SparkPeople 100+ pounds in 1 year Team Messageboard The ultimate challenge... are you ready? - This group is meant to be a support group as well as an informational group for people wanting to lose 100 (or more) pounds in a year. SparkPeople 100+ pounds in 1 year Team Messageboard End of Summer Weight Loss Challenge How much can you lose by the end of September? Join in! Sat, 10 Aug 2019 09:24:29 EST NSV What Did You Do Today? Do you have a Non Scale Victory NSV to share? Eat a new food, fit into a smaller size, tried a new recipe, worked out longer, do a new exercise? Sat, 10 Aug 2019 06:56:30 EST Goals for the Month What are your goals for the Month? Sat, 10 Aug 2019 06:50:16 EST Two Words Change One Two Words Change One <BR> <BR> Good Morning Sat, 10 Aug 2019 06:48:41 EST Sleepy in Oregon Hello, I'm Sarah. This year all my health issues became worse, migraines got worse, weight crept up to 260, I basically feel groggy and fatigued all the time. Then 4 months ago I started to feel nauseated and dizzy behind the steering wheel on my way to work one day and I was forced to quit my job when those symptoms became chronic, that was when my doctor of 3 years referred me to a sleep doctor for the first time. I was diagnosed with moderate sleep apnea and received and began using my cpa... Wed, 7 Nov 2018 23:54:35 EST Im new Hi guys just wanted to say Im sonya in the Scottish Highlands - hope your all doing great Wed, 1 Aug 2018 20:00:32 EST And here I go... My name is Chelle and I am a 44 year old single mum who has struggled with a seemingly no end in sight weight gain that has spanned nearly twenty years. It has cost me my marriage, and is a daily reminder of everything I can't do with my children. <BR> <BR> Doctor after doctor has done nothing for me. I have been mis-diagnosed with everything you can think of and still the weight would pile on despite the fact (though not one doctor would believe me) that I rigorously stuck to whatever eati... Mon, 18 Jun 2018 15:24:02 EST Birthday April 18th Sun, 4 Feb 2018 23:29:08 EST Flag points 10 points today! <BR> <em>244</em> Sun, 4 Feb 2018 23:27:53 EST Flag points 3 today Wed, 31 Jan 2018 20:53:08 EST Getting started Hi, Is this team still active ? I am getting started on my journey and want to have the support from the experts here. Thanks! Sat, 27 Jan 2018 11:40:11 EST Hello Everyone I'm Naomi and am just starting on my journey to lose weight. My husband and I have a large family and when the children came along, so did the pounds. I'm tracking my food now and exercising every day. I'm grateful to have found SparkPeople, because I really craved some motivation and accountability. Fri, 19 May 2017 12:43:41 EST Back after a few years Hi, everyone! <BR> <BR> It's pretty quiet here, so I'm posting my intro in the Chat/Roll call topic. <BR> <BR> Britephoenix <BR> Thu, 2 Feb 2017 17:50:50 EST Starting Q1 -- anyone else? I officially started Q1 today. When I drop this 100 lbs, I'll be at 240 -- leaving me with about another 100 to go. So, I guess you could say I'm on the "two year" plan. <BR> <BR> Anyone else just getting started? I'd love to have someone to chat with as we go. <BR> <BR> Cheers, <BR> K Sat, 29 Oct 2016 23:54:38 EST Good Morning! Hi, there! <BR> <BR> My name is Nicole and I have roughly 100 lbs to lose. My weight has always been a challenge for me and I am now a mama of a 5 month old! I have really been struggling since my husband and I started the journey of trying to have children but I have to take each day as it is. I look forward to the support on this team. Sun, 29 May 2016 09:32:03 EST Getting back to Sparkpeople Hi, I am just getting back to sparkpeople, and would love to hear from people on the team. I am working towards my weight loss, and I have some powerful motivators right now--want new job, want health! <BR> I am currently in school, and stay busy taking care of a really active family. What do you guys do? Tue, 8 Mar 2016 07:24:42 EST Occupations (A-Z) aerobic instructor Thu, 25 Feb 2016 19:59:44 EST Q1 Reporting I hope I'm doing this how you want it. Let me know. <BR> <BR> <BR> Start Weight - <BR> Goal Weight - <BR> <BR> Post weight in pounds: <BR> Week 1 <BR> Week 2 <BR> Week 3 <BR> Week 4 <BR> Thu, 25 Feb 2016 19:55:45 EST 2016 Q1 Give & Get Support Please post and let us know how it is going! Thu, 25 Feb 2016 19:44:32 EST How Many Flag Points for Our Team Today? When you clicked on the red flag (on start page) many points did you get for our team today? Sat, 30 Jan 2016 21:05:36 EST Biggest Loser team challenge If you're looking for a challenge and ready to make a commitment....I have the challenge for you! <BR> <BR> Biggest Loser is the name. It's a 10 week commitment. You have several teams (with 24 members) that compete with each other. Main requirement is to weigh in each week. If you know for some reason that you can't post your weight (let the leaders know). Otherwise after 2 missed weigh ins (with no excuse) you would be moved to honorary. We have ITC (inter team challenges) that consist of ... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 21:23:20 EST Question for 1/18 <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> Would you take part in a challenge on this team? Mon, 18 Jan 2016 19:33:05 EST Chat/Roll Call Stop by and let us know how you are doing...or what is going on in your day. If you don't have time...then, just post an emoticon. We'd love to hear from you and be here for the encouragement and support. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 19:26:21 EST What Are You Struggling With? Sometimes, we struggle and often times another person can have a suggestion that really helps. Share here your struggles of the, we can help each other. <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> <em>521</em> <em>381</em> <em>247</em> Mon, 18 Jan 2016 10:32:48 EST 4th Quarter Challenge (October - December) 2015 Who would like to participate in a 4th quarter challenge? I don't know if any of the team leaders are active anymore, but we could have a challenge anyway. Will anyone join me? Thu, 24 Sep 2015 13:31:08 EST Just getting started. Hey sparkies! I'm Nicole and joined spark people late last night. I am excited to share this journey with you. <BR> <BR> I'm on a mission to loose 200 lbs. So far, I'm down 18...Which, is almost 10%. I feel it's important to celebrate the small victories! So every 10% of my goals has a reward associated with it. I'll be posting the details in my profile later. <BR> <BR> I hope to meet like minded people here and share is each others success!! :) Sun, 13 Sep 2015 13:06:16 EST 2015 Last Month of Q2 - Challenge Reporting Instructions: <BR> Copy the week 1-5 reporting template section between the 2 yield signs and paste into a reply message on this thread. Each week you'll be using the edit message button to update your original message showing your weight changes. <BR> <BR> Reporting Cutoff: The weekly cutoffs is Monday and the posting deadline is Tuesday at midnight. Anything posted after that cutoff won't be included in that week's winner announcement, which will be posted in the 2015 Last Month of Q2 Ch... Sat, 30 May 2015 13:09:23 EST 2015 Last Month of Q2 - Instructions <em>227</em> <BR> PLEASE DO NOT POST INTO THIS THREAD <BR> READ ONLY INSTRUCTIONS <BR> <BR> 1) Please edit your SparkPage personal signature section by listing your first name and area where you live. This helps us get to know each other better and provides a time zone reference. <BR> <BR> 2) 2014 Q2 Reporting thread: go to bottom of thread to the very first post (note: there may be more than 1 page if we get high participation), copy the template, create a reply. Then every week edit... Sat, 30 May 2015 13:06:41 EST 2015 Last Month of Q2 - Instructions <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> PLEASE DO NOT POST INTO THIS THREAD <BR> READ ONLY INSTRUCTIONS <BR> <BR> If you missed my post in the General Team Discussion Forum: I have reached out to the team leaders to see what the direction this thread is going in. While I weight for a response, I though I would issue the Challenge for the last month of 2nd Quarter 2015. So here goes to all wishing to participate. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1) Please edit your SparkPage personal signature section by ... Sat, 30 May 2015 12:50:32 EST Attention!!! Thought that might get someone's attention. <BR> <BR> I have reached out to our team leaders: GOPINTOS, FAVALL, HAUNTED13 to see what direction this team is going. And being the impatient type I cant wait 10 minutes for a response before taking action. So forgive me for diving in. <BR> <BR> I have been away for SP for awhile and don't know what happened why the board just fizzled and honestly I don't need to know. I want to look forward not backward. What can I do to make today and tomo... Sat, 30 May 2015 12:48:50 EST Weigh-ins I'm new, and I don't see a current challenge thread, so I hope it's okay for me to start a weigh-in thread here. Weight loss isn't my primary goal, but the numbers do motivate me. <BR> <BR> Day 1, 5/4/15: 333 <BR> 5/11: 319 (-14) <BR> 5/18: 319.4 (+.4/-13.6) <BR> 5/25: Fri, 8 May 2015 00:14:25 EST Hello! I am so ready to live a healthy life! I know that with hard work, determination, and the right amount of support I can make this goal a reality! :) Sun, 26 Apr 2015 14:01:38 EST What next? Hi all, trying to find some new friends or a team to "hang" with. I need more support and interaction than what I've been doing. I can't stand being this miserable but can't seem to do anything about it either:( Anyone else looking for new friends? Sun, 28 Dec 2014 15:26:53 EST What possesses me? What possesses me to do as I did yesterday, do good at tracking all day long, exercising, etc.... only to throw it all away in the evening by: <BR> 1. Not tracking <BR> 2. Selecting fattening foods. <BR> <BR> I did an estimate afterward (I'm pretty good at estimating portions, so its probably fairly accurate) and I figure I ate about 1500 calories in the course of 2-3 hours. <em>198</em> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 09:05:24 EST Help... I'm Confused? What is meant by "Q2" and "Q3", does that mean quarter 2 and quarter 3? <BR> <BR> I'll assume for now that it does, which leads me to next question, if I just joined the group toward the end of August, do I start at "Q1" since it is MY first quarter, or do I jump into "Q3" since July-August-September is the third quarter of 2014??? <BR> <BR> Also, I read something about a "template" but couldn't find it. Sat, 30 Aug 2014 14:55:49 EST Back to SP, new to this team Hello, my name is Vicki. When I first started trying to lose weight I weighed 284 pounds, I've gained and lost and gained and lost and gained and lost, got down to 215, back up to 275, down again, up again, on and on. Currently my weight is 257.9. <BR> <BR> For a while I was logging elsewhere, but have decided I was doing better on sparkpeople, so I'm back. New to this team though, because I'd really like to take off 100 pounds in a year, that would put me within 7 pounds of my goal. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:01:26 EST Adjusting My Goals This morning I read an amazing blog by a Spark Friend, CRABADA. It was titled "The Goal Weight Myth," and it was brilliantly written. She discussed how she'd had her body fat percentage measured and realized that if she was going to get to the goal weight she'd set without losing muscle, she'd have to get to 0% body fat. <BR> This struck me hard because I'm strength training (borderline bodybuilding) along with working on losing my body fat. I want MORE muscle, not even just to maintain. I ha... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 13:22:59 EST Victories! I have fought hard the last few days to bounce back from a rough start to this week. After a disappointing weigh in last Monday, I struggled, but I'm back on track and hitting both nutrition and activity strong. <BR> <BR> I am 43-years-old and have been obese for all of my adult life, but never had high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high blood sugar, or any of the other common challenges faced by the morbidly obese. At the end of December I weighed in at my highest ever (407) and, for ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:03:03 EST Getting back into SP Hi everyone :), <BR> <BR> I've been a member of this team for a while but I've mostly been lurking for the past couple of months. I really need to get back on track with exercise and eating right so I thought I'd become more active on my spark teams again. <BR> <BR> Right now I'm really just trying to eat at home (rather than eat out) and break that habit and I'm doing some 30 day challenges (e.g. squats, push ups, sit ups, wall sits, those types of things) and walking 3 days a week. <... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 18:20:53 EST Q3 Goal Tracking (I hope I'm doing this right. I'm just getting started.) <BR> <BR> I didn't do it right. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:00:54 EST Q3 Reporting Instructions: <BR> Copy the week 1-13 reporting template section between the 2 yield signs and paste into a reply message on this thread. Each week you'll be using the edit message button to update your original message showing your weight changes. ***THIS THREAD WILL REMAIN MUCH MORE MANAGEABLE IF YOU ADD YOUR WEIGHT EACH WEEK BY EDITING YOUR ORIGINAL POST RATHER THAN COPYING IT AND MAKING A NEW POST!!!**** <BR> <BR> If you have any questions, please send and SP mail to me. <BR> <BR> <... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 14:41:22 EST Did I kill this team? and Post-4th De'Briefing Ugg... I hope this team didn't "die" because I joined it. That's happened so many times with me. <BR> ---- <BR> Post-4th De'Briefing: <BR> I felt like I was somewhere ok-to-not-bad. 2 beers, 2 handfuls of chips, no deviled eggs (which I made!), an absolutely insane amount of dessert items, and 4 hotdogs (2 dogs per bun). <BR> <BR> When I weighed in on Monday, I broken even for the week. WHEW! Clearly, the running around I was doing that day also helped. <BR> ---- <BR> This week's impr... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 14:01:44 EST Faux-sweetened beverages Just wondering ---- does anyone notice mood/eating changes when using Crystal Light or other faux-sweeteners? I'd love to get some lemonade or other flavored water action. Thoughts? <BR> <BR> Thanks--Amanda Wed, 25 Jun 2014 09:58:02 EST Wheat, carbs, diets and allergies? How do you know if you have a problem with eating wheat or carbs and if that is what's keeping you from losing weight? What would the symptoms be? For me, I'm a very "allergicy" "puffy" person in general. I have real allergies to dogs, some cats, rabbits, strong smells like perfume, cigarettes, animal bedding and foods like fruits with skins on them (I can eat some once peeled), raw carrots, nuts with skins ( peanuts are kind of okay). I take a daily inhaler (Advair) as maintenance. After I h... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 12:03:56 EST New 30 day challenge "Make Fat Cry" My friend just sent me this link to see if I was interested in a 30 day challenge and after doing some research I decided to go for it. I thought I would share the link and see if anyone else was interested in trying it out. I love trying out new things and doing m best to keep me on my toes with different types of activity. <BR> <BR> Here is the link, check it out and if you decide to join let me know so we can keep each other on point. <BR> <BR> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 15:13:56 EST Setting little goals I like to set little goals. I find them easier to achieve and focus on. <BR> <BR> My 1st weight goal is 10% of my starting weight <BR> My little goals for April and May are: <BR> <BR> 1 mug(1.5) cups of water per hour I am awake <BR> Workout DVDs (belly dance and yoga) 1 hour each morning before I shower and get dressed. <BR> <BR> Eat fruit and/or vegetables with every meal or snack. <BR> <BR> Take a half hour walk in my neighborhood per day. <BR> <BR> They are all small and doable. Onc... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 11:48:17 EST 2014 Q2 Challenge Exercise Accomplishments Swimming with my 3 grandgirls for 2.5 hours - I counted it as treading water and it burned a bunch of calories. I was tired afterward but so were they! <em>102</em> nap time was AWESOME! Mon, 14 Apr 2014 01:31:47 EST 2014 Q2 Challenge BONUS REPORTING EXAMPLE of FAVALL's REPORTING THREAD: <BR> <BR> PLEASE EDIT YOUR ORIGINAL POST FOR ALL UPDATES: <BR> <BR> Week 1 ____ points (4/1 - 4/7) ***I will post my week 1 bonus points on 4/8 <BR> Week 2 ____ points (4/8 - 4/14) <BR> Week 3 ____ points (4/15 - 4/21) <BR> Week 4 ____ points (4/22 - 4/28) <BR> Week 5 ____ points (4/29 - 5/5) <BR> Week 6 ____ points (5/6 - 5/12) <BR> Week 7 ____ points (5/13 - 5/19) <BR> Week 8 ____ points (5/20 - 5/26) <BR> Week 9 ____ points (5/27 - 6/2) <BR> Week ... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 14:18:41 EST 2014 Q2 Challenge BONUS Instructions <em>227</em> <BR> PLEASE DO NOT POST INTO THIS THREAD. IT IS A READ ONLY INSTRUCTION PLACEHOLDER LOCATION. <BR> <BR> BONUS Instructions: <BR> Join the Bonus activity at any time during the quarter. <BR> Copy the week 1-13 reporting template section between the 2 yield signs and paste into a reply on the 2014 Q2 Challenge BONUS REPORTING thread. <BR> <BR> Each week you'll need to return to this thread to see the weekly bonus activity specifics for that week. The week's activities will... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 14:15:19 EST 2104 Q2 Challenge BONUS Instructions sorry - a mislabled topic - not in use and unable to delete <BR> Thu, 3 Apr 2014 14:12:11 EST 2014 Q2 Challenge Support thread This is the location for team interaction. Thu, 3 Apr 2014 13:48:00 EST 2014 Q2 Challenge Reporting Instructions: <BR> Copy the week 1-13 reporting template section between the 2 yield signs and paste into a reply message on this thread. Each week you'll be using the edit message button to update your original message showing your weight changes. <BR> <BR> Reporting Cutoff: The weekly cutoffs is Monday and the posting deadline is Tuesday at midnight. Anything posted after that cutoff won't be included in that week's winner announcement, which will be posted in the 214 Q2 Challenge Suppo... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 13:25:44 EST 2014 Q2 - Instructions <em>227</em> <BR> PLEASE DO NOT POST INTO THIS THREAD <BR> READ ONLY INSTRUCTIONS <BR> <BR> 1) Please edit your SparkPage personal signature section by listing your first name and area where you live. This helps us get to know each other better and provides a time zone reference. <BR> <BR> 2) 2014 Q2 Reporting thread: go to bottom of thread to the very first post (note: there may be more than 1 page if we get high participation), copy the template, create a reply. Then every week edit y... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 11:48:28 EST Waves Am new and just wanted to say Hi.....smiles <BR> Sun, 23 Mar 2014 19:31:10 EST Hello Everyone! Looking to make some friends My name is Dawn. I am a 34 year old RN and mother of 3 kiddos. I have been tracking for about 10 days but am still lacking motivation. I do great all day but when I get home, the snacking ensues. <BR> <BR> I have asked my husband to get me a spark activity tracker for mothers day, and part of me I think is waiting till then to really get started, but I am hoping that making friends and becoming part of this group will help me get going long before May. <BR> <BR> I hope to get to know many... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 07:58:48 EST How do you inspire yourself? OK, I want to do this SOOO bad, but it starts getting hard and I start to feel like I've failed even though I'm just beginning. I've decided I have to start finding ways to keep myself inspired throughout the day. If I lived alone I'd have motivational photos plastered to every surface, I'd have embarrassing photos of myself everywhere. I'd be trying to remind myself what this is all about. I don't live alone though, and I have three daughters to think about. While I'm not happy with my weigh... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 15:39:30 EST Some new recipes for inspiration - low carb Hi folks <BR> <BR> I'm definitley on track for 100 lbs in a year - started a low carb diet about 5 weeks ago and loving it. <BR> <BR> To the point where I have started to create and publish my own recipes! <BR> <BR> Today's new addition was a LOWER carb version of low carb spag bol. <BR> <BR> Enjoy! <BR> <BR> I guess I, like most low carbers, have stumbled across spag bol recipes that reduce carbs dramatically by using cabbage or zucchini strings as pasta. <BR> <BR> My problem is the b... Sat, 8 Mar 2014 21:59:19 EST Hola peeps :-) Hello, I'm Shanny and I am here to get and give support. I admire you all for what you're doing. I am so ready to lose this weight. More for health reasons but of course I want to be fine too ;-) I look forward to getting to know you all. Wed, 5 Mar 2014 20:18:31 EST FUN EXERCISE!!! All movement counts toward our fitness goals. There are plenty of recreational exercise types that are FUN!. Let's use this tread to tell the team about your fun exercise ideas and experiences. <BR> <BR> I'll start off... this weekend I am going to a roller skating rink with a group of friends. I haven't roller skated in 30 years but am really excited for the opportunity. Fri, 28 Feb 2014 12:37:41 EST Workout Option Links This is a place to find a work option for you! Mon, 24 Feb 2014 11:18:55 EST Introducing Spark Friend Feed Enhancements SP announced yesterday that the Friend Feed has been updated. <BR> <BR> Your Friend Feed shows you the recent activity of your SparkFriends: things like new blog posts they've made, their status updates, and even when they've won a trophy. You can find a shortened view of your Friend Feed in Step 3 on your Start Page, or see it in full by clicking "Friend Feed" under the "Community" tab at the top of the site... <BR> <BR> Enhancements are: <BR> <BR> - A new design. SP has cleaned up the Fr... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 15:10:57 EST February sweet to you? Let's encourage each other to be "sweet" to ourselves in other ways than candy and desserts. Reply daily with one thing you did for yourself that was good for you and felt like a reward or special care for yourself item. <BR> <em>129</em> <em>26</em> <em>129</em> <em>26</em> <em>129</em> Sun, 2 Feb 2014 21:13:31 EST Will this be possible? Hi, I'm back on Spark again. I have over 100 lbs to lose and I'm avoiding fad "diets" this time around. My goal is to decrease the junk/fast/processed foods I eat and replace them with natural and healthy home cooked meals. <BR> I have a few things working against me. I don't get enough sleep. I know that. I have an almost 4 year old and I work a graveyard shift so I typically go to sleep at 10 pm and wake up at 2am 5 days a week. I also had a knee injury in November of last year that I am S... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 15:45:35 EST Articles for Discussion Here's a place for us to post interesting articles for the team. Discuss what thoughts come up and or how you might incorporate this new information into your SparkPeople program. Thu, 30 Jan 2014 12:29:39 EST Challenge - GOTC and GOTCAD This is a challenge to the team where various members take turns posting a challenge to get off the couch (GOTC or GOTCAD adding dance). They'd post a challenge to do a certain exercise for a number of reps or length of time or a link for a U-Tube video that got the rest of the team moving and having fun. <BR> <BR> After completing the activity post the goal met emoticon <BR> <em>248</em> <BR> along with any comment about the activity or how you felt afterward <BR> <BR> Let's get goi... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 14:16:31 EST 2nd half of January Action Plans What steps will you take in the remainder of January to achieve your goals? <BR> Sat, 25 Jan 2014 12:26:43 EST Starving one day and great the next, what's up? So I'm feeling great one day, I clean my house, ride my bike, pretty much stay busy but the next day I can't seem to move and I'm starving all day long! I don't know what's wrong with me. I'm eating my calories and it's not junk calories. I'm eating baked chicken, baked potatoes, things like that. Any advice? Fri, 17 Jan 2014 17:58:58 EST 2014 Q1 Give & Get Support Thread! Please post and let us know how it is going! <em>381</em> <BR> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 14:08:51 EST 2014 Q1 Challenge Reporting Thread So since GOPINTOS hasn't been around this first week of 2014, I thought I would take the bull by the horns and set up the tracking thread for this quarters challenge. I pray everything is okay with her and she will rejoin us soon and find out that we haven't abandoned ship! So let's do this!! <BR> <BR> ****Please post only once in this thread and then edit it each time you track your new weight.**** <BR> <em>381</em> <em>194</em> <em>386</em> <em>185</em> <em>306</em> <em>5... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 18:28:29 EST 2014 Q4 Challenge Reporting Thread So since GOPINTOS hasn't been around this first week of 2014, I thought I would take the bull by the horns and set up the tracking thread for this quarters challenge. I pray everything is okay with her and she will rejoin us soon and find out that we haven't abandoned ship! So let's do this!! <BR> <BR> ****Please post only once in this thread and then edit it each time you track your new weight.**** <BR> <em>381</em> <em>194</em> <em>386</em> <em>185</em> <em>220</em> <BR... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 17:45:53 EST This team needs updated The topics are old. Just sayin'. Might help postings. Sun, 5 Jan 2014 09:26:39 EST Kicking off 2014! I love the idea that I really could possibly lose 100 pounds in a year. That seems like such an overwhelming idea, but at 2 pounds a week it makes perfect sense. <BR> <BR> This new leg of the journey started 2 weeks ago when I weighed in at 250. My highest weight ever was 3 years ago when I hit 252. Too close! Cannot bear the idea of hitting that mark again, much less surpassing it. I'm really kicking up my steps. I use the Wii for now since it's easier on my joints. Once I get my wei... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 21:10:18 EST I need this team! My name is Mona and I live in WV. I am 53 and need to lose ideally 110 pounds. I started 2 weeks ago at 250 and am feeling more in control. I am now at 246.3. Have taken some important steps to get moving. I have a FITBIT and love it and am using the WW point system.. Shooting for 10k steps everyday, except Sunday. Tue, 31 Dec 2013 17:01:20 EST Does anyone have a fitbit? Does anyone have a fitbit? I have been wanting one, and finally got one for Christmas. Just wondering how everyone else likes theirs. Any input you offer will be greatly appreciated. Thu, 26 Dec 2013 18:52:19 EST Healthy Holiday Survival Guide "Tips for a Healthier Holiday Season <BR> <BR> Don't let your wellness fall by the wayside this winter! These tips, recipes and workouts will help you stay healthy and motivated all the way until spring." <BR> <BR> <link><BR>e_center.asp?id=5 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>445</em> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 08:41:08 EST Few More Spark Changes Per Coach Tanya: <BR> <BR> This morning we launched a slightly redesigned version of the nutrition tracker. The changes entail: <BR> <BR> 1) An overall visual redesign. We simplified the colors, and a few other things. The goal was to better match the redesigns recently launched on pages like our homepage and Start page. <BR> <BR> 2) As part of the redesign, we moved a few things around the page: <BR> - The biggest is that the water tracker, Tracker Options, and Daily Feedback buttons were... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 17:13:00 EST 26 Fitness Experts Share 3 Best Weight Loss Tips Fantastic Compilation of Helpful Tips! <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> From Coach Calorie: <BR> "I reached out to numerous PhDs, nutritionists, TV hosts, fitness pros, celebrity trainers, influential bloggers, authors, and personal trainers and asked them to share their 3 best weight loss tips. They didn’t disappoint. <BR> <BR> Below you will find a small section dedicated to each fitness expert that includes a picture, a short bio, and their 3 best weight loss tips. I encourage you to click th... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 10:14:29 EST November Birthdays!! NOVEMBER <BR> <BR> 01 - <BR> 02 - <BR> 03 - TAMMYVB12 <BR> <link><BR>MMYVB12 </link> <BR> 04 - <BR> 05 - <BR> 06 - <BR> 07 - ACTIONHEROFOX <BR> <link><BR>TIONHEROFOX </link> <BR> 08 - <BR> 09 - <BR> 10 - <BR> 11 - <BR> 12 - <BR> 13 - <BR> 14 - <BR> 15 - LATINA1980 (Patricia) <BR> <link><BR>TINA1980 </link> <BR> 16 - <BR> 17 - Verdouxkai <BR> <link> Sun, 3 Nov 2013 07:41:26 EST What are your November goals? My November goals are: <BR> Water aerobics at least 3 to 4 times a week. <BR> Use the stairs to my 3rd floor condo at least once a day. <BR> Abstinent eating every day w/ at least 5 mini meals a day <BR> Absolutely no sugars. <BR> Fri, 1 Nov 2013 08:00:56 EST SparkGuy's Blog about New Start Page! <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5519295 </link> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 15:24:50 EST Random Act of Kindness Weekend This weekend, let's visit 5 of your fellow team members. Some ideas are to visit their page and comment, or send a spark goodie, or maybe visit their blog and comment. <BR> <BR> I love visiting team members and encouraging them along their journey. To be honest, it really helps me to stay on track also! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Report back if you visited, or if you were visited!! Fri, 18 Oct 2013 18:01:00 EST Tips to Stay Full Longer Tips to Stay Full Longer <BR> Beat Hunger and Boost Satisfaction <BR> -- By Becky Hand, Licensed & Registered Dietitian <BR> <BR> <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=673 </link> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 15:45:59 EST Changes coming! Brand New SparkPeople Experience! "Introducing a Brand New SparkPeople Experience!" <BR> <BR> Starting on Monday, October 21, 2013 <BR> <BR> "So what's changing? Your SparkPeople "Start" page. Members of SparkPeople know this page well since it's the page you see every time you log in to your SparkPeople account. That page has undergone a few changes over the years, but none are going to have as big of an impact as this one. The page is laid out in a completely new way, and even has some brand-new features!" <BR> <BR> <li... Fri, 18 Oct 2013 08:55:46 EST 30 Day Skinny Jeans Challenge If you accept the challenge, please come back and let us know how it is going so we can cheer each other on!! <em>321</em> <BR> <BR> *************************** <BR> <BR> The 30-Day Skinny Jeans Workout Plan <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st=the_30day_skinny_jeans_workout_plan </link> <BR> <BR> From Coach Nicole: <BR> "As a fun way to motivate our readers to keep working toward their goals, I developed a brand new challenge that is sure to kick your butt—... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 09:40:42 EST 4 Bodyweight Exercises to Tone Your Butt 4 Bodyweight Exercises to Tone Your Butt <BR> Take 7 Minutes to Reshape Your Rear <BR> -- By Nicole Nichols, Certified Personal Trainer <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=1947 </link> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 09:25:24 EST October Birthdays!! Be sure to drop by and wish our fellow teammates a <em>383</em> <BR> <BR> OCTOBER <BR> <BR> 01 - <BR> 02 - <BR> 03 - IAMWORTHIT14 <BR> <link><BR>MWORTHIT14 </link> <BR> CORVINESQUE <BR> <link><BR>RVINESQUE </link> <BR> 04 - <BR> 05 - KATESCHOICE <BR> <link><BR>TESCHOICE </link> <BR> 06 - Kimberlyjcurtis <BR> <link><BR>mberlyjcurtis </lin... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 20:32:59 EST Word of the day 10-12-2013 Determined: <BR> Determined is a very strong word for me...and I need to adapt that word to my life every day. The problems I've recently had in reference to complications with my blood sugar has opened my eyes to just how susceptible I am to becoming completely disabled or even worse. So I am moving forward with strong determination to maintain my abstinent food plan. Of course I'll be doing all the other things I need to do in order to improve my fitness and health status. I am determin... Sat, 12 Oct 2013 14:09:41 EST A Guide to Walking Meditation A Guide to Walking Meditation <BR> Zen and the Art of Multitasking <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=894 </link> Sat, 12 Oct 2013 05:33:38 EST New Team Leaders CARRIE925 & GGJUNEBUG!! Please welcome CARRIE925 & GGJUNEBUG as new team leaders! <BR> <BR> CARRIE925 will be helping us out in the Welcome Wagon Department!!! <BR> GGJUNEBUG will be visiting the blogs written by our team members!! <BR> <BR> Please drop by and let them know they are much appreciated!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>RRIE925 </link> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>JUNEBUG </link> <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 09:38:26 EST 4th Quarter New Team Leader, FAVALL! Please forgive me, I don't think I introduced FAVALL as our newest team leader for the 4th Quarter Challenge!!! <BR> <BR> Please drop by and let her know how much we appreciate her!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>VALL </link> <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 09:35:06 EST The word for today 10-10-2013 The word of today: Perseverance <BR> <BR> I use the word perseverance today with all earnestness. Today I am just as determined as ever to work on myself in getting fit and healthy. For me, this does not only mean that I have to shed the extra pounds, but I have to also work on my blood sugar and try very hard to keep it in good control. I've been seriously ill in the last recent few days...and required hospitalization due to serious complications with my diabetes. I will have to use cons... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 07:11:07 EST Our word today 10/07/2013 Faith: <BR> Having faith in my ability is essential in order for me to move forward with progress in my weight loss journey. I understand that I have a lot of help while on this journey...I have my good friends on SP, and all of the awesome SP tools. And I have my 12 step program as well. However, the bottom line is, no one can do this job for me but me. So after many years of starting and stopping, I am realizing that my faith and commitment in myself and my program is what's been miss... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 05:32:18 EST Our word of the day for 10-06-2013 Acceptance- <BR> I found out recently that one of the causes for my overeating for all of theses years, is because I didn't accept my life as it was....I was in fear that my needs would not be met.. I was looking for the shoe to fall down on me and my life would be ruined at any minute. The questions before me was, what if I never got enough love, money, friends, good housing, or would be the perfect wife? The what ifs goes on and on in perpetuity. <BR> Thanks to my breakthrough, I am f... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 08:40:51 EST Tell us Something Good You've Done for Yourself Recently I went to the IHOP restaurant with my daughter for a late breakfast...which was her choice of restaurant. I had an egg omelet stuffed with veggies (no cheese), a small fruit salad, and a cup of coffee...AND I DIDN'T HAVE ANY PANCAKES!! My daughter on the other had had a big stack of pancakes with syrup, sausage, eggs and orange juice. <BR> <BR> What could have been a disaster for me in my weight loss journey that day, turned out to be a nice visit with my daughter while I ate a s... Sat, 5 Oct 2013 05:02:48 EST Word of the Day 01-05-2013 Our word of the day is focus. <BR> <BR> When I keep my focus on my entire weight loss program, I seem to do my best. This includes getting up early 3 or 4 mornings a week to take my walk inside of my condo complex before the sun comes up. This includes going to my water aerobics class for a minimum of 3 times a week. This also includes keeping the foods I need available in my kitchen so there will be no excuses for not eating the foods appropriate for me to have. And finally, I need to pr... Sat, 5 Oct 2013 04:37:42 EST What are your October goals? My October goal is to lose 10 pounds and to exercise 5 days a week. Fri, 4 Oct 2013 07:21:54 EST The word of the day 10-04-2013 Word of the day: <BR> Proactive: <BR> I believe in order for me to have better success in my weight loss journey, I'll need to be proactive. This means that I'll need to stay on top of things in order to get the job done. <BR> I'll have to stop with the excuses, dig in my heels and do what is necessary along the journey. I accept that there will be uncomfortable days for me, especially now since I have a new beginning, but never the less I will remain proactive. What I need to do is impo... Fri, 4 Oct 2013 07:13:50 EST Our word of the day Oct. 03/2013 Our word of the day: <BR> Discipline <BR> I've been having to struggle a lot harder to keep my discipline this time around. So here is what I am doing to improve in this area; <BR> 1- Close down the kitchen between 7-8pm <BR> 2-Stop buying "little goodies" and bring in the house with the pretense to giving them to my grandchildren when they visit <BR> 3-Be sure I am organized enough to keep the foods I need available in my kitchen <BR> 4-Keep a bottle of water close by and drink from all da... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 07:13:38 EST September Fitness Minute Leaders! 1)  MY2MANYDOGS 3,600 <BR> 2)  MOTHEPRO 3,509 <BR> 3)  SQUIRRELMOMMA1 3,461 <BR> 4)  STEPHBYSTEP 2,822 <BR> 5)  LROZYLA 2,811 <BR> 6)  SULTANA2013 2,803 <BR> 7)  TEDDIEBEAR1209 2,670 <BR> 8)  EDGYKITTEN 2,613 <BR> 9)  CR8822 2,535 <BR> 10)  SHERICAN 2,324 <BR> 11)  FAVALL 2,279 <BR> 12)  LULUBELLE65 2,059 <BR> 13)  MISTYRIOS 2,043 <BR> 14)  JLM418 1,993 <BR> 15)  WISHICOULDFLY 1,987 <BR> 16)  VICKYMARIEC 1,972 <BR> 17)  OVERHAULING-ME 1,960 <BR> 18)  LISAHW 1,890 <BR> 19)  KORTNI10 1,816 <BR>... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 17:03:18 EST 30 New Emoticons! From SP: <BR> "Our Tech folks put up about 30 new emoticons today, based on some of the most popular suggestions you've given. <BR> <BR> Enjoy!" Wed, 2 Oct 2013 15:54:19 EST Newbie here Hi I'am new here to the team Tue, 1 Oct 2013 18:27:53 EST Exercise and minutes completed In this thread, we can post our exercises we do every day, and how many minutes we spend doing them. I've been going to the pool at the gym for my water aerobic exercises. I usually would spend anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours in the pool. I also like to get out of my house early in the mornings before the sun is up and go for a 20 minute walk around my condo complex. . In both cases, including the pool and my walk, when I come back home I feel wonderful. <em>224</em> Tue, 1 Oct 2013 09:01:41 EST Our word for today Our word today is motivation. <BR> What does it takes to keep you motivated? <BR> When we have the incentive to accomplish a goal, then we are motivated. Some days we may be motivated more than other days, but the important thing is for us to keep our motivation. We can keep our motivation better by keeping our eyes on the prize. We can do this by keeping a visual image of what we want to look like 3 months from now...or perhaps a year from now. Spark People provides a ton of things ... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 07:51:00 EST 2013 Q4 Challenge Reporting Thread! TODAY'S DATE= 10-01-2013 <BR> SW- 268 pounds <BR> GW- 250 pounds Tue, 1 Oct 2013 06:18:42 EST 2013 Q4 Give & Get Support Thread! Good morning everyone. So excited to see the beginning of our last quarter for the year. I'm sure I will have many challenges as I often do, but I'm confident that I will make some progress. My biggest problem is night eating. I simply have to learn how to be just as consistent with my food plan at night as I am during the day time hours. Tue, 1 Oct 2013 06:10:06 EST How to export nutrition data report? How to export nutrition data report? <BR> <BR> When I try to export my nutrition data report (the link at the bottom of the page) it open an excel file, but the file is blank and has NO info on it. <BR> <BR> Anyone have any ideas? <BR> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 21:40:23 EST 2013 Q4 Give & Get Support Thread! Please check in often and let us know how it's going, and let's cheer each other on!!! <em>321</em> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 20:58:08 EST 2013 Q4 Challenge Reporting Thread! 4th Quarter Challenge Reporting Thread! <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> This is our final push of the year, taking us into the holidays! <em>460</em> <BR> <BR> A new slimmer-trimmer us to show off at the family gathering!!! <em>7</em> <BR> <BR> Start Weight - <BR> Goal Weight - Fri, 27 Sep 2013 20:55:05 EST I'm ready Hello team, <BR> I'm Heather and need to lose at least 100lbs. I am the heaviest I have ever been in the 33 years I have been alive, to include having 4 children. I need some motivation and accountability. I hope to get to know you all and celebrate everyone's achievements!!!! Fri, 27 Sep 2013 20:37:01 EST I started exercising and gained weight. Why? Q <BR> I just started exercising to lose weight, but I've gained weight. Why did this happen? <BR> <BR> <BR> A It's true that many people either gain a little weight or don't see any change on the scale for as long as 4-6 weeks after making a significant change in their level of exercise. This is often explained as "gaining muscle while losing fat" but that isn't quite accurate. This extra weight is usually water. <BR> <BR> When you start doing more exercise, your body begins storing mo... Sat, 7 Sep 2013 11:15:54 EST What are your September Goals? Do you have any September Goals for Nutrition? <em>301</em> <BR> For Fitness? <em>311</em> <BR> Do you want to start a new streak? <em>249</em> <BR> Continue a streak? <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> Tell us about your September Goals so we can cheer each other on!! <em>381</em> Sun, 1 Sep 2013 10:50:13 EST How was your day? Well today was a good day for me. I was down a pound this morning. 77 minutes of movement burned 1034 Calories. Walking and TKD both had me sweating today. I am below my 1200 calories forget about the additional calories burned. Hopefully the scales will be nice tomorrow. So how was your day? <BR> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 21:21:58 EST Plan for success: WEEK OF 08/26- 09/01 This new thread is to help us with our motivation and accountability, and to stay on the right track going forward in our weight loss journey. <BR> <BR> My plan for success this week is: <BR> 1) Eating three meals daily with no more than 300 to 400 calories each. <BR> 2) Eat a small snack before bedtime for under 200 calories (to help keep my blood sugar stabilized) <BR> 3) Do some form of exercising at least 3 to 4 times a week...preferably dancing or water aerobics <BR> 4) Log on to spar... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 10:30:18 EST New Team Leader, CAROL3SAN!! Please welcome CAROL3SAN as a new team leader! So glad to have her on board. Be sure and drop by and thank her and let her know how much we appreciate her! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ROL3SAN </link> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 19:59:59 EST Feels Good to Be Back What? Start on a Tuesday, who ever heard of such a thing? Its supposed to be Monday, right? LOL My feeling is, if you are ready, strike while the iron is hot!!! <BR> <BR> I'm here, digging in my heels and ready to lose 100+ pounds by 8/20/14! <BR> <BR> Let's do this thing!!! Tue, 20 Aug 2013 13:52:08 EST Team Leader anyone? If you would like to be a team leader, please let me know. <BR> <BR> Helping other people is one of the best ways to stay on track and reach your own goals. We can all learn from each other, and support each other as we strive to reach our goals and travel on this journey to being Fit & Healthy together! <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> Melinda <BR> <BR> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 17:39:39 EST Stop Dieting and Start Living! Stop Dieting and Start Living! <BR> Have You Made the Change? <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=620 </link> Fri, 9 Aug 2013 11:18:58 EST Back to Sparkpeople! I'm just coming back to SP again; I'd lost 100 lbs last time I used it, then since I started working from home May 2012 I put on 105... So it's time to kick some butt! <BR> <BR> Due to lack of space, I rely very heavily on Wii for exercise - I use Wii Sports and Gold's Gym Cardio Workout (usually warming up with the running segment 10-15 mins and then the boxing exercises). <BR> <BR> I'm a work-from-home indie game developer, so I spend about 99% of my time sitting and on my laptop... DOH! Thu, 8 Aug 2013 15:48:05 EST I am ready for change I joined this group quite a while ago, but have stopped all weight loss for over a year. Well, it is time to make some positive changes. I have 100 lbs to loss, which is overwhelming to me. I am going to just take it one lb at a time with no set goal dates, I am married, with kids and grandkids. I work as an artist out of my home. I look forward to getting to know you! Sun, 4 Aug 2013 15:01:25 EST New on this forum and at this weight My name is Stacie, I have never weighed this much and I guess am depressed about it. I am gaining weight for no known reason, doctors can't figure it out yet. I have a laundry list of physical problems which make exercising really hard and at times impossible which is discouraging too. I think the support will really help. Thank you all and to our fearless leaders! Tue, 30 Jul 2013 10:32:28 EST hello Hey Y'all, <BR> Just want to say hello and that I am looking forward to this group. Any help would be GREATLY appreciated. Mon, 29 Jul 2013 09:49:20 EST Hitched!!! On July 6th I strolled toward the waterfall and said those 2 magical words to my best friend...I DO! It only took us 2 years of planning but we finally tied the knot!!! There are some pics uploaded on my page here, but the rest are located on a picture sharing site called Wedpics (ID Kernen). Tue, 23 Jul 2013 21:08:27 EST Today is the day I have committed myself to lose 100 pounds in one year. I have lost a million pounds over the years but have not reached my goal and stayed there. <BR> <BR> After getting pumped up watching the success stories on Chris Powell's TV shows, I can do this. I was a Weight Watcher's successful leader for years in the old days when you counted food groups. <BR> <BR> This is like the story of "Everything I needed to know I learned in kindergarten". I know what to do ... it's the continuation of do... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 20:21:56 EST hello, here is to a year of losing... Hello, My name is Pat <BR> <BR> I am weighing in at 362 pounds, I have a loving wife and two beautiful daughters who tire me out so much i hardly can play with them. I also have 33 weeks approx. Until my third child is born. Right now I don't see myself being the parent I need to be in the future being the size, and inviting the health concerns i am now. Today I commit,I pledge to work harder than ever before to lose the weight. I hope to average three pounds a week over the next 33 weeks.... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 01:37:52 EST What is your favorite way to cook/eat zucchini? Hi team. I thought with all the summer veggies coming in, it might be fun to tell everyone your favorite way you use zucchini. Zucchini is definitely a staple in our house. It would be nice to share and find some new ways to use it. <BR> <BR> I make a veggie fetticine that my family loves. It's mostly done in the microwave so it's good to make when it's hot. It also has carrots and scallions and low-salt chicken seasoning with only a small amount of water for the broth, so your tasting ... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 21:14:50 EST First Day on Spark! Joined SparkPeople tonight with the hopes of changing my life, loosing weight, and getting healthier. Looking for a lot of support because it has been difficult with the influence from my parents to do super well in every area in life so in trying to do that my health was the one area that started to slip towards the end of high school. Mon, 8 Jul 2013 01:37:24 EST 2013 Q3 Give & Get Support Thread! <em>321</em> Mon, 1 Jul 2013 11:43:15 EST 2013 Q3 Challenge Reporting Thread! Welcome to the 3rd Quarter Challenge! <BR> <BR> Weigh in here! <em>192</em> Mon, 1 Jul 2013 11:42:00 EST Hello ... Hello everyone! I'm not new to Sparkpeople, but I've been gone a long time, and it's so great to be back. I'm still at my highest weight of 330 pounds, but I'm more determined than ever to get it off once and for all. Feel free to add me as a friend, if you like. We could all use some added encouragement along this journey. I look forward to getting to know all of you. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <em>334</em> <em>381</em> <em>334</em> <em>381</em> <em>334</em> <em>381</em> ... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 12:33:25 EST Not sure if this is where I belong ... but this is where I feel comfortable :-) I have achieved the goal that this team is trying to achieve, but I don't feel comfortable in the groups with only 20 lbs to lose because most of them that is all they have or ever will need to lose. Dealing with morbid obesity is a different kind of struggle, so I hope it's ok that I'm here. <BR> <BR> I have lost 180 lbs in 2 years. The first 100 was done within a year. I only have 18 lbs to go to my goal weight. <BR> <BR> My name is Lindsey. I am 2... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 20:15:11 EST Staying Motivated Forum "Do you need some instant inspiration or have a motivation strategy to share? Get helpful tips from other members and SparkPeople Coaches, or give some advice of your own." <BR> <BR> <link><BR>oard_topics.asp?imboard=31 </link> Sat, 15 Jun 2013 16:18:53 EST 6 Things to Look for When Buying Exercise Apparel 6 Things to Look for When Buying Exercise Apparel <BR> How to Shop for Workout Clothes <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=1397 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Don't forget your spark points! <em>347</em> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 15:43:55 EST Running at a High Weight Hi folks! <BR> <BR> I am running my first 5K this weekend, and am signed up for two more this summer. I'm really, really excited! <BR> <BR> But I just want to see what your experiences were starting running at a higher weight? I'm just trying to get fit, and I am looking at possibly doing a half marathon next May (where if I lose 10 lbs. a month between now and then, I should be at 210 or so). <BR> <BR> Any tricks to running as a big woman? I do have the "apron" still (not as much as I us... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 12:30:40 EST Hi I'm new Looks like a great place with good advice and great motivation (which I need) I was wondering where y'all got the trackers that are at the bottom of your comments that tell how much you've lost. Thanks so much. Kim Sun, 2 Jun 2013 02:16:58 EST Rewarding Lessons from the Business World Think business is all about number crunching and suits? There are valuable lessons from the business world that can apply to your weight loss goals. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=223 </link> <BR> <BR> Don't forget your spark points! <em>347</em> Sat, 1 Jun 2013 12:01:57 EST What are your goals for June? I haven't thought too much about June goals yet. <BR> <BR> I think my number one goal is to get my strength training in at least twice a week. The walking part is going well when it isn't raining. I might have the goal of walking rain or shine, as we are expecting more rain next week! <BR> <BR> What are your goals for June?? If you haven't set any now is a good time to do so! <BR> <BR> Angie <em>381</em> Sat, 1 Jun 2013 10:55:00 EST Motivation Boost: Make Your Life! <link><BR>st=motivation_monday_make_your_life </link> <BR> <BR> Don't forget to grab your points! <em>347</em> Wed, 29 May 2013 19:41:06 EST Who do you remember on Memorial Day? I have many loved ones that I remember on Memorial Day. My Mom died in 2003 and it was traumatic. I can now see through the grief and know that she was in pain. I know she is in heaven watching over me. She is there with my sister and my Dad. My Dad died in 2010 and he was also in pain. They both died of cancer and my sister was premature in 1964. <BR> <BR> I think traditionally Memorial Day was the day to honor veterans that had died in service to our country. <BR> <BR> May everyone rememb... Sat, 25 May 2013 09:29:26 EST Motivational SparkPages Great place to visit when you have some time here & there. <BR> <BR> "SparkPeople Community members have selected the following SparkPages as motivational to others. Whether nominated for Community involvement, personal accomplishments or positive attitude, we want to recognize these "SparkPeople Motivators" for their hard work and dedication." <BR> <BR> <link><BR>asp </link> Wed, 22 May 2013 22:46:21 EST 2013 Q2 April Leader Board From Greatest Loss to Least Loss here is the April Leader Board Congratulations to all of you for your commitment to better health! <BR> <BR> BEVSMOSS Total Weight Loss 13.1 lbs <BR> HARMONYAGAIN Total Weight Loss 11.8 (Lori) <BR> BLUEBELLE65 Total Weight Loss 11.6 lbs <BR> BRANDICE84 Total Weight Loss: 10 lbs (Brandice) <BR> BETHFERRELL Total Weight Loss 9.6 lbs (Beth) <BR> <BR> TOBESTRONGER <BR> MOTHEPRO <BR> SILLEEINSD <BR> BESTMEICANBE51 (Dale) <BR> KLEMIE <BR> <BR> MARIENOW <BR> OH... Thu, 16 May 2013 08:13:46 EST Secrets of Success "This Community feature collects all the "secrets" our members have used to lose weight and live healthier lives. You can share your own tips to help others, search or browse to discover new strategies that might help you in your own journey, and vote on all of your favorites!" <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ss.asp </link> Thu, 16 May 2013 05:27:52 EST Long Time No See So, I haven't really been on Spark People in about a year or so. I missed it SO much! <BR> <BR> I started thinking I couldn't be healthy or achieve any of my goals so I just quit. Now I am back for good. <BR> <BR> My husband and I are starting a gym next week and we are so excited! <BR> <BR> He is helping me all the way through to my goal! <BR> <BR> How has everyone been!? <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 16 May 2013 05:02:12 EST Hi Newbie here Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm Sam this is my day one here on Spark People so excited to find this site it's amazing. Can't wait to get to know you all better and get this weight off!,, Mon, 13 May 2013 15:12:39 EST Running/Jogging Sneakers I started the c25k app a couple weeks ago and was in week 3 when I sprained my ankle. I'm not sure if it's due to playing softball on crappy fields (although never sprained it before playing softball) or from running on my treadmill in cheap sneakers. Anyway, my friend thinks I sprained it because of my sneakers and that I should buy actual running sneakers that are a bit more expensive in the $50 - $100 range. The sneakers I have now I bought from Payless a long time ago, just to use occasio... Sun, 12 May 2013 13:05:07 EST Lunch Recipes/Ideas? So I've got lots of things I like for breakfast to keep me full and energized through the morning. Often for lunch I just do leftovers from dinner the night before. Sometimes, though, I need to make something specifically for lunch. What is your guys' favorite lunch? Thu, 9 May 2013 12:16:35 EST Top 10 Strategies for Success Top 10 Strategies for Success <BR> Use These Ideas to Meet Your Goals <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=518 </link> Tue, 7 May 2013 16:53:15 EST Do you use alternative medicine? My question today is whether or not you use alternative medicine? <BR> <BR> There are many. Here are a few I can think of...anyone use anything else? <BR> <BR> Chiropractic, accupunture, accupressure, using essential oils, homeopathic medicine or biofeedback <BR> <BR> I know there must be more. Help me out here!! <BR> <BR> Angie Wed, 1 May 2013 14:38:00 EST 8 Lessons from ''The Biggest Loser'' 8 Lessons from ''The Biggest Loser'' <BR> Advice to Take Away from the Show <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=1080 </link> <BR> <BR> Don't forget your spark points! <em>347</em> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 16:51:16 EST Hey, I'm Kassandra :) Hey everyone, I am joining this group because I need to make a commitment to myself and losing weight. I know I can do this I just need the right tools and support and I feel like here is the place to get it. <BR> <BR> I have quite a bit of weight to lose. I am 19, now is the time to do it! I have my whole life ahead of me, I need to live it. Sun, 21 Apr 2013 21:34:22 EST Fantastic SparkPeople Stats from 2012 Fantastic SparkPeople Stats from 2012 <BR> Look What Our Members Accomplished! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=1798 </link> <BR> <BR> Don't forget to get your spark points! <em>347</em> Sun, 21 Apr 2013 04:46:41 EST Do you listen to Pandora Radio? I stumbled across Pandora Radio on my Roku. It is a live streaming device for my television. I love the station. I have it on four different devices including my phone. I take it with me on walks or play it for background noise when I am doing house work. <BR> <BR> It doesn't cost a penny to use Pandora! Or you can get Pandora One without advertising for a small fee. I use the free one!! Apps with small fees add up over time! <BR> <BR> You can pick out your own artist or genre and then pic... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 21:57:54 EST 25 Ways to Get Back on Track Today 25 Ways to Get Back on Track Today <BR> Don't Give Up on Your Goals! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=1062 </link> <BR> <BR> Don't forget to grab your sparkpoints for reading! <BR> <BR> Tue, 16 Apr 2013 18:01:55 EST Measure Progress Without the Scale Measure Progress Without the Scale <BR> An Arsenal of Tools for Your Motivation <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=487 </link> <BR> <BR> Don't forget to grab your spark points when you are finished reading! <em>347</em> Sat, 13 Apr 2013 18:09:55 EST foods that belong together strawberries @ cream Sat, 13 Apr 2013 16:15:37 EST How much exercise needed to lose weight? I want everyone to read this SP blog. It is a huge eye opener. For many years I believed the party line that 30 min of exercise 5 days a week would result in weight loss and a healthy body. There are NEW GUIDELINES!!!! Read below and let's talk! <BR> <BR> You may need to copy and paste the link into your browser. <BR> <BR><BR>how_much_exercise_you_really_need_to_l<BR>ose_weight <BR> Wed, 10 Apr 2013 19:09:55 EST "Are You Ready to Change Your Lifestyle?" Quiz <link><BR>ent_questions.asp?quizid=61 </link> <BR> <BR> Don't forget to grab your spark points after completion! <em>347</em> Wed, 10 Apr 2013 09:01:33 EST Welcome BalanceNeeded! Welcome to the team BalanceNeeded! I look forward to getting to know you! I replied to your post on the give and get support thread and I saw your intro on the New Team Member Challenge Thread! I hope that you find this team to be encouraging and supportive! ~Kelly <BR> <BR> ----------------------------------------<BR>--------------------------------------<BR>------------------------------ <BR> Quoting balanceneeded <BR> <BR> "Hi Friends, <BR> I'm joining this team to push myself to the nex... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 22:14:46 EST Chit Chat Good morning, <BR> I thought I would add a new feature to the general discussion forum. This thread is for whatever you want to chat about. <BR> <BR> Today I want to chat about the weather. I woke to snow. Now that is not that unusual in the spring, because I live in Montana. It has snowed in May here in past years. This year I want winter to be over! I am so ready for nice weather and we have had some 60 degree days already. I really like the sunshine and spring type weather. The problem i... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 14:44:32 EST Mastering the Mysteries of Motivation - Part 2 Mastering the Mysteries of Motivation - Part 2 <BR> Building & Maintaining Motivation <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=634 </link> <BR> <BR> Don't forget to get your Sparkpoints for reading! Mon, 8 Apr 2013 10:51:17 EST Mastering the Mysteries of Motivation - Part 1 Mastering the Mysteries of Motivation - Part 1 <BR> Understanding Motivation <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=630 </link> <BR> <BR> Don't forget to get your Spark Points for reading!! <em>48</em> Sun, 7 Apr 2013 20:02:11 EST off topic quiz how many Dallas caricatures can you name? <BR> there is a gold star for the longest list, you have one week. <BR> you can have 2 free. <BR> 1 JR <BR> 2Bobby Sun, 7 Apr 2013 15:25:19 EST What do you think of the threat from North Korea? Recently the news has been covering the threat of nuclear missile attacks from North Korea. How do you feel about the safety of the United States if this happens? Sun, 7 Apr 2013 15:14:47 EST question of the week How? How? <BR> how did I end up like this? I think it was when I had my ankle surgery I was bedridden for the first month then 8 months in plaster after that with my lovely hubbys cooking. well mainly takeaways, I put 3 stone on. I have lost the weight now I don't want to put it back on that's why I am here Sun, 7 Apr 2013 14:44:21 EST How to Take Body Measurements How to Take Body Measurements <em>7</em> <BR> Track Your Progress with a Measuring Tape <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=1281 </link> <BR> <BR> Be sure and collect your sparkpoints for reading it when you are done! <em>321</em> Fri, 5 Apr 2013 20:18:33 EST Affirmations Article Here is the link to a great article: <BR> <BR><BR>m/weight-loss-affirmations.html <BR> <BR> I'd be interested in hearing anyone's experience in using affirmations. I'm not a new age type practice person but totally believe in the power of the human brain. How effective is it? Thu, 4 Apr 2013 15:35:00 EST Tell us about your good food choice for today... ... and what motivated you to make it. <em>301</em> <em>104</em> Thu, 4 Apr 2013 07:59:18 EST Old Style Challenge Reporting Thread I hope this is okay to post. I'm on a roll since March 1 so I'm afraid to "change" anything. Would you mind if I post the old format style in here for myself (or anyone else who wants to)? <BR> <BR> If so, just delete this thread. :) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> P.S. I will also post in the official challenge thread. Tue, 2 Apr 2013 19:31:10 EST 1st Quarter 2013 Challenge FINAL RESULTS CONGRATULATIONS to all of the Leaders in the 1st Quarter Challenge! <BR> <em>380</em> <em>242</em> <em>244</em> <em>243</em> <em>109</em> <BR> <BR> Top 5 Weight Loss Over the entire Challenge! <BR> <em>9</em> <BR> Mistyrios---41 lbs <BR> DVSone47---31 lbs <BR> Pooh97015---21.9 lbs <BR> LucindaKay---21 lbs <BR> OhioMother---17.8 lbs <BR> Ummsamirah---17.8 lbs <BR> <BR> Top 5 weight for March <BR> <em>137</em> <BR> MarieNow---12 lbs <BR> Mistyrios---11lbs <BR> Rachelb... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 19:20:54 EST 2nd Quarter Changes! The co-leaders are all switching things up, we are taking responsibility for different forums this quarter. Officially right now we have: <BR> Angien9- over General Team Discussions <BR> Klemie - over Introduction Forum <BR> Isahlia - over the Quarterly Challenge <BR> Tuppence03- over Fun and Games Forum <BR> Gopntos- over Motivation Forum <BR> <BR> BUT WAIT That's not all... <BR> Last Quarter we had so many participants that it was too hard to report for the challenge so we made changes the... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 17:33:13 EST the question of the week is why? the answer is whatever you want it to be. <BR> mine is why am I so overweight? <BR> the answer is, I am having a love affair with chocolate Mon, 1 Apr 2013 17:23:05 EST 2013 Q2 Challenge is Starting! I want to invite all team members to participate in the 2nd Quarter Challenge!! It's not to late to sign up! <BR> Here is a link to the 2013 Q2 Challenge Reporting Thread: <link><BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=4181x14674x<BR>52756161 </link> <BR> and here is a link to the 2013 Q2 Give and Get Support Thread: <link><BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=4181x14674x<BR>52783374 </link> <BR> Let's have a GREAT 2nd QUARTER!! ... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 17:22:47 EST New Team member challenge! Hi New Members of the 100+ lbs in 1 year team!! <BR> <BR> One of the secrets to being successful on spark people (SP) is participating. I remember the first time I joined and I was so shy, I didn't feel comfortable writing posts or comments or lots of things. Then I gave up on myself and on spark people. I want you to have a better experience! <BR> <BR> So I am challenging the newest members on our team to do the following: <BR> 1) Huddle! - Huddling isn't too scary once you know what it is... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 16:54:27 EST 2013 Q2 Give & Get Support Thread! Welcome to the 2nd Quarter Challenge for 2013! I want to give a BIG Thanks to Gopintos (Melinda) for leading this thread last quarter. She will be working in the Motivation Forum, plus I know that she would always welcome visitors to her page and I expect she'll pop in on this thread once in awhile too. <BR> <BR> A little about me... Well I'm a single parent who has health and weight issues. I'm almost done remodeling my downstairs! I also substitute teach. I live in KY and LOVE it! I love ... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 15:52:12 EST 2013 Q2 Bonus Thread Bonus Point Report: <BR> PLEASE EDIT YOUR POST on this Thread: <BR> <BR> Week 1 ____ points/55 <BR> Week 2 ____ points/385 <BR> Week 3 ____ points/70 <BR> Week 4 ____ points/835 <BR> Week 5 ____ points/85 <BR> Week 6 ____ points/485 <BR> Week 7 ____ points/385 <BR> Week 8 ____ points/85 <BR> Week 9 ____ points/85 <BR> Week 10 ____ points/385 <BR> Week 11 ____ points/70 <BR> Week 12 ____ points/55 <BR> Week 13 ____ points/155 <BR> <BR> ========================================<BR>============... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 16:50:18 EST 2013 Q2 Challenge Reporting Thread! THANK YOU CHALLENGERS!! <BR> <BR> We have had an amazing response to the challenges lately... <BR> So many people participated last quarter that reporting was an unusual challenge in and of itself. So we are switching up the reporting format to make it easier for you! No more editing posts! Every time you weigh-in just make a new reply and post it to this thread. Then we can cheer each of you on, and it will still require you to be accountable to yourself. In each of your posts Please inclu... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 14:37:09 EST weekly discussions march 30th......... this is my last weekly subject for a while, I hope you have enjoyed joining In the debates, I thought I would put an interesting subject out there for you all, should you smack your kids, or is a stern telling off enough at all times. do`s a smack on the knuckles give out the wrong impression, that violence is ok Sat, 30 Mar 2013 10:56:33 EST Low Glycemic Diet + Exercise! The statement below was plucked from the last paragraph on an interesting article from Dr. Ludwig of Boston Children's Hospital published in 2012. Also if you click on some of the links in the article, he has ran many, many studies. <BR> <BR> <BR> /160757730/low-and-slow-may-be-the-way <BR> -to-go-when-it-comes-to-dieting <BR> <BR> "Dubost urges moderation of carbs and fats. But equally important, she says, is a "part of the equation often ignored": e... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 13:09:25 EST Green Juicing today After searching, I finally bought the Health Master Elite. I wanted to get in more fruits and veges. Wow, does it ever work for that. I have only had breakfast and lunch so far, and my cal total is 455, and got 26 gm. if fiber, and only 182 gm. sodium, which I am trying to cut down on. I also got over 2000gm of Potassium. <BR> <BR> I haven't had dinner or my snacks yet. I am too full right after every juice. It gives me about 20-24 oz. even though I only add about 6-8 oz. of water. I do a... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 17:08:34 EST weekly discussions march 23........... why did you choose spark? <BR> 1 I was looking for a free online diet <BR> 2 I can go at my own pace <BR> 3 no public weigh ins <BR> 4 it is a great way of learning about food for life <BR> 5 I don't have to starve myself <BR> that is it really I have been here 5 years now in my first year I lost 3 stone, and by following spark I haven't put any weight back on Sat, 23 Mar 2013 10:31:54 EST Juicing - Health Master? Hi, <BR> <BR> I am thinking of adding juicing to my diet to get in veges in a larger quantity. I was thinking of buying the Health Master. I like that I can make soups in it. <BR> <BR> Has anyone tried it? Sun, 17 Mar 2013 21:09:33 EST weekly discussion 16th march...... i thought this week i would ask a hypothetical question if we only had one day left on earth what would your menu look like? <BR> mine <BR> breakfast porridge made with cream and chocolate sauce <BR> lunch gammon and eggs, and mashed potatoes dessert sticky toffee pudding <BR> dinner steak,french fries, mushrooms, onion rings and a pepper corn sauce , dessert, chocolate sponge and custard <BR> i would drink anythi... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 10:26:43 EST weekly discussion March 9th ...... do you snack? if you do what do you snack on? <BR> i could never give up chocolate so i buy packs of 2 finger kit kats they are 207 calories per 2 so i i have i have one finger for morning and then another in the afternoon i also like to snack on nuts , a crisp green apples Sat, 9 Mar 2013 12:58:00 EST Results February 2013 (TOP FIVE) <em>242</em> Here are our February leaders! <em>242</em> <BR> <BR> The Biggest Losers in February are: <BR> <BR> Pooh97015, -10.9 lbs <BR> Mistyrios, -10.4 lbs <BR> Justlyn1964, -9.2 lbs <BR> Lucindakay, -9 lbs <BR> Ohiomother, -8.2 lbs <BR> <BR> The Biggest Bonuses go to: <BR> <BR> Rachelbugsmama, -1115 points <BR> Thefirstrosebud, -980 points <BR> Ohiomother, -965 points <BR> Favall, -935 points <BR> Klemie, -865 points <BR> Mon, 4 Mar 2013 23:44:04 EST weekly discussion march 2nd......... Is marriage an unnessary expense? in this day and age? or is it just ok to live together. we are going to a wedding reception this evening my friend is getting married, she has lived with father of her children for many years, now they have split she has met someone new and they are getting married i am not judging my friend do`nt get me wrong i believe in marriage, to me it means commitment, what ... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 09:12:26 EST Buddy? So I feel like I'm on this weight loss journey alone. I started in January at 244. I got down to 232, then just felt discouraged, and am now back at 235. I know that doesn't sound as drastic as it feels to me, but it is. <BR> I've ALWAYS been overweight, I want to change that. I want to lose 100 lbs by next April, for my birthday. <BR> My husband is very discouraging, as he is about 70 lbs heavier than me and doesn't want to eat healthy or do any sort of exercise he can avoid, which is fine... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 15:15:00 EST weekly discussion saturday 23 February.... do you believe in fate or are our lives mapped out for us? <BR> if i did`nt have my accident in 1984 my life would be totally different, i would`nt have met my lovely hubby therfore i would`nt be here talking to you guys here Sat, 23 Feb 2013 07:26:06 EST Name a Fruit A-Z Okay everyone. You did such a good job with vegetables, keep trying to find the last three, and we will move on to fruit. <BR> <BR> I will start. <BR> <BR> A-Apple <em>180</em> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 23:20:47 EST weekly discussions 16th Feb--- here in the UK we have a food scare, horse meat has been found in many frozen meals and burgers etc. should we believe all the labeling on the food we buy? would a scare make you consider you to become veggie or like me only buy meat from farmers markets where you can can trace the meat from field to plate, well we do`nt eat much meat anyway it works out expensive the way we buy it Sat, 16 Feb 2013 09:02:28 EST There has to be an easier HELP........... <em>101</em> <BR> There has to be an easier way to get to your post....aka weight check in... I have been doing it and one reason is I don't have time to go through every post to find and change mine.... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 12:07:35 EST weekly discussion saturday- -saturday this weeks topic is on the word <em>245</em> do you think it is a word so easy to say you expect forgiveness whatever you have done. this came to my attention when lance armstrong said sorry for cheating then in the next breath he said he was still going to compete if he did`nt mean it why say it. so my question this week is has " sorry" just become an excuse? Sat, 9 Feb 2013 06:59:32 EST Hi Everyone! Hi...I'm Jen and 32 living in Colorado. I have always been the "fat girl" and I have lost weight since my heaviest at 470 in 2010 but I have plateaued and need to get back on track. Hoping to get my butt kicked and back to where I need to be! <BR> <BR> Can't wait to meet my smaller me next year! Tue, 5 Feb 2013 13:08:54 EST Results January 2013 (TOP TEN) <em>9</em> Top TEN Weight Loss Leaders <BR> DVSone47 -22.0 <BR> MistyRios -15.2 <BR> JustA77 -13.5 <BR> GonnaBeHalfOfMe -11.6 <BR> Shazzy38 -11.6 <BR> RoseMarie1965 -11.2 <BR> Simplicity235 -11.2 <BR> VCLancy50 -11.0 <BR> SugarLoafd -11.0 <BR> *Mama*2*Boys* -10.2 <BR> <BR> <em>347</em> Top Ten Bonus Leaders <BR> IBTEHALsMommy +1200 <BR> OhioMother +1190 <BR> TheFirstRoseBud +1120 <BR> GonnaBeHalfOfMe +1055 <BR> AlphaEve +1055 <BR> FitMomma4Life +1040 <BR> Rachelbugsmama + 95... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 21:12:54 EST "Think Yourself Fit" Here is an article I found off SP's motivation section.<BR>tion_articles.asp?id=1012 <BR> <BR> It is about the power of positive thinking and visualizing yourself happy working out and successful, etc. <BR> <BR> It talked about making a mantra for yourself to use. Anyone here do anything similar or have any mantra's they'd like to share? Mon, 4 Feb 2013 06:14:46 EST Hi I'm a Newbie Hi, I'm Kate, I'm new to Sparks but not new to weight loss. My weight has gone up and down throughout my life and right now I'm coming down from my heaviest weight. I was so heavy I didn't even want to weigh myself! March last year I weighed 144.5kg and to date overall I have lost 9kg while I searched for a method of weight loss that would work for me now that I am less mobile. I am in weight loss mode now, having found Intermittent Fasting, and having achieved success with that method. ... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 11:27:28 EST Anyone here super competitive? Looking for anyone who would like to encourage each other through some friendly competition. I've found I do best with a buddy to compete with on a weekly basis. I'm starting Insanity tomorrow, and I've decided to start training my first 5k (Run for your lives). Interested? Let me know! <em>381</em> Sat, 2 Feb 2013 23:27:05 EST weekly discussions how often do you track your food and fitness? do you find it useful? also do you keep track of your progress? Fri, 1 Feb 2013 08:00:15 EST New to the group Hi all! I'm Lana. I'm a student, 32 and my major is nursing. Finishing up pre-reqs and an AS degree until I get into a nursing program. Which is one major reason that leads me to this group. I have to be realistic now. I can not be a nurse and be 270 lbs! Probally wouldnt even get hired! <BR> <BR> So, this year I am making it my goal to get fit and healthy completely! I want to lose 100 or more this year! <BR> <BR> Ive lost 65 lbs about a year ago, from March 2011 to October 2011. And have ... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 22:48:36 EST Name a vegetable A-Z Here is a new thread that I thought might be fun. I will start with A and the next person will give a vegetable with B. If you think of more than one under each all means list 2!! <BR> <BR> A=Artichoke <BR> <BR> Okay...the game is on...go!! <BR> <BR> Angie Wed, 23 Jan 2013 16:04:28 EST Say something positive about yourself today I have been practicing positivity, under the belief that what I tell myself, becomes true for me. Also, it helps to remind me that even if I am not always doing right by my fitness/health, it is good to know there are still positive things going for me. <BR> <BR> Anyone want to practice with me? I'll start. <BR> <BR> I am smart and capable of passing my board exams! Wed, 16 Jan 2013 17:29:30 EST Hello! Hi everyone! My name is Amanda, and I'm here! I used to be on SparkPeople forever ago and went through the Couch to 5k boards. <BR> <BR> In 2011, I lost 60 pounds, and was then surprised that my dream of becoming pregnant finally came true! My husband and I had been trying for 4 years (I have PCOS), and had had 2 losses, so I had basically decided to put that aside and focus on weight loss. Well, once my body became healthier we got a SHOCK and surprise, and now I have a beautiful baby girl... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 15:26:16 EST January/ February how did your first month of 2013 go? with the weather changing( hopefully) do`s your shopping basket change? Sat, 12 Jan 2013 17:43:10 EST Welcome Co- Leader MrsBuckeye! I wanted to introduce our latest addition to the co-leader team MrsBuckeye from Ohio! Please help her feel Welcome! Sat, 12 Jan 2013 01:16:38 EST F.lux to improve Sleep I notice a common theme in the many posts and blogs that I read. Trying to go to sleep and get enough sleep. <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> Spark has many articles and tips if you do a search, but I wanted to share a program called F.lux for your computer monitor. I have used it since I read about it on Mark's Daily Apple <BR> <BR> <link><BR>mprove-your-sleep/ </link> <BR> <BR> Here is the direct link to read more and download. It is free. <link>s... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 08:44:25 EST Spark Coach...To buy or not to buy? Hi Team, <BR> I hope I'm posing the question in the correct forum. <BR> <BR> I am thinking about purchasing the Spark Coarch option for $50 per year. I am still fairly new to this sight and am wondering if any of you use it and if so, if you find it to be a valuable purchase. There seems to be so much information on the general website. With the tight budget I try to live within, I don't want to spend money unnecessarily. However, if those of you who use the option feel it adds additional m... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 11:06:24 EST Tell me it will be ok . . . I am struggling right now. I just came out of the holidays (during which I was pretty slack) with every intention of hitting 2013 running. Well, I have a PhD residental conference starting Friday and I have a MILLION things I am trying to get ready or do before I leave. As a result, I am not making gym time - - I could but then I don't enjoy it. It stresses me because I think how much I have to do and that I am running out of time. I am eating out most meals this week too. I don't want to tra... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 13:38:35 EST Inspiring Sparksters (Sparkers?) I was reading random blogs here, and I discovered a blog of one of our very own team members ~INDYGIRL <BR> <BR> I don't know how many of you might be friends with her, but I found her blog to be really inspirational and motivating. So, I am posting it here. <BR> <BR><BR>_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5189655 <BR> <BR> If there is any Spark people you've stumbled across, and want to give a heads up. Feel free to add them. (I asked her first before... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 19:45:53 EST Help...I am Okay, I know that it is good for me to drink 8 cups of water a day. At least my brain does. But, this is the hardest goal I have. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have a suggestion to make this easier? <em>194</em> Mon, 7 Jan 2013 15:04:49 EST lifestyle quiz It's Monday! <BR> <BR> Here is a quiz from spark people's motivation section: <BR> <BR><BR>ssment_questions.asp?quizid=61 <BR> <BR> So are "you ready to change your lifestyle?" <BR> <BR> Out of the five categories they gave relating to lifestyle change, according to the quiz I fall into the preparation category. Apparently a very important category that involves working out kinks and building a good foundation for positive changes. <BR> <BR> Wh... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 07:38:26 EST January Celebrations! Hello there everyone! We've got some pretty special days coming up this month, and I'd like to ask you all to join my in celebrating them! <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> HABROWN on January 7th! <BR> <em>383</em> THATFITCHICK on January 16th! <BR> <em>383</em> FOXE46 on January 18th! <BR> <em>383</em> KAYLAHEGINGER on January 20th! <BR> <BR> Hope you each have awesome, awesome birthdays! <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236<... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 13:45:52 EST Do you have a Fatitude problem? Here is the link to a GREAT article from SP: <BR> <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=1366 </link> <BR> Drop the Fatitude and Get a Winning Attitude! <BR> Change Your Thoughts to Win the Weight-Loss Game <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert <BR> <BR> Coach Dean is one of my favorite writers on SP. He has a great weight loss story. Check out the article and then chime in on this topic area. <BR> <BR> Lorrie <BR> Sat, 5 Jan 2013 23:51:40 EST ABC's 20/20 profiles 50% weight loss achievers ABC's 20/20 & People magazine team up for a segment tonight called "Half Their Size". They will be profiling people who have lost 50% of their weight. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>01/half-their-size-losing-weight-and-k<BR>eeping-it-off-in-the-new-year/ </link> Fri, 4 Jan 2013 18:14:09 EST Should you work out while sick? Yesterday I worked out. I had some sneezing and figured it was allergies. As the day went on I got the head congestion and cough and felt miserable by evening. I still feel pretty blah this morning and have a sore throat as well. <BR> <BR> Should I work out today or use today as my rest day? (I am striving for working out 6 days a week) Fri, 4 Jan 2013 07:44:02 EST January is Nat'l Soup Month! Do you have a favorite? Maybe even a recipe to share? Wed, 2 Jan 2013 09:02:25 EST 1st Quarter Challenge 2013 Guessing Game Last Quarter (2012- 4th Quarter) our Challengers reported a combined weight loss of 410.8 lbs. In the 2012- 3rd Quarter our Challengers reported a combined weight loss of 555.8 lbs. What will be the combined weight loss of our Challengers this Quarter? Place your best guesses the winner will receive a goodie! <BR> Wed, 2 Jan 2013 07:31:38 EST Reward Systems Today I read this blog: <BR> <BR><BR>_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4888233 <BR> <BR> I have never devised a non food reward system as a motivational tool for myself, though it has been something that I've thought about since joining SP and seeing others list their rewards. <BR> <BR> Some questions. <BR> <BR> Do you have a non food reward system? What are some of the rewards? <BR> Do you think it actually motivates you? <BR> <BR> Tue, 1 Jan 2013 19:05:17 EST Never, Ever Give up video. <link><BR>_embedded&v=qX9FSZJu448 </link> <BR> <BR> I saw this about a month ago. I was still living in the land of excuses. I had a hip replacement and it may get sore, I have arthritis in my knees and it may hurt, my back may hurt as well. The video totally wow'd me. If he could do it then really what excuse do I have for not doing it! I pop it in when I need an extra bought of motivation. Tue, 1 Jan 2013 15:10:19 EST Results 2012 (4th) Quarter December Biggest Losers (as of 1am Jan 1st,2013) <BR> <BR> MsWisdom 12.0 lbs <BR> LucindaKay 09.0 lbs <BR> RachelBugsMama 08.4 lbs <BR> Joyces_Choice 07.6 lbs <BR> WishICouldFly 05.0 lbs <BR> <BR> December Bonus Winners <BR> Favall 550 Bonus Points <BR> OhioMother 491 Bonus Points <BR> RachelBugsMama 465 Bonus Points <BR> KatesChoice 123 Bonus Points <BR> <BR> Challenge Winners <BR> LucindaKay 31.0 lbs lost <BR> Joyces_Choice 29.6 lbs lost <BR> *Mama*2*Boys* 27.2** lbs ... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 02:03:04 EST Intoduction Hello my name is Tara I am 42 years old , a mother of 3 with 4 grandkids. I have been overweight now for 7 years and I am mentally ready to take my life back. I am so happy to have everyone's support just looking forward to getting started in accomplishing my goal in losing the weight and keeping it off. Mon, 31 Dec 2012 14:35:15 EST Sign Up for the 2013 (1st) Quarter Challenge If you'd like to participate in the First Quarter Challenge please go to the Reporting thread here: <link><BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=4181x14674x<BR>51382721 </link> <BR> <BR> Go to the First Post read the 3 instructions to participate! Sign up today!! Sun, 30 Dec 2012 15:23:54 EST 1st Quarter Challenge 2013 Bonus Thread Bonuses <BR> This Quarter I thought I'd do the bonuses a little different so that if I'm running behind it won't effect your success. So I'm going to post every weeks bonus at the beginning of the challenge. You will need to keep track of the bonuses yourself, and report them on the reporting thread. <BR> <BR> By the way bonuses are optional, This is a great way to participate if your scale isn't showing the results that you want. You can be successful in the bonuses. <BR> Sun, 30 Dec 2012 13:09:23 EST 1st Quarter Challenge 2013 Reporting Thread It's the First Quarter of a New Year! 2013 is gonna ROCK! I know you are excited and ready to get started on this new challenge, so here is your new Reporting Thread. <BR> <BR> **note: If you are starting the challenge late you will be included the monthly results. <BR> Please EDIT your posts. <BR> <BR> If you LOVE me you will help me by doing 3 things: <BR> 1) Please use the following format to keep track of your weight loss during the challenge <BR> 2) EDIT your posts instead of replying ... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 12:44:10 EST Get & Give Support - 1st Quarter 2013 Please introduce yourself and what your goal is for the 1st quarter challenge of 2013! <BR> <BR> Please be sure to come back often when you need some encouragement, but also to give encouragement as we can all learn from and help each other!! <em>361</em> <BR> <BR> ********************************* <BR> <BR> My name is Melinda and I will be your hostess for the 1st Quarter Challenge. <em>321</em> <BR> <BR> My goal this quarter, is to be more consistent with my work outs. I know... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 10:48:30 EST Motivation & Goal-Setting Resources This may have already been posted, but I thought it might be a good reminder! <BR> <BR> Motivation & Goal-Setting Resources <BR> <link><BR>ion.asp </link> Fri, 28 Dec 2012 15:25:22 EST January discussion do you make new year`s resolutions? do you stick to them? i try to make pledges to myself to achieve during the year. such like, , the first is to get first get back on track within the first month of the new year after the christmas festivities Thu, 27 Dec 2012 16:17:38 EST 100 Reasons to Be Fit and Lose Weight Once upon a time, I read a blog (can't remember which) that included a list of 100 reasons why she wanted to lose weight. I thought it was pretty cool and always meant to write my own list. I started my list, but I ran out of reasons after 42. <BR> <BR> I thought we could all work together and add our own reasons to this list, to give us motivation and remind us of all the reasons we want to lose weight, and it can help us to compile our own lists. <BR> <BR> I'll start out by posting some... Wed, 26 Dec 2012 10:34:18 EST december discussion i know there is`nt much time left this year but still i think this might be useful for some of would you sum up your year? did you reach your goals? did anything affect your weight loss during the year? by writing things down should help us put the year in perspective <BR> my year went ok i suppose i ended the year the same weight as i started which i am pleased about as i had suurgery on my shoulder du... Fri, 21 Dec 2012 08:35:39 EST Changes for the NEW YEAR!! Hello team! I just wanted to let you know about a few changes that are happening. You may have noticed that one of the forums has a new name. The Challenge within the challenge forum is now the Games and Fun Forum. <BR> Also my favorite of the changes is the addition of several new leaders! Angie and I both knew that we wanted this team to have enough support to help everyone and we by ourselves weren't enough. So please help me Welcome the newest leaders! <BR> Wingless aka Wingless98465, As... Thu, 20 Dec 2012 19:57:47 EST Birthdays, Sparkversaries, and More! We already had a birthday thread, but it required a cut-and-paste thing. And I thought it would be nice to have Sparkversaries and such as well. So, post here if there's any major dates we should all be aware of. <BR> <BR> For example: <BR> <BR> - My birthday is March 1st <BR> - I re-joined SP a couple times before I got my feet under me, so the date I'm counting is December 2nd <BR> <BR> If you already posted in the other birthday thread, don't worry - I'm making a spreadsheet of all t... Thu, 20 Dec 2012 13:30:27 EST 5 Things Sometimes it can be hard to come up with things to say to people you don't know - and online can often be even harder, without visual cues and such. <BR> <BR> So, in light of this, I thought we could have a getting-to-know you thread, with 5 things from each of three categories. <BR> <BR> 1) Five Favorite Things <BR> List five of your favorite things - books, movies, activities, foods - anything! <BR> <BR> 2) Five Things I Know <BR> List five things you're good at, knowledgeable about, con... Thu, 20 Dec 2012 13:03:10 EST Hi, I'm new Hi. I'm Amy, and this is a team I have always wanted to join but never really got around to for some reason. Now with the new year approaching my goal is to really aim to loose 100 pounds next year. I think this is an awesome and very motivating idea for a team. Just seeing this reminder on my spark page everyday is enough to inspire me. How good it must feel to say "I lost 100 pounds this year." As far as 2012 went, I joined spark in January, weight loss wise, not so good, but nutrition and ... Fri, 14 Dec 2012 18:15:56 EST Hello Everyone - My name is Gina. I am married, and we have five children. I feel that I am at that place in my life where everything is falling into place except for this excessive weight that I have been battling for years. So, I made a personal commitment to myself, and my family to lose this weight, and live a healthier, more active lifestyle beginning today. I joined this group because I love the concept of this group, losing 100 pounds in a year, and focusing on losing it quarterly. <BR> <BR> I am abou... Sat, 8 Dec 2012 16:55:44 EST Weigh In <em>249</em> first time on scale in a long time. <BR> <BR> 12/3/12 310.7 <BR> <BR> [goal loose 2 pounds in 7 days) Tue, 4 Dec 2012 04:11:46 EST So Ready For A Change <BR> <BR> Hi <BR> I am celebrating 30 years of life and it's time for a change. My entire 20's I have been obese, severely obese and I don't want to be in this body any more. I want my 30's to be about healthy living, finding myself, and being a healthy example to my son. <BR> I have a poor self image, low self esteem, and I am ready to take charge. I am scared, I hope I am not setting myself up to fail, but I gotta try something because with out action things will stay the same. <BR> Mon, 3 Dec 2012 23:26:48 EST RESULTS NOVEMBER 2012 Congratulations to our top 5's for November <BR> <BR> WEIGHT LOSS TOP 5 FOR NOVEMBER <BR> *Mama*2*Boys* -13.4 <BR> Joyces_Choice -12 <BR> OhioMother -10.4 <BR> MissKelebek -10 <BR> Eueko98 -9.8 <BR> <BR> <BR> BONUS TOP 5 FOR NOVEMBER <BR> OhioMother - 248 bonus <BR> Favall- 231 bonus <BR> Clutterell8 - 101 bonus <BR> RachelBugsMama - 78 bonus <BR> KatesChoice - 36 bonus Mon, 3 Dec 2012 23:00:30 EST Hi all! Hi everyone, I'm a noobie too! I just joined sparkpeople today after lurking and reading different parts of the site for a little bit. So far I really like it here. I also just joined the quarterly challenge. Take care everyone! :) Sun, 25 Nov 2012 14:27:37 EST Hey guys - I'm back!!! First off sorry - it has been a long time but I am back with a vengeance <em>30</em> ! I have sure missed you guys but I am updating everything and changing others - if you followed me as myplan51 - I changed the name to kacisjourney. That is what it really is after all a journey! <em>224</em> <em>381</em> <em>426</em> <BR> Love to all <BR> <BR> Kaci Thu, 22 Nov 2012 11:43:33 EST Upright Exercise Bike I love spinning at the gym on their upright stationary bike and plan on purchasing one this weekend to use at home. I'm looking for a sturdy bike that is quiet, has a comfortable seat, an adjustable console, many resistance levels and a price point up to $400. Does anyone have any suggestions for bike models or brands that they have used or purchased and recommend? Also, where did you purchase it? I'm thinking about using Thanks. Sun, 18 Nov 2012 19:20:39 EST What one thing are you thankful for today? I am thankful that though I am at 270 pounds, I am blessed with strength and agility. Tue, 13 Nov 2012 11:29:41 EST Who has any inspirational quotes or stories One I like is ... <BR> ~Nothing taste as good as a healthy weight feels~ <BR> <em>386</em> Tue, 13 Nov 2012 10:19:04 EST Weak Struggling with wanting to eat! I am going to post instead... <BR> I stuck to my plan for the most part today. <BR> I just give into temptation so easily, I need to know that just because I am tempted I do not have to act on that temptation. <BR> Temptation has not calories. This discomfort will subside <em>381</em> Sun, 11 Nov 2012 20:25:18 EST Sweat 30 minutes for 3.5 extra years Here is an article for our team's consideration and discussion: <BR> <BR> Sweat 30 minutes for 3.5 extra years <BR> <BR> By Melissa Healy <BR> Los Angeles Times <BR> <BR> What’s it worth to lace up those sneakers and break a sweat for about 30 minutes a day? About 3.5 extra years of life, on average — and about 4.2 additional years for those willing to step up the intensity or put in closer to an hour a day of brisk walking or its equivalent, according to a new st udy. <BR> <BR> Even... Fri, 9 Nov 2012 17:27:55 EST Already accomplished the goal, but want to help! I just wanted to say hello, and if this isn't the right place for me, I'll leave gracefully. <BR> <BR> I have already accomplished the goal of losing over 100 pounds in less than a year: I started on December 28, 2011 and to date, have lost 114 pounds. I have a little over 10 pounds left until I reach my goal, so I'm in the midst of transitioning to maintenance mode. <BR> <BR> Anyhow, I just wanted to be able to help all of yas that are looking to accomplish this goal by sharing my experie... Fri, 9 Nov 2012 12:55:49 EST RESULTS OCTOBER 2012 WEIGHT LOSS TOP 5 FOR OCTOBER <BR> LucindaKay - 14 lbs <BR> CorvinesQue - 11.8 lbs <BR> TrikerBon - 10.2 lbs <BR> Joyce_Loveday - 10.0 lbs <BR> OhioMother - 9.8 lbs <BR> <BR> BONUS TOP 5 FOR OCTOBER <BR> Cluttrell8 - 250 bonus <BR> OhioMother - 194 bonus <BR> Klemie - 181 bonus <BR> Kateschoice - 145 bonus <BR> Warrior_101 - 142 bonus Mon, 5 Nov 2012 22:22:12 EST Hi, Everyone. I am new to spark & this team. A little about me... Canadian, 40 years old, married, mother of 3, & I have 100 pounds to lose. Thu, 1 Nov 2012 09:38:24 EST Hello post deleted Thu, 1 Nov 2012 06:41:57 EST Returning After 5 Months Hi, I joined this group about 5 months ago <BR> <BR> I was diagnosed with a disorder called pseudotumor cerebri, which is headaches caused by too much intracranial pressure from too much fluid build up. Either I was producing too much fluid, or I wasn't absorbing it fast enough. The headaches are almost always debilitating and keeps me in bed for days at a time sometimes. <BR> <BR> However my neurologist, the ER doctor, and an eye doctor have all said it is caused most by my being overweig... Sat, 27 Oct 2012 05:13:27 EST Sickness and Guilt I have had a cold for three days and am plagued with feeling guilty for resting, not exercising, and not cooking as I normally would. I keep telling myself the truth that my body needs the break to recover quicker but the guilt thoughts return. Any suggestions? Anyone else have the same issue? Wed, 24 Oct 2012 08:15:03 EST Fruit... worth the calories? Apparently I am chatty in the forums this week.. <BR> <BR> Anyone else finding fruit not worth the calories/carbs? <BR> I guess I find it frustrating because I really like apples, Pears, Bananas etc.. but at the end of the day I look at the calories and carbs and would rather have 2 slices of toast, then a banana, or a slice of low calorie cake for the same nutrition as a nice apple. <BR> <BR> Yes of course fruit tends to have fiber and vitamins and lots of good stuff that make you feel mo... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 12:51:03 EST Hiya =) My names Terri, Im 25 years old and I have 100+ lbs that I need to lose. I am a single mother to my 4 year old son =) I have tried and failed with losing weight SO many times. Im getting SICK of this body. I need help, I just cant do it alone. Im hoping that I can make some good friends that can pick me up when Im down. Looking forward to getting to know you all! Mon, 22 Oct 2012 01:20:13 EST Monthly 5k check in! run/walk times hey guys... <BR> <BR> So I started "running' last February <BR> started out jogging for 10 seconds and walking for an hour.. but have slowly started to build up my stamina and fitness... <BR> most recently Ive started to run 5k's very very slowly but improving by the month! I just thought it would be quite cool and encouraging to see if anyone in this group was working on running 5k's and if so what your times were at the moment. I am usually not fully running them and have to take a few ... Sat, 20 Oct 2012 06:49:19 EST Sammy Dizzle Here!!!! Hello Everyone!!! <BR> <BR> My name is Samantha I live on the coast of NC. I actually turn 31 and I have over 100 lbs to loose I'm 5'5 and well I am weighing in on saturday...but I know i'm close to 280 probably...I've gained about 70 lbs in 6 years...I'm ready to get back to the old me!!!! <BR> <BR> Lets do this <em>104</em> Thu, 18 Oct 2012 19:33:07 EST This is not a plateau Ok, I haven't lost a pound in 2 weeks, but I feel smaller, so I am losing inches. The seat belt feels loser. I need to measure. <BR> <BR> I almost got discouraged today, but I feel so much better than I did 2 months ago, I couldn't get too down. My feet are swollen. I drink plenty of water. <BR> <BR> Question: I use to lose so fast. Now over 40 and what? Also, have any of you lost inches, and then pounds later. How long did it take? <BR> <BR> Next week I am going to try 2 only fruit an... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 18:36:32 EST Hello From Mississippi Hello everyone, my name is Dale. I'm new to the team not new to SP. I live in Ocean Springs, MS but I am from Ohio. We moved here in April. My DH is from Ocean Springs. I am 50 years old and I have a 10 year old son. I've battled with my weight all my life. In 2007, I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Follicular Lymphoma. I will be 5 years cancer free in October. Now my focus is on being healthy and losing weight along with it. <BR> Sun, 7 Oct 2012 14:28:39 EST Some help with Nutrition and Being Hungry... Hey all! Hope you're doing well and working hard! <BR> <BR> I'm having a bit of a problem for about the last few days. I've been working out more this week than the prior two to the point where SP raised my nutrition levels which I understand. But I'm trying hard to meet them and I seem to be having trouble doing so. I eat till I'm full on my meals and then around midnight I'm hungry again and eating. I promised myself I wouldn't eat past 8 pm but I can't seem to help myself. And this ... Sat, 6 Oct 2012 20:43:13 EST Guess... During the July-September 2012 Quarterly Challenge our team reported losing a combined 555.8 lbs!! This is amazing to me! <BR> <BR> So in the spirit of Fun I'd like to invite everyone to guess the combined weight loss of the team for this upcoming Quarterly Challenge from Oct-Dec 2012. The closest guess to the actual number will win a team goodie. Good Guessing everyone! Mon, 1 Oct 2012 23:54:27 EST RESULTS 3rd Quarter Challenge 2012 Quarterly Challenge Winner: MissKelebek! (-52 lbs!!) <em>242</em> <BR> September Biggest Loser MissKelebek (-16 lbs in September) <em>345</em> <BR> Total Team Weight Loss for the 3rd Quarter Challenge (555.8 lbs!!) <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Official Ranking <em>355</em> <BR> Top Ten by Quarter <BR> 1) MissKelebek, -52.0 lbs <BR> 2) ImHagTR, -35.9 <BR> 3) TrikerBon, -32.4 <BR> 4) ShortTooth1, -31.6 <BR> 5) LucindaKay, -31.0 <BR> 6) TheFirstRoseBud, -30.0 <BR> 7) LRozyla, -26.8 <BR>... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 13:48:43 EST Welcome- Invitation! participate in the CHALLENGE It's easy to sign up for the latest Quarterly challenge here is what you do. <BR> <BR> 1) Go to the Challenge forum and thread <BR> 2) Scroll to the very first post and copy the reporting format <BR> 3) Hit reply and paste the reporting format into the message box. <BR> 4) Hit the button to post the message and then you are all signed up, that simple. <BR> <BR> When you are ready to add your weight remember to EDIT your post the Edit button will be by your user name/signature/ticker at the ... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 09:09:43 EST The Quarterly Challenge! Sign up today! It's easy to sign up for the latest challenge here is what you do. <BR> <BR> 1) Go to the Challenge forum and thread <BR> 2) Scroll to the very first post and copy the reporting format <BR> 3) Hit reply and paste the reporting format into the message box. <BR> 4) Hit the button to post the message and then you are all signed up, that simple. <BR> <BR> When you are ready to add your weight remember to EDIT your post the Edit button will be by your user name/signature/ticker at the bottom of ... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 09:06:18 EST Some quotes I've found to be motivational "Nobody is gonna hit as hard as life, but it ain't how hard you can hit. It's how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. It's how much you can take, and keep moving forward. That's how winning is done." ~Rocky Balboa <BR> <BR> "The greatest mistake you can make in life is to continually be afraid to make one." ~Elbert Hubbard <BR> <BR> "Ability is what you are capable of. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it." ~Lou Holtz <BR> <BR> "That w... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 00:16:52 EST BONUSES I believe these bonuses will be a fun way of interacting with each other and hopefully will keep you all inspired and motivated to make healthy changes! We can do this team!! Sun, 30 Sep 2012 23:35:59 EST Get and Give Support for the Quarterly Challenge I'm giving us a new thread for the new Challenge. Check in here daily for you bonus point! Sun, 30 Sep 2012 23:30:25 EST 25lbs Quarterly Challenge October - December 2012 This is the last Quarterly Challenge of the year! It is also possibly one of the hardest Challenges of the year as we have many holidays coming up. This is a great opportunity for us to make some new holiday traditions that will be healthy and last a life time! Let's make this Challenge Rock! <BR> **note: If you are starting the challenge late you will included the monthly results. <BR> Please EDIT your posts. <BR> <BR> If you LOVE me you will help me by doing 3 things: <BR> 1) Please use ... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 23:27:04 EST Hello! This is my plan. Hopefully with determination, consistency, and commitment I can make it happen. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Chrystal Fri, 28 Sep 2012 18:41:52 EST New to the team hey everyone! i have about 200 lbs to lose total. i think having the goal to lose 25 lbs every quarter is a good goal. im looking for accountability, support, motivation and friendship along the way! i look forward to being a part of this group! <BR> Fri, 28 Sep 2012 17:52:58 EST New to this team Hi, I'm Jen. I am 32 years old and I have about 119 pounds total to lose. <em>40</em> . This is the beginning of my third week and I have already lost 9 pounds. A lot of days I lack the motivation to get my hind end up and exercise. So I am here for support and to have friends that are in the same boat. <em>252</em> Fri, 28 Sep 2012 14:33:19 EST Nervous About Traveling Hi all. This is only my second post but I wanted to vent for a moment. I'm gonna be going out of town tomorrow with my friend to his home town about an two hours away so he can visit with his family. I had asked him if I needed to eat before we left tomorrow night and he said no that his grandma was making gumbo. For those yankees that don't know what gumbo is it's like a soup but the base of it is roux which is browned flour and oil. Add sausage and chicken breasts and thighs put ontop... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 23:30:30 EST Accountability Would you like to join a private team where you must be ACCOUNTABLE with your food daily by reporting it to the team? The other requirment is a Weigh In on Mondays! <BR> <BR> If your interested please respond to me via spark mail. Tue, 25 Sep 2012 13:48:36 EST Hello all I am interested in that challenge. I am Judy and I am ready. Tue, 25 Sep 2012 10:09:49 EST Hi To All Hi all. My name is Jenna and I'm a newbie to sparkpeople. I have set myself a goal of losing 100 pds in a year. I'm excited to see this group of likeminded people. I'm fully motivated and ready to go. I started this site last week and lost 3 pds. I'm hoping to lose more this week. Hugs to all! Tue, 25 Sep 2012 00:13:21 EST Not working hard enough/too much? I usually do 40-45 minutes of the stationary bike(8.5 miles at 35 minutes, 9.8-10mi at 40, I just did 45, and ramped it up to 11.6mi) at least 3 times a week. (Which sucks because I have to log it as less than 12mph, because it comes out to ~14.5mph, which isn't greater than 15mph) <BR> I usually have a salad for lunch, and eat out maybe twice a week. <BR> And yet, for the past two weeks, I've only lost a pound a week. <BR> Yet, my clothes are much looser. What's going on here? <BR> I've been... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 02:58:21 EST Too Fat to Work Out? I am not sure how to say or ask what I am trying to... it is embarrassing. I think I am too fat to be able to do much of a workout at a time. The best I can do right now is 10-15 minute walks before my hips and back seize up and I get out of breath. I am trying to do this- or even just walk around the block a couple of times a day. I am trying to do some light (minimal ability) strength training. I cannot believe I used to be 150 pounds less and in great shape. I cry like a baby every day and... Sat, 22 Sep 2012 18:19:38 EST Has any one watched fat, sick, and nearly dead.... Has anyone followed the fat sick and nearly dead and tried the juicing diet? I started the juicing diet aug 12 and stopped yesterday bc I didn't have the money to continue on. :( I lost about 25 lbs and felt great. I think I could have lost more, but didnt walk much the last two weeks. <BR> <BR> I definitely want to continue walking tho bc I don't want to put all the weight I lost back on... <BR> <BR> Just wondering if anybody else had tried it and how they did. Tue, 18 Sep 2012 23:29:19 EST Strength Training I've had a few friends tell me that they are intimidated by strength training, how did you over come your fears? Or is it still something you haven't tried yet? Tue, 18 Sep 2012 21:51:32 EST Working out So now that the weather is changing to Autumn, I started thinking I may have to change up my routine. Probably should anyway just because change is always good in your workouts. So what changes will you be making to you routine now that the weather is changing. (Here in KY we are getting more rain), so more inside stuff! share what you do! I love getting more ideas! Tue, 11 Sep 2012 16:43:58 EST Intro to a New Life Good morning everyone!! <BR> This is my first experience with fully committing to an online health thingy, so if anyone has any tips and/or is willing to team with me on my journey (aka buddy up), that would be INCREDIBLE. I stumbled over this site by reading a success story listed on yahoo last night, and jumped on right away. I'm excited, but fearful...hopeful but skeptical LOL. <BR> <BR> This site is AMAZING, and I know I haven't even scratched the surface of what I can do with it. I was ... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 07:55:14 EST NewMe Hi Team. I have been away from Spark for a couple of years and decided it is time to rededicate to a new healthy lifestyle. It is my goal to lose 100 lbs. <BR> <BR> For so long I've watched friends start toward a goal with me and then years later they finish and I'm still sitting debating if I should try. No more of that. I decided that the only way I will fail is if I don't try. <BR> <BR> So here is to new beginnings.... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 23:49:05 EST Favorite Meals! What are some of your favorite meals? Does it fit in your calories? Or have you had to give it a "make-over?" I love that I can still have my favorite dishes, I've just had to learn more about portions, and adding those awesome veggies to combat the whole hunger issue. That and making sure I'm hydrated has curbed my appetite quite a bit. Share what you've learned! Mon, 10 Sep 2012 10:19:47 EST Don't wait! I want to issue an invitation for all new members to participate in the challenge now, and not to just wait for the next challenge. I have been keeping track of Monthly biggest losers as well as the overall challenge losers. Don't wait to start making changes! Remember to EDIT your posts rather than making a new post as this REALLY HELPS. please make my job easier! Sat, 8 Sep 2012 10:54:38 EST Weight Loss Buddy Wanted! I'm new to SP and have just started my 1 year journey (September 4th) to losing 100 lbs in that time frame. I would really like to have a weight loss buddy along the way. <BR> <BR> I'm extremely motivated and am thinking nothing other than this is my year to get it right! One day at a time... <BR> <BR> I'm 47 years old and from Ontario, Canada. <BR> <BR> Anyone else out there with my same start date or give or take a few days that would like to stay in touch along the way? <BR> <BR... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 10:42:00 EST Hello! :) My name's Chris. I first used SparkPeople to lose over 30 lbs back in 2007, but fell off the wagon once my university classes started again. I restarted in July at 260 lbs and my long term goal is to get to 155 by the end of next July. Looking forward to meeting all of you & reaching our goals together! Thu, 30 Aug 2012 01:57:12 EST Hi! I am excited to be joining Spark People and I was so happy to find this group! It is nice to see so many other people with the same goal as me :) <BR> <BR> I am looking for motivation buddies and I hope I can find some here. <BR> <BR> Thank you :) Mon, 27 Aug 2012 22:12:43 EST Weigh in Just joined the team, but weigh 237 down 5.5 pounds from last Monday. :) Mon, 13 Aug 2012 13:08:42 EST Calorie Range How do I recalculate the amount of calories I need to eat to continue losing weight? I know they suggest doing this after ever 10 pounds lost but I am not sure how to do this without changing everything. Any help would be great! Thanks! Mon, 6 Aug 2012 23:44:52 EST Scale - various weights My scale seems to give me a variety of weights. The weights can vary by a few pounds! I try to take an average. It is a Weight Watchers scale and it was quite expensive. Has anyone had this experience or have a suggestion for a good scale? Thanks! Mon, 6 Aug 2012 10:16:20 EST Hi, Glad to find this group I just saw this group as pop up as a recommendation from one of my other groups. So happy to find people who are trying to be just as crazy as I am. I committed myself to loosing 100 lbs in the next year on June 10th and as of this morning I'm 27 lbs closer to that goal. Whenever anyone asks me about when I will be eating desserts, carbs, etc again I reply "100 pounds or 1 year." But my actual goal is 110 for a healthy weight, maybe lower if life decides to be awesome like that. <BR> <BR... Mon, 30 Jul 2012 10:44:16 EST HI I am new to spark people and just signed up for this challange. Tue, 17 Jul 2012 12:44:11 EST Quick Warmup ideas? I have noticed my energy level is a bit lower this month and it seems to take a little more to get me going during my workouts. I always start my workout every day with 20 minutes of yogilates. On days that I try to skip it I don't get far into my workout before I notice a tweak or a pull on a muscle or joint so I just do the yogilates first every time to stretch out my muscles and get ready. I have especially noticed though that on cardio days it takes me 2 -10 minute workout videos (that... Wed, 11 Jul 2012 17:25:32 EST Hiya! Hello! I have been a sparker off and on since 2008, I am finally committed to losing weight and I know that sparkpeople is the best tool to help me lose! I was so excited to see a team that focuses on losing 100 pounds in a year, it made me realize that my goal of losing 124lbs by July1 2013 was not unrealistic. <BR> <BR> Happy sparking everyone! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Wed, 11 Jul 2012 11:04:45 EST Hello Team :-) My name is Lanie. I am a 32 yo Philadelphian (of PA not MS) and my goal is to lose 100 pounds by July 4th 2013. At first , I thought this was unrealistic but, as I look around the site, see the tools available, and read stories from other members, I see that it is a very feasible goal! <BR> I look forward to learning from you guys, supporting your efforts, as well as having mine supported. As I educate myself, meet and interact on the boards/groups, track food, exercise, and support others; I... Sat, 7 Jul 2012 19:21:38 EST Hi Everyone I am looking forward to losing at least 100 lbs over the next year. I am committed to losing to enjoy my children more while they are young and becoming healthier for myself as I get older too. Thanks in advance for all the encouragement and support. I will return that back to the group as well! Fri, 6 Jul 2012 23:55:57 EST Winners-April to June 2012 25 pound challenge Okay everyone, <BR> <BR> Here are all the winners in the recent challenge. You are all winners!! Thanks for making this team great!! <BR> <BR> KARSTASAURUS 259.5 TO 216.3 = 43.2 POUNDS <BR> 83MARTHA 260.8 TO 224 = 36.8 POUNDS <BR> WENDYSUE72 262 TO 225.2 = 36.8 POUNDS <BR> LUCINDAKAY 353 TO 224 = 29.0 POUNDS <BR> RUSH2LOSE 248 TO 220 = 28.0 POUNDS <BR> CAHIGHTO ... Wed, 4 Jul 2012 15:53:15 EST What are you doing to win the Quarterly Challenge? So I thought it would be cool to hear about all of the healthy things everyone is doing to do their best on the quarterly challenge, plus by writing it down and telling people we will be more successful. So what are you doing? Wed, 4 Jul 2012 14:26:10 EST What can I do to help with this? Feeling shaky... I have worked out before and pushed myself, but today I came back inside feeling really shaky. Aaron is diabetic, so my first instinct was to check my blood glucose levels, but it was 119, so I didn't have a low blood sugar. <BR> <BR> Did I not eat enough today? Is this normal? Maybe it is, and I have just never pushed myself this hard? <BR> <BR> Any input is appreciated. Sorry if I sound silly, let me know - hahahaa. <BR> (Sorry if you see this in more than one group, I am posting in se... Tue, 3 Jul 2012 22:12:56 EST New to Team Hi! My name is Lynn and I just joined the team last night but been using sparkspeople since January. Like most have struggled with my weight all my life - have lost, gained, lost, gained, etc. I turn 50 this year and was at my highest weight ever so I decide this was the time I lose it once and for all. My husband also joined Sparkspeople so it make is a bit easier to stay on track. I've been doing well for the 7 months (down 70lbs) but still have much more to go and want to stay motivat... Sun, 1 Jul 2012 22:02:06 EST 25 lb challenge realization BTHEFLOWERGIRL wrote something in the new July 1st challenge thread that totally hit a chord with me. Her 25 lb challenge will put her in the 100's mine will put me at 219. I can't remember the last time I was 219. I found my self asking the same questions. Will I be able to do this? I'm not sure. I'm certainly going to give my all though. It's just weird thinking if I'm successful I'll be 219. CRAZY!!!! <BR> <em>40</em> <em>224</em> Sat, 30 Jun 2012 22:25:31 EST 25 Pound Quarterly Challenge July to Sept. 2012 July 1st starts our new 25 pound quarterly challenge. <BR> <BR> Please enter your starting weight, goal weight and room for you weekly weight on your post. Edit this post each week. (It is too hard to score when people enter more than one post.) <BR> <BR> The challenge will go from July 1st to September 30th, 2012. <BR> <BR> Good luck and may you take advantage of the summer months of activity and really lose that weight!! <BR> <BR> Angie <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> Sat, 30 Jun 2012 17:39:56 EST i NEED to share this i picked this link up from another team <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> it is HBO's weight of the nation. i watched it in shock and horror and i want to share it with everyone i can. <BR> if my poor husband thought there's nothing to eat in the house but fruits and veggies before i watched these videos... just wait honey! <BR> <BR> i think the deepest thing i picked up from the first episode was that it's not ok to be even a little overweight at all.... Fri, 29 Jun 2012 17:22:49 EST I'm Still Here! I want to apologize in advance to anyone who may share multiple forums that I am in for the repitition, but I am posting the same message in the several that I have joined.... <BR> <BR> I am still here, I AM able to access SP from work...for now anyways. We are being bought out (supposedly in a few weeks time), and who knows what the new owners will let me do or not do. <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Since (for now, lol!) I have quite a bit of work that I do on my work computer, I don't ha... Fri, 29 Jun 2012 16:50:18 EST