SparkPeople Healthy Kids Team Team Messageboard Healthy Food Choices, Reduce Screen Time, Personalized Kids Challenge, Dealing with Bullies, Time Management, & Children's Sleep SparkPeople Healthy Kids Team Team Messageboard Urgent! My 11 year old daughter is 220lbs She is 4ft 8" and 200lbs. I believe this means she has a bmi of 50.4, which is very bad. She has always been overweight, but she is gaining. She has gained 60lbs in the past year, including 8lbs in the last month. She weighs the same as me, but I am taller. Doctors have investigated thoroughly and there are no medical causes so I must be going wrong somewhere. I try to keep food in the house healthy but I always find lots of junk food wrappers hidden in the sofa and her bedroom. I try to talk... Sun, 15 Oct 2017 20:33:11 EST Mom and Her Boy Making Changes I'm a mom of a 8 year old girl and 10 year old boy. My son has a weight "problem" that is only getting worse <em>39</em> . I have one myself. I've recently started Weight Watchers through work and am engaged in helping him loose lbs too and us both eat healthier. He's very physically active but cannot seem to loose weight. I'm hoping to talk with parents who are also struggling kids with Weight problems and get support and help and learn new things/ ways to help him. Thanks :) Tue, 18 Oct 2016 14:49:36 EST Trying to get healthy for me and my family Hi my name is Jackie and I am trying to get my self healthy while teaching my little girl how care for herself properly and love herself no matter what she looks like. I look forward to the beginning of our journey together. :) Thu, 25 Aug 2016 06:44:44 EST uk 40 plus Hi, my name is mel and I am from Scotland in the UK. I am fairly new to spark people so I thought I would just say hi. Mon, 14 Sep 2015 16:38:04 EST New to the team Hello everyone. I'm a 35 year old mom. My daughter is starting kindergarten in a couple weeks. It will be all day. She already has a great attitude about healthy foods. She loves her fruit and veggies. I'm thinking I won't have too much trouble sending her to school with healthy lunches and snacks. If anything, I need to be a better role model for her by packing lunches and snacks just as healthy. Sat, 8 Aug 2015 06:09:07 EST Almost 60 Hi, I'm a First Nation woman from Canada. I first started my journey to weight loss February 2012 and during that first year I lost almost 40 lbs., strictly from walking, joining a gym and eating healthy. The 2nd year for the first 7-8 months I took off and additional 22 lbs and for some reason or another I lost motivation. I rejoined the gym again last May but my attendance has been sporadic. So here I am...with a definite plan and stick-to-if-ness...determined to succeed where I stopped. Oh... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 09:51:36 EST Hidden Icon Game We play this on another team that I'm on and it is interesting to see what emoticon shows up. After you click on the "Reply" button, just click on the "Add an Emoticon" button and select any emoticon. Take note of the last number played and substitute the next number in the brackets. Click on "Post Message" and see what emoticon shows up. I'll start the first two! <BR> <BR> NOTE: Sometimes it won't be anything. Sometimes, it will be a surprise! Several of them won't be in Sparks emoticons. Tue, 23 Dec 2014 13:26:18 EST MIL Called My 5yo Overweight Last fall, when visiting, my MIL told me my then 5yo daughter was heavy and overweight... in front of her. I tried to persuade her otherwise, but she insists my dd's overweight. Mind you, dd is in the 5th percentile for weight, dances several hours a week for a dance team (dd's choice, not mine) and runs the occasional 5K with me. I told MIL privately at the time that she shouldn't say things like that in front of DD because I don't want DD to worry about her weight. I'm still civil to MIL an... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 12:19:31 EST Time for change Hi everyone. My name is Natalie and I have two boys, one in grade 5 and the other in grade 3. I joined Spark over a year ago but quickly fell out of my good tracking habits because I let life get in the way. I am worried that I am passing my bad habits on to my kids and my older son is now overweight. I hope that joining this team will help my motivation and help me build a healthier future for my whole family. Wed, 28 May 2014 07:13:59 EST Week 1 Official Healthy Family Makeover Challenge Week 1 Action Plan <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Reduce screen time. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> We homeschool so we control screen time because it makes life simpler. The kids don't ask me to watch tv. We use the computer for educational purposes only. The kids are in sports and piano which keeps them busy! <BR> <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Hold a family meeting. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> My kids are elementary age and part of my homeschool curriculum for them is to teach them healthy lifestyles. We get bo... Thu, 15 May 2014 08:10:55 EST Encouraging kids to cook! I just got back from the pediatrician's office and my kids picked up a great magazine called chop chop! I can't wait to try out the recipes with them! We home school and I am excited to teach them about cooking healthy! <BR> <BR> What are some other websites or cookbooks you use? Thu, 8 May 2014 16:10:41 EST Encouraging kids to cook! I just got back from the pediatrician's office and my kids picked up a great magazine called chop chop! I can't wait to try out the recipes with them! We home school and I am excited to teach them about cooking healthy! Thu, 8 May 2014 16:08:17 EST Official Stress Busting Challenge Week 3 Action Plan (this was really nice! <BR> Review your stress tracker. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> I was stressed b/c I was trying so hard to work out 2 hours before my kids were up at 7am... I am relaxing a little. I am focusing more on how many calories I am burning, NOT how many minutes. It was totally stressing me out and I know I'll plateau if I just focus on minutes. <BR> <BR> * Planning meals weekly with my husband has really helped the stress of what we are eating and h... Mon, 5 May 2014 08:55:56 EST Baseball season just started;-) Just started. Put all the practices on the calendar. SO MUCH FUN! Sat, 26 Apr 2014 19:06:27 EST Official Eat Up, Slim Down Challenge Week 4 Action Plan Official 'Eat Up, Slim Down' Challenge <BR> Set yourself up for success. <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> I got a hold of my calorie range! I can do IT!!! I am doing 1200 calorie diet: I have a range of 1200-1350 calories per day. I don't want to go under 1200 calories a day, because it will hurt my metabolism. <BR> <BR> 300 calories for breakfast <BR> 100 calories for AM snack <BR> 300 calories for lunch <BR> 100 calories for PM snack <BR> 400 calories for dinner ... Fri, 25 Apr 2014 06:11:32 EST Reading every day helps! It helps me and the kids;-) Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:49:57 EST Hello :) I've been a member of SparkPeople for awhile and have posted very seldom to any boards. I really started to take my weight loss and exercise seriously in January 2014. Just in need of connecting with like minded people who live real lives and still find a way to stay on track! <BR> <BR> Fitness Program: T25 I have completed one round - all ten weeks. This was major for me as I have never stuck to any exercise program faitfully for that long. I am now working through another round of the seco... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 15:32:24 EST Hi, I'm new Hi, <BR> <BR> I am new to SP and Healthy Kids Team. <BR> <BR> Making real changes and not crash diets or fad exercises. <BR> <BR> I homeschool two elementary age children. <BR> <BR> Fri, 4 Apr 2014 07:53:24 EST Hi there! My name is Kasey McFarland (no, I'm not Irish, but someday I will go there just to hear a real Irishman say my name :)). I'm here on Spark People to start shedding the extra 30 pounds I have gained in the last 5 years working full time as a secretary after being a very busy and active stay-at-home mom for many years. Sitting all day does NOT agree with me. You know that commercial, "a body in motion stays in motion and a body at rest, stays at rest"? Well, I've been resting for 5 years and I ... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 12:28:43 EST fishing Kids went fishing with dad two nights this week. Had a blast and caught some 20 pounders. <em>14</em> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 07:47:16 EST hi, ya'll I am from Texas (6th generation), a former foster mom of 27 kids and adoptive mom to 4. Part time stay at home mom, part time pilot chase. Gemini, asthmatic, nutrition info lover, science geek, yogi, music nut, love to cook all the wrong foods, opps did I say that out loud? Love herbal medicine making and soaping, love travel, love my husband and children most of all. Sun, 20 Oct 2013 10:12:10 EST Making a change. I am a 47 year old Mother of two.Like alot of the stories I let myself go.Got pregnant,got chubby,had two kids,quit smoking but worst of all bought track pants.Those things are way too forgiving! Have tried over the years to take charge.I have jumped on the band wagon more times that I can count and think I still have the bruises from falling I have recently been offered a wonderful opportunity....fundraiser for our local hospital.Its called "lose it to win" same idea as the "big... Sat, 12 Oct 2013 09:20:45 EST How many points until your next level? 5253 Fri, 11 Oct 2013 21:48:18 EST new to the team hi I just found this team and I am so glad I did ...I have a 9yr old daughter who currently weighs 102 pounds ...I need ideas to motivate her plz Fri, 4 Oct 2013 20:05:17 EST New Member My name is Lisa. I'm 42, married and have a 5 year old daughter. One of the main reasons I want to lose weight and get fit is so that I can keep up with my daughter and so that we can be more physically active together as a family. <BR> <BR> I want to lose weight, develop healthier lifestyle habits, and to become a great role model for our daughter, and learn how to better keep her healthy. <BR> <BR> I'm glad to be a part of this group. :) Mon, 26 Aug 2013 23:35:13 EST How to stop your child from eating to much? Hello all! I am really struggling with my youngest child (age 8) not having any idea of when to stop eating. Her portion size is so distorted that I do not know where to begin. Things I have tried in the past are to wait 20 minutes before she has more food, which will often work if we have the time to do it and to say that second servings must be more fruit and veggies, not the protein and grains that were part of the first serving. It is just such a battle it wears me down. I do not wa... Fri, 19 Jul 2013 16:35:30 EST food allergies with kids hey peeps, <BR> <BR> New here and thought I'd introduce myself, Penny, <em>213</em> I have a five year old that has OMG allergies, he's allergic to dairy protein and beef, soy protein, corn, and a whole slew of outside allergens. Finding an economical way to get him his calcium and iron has put things on a whole new creative level. We have the best results simply by switching to goat's milk and sticking with chicken and turkey. He won't eat any kind of pork either. If any of you have a... Tue, 21 May 2013 19:55:34 EST Word Association Game Okay, I'll start. I'll post a word and the next person has to post the first thing that comes into your head. It doesn't have to make sense. As a matter of fact, that's half the fun when it DOESN'T make sense to the average person. <BR> <BR> Then the person after you will post the first word that comes into her head based on the second person's word, and so on. <BR> <BR> Okay, here goes: <BR> <BR> Bark Mon, 4 Feb 2013 10:39:22 EST New here Hi, I am a stay at home mom, or so we say. We try to get out as often as possible. I have a three year old son. I was doing really well with getting fit. Then, I had him. Then got arthritis in my knees and have really slacked on everything. I hope to find encouragement and ideas to motivate me. I want to get into shape and keep up with my son. Also, teach him to be healthy. Thanks everyone. Tue, 29 Jan 2013 00:58:04 EST Missy I am back again and need some support. My children and my husband need to loose weight too. My son feels so bad about himself and it scares me. He is way overweight and is depressed. I'm also going to college and my schedule for studying and work is going to be hard to get me started back. I feel like I should spend all my time studying. I feel like I need to be in better control of my time. I'm not sure how to do that. Any suggestions would help me. Thanks Sun, 13 Jan 2013 23:59:39 EST night shifter/healthcare Advice needed how to avoid craivings when tired! Sun, 13 Jan 2013 08:56:26 EST Milk free sources of protein for a 5yr old? Hi everyone! I just joined the team, hoping to find some advice/support here as I was just recently told by doctors that my son may have a dairy intolerance. He was getting sick all the time ( though he is in preschool ) but then he started vomiting. It would only last the day and the next day he would be better. Each time ( happened 3x with the vomiting ) we found he had a glass of milk with his dinner before going to bed, only to wake up the next day throwing up. It has been 2 weeks dairy f... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 09:12:27 EST Disabled Moms Hi everyone! I'm a disabled mom dealing with chronic pain. I just joined because I want a better life for my daughter and myself. I'm tired of being a prisoner in my own body and just enduring my life most of the time instead of enjoying it. I want to help my daughter get healthy. Cooking is excrutiating b/c of my chronic pain & I can't really do much physical activity w/ her either. I need quick healthy meal ideas. I need ideas on how to make getting healthy fun. I also need ideas on how to ... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 08:05:21 EST A-Z Word of the Day A - Artistic Thu, 6 Dec 2012 09:23:20 EST What was your Spark Wheel Number(s)? 5+7 Wed, 14 Nov 2012 10:51:10 EST Greetings and Salutations! I'm Veronica I'm a little nervous on what to say about myself. Well here I go...My name is Veronica and I am a mother to 1 child. A 12 year old boy going on 25! LOL. I am from California but moved to Virginia about 3 years ago. I have not ever been thin. I can say I gained about 100+ lbs since moving out here! I joined SparkPeople to help me get motivated in losing this weight! Also it's free and I have looked around the site and love it especially the menu planner! I also like the Exercise of the Day! My... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 20:58:49 EST First day on the sparke team. I feel optimistic :) Hi I learned about this program last night. I decided to visit this site & felt like it was right for me. Today it enspired me to eat a healthy breakfast which I haven't done in so long. I feel good about today, I think having the sparkle community in my life will help me make healthier choices for me & my kids. Thank you to everyone out there for doing what you do :) Tue, 11 Sep 2012 10:23:51 EST TBoneOwen Hello! Today is my first day! I need encouragement. Tue, 11 Sep 2012 09:54:42 EST Hello Hi Everyone!! I am totally new at Spark and at using a message board. But here I go......I've joined because my weight is creeping back up 3 years after weight loss surgery. I originally lost 100lbs and have been able to keep 60lbs off. That number unfortunately is shrinking. I am so confused by food! I need help and guidance. I started tracking my food and realized I have some serious calorie cutting to do. <BR> <BR> I looking forward to meeting everyone. <BR> <BR> Thanks Sat, 1 Sep 2012 07:58:26 EST Day one Today is the first day of a new journey. I feel like I can break my life up into little parts of a big journey and now I am at a new phase. This one is self improvement and my daughter is one of my biggest motivators. The only thing I am lacking is someone to help hold me accountable. Anybody out there up for the challenge? Thu, 23 Aug 2012 22:06:37 EST camping with the kids Other than biking, swimming and kayaking, I need some ideas on fun activites to do with kids while camping. Mon, 20 Aug 2012 17:01:08 EST mandiesmiles hi all my name is mandie im currently 65kg and am hating it it i think i look horrible my wonderful husband says different but this yr im looking at my self in the mirror and i dont think i could wear a bikini im scared of how gross i look to others i know it shouldnt matter what others think but all i want is too look fit would love to reach my goal i was doing work outs but i just fell back as i went down to 62kg in just 2wks but ive currently put it back on please any advise would b great ... Sat, 18 Aug 2012 18:24:42 EST Hi! Hi there! My name is Amy and I am mom to a 9 year old girl and 6 year old boy. We are lucky that our family is relatively healthy despite the fact that we are not active at all! I want to decrease the TV time and get outside!!. I didn't watch much tv growing up, but my husband did, and I find it controlling our lives! I work full time, so I don't have much energy. I did not grow up playing sports, and so "exercising" is not part of my life. I want to change that for me, my husband, and... Sun, 12 Aug 2012 16:09:47 EST Looking and accountability? Hi! My name is Ashley. I have been on my weight loss journey for almost two years. During this time I have had ups, downs, and at some points just at a standstill...I realized I could help people with that and so I would love to help people any way I can...My goal is to help people so they do not have to struggle with the not knowing how...I don't know everything that is for sure, but I do know some...and I would love to help you...msg me so we can get started:) Wed, 18 Jul 2012 14:56:37 EST Looking and accountability? Hi! My name is Ashley. I have been on my weight loss journey for almost two years. During this time I have had ups, downs, and at some points just at a standstill...I realized I could help people with that and so I would love to help people any way I can...My goal is to help people so they do not have to struggle with the not knowing how...I don't know everything that is for sure, but I do know some...and I would love to help you...msg me so we can get started:) Wed, 18 Jul 2012 14:37:12 EST Shirmiel Duncan Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I am not necessarily new to spark people, but I am new to the message boards. Not sure what else to say but I will be happy to answer any questions that you all may have. Nice to meet you all. Mon, 16 Jul 2012 01:59:42 EST I've hit a plateau Hi, Well I am introducing myself. This is all really new to me but look forward to the adventure. I am 43 and have 4 children from 11 to 19. I began gaining weight after my 3rd child. I was able to level out at a decent weight that I wasn't too ashamed about. But then I had to go on medication for fibromyalgia and depression and my weight just shot up. Over a period of a few years I found myself being 115 lbs over weight. I went all the way up to a size 24. Since August of last year ... Thu, 12 Jul 2012 15:47:51 EST New to the team... Hello my name is Staci and I am new to this sparks team and am glad to be here...I am a mother of two healthy happy boys Tyler 10yrs and Jonathan 5yrs old I am a working mother but off on sdi waiting for knee surgery...Just wanted to say Hi and I am glad to be here... <em>252</em> Thu, 5 Jul 2012 13:38:45 EST Hello from the east coast I'm a stay at home mom with a four year old. I have two adult children so this feels like a do over for me, which is kind of fun. I had to work when I had my older children and felt like I missed a lot of stuff. The only really bad thing is because of my age I worry about being here for my little one as she gets older. I am hoping joining this site will help motivate me to lose weight and get into shape. Wed, 20 Jun 2012 23:34:28 EST Want to find the right sport for your child? Is your child an Introvert or Extrovert? Competitive or seeking harmony? Help them find a sport they can enjoy. Take one of the 3 online exercise personality quizzes we posted on our blog to find an exercise or sport best suited for your child's demeanor at <BR> <BR> <link><BR>06/what-is-your-exercise-personality.html </link> Tue, 19 Jun 2012 07:29:29 EST Hi, I am Tonya Hi all my name is Tonya and I am a 26 yr old mother of 4. 3 boys ages 8,2, and 4 months and a 5 yr old girl. Trying to have a healthier lifestyles for my kids and myself. Mon, 4 Jun 2012 22:00:00 EST Monthly Challenges? I wanted to share what my family is doing and to see if anyone else wants to join for encouragment. I know I need it! <BR> Last month my husband, my two boys (11 years and 9), and myself had a great discussion on getting healthy and helping each other. So we decided on monthly challenges to help us make better decisions. Hoping maybe some of it would stick. In May we did the Fried Food Challenge. We could eat nothing that was submerged in oil and cooked, which by the way is everything we lov... Mon, 4 Jun 2012 14:22:52 EST Hi I am April Bean Hello my name is April Bean. I am 26 years and I have 3 children and a wonderful husband. I am also in college as a full time student as well as a full time mom. I way more then I did when I gave birth to my oldest child. That scares me in more ways then one. So I am hoping that I can get myself on track with this plan. I was also recently in my first car accident and I am still dealing with the pain and suffering from that horrible situation. But with God's help I can do anything that I set... Fri, 1 Jun 2012 00:43:34 EST Unmotivated! Hello. My name is Andraya' and I am new to Sparks. I am excited about joining this new and invigorating experience. I started loosing weight in January and to date I have lost about 13 pounds. I won the biggest loosers challenge that we had and work and I came in 3rd place with the challenge in my family. It seems lately that I have lost all motivation to loose this weight. I still need to loose at least 35 pounds to get down to a healthy weight. I have tried all I know how to motivate myself... Thu, 31 May 2012 22:25:53 EST SAHM of 2 Hello all! My name is Juanita. I'm 32, married and a recent SAHM to 2 little boys. Connor is 2 years and Carter is 2 months. I was a previous member when I lost weight for my wedding in 2009. Connor was born in 2010 and Carter this year so I haven't had a chance to get back to my pre-wedding/pre-baby weight so I'm back again! Hope to meet some good supportive friends on here! Tue, 22 May 2012 10:01:13 EST Hello! Hello! Though I've been a member of SparkPeople for some time, I've decided, though I try, I can not do this on my own and need support. First step, introducing myself! I'm hoping that I'll get some close networks via this. My goal is 60 lbs. Thanks for your support! <BR> Thank you! <BR> Tammy D Sat, 19 May 2012 19:07:06 EST Cutestuf47 Hi, I am a 64 yr old, married 44 yrs, Grandmother of four ages 17, 14, 13 & 4. I have battled weight problems my entire life-being told I was fat and put on diet pills that were prescribed for my teenage sister at age 11. I was taught early my value was based on my looks most especially my size. Lucky for me I have a pretty face. "You have such a pretty face and would be so pretty if you would only lose weight." My goals at this point in my life after yrs of therapy is a happy, heathy and ... Mon, 14 May 2012 19:31:31 EST Loving Wife and Mother of 2! Hello, Everyone! My name is Melissa and I am 24 years young! I am a mother of 2 (1 and 3) and a loving wife. <BR> <BR> I became obsessed with researching anything and everything about Being Healthy for 3 reasons: <BR> - To have the ability to teach my children how to live a healthy life <BR> - To help my husband lose and maintain a healthy weight <BR> - To lose my 'baby' belly! <BR> <BR> As for my motivation and energy levels, they aren't where I want and need them to be. I set my al... Wed, 9 May 2012 01:34:23 EST Hello everybody!!! Im Lady "V" This is all new to me, and I'm just trying to read all the info. that comes with this site. I believe that this program will be an asset to me and my family. Thanks for all the support. Wed, 2 May 2012 12:00:07 EST Team Healthy woohoo I was talking to my son this weekend telling him how important it is to eat the right things to grow healthy and strong and to help keep him healthy for sports. He plays baseball and will be doing cross country this summer. He got new running shoes and we will be running together to train which i am very excited about. Also we went to get some groceries and he asked for some sunflower seeds instead of a candy bar. I know they still have alot of salt but i am happy he is committed to this chan... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 07:52:41 EST awt hi i am a 29 year old female with over 50 pounds to lose and i hope to make some new friends along the way who is trying to loss weight also Sun, 29 Apr 2012 21:21:50 EST Introduction Hi all, my name is Cynthia and I am posting a quick introduction. :) I'm a mom to 5 kids aged 3-11, and a wife and homeschooler as well. Life is busy! And that is why I am here. I have been letting all my daily duties take me away from being the healthiest me. I have always liked being active and exercising but for the last year, been treating exercise as a luxury that I treat myself with when I have completed my long list of to-dos. Needless to say, there haven't been many days where I act... Sun, 22 Apr 2012 00:09:51 EST Getting to no my body Hello my name is Nisi and my doctor gave me the information to this site . Well so far I'm really liking it but I have a it true that I should eat 6 small meals aday even if I'm not hunger. I have notice that I haven't been rewarding my calories goal I only eat like no more then abt 900-1100 a day so can abt help me because Ireally really want and need to lose weight Thank you, Nisi Thu, 19 Apr 2012 10:13:50 EST A to Z Places/Things you would like to visit Acropolis of Athens Sun, 15 Apr 2012 20:14:25 EST hey sparks family, new member Lorie here... hi ya'll, stopping in to introduce you saw above, my name is lorie, i'm a new member and just love what i <BR> have learned here in a day!! hats off to all of you and good luck on your journey, whatever it may be... <BR> i'm a mom of 4 wonderful children, just moved to fl from pa and i'm here to change our lifestyle and to get healthy for myself and my family...look forward to meeting everyone...keep on keepin' on and God bless... Thu, 12 Apr 2012 12:13:29 EST New Here! Hi, My name is Gena and I am 33 yrs old. I would like to lose 30 lbs. I am super excited to start this journey. Mon, 9 Apr 2012 16:03:27 EST Hello I am a 38 year old nurse and mother of 2 boys ages 7 and 9. I have slowly put on the weight since my first son was born. I want to get healthy for me and my kids. I just enrolled my boys in karate to give them more exercise and they also play basketball. Otherwise they are happy to sit and play with their DS. I sometimes wish I would never have bought them one. Fri, 6 Apr 2012 15:24:45 EST Introduction Hi! I'm Sue B.-- wife, mom of 2 boys (11 & 13), teacher of preK class, and getting my masters in childhood education (preK - 6th grade). I'm looking for ideas for myself, but also for my family and my students. Fun is a definite requirement. I love Zumba on my PS3 right now and have committed to doing it M, W, F with my friend Alison. Tue, 3 Apr 2012 21:36:02 EST LUPE001 Introduction Hello Sparkspeople, I am 42 yrs old and my goal is to lose 10-15 pounds and getting toned, fit and eating healthy. My eating habits are awful. I dont drink water, I am a sugar freak and I love big cups of coffee with milk. I dont exercise; actually I am scheduled to meet up with a gym rep Wednesday. My goal is to go to the gym at least 4 days per week. I know at first it is going to be hard to go because for me it is better to go with a friend. I dont know, maybe its me. It motivates me. <B... Sun, 1 Apr 2012 10:37:45 EST This is going to be a challenge Hi everybody I'm new to this program I'm trying lose a lot of weight scared to get diabetes which almost all my family has I want to get healthy and set an example for my kids. I want to make them proud of me.:) Thu, 29 Mar 2012 03:34:48 EST Hi everyone!!! My name is Michelle and I am 36 yrs old. I'm married with three boys ages 13, 8, and 5. I have over 100 lbs to lose so I know it's gonna be hard, but I know that if I don't lose the extra weight I'm going to continue to hurt myself and my family... As of right now I'm missing out on a lot of my kids' lives because either I hurt to bad or I am too tired to go for a walk or play a game. An added complication is the fact I have Fibromyalgia, so that causes me alot of added aches and pains. My go... Wed, 28 Mar 2012 13:40:13 EST Robin Stull, a new vegan Hello! I am the mother of four boys. I work as a cardiac nurse one night a week, and spend the rest of my time raising my active family. My husband was recently diagnosed with high blood pressure and cholesterol, and has a high risk for diabetes. I researched what I could do to help, as he is only 34. I knew the answer couldn't just be medicine. I read the China Study by T. Colin Campbell, and discoverved I could reverse his conditions by eating a whole foods plant based diet. So, now ... Thu, 1 Mar 2012 12:10:25 EST HI MY NAME IS JUICYFRUIT13 I NEED TO DROP 50+ POUNDS AND RELLY NEED MOTIVATION. PLEASE PRAY FOR ME! Fri, 24 Feb 2012 14:31:08 EST Healthy Activities A-Z Aerobics Thu, 23 Feb 2012 07:03:41 EST ready set GO!!! Hi there,my Name is Kel & i am ready to start getting myself back on track!!! focused on getting myself whipped into a more healthier,fitter and happier Me..Have been on this weight loss roller coaster all my life and so i now am just looking for a smoother ride to loose some kg's without putting to much pressure on myself...and just taking it step by step and not putting unrealistic expectations on kilo at a time...can just be so Overwhelming..Just want to be free of this cloud ... Sun, 19 Feb 2012 21:33:30 EST Hi , my name is Wanda Campbell I am married, with 3 children and 3 stepchildren. I have 15 grandchildren. I have always been overweight but just can't seem to get ride of it. Dr said I have to lose weight or I could have a stroke . I have tried so many diets but just can't seem to stick to them.So here I am. Had to quit work because my husband has chrosis and is bad shape now. All I do is eat. I can use all the support I can get. Thanks everyone!!! Wed, 15 Feb 2012 19:52:25 EST Miss mugs is gonna get 41 and fit I'am trying to get swimming suit good. Tue, 14 Feb 2012 16:43:36 EST Hello from Iowa I am looking forward to meeting you all. I am in my 50's and live rural Iowa. My major challenges has been diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis, which there is a long family history. I dealt with this challenge for over 10 years. I am determined that I will beat it. I feel that I may had hit on the right support system and looking foward to the days ahead. <BR> <BR> It is my hope that I can lay the foundation for my children and grandchildren my the example of living a healthy lifestyle. Sat, 11 Feb 2012 12:44:42 EST The challenge Hi! <BR> I´ve never been worried about my healt and how I look, but this year I want to change, lose weight and become more active, i have a 5 year old boy and I need extra energy for play with him . Fri, 10 Feb 2012 15:44:46 EST Just saying heyyy! :) Hi everyone! My name is Sam and I'm really excited to be here! I'm a mom of 2 little boys who are 6 and 3, and my decision to lose weight and live a healthier life is mainly because of them. I can't wait to get started and make some new friends around here. I hope everyone is having a great week! Tue, 7 Feb 2012 23:12:53 EST New Beginings Hey Everyone! I am so happy that I have decided to join this group! I hope that I can meet a lot of new people! I am excited to be on board and working towards my goals! Sat, 4 Feb 2012 17:19:58 EST Challenge: Challenge: Put a picture on your Spark Page showing a family vacation that you took with the most exercise - caption it as "Vacation of Exercise" and write in the post space where and when you went with favorite part of the trip. We'll look at each others pages for the pictures. Wed, 1 Feb 2012 13:03:50 EST Eager crafter wants to join the Fun Hi - I am a wife of 20years, a mom of 2 teen daughters, and an avid crafter (scrapbooking mostly these days and I am already enjoying this sight with all the people and neat recipes particularly school and work snacks as well as family time snacks (5-7PM), I am a strong worker with a business dying to start - so recently I decided to help others by educating them on how to make scrapbooks, or how to best organize their photos for basic albums. I just want to help people get their memories o... Tue, 31 Jan 2012 17:14:57 EST Kids wii fit I bought the nickalodeon wii fit for kids. It is awesome! My kids that are 7 and 4 loved it. It was perfect exercise for them. They were both challenged and breathing hard. <BR> Tue, 31 Jan 2012 13:26:23 EST New Year!New Me! Hello everyone! I hope everyone is well. I am a new member :) This the first I am actually acknowledging I need to shed all this excess weight I gained the past two years. I hope with my new found mind focus I can shed these 100 pounds and with the help and encouragement from everyone. Thanks xoxo! Thu, 26 Jan 2012 18:43:22 EST HI and many good sparks to y!ou I am loving this program. I have to remember to go with to slow and sure technique, and to stay steady and committed. I seem to really be able to be healthy at home, but as soon as any activity comes into play I struggle. So...I have identified a challenge and need to prepare. I am a wife and mother. I want to be well. Wed, 25 Jan 2012 11:36:42 EST Cheekychic hi everyone!! I am extremely excited to join this group and see my goals become a reality. i am a mother of 3 and a wife. I want to be healthy and continue to enjoy my beautiful life. its been a rough road with my weight but i will not be held back by that anymore. we are trying to conceive again and i would like to be at a place were i don't lose focus on my end result...staying healthy before, during, and after pregnancy! Mon, 23 Jan 2012 14:59:55 EST bcfun66 Hi everyone, I am looking forward to having a way to be held accountable as I reach my goals. Tue, 17 Jan 2012 00:58:47 EST New team member Hi I'm the mom of three boys. I have been over weight most of my life and ate fastfood alot when I was younger. I have the Baratric surgery 12 years ago. Having the sugery doen't mean you quit trying to stay healthy, you have to work at it! The surgery was the biggest turning point of my life, I changed alot of the unhealthy eating habits, but have gotten busy with my boys thier activities. I have a 15 years old, who plays football, bowls, runs track and now wants to play baseball. I think he... Tue, 10 Jan 2012 09:08:40 EST Hi Hello, I have two children a 6 year old girl and an 11 year old boy. My boy and I are both extremely overweight. He does not enjoy any sports and his feet hurt him so bad he hats to do any exercise. He also has allergies so bad that he hates to go outside. He is a very picky eater as well he does not like fruit or vegy's, his favorite food is pizza and if I would let him he would eat it all day every day. My daughter is tall and seems skinny for now but she is also learning lots of bad h... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 09:32:01 EST introduce yourself Hi I'm Michele, I am looking forward to exercising with my 6 yr old. Sat, 7 Jan 2012 10:28:46 EST Hello everyone Hi everyone! I am new to this site.. I am a military wife & a mom of 3 year old twin girls. I am trying to lose weight but for some reason have no motivation, or really losing anything so a friend told me about this site so i figured i would try it out =) Mon, 2 Jan 2012 19:31:37 EST Meet Angela!! Hello. I am a 31 year old mother of 4 and a very proud Army wife. My children range from 11-6 and my youngest child is Autistic. I had a stroke, combined with a spinal cord injury, in 2004 that left me paralyzed for a year, and as you can guess, I put on some weight. I look forward to getting to know each of you and us being an inspiration for each other! Fri, 30 Dec 2011 00:04:49 EST 12.27.2011 Make Your Family Cruise a Healthy Trip Family Health and Wellness Article <BR> <BR> Make Your Family Cruise a Healthy Trip <BR> <BR> Cruises offer so many opportunities for family fun and exploring. But they are also known for their rich, gourmet food that is available 'round the clock. You don't have to totally deprive yourself to stay in shape on vacation. Moderation, along with participation in the many opportunities that cruises offer for fitness, will keep your whole family sailing smoothly. Follow these tips: <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 27 Dec 2011 07:26:12 EST 12.23.2011 Take an Active Vacation Take an Active Vacation <BR> <BR> Have you thought about how great it would be to include your family in your pursuit to exercise more regularly? Family exercise will improve the health of your loved ones, make exercise more fun, and at the same time develop stronger connections between all of you. With a little creativity, you can find a way to make it work for everyone. <BR> <BR> FITNESS TIP <BR> Consider making your family vacation an active one. Instead of spending time lounging on the ... Fri, 23 Dec 2011 10:05:18 EST 12.22.2011 Dining Out at the Pizzeria FAMILY HEALTH AND WELLNESS ARTICLE FROM SPARKPEOPLE <BR> <BR> Dining Out at the Pizzeria <BR> <BR> Who doesn't like pizza? Nearly every mouth waters at the thought of sweet tomato sauce, tangy toppers, and that rich golden-brown crust, baked to perfection. This combination food can be a healthy choice, filled with complex carbohydrates, B-vitamins, calcium, protein, vitamin A, and vitamin C. However it often ends up being an indulgent, high fat, calorie-packed nightmare. Next time you're pl... Thu, 22 Dec 2011 09:01:52 EST summer bridge acitivties reading suggestions <link><BR>/Activities/Reading-Lists.aspx </link> <BR> <BR> you could try some of these over winter break! Wed, 21 Dec 2011 08:38:38 EST 12.21.2011 Water 101: Water Filters Family Health & Wellness <BR> <BR> Water 101: Water Filters <BR> <BR> Today, there is an abundance of ways to get your water. Tap water, mineral water, spring water, fitness water, water from bottles, water filters, water coolers, and the list goes on and on. What works? What's the difference between them? How much does it all cost? Here's some help. <BR> <BR> Water filters make an economically sound purchase. Filters come in several forms; the most popular choices are a filtered water pit... Wed, 21 Dec 2011 06:32:05 EST 12.20.2011 Physical Activity Rec for Infants For those of you with little babies.... <BR> <BR> Family Healthy & Wellness Article! <BR> <BR> Physical Activity Recommendations: Infants (up to 12 months old) <BR> <BR> As an adult, you need to exercise and maintain a good level of fitness for your health--to manage your weight, prevent diseases, reduce stress, and be able to accomplish normal activities of daily living, from carrying groceries to cleaning the house. Children need to be fit for the same reasons as you. Physical activity h... Tue, 20 Dec 2011 06:48:08 EST 12.19.2011 The Benefits of Eating Together Family Health and Wellness Article <BR> <BR> The Benefits of Eating Together <BR> <BR> "Come and get it!" It may be dinnertime, but when was the last time your family sat down and enjoyed dinner together? With music lessons, ball practice, play rehearsal, and work schedules, it can be tough. Rounding up the troop for an evening meal can be almost impossible! However, research is beginning to show that eating as a family has great benefits for your children and teenagers. Here's another reas... Mon, 19 Dec 2011 08:11:34 EST suggested books for reading aloud post your suggested books for reading aloud in this thread Sun, 18 Dec 2011 15:03:52 EST Favorite books from my childhood List your favorite books from your childhood in this thread Sun, 18 Dec 2011 15:00:11 EST 12.18.2011 Berries: Secret Weapon Ingredient Today's Family Health & Wellness Article on SP <BR> Please discuss by replying to this thread. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ew.asp?t=4&ds=4369&email_address=CGARN<BR>ERS@GMAIL.COM&code=BIAE&sp=9915970 </link> <BR> <BR> Berries: Secret Weapon Ingredient <BR> <BR> Ahem...allow us to introduce you to one of many Secret Weapon Ingredients. And what, you might ask, are Secret Weapon Ingredients? They are versatile foods that are perfect for mixing into many dishes ... Sun, 18 Dec 2011 07:09:35 EST Discuss Challenge: Children's Sleep <BR> This team challenge is Children's Sleep. <BR> This site was most useful... <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I love and they also had a great article <BR> <link><BR>/not_tired.html </link> <link><BR>/not_tired.html </link> <BR> <BR> Step 1: Make a routine. If you don't have a routine for bed, make steps towards establishing one and stick with it. Make it rel... Sun, 18 Dec 2011 07:06:24 EST Challenge: Children's Sleep <em>227</em> Please Do Not Reply in this thread or forum <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Go to the Discussion of Team Challenges Forum and reply in the thread so other members can find the team challenges easily. <BR> <BR> This team challenge is Children's Sleep. <BR> This site was most useful... <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I love and they also had a great article <BR> <link><BR>/not_tired.html </link>... Sun, 18 Dec 2011 07:05:46 EST 12.18.2011 Children and Sleep <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> This website was great! Please reply to this thread with your thoughts on this topic of sleep. <BR> <BR> Children's <BR> Sleep Basics <BR> Children's Sleep Habits <BR> Children's Sleep Problems <BR> Children's Sleep Sheet <BR> Los Niños Y El Sueño <BR> Sleep Of America's Children <BR> Sleep Practices And Tips <BR> Children's <BR> Sleep Problems <BR> Children And Snoring <BR> Common Sleep Disorders Linked To ADHD <BR> Chil... Sun, 18 Dec 2011 06:57:00 EST Best Little Girl Books (add yours too!) Goodreads had a listing of best little girl books...will share and please reply to this thread with your favorite little girl books too! Sat, 17 Dec 2011 18:11:07 EST 12.17. 2011 Water-A Healthy Choice <link> </link> <BR> <BR> This site was a great resource for articles and ideas to help children stay healthy! <BR> <BR> Water is a huge one in our family! <BR> <BR> Saves money and is healthy!!!! <BR> <BR> Reply to this thread with thoughts, questions, suggestions, and such. One day at a time! Sat, 17 Dec 2011 08:43:05 EST 12.17.2011 TV Found Guilty! FAMILY HEALTH AND WELLNESS ARTICLE. If you have not signed up for it go to your email preferences and sign up for these great daily articles! <BR> <BR> Reply to this thread on your thoughts! <BR> <BR> <BR> TV Found Guilty <BR> <BR> TV is bad for kids, according the researchers at the Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Centre in Seattle, along with scores of other doctors and researchers. They found that for each hour of TV a child watches, there is an increase in the risk of attent... Sat, 17 Dec 2011 08:40:12 EST 12.16.2011 Family Health and Wellness Article Reply to this thread about the Family Health and Wellness article: <BR> <BR> A Morning Exercise Routine Fit for the Whole Family <BR> <BR> Have you thought about how great it would be to include your family in your pursuit to exercise more regularly? Family exercise will improve the health of your loved ones, make exercise more fun, and at the same time develop stronger connections between all of you. With a little creativity, you can find a way to make it work for everyone. <BR> <BR> FITN... Fri, 16 Dec 2011 08:00:48 EST 12.16.2011 SparkDiet Nutritional Info Comparison <link><BR>sts_snacks.asp </link> <BR> <BR> Get three points! <BR> <BR> Remember, it is the small stuff! Think about what food you are allowing to come in your house! <BR> <BR> You are the gatekeeper (if you do that grocery shopping) for your home! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>salute-nutrition-gatekeepers-this-moth<BR>ers-day/ </link> <BR> <BR> Great article reminding us that we are the ones that guide our families in n... Fri, 16 Dec 2011 07:37:36 EST 12.15.2011 100 Calorie Snacks video from SP <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=1584 </link> <BR> <BR> In this short video, Coach Nicole reveals the low-cal snacks that will help keep you feeling full and satisfied long after eating! <BR> <BR> Earn 3 points! <BR> <BR> Share what your favorite healthy, high fiber snack is by replying to this thread!!!! Share what your kids favorite healthy snack is! Thu, 15 Dec 2011 08:43:13 EST What...Again? Most requested Children's books Books my children actually got their PJ's, teeth brushed and into bed to read in less than 2 minutes flat to read club! <BR> <BR> List your kids books in this thread! Wed, 14 Dec 2011 08:59:15 EST school library journal's best picture books In the picture-book selections, the art ranges from glorious, ingenious, breath-taking, and innovative to downright hilarious. These imaginative titles span a variety of ages and interests, from preschoolers to middle-grade audiences. <BR> <BR> <BR> Please share your kids favorite picture books! Wed, 14 Dec 2011 08:55:44 EST 12.14.2011 How do you keep workout schedule? <link><BR>815B7F480129 </link> <BR> <BR> I LOVE Youtube. I have a playlist for everyday of the week and this is my Wednesday playlist. <BR> <BR> How do you keep on schedule with your workouts with kids and such? Please share in this thread! Wed, 14 Dec 2011 06:56:44 EST 12.13.2011 Fast and Easy Workout! <link><BR>feature=BFa&list=PLCD35069049898CC9&lf<BR>=mh_lolz </link> <BR> <BR> Time crunch? Challenge yourself to do this exercise in the link above!!! 6 minutes of your time!!! <BR> Tue, 13 Dec 2011 08:45:03 EST 12.12.2011 Daily Goal...make one for yourself! <em>442</em> <BR> <BR> It is a busy time of year! So focus on TODAY and try not to get overwhelmed! <BR> <BR> Set at least one goal for yourself today! <BR> <BR> You can copy and paste from below and reply to this thread! <BR> <BR> Goal #1: <BR> Goal met?: <BR> <BR> Is this a goal you would want to make in your "other" goals on the My Tracker? <BR> What was hard about it? <BR> What did you learn from it? Mon, 12 Dec 2011 06:20:39 EST 12.11.2011 Do you track your walks/jogs? <link><BR>_maps_home.asp </link> <BR> <BR> I know it is winter, but do you walk? I just jogged this morning because I finally got my mp3 player working on my tracfone:-) <BR> <BR> Track your walks, even if you are just starting out or thinking of starting! <BR> <BR> I LOVE my walks! They are totally awesome!!!! I got out of the habit of walking when I worked night shift and it took awhile to motivate myself to do it again. Well worth it! Sun, 11 Dec 2011 06:20:20 EST 12.10.2011 What is your exercise excuse? We all have them. It seems as though we are own worst enemies when it comes to this. <BR> <BR> I came across this SP article and it made me think of my own excuses. <BR> <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=1021 </link> <BR> <BR> I have come a long way, but I know I can do more. Mine is that I don't have enough time to do more exercises or I am cold and my mp3 player is out of commission and I am awaiting a new memory card for my tracfone so I can use it f... Sat, 10 Dec 2011 07:29:20 EST Suggested books for babies, toddlers and preschool My library has a great children's section and they have organized books labeled as "born to read" and I thought I'd share! <BR> <BR> Tip to take a step further: copy one of these titles and search for it in: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> or <BR> if you local library has a website (I hope they do) and their card catalog is online, you can plug it into their search engine, they may have their own "tags" of books that are suggested for children! <BR> <BR> Have Fun READI... Fri, 9 Dec 2011 13:21:46 EST The Must-Have Series for Children Ages 6 to 12 This thread is for the must-have series in a library that children ages 6 - 12 can read for themselves. Wed, 7 Dec 2011 17:11:52 EST Chore lists for kids 11 year olds and older List your ideas here! Tue, 6 Dec 2011 19:43:17 EST Chore lists for kids 8-10 year olds List your chore ideas here! Tue, 6 Dec 2011 19:34:41 EST Chore lists for kids 4 -7year olds 4-7year olds - "Help" is the important word at this age. Many of the chores will be done as a helper and slowly kids can graduate to doing them independently! <BR> <BR> List your chore ideas here! Tue, 6 Dec 2011 19:30:47 EST Chore lists for kids 2-4 year olds List of chores for kids, age appropriate. Add yours here! <BR> <BR> 2-4 year olds <BR> Tue, 6 Dec 2011 19:27:55 EST Ways for Kids to Exercise - Indoors Or Out 1. Walk your dog Tue, 6 Dec 2011 06:52:19 EST How to keep toddlers active. Great resources!!! <link><BR>er/staying_fit/active_toddler.html </link> <BR> <BR> Here are some tips for keeping toddlers active: <BR> Adult-Led Activity Free Play <BR> <BR> Younger Toddlers (12-24 months) <BR> <BR> Listen to music and dance together. <BR> Hold your child's hands while he or she jumps. <BR> Explore the backyard or playground together. <BR> Climb stairs and use climbing equipment, with supervision. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Use push... Mon, 5 Dec 2011 20:59:16 EST How many words of encouragement can we use? think of how you encourage your kids. Post your sayings! Sat, 3 Dec 2011 06:37:47 EST Introduction Hello everyone, <BR> This is my first message on Sparkspeople. I have never really utilized my sparks page and I joined it last year. I am hoping to reach my weight goal in the next 12 months and meet some encouraging people along the way. My weight is affecting my health both physically and emotionally and no diet that I try seems to work for my lifestyle. I am married with 3 children, 2 of which are adults now. Fri, 2 Dec 2011 01:42:43 EST Looking for support... Okay...I am here once again and trying not to be intimidated by this site and how to navigate around it. I am in desperate need of supporting persons who are working to reach their goals. I want to be successful this go round and I would like to meet people who are struggling with the overwhelming task of losing weight. Can anyone give me suggestions on how to get more support from this site and how to link up with persons who will be supportive? Mon, 28 Nov 2011 10:49:58 EST Did you do the SP Better Sleep Challenge? <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=42560 </link> <BR> <BR> SparkPeople's Official Better Sleep Challenge will help you improve the quality of your shut-eye and feel more energized in just 4 weeks! By completing the program, you'll earn a special SparkTrophy . Fri, 25 Nov 2011 10:09:19 EST Eating Healthy . . . Hooooray!!! Hooked for a better living!!! Mon, 14 Nov 2011 21:28:45 EST Discuss Challenge: Time Management Please discuss challenge of time management here by responding to this thread. <BR> <BR> Share what tools you used to plan your meals. <BR> <BR> How did you plan out your week so you had time to workout? Sun, 13 Nov 2011 06:12:36 EST Challenge: Time Management <em>227</em> PLEASE do not respond in this thread <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Challenge yourself to make a planner. You can either try to plan out your week or your day. Or you can record it as it is happening. Depends on where you're at in your life. <BR> <BR> Goal: To plan you week and plan your meals for the week. <BR> <BR> Here are some planners you can print if you don't want use the online calendars: <BR> <link><BR>planner.gif </link> <BR> ... Sun, 13 Nov 2011 06:09:59 EST Share your favorite inspirational parent movie! What movie just inspires you as a parent? Thu, 10 Nov 2011 14:38:55 EST What is your favorite kids movie? I love movies:-) We took the kids to the Winnie the Pooh movie this was so cute...we love toy story and such <BR> <BR> share what great movies you love to watch with your kids! Thu, 10 Nov 2011 14:37:41 EST What book are you reading to your kids? share what books you are reading! Thu, 10 Nov 2011 14:36:01 EST Discuss Make a personalized kids challenge Please discuss this challenge here by replying. <BR> <BR> We are here to support each other! <BR> <BR> Every child is different! <BR> <BR> I used to be a services support administrator with people with disabilities and I wrote individualized plans all the time! It was so neat what we could accomplish as team when we openly talked about what the individual wanted to do! Make it your own! <BR> <BR> These are my kids' goals and I track these on SP...I change it up when we meet the goal or... Wed, 9 Nov 2011 10:33:29 EST Challenge: Make a personalized kids challenge <em>227</em> PLEASE do not reply to this thread <em>227</em> <BR> Post discussion in the discussion forum by finding the thread and replying <BR> <BR> This booklet is awesome! Don't shy away from doing this! <BR> <link><BR>ds_booklet.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> Involve your kids in this challenge! Make a personalized plan of something they would like to learn to do. You can start small. You can change it as you go along. Maybe your kids would really li... Wed, 9 Nov 2011 10:29:07 EST hello everyone!! Hi, my name is Jessica. I have 3 beautiful children, Ethan (10) Dallas (6) and Raivyn (9). I have been married to my wonderful husband for almost 11 years, and we have all decided to start living a much healthier life. I just recently joined SP and am hoping that this will help us in becoming more healthy and more active. I hope i meet many friends here to help keep me motivated! Its nice to talk to people who are dealing with the same issues. Cant wait to see all the great rewards to co... Wed, 9 Nov 2011 09:59:02 EST What is/are your kids favorite fruit(s)? Clay says all of them <BR> Courtney says grapes <BR> <BR> What is your kids favorites? Wed, 9 Nov 2011 08:04:20 EST Did your kids have reading time today? Yes:-) Wed, 9 Nov 2011 08:02:56 EST Did your kids ride their bikes today? Yes Wed, 9 Nov 2011 08:02:30 EST Christmas ideas! Reply to this thread! I sent the christmas list off for grandparents and great grandparents to get ideas for the kids! Share yours here too! Reply to this thread! <BR> <BR> Clay--size 5t <BR> <BR> Mosaic Crafts...he likes patterns like <BR><BR>?productId=3908829&CAWELAID=467909541 <BR> Paint by number <BR> model cars or trucks that he can build and paint <BR> Righteous Racers II; Maroon, Blue, Silver, Yellow Cars Our Righteous <BR> Racer diecast cars are fun for kids, eac... Tue, 8 Nov 2011 14:00:55 EST Discuss Challenge: Dealing with Bullies Please reply to this thread for discussing this challenge of dealing with bullies <BR> <BR> Please share links with each other and support each other. <BR> <BR> We're here to help one another. <BR> <BR> Share your stories here in this thread. <BR> <BR> Bullying is HUGE with our kids. It is very real and we need educate ourselves about it. Tue, 8 Nov 2011 09:51:07 EST Challenge: Dealing with Bullies <em>227</em> PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS THREAD <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Please discuss challenge four in the discussion forum. <BR> <BR> In this challenge, It is more for us parents/adults than the kids. Educate yourself about the current issues of bullying. We can say well, the school don't allow bullying, but you know that bullying still does happen. We cannot ignore it. <BR> <BR> It is very real. I was bullied as a kid and I just cringe when I think of school. Especially high s... Tue, 8 Nov 2011 09:43:45 EST Challenge: Healthy Food Choices <em>227</em> Please Do NOT Respond to this Thread <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Please discuss Challenge: Healthy Food Choices in the Discussion Forum. <BR> <BR> This one is hard. Eating out is such a HUGE part of families today. And if your kids eat the school lunches, that may be a struggle. Soda is EVERYWHERE TOO! That may have to be a completely different challenge <BR> <BR> RESOURCES <BR> <BR> * Try the Official SP Cooking Healthy Challenge <BR> <link> Sun, 6 Nov 2011 06:55:16 EST What book are you reading to your kids? Books are so important. I love reading to my kids or having them read to me. <BR> <BR> Post what book you are reading with or to your kids here in this thread! <BR> <BR> I love <BR> <BR> I can find related books to the ones I really enjoyed and then request them from the library! Sun, 6 Nov 2011 06:29:55 EST Do you go to the library? I love our local library. <BR> <BR> Try going to it once a week. The library we use has a great website! So that helps with finding books without having to chase my kids too:-) Sat, 5 Nov 2011 07:17:41 EST Did you hug your kids today? <em>247</em> Sat, 5 Nov 2011 06:38:38 EST http://w w.superk <BR> <BR> Great articles;-) Great site for kids! <link> </link> Sat, 5 Nov 2011 06:31:44 EST What are some things you do for yourself? Taking care of kids is a lot of work, time and energy....what are things you do to reward yourself? <BR> <BR> Let's face it, our kids need to us relaxed and enjoying our time with them, not stressed out:-) Fri, 4 Nov 2011 16:28:39 EST Do you find recipes to make with your kids? I love Chef Meg's recipes and I also love Betty Crocker's website. <BR> <BR> Great ideas for cooking with your kids;-) You can make fun things about talk about nutrition too:) Save money and create memories! Fri, 4 Nov 2011 16:26:44 EST Favorite educational youtube videos preschooler If you have preschoolers, here are some great channels to help your kids learn and if your kids are like mine...they will be moving all over the place to the music! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>en </link> <BR> <BR> What is your favorite educational video for your preschooler? Fri, 4 Nov 2011 14:30:06 EST How do you reduce screen time? This is tough one sometimes. I have to admit. <BR> <BR> I let my kids watch tv...but I have reduced it and now I only let them watch PBS. They are still young so I can. <BR> <BR> Here are some things that I have down to cut back on screen time (tv, computer, etc) <BR> *more board games are in our house <BR> *more bike rides <BR> *more books are read <BR> *more outside time-we are at the parks at least once a day <BR> <BR> It is hard. We are lucky enough to live within walking distance to... Fri, 4 Nov 2011 13:58:02 EST Do you encourage your kids to drink water? Our pediatrician got me on to this. <BR> <BR> Just curious how many other people are encouraging their kids to drink water daily? <BR> <BR> We were doing juices, but the switch to water saves money. Fri, 4 Nov 2011 10:03:36 EST Private, Public, Homeschool or Not School Age? My kids are in public schools. I struggled with whether I should go this route. <BR> <BR> I am very pleased with it. Fri, 4 Nov 2011 10:00:55 EST Do you use the BMI for your kids? I overheard a mom telling another mom that her daughter was at the appropriate weight for her height...Now keep in mind this child was under the age of four...I guess you can use the BMI for your kids...I struggle with this. I think it walking a fine line when you are doing it at home and it is not a concern of the pediatrician. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>bmi/childrens_bmi/about_childrens_bmi.<BR>html </link> <BR> <BR> What are your thoughts? Fri, 4 Nov 2011 09:53:28 EST What is your favorite kids movie? Ramona and Beezus Fri, 4 Nov 2011 09:43:23 EST What is your favorite thing to do with your kids? I love reading time with my kids:-) Fri, 4 Nov 2011 09:42:35 EST Drop in with a smile <em>334</em> Fri, 4 Nov 2011 09:27:08 EST Do your kids drink milk? Now I know some people are not drinking cow's milk for either personal beliefs or lactose intolerance, so putting that aside, do your kids drink some kind of milk at meals or is it daily or weekly or not so much? <BR> <BR> I grew up with soda. My mom loved Diet Coke. I don't drink soda anymore. She also packed juices and still has lots of juices in her diet. <BR> <BR> I let my kids have soda and juices on "special occasions" like birthday parties. Other than that, fat free milk is at the ... Fri, 4 Nov 2011 09:25:08 EST Do your kids do sports? I am about to sign up my son in basketball in our church. He has definitely picked it! <BR> <BR> Do you sign your kids up for sports? Do they pick it? Fri, 4 Nov 2011 09:18:46 EST Drop in with an emoticon <em>211</em> Fri, 4 Nov 2011 09:16:22 EST How do you encourage independence? My son is in kindergarten this year and although we try to encourage him to be independent, this is something I work on daily:-) <BR> <BR> How are some ways you encourage independence? <BR> <BR> With Clay (five years old): <BR> *sets the table <BR> *clears the table <BR> *puts her clothes away <BR> *cleans his own room <BR> *rides his bike to and from school without training wheels <BR> *picks out his clothes and dresses himself (still needs help with buttons) <BR> *picks out books from th... Fri, 4 Nov 2011 09:14:50 EST Post Your Favorite Quick & Healthy Breakfast Ideas Sometimes my kids don't want to eat the traditional breakfast foods or we're running around too fast in the mornings. So I keep quick and healthy breakfast (nontraditional) in the house to keep from running through the drive thru. (save the $$$$) <BR> <BR> *Carrot sticks <BR> *Apples <BR> <BR> I like these bc if we are running to the car then they are no as messy either! Fri, 4 Nov 2011 09:00:15 EST Post Your Favorite Kids Author Beverly Cleary <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Fri, 4 Nov 2011 08:57:02 EST Favorite kids book I love books and I love kids books:-) <BR> <BR> My favorite kids book is Stinky Smelly Feet: A Love Story by Margie Palatini Fri, 4 Nov 2011 08:55:35 EST Ideas for fun We have fun everyday. The economy is hard and we can't do a whole lot with our kids that cost money, but we find the fun in life. How do you this with your family? <BR> <BR> Examples in our family: <BR> *Library <BR> *Cooking <BR> *Riding bikes <BR> *Board games--jenga and dinosaur math are the favorites in our house! Fri, 4 Nov 2011 06:54:49 EST Helmets I have my kids wear helmets, but I have met a LOT of moms who think it is silly because their children are so little. My kids are 4 and 5 years old so I am with them while they ride bikes... <BR> <BR> Do you think it is being overprotective? <BR> <BR> Just a little interesting to me. I'll continue to put helmets on my kids:-) We ride bikes everyday to and from school. Fri, 4 Nov 2011 06:31:38 EST Ready, set, go! Hi! I'm Krystal. I'm a 30 year old nursing student, wife, and mother of 3. For the past few years, I've been yo-yo dieting (it's NOT working!), I'm the heaviest I've ever been (except when I was pregnant), and feeling horrible about my relationship with food. I want to have more energy, be more active, and just feel healthy overall. I thought that by joining this site, I would have the support I need to stay motivated and diciplined. Great to be here :-) Wed, 2 Nov 2011 15:51:20 EST michelle.x hi im michelle, i have 5 kids between the age of 20-5 i love my animals and enjoy long walks with the dog. i work full time as a health carer and love my job. Tue, 11 Oct 2011 13:56:24 EST Focus on 5... Although I've been a member here since January, I only just really started sucking in as much SparkInfo as possible. I've always managed to win this battle with my weight but since my second child i seem to be losing the battle...and losing myself. I have 30 lbs to lose but I'm focused on losing 5 at a time so it won't seem so daunting and I won't be so afraid to fail. So here I am people...I'm holding myself accountable to a world of people I don't know...WHO'S WITH ME?! Tue, 11 Oct 2011 11:41:50 EST Hello Hi I am 21 years old and I have a 2 year old daughter. Let me just start by saying I need some help and encouragement. I use to be very active but over the last 5 years have slowly become more and more lazy. I want to be completely fit for next summer. But my main goal right now is to lose weight (30 lbs) and tighten up some areas real quick so I can be looking good when I go to Vegas next March. If there is any advice or tips or secrets please bya ll means throw them my way!!! Thanks a lot. Sun, 9 Oct 2011 16:53:44 EST New to Spark! I am 40 year old mother of 3... I am very excited to try something new! Would like some friends on here to lean on and vice versa!! I work part time in an eatery and it is difficult to maintain any kind of "diet" when surrounded by food all day! so I am hopeful that the spark lifestyle change will teach me some new ways to deal with that problem! Sun, 25 Sep 2011 09:58:03 EST Trying to loose weight!! My goal is to loose from 25-30 pounds!!! Fri, 23 Sep 2011 01:14:33 EST Newbie:) Hi:) My name is Meghan and i'm joining for the first time. Just trying to get a grip on how everything works and possibly meet some motivational people!:) <BR> Thu, 22 Sep 2011 22:55:14 EST Hi guys...I'm MSVIRGO912 I just turned 48 yrs old and now more than ever I've being self concience about my weight....well I feel this is the right time to start slimming down...I have 14 grand kids...and I want to see them all grow up...I want to live longer and have the energy to have fun with them...since I am in a weight loss competition...I need ya's me win...are ya with me?? Tue, 20 Sep 2011 13:59:57 EST skills for youth before leaving the nest What are some skills youth should know before leaving home and living on their own? <BR> <BR> Examples: setting up utilities, paying bills, having a bank account, (perhaps) learning to drive, cooking, safe food preparation, etc. <BR> <BR> Thanks for any input!! :) Tue, 20 Sep 2011 10:41:42 EST Pucky Eaters!! How do you get your picky eater to eat?? Mealtime is a constant battle in our house. Tue, 13 Sep 2011 14:36:00 EST Second time's a charm Hello. My name is LaTasha and I am looking to lose some weight with just a little help. I tried Sparkpeople before, but I never stuck with it because I honestly didn't think it would work. My sister has been apart of Sparkpeople for a long time, but I don't know if she still participates in it now. I am the type of person that needs a little motivation to have the get up and go to work out because i will be getting married soon. I am always open to suggestions to help keep my family and I he... Tue, 13 Sep 2011 11:20:32 EST Baby Girl wants to Snack My family and some of my friends are always giving me grief because I let my 3 year old graze and snack and I don't make her sit down to 3 square meals. I mean all her snacks are healthy (fruit, granola bars, cheese, yogurt, veggies (she LOVES salad), turkey sticks, etc) and so I don't feel the need to make her sit down and eat 3 meals a day. Shouldn't we all be eating several small meals throughout the day? Am I really wrong in this situation? Mon, 12 Sep 2011 10:36:12 EST ~She's On Her Mission~ Hi I am Valerie, I have been wanting to lose this 40 lbs that I have been holding onto for the last 41/2 years since I had my son. I have three Amazing boy's 19,13 and my 41/2 year old, yes, I sure spaced them apart, lol! I am 40 years old and married to the man of my dreams! I promised myself I would have this extra weight off by my 40th Birthday which passed and will be 41 in October...... Yeah...I know it has been almost a year now! I moved to the beach for my husband's job and I found a g... Thu, 8 Sep 2011 11:30:06 EST Wish I could track my kids nutrition Not that I want her to lose weight, but just to get an idea on how she's doing for her needs a day. (Calories, fat, calcium, carbs, protein, etc). <BR> <BR> Am I the only one who would like a picture window of how their kids are doing? I am trying to teach my daughter about good choices and healthier eating. I know she wasn't getting enough Calcium after I started tracking my own, so we added a tums every day to her vitamin (it is a good source of calcium, and she loves the taste). <BR> <B... Sat, 27 Aug 2011 17:04:57 EST Trying to start at the begining Hi! I'm the 26 year old mom of a very energetic 11 month old little boy. I have always been very active (I'm a former ballet dancer and teacher) and a "healthy" eater, but I delt with eating disorders for most of my teens and adulthood, finally receiving treatment for those issues the year before I got pregnant. My husband and I both strive to set a good example for our son Aiden, both in the foods we choose and keeping active as a family. While I don't need to loose weight, I do need to work... Fri, 26 Aug 2011 15:55:26 EST Hello! Hello Everyone! I'm new to this site. I'm looking for walking programs/clubs in the South Jersey area. Does anyone know of any? Thanks! Fri, 19 Aug 2011 13:48:15 EST Learning to love myself for myself I am new to this site. It was recommended by my best friend. I like the layout and the ease and comfort I feel while on the site. Looking forward to actually sticking it out!! Mon, 15 Aug 2011 19:18:23 EST 11yo dd not eating My middle daughter is 11. She had a physical about 2 weeks ago and, though she didn't tell me her weight, I know it was over 100lbs (she is 5' 2.5"). They gave her 2 vaccines: the tetanus booster, and one for meningitis. <BR> <BR> Since her visit, she has been limiting what she eats, saying that she isn't hungry. She says she thinks it has to do with the shot. I am not sure. She has eaten very little this week, and mostly carbs and not healthy choices. I have tried to talk to her about nut... Sat, 13 Aug 2011 13:01:48 EST Hi, I am new! Hello, <BR> My name is April and I am a Mother of 5 and a wife! I have decided to change my lifestyle and I am excited to let sparkpeople be a part of it. I had a health scare and I am working on losing about 70 lbs.!! Anyones help would be so appreciated and low dat meal ideas if you have some. Thanks so much. Sat, 13 Aug 2011 11:57:33 EST My name is Veronica aka "OHSOCREAMEE" I am a Mother of 4 and a very Laid-Back, Down-2-Earth Woman with a Beautiful Soul who enjoys meeting new individual, learning new things, and most of just experiencing what life as to offer. Not going into any major detail of why I am on here because I am pretty sure that you already as a notion of my joining this site...Right now this is bout all i have to say feel free to hit me up. Thu, 11 Aug 2011 15:41:14 EST Hello fellow fatties !! A shout out to all my fellow fatties out there... here's to all of us for at least thinking about losing weight. If there's anyone out there whose done really well on this website while eating a staple Indian Food diet, please connect with me.. <BR> <BR> All the best to everyone.. Tue, 9 Aug 2011 06:54:23 EST Spark Teen My 10 year old daughter is over weight and she is becoming concerned about it. Is SparkTeen something I should get her into? Or is she too young for the site? Sun, 7 Aug 2011 21:00:49 EST I pray I am finally ready Hi, my name is Christie and I am a mother of 2 daughters, wife and teacher by profession. I am a 11 year breast cancer survivor and I have had the struggle of my life trying to lose 30 pounds this summer. Since I only lost 8 pounds in 3 months, I became discouraged and now my goal is 20 pounds. I am so upset because I just cannot seem to lose weight. I have cut calories and portion sizes, I have exercised, taken care of myself and nothing is seemingly working. I going to give it another try a... Fri, 5 Aug 2011 20:38:36 EST Doing It For Me Hi, My name is Angela I am almost 40 years (Aug.10) I am wife and a mom I have a 11 year old son name Khamaron and I have decided to make a life style change so I can live to see all the wonderful things God has planned for my son. My weight is at 263lbs and by my birthday next year I hope to be 213 which is my target goal. If it's God's will and with some encouraging friends from this site I pray I will reach my goal. I hope to also be able to encourage others.......Let's Get This Started... Tue, 2 Aug 2011 10:28:32 EST Summer Challenge - Week 9 (Jul.31-Aug.6) As Summer Vacation winds down and we get ready to send our kids back to school, we are reminded that it's time to start adjusting those schedules. We are going to start getting back into those necessary habits this week. <BR> <BR> We all know that getting the kids (and ourselves) up early can be a struggle after a couple of months of late nights and sleeping in. It's time to set a new sleep schedule and put it into place this week. Earn 50 pts for creating a new sleep schedule for your sc... Fri, 29 Jul 2011 16:28:13 EST Indoor exercise for children With the heat wave across the nation, does anyone have ideas on ways for the kids to exercise and burn off energy without going out in the heat? Fri, 29 Jul 2011 12:14:42 EST Hi Hi, I've been a member of the team for about a week or so, but just realized I never introduced myself. <BR> <BR> I'm Penny. I'm a single mom of 3. I live just north of Dallas, TX. <BR> <BR> My oldest is a 14 year old girl. She's getting ready to go into 9th grade. She was diagnosed with an underactive thyroid a year ago, and has about 50 pounds to lose. <BR> <BR> My middle child is an 11 year old girl. She's entering 6th grade. Her weight is fine, but she's been on antidepressants f... Fri, 29 Jul 2011 12:11:36 EST Hello Hi, I am so glad to have found this site, i hope that it can help me to find help to motivate myself to lose the weight i want to lose and to stay on task. My husband is deployed right now for the next year and i have made a goal of losing 40 LBS in the next year, i want to WOW him when he comes home, I have 4 children and i really want to get my pre-pregnancy body back, but mainly i just want o be comfortable in my body and right now i am not. I cant stand to put clothes on because i feel li... Tue, 26 Jul 2011 10:16:28 EST julie hi every one iv just joind in with the fun i really need people to help me loos waight so please if any one can give me any help or incurage me i will be so happy .thanks julie Mon, 25 Jul 2011 02:51:56 EST Summer Challenge - Week 8 (Jul. 24-30) Sorry about the delay in posting the challenge this week – it has been a long and crazy weekend. This week is going to be a simple one. It’s going to be another week of focusing on exercising with your kids. <BR> <BR> For every minute of cardio that your kids get deliberate exercise (ie. going outside to run or swim, etc.), you will earn 1 point. If you participate in the exercise with them, you will earn an extra point for each minute. <BR> <BR> Sunday – <BR> Kids: <BR> Participate ... Sun, 24 Jul 2011 09:31:12 EST Lunch at school School starts in about three weeks. I pack lunches for my kids (8th grade and 4th grade). They don't mind taking lunches, but they get tired of the same sandwiches everday. Any ideas for healthy lunchbox foods? Fri, 22 Jul 2011 09:05:25 EST Hello from Junegirl27 Hi: I'm a mom of 2 looking to get myself back in shape and make sure my children grow up with good eating habits. I'm rededicating myself to SPARK today. Thu, 21 Jul 2011 18:20:49 EST Newbe to Sparkpeople Hoping I can shed some pounds with the support of like minded people around. Hoping I''ll even make some new friends along the way Thu, 21 Jul 2011 12:01:35 EST New member Just trying to get motivated after a surgery. Used to be able to run just feel im back to square one. I will be able to start running again by end of next week but not looking forward to it. Tue, 19 Jul 2011 11:33:28 EST Summer Challenge Week 7 (Jul. 17-23) As I was looking for ideas for this week’s challenge, I came across a contest that hosted. Here was the question posted to contestants: <BR> <BR> With all the video games, television, computers, etc., it’s no surprise children are becoming overweight and inactive. It is important to educate younger children about the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle. What is the best workout for children? Be specific. How can you motivate children to workout? <BR> <BR> For ... Sat, 16 Jul 2011 09:28:07 EST Ameican Medical Association- childhood obesity What are your thoughts on the opnion piece in the latest Journal of the American Medical Association indicating that States should intervene on behalf of obese kids? <BR> <BR> I just wrote an article on about it, but wondered what fellow Spark-parents thought. <link> </link> <BR> <BR> note- I made sure to include references to in my article! Fri, 15 Jul 2011 16:20:57 EST Summer Challenge Week 6 (Jul. 10-16) Many families nowadays have video games consoles that their children are allowed to play games on. Video games are known for helping children learn hand-eye coordination and dexterity. But studies also show that too much game time can impact a child’s behavior in a negative way. This week we are going to focus on how much time our children are playing video games and what kind of games they are playing. <BR> <BR> To start, we’re going to set time restrictions for each of our children. Ma... Sat, 9 Jul 2011 11:21:38 EST What is your outdoor fun with friends and kids? I meet with my best friend at a local park 2 days a week to walk (and talk). We aim for at least a mile or two. This summer we bring our kids along with us (but the talk is kept kid friendly). During inclement weather and during winter months, we walk at a local mall which opens early for walkers. <BR> <BR> I like to go hiking on the weekends, so since my dh is gone alot on business, we plan one weekend a month to go, and we use a state hiking path book. We take our kids, friends and nei... Fri, 8 Jul 2011 11:19:56 EST New to this team... Hi! <BR> I am a stay at home mom of 5 (one 21dd in college, 19 yos, 16yod., 15yod., 12yos.). I rejoined SP back in January. I just found this team after a rare late night SP surfing spree. This is a great idea! My oldest has really struggled with her weight once she turned 13yo., even though I had her on the local recreational swim team during the summer, and then she played softball throughout most of her high school years. My 19yos is the energizer bunny in the family. He is constan... Thu, 7 Jul 2011 02:07:57 EST Mom of 2 and Glad to meet you! Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Charity and as an overweight mother, I constantly look at my children and hope and pray that they will never have to face the challenges that I do. <BR> I was so glad to find this group as I am always encouraging my kids to stay active. My son who is 6 plays baseball twice a week and even my daughter who is 3 has the baseball bug although it is known as T ball. <BR> I hope to get some great ideas and learn how to keep my children active and healthy in th... Mon, 4 Jul 2011 00:45:39 EST Summer Challenge - Week 5 (Jul. 3-9) Week 5 – Cardio with our kids <BR> <BR> We are going to focus on just getting our kids up and active this week. We’ve already determined how much fitness time they should be getting in each day. Now let’s focus on specifically getting in some fitness time with our children. <BR> <BR> For every minute of cardio that you and your kids do together, you will earn one point. If at least 30 minutes of that cardio is done outdoors, earn a 20 point bonus. <BR> <BR> Sunday – 60 <BR> Monday – 60+... Fri, 1 Jul 2011 12:37:20 EST Can I do this? I am a homeschool mom to 2 daughters. The younger one and I have PCOS, which makes it hard to lose weight.I am the heaviest I have ever been and am afraid I will not be able to lose this weight. I am hoping to lose weight and stop enabling my family in our unhealthy lifestyle. Wed, 29 Jun 2011 10:08:28 EST Intoducing myself to the boards Hi! My name is Tiffany Munson and I have been on sparkpeople for a while now and just felt it was time to start using it the way other peopel do. I am in need of some motivation and getting my eating habits under control. Yes, I am looking for some buddies to help me with my journey.. Tue, 28 Jun 2011 17:14:36 EST Summer Challenge - Week 4 (Jun. 26 - Jul. 2) Week 4 – Your Kid’s Sleep <BR> <BR> We all know that once school is out for the summer, our children’s bedtimes tend to go by the wayside. Unfortunately, this causes problems for us parents when it comes time to starting back to school or just needing to be up early for any reason. Even though school is out and we can relax on the daily schedule some, why not continue to keep your children on a schedule when it comes to bedtime. <BR> <BR> The amount of sleep your child should get each n... Fri, 24 Jun 2011 08:14:31 EST Ready (?) to reset my health at 39 Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I originally signed up for Sparkpeople in January of 2009 in order to track my diet for a college health class. Over the last couple of years, I have fallen into some bad habits such as not eating as healthy as I should, not exercising, and drinking alcohol. I have made several weak attempts to improve in these areas, only to find myself eventually falling into the same old bad habits again. I'm trying to gather up the courage, motivation, and tenacity to put myself... Tue, 21 Jun 2011 16:22:22 EST Summer Challenge - Week 3 (Jun. 19-25) Week 3 – Basics of Exercise <BR> <BR> Kids who are active will: <BR> - have stronger bones and muscles <BR> - have a leaner body because exercise helps control body fat <BR> - be less likely to become overweight <BR> - decrease the risk of developing type 2 diabetes <BR> - possibly lower blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels <BR> - have a better outlook on life <BR> Aside from the health benefits of regular exercise, kids who are physically fit sleep better and are better able to han... Fri, 17 Jun 2011 08:48:03 EST hi my name is samantha Hi my name is Samantha. Most people call me sam. I am a single mom to a 6yr old boy with autism and a 4yr old girl. i work in a call center for 4 ten hour days a week. my life is crazy and im always tired. i want to make the change to get helathy for myself and my kids. im tired of always feeling rundown and hate looking in the mirror. well no more my life is about to change i have joined my local ymca and have made a commimnet to lose weight and get my life back. Tue, 14 Jun 2011 22:27:36 EST A new life! My name is Annette and I've been a nurse for 18 years. Over the last 25 years I have gained 150 pounds. I gained 30 pounds after I got married. After I had my son, I knew I needed to lose weight, but just wasn't ready. I have since lost my mom then my dad in the last 4 years due to medical problems. I have a family history of diabetes, heart attacks, high blood pressure, stroke and cancer. I don't want my son to lose me because I can't lose weight and be healthy. I started a biggest loser con... Sun, 12 Jun 2011 00:14:12 EST Summer Challenge - Week 2 (Jun.12-18) Week 2 – Family Meals <BR> <BR> It has been proven that kids who eat regularly with their families are less likely to snack on unhealthy foods and more likely to eat fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Teens who take part in regular family meals are less likely to smoke, drink alcohol, or use drugs, and are more likely to have healthier diets as adults. <BR> <BR> For Week 2, we will focus on sharing done meal a day as a family. <BR> * Create a Plan - Many times busy schedules get in ... Fri, 10 Jun 2011 13:40:22 EST Hey guys! I would love to meet moms like me who have a desire to lose weight! Wed, 8 Jun 2011 10:52:03 EST Hello all my name is Kelly and i am a new member My sister introduced me to this site and so far i am very happy with it. I will be turning 30 this year and have been over weight my ENTIRE life. I also have 2 small children at home, 5 and 3, and really want to be able to enjoy play time. I'd love to just have the energy to play with them because most days i do not. I know that i am missing out. I really want to teach them good eating habits so they do not have the same problems i had growing up. Also, i have a bit of a challenge at home, my... Tue, 7 Jun 2011 12:16:04 EST Summer Challenge - Week 1 (June 5-11) Week 1 – Breakfast <BR> <BR> We’ve all heard it – “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!” According to, kids who eat breakfast tend to eat healthier overall and are more likely to participate in physical activities – two great ways to maintain a healthy weight. <BR> <BR> A balanced breakfast includes some carbohydrates, protein, and fiber. Good sources of these nutrients include: <BR> <em>481</em> <em>265</em> <em>488</em> <BR> * Carbohydrates – whole-grain c... Thu, 2 Jun 2011 11:53:31 EST New to Sparkspeople Hello. I am a 36 yr old with a weight loss goal of 15 lbs. I have currently mastered the loss of 3.5 lbs, but I think with hard work and dedication I can lose and maintain this goal and make it a lifestyle change. I look forward to dumping some pounds and reading everyone elses's stories. Thu, 2 Jun 2011 11:10:59 EST Amanda Hello everyone, I'm a mother of 9 children. I have used this program in the past. When I became pregnant I stop the program, however since giving birth I've been placed on disability and have limited activity. I looking to get back on board. I looking to regain a healthy lifestyle by eating healthy and being able to exercise. if anyone knows of helpful tips for me please feel free. I have lower back injury and cervical spine injury as well. Thank you in advance for all your help. <BR> <BR> -... Sat, 28 May 2011 10:14:47 EST Chante Frank: Who Am I? I am 23 years of age. I have have joined SparkPeople in hopes of losing the extra weight I have gained and learning to keep it off. I want a new healthy living so that I can be a role model to my family, who are also unhealthy in many ways. As a family we suffer from high blood pressure, asthma, overweight, bad eating habits and laziness. However, I feel that if one person takes the initiative, everyone else will get in the game. I am excited for the outcome. Can't wait to meet my goals!!! Fri, 27 May 2011 15:20:06 EST Hi I have been doing Biggest loser at work and I am in first place with only 2 more wiegh ins left. I feel like the 15 pounds i lost might come back once its over and there is no money to keep me on track. Hopefully this site will be useful for me. Mon, 23 May 2011 12:00:12 EST Summer Challenge Information We will be starting up a new challenge for the summer next month. Since the kids in our lives will be out of school for the Summer, most by Memorial Day, this Summer Challenge will involve our kids every step of the way. <BR> <BR> The Challenge will focus on one aspect of our children's health and fitness each week. Because we are also striving to get ourselves healthy, there will be aspects of the challenge that are for us. <BR> <BR> We will begin the Summer Challenge on Sunday, June... Sun, 22 May 2011 10:30:14 EST Kitty Hello, I am excited to join. I need positive help down this journey. I want to meet people with the same goal. It has only been a few years since I moved and I don't know that many people. Thank you and hope to talk to you soon. Sun, 22 May 2011 10:04:04 EST Healthy cooking Team Challenge Spark people team Healthy Cooking Challenge. <BR> <BR> I'm enjoying this group. <link><BR>e_detail.asp?challenge=4 </link> Thu, 19 May 2011 14:07:04 EST Sooo ready ! Hi all , very new to this and the page seems a bit overwhelming , but im up for the challenge, getting married soon and the dress has got to be a 10, also want to loose the weight this time and never find it again! <BR> Mon, 16 May 2011 20:03:20 EST Healthy Meal Ideas That Kids Will Eat Many new members are trying to get ideas for healthier meals that kids will eat. I thought we could all list some things our children eat. <BR> <BR> I make homemade chicken soup. I also make spaghetti with wheat pasta. My kids like sausage & vegetable rotini. You can use low fat sausage or turkey sausage, vegetable rotini, onions, red peppers and mozzarella cheese. You cook the sausage with the onions & red peppers while you are cooking the noodles. When done mix all together along wit... Mon, 16 May 2011 11:27:26 EST Bike Riding How did you teach your child to ride their bike? My 5 year old is totally scared of falling, but he does great with his training wheels....any suggestions? Sat, 14 May 2011 18:36:07 EST Spring Challenge - Week 10 (May 15-21) Congratulations! We have finally made it to Week 10 – the final week of the Kids’ Health Spring Challenge. Here are the final goals you have to strive for: <BR> <BR> - Complete 60 mins or more cardio 5 days this week. <BR> - Complete 20 mins or more strength training 5 days this week. <BR> - Share one meal as a family everyday. <BR> - Drink 8 glasses of water everyday. <BR> - Get outdoors for 30 minutes at least 3 days this week. <BR> <BR> Please make sure your posts are updated no later ... Fri, 13 May 2011 21:14:56 EST Hello Hello everyone. I joined this team because I have a beautiful 16 year old daughter who is overweight. I know that this isn't healthy and as her mother I just want the very best for her. I feel like she is missing out on so much because of her weight. Obviously, I am to blame for her being overweight. I buy a lot of fast food and microwavable food- anything quick and easy. I need to somehow reverse this behavior. I know what to do but it's hard. Hopefully, I can get support from this te... Fri, 13 May 2011 19:50:36 EST JulieK Hi, I'm Julie. I have always been overweight. Except once. I walked, biked, swam, so much, ate so little, and here I am again. I am just plain burnt out of dieting. I have dieted so much. I am Tired of it. I have seen a dietician. She tought me about 2 many carbs. Portion size etc. I am 49. I have driven a school bus now for 21 years. My children, Tom 12, Cathy w/b 10 in a few short days. I live an upside-down lifestyle. I work days. My husband of soon 27 years drives regiona... Thu, 12 May 2011 12:16:05 EST Thanks for the welcome! Hello everyone! I am so excited to be part of the sparkle family. I am mother of three beautiful children, two daughters and a son, and the wife of a great guy. I have been married for 14 years and have enjoyed every minute of it! I love to help those around me, and often spend most of my time taking care of everyone else, but myself. I have been 100lbs overweight, since I had my first child, fourteen years ago. I have realized that I need to learn to love and take care of myself, as I woul... Sat, 7 May 2011 22:36:07 EST Spring Challenge Week 9 (May 8-14) It’s Week 9 and we’re almost to the end of the Challenge. This week we are cutting down the number of goals but they will be tougher for you to meet. Good luck! <BR> <BR> Here are your goals for Week 9: <BR> - Complete 60 mins or more cardio 4 days this week. <BR> - Complete 20 mins or more strength training 5 days this week. <BR> - Share one meal as a family everyday. <BR> <BR> Sunday – <BR> Cardio: <BR> Strength: <BR> Meals: <BR> <BR> Monday – <BR> Cardio: <BR> Strength: <B... Sat, 7 May 2011 18:48:33 EST Hello I am new to sparkspeople and am hoping to end the struggles I have with my weight. I am 42 with two kids. After my second child I put on 40+ pounds and have not been able to lose. I have tried almost everything and almost to the point of accepting myself at my weight which is 170. I used to be 122! I just got engaged and am planning to get married on a beach somewhere. This is my incentive. I hope to get all the support I can get and this is my last resort!!! Help!! Sat, 7 May 2011 03:16:37 EST Hello my name is Noemi I joined cause I really want to lose some weight. I hate exercise. I am not kidding I HATE exercise I think its boring and I will do it if I have to but I will not enjoy it. Yesterday I bought a kinect and I have been playing with it. It makes me run, jump and dodge. When I finish a game I am all sweaty and now my whole body hurts. So I guess I found what makes me get up from my chair and move my body. I hope to get some knowledge here about good nutrition. Thu, 5 May 2011 16:04:18 EST Do you make your kids "clean" their plates? My husband and I argue about this topic all the time. We were both raised that you don't waste food and you eat EVERYTHING you are given. He still believes in this philosophy, I however do not. For one thing, my kids are little, (5 and 3) they don't ask for a certain amount of food. I just dish it up. So if they aren't that hungry, I don't think they should be forced to eat it all. Another irritation of mine is that I think forcing kids to "clean" their plates is part of the problem wit... Tue, 3 May 2011 13:09:46 EST Hi There I'm new to this team, but not new to spark people or motherhood. I have an almost 5 and almost 3 year old. Just looking for someplace to talk about kids stuff. Tue, 3 May 2011 13:05:07 EST Hey, my name is Cristy How is everyone.... Mon, 2 May 2011 20:31:18 EST 12 year old son Hello - <BR> <BR> I am looking for a few 11 to 15 year old boys who are overweight to do a fitness program with my computer loving son. He is 180 at 5'4 and wants to get in shape and we thought he could use this as a science project. He has one friend who wants to do this and we need a couple more to get the three samples plus a control. It would focus on setting up an easy firness test to be done before with some measurements a faceless picture befroe and after and what state they live i... Sun, 1 May 2011 11:31:03 EST Newbie Hello everyone, <BR> My name is Theresa. I have one daughter that is 4 years old and is very active. She's in gymnastics and ice skating. I guess it's time for your mother to get active too. I look forward to new ways to introduce a healthy diet for her, husband and myself. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Theresa Sat, 30 Apr 2011 11:28:49 EST Spring Challenge Week 8 (May 1-7) Week 8 has arrived… we’re almost finished with our Spring Challenge! The contestants have done great at striving to meet their goals each week. We are changing things up a bit this week as we prepare to wind down the challenge. <BR> <BR> Here are your goals for Week 8: <BR> - Try one new strength training exercise at least 3 days this week. <BR> - Complete 30 minutes or more cardio outdoors at least 2 days this week. <BR> - Drink at least 8 glasses of water everyday. <BR> - Cook with you... Sat, 30 Apr 2011 10:25:31 EST Greatest challenge! What's your greatest challenge when getting dinner ready? <BR> <BR> What with work, school runs and after school activities how do you overcome this challenge? <BR> <BR> Love to get your feedback. <BR> <BR> Mikah Mon, 25 Apr 2011 01:11:53 EST Spring Challenge Week 7 (Apr 24-30) Here are your goals for Week 7: <BR> - Complete at least 20 minutes of strength training 5 days this week. <BR> - Complete 30 minutes or more cardio 5 days this week. <BR> - Drink at least 8 glasses of water everyday. <BR> - Get outdoors with your kids for at least 30 minutes 3 days this week. <BR> - Eat dinner at home as a family at least 3 days this week. <BR> - Eat at least 5 servings of fruits and veggies everyday. <BR> - Post your own blog at least 3 days this week. <BR> <BR> Strength ... Sun, 24 Apr 2011 12:14:11 EST Not only for me but for my family as well... I am a mother of two small children, a wife, a sister in-law, a nursing student, and a big role model. It is very stressful! I want to become that energetic, active mom, the "sexy" wife, and that fun sister in-law. I want to make the right choices for my family and I. I would love to learn healthy alternatives to the meals that we eat and start my children off on the right foot to a long healthy life style. <BR> I would really like to meet other moms in the Omaha, NE metro that are making th... Fri, 22 Apr 2011 03:02:26 EST Hi Everyone, I'm new to Spark People!! Hello my name is Melissa and so far this website seems like a great way to make myself accountable and also meet fellow friends who are also trying to lose weight to get healthy. My biggest struggle this winter has been to get motivated to do something about my recent 40 pound weight gain shortly starting after my dream wedding in October. I know that my Vitamin D and B-12 are dangerously low and the doctors are taking care of that part but there is no reason why I should have gained the weig... Wed, 20 Apr 2011 13:30:21 EST ME ,MYSELF AND I Hi Everyone! Nice to finally introduce myself after being on sparkspeople for a long time.I wish i could have a lot of free time to log on but i get so busy at work.Anyways here iam and iam happy to say that i have lost 8.5 kgs since i started with my weight loss program and iam so excited. My name is Faith and iam a single mother of four wonderful kids.Iam a health junkie and i love to workout.It really has been challenging to lose weight but iam proud that i am losing it.I suffered with bl... Wed, 20 Apr 2011 06:05:40 EST ME ,MYSELF AND I Hi Everyone! Nice to finally introduce myself after being on sparkspeople for a long time.I wish i could have a lot of free time to log on but i get so busy at work.Anyways here iam and iam happy to say that i have lost 8.5 kgs since i started with my weight loss program and iam so excited. My name is Faith and iam a single mother of four wonderful kids.Iam a health junkie and i love to workout.It really has been challenging to lose weight but iam proud that i am losing it.I suffered with bl... Wed, 20 Apr 2011 06:05:37 EST My almost three year old still isn't talking much! Hey everybody! My name is Christina and I was wanting to talk to some people about my daughters speech. She is going to be 3 in July and she is still not saying much. She does say things here and there but at her age she is supposed to have a vocab of around 200 words and she probably says 20-25. I was wondering if anyone else has experienced there child talking late. She is great in everything else but sometimes its difficult because she cannot express things that she wants and she gets so f... Fri, 15 Apr 2011 16:25:20 EST Spring Challenge - Week 6 Here are your goals for Week 6: <BR> - Complete at least 20 minutes of strength training 5 days this week. <BR> - Complete 30 minutes or more cardio 5 days this week. <BR> - Drink at least 8 glasses of water everyday. <BR> - Get outdoors with your kids for at least 30 minutes 3 days this week. <BR> - Eat at least 5 servings of fruits and veggies everyday. <BR> - Post on at least one thread on our team forums everyday this week. <BR> <BR> Sunday – <BR> Strength: no <BR> Cardio: yes <BR> Wa... Fri, 15 Apr 2011 14:21:16 EST Spring Challenge - Week 5 (April 10-16) Here are your goals for Week 5: <BR> - Complete at least 20 minutes of strength training 5 days this week. <BR> - Complete 30 minutes or more cardio 5 days this week. <BR> - Drink at least 8 glasses of water everyday. <BR> - Exercise with your children for at least 30 minutes 2 days this week – this should be in addition to the second goal. <BR> - Eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables everyday. <BR> <BR> Sunday - <BR> Strength: 10 mins - no <BR> Cardio: 73 mins - yes <BR> W... Fri, 8 Apr 2011 08:34:50 EST Beingmeagain Hi! My name is Karena . I have being over weight now for 6 years. I have added 2 children in the last 6 years. My weight issue came in then. Before the last (2) children I was a health fan with exercise and healthy living. Right now I weigh 228lbs on 5'5 in height, very unhealthy. Searching high and low to get some motivation I stumble across sparkpeople. It is very helpful to me as well as motivating. I am on my way now to a healthy weight loss that is helping me to return back to a posit... Wed, 6 Apr 2011 10:48:35 EST routines I am a registered nurse that currently works 12-hour shifts. The shifts rotate from day to night every 2 weeks. My 12-hour shifts regularly turn into 15-hours with last minute patient needs and my commute. I have 3 wonderful children aged 13, 10 and 5 years old. I am having a difficult time being consistent with meals, sleep and exercise. I guess I am looking for some advice on how to get into a routine that will work. <BR> I also worry about the kids and their nutrition because my husband ne... Mon, 4 Apr 2011 10:53:51 EST Bonjour/Hello everyone I've been a member for a while but haven't seriously used the site. I would like to use it more because I think it has some great tools to help me. My goals are to get in shape and loose my final 10 pounds. I have 4 kids and I'd like to get them moving and getting in shape too. I finally stopped smoking 3 weeks ago but I'm afraid of gaining back some weight so any tips to encourage and motivate me would be appreciated. Sun, 3 Apr 2011 09:52:33 EST Spring Challenge - Week 4 (April 3-9) Here are your goals for Week 4: <BR> - Complete at least 30 minutes of strength training 3 days this week. <BR> - Complete 30 minutes or more cardio 5 days this week. <BR> - Drink at least 8 glasses of water everyday. <BR> - Cook with your children at least 1 day this week. <BR> - Turn off all electronics for 30 minutes (phones, computers, tv, etc.) and spend some time with your kids at least 3 days this week. <BR> <BR> Sunday – <BR> Strength: not done <BR> Cardio: done <BR> Water: don... Fri, 1 Apr 2011 13:30:48 EST I need accountability! Getting off to a good start I will need accountability to get this thing off the ground. Anyone willing to bite? Mon, 28 Mar 2011 19:37:08 EST Idea for kids science fair project - fitness Hello - I have a 12 year old son who is over weight and he has started to realize he needs to do something . <BR> <BR> I am trying to convince him to do a science fair project focused on getting healthy - choosing one exercise program or somthing like that. If he could get some friends here in Plano or DFW they could work together, do the research - each choose a plan - they could keep track here on spark.They could do the required three trials as three months or something. They can figure... Sun, 27 Mar 2011 11:44:20 EST New to the site HI Everyone. I am brand new to this community and not exactly sure where to start. I would love to hear all of your postive experiences and what motivates you to keep coming back. Right now my goals and the amount of weight I need to loose seem so unobtainable. I could use the encouragement and any helpful tips you have. Fri, 25 Mar 2011 15:47:25 EST Spring Challenge - Week 3 (March 27 - April 2) Here are your goals for Week 3: <BR> <BR> - Complete at least 5 strength training exercises 5 days this week. <BR> - Complete 30 minutes or more cardio 5 days this week. <BR> - Drink at least 8 glasses of water everyday. <BR> - Share one meal at home as a family at least 5 days this week. <BR> - Turn off all electronics for 30 minutes (phones, computers, tv, etc.) and spend some time with your kids at least 2 days this week. <BR> <BR> Sunday – <BR> Strength: done <BR> Cardio: done <BR> W... Fri, 25 Mar 2011 09:01:36 EST Weekly Results for Spring Challenge <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <BR> This thread is not open for comments! I will update this thread each Tuesday with the names of those who successfully met all of the goals from the previous week of our Spring Challenge. This particular thread is posted with the newest post at the bottom - as I already mentioned, please do not comment on this thread!! If you see a dis... Tue, 22 Mar 2011 08:28:06 EST Daily Chat I thought we were in need of a thread where we could come to post our random thoughts and chat with each other. The health of our children is a major issue in the news and in everyday conversation. When we think of our children, we think of our future. It is for that reason that i hope we can get this team talking and active again!!! Fri, 18 Mar 2011 21:36:02 EST Spring Challenge - Week 2 Here are the goals for Week 2: <BR> - Complete 20 minutes or more strength training 4 days this week. <BR> - Complete 30 minutes or more cardio 4 days this week. <BR> - Drink at least 8 glasses of water everyday. <BR> - Share one meal at home as a family at least 3 days this week. <BR> - Enjoy the spring weather… Get outside and play with your kids for at least 30 minutes one day this week. <BR> <BR> Sunday: <BR> Strength – not done <BR> Cardio – done <BR> Water – done <BR> Meals – done (d... Fri, 18 Mar 2011 08:31:59 EST Asking for prayers on St. Patty's Day I hope all is well with everyone. I don't often post; but, today I feel the need. My six year old daughter's best friend Maci is going in for surgery tomorrow. She has DIPG, a brainstem tumor. At first the prognosis was not good. Now they have hope. I have seen how prayer has been helping this sweet child, and as a mother I cannot imagine what her parents are dealing with. I am asking for prayers for this sweet, beautiful child. God is the ultimate healer, but I know how prayers can o... Wed, 16 Mar 2011 22:48:10 EST Spring Challenge - Week 1 (March 13-19) Here are the goals for Week 1: <BR> - Complete 20 minutes or more strength training 3 days this week. <BR> - Complete 30 minutes or more cardio 3 days this week. <BR> - Drink at least 6 glasses of water everyday. <BR> - Share one meal at home as a family at least 2 times this week. <BR> <BR> That’s it for Week 1… See, I told you we’d start simple. Here’s what you’re tracking should look like: <BR> <BR> Sunday: <BR> Strength – done <BR> Cardio – done <BR> Water – done <BR> Meals – done (din... Fri, 11 Mar 2011 09:19:01 EST fitness/calorie trackers for 9 year olds? Anyone know where I can find one? I tried Sparkpeopl teen but the age limit is 13 or 14. My son is only 9 (10 in May), and I would love a place for him to be able to track his calories and fitness. Wed, 9 Mar 2011 15:04:21 EST I AM BACK FOR ANOTHER SHOT @ SPARK PPL HI I AM 25 YRS OLD AND I JUST CAME BACK TO SPARK PPL TO GIVE IT ANOTHER TRY, HIT ME UP IF U WANNA B FRIENDS Wed, 9 Mar 2011 05:30:23 EST Spring Challenge Information Welcome to the Kids’ Health Spring Challenge! We will have various goals to strive for each week and will track our progress on the appropriate thread. To keep things simple, rather than posting a new reply each day, I ask that you simply edit your original post. You may update daily, every few days, or at the end of the week. Do whatever works best for you and your schedule. I will post the challenge for the upcoming week on Fridays and we will start the challenge will run Sunday thru S... Tue, 8 Mar 2011 15:00:17 EST important please watch and pass on . i recieved this link in the post and was asked to pass it on i find the contents are very frightening to parants.please watch for your own kids security. <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 8 Mar 2011 11:32:53 EST Weekly Weigh-Ins We are going to start new and fresh with our team's weigh-ins. There will not be a set weigh-in day each week since we all have different schedules. The only recommendation I have is that you pick one day each week and weigh-in on that day every week. Your posts should look something similar to this: <BR> <BR> Last week: xx.xx lbs <BR> Current: xx.xx lbs <BR> Gain/Lost: xx.xx lbs <BR> Percentage Gained/Lost: xx.xx% <BR> <BR> For those who don't know, to get your percentage, you take ... Tue, 8 Mar 2011 11:09:39 EST Family Friendly Snack Ideas Since being a parent means you likely have a busy lifestyle, I want to start getting everyone's suggestions for snacks that are good for the whole family. The snacks should be easy to make, tasty (since that's the only way anyone is going to want to eat it), and something that will be beneficial to our diets but give our kids energy. <BR> <BR> In addition to posting your suggestions, please include the recipe (or a link to the recipe) and the nutritional information (not necessary if it's w... Tue, 8 Mar 2011 10:57:56 EST New Team Leader Hello everyone! I'm Jamie, your new Kids' Health SparkTeam Leader. I hope to get this team rejuvenated and active again. If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, feel free to message me at anytime. I'm not perfect and do not claim to be. I simply want to help others get ourselves and our children back to living a healthy and active lifestyle! Mon, 7 Mar 2011 16:23:22 EST We are on our way! My family and I seriously started this lifestyle journey at the beginning of Feb. Ive learned how true it is that your kids will imitate what you do..I am desperate to get healthy and fit along with my family. My youngest who is 3 enjoys exercise, My son who is 11 plays outside and is active with sports and riding his bike everyday but my oldest who is 12 cannot stand exercise. Recently I started inviting her friend to come along and I don't hear her complaining too much. My oldest is the one... Thu, 3 Mar 2011 08:32:50 EST Making things stick for a lifetime!! Hello, my name is Jennette. I have a weight loss of goal of 75 lbs. I have been down this road before. In 2008, I achieved my weight loss goal(lost 110lbs) and was doing pretty well. Then, I lost my job, and went into a period of depression, during which I gained over half of the weight back. That was a dark time for me, it seemed as if food was my only friend. Now, I have a new attitude and new focus. I realize that I am definitely an emotional eater, and I spend everyday fighting tho... Wed, 2 Mar 2011 20:03:27 EST Tiffany looking for support from just like myself My name is tiffany i'm looking for support and friends to walk by my side through this very hard road ahead of me. Fri, 25 Feb 2011 19:08:38 EST i m transformme1, joined sparkpeople about a week or so. i can see this will help me. was suprised by the amount of food i eat.I EAT ALOT. i m trying hard too watch my cal. this is very hardfor me. if anyone has any advice please share. have increased execise. the trackers are great. i m a 40 yr old mom of 2 girls age 9 &6. i m 5 4 &210pds. i m a nurse who works nights. i m fat and tired. my weight has always been a struggle.please pray for me. Wed, 23 Feb 2011 21:41:28 EST Hello Everyone Hello everyone. I am excited to get started and would like to find me a spark buddy to complete my goals with. Mon, 21 Feb 2011 10:07:14 EST Hi Buddy I am new Here and i will to introduce myself and make good friends. My name is Ola, 29years old. I am simple, Honest and Fun loving Fri, 18 Feb 2011 01:58:18 EST Daveydoodle is a woman,me.You can call me dd. Hi, I'm dd. I just started spark a few days ago.I have about ten pounds to lose to get back to my original goal weight from 10 years ago.I joined spark to help me stay on track to healthy.I have 3 boys ages 18,16&3.I'm trying to keep them healthy, too.They are picky eaters so it's a challenge.I hope to be sharing with you soon. Sat, 12 Feb 2011 07:46:28 EST busy/working mom I would love to lose at least 10-15 lbs by April or May of this year. My weight has crept back up and I'm finding I don't have time to exercise during the week. I used to walk on my breaks, but lately I've been runing errands for myself and my kids. The only time I have is on the weekend and that's being ate up. My husband started and new job and doesn't have much leave. His solution is to go into work on the weekends. That means no gym for me. My 6 yr old is bored at the gym childcare and th... Sat, 5 Feb 2011 20:19:30 EST Getting the Kids Involved I am the co-leader of our local Girl Scouts troop and want to share an idea with the rest of you to help get your kids active. I am in charge of the Daisies, who are kindergarten and first graders. <BR> <BR> The girls have all been wanting a patch that they could work on independently at home. After sifting through numerous options, I settled on the Shape Up! patch. <BR> <BR> The Shape Up! patch is a 12-week program with two parts: Get Movin' and Eat Right. For the Get Movin' portion,... Sun, 30 Jan 2011 08:55:48 EST I need to find some inspiration Hello everyone! I am a 45 year old mother of two boys. They are great kids tall and thin like their dad. My husband is a runner and very slim. He ran the Philly Marathon in November, what a proud day that was. While he trained I figured out how to feed him, problem is I ate like a marathoner without the training. I have been cruising the Sparkpeople site for several months now, have read The Spark TWICE and I just can't seemed to cross the start line. I need to lose 100 lbs and am going... Thu, 27 Jan 2011 18:56:54 EST I need to find some inspiration Hello everyone! I am a 45 year old mother of two boys. They are great kids tall and thin like their dad. My husband is a runner and very slim. He ran the Philly Marathon in November, what a proud day that was. While he trained I figured out how to feed him, problem is I ate like a marathoner without the training. I have been cruising the Sparkpeople site for several months now, have read The Spark TWICE and I just can't seemed to cross the start line. I need to lose 100 lbs and am going... Thu, 27 Jan 2011 18:44:13 EST Hi ! Mommy of 2 little ones .... Hi there every one! <BR> <BR> Just like you I am trying to be my best !! Would like to get back to the pre mommy DAZE!! Thu, 27 Jan 2011 10:42:46 EST