SparkPeople UK Midlands Team Messageboard Together WE can make it. The aim of this team is to help and support each other towards our goals. We are the HEART of the UK. Let's be the HEART of Sparkpeople. SparkPeople UK Midlands Team Messageboard I've a challenge idea Let's not set a challenge and just enjoy walking, cycling, swimming, pogo-stick hopping (Jude, I am talking about you here <em>20</em> ) or whatever it is we do. Then come on here and rate the enjoyment factor out of 10 as to how much fun we had doing what we do. <BR> <BR> I will start. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I rode my bike for 13 miles. Discovered that the first mile tells lies and would rate it as -56/10 but the following 12 were great so 9/10as taking off a point for the fog and the fac... Wed, 11 Apr 2018 03:32:29 EST Greetings & salutations From Another New Girl :) Hay.... I just wanted to say hi & hope you are having a day, as nice & lovely as you are :) <BR> I look forward to getting to know you, shrinking beside you & learning together. <BR> I'm hoping to connect with other Low Carb/Keto people. <BR> Always open to help & Advice :) <BR> Oh yeah!! I'm Mel :) Pleased to meet you :) Mx Wed, 22 Nov 2017 10:05:14 EST March 2017 I know we are half way through March but seeing as we were off the planet until today we'll just start from now. <BR> <BR> We will continue to count the minutes as miles. Tue, 14 Mar 2017 18:29:06 EST To the Moon and back So far our virtual walk has taken us from Lands end to John O'Groats, back to Ben Nevis and then to Alicante and South through Africa as far as Cape Town. <BR> <BR> As if that wasn't adventurous enough, we're off to the moon! <BR> <BR> The 1969 voyage took 4 days, 6 hours and 45 minutes. That's 6165 minutes. So there and back would be 12,330 minutes. <BR> <BR> If we start retrospectively by adding any exercise we did yesterday (20th January), we will have 40 days to either get to the moon ... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 04:57:30 EST December Challenge As we didn't quite get as far as we wanted in October &amp; November it's been decided to carry on through this new month towards Nkayi. <BR> <BR> Please feel free to join in <BR> A1winchester 0 miles Total 0 miles <BR> Jude 20 miles Total 170 miles <BR> Raffie 46 miles Total 86 miles <BR> Faith 85 miles Total 382 miles <BR> <BR> <BR> Nkayi is 983 miles from Douala <BR> <BR> Total 638 miles 345 miles to go Thu, 1 Dec 2016 08:12:47 EST November Challenge As we didn't quite get as far as we wanted in October it's been decided to carry on through this new month towards Nkayi. <BR> <BR> I did 2 hours in the pool yesterday so that's another 20 miles. <BR> <BR> A1winchester 0 miles Total 0 miles <BR> Jude 20 miles Total 130 miles <BR> Raffie 46 miles Total 86 miles <BR> Faith 32 miles Total 297 miles <BR> <BR> <BR> Nkayi is 983 miles from Douala <BR> <BR> Total 513 miles 470 miles to go Thu, 3 Nov 2016 09:36:33 EST October Challenge Hi everybody and Happy October. <BR> <BR> Most of us are back from our holidays and getting into a normal routine - which includes exercise. We are working together on a virtual cycle ride to Cape Town. Currently we're in Douala, Cameroon <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and our initial goal is to reach Nkayi (in Republic of Congo) during October - but if more people join us we hope to get further than that. <BR... Sat, 1 Oct 2016 07:21:42 EST September Challenge Hi everyone <BR> <BR> We're almost on target in our goal to get to Cape Town by the end of the year - on a virtual cycle ride. (Mostly thanks to Raffie) <BR> <BR> We have reached a place called Djougou in Benin, and in September we're aiming for Kango in Gabon. It's 1384 miles. <BR> <BR> September is always a good time to re-focus and we'd love to have some new people join our challenge - and of course returning people. <BR> <BR> The rules are fairly simple. We want to encourage all exerc... Thu, 1 Sep 2016 06:07:36 EST Starting over I'm back again, I've been on and off this site for many years, losing weight and then coming back many months later having gained it all back and more. <BR> <BR> I'm like most working mothers, busy, tired and stressed but I do know I need to do this for myself. <BR> <BR> I'm looking for any buddies that could help keep me motivated (I may need a kick up the bottom every once in a while) :) Fri, 5 Aug 2016 07:36:01 EST July Challenge - Visiting Mali We're already on our way. Heading for Cape Town and, during July, taking in a lot of Mali. The rules are the same. It's a real or virtual cycle ride. All exercise counts - walking, swimming, dancing, boxing, gardening, spring cleaning, weight training. You don't have to count up the actual mileage as it's a virtual cycle ride. So all exercise counts as 10 miles an hour - or one mile for every 6 minutes of exercise. (If you're actually cycling you may prefer to use the actual mileage.) This mo... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 03:11:24 EST We're off to Cape Town!! Hello everyone. <BR> <BR> Grab your walking boots, and lots of water. We're off to Cape Town, but maybe not all in one month! A1 will tell us where we're headed for during June. <BR> <BR> The rules are the same. Any kind of exercise counts at an average cycling speed. 10 miles for every hour of exercise or 1 mile for 6 minutes of exercise. If you're actually cycling then it may be easier to count actual miles. <BR> <BR> Anyone can join in - if you live in the Midlands, have an aunty in the... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 02:35:46 EST Fun webstie. Made me smile anyway <BR> <BR> If you put in the weight that you have lost, it will tell you what that represents. <BR> If I put in my initial weightloss, last year, of 42lbs, it tells me that I lost the weight of a Moose's Antlers. <BR> <BR> Since sneaking a bit of weight back on, I have recently lost the weight of an Ostrich Egg :) <BR> <BR> It gave me a smile for the day. Wed, 18 May 2016 09:58:46 EST May challenge. We're off to Alicante. Well, we got to Disneyland with lots of spare miles, so now we're off to Alicante. Only 990 miles so we can do it easily. All exercise counts and we're tracking everything at cycling speed - 10mph. So an hour's gardening, swimming, weight training, etc gets tracked here as 10 miles. <BR> Anyone is welcome to join in. <BR> <BR> I've just walked to Church and back. 50 mins = 8 miles <BR> <BR> Faith. 8 miles. Total 8 miles. 982 miles to go Sun, 1 May 2016 08:28:24 EST April Challenge. 'Cycling' to Disneyland, Paris Here we are having spent March going up and down Ben Nevis. So in April our challenge is a virtual cycle ride to Disneyland, Paris. <BR> <BR> All exercise counts. A conservative cycling speed is 10mph so an hours exercise of any kinds counts as 10 miles. 6 minutes exercise is one mile. Of course, if you are actually riding a bike, you might want to record actual mileage instead of virtual mileage. <BR> <BR> The first leg of the journey is Ben Nevis to Dover (579 miles) <BR> Then 21 miles t... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 17:43:37 EST March - Ben Nevis Challenge While we're in Scotland our March Challenge is to get up Ben Nevis and back down again once, or maybe twice - even three times if we want to. According to a website I found, in winter we need to allow 8 hours to get up there, so I'm working on 15 hours up and down. That works out at 900 fitness minutes or just under 30 minutes a day. <BR> <BR> So March is not about covering great distances - just about setting our goals, maybe 900, 1800 or even 2700 fitness minutes during the month. <BR> <... Thu, 25 Feb 2016 13:54:52 EST Spring Watch Is the world starting to wake up where you are? <BR> <BR> I went to Himley Hall yesterday. I expected to see snowdrops. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> But you can probably imagine how amazed I was to see this. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Spring must be on the way. <BR> <BR> By the way, anyone know what these are? <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 29 Jan 2016 13:21:10 EST Lands End to John O'Groats February Challenge This is a chance to work together as the Midlands team. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The shortest route from Lands End to John O'Groats is 812 miles, though maybe we should take the figure on the signpost 874 miles. I wondered whether we could combine together as a team to cover that distance by walking, running, cycling, dancing, swimming, using the rowing machine - anything that isn't motorised. It would be... Fri, 29 Jan 2016 13:11:26 EST January 2016 Challenge I will try for 25 miles in the pool &amp; to lose another 7lbs by the end of the month. Fri, 1 Jan 2016 07:37:11 EST December 2015 Challenge Just try to get to the pool at least twice a week and after the blip putting 4lbs back on last week I aim to get to 5 1/2 stones &amp; keep to that through Christmas. Tue, 8 Dec 2015 11:18:49 EST November 2015 Challenge Hope to beat my October total of miles. Already managed to gain my 5 Stone award by the 5th Nov. so aiming for 5 1/2 by end of Nov. Tue, 10 Nov 2015 07:11:53 EST October 2015 Challenge My goals for October is to beat my mileage in the pool for September which was 22 miles & to have lost 5 stone by the end of the month. Thu, 1 Oct 2015 11:03:56 EST September Challenge I haven't quite set myself one as yet. <BR> I do aim to ride for at least 250 miles, which will go through my annual goal, and get in the gym at least twice a week while I am still living at this flat (Until Friday 18th). <BR> <BR> It might take a couple of days to join at the new gym when we get to the new place, so I need to be sensible about my goals this month. If my goals crash and burn, nobody dies so I won't beat myself up about them. <BR> <BR> I think that the big goal this month,... Fri, 4 Sep 2015 05:23:22 EST Favourite places to walk Sadly we don't have any seaside in the West Mids. So I'm just wondering if people have any great ideas for going walking. <BR> <BR> My favourite is probably along the River Severn at Bewdley. (Unfortunately there is also an excellent fish and chip shop by the river. I resisted today though - I made up some salads to take with us.) My friend and I walked about 6 miles but it would have been possible to go a lot further. <BR> <BR> Any more ideas? Sun, 2 Aug 2015 17:07:07 EST August 2015 challenge Although I hate to be boring, I'm putting 310 miles into the challenge pot and at least 2 gym visits a week (up to the 26th Aug when my 6 week membership ends) <BR> <BR> So far the scores on the doors are: 26.5 miles done and dusted so that's about 8% of my target. I hope to double that tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Last month was disappointing. I did about 327 miles in the end, which was over target but I had 5 days after reaching goal to ride and all the weather did was rain, rain and then rain so... Sat, 1 Aug 2015 16:48:20 EST July 2015 Challenge No prizes for guessing mine. <BR> 310 miles in the challenge pot. 16 done and dusted so far. I might add to this as the month goes on, depending on work and whatnot/ Wed, 1 Jul 2015 13:54:55 EST June 2015 Challenge 3 days in to the new month and I'm 16 miles into my June challenge, which is to ride my bike for 300 miles. <BR> <BR> Let's have the personal monthly challenges up here <em>224</em> Summer is close at hand so we have lots and lots of daylight for the next 8 weeks or so. I'm going to make the most of it. Wed, 3 Jun 2015 01:07:31 EST getting too fit! I started riding my bike again back in March. The ride I chose took about 1 hour - a nice workout. After a week or two it was only taking 45 mins so I lengthened the ride tp get it back to 1 hr. Now that ride only takes 45 mins. Looks like I must lengthen again. <BR> But I'm not complaining. Tue, 26 May 2015 16:51:06 EST December slump I just read an article about maintaining fitness during the holiday season. As December is always very busy (even if you're super organised), I thought I would try and do a short spark people video every day in December (except Christmas day). I will post in this topic each day I hope some of you join me. Mon, 24 Nov 2014 08:12:51 EST The Songs Game I found this game and thought it might be fun for us Midlanders <BR> The Songs Game .... How to Play? <BR> <BR> 1. Using the last letter of the previous song. <BR> 2. Create a new song <BR> 3. Add the artist, if you know who sung the song. <BR> <BR> Here's a good Midlands one to start <BR> <BR> Mama we're all crazee now - Slade Mon, 3 Nov 2014 10:47:56 EST exercise of the day How about trying to do the spark people exercise of the day every day. Post a reply to let everyone know how you get on. I tried today and fell off the ball three times before getting it right - lol <em>319</em> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:00:06 EST I am behind again Well once again I am behind with this group but there just does not seem to be enough time for everything, the new group that is held just before the craft group(in a church) is going well and Carol who sort of runs it(she is the minister) is so easy to talk to. <BR> I had a programme review at the gym last week and a few things have been added to it, I do feel fitter even though I have not lost a lot of weight so it is doing some good. <BR> I don't think much to the weather recently and eve... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 13:33:33 EST Obsession Hi everyone. I am from Lincoln and work in IT. Keeping my weight down seems like a constant battle. But this site has really motivated me although bit worried I am getting obsessed. Driving my husband mad because I keep fishing the food wrappers out the bin that he has thrown away when making tea, so that I can record all the nutritional values. Can get a bit messy sometimes. Why do they have to make the writing so small, I struggle even with magnifying glass sometimes. I suppose I'm not stri... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 16:53:13 EST Healthy year for me! Joined the site in 2012 and really enjoyed it, like logging activity and food as it gives focus. Last year I had breast cancer so diet was not really a priority, but now treatment is finished I just want to eat healthily, Lose weight and get fit, I need to lose about 40 pounds. I am determined that this time I will succeed, really need a life coach and a fitness trainer because I am the queen of procrastination. <BR> Really look forward to hearing about others progress and having the support ... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 04:23:25 EST Went to aqua jog They have closed our community centre for a couple of weeks as the installed CCTV which turned out is illegal as the did not give us enough notice. I did not sit still as I went to the Wednesday session of aqua jog and also did some swimming. <BR> On other matters I'm not doing so well as the missed holiday still bothers me. I have asked for help from something called Lets Talk Wellbeing but it is all done on the phone which I don't think is as good as face to face but will see how it goes. ... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 14:33:03 EST Restarter Hi, my name is Sue, am 52 and live in Redditch. Have just rejoined under a new username as I wanted a fresh start. <BR> <BR> Am looking forward to getting to know you all. Wed, 8 May 2013 08:11:50 EST What has your week got in store for you Hi All <BR> I just wondered what this new week had to bring us all. I've got 2 days work in London and then lots of admin to do but hope to finish by Thursday and have a long weekend What about you? <em>381</em> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 06:03:08 EST Do you manage your nutrients as well as your calor Hi Just wondered if others had found the same as me. When I just monitor calories I do OK but when i get my fats carbs proteins etc correct as well I do much better and feel better. This is difficult for me as I'm a protein junkie, but it's find it's worth it if I can Anyone else find this? Tue, 26 Feb 2013 08:45:00 EST Homesick Brummie. Hello, my name is Barbara - but everyone calls me Babs. I lived in the West Midlands ( Birmingham ) from 1950 - 2010. <BR> <BR> I moved with my Husband and Son in September 2010 from Hall Green in Birmingham to Llandudno in North Wales. <BR> <BR> I am happy enough living her I suppose - it really is a beautiful area, right by the sea, but I miss my Brummie home. Can you find room in your group for an Ex Pat? <BR> <BR> Love Babs x Fri, 8 Feb 2013 05:37:57 EST Hi im new Hi My name is Maureen i live in Erdington Birmingham and i am looking to buddy up with people who want help with there diet as i am a slimming world consultant who has lost her own way and i want to lose two stone myself, but i also want to get motivated and have a gym buddy and friends i can call on who are feeling abit like me, are there any offers. Fri, 11 Jan 2013 10:58:33 EST Starting over (again) in 2013 Hi guys! <BR> <BR> I have been on this site a while and I lost a lot of weight last year but regained it. The latter half of 2012 was a disaster (emotion-wise and also health wise!) so I am re-starting my programme as of yesterday. Anyone want to join me? I am looking for sparkfriends to keep me motivated. My profile is private but I do accept all friend requests. Contact me if you want to be unstoppable in 2013! <BR> <BR> Happy new year to all of you <em>381</em> Wed, 2 Jan 2013 09:28:06 EST October challenge After doing my 252 miles in September, I thought for October that I could cycle another 250 miles across the whole month. I have one extra day to do it in, with October having 31 days. <BR> <BR> I have an event booked on the 28th Oct but have not decided whether to ride for 25 miles or 40 miles at the event yet. I need to have a look at the route first and the route maps are not available. <BR> <BR> Is anyone going to join me in an October challenge? <BR> You don't need to ride your bike f... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 14:27:22 EST September 2012 Challenge? Where is it? I have set myself a challenge for this month. To cycle 250 miles this month, there are 30 days in September so that's 8.3 miles per day. Only about 40 minutes on my bike so easy peasy yes? <BR> Or not. So far I have done 149 miles and have a 20 miler planned today and 26 miles on a social ride in Ipswich tomorrow. That will leave 7 days and 55 miles. That's just shy of 8 miles left per day. My riding has been a bit hit and miss this month. It started out well as I was training for a 60 mile c... Sat, 22 Sep 2012 07:28:06 EST UK Midlands (New Member) Hi my name is Melanie Louise Jackson aka (Grease31), <BR> <BR> I have joined this particular group, as i live in the UK (East Midlands), i was born in Manchester, 42 years ago (September 10th 1970), my family my Mum Mary, my late Dad John (he died May 2002 from Cancer), & my Sister Helen (she was born 2 years later - 1972). <BR> <BR> We left Manchester in 1975, (i was 4 & Helen was 2, i think), to move to a lovely village, called Allington, we lived near a farm & had some lovely neighbour... Wed, 29 Aug 2012 08:44:23 EST From Kidderminster Hi there, <BR> <BR> I'm 43, I have three grown up children and have been on Spark for a long time now. Still going up and down the same weight pattern, generally stuck in the 170s. <BR> <BR> What a year 2012 has been for me - after being with my boyfriend for six years, I thought the next step was marriage... but he dumped me instead. Still reeling from the shock of it all. However, despite being heartbroken, I'm not going to let it ruin my life. <BR> <BR> My whole world is upside down, m... Sun, 26 Aug 2012 07:41:43 EST Hello I am on a mission xx Hi, I have used spark people on and off for about 6 years but haven't been in now for about 18 months as I have let things slide. However I have joined a new gym and realise that just gym bores me and I loose interest so have created myself a dairy with various classes and a bit of gym! Hopefully keeping it interesting as my intention now is not to get fit and slim but a lifestyle change that those things will be included. <BR> <BR> Ideally I have 4 stone to shift but I am not so much intere... Fri, 10 Aug 2012 07:20:29 EST General Knowledge x Letters in THIS MONTH Starting with the first letter of this current month = start a topic of conversation with the subject matter beginning with 1st letter <BR> <BR> Then we continue through the month by continuing this theme and moving on to the next letter. Always in order - but we can rotatate this as often as is necessary to keep chatting. <BR> <BR> So come on in and test your general knowledge with information, chit chat and even questions. <BR> <BR> Mandy x Thu, 26 Jul 2012 16:38:37 EST Hi from the Canal Network! Hi <BR> <BR> Logging back into Sparkpeople after sometime away but at least a few pounds lighter !! I want to be in contact with people with at least something in common with myself apart from trying to lose weight that is ! <BR> <BR> Now living aboard our narrowboat and travelling the canals but originally from Wolverhampton/Walsall area. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Would like to lose another 10 - 14lbs but I find it a very, very slow journey so I need all the help I can get!! <BR> <BR> Loo... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 11:39:39 EST Midlands Walks Hi all, <BR> <BR> I was looking for interesting walks to do around where I live, and stumbled across this series of walks put together by my local council. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>re/sports-and-leisure/countryside/coun<BR>tryside-walks/stepping-out-walks/ </link> <BR> <BR> If anyone is in Lincolnshire, or ever planning to visit, there are some really nice village and countryside walks around here. <BR> <BR> And it got me thinking, if my council does th... Thu, 5 Jul 2012 07:31:30 EST Hi all I'm from Lincolnshire, in the UK and am going to be 30 this year. I'm also getting married next year, and have entered into a "no fat brides" pact with my best friend to try and lose all the weight that's slowly crept on over the last ten years before we both get married next summer. I've tried a lot of diets over the last few years, and whilst I always do well in the first couple of months, after that the bad habits start creeping in again, and I lose the will to go to the gym. I stumbled ac... Sun, 24 Jun 2012 08:07:56 EST UK PARTY IN THE PARK Saturday 21st JULY 2012 Hi Guys, <BR> As you will all hopefully have received the email from either Pete (CATMAN124) or myself and will now know that before organising the event this year, we need to know that we have enough people attending to make it worthwhile. <BR> It is great to meet other Sparkers & those who have been to these PITP before have become really good friends. We hope that not only will we meet up with our old friends again but we will also get to know lots of new people. <BR> <BR> Please use this... Sun, 13 May 2012 07:32:41 EST Sparkpeople cookbook I bought the Sparkpeople Cookbook last week from Amazon, and today I noticed I could have got points for getting it. Does my Amazon purchase qualify? Sun, 22 Apr 2012 14:44:20 EST Hello from Northampton This is a scary site, its so big. Im posting here but I might not find this forum again!! <BR> Well in for a penny.......I need to lose about 40pounds for health reasons as much as anything. I started on Sunday and have lost a pound by this morning......yay! <BR> <BR> I just cut out the rubbish I was eating, Like easter know you buy them for the kids, or grandkids in my case (2 of them) Ive had to replace the eggs 3 times.......that is so sad. Im meant to be an adult!!! <BR> <B... Wed, 4 Apr 2012 07:27:19 EST Trying to create a BLOG!! I have followed the instructions to write a blog but somehow the part that is missing is the button to create a new blog ...... unless this is it and i am on the right page after all <em>224</em> . If not i feel like I am going round and round in circles <em>24</em> Mon, 26 Mar 2012 16:23:17 EST SUNDAY LUNCHES I know we are all very busy at the mo & the weather is nothing short of ugh., but Hondablonde was asking the other day if we could organise a get-together in March maybe. Now looking at March we have Mothers Day on the 18th so how about the following weekend at the place in Nuneaton? <BR> <BR> Jude xx Wed, 8 Feb 2012 07:04:57 EST Snow, snow, snow It has been snowing here since 3pm. I was going to go a walk but decided against it, I have baked a cake(not the sort I like) and made a nut loaf for dinner tomorrow, a walk would have been better. Sat, 4 Feb 2012 11:36:34 EST Happy New to all I just want to say hope you all have a happy weight loss this year. I intend to to lose at least a stone before my holiday in August(I have set it low because I do not want to feel pressured and I am finding it hard to lose weight) I would like to lose more but I am in no rush and if you lose weight slowly it is more likely to stay off. I actually started my healthy plan just before Christmas so could get into the swing of it. <BR> I look forward to seeing how we all do in our quest. <BR>... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 12:22:02 EST December 2011 Challenge Try to visit at least one Midlands Team member you haven't seen for a while each day to wish them all the very best of the season. <BR> Let's get some Team spirit going. <BR> Love <BR> Jude x Thu, 1 Dec 2011 05:20:23 EST SPARK OR NO SPARK As I put in my December Sparkmail, this is a Topic where you can just let us know if you are still Sparking or not. If you are, how is it going, what is working for you & if not, what did you find was a problem. <BR> It would be nice to find out just how many team members we have still using SP, so please feel free to add your comments. <BR> <BR> Love <BR> Jude xx Thu, 1 Dec 2011 05:10:02 EST Congratulations on 400! I've been away for a time owing to my illness and have just literally 5 minutes ago visited the team, and was pleasantly surprised to see the 400th member. <BR> <BR> Well done to Judy and the "loyal" members that all help make this such a special place! <BR> <BR> LONG MAY IT CONTINUE! <BR> <BR> Chris. Wed, 23 Nov 2011 16:10:01 EST Hello from Ashbourne Hiya everyone :) <BR> <BR> Just trying to lose a "few" pounds... well 40 of them <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I live near to Ashbourne and am 26 and hoping to start a family soon. <BR> <BR> I'd love a buddy to email and grab a coffee with, preferably someone who is in a similar place in life - needing to lose some weight and wanting to start a family. <BR> <BR> I have a couple of dogs that i enjoy walking and i like spending time on the computer on various forums. <BR> <BR> Ummmmmm... i think... Sun, 20 Nov 2011 13:03:45 EST First weigh in!!! Well, I decided to do my weekly weigh in this morning and got a complete shock! <BR> <BR> last week on Day 1 I weighed 224lbs <BR> <BR> This morning I weigh: 210lbs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> I am utterly astounded... <BR> <BR> I haven't made massive changes yet, but I've been tracking my food, being totally honest, even if I've had a not so good day, tracking my exercise.. noting how many glasses of water, etc... <BR> <BR> I've not been able to do all the exercise that I wanted due... Wed, 9 Nov 2011 04:04:15 EST Help? How to minimise takeaway damage? Hello, me again. <BR> <BR> Hoping I get some help with this one. <BR> <BR> We are going to a family party tomorrow and everyone is having a chineese takeaway. <BR> <BR> Any ideas what I can have to limit the damage? <BR> <BR> I'm vegetarian and would normally go for either chowmein or mixed veg and cashew nuts or tofu if they do it (no idea if this place does or not) <BR> <BR> Any suggestions please? Fri, 14 Oct 2011 13:45:35 EST Any other mums with young children? Hello <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> I was just wondering if there are any other mums here with young children? <BR> <BR> How old are your little ones? <BR> <BR> How to you find time to exercise? What exercise do you usually do? <BR> <BR> My little girl is 19 months. I can't afford a gym membership so I'm exercising at home. I have a hula hoop which I use during her nap. I'm a bit paranoid about exercising in front of other people still with how big I am. I have also been going to Karate but m... Fri, 14 Oct 2011 04:11:30 EST October 2011 Challenge Thanks to Mandy for this challenge that hopefully everyone can manage. <BR> I'm going to start by doing this 4 x a week. How about you? <BR> <BR> x 60 secs of forward windmill motion with alternate arms (preferably slightly across the front of the body and not straight) <BR> <BR> x 60 secs of backward windmill motion with alternate arms <BR> <BR> These times can be increased as strength increases. <BR> <BR> Additional for the brave at heart: <BR> <BR> x 60 secs of Standing 'Snow Angels'... Sat, 1 Oct 2011 14:29:06 EST Half Term Stress Reliever! I don't know whether there are any Spark members in the Northants area but during half term week I'm running two free family drawing days at the Cube in Corby. Drawing is a great stress reliever and these events are part of the Big Draw. If you'd like to find out more please visit the project Blog<BR>09/new-vistas-family-drawing-days.html <BR> best wishes <BR> Carole Thu, 29 Sep 2011 03:26:50 EST Hi, I'm new here :-) Hi Every-one :-) <BR> <BR> My name is Mandi, <BR> I'm here to hopefully to learn how to lose some weight after piling on extra pounds since quitting smoking 3 months ago and hope fully make some new friends in the process! <BR> Any help, advice and support very gratefully received and appreciated <BR> <BR> Mandi xxxx Mon, 26 Sep 2011 19:32:08 EST I'm from Hello - I'm an old girl now, early 50's, struggling with the exercise part of weight loss journey. Creative, friendly, looking to find UK Spark blogs to inspire me and I'm living in Northamptonshire. I have a lovely whippet but look nothing like him, apart from the smilling eyes! <BR> <BR> <em>332</em> Fri, 16 Sep 2011 05:35:41 EST In & Around Nuneaton I moved to Nuneaton from Staines in London in June 2010, and being a full time mum, I've not had the chance to meet many people locally. I'm 22 with 2 little girls - my eldest is 4 and in school, my youngest is 7 weeks - and my fiance works 5 long days a week, including most weekends, so I have a fair bit of time on my hands. If anyone's in a similar situation, any company, either online or off, is welcome! Mon, 12 Sep 2011 11:26:42 EST first goal almost reached-a bit of a gloat ! In May at 94Kgs I set a goal of reaching 80kg well this morning I was 80.9 kg - ok, so it's 0.9 kg off target but the high I'm on from reaching this is wonderful and I loving my reshaped and reformed body . I can now cycle and walk for miles and happily pass over the crisps, chocolate and cheese. It's only now that I realise just how large a quantity of unhealthy or fatty foods i.e cheese must have been consumed for me to reach 94 kgs. My new target is 70kgs so I've entered for a 5... Sat, 3 Sep 2011 09:55:59 EST Greetings from Chesterfiel d...looking for a buddy Hello everyone, my name is Angel and I'm on a mission to get back into shape in time for my wedding, next September. I'm slimming down and getting moving. My biggest supporters are my fiancé and my Patterdale Terrier, Paws. He comes out with me twice a day and we tend to spend an hour and some in the morning and 20 minutes in the evening on our walks, sometimes more depending on what' going on in the day. Thi has really helped me and I've lost a total of 3.25 inches off my waistline alone! <B... Tue, 30 Aug 2011 14:41:54 EST A bit about me Hi, I'm Michelle and I'm 31 years old, I currently live in Shelton Lock in Derby with my boyfriend but I'm from County Durham in the North East, I'm hoping to find make some friends and get some inspiration and motivation, please feel free to drop me a line or add me as a friend if you want a buddy to share ideas etc. :0) <BR> <BR> <BR> Three jobs I have had in my life: <BR> 1. Personal care assistant <BR> 2. Childminder <BR> 3. admin assistant <BR> <BR> Three Places that I have lived: <B... Wed, 24 Aug 2011 08:42:44 EST First Day! Hello everybody, looking forward to my graduation next summer now ive taken this step to help me lose the 19 kgs i want to lose. Did my first spinning class last night, anyone one else enjoying spinning at the moment? Thu, 18 Aug 2011 07:48:31 EST Ay Up! uHi there, <BR> <BR> I'm Bex, I was born and bred in Derbyshire. I moved away to Brighton for uni, but I'm still a Derbyshire girl at heart. I think there is around 8 generations of my family that have lived in our village and I'm still trying to convince my southern friends that the UK has a middle and not everything north of Watford is North! I love Derbyshire, we have beautiful places such as Chatsworth and so much history! <BR> <BR> I was a carnival queen for a number of years and even... Tue, 16 Aug 2011 14:32:35 EST August Challenge I'm challenging someone to come up with some new ideas. Maybe a couple of you could get together & bring the team some reaistic challenges each month. Any takers? Mon, 8 Aug 2011 06:10:18 EST Anyone here live in Leamington Spa? Hi, I've been a member for a few weeks now but just joined the team. I'm sticking to my programme (more or less) but it would be a lot easier to make myself stick to a brisk daily walk (or even a visit to the gym) if there was someone else out there who lives locally and is looking for a bit of support and mutual nagging <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I'm just the wrong side of 50, needed to lose about 2.5 stones when I joined. I'm reasonably fit for my age and considering that I haven't really ev... Fri, 5 Aug 2011 05:57:16 EST failing before i even start. I started my new food lifestyle about two weeks ago and was doing well i lost about 4 pounds. however, i went away for the weekend for graduation and have now put back on half my weight and feel bloated and awful. I have had gastroenteritis so havent been eating completely normally but still. I need help, what do people do when they go away for the weekend? especially camping? seems impossible to eat anything healthy. hope i havent rambled on too much! <BR> <BR> Cari Wed, 27 Jul 2011 04:33:20 EST WARNING I've listed this under scams & warnings but thought I would add it here as well. <BR> <BR> I received the following message on my blog which I reported to CoachJen. She has told me that this account is now closed. If you ever find anything like this please report it immediately to the Coaches. We need to keep this site safe. <BR> Thanks <BR> Jude x <BR> <BR> <BR> BLESSINGX1 7/17/2011 8:19PM <BR> How are you today? <BR> My name is blessing, i saw your profile here today and it was intereste... Tue, 19 Jul 2011 04:46:32 EST July Challenge Hi, sorry guys, I'm a bit late with this one so I think we will just have a rest this month & my only challenge to you is to see if you can make it to the UK Main Team Party in the Park on the 23rd July, Coombe Abbey Park, Coventry. <BR> <BR> If anyone has any realistic ideas for an August challenge, please sparkmail me. <BR> <BR> Cheers <BR> Jude xx Thu, 7 Jul 2011 05:39:19 EST UK PARTY IN THE PARK 2011 JULY 23RD Coombe Abbey Park Coventry Saturday 23rd July Pete & I will be there from 10am onwards. Look out for the gazebo. <BR> <BR> Just over a month before this years Party In the Park & I've spotted a note on Elaineanne1's blog & thought it would be an idea to see if there are people who are willing to give others without transport, a lift. If you feel you can, then please once you have posted where you are on this topic can you please contact each other via your Spark page or Spark mail. <BR> Mayb... Fri, 17 Jun 2011 06:09:21 EST New to spark I've sat here in the background for the last -4 weeks or so without posting. In this time I've tracked as acurately as I can every calorie consumed and started a rigorous gym and cycling regime. The outcome? My weight has dropped from 94KG to 88 KG. This is is both more than expected and( is a greater loss than advised in the time frame) but I'm eating very well, not feeling hungry and feeling great I thought I'd say hello intoduce myself and share this with everyone on Spark board... Thu, 9 Jun 2011 18:19:19 EST June 2011 Challenge Choose your own personal thing of minutes/actions/exercises, but aim to do it 2011 times this month. <BR> <BR> Good luck <BR> Jude x Thu, 2 Jun 2011 05:41:00 EST May 2011 Challenge Choose your own personal thing of minutes/actions/exercises, but aim to do it 2011 times this month. <BR> <BR> Good luck <BR> Jude x Mon, 2 May 2011 06:59:23 EST Week Beginning April 18th 2011 With Easter and other Bank Holidays coming up, the following should take place: Swim 2x50m Rest 0:30 Repeat 5x. Total Distance = 500m. Total Swimming Time should be 1 hour per session. Follow this plan until Week Beginning 9th May 2011. Have fun. See you soon, Jason. Mon, 18 Apr 2011 07:08:28 EST Walking query On the exercise list for walking there are loads of entries eg walk 15min/mile. What exactly does this mean and how do I know how quick I am walking? I walked 25 minutes to work this morning instead of going in the car and dont know how to enter it. Mon, 18 Apr 2011 05:47:13 EST Sun Protection vs Vit D - Can we have both? This is the Cancer Council ACT site:<BR>-d.aspx <BR> <BR> This link gives some good information to help clear up some confusion and gives good advice. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>20Protection%20and%20vitamin%20D%20Jun<BR>e10.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> Please take time to read and give your feedback and any personal advice or experiences you may have had with the subject. Others will benefit from your knowledge. <BR> ... Sat, 16 Apr 2011 17:45:06 EST April 2011 Challenge Choose your own personal thing of minutes/actions/exercises, but aim to do it 2011 times this month. <BR> <BR> Good luck <BR> Jude x Sun, 3 Apr 2011 09:53:06 EST Thank you to all of you. Thank you to Jude and all of my friends whom I have met and those who often take the time out to comment and give support whom I haven't as yet! <BR> I just wanted to give some gratification to those of you kind soles who have lended their support! <BR> THANK YOU! <BR> Chris. Sun, 20 Mar 2011 11:19:33 EST Comments and compliments you could do without! Sometimes people say things that appear to be a compliment but when you step back and think about it....maybe they weren't being quite so nice................ <BR> <BR> "Your boyfriend is gorgeous. You've done so well" ---- meaning "How the hell did a moose <BR> like you get a God like that?" <BR> <BR> Your friend tells you that your new cardigan suits you " because shabby chic is so in right now i... Sat, 19 Mar 2011 08:11:57 EST March 2011 Challenge Choose your own personal thing of minutes/actions/exercises, but aim to do it 2011 times this month. <BR> <BR> Good luck <BR> Jude x Wed, 2 Mar 2011 06:21:11 EST Virtual Walking! Hi - Not sure whether I'm posting this in the right forum but how about aiming to 'virtually' walk to your favourite destination by a certain time? <BR> <BR> For instance - let's say the destination is Land's End and it's 250 miles. Then you would need to commit to walking so many miles a day - this could be your favourite/boring walk over fields, footpaths etc - but in your mind's eye you're heading for your favourite place. I did this swimming once and aimed to swim across the Channel. <B... Wed, 16 Feb 2011 19:17:28 EST Chippenham 28th August 2011 Big Swim Following the success of last years "Wild swimming" at the Chippenham River Festival, we are pleased on announce that we will be holding the event again this year on Sunday 28Th August 2011. <BR> This year I am the organiser of an amazing expereience detailed below. <BR> Anybody Enjoy swimming ??? Join in . <BR> Last years swim was a truly amazing experience for all of those who took part, this year we hope to make the event bigger and better. <BR> It is an unique opportunity to swim a stre... Wed, 16 Feb 2011 14:42:44 EST February 2011 Challenge Choose your own personal thing of minutes/actions/exercises, but aim to do it 2011 times this month. <BR> <BR> Good luck <BR> Jude x Tue, 1 Feb 2011 06:31:09 EST What are your favourite places & WHY? I have noticed recently that during our 'Nattering', we have often drifted off talking about places we have fond or not so fond memories of & I thought it would be a great idea to share these places with others. It could end up as a great travel guide for the team. <BR> <BR> I know I have many places which bring back very fond memories, one of my favourites is Tarn Hows, one of the most gorgeous places in the UK, found above the top of Coniston in Cumbria it has always taken my breath away. ... Sat, 29 Jan 2011 13:27:41 EST Hi all Hey :) My name's Jo... surprisingly! I'm 31 and from Derby. Please ignore any other introductory posts of mine you might find on this site, I think I've put different ages on all of them, because I can't seem to remember how old I am! Anyway, feel free to drop by my page/blog! <em>211</em> Mon, 24 Jan 2011 11:29:50 EST Tipton Aquathlon Hi <BR> <BR> Is anyone one else thinking of doing this? It is a 200m swim and 2.5km run <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I haven't signed up yet, but I am planning on doing it with my youngest <BR> <BR> Cheers <BR> <BR> Margery Sat, 22 Jan 2011 15:46:57 EST Bucket List Hi all, <BR> <BR> It's taken me a bit of time as they blocked our access to flash drives at work, so had to email it to myself. <BR> <BR> Below are what I have so far... I'm sure I'll find more to add though. <BR> <BR> 1 Set up neighbourhood watch <BR> 2 Get degree <BR> 3 Become nutrition advisor <BR> 4 set up own business <BR> 5 swim with sharks <BR> 6 swim with dolphins Sat, 8 Jan 2011 16:41:18 EST January 2011 Challenge Here we go for a New Year but sticking to the old type of Challenge. <BR> <BR> Choose your own personal thing of minutes/actions/exercises, but aim to do it 2011 times this month. <BR> <BR> Good luck <BR> Jude x Sun, 2 Jan 2011 05:12:13 EST Official 8 week Diabetic weight loss challenge! Anyone got Diabetes? <BR> I am now a Co-Leader of the Official Sparkpeople "8 week Diabetic weight loss challenge". <BR> <BR> So if you want to learn more and take on the challenge here is the link. <BR> <BR> <BR> llenge&gcode=BTS4WYTBUG <BR> Tue, 28 Dec 2010 11:29:12 EST Exercise I was just wondering.... <BR> <BR> Housework doesn't count as exericse, right? <BR> Dancing does count as exercise though, yes? <BR> <BR> So what about dancing WHILE ironing?? <BR> <BR> Had Heart (radio) on the TV and club classic. Kool and the Gang, Gap Band, Jocelyn Brown etc. etc. Just couldn't help it! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Tue, 21 Dec 2010 17:14:36 EST If you want to talk in foreign languages Seeing as we seem to have some weird people in this team who like to converse in foreign languages I thought I would start this topic to try & keep it off the main 'Natter'. <BR> Can you work out what language the following is in? <BR> <BR> Mary mempunyai sedikit domba, bulu itu adalah putih seperti salju. <BR> <BR> Jude xx Fri, 10 Dec 2010 17:30:20 EST HRD Fan club! Put your name to the list if you are a fan! <BR> <BR> <BR> Shrekward-Chris! <BR> <BR> <em>200</em> (I know it's not a Greyhound, but it's the best I could find!) Wed, 8 Dec 2010 05:24:25 EST Christmas Greetings See how many team members you can visit to wish them Seasons Greetings. <BR> <BR> I love this team. <BR> Jude xx Wed, 1 Dec 2010 07:09:34 EST December 2010 Challenge Well this is the last one for this year, let's see if we can make it...... <BR> <BR> 2010 of whatever you choose, fitness minutes, steps, whatever you feel will give you something to aim for. <BR> <BR> Best of luck <BR> Jude xx Wed, 1 Dec 2010 07:07:04 EST Challenges Are there any challenges currently. <BR> I have just rejoined spark people from having a few months off and would really like to take park in a challenge. Wed, 1 Dec 2010 05:56:11 EST November 2010 Challenge You all did brilliantly in November, well done. <BR> <BR> Let's see how well we can do this month. <BR> 2010 minutes,exercises, steps or whatever you want to do. <BR> Go for it! <BR> <BR> J x Mon, 1 Nov 2010 07:11:09 EST November Support Challenge Try to visit one Midlands Team member each day. Let's get some Team spirit going. <BR> Love <BR> Jude x Mon, 1 Nov 2010 07:07:54 EST heyup from derbyshire hello all.ive just joined 43 and ermmm well i love dogs ..ok thats all for now i dont want to overwhelm you,,,(cant think of anything interesting about me to say just now...... <em>100</em> Wed, 13 Oct 2010 16:09:12 EST October Support Challenge Try to visit one Midlands Team member each day. Let's get some Team spirit going. <BR> Love <BR> Jude x Fri, 1 Oct 2010 05:33:41 EST October 2010 Challenge You all did brilliantly in September, well done. <BR> <BR> Let's see how well we can do this month. <BR> 2010 minutes,exercises, steps or whatever you want to do. <BR> Go for it! <BR> <BR> J x Fri, 1 Oct 2010 05:31:52 EST September Support Challenge Try to visit one Midlands Team member each day. Let's get some Team spirit going. Tue, 31 Aug 2010 17:20:17 EST September 2010 Challenge Let's see how well we can do this month. <BR> 2010 minutes,exercises, steps or whatever you want to do. <BR> Go for it! Tue, 31 Aug 2010 17:18:05 EST Hi From near Wolverhampton Hi, I am tim , and I have re logged in 306 days later from last log in, looging and feeling heavier.. I have a half marathon i need to train for as its in ocotber, i am only holiday for a week next week, then i can start in eanest. i want to loose 30lbs or so.. before the end of november :) <BR> thanks for reading <BR> <BR> Tim Tue, 31 Aug 2010 11:53:37 EST 2012 Olympic 100metres to inches Just a suggestion. <BR> <BR> We have 291 members of this great team, Midlands UK team. <BR> <BR> Well, we're 2 years off the 2012 Olympics and the "Blue Ribbon" event, the 100 metres sprint. <BR> <BR> This race is 100 metres long or 7,937inches. <BR> <BR> Well, Julia (JuliaOak) today has lost 2 inches off of her hips, and this got me thinking. <BR> <BR> On this site there is a place to measure waist, thighs, arms, neck etc.etc. <BR> <BR> If between now and when the Olympics start, the t... Sun, 29 Aug 2010 15:17:25 EST Midland Quirks Hi all, <BR> <BR> I have just been chatting to my parents and sister about things unique to the Midlands. Both my sister and I have lived away from home and it amazes me how different areas are. <BR> <BR> An example of this is the word 'mardy'. I have used this is a conversation and the other person had no idea what I was talking about! <BR> <BR> We were talking about food quirks as well and I wondered if anyone else here used to-or still does- have cheese on a plate?! if anyone is unsure... Sat, 28 Aug 2010 08:42:21 EST Welcome to Wombourne Hello, my name is Jason, and I'm 41 years old. I live with my nan, in Wombourne, South Staffordshire. My hobbies are swimming at Coventry Pool (50 metres), reading, and travelling on Public Transport. I'm currently unemployed due to being made redundant. My favourite food is Homemade Curry, which I make myself. Let me know if you would like some more information from me. Thanks. Tue, 24 Aug 2010 01:58:08 EST Team Required - No Skill Required! I have not used this for a while and the first post after a while is a request, sorry but it is a good cause. <BR> <BR> I am co-organising and participating in a sponsored 12 hour Five-a-Side Football Marathon event for charity; and we are currently seeking sponsorship and opposing teams. The details are as follows: <BR> <BR> * The event involves one team playing 12 consecutive games against 12 different opposing teams each lasting an hour; <BR> * All proceeds are to be donated to th... Fri, 20 Aug 2010 08:19:32 EST Party in the Park 2011 (and Dogs?) I have been reading many members comments sections of their home pages and am pleased to see so many have dogs as pets. <BR> This year at Coombe Abbey, Clare and myself took Angus and Toby along. <BR> There was also Bella, an adorable 12 year old-ish (I think?) Jack Russell who was a delight and belonged to Missylee7. <BR> I just thought that with Coombe Abbey having such large grounds, it would be a great place to take the dog/s for a walk whilst doubling up at the "Party", and thus offering... Thu, 12 Aug 2010 05:24:23 EST What's your favourite vege, and how to use it? My favourite is Onion and I use it in everything from whole roasted to curries and Tomato sauces. Sun, 8 Aug 2010 02:44:22 EST August 2010 Challenge For those of you who like the exercise, we will keep this one going. <BR> <BR> <BR> Mine will be to swim at least 80 lengths each week. <BR> Plus I aim to do 45 minutes of Aquafit at least 3 times during the month. <BR> Total to aim for 360 lengths and 135 minutes of Aquafit by the end of August. <BR> Jude x Mon, 2 Aug 2010 06:21:45 EST August Support Challenge For the August Support Challenge I want to try to make sure we keep in contact with our people on the team, some of whom may not have used the site for a while for whatever reason. As I tell every new member, we are a very friendly, supportive bunch of people & our members can use the team as much or as little as they want, but I would just like to let people know that we are still here & still thinking about them. <BR> <BR> My Challenge to you is to go to 1 members Sparkpage per day to see ... Mon, 2 Aug 2010 06:18:18 EST Good Afternoon Hello just joined your spark team after a very kind message from bradn11809's. <BR> Look forward to the future with the team. <BR> I am Sarah and live in Stoke on Trent. Sun, 1 Aug 2010 11:04:18 EST Sunday Tucker? After having a great day out last Saturday at Coombe Abbey and meeting some of the many thousands of members, I wondered if anyone was considering a Sunday feast in the near future? <BR> <BR> I understand that Jude and Pete arrange venues for such things, but I thought it might be nice owing to vandalism problems with their fence and to give them a break for people/members to nominate their favourite eating place, and where the "collective" decide is the most centrally located or serve the b... Sat, 31 Jul 2010 10:13:00 EST Hello everyone Recently joined and getting used to this inspiring site. Hope this will keep me focused on achieving success. This is also my first message ever so am a little nervous! I live in Leicestershire and am now enjoying being retired (did try to get work after redundancy but not easy in present climate). Will be even better when I get my pension and bus pass in January!! Tue, 20 Jul 2010 18:52:45 EST Geocachi ng-every heard of/tried it? Just read about this in this months Zest. It looks really fun-like a treasure hunt for adults! <BR> <BR> Basically, you hunt for hidden containers using a GPS device, the co-ordinates of which you can find on geocaching sites, and when you find your treasure, you replace it with something else, like a keyring, for someone else to find. <BR> <BR> I just checked out <link> </link> and there are over 3000 cachs less than 25miles away from me! I think I'm going to get in... Sun, 18 Jul 2010 08:02:55 EST Hello Hi, I have just joined the site from a very rural location in East Lincolnshire. Being overweight has stopped me chasing chickens on my smallholding so needs must... Sat, 10 Jul 2010 16:05:04 EST July 2010 challenge Well we all took a bit of a beating in June so who is up for trying again in July? <BR> <BR> <BR> Mine will be to swim at least 100 lengths each week. <BR> Plus I aim to do 45 minutes of Aquafit at least 3 times during the month. <BR> Total to aim for 400 lengths and 135 minutes of Aquafit by the end of July. Somehow I will work it out to be 2010 of this space. <BR> Jude x Thu, 1 Jul 2010 04:26:41 EST June 2010 Challenge Again for June, you can set your own 2010 challenge. <BR> <BR> <BR> Mine will be to swim at least 100 lengths each week. <BR> Plus I aim to do 45 minutes of Aquafit each week. <BR> <BR> Total to aim for 450 lengths and 180 minutes of Aquafit by the end of June. Somehow I will work it out to be 2010 of this space. <BR> Jude x Tue, 1 Jun 2010 09:56:31 EST ***WARNING TO SPARKERS IN BIRMINGHAM*** I don't know if anything has been down about this by now, but last night I received the following e-mail from a collegue at work: <BR> Hi <BR> I just thought I would warn you not to use the cashpoint at Asda Queslett or use the "pay at pump" when filling up with fuel. <BR> As a result of me using those some delightful people have somehow managed to get all of my card details and have been trying to buy £515 Ralph Lauren jumpers with my details! <BR> <BR> <BR> If you HAVE used that pump, ju... Wed, 26 May 2010 09:26:14 EST UK TEAM PARTY IN THE PARK 2010 - Sat.24th July Hm, me thinks we need to start doing a few reminders about the UK Team Party in the Park. Coombe Country Park is a very lovely venue, reasonably easily accessible from most parts of the country being off the M6 near Coventry. <BR> <BR> Venue:- <BR> Coombe Abbey Country Park <BR> Date:- <BR> Saturday 24th July <BR> <BR><BR>n/environment/land-and-premises/parks-<BR>and-recreation/coombe-country-park <BR> On this site you will find all the information y... Mon, 24 May 2010 03:44:07 EST excercise DVD ideas, please My friend gave me her DVD player when she moved, so now I could get excercise videos! Am excited as I was getting a bit bored with my routine at home. <BR> Any ideas on good DVD's, and where to get them cheap? I don't have much money to spoend on them, really. Did anyone get the Spark one, is it much different from what's on the site already? <BR> Thanks for your ideas! Sat, 8 May 2010 03:33:29 EST May Challenge For May, you can set your own challenge. <BR> Mine will be to swim at least 100 lengths each week. <BR> Plus I aim to do 45 minutes of Aquafit each week. <BR> <BR> Total to aim for 450 lengths and 180 minutes of Aquafit by the end of May. Somehow I will work it out to be 2010 of this space. <BR> <BR> Sunday 2nd May............50 lengths <BR> <BR> <BR> What's your challenge for yourself? <BR> <BR> Jude x Sun, 2 May 2010 11:44:02 EST Text Support for the UK So I've created a group, here's the link - <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp </link> <BR> <BR> If you pop over you can see how it works, basically it's a way of having the amazing SP members with you when you need them the most, it's a way to encourage and support each other without having to be at the computer screen. <BR> There will be strict rules with regards to handing your telephone number out - go and have a look and tell me what you think. ... Sun, 25 Apr 2010 08:42:34 EST Swapping clothes I don't know if anyone's heard of <link> </link> ? <BR> <BR> It's an online community swap shop where you can either sell or swap your old clothes. You can either join for free and just swap your clothes, or you can sign up and swap OR sell your clothes. It seems pretty cool. <em>30</em> I figured seeing as we're all losing weight we could do with a way to get rid of old clothes! Thu, 8 Apr 2010 03:07:42 EST Race for life-slightly cheeky... Hey guys! So I've been training to run 5k so I can take part in Race for life in Sutton Park this year. It's not until June (mind you, it's getting closer) and I would really appreciate any donations or sponsorshi. So far, I've raised £50, which is 1/5 of what I would ultimatly like to raise! You can donate safely online at: <BR> <link><BR>/phillippasilverlock </link> <BR> <BR> Thank you thank you thank you in advance! <em>211</em> <em>182</em> <em>... Wed, 7 Apr 2010 16:23:44 EST 'Sunday Lunch in the East Midlands' Ockley Dockley, First thing to decide on is when? <BR> <BR> Pete & I are free 18th April or 2nd of May nothing planned for the rest of May except the 30th. <BR> <BR> Next is where? <BR> <BR> Nottingham City Centre sounds best, is there a Beefeater or something? Any ideas? Thu, 1 Apr 2010 05:13:55 EST anyone meeting up in Brum anytime soon? Hi everyone, <BR> new to the site and looking for people to get together with and who understand who going out that I'm not going to drink lots or eat cream laden foods (all the time)! <BR> also if anyone uses the community gyms or likes to exercise outside - would be good to have others to exercise with - I find it hard to get motivated. <BR> I'm selly oak area! <BR> drop me a line! <BR> Gem Mon, 15 Mar 2010 12:29:48 EST me.... Hi Everyone <BR> I'm Gem, 28, student live in Brum and married to the military! this group is kinda perfect because except the first time I went to Uni I have always lived from one side of the midlands to the other! lots of peeps from peterborough way - I have just left and moved to Birmingham... <BR> If there is anyone around these parts who's looking for friends, someone to do stuff with - I'm here!! :) <BR> Would be great to meet up with someone who wants to go exercise, its the bit I r... Mon, 15 Mar 2010 11:56:52 EST Reports on Sparkpeople Does anyone actually check up on these things? I do sometimes just to see how my intake and burn compare. It's not good to get too hung up on these things though-so I'm told, but it is good to see on a bad day. Wed, 10 Mar 2010 15:07:42 EST Weight watchers teams up with MacDonalds ...Really <link><BR>atchers-team-up-with-mcdonalds </link> <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> Wed, 3 Mar 2010 17:53:02 EST March 2010 Challenge Can we do it again this month? What are you going to aim to do 2010 times this month? Sun, 28 Feb 2010 17:18:50 EST Come Dine With Me Who watches this-I'm addicted! I LOVE David Lamb (the narrator) he's a legend! Some of the contestants are so up themselves, I love him mocking them! <BR> <BR> If you were going on Come Dine With Me, what do you think you'd cook up? Sat, 27 Feb 2010 13:15:09 EST Being the co-ordinated individual that I am.... On saturday at my boyfriends house I managed to fall down the stairs and dislocate my shoulder. It popped itself right back in and hurt like a £$%?"@ the next day but it is fully functional. I have two questions <BR> <BR> a)It still aches when I reach behind me to put on bras etc-I assume this is normal? <BR> <BR> b) Should I try not to put too much stress on it (swimming etc) or should I just carry on as normal-it's not so painful that it stops me in my tracks so I don't know what to do ex... Thu, 18 Feb 2010 03:51:15 EST Hello from Ashbourne! I thought it was only polite to introduce myself so here goes! <BR> <BR> Hello. <BR> <BR> I'd love to hear from anyone around my age and/or not too far away from Ashbourne as i'd like to eventually meet up and make the whole weight loss and fitness thing more of a part of my real life and not keep it strictly virtual. <BR> <BR> It's hard going it alone... <BR> <BR> Keep up the good work everyone! Tue, 9 Feb 2010 10:06:06 EST Exercise in Birmingham It's payday on the 21st! I want to book some exercise classes, probably pole dancing or something fun like that. My questions are: <BR> <BR> 1-does anyone wish to join me? <BR> 2-does anyone know any other alternative exercise classes that might be about? Also, I'm interested in trying my hand at rock climbing and ice skating-are there any places in Birmingham? I've tried google, but it's not very helpful! Mon, 8 Feb 2010 14:53:04 EST Looking for diet pal in local Shrewsbury Hi all! <BR> I know a few of you are dotted around the Shropshire area that I talk to, but I am hoping to find a girly diet/fitness partner that might join in a few classes with me in Shrewsbury. <BR> My hubby is always willing to go with me but it's easy to say no to him - not so much to a friend! <BR> I'm 34 and would be up for doing things like a walk around the park or salsercise or salsa classes or maybe something else. <BR> Most of my female friends live over half hour away from me and... Mon, 8 Feb 2010 08:47:37 EST Newbie here! Hey! <BR> <BR> First of all, a great big thanks to Brandi1809 for telling me about this group. <BR> <BR> I'm 22 years old, Moved to birmingham in August 2009 but have lived in the West Midlands since I was 6-I have family in Telford and Shropshire (where the muller yogurt comes from <em>20</em> ) <BR> <BR> I really hope I can make it to the lunches that are being arranged, even though I'll be a bundle of nerves! See/speak to you all soooooon! Sun, 7 Feb 2010 14:12:23 EST Hi Hi, I'm Chris, 48 years of age and originally from Leicester. I now live not too far off near to Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire, so I hope that I qualify through birth to be a member of this team!!!(???). <BR> I broke my neck 8 or so years ago playing Rugby, where I would run 5 miles daily, weight train 4 times aweek and play at the weekends. My playing weight was 16st 4lb. Within 8 years with no training regime I gained 8 st! This led to having Cardio Myopathy (enlarged heart), Atrial Fibrill... Sat, 6 Feb 2010 06:35:03 EST February 2010 January's challenge went down so well I thought we would carry it on through February. <BR> Well done to all those who succeeded & good effort to those who tried their hardest. Better luck this month. <BR> <BR> Love <BR> Jude Mon, 1 Feb 2010 09:22:53 EST What time of day? Was just wondering what time of day was best to weigh yourself, I've heard so many conflicting ideas or doesn't it really matter????? <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> Mon, 18 Jan 2010 03:13:38 EST Virtual Party and Celebration It seems that Brandi1809 (Our illustrious Midlands leader) has now been on Spark People for two whole years now. I think this is cause for a party and some hearty congratulations so come on in and say 'Hi' <BR> <BR> After all she does put a lot of time and effort into the team and is always offering everyone a kind word and encouragement. I for one think she does a great job (although I may be just a little biased) <BR> <BR> Well done Mrs Team Leader <em>244</em> <em>504</em> Sun, 17 Jan 2010 14:49:11 EST Dreams I know this subject has probably been done before but does anyone else have weird, disjointed dreams and if so how often? I have them almost every night but they're never the same dream and they're usually about 2 or 3 different dreams in the same night, one after another........It's just weird! Sat, 16 Jan 2010 15:30:21 EST Hello Hello I'm new to the site and came across your team, I live in Chesterfield, Derbyshire. Would love to join. <BR> <em>303</em> Thu, 14 Jan 2010 11:51:35 EST Hiya Just joined and still trying to make sense of it all. Have kind of sorted my profile page and even made a blog entry...although i think its avoidance tactics from actually starting the exercise and eating less bit of the whole process.... <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Anyway I live about 7miles north of Derby and have about 80lbs to hide behind the I just thought I bet that is about as much as my youngest child weighs <em>15</em> Well this is my first step on a long road...look forw... Thu, 7 Jan 2010 18:17:49 EST Birmingham 28th Feb lunch A date & venue has now been set for a Team Sunday lunch in Birmingham it will be on the 28th Feb at the Briar Rose, Bennetts Hill, Birmingham meeting 12.30 for 1pm. If you would like to go please add your name & if you are bringing anyone else, to this topic so we can get an idea of numbers. <BR> Thanks <BR> Jude x <BR> <BR> Pete & I will be there Thu, 7 Jan 2010 05:39:09 EST January 2010 As no-one has come up with any suggestions for challenges yet, (must be all the high living over the past couple of weeks) I thought I would set a new challenge for a new decade. <BR> You can chose what you do, but I want you to complete 2010 of something during the coming month, it could be steps, exercises, or something less strenuous.....whatever you decide. <BR> Good luck. <BR> <BR> ps. if anyone has any ideas for February, please let me know. <BR> Jude x Tue, 5 Jan 2010 07:19:04 EST are there any other oldies out there? Hi, I'm new to SP. I'm 67 and would like to contact any others in my age group, especially in the UK. I live in Shropshire. My interests are music, church, gardening, silver surfing, history. <BR> Cheers <BR> Baggypants5 Sat, 2 Jan 2010 04:46:33 EST Xmas Fayre and shopping Hi All <BR> Anyone going to the Eland Lodge Xmas Fayre on Sunday 6th Dec. Eland Lodge Equestrian at Draycott in the Clay? (Nr Ashborne,Derbyshire) <BR> <BR> We are going there and wondered if any other Sparkies were likely to go. I'd be nice to say hi. <BR> I'll be manning an Aloe Vera Stall with my friend Ella and just thought that I'd mention it. <BR> Apparently there is mulled wine and mince pies for all visitors. I knew there was a reason that I volunteered LOL <BR> <BR> Anyway, come an... Fri, 4 Dec 2009 03:37:35 EST December Challenge This is similar to the November Challenge as in the fact that I would like to continue to contact other Team Members, but I would like you to think about sending Seasons Greetings, Christmas Wishes, whatever you feel most comfortable with, to as many of the Team as possible. There are 203 members so you can send to as many as you want each day. <BR> You don't have to say who you have visited but it would be nice to be able to go into every members Sparkpage & see at least one greeting or Emot... Tue, 1 Dec 2009 05:53:55 EST Team Lunches After a bit of a discussion with some of the Team, I have decided that we need to get focused and start to look forward to organising lunch get-togethers for next year. <BR> The 1st lunch we had in Telford in the late summer was brilliant, there were only 7 of us but we all enjoyed meeting each other, chatting and having a giggle together. <BR> Now I know January & February can be miserable months so why not try to arrange a couple of lunches. (weather permitting) It would be great if we coul... Tue, 1 Dec 2009 05:43:23 EST Hello, I'm new to the Midlands team Hi All <BR> Well, I never knew that this team existed until I accidentally read a blog by a Midlands lady and added her as a friend. <BR> So here I am. <BR> I'm a dog groomer living in N Staffordshire, I've been running my dog grooming business for years, even before moving to the midlands. <BR> I'm fairly fit and active. I enjoy roller skating, both indoors and outside when the weather allows. I have a whole bunch of dogs which are walked twice a day come rain, come shine (see my piccies, no... Sun, 29 Nov 2009 12:01:54 EST I'm going to America Another fly by post, in anticipation of being back on Spark properly next week. <BR> <BR> OK, I have a new target date for losing some of this remaining weight. <BR> <BR> I'm going to America to meet and stay with some online friends, probably 2 weeks from February 25th! aaarrrgghhhh, I have been wanting to do this for so long and now it could really be happening. <BR> <BR> I haven't been good, tracked anything or done any proper exercise for almost 3 months now and I've only put back on ... Tue, 24 Nov 2009 03:40:31 EST Hi!, from the W.Mids Hi everyone! I'm from near Birmingham in the West Midlands. I hope you're all o.k and as excited as I am to Lose a few pounds and get toned... Well that's the plan anyway <BR> Good Luck to everyone else who's struggling to keep your head above all the cakes and biscuits out there x Wed, 11 Nov 2009 04:50:00 EST November Challenge - Visit UK Midlands Members I wanted to resurrect this challenge again as we are now up to 194 members, but still only see a few of the same faces on the Team forums. When I took over as leader in April this year, we only had 119 members.......and by doing this Challenge in May we began to get a few more people involved. <BR> If you 'Pop in to visit a UK Midlands Members Sparkpage each day', someone you've never met before or someone you haven't seen around for a while, it might encourage more people to take part. Let'... Sun, 1 Nov 2009 06:35:47 EST Anyone for Sunday Lunch somewhereSouth Birmingham? OK so the East Mids is out for the time being so the next idea is for somewhere south of Birmingham. We need a place where most people can get to easily, does a reasonably priced menu & can cater for 10 or more people (that's being optimistic) <BR> So any ideas are welcomed. <BR> love Jude xx Fri, 9 Oct 2009 06:29:14 EST OCTOBER CHALLENGE Operation Christmas Child is the world’s largest children’s Christmas appeal with a heritage of over 19 years.Every year Operation Christmas Child is made possible through the amazing support of thousands of children and adults in the UK. Last year alone we had the joy of sending 1.2 million shoeboxes bursting with joy to children in parts of Africa, Central Asia and Eastern Europe <BR> Operation Christmas Child works by taking your gift-filled shoebox - packed, wrapped and taken to one of lo... Thu, 1 Oct 2009 08:08:31 EST Operation Christmas Child Operation Christmas Child <BR> This month I thought it would be nice to set up a different type of Challenge. One of our team members, (Wahzoe) Zoe, has been involved with this charity for a while & seeing as we are normally working on what benefits US, maybe for a month or so we could work on what benefits OTHERS. If you go to the Challenges & Ideas forum you will see the October challenge with all the details. If you have any sort of question then send a Sparkmail to me or Zoe. <BR> If you ... Thu, 1 Oct 2009 08:06:51 EST Anyone up for an East Mids Sunday Lunch? We had such a great time last Sunday that I am really determined to get something organised for the East Midlands on the 1st of November. Pete & I will be in Lincoln on the Saturday night and will be travelling back to the West Midlands on the Sunday. This will be a great opportunity to meet up with some of you. All we need is a pub which does food and we are sorted. Please, please, please, let us see if we can do it. <BR> Much love <BR> Jude x Wed, 30 Sep 2009 04:57:59 EST Hi! Hi guys! I've just moved to Derby (from Durham, though originally from Bristol), and am still kinda new to the Sparkpeople thing, so here I am to say hi! I've been trying to lose weight for a while, but determined to make it this time. <BR> <BR> Pleased to meet you all! Sun, 27 Sep 2009 17:46:56 EST how to change weight tracker from kilos to pounds? I started tracking in kilos, but my new scale is in pounds! How do I change my weight tracker to pounds, including converting past measurements? <BR> Thanks, Jess Sat, 26 Sep 2009 07:07:09 EST Weight Loss Progress on my Sparkpage Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> Is there a problem with the progress bar for weight loss on the sparkpages. Mine is 8lbs the wong way (my weight 2 weeks ago) <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> Anyone have any ideas how i can correct it? <BR> <BR> Cheers, <BR> <BR> Andy Fri, 18 Sep 2009 13:32:39 EST about this sunday lunch,,,,, have we got to behave? I like a drink or 2, and i can`t say no to the sweet trolly!!! <BR> PLEASE IGNORE THIS POST IT IS A REPEAT!!! STUPID COMPUTOR!! <em>245</em> Wed, 16 Sep 2009 10:22:10 EST about this lunch? hi everyone, i have just had a thought, are we all going to be good? or are we going to " pig out" as we are all into healthy eating nowadays, i ask because i can`nt say no to a nice pudding/ sweet and i know steve is`nt following spark and he loves his ice cream Wed, 16 Sep 2009 07:42:12 EST can't get SparkPoints for emails! (help!) I signed up for various emails, and at the top it says to press the button at the bottom of the page to earn your point. Well, there is no button! It says 'you will earn 1 SparkPoint', but no button to click, and it's not added automatically, either. What's wrong here? I know it's a minor problem, but I just don't like it when I can't figure something out! Jess Mon, 7 Sep 2009 09:33:32 EST new in Brum, and on SparkPeople Wow, I was impressed to find a SparkTeam just for the West Midlands! I just moved here a couple months ago. I'm American, but have lived in various countries. I'm motivated with the whole fitness thing right now, but not sure I can keep the momentum. Hoping to get some motivation or find a buddy here! Wed, 2 Sep 2009 15:52:41 EST September Challenges The August Challenge will continue:-You can try to follow one item from each of the sections per day or week. Please make sure you sign up to the Team Goals & track using Other Goals. <BR> <BR> NUTRITION - <BR> <BR> 1: Eat breakfast every day <BR> 2: 5 servings of fruits & veggies every day <BR> 3: No more than one serving of dessert or processed/refined/fried/junk food each week <BR> 4: Make at least one healthy recipe each week <BR> <BR> FITNESS - <BR> <BR> 1: Exercise at lea... Tue, 1 Sep 2009 03:46:32 EST Hello everyone from Brum Hi, Im Richard (or Lewi) from Swansea but in Bham for 9 years. Fairly active but put on about 3 stones in the last year - injury and travelling loads which cuts time and makes it easier to eat junk (STORY IS ON MY PAGE)and thought I would join this for inspiration and maybe to get a training buddy to burn some pounds. <BR> <BR> rich Mon, 24 Aug 2009 10:09:57 EST Get together I just wondered if there is anyone in my area that would like to get together? I live in Jacksdale which is near Eastwood, Ripley, Alfreton, Sutton-in-Ashfield. I am in the middle of this area so can get to several places but we do have a very nice eating place in the village plus there is also one at our garden centre. <BR> All the best Elaine <BR> <BR> <em>297</em> <em>41</em> Thu, 20 Aug 2009 07:10:57 EST Your Fitness Club - Workouts/Exerc cises/Routines Here is a chance for all you energetic people to work-out. You can talk about you daily, weekly or monthly routines. Swap info & generally be fit. Tue, 18 Aug 2009 03:56:16 EST Hello Everyone Thought it was about time I said hello to everyone as i've been lurking here for the past week. <BR> <BR> My name is Andy (i'm not that inventive), i'm forty and live in Leicester with my dog, Jack. As you will see from my profile i've a little bit of a long road to reach my ultimate weight, but made a really fantastic start with the help of this site, so here's to the next milestone <em>91</em> <BR> <BR> If anyone wants to chat and share support, let me know. <BR> <BR> All the best. <B... Sat, 15 Aug 2009 16:17:22 EST Any one up for a Sunday Pub Lunch in Telford? I've had a mail from Tuppence03 asking if anyone is interested in meeting up for lunch somewhere around Telford one Sunday. Linda was unable to make it to the 'PITP' but would love to meet up with some of us. I think it's a great idea & Pete & I will definitely get there & I'm sure Mandy & Chris will be up for it. <BR> I will let you know venue & date once I have gauged the response. Who knows, if this goes well there is nothing to stop us meeting up in other places. <BR> Let me know what you... Thu, 6 Aug 2009 07:51:35 EST Award Nominations Last month I gave out awards for different things.......this time I would like you to Sparkmail me with nominations. What I will need is the name, what award you are nominating them for & the reason they should be given it. <BR> The awards will then be given out at the end of the month and I would love to make this an ongoing event. <BR> Please let me have your Sparkmail nominations by the 20th of every month. <BR> Much love <BR> Jude xxx Tue, 4 Aug 2009 02:37:11 EST August Challenge I saw this idea on one of the Team Leaders Blogs & thought that with a bit of tweeking,it would be good to use for our August challenge. You can try to follow one item from each of the sections per day or week. Please make sure you sign up to the Team Goals & track using Other Goals. <BR> <BR> NUTRITION - <em>267</em> <em>265</em> <BR> <BR> 1: Eat breakfast every day <BR> 2: 5 servings of fruits & veggies every day <BR> 3: No more than one serving of dessert or processed/refined/fried/... Sat, 1 Aug 2009 06:03:59 EST Loneliness Guess I am feeling lonely, and a bit into self-pity today, though I don't like wallowing in it and usually don't. I am here in the UK for nearly 5 years and don't have any friends to speak of -- all my fault of course, as I have not greatly reached out. <BR> <BR> I gotta figure out how to meet some folks where it doesn't cost to go to meet them. (Not a church person.) <BR> <BR> Not working (made redundant before Xmas, but now have some heart rhythm issues so can't work); however, when I w... Fri, 31 Jul 2009 08:55:43 EST Heart Rate Monitors under £10 I was in my local Tesco this morning, at the pharmacy, and noticed that they have heart rate monitor for something like £9.98. <BR> <BR> Proper chest strap ones with a watch to get the readings off. <BR> <BR> That's even cheaper than the one I bought at Lidl a few weeks ago. Mon, 27 Jul 2009 12:26:12 EST Hi i just want to say hello to everyone Sun, 26 Jul 2009 10:31:59 EST chocolates I do not usually win anything but I put my name in a box on Saturday and I have just found out that I have won a box of Chocolates, It is going to be a big challenge not to eat them all in one go, I do not usually but chocolate for that reason. <BR> <em>494</em> <em>41</em> Thu, 23 Jul 2009 05:28:06 EST Ladies Football Finding a team is near impossible! I personally haven't played probably since leaving school about 7-8 years ago but my nephews give me a good excuse to have a quick kick about. <BR> <BR> I've been trying to get back into it since I've slimmed down a bit but to be honest it's very daunting, finding a team is hard for me here in Derby,and when I have found a team, they seem very profressional and it puts me off ever trying, I've found two at the moment I'm humming and arring about contacting. <BR> <BR> So is there anyone out ... Sun, 19 Jul 2009 11:20:32 EST Simple Healthy Recipes I will start this topic off so please feel free to join in. It doesn't have to be fancy but it does have to be healthy. <BR> Simple Soup recipe is weigh out your veg, carrots celery mushrooms onions garlic (or any left over salad stuff) add to big pot with 1 or 2 knorr vegetable or chicken (or 1 of each)add herbs, chilli flakes, ginger or whatever & add enough water to cover. boil it up for 30 to 45 mins, add a tin or two of chopped tomatoes(you can use the ones with added chilli or garlic) h... Thu, 16 Jul 2009 02:51:06 EST exercises in hot weather I was just wondering what people do when the weather is really hot and they are not in a nice gym with air conditioning. <BR> Do you do less exercise or different ones ? I have felt too hot and bothered to do anything much over the last few days! <BR> Julia <em>198</em> <em>41</em> Wed, 1 Jul 2009 11:34:54 EST July Challenge - Something for the UK MidlandsTeam I want to continue building up the Team spirit so I thought we could all make some contribution to the Team at least once a week. This contribution could be 'Huddling' every day, 'Drop in for a Natter' with everyone or continue visiting other team members. It doesn't matter what you do as long as you try to complete the Challenge. <BR> Could everyone please 'Join up' for the goal and see if we can achieve the target. <BR> JASONUK came up with an idea about doing a number of Push-ups per day. ... Wed, 1 Jul 2009 03:49:48 EST July challenge idea Has anyone used this website before? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I am on Week 1, Day 3 now. Anyone fancy it? Thu, 25 Jun 2009 17:33:58 EST Hi all!! I'm Jason but prefer Jay! I am 28 and weighed 22st 13lbs at my heaviest. I'm married and live in Leicester although i'm originally from Middlesbrough. At least i'll see my beloved MFC play here at the Walkers this season! <BR> <BR> I play hockey as well as coach my son's U9 team. Actually, I am the captain of the 3rd XI and am on the committee also. I am a member of the TA and am hoping to get enough weight off so I can go on tour. <BR> <BR> Nice to meet you all and please don't be afraid ... Thu, 25 Jun 2009 17:32:23 EST Let's have a laugh.<em >100</em> I was reading an email sent be a friend this morning & it made me laugh. I suddenly thought, how about having a topic where we can add these 'funnies' & therefore cheer everyone up. So here goes:- <BR> <BR> 1) NUDITY <BR> I was driving with my three young children one warm summer evening when a woman in the convertible ahead of us stood up and waved. She was stark naked! As I was reeling from the shock, I heard my 5-year-old shout from the back seat, 'Mom, that lady isn't wearing a seat ... Fri, 12 Jun 2009 03:20:24 EST Hello From Derbyshire Hi All. I'm Jenny from Derby. It's good to see that there are other people from this area. I've been advised by the doctor to lose 5% of my weight in 3 months, so hence why I found this site. So far it has been really informative and helpful.. Though these are the early days for me, but hopefully with support and a bit of willpower I will achieve my weight loss. Fri, 5 Jun 2009 08:59:19 EST June Challenge:- Something good Tell us about just one thing good in your life everyday. It can be something you are going to do or a memory or someone special. Let's see how good it makes us & everyone else feel. Spread the Spark Tue, 2 Jun 2009 05:58:33 EST Hey I'm Ashley Hey everyone I'm Ashley. I'm originally from Florida however in 2007 I moved to the United Kingdom (UK) more specifically England. I'm married and a fabulous step-son... Since moving my body has had the shock of it's life... NO SUN and COLD COLD COLD. I have put on a few extra pounds and it's time that they GO GO GO!!! <BR> <BR> I've been working hard at breaking into the Entertainment Industry over here in the UK and finally some had given! I had my first shoot as a supporting actress last ... Mon, 1 Jun 2009 09:24:04 EST Just wanted to say....... Im a newbue here and wanted to say a big hello to you all. <em>30</em> Sat, 30 May 2009 18:40:22 EST Hiya from Sunny Acocks green! well its kinda sunny! Just wanted to say hello, weigh 24st roughly, am a member of Livstrong so got used to talking in lbs - 338lbs. Work out 3 times a week in St Johns Hotel in Solihull. Since 1st march have lost 20lbs. Eating 1500 cals a day and actually enjoying it. Wanted to give out a big holla to everyone in Brum ** whoop whoop*** <BR> <BR> Good luck to you all - hollaback! Sun, 24 May 2009 09:27:58 EST Men's Club / Pub / Shed - What ever you want. Just thought you men in the Team might need a place to go that's your own space. We women will keep out and leave you to yourselves. I'm sure my DH will be on hand to keep you company. Sun, 24 May 2009 05:01:40 EST Hello from Gloucester Hi I am new to Sparks people and I love it there is so much to do and learn. However I would like to have a buddy. I have been trying to loose weight after having my daughter and I believe this is the site for me. It keeps me focused on what I have been eating and what activity I need to do. Wed, 20 May 2009 07:42:53 EST buddies, we all need some don't we?..... morning everyone! <BR> looking for a buddie, any takers? lol <BR> <BR> bonnie Sun, 17 May 2009 05:11:13 EST newbie from wolves hiya all, was watching the ellen degeneres show earlier this morning and 3 women came on and mentioned spark people and how they had come together online to spur each other on to loose weight. and oh boy had they! <BR> so anyway i found the site and decided to join <em>30</em> <BR> i haven't really written much in my profile but i will update as i become more comfortable here... <BR> well hope to get to know some/all/most of you and help to support you through your new lifestyle too. <BR> b... Mon, 11 May 2009 02:13:37 EST 10 cal soup & jelly Although I wouldn't strictly recommend either as these as they are more processed than I would normally eat they do come in handy on those occaisions when I need a filler but raw fruit/veg just will not hit the spot. <BR> <BR> Both are vegetarian: <BR> <BR> 10 Cal soup Gourmet Cuisine from Morrisons - lots of different flavours e.g chicken/veg/french onion <BR> <BR> <BR> Hartley ready made jellies - does wonders if you need a sweet after dinner - add yoghurt and chopped berries and insta... Mon, 4 May 2009 08:47:50 EST May Team Challenge:- Visit one member each day. Pop in & say Hello to one Midland Team member each day that you've never met before or someone you haven't seen around for a while. Let's see how many people we can contact. <BR> J x Thu, 30 Apr 2009 06:44:13 EST Breakfast alternative Morning ladies and gents, <BR> <BR> I have a quick question is there an alternative breakfast option. I'm struggling to find time to have a proper breakfast as I tend to move quite quickly in the morning so don't always have time to sit down. <BR> <BR> Does anyone know of any products like milkshakes or protein shakes which are good for your breakfast? I normally do exercise in the morning and then have to rush off to school. <BR> <BR> I'm thinking of going to town on Saturday to look for ... Thu, 23 Apr 2009 06:46:10 EST What's bugging you? Get it off your chest here. Can't guarantee it will get sorted but will try. <BR> Jude xxx Thu, 23 Apr 2009 04:46:12 EST Site Navigation Problems If you have any problems finding your way around, put your question here and we will try to find an answer. <BR> Jude xx Thu, 23 Apr 2009 04:44:23 EST April Challenge - Get Huddling Ok folks, I know we are well into April but seeing as I've just taken over as Team Leader I thought we would start with an easy challenge. I would like everyone to start huddling every day. It's not difficult and it shows that you are part of the Midlands team that cares about each other. <BR> Let's get a bit more of a Team spirit going. <BR> <em>665</em> <em>448</em> <em>449</em> <em>665</em> Tue, 7 Apr 2009 17:37:01 EST Hello I'm Chris from Staffordshire, just finding my way around. <BR> <BR> Look forward to chatting with you Tue, 7 Apr 2009 10:54:44 EST Where can i get a weight loss bar to show how i'm Hi'i'm new on here and have noticed a lot of people have weight tracking bars ,how do i get one .They look really good as it shows how well you are doing. <BR> Ok saw some-one else had the same problem ,copied the link .thanks <BR> <em>304</em> Sun, 15 Mar 2009 12:18:45 EST March challenge: Fresh Air Hi all. Well, the weather has been all over the place - snow! BUT fresh air is so important - you don;t have to go far or stay out too long, but some fresh air each day will blow away those cobwebs and get us ready for the summer! Sun, 8 Mar 2009 14:28:49 EST February Challenge: Calories! February is the month of the blues - the grotty weather doesn't help! So, this month, all we need to do is stay within our suggested calorie range... <BR> <BR> So far, I am doing quite well. I had some blips at the beginning of the month, but now I am back to logging everything I cosume and regained some focus! <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> Thu, 12 Feb 2009 02:53:28 EST Race for life 2009 Hi everyone. I was wondering, is anyone doing the Race for Life this year? I can't run or jog but I was thinking of walking the 5K and was wondering if anyone else from here would be interested to join me (at least on the day). I'm joining the Birmingham one (it's near Birmingham international and NEC this year) and takes place on May 24th. If anyone is interested please let me know and maybe we can form a SparkPeople team! I haven't registered yet and I'm going to wait maybe a day or two to ... Tue, 10 Feb 2009 03:27:58 EST Party in the Park 2009 Last July, Tabs, the ex-leader of the UK Main Team organised a Team Picnic in Coventry at a place called Coombe Abbey and although only a few stalwarts made it on the day, it was great to meet up. We decided that it should become an annual event and if I'm not mistaken, we decided on July 25th for 2009. What happens is that everyone turns up with their own little picnic (so we don't have to worry about feeding people)and just get to know each other. Then we sit around and chat, take in some s... Thu, 22 Jan 2009 09:22:45 EST Leaner, Stronger, Faster - My Introduction <BR> Hi, just a quick introduction: <BR> <BR> Well, I'm Decosta and semi new to lifting. <BR> <BR> Well I'm 30, <BR> <BR> Well I've been active since April 06 and started when I hit 20 stone (280lbs) and over the year, I was at 16 stone, 2lbs. I've now going back up to 17 stone 6, so I need a renewed focus to get back down again. <BR> <BR> However, I think that's more down to losing focus with the diet and training methods. Towards the end, I tended to just go through the motions rather ... Tue, 20 Jan 2009 12:52:50 EST Anyone in Nottingham? I am looking for a group or a buddy to do some aerobics, taebo or anything that can help us both lose weight and help us reach our goals. <BR> <BR> I am in Nottingham. Close to Tollerton. <BR> Message me if you would like a chat or if you have a group already. Feel free to invite me please. <BR> LOl what a cheek I am inviting myself already. <BR> <em>43</em> Tue, 20 Jan 2009 12:08:05 EST is there a uk based sparks form yet? im just wondering whether there is a uk version of ths site,, i find it very time consuming when it comes to adding my meals Fri, 9 Jan 2009 06:40:45 EST brummie hi everyone <BR> im clare from sutton coldfield. <BR> i love the spark its really helped me. Fri, 2 Jan 2009 17:07:36 EST January Challenge!! 5-a-Day!!! After the excesses of Christmas - and the good intentions of New Year's Resolutions - it would be a good idea to concentrate on getting vital nutrients into our systems! So this is pretty simple - just up the fruit and vegetable intake - aim for that 5-a-day! <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> Thu, 1 Jan 2009 11:29:35 EST how do i? sorry for sounding thick, but how do i get the little bar on the bottom of my profile that shows my weight and my goal? <BR> <BR> thanks <BR> pen x Mon, 29 Dec 2008 08:58:08 EST Hello, from the USA Hi, I know this forum is for the UK Midlands but please allow me to introduce myself, I originally come from DERBY and i have lived in the United States for nearly 23years ! England is still dear to my heart and i would like to connect with you all if i may, if you fell that i would be intruding on this thread i will understand, but anyway, i wish you all well in your fitness/healthy endeavours, and wish you a HAPPY NEW YEAR. thanks for reading this anyway, and i will perfectly understand if ... Sat, 27 Dec 2008 15:50:19 EST Christmas and New Year How do you all feel about Christmas? How will your healthy eating plans hold up? Will you be making any resolutions? <BR> <BR> I love Christmas because I do it by my own rules - no stress for me on Christmas Day! <BR> <BR> My eating has dipped drastically, I am not doing well at all. I am almost back to where I started back in June! Oh well, the New Year will be the spur to get me going again... <BR> <BR> My New Year's resolutions will be revealed in the New Year. <BR> <BR> <em>233</... Fri, 19 Dec 2008 04:39:19 EST Gok Wan I have bought Gok Wan's book - it is great. I have never been into fashion and in consequence have looked dowdy and boring all my life. No more. This is not about high fashion and looking like a stick - it is about dressing to make the most of your assets! I am going to try to create a great wardrobe - at the moment it is pretty bare with just jeans, t shirts and (one pair of) work trousers. Of course it will take me a while as money is tight, but bit by bit! <BR> <BR> What do you think... Thu, 20 Nov 2008 10:45:06 EST A Realisation.... !!!! Well, so far on my spark journey Iv lost 11 lbs,in about 6 weeks. Yer great, & believe me Im well chuffed! But In all honesty, I haven't really noticed much of a change in me so far. <BR> <BR> I have in my exercising, I mean I can walk for 5 miles with out stopping and at a good speed. <BR> But not so much in how I look. <BR> <BR> Anyway.. I digress, The other day after shopping I was putting stuff away, & I moved a bag of potatoes that weighed 2.5 k, Then it hit me, ( no silly, not the bag... Sun, 9 Nov 2008 08:23:24 EST New challenge: Home cooking Winter is coming and the temptations of takeaways and ready meals are more and more appealing in the damp dark nights. BUT we know that these meals should be treats or emergency measures! <BR> <BR> So, now is the time to get inspired and make some wonderful home cooked meals! How about sharing some family favourites? Or tell us what you find tricky about cooking in general? All comments, ideas and thoughts are welcome! <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> Sun, 26 Oct 2008 16:55:11 EST Hi Hi everyone, I'm Anita from Coventry and look forward to being an active part of this team. <em>213</em> Wed, 15 Oct 2008 07:49:48 EST Bad day! Glad it's nearly night time because i need today to be over, have not stopped eating. I know it's because I'm tired, stressed and fighting a sore throat but can't stop. Have someone viewing our house tonight so am trying to focus on cleaning but food keeps calling! I don't want to undo all my good work! Thu, 9 Oct 2008 13:10:51 EST October 2008: Calories and Emotions For October - with the weather turning and nights drawing in - I thought we should focus on our calorie intake and how we are feeling! You may see some interesting patterns emerging - or you may know exactly what those patterns are already! Either way, we should all learn something and hopefully, adjust and compromise to keep things in balance. <BR> <BR> The challenge is merely to report here as often as you like with your daily calorie intake plus an emoticon to show how you are feeling. Sat, 4 Oct 2008 09:53:11 EST Whats everyones fave tv or movies What does everyone like to watch on tv or video/dvd when they are chilling out and relaxing? <BR> <BR> Do you have favorite series or movies? Mon, 29 Sep 2008 07:48:50 EST Dont just Recycle Freecycle <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Welcome! The Freecycle Network™ is made up of 4,609 groups with 5,843,000 members across the globe. It's a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It's all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Each local group is moderated by a local volunteer (them's good people). Membership is free. To sign up, find your community by entering it into the search box above or by... Mon, 29 Sep 2008 07:43:46 EST Sooo Stressed! It's been a really horrible year so far but I've coped pretty well I think. But I've just had an awful weekend and there seems to be problems in every area of my life! I'm not sleeping as a result and when i don't sleep, I eat and this weekend everything's gone to pot! I joined SP 7 weeks ago and this is the first time that i've drunk and eaten too much, i'm annoyed with myself as my healthy eating and exercise was the one area that I did feel in control of, for once. I was due to exercise... Mon, 29 Sep 2008 01:40:56 EST Hi from sunny cannock chase hi guys, Great team, nice to find it on my travels . <BR> <BR> just popping in to say a quick hello, im still learning my way around as iv only been on spark for a few days, but I Love It. <BR> <BR> Im looking to make new friends and find a spark buddy. <BR> <BR> Oh by the way, Im Mel <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Sat, 27 Sep 2008 05:11:01 EST Ideas: What have you learnt so far? I would like to know how everyone is getting on? What have you learned about yourself - your eating habits? Exercise preferences? Difficulties? Triumphs! <BR> <BR> Tue, 16 Sep 2008 15:42:34 EST Daily Challenge Mon 15/09/08: Goal setting Are your goals realistic? Do you need to up them and make more effort? OR are you being completely unrealistic and need to give yourself a break? <BR> <BR> Having a specific goal is a great motivator, but not if it is so easy that it does nothing - or worse, that it is punishing and too hard to achieve. <BR> <BR> I am going back to basics - get within calorie range, move as much as possible throughout the day and drink that water! Sun, 14 Sep 2008 17:18:45 EST I Feel I Let Myself Go ... This week i've had a lot going on in my personal life and i have just let go. Comfort eating and not exercising. Any tips for getting back on track? Thu, 11 Sep 2008 07:42:53 EST BIG UP THE MIDLANDS I would like everyone to post something GREAT about where they live. The midlands is always overlooked and misunderstood - it is no longer the Birmingham of the 1970s and the Midlands is more than just the West Midlands. <BR> <BR> So, tell everyone about the great pub, restaurant, historical site, park, scenery - well, anything you find ACE about your local area. <BR> <BR> You can post as many times as you like as you think of great places near you! <BR> <BR> <em>250</em> Thu, 4 Sep 2008 19:14:39 EST Challenge: THINK Are you interested or committed? This is what CHANETC said in his post on another forum: <BR> <BR> This is a quote that a successful colleague shared as the key to her achievements. It also applies to every aspect of our lives; if we are committed we will achieve our goals. If we are "just interested" then we will "try, try, again", but we may never actually reach our goal. As Yoda said, "There is no try, there is only do!" <BR> <BR> --------------- <BR> <BR> This is something to contemplate over the weekend and decide ... Thu, 4 Sep 2008 18:33:16 EST Daily Challenge: 4/9/08 Neck, Shoulders & Back My challenge to you is to exercise your neck, shoulders and back - ease them and stretch out. <BR> <BR> Nice. <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Wed, 3 Sep 2008 16:19:45 EST Daily challenge Tue 02/09/08: Cook something New Cook something new - something you have never tried before or prepare something in a different way. <BR> <BR> It can get boring eating the same 'safe' meals - and it is good to experiment a little. <BR> <BR> My plan - well, I bought a wok. So I am going to try to make egg fried rice & veg and adding some smoked Vietnamese River Cobbler. I have had the fish before - but did it the English way with new potatoes and parsely sauce. This time I am going to make it more exciting! <BR> <BR> <... Mon, 1 Sep 2008 18:03:41 EST Dail Challenge - Monday 01/09/08 - ME time! ME time is very important. It takes the mind away from stress and helps occupy us if we get the munchies... and we deserve some time to ourselves! <BR> <BR> My challenge to you is to make sure you get at least 15 minutes of 'ME' time - read a little, listen to music - whatever you really enjoy. <BR> <BR> I have a realyl busy day ahead of me - but I shall make time to read a bit of the Mary Pickford biography I am on... with a nice cup of tea! <BR> <BR> <em>203</em> <em>106</em> Sun, 31 Aug 2008 18:26:06 EST New Team Goals for September Hi there <BR> <BR> I have set three new goals for the team on the Team Goals sections. <BR> <BR> I have also added a September Challenge - BIGGEST LOSER in lbs or inches (or both) wins a spark goodie for each! <BR> <BR> The daily challenges will continue Monday to Friday and every now and then a weekend challenge will be thrown in. <BR> <BR> Join in as and when you like - there is something for everyone. <BR> <BR> Keep us all posted as to progress, keep on accumulating those spark poin... Thu, 28 Aug 2008 18:40:39 EST September 2008: Biggest Loser Challenge! BIGGEST LOSER CHALLENGE <BR> <BR> Between tomorrow (Friday) and Monday you may either: <BR> <BR> Post your current weight in lbs. <BR> or <BR> Measure your bust, waist, hips, thighs (left and right) & upper arms (left and right)in inches. <BR> <BR> OR you may do both. <BR> <BR> At the end of the month we will weigh, measure and post again and the biggest loser in lbs AND the biggest loser in inches will win a spark goodie each. <BR> <BR> As a weekly option, you say what you have don... Thu, 28 Aug 2008 18:27:26 EST Daily Challenge Friday 29/08/08 - 10 Great Things! My challenge today is to blog, respond here, or BOTH - or at least just note down privately - TEN things that are GREAT about you and your life right now! Thu, 28 Aug 2008 17:41:37 EST Daily Challenge 27/08/08 - Work those ARMS The challenge today is to do some strength training on those arms - 5 different exercises! <BR> <BR> I do 2 x 15 reps: <BR> <BR> Arm circles <BR> Wall Pushups <BR> Bicep curl with a twist <BR> Overhead Tricep raises <BR> Pec Pushes (where you push your palms together!) <BR> <BR> What about you? <BR> <BR> [I shall be away Wednesday (still going to get those arms done though) & Thursday, so next Challenge will be for FRIDAY.] Tue, 26 Aug 2008 17:09:51 EST Where in the Midlands? I was wondering where abouts in the Midlands everyone is from? <BR> <BR> I'm from Dudley Tue, 26 Aug 2008 10:58:47 EST Daily Challenge Tuesday 26/08/08 - Breakfast Breakfast is the most important meal of the day - and the one that most of us skip! <BR> <BR> My challenge to you is to eat a tasty breakfast - <BR> <BR> What are you having? <BR> How could you make breakfast more appealing? <BR> <BR> <em>271</em> <em>265</em> <em>45</em> <em>4</em> Mon, 25 Aug 2008 17:33:49 EST Daily Challenge Monday 25/8/08 - Blog! I shall post a daily challenge here each day - Monday to Friday. Feel free to join in! <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> It is Bank Holiday Monday! Time for fun and relaxation - it would be great if you could write a short blog about your progress, thoughts, what you plan to do - anything at all! <BR> <BR> <em>17</em> Sun, 24 Aug 2008 18:12:07 EST New Challenges Hi there everyone! <BR> <BR> I have added a couple of small challenges to the Team Challenge area - please join in! <BR> <BR> I shall be setting some new challenges for September and a daily challenge thread in this space on Monday! <BR> <BR> Watch this space! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Sat, 23 Aug 2008 08:17:37 EST hi im from the black country anyone near? Mon, 18 Aug 2008 15:04:53 EST August Goals! Hey there everyone <BR> <BR> Well, the rain has come, the sun has gone - hoping that the summer will return! I was enjoying it so much! <BR> <BR> What are your August goals? <BR> <BR> My August goal is to reach 154lbs. Carrying on with what I have achieved so far is vital of course, but I want to push myself a little harder before Autumn comes! So, for me - 60 minutes exercise (cardio/toning combined) 5 days a week - with weekends being completely up to me how much or how little I do.... Thu, 31 Jul 2008 04:59:48 EST Hi, another new Birmingham member! I was recommended this website as a good healthy way to track your weight and fitness, so here's hoping! Tue, 29 Jul 2008 12:10:31 EST New Brummie I'm Nicola, i'm 25. Just wanted to say "Hi" to some fellow Midlanders. I live just outside Birmingham a bit in the sticks. Looking forward to spekaing to people in the same boat but still upbeat <em>41</em> Thu, 10 Jul 2008 05:19:05 EST hello from coalville hi, i'm very new to this site and still trying to work my way around it. <BR> I'm emma from coalville leicestershire. i live with my partner and 22 month old son. <BR> I have always been a big girl but now i want to change for myself and also so i can keep up with my ever demanding son(he loves to play football)I hopefully want to get down to 11 1/2 i have 4 stone to shed! <BR> I completed race for life yesterday (fast walking) but it has spured me on so much to do more exercise and... Mon, 7 Jul 2008 04:07:53 EST hello to everyone just joining the group hi hope the group id good i will try to keep up and join in :) Thu, 3 Jul 2008 18:13:19 EST Good Morning from Loughborough Good Morning Everyone, <BR> I'm so happy to have found this group: <BR> I live in a village in the East Midlands called Sileby, (it is near to Loughborough than Leicester although we are in Leicestershire,) with my husband Ian and our two little mini long haired Dachshunds called Molly (Mum) and Prudence we call her Pru for short. I have a wonderful daughter, Maria who gave me 3 beautiful Granddaughters, Gemma, Victoria and Natalie, Gemma has given me 2 gorgeous Great Grandson's Jack and Brod... Sat, 28 Jun 2008 05:25:05 EST Newbie Hello <BR> <BR> I am new to this - well I say new - I started last year but didn't really use the site properly and faded away! <BR> <BR> I have been here for a week -I'm still learning to use all the tools on the site but I am doing well. I lost 4 lbs last week - go me! Of course weight loss is always swift when you first start (and have a lot to lose) but I hope to lose 1-2lbs a week. <BR> <BR> I am 39, divorced with three teenage children and I work full time... speaking of which it i... Tue, 10 Jun 2008 03:51:58 EST UK Foods on Nutrition Tracker I've added some UK foods, such as average Fish & Chip shop nutrition info, mini milks, 70% Cocoa Chocolate etc. and made them available to other users. <BR> <BR> So, if you want to add any to your favourites then I think you can use the import from other users option. <BR> <BR> Anyone else added UK specific food? <BR> <BR> Added the fish & chip info because there are times when I give in and have some (like today), so I wanted to know what the nutrition info was. <BR> <BR> Got it from: h... Wed, 21 May 2008 13:26:58 EST Hey from Leicester Having gone AWOL from Sparkpeople for a few months my weight has gone back up, so I'm back to try again! <BR> <BR> Starting from the Fastbreak stage again and trying to get more involved to stay motivated. <BR> <BR> Found this forum browsing around and the description made me laugh <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> I have quite a lot of weight to loose. Gone up to a size 20 over the last six months, so my first goal is to get back into my size 18 clothes and then hopefully get down to a size 16. Mon, 12 May 2008 13:50:56 EST new to this hi I'm from derbyshire,nice to find others in the general area.only day2 for me so I'm still figuring out how to get around.I keep losing people and places and then stumbling across them.I'm 54,married 2 grown up sons and a lovely grandaughter. Wed, 23 Apr 2008 13:18:03 EST new to this hi I'm from derbyshire,nice to find others in the general area.only day2 for me so I'm still figuring out how to get around.I keep losing people and places and then stumbling across them.I'm 54,married 2 grown up sons and a lovely grandaughter. Wed, 23 Apr 2008 13:18:00 EST new to this hi I'm from derbyshire,nice to find others in the general area.only day2 for me so I'm still figuring out how to get around.I keep losing people and places and then stumbling across them.I'm 54,married 2 grown up sons and a lovely grandaughter. Wed, 23 Apr 2008 13:17:22 EST new to this hi I'm from derbyshire,nice to find others in the general area.only day2 for me so I'm still figuring out how to get around.I keep losing people and places and then stumbling across them.I'm 54,married 2 grown up sons and a lovely grandaughter. Wed, 23 Apr 2008 13:16:51 EST new to this hi I'm from derbyshire,nice to find others in the general area.only day2 for me so I'm still figuring out how to get around.I keep losing people and places and then stumbling across them.I'm 54,married 2 grown up sons and a lovely grandaughter. Wed, 23 Apr 2008 13:15:41 EST Race For Life. Ive done it, Ive signed up for Race For Life (first time ever). I doubt very much if I will be running or jogging, but I will be walking it and I am looking for sponsors. (hint hint) <BR><BR>t <BR> <BR> dont miss out the last 't' on the address. Sun, 13 Apr 2008 07:30:02 EST Good Weekend Hi Everyone <BR> Hope you all had a good weekend! The sun has finally come out to play for a short while. It was lovely to go for a nice walk and get some fresh air. Actually heard a woodpecker today - first time ever. I've missed reading the discussions etc. Once we have extra hands at work I'll be able to come and play lots more than weekends. Sun, 30 Mar 2008 20:13:10 EST New to SP Just joined this month and found the UK Midlands team. Now venturing a journey to get rid of some excess which is slowing me down. Love this site, lots of good information and looking forward to making new friends who have like minded goals. Mon, 24 Mar 2008 19:15:30 EST First week and Ive lost 5lb. I lost 5lb, yippee! Whoo hoo! Hooray. 5lb, fisrt wekk loss 5lb. Im so excited I can't type straight. Mon, 3 Mar 2008 05:49:24 EST Hi from Hereford. Hi everybody, <BR> I just started SP on Monday just gone and am finding that it seems to be working. I sneaked a peek and think Ive lost 4lb this week. <BR> I have started a blog and am having fun rambling on that. Sun, 2 Mar 2008 19:31:29 EST what about that earthquake? Did anyone else feel that earthquake last night? It was 5.4 on the Rictor scale i think, which is huge for the uk. I slept through it but it woke my mum up! who then very kindly phoned me at 6am to tell me all about it!! (Mums! lol) <BR> <BR> Anyone else feel it? <BR> <BR> -Keren Wed, 27 Feb 2008 12:57:44 EST new to the team , . . . and forum hello my name is mirela ,24 , i'm from manchester . . just wanted to say hello <em>9</em> Fri, 15 Feb 2008 20:14:47 EST 5 fruit & veg challenge I challenge you all to eat at least 5 fruit and veg every day for a week <BR> who`s up for it? <BR> linda Thu, 14 Feb 2008 07:56:19 EST Today I Will..... Hi Guys, Can anyone start a topic? <BR> <BR> I was thinking, how about a positive thinking topic? <BR> Maybe each day we can set a goal for ourselves. It could be either big or small i.e. <BR> <BR> Today i am going to go to the gym, or <BR> Today i am not going to have seconds at dinner <BR> or even <BR> Today i am going to enjoy life / the weather / time with the kids / hubby / dog etc. <BR> <BR> Plus i need another topic to get my sparkpoints up- Lol - but it really does feel good when ... Wed, 13 Feb 2008 14:27:11 EST Inspiration Hi from Tipton. The weather isn't so nice today but at least it's not raining. <BR> I was listening to Radio 2 this morning and heard a song which immediately brought Sparkpeople to mind. - The Song? - 'You are the Wind Beneath My Wings'- it gave me a great feeling to know that I am apart of this and that I have you all as the Wind Beneath MY Wings. Thu, 7 Feb 2008 03:57:52 EST I'm new to this Team Hello everyone, <BR> I'm from Derbyshire and have been on sparks for nearly a year but only been using it properly since Jan this year. Wed, 6 Feb 2008 13:49:13 EST Hi, I've found you Hello, <BR> Only joined SP two weeks ago and finally came across this team during one of my many trips around the site. I moved to The Black Country 12 or so years ago and think it is such a Brill place. <BR> I just love Sparkpeople and I am really confident that I will reach my goals with the SP members help. It's great to know you are there. <em>240</em> Tue, 5 Feb 2008 10:57:02 EST Hi, Im a returnee, from Birmingham Hello Everybody. <BR> I am Rob,(female, short for Robertta). I live in Birmingham. I was in SP last year, lost 2stone, fell off the wagon gained it back plus... I'm back. <BR> <BR> I hope you are all having lovely day. Tue, 5 Feb 2008 07:43:11 EST Black Country Boy Here I sit in 'not so' sunny Tipton in the heart of the country. A new boy to SparkPeople am I, with some big ideas and ,hopefully, realistic goals. At 308 lbs with a family history of heart problems I have decided that I need to try and get a little trimmer and healthier so her I am looking for some friendly support and words of encouragement. I have tried this weight loss thing many times with varying degrees of success/failure so I know how hard it can be. But, I guess, if we all stick at ... Thu, 31 Jan 2008 17:56:39 EST hi from telford hi i am linda I was here for a while last year, I left before christmas bu I am back now for a second time, but this time I am determind to do things right <BR> linda Tue, 29 Jan 2008 18:09:48 EST Hello all from Stafford Hello everyone <BR> <BR> Just a quick message to say hi to all the midlanders. I am actually an import from Yorkshire but don't tell anyone ;-) <BR> <BR> See you around :-) Thu, 17 Jan 2008 16:05:55 EST joining in from Nottingham Hi <BR> Joined this site today after searching for an online calorie counter / tracker. Looks good ! I have soooo much weight to lose. Each day is another day ! But today is first day of this new adventure!! Thu, 10 Jan 2008 12:21:09 EST hi all im new to this hi everyone i guess i thought id like mto chat to people doing the same as me i used this site before lost about a stone for my wedding then quit basically and packed on the pounds well here i go agen but this time im just doin it for myself and im determined to stick to it ive allredy lost 4lbs since i started sunday i no i shoudnt weigh myself more than once a week but i couldnt help myself and it was a nice surprise. so does anyone wanna chat? Thu, 25 Oct 2007 15:40:21 EST Eating out/Restaur ants-HELP?! Hi everyone, <BR> I was wondering if anyone had an advice for me regarding eating out with friends? I'm going to a Chinese all you can eat buffet with friends form work, and although I have the advantage of being able to control the portions I was wondering what type of things would be better to go for? I always try to eat the healthy options but when my friends are reaching for the dessert menu my will power is tested!! Any tips would be appreciated! Thanks, Laura xx Sat, 29 Sep 2007 15:14:20 EST another one from the midlands!! just thought i`d say hi!! seems like a good team here, i`m also from this neck of the woods and thought i`d join you!! hope to hear from you soon!! Mon, 3 Sep 2007 17:42:58 EST Hi from Notts Hi. Just joined the site and hope to loose only a few pounds, but as they say every little counts :) <BR> <BR> Fe Wed, 29 Aug 2007 07:52:52 EST weather for ducks how has everyone managed with the rain? Birmingham is lucky in that it has no rivers worth speaking of, but we have been a bit cut off. Hard luck if you wanted to go anywhere by train etc. hope everyone is ok. Tue, 24 Jul 2007 03:38:25 EST hi I'm still pretty new to this, but am slowly finding my way around. I live in Birmingham, although originally frim London. I have had M.E. for the last 4 yrs and just seemed to pile on the weight(bad eating habits,boredom and lack of activity).I recently went to the doc's only to be told I had a high colesterol count and have been given 2 months to try to get this under control. This and my little grand-daughter, has been my wakeup call and I am determined to take control of my weight and heal... Tue, 17 Jul 2007 11:38:25 EST hi all hi im laura im 25 from leicester. i used to be thin before i left home, went uni and grew up! i was in denial then but now im fat....i know i was thin then!!! ive got 50lbs to lose and a realistic date of my next birthday so hopefully i'll be stunning again. aslong as i can still drink vodka and tea (not together) im sure i'll survive dieting. goodluck everyone! <BR> <BR> Laura Fri, 29 Jun 2007 07:03:51 EST