight fluctuating. I currently have gave it another serious go with my boyfriend in the hopes that I can lose 70 lbs.I am honestly here, because as awesome as my boyfriend is, I wanted more weight loss support from people who really understand what it is like to struggle in the hopes that it will help me get to where I need to be. H... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 13:06:51 EST Just starting Hello Everyone, <BR> I'm just getting started with SparkPeople. I signed up a long time ago but never really did anything with the program. I'm looking to lose about 50 lbs and would love to have support from others who are facing the same challenges. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 17:04:02 EST 25 with 50 pounds to loose Hello my name is Lauren, <BR> 5 years ago I started off at 280 pounds wishing to loose 140. I've lost over 100 of those pounds but hit a road block and gained 10 of them back. Now I'm 195 wishing to loose 50 pounds. <BR> <BR> I really need the support and encouragement to not go back and realize this is a life time mission, I'll never be done and I can never go back to eating the way that got me to 280 pounds. <BR> <BR> Thank you all so much! <BR> Sun, 12 Jan 2014 18:19:40 EST Starting Off With a Goal I am a 52 year old Mom and really want to get into shape and feel good about my self. I hope to meet nice people on this site to keep me encourage and to encourage others to stick to their goals. <BR> <BR> My first goal is to lose 10 lbs by February 15th. I have started December 20 and have lost 3 lbs so far. <BR> <BR> Wish me luck! Tue, 7 Jan 2014 13:25:30 EST New Hi my name is Julie and I have 60 lbs to lose. <BR> Mon, 6 Jan 2014 23:56:09 EST New to the group Hi <BR> The year 2014 I turn 50 years old and my goal is to lose 50lbs in my 50th year. As I age, and my friends age I see how my lifestyle of kids/family first has given me to time for myself and my health. I am committed to working on ME this year.. and putting me first. I started January 1st . I bought a treadmill so winter weather will be no excuse to not get moving. I have a recumbent bike that I use at home too. I am doing this challenge with my husband of 27 years. I look forward to me... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 10:56:25 EST I've returned!! It has been way too long since I've been on SparkPeople. With the new year, I hope to start over again and succeed this time. <BR> I need to lose at least 50 lbs, but would like to lose 82 lbs by 9/2015 for my 50th birthday. <BR> I'm just going to take things one day at a time and not set unrealistic goals. Wed, 1 Jan 2014 21:35:35 EST I'm baaaaack. I'm back after more than I year and a half away. My goal here is to lose 65-75 pounds in the long run. My first short term goal is to get under 200 pounds. That is 25 pounds. I love to Zumba and I just walked my first half marathon last Sunday. My eating habits are the ruin of me. I am losing inches but my scale is stuck. Sun, 3 Nov 2013 19:01:49 EST Hi <em>524</em> me <em>15</em> goal <em>9</em> <em>24</em> <em>253</em> Sat, 12 Oct 2013 04:25:24 EST Hi Hi, <BR> My name is Raylene. I am married with 4 wonderful children (grown up) and a sweet granddaughter whom my husband and I are raising. I am a registered nurse and work full time (nights). Weight has been an issue all of my life, and I am close to my heaviest weight (230 pounds). Currently I prefer to stay at home (and snack) because my clothes are all tight (except my scrubs) and I don't like to wear them in public. I would like to feel good about doing things with my family again. I jus... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 12:59:17 EST Not so new Spark member I too am back and feeling good! I'm down 30.6lbs and have 88.9lbs to go. <BR> <BR> I need as many friends as I can find to help me when things are tough and lean on me when I'm strong. <BR> <BR> Lets get this done so we can start obsessing about something fun for a change Wed, 4 Sep 2013 00:14:35 EST Continuing my journey Hi my name is Chantelle, my journey has been up and down my entire life but I continue to get back up and keep pushing. I have recently lost about 11 lbs but still have 52 more pounds to lose. I'm very lucky to have such a great support system at home, I don't know what I would do if I didn't have them. Life is an adventure and journey and all we can do is continue to move forward. I recently injured my right quad and so I have taken the last few day's off from working out and it's killin... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 17:36:32 EST One week under my belt So far, so good! It's still kind of awful. I'm hungry pretty much all. the. time., but I've lost six pounds! I keep telling myself that's just my lot in life for the next six months, but secretly I'm hoping that my stomach eventually shrinks or something because it's torture! Wed, 28 Aug 2013 13:47:11 EST Hi everyone. I'm back, again I haven't been on for a few years but I can't take the weight anymore. I can't even get on the floor to play with my grandkids and my 1st great grandbaby, so here I go. I lost 3lbs last week, did great all week except for yesterday, stepped on the scale this morning and gained a pound! I'm not one to normally reach out to people for help or encouragement so posting this is a big deal to me. I guess I can't really do it all myself but just posting this is making me feel better and put the weig... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 06:51:47 EST LOOKIN' 4 A SPARK WEIGHTLOSS PARTNER Hello my name is Karen.I am looking for a Spark Friend to help with this weight loss. What I am exactly looking for is a person that I can chat with on Sparks that we can keep up with our achievements and failures on weight loss and help each other overcome them or praise them. We can give each other ideas, talk about what we did to accomplish our goal of getting to the weight we want, and if we did have a day of failure talk to each other to overcome them. <BR> About myself. I am a over 40ye... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 09:49:49 EST I'm Back w/ 73 pounds to lose!! I'M BACK!! I have been gone from SP for over a year, but I am back! I have 73 pounds to lose to meet my OVERALL goal but only 10 pounds to go to meet my first (of many) mini goal! I want to lose 10 pounds by Labor Day! <BR> HERE WE GO!! <BR> <em>249</em> <em>30</em> Thu, 4 Jul 2013 12:23:39 EST Food Scale Recommendation I am looking for thoughts/recommendations on food scales. Mine is a basic, old school non-digital type. I have decided that food tracking really needs to become a priority and I am wondering if I should update to a digital for more accuracy...anyt thoughts? Fri, 28 Jun 2013 11:38:47 EST 64lbs to go! There, I said it out loud! ;) I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed by the amount of weight I have to lose, but at the same time, excited to get started! I have 64 lbs to lose to get to my goal weight and I'm hoping that with the help of SparkPeople, I'll finally make it! <BR> <BR> I'm specificially looking for an accountability buddy! Someone to check in with, weigh in, and just talk about all those usual diet things that my skinny friends don't want to talk about or understand!! :) <BR> <BR> Looking forward to joining ... Tue, 28 May 2013 03:00:49 EST Hello I've signed up for this a while ago, but I'm back and ready. I lost over 80lbs a few years ago and besides about 15lbs give or take I've kept it off. But I still have 50 lbs more to go. So I'm back and finally going to lose the last 50 if it kills me. I've worked to hard to go back. And I want to be happy and healthy. I enjoy the posts from everyone it keeps me inspired and on course. I look forward to coming back every day to update. :) Sun, 5 May 2013 21:46:42 EST hummus I need an inexpensive hummus recipe that doesn't taste like an awful bean dip! I have made some in the past not very flavorful....any new spicy recipes of this? I know I should be asking in the nutrition forums but I'm new and can't find them easily:-) thanks! Fri, 3 May 2013 08:12:07 EST food logging issues Hello, new to this site but not my first rodeo with weight loss and gain....I have some questions about the logging of food. I don't typically follow the food that's logged for me in meal planning.....but I'm the type that needs to log my food. I have issue with the user created food calories that you can look up....they seem to swing dramatically in calories from one extreme to the next. Am I missing other ways to find and log the right amount of calories in my meal plan I add? Thu, 2 May 2013 13:30:20 EST Hello I just wanted to introduce myself. I have been a member of sparks for a long time, but have not been using this tool or been on the sight for a very long time. I working to reach my goal of losing 50 pounds. Any and all support is welcomed. Thu, 2 May 2013 08:57:50 EST Getting to the finish line I'm feeling pretty good about the weight, I lost thus far so it is easier to rest on one's laurels so, I am here to see that does not happen. I plan to make it to the finish line within a reasonable period of time. <BR> <BR> Nice to be here. <BR> <BR> Irene Sun, 28 Apr 2013 13:24:16 EST What five lbs of fat LOOKS like. So, if you're in the beginning of your goal, middle, or end-- You'll appreciate this, particularly the beginners who've only lost a bit of their goal (like me. :D ) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>tent/uploads/2011/09/5lb-fat-brick.jpg </link> <BR> <BR> That right there, my friends, is what 5 lbs of body fat looks like. So next time you're feeling down or need some motivation, there you are. :) <BR> <BR> Sourced from Body Transformation Lab. Wed, 24 Apr 2013 23:53:26 EST New, Hi There Hello! I'm new to the team. My name is Hayley, and I'm 21 years old. I'm currently 203 lbs, and since joining SP, I've lost somewhere between 6-7 lbs. My goal is 140 lbs (more like 130-135, but 140 is the minimum for me to put me in the health weight range in terms of BMI. I figured I'd get to 140 and see how my body adjusted, since everyone has a unique frame.) <BR> <BR> Some things about me-- I'm Christian, a digital artist, and I'm going back to college soon to get an admin degree. I lik... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 00:31:12 EST New Here, Overwhelmed and Unsure Good evening everyone. I know they say the way you eat an elephant is one bite at a time which is a great way to look at tackling large tasks. At this point I am not even sure that I can do this. I guess my question is how do you start all over? There was at time that I did amazing and this healthy living stuff. I had lost almost 80#. I was smaller than I had ever been in my adult life. and then life happened and I don't know how to get back. Each day starts with the hope to get up and work o... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 00:51:31 EST New here and ready to start a new chapter of life! I've many pounds to lose...have lost and gained most of my ready now to focus on me and being healthy. I look forward to the journey... <em>213</em> Sat, 2 Mar 2013 12:18:33 EST Hello :) Hi I am Amy, I am 30 years old and and starting with a weight loss goal of 50 pounds. I know that I have further to go after that but I do not want to set the bar to high :) I have been using Spark off and on for 6/7 years but I am going to stick to it this time and give it my all! I am hoping that this team can help me with inspiration and motivation :) Sat, 16 Feb 2013 13:10:38 EST Hello My name is Janet and my goal is to lose 25% of my physical me to rediscover 100% of my hidden me. It seems that for every pound I added I lost a part of myself. Fri, 15 Feb 2013 08:34:31 EST new Hi, I am new to Sparkpeople. Use to weigh 260 and lost 130, but had HIP SURGERY and gained it all back. I am 62 years old. Want to lost at least 50 lbs. I know I can't get down to 130, it would be to thin for me. I am 5'2' tall. Glad to be here and hope to make alot of friends. <BR> Thanks Tue, 12 Feb 2013 21:16:45 EST what did i do today to reach my goal? walk a little but the torrential rain is a very powerful deterrent. I am struggling with my weight. Appear to be stuck at 86 kilos. Fri, 25 Jan 2013 18:23:02 EST what did i do today to reach my goal? 30 minutes cardio and 30 minutes strength training. staying within the calorie range. Thu, 24 Jan 2013 19:25:04 EST Movies A-Z The Goal of this game is to name movies alphabetically. Once the team reaches Z we restart at A with new moves. Keep going as long as possible! I will start! <BR> <BR> A - Alf Wed, 23 Jan 2013 23:57:12 EST what did i do today to reach my goal? walk 800 paces and digging holes for posts 30 minutes. I dont understand my weight is remaining the same.. Any ideas anyone?? <BR> Mon, 21 Jan 2013 19:06:19 EST what did i do today to reach my goal? 30 minutes cardio and 30 minutes strength, as well as walking 2400 paces and doing gardening for 1 hour Sun, 20 Jan 2013 21:06:35 EST I go.... Hopefully down a path to a better me! <BR> <BR> I just joined yesterday and have been setting goals, joining teams, and posting. <BR> <BR> My story - - - - My weight has been a challenge for as long as I can remember. I've tried different things through the years, but nothing has really 'stuck'. The past couple of years I was under an enormous amount of stress in my career, and well - - - I'm an emotional eater!! So.....after weighing myself and the number I saw being enough to give ... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 18:59:50 EST Introduction Hello <BR> my name is Genevieve, I have for a long time been a "yo-yo" dieter, until end of last year when i realised that something was very wrong. Then I discover Spark people. My weight actual is 86 kilo. I need to loose at least 30 kilo, but I have a problem.. I did loose 1 kilo the first week I join then Christmas came and I put back 2 kilos. Haven't manage to loose them both but I am back to my starting weight. <BR> I am also way over 50:) I like working on the property. <BR> <BR... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 20:48:49 EST New Team Member Hi, <BR> I'm Noreen and I decided to start my New Years resolution right after Christmas. I'm not quite at my heaviest weight, but it was creeping back up. I have about 60lbs to lose and I starting on a walk to run program - RYBO - Run Your Butt Off. I'm determined to stick to it this time. <BR> Tue, 1 Jan 2013 17:29:24 EST New Member Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Celeste. I am 27 years old. I'm currently 205 lbs which at 5'1 is not a good thing. <BR> I am an emotional eater and have been for years. When I turned 27, back in April, I had to quit karate shortly afterwards due to both of my knees going out. They've been sore ever since. <BR> <BR> I am tired of looking in the mirror and being ashamed. I have been a part of SP in the past, but I am back and I am BEYOND ready to change my life for good! <BR> <BR> I am ho... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 01:58:55 EST New to the Team Hi, I'm new to SparkPeople. I have gained 60 pounds in the last few years due to medicine I have to take. I have picked out a fitness program, Turbofire and a low calorie diet. I will reach my goal weight. I might have to work harder than most people, but I will do it. Sat, 15 Dec 2012 07:01:44 EST im going to do this!!! My goal is to lose 55 lbs!!! My biggest issue is motivation. I cant afford a personal trainer to keep my butt in gear. I have about ten weightloss apps on my kindle trying to keep myself motivated. I think it would be a big help to interact with others in my shoes. My goal is to be healthy for my kids and for my husband. I want to buy cute clothes that I don't have to pay 2 dollars more for. I have started ten times to lose the poundage. I lose the motivation and gain a little fee... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 09:43:16 EST HI everyone! My name is Nicole and I'm a 25 year old mother of 2. I was in great shape when I met my husband 6 years ago. When we started dating I gained "happy weight"...20lbs of happy weight. Two years later, I gave birth to my daughter. A year later, I found out I was pregnant with my son, and I gained over 50lbs. I also found out that I have hypothyroidism which can make it very difficult to lose weight. I am very determined to get back into shape Tue, 16 Oct 2012 17:38:18 EST Chat Time Found out yesterday that I'm needing to lose more weight than I had first planned. Doctor says I need to get down to 169 lbs at the very least. So that means almost 90 lbs have to come off. She tells me to set my goal to reach it as Jan. 1-2014. I don't think I can lose it that fast but I'm going to try. Fri, 12 Oct 2012 10:44:47 EST New :) Hi everyone!! I'm restarting my journey and I'm hoping to make some new friends along the way <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <em>212</em> Mon, 8 Oct 2012 10:01:37 EST Challenge Yourself to 5% Weight Loss PUSH THAT TUSH -- Challenge Yourself <BR> click on the link below <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5089951 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> Try it for 8 weeks and see what you are made of <em>247</em> Sun, 7 Oct 2012 15:11:01 EST Let the madness begin... Hi everyone! Since the birth of my baby boy I have not only kept the 40 lbs I gained with <BR> him, I've added a few since then. I have been frustrated with the lose some gain some mentality that seems to come with most of the diets Ive tried. I'm in it for the long haul and with some new found motivation I hope to come out on the wining side buy losing this weight. Sun, 7 Oct 2012 12:07:29 EST PUSH THAT TUSH Campaign I am starting a PUSH THAT TUSH CAMPAIGN because I know there are a lot of people out there, like me, that are stuck with a mental barrier that stops you from getting to where you want to be. I’ve been here a while…I blog, I track, I read, I look for answers, but I’m still not there yet. <BR> <BR> So close to those goals…and yet so far away. <BR> Playing with the same 10 pounds back and forth and not seeing real progress. And knowing the only thing stopping me .. is ME. <BR> <BR> AND WHETHE... Thu, 30 Aug 2012 16:51:54 EST Hello I'm Somewhat New Hello I’m Linda <BR> I’m a 62 year old lady with three grand’s that I haven’t seen for years. I signed up for this program earlier in the year but things went wrong; I hope to hang on this time. My goal is to lose at least 30 lbs. I was 170 lbs but now I am at 160 and I can not seem to lose anymore. With my health issues my goal is 130-125 lbs <BR> <BR> I dropped off of this site because my husband has lung cancer, thyroid cancer and had a silent heart attack. Yet with all of this goi... Tue, 21 Aug 2012 17:10:38 EST Hello from Korea Hi everyone! I am really struggling with my weight and reaching out here for help and support. It is very difficult for me to get support here in Korea. Koreans are very thin and hate fat people so sometimes I feel very out of place. The doctors here say that I'm in great health but too fat. Sometimes this can be very discouraging, but hopefully I can encourage myself more and keep track of everything on Spark People. I just don't want to be fat anymore! I've spent the last 4 years like this ... Thu, 9 Aug 2012 09:06:27 EST Hello! Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm a complete SP newbie (well, have been signed up for a while but yet to really do anything!). This is my first post but hopefully not my last. I've a long way to go with losing weight and getting fit but I'm hoping SP will help! <em>30</em> Wed, 8 Aug 2012 15:25:29 EST New to Team and DETERMINED to LIVE HEALTHY! Hey all! I'm Kat and live in Phoenix, AZ! I've done SparkPeople before but stopped it for a while. Well now I'm back and more determined than ever to lose the weight I need to be more healthy and change my life for good, and the better! Training for my fourth half-marathon in October and a number of 5K mud-runs in November; one of them falling on my 31st birthday! Can't wait to chat with and meet others who are in the same boat I'm in of needing to lose 50 or more pounds. Together we can ... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 20:57:18 EST Hi, I'm new Hi. My name is Malisa. I'm new to spark people. I tried it a few years ago, but didn't put in a lot of effort. I'm going to try hard this time. I love reading everyone's posts. I like learning tricks, tips and feelings. I'm not isolated in my thoughts here. Wed, 27 Jun 2012 16:14:33 EST New to site Hello, <BR> <BR> Nice to meet everyone. I look forward to growing and learning. <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 21 Jun 2012 20:04:24 EST Nice to meet you all Hello out there... My name is Beth I am from Alabama. I would LOVE to find locals to chat with and maybe meet up with once a month or something. However, that has not been the case so far. <BR> <BR> That being said I LOVE my spark friends. I have made many since joining in April. I have also lost 8 pounds. I have had ups and serious downs as well as good and bad weeks of eating. I am guessing this is pretty normal on a long journey like this. I have never done anything that totally chang... Wed, 6 Jun 2012 19:51:51 EST I'm going to do this!! Hi! My name is Donna and this is my first week on Sparkpeople. I have never seen a site like this and am excited at the sense of community!! I am so incredibly tired of the yoyo dieting and have tried it all. This seems simple and I actually enjoy tracking and the trophies are a great motivator :). I have alot of weight to lose and I know with this I can finally do it. Thu, 31 May 2012 15:53:19 EST Wheel Chair Bound I am confined to a whee chair which limits my workouts using the body below the waist. I want to loose at least 50 pounds, but the lack of fitness programs that will burn the calories seems to be a problem. I will begin to use a pool this week, but I will only be able to do that 2 times per week. <BR> <BR> Suggestions welcome, I thank you, <BR> <BR> dowster Sun, 27 May 2012 10:32:01 EST Hi! My name is Annette & I am from Jacksonville, Florida. I have 74 lbs to lose to be at my ultimate goal but each lb or inch I lose is a victory to me. Sat, 26 May 2012 16:58:07 EST New to This Team Hello! I'm a working mother of 3 beautiful girls, ages 7 yrs, 2 yrs, and 3 weeks, and I currently weight 192.8 pounds. I started out 3 weeks ago at 210, and my ultimate goal (and healthy weight) is 120, so that puts me at 90 pounds to lose total! That's a LOT! I've lost 17.2 pounds so far, but that includes baby and all, so I still have a good 72.8 lbs to go! Sexy, beautiful, healthy, happy me - here I come! Wed, 23 May 2012 23:20:56 EST Back and more determined than ever I joined spark people in 2006, done real well for awhile, then got lazy again. I am at my heaviest weight ever of 213lbs & @ 5ft. tall that is pretty heavy.. My Dr. told me that if I didn't do something that I would more than likely be facing heart disease and type 2 diabetes.I really am more determined this time than I was before. I would love to have the energy I once had, and be able to do more with my 2 kids. Mon, 7 May 2012 12:43:19 EST Hello out there!! I'm restarting this team again with more determination then I did last time. We are going on a family vacation next year to Disney World, and i want to be able to go on the rides with my son and not have to worry about if i'm to big to fit in the seat. <BR> So hopefully round 2 of this will be the winner!! Wed, 2 May 2012 18:10:07 EST helloooooo Hi everyone, I'm new on here but I was a member on babyfit by sparkpeople since feb., but it wasn't really geared towards weight loss so I decided to come here :) I've lost 22 pounds so far and I've got about 30-40 more to go...hope I can do it! Fri, 27 Apr 2012 23:49:42 EST Hello I am a new member who has had problems with weight loss. I have lost weight in the past, but gained it all back. My biggest problem is I have motivation and lack of patience problems. If there is someone out there that can motivate me to get off my lazy butt and exercise, I would be extremely happy. I am at 177 pounds and would like to go down to 125 pounds.If anyone has real helpful tips that has helped them, please feel free to send me some tips. <em>198</em> Tue, 10 Apr 2012 01:34:24 EST Happy Easter! <em>449</em> <em>448</em> Happy Easter <em>452</em> <em>450</em> Sun, 8 Apr 2012 09:12:07 EST If you could share a tip on something .... If you could share a tip on something that has helped you to lose weight, what would it be? What is something that works for you? Wed, 4 Apr 2012 09:31:49 EST Hi!!! : ) I am new to this site and am not sure yet quite how to do anything on it. Well, I joined last year, but then forgot about it. I am trying to get motivated after a long period of being just lost in my constant struggle with my weight. I am engaged and want to lose weight for my wedding. But more importantly, I want to lose weight so I can walk out of my house and be comfortable outside and around people. I have never been this overweight in my life, and just putting on clothes and going t... Wed, 4 Apr 2012 03:25:20 EST New Attitude And A New Decision! Hi all, iv been quite for a while as i have been very busy but i am back! Iv been thinking about my weightloss journey up to now and i have to say iv made a 'life changing' decision (for me anyways). I have been going out alot lately with my friends: clubbing, out to eat and so forth and have therefor not lost any weight within the last few weeks. Although i havent lost any weight i have found that im happier than when i went out less and lost weight. This has led me to the following decision... Sun, 1 Apr 2012 14:50:58 EST When do you weigh in? When do you weigh in? Do you have a set day? <em>192</em> Sun, 1 Apr 2012 10:41:54 EST What is your Favorite exercise? What is your go to exercise when you need to get it done for the day? Or do you have a routine that you follow everyday? Sat, 31 Mar 2012 09:35:57 EST Hi everyone!!! My name is Michelle and I am 36 yrs old. I'm married with three boys ages 13, 8, and 5. I have over 100 lbs to lose so I know it's gonna be hard, but I know that if I don't lose the extra weight I'm going to continue to hurt myself and my family... As of right now I'm missing out on a lot of my kids' lives because either I hurt to bad or I am too tired to go for a walk or play a game. An added complication is the fact I have Fibromyalgia, so that causes me alot of added aches and pains. My go... Wed, 28 Mar 2012 13:40:13 EST What have you cut out completely? What is something you have cut out completely from your daily food or beverage intake? Wed, 28 Mar 2012 11:15:38 EST Down 2lbs! I weigh in on Mondays and today I was down 2 lbs...finally a loss. The past 3 if not 4 weeks has been the same. So hopefully I am going to start lossing finally Mon, 26 Mar 2012 07:14:11 EST Lose one pound a week Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I have been on sparkpeople a long time but I have always had trouble breaking through 220 and I recently raced back up to 240 after my bike was stolen and a knee injury. Thinking about it yesterday I thought to myself why not lose one pound a week? That is way doable. if I lose more than a pound a week then great! <BR> <BR> So water or coconut water 6 days a week. Exercise at least three time a week and track my calories everyday staying under 2000 calories. It worke... Sat, 24 Mar 2012 08:54:28 EST Hello! Hello, I'm new here,not to sparks. I am looking to lose about 60lbs. More would be great, but thats my goal. I buckled down as of Jan.1.12 and have lost 15 lbs and about 13 inches. Which has been great. I am looking forward to meeting new people via sparks. Thu, 22 Mar 2012 13:19:49 EST Frustration Feeling frustrated today. I started a treadmill workout program (today is the start of the 4th week) and I seem to be having some mixed feedback. Here are my stats: <BR> <BR> Week 1 - 3 days cardio on treadmill (6 1/2 miles), 3 days strength training, weekly calorie differential - 5,293, weight + 1.8lbs <BR> <BR> Week 2 - 3 days cardio on treadmill (8 miles total) + HIIT Turbofire on one of those days, 2 days strength training, weekly calorie differential - 4,151, weight + 1.2lbs <BR> <BR>... Sun, 18 Mar 2012 09:40:31 EST What Has Been The Biggest Obstacle in Your Journey Losing more than 50 pounds is not an easy thing, and we all slip up along the way. For me, I know that talking about my setbacks helps me to identify why they happened, and how I can prevent them from happening again. For example, my husband and I went to a friend's house for game night. She made some amazing queso dip and set it on the table with a bag of chips. Before we knew it, we had eaten FAR more than we should have, and we both felt a little sick later. It frustrated me, because we've... Thu, 8 Mar 2012 11:42:46 EST 2012 -- MARCH CHALLENGE As Per Cedric Bryant, PhD, chief exercise physiologist for the American Council on Exercise said ".. you want to strive to get in as much physical activity as you can on most days": <BR> <em>8</em> 30 minutes a day if you're a person of normal body weight and you just want the health benefits of being physically active, <BR> <em>8</em> 60 minutes if you want to control your weight, <BR> <em>8</em> and 90 minutes if you want to lose and sustain <BR> <BR> so ....How About Joining in on ... Fri, 2 Mar 2012 07:42:28 EST single best thing we can do for our health a video EVERYONE should watch.... <BR> approximately 10 minutes long <BR> <BR> A Doctor-Professor answers the old question <BR> "What is the single best thing we can do for our health" in a completely new way. <BR> Dr. Mike Evans is founder of the Health Design Lab at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of Toronto, and a staff physician at St. Michael's Hospital. <BR> ... Thu, 1 Mar 2012 16:53:41 EST not loosing Good morning, I am a bit disappointed, I lost only one pound this week. I know we are in for a long process, but....I was expecting to lose at least to pounds. <em>24</em> Tue, 28 Feb 2012 05:53:30 EST hello!!! Hi everyone, well here I am....I decided to join this group, i need to lose around 50 pounds I hope I arrived to the right place where I could find help and support from all of you. Fri, 24 Feb 2012 22:06:11 EST I'm just starting Hi, all, I just found Sparkpeople last Sunday and am a bit overwhelmed at everything here. What a great website! I am hoping it will help me to lose 50-75 pounds. I have been overweight for a long time and haven't done much about it except to complain and talk about losing the weight. Talking isn't doing much! <em>211</em> I'm looking for help, ideas and support and willing to give back the same. Thu, 23 Feb 2012 14:07:01 EST Actually Going To CRY!! so for 4 weeks iv been eating between 1500 and 1800 calories and excersising for an hour a day switching between long walks, workout dvds and jogging but yet every week i stand on the scale its gone up indtead of down! :/ i have no idea whats going on but iv about had it with life at the moment. iv gained 13 lbs in 4 weeks somebody please help me! Thu, 23 Feb 2012 12:32:58 EST GOOD MORNING Good Morning. I got my walk in yesterday and this morning. It's up in the air right now if I'm going to be able to get the needed x-ray in the morning at the hospital. Billing is squaking over the payment plan we've had for the last 2 years. They want me to up the monthly payment 10 times what I've been paying monthly and we simply can't afford it. The woman in billing was going to talk to her supervisor today and call me back but depending what she says I may not get the x-ray. I went this m... Tue, 21 Feb 2012 10:32:00 EST Tips on Beans -- A Great Superfood I AM LOVIN' MY BEANS... <BR> THEY ARE TASTY, A SUPERFOOD, INEXPENSIVE, <BR> COME IN A WIDE VARIETY OF FLAVORS, AND HELP YOU LOSE WEIGHT. <BR> WHAT'S NOT TO LOVE??? <BR> <BR> Found a great website for BEANS info and recipes. Bookmarked it for reference. <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> RESEARCH SHOWS EATING BEANS CAN HELP CONTROL WEIGHT, REDUCE RISK OF HEART DISEASE, CANCER AND DIABETES <BR> <link><BR>ng-beans-can-help-control-weight-... Mon, 20 Feb 2012 12:05:45 EST Parboiled Rice -- Interesting Info Now ... while I'm trying to cut back on starches and stay away from refined carbs... I do still want some starches in my diet from time to time (even though limited) and I grew up on rice. <BR> sooooo.... <BR> I tried brown rice and it is still not my thing.... <BR> Potatoes are good but still not my thing... <BR> whole wheat/whole grain pasta... processed ... Nix the pasta <BR> sooooo <BR> I'm back to rice....How about parboiled rice..... <BR> Soooo I did some research ... interesting fin... Sun, 19 Feb 2012 14:17:40 EST MAN FALLS ILL EATING HEART ATTACK BURGER This happened at the Heart Attack Grill where they taped a TV show about extreme burgers. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>0/62406193/Man_falls_ill_eating_Heart_<BR>Attack_Grill_burger?cmpid=RRWMHero </link> Thu, 16 Feb 2012 17:32:51 EST hello I have been a member for over a month. I got new computer and lost all of the stuff I had entered plus all the friends that I had. Looking for friends....... Tue, 14 Feb 2012 23:21:31 EST Just starting out 1 week now Just over a week and I think im on track. Need to up the water though Tue, 14 Feb 2012 11:56:46 EST TIPS ON INSULIN RESISTANCE -- Problem With Carbs Do You Stop Losing When You Eat Processed/Refined Carbs... <BR> Even When the Calories Aren't That High??? <BR> Read This ! <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> <em>8</em> INSULIN RESISTANCE <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <BR> <BR> Experts estimate that 25% of all Americans suffer from insulin resistance — <BR> also called syndrome X. <BR> Most are taken aback when they learn they either already have insulin resistance syndrome (some are even pre-diabetic) or are well on their way to developing it. Percen... Tue, 14 Feb 2012 09:54:20 EST Back...Again... Overwhelmed I'm back on sparkpeople to lose weight AGAIN <BR> <BR> I'm overwhelmed. Completely. <BR> <BR> I've never weighed this much. Just walking a mile is hard, not to mention some of the strength training I used to be able to do with ease. I feel fat, ugly, and pathetic. <BR> <BR> I had lost a ton of weight. I was maintaining my weight. I was walking lmost every day and was working up to being able to jog for more than a few seconds. <BR> <BR> My grandmother died who I was very close to near ... Mon, 13 Feb 2012 20:11:48 EST Tips on Processed or Refined Carbohydrates Processed or refined carbohydrates are such things as: <BR> <BR> •tacos <BR> •corn chips <BR> •wraps <BR> •pizza <BR> •croissants <BR> •pasta (of all kinds) <BR> •rolls <BR> •muffins <BR> •flour (of all kinds) <BR> •crumpets <BR> •pastries <BR> •bagels <BR> •bread (of all kinds) <BR> •buns <BR> •pretzels <BR> •doughnuts <BR> •cookies <BR> •biscuits <BR> •cakes <BR> •polished rice <BR> •wheat <BR> •all products containing wheat <BR> •corn <BR> •cornflour starch <BR> •all products containing c... Mon, 13 Feb 2012 14:14:32 EST Head Back In The Game Hi guys, im fed up with the disappointing weigh ins each week and feeling down because of it! I spend the week eating right but not really excersising and the weekends going out clubbing with my friends (alcohol contains ALOT of sugar and calories) and then weighing in and being upset that im not loosing any weight. I spend most of the week being let down by myself yet not doing much to change it but now iv had enough. I want my next weighin to have gone down by something, anything. Im headed... Mon, 13 Feb 2012 03:44:07 EST Hey I like the looks of this team. I only have 126 pounds to loose!!!! I have lost 11... Fri, 10 Feb 2012 22:11:27 EST Hi from Florida Hi, I'm Vicki. I'm 55, and have 55-60 lbs to lose. I just found out last week I have RA so I'm making big changes over the next few months in how and what I eat, and the amount of exercise I get. I will not let RA get me down. I also have a lot of inflammation in my back and along my joints and sometimes it's all I can do to stand up straight, much less walk. But I will win this battle. <BR> Looking to make a lot of new friends here. <BR> Sun, 5 Feb 2012 18:43:18 EST Tips on Stress at Work In many ways these tips are as relevant at home as they are at work-- <BR> when you look at the tips...imagine how they can be applied in both areas. <BR> We sometimes treat 'strangers' with more respect than we treat co-workers <BR> AND FAMILY !!!! <BR> <BR> LEARN HOW TO MANAGE JOB STRESS <BR> • Taking responsibility for improving your physical and emotional well-being. <BR> • Avoiding pitfalls by identifying knee jerk habits and negative attitudes that add to the stress you experience at... Fri, 3 Feb 2012 08:58:50 EST Tips on Stress Management here are some helpful tips on Stress Management from Readers Digest <BR> <BR> 1. BREATHE EASILY“Breathing from your diaphragm oxygenates your blood, which helps you relax almost instantly.. breathe deeply, begin by putting your hand on your abdomen just below the navel. Inhale slowly through your nose and watch your hand move out as your belly expands. Hold the breath for a few seconds, then exhale slowly. Repeat several times. <BR> <BR> 2. VISUALIZE CALM …: Close your eyes, take three long... Wed, 1 Feb 2012 10:24:44 EST Tips on Overcoming Weight-Loss Plateaus HOW CAN YOU OVERCOME A WEIGHT-LOSS PLATEAU? <BR> <BR> If you're at a plateau, you may have lost all of the weight you will given the number of calories you're eating each day and the time you spend exercising. At this point, you need to ask yourself if you're satisfied with your current weight or if you want to lose more, in which case you'll need to adjust your weight-loss program. If you're committed to losing more weight, try these tips for getting past the plateau: <BR> <BR> REASSESS ... Mon, 30 Jan 2012 12:19:46 EST Tips Directory (Quick Finder) <em>227</em> PLEASE DO NOT COMMENT ON THIS THREAD <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> updated 3/4/2012 ... <BR> TIPS ON 50+ BUILDING MUSCLE & BOOSTING METABOLISM <BR> TIPS ON BREATHING WHILE EXERCISING <BR> <BR> Here is a quick connection to Tips -- <BR> <BR> TIPS ON 50+ BUILDING MUSCLE & BOOSTING METABOLISM <BR> click on the link below: <BR> <link><BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=0x54346x468<BR>98443 </link> <BR> <BR> TIPS ON BREATHING WHILE EXERCISING <BR> c... Mon, 30 Jan 2012 10:24:42 EST Tips for Weekend Survival 1. SQUEEZE IN A LONGER WORKOUT. Go To The Gym To Try A New Hour-Long Class. Schedule A Couple Of Long Leisurely Walks, Bike Rides Or Swims. Use The Weekend As A Time To Refresh Your Workout And Get More Activity In Without Feeling Rushed. <BR> <BR> 2. EAT LIKE IT'S A WEEKDAY. Make A Point To Eat Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner While Sitting Down. Pack Snacks For When You're On The Go, And Follow A Schedule Just Like You Would During The Week. <BR> <BR> 3. STICK TO YOUR USUAL SLEEP SCHEDULE.... Mon, 30 Jan 2012 09:22:27 EST Tips To Boost Metabolism THE ELUSIVE METABOLISM BOOST <BR> for most people, metabolism slows steadily after age 40. Although you can't control your age, gender, or genetics, there are other ways to get a boost. Read on for 10 ways to rev up. <BR> <BR> BUILD MUSCLE <BR> resting metabolic rate is much higher in people with more muscle. Every pound of muscle uses about 6 calories a day, while each pound of fat burns only 2 calories daily. In addition, after a bout of resistance training, muscles are activated all over ... Sun, 29 Jan 2012 19:33:32 EST Tips for Exercise Motivation EXERCISE MOTIVATION TIP NO. 1: BE REALISTIC <BR> Don’t start off trying to work out an hour every day. Instead, begin with 20-30 minutes of your chosen exercise two to three times a week. <BR> <BR> EXERCISE MOTIVATION TIP NO. 2: KEEP TRACK OF YOUR PROGRESS <BR> Don't forget to chart your progress. Seeing incremental improvements, whether it's in improved time, increased reps, or greater frequency of workouts, can boost your exercise motivation. <BR> <BR> EXERCISE MOTIVATION TIP NO. 3: DON'T... Sun, 29 Jan 2012 18:59:51 EST Tips on Anti-Aging ANTI-AGING NUTRITION <BR> <BR> Antioxidants Generate A Lot Of Buzz When It Comes To Longevity, But Aging Well Takes More. You Must Optimize A Myriad Of Beneficial Nutrients, Including Protein, Calcium, And Vitamin D, And Minimize Detrimental Dietary Components Including Saturated And Trans Fats. <BR> <BR> NUTS <BR> <BR> Nuts are cholesterol-free protein sources, and are worthy substitutes for fatty meats. <BR> Top picks: Almonds for their high vitamin E levels; pecans, for their antioxi... Sun, 29 Jan 2012 12:31:31 EST Tips On Ways To Control Portions TOP 10 WAYS TO CONTROL PORTIONS <BR> <BR> 1. BREAK LEFTOVERS DOWN: Instead Of Using One Large Container To Store Leftovers Such As Casseroles, Side Dishes, Or Pasta, Separate Them Into Individually-Sized Containers. That Way, When You Reach In The Fridge To Find Something To Reheat, You're Retrieving Just Enough For One Helping. Single Servings Will Help You Limit Your Food Intake With No Additional Effort. <BR> <BR> 2. SAY YES TO SALADS: Eating a salad before lunch or dinner will help c... Sun, 29 Jan 2012 11:18:25 EST Tips for Dealing with WeightLoss Sabotage WEIGHT LOSS SABOTEURS MAY... <BR> •Urge You To Eat Sweet Or Fattening Foods. <BR> •Undermine Your Efforts By Making Negative Comments, Such As: "No One Ever Keeps The Weight Off!" Or "You'll Never Make Your Goal Weight. You Always Quit." <BR> •Continually Offer You Second Helpings Of Food Despite The Fact That You Say You Are No Longer Hungry. <BR> •Keep A Watchful Eye On Everything You Eat, Make Snide Comments, Or Check The Fridge Or Food Packages To See If You Have Eaten "Bad" Foods In T... Sun, 29 Jan 2012 10:14:24 EST Tips To Tame Sugar Cravings WHY DO WE CRAVE SUGAR? <BR> <BR> There Are Many Reasons Why We Go For Sweet Things. That Appetite May Be Hardwired.. Carbohydrates Stimulate The Release Of The Feel-Good Brain Chemical Serotonin. Sugar Is A Carbohydrate, But Carbohydrates Come In Other Forms, Too, Such As Whole Grains, Fruits, And Vegetables. The Taste Of Sugar Also Releases Endorphins That Calm And Relax Us, And Offer A Natural "High ". Sweets Just Taste Good, Too. And That Preference Gets Reinforced By Rewarding Ourse... Sun, 29 Jan 2012 02:26:31 EST What is the Verdict On Diet Sodas? MAYO CLINIC -- <BR> Drinking a reasonable amount of diet soda a day, such as a can or two, isn't likely to hurt you. ..... But diet soda isn't a health drink or a silver bullet for weight loss. Although switching from regular soda to diet soda may save you calories, some studies suggest that drinking more than one soda a day — regular or diet — increases your risk of obesity and related health problems such as type 2 diabetes. Healthier choices abound. Start your day with a small glass of 1... Sat, 28 Jan 2012 17:56:33 EST HUMOR and FUN Dog Aerobics -- crazy dog tricks that will amaze you <BR> <BR> I'm sure a lot of love and a lot of exercise (by the owner) went into this <BR> <BR> Please click on the link below and enjoy: <BR> <link> </link> Sat, 28 Jan 2012 11:29:24 EST 5 TIPS FOR DINING OUT Here are some great dining out tips from the Mayo Clinic staff <BR> <BR> 1. Cut back on salt <BR> • Be alert for ingredients, cooking styles and labels that indicate a dish may be high in salt, soy sauce and broth, and pickled, cured, smoked. <BR> • Don't use the saltshaker. <BR> • Limit condiments that are high in salt, such as mustard, ketchup, pickles and sauces. <BR> • Opt for fruits and vegetables instead of salty appetizers. <BR> <BR> 2. Reduce unhealthy fats <BR> • Ask that your foo... Sat, 28 Jan 2012 08:50:31 EST Tips for Salt Addicts SALT <BR> <BR> A good thing in moderation but some of us are sensitive to sodium or use way too much. <BR> U.S. guidelines call for less than 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day -- about 1 teaspoon of table salt. And half of Americans should drop to 1,500 milligrams a day. Surprisingly, most of our salt intake is hidden in the foods we buy at the grocery store. <BR> <BR> Here are some hidden in the foods we buy at the grocery store: Frozen dinners, Ready-to-eat cereals,Vegetable juices,... Sat, 28 Jan 2012 08:49:11 EST Tips for Chocolate Cravings Is chocolate the answer to bad moods, high stress, and broken hearts? Maybe not, but lots of women feel it comes pretty darn close. A world without chocolate would be a pretty tasteless place.Chocolate is the superstar of food cravings: 68% of women's food cravings are for chocolate. <BR> <BR> A recent review study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association said that "chocolate cravings are real." Any woman in the midst of PMS could have told them that! And ignoring thos... Sat, 28 Jan 2012 08:47:30 EST Food Cravings -- It's all in your head It's All In Your Head <BR> Those Who Don't Have Food Cravings Might Say That Such Cravings Are "All In Your Head," And New Research Suggests They Are Right. It Is All In Our Heads: Several Specific Areas Of Our Brains, Actually. Areas Of The Brain Responsible For MEMORY And SENSING PLEASURE Are Partially To Blame For Keeping Those Food Cravings Coming. <BR> <BR> Three Regions Of The Brain -- The Hippocampus, Insula, And Caudate - Appear To Be Activated During Food-Craving Episodes, According... Thu, 26 Jan 2012 09:29:35 EST Signs and Symptoms of Binge Eating Binge eating disorder symptoms tend to be easily recognized. If you think you may be a binge eater or if you think you might know someone who is, here are some symptoms to look out for: <BR> <BR> •uncontrolled eating <BR> •eating large amounts of food in a short time period <BR> •rapid or frenzied eating <BR> •hiding food <BR> •secretive eating <BR> •missing work, school, or social events <BR> •excessive sweating or shortness of breath <BR> •weight gain <BR> •decreased mobility ca... Thu, 26 Jan 2012 09:27:17 EST 'Magic Potion' to Ward off Cravings For Many Of Us, Cravings Kick Into High Gear When We're Stressed Or Anxious. Carbohydrates Boost Our Levels Of The Hormone Serotonin, Which Has A Calming Effect. Research Suggests That The Combination Of Fat And Sugar May Also Have A Calming Effect.... <BR> (Warning Warning Warning) <BR> I'm looking to lose...soooooo.... I kept searching for the magic potion <BR> <BR> We've known for a long time that SEROTONIN is one of the amazingly powerful substances related to moods. Many perscription ... Thu, 26 Jan 2012 09:24:51 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY What would you dare to do if you knew you could not fail? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> Thu, 26 Jan 2012 09:21:25 EST INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE OF THE DAY **** PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS THREAD HERE....thanks **** <BR> <BR> INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE OF THE DAY <BR> click on the link below <BR> <link><BR>urnal.asp?id=WHISPERINGPINE6 </link> Thu, 26 Jan 2012 09:19:26 EST Temptation Tips 01/24/12 <BR> <BR> 3 Tips for Resisting Unhealthy Cravings <BR> <BR> Focus on what triggered the craving and forgo responding immediately, Remind yourself of your commitment and Remove yourself from the aroma, the sight, or the environment that triggered the craving. <BR> <BR> Review what you have already eaten that day, particularly at the last meal. Researchers <BR> report that such a review triggers the "I'm satisfied" experience. Examine if you are REALLY hungry or is it just ... Tue, 24 Jan 2012 02:02:55 EST Craving Food!! EERRRGGG!! Hi guys its me again, I am so frustrated with my cravings for more food! I have cut down my portion sizes and my calorie intake but the changes arent dramatic enough for this craving for food! I think its the combination of this and the increase in excersise thats causing me to constantly think about food and convincing myself that im hungry! Instead of heading to the kitchen im writing this and i hope that i can keep it up because im dying to see the results on the scales on friday! Tue, 17 Jan 2012 06:14:10 EST New challenge!!!! Sign up! Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I am finding it hard to keep motivated about exercise so I posted a trend were I was asking people for suggestions about making up a new challenge. Here is what we have come up with : <BR> <BR> Everyday do : <BR> - At least 10 minutes of dancing (just turn on you radio or put on your favorite tune and just let loose!!! Shake those arms and legs!!!) <BR> <BR> - While watching TV, just walk in place every time a commercial comes on <BR> <BR> - Do at least 25 sit ... Thu, 12 Jan 2012 14:10:20 EST Challenges Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I am looking for some challenges ideas as I need all the motivation I can get. I am also looking for people to join in with me so that we can push each other to accomplish this task. It would be fun to come up with so type or activity or something to get moving as I pretty much just sit on the couch most of the days. <BR> <BR> What do you??? Anyone in??? Any suggestions???? We could make it a month long challenge and see how we do????? <BR> <BR> Thanks for lo... Wed, 11 Jan 2012 11:34:02 EST Hello Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Celine and I just rejoined Sparkspeople a week ago. I am a mother of 2 and a nurse. I have been married for the last 10 years and am in desperate need of help to lose weight as I have just about 80lbs to lose (70lbs now! Whoo hoo!!!) and just about no motivation at all!!!! I live in a cold climate region and find it hard to keep up with some activities that keep me active (we usually have lots of snow by now and was hoping to use that to my advantage ... Wed, 11 Jan 2012 11:28:31 EST Frustrated But Determined! Hi guys this is my 1st post of 2012 :) as iv said in my previous posts my dad had a stroke in may last year and i have been going down hill weightwise ever since! i had lost just under 40 lbs at 209 and then quit dieting and excersise... im regreting this now as my last weigh in on friday produced the number 233 to me! I new i had gained weight but would have never guessed id ballooned back above the 220s, the shock has made me 100% determined to change my life for good. I have quit smoking, ... Tue, 10 Jan 2012 04:54:49 EST mitch please! i work nights and i worryabout starting ;becauseof sleeping during the day any helpful hints? Thu, 5 Jan 2012 18:38:47 EST HOW WAS YOUR DAY? -- How Did You Handle It? We All Have Good Days and Bad Days.... <BR> No one is alone... <BR> But sometimes it helps to hear What someone else did to handle it... <BR> And sometimes even good days...might let someone think they don't have to watch out. <BR> <BR> So How Was Your Day? <BR> And How did you Handle Stuff to stay on Track <BR> Or <BR> What are you going to do to get back On? Wed, 4 Jan 2012 15:28:14 EST POSTERS I love pictures with messages <BR> and if they have animals much the better <BR> So I hope to add a POSTER MESSAGE each day <BR> <BR> Hope you enjoy my humor <BR> <BR> 1/2/2012 <BR> <BR> THROW OUT JUNK FOOD <BR> <link><BR>lery_enlarge.asp?id=4136019 </link> Mon, 2 Jan 2012 16:47:10 EST Hello Everyone! Hello I am new to the site and just joined the group now, In the past year I gained 60 pounds and I want them gone! I am 21 I am now on a low cal diet, slim fast and trying to exercise.... not really sure what else to say! Sat, 31 Dec 2011 18:50:59 EST AFTER A WHILE ( Poem by Veronica A. Shoffstall ) After A While <BR> ©1971 Veronica A. Shoffstall <BR> <BR> After a while you learn <BR> the subtle difference between <BR> holding a hand and chaining a soul <BR> and you learn <BR> that love doesn’t mean leaning <BR> and company doesn’t always mean security. <BR> And you begin to learn <BR> that kisses aren’t contracts <BR> and presents aren’t promises <BR> and you begin to accept your defeats <BR> with your head up and your eyes ahead <BR> with the grace of woman, <BR> not the... Thu, 29 Dec 2011 15:23:12 EST WILD SIDE of WEIGHTLOSS (The Lion Family) FUNNY I'm going to start this as a series and post the updates to <BR> THE LION FAMILY on this thread <BR> <BR> I Hope to entertain you with my insanity...Hope you enjoy it. <BR> THE LION FAMILY started with the gift of a vacuum <BR> it all started with <BR> <BR> What NOT to Give For Christmas (posted 12/25/11) <BR> click on the Link below <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4637583 </link> Wed, 28 Dec 2011 13:21:05 EST Hello Everyone - I'm back too! Hello Everyone... I know I've been gone a while, but I'm back... this time to stay. (I keep saying that... but I'm more determined this time than before). When I started Sparkpeople in 2008, I had about 30lbs to lose... when I came back (the first time) in 2010, I had right at 50lbs to lose... well, I'm back (again) and this time I have 65lbs. to lose. <BR> <BR> I see a pattern here! And I'm so sick of seeing this pattern! Most recently I've really started to notice - not only am I buying b... Wed, 28 Dec 2011 12:09:05 EST I'm back It's been two years since my last post. My weight is 209, my goal is 150. I need a buddy. I live in Ridgeville which is about 90 miles northeast of Indianapolis. I'm a LPN and I work for St. Vincent Hospital in Winchester, In. I had lap band surgery in May and have lost 50.5 pounds since. Lap band surgery is not a fix all it is help, which is exactly what I wanted. I hope to make lots of new friends here. Tue, 27 Dec 2011 21:44:10 EST Hi Everybody!! I'm Jenni and I am new to spark people. I have always been an overweight individual, however I feel it is way out of control now. I work full time third shift as an ER nurse so grab and go eating is very common in my life and really getting to me. I look forward to starting this new page in life and welcome any tips or tricks that have helped you all on your journey's. <em>30</em> Tue, 27 Dec 2011 02:44:47 EST What NOT To Give For Christmas (FUNNY) What NOT To Give For Christmas (FUNNY) <BR> by yours truly SherylDS <BR> <BR> Please click on the link below for my Xmas Gift to You <em>334</em> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4637583 </link> <BR> <BR> Wishing You an even better new year to come <BR> LET'S GET IT DONE THIS YEAR Sun, 25 Dec 2011 07:25:10 EST JUMPING JACK FLASH parody (Doing the Class) JUMPING JACK FLASH parody (Doing the Class) <BR> by yours truly SherylDS <BR> (to the tune of the Rolling Stones JUMPING JACK FLASH) <BR> click on link below <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4636820 </link> Sat, 24 Dec 2011 06:08:29 EST Challenge 12/24--12/31 First of all....I realize that a lot of people are celebrating the holidays and make not be able to be on line...due to busyness, visiting family or, make sure you take time for yourself & enjoy! <BR> <BR> The challenge for this week.... is to make 1 healthy choice each day & post what you did. <BR> <BR> Here are some examples... <BR> You practiced portion control <BR> You skipped that 2nd serving <BR> You did some type of physical activity <BR> You took a nap <BR> or whatev... Fri, 23 Dec 2011 16:27:50 EST Rolling Stones SATISFACTION song parody ***** SATISFACTION song parody <BR> by yours truly SherylDS <BR> (to the tune of the classic SATISFACTION by The Rolling Stones) <BR> WARNING: if you are sensitve to tunes repeating in your head go no further <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> please click on the link below <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4635813 </link> Fri, 23 Dec 2011 03:54:09 EST HELP parody (inner child has gone guerilla war) HELP parody (inner child has gone guerilla war) <BR> by yours truly SherylDS <BR> please click on link below and enjoy <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4634777 </link> Thu, 22 Dec 2011 03:47:38 EST Are You Having Struggles? Maybe We Can Help! What is keeping you from doing your best today? Pain, busyness, lack of interest? Share with us as we work together. Wed, 21 Dec 2011 14:19:48 EST YOUR CHEATING HEART song (Spark Style) YOUR CHEATING HEART song (Spark Style) <BR> by yours truly <BR> <BR> I think this is one of my favorite creations... hope you'll enjoy it <BR> and I loved making this poster <BR> <BR> please click on the link below <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4633573 </link> Wed, 21 Dec 2011 08:06:36 EST NEW YORK, NEW YORK parody (A Nice Brisk Walk) A Nice Brisk Walk <BR> by yours truly SherylDS <BR> (to the tune of New York, New York) <BR> <BR> please click on link below <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4632360 </link> <BR> Tue, 20 Dec 2011 16:23:50 EST ANNIE MUSICAL -- TOMORROW parody ANNIE MUSICAL -- TOMORROW parody <BR> (otherwise known as THE GYM MEMBERSHIP LAMENT) <BR> by yours truly SherylDS <BR> click on link below <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4629897 </link> <BR> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> Mon, 19 Dec 2011 11:13:37 EST BABY IT'S COLD OUTSIDE -- ME AND (my inner child) BABY IT'S COLD OUTSIDE -- ME AND (my inner child) <BR> By yours truly Sherylds <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4622179 </link> Mon, 19 Dec 2011 11:12:04 EST FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (My Trainer, My Trainer) FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (My Trainer, My Trainer) <BR> by yours truly SherylDS <BR> ENJOY <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4624985 </link> Mon, 19 Dec 2011 11:10:01 EST FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (If I Could Weigh Less Than) FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (If I Could Weigh Less Than) <BR> by yours truly SherylDS <BR> (to the tune of IF I WERE A RICH MAN) <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4623597 </link> Mon, 19 Dec 2011 11:08:33 EST How to Know u Need INNER CHILD Intervention- funny 20 Ways to Know YOU and Your INNER CHILD need an Intervention <BR> humor <BR> Please click on the link below. <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4630231 </link> Mon, 19 Dec 2011 11:07:08 EST BABY IT'S COLD OUTSIDE funny BABY IT'S COLD OUTSIDE -- ME AND (my inner child) <BR> By yours truly Sherylds <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4622179 </link> Mon, 12 Dec 2011 05:47:58 EST Blue Christmas Song (Spark Style) Blue Christmas Song (Spark Style) <BR> by yours truly SherylDS <BR> ENJOY <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4620914 </link> Sun, 11 Dec 2011 08:48:58 EST Santa Claus is Coming to Town (funny) SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN (Parody) <BR> By SherylDS <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4619871 </link> Sat, 10 Dec 2011 07:17:03 EST New to the Group My name is Dawn and I am new to the group. I need to lose 80-95lbs. Tue, 29 Nov 2011 09:07:31 EST Piling On The Lbs Hiya, I jus needed to share this to get it off my chest. Iv been so busy with my schoolwork and a new job that i havent had any time to hit the gym or go jogging for the last 3 weeks roughly nd my waistline had definately suffered the concequences! Iv gained around 9 lbs :( i was sitting on the bus today and they have cameras on the bus to monitor criminal behavour and i happened to see myself on the screen and i nearly had a panic attack.. seeing myself sitting next to my friend who is at a ... Tue, 8 Nov 2011 12:41:08 EST How can i keep fruits and veggies from spoinling Hi! I try to eat fresh fruit and veggies but I'm single and a lot of them spoil before I can eat them. Does anyone have any ideas about how to keep fruits and veggies fresher for longer? Sat, 29 Oct 2011 06:58:17 EST Fast healthy food Hi! I just joined spark people. I'm hoping to create a healthier lifestyle and lose 70 pounds. I work 10 hr shifts so I don't have alot of time to cook. I'm looking for some fast, healthy ideas for meals to eat at work. We do have a fridge & microwave in our break room. I'm also looking for healthy snacks that don't take long to prepare. Thanks! Tue, 25 Oct 2011 07:17:29 EST SP Proud Of Myself 4 Attempting It! Hiya guys me again, sorry for yet another post but im so proud of myself i just HAD 2 share this! Friday it was wonderful weather and i just decided to go for a morning walk before my breakfast and when i was outside i saw some people jogging and i was jealous of their ability to jog while talking for a long period of time. That made me determined to be able do this! I have never particularly liked jogging/running but this is because iv never been good at it, so instead of walking i started j... Mon, 17 Oct 2011 07:35:34 EST Smoothies Hi everyone, Iv done a smoothie deit in the past and didnt work for me however these were bought in a shop already made. Now iv read lots about self made smoothies working wonders for dropping a few lbs but instead of doing a full smoothie diet i was thinking about replacing one meal for example my lunch with a freshly made smoothie. With fresh fruit im hoping this will boost my weightloss as i will NOT be adding sugar or sweetners! What is your oppinion? x <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 14 Oct 2011 17:31:53 EST Here I Go Again x Im back on track starting now! The last few weeks i have been unwel and ver busy and therefore havent been going to the gym or eating properly.. this is all going to change starting now! Im finally feeling better and am determined to et back on track! I have lost around 5 lbs in a few days due to being unwel and dont mind this at all though i know i will be gaining it back again once eating properly :( I cannot wait to hit the gym again 2moro and also reducing portions size :D Anybody have an... Tue, 11 Oct 2011 18:11:23 EST new to sparkpeople and would like to meet friends i am a 46 yr old married mother of 4 and have battled weight all my life. everytime i seemed to loose i would always gain it back and then some and end up feeling like a failure i just signed up today and would like to meet friends and have a support system Fri, 23 Sep 2011 12:42:24 EST motivation Hello everyone. I am a 24 year old mother of 4 children ages 8 1/2, 7, 2 1/2, and 8 months. My husbands job requires him to be gone a lot. After I had my first child I found it hard to lose the weight, and as each child came I gained more and more weight, and I just cant seem to lose it. I really need some help to stay on track and get motivated. I would like to lose 65 pounds. so if there is anyone out there that will help me do these things please do. Thank you Tue, 20 Sep 2011 21:45:36 EST Gaining Weight Instead Of Loosing it.. I started college 2 weeks ago and have managed to gain around 5 lbs within this time. Iv tried eating regularly but it doesnt seem to help, i just seem to be getting heavier by the day. Im still going to the gym only less than i was while i wasnt at school, im hitting zumba classes twice a week and the gym once or twice a week depending on what my lessons are. Im hoping somebody has tips as to what i can do to at least stop the weight gain and hopefully shift some. Id be grateful for any tips... Sun, 18 Sep 2011 07:57:49 EST IM AMAZED! For the last few weeks my eating habbits have taken a turn for the worst as iv started college and have absolutely no time for food so literally grab something and go.. Despite this i have still been able 2 squeeze in a few excersise sessions as this is the most important for me (diet bein 2nd most important) well as youv probably guessed by now iv added on a few lbs to my last weigh in number 3 weeks ago (totalling at 223) but this afternoon i shocked myself. Not with number however, i was w... Thu, 15 Sep 2011 12:26:22 EST FINALLY getting my rear in gear... This just a quick note to say hello to everyone. I wish you nothing but the best in your endeavors, on SparkPeople and in your life in general. If you care to know more about me, feel free to check out my SparkPage: <BR> <BR><BR>=MIGHTY_MOMO <BR> <BR> "A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life depend on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have re... Tue, 13 Sep 2011 18:18:30 EST Hi! My name is Maria.I hope that I'll lose some weight here. <em>224</em> Mon, 5 Sep 2011 12:11:27 EST Out Of The 220s :) My next small goal was to get out of the 220s and this week i have finally done it! my next goal.. 'onederland'! :) I was wondering if anybody else has met their mini goals lately? x <BR> <BR> Mon, 29 Aug 2011 06:35:45 EST Disgusted with myself! I have recently become unemployed (about two months ago) and am so disgusted with myself. I have gained between 10-15 lbs since then. And I should be in the 100+ lbs forum now. GRRRRRRR!!! What happened to the girl with all of the energy? What happened to enjoying being out and doing things like working in the yard? Oh so many questions that I have to face! <BR> <BR> I guess the biggest question is what am I going to do now? Am I going to sit here and wallow in self pity or do something abo... Thu, 25 Aug 2011 22:40:40 EST OMG a single Reeses Cup is how many calories! My mom bought a king sized pack of reeses today, and boy do I love me some peanut butter and chocolate together. But when I saw the nutrition info on the package, my eyes literally got big. <BR> <BR> There is a whopping 100 calories PER reeses cup! That is terrible. Yes they are a peanut butter goodness in a 2 bite size cup, but beware of its 100 calories bite back. Fri, 19 Aug 2011 01:10:53 EST What is your reward system? Hey there everybody. I was curious to know how everybody rewards themselves. <BR> <BR> Do you reward yourself for losing a certain amount of weight at a time? For ex. Every 10 pounds you reward yourself. <BR> <BR> Do you set a goal for each month or other time periods? For example, Lose this amount by my birthday, this amount by July 4, this much before school starts etc. <BR> <BR> Or some other way? And how do you reward yourself? Just little things until you get to your main goal? Shoppi... Tue, 9 Aug 2011 22:27:07 EST Help.... Is there anybody out there that would want to help me? I need someone to help me stay on task... someone to be accountable with! Anybody?????? <BR> I'm from West Michigan and have about 70 pounds to lose. I can't even seem to get started! Tomorrow is a new day, right? Sun, 7 Aug 2011 20:14:00 EST Hello Hey my name is Jeannine. I joined in February but really did not do anything. I just logged in and started looking around. the last couple of days I have been doing pretty well but I am afraid that once I go back to work in the new school year I will let it slide again. I have a gym membership but have not stepped foot in it since March. I really need to find ways in which to stay motivated. I hate to say it but the TV is my worst enemy. I could really use some friends that are in the ... Fri, 5 Aug 2011 21:08:36 EST Recently moved, need new appliances Not long ago I moved into a lovely 80's home, and the appliances are definitely "over the hill". <BR> <em>54</em> <BR> I'm looking to buy (new) a dishwasher (white door, inside stainless or white and top shelf that is adjustable), a white fridge with automatic icecube maker and water dispenser, HE top load washer and front load dryer(white as well). <BR> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> Can anyone recommend good brands and/or models? I'm not looking for the cheapest (in this case), I ... Sat, 30 Jul 2011 11:28:36 EST Hello, I'm not exactly new I've been a member since November, but I haven't been utilizing the site like I should. <BR> It was kind of confusing at first, so much to see and I just didn't get into learning how to use the site. <BR> But today.....I really surfed around and figured out how to use the nutrition tracker and I've started utilizing that and keeping a record now for 2 days of what I'm eating. Also using the fitness tracker. <BR> So I'm finally learning how to get around the site. <BR> I started out at 212... Sat, 23 Jul 2011 00:45:19 EST I'm a newbie - Hello Hi - I'm a 61 female snowbird spending the last 7 winters in Florida - husband and I enjoy ballroom dancing and billiards- I go to the beach when in the south, but, also swim in the pool there and here in Indiana though the summer - the last physical revealed I am 10 points from being diabetic and the cholesterol is rather high - to which I responded "when am I scheduled to have my jaws wired shut?" WOW am I in need of a healthy weight loss program and a good support team!! - I would sett... Thu, 21 Jul 2011 15:22:45 EST Finally Starting To Feel Happy Again Im not under 200 lbs yet,which is my current goal, im actually at 216 but im already starting to feel great. Theres the fact that my clothes are fitting properly and even having to buy new ones as my others are too big now! :) But theres also the fact that im feeling more confident in myself and the things im doing :) I was wondering if anybody else has started feeling this way despite not having reached your goal yet? x <BR> <BR> Sat, 16 Jul 2011 15:49:54 EST Exercise 5x's a week I am having a hard time motivating myself to excercise. Will you join with me in a challege for 5 times a week. Post what you did and for how long. Even if its a short walk, anything will get us started!!! Wed, 29 Jun 2011 00:02:28 EST Best Workout Music? I CANNOT excersise without my headphones in.. theres just one problem.. i get bored with the songs iv listened to over and over again and was wondering what peoples top 10 workout songs where? x Tue, 28 Jun 2011 14:44:35 EST Have lost 100+ pounds since January 13th 2011 Hi there everyone my name is Lynn and I started my weight loss journey on January 13th 2011 at 380 pounds! I have been overweight most of my life. I can blame it on many different things, but I have come to realize the real and only reason was me. My food choices and my choice not to exercise got me this way. I made a choice this year to change my life I was going to eat right and exercise. I started training with Josh Hendricks (UFC vet) 1 day a week. At first it wasnt easy but the more I di... Tue, 28 Jun 2011 11:13:51 EST Whats Your Goal? Hi i was just wondering what every1 elses goals were and how close you are to meeting that target? My aim to is to eventually reach 175 lbs and to be able to look in the mirror without quickly turning away again. My ultimate goal is to happy :) x Sun, 26 Jun 2011 12:43:55 EST Healthy recipes for July 4th Hi Everyone! I always go to my brother's house for a cookout. I'd like to take something that is healthy, but that will appeal to kids and adults. Any suggestions? Fri, 17 Jun 2011 23:24:31 EST Not satisfied with results need motivation help I have only been using Spark for 60 days, but started my weightloss journey on 1/31/2011. <BR> <BR> When I started I was 337 lbs. I am now 299. Yes decent results considering 19 1/2 weeks. However, I am hoping for better results. My current caloric intake is 1800-2200 daily on average. Not the best on logging everything on here daily, but traking offline as well. Weekends this may go up to about 2500 calories. <BR> <BR> My exercise routine is elliptical 30 minutes daily during the we... Thu, 16 Jun 2011 12:39:55 EST Hi! New to Sparkpeople! Hello everyone.I am new to Sparkpeople.While I signed up a few months ago, never really did anything with the site until yesterday. I am nearly finished reading the book and think I'm ready to go. Long way to go and just not sure how to get there. I would like to lose 50 pounds in the next year. Going to take alot of work I do know that. I am very confused by the amount of allowable calories listed.Can anyone tell me how those are set? Anyway, I am hopeful for a positive outcome this time. ... Tue, 14 Jun 2011 19:31:50 EST New on the HCG Diet Program I have been over weight by 65 lbs since the birth of my last child- which by the way is 7 years old... <BR> I have been so commented to my family and have somehow forgotten about how important my health means. <BR> Nevertheless, I have done a lot of research on the HCG Diet, and I have decided to go ahead and move forward with making changes in my eating and physical exercise habits ( with the help of HCG of course). It feels good to know that I have now taken control of my life so that I may... Tue, 17 May 2011 22:25:37 EST Back again! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Laura. I'm a 36 year old mother of 4. I joined originally back in 2007. I have had numerous sucesses and dissapointments with my weight loss since then and I am now back and hoping to see some PERMANENT success! <BR> <BR> I have fought with my weight since the birth of my 4th child in October of 2000. I suffered post-partum depression for the first time after her birth and food became my comfort. Also since her birth I have struggled with v... Mon, 16 May 2011 17:20:36 EST Newbie Hi every 1 I'm Lucy. Mon, 2 May 2011 13:11:45 EST I'm disappointed that I didn't loose I'm disappointed that I didn't loose anything this week. I know I should have expected not to, since I've only got serious about this since March 20th and I'm down 14 lbs (yaa for me!) <BR> <BR> Oh well, at least I didn't gain (yet). I'm going to our bowling banquette on Saturday and I'm going to be drinking, (and eating, but that I can pretty much keep under control) so we'll see next week. I've made a bargain with myself that I only drink after I loose 5 pounds so I'm not drinking every we... Fri, 29 Apr 2011 15:32:36 EST Hello I'm Lisa and I eat too much Hey everyone, <BR> As you can see on my page I have 2 active children and I am not nezrly active enough. I have some serious medical conditions that are choronic, but don't have to be debilitating and I am just hard headed enough to want to fight them. However, I am so tired most days it is hard to keep moving and harder to excersize. So I need some help and encouragement Sun, 24 Apr 2011 19:32:58 EST Sheesh!!!! Hi all!! <BR> <BR> The last three weeks have been H*@#ll! First off I broke my toe took all I had to be on it for 8 hours a day at work. The second thing my husband and I had our first fight (we've been together over a year) over his daughter. Then I fell down the stairs and hurt my back couldn't sit down for three days! And lastly but not the least allergies have flared up and I have such a sore throat and plugged up head I can hardly stand it. Let the insanity end!!! <BR> <BR> Thanks for ... Wed, 30 Mar 2011 20:44:06 EST Hello everyone <em>198</em> <BR> My name is Rhonda and I'm so ready to change my life for the better. It's nice to be on a team and be able to get some support. THANK YOU Wed, 23 Mar 2011 16:51:28 EST Well, Here I Am Again Hey guys and gals. I'm baaa-aack! I can't believe how long it's been! I feel really bad about dropping off the face of the Earth like I did, but you know, life happens. In a nutshell, my out-of-the-country boyfriend came back and became my husband, and we both got so wrapped up in wedding planning, followed by honeymooning, followed by moving to a new state and starting new lives, that "little" things like diet and excercise and cleaning the house and not becoming fat, lonely animal hoarders ... Sun, 13 Mar 2011 00:49:02 EST Hello and thanks to everyone Wanted to say hello to everyone and thanks. I have been a member for just over a month and have lost 15 lbs, I am training to run a 5k race and i love everything about this place. <BR> I still have quite a ways to go to meet my goals but I truely believe that the journey will be easier thanks to this place <BR> <BR> <BR> Jay Wed, 23 Feb 2011 08:48:17 EST Remember me? Sorry I haven't been around to post. Just been so busy lately. Need to get organized. I do have some good news. My doctor has taken me off my diabetic medicine and we are trying to keep it balanced with food and exercise. That is part of the reason I haven't posted. Haven't lost any weight in the last month. Actually I've lose the same 10 lbs. and I still up by 1.4 today since I've joined this team. Can't seem to keep it off. Boy this next 100 lbs is going to be hard to lose. I will try to po... Sun, 20 Feb 2011 15:37:52 EST Late bloomer Hello: <BR> <BR> My name is Deborah Matson. I'm a 40 something mother of a 5 year old boy. I've been doing this a while, but always seem to fall back into my old habits. I'm going to do it this time because I want to be able to do fun things with my son even though I'm older than most Mom's. I feel very blessed that I have a son because there was a point in my life that I had resigned myself that I was going to be childless. Anyway, at the age of 39, I had a son, and now could not imag... Sun, 20 Feb 2011 14:07:40 EST Have a Happy Valentines Day Just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Valentines Day.... Enjoy ! <em>129</em> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4011594 </link> Sat, 12 Feb 2011 15:54:14 EST 17 Day Diet Has anyone tried this diet or are you currently following it? I saw Dr. Phil had it on his show and approves of it. Wed, 9 Feb 2011 12:07:07 EST hello spark people! My name is erika, im a 21 year old mom of two, with a wonderfull man and looking to make myself healthy and able to keep up with my very busy life! Wed, 19 Jan 2011 23:04:33 EST Hi All Hi there everyone. My name is Lauren and I currently live in Southern California. I am a 27 year old stay at home mom/student. I have started and halted my weight loss various times over the years and I hope that this time it will be a permanent life change for myself and my family. I look forward to getting to know you all and working toward our goals together. Wed, 19 Jan 2011 18:04:54 EST Hi I just joined and I am very excited to start fresh. I look forward to losing weight with all of you and helping you to lose yours too. Tue, 11 Jan 2011 00:29:01 EST THR & Calorie Burn (does the activity matter?) From what I've seen SP's calorie algorithms match a number of other health websites - however, I've always thought they were too high. <BR> <BR> If I'm in my target heart rate zone - does the *type* of exercise impact how many calories are burned? (biking vs aerobics vs kick boxing) Or is it purely the heart rate/oxygen consumption that impacts calories? Sun, 9 Jan 2011 13:31:01 EST new to the group Hi <BR> My name is Terri. I've lost 120 lbs in 3 years and need to lose at least 100 more lbs. I hoping not to take another 3 years to get to my goal. I want to get healthy. Could use some support. Thanks Wed, 5 Jan 2011 23:24:06 EST Hello from Missouri Hello from Missouri, I am new to this Team and am excited to get started. <em>213</em> Wed, 5 Jan 2011 15:37:15 EST Not new...but it's been a long time I am not technically new...I come back and visit sparkpeople on and off...especially when I need extra support. Looking for some extra motivation and some new ideas! Wed, 5 Jan 2011 15:28:43 EST Help in finding proper clothing I want to start walking and maybe get to running. Well I hve no clue what to wear in the elements. It is freezing rain here. I would love to have the proper gear to walk/run in any weather. <BR> <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance. Wed, 5 Jan 2011 12:34:26 EST FUNNY -- I WILL SURVIVE (spark style) Wrote a version of I WILL SURVIVE <BR> you might have fun with. <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3874953 </link> <BR> <BR> HAPPY NEW YEAR <em>334</em> Sat, 1 Jan 2011 07:06:00 EST LOOKING FOR A WALKING BUDDY IN FLORIDA I JUST MOVED TO TAMARAC FL. FROM NJ I NEED TO GET MY A-- MOVING AND LOSE THIS WEIGHT. I AM IN SEARCH OF A WALKING BUDDY TO HELP ME GET BACK ON TRACK. I NEED TO LOSE 50 LBS. IT IS ALWAYS GOOD TO HAVE A BUDDY WHO IS LOOKING TO LOSE THE WEIGHT AND GET BACK INTO SHAPE. Thu, 30 Dec 2010 12:41:17 EST Brand new and need guiding Hi, I'm Holly and new to Spark people...41 years old and need to loose 75 pds. I see all the results from everyone who uses the site but don't know where to even begin. Could use some pointers on where to start....what others did when they first began...what tools help...I know Sparkpeople will help but don't know how to use it. Thanks so much!! Mon, 13 Dec 2010 00:48:22 EST Twas the Night AFTER Christmas <em>443</em> <em>444</em> <em>443</em> <em>446</em> <em>443</em> <em>442</em> <em>443</em> <em>445</em> <em>443</em> <BR> 'TWAS THE NIGHT AFTER CHRISTMAS <BR> by SHERYLDS (that's me) <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3837495 </link> Sat, 11 Dec 2010 09:10:43 EST HELLLLLLLLLLLLLPPPPPPPPP PPP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HI, I'm Carmelita. I'm in need of help. I have been a member of SparkPeople for quite a while but have loss touch. I weigh the same that I weighed when I started. It seems like I am going backwards. I am turning back to SparkPeople before I do some real damage. I am not motivated to exercise or eat properly. How do I find that motivation? I want to devote my time and energy to support members, get support, and stay involved. This may be the solution to my lack of motivation. This like the tea... Wed, 8 Dec 2010 15:44:34 EST Time to introduce myself Hey everyone! If the groups I've joined say anything about me - I'm a 20-something emotional eater with more than 50 pounds to lose (75 to be exact), who isn't afraid of a challenge! Yep - that pretty much sums it up! <BR> <BR> I'm not sure what else to say about myself other than to let everyone know that I'm still trying to get a handle on the ins and outs of SparkPeople. So if I do or say something wrong - please know it's not my intent :) <BR> <BR> Anywho ... I look forward to shrinking... Wed, 1 Dec 2010 22:12:25 EST Hello! Hello! My name is Kirsten. I joined sparkpeople in October and I'm lovin' it. I wanted to join the group that has similar weight loss here I am. I look forward to getting to know you guys. <BR> Check out my sparkpage! <em>334</em> Tue, 30 Nov 2010 21:25:34 EST Julia Hey everyone! Im Julia and I happened upon this site via my iPod Touch Apps. I went online to check it out and found that this is pretty much the kind of diet/lifestyle I've been looking for. I'm 22 and am very overweight for my age. I'm looking for some good tips to succeed in losing weight because I've tried many diets but I usually give up mid way when I mess up and cheat. Hopefully this website will guide me through my weight loss because I've seen many tips and tools on here already tha... Thu, 25 Nov 2010 22:46:59 EST Hi, new here..... Hi, my name is cathy, I'm 57, and need to lose about 75-80 lbs. I have struggled with my weight all my life. I'm not sure if I'll be able to accomplish anything this time, but I think I'm finally moving towards the realization that I'll never lose the weight without combining diet and exercise. I joined a local nutritional group and getting some encouragement from that. (I have lost about 4.5 lbs in 5 days...I know that's fast but it's probably water weight, too.) <BR> I know I have some arth... Thu, 25 Nov 2010 03:05:22 EST Hello from Shirley I would like to say hello to everyone and say that I am looking forward to sharing this journey with you. <BR> I was in a car accident in 2006, and my life hasn't been the same since. I was unable to work for a while and was told my neck and back will never be the same. I have gained so much weight and felt embarrassed until now. I am turning 40 on Christmas Eve and it is time to taking back control of my life. No more excuses! <BR> Excited to be here <BR> Shirley Fri, 19 Nov 2010 09:49:15 EST Gotta a long way to go, but I'm doing it! Hello, my name is Nikki. I am 32, with about another 90 pounds to go. My son is such a great motivator to keep going at it! Wed, 10 Nov 2010 19:17:25 EST Hello, I am in need of support and motivation!! =) Hi there-- <BR> My name is Ashley and I used to be tiny. They tell me that is the worst way to start a new lifestyle; by reminiscing about where you used to be. But I'm stuck?! At least that is the way I feel.. I weigh 100 pounds more than where I used to be and where my goal is..I swear it seems like it happened overnight!! <BR> My boyfriend (before we met) had lost weight bringing him from 380 lbs to 350 lbs, so you think he'd be my biggest motivator right?!?! WRONG!! He loves eating out be... Sun, 7 Nov 2010 03:40:32 EST Hi, I'm new here. Hi, My name is Salena. I'm here to get inspired to kick start a new lifestyle to lose weight and get healthy and active. It may be a slow start but I thought I'd give it a try. I want to lose about 150lbs. I would love to put on anything that I own and for it to slip on wear comfortably without having to tug and pull at it all the time. I have had 4 pregancies in the last 5 years, all high risk and all were medically advised to limit physical activity. The last pregnancy I did not gain ... Wed, 3 Nov 2010 21:50:31 EST I'm so glad I'm here! Hi! My name is Cathy, and I am a 49 year old wife and mom of 3 kids: 16, 13 and 11. Before kids, I always had that 5 or so pounds to lose, but that's it. Since then, I have been floundering for years with the vague thought that I really need to lose weight, but without goals to achieve it. Each year, the weight slowly crept up until, at 5' tall, I topped out at 190 lbs this past Spring. Ouch! I hated the way my body felt and looked, but couldn't seem to focus long enough to make a change. Alt... Wed, 20 Oct 2010 08:06:37 EST Ready to Go! Hi! My name is Ida, and I am new to Spark People. I have about 64 lbs. to lose. I have lost and gained and lost and gained weight a number of times, and now want to lose the extra weight, and change my eating habits for good. <BR> Tue, 12 Oct 2010 23:20:24 EST Hello World Hi, I have been doing the SP thing since late May/early June with a lot of success. I the type of person who gets bored easily by routine, and your posts have helped a lot! So, I wanted to thank you all and introduce myself as I way of beginning to be more involved in the community here. Mon, 11 Oct 2010 17:02:54 EST Another newbie here Hi everyone! My name is Tina and I still have about 62 pounds to go to reach my goal weight. (I have already lost 45, so at least I have a good start on things!) One of my biggest problems has been staying motivated. That, and I have never been able to get under 200 pounds in my entire adult life for more than about 5 minutes (lol!) I want this time to be different. I am changing things by keeping track of my calories and the number of calories I am burning -- no more looking for magica... Sat, 2 Oct 2010 18:38:25 EST Calorie deficit question So I got a heart rate monitor to know how many calories I'm burning through exercise. My BMR is roughly 1700 calories. SP tells me I need to eat 1200-1500 calories each day... why?? Won't that put my body into starvation mode? I've been eating at least 1700 each day to keep my body running, but I want to know if I should be eating under my BMR or should I be eating at least what my BMR is? Wed, 29 Sep 2010 13:37:56 EST Newbie I'm so excited to have found SparkPeople on the internet. I'm 52, married and have an 18 y/o daughter. I've struggled with my weight since I was a teenager. More than 20 years ago, I lost 92 lbs by following Weight Watchers but gained every pound back when I was pregnant. After I delivered, I weight EXACTLY what I weighed the day I started Weight Watchers. Since then, I eventually gained another 58 pounds but was able to lose 30 pounds of that over the last couple years. Every day I wake up a... Tue, 28 Sep 2010 22:02:31 EST Hello, I am new to this team My name is Lisa. I have been a member of Spark People for about 10 months. I have lost 34 pounds, and am 16 pounds away from my first 50 pounds lost. I have been losing focus over the last several months. My weight has been up and down. I am now getting back on track. My goals are to track my food every day, even when I eat too much, and to exercise more. I look forward to getting to know the other members of this team. Sun, 12 Sep 2010 15:08:38 EST Fitness Tracker I just used the tool to map the route of my walk for the first time - it is amazing - this is such a great site - thanks!!! Fri, 10 Sep 2010 20:49:39 EST Hi, I'm Krystal. I joined sparkpeople once before, but got discouraged by how expensive healthy food is. My grocery bills nearly doubled when I was buying the low fat good for you foods. Since then I have gained about 10lbs. =/ <BR> <BR> I'm deciding to try it again, even if it's just to count calories of foods I am already eating, plus or minus a few healthy foods for bad foods. Mon, 30 Aug 2010 05:58:45 EST Hello, New To Team... Hello I am new to this team after a few months with SP. I have 52 lbs. to lose. I have taken off 30+, some prior to SP and more since joining. I have found much help through SP, building good habits. <BR> I look forward to good tips, motivation and being a part of a great team! I need a friends... <em>41</em> Sun, 29 Aug 2010 10:29:08 EST Hi - Joy here... I had joined Sparkpeople actually a few years ago...but life too over ...and without getting into it - it has been a rough couple of years - but I'm at a place now that I need to start taking control of some things in my life -one being my health and getting my weight in check! So, that being said - here I am - again! <BR> Little bit about me: <BR> I'm a wife, mommy to 3 beautiful children, owner of a small business <BR> I grew up on the coast of NC and hope to someday to retire there. I LOVE... Wed, 25 Aug 2010 23:31:19 EST hi, i am irene from miami hi, my name is irene and i am 43 years old. i am in a boyfriend/girlfriend relationship. i live in miami, florida almost all my life. i happen to be 6'0 ft tall. so i dont look as heavy as i am but i am. when i started my change of life process i weight in 267 lbs. this was about 5 weeks ago. i saw myself in a picture in a dress and i felt like i was wearing a curtain than a dress. since then i have lost 15 lbs. my ultimately goal is to reach 199 lbs which i have not been in over 10 years. a... Tue, 24 Aug 2010 15:33:23 EST Permission to board... Hi, <BR> <BR> I have already lost 55 pounds these past two years but I have seemed to hit a plateau, down from 344 to 289, and trying to reach 220-235 range. I know how to get my weight down, I just have problems keeping the motivation up. I only recently realized that I was depressed from my messed up marriage and leaning on food for comfort. Now as I deal with being on my own and child custody I continue to have ups and downs, and right now I need a push to get over the top and let the ... Mon, 23 Aug 2010 14:36:27 EST This is where i start I have been battling weight issues since I can remember, I have been a yo-yo dieter since the age of 13-14, going up and down more and more each time. I have tried each diet fads and non-fads(dieticians) probably atleast twice and am at the point where I just want to be healthy. <BR> <BR> I'm getting married next year and want to be in excellent health by then, another really important goal for me is to be healthy before we have children, I have had enough trouble dealing with my weight iss... Mon, 23 Aug 2010 13:16:55 EST Doing it the healthy way! I can't begin to express how excited I am...but let me try :) I woke up this morning about to get on the scale for my official weekly weigh in and I expected to maybe have lost 5 lbs... instead I see that I have lost 11.1 lbs. I didn't in a million years expect to see that! Last week I was 226.6 and today I was 214.5!!! I am keeping my food journal on here and recording absolutely everything that I eat. I also have been recording my exercise in the fitness section. I do not starve myself, I e... Fri, 20 Aug 2010 16:10:43 EST Hello everyone I am a return member. I strayed for a while and hopefully have found my way back and am ready to get healthy with your help and motivation! Thu, 12 Aug 2010 09:44:28 EST Hi I'm Becky I just joined sparkpeople. I was looking for an app for my phone that helps me track my food and cal's. I found this and wow was it easy. I thought I would give the website a try. Sun, 8 Aug 2010 18:05:42 EST New and looking for motivation I joined this site back in January but I haven't been an active member. I'd like to change that though! I'm going to be turning 30 in March and my goal is to lose about 70 pounds by then so I enter my 30s at a healthy weight. I've struggled with weight all my life and it is a bit overwhelming to think of how far I want to go, but hopefully by using this site I'm at least making a step in the right direction. I'm hoping to find motivation and inspiration on this site and would love to meet s... Sat, 24 Jul 2010 21:43:00 EST Calorie Question You set your goals and it determines what calories you should be eating each day. <BR> <BR> For the last few days, I have been eating under my suggested calories. I have been eating healthy but I just haven't been hungry. <BR> <BR> When you do your reports it says that you should be eating that suggested amount to keep your body energized. <BR> <BR> Problem is, for the last few days, I've been working my tail off both at work and at home and I just haven't been hungry. <BR> <BR> Should I ... Fri, 23 Jul 2010 14:43:52 EST Hey, it's just me... Hi all, <BR> I'm Susan, and I've got a lot of weight to shed. I'm normally a lurker on the boards, but I have been taking advantage of blogging on this site. I love this site so far, but I'm still having trouble with getting my eating habits in check. <BR> Good luck everyone- I wish all of you well! Thu, 22 Jul 2010 23:05:22 EST Frustration - Losing & Re-gaining the same 5 lbs So I'm starting to get very frustrated. I've been doing good, measuring everything I eat and drink and working out (both cardio & stregth training)etc. Sure I have slip-ups from time to time going over the calorie total a bit or missing a workout but nothing that extreme or long lasting. I seem to be stuck in this place where I lose 4-5 lbs then gain it back, then lose it again etc. Its a circle of frustration and I can't figure out what to do to break it. I try to mix up my workouts every... Mon, 19 Jul 2010 10:21:03 EST i believe i have finally found the answer!! Hello, <BR> <BR> I have avoided introducing myself on the message board because of feelings of intimidation created all by me. But, finally today i feel it is time! I am a 44 year old female who has been overweight pretty much since childhood. I started off my younger years super duper skinny, then when i was about 9 i f"ound" food and gained weight over a summer. Not to the point of being overweight, but it being noticable enough that people commented on it and i started to believe in ... Fri, 16 Jul 2010 14:56:13 EST Mom of 3 I am a 33 yr old momma of 4 beautiful babies, 2 boys and 2 girls. I have now reached a point in my life that I can no longer hide behind the excuse of "just had a baby". That baby is 2. My weight has went up and down since I graduated college, stopped playing sports, and started having babies. I am a stay at home mom with a house to keep clean and a family to raise. Emotional eating is a part of my life that I am trying to overcome. I have tried many, many diets and every time I lose th... Sun, 11 Jul 2010 20:27:34 EST HELLO, I'M NEW HERE. TRYING TO BECOME HEALTHY HI EVERYONE, MY NAME IS COLLEEN, I HAVE FOUR CHILDREN. I'M HERE TO GET HEALTHY, AND MEET NEW FRIENDS. GOOD LUCK TO ALL OF YOU WITH YOU JOURNEY. FEEL FREE TO DROP IN AND SAY HELLO. Sun, 11 Jul 2010 13:32:48 EST Becky the Best Unsuccessful Dieter in the World ! Hi - I can use some help. I'm always on a diet. In fact in more recent years, 2008 I did the Zone diet and lost 21 pounds (I was half way to goal then). Holidays came, I went off and could never go back on. Gained half my loss back. Decided in May 2009 to join Weight Watchers and I'm probably the only one who has paid and gone for a year and at the end of the year I ws UP 10 pounds. I loved the support but just couldn't seem to make the program work for me. Any help would be appreciat... Wed, 7 Jul 2010 15:39:43 EST Hello I used to run 5k races, bike to work, and was in good shape. But over the last 6 years I have gained 50+ pounds and started having high blood pressure problems. I want to lose that 50 pounds so I can go out and play sports with the kids. Are you guys going to help? Are you going to get behind me? Wed, 7 Jul 2010 10:32:45 EST I'm ready! Been a "dieter" for years. No results. Just got married last fall and we are moving next week. I'm ready to make a fresh start and finally be healthy and feel good about myself! Fri, 2 Jul 2010 16:05:32 EST Hi Hello! My name is Brittany, I am a 18 year old girl and I'm trying to lose weight for My Boyfriend and to look better for college. I know I need support and I want to thank all of you for your help, Thanks! Wed, 30 Jun 2010 09:52:37 EST Finally beginning I'm hitting 40 years old very soon. I've been focusing on my 3 kids and not myself for so long that I now need to lose about 55 lb. I want to see what life holds for them after they leave home too! And enjoy my life with my husband when they are doing their own things! I have not been able to maintain any "diet" since high school. It's a daunting task. Mon, 28 Jun 2010 23:22:43 EST So... Here I start again. Tried to start March overwhelmed with it and life... now I need to start again. <BR> This time is the last time Im starting... :) Mon, 28 Jun 2010 10:17:23 EST July & August Cross Training Challenge I'm doing this challenge for myself and thought why not share it with my fellow sparkies for extra motivation and support! So here goes: <BR> <BR> Starting the week of July 1st do 3 cross training routines per week for entire month of July and August. The cross training workouts below are listed below and listed in order: <BR> <BR> Cross Training Workouts <BR> CT #1 <BR> Today you're going to do as many rounds as you can do for 30 minutes: <BR> • 2 minute run/walk with a purpose <BR> • 5 ... Wed, 23 Jun 2010 15:05:11 EST I am New to Sparkpeople - StaycXL-NoMore I wanted to get myself out there on the message boards, I will use the boards for wisdom and help if I need it. <BR> I am excited about getting started on my new Weight Loss journey !!! Even more excited to find Sparkpeople !!! Wed, 23 Jun 2010 10:29:21 EST hello!! my name is melva, and am really ,really tired of being overweight, so am very hopefull, that this time is goin to be different, Wed, 23 Jun 2010 00:59:43 EST Hello from Tennessee Hi I am new to this team but not to Spark People. I have been here for several years. I have lost 60 lbs due to cancer but am now cancer free. I now need to lose the last 60 lbs which I am finding very difficult. I am in a wheelchair so activities are limited but its still no excuse for eating unhealthy foods in unhealthy amounts. I hope to get remotivated and reach my goal in a healthy way. Tue, 22 Jun 2010 15:39:58 EST Hi I'm Jenn and I'm starting again. Hello everyone. Like everyone else who comes to this site, I'm here to make some changes in my life. Life is stressful and hecktic and because of those two reasons, I can't allow myself to live unhealthy anymore. <BR> <BR> I have two kids. My son is 3 1/2 years old and my sweet baby daughter is only 7 1/2 weeks old. I was already 30 lbs overweight when I got pregnant with my son. I gained 63 lbs with his pregnancy and failed to lose it all. I still carry 20 lbs of his pregnancy on my frame.... Tue, 22 Jun 2010 09:25:13 EST Hello I am new today to the team, Hi everyone I am 58 years old and really need to lose the weight (+50) and regain the healthy me. All information is welcome . I am from New York any buddies out there. Wed, 16 Jun 2010 14:54:19 EST Gonna lose some pounds! Most of this stuff is about yourself but i first want to say what an amazing job a lot of you have done. Any healthy weight loss is super admirable. I have only just begun my journey and I want to recognize everyone who has this goal. You are amazing. I want to be just like you. My goal is to lost 70 pounds. I want to be just like you. Sat, 12 Jun 2010 02:05:38 EST Hoping to love myself again! Hello! I'm not really sure what I am suppose to write hear so, I'll just tell you all a little bit. I am 31 and have 4 kids ages from 2months to 9yrs. I met my husband when we were both at Walter Reed getting medical care. I am a disabled veteran and am still trying to deal medical issues that prevent me from doing aloe of physical activities so, it is always hard to lose weight when I can't do to many things. I am trying now to lose the weight that I never lost after my third child. I am an ... Wed, 9 Jun 2010 17:36:30 EST The differential charts make me angry!!! <em>234</em> When I look at the difference between the calories it takes to keep me alive plus the exercise and the calories I am eating, I wonder why the weight is not pouring off of me. It just makes me depressed! I don't think I will look at them anymore. I will keep tracking my food and exercise, but I don't think I will look at those charts. They make me want potato chips!! <em>234</em> Tue, 8 Jun 2010 23:23:44 EST homemade nutrisystem? I have, in effect, created my own nutrisystem type diet. Most things I eat are prepackaged because I don't know how to track homecooked things. I am losing weight, but my sodium is always too high. Any suggestions? Thu, 3 Jun 2010 01:07:16 EST Hi there! I'm starting over. How's about you? Hi there! I'm not a huge fan of Message Forums. Hopefully this will change. Anyway, as you'll see if you view my blog, I've gained back a bit of the weight I lost a few years ago and am trying to regain my self-control, self-esteem..y'know..all that stuff. I came upon sparkpeople completely unprepared and by accident and so cannot say whether or not I'm "ready" for this. I'm just plunging in to see what happens. Wed, 2 Jun 2010 12:25:55 EST too muuch cereal im Teresa Im 4 foot 11 inches weighing in at 196 Ive had back problems since birth and lately been told I need to go for a breast reduction I need to lose weight I seen a dietician and now have my IBS under control but need to eat lots of fibre approx 40g when average is 20 . S oI eat bran cereal with bran topping for breakfast .. problem is I love cereal as a snack I could eat cereal 3 xs a day problem is I cant stop at one bowl ... any suggestion on how to ... Sun, 30 May 2010 09:39:07 EST Introduction Hi, my name is Glenda. I'm new to this site. It's great to meet everyone. I've been struggling to lose more than 50 lbs for the past 10 years. I love to cook and currently don't have a full time job - other than mother and grand mother, so I need to incorporate exercise into my life. This site seems like a great place to start. I think it will motivate me. Mon, 24 May 2010 17:18:28 EST Ready to get started! Hi everyone! I have been a yo-yo dieter for years and now am trying a different approach. I'm really excited to get started on changing to a better, healthier lifestyle. I'm sure that my dog will enjoy the added activity also. He is going to be part of my motivation. Sun, 23 May 2010 15:24:44 EST Shape up shoes - Opinions? Has anyone tried the Skechers or Reebok shape up shoes? I've tossed around the idea of getting a pair, at least until I saw the price, ouch! If they do what they say they do then I would still consider saving up for them, but I don't know anyone who has them or tried them. <BR> Opinions? Sat, 22 May 2010 09:27:13 EST Hi I'm not really sure what to say, I'm still fairly new to SparkPeople, but I've really come to like it. I'm learning a lot, and am starting to enjoy blogging everyday. Can't wait to learn more and share some victories! Fri, 21 May 2010 09:12:54 EST Hello Hello :) I've been entering my data into this website for about a weeknow. I'm working on making it a new pattern... but that takes time... much easier being able to enter the info on my droid though. <BR> <BR> A year or so ago I had pretty good sucess with My Calorie Counter, but I fell away from it... I'm working to make it stick this time. Onward to smaller pant sizes :) Mon, 17 May 2010 21:42:23 EST eyecandy Hello everyone my online name is eyecandy. A little bit about myself- I am a 34 yr. young black female student nurse that lives in the Houston, Tx area. I am new to spark and I am trying to lose 100+ pounds. If anyone lives in the Houston area and need a workout buddy let me know. Sat, 15 May 2010 23:07:01 EST Greetings Get-Healthy Teammates!!! I am embarking on a weight loss initiative again. I quit smoking 78 days ago (yay!!!! for me) but found myself eating, eating, eating with fat popping out all over. Soooo . . . . even though I don't want to focus on losing weight in addition to not smoking, I don't want to find myself 25 pounds heavier either. I signed up with a weight management program my employer offers which includes a personal trainer 3 days a week. I came back to Sparkpeople because I'm inspired and encouraged by al... Tue, 11 May 2010 18:46:49 EST Hi Again I am new to this site and any help would be greatly appreciated!!! Tue, 11 May 2010 11:10:58 EST Hi Hi, I am new to this site and have been trying to lose weight for sometime, I have many health issues for being so young and want to maintain a helthier lifestyle, so I need all the help I can get!! Thanks! Tue, 11 May 2010 11:07:40 EST I want my life back! I am tired of being tired, uncomfortable and depressed. I know better. I just need some help to take "the high road". Tue, 4 May 2010 22:48:37 EST Howdy from Southeast Texas I've been losing weight for the past two years. The more I get involved with others that have the same goals, the better I seem to do. I'm hoping to connect with some new friends trying to get healthy and lose weight! Tue, 4 May 2010 16:16:14 EST hi new to this hi, my name is samantha and i just needed someone to talk to about how i can do this so it will help me to lose all those pounds that i've got to lose so if i didn't do this the way it sould be done so if any no could help plz feel free to help me . Tue, 27 Apr 2010 11:52:11 EST Hi, nabormark here I'm new to this, and a little nervous, I am hoping to find some friends online to help me meet my goals Wed, 21 Apr 2010 08:48:23 EST Accidental Spark Hi, I am new to Sparkpeople. I actually stumbled acrossed it on accident when I was looking at free apps for my new Droid. I have been sort of playing around with the menus and nurtition tracker for a week or so. I have been making some slow tentative changes. I am thinking of trying more. What seemed a litlle overwhelming at first, may be just the thing I needed. Wish me luck, as I continue to learn and try things. Tue, 20 Apr 2010 11:28:21 EST Its Now or NEVER Hello, <BR> <BR> In 1999, I had gastrib bypass and thought it would be forever, too many health problems later, and tired of this and know there is something going on but no one will listen to me, it is time to at least try to prevent the damage from furthering.. Sun, 18 Apr 2010 17:27:39 EST Hello I have just started with Spark People. I am really enjoying all the features. I find something new each day. I joined a gym and have been working out since the first week in January. I am finally making the choice to eat better. I am using these tools to remind myself of what a portion actually looks like. I am one of those people who hates to see food wasted and will finish the food from my children's plates. With all of the help from you: I WILL NO LONGER EAT ANY FOOD EXCEPT MY OWN a... Fri, 16 Apr 2010 18:38:28 EST