SparkPeople Tennessee Team Messageboard A great place for Tennessean's to gather for support, encouragement and motivation. No matter how large or small the goal we are here for you. Welcome to Team Tennessee. SparkPeople Tennessee Team Messageboard Chit Chat Good Morning Tennseess Sparkers! How are you making it? Mon, 24 Aug 2020 07:10:26 EST Where is the Team? I am new to Tennessee and new to Spark People. I have been active for about 10 days. I decided to see if any of my fellow Tennessee residents were on this site. There were some but these posts are dated. :( I was bummed. I am going to succeed this time. I want to wear just the right amount of weight for this body frame. I used to be in that range but not any more. I am on a mission to lose 50 to 60 lbs. We all know it is good to have fellow travelers on a journey such as this. If an... Mon, 4 May 2020 21:53:55 EST May Tennessee Park Challenge Check out some of the great places in Tennessee to walk in a park. Looking to have you all come up with at least 25 great parks in Tennessee to walk. Who can find the most. Let's get searching and walking Tennessee. Tue, 30 Apr 2019 09:42:14 EST May Healthy Foodie Challenge Tennessee is a great state for foodies. Let's make May a month of foodie discovery. List the places and foods you have found in Tennessee that are healthy and have a great taste. Share with others what you find here. Tue, 30 Apr 2019 09:39:30 EST May is For Walkers Challenge Let's make May a month for walkers. Post the miles, times or steps you successfully complete each day, week or even at the end of the month. Let's make May a great month for walking in Tennessee! Tue, 30 Apr 2019 09:36:46 EST March 2019 Goals I am looking to lose 5 pounds. <BR> <BR> I am looking to walk 10,000 plus steps most days in March. <BR> <BR> I am looking to stay away from all sweets for the month. Sun, 3 Mar 2019 17:33:44 EST March 2019 Weigh In I am starting the month at 162. I am looking to remove 5 pounds this month. Sun, 3 Mar 2019 17:32:25 EST March On Let's get marching in March. Post daily or weekly how much exercise you are doing. <BR> <BR> I am trying to get in 10,000 plus steps for most days in March. Now that will be some marching for me. Sun, 3 Mar 2019 17:30:36 EST Let's Walk In Tennessee in February I love walking outside. Today it is 60 degrees in the Nashville TN area. Me and hubby went for a 2.5 mile walk outside in the neighborhood. <BR> <BR> We are going to Gatlinburg for our 3rd anniversary. We leave on the 10th and will return on the 15th. Looking forward to getting long walks in. <BR> <BR> Where are you walking in February in TN? Sat, 2 Feb 2019 15:36:16 EST February 2019 Mini Goals My mini goal for February is to stay away from sugar. It gives me inflammation every time I have too much and I suffer for days. Sat, 2 Feb 2019 15:33:33 EST February 2019 Weight Loss Goal My goal for February is to lose 4 lbs. Sat, 2 Feb 2019 15:30:27 EST January 2019 Mini Weight Loss Goal What is your major goal. Mine is to eventually lose 20 pounds. <BR> <BR> For January my mini weight loss goal is 4 pounds. I will weekly post how well I am doing in this mini goal, <BR> <BR> Small step lead to our destination. Sat, 5 Jan 2019 15:17:54 EST January 2019 Mini Goal We all have lots of big goals for 2019. However, it makes more sense to break down those mini goals into smaller goals. <BR> <BR> What is your January mini goal for 2019 that works towards a bigger goal. <BR> <BR> Here is my mini goal for January. <BR> <BR> Not to eat extra sugar (i.e. candy, cakes, pies) for the rest of the month. I will weekly post here how it is going for me. Sat, 5 Jan 2019 15:14:53 EST new to the group new member hoping to get and give a lot of encouragement Thu, 26 Jul 2018 18:14:20 EST August 2018 Tennessee County Walking Challenge Let's see which county can put in the most walking for August. You can post daily or weekly. Just let me know your first name and which county in Tennessee you are from. <BR> <BR> Let's Walk Tennessee! <BR> <BR> Alice Sun, 22 Jul 2018 17:28:59 EST Graduating at 45! Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I am about to graduate from college in September and have been quite sedentary these last seven years. I want to make a permanent change in my lifestyle and live the remainder as a fit(ter?) woman. I hope everyone is having a great Friday and have plans to make the best of the upcoming weekend. <BR> <BR> Amy Fri, 20 Apr 2018 10:11:04 EST LET'S SPELL "SUMMERTIME" S - summer <BR> <BR> next is U Thu, 18 May 2017 16:27:27 EST LET'S SPELL SPRINGTIME!!!! S - Super! <BR> <BR> next is P Sun, 19 Feb 2017 20:09:56 EST LET'S SPELL "HAPPY NEW YEARS" A-Z H - Hopeful Fri, 30 Dec 2016 20:31:39 EST New Member in Middle TN Long time Sparker finally reaching out to my neighbors in Tennessee. I've joined the group to develop a positive habit of showing up daily. I allow my multiple disabilities to create excuses keeping me from logging in and tracking and saying howdy to my friends. For my own benefit, this must stop. Connection is a scientifically proven human need and my mode of connection is here in this team. <BR> <BR> I look forward to virtually meeting all of you. Feel free to ask questions, my life is an... Sat, 12 Nov 2016 21:42:52 EST LET'S SPELL "THANKSGIVING" Thankful <BR> <BR> H is up Fri, 4 Nov 2016 11:45:56 EST LET'S SPELL "HALLOWEEN" A-Z H - healthy <BR> <BR> next is A Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:16:09 EST LET'S SPELL "SEPTEMBER" A-Z S - Stupendous! Thu, 1 Sep 2016 07:52:14 EST LET'S SPELL "AUGUST" A-Z A - Awesome! Sun, 31 Jul 2016 21:12:53 EST LET'S SPELL JUNE BUGS! A-Z J - jump Wed, 1 Jun 2016 17:49:25 EST TV SHOWS A-Z American Dad <BR> <BR> Fri, 6 May 2016 20:26:58 EST LET'S SPELL 'MAY FLOWERS' A-Z M- Miracles <BR> <BR> next is A Fri, 6 May 2016 20:24:47 EST Have To Start Somewhere Re-joined Spark to help better be able hold myself accountable when it comes to eating healthier and being more active. For the longest; I've just felt physically drained and I'd like to feel more energized, so that I can be more alert and productive at work, etc... I tend to be a night owl who enjoys spending the nights getting caught up on my reading material...But the past few months I've been working on re-establishing a normal sleep cycle and only catching up on my off days even though ... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 16:36:19 EST LET'S SPELL "APRIL SHOWERS" A-Z A - Amazing <BR> next is P Thu, 31 Mar 2016 23:17:24 EST LET'S SPELL "WELCOME SPRING" Woodstock <BR> <BR> Next is E Wed, 23 Mar 2016 19:08:53 EST LET'S SPELL "ST PATRICK'S" ! (A-Z) S - Sparktacular! Tue, 1 Mar 2016 19:17:48 EST New member Hello everyone, I'm Lana and ready for a healthier and happier life. Thu, 11 Feb 2016 09:43:45 EST LET'S SPELL FEBRUARY A-Z F - Fabulous! <BR> <BR> next is E Tue, 2 Feb 2016 18:34:53 EST Fit after kids Hi! I've been on SparkPeople for a long time (on again off again), but am hoping to get in shape after 2 kiddos! Wish me luck! Tue, 2 Feb 2016 15:21:00 EST LET'S SPELL NEW YEARS A-Z N - New <BR> <BR> E is next Fri, 1 Jan 2016 23:15:21 EST LET'S SPELL CHRISTMAS A-Z C- Carols Thu, 17 Dec 2015 20:03:13 EST LET'S SPELL HALLOWEEN A-Z H - Hello! <BR> <BR> next is A Fri, 25 Sep 2015 22:57:05 EST new and looking for support Hi Im new to the group and looking for friends and support. Anyone from Cleveland? Wed, 29 Jul 2015 21:20:27 EST hi peggy here I am Peggy. 49 pounds to lose. I don't know what to do. Low carb high fat, weight watchers contradict one another. I want to eat healthy and the right amounts. Mon, 22 Jun 2015 14:13:24 EST Quick intro I am a proud mom of 2, from Powell Tn, natural witch. Have gone thru some traumatic events & r currently finding myself again. Lookinf forward to meeting everyone Mon, 15 Jun 2015 17:23:39 EST I hope I do better this time ! I first joined Spark People in 2012. I used this program for motivation to lose weight and to stay physically healthy and to look as Fit as possible, as I got older. Then I got extra busy, and slowly fell back to my old lazy self. <BR> I am still working, traveling the roads of the Southeast. My goals are to get back in shape and hopefully stay that way. I know it will be a lot easier to do following Spark People. I will keep you posted as to my Progress, from time to time. Sun, 14 Jun 2015 11:15:17 EST EXERCISING A-Z A - aerobics Tue, 2 Jun 2015 20:37:55 EST LET'S SPELL SUMMERTIME! S - Super! Tue, 2 Jun 2015 20:36:58 EST Greetings from Goodlettsville Hi! I just joined spark people and tomorrow June 1st will begin my Strike Sugar 4 week challenge! My name is Susan and I'm a sugar just had my 56th bday 5 days ago and I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired! So with that said, I look forward to meeting fellow Tennesseans on the journey to wellness! Let's do this!!&#128170;&#127995;&#128077;&#127995;<BR>&#128079;&#127995; Sun, 31 May 2015 18:25:15 EST SONGS FROM A-Z Amazing by Aerosmith Sun, 5 Apr 2015 00:15:36 EST LET'S SPELL SPRINGTIME! S - Super! Sun, 5 Apr 2015 00:11:47 EST SPRING TIME FUN <em>146</em> Sun, 5 Apr 2015 00:04:04 EST Just found you guys! I'm Angie Silcox and I live in Crossville, TN. I'm anxious to get started. Tue, 31 Mar 2015 19:29:37 EST New member Hey guys. Just started. I live in Maryville tn which is next to the Great Smoky Mountains and about 16 miles from Knoxville tn Wed, 25 Mar 2015 18:11:58 EST hi:)I'm nicole I'm new to this site would love to make some friends for support thank you:) Thu, 19 Mar 2015 17:59:03 EST Getting my life back on track! I'm 46 and trying to get back on track after losing my mom to liver disease. I turned to food to ease my pain of losing her five years ago and just created more pain by not caring about myself or my health.Now I'm ready to get my life back. Fri, 13 Mar 2015 23:24:02 EST Anna's progress I started my newest loose weight journey the first week of January on the Dr. Oz 2 week plan <BR> and lost 9 pounds - ( I am always trying to loose weight or thinking I should loose weight) <BR> Muddled around for the next week on Dr. Oz and then decided to get the 21 day fix program. <BR> I have lost 4 more pounds on the first week of the 21 day fix program <BR> So all is good - I am starting my second week of the 21 day fix program and decided <BR> I need to keep myself accountable by jour... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 15:19:22 EST need lots of encouragement slso low carb ideas <BR> Mon, 2 Mar 2015 11:02:46 EST 2015 year of changes, starting with my weight! Hi everyone! My name is Jennifer. I live in Middle TN with my husband and three boys. I'm a nurse at a local hospital so I've always been used to taking care of everyone else, but at my last doctors visit I was told that I am pre-diabetic. So I have vowed to make a change in 2015 for a better and healthier me! I am looking to lose a 100 pounds or more. Getting started seems like the easy part so far, staying focused is where I'm going to have trouble! So any suggestions or motivational tips a... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 11:10:37 EST Nobody likes a QUITTER Hi, 3rd or 4th time on spark. Felt overwhelmed at first but finally getting the hang of it. I am 44, WOW 44 and I want to be healthy and happy at 100. Losing 25lbs will help me get started, but I want to maintain a healthy life so that I can be the grammie chasing her grandchildren in the yard. Tue, 17 Feb 2015 06:59:11 EST Introduction Hey y'all. My name is Reena. I live in West Tennessee. First off very glad to find a group with fellow Tennesseans. My goal is to lose between 30-40 lbs. I travel round trip 3hrs daily to work and this has made it very hard to incorporate exercise into my plan. I want to lose weight by not dieting and trying a more clean and healthy heating process. I think I set myself to fail when I use the word diet. I also need to somehow work at more exercise. Any suggestions would be very much apprecia... Sun, 15 Feb 2015 15:02:11 EST Shocked and appalled at my weight! Hello everyone. I was introduced by a very good friend of mine. I decided to join because I recently admitted the fact that I am fat. I weight 170 lbs am now wearing size 14-16. I am not happy and now I have to do something about it. I am a 44 years old mother of 4 and I want to get this weight issue under control before it is too late. I have spent the past two days on the site and I really believe that this is the place for me. Thank you all for being who you are and sharing your spa... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 18:27:22 EST looking for friends looking to make some supportive friends who know just how my struggle is.. its not taking it day by day for me its minute by minute and I hope that soon changes. Tue, 6 Jan 2015 21:33:37 EST Hi! Hi! I'm Helen. I live in the Upper Cumberland area of Middle Tennessee. I'm excited about being on Team Tennessee. I'm trying to live by the Tennessee Department of Health's moto .....GET FIT TENNESSEE! Let's all help each other achieve this goal!!! Sat, 3 Jan 2015 11:41:12 EST LET'S SPELL JANUARY - A TO Z J - Joy Wed, 31 Dec 2014 23:28:48 EST Hello Hi, I am Linda T...full time RN, 61 yrs old and ready to remove the blockades to weight loss...namely work stress and how I deal with it. I have 45 lbs to lose to reach my goal weight of 133. <BR> 1st goal - 10 minutes of exercise per day <BR> 2nd goal - 1200 to 1350 kcals/day <BR> <BR> Looking forward to the encouragement from others and the support I can give. Sun, 28 Dec 2014 18:01:15 EST Hello Just started on Saturday, drinking lots of water (with a squeeze of lemon) and following a high protein low carb diet. I weigh more that I ever have in my life, at 68 worried about getting it off, reducing my b/p and keeping busy! Mon, 8 Dec 2014 12:14:22 EST A-Z CHRISTMAS A - Angels Thu, 4 Dec 2014 19:11:00 EST LET'S SPELL CHRISTMAS! C - Christ <BR> <BR> next is H Thu, 4 Dec 2014 19:09:36 EST LET'S HAVE SOME WINTER FUN! <em>442</em> Thu, 4 Dec 2014 19:07:32 EST Ready to get serious now!!! Hi I have tried all of the fad diets off and on now. I have many health problems and am tired of feeling down. I am ready to do something sensible now. Ready for summer & a healthier life. Mon, 1 Dec 2014 13:29:56 EST Ready set GO! Hi, my name is Gwyn and I am here to lose 35 pounds and to get the support I need to do this by next summer. I have three little girls who keep me busy. I am looking forward to getting started on my new lifestyle. <BR> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 22:47:20 EST Hello from guess where Joined in 2012 and lapsed. Now on 3rd day and trying to ramp up. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:21:56 EST Tosha Good morning and have a outstanding day. Mon, 13 Oct 2014 10:02:49 EST HELLO, My name is Lottie I am a 47 year old Mim-ma of a 3 yr old beautiful granddaughter, and a mother of 25 yr old daughter, I really need support, so hopefully I will get it here on this site. I am moving back to Texas soon, sometime in October or soon after, I would love to lose quite a bit of weight, I want to be a "SEXY Mim-Ma" hehe..seriously, I DO. I want my fiance to be proud to be with me ( he is, but I want him to be OVERLY PROUD. ) <BR> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 20:40:33 EST Here goes nothing Hi I'm new to all this got a health scare and well here I am looking to loose 120lbs by next Oct. Here's hoping. I have a 11 year old daughter and she is my life. I'm doing this for the both of us. I need all the help i can get! Sun, 17 Aug 2014 13:38:30 EST Hello Hello I am new to SparkPeople. I am looking forward to being a part of this community!! Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:40:21 EST Confused Newby Hello! My name is Linda, and I am a 65 year old lady that is totally confused about nutrition/dieting today. I have done the weight watcher points, and it just doesn't work for me any more. Then I read books about dieting and see that you should do without wheat, or do away with dairy products, or corn, or anything with preservatives. And I now have a Fitbit - so think the additional walking is a good way to go. How do you separate all of the books / dieting and know what is best for you... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:08:19 EST New to spark people Thank you for inviting me to join the Tennessee group! <BR> I just graduated from college and in the process of getting my degree I have gained 25 pounds, now I have to focus on getting healthy again! <BR> I have been married for 34 years, I have 4 daughters, 3 son n laws, and 6 amazing grandchildren! I also work full time. <BR> I am really excited about starting this new journey with spark people, and I am going to try to stay motivated and focused on my goal, not only weight loss, but imp... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 07:25:25 EST Moved to E. TN a year & a half ago, I relocated to E. Tn 1 1/2 yrs ago, due to pressure from family begging us to move here. <BR> We were living in North Western Washington State, and loved it, the weather was great view of snow capped Mountains all year was breathtaking. <BR> So here we are - I haven't lived near my family in many years, and now I remember why -- My immediate family like my 1 sister, so-called mother( very very long story) nieces and their children-and their severely dysfunctional relationships- Its way more ... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 00:51:36 EST GIVE YOUR TEAM SOME HUGS! <em>247</em> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 15:50:51 EST New to this, and Ready to Go! Hey there, <BR> I just started with Spark People a couple of weeks ago. <BR> I needed motivation to get started, and needed something to hold me accountable, as I try to lose this extra weight I put on the past few years. <BR> I just reached my 1st Anniversary of quitting smoking (YAY!!), and throughout this year, I was too kind to myself in eating whatever I wanted, in exchange for not smoking. I told myself that if I could make it to one year smoke free, I would then get serious and star... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 16:18:02 EST LET'S SPELL SUMMERTIME! Splashing in a pool <BR> <BR> next is U Sun, 1 Jun 2014 19:54:58 EST LET'S HAVE SOME SUMMER TIME FUN! <em>298</em> Sun, 1 Jun 2014 19:47:37 EST new to the group I am new to the group, but not to TN. I have lived in East TN for 18 years, I came out here on vacation and fell in love with the beauty and moved here.. I am a stay at home mom again. my older kids are 33.31.30 and my youngest is five. The Lord has a since of humor doesn't he . When my husband and I married we talked about adopting a son. My hubby had never been married nor had any kids. My older kids were teenagers at the time, after two months of marriage he looked over at me one night and... Sun, 4 May 2014 15:23:44 EST LET'S SPELL SPRINGTIME! S - Super! <BR> <BR> next is R Fri, 2 May 2014 22:52:55 EST LET'S HAVE SOME SPRING FUN! <em>375</em> Fri, 2 May 2014 22:49:40 EST Hi I am Kathy I found out I have high blood pressure. What a shock. I always had low blood pressure. Still trying to figure out what to eat. I loved to eat salt on everything. Now I have to stop. Mon, 28 Apr 2014 16:13:02 EST LET'S SPELL EASTER! E - Easy <BR> <BR> next is A Tue, 1 Apr 2014 20:58:26 EST LET'S HAVE SOME EASTER FUN! <em>450</em> Tue, 1 Apr 2014 20:53:30 EST Spring in Tennessee Good morning, teammates! I'm still new to this team so I've got an icebreaker question for everyone. What are some of your favorite things about Spring in Tennessee? For me, it's the longer daylight hours, more comfortable temperatures and the flowers starting to bloom. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 12:23:29 EST Hello from Lynchburg My name is Sharon and I'm a pastor, wife, and mother of 4. I'm 44 and I've been overweight my whole life. I'm preparing for gastric sleeve surgery by doing a 6 month physician-managed weight loss. So far I've lost 17 lbs since Jan 1. I like Sparkpeople because I can keep myself accountable! I'm glad to "meet" you all! Wed, 26 Mar 2014 15:06:29 EST Getting to know you all I'm Sharon and I'm brand new to Sparkpeople. I'm a pastor in Tennessee and a wife and mother of 4. I'm 44 and I'm in the process of being approved for weight-loss surgery. I joined Sparkpeople to keep myself accountable and for the community. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 10:20:00 EST Hi I'm Andria and I live in the middle TN area. This is hard for me as I am socially awkward. My current weight is 330. I would like to lose down to about 150. I have a lot of health problems due to my weight, and I also suffer from irritable bowel syndrome which makes dieting harder. I know tmi sorry. There are so many diets it's hard to know what's the best way to go. I haven't worked in almost a year due to my health, but my goal is to find a job by the end of next month, and start exercising slowly. There is a lot of information to soa... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 19:06:07 EST Hi! Hi, my name is Kelli and I began my journey on Jan. 1st 2014 and my weight loss to date is 30lbs! Wed, 5 Mar 2014 11:11:43 EST LET'S SPELL MARCH! M - magnificent <BR> <BR> next is A Sat, 1 Mar 2014 18:18:20 EST SHARE A LAUGH TODAY! <em>246</em> Sat, 1 Mar 2014 18:15:01 EST GIVE YOUR TEAM SOME HUGS FOR LUCK! <em>137</em> <em>247</em> Sat, 1 Mar 2014 18:13:53 EST Looking to stay motivated and successful <em>524</em> , my name is Amanda. I live in the Murfreesboro area. I am here in hopes to stay motivated and meet my weight loss and health conscious goals. <em>521</em> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 11:47:08 EST Great News on my A1C!! As a diabetic, I had been having terrible trouble with my blood sugars before I started tracking and working out using Sparkpeople (oh, and the recumbent bike/elliptical hybrid my husband bought us for Christmas). My hemoglobin A1C was a dangerous 12.5 back in November. After a month of Sparkpeople, my A1C was down to 7.2 (7 or below is ideal)! I am so proud of my results. If I only lose a few pounds, I don't care--I'm getting healthier! <em>244</em> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 11:20:45 EST Mountain Snow I am about 35 miles east of Gatlinburg. I live on a mountain top and at a level were we get snow when others don't. It has been a strange week. Snow started yesterday in the morning and covered everything. then melted off. Flurries all afternoon and then it started to snow, <BR> Got up this morning and I have from 4 to 6 inches depending on where you check. Still having some flurries this afternoon. <BR> Everyone stay safe and warm. Thu, 13 Feb 2014 14:15:56 EST Momma Brit want to loose 65lbs by Christmas Hi all. I am grateful already to have you. My goal is to loose 65lbs by Christmas. I am a mom of a 7 year old amazing <BR> little girl and I work full time and spend 10 hours a week commuting to work. I am very lucky that work offers boot camp and yoga classes durning lunch and we have fridge, kitchen and microwave to prep food. <BR> <BR> My challenge is time to plan the food and I like to have an adult beverage which I know packs the calories! <BR> <BR> Year ago, I used LAWeight Loss an... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 16:21:00 EST hello im trying to find my way Hi im from tn just trying not to feel traped in this body Tue, 4 Feb 2014 00:42:41 EST LET'S SPELL FEBRUARY! F - fantastic <BR> <BR> next is E Sat, 1 Feb 2014 13:32:04 EST IT'S FEBRUARY - TIME FOR HUGS! <em>247</em> Sat, 1 Feb 2014 13:29:43 EST Happy Sunday morning! Happy Sunday morning! Normally I would just be coming back from 8 am Mass and having a cup of coffee before returning for the 10:30 am Mass, as I play the piano and organ at Church. But I have a break today as the guitar group is playing. It has been bitterly cold here. Yesterday morning it was 22 degrees. Too cold for me outside, at least to stay long. I improvised a little by parking at the outside of the Walmart parking lot, walking to the store, whizzing around the perimeter of the store ... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 10:25:02 EST Good Morning Tennessee It is Friday at work. I am looking to have a very productive day. Tomorrow, DR visits..elderly dad in the morn and me in the afternoon. Looking forward to a long awaited nutrition class and to get my next A1C test. Being new to diabetes, I'm a little nervous. My first one was 13.6. BAD . I am told it is supposed to be under 7. Wish me luck...I hope to do well. <em>198</em> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 07:15:43 EST I am glad to have joined the group recently. I am excited about eating healthier and losing some unwanted pounds. At this point I have been tracking for 1 week and lost 3 pounds. I am excited to join all of you in our goal to be healthy. I know I am not in this alone and I have others who can support me and I can support them as well. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 21:17:20 EST Just Starting! I recently read the new People magazine and saw that someone used this site to help her lose weight and keep motivated. Since I need to do this also, I thought I would look to see what it was about. I officially signed up 2 days ago. Though I went online yesterday and started going through some of the videos to learn more about the site, I did not actually do any tracking until today. It's amazing! I have never been on a plan that not only tells me my carbs, proteins, fats etc. when I tr... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 12:33:19 EST SHINEDOWN! There is no better band (in my opinion) to work out with than Shinedown!. Brent Smith, the lead singer is a Knoxville, Tn homeboy AND he dropped over 100lbs himself! He gained a lot of weight when he got off drugs so he adopted a new healthy lifestyle and diet. He touts the Insanity workout as his key to success but I'm not capable of completing that one yet. lol Until then, I'll pop Sound of Madness, Adrenaline, and several other songs of theirs in during my fitness. Great motivator! Tue, 7 Jan 2014 11:35:29 EST Saying Hi from East Tn *Waves howdies* Just starting the weight loss journey so I'm thrilled to have found a community where I can be part of a group with the same goals. <BR> <BR> Also, if anyone else is in the East Tn area, I'd love to find a work out partner. Tue, 7 Jan 2014 11:29:49 EST First Day Hey - this is my first day and not so sure how to do this part, but so far I luv this website! Sun, 5 Jan 2014 07:11:32 EST Hi Everyone! Hi Everyone-- <BR> <BR> My name is RobinSonshine and I am married with 2 sons; one grown and one still in school. I am originally from SoCal (Southern California), but I have lived in East TN for 20 years. My husband calls me a "Native Transplant", LOL. <BR> <BR> When I started a few days ago, I had 84 pounds to lose, but I have already lost 4 pounds! I am excited and look forward to this journey. I have lost and regained a few times, but I want this to be for good. I feel that I am in... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 03:20:43 EST New Hi I'm Samantha, I live in Winchester TN. I have actually never heard of Sparkpeople before I just accidentally stumbled over it today on the web. We are about to start something similar to the biggest loser at work in the next month and this will help me stay on track and hopefully I could when the price money :) also I would like to lose weight in time for my moms wedding in May. My Goal weight is 175. I have a 1 year old and I did not think it would be so hard to get back into shape after ... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 17:58:59 EST TOYS FROM CHILDHOOD A-Z Airplanes Thu, 2 Jan 2014 14:02:13 EST LET'S SPELL JANUARY! Jumping Jacks <BR> <BR> Next is A Thu, 2 Jan 2014 14:00:59 EST SHOW YOUR TEAM SPIRIT! <em>381</em> Thu, 2 Jan 2014 13:56:06 EST New to spark Hey I'm new to spark and any healthy easy take your lunch to work ideas would <BR> Be so appreciated. Nice to meet everyone. Wed, 1 Jan 2014 16:27:42 EST Hi I'm Nichole Hi I'm Nichole! I'm a 21 year old mother, wife, and student. I need to lose about 100 pounds to get down to a healthy weight. I need to get back my confidence back and set a good example for my newborn baby girl. Mon, 30 Dec 2013 20:44:26 EST A New Me. Hi my name is Kim and I am ready to change my eating habits for good. I am 45 and the mother of 2 boys and have 2 grandchildren. I lost over 60 lbs 15 years ago and stopped. I need to drop 35 lbs to be where I want and need to be. Thu, 26 Dec 2013 17:42:42 EST Hello everyone! Hi, my name is Amy. I live near Chattanooga, TN. I just joined Spark People today, so I am new to all of this. A little about me: I am 33. I have been married for 15 years. I have two kids, ages 13 and 14. I have struggled with my weight pretty much my whole life. I am tired of it. I really really want to get my body in shape and become a healthier person. For myself, my husband, and my children. I am ready for a lifestyle change. I am hoping I can find the support that I need here, so that I... Wed, 18 Dec 2013 08:32:13 EST Hi, I'm Natalie, and this may seem awkward..... I am 30 years old and have put on a (what I feel like is) considerable amount of weight since getting married in 2006. We are so blissfully happy that I just haven't noticed. Haha, no really, we are happy, but the reality is that we are busy. We have 6 dachshunds and a 20 month old son, busy work schedules, and friends and family that keep us running. It's not uncommon for us to have friends over 4 out of 7 days a week, which means, I cook.. A LOT. There is nothing better to me than good food... Wed, 11 Dec 2013 12:10:25 EST LET'S SPELL DECEMBER! D - dedication Mon, 2 Dec 2013 20:57:33 EST Workout Buddy Anybody here live near Lynchburg or Tullahoma?? Would love to find a workout buddy. <BR> <BR> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 17:48:30 EST LET'S SPELL NOVEMBER! N - nonsense <BR> <BR> next is O Mon, 4 Nov 2013 17:20:17 EST Hello everyone My name is sherry. Live in Tn. looking to lose weight. Like the rest of you. Don't know much about this site, or even the computer. Will learn. You all have a wonderful day. Sun, 27 Oct 2013 23:49:05 EST MOVIES A - Z Armegeddon Thu, 17 Oct 2013 03:57:22 EST Hi everybody! I moved to Tennessee in May of 2009. I was born and lived in Ohio all my life except for 4 years I spent stationed in Germany. Met my fiance in Germany in 1991 and we didn't get together as a couple until 2008! (He said he was dating me back then, I think what he was doing is called stalking!) It was a facebook reunion that turned into a love story. I joined Spark people two days ago and love it but still figuring it out. I was hoping to make some friends and give/get encouragement to keep go... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 09:00:55 EST 9/12 30 pounds closer! So, I started my diet and exercise routine on 9/12 at 356 pounds. I weighed in last night at 326 pounds. My blood pressure on 9/12 was 180/122. My blood pressure last night was 140/96. So far, I would say my routine is working out. Have to cut back on the fiber and increase my water intake for a bit as my kidneys are killing me. When I hit 300 lbs I am going to change up my exercise routine and increase my repetition workouts. I really want to thank my wife Raquel Small, for being here with m... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 02:18:41 EST Hello I am new. Hello My Name is Mark. Thu, 10 Oct 2013 03:16:46 EST One Day at a Time Hi, my name is Marca. I decided and started on a life changing food plan. I go to TOPS meetings. I haven't lost any weight over the past year I've gone to them. I have pretty much stayed the same and didn't gain back the 50 pound I lost years back! Our group went to Dickson to a Fall Rally and the state queen was there. She talked about her journey loosing weight. I was able to get to talk to her and she gave me her card. I get on her site and get motivation from her! I have lost 100 lbs. bef... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 14:57:38 EST LET'S SPELL OCTOBER! O - octopus Tue, 1 Oct 2013 16:49:38 EST Cookeville Lady looking for a walking buddy. I live in Cookeville and have a gym membership, but find myself not wanting to go by myself. I can take a guest with me at no charge and would love to be able to have somebody to go with. On nice days I wouldn't even care to have somebody to talk to on a stroll outside. Tue, 1 Oct 2013 12:04:42 EST Just starting and can use some advice My name is Ariana and I am just starting. I have a lot of weight to lose and a tight budget. I work at night so my eating habits need to change. I am physically limited due to a former car accident. I need to lose almost half of my weight. Any suggestions would be helpful on chair exercises, meals on a budget, crockpot meals, and meals outside the home. Even though I know I can not lose the weight over night, I would like to see some results by the end of the year, like about 15 pounds. I am... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 00:20:30 EST LET'S COUNT BY 5'S! 5 Mon, 30 Sep 2013 16:28:46 EST Hello Hello Everyone! <BR> My name is Angela and I am new to spark people, I came here to help along with my weight loss and I love challenges anything I can do to help me lose my weight I am willing to do and I need all the support I can get.If anyone has any pointers I'm all for them.I love meeting new people as well. :) Sat, 21 Sep 2013 17:34:38 EST MUSIC GROUPS A-Z Aerosmith Wed, 11 Sep 2013 14:07:29 EST SEPTEMBER WALKING MORE SUN 3526 <BR> MON 3942 <BR> TUE 7159 <BR> WED 6815 Thu, 5 Sep 2013 08:25:47 EST STEPPING UP IN SEPTEMBER Sun 3526 <BR> mon 3942 Tue, 3 Sep 2013 07:23:43 EST MOVIES A-Z Airplane Sun, 1 Sep 2013 10:34:31 EST LET'S SPELL SEPTEMBER! Each person writes a word using the next letter <BR> <BR> S - seasons <BR> <BR> Next letter is E Sun, 1 Sep 2013 10:33:20 EST True Blue 5k Is anyone planning to do the True Blue 5k at The University of Memphis on November 1st? Fri, 30 Aug 2013 10:11:06 EST I'm not sure if I've done this before... My name is Ashley and I'm 26. I have been living with my grandma for 9 years, and in that time I gained 110 lbs. ( At my highest weight I was 375lbs. I went down to 297, but I took a break for a while and gained a little back.) I'm engaged and my fiancé has moved to Oklahoma. I will be spending most of the school year without my grandma who is moving to OK ahead of me or my fiancé who is already there. In that time, I would LOVE to get to 180. I'm at 309 as of my last drs visit. As a c... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 00:34:24 EST BRAG ABOUT YOUR ACCOMPLI SHMENTS! I went away on a 13 day vacation & not only did I not gain any weight, I lost 3 lbs-lol! Wed, 14 Aug 2013 16:52:21 EST SHOW US THE LOVE! <em>247</em> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 16:51:00 EST Just found this today... I had been on the Atkins Diet and I was able to loose some weight, but I was hungry. My husband found this and the foods look much better. I hope it will help me reach my goal of fitting into my Mother of the Groom dress comfortably by October 18.. Right now with it on I can not breath.. Mon, 12 Aug 2013 21:09:29 EST August Stepping sun 4471 <BR> mon 8393 <BR> tues 6576 Wed, 7 Aug 2013 07:34:06 EST Desperate to get Healthy this time! Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm a 21-year-old college student. I've tried losing weight before (even with SparkPeople!) and I've never lost more than 10 pounds :( I'm really bad about staying motivated in the long run, and give up fairly easily. This time, I am pretty much desperate to get healthy and happy with my body. I want to eat healthier and acquire a love of exercise. I would really appreciate some hard-core motivation so that I have no choice but to stay on track. <BR> <BR> I look fo... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 21:39:34 EST KTBugTN Well, this is the awkward part where I say "Hi, my name is Katy." lol I joined SP once years ago, and now I'm back. Unfortunately, during those years, I gained more weight. Four weeks ago, I joined a gym, and that along with cutting sodas, increasing water intake, cleaner, healthier eating, and reducing portions...I am 20 pounds down. I don't want to lose momentum, so I thought I'd try SP again, so here I am. :-D Sat, 20 Jul 2013 00:14:23 EST Hello out there... I'm Heather...35 years old and getting ready to start on my transformation that will stick this time. I have never had an issue being the fluffy one of the group...but as I get older and my kids are growing, I realize that I want to be healty. Its not about being skinny....okay that's a lie...there are some days when I wish I was skinny and felt pretty for my boyfriend...but mostly its about me being healthy and liking what I see back at me when I look in a mirror. The secret girly girl in... Fri, 19 Jul 2013 21:44:31 EST hello my name is rebecca i am a type 1 insulin dependant diabetic and have been since i was a child,i am currently on an insulin pump and am now dealing with weight gain and trying to count carbs it is very hard for me,i was younger, but i did not totaly ruin my body i am in pretty good shape i think, i just cant figure out how to count these carbs,maby i should just not include them at all in my diet,i do love the pump i just need to learn the carbs,i dont cheat with sweets,i just cant figure out carbs how silly Fri, 19 Jul 2013 13:05:16 EST Need to Get Started Had lost 30 pounds a year ago and stop for vacation. Been on vacation "from diet" ever since and gained it all back. So tired of hating the way I look and the way I feel about myself. Have had so much stress over the last couple of months that I know hasn't helped with the belly fat. My son went to bootcamp then after graduating, after 9 days of being with him had to send him back not knowing if we'd be able to see him again before he deploys. Two days after sending him back for more tra... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 00:55:04 EST Hiiii!! Hello. I just joined Sparkpeople and I'm hoping to get the support and motivation I've been looking for and help others in return. I'm a mommy on a mission and ready to make a life change. Very excited to see how the next few months go. :) Sat, 6 Jul 2013 23:29:39 EST Hey from Parrottsville! Hi all! I'm Sandi. Homeschooling mom of 2 boys and wife to a great man for 14 years. I live in a little bitty town called Parrottsville which is about an hour east of Knoxville. I enjoy church, reading, the elliptical, tv (The Walking Dead & Supernatural are my faves), and a wannabe runner. Glad to be here with the rest of you Tennesseans! Wed, 3 Jul 2013 14:58:23 EST Retro dresses from the 50s I was born in 1964 so the 50s were an era that I never knew except on TV. The renewed interest in 50s fashion is so interesting. Sites like, modcloth and retroglam are popping up everywhere. I bought a dress for a wedding in Nov. From pinupgirl and I can't wait to wear it. The great thing is that you don't have to be a size 2 to look good in this clothing! Has anyone else bought or worn this type of clothing and if so what reaction did you receive? <BR> <BR> Julie <BR> Mon, 1 Jul 2013 12:34:41 EST JULY CHAT - ANYTHING GOES! It is a new month & time to re focus on your goals. Let's make this month a good one! Mon, 1 Jul 2013 12:04:37 EST teeny Just getting started, need a good support team. Mother of 3 grown sons and Nana to 3 wonderful gkids. Ready to loose some weight have a good way to go appreciate help and support Fri, 28 Jun 2013 19:33:13 EST teeny Just getting started, need a good support team. Mother of 3 grown sons and Nana to 3 wonderful gkids. Ready to loose some weight have a good way to go appreciate help and support Fri, 28 Jun 2013 19:26:44 EST New to TN and to Spark People!! Hi everyone!! I am new here, both to TN and to Spark People. I moved with my family from MS a little less than a month ago. I have been settling in and really decided with this new chapter in our lives I wanted to get the weight off once and for all. <BR> <BR> I was a former Weight Watcher and just need something new to motivate me. I did really well with WW. Back in 2008 I made goal and lifetime membership, but it wasn't long before I gained all of the weight back plus a little extra.... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 11:39:29 EST brand new to Sparks People I'm brand new to Sparks People and am very excited to get involved. I have already receive a lot of support and encouragement from the links. It makes me feel wolcomed but perhaps a bit overwhemed as i am not accustomed to working with computers at all.(l am not allowed to order anything from a computer site because the last time I ended up buying the same exact item three times.) But, hopefully that will get better With time and practice. I am 59 years old. I recently had a 'biventricu... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 07:37:20 EST June in Tennessee What is your favorite thing about living in Tennessee in the month of June? <BR> <BR> I love cook-outs and pool time with my family. Sat, 8 Jun 2013 09:03:44 EST Happy National Running Day! Happy National Running Day! Today and every day that I train, I run for those who can’t. I am running the St Jude Half Marathon this year as a St Jude Hero. This year I have committed to raising at least $500 for the kids. Please consider visiting my hero page to donate and read about how your donation helps. Because of awesome donors like you, no family ever pays St. Jude for anything! No child is ever denied treatment because of the family’s inability to pay. Donations are tax deductible! E... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 10:13:54 EST Your closest Tennessee city I live near Memphis. Which city is cloest to you? Mon, 3 Jun 2013 08:46:38 EST SUMMER TIME ACTIVITIES A-Z Aquatics Sat, 1 Jun 2013 12:12:03 EST NAME A SUMMER SONG California Girls by the Beach Boys Sat, 1 Jun 2013 12:11:07 EST WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT SUMMER? Longer days Sat, 1 Jun 2013 12:09:07 EST GIVE YOUR TEAM A HUG TODAY! <em>247</em> Sat, 1 Jun 2013 12:08:26 EST The Wolf I have got over 100 pounds to loose, and all the problems that go with needing to loose that much weight. It is a scarry journey that I am on. Thu, 30 May 2013 16:08:30 EST New to Team Hi, I am Judi. I have lost 133 pounds. Would like to lose 10 more but I am stuck. Need to interact with yall for support and insight. I am 65 years old and am the mother of one son and have four grandchildren. I can not exercise due to an illness so losing these last 10 pounds is really going slow. I am glad to be a part of this Tennessee team. Have a great day, yall! Tue, 28 May 2013 10:03:40 EST Motivation Needed! Hi all, I'm Erica and this is my second go around on SP. Thought I'd come back and try and find some much needed motivation! I finally found that low-carb lifestyle works best for me for weight loss. From July to November 0f 2012 I lost 28 lbs! But, like I usually do, when I start having success, I just....stop. I don't know why, I just do! I know I can do it, I know I deserve it, but I just go back to my old eating habits and can't get back on track! I've gained back about 15 pounds :( Any ... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 03:06:44 EST Hello from Parsons,TN I'm 45 and I work from home so I'm on the computer way to much (Facebook addict) . <BR> I have 2 children my son (Davy) is 21 and lives in his own apt. and my Daughter (Kera) just finished her 1st year of college and is getting married this summer.. <BR> I'm tired of being tired all the time and the time is now to start working on me. for my health and well being. <BR> I'm an emotional eater so its not going to be easy but I have to try and here at Sparkpeople I'm going to do it Sun, 28 Apr 2013 17:06:30 EST injured and overweight I was out of shape, overweight, and starting to have some major health problems (diabetes, asthma, allergies, high cholesterol). Then on march 2nd I was in a head on collision with a 19 year old who was texting. It cracked my left hip, broke my right knee cap, and right foot bones had to be screwed back together. I couldn't use my legs for 2 months (gained about 15 to 20 lbs more from being bed ridden). The last check up I had went well healing good and was approved to stand on crutches with... Sun, 28 Apr 2013 13:32:06 EST Elise Hi I am Elise, sometimes I feel like I am the only one that looks like a beachball with arms. I don't want to go out much and part of me wants to be socialable. I am afraid of expressing myself because of my weight. I don't want to be made fun of. There is a movie that I seen one time. of a family that were poor but the mother was so big the town made fun of her, at the end she had a heart attack so to keep her kids from being reduculed the kids burnt the house so she would not be the talk of... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 10:49:12 EST Hello! Decided to restart the Sprak. Been gone for quite a while. Here to give and receive support. It's a long road ahead and I am ready for the new me! Sun, 7 Apr 2013 10:50:05 EST I am Newbie.. I am 47 years old, Mother of 4 Grandmother of 5, which are the love of my life. <BR> I work 40 hours a week as an office manager and hate sitting all day. <BR> I walk 1.5 to 2 miles 5 days a week during lunch and work out 2 times a day. <BR> I am 5' 11" and weigh 170, wow that just hurt saying that. I was recently diagnosed with <BR> Hypothyroidism and have gained 15 pounds in the last year. I am wanting to loose those 15lbs and do some toning. I am excited about this site, I found it by mis... Fri, 5 Apr 2013 14:28:27 EST Hello from Nashville! Happy that I came across Sparkpeople! I am thrilled with all the trackers and the access to support. I am trying to lose weight (again) and change my eating habits for good so I won't have to ever "start" again! Looking forward to using the tools offered here and the help and motivation it will give me. I am a mom of 3, and my oldest son is getting married in Aug. so a goal I've set for myself is to be thinner so I can be proud when I see all the wedding pictures! :) Thu, 4 Apr 2013 21:35:55 EST been on for a few weeks now and have lost 11 lbs 11 lbs is a great start for me i started out at 199 now im at 188 and already noticing a difference especially in the way i feel about my self my goal weight is 145 so hopefully with the help of sp i can do it! Tue, 2 Apr 2013 13:19:48 EST LET'S SHARE SOME SPRING TIME! <em>126</em> Mon, 1 Apr 2013 11:44:00 EST LET'S SHARE SOME EASTER FUN! <em>451</em> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 19:30:42 EST I'M A NEWBIE!!! Hello everyone. I am ready to start this lifelong journey ahead. I have over 150 emotional pounds to lose. Gonna have a lot of trouble tracking because I tend to procrastinate so this is gonna be a goal for me to track every meal and every ounce of food. So here goes !! Sat, 23 Mar 2013 12:12:45 EST Support This is my first full day of starting my new "way of living." I have finally decided it is time to take care of ME. I could certainly use all of the support I can get. <em>30</em> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 20:42:00 EST Bonnie here Having a good day, blood sugar was down below 200, I brushed off the snow freom the gazelle and got 7 minutes in. I am struggling with my appetite to eat some pasta but that is probably only because I am trying to eat less carbs. So far so good, for today. <em>381</em> Thu, 7 Mar 2013 16:29:49 EST SHOW US YOUR GREEN SPIRIT! <em>441</em> Tue, 5 Mar 2013 04:07:28 EST New Member Kristie Hildebrand Hi Everyone, <BR> My name is Kristie, I just hit the big 50 on the 21st. I have three grown children that live far way from home now. I have two dogs one of which just lost his vision. I have a truly wonderful and loving husband that I adore. We have known each other since 6th grade. He is my best friend and is always my number one supporter. <BR> <BR> I am a little lost with this weight loss site. I haven't figured out all the bells and whistles just yet but, I am working on it. It... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 12:58:02 EST I have been missing my SP friends. I have been missing my SP friends. I have updated my info and am now getting my email and inspiration. It feels great to be back on the site. I have already put in 17 mins of exercise and tracked my food. It is going to be a good week. Thu, 21 Feb 2013 14:47:22 EST Hey from East Tennessee I'm Toni. I like pina coladas and getting caught in the rain and the feel of the ocean and the taste of champagne. <em>33</em> <BR> <BR> Not really. <BR> <BR> I like coffee, yoga pants, vampires, and cracking jokes. How y'all doin'? Thu, 21 Feb 2013 12:40:54 EST Groupon- Bootcamp Found this Groupon for the Nashville area, if anyone is interested. Wish I lived close enough to participate! <BR> <BR> Women's Outdoor Boot Camp <BR> Limitless – Powered by CrossFit Hendersonville — Hendersonville <BR> <BR> Participants choose from one of three six-week boot-camp cycles that tailor workouts to women's fitness needs <BR> Reg price $139---Groupon price $49 <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ersonville?p=1&utm_source=newslett... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 07:08:00 EST Team spirit Go team go, I am really trying to be a part of this team but sure if I am actually doing what needs to be done. So many choices and teams. Challenges too. Woo Hoo Sun, 3 Feb 2013 14:26:48 EST water water water So I drink, drink and drink some more. Then I am running to the bathroom all the time. Does this get better? <BR> Fri, 1 Feb 2013 11:25:02 EST HAPPY, HAPPY HUSBAND HAS A SECOND INTERVIEW TODAY. PRAYER ARE WELCOME. <BR> <BR> <BR> 4 DAYS OF EXERCISE, AND SP. GOD IS GOOD. Mon, 28 Jan 2013 10:57:06 EST GETTING MOVING! WENT TO THE SCHOOL TRACK AND DID A 2MIN RUN 4 MIN WALK FOR 5 CYCLES. HUBBY EVEN JOINED ME. WHAT A GUY! <BR> <BR> HE DOES NOT LIKE TO RUN, BUT WHAT A TROOPER HE WAS. <BR> Sun, 27 Jan 2013 16:48:00 EST I NEED a mentor! Please! I've spent most of this day crying. How did I get to 175 pounds? Turning 50? Hysterectomy? Desk job? No exercise? Mindless eating? All of the above. My husband, that I love dearly and I know loves me, is not a partner when it comes to trying to eat right and get healthy. I'm praying that if I can change my life, he will want to change his as well. That being said, I need someone to be a mentor. Someone that has been there and done that. Someone who knows how hard it is to get started and stay... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 14:43:17 EST New to Site! Hello my name is Donna, and I am a mom of 3. I have neglected to take care of myself, and now is my time. I have begun walking and now I am beginning to log/track what I eat. I feel like I have always known what to do, I just DON'T. So, I am making myself a priority now, and dragging my family with me.! I am excited that i found Spark People, and I cannot wait to see how it helps my journey! Wed, 23 Jan 2013 13:50:02 EST A-Z THINGS IN THE KITCHEN Apples Wed, 16 Jan 2013 09:46:52 EST water I have a hard time drinking waters because I don"t care for it very much, but I am going to try!!!! Thu, 10 Jan 2013 09:47:47 EST Plateau Ok people...Every time I have ever tried to lose weight, I get stuck at 174 lbs! The last time I was below that was about 10 years ago. :( I have been working out and tracking all my food and I also cut out all soda and drink a ton of water. I don't really know what else to do. I work full time and have a house husband and kids so I can't really devote myself to ONLY fitness, but I feel like I'm doing all I can at this time. I guess I need a little encouragement and maybe some tips at how you... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 19:16:38 EST Two words that sound alike but spell differently I will start it. I will write a word and you write one that sounds like it but is spelled differently. Then write a new word for someone to do the same with. <BR> <BR> Would= Wed, 9 Jan 2013 13:39:52 EST Hello -- back at the weight loss thing Hello --- Back at the weight loss thing.... really been battling weight loss all my life --- like most I like to eat. Currently at 247 lbs. and want to get to 195 lbs. My second goal is to eat to live, not live to eat. I joined this site for the motivation. Hope that many in this group can help. PS -- I live work in the Clarksville TN area during the week and travel home on the weekends to Cookeville, TN. Mon, 7 Jan 2013 15:13:56 EST Scripture Of The Day Hello Friends, C;mon in and get motivated with Gods word ! You can add a scripture here:) Mon, 7 Jan 2013 08:26:08 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 6 Jan 2013 17:41:04 EST 90 Day Challenge Hello Everyone! I am beginning to start a 90 day challenge and I wanted to know if anyone would be interested in gearing up to do it with me? I will be starting tomorrow, so whoever is ready inbox me and let me know. We will be accountability buddies because I am ready to do some amazing things in 2013! Sat, 5 Jan 2013 21:00:54 EST Would love to join the Volunteers! Hello! <BR> South Central Tennessean here! <BR> I would love to connect with some of ya'll for inspiration and encouragement. <BR> I am pretty motivated right now...the "paint is still wet" as the saying goes... <BR> <BR> I am following the daily menus pretty closely, making substitutions as I go that are allowed. Went to the gym today for orientation...hmmm. We'll see about going by myself. Would really like to have a partner to work out with, but will do this regardless. <BR> <BR> I have... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 21:44:56 EST FITNESS A-Z aerobics Tue, 1 Jan 2013 07:41:19 EST NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS A-Z Affirm my goals Tue, 1 Jan 2013 07:40:00 EST GIVE YOURSELF A HUG TODAY! <em>247</em> Tue, 1 Jan 2013 07:33:49 EST Willetta I will be the oldest member of this group!! You can blame my daughter in law, Leslie, for my being here. I am 83 and I have many physical problems that keep me from being as active as I need to be in order to lose to get to my goal weight. It is 15 pounds, but you have no idea how very slow I lose weight now. <BR> <BR> But I am motivated, and this seems like a fun program. Of course, I'm having trouble with everything!!! I cannot figure out how I am to record my food!! <BR> <BR> Maybe ... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 22:55:05 EST New here.. I'm new to Tennessee, new to this site, but not new to losing weight! I just turned 40 this past thanksgiving day and I really want to make the second half of my life (and hopefully more) much better! I have a super far way to go but all journeys start with that first step right.. so here I am, taking that first step. <em>224</em> Sat, 29 Dec 2012 11:33:24 EST Hello Hi I'm Paul. 53 years old and have some health issues. I was diagnosed with RA in 2005 and have two heart stents. I am trying to live a healthier life and working toward a goal of losing 25 lbs. I have belonged to Sparkpeople since 2006 but since I was inactive for quit a while on this site it started me all over again Fri, 28 Dec 2012 11:28:04 EST I've Lost 20 Pounds in 2012 and Read for 2013 I just posted a blog about my struggle with diabetes and how I overcame it. 2013 is going to be a great year!!!! <BR><BR>_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5177074 Wed, 26 Dec 2012 22:21:22 EST New again! I had joined awhile ago and then went AWOL. During my AWOL time I realized I needed to get back to this and be serious about this time! I'm from East Tennessee (Johnson City area). I'm looking for any tips and hints to stay motivated. Mon, 17 Dec 2012 06:20:30 EST HELLO ALL I just joined--trying to get motivated. Fri, 14 Dec 2012 12:55:38 EST friends hey everyone im looking for friends to help keep me encouraged and on track. so if you want to send me an invite! <em>235</em> Tue, 4 Dec 2012 16:40:49 EST CHRISTMAS CAROLS Hark the Heralds Sat, 1 Dec 2012 02:45:15 EST LAST LETTER STARTS NEW WORD! DecembeR Sat, 1 Dec 2012 02:43:50 EST A thru Z - REFLECTIONS OF THE SEASON A warm fire in the fireplace Sat, 1 Dec 2012 02:42:43 EST DID YOU EXERCISE TODAY? <em>244</em> Sat, 1 Dec 2012 02:33:38 EST DID YOU DRINK YOUR WATER TODAY? <em>194</em> Sat, 1 Dec 2012 02:32:42 EST ANTHING GOES! Anything you want to mention or talk about it, do it here! Sat, 1 Dec 2012 02:31:18 EST HUDDLES & CUDDLES <em>247</em> <em>446</em> <em>247</em> Sat, 1 Dec 2012 02:30:04 EST LOG IN & BONUS POINTS 5 <em>442</em> 3 Sat, 1 Dec 2012 02:27:56 EST ROLL CALL & CHAT ROOM <em>213</em> Happy December! Sat, 1 Dec 2012 02:26:57 EST Hi all Hey everyone! I just joined Spark and am looking forward to finding the support I need to get my butt back into shape. I have a 3 year old little girl whom I want to ensure I am around for in the future. Fri, 23 Nov 2012 22:47:17 EST hello Hi I am new to the team and would like to find someone from the Nashville area to buddy with. I would love to meet up and walk or do some other kind of outdoor exercise. Please message me if anyone is intrested. Currently I am doing this solo and online. I'm not much of a online kind of girl, but am learning. Tue, 20 Nov 2012 17:56:39 EST Did You Hear? Hello Friends, I was wondering if you listened to spark radio today? I listen to it when I am working around the house and at my computer. The radio has a way of keeping you moving ! <BR> Sun, 18 Nov 2012 09:08:32 EST Does this thing really work? Hi, I've read about Spark People and thought I would give this a try. I had a full hysterectomy in April 2011 and have gained 30 pounds. I've never weighed this much in my life. I can't stick with anything that is very restrictive. I'm weak and I aint' afraid to admit it. So I'm trying to find something that is doable. Baby steps. How do I get started? Any and all advise is appreciated. Wed, 7 Nov 2012 13:41:27 EST Let's give it the old college try!! Hey, I'm 47 years old and I live in west Tennessee, near Paris. I have a 68yo dh, a 25yo dd, a 20yo dd, & a 15yo ds. I gained 55 pounds in the last year. Medically speaking, everything has been corrected. So, now its up to me to lose this weight. My daughter is doing Weight Watchers, but I'm kind of agoraphobic. That wouldn't work for me. She is losing weight VERY slowly & yet never seems discouraged. I want to learn from her that every little bit helps & it all adds up to real weight... Sat, 3 Nov 2012 17:57:49 EST OUR TEAM IS GROWING! 1:40PM et -- 111,852 <em>244</em> Thu, 1 Nov 2012 13:40:42 EST EMOTICON YOUR MOOD TODAY! <em>334</em> Thu, 1 Nov 2012 13:38:43 EST DID YOU READ A SPARK'S ARTICLE TODAY? <em>224</em> Thu, 1 Nov 2012 13:32:01 EST NOVEMBER CHALLENGE - DID YOU EXERCISE TODAY? <em>104</em> Thu, 1 Nov 2012 13:27:00 EST NOVEMBER CHALLENGE - DID U DRINK YOUR WATER TODAY? <em>248</em> Thu, 1 Nov 2012 13:24:46 EST OPEN FORUM Anything goes! Thu, 1 Nov 2012 13:22:43 EST THANKSGIVING HUDDLES <em>220</em> <em>465</em> Thu, 1 Nov 2012 13:21:59 EST NOVEMBER LOG IN & BONUS POINTS 5 <em>465</em> 10 Thu, 1 Nov 2012 13:19:17 EST NOVEMBER ROLL CALL & CHAT <em>213</em> Happy November! Thu, 1 Nov 2012 13:17:21 EST Hello Hello all, my name is Autumn and I live in Whitwell, TN. I have been on and off of SparkPeople for quite awhile now, and now I am back to see if I can make it work this time. <BR> <BR> My weight has fluxed from big to bigger and back to big, <BR> and I just can't seem to get a handle on it. <BR> <BR> Does anyone know any exercises that can be done for people with very bad knees <BR> and floater joints? <BR> <BR> Thank you. Wed, 24 Oct 2012 20:11:03 EST Hi I am pixylove I am a 26 year old SAHM of two boys. I have a great husband who has taken on college this year. We are building a better future for ourselves. But along the line I have gained weight and need to lose it. I want to be healthy enough to see and enjoy our future. Sat, 20 Oct 2012 10:20:19 EST Trying to get stronger....... Just starting again with this site for the second time. Figure since I am a health coach again, that I better get serious. Not to mention it gives me strength as an RN and Christian. Giod bless me!!! Tue, 2 Oct 2012 18:59:33 EST OCTOBER - OUR TEAM IS GROWING! 2:59PM ET -- 111,409 Mon, 1 Oct 2012 14:59:46 EST OCTOBER - EMOTICON YOUR MOOD! <em>30</em> Mon, 1 Oct 2012 14:57:57 EST OCTOBER - DID YOU READ A SPARK'S ARTICLE TODAY? <em>224</em> Mon, 1 Oct 2012 14:54:42 EST OCTOBER CHALLENGE - DID YOU EXERCISE TODAY? Way to go MysticDiva <em>104</em> Mon, 1 Oct 2012 14:51:04 EST OCTOBER CHALLENGE - DID U DRINK YOUR WATER TODAY? <em>248</em> Mon, 1 Oct 2012 14:48:36 EST HALLOWEEN HUDDLING! <em>220</em> Mon, 1 Oct 2012 14:46:23 EST HUGS FOR HALLOWEEN <em>333</em> <em>247</em> Mon, 1 Oct 2012 14:45:14 EST OCTOBER LOG IN & BONUS POINTS 10 <em>465</em> 7 Mon, 1 Oct 2012 14:42:30 EST OCTOBER ROLL CALL & CHAT <em>213</em> Mon, 1 Oct 2012 14:40:40 EST New Here Hello everyone. My name is Mary and I'm guessing I'm the new kid on the block. I live in the West Tenneessee area of Reelfoot Lake in case you've heard of it. Any suggestions you have would be greatly appreciated. <em>213</em> Fri, 28 Sep 2012 17:42:35 EST Hello Hello, <BR> <BR> I am new to the site, thought I would jump in and say to Hi :) Thu, 13 Sep 2012 10:28:16 EST New Comer Gonna try this again, not sure if the first one posted. I am a bit computer illiterate at times, but I can usually work through things. I have so many pounds to lose that I don't want to talk about it here just yet. I am looking forward to a new start and appreciate any and all advice. I also am ready to help anyone that needs it. I have reached the point where it isn't about how I look so much, but how I feel and how healthy I am. Here's hoping to a new start here. ;-) <BR> <BR> Oh m... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 23:17:05 EST I'm new here OK, so my first day here and I am still trying to figure out what to do. Good thing about that is, I won't want to eat while searching all the stuff on this site. ;-) Any and all advice is welcome. I am not too proud to accept help and certainly will help anyone that I can. I am so tired of myself, and I have more pounds to lose than I care to even talk about here. Looking forward to making changes in myself. Mon, 10 Sep 2012 23:10:13 EST Eastern Tennessee Hello! I am new to Sparkpeople but I have heard that it will be a great asset in my weight loss/lifestyle change. I'm excited to beginmy journey and I look forward to helping others with their journey to a healthier lifestyle too. <BR> <BR> Mon, 10 Sep 2012 21:14:18 EST Coming Back Hi, my name is tnangel10, and I am coming back to try again. Back slid and didn't make my goal. Will try again with your help. Need a reminder to come here daily. Mon, 10 Sep 2012 17:10:35 EST Hi Hi, my name is Natalie Garey. I have been struggling with IBS for about 3 months now. I need to get back down to when I was in college which was 145 lbs. I look forward to meeting all of you and encouraging one another! <BR> <BR> Natalie Mon, 10 Sep 2012 16:51:40 EST Where to Donate Your Clothes There is a church in Hermitage, TN called Hermitage Hills Baptist Church. They have a ministry called Heartbeat where they give the people in need free food & clothes. There clothes availability depends on there donations. Please consider donating the clothes that no longer fit you, your children, and your significant other to the church. This way as you are being blessed with better health, you can be a blessing to someone else. I just donated my 30/32 & 26/28 clothes to them yesterday.... Sun, 2 Sep 2012 09:07:03 EST Hi ya'll I'm excited to be here. I'm a 55-year-old woman that has lived and worked in the Tri-Cities all my life. I've never found anywhere else I'd rather be. I'd never had weight or health problems. All of a sudden I wake up and am overweight with numerous health issues. I look forward to the challenge of a new lifestyle. I know it won't be easy, but with determination and your help I know I can succeed. Thank you all for your support and GO VOLS. Sat, 1 Sep 2012 14:42:11 EST SEPTEMBER - OUR TEAM IS GROWING!! 4:00am ET -- 110,233 <em>244</em> Sat, 1 Sep 2012 03:56:30 EST SEPTEMBER - EMOTICON YOUR MOOD! <em>334</em> Sat, 1 Sep 2012 03:54:29 EST SEPTEMBER - DID YOU READ A SPARK'S ARTICLE TODAY? <em>224</em> Sat, 1 Sep 2012 03:53:18 EST SEPTEMBER CHALLENGE - DID YOU EXERCISE TODAY? <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Hope you are feeling better Darlene! Sat, 1 Sep 2012 03:48:56 EST SEPTEMBER CHALLENGE - DID YOU DRINK YOUR 8 TODAY? <em>248</em> Sat, 1 Sep 2012 03:44:54 EST SEPTEMBER TEAM HUGS! <em>247</em> Sat, 1 Sep 2012 03:43:25 EST SEPTEMBER LOG IN & BONUS POINTS SPINS 10 & 500 Spark Goodie Points! Sat, 1 Sep 2012 03:40:43 EST SEPTEMBER ROLL CALL & CHAT <em>213</em> Happy September!! Sat, 1 Sep 2012 03:38:32 EST New Member Greetings all my name is Reginald Lewis and I am new to spark people. looking to drop my body fat percentage from 26% down to 8% by the end of the year. I look forward to hearing and following all of your stories of success. <BR> <BR> I also provide body composition services using the Bod Pod. If any of you are interested in getting tested just shoot me a message Thu, 30 Aug 2012 10:17:33 EST Introduction My name is Keisha and I'm from Nashville. My highest weight was 396. On my first visit to my bariatric surgeon I was 382 and a size 32. When I joined SparkPeople I was 298.4 and a size 24. This is the first time I have seen the 200s since 2004. My goal is to get to 200lbs so that I can qualify for skin removal surgery. After skin removal surgery, I should be at my goal of a size 10/12. GO VOLS!!! Tue, 28 Aug 2012 08:55:15 EST New :) Hey y'all! My name is Bethanie and I'm a 22 year old mom to two beautiful kids. I live in East TN (born and bred) I was slim and the perfect weight until I found out I was pregnant with my first child. I gained 80 lbs with him. I'm now at the spot where I'm ready to lose weight. I'm not unhappy with my life, or with my weight, but I want to feel attractive again. I think I'm cute and I have an awesome personality I just want to be thinner. My goal at the moment is just to get down to a Large... Sat, 25 Aug 2012 23:25:41 EST hey y'all! hello everyone! my name is Jessie, and I am currently living in west tn where i am attending college. i am originally from the tri-cities area, but moved to where i am five and a half years ago to take on my college journey, and in december i will finally be done!! i have been a dancer since the age of 5, so i am used to being very active, and staying in shape. recently i have not been doing much of anything... and it is showing. i feel horrible about my body and about my self. i want to... Tue, 21 Aug 2012 09:36:01 EST Hello New to site. I started Monday and am still discovering all that's here. Enjoying all of it so far. <BR> I live in East Tennessee. Wed, 15 Aug 2012 22:32:22 EST Newbie to team! Good morning. <BR> I am a new team member from Memphis and am renewing my vigor with Spark People and my weight loss goals. I am currently 233 and need to be 180. My goal is 1 year! I can do it. I am eating less...but enough...and am committing to exercising daily. I play racquetball 3 days a week and am visiting the gym on 2 or 3 of the other days. <BR> <BR> Tue, 7 Aug 2012 11:38:12 EST Married, mom of 3 Hi! <BR> <BR> My name is Heather and I live in Mid TN w/ my husband and 3 beautiful kiddos. I am a school based therapist and my husband is a children and family entertainer. We have been married for 7 years and moved back to TN, just shy of 6 yrs ago. <BR> <BR> Weight has always been a struggle for me and the last time I about had it under control, I started grad school and got married. Fast forward several years later, add 3 kids, a dog and a full time job and my weight has sky rocketed.... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 20:23:39 EST new to the site hi everyone im a mother of 3 adult children im divorced and have struggled with my weight all my life at my heaviest ive weighed 275lbs and my lowest weight was 130lbs im belamic ive faced so much heartache and still do daily with my life but im ready for a complete change its my time to shine Mon, 6 Aug 2012 09:52:37 EST New Start Hey guys! I'm not exactly new to the Spark world...but I had to get a new account because of certain issues...anyway, y'all can feel free to add me as a friend and I'll add you back! :) Fri, 3 Aug 2012 13:32:55 EST AUGUST - OUR TEAM HAS GROWN! 6:03am ET -- 109,487 <em>244</em> Wed, 1 Aug 2012 06:04:24 EST AUGUST - EMOTICON YOU MOOD FOR THE DAY! <em>334</em> Wed, 1 Aug 2012 06:02:40 EST AUGUST - DID YOU READ A SPARK'S ARTICLE TODAY? <em>224</em> Wed, 1 Aug 2012 06:01:15 EST SONG OR ARTIST (A-Z STYLE) Aerosmith Wed, 1 Aug 2012 05:59:50 EST LAST LETTER OF LAST WORD (AUGUST) knifE Wed, 1 Aug 2012 05:58:46 EST 5 LETTER WORDS (A-Z STYLE) About Wed, 1 Aug 2012 05:56:44 EST ARE YOU MOTIVATED TODAY?? <em>244</em> Wed, 1 Aug 2012 05:55:05 EST AUGUST CHALLENGE - DID YOU EXERCISE TODAY? <em>104</em> Wed, 1 Aug 2012 05:53:49 EST AUGUST CHALLENGE - DID YOU DRINK YOUR 8 TODAY? <em>194</em> Wed, 1 Aug 2012 05:52:50 EST HAVE YOU HUDDLED WITH YOUR TEAM? <em>224</em> Wed, 1 Aug 2012 05:51:33 EST GIVE YOU TEAM AN AUGUST HUG! <em>247</em> Wed, 1 Aug 2012 05:49:45 EST SHOW YOUR TEAM SPIRIT WITH A "WOO HOO" <em>244</em> Wed, 1 Aug 2012 05:48:52 EST AUGUST LOG IN & BONUS POINTS SPIN 5 <em>390</em> 7 Wed, 1 Aug 2012 05:47:18 EST AUGUST ROLL CALL & CHAT <em>213</em> Let's have an awesome August!! Wed, 1 Aug 2012 05:46:08 EST Anyone in the Tullahoma area? I started a walking route under the Tullahoma zip code and noticed that I wasn't the only one who had done so. If there is anyone from this area looking for a partner to exercise with or even just walk, I'd be happy to know you! :) Tue, 31 Jul 2012 07:28:06 EST Finding Win Hello, My name is Win Sat, 28 Jul 2012 21:43:39 EST New to SP Hi everyone! I'm Loni from East TN. I've been on Sparkpeople for about a month and must admit I haven't been doing very well with eating/exercise but I'm ready to get serious and get healthy! Fri, 27 Jul 2012 22:45:10 EST New to SP Hi! I'm Nik. I am from Morristown TN. I am a wife and mom. I have a lot to lose and am looking forward to making huge changes in my life one step at a time. Good luck to all of you and thanks for having me on your team! Fri, 27 Jul 2012 00:26:12 EST Hello Everyone, Newbie Here :) Hello! I'm Sarah. I'm excited to be a part of this team and show my state pride :) It's almost football time in TN, but right now, I say it's fit time in TN! Wed, 18 Jul 2012 11:25:50 EST Hello All Hi, I am new to Sparks and just now started to explore the "Team" portion of the site. It is great to be here and I look forward to meeting new people. Any tips anyone has for me would be greatly welcomed. I look forward to reading on this team page. Thanks for having me. <BR> Have a beautiful day! <BR> <em>334</em> Mon, 16 Jul 2012 15:02:09 EST New to the team Hi! My name is Janice. I am from East Tennessee, Morristown to be exact. I will be 50 in October and want to get healthy an smaller by then. I need HELP! Sat, 14 Jul 2012 21:16:31 EST Hey y'all :) Hey there! I'm Caiti. I've decided to join SparkPeople to try and meet some people that are in the same boat as I am. I'm 19 and I've been overweight since I was 9 years old when I developed asthma and had to be put on steroids to strengthen my lungs. Ever since, I have never really been motivated to lose the weight that I've gained. Recently, it hit me that I will be turning 20 in five months, and shortly after that it will be 2013. I've made the decision that I want to exit my teenage years... Wed, 11 Jul 2012 21:09:08 EST Greetings! Joined today and looking forward to dropping 25 pounds! Have heard many great things about SparkPeople so decided to give it a try! Wed, 11 Jul 2012 16:45:12 EST hi Hi everyone! It's so hot here, and I haven't walked at all this week so far. :( It's supposed to be high of 80 here next week, Lord willing. I can't wait! I have Mari Winsor DVDs I *could* be using. Fri, 6 Jul 2012 23:09:10 EST Saying hi & begging for support! Hi y'all! <BR> <BR> I'm Sassafrass & I am brand new to this site recommended to me by my physician after I went to her in complete desperation. You see, I've gained 40 pounds in the past 6 years and although I "look" solid because I'm very active & fairly fit, I FEEL horrible and out of sorts....this is NOT the college athlete I once was, although that was 30+ years ago.... <BR> <BR> I am in my late 40s which doens't help but until recent years I've never had a weight problem because I ate... Fri, 6 Jul 2012 14:58:42 EST Hi from Sevierville TN Hi all, <BR> I am new to SP and have very little computer time so I am jumping in slowly. I am working to lose about 40 pounds and have lost 10 so far. I had a life-changing stay in the hospital the first week in Feb this year. After spending 6 days there on their heart healthy diet, I am no longer addicted to sugar (not easy living in the same house with a sister who is a cake decorator!) or salt and I have found a new love for veggies. I am 47 years old and work a desk job so exercise i... Thu, 5 Jul 2012 16:16:41 EST