SparkPeople South Carolina Sparkers! Team Messageboard South Carolina Sparkers who are looking for encouragement, accountability, and challenges to compete in to help them on their fitness journey. We are about being FIT, HEALTHY and HAPPY! SparkPeople South Carolina Sparkers! Team Messageboard Back after a nine year hiatus My name is Bill. Several years ago I joined But my job and my life got in the way is my finding my goal. Today I am retired and re-invigorated. I have the time and energy to do a daily cardio workout and my wife and I practice a more healthy lifestyle. I am much closer to my goal than I was 10 years past and I'm excited to rejoin the Sparkpeople community. Thu, 10 Oct 2019 21:28:24 EST Starting Over I've had a challenging three years. After an 85# weight loss her at SP I was feeling great and took a new job I was really excited about. Unfortunately it turned out to be a nightmare. It started a spiral into a very bad depressive episode, something that I have dealt with chronically my whole life. I lost all interest in self care and struggled just to get through the day. My food choices became whatever was fast, easy, and comforting. I put on 40#. Then last year I battled breast cancer, th... Mon, 20 May 2019 09:58:17 EST New Hello all, <BR> I’m new to the team, but I’ve been on and off SparkPeople for years. Moved to SC about four years ago and never thought about reaching out to others in the state. Sun, 14 Apr 2019 08:15:26 EST New Hello I'm from Anderson SC. I'm so glad to find this group. I'm ready to get involved. Love to hear for some friends. Sat, 17 Jun 2017 09:34:15 EST Any Fitness buddy in Rock Hill area? I usually have Monday - Thursday afternoon available for walks or Planet Fitness. Anybody want to join me? Fri, 21 Apr 2017 23:00:48 EST Orangeburg County Started this thread for Orangeburg County Sparkers to get to know one another! Have fun Sparking! Tue, 18 Oct 2016 13:48:41 EST Hello there My name is Mimi, I'm 23 and stay in SC. I hope to lose 95 pounds by my next birthday and I am looking for support buddies for the journey. I am starting small for now with light exercise and dietary changes so i can remain realistic and gain momentum along the way. <BR> <BR> BTW, if you don't like shakes that are pre-made, try Designer Whey. I buy them at Bilo. 100 cal, low fat and carb, high protein and fiber. They are a lifesaver for me right now. Fri, 16 Sep 2016 11:50:56 EST Commuter Nurse looking for workout partner Hi all, I stay in Leesville on Lake Murray and drive to West Columbia for work. I am in serious need of a workout buddy. Right now, my level of fitness is skilled couch potato who gets winded walking uphill. I'm not going to stick it out unless I get a friend to go with me. I have a membership at Dynamic Health and Fitness until March. Any takers? Tue, 5 Jul 2016 20:33:02 EST Anyone? Anyone in or near summerville looking for someone to walk with? Tue, 14 Jun 2016 17:54:34 EST looking for some job advice hi, <BR> I am thinking of "coming home" , can anyone tell me a good site, to start job hunting ? <BR> merci <em>10</em> Tue, 7 Jun 2016 04:42:11 EST hello Hi! my name is amy and i'm in york county. Hoping to find some local accountability! :) Mon, 18 Apr 2016 08:23:48 EST Lexington County Here is the thread to share with others in Lexington County and seek local accountability partners. (Maybe even make a new friend and workout buddy!) Sun, 17 Apr 2016 18:59:16 EST York County Here is the thread to share with others in York County and seek local accountability partners. (Maybe even make a new friend and workout buddy!) Sun, 17 Apr 2016 08:52:14 EST Williamsburg County Here is the thread to share with others in Williamsburg County and seek local accountability partners. (Maybe even make a new friend and workout buddy!) Sun, 17 Apr 2016 08:51:16 EST Union County Here is the thread to share with others in Union County and seek local accountability partners. (Maybe even make a new friend and workout buddy!) Sun, 17 Apr 2016 08:49:56 EST Sumter County Here is the thread to share with others in Sumter County and seek local accountability partners. (Maybe even make a new friend and workout buddy!) Sun, 17 Apr 2016 08:48:47 EST Spartanburg County Here is the thread to share with others in Spartenburg County and seek local accountability partners. (Maybe even make a new friend and workout buddy!) Sun, 17 Apr 2016 08:48:02 EST Saluda County Here is the thread to share with others in Saluda County and seek local accountability partners. (Maybe even make a new friend and workout buddy!) Sun, 17 Apr 2016 08:47:18 EST Richland County Here is the thread to share with others in Richland County and seek local accountability partners. (Maybe even make a new friend and workout buddy!) Sun, 17 Apr 2016 08:46:47 EST Pickens County Here is the thread to share with others in Pickens County and seek local accountability partners. (Maybe even make a new friend and workout buddy!) Sun, 17 Apr 2016 08:46:00 EST Oconee County Here is the thread to share with others in Oconee County and seek local accountability partners. (Maybe even make a new friend and workout buddy!) Sun, 17 Apr 2016 08:45:19 EST Newberry County Here is the thread to share with others in Newberry County and seek local accountability partners. (Maybe even make a new friend and workout buddy!) Sun, 17 Apr 2016 08:44:22 EST McCormick County Here is the thread to share with others in McCormick County and seek local accountability partners. (Maybe even make a new friend and workout buddy!) Sun, 17 Apr 2016 08:43:40 EST Marlboro County Here is the thread to share with others in Marlboro County and seek local accountability partners. (Maybe even make a new friend and workout buddy!) Sun, 17 Apr 2016 08:42:46 EST Marion County Here is the thread to share with others in Marion County and seek local accountability partners. (Maybe even make a new friend and workout buddy!) Sun, 17 Apr 2016 08:41:56 EST Laurens County Here is the thread to share with others in Laurens County and seek local accountability partners. (Maybe even make a new friend and workout buddy!) Sun, 17 Apr 2016 08:41:20 EST Lancaster County Here is the thread to share with others in Lancaster County and seek local accountability partners. (Maybe even make a new friend and workout buddy!) Sun, 17 Apr 2016 08:40:48 EST Kershaw County Here is the thread to share with others in Kershaw County and seek local accountability partners. (Maybe even make a new friend and workout buddy!) Sun, 17 Apr 2016 08:40:07 EST Jasper County Here is the thread to share with others in Jasper County and seek local accountability partners. (Maybe even make a new friend and workout buddy!) Sun, 17 Apr 2016 08:39:23 EST Horry County Here is the thread to share with others in Horry County and seek local accountability partners. (Maybe even make a new friend and workout buddy!) Sun, 17 Apr 2016 08:38:44 EST Hampton County Here is the thread to share with others in Hampton County and seek local accountability partners. (Maybe even make a new friend and workout buddy!) Sun, 17 Apr 2016 08:38:16 EST Greenwood County Here is the thread to share with others in Greenwood County and seek local accountability partners. (Maybe even make a new friend and workout buddy!) Sun, 17 Apr 2016 08:37:41 EST Greenville County Here is the thread to share with others in Greenville County and seek local accountability partners. (Maybe even make a new friend and workout buddy!) Sun, 17 Apr 2016 08:37:05 EST Georgetown County Here is the thread to share with others in Georgetown County and seek local accountability partners. (Maybe even make a new friend and workout buddy!) Sun, 17 Apr 2016 08:36:28 EST Florence County Here is the thread to share with others in Florence County and seek local accountability partners. (Maybe even make a new friend and workout buddy!) Sun, 17 Apr 2016 08:35:13 EST Fairfield County Here is the thread to share with others in Fairfield County and seek local accountability partners. (Maybe even make a new friend and workout buddy!) Sun, 17 Apr 2016 08:34:23 EST Edgefield County Here is the thread to share with others in Edgefield County and seek local accountability partners. (Maybe even make a new friend and workout buddy!) Sun, 17 Apr 2016 08:32:35 EST Dorchester County Here is the thread to share with others in Dorchester County and seek local accountability partners. (Maybe even make a new friend and workout buddy!) Sun, 17 Apr 2016 08:31:34 EST Dillon County Here is the thread to share with others in Dillon County and seek local accountability partners. (Maybe even make a new friend and workout buddy!) Sun, 17 Apr 2016 08:30:57 EST Darlington County Here is the thread to share with others in Darlington County and seek local accountability partners. (Maybe even make a new friend and workout buddy!) Sun, 17 Apr 2016 08:30:14 EST Colleton County Here is the thread to share with others in Colleton County and seek local accountability partners. (Maybe even make a new friend and workout buddy!) Sat, 16 Apr 2016 18:54:41 EST Claredon County Here is the thread to share with others in Claredon County and seek local accountability partners. (Maybe even make a new friend and workout buddy!) Sat, 16 Apr 2016 18:52:57 EST Chesterfield County Here is the thread to share with others in Chesterfield County and seek local accountability partners. (Maybe even make a new friend and workout buddy!) Sat, 16 Apr 2016 18:42:34 EST Chester County Here is the thread to share with others in Chester County and seek local accountability partners. (Maybe even make a new friend and workout buddy!) Sat, 16 Apr 2016 18:41:57 EST Cherokee County Here is the thread to share with others in Cherokee County and seek local accountability partners. (Maybe even make a new friend and workout buddy!) Sat, 16 Apr 2016 18:40:47 EST Charleston County Here is the thread to share with others in Charleston County and seek local accountability partners. (Maybe even make a new friend and workout buddy!) Sat, 16 Apr 2016 18:40:11 EST Calhoun County Here is the thread to share with others in Calhoun County and seek local accountability partners. (Maybe even make a new friend and workout buddy!) Sat, 16 Apr 2016 18:39:24 EST Berkeley County Here is the thread to share with others in Berkeley County and seek local accountability partners. (Maybe even make a new friend and workout buddy!) Sat, 16 Apr 2016 18:38:09 EST Beaufort County Here is the thread to share with others in Beaufort County and seek local accountability partners. (Maybe even make a new friend and workout buddy!) Sat, 16 Apr 2016 18:37:08 EST Barnwell County Here is the thread to share with others in Barnwell County and seek local accountability partners. (Maybe even make a new friend and workout buddy!) Sat, 16 Apr 2016 18:36:13 EST Bamberg County Here is the thread to share with others in Bamberg County and seek local accountability partners. (Maybe even make a new friend and workout buddy!) Sat, 16 Apr 2016 18:34:51 EST Allendale County Here is the thread to share with others in Allendale County and seek local accountability partners. (Maybe even make a new friend and workout buddy!) Sat, 16 Apr 2016 18:31:49 EST Aiken County Here is the thread to share with others in Aiken County and seek local accountability partners. (Maybe even make a new friend and workout buddy!) Sat, 16 Apr 2016 18:19:34 EST Abbeville County Here is the thread to share with others in Abbeville County and seek local accountability partners. (Maybe even make a new friend and workout buddy!) Sat, 16 Apr 2016 18:17:40 EST Hello Hi, I'm here to try and lose 80 lbs. I am in my 60's and have not had much luck up till now. I'm hoping to do it once and for all this time! Thu, 7 Apr 2016 09:34:18 EST bonjour, if you are paris bound .. hi, <BR> I started a new list of mistakes americans make in paris .. <BR> just trying to share, what I see .. <BR> <BR> missing home .. <BR> meric <BR> <BR><BR>n-mistakes-american-make-in-paris-france/ Tue, 23 Feb 2016 18:33:40 EST Newe to this group <em>524</em> Hi everyone, I am new to the SC SparkPeople group, hope to meet others and make friends other South Carolinians with weight loss and health goals Tue, 23 Feb 2016 04:33:28 EST Hey Everyone Hey everyone, <BR> So I have been trying to lose weight for two years now and it seems like I get started off ok and then life gets in the way money becomes a problem to buy the right food. I cant juggle everything I need to do between working full time being a full time mom going to school full time and being a care taker to my father. Now please understand I am not trying to play "oh woe is me" I know everyone has everyday life to contend with. What I am asking is how do you get it all to m... Mon, 22 Feb 2016 23:50:26 EST Personal Trainer in Conway, Myrtle Beach I'm looking to find a personal trainer in the Conway or Myrtle Beach area. I have some hip/spine issues so it would have to be someone who knows how to deal with things like that. They would also need to be affiliated with a gym. <BR> <BR> If you have any recommendations I would love to hear them! <BR> <BR> Thank you! Thu, 10 Dec 2015 15:48:43 EST Aiken Area So I just recently moved to South Carolina. I am in Aiken. If anybody is in the area let me know! Thu, 17 Sep 2015 08:20:26 EST I am looking to re connect w/ the Southern Party I use to be an active member with this group, and now ; looking for some members. I have unlimited USA calling, and can send emails - so I can be a good support person. <BR> <BR> maybe we can talk about politics and food ! <BR> <BR> let me know <BR> ty Sat, 18 Jul 2015 16:48:40 EST Ground Zero Blog I thought, I share with the group <BR> blog has lots of pics <BR> <BR> Thu, 9 Jul 2015 04:58:29 EST Hi Friends My name is Robbie, and I live in SC. My goal is to lose 50lbs, and I can use all the help, support, and advice I can get !!! Thank you. Robbie Sun, 21 Jun 2015 08:59:51 EST getting back on track My name is Karen I'm 52 and need to lose 150+ lbs. I'm a Christian,wife,mother,sister and grandmother. I was on Spark several years ago then fell off the wagon I'm back and trying to get back on track. I have been smoke free for over a year now. Looking forward to getting healthier. Thu, 30 Apr 2015 18:28:59 EST Hey SparkPeople! hey folks, I am David Smith and I need to lose a lot of weight. My life literally depends on it. I just hope to find some support and meet people that are struggling with weight issues like myself. It's time to stop talking about it and get down to business. Tue, 3 Feb 2015 19:57:38 EST Hi Everyone! I'm new here! Hi! I'm new here, and looking forward to losing with y'all! Mon, 29 Dec 2014 14:26:47 EST Charleston/West Ashley work out buddy Hi! Seriously need to get my rump in gear this upcoming year. Any awesome ladies interested in a workout buddy? Especially moms with young kids. Fri, 26 Dec 2014 21:27:22 EST Word Association Southern Sat, 20 Dec 2014 08:49:46 EST leo augusta 3 Sun, 7 Dec 2014 06:57:06 EST Hidden Emoticons Game We play this on another team that I'm on and it is interesting to see what emoticon shows up. After you click on the "Reply" button, just click on the "Add an Emoticon" button and select any emoticon. Take note of the last number played and substitute the next number in the brackets. Click on "Post Message" and see what emoticon shows up. I'll start the first two! <BR> <BR> NOTE: Sometimes it won't be anything. Sometimes, it will be a surprise! Several of them won't be in Sparks emoticons. Tue, 11 Nov 2014 09:29:21 EST Douglas Tull - Goal Ready to change my life. Really working hard, it has been difficult. I really struggle with emotional eating and I have had a ton of issues come up lately. Any advice on how to cope? Sat, 8 Nov 2014 11:59:22 EST Hello! I'm trying to lose 57 pounds and just started on here. I'm a southern lady! Wife, mom and grandma. I'm trying to be more social as I'm alone a lot! Happy to be here!! :-) Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:09:12 EST Karen Hello, <BR> I'm Karen and I am so ready to get started again. I've been up and down on the scale, and I feel better, sleep better when I'm down in weight. I really need a motivation partner(s). Thanks for reading. Mon, 1 Sep 2014 08:30:54 EST hey there My name is Terri, I've been a tech for almost a yr now, but the long hours on my feet all day, is taking it's toll on the rest of me...dealing with aches and pains throughout my legs, hips and lower back some days just leave me in tears. I know my weight has a lot to do with it so no more excuses the weights gotta go...let the journey begin. Sun, 10 Aug 2014 18:56:32 EST Determined I am tired of procrastination. I am determined to become more healthy, I have 36 pounds to lose and want to do it by December 31, 2014. I have tried over and over again but have not been successful. Last summer I was down 20 pounds using the atkins diet but quickly regained the weight. High protein diets work for me but I am don't really like eggs or meat. I would love to be a vegetarian, but it seems that the vegetarian way of life doesn't work for me. I am thinking that I might go on t... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 00:08:33 EST New at Spark I am looking to lower my blood sugar. I have two part time jobs and don't get home until about 8:45. So I need some suggestions as to what would be good to eat so late at night!!! <BR> I live near Lancaster, SC. Would appreciate some suggestions. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:58:32 EST Just Joined Spark people!!! Hello Everyone, Just Wanted to say Hi! I just Joined tonight.... I started My Weight loss Journey Last week on the 27th of June, and i have 170 lbs to lose.. so Im just getting started and still have a ways to go before i hit My Goal weight. Im 24 years old. I am no longer Embarrassed to talk about my weight cause i know its a Problem, and I finally had My "its time to change" moment So im not holding anything back this time. I need support to achieve my goals. In the past I was just Fooling ... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 01:37:07 EST North Augusta Hi there! I'm 34 years old, I'm from North Augusta, and I'm a long time Sparker. However, I have gained back nearly all the weight I lost, and I'm looking for some motivation to get back on the wagon. When I first began my weight loss journey, I was a newly divorced, single mother and a mental and emotional wreck. Time has passed and now I'm happily married, I have a great job, my son is awesome, and I firmly believe I'm at the right place in my life to make this happen. <BR> <BR> <em>52... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 13:15:31 EST Hey there! 18 and need motivation! >.< Hey everyone! I'm Stormi, 18 years old.. Since I graduated high school I have gone from 125 up to 145/150. And this terrifies me. <BR> <BR> I am here to hopefully get motivated to lose weight and tone my body and learn to eat right and like healthy foods! <BR> <BR> ^^; Tue, 17 Jun 2014 15:50:17 EST Newberry runners/walkers I am looking for people interested in running walking the 4 1/2 mile Lynch's woods park. I set up a Facebook page on the park and would love to meet like minded people in the area. <BR> Sun, 25 May 2014 16:29:34 EST Hi. I'm nancy I have had 3 heart attacks I quit smoking but gained weight. I am ready to lose it Sat, 24 May 2014 19:29:24 EST Sites/Places - Have seen or want to visit (A-Z) Name a place or specific site that you have been to or want to see someday. <BR> <BR> Ansbach, Germany - I spent 4 years there while on active duty Mon, 5 May 2014 15:22:18 EST New to this at 45 Hi my name is Cherie and I am new to this I am in my 40 and have high blood pressure so its time to do something about it.. I hope their is someone els going thru the same thing we can do it together... talk to ya soon. Mon, 28 Apr 2014 23:41:06 EST Day 1!!!! Hey all! My name is Danielle. I am 36 years old and have a one year old son. I am still 40 lbs over my goal weight. It has taken me a long time to start back with exercising due to an EXTENDED recovery time from my emergency c section! Yikes! <BR> <BR> I have been tracking my food on my phone for the last week and today I started 30 day shred (again). I used to be able to do level 2 without a problem but level 1 killed me this morning!!! Thanks to all who will provide support and good luck ... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:34:21 EST Just Wanted to Say Hi I'm new to Sparkpeople, my name is Catherine and I joined this community to help me try and lose weight and stay motivated along the way. I'm now at 183 and working my way down to 135 by October, I aim to get there so staying positive about all this. Mon, 7 Apr 2014 20:11:39 EST Hey I'm Amy and I'm a wife and mother of 4. I have been on and off spark people since 2011 and I am finally ready to make that change to become healthy. I could really use some motivation with this journey. Sun, 23 Mar 2014 11:45:07 EST Hi Everyone! A little about myself: My name is Melissa and I'm a 30 year old college student (not for much longer. I graduate in July!). I currently work as an office assistant, but once I complete my degree I'll be getting into the legal field. I like to read and enjoy watching movies. I'm an aspiring dog trainer and am currently trying to teach myself about that as well as photography. <BR> <BR> I look forward to getting to know you guys! Good luck with reaching your goals! Wed, 12 Mar 2014 02:18:27 EST hello I am new to SC and new to the web site. Looking forward to the new health me. Sun, 9 Mar 2014 10:55:45 EST newbie HI...I am cooperfarmer lives in greer,s.c. have been over weight for many many years.I have tried hundreds of diets and even lose weight on them but just did not keep the weight off.I am depressed and very uncomfortable with my weight. I need help...I am married to a very precious man but he is no help at all. Fri, 7 Mar 2014 14:16:39 EST Hello My name is Kitty. I'm new to this site and very interested to see how it works out for me. My goals are simple, yet seem out of reach at times. I want lose weight and maintain it once I'm to my goal weight. Over the years I have had trouble keeping weight off or being too underweight. I just want to find a healthy balance. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 17:24:01 EST Anyone in Bluffton/Hilton Head area? I am looking for a "team-mate" who might be interested in meeting once a week to support each other. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 16:28:39 EST Weekend Challenge - What's Yours? I visited your lovely state last week. I did it - gave in to the temptations of the fine food. <BR> <BR> My weekend challenge is to get back on track. I really splurged and am finding it a challenge to track and not eat at random. Colorado is a long way from that food so that's a little help. <BR> <BR> What is your challenge? How can I support you? <BR> Sat, 8 Feb 2014 12:51:35 EST Hi, My name is Charlotte I am going to be accountable this year for the food that goes into my body! I will be married for 42 years next week, to my high school sweetheart. He has seen me all sizes and does complain about my size, he is concerned about my health. I have RA, High blood pressure and need to lose a lot of weight. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 22:35:45 EST My name is Frances Brown I will be 74 on April 1st I take a lot of medicine for high B/P, cholesterol, .I have had a quad-triple by pass (CABBAGE) four stints, both knees replaced, diabetic and a cancer survier. I think my diabetes makes everything worse. I have a hard time folleringg the diabetic diet I have a Handicapped daughter who has never walked or talked and a disable husband. I need support and accountiability. Thanks. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 08:47:11 EST Greetings from Bluffton SC Hi, retired executive age 64, diabetic, love being active. Looking for exercise buddy nearby and/or on line friends to provide encouragement and support. Looking forward to changing my life. Wed, 11 Dec 2013 20:10:15 EST Old/New Member I haven't been on here since I created this account in January. I'm hoping that I can accomplish some goals. My biggest problems are eating and motivation! Any help would be great Wed, 13 Nov 2013 15:39:48 EST Workout Partner I workout early in the mornings at New Life Fitness Center in Lexington, SC. I would like to find a workout partner to help hold my accountable. Mon, 28 Oct 2013 15:43:52 EST Lurking since July Hi, everyone. I joined the site in July 2013, but have finally decided to start tracking on a regular basis. In my 40s, married with two kids, female, 5'3", started 2013 at around 165 pounds and had just started taking a martial arts class once a week. Ten months later, am doing martial arts three days a week, yoga twice a week, and additional core/conditioning/fitness training five days a week. I plateaued at about 122 pounds a five weeks ago, and am ready to kick it to the next level, l... Sun, 27 Oct 2013 10:28:48 EST USC Study on Calorie Intake A recent USC study showed that people under report caloric intake and over report calories burned. Basically, self-reporting (especially among obese women) is WAY off, so much so that the in/out is physically impossible. The news blurb is below: <BR> <BR> University of South Carolina study shows flaws in NHANES data <BR> <BR> Four decades of nutrition research funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) may be invalid because the method used to collect the dat... Fri, 11 Oct 2013 09:03:00 EST Hi my name is Tammy I am obese for my size and need to lose more than my goal but I tried to make it reachable to start off. I work full time and volunteer at my church in the children's department. I joined a run/walk ministry and love to crochet. Exercise is new to me and it takes alot out of me to do any type of exercise. I have arthiritis in my back so therefore my legs bother me at times. I have been married for 31 years and have two grown boys, 22 and 26. Tue, 8 Oct 2013 15:28:04 EST New knee for me I'm having knee replacement surgery on Tuesday. I am hoping that recovery will go quickly and that I can get back to walking. Sun, 6 Oct 2013 17:44:42 EST Anyone in the Beaufort area? I am struggling to find a workout partner. I am looking for a female workout partner who is interested in walking/lifting weights/aerobics and/or possibly interested in walking a 5k together. I have only walked a 5 k once in my early twenties and would like to do that for fun again. please contact me if this fits you.Thanks Sun, 6 Oct 2013 12:09:28 EST I wanna fall in love with ME AGAIN HI, im a single mother of 5. I have a set of triplets plus two more I am desperately trying to lose weight I have been through a lot and I have completely fell out of love with myself. Im 5"7 and I weigh 300lbs I don't like my size at all because it makes me very insecure and not to mention it makes dating very difficult I know that you have to love yourself but its so hard to do when your not happy with your appearance. I also want to be healthy for my kids because im the only parent they ha... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 15:20:38 EST New to Spark People Hi everyone! I'm Jenn from Rock Hill. I've just joined this site and I'm hoping to be successful this time. I'm 35, happily married, no kids, but hoping to get healthy enough to have some soon. Anyone else from Rock Hill? Thu, 26 Sep 2013 20:04:16 EST Hi - New to web dieting Hi I'm El. I am new to this web dieting and feel that there is a lot of information to review. I think I am overwhelmed already. So hi and hopefully I can get help on losing the 100 pounds that I need to get off. Thu, 26 Sep 2013 09:21:21 EST First Day First day on SparkPeople, First Day Smoke free! Time to get healthier so I can be around for grandchildren some day. Long time smoker, looking for support. Thanks in advance to everyone that offers it. :) Sun, 8 Sep 2013 21:57:01 EST New Member Hi, I am from the lower part of SC and I want to lose a few pounds and stay healthy for my diabetes. I love walking and doing walk aerobics. I have a wonderful husband, 2 children, 5 grandchildren and one black cat. I am excited about being a part of this team. Wed, 4 Sep 2013 09:41:11 EST FIRST TIME ON MESSAGE BOARD HI I"M NOT SURE THAT I AM COMFORTABLE WITH GOING PUBLIC WITH TOO MUCH SHARING BUT I DO ENJOY TALKING WITH OTHERS SO HERE GOES.........I AM 82 YEARS OLD ,MARRIED FOR 66 YEARS TO A WONDERFUL FRIEND AND LOVING CARETAKER ,WE ARE BOTH CHRISTIANS AND LOVE TO SERVE OUR LORD IN ANY WAY HE CHOOSES (AND AS OUR AGING BODIES WILL ALLOW) WE HAVE 3 CHILDREN AND THEIR SPOUSES ,8 GRANDCHILDREN, 4 GREATS AND ANOTHER TWO ON THE WAY. I SINCERLY WANT TO LOSE WEIGHT AND EAT HEALTHIER IN ORDER TO BE ACTIVELY IN... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 12:54:38 EST Day 1 I live in the Sandhills of SC in Ruby. You blink, you miss us! I am a PW and homeschool mom to three wonderful kiddos! Blessed and can't wait to start shedding these stress pounds! <em>43</em> Sat, 17 Aug 2013 18:50:35 EST Dirty Girl Mud Run 5K in Charleston, SC Is anyone signed up to do the Dirty Girl Mud Run on Johns Island? My daughter & I are signed up. It looks like a lot of fun!! Thu, 15 Aug 2013 16:24:01 EST Hey there My name is Terri, I live in Lexington, SC. I've been on the dieting/exercise coaster for a while, start off good but loose motivation to keep at it. Just came across this website a few days ago, hoping to find ways to stay focused and actually meet my weight goal and turn this into a new lifestyle for my whole family. This is my birthday wish for myself to actually look in the mirror and like what I let the journey begin.. <em>104</em> Sat, 10 Aug 2013 10:05:15 EST Hi all! Hello all! my name is Jaye. I am 23 years of age. I'm just here to get some support with my weight loss journey and to hopefully make some new friends in the process. Thanks and nice to meet you all! :) Wed, 7 Aug 2013 15:43:17 EST Advice for new beginner Ok team I just started the sparkpage and daily I am getting us to it and it is helping out a good bit. It keeps me motivated but I am still finding it hard to keep track of my goals and everything going on..please give me some better tips and what helped you out when you first started Tue, 16 Jul 2013 11:33:21 EST Hello Hi my name is Veronica. I am excited to be a part of this group! <em>224</em> I need all the help I can get to reach my goal of 145 lbs. I am a teacher, 51 years young, with three adult children; one in college. I am determined to have a healthy, happy life. I feel that it's my time to take care of myself. I was at a stand still for 2 weeks and I finally lost 2 lbs. I am so glad I found this group! Fri, 28 Jun 2013 22:01:16 EST Emoticon - If You Did 20 Minutes of Excercise <em>248</em> Sun, 23 Jun 2013 15:38:55 EST A to Z Movie Titles A few good men Sun, 23 Jun 2013 15:36:24 EST 100 Fitness Minutes Challenge forJuly 1st to 7th This is to all those members who want a fitness challenge. Please let the team know periodically how you are doing and if you are successful in meeting the goal at the end of the week Sun, 23 Jun 2013 15:31:07 EST Lose 1 Pound Challenge for July 1st to 7th Please let the team know how you did at the end of the week. <BR> <BR> SW - 185.0 Sun, 23 Jun 2013 15:27:46 EST Give Others Motivation Challenge Option #1 - It is very exciting to get started on Spark people and newcomers like all of us need support, please take time to answer a first time blogger at least once a week. <BR> <BR> Option #2 - Please give a spark goodie to a team member or a spark friend <BR> <BR> Option #3 - Huddle with the team and look to see if any members clicked the "I need support" and leave them a notivational post on their sparkpage. Sun, 23 Jun 2013 15:22:57 EST 2013 Health Goals the year is almost halfway over and it's a few days into summer but there is still plenty of time to make goals for the rest of the year. <BR> <BR> Calorie Control Sun, 23 Jun 2013 15:16:45 EST Hey ya'll!! Well here I am up in beautiful Travelers Rest. I'm 58 years old. I want to be the 106 pound woman that lives inside me. That means I intend to lose 100 pounds. Now I am doing it for me. Hope it works. I need a walking/exercise buddy. I care my elderly mother, and can't go far from home, but I would love to have someone that is in as bad shape as me that needs my support, and can give some back. I would also like to find someone in the area that could perhaps guide me (are you skinny and want... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 08:20:03 EST Just getting started Hi, all, <BR> <BR> I joined Wednesday night which was the night before I had oral surgery. Probably not the smartest thing to do, but it was on my mind, and I wanted to do it before I talked myself out of it. Hopefully, I'll be all healed this week and ready to get started. <BR> <BR> I have about fifty pounds to lose, maybe a little less depending on which doctor's scale I go with. :-D <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to actually getting some momentum going and to talking with all of you! <B... Sat, 15 Jun 2013 22:52:51 EST Waving My Hand! Hi Everybody, I'm Shantelle From South Carolina.. Looking To Drop 65 lbs!! Wish Me Luck!!! Tue, 28 May 2013 21:55:03 EST Smooth Goals! This is kind of odd but I thought I would see what you thought. My wife and I have a silly bet going on that if I can get my abs back (especially my "v" lines) I can shave my arms, legs etc. I know that probably sounds like a weird bet. "Why would you shave your legs?" you ask... I don't know. I did it once after losing a bet in college, back when I would run regularly, I liked how the breeze felt against my skin. I just thought it looked neater too. <BR> <BR> Is that weird? haha. ... Fri, 24 May 2013 10:33:38 EST Intro Hello team members. My name is Shantelle I'm from SC.. I've decided to give Spark People a try after hearing nothing but great things! My weight loss journey has been struggle after struggle failure after failure .. It took some time but I am finally on the right path!! With high hopes of you guys encouragement motivation and recipes Nice to meet every one have a great day!! Wed, 24 Apr 2013 21:21:00 EST I'm still around Sorry I have not been on the boards lately. I have been training the past 2 weeks at work and have not been able to get on here. When this is over I will be able to get on more. (I jumped on real quick before I had to get started today) Hope everyone is doing great on the journey. I'm slipping a little not being faithful to Spark People so I know this system really works. Can't wait to get back full time! Wed, 17 Apr 2013 07:50:59 EST Fairly new to SparksPeop ple-really new to the tea I've been on SparkPeople for about a week and a half. I started to diet on January 8th 2013 and had lost 29 pounds as of the time my friend told me about this site. I've been tracking my food using the diabetic plan here. I've been choosing healthy foods and weighing and measuring all my foods. I lost 4 pounds my first 6 days and gained one this past week. I know that many things can effect what the scale will say, so I am not upset. I will lose next week. Instead of letting the scale ... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 14:59:29 EST exercise So I joined the gym,took my first water aerobics class for 1 hr. ,swam 45 mins. before class and 10 hrs. later having serious muscle spasms and leg cramps!! UGH!!! I hope it gets better soon!!! My body has not seen this kind of movement in say 40 yrs. I know it will take time but gosh it hurts like the dickens right now!!! Hope everyone had a great day!!! <BR> <BR> Allie Sat, 30 Mar 2013 20:32:43 EST Don't stress about not loosing right away! I have been stressing about my weight loss thinking that I wasn't loosing as fast as I should. That is until I found the Body Weight Simulator. The Body Weight Simulator was developed by Dr. Kevin Hall’s research group at the NIDDK and was published as part of The Lancet series on obesity. This simulator is supposed to be much more accurate than the 3500 cal per week idea. If you want to check it out the site is <link> </link> It shows a graph showing how the ... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 09:47:09 EST Hello! Hi there! My name is Laura Mount. I'm a recent graduate from Southern Wesleyan University, a bride to be come this October and actively seeking a job in this economy. Lately I have been actively working out starting with a basic vigorous yoga work out and walking a couple of miles at a local track with my sister. I have been concerned with my eating habits and have been looking for a program that I can stick to. I came across this site through a comment left on a forum and I think this is... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 17:01:26 EST Nice to meet you all! Hi, my name is Lissy. I moved to the Grand Strand area about a year ago from Montana. I am married with 3 kids (15, 13, and 10). I want to get into shape to set a better example for my kids and to gain more confidence in myself. I hate pictures so I never really let anyone take pics of me. This pic is from 2008 and I look WAY worse now. Too embarrassed to post a current picture, but I will put one out there eventually so that I can see the difference over time and hopefully inspire someo... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 10:36:21 EST Discouraged Good Morning! I am soo discouraged right now and need wise words of encouragement. I feel like I have been doing sooo good. And then I had this out of town wedding this weekend. We stayed at someone elses home and I did not have to much say over what I ate this weekend but, still felt like I made way better choices than what I would have in the past. I did not have any cake at the rhearsal dinner or the wedding and had small portions of whatever I ate. I weigh in on Monday mornings. I... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 08:16:26 EST Calorie Range Want to see if I'm on target with what everyone else is doing. What did you set as your calorie range? I set 1200-1550. Thu, 14 Mar 2013 12:10:01 EST Hey everyone! So I'm just starting this, and I'm pretty excited. I've been working out for a little bit now, but not really doing anything about my eating habits... Which kind of suck. I work out and what not, I am just trying to loose a few more pounds and "tone up" a bit! 12 pounds by April 12th! Wish me luck everyone! (: Tue, 12 Mar 2013 14:34:39 EST Hello Looking For Buddy Reevesvill /St.George area Hi, My name is Carolyn and I really need your help..I have got to get my weight and diabetes under control. lord knows I am not getting any younger.. I have found it is much easier to have a partner to exercise with and help motivate each other if you are in my area please contact me. Tue, 12 Mar 2013 00:38:52 EST Help with Protein I am struggling to get my protein in! What are you guys eating to get your protein? <BR> Fri, 8 Mar 2013 10:56:39 EST What did you have for breakfast? I think it's going to be a stressful day... a lot of people out sick. I stopped at Mcdonalds and got a yougurt Parfait and a sweet tea! (I havent had sweet tea in a week) I'm really trying to cut back! Wed, 6 Mar 2013 08:27:02 EST How have you changed your eating habits? What are some of the things that you thought you could never live without food wise? <BR> <BR> For exampe: I went to Subway this morning. I had a flat bread ham and egg white with some veggies. I did not have cheese or mayo!! That's huge for me! It actually tasted just fine without them. I'm sure I cut out a lot of fat and calories this way! Tue, 5 Mar 2013 13:22:04 EST Dinner ideas What are you guys eating for dinner? Neeed some new ideas! Thu, 28 Feb 2013 13:18:53 EST HELLO FROM TURBEVILLE SC My name is Lynn and I am excited about this new journey in my life! <em>30</em> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 21:48:02 EST LEGO League Anyone headed to White Knoll High School this weekend for the Lego League tournament? Mon, 18 Feb 2013 15:04:17 EST NEED A WORKOUT/ OTIVATOR BUDDY Maybe we all can repost where we are from ... so we all can see if their is someone out there also looking for a buddy. <BR> <BR> <BR> JAMES ISLAND Mon, 18 Feb 2013 00:22:07 EST New to the Carolinas (not so much) Greetings all! Looking for a fitness partner in crime in the Columbia area. I've gained a LOT of weight since moving to the south that I need to get rid of ASAP. My fault for getting off my health kick but I want to partner up with someone who will hold me accountable on this journey of losing 60lbs. Send me a message if you live in the area. Sat, 9 Feb 2013 22:58:50 EST Return to Spark 2013 Hi, my name is Judy. I am returning to Spark as I realize how great it is. As a refresher I am from the Greenwood area and I am 55 and will turn 56 in June. I have been married for 19 years. We have 4 children and 9 grandchildren. We are emptynesters. I am currently a homemaker, or as I like to call it, a "domestic engineer". I love being home. We love to camp! Camping to me is being in a camper up off the ground. But it is probably my favorite thing to do beside reading. <BR> <BR> Wh... Fri, 8 Feb 2013 08:54:14 EST Young mom of three needs to lose 60lb! My name is Chelsea. I am 22 years old with 3 children ages 3,2,and2months. I have always struggled with my weight and finally got to where I was confortable and then found out I was pregnant. Being married for 4 years and having three children has made me lose control of my appearance and weight is one of the biggest issues for me. I got to the point where I just didnt care but have finally got the courage to do something about it. I want to be healthy and able to chase my kids around and to ... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 12:50:32 EST new to sparkpeople and loving it! Hi everyone, <BR> Im Crystal and im new to spark people and can't wait to see my plan of weight loss work out after having a baby and trying a hundred different things to loose the the baby weight. Also i have type 1 diabetes and need to get my health back in track kind of got off track after having my daughter and trying to get there has been a struggle but can't wait to read everyone's success stories one of my favorite things to do it makes me so happy for those people and can't wait to be... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 00:58:45 EST small town girl Hi my name is Jan, this is new for me but I knew it was time for me to do something about my weight and I couldn't seem to do it by myself so here I am. To tell you something about myself I am from a town close to Orangeburg S.C. I am a 50 year old single mom of a 13 yr. old boy who is my heart. I am a born again believer, who loves the Lord and my church family. I hope to find friends to support me and that I can support in this journey. God bless. Fri, 1 Feb 2013 19:01:55 EST Possible Oil Drilling on SC Coasts I work in the SC Aquarium and today in our staff meeting we were told that the Aquarium, an establishment that has never taken a stance politically in the past, will be standing up against any future offshore drilling and any use of seismic airgun tests which they plan to start as early as NEXT YEAR; 2014. Obviously, since the Aquarium is heavily invested in both the area wildlife and local tourism this is a subject that would hit us on both fronts. However, I'm surprised that I haven't heard... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 13:28:51 EST Good Start, but a little Confused. I am feeling really good about my first 2 days with SP. This is the first time I'm eating more than 1200 calories expecting weight loss.It makes me a little nervous. Can anyone offer me any tips or insight on how eating more will result in a loss? Will I be most successful with following the recommended calorie range and recommended exercise amount? I'm used to exercising more than what was suggested. I appreciate insight from those who may be able to help me understand a little better. <BR> ... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 20:31:50 EST New here! Hello everyone, I'm new to this site, but have enjoyed everything so far! I'm looking forward to a positive (for a change!) experience in losing weight. I had been working out and trying to be portion conscious, but, I knew I needed more. My sister recommended this site to me, and I'm so grateful! Looking forward to an enjoyable time here getting to know others who also have the same goals. Wed, 16 Jan 2013 20:31:01 EST New me New year Hey guys I have looked over this site for a while and never had the motivation to try ! With help of my better half and my mom I have decided Im to young to feel so lousy and with that Im on my journey to a better me I know now that everything doesnt happen over night and I have to have patience with myself when it comes to improving health I am hoping most of all that my anxiety , panic , weight and depression are gone by this same time next year! good luck to everyone else also ! Mon, 14 Jan 2013 11:53:03 EST Looking for a workout partner I am looking for a femail workout partner in the Lexington Area. At home workouts are good for me, walking, etc. I can offer billy blank , juillian michaels, turbo jam and mari windsor pilaties dvds. Just need a place to do them with a partner as my place isn't big enough for more than one person to be working out at one time. <BR> <BR> Message me if interested and we can set up a meeting to talk about it :) <BR> <BR> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 23:32:21 EST Anderson area, any members from here? I live in North Anderson and am new to SC. Finding it difficult to navigate the Spark site efficiently, looking for members who are local to walk with and discuss the benefits of the Spark program. Wed, 9 Jan 2013 13:45:07 EST New to SP! So excited :) I am brand new to this program and so far I have spent a few days looking around and it seems like SUCH a great program and idea. Love this! Anyway, I am a 21 year old from South Caroline who is going to school for marketing. I have been struggling with my weight all my life and I am now working on approaching it with a new attitude and perspective! Would love to get to know people! Tue, 8 Jan 2013 18:23:53 EST Brinkly1 Hello all and happy new year! Joining today and so excited to see what the year brings for me in my jouney. I'm not looking for a skinny quick fix but a healthy way of life that will lead to a smaller me. will need all the help I can get. The spark people has a lot of information and I am learning more every time I log in. Tue, 8 Jan 2013 13:22:07 EST Mochasla Good morning, <BR> <BR> My name is Sheila and live on the East Coast. A few years ago I took a challenge with a friend to lose some weight. I was quite successful with the weight loss; however I have started to put it back on. This past November I joined a gym but with the holidays I did not do as well as I should have. I am back in the gym. My goal is to lose 15 lbs but I will be satisfied with 10. Believe me losing that ten pounds has been a challenge. Tracking my food daily makes m... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 05:13:18 EST Fitness Events for Beginners around Charleston Hello! As the title says I'm looking for Charleston fitness events. I've been able to find a 2013 race list but I'm not really up to running a 5k yet. I was hoping to start a little smaller with a charity walk or something. I know they happen but I'm still pretty new to the area and I don't have enough specifics to even do a decent google search. I would really appreciate any help you could give. Thanks! Thu, 3 Jan 2013 14:42:51 EST New to South Carolina Upstate and Spark Hi all - I have only been in SC for 1 year and love love love it. I just had bariatric sleeve surgery but know that it is only a tool to changing my life style. I LOVE Spark so far but want to get involved in a support system where I can help others while being supported. <BR> <BR> Looking forward in meeting all of you through cyberaspace and possibly in person. Thu, 3 Jan 2013 06:02:37 EST The new girl Hello everyone! I am Megan and I go to chiropractic school in SC. I am trying to get HEALTHY and HAPPY. Even though weight loss is one of my goals, I am not just trying to get skinny. I am mainly attempting to become happy with myself inside and out. Wed, 2 Jan 2013 10:00:25 EST New comer to the site Hi my name is Krystal and I am new to the site. I am happy to see alot of you doing great and keep up the great work. Tue, 1 Jan 2013 11:55:00 EST Hi everyone ! So I just created my program yesterday, I am on the crew team, so my main workouts will consist of rowing, erging, and running. I also just ordered the Zumba fitness dvds, so if anyone has any workout suggestions or simply anything in general feel free to write me! In the past I have not done so well with programs because I eventually slack off, I am hoping being on sparkpeople and interacting with people that have the same goals will give me accountability! Wed, 26 Dec 2012 22:18:40 EST Getting Started Good evening this is my first time hearing of this program. I have tried so many before and I'M hoping that this one works with the supports of my team members. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. My goal is to lose 75(lbs) . I will be in wedding in May so I hope that I will be beyond my half way point. Wed, 26 Dec 2012 16:55:29 EST Being Overweight is a Bitter Nightmare~ I'm new here. I just joined a few days ago and I am really wanting to fit into my size 12 jeans again. I've gained 60lbs in the past 6 years since I met my husband. I just got married in November and I'm looking to lose back down to what I weighed when I was 20. I've always been heavy ~ Now I want to be healthy since My husband and I are starting a new life together. I'm really excited I found this website. I have a work out buddy but I know I'm going to need lots of support and motivation. I... Wed, 26 Dec 2012 16:31:14 EST ch-ch-changes I'm finishing up school. Just completed a certification exam. Soon I will be a grandmother again. Now I need to get back in shape. Looking for motivation and ideas for busy moms who work full time! Tue, 18 Dec 2012 22:55:40 EST Hello, Anybody from Spartanburg or surrounding? Hi, Im on my way to losing weight and I have faith I can do it, whose with me? Thu, 29 Nov 2012 11:48:23 EST Fed up... My name is Harley. I live in a rural farming community in South Carolina (near Saluda). I am married and have 2 children. I work full time in the medical field. We (my husband and I) run a poultry farm as well. This past February my 32 year old husband suffered a heart attack and had to undergo quadruple bypass surgery. I vowed to him that I would change my cooking ways and help him change his diet....I have....but have neglected myself. I need to be held accountable and motivation! Mon, 19 Nov 2012 06:14:57 EST Hey I am new here and just wanted to say hello and a little gun shy trying to figure site out bare with me. Sun, 11 Nov 2012 21:33:20 EST mawmaw barbara a mother,grandmother,and great grandmother and very proud of them Fri, 9 Nov 2012 23:24:11 EST new to sparkpeople recently joined and i love this website!! i look forward to logging in everyday! my goal is to loose 10 pounds and be the healthiest i can at my age. i have been using the firm workouts for 12 years and am excited about the firm believers team! is there a way to calculate calories burned with the firm workouts? if anyone knows please message be back, thanks !! Thu, 18 Oct 2012 20:24:09 EST looking for others to walk the Charleston Turkey R Hi, One of my goals is to walk in the Charleston Turkey Day Run on Thanksgiving. I am looking to see if anyone might want to join me. Let me know if you are interested. My daughter will be running and I want someone to walk with me. <BR> Sat, 13 Oct 2012 21:24:31 EST Why is it always skinny women doing exercise video I am a 50 year old obese woman who needs exercises that suit my body structure. Why are there no exercise videos showing real people who are 200lbs at least. I am tired of seeing some skinny woman showing me exercises that I and others my size can't do! I am sure that there are plus size healthy women who can show me how to do the exercises and I can relate to! I just curious that all......Just Asking! Any one ever asked this question or am I the first Can anyone answer this for me? Tue, 25 Sep 2012 22:36:44 EST *Sumter* Needs friends that have more than 200lbs Hi! Yes this is me again If you have more than 200lb to loose or have lost more than 200lb please <BR> <BR> contact me! I need some one to talk to who has the same amount to loose or lost. I like this team and would hate to go to 200+ team. please help!!! : - ( Mon, 24 Sep 2012 17:37:11 EST Looking for near team mates Hello every one, my name is Marilyn and I live in Sumter. Does any one live in Sumter? Thank y'all for accepting me to your team! Mon, 24 Sep 2012 17:13:21 EST Hello Pat from Duncan SC Sat, 22 Sep 2012 20:35:32 EST Newbie to Spark,oldie to weight loss Tried other programs with minimal success. Hoping to get 20 lbs off. I'm a full time working nurse who has begun to tire after working all day. Used to come home and run 3-4 miles after work. Where has my energy gone to? <BR> Please keep me motivated. Tue, 18 Sep 2012 20:07:29 EST Ready to be a loser Hi, I am D Bow, <BR> I have played the gain and lose game for most of my life. I currently weigh 210 lbs. I want to be a healthier person. This is the first time that I have joined a support group. I think I have found the help that I need to reach my goal of being healthier at 130 lbs. Beleive me, I need all the support that I can get. I will commit myself to keeping a regular blog of my progress. Thanks for all your support. <BR> <BR> D Bow Mon, 17 Sep 2012 14:44:22 EST Anyone else from Hilton Head? Hey everyone! I just moved here in June, and absolutely ADORE this state. I live on Hilton Head Island with my husband and pets. Just wondering if anyone else is out there nearby, would love buddies to check in with! Sun, 16 Sep 2012 17:31:41 EST Introduction/ information Hello South Carolina Losers! how are y'all doing this evening? Thank you for having me on you team. I need all the help I can get! I just turned 50 on September 6th! Five days later my doctor put me on a 1200 calorie diet and 150minutes of exercise a week. I can handle the diet part, it's the exercise part where I have the problem. I tried walking on the treadmill and almost passed out! I am real heavy and I can only stand for short periods of time before my back starts to hurt and my feet b... Sat, 15 Sep 2012 20:02:04 EST How's everyone doing? How much have you lost? I've lost 2 pounds in 2 days! I haven't really started yet either. My husband and I are going to lose weight together and plan to start Monday. But we've started to watch what we eat already. I'm not sure why I even got on the scale this morning after weighting on Wed. But I was shocked to see I was down 2 pounds already!! How great is that?! <BR> So how is everyone else doing? Have you lost what you've wanted to so far and how much do you have to go? What have you lost so far? Fri, 14 Sep 2012 20:39:55 EST blew it today I am so upset...I followed my plan to a tee until my boss brought in a bag of Hershey's snack bars...I think I ate 8 or 10 of them, Once I ate the first one, I could not stop...until I felt sick over all that sugar....well, irrespective of this big blunder, I came home and ate the meal that I planned in my tracker....sugar is definitely my downfall! Fri, 14 Sep 2012 19:02:56 EST Anyone near Lancaster? I'm in Great Falls but go to Lancaster about once a week. I could use a buddy to help me stay on track. My husband and I are going to start P90X Monday. He's not the best motivator. We have 2 kids and a lab. I'm 27. I work part time. I'm 238 pounds my heaviest is 248. My goal is 150. So I have a long way to go. Having an email buddy to see how i'm doing every now and then would be great. Maybe get together once a month. I love to go to state parks and walk/hike. Thu, 13 Sep 2012 07:11:41 EST My official introduction I live in Townville. I am a stay at home mom, full time. I dabble in do it yourself and various antiques. I have a wide variety of interests. <BR> I have yet to set any goals because first I need to get comfy. Wed, 12 Sep 2012 14:30:57 EST Hello from a newbie Hello, just wanted to introduce myself to you. <BR> My name is doug and i am from the Summerville SC area.I have been dieting for a while now, but seem to have gained back most of what I lost.Now trying to keep motivated, it is hard for me because I seem to need constant pushing to keep going. I have 2 little ones at home so finding time to work out is a challenge, as well as not having anyone to work out with. Wed, 12 Sep 2012 07:52:04 EST I am new on here and live near Greer I am from Lyman age 60 and would like an email buddy or someone to encourage me. I am obese (198 lbs, 5'6") with high triglycerides plus IBS. I am on a special I diet that contains no salt or sugar, but I can eat apples, red grapes, pineapple and watermelon. I can also eat some whole grains, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, turnip greens, spinach, and a little low-fat frozen yogurt. Chicken, boiled eggs, a little peanut butter, hummus, and salmon are the meats I eat. I drink up to 96oz of water a day... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 21:22:24 EST Hi everyone Hi everyone I am a new member I have twin girls (3) and a 9 month old boy, i am starting medical school january and have a good husband as well. some days are better than others. before i had kids i was 140lbs and active after my twins i had more medical problems than i have ever had and i have been depressed because of the weight gain that i couldnt lose i went from 140 to 205, then with my son i went from 205 to 220 and thats where i am now. i just want to feel like myself again. my depress... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 12:01:23 EST TBoneOwen Hello! Today is my first day! I need encouragement. Tue, 11 Sep 2012 09:54:42 EST First time doing something like this Hello everyone, My name is Holly and this is the first time doing something like this. My goal is to lose atleast 35 pounds and I hope that I can achieve this goal with the help of this site. I am very excited to get started. I am 41 years old and it is getting harder to lose this weight. I love to read, spend time with my family, and love my frenchie, and anything to do with bulldogs. I would love to have someone to exercise with, as I think it would help me to reach my goals faster. I also... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 09:53:54 EST I need a buddy Is there anyone in the Beaufort (lowcountry) area that is willing to be my weight loss buddy. I really need it! I am a foodie...emotional eater...66..almost 67 years old, high blood pressure, bad knees and back...widowed, stressed out...and really need to lose some weight...I am my highest weight 219 pounds...5'! <BR> <BR> Bonnie Sun, 9 Sep 2012 22:15:23 EST Just to introduce myself... Hi there! I'm Taylor and I'm new to this whole sparkpeople thing -- I ran my first half marathon in the spring as sort of a prove-I-could-do-it sort of thing and loved it! Now I'm just trying to eat healthfully and stay fit. Sun, 9 Sep 2012 12:36:12 EST Any women in the Lexington Area? Are there any ladies in the lexington area that would like to pair up for walking, etc. . . . <BR> <BR> <BR> Single or with kids in tow is fine. I do have a 3 yr old of my own. Wed, 5 Sep 2012 22:13:39 EST New to SparkPeopl Hey everyone, I'm Kayla and I'm new. I just started to diet today (well, started over) and I am really going to try to keep it up this time. I am looking for people I can talk to...Wish me luck! Tue, 4 Sep 2012 19:10:34 EST Hello I am a 56 year old female that has had a double cerebral brain stem stroke with damage and has diabetes i have been on Metformin 2 times daily for over 5 years and as of recently have been also put on the Levemir Flex Pen 1 time daily. After the stroke I lost alot of the ability to exercise normally and as for walking i can but maybe a block stopping 2 to 3 times to rest. I would like to do this walk without stopping. And I always use a walker. So needless to say I put the weight on and for ... Tue, 4 Sep 2012 12:05:09 EST Hi from Lexington! Hi, I'm Autumn, momma of 2 daughters, and wife of 8 years. :) If anyone is close to the dam, and ever wants to walk it, send me some spark mail, and I'll meet you there! :) Sat, 1 Sep 2012 07:38:59 EST 42 and 40lbs to lose. Hi I'm Annie, I have 40lbs to lose looking forward to adventure, PRAYING for success - looking for support as I spend the next 9 months transforming my life. Thu, 30 Aug 2012 19:42:21 EST oldie but newbie I am an oldie when it comes to fighting my weight...I've done it all my life. I am a newbie to this site. Looking for encouragement, ideas, motivation tips.... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 14:57:06 EST roebuck sc hello i live in roebuck sc. i am currently living in a camper. i need to get back on track and would love to find some people to be friends with. finding it so hard to eat right since i am having money issues due to health stuff. yet i make just a bit too much for food stamps. Thu, 23 Aug 2012 22:13:57 EST Hey! I'm Laura! :) Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm Laura. I'm from the Florence/Myrtle Beach area. I have struggled with weight my whole life. I weighed myself the other day and am officially the heaviest I have ever been. At 220.2 lbs I realized it is time for a change. I am super motivated and ready to do this. <BR> <BR> I bought an elliptical Sunday, and have worked out on it everyday I have owned it so far.. Except today, because I had to/have to work. I'm feeling upset that I can't work out on it today. <B... Wed, 22 Aug 2012 12:07:15 EST I'm Craig My name is Craig. I joined here a couple of days ago and am still in the process of looking around. I currently need to lose about 40 lbs. and would appreciate any ideas on healthy meals, pointers, etc. <BR> <BR> I also enjoy being outdoors, fishing, being involved in activities at church, and meeting new people. I hope you all are having a great day! Tue, 21 Aug 2012 11:30:28 EST Hi! I'm Lee! Im a student at Clemson University and I'm morbidly obese. Just a couple years ago, I'd gotten down from my 270lbs to 190lbs through exercise (though, not much dieting). It took a long time for me to reach my lowest weight of 190 in August of 2009. I had surgery and was not able to workout the way I wanted to for 6 weeks. During this time, I moved away from my gym. I never did get back into working out consistently. I would go to the gym before work 4 times a week and play a couple hours of t... Tue, 21 Aug 2012 09:57:44 EST hi hi, I am new and I am from Myrtle Beach- originally from Massachusetts <em>213</em> Fri, 17 Aug 2012 11:25:09 EST Hi, I am new to this! Hi, I am Beth. I have 2 kids that I give my all too as well as a full time student. I am in my second marriage and started this journey because we want to have a kid of our own. I have not been happy with the way I look for a long time, but now have the motivation and the support to start and hopefully succeed. There is not much else to me, I spend my time with my family (hubby is in the Military so he is only home half the time) and doing school work. Wed, 15 Aug 2012 16:41:03 EST New Beginnings Hello, I'm working on a new beginning.. In the past 10 years, my life has been a challage. My husband and I started raising two of our grand childern. It is not easy starting over with kids when you get older. But two years ago, I lost my husband to cancer, so it has been a big change for me and the kids, I have gained about 50 pounds these past two years. I'ts so hard to get this weight off. I see the sparkpeople ad, I said thank you Lord, I now can see some light. So throughout this proces... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 18:28:38 EST Just joined today, and super excited Hi there, I'm Chandra. Mother of 3 but only 1 still at home. I've been trying for 10 years to lose these extra 20 pounds! I hope i can meet some motivational members here to help me....LOL. <BR> I need to end my love affair with food and start loving me some more. Please drop me a line if you live in Goose Creek and work out at the rec center. Sun, 12 Aug 2012 18:13:20 EST Finally getting serious Hello everyone,I have been a member for awhile now and not been serious about this weight loss journey. My blood sugar is rising, and my blood pressure is off the charts. Haveing a hard time finding meds to bring my blood pressure down. My health care provider found something that worked, and my face became so swollen, I had to stop it. I know what I need to do, now is the time to be held accountable, my journey starts NOW! With all the information here at sparkpeople, I know I can do th... Sun, 12 Aug 2012 11:36:19 EST Hi! I'm Dale :-) Hey y'all! <BR> <BR> My name is Dale, and I'm a kids' pastor in Greenville. I once was rather large, spent years learning new habits/routines/etc and got down to large. A couple of years ago, I was running regularly, and even got a few races under my belt (one being a half marathon). LIfe got hectic, and I quit running and working out. Now, I'm back to rather large. I was 282 on April 1st of this year. I am currently 260, and have just yesterday started working out/running again. <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 9 Aug 2012 20:00:31 EST Hi from Greenville I am 29 and am looking for encouragement and a team to connect with. It is hard to workout with skinny minis they don't get why you are huffing and puffing. I would like to learn new ways to workout and hopefully i can find that here Mon, 6 Aug 2012 10:05:32 EST fellow lowcountrians? wondering if i may find a walking buddy once it isn't so insanely hot outside... Thu, 2 Aug 2012 03:28:55 EST I need a year of Carla My name is Carla. I am a mother of 5 and grandmother of 1. I have always done for everyone else and now I'm ready for me. I have 50 pounds to lose and I want to be healthy. I need all the help I can get! Tue, 31 Jul 2012 11:57:49 EST Hi from Greenville :) Hi yall! I've recently joined and wanted to introduce myself. My name is Brittney and I'm 23 years old. I work third shift right now and i'm trying to find some motivation to NOT sleep the day away and actually get up and go to the gym. Hope everyone's having a good day! Sun, 22 Jul 2012 21:27:28 EST roseinfinger I am a 27 year school teacher and now in my late fifties. I so want to lose some pounds off my body. I am willing to start but I do need support out there from others who ar trying to do the same. I do not want to be depressed anymore. I want to get healthy and do exercise. Please help me to achieve my goal. I will take it one day at a time. Sun, 22 Jul 2012 19:54:52 EST Hello from Summerville! Hello from the beautiful South Carolina Lowcountry! <em>47</em> I live in metro Charleston (Summerville) and joined SP this week. I'm looking forward to working on and achieving my goals of losing weight and better physical fitness. I'm also looking forward to "meeting" other SP members in the area. Thu, 19 Jul 2012 14:23:14 EST Weight Loss Success On Sunday, I bought new capris that are 3 sizes smaller than the size I wore in January. Despite some setbacks (my antique analog scale was LIGHT by nearly 15 pounds I found out in mid January - YIKES!), I've been working hard to lose weight and eat healthier. I've tried lots of different workout programs and have found my home with a group of women at my local fitness center. Our light aerobics program, supplemented with my own cross training inventions, have helped me enjoy going to the gym... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 08:36:49 EST Hey Ya'll =) Hey everyone. This is my first time on Spark People! I'm really excited and ready to lose this weight! I am 21 years old and I currently weigh 175. My goal is 130. I definitely need help with developing better eating habits. My fiance and I started running 3x/week 2 weeks ago. I'm starting to feel a lot better, but I know I have a long way to go. I think that being a part of this team will help me tremendously! Best Wishes to you all! Mon, 16 Jul 2012 16:17:42 EST kingstree mom anyone from kingstree sc like to make workout group/ play date for kids Fri, 13 Jul 2012 20:48:41 EST hi hi yall the name is mandy i am a 27 year old stay at home mom from kingstree sc. I am looking foward to talking to yall and getting as much help as i can get on lossing my stuck on weight. i will b here if anyone would like to chat. Fri, 13 Jul 2012 16:19:36 EST HELLO Hi All, <BR> <BR> My name is Felicia. I am in need of some motivational spark friends. Please add me and support me on my weight loss journey and i will gladly do the same for you. <BR> <BR> I'm ready to win by losing!!!!! Who's with me!!!!! Mon, 9 Jul 2012 14:40:22 EST HELLO Hi All, <BR> <BR> My name is Felicia. I am in need of some motivational spark friends. Please add me and support me on my weight loss journey and i will gladly do the same for you. <BR> <BR> I'm ready to win by losing!!!!! Who's with me!!!!!111 Mon, 9 Jul 2012 14:40:10 EST Hello I am new to the team! I am in the clemson/upstate area. I really need motivation to stick with this. I am looking for someone to keep me accountable and push me when I need to be pushed. I will also be a motivating friend to those who need a little extra push. Who wants to join me on my Weight-loss Journey. (add me as a spark friend) Mon, 9 Jul 2012 14:34:56 EST Sugar Addict I want to lose weight but my biggest setback is my love for sugar. Help!! Wed, 4 Jul 2012 11:57:52 EST Anyone from Myrtle beach sc Hi I've been with spark for I think 3 years or so and I have been gone for a very long time and I am looking for some people in Myrtle beach to help with motivation Mon, 25 Jun 2012 12:50:14 EST 82nd Place?! Admittedly, I've never really been one to join challenges or compete in anything on Spark People. It's been something of an achievement just for me to keep at it as long as I have this time. However, I was poking around and ended up at the fitness city leader boards and Charleston is in 82nd place. Columbia is only in 66th place! And it's not just big cities like LA or New York that are beating us. We are getting beat by towns like Peoria and Spokane! <BR> <BR> Just seeing that board makes m... Tue, 19 Jun 2012 12:37:03 EST neeeding to lose these 40 pounds! I've never posted to one of these boards but I'm ready for some motivation from real people with real weight loss struggles. I'm looking for motivation and encouragement..especially in the dining out department! Sun, 17 Jun 2012 23:35:34 EST Shy Bee I am new to the site and excited about changing my lifestyle and the way I treat my body when doing one of my most favorite things EATING!!!!!!! Fri, 15 Jun 2012 06:12:53 EST Hello Hello everyone! I have been struggling with my weight for many years. However, I am continuously committed to breaking the cycle of obesity in my family. I wish everyone the best of health! Wed, 13 Jun 2012 23:26:18 EST My name is Lillie Hi. I'm new here. Thought I'd try something completely different. So, instead of pretending to go on a diet every Monday of the year, I want to give this a try. I'm generally a happy, healthy person, but I've packed on even more weight in the past 6 months and I'm feeling it in my back, my knees and I can't walk without getting winded. I'm hoping this will be a fresh start for me. Tue, 12 Jun 2012 23:39:14 EST Tackling depression and anxiety I have resolved to get my life back on track. This is a very hard thing to do considering I need to lose around 100 lbs while struggling with severe anxiety (sometimes I can't even leave the house) and depression. My life has gotten away from me somehow, but I am determined to get it back! I know it will be hard, but I also know that it will be worth it. I want to heal myself from within with diet and exercise. Not that I am against medication, it's just not for me. Has anyone else gone throu... Sat, 9 Jun 2012 18:57:55 EST Here I go again! Well, in an effort to once again lose some weight and improve my eating and fitness habits, I thought I would give Sparkpeople a go and actually join a group. I'm looking forward to the motivation that sharing thoughts and tips with others can provide. See you all on the boards! Fri, 8 Jun 2012 12:47:21 EST Florence, SC Buddy Needed I live just outside of Florence, near FMU. I have a lot of motivation to lose weight. However, I would like someone to hang out with. It is usually just me and the kids and they get kinda boring to talk to. Wed, 6 Jun 2012 17:11:16 EST Tell members about yourself Hi, <BR> My name is Reba and I'm from Charleston, SC. I have been doing the yo yo diet thing for years. This is my final diet. Once I get to my goal weight I'm going to maintain it. I lost 45 pounds a year ago and I gained 7 pounds back. So I figure I need to go ahead and knock those pounds off before I keep gaining. This time I'm going to lose 30 pounds and maintain that. This seems to be an awesome support site. Could someone tell me where the weight trackers under most peoples pos... Mon, 21 May 2012 16:59:19 EST Hey I joined Sparks awhile back but didn't do much with it. I have decided not to let another year go by wishing I had taken better care of myself. So, here goes....y'all pray for me!!!!! : ) Fri, 18 May 2012 22:29:23 EST Is anyone from Easley/Anderso on/Greenville? Hi I'm looking for new friends that I can exercise with. If anyone is interested send me a message :) Thu, 10 May 2012 21:39:33 EST Hi Team! I wanna be a SC loser!! :-) Hello to all. I'm new here, and just wanted to say Howdy! :-) Wed, 9 May 2012 16:36:39 EST awt hi i am a 29 year old female with over 50 pounds to lose and i hope to make some new friends along the way who is trying to loss weight also Sun, 29 Apr 2012 21:21:50 EST New to Sparkpeople Hi I'm new to sparkpeople. I'm 46 and have been dieting my entire life. 8 years ago I joined another weight group and lost 252 only to gain most of it back. I'm now a grandmother of 6 and i'm ready to take my life back. Most people take little things for granted just walking around the neighborhood for me would be like Christmas, I"m going to put 200% into this and lose this extra baggage I know will lengthen my life. Sun, 29 Apr 2012 13:26:41 EST New to SparkTeam Hi all! <BR> <BR> I am newbie here, excited to get started on the forums. I have been dieting on and off most of my adult life. At this point I have decided to drop the diets.. and go for for attainable solutions.I have quit smoking (3 months out so far) and I try to walk everyday. I have been working on eating lots of fresh veggies and fruits instead of chips and ice cream. So far I am 80 lbs. down, 40 more to go. Looking forward to meeting you all! <BR> <BR> Kathy Wed, 25 Apr 2012 11:39:21 EST Prosperity anyone anyone from prosperity or close? Tue, 24 Apr 2012 19:28:29 EST New Here Hello everyone. I have joined this site in hopes that through it I can be more motivated. I was always that small girl in school and at work that everyone hated. You know the one always eating but seemingly never gaining weight. Boy how the tides have changed. I hardly even recognize myself. I have been on a rollercoaster of weight loss and weight gain, with a trainer and without. I still love to eat and drink my sodas and coffee loaded with sugar and cream. I used to be the one exerc... Tue, 24 Apr 2012 18:18:58 EST hello from Boiling Springs, SC Hi everyone, I am new here. I live in Boiling Springs, SC. I have lost 30 lbs in the past year and a half but seem to have stopped once I started taking Estrogen. I have only gained back about 8 lbs, so I am hoping this place helps keep me motivated. I also recently had back surgery so that did not help me get to my goals. I am excited about starting this program and meeting people that can help motivate. Tue, 24 Apr 2012 18:08:01 EST new to team i just joined the site today and was a little overwhelmed with all the information and i just wanted to make sure i say hi before i go to bed. Sun, 15 Apr 2012 22:43:17 EST First day on my plan not so bad! Hey Ya'll I made it the first day and followed plan to the T! I'm so excited to get back to taking care of me. I had lost 46lbs. before but gained a good amount back. My self esteem took a hit I'm on the way back up girls! Wed, 11 Apr 2012 20:37:59 EST SORE MUSCLES I feel like im 90 years old. Jillian Michaels really kicks my butt. :) <em>46</em> Wed, 11 Apr 2012 14:13:33 EST Here I go again! Today IS a new day! Hi. My new goal is to take care of me in every way, health, spiritual, financial and so on. I have spent the last few years taking care of my husband with the terrible cancer that has just about destroyed us in so many ways. He is doing well and I NEED to get back on track! I look forward to talking to you all! Tue, 10 Apr 2012 19:50:08 EST Thank you! Thanks you everyone who sent me wonderful birthday wishes! Sat, 31 Mar 2012 15:41:57 EST Love The Spice Hi All, This is my first time EVER joining anything online - SparkPeople folks seem very kind, knowlegable and supportive - so here goes! I'm 58 and have never been overweight but was recently diagnosed with prediabetes. This scared me a lot because I have a family history on both sides of Type II diabetes. I made an appointment with an R.D. and have implemented most of her recommendations... but I run into trouble because I HATE to exercise and I crave starchy foods (like dry cereal) after... Fri, 30 Mar 2012 12:42:47 EST Soaring This is the biggest I have ever been in my life. I am 195 lbs. Tears come to my eyes as I write this. I use the word "soaring" as the title of my page because it is my favorite word, definitely NOT because I feel like I am. I am avoiding all family functions; i.e. weddings, showers, graduations, etc. I feign illness as the reason because I do have some health issues. Today I have not eaten anything yet. I do not work because of a disability, but I am still very functional so that's not an exc... Mon, 26 Mar 2012 14:06:52 EST New & Nervous Hey guys, <BR> <BR> New to this weight loss stuff. Always been in pretty great shape until the last couple years. I've known I needed to lose weight the last 6 month but lacked the motivation or discipline. But someone asked me today if I was expecting... I almost broke down in tears right then and there. So i'm offically over the excuses and ready to do something and feel like my old self again! Looking forward to it all. <BR> <BR> Loves, <BR> <BR> Ali Wed, 21 Mar 2012 21:22:06 EST Sring is in the air Trying really hard to get my water in me. I have been drinking 8 cups for the last 3 days, which is a great achievement for me. I dislike water, or nature juice as my mother-in-law calls it. But I am determined to get at least that much a day before I treat myself to something else. <BR> <BR> I have been working in the garden the last few days and feeling pretty good about it. It is always exciting to plant something and watch it grow into a vegatable or beautiful flower. It also helps me ge... Tue, 20 Mar 2012 19:59:04 EST Kick Fat Butt Hello everyone my name is Utopia i'm new to the group. I'm here to kick fat butt. Sun, 18 Mar 2012 19:31:45 EST I'm new to Sparkspeople Hi, I'm Lady B and I join this site hoping to find people that's is excited and supported about losing weight. My problem is my weight going up and down like a yo-yo. My FAULT because I lose FOCUS. But I am looking for the support from you out there. So help me out please check on me EVERY other DAY to make sure I keep my focus this time. I have just join a 24 hour gym and I am determine to use it this time. Thu, 15 Mar 2012 13:45:17 EST Newbie here Hello all! Thank you for welcoming me. I look forward to losing and hearing and learning from everyone! Wed, 14 Mar 2012 10:07:49 EST Here I go again I started sparkpeople about 2 weeks ago. I lost all the weight I wanted and needed to about 3 years ago. I don't know what happened but before I knew it I had gained it all back plus some. I tried other diets along the way because I could no longer afford the diet I was on when I lost all the weight. Nothing worked. I found Sparkpeople by chance and decided to give it a try. It couldn't hurt, could it, plus it was free and all the tools I was looking for.I feel I am doing pretty good. I still... Tue, 13 Mar 2012 18:40:54 EST Jennifer: French Teacher from SC Hello everyone! I must thank you for the welcoming messages I've already received and the support so far! I am a 25 year old French teacher in my second year of teaching. I noticed that I started gaining weight in my transition to college and since then, almost 8 years later, I've been through many cycles of starting a weight loss program and fizzling out before making a lot of progress. I lost 20 lbs with Nutrisystem, bringing me down to 167, but I quickly gained it back within the year ... Mon, 12 Mar 2012 19:03:28 EST Cooper River Bridge Run/Walk I am curious if anyone has registered for the Bridge Run/Walk. If so do you have any advice or suggestions? I've registered this year for the walk/run (I'm not a runner though I would like to be). It is my first race ever. <BR> <BR> Some days I really wonder why the hell I am doing this. Probably not what I should have picked for my first time in any run/walk and while I knew there were a LOT of people that do this, I guess I never realized it would be about 45,000 of them! I admit I'... Thu, 8 Mar 2012 09:37:51 EST Hi my name is Denae I am 43 and A mother of 2, they are adults now. Now it is time to work on me. Tue, 28 Feb 2012 19:13:45 EST starting tomorow... I am on my way to lose 40 pounds by October. I need to lose more in the long run, but for now this is my goal. <BR> <BR> Sun, 26 Feb 2012 19:45:53 EST im excited about this!!!!!!!!!! hi everyone im new this but i have being doing weight loss on my on for 2years i went from a size 22 now a size 12/14 went from 236 ponds to my now weight 164. Now this was not an easy task for me i struggle but i made it now i need to tone it. oh yeah everybody needs i booster but know i did not have any type surgey scared to death of that i was motivated by real people co-workers who helped and stood by me the whole time. i think this is a good site so im getting ready to get started with t... Sat, 25 Feb 2012 09:12:47 EST It's me!! Hello! My name is Wendy and I live in Charleston, SC. I packed on the pounds several years ago when I started taking medications for my bipolar disorder and when my job went from waiting tables to sitting at a desk on the phone all day. Its so easy to not notice your weight is climbing and then it hits you all at once. I believe many of the ill feelings both physically and mentally can be resolved through getting back into a healthy, active lifestyle. I'm looking forward to learning how to ea... Mon, 20 Feb 2012 12:26:35 EST Myrtle Beach 5K Last Night I completed my first ever 5K. I was so nervous. My heart was racing before I even crossed the start line (I eventually caught up to it). I was so nervous I was crying and shaking. Once I heard the gun start That all went away. I kept telling myself " you got this" and I endured. I had two goal going into this...not to come in last and to come in under 50min. I accomplished both. I came in 821 out of 860. And I beat my personal best. 49:46. Extremely proud of myself. Just wanted to ... Sat, 18 Feb 2012 22:23:05 EST WOOHOO DOWN 2 MORE I weighed this morning and was down 2 more pounds. I was so excited. Tell me something---did any of you see the show on Dr. Oz where he talked about raspberry ketones? If so, what did you think about that? Would you give them a try? Thanks. Fri, 17 Feb 2012 10:10:01 EST Determined to Lose 40 pounds I started around the first of the year trying to eat healthy, control portion size, and exercise. So far I am down about 20 pounds. I have been working out weekly with strength training and cardio, and have stuck to my calorie intake religiously. I had decided to allow myself each Saturday as my "Faturdy", as Dr. Oz calls it, but have actually only done that twice. I am telling a difference in the way my clothes fit, AND in the way I feel. My knees and lower back are hurting less and I have ... Wed, 15 Feb 2012 18:18:34 EST Good Evening Sparkies!!! Hello, everyone! I am ready to lose this weight!!! Tue, 14 Feb 2012 19:32:14 EST Dancing my weight to fitness Hello All, I'm from Orangeburg and really need to get rid of weight and sugar! I'm not a gym goer and I'm at home most of the time. I use to love dancing, and my son recently purchased a XBOX 360 with the Kinetic - WOW!!! Just what I needed to motivate me to get up and move. I'm 52 and learning hip hop and Lady Gaga dances (LOL). It's working; I started at 160lbs. and now I weigh 155lbs that's less than 2 weeks. I might even post a pic soon :) Mon, 13 Feb 2012 04:22:29 EST ok I'm gonna DO THIS! Hi, my name is Darcy. I live in Goose Creek. I'm 33 and have a daughter named Miya. I joined today and I WILL stick with it this time! would love to meet some others along the way :) Wed, 8 Feb 2012 20:59:42 EST Life Change. Hello everybody, <BR> <BR> My name is Travis and totally new to doing something like this. I am in desperate need of a life change and I'm starting today! I want to lose around 40 or 50 lb. and get back in physical shape as well. My weight has effected and ruled my life for to long now and now its getting my health too. So here I am and could use all the help I can get. I have tried this alone for way to long and got no where. Mon, 6 Feb 2012 21:07:30 EST I need a workout partner from Moncks Corner Area I just joined this site today ( Feb.5, 2012) I am looking for someone that perhaps works out in the Moncks Corner area.I need somone that would be able to encourage me and push me to workout... I would love to find someone that is physically fit and perhaps can train me.. I don't belong to a gym as of yet.. It's in the works... Good luck to everyone here!!!! Sun, 5 Feb 2012 19:38:28 EST Losing It in Cayce! Hi all! I am so happy to be here. Ive been lurking for about a month, and decided to jump right in and get acquainted with losers in SC! <BR> <BR> I'm new, still trying to get the hang of things on the SP site and healthy living, but everything is feeling right so far. Im losing and loving it! <BR> <BR> Looking forward to chatting, teaming up, and motivating each other on this journey! <BR> Angie in SC Wed, 1 Feb 2012 09:52:53 EST New New to the site and the method. I live in Rock Hill, SC. I'm trying to get my weight down out of the obese range, so I need to loose about 50 lbs. I've signed up to walk in a 5k fundraiser in a few months, so I'm trying to get into shape for that. Where I work has the hallways marked off so that four circuits is a mile, so I don't have the excuse of bad weather not to walk. I'm visually impaired and don't drive, and since I'm trying to save money, I am trying to workout at home. I tend to try... Tue, 31 Jan 2012 10:23:51 EST Myrtle Beach Hello I am new to this website and I look forward to working hard and get healthy and lose my excess weight. I have to get back to healthy foods and stop eating foods that make me tired. I hope to use this website and going far. I look forward to meeting and talking to you.... Fri, 27 Jan 2012 22:19:59 EST Hello! I'm glad to be here! I live in the Upstate of the beautiful state of South Carolina! I am actually a native of Arkansas, but South Carolina has become my home. Nothing like having the beach and mountains within such a close proximity! Now, to take advantage of this beautiful landscape to improve my health and well-being! <BR> <em>252</em> and South Carolina! Sat, 21 Jan 2012 15:17:26 EST You can do it!! Well, I am not new but I am kind of excited about my weight loss. Granted I had a Gastric Bypass this past August but due to other health and physical issues I have not been able to exercise (except for giving massages at my practice). I live in Greer. <BR> <BR> When I started my journey a year ago, I weighed about 355. I weighed myself this morning and I am now 232. Clothes no longer fit but I want to wait until I hit 200 to buy a bunch of new clothes. At that time my doctor is going to re... Sat, 21 Jan 2012 12:19:58 EST Hey guys! My name is Britt and I'm trying to lead a healthier lifestyle. I'm extremely out of shape and would like to lose about 15 to 20 pounds as well. After a rough year last year that lead me to do a lot of emotional eating during a time of depression I'm done making excuses and being lazy. I suppose after learning that my recent weight gain was being questioned by my boyfriend's family, that it finally sunk. It's not fun when people you love think you're hiding something, like being pregnant, espe... Thu, 19 Jan 2012 21:39:30 EST Newbie Hi Everyone!! I am a 40 year old mother of 3 who chose fitness as a way of life about 2 1/2 years ago. I have done numerous beachbody programs and have hit a plateau...a very LONG plateau. I am hoping to meet like minded individuals with new and inventive ways to break this plateau. I live in Leesville, SC and work in Lexington. Happy Losing!! Fri, 13 Jan 2012 22:21:49 EST First Week Hi Everyone! I have been watching what i eat and exercising since Sunday, at work we have a challenge going and its for 12 weeks, weigh in every Thursday, anyways we also call it the biggest loser like the tv show, anyways today i was the biggest loser, 9 lbs for this week! <BR> I feel like shouting, i know this is not going to happen every week, but i am staying motivated and exercising, and i do believe exercise is whats going to push us more, if we dont move, it dont move . thanks for rea... Thu, 12 Jan 2012 15:46:27 EST New Member Hey ya'll. I am a new member, trying to keep my New Years resolution going. I am 50 year old female, and live in Beaufort, SC. Please send me any information that would be helpful for me. I am 5'8" and weight 245 pounds. I walk about 3 miles to work, about 3-4 times per week. I usually get a ride home. I am looking for excersizes that can be done through out the day, so I can keep my metabolism kicking. I appreciate all your support, and if I can do anything for your contiuned struggl... Mon, 9 Jan 2012 19:09:44 EST Hey Y'all! Hi guys! <BR> <BR> I am a 30 year old single black woman who lives in the south. That means I have some curves!!! I did really well last year when I lost 30+ pounds only for my mother to be diagnosed with cancer, meaning I put almost all of it back on... I finally got tired of the excuse "my mother is sick and I was/am really stressed out" and decided it was time to do something. Then on top of that Jennifer Hudson, with her formally fat ass, decides to get all up in my grill and call me a "... Mon, 9 Jan 2012 10:11:31 EST New and hopefully off to a good start I am new just signed up yesterday.I am really nervous but excited about getting healthy and losing weight.I am from Summerville SC and I hope to meet some ppl on here to motivate and support each other.I went for my first walk today and we walked for about 2 miles total!!! I was breathing heavy and my legs were feeling is hard to explain but all in all I am glad I did it and we are going agin Tuesday(maybe tomorrow to if we can)...I still ate to much at lunch but nothing fried and... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 14:36:40 EST Hello Hello Everyone <BR> Thank you for all the emails. I am Roseann, I live in the Upstate and have two children, and raising two grandchildren. Just hit my fifty mark, and my doctor is giving me one year to lose the weight or surgery.... ugh. <BR> So today i just attempted to diet on my own, and well you all know how that goes, over the calorie points by 400! then i found this site, Going to do better tomorrow! Plus i have two more incentives, one i joined a 4 month challenge at work, and two i g... Sat, 7 Jan 2012 20:07:43 EST fvh2012 HI! Happy 2012! I am excited about starting with SparkPeople! I have been on yo-yo diets over the years... yet here I am overweight again. I'm looking forward to the support (or kicks in the butt) from the SparksTeams and forums! <BR> <BR> Have a Blessed day! <BR> <BR> Fran Sat, 7 Jan 2012 10:03:20 EST fvh2012 HI! Happy 2012! I am excited about starting with SparkPeople! I have been on yo-yo diets over the years... yet here I am overweight again. I'm looking forward to the support (or kicks in the butt) from the SparksTeams and forums! <BR> <BR> Have a Blessed day! <BR> <BR> Fran Sat, 7 Jan 2012 10:03:02 EST Determined this is the Year Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> It is funny, but I am nervous actually writing this for people I do not know to read. I am determined that this is the year I am going to lose the weight and get in shape. I NEED this, but somehow I seem to always fail. I am praying Spark will help me with the support and motivation I seem to lack. So, here I am, 31 and 80lbs. overweight. It seems so overwhelming just to type it. Almost impossible, but I keep thinking I have to start somewhere. Fri, 6 Jan 2012 17:47:58 EST Looking for acountability buddy! Married,Hartsville, homeschooling, stay-at-home mom of 4 looking for an accountability buddy. Thu, 5 Jan 2012 08:25:03 EST Hello Everyone I'm Mary and I'm new to Spark People. I'm trying to find my way around this site. I am still working the getting started guide. I live in Charleston and would love to make friends and lose weight!! Enjoy your day! Wed, 4 Jan 2012 13:01:11 EST 2012 New Year Resolution Please share with the team, what your new Years Resolutions will be this Year. <BR> <BR> Happy New Years to SC Losers Team. Wed, 4 Jan 2012 09:01:47 EST I AM A FOODIE HAPPY NEW YEAR...I COME FROM AND ITALIAN FAMILY WHO LOVE TO EAT AND I HAVE TO BRAG THAT I AM A WONDERFUL ITALIAN COOK..I AM NOT AFRAID TO TRY ANYTHING NEW AND LOVE GOING OUT TO EAT..LAST WEEK I HAD CURRIED GOAT WITH YOGURT AND NAAN..BUT IT IS TIME FOR ME TO LOOSE SOME POUNDS AND BE ABLE TO GO OUT AND MAKE BETTER CHOICES.. Mon, 2 Jan 2012 11:24:41 EST Summerville Mom looking for a weight loss pal! Hi all. I have recently come from upstate NY to SC in hope of improving my health. I have gained 60 lbs in the past 2 years because I have been in pain and soooo tired due to fibromyalgia. I have my meds at the right levels and have started to be hopeful that I can start moving around again and quit eating out of boredom. I homeschool a 7th grader, and spend a good bit of time on the computer so I will be steady about keeping in touch. I have 76 total lbs to lose, if you think you can wo... Fri, 30 Dec 2011 10:09:59 EST Hello everyone, My name is Jaye and i have finally decided to start my weight loss journey and lifestyle change. Nice to met you all. Tue, 27 Dec 2011 11:20:18 EST 12/25/11-1/1/12 Get Moving Challenge You may be like me, an overindulger during the holidays. Heck, any excuse to stop moving and keep eating! So, with the beautiful Charleston weather, I'm challenging each of you to do a physical activity for 30 minutes each day. It's 10:50 am on Christmas eve and I'm about to go for a walk. See you out there! Sat, 24 Dec 2011 10:50:33 EST georgetown here anyone in the area wants to workout with me Thu, 22 Dec 2011 00:46:02 EST Breakfast Challenge Does anyone else have a hard time eating breakfast? I have never been a breakfast eater and I am having a real hard time. I know I need to. I didn't eat all my allotted calories today-I don't want to eat too much or too little. Anyone else facing this? Sun, 11 Dec 2011 23:43:17 EST classy 50ish Hi I'm classy 50ish and would like you all to know that I have tried sparkpeople so many times done a great job and failed myself by giving up around the holidays and having a hard time getting back. I have made up my mind this time that I am not giving up and will make this a lifestyle change and will meet my goals this time around -- getting too old and will make a believer out of myself along with my daughter who has also join again. So team I need you to stay on me and keep me motivated..... Wed, 30 Nov 2011 16:11:30 EST Calorie Calculator Hello All, <BR> <BR> I just started using the Nike Plus sensor to track my walks, and come to find out for my weight 187, 2 mile walk, at 41 minutes, Nike calculates 300, Sparkpeople 200, and an online health center 250. That is a mighty large range for using the same variable. Anyone have any tips? I'm going to try and talk to Nike later since they have a support line :) But would love to know how others feel about this. Thank you. I took a 4 month break from journaling and gained 10 ... Thu, 10 Nov 2011 07:23:01 EST Hey I'm Savannah and I'm trying to lose 10 pounds Hey <BR> I'm Savannah I'm trying to lose 10 pounds before the end of November, and it has not been very easy. I'm trying to coop with not over eating which is extremely hard when I exercise for 2 plus hours everyday. Trying to stay under 1,500 calories when you are burning or that much or more everyday. How are you guys cooping with feeling hungry, and staying on track with your weight lose goals. Tue, 8 Nov 2011 22:04:38 EST Florence area anyone?? I am in dire need of a weightloss buddy! I am 36yrs old and I have about 150 pounds to lose and it seems that none of my friends seem to want to try to get healthier. <BR> (even the ones who need to lose over 100 pounds themselves) <BR> <BR> I have a 2 year old and I MUST get healthier!!! <BR> <BR> I am tired of trying to go at it alone, only to end up failing because I have no one to support me or encourage through the need to gobble up crumbs that my son drops!! Mon, 31 Oct 2011 23:06:12 EST