SparkPeople 20 Something Maintainers Team Messageboard This team is for all members in their 20's trying to maintain their weight and be healthy. Welcome! SparkPeople 20 Something Maintainers Team Messageboard Hello everyone! Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I am Jay, a 26-year-old electrical engineer and car enthusiast from The Netherlands. <BR> <BR> I joined SparkPeople in February of this year in an attempt to lose 42 pounds. <BR> This attempt has proven to be successful today, Weighing in at a healthy BMI of 24.9. <BR> <BR> I am still looking to lose a few pounds just to get away from the healthy-overweight border, but aside from that I consider myself a maintainer now. ;) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> For before/After p... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 06:42:01 EST Hi from Australia Hello There, <BR> <BR> My name is Zee and I'm 23 years old. I've been battling weight issues my whole life and my problem comes, not only from losing it, but from keeping it off. Once i get motivated, losing is easy, but given that I've gone up and down since I was in my late tween years, I definitely think I need the help KEEPING it off this time. Sun, 16 Jun 2013 07:38:23 EST I've Finally arrived to Maintena ceville! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I never thought I'd see the day I would be actually thinking how to maintain my weight loss. <BR> <BR> Yo Yo-ing for years, I understand now it's now or never - I took it slow - 9 months, 9kgs down and the results are incredible. <BR> <BR> I'm so happy to be ME! <BR> <BR> But I want to keep it that way and funnily enough, I want to stop losing - but today of all days, I'm SO NOT HUNGRY - just too happy! <BR> <BR> Happiness is a filling feeling! Without all the... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 13:56:49 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 14 Apr 2013 15:46:49 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sat, 13 Apr 2013 11:51:05 EST Hello! New to team! Hello 20-something maintainers! <BR> I just wanted to introduce myself and look for a little support. I'm 26 and have always been petite, but in the three years since graduating college, I gained about 20 pounds by not exercising consistently, eating junk, and drinking on the weekends. It might not sound like much, but it was a lot on my small frame. This summer, I lost 20 pounds gradually over about three months t by logging my food in SparkPeople and exercising daily. I hit my goal weight o... Mon, 24 Sep 2012 12:13:08 EST Hey There! New to Team! Hey Guys! <BR> <BR> I'm Laura and I reached my weight loss goal last month. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I'm really glad I found this team, because I have so many questions and challenges that I'm facing as I transition. I still feel like I'm in weight loss mode and I'm struggling with the shift to maintenence. Feel free to add me, I love SparkFriends! Tue, 18 Sep 2012 09:28:14 EST Hello everyone! So I am not that new lol. I signed up last year in August and was only on the site a month and a half only to find out I was expecting baby #2. Now I am back!!! I Have already lost 5 lbs since I started back these week. Just wanting to say hello everyone and can't wait to keep on this weightloss journey with you all <em>30</em> Sun, 16 Sep 2012 13:19:36 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 1 Aug 2012 15:39:06 EST WOOHOO! I'm a maintainer! I honestly didn't think that this day would be coming for a long long time. I've been with SP a little under a year and have come a long way in this short period of time. It is my goal to maintain my weight at 175 and if I lose a few more pounds along the way, YAY! But, if not, I am happy with where I am now. I am a college student still and am excited to say that I will be spending this upcoming fall semester in London! If anyone is from London or has traveled there be... Sun, 29 Jul 2012 01:33:26 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 10 Jul 2012 16:31:53 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 10 Jul 2012 08:58:33 EST Celebrate: how long have you maintained? Hey Everyone! Let's celebrate our successes with each other to stay motivated. How much weight have you kept off and how long have you kept it off for? <BR> <BR> I've lost 23 pounds and kept it off for about 13 weeks now!!! Mon, 9 Jul 2012 15:46:07 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 7 Jun 2012 03:00:36 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sat, 5 May 2012 16:30:35 EST I'M HERE! Hi my name is Wasila. I'm here and hopefully, finally I will stay. I know it's up to me but I'm depending on Spark people support! Thu, 26 Apr 2012 19:40:21 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 17 Apr 2012 16:11:50 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 12 Apr 2012 21:17:27 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 25 Mar 2012 11:31:28 EST New & Nervous Hey guys, <BR> <BR> New to this weight loss stuff. Always been in pretty great shape until the last couple years. I've known I needed to lose weight the last 6 month but lacked the motivation or discipline. But someone asked me today if I was expecting... I almost broke down in tears right then and there. So i'm offically over the excuses and ready to do something and feel like my old self again! Looking forward to it all. <BR> <BR> Loves, <BR> <BR> Ali Wed, 21 Mar 2012 21:22:06 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 11 Mar 2012 20:42:07 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 8 Mar 2012 12:31:39 EST tracker Does anyone know how to do one of those cool personalized trackers? I really want one but can't seem to figure out how to do it... Wed, 7 Mar 2012 21:20:44 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 4 Mar 2012 10:18:25 EST trying to change I am a 24 year old wife and mother. I have let myself get out of shape the past three years and am just on here to get support from others who are in the same boat. I have been chubby all my life but it has really gotten out of hand. I have never been above 200 in my entire life and it has taken me getting tired of looking the way I do to change. I'm doing this for myself now and also so my child wont grow up and see her mom is fat and think its okay because its not. Mon, 27 Feb 2012 16:00:32 EST Plateau Help! Hello Everyone! <BR> I'm a 21 year old college student and I'm having a major problem! I've hit a plateau in my weight loss <em>39</em> . I currently weigh 234 but I started out at 242. I really would like to get down to my goal weight by the time I graduate in the Fall (Dec 2012), which I believe is about 150-160lbs. For the past week I tried working out for longer periods but still the scale won't budge. The type of exercises I usually do are Taebo, zumba, kickboxing, walking, pilates... Wed, 22 Feb 2012 16:33:15 EST Hello Hey yall, <BR> <BR> My name is Christina and I'm on a mission to get back down to a healthy weight, which im about 15 pounds from; but more so than that I'm on a mission to maintain a healthy weight. I have always been a yo-yo dieter and as I get older it is beginning to effect my health and make it harder to lose the weight when I gain it back. So with that being said thank you all for your support and welcoming me to your team!!! <BR> <BR> Thank you, <BR> Christina Mon, 20 Feb 2012 14:42:24 EST Romaj4 Hi, I just signed up today. I was told about spark the other day by another mom while I was waiting at the elementary school our children go to. Nicole, if you're out there, hi.:) I'm not really a blogger, I'm not on Facebook, or anything like it. I just wanted to say hi, and I'll post my results from time to time and check yours and cheer each other on.:) Happy losing:) Thu, 16 Feb 2012 18:15:19 EST HELLO EVERYONE I'm new spark people, and i'm trying to find my way around. Thu, 16 Feb 2012 00:33:57 EST Hi Guys And Gals Hi my name is craig im 21 and have signed up to start kicking off my weightloss and building some proper muscle on the way <BR> <BR> i look forward to hearing from you and hope to make some new friends whilst trying to change my life Tue, 31 Jan 2012 04:08:58 EST Hi I'm Becky Finally getting started on a long awaited lifestyle change. Fri, 27 Jan 2012 19:27:09 EST Hello, My name is Singergirl I am on here to loose weigh. I will need motivation. Also support. Thu, 26 Jan 2012 16:22:45 EST Hello All Hi Everyone! My name's Amanda! I've been on here for about 2 weeks now. I absolutely love it! Just wanted to introduce myself! You all are so inspirational :) Tue, 24 Jan 2012 20:47:50 EST 20 before 30 I'm trying to come up with a bucket list of things to do before I turn 30 which is five years from now? Any ideas? <BR> <BR> One thing I really want to do is ride a hot air balloon! And fly a plane! Sun, 22 Jan 2012 18:50:38 EST Things are out of hand but I'm taking control I'm new to the site and I have my amazing coworker for telling me about it. I'm hoping to get back to my previous weight and stay there again. I'm hoping maybe this time with the support of others here to make it through. Tue, 17 Jan 2012 04:56:51 EST First Step Hi im new to the site and and am very excited about learning healthier living habits. Im 6 feet tall and about 255 pounds. My main goal is to get back under 200 pounds so i have alot of learning and working ahead of me . I hope to get good advice and support from these boards because ive never tried eating better or excercising at all really . So please if you have any good advice for someone starting from square one i would really appreciate it . Fri, 13 Jan 2012 21:22:52 EST New to the Community Hello everyone, Im so excited to be part of this community. I have browsed through some of you guys profiles and I must say I was really impressed. Im looking to break free from my unhealthy life hopefully I have come to the right place. Wed, 11 Jan 2012 11:32:29 EST Still Losing Weight? Is anyone out there still losing weight without trying to? Are you ok with that or do you want it to stop? <BR> <BR> Tue, 3 Jan 2012 09:39:49 EST Hello Spark people! Hello everyone! I'm looking forward to some support while trying to alter my lifestyle! (make it healthier...) Mon, 2 Jan 2012 22:36:38 EST I Had A Great Idea Today... Get In Shape Hello everybody! <BR> <BR> I had a Dagwood today for lunch. You know, the sandwich from the Sunday comics that's three feet high with just about everything under the sun on it. That's the Dagwood. And as I unhinged my jaw to stuff that monstrosity into my mouth I thought, "Dude, you stopped playing sports four years ago, you can't realistically expect to maintain your physique eating like this without any exercise." Whilst coming down from my meat and cheese induced high, I collapsed in ... Sat, 24 Dec 2011 17:12:46 EST 20 pounds to lose let's keep up!!! This is Norma, I have a goal to lose 20 pounds and keep them off. I want a healthy life Mon, 19 Dec 2011 09:22:50 EST Hey! I'm Carly! I just joined this team about a minute ago or so and I felt that I should introduce myself here. I'm 27, from Atlanta, Georgia, and have just lost the amount of weight that I had intended to lose. I'm trying to keep myself in about a 5 pound range or so between 110 and 115. Sat, 26 Nov 2011 18:50:06 EST Post for Points! <em>347</em> Fri, 25 Nov 2011 02:53:03 EST Streaking Challenge 2012! 2012 is around the corner, and now is the time people are either rushing to meet their 2011 new year's resolutions or creating a set of resolutions for the new year. Instead of waiting until 2012 for a change, why not start now? Your mission: To post your goals and post your streak here! This will hopefully encourage you to not break your streak, so let's get started. <BR> <BR> Example: <BR> Drink 8 glasses of water: 2 days <BR> Eat 5-8 servings of fruits & vegetables: 5 days <BR> Stay away ... Thu, 24 Nov 2011 16:46:53 EST NEED HELP & SUPPORT Hello, I need all the help & support out there. It is never ending battle. Please help Thu, 17 Nov 2011 15:10:39 EST Weight loss is JUST NOT HAPPENING! Hi Sparkers! <BR> <BR> I'm an 18 year old female and I've been actively exercising since I was 10 years old. Fastest runner in junior school, and a basketball player since I was 13. Thing is, I don't seem to be losing any weight! I was born a 9 pound baby so my mother always says that i've "heavy bones", but I dont like to use that as an excuse. I am 77 kg now, standing at 1.72m tall, and my waist is 28 inches. I have a muscular upper torso (i go swimming a lot and do strength training regu... Tue, 1 Nov 2011 13:17:39 EST Now What? So I'm not entirely sure where this belongs, but its something thats been on my mind and I posted it as a blog on my page. I think I'm just looking for feedback and if you have any suggestions from reading this(what I put on my blog) of some great sparkteams to join, please mention them! Sometimes I feel like once you lose the weight, there isn't a lot out there for maintainers and we still have plenty of struggles with our new bodies! <BR> <BR> "So I've lost the weight and I'm much more act... Wed, 19 Oct 2011 02:48:17 EST Hello Everyone Hey Everybody, I'm new and i'm ready for the challenge to lead a healthy life:) Sun, 9 Oct 2011 22:23:51 EST Pandora <BR> I like to use my smartphone while running and throw on pandora. I like to throw back to some great 90's music or some Kesha! Anyone else use Pandora for the work outs? If so what station? <BR> Thu, 29 Sep 2011 09:00:38 EST Joined yesterday Hello All, <BR> <BR> Thought I'd drop in to say hi. I'm looking forward to seeing everything Spark People has to offer. Tue, 13 Sep 2011 13:48:37 EST hello everyone! Hello there mates, <BR> My name is Yury. I have a little bit of eating problems, if I'm sad, mad, or bored I tend to eat alot. I acknowledge in the moment that I shouldn't be doing it, but I still do it. I'm only 20 and I have always been the "chubby girl" in my family. In 2009 I use to weight 154 pounds, in around three months I went down to 112. But as I started school again, former classmates would tell me to eat, would offer me food, and tell me that I was "too skinny", that I had health... Sun, 4 Sep 2011 23:37:20 EST Choices for a new team image. VOTE NOW! Here is #1 <BR> <link><BR>eUlcqI/AAAAAAAAACg/DqkRwndU5eU/s400/is<BR>t2_697582_we_all_need_friendship.jpg </link> <BR> <BR> #2 <BR> <link><BR>mages/Essence%20Of%20Achievement.jpg </link> <BR> <BR> #3 <BR> <link><BR>ntent/uploads/2007/12/achievement.jpg </link> <BR> <BR> #4 <BR> <link><BR>dFopHlhHIw-rJzF1rwjwEqOuZLD7gsw9MVqbh1<BR>73pgYj... Thu, 25 Aug 2011 11:52:16 EST Goals for the week of 8/22 Good morning ladies! Today starts a new week and I need to get myself to be consistent again. So here are my goals for the week: <BR> <BR> 5 servings of fruit/veggie a day <BR> 8 glasses of water a day <BR> 1 half hour walk 5 days this week <BR> <BR> What are your goals? Mon, 22 Aug 2011 10:17:54 EST What are your thoughts on video blogging? So, I'm going to be in Italy for quite a while starting in September and I have a shiny new webcam. I know I will end up using Skype a lot but I'm also thinking about keeping a video blog. <BR> <BR> Has anyone ever tried it? What are your thoughts on it? Sun, 14 Aug 2011 11:22:04 EST Favorite indoor workouts As much as I love going out for walks sometimes the weather just doesn't allow it. So here are some of my favorite indoor workouts. I tend to use Exercise TV's website to find videos for free and then if I want to buy them they are inexpensive. <BR> <BR> This is one of my favorites. <link><BR>y-sculpting/ballet-strength-workout-4525 </link> Fri, 5 Aug 2011 08:10:56 EST Workout Playlists Here are my favorites to listen to while I'm walking. I like songs with a driving beat. I don't necessarily pay attention to the lyrics. Some are in French and Italian. I speak both. I'll add more as I think of it! <BR> <BR> Lady GaGa - Born This Way, Judas, Bad Romance, Poker Face, Just Dance <BR> Kelly Clarkson - Miss Independent <BR> Britney Spears - Stronger <BR> Backstreet Boys - Larger Than Life, Everybody <BR> Nsync - Bye Bye Bye, Pop <BR> Shakira - Hips Don't Lie, Waka Waka <B... Fri, 29 Jul 2011 15:57:12 EST Let's breathe some life back into this group! It's really too bad that this group is so quiet. I think it would be a great source of support if we were more active. So, what can we do to jumpstart this group again? Fri, 29 Jul 2011 08:59:59 EST Hello! Hi! I'm 27 years old and have recently lost about 40 pounds. I've lost 60 overall, but the last 40 are within the last 2 years. Anyway, this is the first time in my adult life that I've been satisfied with my weight. I would like to maintain this weight for a while and perhaps when I come back from my internship in Italy lose the rest if I feel it's necessary. Mon, 25 Jul 2011 12:14:17 EST Hello!! :D Hi! <em>334</em> I'm new to the team. Yesterday I have finnally reached my goal weight! <em>104</em> <em>236</em> Now I have to learn how to maintain my weight. <em>30</em> Mon, 23 May 2011 18:55:32 EST Spring/April Challenge... Challenge Starts on Friday April 1st. You will walk or run away the pounds (4 or more). You can walk or run or do both to achieve the goal of 90 miles. If you need to you can edit this challenge to your needs, more or less mileage. You can use walking DVD's, Video Games, Elipitcal Machine, Treadmill, or the pavement. Any form of walking or running is allowed. Check in daily with your mileage and weekly with your weight loss. Thu, 31 Mar 2011 23:17:28 EST February Challenge Come February, I want to invite you on a journey into a land free of refined sugars and artificial sweeteners. Neither of them do our bodies any good, and both make us crave more sweets. Instead opt to choose natural sweeteners like agave nectar, which won't spike your glycemic index and cause cravings. We'll check in here once a week and discuss how it's going. Thu, 27 Jan 2011 11:22:57 EST A few questions... I reached my goal weight on Sunday. Starting yesterday I was hungrier than usual and I have a firm belief that when I'm hungry I either eat or make sure I've had enough water. So I ate too much. Then today I was starving! I was at work today, all day. I bring a morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack, and dinner. Today u had both of my snacks before lunch and ate some chips someone gave me. I ate my dinner early and had a second when I got home. I was still hungry a few minutes ago so I had a f... Wed, 26 Jan 2011 01:10:16 EST Needing help.... As you know I have been religiously following weight watchers for 4 years this coming october and while I am lifetime staus I am actually under my goal by 16.6 lbs. and in need of a little weight gain. That being said I don't wanna blow it on a overly high points or high priced dinner. Have a points budget in mind of no more than 8 points and a price range of 8-9 dollars for my portion of the meal. These are the places that we have been in the last week (see below): <BR> <BR> IHOP <BR> <B... Tue, 25 Jan 2011 17:01:22 EST Go to Recipes for Maintenance Do you have go to recipes for maintenance? One of my favourites is slow roasted tomato soup. It takes a bit of time, but it's super easy: <BR> <BR> 1 28 oz can whole tomatoes <BR> 1 cup vegetable soup stock <BR> 1/2 tsp italian seasoning <BR> salt and pepper to taste <BR> 1 tbsp brown sugar <BR> cooking spray <BR> <BR> Remove tomatoes from can, reserving liquid. Cut tomatoes in half and arrange on a baking sheet lined with parchment or foil. If using foil, spray with non-stick spray first. ... Tue, 11 Jan 2011 15:34:51 EST Question regarding sodium count... for a 30 y/o man weighing 135.4 and who is active 4 of 7 days a week, how much sodium should I have???. Mon, 22 Nov 2010 12:11:50 EST Needing advice... I have a thanksgiving day delimma. I am going out to eat again this year as I have done in years past and am wondering how to handle this situation. I am 7 lbs. below my weight watchers goal weight of 143.6 and have been since july 30th, 2010. My question is we (my mom and I) are going to mimi's cafe (an upscale though not fancy resturant in mason, ohio where we reside) for thanksgiving and they will have this for the menu: <BR> <BR> Starter-Green salad <BR> <BR> Meal-turkey breast <BR> ... Tue, 16 Nov 2010 20:36:59 EST HELP! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I reached my goal weight a few months ago but now I'm struggling so much with maintaining it. <BR> <BR> I'm suffering from cycles of binging/fasting all the time. I don't seem to eat a well-balanced diet, and it seems like all the will-power that made me loose half my weight and brought me into maintenance is just fading away. <BR> <BR> I don't know why I'm binging. I just seem like I can't resist "junk food" any more, especially sweets, and especially chocolate. I t... Tue, 9 Nov 2010 22:49:55 EST Post here please starting today. 11/4/10... Please post your starting weight as of today (11/4/10) here if you are in the gobble, gobble challenge. Mine is 137.6. <BR> <BR> My weight for 11/14/10--136.2 Thu, 4 Nov 2010 15:15:12 EST Hold the treats challenge... Now that the holidays are here I am going to issue a challenge to all to...git-r done!!. From 11/4 (tomorrow) till 1/31/11 I want you to follow your weight watcher training (if on weight watchers) and to exercise...LIKE A MARINE!!!. If any of you saw the "biggest loser" on 11/2 you know what I mean. Wed, 3 Nov 2010 14:08:11 EST Please introduce yourself and tell a little.... about your journey through the land of weight loss. Thu, 14 Oct 2010 23:25:09 EST Sorry I have not been around.... I am one of three team leaders and I am new to this team. My username is lance992. I have been on weight watchers for 3 years as of 10/7/10 and have lost 54 lbs. I will be active in this team more starting next week. Just thought I would introduce myself. Thu, 14 Oct 2010 23:18:30 EST New to the team... and have been maintaining for about a month at a 1.4 loss. Have my WI/meeting tomorrow at 11AM. Also submitted a team leader request. <BR> <BR> <em>253</em> Thu, 30 Sep 2010 15:54:08 EST Newbie...a bit about me Hey Everyone, <BR> <BR> First of all I just want to say how happy I am that I've come across this group. I think a lot of people in my life have a hard time understanding what someone goes through both emotionally and physically through our weight loss journey. <BR> <BR> Here is a bit about me..... <BR> <BR> My name is Alicia and I have gone from 265lbs to 136 pound in a year. I've been overweight my entire life. Once I reached my goal weight I realized I wasn't happy. I think a lot of pe... Sun, 22 Aug 2010 13:01:02 EST I'm glad I found you Just joined teh team, thought I would tell you about myself. Three years ago I was 400 lbs and rising, diabetes and sleep apnea. I was a mess. I had tried losing weight many times over the course of my life, but it never stuck. I got sick and had to have two surgeries to get me back to “normal.” I had my gall bladder removed and then two feet of my small intestine. I almost died twice in 4 months at the age of 25. Due to the surgery I lost 95 lbs, but I was eating very little. I gained 45 lb... Wed, 5 May 2010 11:40:42 EST adapting to new self-image So, I know I am not alone here, but is anyone else having trouble adapting to their new self. What I mean is when I was bigger I never had any confidence to ask girls out because of my size. I knew I had a good personality, but I always doubted that that was enough. Combine that with the fact that I have been rejected pretty horribly as well and my confidence was shot. I was wondering if anyone has any tips on how I can adapt to my new body (I've lost over 150 lbs.) and have confidence to... Wed, 5 May 2010 11:34:10 EST ive lost 163 lbs, looking for a support group... HI!! thanks for reading this... I have lost 163 pounds total so far and I am trying to find a support group for people who have lost significant amounts of weight... is there one here on spark people? sometimes i have questions and conversation that i feel only those in my same boat will understand... if anyone knows of anything let me know... (and if youve lost over 100 lbs get at me) : ) Sun, 11 Apr 2010 16:45:35 EST New to the team Just wanted to say hello and introduce myself. I am Misty and have been on my weight loss journey for 4years. I have lost 60lbs. I maintain my weight mostly because I am a proffesional window cleaner, so it keeps me moving. But with kids and a husband who has never worried over weight I have a hard time not over eating. I have been trying to improve going to the gym. I have been at that since Jan 2 and I feel great! My weight wasn't an issue until my wedding, I got down to 145lbs. I haven't g... Fri, 12 Mar 2010 10:24:49 EST Maintain ng...why oh why are you such a challenge? So I reached my first goal of 145 some time ago and then decided to try for 135...I saw 137 maybe twice on the scale and since then my weight usually goes from 138-142....ggrrrr I do have some bad days where I eat way too many calories and I not workout as hard as I was when trying to lose a ton of weight but come on what the heck is going on??? I still dont eat fast food or drink soda but why cant I atleast maintain my weight?? this is so frustrating:( <BR> Obviously I would like to r... Sat, 6 Feb 2010 11:28:56 EST I should've introduced myself a month ago! So, I've been at my goal for over a month and I'm loving it. I don't weigh myself anymore or track my food (don't bash me for that!) but instead I'm just listening to my body. I pay close attention to how I feel, how my clothes fit, whether or not I'm hungry, and my fitness accomplishments. <BR> <BR> My goals at this point is to stay a size 4/6, run a few more 5K races, and potentially do a triathalon along with my brother on Memorial Day. I'm also contemplating being a spinning instructor i... Tue, 2 Feb 2010 12:20:29 EST New to the team... I wanted to stop over and say hello! I've lost 77 pounds to reach my goal of 155. I've never maintained before, so this new phase is somewhat scary for me. I'm working on a plan that will work for me and in the meantime I'm going to practice self-love, forgiveness, patience, and accountability in addition to making small, positive choices each day. Tue, 2 Feb 2010 11:19:30 EST Newbie Heyyyyyyyy <BR> I'm new, lol. <BR> I'm 207ls at the moment. I did weigh 250lbs when i started so i feel i'm doing great! My target is 189lbs and i'm nearly there.... i'm just struggling a little 4 months down the line and am reading up for motivations. <BR> I can do this, it's just wanting to carry on. I wanna look good & feel good. <BR> So here we go!!! Sat, 23 Jan 2010 15:46:17 EST :) Hey Guys! My name is Kendra, I'm 20 years old. I've always struggeled with my weight. At one point I hit about 165, which is a lot of weight for a person of my heigh, 5"1. Right now i'm about 150.. but i want to get to 120-125lbs. I've tried soo many diets, but they just haven;t worked for me. Mostly because they were telling me WHAT to eat & when. Then one day i bought a magazine, and there was an article about So later that night i decided to check the sight out! I signed u... Wed, 13 Jan 2010 21:42:04 EST Problem mornings, what to eat? I have the same problem every morning. I never know what to eat for breakfast, i don't want cold cereal becuase i'm hungry an hour later, but what else should I have? I usually end up waiting until i figure out what to eat and by then its noon and i haven't eaten all morning. what do you guys eat in the morning? Tue, 5 Jan 2010 13:08:06 EST Hi there! Hello! I just joined because I've reached my goal and for some reason I'm having a hard time sticking to my work outs. I hope I get out of this new lazy phase soon! Wed, 16 Dec 2009 13:02:42 EST This time of year... This time of year I'm sure everyone is encountering the same problem I am. Christmas baking! I never bake, but lately I am like BAKE BAKE BAKE. And I can't stop at just one. I've been maintaining for 4 months now at 122lbs ish. I exercise daily at the gym for approx. 45 minutes. I just don't know how much is too much to be eating, and I'm scared that if I put on 5 pounds I'll hate myself and if i'll be able to get back on the wagon after xmas. anyone have any helpful hints for maintaining but... Wed, 9 Dec 2009 18:05:33 EST Fit Flops, Reebok:Easy Tones, Sketchers Shape Ups? Does anyone have any of these supposed toning new shoes? Do they really work? I know they'll never be able to replace working out, but if they help tone when I'm just walking around, etc I might try them. Any info would be greatly appreciated! Mon, 2 Nov 2009 09:31:27 EST some advice RE: calories?? what do you do when you find your weight higher in your maintenanace range than you'd like to be? do you drop your calories back down to your weight loss range for awhile? need advice please! <em>24</em> Mon, 12 Oct 2009 10:23:15 EST Goal met! Hi everyone, <BR> I've reached my September goal of 122 lbs! <em>9</em> Wed, 30 Sep 2009 11:51:24 EST Finally here and full of fear! Well 19 months later I'm finally at a weight I'm comfortable with and want to maintain and yet the trepidation grows daily. Who would think someone who had the will power and dedication to lost 125 lbs would be afraid that they would fail at keeping it off. From what I've read under the lifestyle centers tab I basically just need to do what I've been doing for almost two years. Watch what I eat and exercise daily. I know I can handle that why am I so afraid? Thank God for support groups on sp... Sat, 26 Sep 2009 08:21:00 EST Anyone feel bad about indulging? I mean, yeah, I'm at my goal weight and I have been for awhile. And yes I work out 2 hours a day and eat right 95% of the time. But, like for instance, I went out to eat last night and just ended up eating ALOT and just felt horrible! And I only do that every couple of weeks! But still felt horrible and felt like I had to start over again in a way. I'm like beating myself up for eating one not-so-healthy meal I guess. <BR> <BR> Anyway, anyone feel bad when they indulge once in awhile? What i... Thu, 17 Sep 2009 15:57:39 EST hi My name is Jennifer and today i have decided to stop using excuses and doing something for me. I have decided to be healthy for me. I want to look in the mirror and like what I see. Thu, 10 Sep 2009 18:36:10 EST Hi New to the team... <BR> <BR> Got to my goal weight in May 09 after losing over 90 pounds, but starting to waiver a little and gained about 5 pounds back. Need to get back under control! Any tips and advice are appreciated. Thu, 3 Sep 2009 21:39:49 EST Maintaining is good...right? For the past two weeks I have been at the same weight. Granted it's less than when I first started by like 4 pounds. I just am expecting more results. Granted again,I have been slacking...I haven't gone for a walk in a few days...been really busy trying to find a job and doing things with my boyfriend. I think I just need a boost...some encouragement. Sun, 2 Aug 2009 12:48:14 EST Hey! I have successfully lost weight for my wedding and for the past 8+ months I've been maintaining. I'd like to lose maybe another 9 lbs and tone, but I'm pretty happy at where I am now. If I stayed the same weight but just tightened up my problem areas that would be just fine! I love who I am now and I'm so happy I got healthy early so I can enjoy my life with my husband :D Wed, 29 Jul 2009 18:27:28 EST help! i need a push... hey everyone! i really need a push & some encouragement and advice about increasing my calories. i really need to increase my calories so i can just maintain my current weight. to maintain SP is giving me a nutrition range of 1580-1830 (i burn about 1700 calories a week in exercise). i know it may seem silly, but that seems SO high to me. i'm still eating just shy of 1400 c. a day, but if i do that consistently for a few days, i do notice further loss on the scale. i just feel SOO nervous. it... Wed, 22 Jul 2009 16:23:17 EST Hello Hello :) Hello! <BR> My name is Livvy and I will be turning 20 in November so I thought I would join this group. I like to listen to music and reading novels. The motivation behind me losing weight is for myself and my boyfriend. I want to be able to shop in stores for clothes that are in smaller sizes. That's the thing I keep in my head everytime I go for my walk everyday. <BR> <BR> I hope to make some friends on this website. <BR> See you around Sat, 18 Jul 2009 12:27:36 EST Fitness & Exercise for Maintaining Here's the thread to discuss our exercise. Whether you're confused about how much you should be doing, or you've stumbled upon a routine that really helps you, post away! <BR> <BR> Excerpt from a Maintenance article here in SP: <BR> "According to the Framingham Study (the largest ongoing study ever conducted on what it takes to maintain weight loss over time), here’s what the successful “maintainers” have in common when it comes to physical activity: <BR> <BR> * They spend an hour or mo... Wed, 20 May 2009 16:11:44 EST Hello everybody! After years of struggle (not all on SparkPeople, unfortunately!) I just hit my maintenance weight last week. I'm probably already in trouble. However, I made it this far and I'm not giving up now! Fri, 1 May 2009 06:07:23 EST Diet & Nutrition for Maintaining <em>248</em> <BR> This thread is for discussion on how you're fueling your body to maintain. <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> <em>180</em> <BR> <BR> You may post here with questions or concerns about what to eat or how much, and let the Team help you through a difficulty. <BR> <BR> Alternatively, if you're doing something with your diet that is really working well for you, please share it with the rest of us here! We can all stand to try something new every now and again, keeps the body guessing... Wed, 22 Apr 2009 13:31:45 EST New to the team! Hello everyone! I've been on Spark for almost a year and half now. I've been maintaining since last June and I've done pretty good with it. I stumbled upon the lifestyle centers and thought this would be a great team to join. I started going to school last fall which has made my exercise routine a little harder to keep up with, but I've been very good about balancing my food to keep myself from gaining. Wed, 15 Apr 2009 06:46:25 EST Streaking challenge I have been reticent to come over to the maintainers side because my other 20 something team has a tread for a streaking challenge which has really helped. <BR> <BR> Could we start one here and maybe sticky it? <BR> Here's where I am so far. I hope this catches on :D <BR> <BR> 1. Stay within my calorie range Day 9! <BR> 2. No calories after 8 Day 8! <BR> 3. Drink 8 glasses of water per day Day 99! <BR> 4. Complete all of my exercise goals Day 99! Sun, 12 Apr 2009 17:52:32 EST Hi! Hi team! My name is Marisa and I've been working on my weightloss goals since April. I just reached my goal after losing about 25 pounds and an hoping to maintain my current weight. I'm looking forward to some support from this team! Tue, 17 Feb 2009 07:50:04 EST now at 3 weeks after reaching goal Greetings! <BR> <BR> Yay for reaching goal and maintenance! <BR> <BR> So far I'm maintaining at my goal +/- 2lbs. <BR> <BR> I'm kinda thinking after the holidays I might try to make that GW to goal-3lbs instead, but i'm happy for now! I need to work on my wardrobe at this point, I have very little that fits! <BR> <BR> Tue, 9 Dec 2008 19:51:37 EST Trying to be healthier Hello, my name is Danielle. I haven't been a member for long, but just what i found on this site is awesome and i believe w/ the help of sparkpeople i can be a size happier and healthy.I am looking for others who are struggling like me and who knows we could become the greatest of friends..Thank you Danielle Sun, 7 Dec 2008 12:51:46 EST Who said maintaining is easy??!?! I feel like maintaining is way harder than losing. I was so focused and strict with myself while I was trying to lose weight and now I feel like I'm slipping a lot. I stopped focusing on the scale so much and I feel so great about the way I look but every other day last week I went way over on calories and I kept giving into overload of snacking. If I keep doing what I did last week I'll be back to where I was before I started spark. Does anyone have any suggestions or ideas? How is ever... Sun, 16 Nov 2008 15:36:09 EST Antioxidants I know they are supposed to be great for you, but is there a certain amount we should try to consume? Thu, 13 Nov 2008 08:33:52 EST Hello from Australia Hi everyone -- <BR> <BR> I joined Spark back in March, and made amazing progress! A few weeks ago I got down to 71.1 kilograms ... but since then, I've been creeping up a bit. I'm finding it harder to keep to my calorie range, in particular because of portion sizes and snacking -- I just always seem to be hungry! <BR> <BR> So, I thought I'd join this group with all you other successful Sparkers to get some strategies of how to keep the weight off now that I've lost it. Hopefully I can help ... Sun, 19 Oct 2008 06:44:53 EST Maintaining my hard work! Hi everyone! I joined spark almost 4 months ago to feel confident about myself again. After having my second child, my body didn't bounce back the way it did after my first. I also had really bad snacking habits and I absolutely love sweets. I didn't have a ton of weight to lose but I've met my goal and I want to stay where I'm at. I want to keep eating healthy and stay in control of my sweet tooth and keep my workout habits going. I feel so good about what I've accomplished and I want ... Thu, 25 Sep 2008 13:05:39 EST HELP!!I CAN'T MAINTAIN!! Hi there…I started my weight loss on 15 June and a was 110 pounds. My goal weight is 100 lbs which was to be reached by end of july. <BR> On 17 July, after a month of calorie counting and working out consistently, I came down to 104. I was thrilled…I’d not been down to this weight in so long and I felt great in my body which was much more toned….BUT THEN…came the vaca….and I promised myself to eat as healthy as possible….which I did…though of course everything is not in your control when ur e... Thu, 31 Jul 2008 00:46:06 EST Traveling Tips Hello all! <BR> <BR> Summer definitly means traveling in in most peoples future. I am going abroad in Europe for 10 days (London, Paris, and Lisbon and Porto, Protugal for a wedding). This got me thinking... <BR> <BR> Even with the walking I will be doing, I'm not sure it will add up to my regular workout routine and my diet will most likely include new and exciting foods. I am going to try to cook in the hostels (to save money) but do you have any suggestions for how to not stray too fa... Fri, 13 Jun 2008 13:50:15 EST hello I'm new Hey <BR> I'm Cristina, 27, married, travel writer <BR> <BR> while i'm not exactly at my goal I'm really close and right smack in the ideal weigh range. <BR> <BR> i started SP at 165.4 lbs in Apr 2006 and now i weigh 128 lbs (give or take). I'm really pleased but I'd be glad to lose another 10 lbs if possible. <BR> <BR> However, i've been around this weight since Sept 2007 so i've been maintaining whether i planned it or not lol Tue, 27 May 2008 09:23:00 EST I'm New! Hi, my name is Carolyn and I'm 24. After 10 months I've finally got down to my goal weight of 128! Well, I'm still .2 over but I figure thats close enough!!! Look fwd to getting some good maintenance ideas and keep going strong! Sun, 25 May 2008 18:26:22 EST maintaing from 23-?? hopefully life! Hi everyone! my name is katie im 23 from ohio. I figured that it is time for me to find some support becuase no one should struggle alone. I joined SP in october wanting to lose about 10-15 lbs. That was at 147. I met my goal rather quickly through rash combo of diet/ exercise. Since January 10th I have lost another 15. I currently weigh in around 119-121. Yes this is rather low for a 5'6 but honestly I'm scared to gain and get, well fat again. So i figured that maintaining through healthy ea... Thu, 15 May 2008 20:52:21 EST HI I'M NEW! Hi my name is Lauren. I am 22 years old and from Ohio. I just joined this team today, I thought that the idea of supporting each other in our maintenance goals is pretty cool. <BR> So, anyway, I just wanted to say hi to you all and I hope you are having a great Wednesday! Wed, 27 Feb 2008 08:20:11 EST Finding workout buddies?? I HAVE to find people to work out with. Everyone I know is tied down with one responsibility or another and has no time to just get out and run. It's okay to go it alone, but I just prefer group activities. Anyone have any ideas on how I can go about finding running or workout partners? Sun, 2 Dec 2007 21:07:00 EST Team Image ideas? Do we have any graphically inclined people on the team? I was thinking of making a picture to represent us. I personally have some knowledge of PSP7 and that's about it. <BR> <BR> Any ideas of what picture you'd like representing you? Mon, 26 Nov 2007 19:21:05 EST New Team Leader Hey everyone, just letting you know a bit about myself. I'm Bree, 24, just got married in July. I've been using SP since April 2007, even though I originally started getting fit About a year before that. Spark helped me break a plateau, and I'm forever grateful. <BR> <BR> People seem amazed that I haven't put any weight back on, and I always tell them that it's SparkPeople that helps me maintain. <BR> <BR> Nice to meet you! Mon, 26 Nov 2007 12:02:15 EST Hello Everyone!~ My name is Lance. I just wanted to introduce myself to the group. I am a health, fitness and wellness professional and really enjoy Sparkpeople. It is a great website. I am also a musician. If you are free on Tuesday nights, maybe I'll c'ya at the Tap Root Cafe's Open Mic. The food there is great and they have some really healthy options too! My wife and I love it there and we bring our little boy with us to the Open Mic. <BR> <BR> Anyway, best wishes to you all... if you come to the Open M... Tue, 13 Nov 2007 18:47:14 EST obtaining a healthy weight Hello, I am very new to all of this. I am asking something very different, I am looking to GAIN weight. <BR> <BR> I am a mother of 3, I am 5ft, and currently weight 88 lbs ;( Yes odd. I am 20lbs lighter after having 3 children, where normally it is reversed for woman. I am desperatly trying to gain back to at least 105 lbs. Until recently, I had a lot of muscle. Because the household demands much of my time, I no longer have time for dance or athletic activities that I used to partic... 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