SparkPeople 50's, Menopausal, with 100+ Pounds to Lose Team Messageboard Camaraderie for ladies 50ish and over, experiencing menopausal symptoms, with 100+ pounds to lose! You are NOT ALONE! Join Us for encouragement and support. SparkPeople 50's, Menopausal, with 100+ Pounds to Lose Team Messageboard FABULOUS FITNESS FOR FALL!! Greetings, Divas!! IT's FALL!!! It's a GREAT time of year to set fitness goals before we get to the holiday season. It's great to make your goals fitness based too, as something you can control, rather than setting a goal for a specific amount of weight to lose.. Weight loss is always so variable, up and down, it can be discouraging when weight is the tracked goal. <BR> <BR> It's better to set goals for eating--like eliminating sugar, or staying under a certain number of calories, or sticki... Mon, 23 Sep 2019 13:02:06 EST Co-Leader, Sandy GREETINGS!! I thought I'd take a moment to re-introduce myself, since I haven't done so in a few years. <BR> <BR> My name is Sandy, and I live in Georgia. I've been on Sparkpeople since 2007, and have lost a good amount of weight, but I still have quite a bit to lose. Just for fun, here's a side-by-side of me in 2007 and in 2017: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's been a journey, and it requires LIFE CHANGE. I'm no... Thu, 15 Aug 2019 21:27:46 EST SUMMERTIME SUMMERTIME! HI Everyone, I'm giving it a facelift. If you're someone checking in here, JOIN US and feel free to give suggestions on how you'd like to see this team managed.. What kinds of topics, challenges, etc. would you like to have in a team? This is YOUR TEAM, so let us know what you'd like in the way of encouragement and support. ;-) Thu, 15 Aug 2019 18:52:27 EST March in like a lion Greetings. Volume on my life got turned up to max. More later Fri, 1 Mar 2019 15:13:57 EST Fabulous in February I bought a bicycle. Have not been on one in twenty years. Lasted five minutes! Sun, 3 Feb 2019 17:36:51 EST New Year’s REVOLUTION Greetings! <BR> This page began over a decade ago. Lots of original members have met in real time and remain close friends today. <BR> <BR> Welcome! Let’s reignight the SPARK that was very successful for many. If you are a left over and have been here, congratulations. If this is the first post you’ve read, jump in for amazing posts. <BR> <BR> Ok so I’m back. I’ve retired and all my excuses have left me standing raw and huge! I know this restart will not lead to the dream image ... Wed, 16 Jan 2019 08:15:12 EST decorating in december! hi all! Fri, 7 Dec 2018 13:34:19 EST All about August I just stopped in to catch up with people tonite, and I see there's no one here lately. I hope everyone is OK. I spend most of my on line social time on facebook I have to admit. I see Sue &amp; Holly there off and on, but I miss everyone else. <BR> <BR> <BR> So, I'm doing fine. Have been on weight watchers for about 17 months now &amp; have lost 125 lbs. I have a ways to go yet, but I'm feeling awesome. I'm working toward a goal of climbing Crazy Horse Mountain next year in the Fall... Mon, 6 Aug 2018 23:29:51 EST Move more in May!!!! here is our May thread!! Mon, 21 May 2018 15:43:36 EST All in in April Welcome to Kara our newest member! Fri, 13 Apr 2018 09:56:58 EST Hello from Colorado Hello everyone. My name is Kara. I just turned 50, have 3 grown children, single for 20 years, work the graveyard shift and for the first time....taking care of me! I'm excited to be here and looking forward to get to know you and interact with this team. Fri, 13 Apr 2018 01:58:18 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 15 Mar 2018 12:39:34 EST Dancing into December Happy December Everyone!! <BR> Lets make it a great month! Sun, 3 Dec 2017 23:13:12 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 1 Nov 2017 17:24:20 EST Orbiting into October Happy October all!! Wed, 4 Oct 2017 11:40:50 EST Soarin Into September! Happy Fall!! <BR> <BR> I just had to come tonite and tell you all..I made it into the 100's!!!! Not been here since september 1977...40 years to the day.....can you believe it!!! i'm only 34 pounds away from my ultimate goal..THANK YOU KETO!!! Wed, 13 Sep 2017 20:05:51 EST New to group Good morning! My name is Kara and I'm here to try and get myself healthy. I am about to turn 50 (New Year's Eve) and from beautiful Colorado. I have been in the Peri stage for about 5 years now. Hoping this ends SOON!~. Lol. My biggest complaint is absolutely no energy and hot flashes.... besides not liking people very much lately. Lol I have been divorced for 20 years. Have 3 grown children. I love the Lord and am learning how to have a relationship with Him. I work in the hotel in... Sun, 13 Aug 2017 13:55:33 EST All in in August! Happy August! Tue, 1 Aug 2017 17:12:42 EST July went Speeding by!! Hello Divas!! <BR> I can't believe July is almost over &amp; I never got here to make a July thread!! But it looks like no one else got here either, so, no bad!! <BR> <BR> Just checking in quickly this morning to say hello. Life is going fine here. a few issues with my dermatitis on my hands, but I'm surviving. <BR> <BR> Down almost 40 lbs with Weight Watchers. Feeling pretty about it. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is having a great summer. Stay well &amp; God Bless!! Sun, 23 Jul 2017 08:42:56 EST Just Do It in June! WOW... Again it's been too long since I checked in. And surprise! No one else did either. So here's a thread for June (what's left of it) so we can fill in. <BR> <BR> Holly, so excited about you breaking your plateau. Too cool. <BR> <BR> Sandy, good to see that you made it in last month. Good luck getting back on track. <BR> <BR> Mana, You're doing great too. Hope it keeps up for us all. <BR> <BR> I'm down 28 so far. I'm happy with that. It's slow &amp; steady. <BR> I'm head... Tue, 13 Jun 2017 13:52:36 EST MAY we help you?? Hey ladies, we made it to May. Summer is just around the corner &amp; it's getting warmer. I hope not too quickly. I hate the heat!! <BR> <BR> I have not ridden the bike yet. We gt the seat on the other day but I still have to pump up the tires. The weather this week is gong to suck for riding, but I'll find a break to get the tires done &amp; maybe steal a quick ride. I think tomorrow is suppose to not rain. <BR> <BR> Well, gotta scoot, work is approaching. <BR> <BR> Have a wonde... Tue, 2 May 2017 11:35:03 EST Hi! Hello all! Thanks for having this team, thanks for letting me join, I was so excited to find you! My name is Sue, I am 52, hot flashing, and on the road to getting healthy by starting to shed the 169 extra pounds I am hauling around on a daily basis (I have dropped a few of those since I've been back on Spark). <BR> I am from Maryland, mom of 4, plus I have to bonus kids from my second marriage. I am currently taking herbs and pumpkin seed oil to stave off the power surges that had beco... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 08:14:13 EST All in, in April Hey Divas!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> Where is everyone??? I miss you guys. <BR> <BR> Holly, I know you're busy with your friend. Hope that is working out well for you both. <BR> <BR> Mana, are you working yourself to death? Or have you had cabin time too? <BR> <BR> Sue, what's going on in your world? <BR> <BR> Claire, Raine, anyone?????? <BR> <BR> I am finally over my "sickness", whatever it was. Can't sing anything yet (voice still breaks up alot), but at least I can answer the phones... Thu, 6 Apr 2017 17:22:07 EST My time is in March!! Happy March divas!! <BR> Just stopping in to see if anyone is around. I'm sick as a dog to start the month. Actually, I ended last month with it. The guy I share my office with was sick all last week &amp; refused to stay home. So, I went to Niagara Falls Friday evening to see my friend from England on Saturday, and I woke up in the hotel at 3:30 am as sick as a dog. I spent a little time with my friend at lunch &amp; cut it short to drive home in the daylight. I haven't been dressed s... Wed, 1 Mar 2017 16:37:47 EST Full on in February! Hello Divas!! <BR> Just a quick stop by to say "Happy February'"! Hope everyone is doing well. Ohio is doing great. Tho, I'm not happy with our lack of winter this year. I'm hoping for at least one more bout of snow. <BR> <BR> Well, yesterday was the one !Onth anniversary of starting the keto lifestyle. Down another bout 13.5 lbs down, but still a long way to go. I go for my blood work next month so I will see how it has impacted my health. That will determine whether it remains my reg... Thu, 2 Feb 2017 12:00:37 EST January 2017 - New Chance in the New Year! Happy New Year Divas! Just a fly-by tonite.. <BR> <BR> Back on program in the morning Holly. Went shopping today so I'm ready to go. <BR> <BR> More later. <BR> God Bless! Sun, 1 Jan 2017 02:50:15 EST Disciplined in December! Happy December Divas. I sure hope you are all OK. Been missing a lot of you. Hope we will see some of you back. <BR> <BR> God Bless! Thu, 1 Dec 2016 10:15:06 EST New chance in November Stopping in to say howdy. Hope ya'll had a great October &amp; are preparing to be Thankful in November. <BR> <BR> Things are slowing down for me finally. I'm almost done with the baby afghan I needed to make. I should finish the afghan tonite &amp; block it tomorrow. Then hopefully I'll get it to my friend on the weekend. <BR> <BR> Then I just have to wail til early December for my other friend to give me her pictures for her family calendars. Those are the harder calendars to do be... Wed, 2 Nov 2016 17:15:43 EST Optimistic in October Hi Ladies!! <BR> Just a quick fly-by again today. (maybe more later) But I had to check in. Just a few more days on my printing to go. I have to go up to get some more paper. I ran out of the right size stuff with about 4 more books to go. So after I get paper, I'll print the rest &amp; then put them all together. I will have them done in a couple days. Deliver then before the weekend, they're meeting is on Monday night. So, cutting it close, but not too bad. <BR> <BR> Will be so glad... Mon, 10 Oct 2016 13:30:38 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 5 Sep 2016 09:30:56 EST Awesome in August I am so embarrassed. Its been so long since I have been coming in here, I forgot my log in. Funny too because I just saw a facebook post from one year ago when I had lost 12 pounds during July. I'm finding a clue in all that. It seems there may be rhythm to my mania. <BR> <BR> So much I had dreamed of doing this summer and now I find it August. You too? How do days turn into weeks? That is the question that will be first to my creator. Its got to be magic. And for sure I see how time speeds... Sat, 6 Aug 2016 10:52:41 EST Able in August Ok Ladies.... we CAN do this!! <BR> <BR> Just one foot in front of the other!! As Claire says... "right foot, left foot, right foot, left foot." <BR> <BR> I'm gonna start pushing my walking to get to my 7000 steps mark &amp; then by the end of August, I want to be able to do 10,000 like we are suppose to. Who's with me?? It will hurt at first, but it will get easier as we go. <BR> <BR> God Bless! Mon, 1 Aug 2016 13:41:29 EST New to the Team.. Ugh! I didn't know where to post my introduction. Now I have messed up the whole thing and it won't let me delete it.. Hi my name is Paula I honestly go by Stress it is fitting believe me I am 53 years old *my body feels it* ... . I have 3 children ( 2 physically disabled adult kids 31 &amp; 30 ) still living at home for their needs. And one teenager very soon to be 15 if he makes it there.. . <BR> <BR> I live in Utah.. have all my life. Yes, the mountains are very pretty. <BR> <BR> I am f... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 20:29:40 EST Jump Back Into July Ok Ok I hear you! Well it could be the voices in my head. Its been too long and I crave the ladies. You may have forgotten me but I never forget you all. Can we crank this wagon back up? I say YES!!! Sun, 3 Jul 2016 13:01:07 EST Join us in June! Hey Ladies.... <BR> Another month has come &amp; gone. Summer is here in full swing. Personally I can't wait for winter to come back... but I know that's not the popular opinion. **laffin** <BR> <BR> So, I'm feeling soooooo much better. I'm going to be able to get back on the bike this week too. Boy do my legs need the workout. Just walking thru the shop here at work I feel soooo heavy in the legs. So, gotta buckle back down &amp; start logging my food again. I never seem to take the ... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 15:12:43 EST MAY-be this is my month! Well, I just started this topic &amp; typed a whole long post &amp; it disappeared. So now I don't have time to post again. I will have to come back later &amp; repost everything I said in the post that disappeared. <BR> <BR> Have a great day. <BR> God Bless! Thu, 5 May 2016 10:34:29 EST April Already!!!! Seems like I show up at the beginning of the month all the time but can't seem to keep it going. So, again, I'm gonna give it a shot! <BR> <BR> Things have been rough. Been to the doc. Had my blood work done. Results were actually pretty good. But then he sent me to my eye doctor &amp; I found out I have dry eye. Not horrible, but just another thing to deal with. This week I have to go to my orthopedic doc to have my shoulder checked out. It's my rotator cuff I know, but I have to see if ... Tue, 5 Apr 2016 11:21:12 EST March forth mindset Here I am again.... been away a bit. Good and bad times, but not losing sight of the goal. Hope you all are doing well. <BR> <BR> Thought I'd try to motivate with the title this month. Most of dieting (eating healthy) starts in the mind, so maybe remembering that will help. <BR> <BR> Can't stay here long today, I'm at work. Will fill you all in later. <BR> <BR> God Bless!! Wed, 2 Mar 2016 13:57:34 EST Fascinating in February OK Divas... Let's be fascinating in February! We have it in us, we just need to shine! Whatever our weight, we can be fascinating! Believe in yourself and be the best YOU that you can be. Nobody does it better! <BR> <BR> God Bless Mon, 1 Feb 2016 09:33:27 EST Just going to get it done in January Happy New Year Ladies. I hope the year has been kind to you all so far. I had the crazy thought that it was going to be a calm year, then I showed up the first day of work and my boss changed our entire business model over the holiday. She wants to almost create an entirely new company. Everyone is up in arms and I am pedaling as fast as I can to stay caught up, She has no management experience and changed on a dime. Its like crack the whip from grade school and people always end up getting f... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 18:05:16 EST Decide in December! Guess I better start this month. I've been AWOL the last couple weeks, but you're not out of my thoughts. I came in one night &amp; read some, but no time to post. Today I'm just flying by again &amp; noticed there was no December. I read November tho so let's get this going. This is my hardest time of year emotionally so I am gonna try and get here more often. Support is needed. <BR> <BR> Will try to get back later today. If not, HAPPY DECEMBER! Mon, 7 Dec 2015 15:51:29 EST No Excuses in November Figured I better start the next month. I loved reading about &amp; seeing the pix from the FEST. I so missed it.... and YES on the northern one. I'm in. <BR> <BR> Can't write much now, I'm at work, but got to read up &amp; make this thread. Will come back on later tonite if I can. I'm feeling a little better this afternoon. Yea! <BR> <BR> God Bless! Mon, 2 Nov 2015 16:07:47 EST HELP!! Okay ladies, It's been a rough year.... well 2 but this year had a lot of stuff and of course this is my excuse for NOT doing what I should. I was a regular part of this group until Sept of last year when my Dad passed away &amp; I remember this was an awesome, helpful bunch of gals. I am looking for some advice about what types of diets you follow and how well they work for our age and metabolism. I really do want and need to get my act together and before the holiday season so I don't get e... Wed, 21 Oct 2015 10:46:59 EST Onward and downward in Oct I was going to say upward, but that's not the direction we want the scale to go! <BR> <BR> I lost my 15# during BOLD (an advanced real estate training class)! Now I need to set a new goal with a new consequence. (A commitment is a goal with a consequence) Any suggestions? <BR> <BR> How is everyone else doing? It's getting cooler here (yay!) and I saw Holly post on FB about seeing frost. It's that time of year! What are you going to do this winter to exercise? I'm always looking for good alt... Sat, 3 Oct 2015 10:48:42 EST Stunning in September Good morning, DIVAS!! Wow -- my life is super busy right now (I'll catch you up when I have a minute to breathe!), but suffice it to say that I have turned a corner. My resistance to avoiding sugar and wheat is gone -- I RARELY eat either. And I'm exercising daily. And limiting my beloved DDP to 1/day. And drinking more water. And guess what -- I've lost 7.5#!! <BR> <BR> Sandy -- any feedback on the HIIT? Just curious! <BR> <BR> Gotta bolt, but I wanted to start the new topic and tell you ... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 08:16:02 EST Hello! Hi! I'm Terry and I've been with Spark for a year this month. I'm looking forward to losing the next 100 pounds and maybe making some new friends that I can help support and can provide me with support when the going gets tough. <BR> Tue, 18 Aug 2015 10:25:02 EST Hello My name is Kim. I have been dieting for almost all my life and haven't been very successful. I am trying a fresh start and hoping to develop some good habits before it is too late. Wed, 5 Aug 2015 22:03:39 EST Amazing in August Hello Divas! Let's do some amazing things this month -- maybe exercise an extra 15 minutes, prep meals, discover a new healthy recipe (share please!) or whatever floats your boat. You are all ALREADY amazing -- now go out and DO something amazing for yourself. Sat, 1 Aug 2015 10:35:35 EST Just Do It in July I've been slacking so bad -- about everything! It's time for me to just DO it! Period! What about you? Wed, 1 Jul 2015 11:24:29 EST Team Participation Why isn't there more team participation. Even team leaders don't bother. As anyone can see no one except me is even getting on the team board. If no one else is interested I will quit and we can let this team fade away. This will be my last post for this team if no one is interested. Wed, 24 Jun 2015 08:06:55 EST Joyful in June Hello Divas! I don't know about you, but I'm tired of hating my body and the way I look, so I'm going to (try to!) celebrate the things my body can DO rather than how it LOOKS. Today, I'm very grateful that my legs took me on a walk around the park this morning. <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> How about you? Have a great day! Mon, 1 Jun 2015 09:13:30 EST Accelerating in April Wooohoooooo!! It's April. The weather is warming up and it's a great time to get outside. Soak in the sunshine. Feel grounded by being in nature. It's a glorious day! Enjoy! Thu, 2 Apr 2015 12:23:28 EST Marvelous in March!! HI Ladies, <BR> <BR> I've been checking in reading the threads, watching people tracking in my ticker, and not posting. I feel so erratic with my posting, I often think I shouldn't post at all 'cause .. yeah. <BR> <BR> However, I did decide to go ahead and post today.. I've very recently switched doctors to one that specializes in thyroid and autoimmune issues. So far, I think he's awesome! I'm more hopeful of getting to a better place and actually losing this excess weight than I have b... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 21:33:08 EST Fabulous in February Hi Divas! What can you do to be fabulous (more fabulous than you already are) in Feb? I'm drinking more water! And I'm trying a service that gives you menus, recipes and shopping lists to keep me on track. Sun, 1 Feb 2015 14:38:00 EST You are all so encouraging! Hi I am getting back on track and have been reading your posts. Wow the messages are very encouraging. I want my weight ticker to look like some of yours, good job ladies. Thank you for being here for me. Sun, 25 Jan 2015 08:13:47 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sat, 3 Jan 2015 06:52:38 EST Decisive in December Ok... I've blown it in November. Time to decide to get back on track & DO THIS!!! <BR> Who's with me?? Mon, 1 Dec 2014 16:52:30 EST Nice in November Hello Divas! Happy All Saints Day :). I don't know about you, but I have a tendency to not be very nice to myself. Sometimes I don't give my body good, healthy food or enough rest. Sometimes I call myself bad names and cringe when I look in the mirror. This month, I'm working on being nice to my body, and treating it well. It may not be perfect, but it's been doing a great job for 57 years (in spite of the abuse I heap on it). <BR> <BR> Does anyone else need to be nicer to themselves in Nove... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 15:58:59 EST On Top of It in October How did everyone do in Sept? I lost 2#. Not much but I'll take it. I'm eating "cleanly" these days. Right now, it's all lean meat, veggies and fruit. Carbs will be added back in eventually. So far so good. Wed, 1 Oct 2014 10:10:13 EST On Top of It in October How did everyone do in Sept? I lost 2#. Not much but I'll take it. I'm eating "cleanly" these days. Right now, it's all lean meat, veggies and fruit. Carbs will be added back in eventually. So far so good. Wed, 1 Oct 2014 10:10:00 EST "Finger Food" Snacks for Work Good morning! <BR> <BR> I'm looking for some new ideas for snacks I can eat at my work desk. The following is the list of items I am currently working with: <BR> <BR> Almonds <BR> Dill Pickles <BR> Cherry or Grape Tomatoes <BR> Cheese cubes or slices <BR> Baby Carrots & Hummus <BR> Cucumber Slices <BR> Deviled Eggs <BR> Hard Boiled Eggs <BR> Celery Sticks & Peanut Butter <BR> <BR> I'm trying to avoid added sugar items and items made with white flour. Also, I'm working to eat my whole grain... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 10:46:20 EST Surprise Me September Hi Divas. I have an idea. How about we keep track of our losses throughout September and surprise each other with the total. It will give us a goal and encourage us to stay accountable. Sort of like Cindi's challenges but cheaper. Let's make it a great month! Thu, 4 Sep 2014 08:29:51 EST Starting again Hi there. I have started so many times in my life. I am hoping that this is the one that takes! <em>30</em> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 08:33:15 EST All In, in August. Good morning Divas. <BR> Well I'm done with the other job in Wooster. I've had to put the focus of my diet on hold for several days but I'm back now. I put a couple lbs back on but now that I've got the time to focus, they will come back off quickly. I haven't been able to ride the bike since the weekend so I'm looking forward to riding again & burning some calories. <BR> <BR> I've been a little depressed lately & I think that's because of the lack of exercise. I know that exercise helps... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 09:44:17 EST HELP! Okay ladies I need to know if anyone has had this issue and what you did to change it. I've stuck diligently to my program for about a month. Kept my calories at 1500 or below & went through my exercise routine M-F. It only burns about 200 calories but compared to what I was doing before it's a big improvement. =) I am not a super active person. I am an artist and I sit a lot but I do go out daily and take care of my parents, walking in and out of their apartment, plus cleaning and going o... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:11:00 EST Hi Everyone! hi There, <BR> just wanted to stop in and let you know I am new to the team. I am on day 6 on Atkins diet. Was in TOPS for a few years but have gained weight back since my 28 yr old son went into the hosp this past year. I am now taking him to 6 weekly dr appts. I need you and SP to help me. My goal is to make myself a priority, focusing on getting healthy. My short term goal is to lose 10 lbs. Long term goal is 100 lb loss. Here I go. . . :) Mon, 28 Jul 2014 01:16:55 EST Get fired up in July! Hi all. It's me....late again! Sorry! Let's get fired up to make some changes! I've been working on my food -- cutting out or reducing the things I know I shouldn't eat (at least as often) and being more mindful. Down 6# so far! Thu, 3 Jul 2014 09:59:43 EST Just Do It in June! Hey Divas!! <BR> Hope everyone is doing well. It's been quiet in here for a few days. <BR> The weather here in Ohio has been fantastic lately. The week days give us a little opportunity for rain & the weekends have been dry & sunny. Amazing. <BR> <BR> I got to take the dog for several runs with my bike over the weekend. We did 6 miles on Saturday but then only about 1.25 on Sunday. If the rain holds off tomorrow I'll take him for a run then. My legs are not used to all the pedaling s... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 23:56:33 EST May You Be Healthy Happy May! I hope everyone is having a lovely start to May. Anybody been hit with some of those spring storms? We are A-OK here in TX! Sun, 4 May 2014 12:00:59 EST "April Love" Yourself Well, another month has come and I think Spring may finally be here. How about we take the month of April to learn to Love ourselves just as we are. Even when we don't see progress on the scale, we need to love ourselves. <BR> <BR> Task for the rest of this week.... Every morning when you get up & get in the bathroom to wash your face & brush your teeth, or shower or what ever.... Look in the mirror & say "Good Morning Beautiful"! <BR> <BR> God Bless! Thu, 3 Apr 2014 00:09:44 EST March-ing onwards and upwards!!! thought i'd start a March thread.. <BR> Sat, 1 Mar 2014 19:03:21 EST Fit in February Woooohooo! It's Feb. It gets closer to swimming weather every day. :) <BR> <BR> Let's get FIT in FEB!! Sat, 1 Feb 2014 16:02:27 EST Hi my name is Tammy I am looking forward in losing this weight this year, but I only need to lose 50 lbs and I am 52 years old and going into menopausal, which has been real hard in dealing with these changes. Tue, 21 Jan 2014 19:56:32 EST Jump in, in January New Year, New Opportunity. Let's jump in right here & do our best to get healthy. I am putting all my previous failures behind & reaching forward to new successes. <BR> <BR> Who's with me? Wed, 1 Jan 2014 16:19:53 EST Dazzling in December Hey Divas.... Where is everyone?? <BR> Holidays are upon us, and it's harder to get here. I kept checking, but finally thought I'd make a topic myself. Not sure if this is ok or not, but I thought I'd give it a shot. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. We had nice time with family. <BR> <BR> I'm not sure, but the job really may last to the first of the year. I guess the girl just got fitted for her prosthetic yesterday. They still have to make it and then she has to d... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 23:40:29 EST Hello Sparkpeople, I am ready to go! I only joined late afternoon yesterday. Was I pleasantly surprised when I tracked the food I've eaten for the day - it was within the limits set up to loose the weight I have been carrying for 28 years! That can only mean that it was the right day to start. I have gained the weight at an average rate of 2kg a year and I aim to loose it at around 2kg a month. <em>9</em> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 09:43:06 EST Thankful in November Just till Claire can think up a good name!!! Sun, 3 Nov 2013 22:39:29 EST Optimistic in October Keep moving forward Divas!!! Tue, 1 Oct 2013 11:58:13 EST Re-Start! I lost 66 pounds with Spark People in 2009. Sadly, I just let it go and gained it all back. But, just 28 days from my 53rd Birthday, I'm back. Determined, motivated, and ready to get back on track! <BR> <BR> Terri <em>252</em> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 15:01:09 EST Stunning in September!! Hi Divas! I thought we'd start off Sept. affirming our stunningness! This month, I want to focus on the magnificent machine that my body is. It heals itself! It keeps going even when I'm not paying when I'm asleep! If you haven't read this in awhile (or ever), please take a moment to read this: because YOU ARE A <BR> MIRACLE! Love you all! Sun, 1 Sep 2013 20:16:02 EST Hello! Just wanted to introduce myself... Hi my name is Cindy, I'm 50 years old and am trying to lose weight and get healthy. I started weight watchers in April and have lost 25 pounds so far. I want to lose another 75 pounds to get to my goal. I seem to beats stand still the last couple of weeks so I heard about this site and thought I would check it out. So far I've really liked reading he articles and recipes and would love to meet some nice people who have similar goals to trade ideas and help with. <BR> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 20:09:19 EST Awesome in August Hi Divas! Sorry about the lateness of the thread (and thanks, Mana, for the reminder!!). The first few days of August were kind of a blur! <BR> <BR> Mana and Holly -- I'm truly so sorry about your knees and the pain associated with them. I hate it when people I care about are hurting. :( Wish there was something I could do. <BR> <BR> I'm having a minor health issue too.....during my appt with the gyno (well woman visit) she noticed a spot that has since been biopsied. Turns out it's squamou... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 17:33:10 EST New to this group Hi All, <BR> <BR> I am new to this group, but I have been on Sparkpeople off and on for awhile now. I am 47 and though I keep tying to deny it perimenopause is starting to kick my butt. Yesterday I had two mini "heat waves" hit me at work (I can sort of handle being hot, but I am very fair skinned and end up beat red when it happens). It always happens when I am under pressure and my job is very stressful. I wish I could say I am having mood swings, but it feels more like one gigantic ba... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 09:43:39 EST Jammin' in July Hey there! Whew! I can't believe it's already July. Who has plans for the 4th? Right now we're scheduled to see a Cats game (with fireworks). DH's son flew in from CO this morning and we are having a "cool" front come through. It's been a gorgeous day! Mon, 1 Jul 2013 19:55:06 EST Jazzed about June Happy Saturday Again! <BR> <BR> Mana - is there any possibility she has a UTI? That can cause crazy dementia that is not permanent once treatment is given. The speed is a warning thing, maybe... So sorry you're going through that. Hope today is a better day! <BR> <BR> Sandy - love the fact that you can tread and write at the same time! How cool! <BR> <BR> Holly - do you actually have to GO to the horse shows? Is that hard on your leg? <BR> <BR> So yesterday was a disaster for ... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 16:59:36 EST Moving together in May Hi Divas! <BR> <BR> Cindi - good to see you back! I'm so sorry about the shoulder. I hope that it feels much better soon. <BR> <BR> I hope we'll have a more active May! Sending love to all. <BR> <BR> - Jen Wed, 1 May 2013 06:01:51 EST Active in April! Here I'll do an April thread--makes me feel useful! Mon, 8 Apr 2013 06:53:57 EST Accelerate in April Hi Divas and welcome to Paula! I'm going sugar and gluten free again. The detox starts Monday. I felt so good the last time I did it, then slowly, gradually added stuff back in until I added way tooooooo much. I'm also going to follow the graduated exercise program they suggest. Something's gotta give! <BR> <BR> Mana -- so sorry about the knee. Hope you get what you need from the 2nd opinion. <BR> <BR> Cindi -- good luck with the headhunter -- hope they get something for you soon. <BR> <BR... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 22:03:44 EST I'm new I'm 50 this past August. I'm from PA and currently work in Italy. I'm here with my husband and the youngest 2 of the 4 kids (9 and 13). We love to travel and we're loving the food a little too much. I'm peri-meno. Wish these "power surges" would burn up a calorie or two! I've got 100 or so to lose and though I feel pretty fit physically, mentally its dragging me down. It's a bummer when only cute shoes and purses fit <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Sat, 23 Mar 2013 02:56:15 EST MARCHing forward! Rabbit, Rabbit! <BR> <BR> Happy March, Divas! Spring is just around the corner! Fri, 1 Mar 2013 06:25:55 EST finally some support for menopausal women I joined your group because I have been so frustrated trying to find support through menopause. My medical group has everything from quitting smoking to meditation work shops. Why are us menopausal women left to go this alone? It is like a dirty word or something. So I don't have quite 100 pounds to lose - but am close. But I love the fact that you ladies are supporting each other through this time of hormonal change. It creates so many issues - including weight gain. <BR> Hope to find some k... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 11:11:02 EST Artificial Sweeteners Ok, are artificial sweeteners silent killers? I'm a coffee drinker - I switched from real sugar to "Splenda" about 1 yr. ago; I can't tell any difference; but friends keep telling me it's all bad, sending me emails about how deadly artificial sweeteners are own research doesn't indicate there's any harm. What do you think? Sat, 9 Feb 2013 10:05:44 EST Howdy from VA Hi Everyone - <BR> I'm new to this team but not SP. I am 51 years old; married (almost 5 years); caretaker for my parents (one suffers from dementia) & 92 yr. old mother in law; pre-menopausal (isn't everyone until you're menopausal?); pre-diabetic due to hypothyroidism (low thyroid); diagnosed with Hashimoto's Disease; severely obese (100+ pounds to lose); co-owner with my husband of our own business which I keep the books etc; recovering from recent neck surgery; and sick & tired of being ... Fri, 8 Feb 2013 23:28:07 EST Fabulous in February! Hi Everyone, <BR> You are more than welcome to replace me - I know I've been absent since... well, December, obviously. I do think of you all daily and sometimes see you on FB. I guess I'm going to try to be around more, but I'm fine either way. Hope all are doing well. <BR> <BR> Love, <BR> Jen Fri, 1 Feb 2013 10:54:08 EST January Jumpstart Here we are!! I cant make it a sticky but i can make the thread!! <BR> <BR> I have committed to Leslie Sansones Mile a day in 2013..if anyone wants to join me ask and i will forward you the email with the link and a one mile video. its free to do..and only takes 15 mins a day! Wed, 2 Jan 2013 10:52:51 EST Determined in December Hi Everyone, <BR> It seems I'm getting here about once a month. My apologies - struggling a bit this fall. I hope all are well. Thinking of you all even if I'm not present. <BR> <BR> Love, <BR> Jen Sun, 2 Dec 2012 10:46:41 EST Nimble in November! Hi Divas, <BR> Again, hanging me head in shame here for being MIA. Still going through a disorganized, rough time. Hope you all are doing well. <BR> <BR> Sending love, <BR> Jen Thu, 1 Nov 2012 08:57:50 EST October Optomists Hi Everyone, <BR> I'm not even sure I got on to explain, but Dave and I took off for a week - we were mostly at home, but went away for a couple of days and I wasn't very plugged in. I'll check on the other thread for how the week went. <BR> <BR> Love, <BR> jen Mon, 1 Oct 2012 12:31:51 EST Streamlined in September Hi Divas! <BR> Well, I made it in under the wire. I'll go back to check other August posts. Hope everyone's had a lovely start to the month. Connor and I made it to IA, and I'm back home in MI. MISS him! <BR> <BR> Love, <BR> Jen Sat, 1 Sep 2012 19:18:50 EST Active in August I know it's hard to be active when the weather is so hot outside, but look for ways to get your exercise in this month. Dance while you make dinner, hop on a mini tramp while watching TV, an exercise DVD...... You can do it!!!! Thu, 2 Aug 2012 13:11:54 EST Hit the jackpot in July! Good morning Divas! I just wanted to get the new thread going! Mon, 2 Jul 2012 13:05:39 EST JUMP in June Jump, hop, skip, run, swim, walk......just MOVE your luscious body!!! Love you all! Claire Sat, 2 Jun 2012 12:18:46 EST We are all May Flowers Hi Everyone, <BR> Hoping to catch up again tomorrow. Just didn't want to lie down on the job again. <BR> <BR> Hugs, <BR> Jen Mon, 30 Apr 2012 23:52:40 EST Believe It... Or Not The Articles <BR> What started this post: In very general terms, I was reading an old article that stated women in menopause should just forget about loosing weight, because they will never loose it. And then another article claimed that the weight gain was minimal 10-20 pounds, so no big deal. Yet another claimed that the weight gain stems from a metabolic disorder. As I verified such statements, beliefs, I uncovered more articles as current as 2011 that were like-minded with the previous st... Mon, 16 Apr 2012 14:21:02 EST 50 in 24 days and ready to lose 100 lbs Well I'm ready to get started. I've decided I am not going to spend the rest of my life heavy. I've made a deal with my son who is 30 this year by the end of the year I will have lost enough weight we can go on a special trip for our monumental birthdays. So glad to have some support <em>224</em> Thu, 5 Apr 2012 23:09:33 EST Easter Perils Repeat after me: I will NOT bite the ears off chocolate bunnies, I will NOT bite the ears off chocolate bunnies! <BR> <em>306</em> Thu, 5 Apr 2012 10:33:51 EST Week 1 WoW! I am happy to report that my week 1 weight loss results are 5.5 lbs gone forever. I'm not splitting hairs over what's water, what's weight, who cares? Today I am more focused on the non-scale victories, to wit: <BR> <BR> 1. I tracked every single bite of food, and it is making sense to me how important this is. <BR> 2. I have eaten at least 2 fruits and two vegetables a day. <BR> 3. I am drinking 8-10 glasses of water daily, and have cut diet cola down to one a day. <BR> 4. I am moving my bo... Tue, 3 Apr 2012 13:40:50 EST April Awareness Hi everyone!!! Jen I just wanted to get an April one going please change it if you want i'm not good at thinking up catchy slogans!! <BR> Just a hi to all my favorite ladies!!! i am going to try and lose 4 pounds this per week. thats my goal..whats yours? Tue, 3 Apr 2012 08:35:26 EST Exercise Motivation So ... I need to go from a slugs pace to moving my body - aaand its been a while <em>40</em> I've had 2 hip joint and one knee joint replacement ~ Did real well and kept it moving with the hips (5 years ago), but the knee (1 year ago) kicked my tushie. It hurts to do stairs and the like, and Curves messes with elbow arthritis. I know I can't go 0-60 mph, but ladies, HOW did you get it move'n? Thanks for the support! <BR> <em>247</em> Sun, 1 Apr 2012 16:11:39 EST Thank you! Thanks you everyone who sent me wonderful birthday wishes! Sat, 31 Mar 2012 15:40:28 EST Glad to meet you! Hey All :) <BR> I'm a Northern CA Mom, 2 teens, 2 big lug nut dogs, 2 crazy parrots, one tolerant, loving husband. Menopause. Two hip joint replacements. One knee joint replacement. 90 lbs to lose (close enough, right??) A new attitude and a willingness to change lifestyle, eat right and get healthy, and looking forward to the friendship and inspiration on Spark! Fri, 30 Mar 2012 14:04:21 EST Turning 50 in Sept... I'm not quite fifty yet, but am always trying to loose weight. An old SP participant years ago, I've returned for positive feedback and interaction. <BR> <BR> Hormone imbalances, diabetes, hypothyroid and adrenal dysfunction make weight loss extremely hard. BUT! I persevere... <BR> <BR> I love being in my forties and am looking forward to the fifties. I'm doing more "rockin" in this phase of my life than in my younger years. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Looking forward to meeting up with ev... Fri, 2 Mar 2012 12:56:52 EST Marching Forward! Hi Everyone, <BR> I'm so sorry I've been MIA. I'll be back with more later. Sending you love! <BR> <BR> - Jen Thu, 1 Mar 2012 09:10:47 EST Hi I'm glad to be part of a team. I have always had weight issues and will be 50 this year. I am on HT and having a heck of time keeping my weight in check. I was 100 pounds lighter 15 years ago and would like to get back to it. Sat, 25 Feb 2012 08:56:54 EST Hello Everyone! My name is Billie and this is my first group I've joined, but it sounds like the perfect group for me. I'm 50 and pretty much miserable with being overweight and menopausal. I'm looking forward to taking charge of my life and health. We'll be in touch............... Thu, 16 Feb 2012 11:20:31 EST Personal Topic Ok ladies, <BR> <BR> I am not sure how else to say this, but to just come right out and say it. So I will! Both my GYN doctor and my PC doctor say that I have exceptionally large breasts. And they have NOT been altered in any way. I hate them and feel that they are part of the reason for my lower back pain. But I am too chicken to go thru major surgery. But anyway, in light of the strong reactions from my doctors, I am wondering if I REALLY do have exceptionally large breasts. I wear ... Sat, 11 Feb 2012 18:16:12 EST We're Fabulous in February! Hi All! Happy February... brb with my last message for January... forgot it was a new month! Wed, 1 Feb 2012 08:52:43 EST Restarting monthlies? I have been period free for about 10 years. Monday night I discovered a bloody spot in my panties. Reflecting I had a clear discharge a few weeks ago, but didn't think much of it at the time. I called my OB/GYN talked with a nurse who consulted the doctor and said that it's not an emergency, but they want to see me...appt 2/22. Any thoughts would be appreciated. <BR> <BR> Wed, 25 Jan 2012 16:10:15 EST New Member Hi, I'm new to this team, and would like to introduce myself! I am looking forward to tips, tricks and advice on how to navigate this time in my life! I cannot wait to hear from you! <em>247</em> Sun, 15 Jan 2012 15:12:16 EST Jumping into January! Hi Divas! <BR> I'm going to catch up with the next post, but I wanted to get this up and running! <BR> <BR> Love to all! <BR> Jen Sun, 1 Jan 2012 09:26:29 EST Dynamic December Happy December Divas! What are you going to do this month to make it a dynamic one? <BR> <BR> I had a GREAT meeting with a nutritionist yesterday - I'll be back to chat more later. Thu, 1 Dec 2011 11:21:58 EST Dedicated in December Good morning, Divas! I was thinking that this might be a good title for Dec. There is so much running around, stress (both good and bad stress), temptation at home or work or extra know the drill. December is usually pretty crazy. So this month let's think about being dedicated to OURSELVES. Try to take it easy on yourself....maybe an extra nap or a pedicure. Maybe an extra walk around the block when you're stressed, or choosing fruit over cookies. Be aware that you need to be... Thu, 1 Dec 2011 09:39:41 EST This is My Ideal Group While I'm not 50 yet, I have just six months to go to get there, and I have already gone through menopause (almost 2 years now), and have more than 100 pounds to lose. I've kept telling myself there's no use trying now that I'm dealing with menopause, it won't come off anymore, but I know that's just a lie I've told myself to let me get away with murdering my body. Wed, 30 Nov 2011 18:12:55 EST Nutritious November I am really bad at alliteration.... <BR> <BR> I hope everyone had a great first day of the month! Tue, 1 Nov 2011 18:37:17 EST So menopause causes panic attacks huh? I'm not crazy, well I am but I'm not! Was wondering why as time has gone on little things cause me to panic. Watching TV ..panic attack - hot flash. Talking to a friend ..panic attack-hot flash. Thought I was crazy, but Oh wait, there is a pattern here, or so I thought until I started having panic attacks / anxiety and no hot flashes. Now what is wrong? My doctor stated this is normal for some during menopause and he gave me a prescription to help. So today is day 1 of the new little p... Tue, 18 Oct 2011 16:43:12 EST Optimism in October Hi Everyone, <BR> I've been made co-leader of the team, so now I can sticky post, if I can figure out HOW to sticky post. Holly - any knowledge on this? They tried to contact Wendy for three days. I'm hoping we'll get a bit more active. I'm still under the weather, so moving slowly right now. <BR> Holly, I hope you're enjoying the cooler temps and slightly slower schedule. <BR> Hope everyone's having a fabulous Sunday! <BR> <BR> Hugs, <BR> Jen Sun, 9 Oct 2011 11:59:42 EST 50, Female and Fighting back! I'm a 50 yr old mother and grandmother. I have type II diabetes, crohn's disease, high blood pressure and I'm overweight. I've struggled with my health all my life alone. I've discovered SparkPeople and am hoping that with a little support I can make friends, be encouraged, encourage others and get healthy!!! Tue, 13 Sep 2011 18:38:08 EST Step it up in September! Hi Divas! Thought I'd start the Sept thread. Weather report: STILL having triple digits days (ugh). Hope all of you and yours affected by the hurricane are all ok! Thu, 1 Sep 2011 09:34:46 EST Determination Hello, I'm a 58 year old mother of two and grandmother of 2. I live alone and have devoted a lot of time to taking care of everyone except myself. My parents are elderly and I care for them now but, I have decided to begin to take care of myself. I recently had a knee replacement on my left leg and I need to have the right one done. I am working towards becoming healthy. Diabetes and heart issues and venious leg issues run in my family. Before I get diabetes and severe heart trouble I n... Thu, 11 Aug 2011 11:37:25 EST A needy person here hello out their in Sparksland. I am 51 and have 60 more pounds to go. I want to feel better to run with my grandkids. Soooo I have started a diet. But this is the last diet shoes I will ever wear, cause these are my change the way you think and eat shoes. I have a job that requires me to be gone at least 9 to 10 months out of the year. I need your help ladies on any ideas of exercises I can do in hotel rooms. If you will walk with me on my journey I will hold your hand when you need it al... Mon, 8 Aug 2011 13:49:26 EST August: Accentuating the positive! Hi Ladies...I thought since we arent seeing much of Wendy I'd start an August thread...sorry i cant make it a sticky but its here!! Mon, 1 Aug 2011 09:26:13 EST New Start Hi Ladies, <BR> <BR> I'm hormonal, hot and cold, recuperating from shoulder surgery and want to get myself healthy Seriously, I know that trying to do this alone doesn't work, so I'm giving myself a fresh start with much needed support. <BR> <BR> I'm glad this team is here. <BR> Vee Sun, 31 Jul 2011 20:22:14 EST duplicate post, sorry one was enough! Thu, 28 Jul 2011 22:15:59 EST This Team sounds just like me! Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I have way over 100 pounds to lose, I've recently turned 50, but have had a very heavy frequent period since I started it, at 12 but the "peri-menopause flooding has been the worst. I nearly died of anemia 4-5 years ago. Had Novasure 2 years ago, and that seemed to help, or maybe it was the D&C removing polyps. Something helped for a while, but now back to random flooding and long heavy periods, with random number of weeks or months in between. My experiences with do... Thu, 28 Jul 2011 22:15:45 EST This Team sounds just like me! Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I have way over 100 pounds to lose, I've recently turned 50, but have had a very heavy frequent period since I started it, at 12 but the "peri-menopause flooding has been the worst. I nearly died of anemia 4-5 years ago. Had Novasure 2 years ago, and that seemed to help, or maybe it was the D&C removing polyps. Something helped for a while, but now back to random flooding and long heavy periods, with random number of weeks or months in between. My experiences with do... Thu, 28 Jul 2011 22:14:14 EST HI I am very new to SparkPeople and very unsure how to navigate around this site. I am slow to getting started on eating healthy but I want to lower my risks of disease, etc. for the future. I am really looking forward to feeling good about myself again. Thu, 14 Jul 2011 16:46:34 EST Work in Progress I'm working towards losing 100 lbs to help reduce a lot of lower back and hip pain plus to be able to get off of blood pressure pills. I was told if I lost 50 lbs I'd no longer need the meds but I need to actually lose 100 lbs to get back to a weight I can feel my best at. <BR> Vicki Wed, 6 Jul 2011 19:33:50 EST Hello its JULY! The heat is on. Wow am I lost or what? LIfe has gotten back into a perfect groove. It all worked out for the best. Got a perfect job now. Kids are great and behain. Life is good. I am even at the pool swimming again. Thus the departure from Sparkpages. There just does not seem to be enough hours in a day, right Holly? <BR> <BR> Anyhow here is the July post and sorry to be so late. Wed, 6 Jul 2011 09:14:46 EST Jumping into July! Well, I guess I'll get this started. I have no idea how to make this a sticky topic, though. I hope everyone had a lovely 4th! Holly - how is Kevin doing? <BR> <BR> Hugs, <BR> Jen Tue, 5 Jul 2011 11:16:18 EST Met a Mini-Goal! I've now lost TEN POUNDS since re-joining SP on May 27th! <em>9</em> Tue, 14 Jun 2011 15:42:15 EST The "bad" period When does it end? I'm going sometimes 3 months at a time without a monthly visitor -- then when it DOES come back -- I'm almost bedridden. <BR> <BR> So ready for this to be over. <em>39</em> Mon, 13 Jun 2011 18:09:21 EST Hello! I'm still finding my way around SparkPeople, and this is the first time I've posted. My name is Debbie, I'm 56, and I have a 14-year-old daughter and 24-year-old son. I'm bound and determined to lose weight by the time my daughter starts high school in the fall. Please forgive me if I make mistakes, I'm not really sure how to navigate these boards yet. I'm not really sure what else to say, except that I hope to visit frequently and get to know you all. Thu, 9 Jun 2011 13:25:32 EST WEEKEND GOALS? My weekend goal: <BR> <BR> To eat 2 healthy salads this weekend! <BR> <BR> What's yours? Fri, 3 Jun 2011 15:33:47 EST JUNE, another half of a year to get in shape! Pools are open, kids are out playing in the parks, summer is cranking up. Time to get outdoors and move that body. Thu, 2 Jun 2011 07:39:54 EST Summer's Coming! I'm ready to make another step toward my goal -- water ONLY for the summer months! No empty calories for me! Tue, 31 May 2011 14:06:56 EST Let's get this started.. I am not 50 but will be next year. I also don't need to lose 100 but if I keep going I will. So, why wait. May as well start now. <BR> TJ Sun, 29 May 2011 21:51:17 EST I'm Terri! Hello, y'all! I'm Terri -- I'm 21 years old with 29 years Field Experience! Beginning stages of menopause and back at SP after a disastrous year off the program. <BR> <BR> I'm breaking my weight loss down to 2 50-pound parts. Then... another 40 to go. Sounds daunting, doesn't it? <BR> <BR> However, in 2009, I lost 66 pounds on SP. Totally my fault that I gained it all back. It's now up to me to get it in gear and take it off again. Permanently this time. <BR> <BR> Terri Fri, 27 May 2011 19:19:16 EST MAY flowers and sunny days May all your dreams come true ladies. Its spring and time to move those feet. Anyone ready for a walk? Mon, 2 May 2011 00:19:51 EST We are no APRIL fools! Ladies, its no joke, this forum is a gem. I am out of town for a few days doing some much needed reflecting and resting. Enjoy your day and thank you for being you! Thu, 31 Mar 2011 16:04:49 EST Another question What's the deal with "Sparkle Points"? Wed, 16 Mar 2011 19:19:46 EST First day and 100 to lose Afternoon, <BR> <BR> Today is my first day. First day on a new way of eating, and first day here. <BR> <BR> There is so much here. Seems like I could spend days here, and not see everything! <BR> <BR> About me: need to lose about 100, (give or take), personally: working on positive energy, both in thought, speech, and action. I live alone, (with my German Sheppard), and my 3 kids are grown and 2 still in college. <BR> <BR> I was going to join one of those pre-packaged meal plans, (... Sun, 13 Mar 2011 17:24:48 EST Hi... newbie here from southern Ocean County, NJ I've been on SP now 11 months and reaching my 55th birthday next week and have a long way to go yet to reach a more healthier weight, get more fit and become more active. Any help is appreciated and if I can help please don't hesitate to reach out to me. I'm looking forward in getting to know all my new team mates. We can do this together! I can do it! <em>306</em> <em>104</em> <em>244</em> Tue, 8 Mar 2011 11:00:28 EST new here with questions Hi, I'm Donna from texas. I've been using sparkpeople off and on for a few years and love it. I've always had a weight problem since I was in the 3rd grade but was always able to lose weight until the dreaded menopause. <BR> <BR> I am 5'2" and my highest weight was 230 which is way too much for my small build. My goal weight is 130. I finally opted for the gastric bypass surgery because of multiple health issues. <BR> <BR> My biggest complaint about menopause is absolutely no libido ... Fri, 4 Mar 2011 12:29:16 EST MARCH into spring This year is flying by. Im ready to get outside and start walking. The sun stays around longer and its light when I get up. Loving the longer days. I have roared into March and hope to feel like a lamb in a few more weeks. Sun, 27 Feb 2011 18:04:43 EST IT'S GREAT KNOWING I HAVE YOU"RE THERE(not alone) Hello, I am so glad to be among friends as I try to do this. If any of you have had as awful of time as I have you definitely understand where I am coming from. I found this site by accident, but I know it's no accident that I am here. So as you guys cheer me on I am doing the same for you. Sat, 26 Feb 2011 23:12:49 EST I have finally found my home! 50, menopausal and 100 pounds to lose describes me to a T! Finally, a group that really feels me! I look forward to sharing knowledge and wisdom. Mon, 7 Feb 2011 11:11:51 EST FEB Have a heart Its that time again girls. Time to think about the center of our being, our hearts. What does that mean to you? Love, health, cardio, broken? Mon, 31 Jan 2011 21:07:09 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 31 Jan 2011 07:40:37 EST New and Confused I just registered at this website. I am more confused than I was before I started going through this sparkpeople process. I have been trying to follow what is called the 'Gray Sheet' diet. High protein and low carb. I have lost weight on it before, and when I started it again about a week ago I have lost about 4 lbs. I have been diagnosed as pre-diabetic and I know that if i can lose weight I can avoid a full blown type 2 diagnosis. So I have been looking for ways to stay focused. I am always... Mon, 10 Jan 2011 05:02:39 EST Starting for the LAST time I'm not exactly menopausal, but then who knows at 59? I've never been smaller than a size 16 and am currently a size 24. My weight has gone up and down all my life, depending on my mood, how happy I was in my life, my current partner's support, etc. etc. My sister (15 years my junior) is joining forces with me to get it done this year and I'd like to be under 200 for my wedding in October. I would love to bond with and support someone who has similar goals. I've read all the info and know WHA... Thu, 6 Jan 2011 14:51:39 EST What a mouthful! Hello Everyone! <BR> Skimming the Spark groups and when I saw this topic...I hit paydirt! I am 58, menopausal, and have over 100 pounds to loose. I'm home! Big changes in my life, as I will be a Nana in 10 days, and I am beside myself and over the moon. Retired from education and moved 1800 miles to be near daughter and her hubby, as I am not going to miss one minute of this joy. Have had lap band surgery, but learned their are great foods that slide right down...chocolate. So, new day, new o... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 20:45:49 EST A New Year a New YOU! Happy 2011 ladies. I am blissfully happy and ready for a fresh start. I wish I could say it was a perfect month of staying on track but the good news is I am still ON TRACK. <BR> Wishing you and yours all the best for the new year. Hugs to all my divas from coast to coast. Fri, 31 Dec 2010 20:03:17 EST Just Getting Started Hi, <BR> <BR> I plan for a new year and a new me but I have quite a few obstacles in my way that I need help jumping over. I feel with persistence and your help I can achieve my goal. <BR> Thanks! Fri, 31 Dec 2010 14:59:46 EST Need Quick and Easy Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Looking for ideas of Quick and Easy things I can fix on the go. Not a lot of time to prepare. Not a cheese fan so any suggestions. Love Carbs and Protein. Fri, 31 Dec 2010 01:24:26 EST Prayer Request <em>288</em> <BR> When you need a little extra help. Let us know what is on your heart. Then be sure to post results so we can all share in the praise. Fri, 3 Dec 2010 10:04:03 EST Make this a DECEMBER to remember Morning ladies. Wow did this year pick up speed or is it just me? I know this will be a year I wont forget. How about uou? Wed, 1 Dec 2010 11:36:15 EST Just starting I ran across this sight tonight while I was searching for the latest diets. I have skimmed through the site and became excited and wanted to give it a whirl. I am 56 and need to loose a 100 lbs All my children are grown and moved out. It is just me and my husband. I have struggled for years with my weight and am looking for a way to help me keep on track. I hope this will be the day to start <BR> Hope t9 here from you all Fri, 19 Nov 2010 22:07:30 EST Nov. I am so thankful because....... ............. It never hurts to count your blessings. When times are bad it helps to remember how well we are blessed When times are good its important to give thanks. <BR> <BR> This year has gone fast so this month our board focus will be to take time to reflect and appreciate how far we have come. <BR> <BR> I am thankful for my divas who help get me passed times of trouble and celebrate times of joy. <BR> Sun, 31 Oct 2010 09:39:18 EST Newbie Hello all! My name is Julie, I will be 50 in Feb, and have been going through the joyous (NOT) menopause stuff for awhile. I do have about 105 pounds to lose, or I did, I lost 3 pounds the first week and 1 last week. Still trying to get my head around on what I need to do. Excercising is tough due to osteoarthritis, but have been riding the stationary bike. What I find the most interesting about this menopause stuff is my hotflashes. Wow. Grin, oh well, at least life is never dull and it does... Wed, 20 Oct 2010 17:34:49 EST Hi, I'm Sharon from Indiana Reading all your posts encouraged me to jump in for some healthy eating support. The "starting Monday" diet is not working for me. I have more than 100 pounds to lose. Developing high blood pressure, sleeping with a c-pap and tiredness are the health reasons I need to reduce. Sun, 17 Oct 2010 09:13:24 EST Yet another Newbie!! Hello All, my name is Elizabeth, live in Florida-Yuck!! Anyway, stumbled onto the group a few days ago and decided, What the heck, I've nothing better to do, and who just might be what I need to help me lose 130 pounds. So here I am. And i am so glad I found Sparks-People! **Sorry, I tend to be long winded sometimes. :-) Sat, 9 Oct 2010 03:59:21 EST OCT. Temps are falling and so are the pounds! Crisp leaves, apple picking, cider making, bon fires and flannel shirts, a sure sign of fall. Holly can rejoice the temps are falling. <BR> <BR> Its cooler and a great time to get back outside and walk. How about it ladies, anyone want a walking challenge? Thu, 30 Sep 2010 19:47:30 EST Newbie Well, as usual, I'm starting again. After a successful nearly 60 pound weight loss 18 months ago, life blew up and the regaining of 30 pounds was one of the casualties. All the goals I had planned to reach before I turned 50 went right in the toilet and so now that I'm headed to 51, I guess I'll try and pick them up again. I have 110 pounds to lose and more importantly a new outlook on life to find...I hope you can walk this journey with me. Thu, 30 Sep 2010 15:33:27 EST hating the heatwaves!! Let me check, born in 1957 so, oh yes, my temperature gauge is malfunctioning horribly! It seems to happen more regularly if I eat processed foods so I'm trying to keep away from them but the heat just sneaks up and has its way with me whenever it pleases, I'm afraid. How long is this supposed to go on for?! Oh well, rich tapestry of life and all that. <BR> <BR> Julia Fri, 17 Sep 2010 18:48:20 EST Relief of menopause symptoms. This works for me! New Phase Complete. Black Cohash, Cal Carb, other vitamins and minerals. $10 for 30, need a month for it to work, but I saw results after 2 weeks. No more hot flashes, no sweats, anxiety, etc. I hope it helps someone else besides me. On the shelf at the grocery store. Would love to hear if it works for anyone else???? Sat, 11 Sep 2010 12:32:43 EST Relief of menopause symptoms. This works for me! New Phase Complete. Black Cohash, Cal Carb, other vitamins and minerals. $10 for 30, need a month for it to work, but I saw results after 2 weeks. No more hot flashes, no sweats, anxiety, etc. I hope it helps someone else besides me. On the shelf at the grocery store. Would love to hear if it works for anyone else???? Sat, 11 Sep 2010 12:32:02 EST I'm laughing (and new to the group) <em>30</em> Hello everyone, I'm new and 20 days into SparkPeople with a long, long journey ahead of me. I'm 50 this year, menopausal and have over 100 pounds to lose. I think this group is tailored to fit me perfectly ... how hilarious. Working on staying positive and forging ahead ... <BR> <BR> My name is Janet and I'm from British Columbia in Canada. Sat, 11 Sep 2010 10:52:24 EST New and from West Virginia I have 125lbs to lose. I am very unhappy with me. It will be nice to talk to others that don't look down on me. Wed, 8 Sep 2010 10:27:38 EST 55, menopausal, needs to lose 100 looking for a friend to connect with on this journey. Has anyone successfully lost weight and want to share diet plans? I need help. Mon, 6 Sep 2010 10:44:24 EST Step into September, walk yourself fit Fall is a great time to get outside and walk. The air is crisp, the leaves begin to fall. Get out and go for a walk. Then log your miles here and encourage your board buddies. Good luck laides. This is your month! Tue, 31 Aug 2010 20:37:13 EST Loser YIPPEE!!!! I started with SparkPeople on Aug. 18 and I've lost 3 lbs. For the first time in a long time, I feel I'm getting my eating (and life) back under control. Mon, 30 Aug 2010 10:05:52 EST Hello from Northern California Hi my name is Sherry and I'm looking for a team I can connect with. I'm looking for a buddy to give support and to get support in return. I can say I want to be healthy and that would be the truth but I also want to lose weight. When I turned 40 I felt like my life took a turn for the worse but now that I'm 50 I want to turn that around. ANYONE OUT THERE? Sun, 29 Aug 2010 17:21:14 EST Hi, I new Out of all the 50's teams, I just had to join this one. This is so me. I would like to hear how some of you are doing especially if you have arthritis too and how you are managing. Happy Friday! Fri, 27 Aug 2010 13:44:11 EST Oh this sounds like me Just wanted to pop in and say Hi to everyone.. guess we all started in the same boat.. this time I am not going to just ship before it docks. LOL <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Star Mon, 2 Aug 2010 23:16:16 EST August: lazy daze of summer Not much longer and we will be talking about Christmas again. Think cool thoughts, summer is winding down. <BR> <BR> Sat, 31 Jul 2010 17:27:15 EST Yep I qualify..Hey Ya'll... Well I'm on my way to recovery from food abuse. I am and was and hope to conquer my over-eating problem. They say "It's all in the head" but honey, it is all over my belly, butt, thighs, back, arms........ Sat, 24 Jul 2010 08:31:33 EST July, sizzle and shine Where did the time go? I cant even imagine its July! Not to mention July 2nd. I hope I am not making this for nothing because one of my more on top of it girl friends has done it already. Sorry to be such an air head ladies. I have been at the pool for the last two days for a bout 10 hours a day. OMGoodness is it awsome! Fri, 2 Jul 2010 21:50:58 EST NEW HI! I AM NEW TO YOUR TEAM, I SURE CAN USE YOUR HELP IN BEEN INSPIRED. THANKS YOU ALL <em>220</em> LOOKING FORWARD IN LEARNING FROM ALL OF YOU. Sat, 19 Jun 2010 10:12:37 EST Staying Motivated Hello. I have been serious about losing weight since 6/1, and have lost a couple pounds. My question is how do you stay motivated once you start to lose weight? My problem is that once I start to lose a few pounds, my mind says it's ok to "relax" and cheat a little. I've had this issue for years, and am trying to work through it. What has worked for you? <BR> <BR> Thanks for your help - Carla Mon, 14 Jun 2010 04:46:45 EST Just joined: NEED HELP!!! Hello everyone! I knew that I knew when I went to the dr. what was going to be said! I need to let you all in on something! If I have no help with this 'THINGIE', me and menopause will not get along! We haven't gotten along together yet. So please be dear friends? Mon, 7 Jun 2010 01:26:37 EST JUNE Summer fun has begun Time to shape up to keep up. Summer fun has begun will you sit on the side lines and be a cheerleader or will you get ino the game? Mon, 31 May 2010 20:59:59 EST Now, where'd that come from? I'd lost sixty pounds a couple of years ago, planning for a cruise. They found me again, and brought some buddies along for the ride. I'm now in a zip code rather than a pants size, and it's time to get serious. I'm looking forward to getting to know you! Mon, 17 May 2010 19:37:53 EST A Blessed Life I am looking forward to being healthier the second half of my life! Thu, 6 May 2010 12:44:23 EST MAY your days be filled with peace Blessed divas have a wonderful and glorious day. <BR> <BR> I chose this topic because at the end of the day its what we all wish for and work hard to achieve. I pray your days will be filled with peace. Enjoy the spring flowers, and the soft breeze. Summers harsh heat will soon be upon us. Sat, 1 May 2010 11:08:58 EST All Things Seem Possible in MAY I hope it was okay to start the monthly thread! Here is the quotation it is from, and it seemed like a good fit: <BR> <BR> "The world's favorite season is the spring. <BR> All things seem possible in May." <BR> - Edwin Way Teale <BR> <BR> I know that Holly might not agree, given the probable dearth of snow, but I figured for the rest of us, spring is happy time. ;-) <BR> <BR> Wendy, how are you doing this weekend? I hope everything goes easily on Monday. <BR> <BR> Claire - how are yo... Sat, 1 May 2010 10:00:54 EST APRIL: shower yourself with love and health OMG -- It's already the 2nd! C'mon over, gals!! Fri, 2 Apr 2010 19:49:36 EST MARCH to the beat of your own drum I am feeling independent. I am learning to stand on my own, against popular opinion. I feel at once brave and scared. But excited. <BR> <BR> This month I challenge you to celebrate what makes you unique. What do you do to march to the beat of your own drum? How can we become more of ourselves? Sun, 28 Feb 2010 20:16:17 EST Just Joined and looking for support Hello everyone <BR> <BR> I've just started using this sight - and the description Over 50, menopausal with 100 pounds to lose suits me to a T . . . . tell me about your progress and any tips to get going and stay motivated! Fri, 19 Feb 2010 12:39:02 EST Hello from Colorado I hope I am allowed to be a part of this group. I am only 42, but have been having menopause symptoms since I was 35. Doctors tell me all the time, "It is too early for you." Yet, my mom, grandmother, aunt, etc...all completed menopause at 50. And I KNOW I am having symptoms. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I am Kara...single mom to 2 wonderful daughters (20 and 19) and son (16). <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to being a part of this group and getting information along with encouraging and being ... Mon, 15 Feb 2010 18:12:43 EST Another newbie on line Hi everyone: <BR> <BR> I just sign on to SPARKPeople this week. I've tried a number of different diet plans but failed to keep to weight off. Well, I'm twice the size I was when I went on my first plan and that isn't good. I'm so encouraged with everything I've seen on the SPARK site that I've asked my husband to join me on this new journey. <em>306</em> Sat, 13 Feb 2010 23:15:30 EST Travel strategies? Hi Everyone, <BR> I'm going to be taking a 13-day trip shortly, and I've figured out the fitness end of things, but I probably won't have internet access, so staying on SP will be impossible. Any suggestions for tracking food, etc., when you DON'T have that access? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! <BR> <BR> - Jen Fri, 12 Feb 2010 10:02:26 EST Hi All New to this Team, I'm struggling daily with my eating. Trying to get a handle on it. I'm going to try and check in daily, if not more than once a day. Live in KY and my biggest hobby is scrapbooking and I also do dog rescue in my spare time. Just wanted to introduce myself and say I'm glad to be part of the team. Wed, 10 Feb 2010 14:00:04 EST Yet...another newbie Hi all, I just reached the BIG 50 and need to take much healthier steps from here on out. I've lost and gained too many times to count. So this time, my goal is to take each day at a time and make healthier choices. This week, my personal goal is to write down everything I eat...good or bad. In the past, I would often only log my food if it was a good choice and then quit when I made poor choices. I also am giving up soda as I've become quite addicted to it this last year. It's been two... Mon, 8 Feb 2010 22:33:36 EST Sock is new here, but not to Spark Howdy! I've already seen a few names I know so I think I'll like it here. I'm 55, have been in surgical menopause since age 46, and started with at least 200 lbs to lose. Reckon that meets the criteria, eh? LOL! <BR> <BR> I'm in Colorado, mom to 2 cats, and on my second foray with Spark. Joined the first time in April 2006 and lost 80 lbs, then some heavy life issues sent me diving back into the feed trough. In July 2009 my brain suddenly woke up -- I started eating healthy and c... Sat, 6 Feb 2010 22:04:22 EST calories burned question Okay... so I'm in a quandary. I'm doing REALLY well (for me) with my exercise. And I'm burning a heck of a lot more, weekly, than I'm *supposed* to for my calorie intake. And I'm not losing. <BR> <BR> OTOH, I never seem to lose if I go over 1500 calories/day, and I'd need to at this new fitness level. <BR> <BR> I'm also not losing at the moment - I'm gaining. Well, I lose and gain the same pound. BUT... I'm also not being great right now at following the program, foodwise - we've had c... Fri, 5 Feb 2010 07:58:56 EST so i have a question for anyone over 50 if your a woman and need to lose over 100 lbs. i need to know if when you even think about losing weight do you have problems with breathing? not being out of breath. I dont have ashtma. or lung problems ( i dont think). but when I say ok janice lets get up and go for a walk. my upper back gets very tight. sorta painful. last a few mins. kinda like anxiety. it really scares me. I am going to make an appt soon with the doctor. but kinda wonder if its in my head. i dont do anything stenuous o... Sun, 31 Jan 2010 21:39:26 EST FEB. take care of your heart Hi ladies! <BR> <BR> This month snuck up on me. I just realized Jan is over. Wow where does the time go? Sun, 31 Jan 2010 16:21:02 EST Starting over. Again. I've done the up and down thing as many of you have, I'm sure. In fact, there seem to be some familiar names here. <BR> <BR> I'm focusing on health this time and trying not to have a relationship with the scale, because it always makes me start playing numbers games. <BR> <BR> Until this week, when I got the cold from.... I was following the Spark boot camp challenge and really enjoying it. I've been making a lot of lifestyle changes since August, but only got serious about weight loss a... Fri, 29 Jan 2010 18:51:27 EST Today is my b'day and a new beginning... Yes, today is Jn. 22nd. It's my 51st b'day and it's a new beginning for me. I went back to start on a new journey on the 19th and at 290 lbs. I felt sad, my Mom died last Jan 23rd so you know it will be a sad day for me tomorrow but I'm still uplifted because the scale today after only 3 days on Weight Watchers Points shows a 3 lb loss. I'm down to 285 lbs. <BR> Ok, here's what I'm doing... <BR> I believe the best way to lose 100 lbs is of course with a balanced diet but the mentality of this... Fri, 22 Jan 2010 13:42:32 EST Hi! Need some real inspiration! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I have been a member of Spark since March 2009 but haven't utilized the site as I should! <BR> <BR> By this point in my life, I have probably lost (and regained!) 3 or more of my ideal weight! I am working toward health this time and not worrying as much about what others tell me "ideal" is! <BR> <BR> I have tried Weight Watchers (twice!), Jenny Craig, Diet Center, HMR, Cabbage Diet, Grapefruit Diet, Adkins, and others that I can't think of now! I even went to a Bar... Wed, 20 Jan 2010 19:54:11 EST I am a newbe Hi im new to this and am looking forward to any helpfull hints tips and tricks to finally lose this excess weight. Sun, 10 Jan 2010 10:14:48 EST 2010 Happy New YOU! I want to be the first to say Happy New Year to you all. <BR> <BR> The web site crashed last night so I am just now able to create our new spot. I hope you all had a good celebration, big or small. <BR> <BR> Once again we are given a clean slate and a chance to make some positive strides. Let's make this the best year we can. Fri, 1 Jan 2010 10:52:44 EST December- Have a Merry Christmas! The neighborhood is beginning to get lights out. The weather has taken a noticeable turn towards colder nights. Everywhere the air is filled with sights and sounds of the holidays. <BR> <em>446</em> <BR> <BR> Time marches on and we find ourselves at the end of the year. Time to reflect. Time to gather friends and family and those we hold dear. Time to put an end to old habits and look towards a new year with a new clean slate. <BR> <BR> How will 2010 be different for you? <em>444</em... Mon, 30 Nov 2009 17:00:34 EST Second day So glad I found Spark. Was in a pretty awful place about my weight and inability to stop eating. Very glad to know there is such an amazing team out there for inspiration and support. Fri, 27 Nov 2009 04:58:45 EST Hi I'm new to all this I never chat on line and my siblings hate that I'm not on facebook truth is I never have much to say. I have over 100 lbs to lose and just started seeing a therapist to help. She suggested this site so I'm reaching out for support. Mon, 2 Nov 2009 19:36:25 EST November, time to give thanks Let's make this a November to remember. <BR> I am thankful for my spark friends. Sat, 31 Oct 2009 11:16:57 EST Hi - I'm new here Well, hubby took a deep breath and told me I have to start losing weight because he wants me around a long time. So I guess I better finally get serious about this. I have belonged to SP for about 2 years but it was more a token thing on my part. <BR> <BR> I am 51, my name is Laurie and I am from Minnesota. I had a brain hemorrhage which is a type of stroke 3 years ago and that sent me into menopause. My blood pressure has been really bad all this time. Yesterday the doc did an EKG telling ... Sat, 24 Oct 2009 15:04:31 EST October Celebrate Fall Brrrr Hi ladies, its getting chilly and I am ready for some warm cider and sweaters. I am also ready to join a gym or find a way to get myself moving again. I think swimming in the winter is not my best plan. It is a good idea for winter blahs but day to day I need a new plan. That is my goal for October. Yours? Wed, 30 Sep 2009 16:38:48 EST September - fall into health! Sept. 1 ladies! Hard to believe! I may need to start tracking food again. The scales haven't moved in awhile and I may be eating more than I think I am. Maybe I haven't been exercising regularly enough for long enough to make a difference but I want to do something different and get those scales moving again. What about you? Tue, 1 Sep 2009 06:53:03 EST Hello Just a little note to say hello to all and to introduce myself. Not only am I new here to this group I am new to SP...still finding my way around. <BR> My name is Tami,50yrs old and about 2yrs post menopause. I have a 7yr daughter named Kayla and a wonderful hubby of 15yrs Robert. We have two dogs as well...I live in Kings Mountain, NC. I am looking forward to getting to know some of you real soon.. <BR> Best wishes to all <BR> Tami <em>268</em> Sat, 8 Aug 2009 13:11:52 EST AUGUST, the heat is on Another turning point. Last month is a too short summer. It wont be long till the bells will ring, so sad. Its been a good one. <BR> <BR> It seems we are in a transition period. Many around me are moving from one part of their lives into another. My oldest is now living as a single mom and finding new struggles. Number two is going back to finnish a degree so she can teach. DH doesn't know whether to find a new job or endure more pay cuts. I myself am now working. <BR> <BR> I had such a ... Sat, 1 Aug 2009 10:18:41 EST New Hi my name is Linda and I am new to this site. I will be 50 in Sept. My daughter just got married and I really need to lost weight because I look bad in her pictures. You would think that because I knew the wedding was coming a year in advance I would of lost some weight, but no I didn't and I look really bad (fat). Fri, 31 Jul 2009 09:19:31 EST July walking log Ok ladies, lets keep the good work going. This is for logging miles only. Chat on the other link please. Have a great walk/jog/swim or whatever Fri, 3 Jul 2009 19:52:22 EST OOPs its JULY! Time to celebrate! Sorry, I didnt look at the calendar until today. I am in my own world. Fri, 3 Jul 2009 13:04:44 EST July -- you're a FIRECRACKER! Let's all (myself definitely included) become a FIRECRACKER for eating right and exercising. How about it Divas? Fri, 3 Jul 2009 08:34:56 EST Ready to participate I turned 50 this month and I'm disappointed where I am with my health and weight. In 30 years I have gained 100 pounds. I won't have another 30 years to take that 100lbs. off. I need help to get going. Please send message if you are in the same shape as me. I will give as much support I can back. <em>232</em> Tue, 30 Jun 2009 18:29:48 EST Hi all - I'm the new kid on the block Well, today is "start day" I am not a very good girl...I have slipped and fallen many times on my own, so I have joined your group. I look forward to all the encouragement I can get and all the great ideas I know that many of you have. Looking through the site I see many of you have lost many, many pounds and I hope that my name will be right up there too someday. I have about 100# to lose and it all BEGINS TODAY!! Mon, 22 Jun 2009 14:55:52 EST Walking miles for June This is for posting numbers so you can log it. You may brag about yourself but this is not a discussion board. Its simply a place to put your challenge numbers. So lets get some good ones. <BR> <BR> Even a 1 is a good number here. No judgement. Even 5 min qualifies. Move it! Mon, 1 Jun 2009 10:10:55 EST June... Time to sparkle in the stars! Come on Divas Its summer time. Time for shorts and tank tops and I am tired of wearing my long johns. Geesh, We are half way past the year. Where did the year go? Time to get up, get moving and shine. <BR> <BR> This month we have a walking challenge. There is a new link to post miles walked. No judgement, you can hoot about yourself if you want to brag but other than that, you don't need to leave a comment. Just log miles walked. How about it? <BR> <BR> Ready, set, walk <BR> <BR> <em>6... Sun, 31 May 2009 18:17:19 EST Newbie Hi, <BR> <BR> New to the site and I have about 145# to lose and have been on an unusual high for the last couple days so figured it was a great time to start my weight lost journey. I am on the Original Greysheet Food Plan, the one without Grains ... so if anyone is also on that Food Plan I would love to buddy up with you. And if you are not I still would love to get together to chat and exchange moral support and motivation. <BR> <BR> Big Hugs Fri, 15 May 2009 09:57:51 EST This is the perfect place for me!!! Well, at 49 years old and with 100 pounds to lose (now that I quit smoking) - I'm approaching menopause and all it will mean to my body and mind. It would be nice to have someone to share it with... :) Mon, 11 May 2009 16:52:00 EST MAY is all about ME! Ladies, we seem to keep putting ourselves at the bottom of the list. Its time to step up to the front. Put yourself at the top and pay attention to the most important person in your life.... YOU! <BR> <BR> May is about Mother's day, Spring flowers, Memorial Day and YOU!!! Thu, 30 Apr 2009 11:40:45 EST Newbie Alert! I'm the newbie on your team & I've been in SP for a month now. I've had MP symtoms for 10 years. I'm one of the lucky few who starts 'flashing' in their late 30's. <BR> <BR> Any ideas on how to make it easier to deal with would be greatly appretiated. I get instant hot flashes when I do anything like cleaning, exercise, shopping - whatever & it makes my life miserable! I can totally relate to the commercial showing women trying to climb into the grocery store freezers - been there, done that... Sun, 5 Apr 2009 04:54:17 EST APRIL- Shower you in blessings Well ladies, we made it to spring. What are your plans now for the new season? Tue, 31 Mar 2009 14:22:38 EST Breakfast food I like egg, egg whites, grits, pan sausage, and sausage. Any other suggestion or receipe for breakfast food <BR> <BR> Hope all the almost 50 is doing great and have a bless day Fri, 13 Mar 2009 09:38:46 EST MARCH into better health Its time again for a fresh new start. Put your mind to it ladies, its almost spring. Do you want to see those arms in sleevless tops? Sat, 28 Feb 2009 21:26:37 EST Feb. Be heart healthy Its time to think of our hearts in February. This month gives us Ground Hog Day, Valentine's Day Presidents day, Ash Wednesday and lots of reason to celebrate life. <BR> <BR> Lets get out and move. <BR> Give our hearts a boost. <BR> Let others know your care. <BR> Find time to be kind to ourselves. <BR> Find a bit of love in everyone. <BR> Learn to love yourself. <BR> Find beauty and grace in every day life. <BR> Know you are loved. <BR> <em>220</em> Sun, 1 Feb 2009 12:49:20 EST New to the age but not the weight! Hi, <BR> I have been struggling with my weight my entire life. I turned 50 2 weeks ago, but have been having pre-menopausal symptoms for about 8 months. I am now on a monthly hormone, and am concerned about the weight challenges that in itself will bring. Over the last 3 years I have bounced between South Beach and Weight Watchers and have managed to gain and lose the same 35 pounds each time. I want to be healthy and want to feel good at this time of my life that should be wonderful! I ... Thu, 1 Jan 2009 12:54:54 EST Three cheers for me because.. ......... Leave your good deeds here. We will cheer together. Thu, 1 Jan 2009 12:18:56 EST It's my time in 2009 Time to start anew. Refresh. Redirect. Take a deep breath and begin again. Start slow or jump right in. <BR> <BR> The diva wagon train leaves the gate at midnight January 1, 2009! <BR> <BR> All aboard! <BR> <em>249</em> Wed, 31 Dec 2008 15:31:57 EST How to beat the winter blues Open for suggestions. Thu, 18 Dec 2008 08:02:12 EST Healthy alternative Dear All <BR> <BR> So, I want to walk the walk as well as talk the talk. <BR> <BR> What do I do about my "chocolate" candy dish? I like having people come in my office to chat and feeling comfortable, but..... <BR> <BR> I thought of nuts in the dish, but was concerned over health issues of all taking from one open bowl. The chocolates are all individually wrapped. <BR> <BR> I am concerned about corn fructose in stuff, so I am not really sure of the options. <BR> <BR> Any suggestion... Thu, 11 Dec 2008 11:58:38 EST hi Hi. I am almost 50, post menopausal, on a ton of medications, and need to lose about 100 pounds. Sat, 6 Dec 2008 20:12:56 EST Food Tips I started this thread so we can share food tips and nutrient information. I don't know about the rest of you, but thatis an area I have trouble with, knowing what's in everything. I started with this post from Mana (thanks, Mana) <BR> <BR> I was having a hard time getting enough potassium as well and thought I'd share some of my favorite potassium-rich foods with you. In addition to potatoes and bananas, melons (watermelon, cantaloupe, etc.), oranges (including orange juice), pears, necta... Thu, 4 Dec 2008 11:35:53 EST December 1, Fresh new start Sprint to the end of the year. This is it ladies. 4 weeks. We can do it. Make a huge difference. <BR> <BR> My goal is to swim every day this month. No excuses. Stay on track with food intake. I dont care about the lbs. till the end of the month. Mon, 1 Dec 2008 07:58:03 EST Dedicated in December It's 12/1 -- amazingly enough! I think we decided this would be a good title for the month (or maybe it was "determioned" but this struck me this morning). BUt I also thnk it goes beyond our bodies -- all the way to our minds and spirits too. To me it means that I am dedicated to healthy living, to being as stress free during this hectic time as possible, to taking care of myself and EVEN having some fun. <BR> <BR> Whaddaya think?? Mon, 1 Dec 2008 07:07:45 EST Long Articles GOD IS RIGHT WHERE YOU ARE <BR> <BR> "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore <BR> we will not fear. Psalms 46:1, 2 <BR> <BR> I recently did a prayer with the dear lady in North Dakota. She had many <BR> challenges that she wanted to discuss, her biggest need was to know that <BR> she was not alone. She needed reassurance that God was with her. Perhaps, <BR> you need the same reassurance. <BR> <BR> When you need God, God is there. When you turn to God in p... Fri, 14 Nov 2008 07:39:18 EST Menopausal but still having "periodic" hunger? My last period was October 2007, but I am still getting those occasional gnawing hunger upswings that I used to get just before my period. They aren't monthly (more like 5-6 weeks, I think), but they often seem to come in conjunction with flurries of hot flashes. Has anyone else who has stopped mentruating experienced this? Sat, 8 Nov 2008 23:36:20 EST new member to team and have some questions Hello to everyone. I joined this team a while back and I hope that everyone doesn't mind that I am over 50 by 2 years but this is about the only group for women and menopause and lots of weight to lose. I do have a question about menopause that I have not been able to get an answer about. I was hoping that maybe someone here has either had this happen or has heard of it. I get an electrical shock feeling in my chest that radiates out through my arms and sometimes up through the head. This onl... Wed, 5 Nov 2008 22:54:25 EST NEW START...MOND AY...OCTOBER 27, 2008 Today, October 27, 2008, I call for all D-OTN's to join together for a new start to Be the Best that We can Be. <BR> <BR> Each week we do not have to have been "the" best, but the measure will be did we do "our" best based on what life sends our way on any given day. <BR> <BR> This thread is to allow us to check in each Monday and write our results and reflections about what whe did right or wrong over the past week, and set mini goals for the next week. Mon, 3 Nov 2008 06:59:46 EST New in November! Since so many of us seem to be starting fresh, how about New in Nov? New habits, new attitude, new outlook, now motivation!!!!! <BR> <BR> We CAN do it, Divas!!!! <BR> <BR> Sing it with me, Divas: <BR> <BR> I'm feelin' good from my head to my shoes <BR> Know where I'm goin' and I know what to do <BR> I tidied up my point of view <BR> I got a new attitude <BR> Runnin' hot, runnin' cold <BR> I was runnin' into overload <BR> It was extreme, ex-ex-ex-ex-ex-extreme <BR> It took it so high, so... Sat, 1 Nov 2008 12:20:52 EST We ARE oh so beautiful in October! Morning Divas and happy October to you! The weather is cooling down (even here in Tx -- a little bit!) and the fall and winter, I think, are good times to do some work inside as well as outside. Let's take this time to do some positive thinking (and eating right and exercising) toward how beautiful we ALREADY ARE! Anyone want to join me? Wed, 1 Oct 2008 07:57:19 EST another newbie Hi all my name is Kristi and I am excited about this group. I have been working on menopause for about a year now. weight is up, moods are not to bad, heating up more space than the heater in the house (grin), & just enjoying this ride. I seem to have a bad craving for sweets now, worse than before. Dose anyone else have this problem? Well just wanted to say HI Wed, 24 Sep 2008 22:31:29 EST Hello, I'm new here and need a lot of help losing I have over 100 pounds to lose and have been semi-trying for the last three years. I tend to get frustrated when I don't see results and then "medicate" with food to feel better!!! ugh!!! It seems to be a vicious cycle for me. I hope I can stick with it and find the support here to keep me in line! Mon, 8 Sep 2008 11:07:33 EST Strong in September Let's work together to be strong this month -- strong in our convictions and our actions. Together, we can do ANYTHING! Mon, 1 Sep 2008 09:20:36 EST Message Removed Message Removed Fri, 15 Aug 2008 02:11:29 EST I'm new to this forum , Hello Ya'll ! Hello everyone. I'm a 53 year old christian, wife (36 years to the love of my life), Mama (4 adult children), MeMe (2 precious grandchildren). I became ill after my nest emptied over 7 years ago, and have since gained 125 pounds. UGH!!! I feel miserable in every way. I want to be a good example as a christian, a good example to my family (I'm the only overweight person in my family), and I want to feel good again. My health issues have not been resolved yet, but I'm trusting the Lord that the... Wed, 13 Aug 2008 09:14:03 EST 100 a bit awesome but hey... it is only 4 - 25 lbs Hi all, I am new and want to say hello to all of you. I have that 100 + and thought it would be good to talk with fellow travelers - 100+ lbs to loose is a bit awesome right now but I am breaking it down into 25 lbs increments for my psyche. I hope I convince myself each increment that is my goal. I am happy to make new friends and want to be one. Thu, 7 Aug 2008 09:47:35 EST August Hot Discussions Summer is heating up before the finale. Lets give it our all that we might FALL into a new lifestyle for the winter ahead. Fri, 1 Aug 2008 07:50:38 EST 2 out of 3 ain't bad Hi all, <BR> <BR> C J here, I'm almost 50 (what happens when we turn 50), had a hysterectomy, so I haven't had to suffer as much as the rest of you have, and I have 107 lbs to lose. So hopefully I can still be apart of this group. I've been an SP member since July 6, but I had to work my way up to the message boards. I'm glad I did. I hope to meet new friends and hope to be a friend to anyone who needs it. I had my weigh in today and lost 2 lbs woohoo!!! I am really happy about it, it ... Wed, 30 Jul 2008 20:38:36 EST Oh, the frustration!! OK - WHAT is this mid life ball of fat thing??? I am 43, I need to lose 100 pounds. I have been rising my bike to work, keeping my calories under 2000 calories...and what happens??!! After weeks of nearly barfing my guts out....I lose *2* freaking pounds....THREE inches off my bust and NO inches off my 51 inch hips! Are you kidding me???? <BR> It's been a month now and if I hear "muscle weighs more than fat" one more time I will cut myself! If I take my calorie count down, I am ready to ... Wed, 30 Jul 2008 18:56:18 EST Pleased to meet you all.... Good morning. My name is Cindi and I'm not new to SparkPeople, but I am new to this group. I have alot of weight to lose, am over that 50 y/o hump by a couple years, and in need of some support. I've been on about every diet that has come down the pike with some success, and lots of failure. I'm currently going to Weight Watchers but I've been a member here for a couple years because the support here is available when I'm not at a WW meeting. Yet WW gives me the accountability at the scale... Tue, 29 Jul 2008 10:14:10 EST A joyous July to all Let's get this party started! July is my birthday month and I love to begin with the bang of the fourth. I am losing a bit in the middle and it feels inspiring. Eating more fruits and veggies has made my hair softer and my energy level improve. It will be a goal this month to move more! <BR> <BR> <em>274</em> <BR> Everyone take a sip of lemon aid and stop to enjoy a flower scented, summer breeze. Much joy to all this sizzling month. Time to take it slow and easy. Wed, 2 Jul 2008 09:33:33 EST Hi there Janey here Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I am 50 in 10 months or so. I live in the UK. I am married. I have 3 Grown up Children and 9 grand children aged 14,14,12,10,9,8,7,5 and 1. <BR> <BR> I think I have hit the dreaded M or at least leading up to it. <BR> <BR> I started this year weighing 355lb, joined SP at 340lb and have lost 20lb since being with SP. I have a long journey ahead of me as I would like to be 140lb for my birthday next april. So I have a massive 180lb to lose. It is almost daunting,... Sun, 1 Jun 2008 13:41:52 EST June! Summer has begun and so have we! Happy June 1! <BR> <BR> Let's kick summer into high gear and make it our best and healthiest ever!! <BR> <BR> Cathy Sun, 1 Jun 2008 06:43:00 EST weight struggle Hi <BR> I am currently really struggling to lose the pounds, I'm sticking to healthy eating and do walking but obviously it's not enough, my weight yo yo's up and down by a pound each week. I am taking HRT at the moment as i could not cope with the hot flushes and mood swings which were bad!!!!!!! <BR> I don't know which exercise would be best for me to do to lose the weight <em>198</em> <BR> please help i need to lose loads <BR> margie Sun, 4 May 2008 12:36:12 EST MAY you be Happy and MAY you be Healthy Happy May 1! Let's chat here girls! <BR> <BR> Cathy Thu, 1 May 2008 19:47:22 EST Introduction Hi, my name is Terri and I'm almost 50 and really want to start living better and losing weight. I am a grandmother of five aged 10-3, married and have gone back to school! I live in Colorado. This looks like a great cheery group of people. Sat, 19 Apr 2008 01:47:38 EST April- Spring into action! Happy spring Divas! This is a new link for a brand new spring. Wed, 2 Apr 2008 10:07:58 EST Almost 50 in 2 days! Good evening! I've been searching for a place to land and I believe that this may be the start of a new decade for me and a willingness to embrace a new phase in my life. I'll begin my b-day on the 30th marching in a St. Patrick's Day parade. So why not join another group of people to begin this march to better health and well-being! <BR> I'm looking to start moving and consuming healthy foods that work with me instead of against me. I also think I'm in the menopausal phase big time. I have ... Fri, 28 Mar 2008 22:26:50 EST I'm Back Whew, the last several months have been chaotic to say the least. I got a new job as a TA in a school (and am in the process of getting outta town there-what a soap opera!), married off a daughter, and sent the other one off to college. In all of this, I failed to take time for ME. I have gained weight and am up to 275 (how do you change the ticker thingie for a fresh start?) and have not been exercising at all. My blood pressure is giving me fits. How to start again? One step at a time. It i... Tue, 25 Mar 2008 18:56:57 EST Hi! I'm new! I'm getting closer to menopause. I haven't had a period since January 1st of this year. I have hot flashes every day, starts in my head and basically feels like a rush of hot hair throughout my body. I'm always asking "did it just get really hot in here?" <BR> <BR> I feel like I have cramps all the time, I mentioned this a few weeks ago at the docs, but he didn't answer me well enough. I'm going to ask again if it's something I need to be concerned about next time I go in. <BR> <BR> I h... Mon, 17 Mar 2008 19:26:15 EST IN SO MUCH PAIN ---------- EMARSHALL604 wrote: ---------- <BR> Hi my name is Earnestine and I am returning back to SP. I have been away a very long time and I need to lose 100 pounds. I am a caregiver since 1992. I have been battling with my self esteem it seems my whole life. I hope this is a place that I may share what's on my heart freely without being judge. I am tired of being overweight, in debt and unhappy with my life. I have tried so many times to lose weight. I love food. It has become my friend. ... Sun, 16 Mar 2008 22:04:54 EST A New Day With NO Mistakes In It! Raine said: <BR> <BR> "I really would love to see more news from each of you on a daily basis about some goal - however small - or activity you did to become happier and healthier. I love knowing that you are all doing something good for yourselves and I find it inspiring to see the steps everyone else is taking to make progress." <BR> <BR> Let's do it here! Post your goals and positive steps here, and cheer each other on! Thu, 13 Mar 2008 11:30:35 EST Please help I have just started to take HRT but have been going through the menopause for 12 months after a complete hysterectomy. I have tried not taking HRT but the symptoms were driving me mad ! I have been taking HRT for a few weeks now and am struggling to lose any weight <BR> Sun, 2 Mar 2008 07:15:06 EST March 2008. March to the beat of your own drum! Hey girls, <BR> <BR> Starting our March thread off. What are your March goals? Lets set some, march to them and report at the end of the month or week or day how we have done! <BR> <BR> Cathy Fri, 29 Feb 2008 21:44:44 EST I am home! I just joined SP less than a week ago so i'm still learning. I saw the name of this group and have found home! By the way my name is Sandi and I certainly qualify for this amazing group!In fact I'm not sure which is more depressing, The almost 50 part, The menopausal part or the 100 pounds to lose part. But now I belong to of group of others just like me and we will all make it through together!! <BR> <BR> Sandi Sat, 9 Feb 2008 22:38:19 EST February 2008 Put Your Heart In It Post Feb. messages here. Let's give it our heart. Cathy Fri, 1 Feb 2008 07:02:05 EST Hi Im a newbie I have been here for less then a week and I feel like I found the right motivation. You all ROCK. I had Ovarian Cancer in 2006.. <em>104</em> oh and I'm doing very well. stage 1. Thank the Lord I found it when I did. I got down to 179 lbs That's what I want to get back to. Then the next goal. 150lbs. <em>104</em> Fri, 18 Jan 2008 15:33:55 EST JUST GETTING STARTED I'LL BE FIFTY THIS MONTH AND AM IN MAJOR NEED OF GETTING BACK IN BETTER HEALTH. I'VE USED SPARK PEOPLE BEFORE AND KNOW IT WORKS. I WOULD LIKE TO LOOSE AT LEAST FIFTY POUNDS BEFORE OCTOBER, WHEN I GO BACK TO MEXICO Mon, 7 Jan 2008 09:48:59 EST SP WEBSITE ROCKS!!! I am 53 yo and looking to regain my good health through diet & exercise. Changing my life this year and boyo do I need support and friends. I look forward to this experience with this group of ladies. <em>252</em> Sat, 5 Jan 2008 23:34:23 EST My dog said to join this group! Actually, no my dog doesn't talk but after my last menopausal crying jag she looked at me like she was thinking "Mom,you got to get some support!". So here I am. I am 49 and having a bad time with the flashes, depression, weight gain, etc. Plus, I have been researching HRT and am now more confused than ever. Three years ago I lost 120 lbs and got down to 210. I felt great. Then had some heart failure problems, lots of new meds,no energy and in the last year quit having my period and got a... Sat, 5 Jan 2008 21:20:36 EST Exercise/Weight Loss Tips & Information 01/02/07 Re: Target Heart Rate and Burning Fat Calories vs Buring Carbohydrate calories. <BR> <BR> By the way guys...there is a new chiropractor in the next office over on our floor. We were talking and he said, here is a bit of information most people don't I thought I would share it with you. (Hopefully I got the numbers straight) <BR> <BR> Take 220 - your age = x <BR> <BR> Then take 40%(x) = A <BR> and take 70%(x) = B <BR> <BR> This gives you the range between A & B which... Wed, 2 Jan 2008 12:33:26 EST January 2008 - Let's Get It Started! Happy New Year. Let's make it a great one! <BR> <BR> Cathy Tue, 1 Jan 2008 08:23:22 EST Pedometer? New here and was reading some of your comments on the number of steps you are walking. Any pedometer that I've had just doesn't seem to work right. Which one(s) do you find works the best? Sun, 30 Dec 2007 11:02:47 EST Hello from NE Indiana I knew with the new year I would have to do something about the 100+#'s I've put on in the last few years. I joined SparkPeople some time ago, but never really got into it. Today I decided it was time. After looking at my Christmas pictures, I became very down. I've been searching all the Teams here at SparkPeople and have joined a couple others having to do with my hobby, but when I came to this one, I was pleasantly surprised. It seem to be an active Team and I need all the help I can ... Sun, 30 Dec 2007 10:58:12 EST Nov/Dec Chat! Holiday season -- plan ahead! OK ladies, we've slipped into a new couple of months. It's the infamous holiday season -- and all the calories associated with it! Let's stay on our toes, hang together, plan ahead and be the (losing) Divas we know we are!! Claire Thu, 1 Nov 2007 07:26:29 EST New here Hi. I am 52 and a grma of 5. If I could have a wish it would be to stop these sweating episodes. Ugh. They went away for awhile and snuck back up on me. Look forward to chatting with you all. Mon, 15 Oct 2007 00:39:21 EST New to Community <em>30</em> <BR> I am 54 years old and weigh 257.5 pounds. Monday, September 24th, I started a 1600 calorie a day nutrition program with the assistance of a nutritionist. I have been heavy all my life and I would like to live to see my 9 grand-children grow up. I look forward to your help Wed, 26 Sep 2007 14:36:22 EST Hi from Atlanta, GA USA! I'm just past 50, peri-menopausal and 100 pounds to lose. Do I qualify? <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> I'm on my second go-round with SparkPeople. I did pretty well the first time, then blew up spectacularly and lost any ground I'd gained. You all seem like such positive, upbeat people -- mind if I tag along? <BR> <BR> Frink Mon, 24 Sep 2007 09:01:55 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 20 Sep 2007 11:18:35 EST Introducing myself! Hello everyone..I look forward to getting to know you all. I joined Sparkpeople last year but did nothing with it. I am ready to get serious about my health and look forward to sharing all the ups and downs (let's hope I have more of these) with you all. I am 51 and crazy (aka menopausal) lol Tue, 4 Sep 2007 20:18:01 EST Log of Miles Walked 1 mile, 30 min. <BR> <BR> Cathy <em>295</em> Tue, 4 Sep 2007 10:45:12 EST Septembe /October Chat! Celebrate Fall Hey girls, <BR> <BR> New posting place. Happy September 1! <BR> <BR> Cathy Sat, 1 Sep 2007 07:34:08 EST Newbeeeee HI,I am new to this group. I belong to a few others,however, I have not been religious about coming online. I just had a surgery and lost a 14lb hernia less then 2 weeks ago.The doctors thought I would die,i could not find doctors forever who would take the chance of operating on me..but finally I found one.I am happy to say I am alive and doing well and my 31" incision is healing! <BR> I lost 70lbs since May. Even thought my hernia was didn't show on my scale. Maybe I am swollen ... Wed, 29 Aug 2007 10:33:38 EST breakfast suggestions <BR> Low-fat Maple Granola RECIPE <BR> <BR> 2 cups old-fashioned oats <BR> 1/4 cup wheat germ <BR> 1/4 cup whole almonds <BR> 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds <BR> 1/4 cup flaked coconut (unprocessed) <BR> 1/3 cup maple syrup (I used honey instead) <BR> 1/4 cup apple juice concentrate <BR> 1 teaspoon cinnamon ( I put in more) <BR> 1 teaspoon vanilla <BR> 1/2 teaspoon salt <BR> 1/2 cup dried fruit <BR> <BR> Fat: 8.4g <BR> Carbohydrates: 60.0g <BR> Calories:352.6 <BR> Protein: 11.9g <BR>... Tue, 21 Aug 2007 17:11:53 EST My victory for today! Hello Sparklets! <BR> I thought I would start a topic that we could share our Victorys, large or small for added support that we all need. You are welcome to share as many Victorys, there is no limit!! <BR> <BR> My victory of the day is going to the Fruit & Veggie stand to get great & Cheap produce for the week! Yummmers!!!! <BR> <BR> Hugs, <BR> Leslie Mon, 13 Aug 2007 13:03:56 EST