SparkPeople 400 (More or Less) Team Messageboard If you have a large amount of weight to lose, especially if you start at 400 pounds or more this is the team for you. Everyone here understands the demands that this large amount of weight entails. SparkPeople 400 (More or Less) Team Messageboard Hi! Good day, Spark Friends. <BR> I joined SP in May, and have made steady progress so far. *knock wood* I have a long, bumpy ride ahead, but I'm so encouraged by all the support and generosity of people here. It's never easy, but it sure is worth it. Tue, 3 Sep 2019 12:58:18 EST Fresh start Hello, <BR> <BR> So glad to find this group =) <BR> <BR> I'm not sure about my starting weight, but I know before a car accident three years ago I was over 400 lbs. And, it's only gotten worse since then due to being confined to a wheelchair. But, I started pool therapy a little over a month ago and I'm feeling more human. <BR> <BR> Now, it's time to take on the challenge of getting rid of this weight. <BR> <BR> Michele Sun, 25 Aug 2019 08:10:27 EST August Chat 2019 Hi all, <BR> <BR> So glad you are here. What's happening in your life? Fri, 2 Aug 2019 12:30:30 EST Hello Everyone I'm brand-new to SP and just joined this team, hoping for friends &amp; support as I take on what I consider the biggest undertaking of my it (my life) and losing the weight. Thu, 1 Aug 2019 19:14:17 EST July Chat 2019 Thought I'd start a new discussion since I missed posting a June chat. Ugh!! How is everyone doing? Fri, 28 Jun 2019 03:38:16 EST May chat 2019 Hi everyone!!! <BR> Wishing you all a happy day. :) <BR> Love to all. :) Fri, 3 May 2019 07:54:48 EST April Chat 2019 Hi all, <BR> <BR> New, I'm here for you and everyone else as much as I can be. No matter where we are in our battle with food addiction we can always push the restart button. <BR> <BR> Keep pushing it. You got this. Tue, 2 Apr 2019 02:40:10 EST I have more to do. My name is Rodger <BR> I will turn 59 next week <BR> I am Married for 36 plus years <BR> I have 3 grown children, all married with children (2 ladies, and 1 man) ages 37-28 <BR> We have 7 grandchildren (4 girls, 3 boys) <BR> I live south of Kansas City, Missouri (USA) <BR> I am employed full time (statistician, I work at computer all day) <BR> I am a born again Christian <BR> <BR> I have been overweight since age 11 <BR> Obese since age 15 <BR> Morbidly obese since age 35 <BR> I h... Tue, 5 Mar 2019 12:31:05 EST March Chat 2019 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A new month, a chance to make some positive changes in our lives. I am going to start a challenge tomorrow, for 30 days on track with calories and some type of intentional physical activity (aka exercise LOL) every day. <BR> <BR> I've got to do something for myself. I deserve it and so do you!!! Sat, 2 Mar 2019 11:10:30 EST February Chat 2019 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Hello Team and Fabulous February to All! <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> I have been all over the place with my eating, going from healthy to very unhealthy, and my weight is reflecting that. <BR> <BR> In Nov I was down to 385. Today, I am at 399, and it's time to start logging my food again here on Spark instead of adding it up in my head, because obviously my Math is off some... Mon, 11 Feb 2019 10:51:55 EST Hello Hello. I joined spark with the goal of losing weight and hopefully improving my health. My medical conditions include Multiple Sclerosis, Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, Type 2 Diabetes, Depression, Migraines, Fatigue, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, and Raynaud's Disease. I haven't known a pain free day in over 12 years, but I will not let that stop me. I look forward to making friends and being an active member of the team. Sun, 13 Jan 2019 19:02:02 EST New year 2019 Happy new year let's go get em. Sat, 29 Dec 2018 09:54:50 EST November 2018 Here we are. The holidays are upon us. How is this year going to be different from other years? Tue, 6 Nov 2018 02:05:18 EST October chat 2018 Happy October everyone!! Thu, 4 Oct 2018 08:10:41 EST August chat 2018 Wow! Did I go way over my numbers today by going out for dinner. No wonder I'm having trouble losing weight. Wed, 1 Aug 2018 23:26:12 EST July Fireworks 2018 chat Happy July!!! Mon, 2 Jul 2018 14:30:03 EST June Chat 2018 Hi and welcome to the June chat room. Fri, 1 Jun 2018 10:30:38 EST May Chat 2018 Popping in to start the May chat thread. <BR> <BR> Things here are not good, but you all are in my thoughts every day. <BR> <BR> Know that you are loved and deserve health and happiness! <BR> <BR> Big hugs to all of you! <BR> <em>247</em> <em>220</em> Wed, 2 May 2018 12:39:33 EST April chat 2018 Happy Easter everyone how's it going Sun, 1 Apr 2018 17:32:04 EST Hi everyone! Wanted to wish everyone a Happy Easter! Ruth Sun, 1 Apr 2018 14:37:37 EST March chat 2018 happy March 1st Thu, 1 Mar 2018 06:55:40 EST MARCH MARCHERS 2018 CHALLENGE <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>215</em> RULES FOR THE MARCH MARCHERS CHALLENGE <em>215</em> <BR> <BR> 1. YOU make the rules. You pick what you want to do. You want to count steps? Great!! You want to count time spent? Fantastic!! <BR> <BR> THIS IS YOUR CHALLENGE. <BR> <BR> At this size we all have some limitations. We are all different. I cannot set a goal for you, nor should I. <BR> <BR> You kn... Wed, 28 Feb 2018 11:40:25 EST Hi Just wanted to stop in and say hi! I hope everyone is doing good. Still hanging in there. I have really been working to stay om my program. Just taking it as it comes. Sun, 4 Feb 2018 14:31:57 EST February Chat 2018 <em>129</em> Happy February! <em>129</em> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>235</em> WELCOME TO OUR NEW MEMBERS <em>235</em> <BR> <BR> Looking forward to getting to know you, Please let us know if there is anything you would like to see from this team that's not already here. <BR> <BR> I'll post more later. Just wanted to get the February thread started. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <em>220</em> ... Sat, 3 Feb 2018 11:16:33 EST "I DID IT" Daily Challenge 2018 <em>590</em> This is the place to post your daily accomplishments. <em>590</em> <BR> <BR> Doesn't matter what it is. You might be doing a structured formal challenge. You might be (like me) just trying to do the best you can every day and would like a place to list what you did today for yourself and give yourself a pat on the back. <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> I'll start: <BR> 01/17/18: Made a healthy breakfast. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Wed, 17 Jan 2018 11:02:01 EST January chat 2018 Happy New Year!!! <BR> What are your goals, small or large, for 2018? <BR> Me...I'm afraid to make any for fear of not meeting them. <BR> Mon, 1 Jan 2018 15:50:55 EST December 2017 chat Happy December everyone!! Mon, 4 Dec 2017 06:19:15 EST November 2017 Here come the holidays Ut oh! Here come the holidays. How will you survive? Tue, 7 Nov 2017 06:42:49 EST October 2017 chat Hi everyone! <BR> Happy October!! <BR> It's my favorite time of the year--fall. <BR> Love the leaves turning colors and the cool fall nights. Sat, 30 Sep 2017 16:41:20 EST September 2017 Chat Room <img src=""> Mon, 4 Sep 2017 08:20:54 EST Last Letter = First Letter *SUMMER EDITION* An easy game seen pretty much everywhere on message boards. <BR> <BR> Your post must be a word that STARTS with the LAST letter of the previous word posted. <BR> <BR> Examples: <BR> <BR> Let's say the last word posted here was "PURPLE". You will post a word that starts with an "E", the last letter of the word posted before you. <BR> <BR> Say you post the word "EXECELLENT" (has to start with the letter E). <BR> <BR> The next person that comes to the thread will see the last post was the... Tue, 1 Aug 2017 12:16:57 EST August 2017 Chat Room A new month full of possibilities! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 1 Aug 2017 11:57:21 EST Have trouble putting yourself first? I've noticed this is a very common thing among those of us who have weight issues. We are superstars at taking care of other people. <BR> <BR> Whether it's friends, family, or even people on Social Media and here on Spark. We often see to the needs of others before taking care of ourselves. <BR> <BR> I think there are a few causes for it. We are caring compassionate people and that is wonderful. We need more people in the world who care so much about others. <BR> <BR> Another reaso... Tue, 1 Aug 2017 00:20:27 EST What does 200 HEALTHY calories look like? <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <em>530</em> CHECK OUT THIS GREAT... Fri, 28 Jul 2017 15:05:32 EST How do you combat cravings? I am just curious how everyone battles the cravings we all get! <BR> I have 3 teenagers in the house so there is always stuff to fix fast or grab on the go for sports practices etc. SO NOT having it in the house is not an option, and even healthier stuff i have been known to go nuts with! <BR> <BR> So... <BR> I started giving myself a cheat day. I put a piece of paper on the fridge and every time i REALLY crave something i put it on my list so i don't forget it! As it works out when "ch... Thu, 27 Jul 2017 12:00:14 EST Did you know? Sparkteam Bonus Points Hi! <BR> <BR> Thought I'd post some links because some things have moved around on the website. <BR> <BR> On a PC, if you'd like to get some Points for our Team, this is where it's located now: <BR> <BR> <link> a_team_bonus_points.asp </link> <BR> <BR> And one of the popular things to do on Spark is to post your points and the points you won for the team, and for us, you can do that right here: <BR> <BR> <link> Mon, 24 Jul 2017 15:22:29 EST I'm back Hey all! Sorry I've not been around much since I joined. I've been dealing with a UTI and kidney stone for the last week and a half and have been simply miserable. I'm still in a lot of pain from the stone, but the UTI is pretty much gone. I also found out when they did the CT scan that my gallbladder is swollen. I have an ultrasound scheduled on Friday to see the extent of the inflammation and to check for gallstones. I'll likely have to have it taken out. <BR> <BR> I'm getting frustrated ... Wed, 12 Jul 2017 19:20:44 EST I DID IT daily challenge 2017 <em>590</em> The I did it emoticon can be found in the popular emoticons <em>590</em> <BR> Use it daily to record your goals you've completed each day. <BR> Example: <BR> Daily Goals <BR> 1.Stay in calorie range. <BR> 2.Completed exercise goals. <BR> 3. Spark one time each day. <BR> If I successfully completed goal 1 &amp; 3 I would place an I did it emoticon next to that goal. <BR> <BR> Use this thread to record and track your I did it goals. <BR> Let's get it done! <BR> <em>227</em>... Sun, 9 Jul 2017 15:10:42 EST WHERE ARE WE AND WHAT ARE WE DOING NOW (July 2017) Please take a moment to let us know where you are right now on your weight loss and better health journey and what your doing (or not doing) to reach your goals. <BR> This will help your team leaders know how to better serve you. <BR> Sun, 9 Jul 2017 13:44:40 EST July 2017 Chat room Here we are in July. Happy 4th of July everyone!! Sun, 2 Jul 2017 20:33:40 EST Hi from a newbie Hey all! I just found this group last night, I hope it's still an active group. <BR> <BR> I'm Rebecca. I've been a member of SP for several years, but I flounder with my motivation and come and go on the site. I'm hoping that this time will be different. <BR> <BR> I'm 43 years old, and the last time I weighed in I was 425 lbs. My goal is to reach 200 lbs in order to get a much needed knee replacement. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping to get the support I need to stick to my plan this time and in re... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 21:22:29 EST June 2017 chat Hi, <BR> I know June isn't officially here yet (only two more days), but I wanted to get a jump on the chat room. Hello to everyone brave enough to step through the door. Introduce yourself to us and let us know how we can encourage you on your healthy living journey. Tue, 30 May 2017 22:28:54 EST May Chat 2017 Here it is mid May. <BR> How goes it everyone? <BR> I'm finally tracking everything I eat and trying to stay within or under my calorie ranges on Sparkpeople. Some days it is easier than other days. <BR> <BR> I've been working out using a program I found on called Lee Labrada's 12-week lean body makeover. I'm now on week 12. I haven't lost any weight, but have gotten stronger. I haven't lost weight because I was eating above my calorie needs. <BR> <BR> It is amazing how ca... Fri, 12 May 2017 13:05:39 EST April Chat Hi everyone! <BR> Welcome to the April Chat room. <BR> How is this month, this week, this day going to be different than yesterday? <BR> <BR> I'm following an exercise plan I found on (Lee Labrada's 12 week lean body makeover). I'm on week 6. The scale has stopped moving, but I'm doing what I need to do to push through and just keep going no matter what is or isn't happening on the scale. <BR> <BR> This workout program gets me in the gym every day. (I'm afraid if I miss a... Wed, 5 Apr 2017 08:09:53 EST Hello from Columbus, OH I just came back to Sparkpeople and I'm looking for friends and community. I'm 6'1 and weigh about 400 lb... I want to lose 50 lb by my birthday in November. <BR> <BR> I was just diagnosed as bipolar, and I'm taking a break from work and school to try to get the right medication. I want to recommit to my health and track everything I eat, and take some baby steps with my fitness until I'm feeling good again and losing weight. <BR> <BR> Please add me and let's be friends :) Fri, 10 Mar 2017 12:26:41 EST New Here .. on day 6 of my new journey Hi Everyone <BR> I am new here. My name is Tee and I live in Ohio. I am on day 6 of my journey. I started at 550 pounds so way over 400 (hope that's okay) <BR> would love a chance to meet other people who know how hard it is to have to loose such a large amount of weight Wed, 8 Mar 2017 23:31:54 EST March Chat It's March! Here we go! Mon, 6 Mar 2017 07:22:12 EST Hello from Phoenix,AZ Hello everyone. My name is Zenya aka Zen. I have been in the 300s for a long time. I have always struggled with my weight but at a doc appointment a couple weeks ago I got on the scale and it said 403. I was devastated. How could I let this happen? I have a doc appt this Monday and I have been working on a list of questions I wanna ask him to get my life back on track. I am tired of being tired. I have no energy and I struggle to even get 5000 steps a day! I would love to make some friends to... Sun, 5 Mar 2017 04:03:45 EST Hello from a metamagical misfit~* Hi! I just found this site tonight and thought I'd give it a whirl. I'm 48yrs old and currently weigh 416 pounds (my highest weight ever, to my knowledge). I've been overweight since early childhood and morbidly obese since my teens. I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes about a year ago and have mostly left it untreated (after experiencing severe gastro side effects on metformin). I started on Forxiga 2 weeks ago and just upped it to 10mg this morning. So far, no problems with this diabetes m... Tue, 7 Feb 2017 07:04:07 EST New Here Looking For Support Hi everyone. I just joined and I am looking for support. I recently hit my highest weight of 494. After having dealt with this weight and compulsive eating for over 12 years I have had enough and am ready to make another attempt at finally getting healthy. I struggle greatly with binge eating and compulsive eating. I see a dietitian but in between visits I do not have the social support to hold me accountable. I have tried numerous times to get better and have not been successful, but a... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 15:31:35 EST Jan 2017 chat Happy New Year everyone!!! <BR> How is this year going to be different for you? Sun, 1 Jan 2017 16:14:49 EST New to this group and just coming back to SP.... I've been active in Sparkpeople in the past.. it's just been awhile... :) <BR> <BR> My name is Dawn, I'm 50, I'm widowed, and I live in Iowa. I've got 3 children who are grown, my daughters are married and between them I have 6 grandbabies, My son is the baby.. he's 25 and he's still figuring out life. <BR> <BR> I've always struggled with my weight, but since I lost my husband I think I kind of gave up trying. I've had two knee surgeries to clean up torn miniscus and shave off a bunch ... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 22:15:20 EST Nov. Chat 2016 Welcome to November. How is everyone doing? Sun, 6 Nov 2016 07:18:07 EST Printable Autumn Coloring Pages I've been coloring for many years, but in the past few years Adult Coloring has become really popular. <BR> <BR> It's great for relaxation. It can help distract you when you're emotionally "hungry". I found some printable coloring pages with an Autumn theme. <BR> <BR> Below is a photo and the link to the image. Use the link to pull up the printable version and grab some pens, pencils, markers, crayons, and enjoy. <BR> <img src=" Mon, 24 Oct 2016 16:35:38 EST Autumn-Theme "Last Letter Starts New Word" Game This is a fun and easy game. <BR> <BR> You post a word that STARTS with the LAST letter of the previously-posted word. <BR> <BR> Example: <BR> <BR> I post the word "LEAF". Last letter of word is F, so the next person will post a word that starts with F. <BR> <BR> Let's say that person posts the word "FALL". Last letter of the word is L, so the next person will post a word starting with L. <BR> <BR> Just for fun, let's keep it Autumn-Themed. Anything that reminds you of Autumn/Fall... Mon, 24 Oct 2016 16:19:17 EST October 2016 Chat Hi and happy October everyone!! Sun, 16 Oct 2016 10:22:57 EST Sept Chat 2016 Happy Labor Day weekend everyone!!! How are you celebrating? Sat, 3 Sep 2016 21:19:56 EST August Chat Happy August everyone!!! Mon, 1 Aug 2016 12:54:22 EST Riding for 15 minutes 3x a week Post here if you plan to join this challenge to ride a bike or stationary bike for 15 minutes a week. Let's get riding!! We can do it! Come on and join the challenge. If you cannot do a full 15 minutes then break it up into segments: 5 minutes 3x a day or 1 minute at a time. Whatever will help us move our bodies and get healthier. Let's do the challenge until the end of August. Wed, 27 Jul 2016 03:44:52 EST July Chat Oh my goodness! Where has the time gone? Happy post 4th of July everyone!! Tue, 5 Jul 2016 08:06:22 EST June Chat Happy June everyone. How are you doing today? Mon, 20 Jun 2016 09:24:48 EST May Chat 2016 Here we go for May Fri, 13 May 2016 08:46:29 EST Daily Chat - April 2016 Hi Everyone and Happy April 1. Fri, 1 Apr 2016 23:54:43 EST Daily Chat - March 2016 Hello everyone. <BR> <BR> I know I've been sporadic with posting here, but I've had a bunch of health problems for pretty much the past month. <BR> <BR> Enough of that. <BR> <BR> I wanted to say hello to Sherry and Zach and tell you how much I appreciate you taking the time to post here on the team. <BR> <BR> It's great when folks have support "IRL" (in real life) that keeps them motivated. I hope that's the case with all the members here...that everyone has someone to talk to. ... Sat, 12 Mar 2016 21:32:17 EST Will You Be Mine? Valentine's Central Here <3 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We all have our personal feelings about Valentine's Day. Society dumps a lot of high expectations on it. Like we need to be part of a couple to celebrate it, or if we are part of a couple we have to spend a ton of money on gifts, dinners, flowers, candy, cards. <BR> <BR> I say forget all that and let's just take advantage of celebrating LOVE. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeop... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 15:46:54 EST Daily Chat for February 2016 Hello everyone. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Thought I'd start the February Chat thread. <BR> <BR> My goal for today, Feb 3, is to track my food and stay within all the nutrition goals. <BR> <BR> Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 3 Feb 2016 11:47:36 EST Hi, I just joined :-) Hi, I'm Vanessa and I've just come back to SparkPeople after some years away. I am now at my heaviest weight ever, just over 400 pounds, trying to bring it down and prevent Type 2 Diabetes - the doctor just told me I'm "pre-diabetic" and I hope to reverse that, as well as improve my health in other ways. I'd like to lose enough to get off of this blood pressure medicine. I know it helps, but I don't like the way it makes me feel. <BR> <BR> I have a sit-down job, on the computer and on the p... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 20:17:24 EST Daily Chat for January 2016 Happy New Year! <BR> <BR> Apologies for my lack of posting. I am desperately trying to fight chronic depression, and I have more bad days than good. I have a therapist, I'm on meds, but most days it's all I can do to put my feet on the floor in the morning. <BR> <BR> Wishing everyone a healthy and happy 2016! <BR> <BR> Sun, 3 Jan 2016 18:25:30 EST Daily Chat for December A new month, and a new chance to make some healthy changes. <BR> <BR> Let this be a new start for all of us. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 1 Dec 2015 00:20:24 EST Daily Chat for November Well, it's a new month and we are heading toward several Holidays that can be challenging to people trying to eat healthier. <BR> <BR> I don't have a game plan yet. I'm just trying to keep it together one hour at a time. <BR> <BR> Baby steps for me. <BR> <BR> Hope to hear from you! <BR> Mon, 2 Nov 2015 14:29:11 EST Daily Chat for October Wishing everyone a Healthy Month! <BR> <BR> I love October! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 30 Sep 2015 23:08:27 EST If it's not in the house, I can't eat it. Y or N? For me...this has become and still comes back to being a definite YES!! Last night my church held the repast for a funeral of a former and now current again member's wife. It was late ...around 8pm, so I suggested a light meal because it's too late for heavy stuff and a lot of variety. Plus someone else mentioned we still have to clean up afterward!! So there were friend chicken wings (pause for giving the side eye to aaaaanyone who puts black folks and chicken together in a neg way...lolo... Tue, 29 Sep 2015 23:08:37 EST Hello All! Hello everyone. I'm in almost or past 40 days of logging in to Spark even though I've been a member of Spark for some years now. It's not a streak, I lost some days around Labor Day, but my fitness app streak is at 40 days. My highest weight was almost 450lbs this past June...446 and some ounces to be exact. My last time on a scale that would measure my weight was last month and I was down to 431. I wasn't even making a conscious effort to eat better and move more so I figured, I'd bette... Fri, 25 Sep 2015 22:38:27 EST "Just ONE" Challenge This is an easy one. Or it should be. Sometimes doing just one thing is hard when you don't feel well physically or emotionally. There are days when just getting out of bed is hard. <BR> <BR> But, we want to be healthier in body, mind, and spirit so it is important that we do just one extra thing for ourselves every day to make our lives better. <BR> <BR> So, that's it! <BR> <BR> Do JUST ONE extra thing today to improve your life. It can be anything. Maybe you walked in place or d... Tue, 22 Sep 2015 11:55:02 EST What are your favorite Fall/Autumn traditions? Here in Pennsylvania in the US, the weather is getting a bit cooler. Soon the leaves on the trees will start changing colors and by the middle of October, we will have beautiful orange, red, and yellow foliage. I love how the mornings are chilly. What we call "sweater weather". <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Would love to hear some of what you like about Fall/Autumn. Mon, 21 Sep 2015 20:53:05 EST If I could do anything I wanted today I would... I would pick apples at an orchard in this area. To walk through the rows of trees, reaching up to pick the fruit...simple things like that are what I miss the most. I hope to get to a point where I can do it again. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> What would YOU do today, if you could do anything? Thu, 17 Sep 2015 18:33:56 EST Let's do Spark's THE FIND 10 CHALLENGE! At 400+ pounds it's really hard to get exercise. It can be uncomfortable, and if we aren't careful we can injure ourselves. I don't know about you, but I tend to avoid things that I'm not good at, that make me feel embarrassed, or are out of my comfort zone. <BR> <BR> BUT, Spark is running a challenge right now to find 10 minutes a day for some type of physical activity and I know that each of us can rise to the challenge and participate. <BR> <BR> I'm almost 100% sedentary. My mobil... Thu, 17 Sep 2015 01:04:31 EST No leader? What happened? Anyone know? I've been away from Spark for months. What happened to the team? I will step up as a leader if no one else will. At least temporarily... Wed, 16 Sep 2015 22:23:46 EST 10-LBS OFF CHALLENGE: GET OUT OF THE 420's LBS Good luck with this challenge ! <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> Thu, 3 Sep 2015 22:04:26 EST 10-LBS OFF CHALLENGE: GET OUT OF THE 430's LBS You can do it ! <BR> <BR> <em>212</em> Thu, 3 Sep 2015 22:03:43 EST 10-LBS OFF CHALLENGE: GET OUT OF THE 440's LBS You can do it ! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Thu, 3 Sep 2015 22:01:43 EST 10-LBS OFF CHALLENGE: GET OUT OF THE 450's LBS All your SP Friends are rooting hard for you to accomplish this ! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Thu, 3 Sep 2015 21:59:47 EST 10-LBS OFF CHALLENGE: GET OUT OF THE 460's LBS You'd be surprised how fast it can be lost ! <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> Thu, 3 Sep 2015 21:56:41 EST 10-LBS OFF CHALLENGE: GET OUT OF THE 470's LBS Try it, you can do it ! <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> Thu, 3 Sep 2015 21:55:08 EST 10-LBS OFF CHALLENGE: GET OUT OF THE 480's LBS try it - it might be easy Mon, 31 Aug 2015 20:49:35 EST GET OUT OF THE 390'S POUNDS ! WHEN THE ROAD GETS TOUGH THE TOUGH GET GOING ! <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Sun, 2 Aug 2015 15:06:18 EST CHALLENGE: GET OUT OF THE 490'S ! IT AIN'T GONNA BE EASY BUT IT'S DOABLE ! Sat, 1 Aug 2015 14:06:34 EST CHALLENGE: GET OUT OF THE 410'S ! It ain't gonna be easy, but it's doable ! Sat, 1 Aug 2015 14:04:50 EST Motivation So I have been struggling with motivation and have been telling myself for the past week I was going to do a Vlog. Well I did my video blog today. I am going to ask my children who are much more tech savvy than I to help me spruce of the videos a little. Thu, 30 Jul 2015 00:06:13 EST Love Yourself Challenge <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> We all know that if we want to lose weight and get healthy, it is important to eat healthy and get moving. When most people talk about real weight loss, it is always, “Diet and exercise, diet and exercise, diet and exercise.” Rarely do you ever hear, “Self-love and positive thinking, self-love and positive thinking, self-love and p... Fri, 10 Jul 2015 11:32:21 EST Would You Rather OK, time for a new game. <BR> <BR> How many of you have ever played, Would You Rather? For those who aren't familiar with it, it is super easy. The first person asks a question presenting two uncomfortable situations. The next person answers with which of the two they would rather do then presents the group with two more options. Just please remember to keep it clean, respectful and fun. This is a game after all! <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <em>40</em> <em>40</em> <em>4... Fri, 10 Jul 2015 10:20:51 EST Just joining in... (To streamline things, I'm using pretty much the same intro post for any group I join, so if you've seen me elsewhere, that's why this might sound familiar. I won't be doing this with any other posts.) <BR> <BR> Hello! I just joined SP yesterday. Like I'm sure most of you have, I've been battling my weight nearly my entire life (I can't remember their being a time before my mom started putting me on diets) and I've not done well. <BR> <BR> I'm just over 50, and have been married to a wond... Tue, 9 Jun 2015 22:13:53 EST Looking for some buddies Come one, come all. I need help. I need support, and someone to be accountable with. I am 426 as of this morning, and have been in the 400's for way too many years now. I was in the 300's back in 2012, but I don't think I've seen them since. <BR> <BR> I want someone I can check in with daily, here or by email. Here is fine. I want to be able to jelo someone else, too, because it makes me feel like I am accomplishing something. <BR> <BR> Please let me know if you are interested. Wed, 28 Jan 2015 13:12:16 EST Hi, new to group Hi, starting new year with spark and starting a new phase, reducing hours at work to concentrate on health and I think this will really help! Thu, 1 Jan 2015 19:14:35 EST Hello everyone! I am Laurel. I used to weigh over 400 pounds but do not any longer. I hope you all don't mind me joining anyhow! :) <BR> <BR> I am 42, 3 daughters (23, 21, and 13), adoptive mom (China), photography nut, weight loss junkie. ;) Michigan is where I live. Mon, 22 Dec 2014 01:27:30 EST Hey everyone Glad to be here Sun, 19 Oct 2014 19:01:12 EST 50 points in 6 months challenge Weigh ins are Monday mornings <BR> Post your Monday morning weigh ins on here <BR> Post your challenges, thoughts, questions and successes here too ( or anywhere, but mainly here) <BR> Sun, 24 Aug 2014 20:12:06 EST Newby Hi! I just joined sparkpeople and fitbit today in hopes of getting control of my weight and improving my health. Good luck to everyone on your journey. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 07:58:39 EST To WLS or Not To WLS...that is the question So I have been juggling the idea of having WLS (weight loss surgery) for a long time now. Sometimes I think, if I really wanted to have this done it would have been done months, nay, years ago yet here I am still really overweight and still exsisting. Then I think, well that's why I am STILL really overweight and STILL ONLY EXSISTING because I didn't take a chance and go with the WLS. <BR> <BR> For those out there within the team that might have already had WLS, can you please share your... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 12:17:46 EST Weight Loss: What Works Logging the foods I plan to eat for the day and then crossing things off the list works for me. <BR> I'm following a lower sugar, lower fat type of diet, but eat whatever I want--yes, even desserts. I log them in and count them as part of my day. <BR> <BR> I make alternative desserts such as using water in the brownie mix instead of eggs, oil, etc. lowers the calories way down. I make brownies with too much water and call it my chocolate volcano. It satisfies my cravings, but I count the c... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 11:54:40 EST Hello from TayTay Hello Team - <BR> <BR> Just wanted to introduce myself. As I am sure of everyone else here, I am here to try and find that extra motivation and accountability to keep me honest and on this weight loss journey. I think I need to find me a SparkBuddy in order to live true to that, so if anyone else out there is looking for an accountability/SparkBuddy in order to keep yourself accountable I'm your girl. <BR> <BR> I am up to texting/emails/phone calls so if you need that (cause I KNOW I DO... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 13:44:43 EST Looking at the past can be beneficial Hi, <BR> <BR> I just read some of my old posts from last year. Boy, I saw my post when I broke 400 lb and weighed in at 398. It was so powerful. At first I was about to say, gosh I should have lost more by now; which is true, however, I made myself concentrate on what I said broke the barrier. I said I upped my exercise. Ok, now I want to get out of the 300's. I must up my exercise. <BR> <BR> Is there something you can positively bring from your past to help you in your journey? I am feel... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 22:05:23 EST Hello to everyone in this group Hi. I had no idea there was a group for 400 plus people. I am a member to a 300 plus group and also people who have more than 100 lbs to lose but it's nice to see a group I feel I fit in better. I am 34 years old and I have a beautiful 5 year old daughter named Hailey. I am currently a full time student so I do not work right now. I have been a member of sparkpeople for years but this is the first time I have committed to it in a long time. I am an open book....add me as a friend if you need ... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 19:35:28 EST Vote for your favorite Team Photo Caption We have two contenders for favorite team photo caption. <BR> <BR> Set Yourself Free (and) Our Limits are Boundless <BR> <BR> Submit your vote in this forum. <BR> Voting ends at Midnight, May 3. <BR> You may only vote once. <BR> Okay, team go! Sun, 27 Apr 2014 08:48:05 EST Good Morning! Hey ! everyone it is a great day today . I have another great tip from Richard himself that is great during the summer. As i said before planning and having things available is very important to our success. Find a glass jar. Yes, it has to be glass. Plastic will not work as well. don't make it to deep. You want one that you can easily reach into. Then layer your favorite veggies into the glass jar. I usually put a layer of baby carrots, then some different color peppers, and what ever is on... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 08:38:14 EST More Tips How many of us are tempted when we want to fry bacon , to eat more than what is allowed. I could never just eat 2 little Well this tip comes from the guru himself Richard Simmons. When you bring bacon home , get yourself some snack baggies and immediately put two slices in a baggie. Do this until it is all done and then put the little baggies into one big freezer bag. You then will not have to handle the whole pound and pick and pick until it is all gone. It works for me right up... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:30:12 EST Tips Hi everyone. I have some great tips. They really work if you do them. You know how planning your day out is important to success or at least helps? For me i have to plan everything out and have stuff ready. Breakfast is really easy for me. I take regular oatmeal it doesn't matter if it's old fashion or rolled oats . Take a bunch of it and pulse it in your blender until it is sort of like a flour. Measure half cup servings and put it in a baggie. Then add anything you want to it. I usually add... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:20:33 EST Post Your Tips for Weight Loss Here What works for you in losing weight? What tips and tricks do you have to share with our members? Post them here please. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:22:28 EST Inroduction... It is coming up on a week of my being here and I have yet to do an intro for myself, so thought I would do this and get this out of the way. <BR> <BR> I am an official old hippy of 57 years old. Live in the middle of nowhere, western Oklahoma with the hubs and our two dogs. The closest Wally-World is 20 miles either east or west of me, there is 4 churches, two gas stations and one bar here, not much else. The community here is a very small wide spot in the road, old military base. Everyone k... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:52:09 EST monday blues So lets bring on the Monday Blues!!!!!! <BR> <BR> The scale hates me its not dumb like i thought with all the moving around i do you think i would of finally hit that next mile stone nope, so no clue what i am doing wrong i drink my water i eat my fruits grain veggies etc Argh this is frustrating...... <BR> <BR> today's breakfast breakfast hard boiled egg smothered onto an English muffin, greek yogurt apple and 6oz glass of v8 <BR> <BR> looks like ive gotta work out more or something befor... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 10:45:02 EST Share a joke (keep it clean please) Knock, Knock <BR> Who's there? <BR> Answer the door. <BR> Answer the door who? <BR> What? No, just answer THE DOOR!! <BR> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 11:36:42 EST Team Photo Caption Contest Submit your ideas for a caption for our new team photo. <BR> After 1 week we will vote on the submitted captions. <BR> The winner will receive a sparkgoodie. <BR> <BR> Caption Submitting is open NOW until April 26 at midnight. <BR> Then at 12:01 a.m. April 27 voting for the favorite caption will open. <BR> Caption voting will close at midnight May 3. <BR> <BR> Get your captions in early. Yes, you can submit more than one. Only 1 caption per post please (besides you gain spark points whe... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 11:27:01 EST New, yet not new... Hello there ::waving hand and smiling:: <BR> <BR> Clear back in 2009, I had poked around on the SP boards, but never got involved. Fear is so intimidating. I don't think I was ready to make progress. <BR> <BR> Many years later, I think I have finally gotten to the point of being seriously tired of being tired. I am once again starting over. So a little bit about me is in order. <BR> <BR> I am a child of the late 60's and early 70's. Fairly tolerant of most stuff, as my generation was, yet... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:26:30 EST Hi ya'll I am Cindy 40 started at 421 march 14 on april 9th i was down 12 lbs im doing weigh in's i think on Wednesdays since that is when i see my doctor....Anyhow i am from Tennessee Migrated here From Massachusetts 9 years ago, and on to my next Journey on Memorial day im moving to Arkansas such a change so much going on all at once- and losing weight but this is the longest i have stuck with spark people- I know i have a very long way to go. I am pretty determined this time around hope to make som... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 05:28:03 EST hi new to group Hi taking today to commit to taking care of me! Thank you for having this group, I am back over 400 and it was a wake up call today when the scale arrived that I could weigh myself on! Sat, 12 Apr 2014 19:58:17 EST Veggies & Fruit:What did you eat today or plan to Let's challenge ourselves to post the veggies and fruit we eat or plan to eat today. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 07:34:35 EST A Place for Sparkpeeps to Peep: General topics Hi to all my sparkpeeps out there in sparkpeopleland. <BR> How goes it? <BR> I wanted to start a new, general topic board for sparkpeeps to post, which does not depend on the weather or seasons of the year. <BR> <BR> Feel free to rave and rant (within posting guidelines please), get aquainted, make friends, encourage each other, let someone know you are alive and here. I understand how hopeless it can feel being over 400 pounds. I understand the need to draw away and into ourselves. <BR> ... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 12:42:07 EST "Active at Any Size" - great info I just found this online publication while doing some research for the Chair Exercise Team and thought I'd post it here. It's full of great info. <BR> <link><BR>e.htm </link> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 13:13:00 EST Diet pills (supplements) I have been doing some research and I just wanted to get some opinions from people. Do you think diet pills work? And if so which one do you use or know of some one else using? I am thinking I just want something that curbs my eating at night, I am a night person and stay up till 2am some nights but I don't want to eat, I usually crave carbs like chips. Any input would be great. Thank you Mon, 17 Mar 2014 00:07:35 EST Steps Per Day Hi everyone, <BR> Let's keep track of how many steps we walk on this thread. <BR> I usually walk around 4,000 steps a day. So far today I've done: 2122 steps. <BR> Considering that I used to only be able to do about 500 a day, this is a vast improvement. <BR> <BR> Share your steps and your step stories here. <BR> <BR> Wishing all my 400 (More or Less) peeps a good day. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 12:58:40 EST Health Recipes <BR> tail.asp?recipe=356514 <BR> <BR> I cook a lot using my microwave and hate doing dishes. <BR> Here's my variation of this dish. <BR> <BR> 3 egg whites <BR> 2 Tbspoons skim milk <BR> 1 cup chopped broccoli (fresh, frozen and thawed) <BR> other veggies such as: chopped peppers, onion, kale, celery, etc. <BR> No salt <BR> pepper to taste (less than 1/4 teaspoon) <BR> <BR> Beat eggs in a coffee mug (or throwaway plastic dish from the dollar store o... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 12:20:20 EST 25 Spark Points Each Day Sign in to Sparkpeople everyday and spin the wheel <BR> Complete various tasks to earn more points such as <BR> track nutrition, water intake, commenting on member blogs, post to team pages, exercise, etc. <BR> Once you get to 25 points in one day the extra spin wheel will <BR> pop up. <BR> Spin it. <BR> Record how many points you get on the second spin here or just log in and let us know you got a second spin. <BR> The object of this challenge is to get people more active with sparkpeople an... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 18:38:42 EST Spin The Wheel and Post your Points Spin the wheel and post your points. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 18:27:03 EST Fruits and Veggies: how you get in 5 a day? Hi everyone, <BR> How do you get in 5 fruits and/or veggies into your diet each day? <BR> What are your favorites? <BR> How do you prepare them or do you just eat them raw? <BR> Share your favorites with us. <BR> <BR> Thanks for reading. <BR> <BR> As for me: I like various kinds of lettuce, asparagus, brocolli, cabbage, kale, mustard and turnip greens. I usually choose 1-2 veggies and eat them with each meal. <BR> <BR> Fruits: my ultimate favorite is a variety of apples because they are e... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 16:56:06 EST To fat 4 me Hi everyone1 I am so glad there is a team for people over 400lbs. I started out at 635lbs and got down to 350. But then i have some tough circumstances that make losing weight and exercise a challenge. Last year I developed a thyroid and a heart problem. Exercise especially swimming was my thing. Now I find making breakfast difficult. But I will figure out a new way to deal. meanwhile my weight is creeping back up. That is just not exceptable. But at the moment I feel helpless. My body does ... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 07:27:18 EST Please Blog I would like to read more blogs from our group. Please share anything. I would like to read and support you in success and failure. Thu, 6 Feb 2014 16:29:29 EST WHO WANTS TO JOIN ME IN A DO-OVER? I'm wiping the slate clean. What happened before today is in the past. I need a do-over and I'm starting today. <BR> <BR> We have a lot of members here on this team, but there doesn't seem to be much interaction. <BR> <BR> I'm calling out to all team members to think about joining me. Put the past where it belongs, hold on to all the good you've done, and step forward from this point toward becoming healthier. <BR> <BR> I'm scared for my health. With Type-2 Diabetes, with all the a... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 13:43:01 EST Winter Wonderland of Healthy Living Chat Room <em>443</em> <em>444</em> <em>445</em> <em>446</em> <em>460</em> <em>500</em> <em>501</em> <em>425</em> <em>444</em> <BR> <BR> A Merry and Blessed Christmas to all and to all a Healthy, Happy and Loving New Year ! <BR> <BR> <em>425</em> <em>442</em> <em>443</em> <em>445</em> <em>460</em> <em>447</em> <em>499</em> <em>500</em> <em>501</em> <em>425</em> <em>444</em> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 14:08:48 EST *Wave* <BR> Kissing It Goodbye <BR> <BR> I am 28 years old and I have struggled with my weight all my life. I have done Spark People, Weight Watchers, Flat Belly Diet and on and on. I don't stick to anything. Seeing the big 4-0-0 on the scale has finally (I hope) scared me enough to get motivated. (I am actually down from that woot!) Will this time be different? I can't look into the future and say YES THIS IS IT! All I can do is make myself a new promise, to try one day at a time to make small b... Wed, 16 Oct 2013 20:21:52 EST Harvest a Healthy Life Fall Chat Room Welcome to the new autumn/fall chat room. Hopefully, the fall time will be more active as far as the team goes! <em>465</em> <em>427</em> <em>422</em> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 22:57:06 EST Hi Hi everyone just joined the team looking to make new friends to help me through this journey. I have always been overweight but now just to heavy can't handle it anymore I want to be able to do things. I am 45 I have 3 children and I am married. Looking forward to getting to know everyone. Wed, 18 Sep 2013 07:04:58 EST Howdy from NY Hello everyone.. I am new to the group but not spark.. I been around off and on, but finally decided to join the group and hopefully meet some new friends who understand where I am coming from. I started my journey at 488.5Lbs and I am currently down to 364Lbs. Hope all is well and I look forward to being active here. Fri, 2 Aug 2013 12:51:41 EST Summer Lovin' Chat Room (Let's Love Ourselves!) Hey new board! Better late than never! Wed, 17 Jul 2013 14:00:57 EST First time in so long Hi all, <BR> <BR> I cannot begin to say how happy I am now. I finally found my zone. My appetite has decreased. I am falling in love, and feel very motivated. I was losing about 2lbs every 3 weeks, but struggles with losing the same 5-7 lbs over and over. Last week I started losing 2lbs a week, and now I have lost 4 lbs already this week. <BR> <BR> I know it helps that I am unable to eat a lot, and I will ride this as long as I can. I will not stress about not eating after all those yrs... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 08:56:56 EST How are you today? This week? How is everyone's motivation? What's working, what's not? Are you being a good friend to yourself? <BR> <BR> My motivation goes and comes, but it is better than it was a year ago. Having at least 2 carb free meals a day is working for me. I am trying to be a better friend to myself. I see progress. <BR> <BR> I have more joy now than I did last year this time. We all lie to ourselves at times. Some more than others, but I began to put a halt on that last yr and it is freeing. How nuts was I... Mon, 27 May 2013 17:56:28 EST Exercise I was wondering what everyone is doing for exercise. What has been the easiest and most effective activity for you? Also, exercise clothing suggestions? Tue, 9 Apr 2013 19:20:52 EST Green Juicing today I finally after searching 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 add 4-6... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 17:05:13 EST Spring Into Health Chat Room Time for a new chat room. Time to take our jump into a beautiful new healthy lifestyle. Wed, 20 Mar 2013 22:56:11 EST Finally under 400 Hi, <BR> <BR> It took forever to lose 2 lbs to get me under 400. I upped my exercise last week, and it happened this morning. I am 398. <em>244</em> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> . <BR> <BR> Thanks for the support Tue, 12 Mar 2013 15:55:25 EST Weekend Survival - Post tips and your struggles Hello everyone. <BR> Weekends are a major challenge for me. First of all, the husb is home, and he's not a fan of vegs beyond potatoes and corn, and there are 2 of us wanting food that's not the best choices instead of me fighting just myself. My second hurdle is that I don't feel like eating the usual lean protein/veggies/small starch combo I eat during the week. It's like I want something more casual/different because it's the weekend. <BR> <BR> What I try to do is think of meals I wo... Fri, 22 Feb 2013 13:19:44 EST SHAME - Do you suffer from it? I have major issues with feeling shame from my size. While I "know" that I shouldn't, logic and emotions often have nothing to do with each other. Shame keeps me at home. I don't like people looking at me, and they ARE looking at me. It's not my imagination or paranoia. People look at people who are my size. Even worse is my fear of seeing people I know who haven't seen me in years and don't know how much I weigh now. This weight came in the past 10 years and many people I know have no... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 16:48:08 EST The Biggest Looser I know some of you watch the Biggest Looser. I think I also posted that I didn't like the show for many reasons..but that was my personal opinions. I thought I would post this if anyone would like to read it. <BR> <BR> A Dose Of Reality: My Exclusive Interview With Biggest Loser Finalist, Kai Hibbard (Part 1 of 3) <BR> by GOLDA PORETSKY, H.H.C. on JUNE 9, 2010 <BR> <BR> by Golda Poretsky, H.H.C. <BR> <BR> <BR> A few months ago, I wrote yet another post on why The B... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 17:42:33 EST Howdy from Texas Hey everyone! I'm fairly new to SP just having really gotten serious about my weight loss a few days ago. I have a running streak of 4 days and my goal is to improve a little more every day. I have such a large amount of wight to lose and I have seen some amazing people lose great amounts of weight without surgery. I am too poor to have surgery and I recently saw some videos that made me rethink the whole process. So it's au natural for me (I hope). Looking for new friends and partners in wei... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 16:20:54 EST I AM NEW HERE I AM SO READY********* ************* HI All I am new again to spark pages I am really serious about getting my weight and health in order I am morbid obese. I have to get control of this I need all the support I can have. I am so determine. I just marched in place for 2 mins and was so out of breathe it was ridiculous But you know what the best part about is I did it I will be joining as many teams as I can and making realistic goals for myself that I can achieve I will not accept failure anymore that is not a option for me any... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 11:27:03 EST "Snow" Place Better To Be! This will be our new winter chat board. Please check in and let us know how you are...good OR bad! Sat, 15 Dec 2012 15:51:51 EST ARE YOU READY ? 7:56 AM 11/13/2012 <BR> Good morning <BR> I see we are fast approaching Thanks giving .. It is a time we are all suppose to gather around a table and have <BR> family and friends .. And tell how thankful we are ... I feel we should do that daily .. The thankful part .. <BR> I see pictures of people on the tv now in our country who don't have shelter and food and water .. no where to go <BR> It breaks my heart .. Again I wish I was Rich I would do all I could .. I see the rich worrying about g... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 10:51:46 EST Hi just joined this team Hi, <BR> <BR> I weigh 417 lbs. Have been struggling with retaining water. I know I am losing weight, well inches, but the water makes me feel like a fat failure. <BR> <BR> I would like to lose steady, especially when I am putting in the effort. <BR> <BR> Glad to be a part of this team. <em>386</em> Sun, 28 Oct 2012 14:53:00 EST Hello Team .... I'm new to this .... but I have started a blog ... hopefully I can keep it going! <BR> <BR> Please check it out... say hi ... comment ... motivate ... any thing ya want! Tue, 16 Oct 2012 19:29:32 EST Autumn Blast Chat Happy first day of Fall! <em>465</em> <em>422</em> <em>465</em> <em>422</em> <em>465</em> Time to change our chat board along with the leaves! Start posting here. Sat, 22 Sep 2012 10:20:31 EST trigger response Found this article very interesting and helpful. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>l-trigger-b586159?utm_source=newslette<BR>r&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsle<BR>tter_20120920&utm_term=continue1 </link> <BR> <BR> It is added here because of the previous article. Thought it would qualify as a tip. <em>389</em> Thu, 20 Sep 2012 11:29:04 EST Spark makes Yahoo and Diet tips Don't know if you get Yahoo or not, but found this article there that talks about Spark. <BR> <BR> Affordable Ways to Lose Weight <BR> By Woman's Day | Healthy Living – Tue, Sep 4, 2012 2:37 PM EDT <BR> <BR> Slim Down for Less <BR> <BR> Amber Schalansky had struggled with her weight since she was 10 years old. "Over the years, I tried every program you can think of," says the 33-year-old from Sacramento, CA. "It usually involved paying for food or a plan, but nothing worked long-term." <BR... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 16:44:18 EST looking forward I'm so happy to find a group of people I can identify with me. For me it was very important to have someone who could hear my struggle and understand it. I don't doubt any struggle at any weight but I need the comfort of facing me. I have finally gathered up the nerve to be accountable for my health, my unhappiness, and my life, and I need to do it in a way that will yield lasting results. <BR> <BR> I have yoyo'd in the 400's for so many years. Never able to break that all important line. I ... Sun, 5 Aug 2012 09:42:36 EST IF you cant go to church heres one online I love Sun, 15 Jul 2012 09:48:12 EST I write everyday... its healing 5:14 AM 7/15/2012 <BR> Its Sunday ... A day of rest for the Christians .. well I hope a day of rest we celebrate Gods day of rest ..Feels good not to have to do much .. just worship God .. I usually <BR> do my walks and regulars just don't push hard .. I do know I feel stronger each Day .. In my body .. well most days after like the other day I was wiped out ... but I did my <BR> walk .. used to I would say Im to tired now I push .. This is not a life .. I cant wait to swimm again .. so many... Sun, 15 Jul 2012 06:58:25 EST The Joy of the Lord ! Romans 15:13 <BR> <BR> 13 ¶ Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. <BR> I love Gods grace ... I dont know how the world does it ... If I didnt have God , and his grace and hope I would never make it ... I will take his peace over anything the <BR> world has to offer ... you know when you pray he hears you .. his comfort is above anything any one on earth can say of help you but Thank God for pra... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 12:26:50 EST I just Want to Thank God ! 6:39 AM 7/9/2012 <BR> Today I just want to Thank God for answers to prayer ... Thank you God for the rain for us and for all the places who needed it ... Thank you for all things .. We are so <BR> blessed in the usa .. Thank you , Thank you , Thank you God I love you ..... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 07:50:36 EST FBI SENT THIS OUT CK YOUR COMPUTERS<BR>-computer-is-using-rogue-DNS Sun, 8 Jul 2012 12:27:37 EST Mountain moving Faith ! Faith That Can Move Mountains <BR> A small congregation in the foothills of the Great Smokies built a new sanctuary on a piece of land willed to them by a church member. Ten days before the new church was to open, the local building inspector informed the pastor that the parking lot was inadequate for the size of the building. Until the church doubled the size of the parking lot, they would not be able to use the new sanctuary. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, the church with its undersized parking... Sun, 8 Jul 2012 10:32:24 EST Gods love ! Matthew 5: 44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; <BR> 45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. <BR> love a strong word ... I am asking God to give me his heart . You know you have arrived at how great love is when you can love y... Sun, 8 Jul 2012 03:55:01 EST I guess God is trying to tell me something ! Mark 1122 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. <BR> 23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. <BR> 24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. <BR> 25 ... Sat, 7 Jul 2012 10:12:47 EST Lets fight with what we have ! (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) <BR> 5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; <BR> <BR> When I read those verses I have to remember ... Our fight here on earth is not against people .. Its against Acourding to the word Ephesians 10 ¶ Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord... Thu, 5 Jul 2012 09:06:27 EST What are you doing today ? I guess I will do my regular things .. I have done my walk ... cleaned house , Did my deep breathing I do daily next is for strength training ... Wed, 4 Jul 2012 12:51:52 EST Splash Into Summer Chat Room New chat room for the summer guys and gals! Thu, 28 Jun 2012 20:46:01 EST My weight loss blog! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I just wanted to share my blog on here. There's some bad language on there, so be warned, but I think it'll help keep me honest, so if you'd like to read it, here it is! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 19 Jun 2012 12:01:23 EST final update Team, I'm leaving Sparkpeople, going to Have alot of friends on it and find that I'm spending more time on it than here. I'm down 35 pounds total so that's awesome. you are all welcome to add me on myp, same screen name or <BR> visit me on facebook: <link><BR>rg </link> <BR> or youtube where i have started doing video logs. <link><BR>ure=mhee </link> . <BR> Oh, don't forget my blog, <link... Sun, 17 Jun 2012 19:06:13 EST Welcome to the team, me! Hi all, <BR> <BR> I've been on SP before but this time I mean it for reals! I live in Vancouver, Washington. I'm doing Drew Magary's Public Humiliation Diet ( <link><BR>ic-humiliation-diet-a-how+to </link> - LANGUAGE WARNING DULY APPLIED) and it's going pretty well so far. I'd love to find people to commiserate with, so say hi, then say some more! Tue, 5 Jun 2012 14:18:10 EST I'm still winning I feel like charlie sheen! <em>241</em> <BR> <BR> My blogging is going well and my diet is strong two weeks in a row plus I stopped smoking 30 days ago. It's going to happen for me this time, I can feel it. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>.html </link> Sat, 2 Jun 2012 17:10:24 EST Weight and Fat Loss Ideas <BR> Swimsuit Slimdown Tip 1: Sip Smart <BR> <BR> Before every meal, try Dr. Oz’s secret swimsuit slimdown drink of a choice – a mixture of grapefruit juice and apple cider vinegar. Simply mix 1 cup of grapefruit juice with 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, stir, and enjoy. The juice is loaded with vitamin C, which will help you burn fat faster, especially during exercise. In fact, a study showed that people with adequate vitamin C levels burned 30% more fat during moderate exercise th... Mon, 14 May 2012 17:52:53 EST Hello! Hiiiiii! <BR> <BR> I'm new here and...I never know what to write in these things. I'm Jess and I have about 200lbs to lose. That's not where the BMI says I should be but it's where I want to be...maybe. Really I just want to go down to a size 20 and then I'll re-evalute my next goal. I haven't been a size 20 since middle school! <BR> <BR> Does anyone need a support buddy? I need one. I'd love to find someone to talk to outside of SP, maybe email or text? Let me know! <BR> <BR> <em>244</e... Fri, 20 Apr 2012 00:29:42 EST Starting to Move Around Firsrt I want to Thank everyone for the love and support I got since I came back. Today I got some 2 lb weights and did a little workout and since I can't get on the floor not that I can't get on the floor I can't get up off the floor. I did lay on my bed flat and did some sit ups I got to 16, boy was I out of breath took a little bit to catch my breath. God I hate being so fat. I also had to go out today to do somes shopping and that was a bit of exercising. Just getting in the car is a work... Wed, 28 Mar 2012 15:59:02 EST Spring Forward With Health Chat Room New chat room for Spring! Sorry it took so long to get it started. Wed, 28 Mar 2012 13:35:53 EST Anxiety and panic? This might be a far-stretch but I wondered if anyone had increased anxiety as they began to take better care of themselves? Particularily eating better-I would SO appreciate anything or any ideas..I am REALLY struggling Sun, 5 Feb 2012 19:42:14 EST New to the site but not new to the plight! Hi, I’m Keisha. I am 33 years old, 406lbs, and I have dealt with my weight issues ALL OF MY LIFE! I was always a big girl, even as a child. I think it’s just born into some of us. I can remember being 212lbs at age 10. Anyway I have tried just about everything over the years. As a child my parents tried hypnosis, Weight Watchers, gym memberships among other things. I was an active kid, constantly riding my bike or swimming. It didn't seem to matter I was still fat. My dad died my freshm... Tue, 24 Jan 2012 15:55:21 EST Blogging is helping! So I did a scary thing and started my own blog. I figure that now having lost over 30 pounds I should just share with others how. Sun, 11 Dec 2011 00:54:00 EST Warming Winter Wonderland Chat New chat room to warm each other's hearts and to give and receive support for those cold Winter months of the Northern hemisphere and for our Aussie and Kiwi friends (lucky devils and angels) Summer months. <BR> Fri, 2 Dec 2011 15:23:59 EST Chair Exercises!! Okay here it is! Some can move a bit better then others so we started tossing around the idea of our team doing chair exercises with each other. I found some things I think we can do! I found a very good sample of the Stronger Seniors Aerobics DVD which was created by Anne, a SP member (and the co-founder of the Chair Exercise Network ( <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=32265 </link> ) . It is about eight minutes long. The Chair Exercise Network also does alot... Sat, 12 Nov 2011 17:57:51 EST A brief introduction Hi all, <BR> <BR> just moved into you part of the woods and thought it best to give myself a little bit of an introduction. <BR> <BR> My name is Troy and for well over 2/3 of my life I have been "the big guy". Well since grade 4 or 5, and I am 35. I could work out the math for percentage sake but at this hour that would make my brain hurt. <BR> <BR> I have been a passenger on the diet rollarcoaster for most of the past 15 years or so. tried all diets you can think of and some you do... Mon, 7 Nov 2011 05:26:13 EST Recipes & Such I figured while I am in the mood to break out of my shell and post where I want I would create this. Sherry once asked could I cook... and the answer is... yepperdoodles... I bet some of you can too....I guess I will see if this takes off... Today I made some kind of chicken... it was amazing... so this is what I did... <BR> <BR> 3 Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs <BR> 1/4 cup of Rice Vinegar <BR> 1 Tbsp sugar <BR> 1/8 cup of Soy Sauce <BR> Garlic (However much you like) <BR> <BR> Whisked a... Wed, 19 Oct 2011 21:59:01 EST No Obligation I have been thinking on this thread all day. It struck me earlier that I wanted to post, but I did not have the time to go through and respond to people on the regular thread. I will speak for myself and say that sometimes I come in and I just wanna type. I may have an idea or a problem or who knows, but on the regular thread I feel that I need to respond and recognize everyone that post since my last post. Once a day I like to do that... but sometimes I just wanna respond to what I wanna and... Wed, 19 Oct 2011 21:11:15 EST Math Wizards ...Have Fun... One of the authors with too much time on his hands weighed each chocolate candy in a bag of 480 plain chocolate candies. <BR> <BR> A) One of the chocolates weighed 0.776g and it was heavier than 31 of the other chocolate candies. Determine the percentile of particular value. <BR> The number of values less than 0.776 is 31. The total number of values in the data set is 480. Now find the percentile?. (Round the number down). <BR> <BR> B) One candy weighed 0.876g and was heavier than 332 othe... Tue, 18 Oct 2011 00:56:12 EST Fall Frenzy Chat Room Hello all! Time to start a new chat room for the Fall season. <BR> <BR> Sherry I am so sorry to hear about Teresa. Her and Rick's deaths bring home just how important it is for all of us to get healthy and find our way out of this hole we call obesity. <BR> <BR> Still checking my email at my brothers and library and probably will until my big check comes, probably the first of the year some time. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is well. Love you all! <BR> <BR> Janie Thu, 29 Sep 2011 12:48:33 EST Hello everybody I am so happy to find this team. My name is Jay and I am a 50 year old man who weighed in last week at 435 (which is nothing new or shocking as I have been riding the 400 plus e-ticket ride for many years now!) But I have finally decided that enough is enough and I need to make a change. Glad to find this group and I look forward to finding some buddies amongst its ranks so that we can work at this together. <BR> <BR> Blessings, <BR> Rev. Jay Thu, 1 Sep 2011 18:59:21 EST I'm entirely too sexy for this weight I woke up yesterday at 680 pounds and ate almost 5k calories. WTF am I doing to myself? God I need to change... Fri, 26 Aug 2011 14:50:33 EST "Big Rick" Memorial Challenge In memory of our dear friend "Big Rick" we are going to embark upon a challenge to symbolically lose the weight that helped to take our dear friend's life. At the time of his death he had gained to over 900 pounds. Let's all get healthy & lose our own weight to honor this sweet, sweet man. <BR> <BR> To participate pledge a certain amount of weight for a certain time period. If you meet or exceed that goal you can re-pledge. <BR> <BR> Let's learn from this loss & make it the last that the fr... Mon, 22 Aug 2011 00:37:15 EST By The End Of Summer I Want To..... This is borrowed from another team. List your goal for something such as a weight goal, a mileage goal or time exercising goal, food goal, whatever & come back on 9/21 & see if you made it. <BR> <BR> By the end of summer I want to ... be under 400 again. Tue, 26 Jul 2011 21:25:18 EST *waves* HELLO!!!! Hi, everyone!! <BR> <BR> OK... First reaction... I am SO HAPPY that there is a group here for people in our weight category!! I hate to say it, but it can just be so frustrating talking to people who are just trying to lose like 5 or 10 pounds, and in my head, I'm thinking "All I had to do was LOOK at the cake and I gained 20 pounds!" <BR> <BR> I'm 31 and live in Southeastern Wisconsin. I've always had a weight problem (and I mean ALWAYS!! I was born a month late at 10 pounds, 13 ounces!... Thu, 21 Jul 2011 23:02:33 EST Gaining strength My highest weight was 449. I was under 400 when I was in a car accident last February. I am now up to 443. Last week I wanted to give up, now I feel hopeful. My physical therapy is finished and I am now gaining strength and endurance through regular work outs. I have taken the next step towards health. I now see a nutritionist once a week and it is really helpful. I am now working on portion control without feeling deprived or hungry after only taking on helping of dinner. I'm having t... Thu, 21 Jul 2011 09:24:13 EST Just introducing myself. Hi everyone. I'm pretty new to this site as well as this team. So I just wanted to introduce myself to everyone. My name is Samantha. I am a single mother of a 2 year old little boy. I'm here because I have tried every thing that I could think of to lose weight and just have been unsuccessful. I think that with the support of others that have a common goal with me that I may be able to do it this time. I have been heavy for as long as I can remember my weight has always been an issue for me a... Wed, 20 Jul 2011 00:30:33 EST New to SparkPeople and to this team Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I've just learned about SparkPeople from my sister, so I thought I'd give it a try, and this team sounds like the perfect one for me. I am married and live in Vienna, VA with my husband. I currently weigh about 410 pounds (give or take ... more or less! ) and I'm looking for a 'place' where people understand just how difficult things are when you weigh this much. <BR> <BR> I have numerous health issues, include hypothyroidism, type 1 AND type 2 diabetes (uncontrolle... Tue, 19 Jul 2011 20:57:52 EST The Beginning of the End... of unhealthy living! At least that's my goal and why I'm here on SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> My name is Barbara and I live in the suburbs of Boston, MA. I have a significant amount of weight to lose over the next few years, but am highly motivated to turn my life around. I set reasonable goals, am under the watchful eye of a medical weight loss specialist, and am lucky to have the support of a strong network of friends and family. <BR> <BR> I hope to expand my support network by connecting wi... Sun, 26 Jun 2011 14:52:00 EST Hi, new here.. Hi, I am Melissa. New to the group here, and recently moved to Smyrna, Tennessee, outside of Nashville from Houston, TX. I don't know anyone here yet, and am finding it a little lonely, I'm 37, married with 2 girls, Josie, 9, and Maddie, 5. Both my husband and I were laid off in Houston and moved in with my Mother here, who was also laid off and has been diagnosed with dementia. Things are a bit stressful here right now, but I am trying to stay focused on the positive, and not dwell on t... Fri, 24 Jun 2011 03:02:13 EST Splash into Summer Chat Room Hey guys & gals! Time to start a new daily chat room! Let's all splash into the 400 more or less pool & check in with each other! Tue, 7 Jun 2011 21:15:24 EST Out of 400!!! So today I went to the doctor. And on the 17th I weighed in at 409. <BR> <BR> I joined Spark on the 20th. <BR> Two weeks later. <BR> 398!! <BR> <BR> I lost 11 pounds in 2 weeks. I've NEVER been so nervous to get on the scale. So, it's barely breaking the 400's but I DID it. Fri, 3 Jun 2011 13:39:52 EST Worried About Loose Skin Last night I watched the very end of that new show, Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition. The woman on that show weighed as much as I weigh now (give or take a few pounds) and after she had lost nearly 100 lbs, she decided to go get surgery to remove the excess skin. Now that's all that's on my mind. <BR> <BR> Excess skin doesn't scare me but I worry about how much it will be and if I'll look like a deflated balloon afterwards. I don't want to run around half naked but I'd like to feel comf... Tue, 31 May 2011 10:57:27 EST 438 pounds, just joined would love some advice! I know that I don't want to over whelm myself and change everything all at once. Right now I'm trying to keep a food journal and ease into exercising at least 3 days a week for now. Any survival tips would be great! Fri, 27 May 2011 02:43:28 EST New to this group Hi I am new to this group. I am desperately seeking more support. I have been sparking on and off for a bit. I just came back last week and decided this will be the last time. I returned at 470 with my highest weight being 485. I have few weight related health issues. I am still mobile and work full time. I do have sleep apnea it runs in my family, I also have asthma. I feel so blessed to not have diabetes or high blood pressure or high cholesterol. I am 43 and the mother of 4 specia... Tue, 5 Apr 2011 21:58:42 EST a question Does anybody know if there is a way to email pictures to my sparkpage? And if so how? Thanks Love you all. Wed, 30 Mar 2011 01:59:52 EST How do I fix all this?? Rated R due to icky I'm having a bad day. <BR> <BR> The flap of fat under my armpit (my "side b@@b") has a rash under it and inspite of powdering, it's really SORE. <BR> <BR> My ankles and feet are swollen and I can't find socks big enough for my ankles that don't cut off my circulation. <BR> <BR> My allergies have started and now I have excema on my EYELIDS. <BR> <BR> I have these things on my lower legs that look like a cross between blisters and warts and 2 doctors I've seen said not to worry about ... Tue, 29 Mar 2011 13:42:01 EST What's On Your Grocery List? I'm working on my grocery list <em>341</em> and not being very inspired. I'm looking for ideas. <em>3</em> What's on your list? <BR> <BR> So far mine is: <BR> <BR> bread <em>180</em> <BR> bagel thins <em>287</em> <BR> bananas <em>265</em> <BR> assorted fresh veggies <em>291</em> <BR> almond milk <em>466</em> <BR> turkey <em>428</em> <BR> diet pop <em>262</em> <BR> yogurt <em>470</em> <BR> strawberries <em>45</em> <BR> <BR> Boost High Protein, Chocolate <BR> Potatoes <BR>... Fri, 25 Mar 2011 16:14:30 EST Spring Into Shape With Your Spark Friends This will be the new Spring forum. There are those who have dial-up and if the board gets too full they have trouble loading. Enjoy! Tue, 22 Mar 2011 10:02:44 EST Mini Convention 29 seats remain as of March 18. Final Rally Sale! Tickets $9.99 each. <BR> <BR> Florence KY/ Cincinnati area Mini Convention May 21, 2011 (Saturday) <BR> drinks and snacks provided <BR> <BR> EVENTS include a live web conference with Sparkguy himself and a party Coach Nicole is attending! <BR> <BR> Event Timing: <BR> 7:30AM-9 Set up <BR> <BR> 9-9:30 Arrivals/registration/gift bags/ registration for prizes <BR> <BR> 9:30-11:30 Speakers and Questions ~Indygirl, Hoosiergirlindy, Sheenadee, K... Fri, 18 Mar 2011 10:29:29 EST Hello everyone! Hi everyone! I was surprised to see this team. I've always felt like I was the only person with this much weight to lose. It's good to know I'm not alone. I'm looking forward to getting to know you all. <BR> <BR> A little about me: <BR> Live in northeastern Indiana. <BR> 56 years old. <BR> Married to my husband, Gene, 8 years. <BR> One son who lives in Alabama with his wife and my two grandkids, Hannah 8 and Riley 20 months. <BR> I have a miniature pinscher, a green rump parrotlet and two ca... Thu, 3 Mar 2011 22:06:12 EST Hidey Ho! :o) Hiyas Everyone <BR> <BR> I thought I would make a post and introduce myself. My names Christina but my friends and family call me Nina. I live in the beautiful state of Oregon and truly love it. I'm 29 and have no children and have been with my fiance coming on 14 years. =D <BR> <BR> I've recently realized that my health had become an issue of life or death and that I needed to make changes if I wanted to live to see the age of even 30. I've been on my "new life" path since Dec. 5th, 2010 a... Mon, 7 Feb 2011 05:34:06 EST New Girl Hi everyone, my name is Tammy. New here so still learning the ropes! I am determined to make 2011 my year. I'm working on being a more positive person to myself and the others around me! Can't wait to get to know you all! Thu, 3 Feb 2011 18:28:04 EST Valentine's Day 5 Down For My Heart Challenge How about for National Heart Month (February) we pledge to lose 5 pounds by Valentine's Day, February 14th?! <BR> <BR> Just post you are in and check in with your weight every week to 2 weeks. <BR> <BR> Good luck! Fri, 14 Jan 2011 18:09:16 EST Warm Yourself with Caring Friends Daily Chat So here we begin again, Friends. May this Holiday-Winter Season bring us happiness and joy and new movement toward the things that make us happy. <BR> Sherry Tue, 23 Nov 2010 21:17:54 EST Hi, New to Group Just wanted to say hi. My name is Jen and I used Spark people to lose almost 50lbs a couple years ago. (I never really figured out the whole website and program just used the nutrition tracker to count calories) Then I hit a wall with my weight loss and no matter how hard I worked for weeks I just couldn't lose anything. So I worked harder and stepped on the scale and found I had gained a couple lbs. I got too discouraged and just gave up. Though I hate to admit it I have gained back all but... Fri, 19 Nov 2010 01:59:29 EST Hello..happy Monday!! Hello..I am new to this group and just wanted to introduce myself. I am Janet and not really sure what my starting weight was. I started trying to get healthy about 3 weeks ago. I have been on the site after being introduced to it by a frined 2 weeks ago. I am loving it. The resources and help along with all of you good people have made this an exciting journey for me. I am on my way to a healthier lifestyle and so far so good. I only have one issue so far it seems and that is the weekends ar... Mon, 15 Nov 2010 08:54:21 EST The long lost Jerry is back I hope you all will allow me to come back. Sorry about disappearing but things were real bad for a while. Looking forward to hearing from all of you. Sun, 31 Oct 2010 17:23:43 EST Christmas Challenge - 10 pounds Down Check in weekly for 10 pound Christmas challenge Thu, 28 Oct 2010 17:11:49 EST Mooresville man loses 230 pounds in one year <em>213</em> Hi Team! <BR> <BR> This link was posted by a couple of members on another SparkTeam I'm on. <BR> <BR> It's really inspiring (makes me feel like a slug, LOL!) <BR> <BR> Mooresville man loses 230 pounds in one year (story and video) <BR> <link><BR>esville-man-loses-230-pounds-in-one-ye<BR>ar-103424489.html </link> <BR> Thu, 14 Oct 2010 20:58:24 EST Once upon a time.... On this topic, we will be writing a story that we can all participate in and entertain each other with. <BR> <BR> Rules: <BR> <BR> 1) Keep it clean and uplifting <BR> <BR> 2) Keep it short so that the story will be super interesting. <BR> <BR> By the time we are done with this, we may have the next Best Seller book!!! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Sat, 9 Oct 2010 20:18:14 EST Would you rather THROW it or EAT it? Here we will each list 1 food item at a time, and the next person would state whether they would like to throw it or eat it. (Only in THIS topic are we allowed to throw our vegetables!) <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Are you ready? <BR> <BR> apples? Sat, 9 Oct 2010 20:11:35 EST I am thankful for..... Here, it would be great to remember our multitude of BLESSINGS we have in our lives. Let's focus on the positives instead of the negatives! <em>211</em> Sat, 9 Oct 2010 20:06:25 EST I am soooo looking forward to.... This may not be called a "game" but I think it would be way cool for us to look forward to what we will be enjoying when we reach our goals (and in some cases have a good laugh.) I think this will help trigger for all of us the things we will be looking forward to and helping us keep our eyes on the mark! <BR> <BR> Please, lets only post one thing at a time. Of course we can post as many as we want to, but I think it will be more fun to only have one at a time with all of us interacting. ... Sat, 9 Oct 2010 20:02:37 EST What "Emoticon" are you feeling like today? <em>334</em> Sat, 9 Oct 2010 19:57:35 EST Alphabet T,V, SHOWS from the 50s, 60s, and 70s Hello Again My Precious Spark Family!!! <em>213</em> <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> This topic is a game of T.V. Shows from the 50s, 60s, and 70s which we will remember and type in alphabetical order. <BR> <BR> For example: <BR> <BR> A = All In The Family <BR> <BR> The next person would then type <BR> <BR> B = ___________________ <BR> <BR> Sounds like fun to me!!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Sat, 9 Oct 2010 19:56:10 EST Alphabet Songs SONGS from the 50s, 60s, and 70s Hello My Precious Spark Family!!! <em>213</em> <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> I thought it would be fun to play some games. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> This topic is a game of SONGS from the 50s, 60s, and 70s which we will remember and type in alphabetical order. <BR> <BR> For example: <BR> <BR> A = Are You Lonesome Tonight - by Elvis Presley <BR> <BR> The next person would then type <BR> <BR> B = ___________________ <BR> <BR> Sounds like fun to me!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Sat, 9 Oct 2010 19:52:28 EST Three Month Weigh-in (join anytime) This will be a place we can record and see our progress over time. Sat, 9 Oct 2010 19:05:56 EST hey all.. to those of us with blackberries, ive created a bbm group. to join, all u have to do is scan the code in ur bb, its mostly a group for support and encouragement for those of us who arent on our computers daily. so feel free to join.. <BR> <BR> oh yeah the code is my profile pic Wed, 6 Oct 2010 15:04:04 EST Does your weight keep at home? Do you let your weight keep you from traveling, taking vacations or just running around town? I know it keeps me. Don't get me wrong, I can get out and about. I run my normal errands on the weekend. It's people's blatant stares or the pity looks that keep me home more. On occasion I'll meet coworkers or family for a meal at a restaurant but would never think of going there by myself. If I wasn't so tired after work at the end of the day, I would run my errands at night. I know I can ignore th... Fri, 1 Oct 2010 21:44:45 EST WELCOME Finallee:-) Hi Finallee! <em>235</em> We look forward to getting to know you. Would love to have you share a bit about yourself either here or in the "Introduce Yourself" thread---I noticed your SparkPage is set to "Private"---some "do" choose that, some do by "accident"-it's a great place to get support and "goodies" from others-either way is fine, of course. <BR> Again-happy to have you join us, and WELCOME! <em>30</em> Sherry Thu, 30 Sep 2010 19:36:53 EST I'm new to this group, wanted to say hello hi all, <BR> I joined sp back in january of this year (new years resolution =)) And ended up wimping out. I came back the end of August, so I guess I got a month down now, woo hoo. <BR> I'm 35 year old mother of 5. I'm a stay at home mom, married to my highschool sweatheart. <BR> I've always had a weight problem, but up until around 2006 I was just plan old obese lol. I usually managed to keep myself around a size 20 to an 18. I got sick with Hodgkins disease while I was pregnant with my d... Thu, 30 Sep 2010 19:34:46 EST Introduce Yourself Here:-) Hi! Welcome to all who may come join us! Please take a moment and introduce yourself-share whatever you'd like to. We'll respond and enjoy getting to know each other:-) See you soon!:-) Thu, 30 Sep 2010 19:31:25 EST WELCOME to Katie!:-) Hi Katie! SOOO GLAD to have you join us. We're a very caring group and it's SO TRUE it's so nice to be in a group with those who understand the many aspects of our task. You'll see different folks using different methods to do this and we've all tried many. Each has their own way. Can't wait to get to visit with you more. Jump in anywhere you feel comfortable on the team-we post mainly in the "Watch the scale Fall during Autumn Daily Chat". <BR> Here's the link for that: <BR> <link>www.spar... Mon, 27 Sep 2010 13:55:46 EST WELCOME to Cupcake!:-) Hi again, Cupcake! <em>235</em> SO GLAD you've come to join us-love to have you! We're a small team so far, so perhaps this will be more comfortable for you. We care about each other a lot here and yes---I think you probably did belong to the other team that is kind of inactive now. GLAD you're with US now!;-) <BR> So sorry you have a DEGREE and are having a hard time finding work! Best wishes for something good to develop there! <BR> You say on your Sparkpage you "hate the name Cupcake"---is... Sun, 12 Sep 2010 16:43:38 EST When's your Birthday???:-) We'd love to celebrate your day when it comes- <BR> <BR> Mine's June 29:-) Thu, 9 Sep 2010 13:59:33 EST Watch the scale "Fall" thru Autumn Daily Chat Welcome to our Autumn Daily Chat Room <em>465</em> <BR> May it be a FRESH NEW SEASON for ALL of us! <BR> Tue, 7 Sep 2010 21:43:58 EST The 400 Plate Reporter Last week as I began to wash dinner dishes..I stopped and focused hard on my dinner plate.. <BR> <BR> I kinda looked at the plate as my life.. <BR> I use it everyday..I make choices to fill my plate.. <BR> I clean my food off the plate..and then at the end.. <BR> I wash the plate clean...Just as I do day in and day out..Starting anew.. <BR> We can start living each day fresh..clean..and with a our faces shinning ... <BR> <BR> Today my plate is clean..I decide how I want to cover it up..just... Tue, 7 Sep 2010 07:43:01 EST Salty or Sweet? Salty or Sweet - Which do you usually crave the most? Tue, 31 Aug 2010 15:46:06 EST A Little About Each of Us... Hi! And WELCOME to our Team! <em>235</em> <em>213</em> <BR> Here's a little about each of us to give you a glimpse of who each of us are. Feel free to jump in <BR> and join us in any areas of the team that interest you. At the top of each area is a button that says "Subscribe to this Discussion". Click on it and it will notify you when new posts are made there. Be sure you do that in each one you want to be active in. See you around the team! <em>41</em> Tue, 31 Aug 2010 12:16:21 EST How was your WATER today???:-) How many glasses of water did you have today? <BR> It BOOSTS our metabolism AND aids our digestion-and helps keep us full as well as hydrating us. <BR> <BR> Me today?---GULP!!! O!!! I'll do better tomorrow! <BR> See---I NEED this!;-) Tue, 31 Aug 2010 00:50:17 EST Let's track staying within our Ranges... Let's track staying within our Range-whether your SP range or whatever you have set as your plan. <BR> <BR> My Calorie Range as set by SP-1790-2140 <BR> Mon Aug 30 1451 <BR> Tues Aug 31 1711 <BR> Wed Sep 1 2371 <BR> Thurs Sep 2 1905 <BR> Fri Sep 3 2190 Tue, 31 Aug 2010 00:44:17 EST Let's create a Weigh In for 3 months Here's a Template to use-just "copy and paste" and let's see how we do over 3 months time:-) <BR> This can be "for the week of"---Whenever you weigh. <BR> If you happen not to start at the beginning of this-PLEASE FEEL FREE TO JOIN US ANYTIME!:-) <BR> <BR> Aug 29-Sep 4- <BR> Sep 5- Sep 11- <BR> Sep 12-Sep 18- <BR> Sep 19-Sep 25- <BR> Sep 26-Oct 2- <BR> Oct 3- Oct 9- <BR> Oct 10-Oct 16- <BR> Oct 17-Oct 23- <BR> Oct 24-Oct 30- <BR> Oct 31-Nov 6- <BR> Nov 7- Nov 13- <BR> Nov 14-Nov 20- <BR> Nov... Mon, 30 Aug 2010 16:02:25 EST Let's talk 'bout ideas for our team!:-) Hi Everyone---Janie and I would love to have ideas 'bout what you'd like to have here on our team. <BR> I'm thinking I'd like to have a place to record if we stayed within our ranges...also a place to record having drank our water-a simple starting goal to get people involved...we'd love to have you post questions that get people talking---let's ALL be "co-leaders:-) <BR> We so hope we can get this to be a FUN, VARIED place to be with more and more activities and people!:-) <BR> We look forw... Mon, 30 Aug 2010 15:42:57 EST Hi! I've been looking for something like this for a long time. It's nice to meet people going through the same thing as you. I'm 23, turning 24 in about a month and I'm so tired of being heavy. I'm ready to start living. :P <BR> <BR> At the start of summer I started working out every day in the pool. Then a few weeks ago my dad bought a gym set and has been teaching me some low weight/high rep workouts. I can already feel a difference..I just wish I could see it too! It's so discouraging to not... Thu, 26 Aug 2010 20:50:11 EST Eat a Rainbow Challenge Thurs. 8/26 - Thurs. 9/2 <em>8</em> Thurs. 8/26 through Thurs. 9/2 <em>8</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>437</em> The Challenge / Eat a Rainbow <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> Each day post what foods you ate or drank (try for all of them) that match the colors of a rainbow. <BR> Fruits and Vegetables only. You can include nuts or beans if you'd like. <BR> (Meat, fish, chicken, milk, cheese, sour cream, yogurt, eggs etc. don't count.) <BR> <BR> <BR> Can copy and paste if you'd like. <BR> <BR> <BR> Red: <BR> Orange: <BR>... Tue, 24 Aug 2010 22:41:22 EST Plain Jane (or Joe) or Bling? Do you wear lots of jewelry, none, or somewhere in between? <BR> <BR> Do you have a signature piece? <BR> <BR> If you wear jewelry do you take it off at night or sleep with it on? <BR> <BR> Tue, 24 Aug 2010 15:53:51 EST Exercise sitting down Does anyone know of some exercise that I can do by sitting down because I can barely stand for 5 min w/o pain. I want to exercise really bad but I don't know what to do. If anyone can give me some information I would deeply appreciate it. Sat, 21 Aug 2010 23:08:39 EST Just starting Trying to figure my way around the website. So glad to know that I'm not the only one weighs 400+ pounds. Don't know actual weight because my scale stops at 440. I'm a 43 year old female. Don't get out much unless I have to which makes life pretty boring, which I hope to change that soon. Just wanted to stop by and introduce myself. Fri, 20 Aug 2010 20:15:50 EST What's on your kitchen table right now? <em>194</em> <em>125</em> <em>175</em> <em>273</em> <em>262</em> <em>464</em> <em>149</em> <em>17</em> <em>469</em> <BR> <BR> What's on your dining room / kitchen table right now? Fri, 20 Aug 2010 03:32:18 EST What are you reading? <em>149</em> <em>203</em> <em>150</em> <em>149</em> <em>203</em> <em>150</em> <em>149</em> <em>203</em> <em>150</em> <BR> <BR> What are you reading? Fri, 20 Aug 2010 03:13:01 EST TNX SP! FOR HELPING ME TO OPEN UP! Ms. Makin shared another link with me to an essay that she had wrote. I was amazed that it was to her website. I read the essay and again it was like I was in her shoes especially on the part about the elevator. When she talked about starting to open up with people on the internet, it was like looking into a mirror. I have both a myspace and a facebook account. I do not have many friends on them bc I don't open up with people easily. When my therapist gave me sparkpeople site I was like "okay... Wed, 18 Aug 2010 17:29:56 EST Surgery?? ????????? Is this site for people who are having or have had surgery?? It is an okay choice for others but after having emergency surgery last fall for 3 hernias and an imporated bowel which resulted in 4 days in the Intensive Care Unit on a Respirator, it's not for me. I Sun, 15 Aug 2010 13:07:39 EST We're DESPERATE E!!!!!!! I weigh 370 lbs. and my husband weighs 446 lbs.!!!!! I am 64, have type II Diabetes,Neurophaty in both legs and right arm, etc, etc,!!!!! I am an emotional eater and late nights are killers for both my husband and I. I was recently let go at my company(I'm a Mental Health Therapy--crazy isn't it)because of health reasons(I have filed a discrimination complaint with the EEOC) and basically I want to change my life to a healthy life style with life as my goal instead of when can I eat next!!... Sat, 14 Aug 2010 10:11:17 EST New Here Hello my name is Tiffany and I'm 25, I used SP 5 years or so ago and then got away from it. I decided to try again because I have now found myself at my highest weight ever which is almost 500lbs. I have a 2 year old daughter that I can hardly play with due to my weight it is unfair to her. I am ready for a change, I have tried many diets to now avail and look forward to losing this weight once and for all. Wed, 4 Aug 2010 20:32:41 EST Summer Lovin' Chat Room This is the new chat room for the summer months. Come on in and help heat up the board! <em>67</em> <em>259</em> <em>463</em> <em>218</em> <em>298</em> Sun, 20 Jun 2010 23:50:17 EST Hello from CradledbyJesus! Hello Everybody! <BR> <BR> I am new to Spark People. <BR> <BR> I am 50 years old, very happily married, with 4 beautiful children, 8 gorgeous grandchildren, and a chi-weenie dog. My husband is my best friend. Jesus is my Lord and Saviour and is my bestest friend in the whole world. Jesus is the Lord of my life, but unfortunately I am struggling in making Him the Lord of my appetite. <BR> <BR> A couple of days ago, I was getting frustrated because someone was shrinking all of my clothes.... Thu, 17 Jun 2010 20:29:48 EST Spring Fever Chat Room Hello, everyone. Time for a new chatroom. Sorry I have been MIA but I have been checking in, just not posting. I have been busy. My brother and his wife and child have moved back and are staying with us until they find a place. I have also been a little depressed. My surgery has done a small amount for me but not as much as I need to function normally. <BR> <BR> Hope this finds everyone good. <em>449</em> <em>126</em> Thu, 1 Apr 2010 20:27:10 EST February/March Talk It Out Hey Guys and Gals! I thought it was time to start another Talk It Out for a couple of months. <BR> <BR> Sherry! I am so glad to see you on the boards! I have missed you and been thinking of you. I do, indeed, have surgery on the 11th. I go this Thursday for my preop evaluation. <BR> <BR> Rick, good to see you today. I always look forward to your hugs and prayers. I certainly need them! <BR> <BR> I am heading to bed. I will check in tomorrow! <BR> <BR> Janie Tue, 2 Feb 2010 23:31:14 EST What does "Do I look Fat" really mean anyway? Read this. Read it again. Send it to your sisters, daughters, mothers, all the women in your life. Share it. This article from Dove is very thought provoking. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ons/columns/0408_BQ_Response_Jess_wein<BR>er.aspx[cp-documentid=22996561]/&gt1=25039 </link> Sat, 16 Jan 2010 16:16:56 EST "Spark" calorie ranges ??? Hi, Hope everyone is happy and in good spirits... <BR> <BR> I have a question.... <BR> <BR> How does "spark" come up with the recommended calorie range? Seems to me that mine is too high .... And I dont see a projected "ETA" for goal weight if I stick to their recommended calorie numbers. Love to hear from anyone on this topic.. <BR> <BR> Take Care <BR> Carrie <BR> one pound at a time... Thu, 14 Jan 2010 13:39:06 EST Info about calorie listing on food Interesting to say the least- <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lth-diet_and_nutrition/ </link> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lth-diet_and_nutrition/?ns=health-diet<BR>_and_nutrition </link> Thu, 7 Jan 2010 20:57:31 EST Info about calorie listing on food Interesting to say the least- <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lth-diet_and_nutrition/ </link> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lth-diet_and_nutrition/?ns=health-diet<BR>_and_nutrition </link> Thu, 7 Jan 2010 20:56:51 EST Bogus diets to avoid <link><BR>s-diets-that-will-do-more-harm-than-go<BR>od-553992/ </link> Tue, 5 Jan 2010 21:23:16 EST Weigh Loss Surgery and general Pain My Dr keeps trying to push weight loss surgery on me. Every time I go in, it's the same story. <BR> <BR> I'm in chronic pain, my knees and back are killing me. No, he won't order an MRI on me becuase he thinks it's all my weight. Now, I think my 400+ pounds is part of it...I've had several xrays over the years and each xray has shown my spine is curved by 2-3 degrees...RIGHT where I'm always complaining about my back hurting. But can't be that becuase I'm over 400 pounds. <BR>... Sat, 2 Jan 2010 16:44:25 EST Lose 100 pounds in a yr (is 8.333 pounds a month) Amazingly if you are asked how to eat an elephant, the best answer is "one bite at a time" <BR> <BR> 100 pounds x 12 months = about 8.3333 pounds a month <BR> <BR> Join me in losing 8.3333 pounds a month. <BR> <BR> :) sandra <BR> <BR> Are we friends yet? add me to your friends list Fri, 1 Jan 2010 17:45:37 EST January's Talk It Out New year, new board. I hope everyone is doing great. Let's use this topic for January to check in get abd give support to each other! <BR> <BR> Let's make 2010 the best year yet! <em>408</em> <em>410</em> <em>107</em> <em>179</em> <em>236</em> Fri, 1 Jan 2010 17:10:07 EST Starting out over 400lbs & trying to stay positive When I reached my highest weight of almost 430lbs, I thought I was in such trouble. Trouble that would lead me to, really force me to, get surgery of some kind. <BR> <BR> But, I refuse to believe it and wanted to find a way and a place to motivate and help me safely lose weight and change my POV on how to do it. <BR> <BR> With the support of my DH, I am up to the task and am challenging myself. <BR> <BR> Any tips and advice that you can give for a 400+ gal like me would be much appreciate... Fri, 1 Jan 2010 16:28:21 EST Newbie to the Group <em>410</em> Hello. My name is Stacy and I've been overweight for a very long time. I would try diet after diet to lose weight, and I would slack off and regain all I lost and more. <BR> <BR> I started keeping a record of food and feelings and I discovered that I was using food as a crutch in my life. When I was happy I'd eat.....when I was sad...I'd eat....When I was depressed or bored I'd eat. Then it hit me! I was EATING myself to death!! So, I decided this is my year. A year to lose t... Thu, 31 Dec 2009 14:28:00 EST Weird news of 2009 And there was no shortage... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>09s-top-12-weird-news-stories/19291150<BR>?icid=main|htmlws-main-n|dl1|link3|htt<BR><BR>2Farticle%2F2009s-top-12-weird-news-st<BR>ories%2F19291150 </link> Thu, 31 Dec 2009 09:39:02 EST Falling Toward the New Year Since our leaders have gone missing for a bit, I have taken it upon myself to create a new thread for us to continue posting in. I don't know how many still have dial up but it must take ages for the current sticky thread to load for those who do. <BR> <BR> Feel free to do your daily check-in here. <BR> <BR> ~Karon Thu, 19 Nov 2009 05:54:40 EST I put the + in this group, lol Hello! :) I'm excited to be here. No. Seriously, I am:) I started on Nov 9th and am down 9lbs. (at least, only weighing once a week and its KILLING ME!) <BR> <BR> My start weight is 1 more lb and I am not longer in the 600's. yay go me! <BR> <BR> Um, I have a lot of info about me on my sparkpage...feel free to have a look. I'm a pretty open and honest person. <BR> <BR> Thanks for having this TEAM!!!! GO TEAM 400+ Friends!!! Wed, 18 Nov 2009 12:56:54 EST Need New clothing-help?? Where can I find some cloths, mainly jeans-that will fit me? I've tried jessica london but they stop about 3-4 sizes to small. <BR> <BR> Its embarrssing for me to admit but my waist size is 68-70 (size 6x in twill/cotton pants.) And I'm 5 foot 3 inches tall-if that helps. <BR> <BR> I would LOVE a couple pairs of jeans that will fit me. <BR> <BR> Over the last 3-4 months I've tired ordering and wearing men's jeans in my correct size. While sitting, they fit well but they are always a mil... Tue, 3 Nov 2009 12:49:42 EST *waves* Hello, new to SP and the team Hii! Can't tell you how many times I have started and stopped, started and stopped in my pursuit of a better life. Well this time, I HAVE to do something. I am 400 pounds and my health is starting to deteriorate. I am now on blood pressure and cholesterol medication as well as vit D. My doctor tells me I am low on protein and therefore malnourished. <BR> <BR> My son is only two years old and I am all he has. I do not want to die before I see my son grow up. With all this said, the thing I l... Sat, 17 Oct 2009 03:28:59 EST Let's boycott Karl Lagerfeld's designs The article explains it all. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>rl-lagerfeld-defends-skinny-models-no-<BR>one-wants-to-see-roun/?icid=main|htmlw<BR>s-main|dl4|link4|http%3A%2F%2Fwww.styl<BR><BR>rl-lagerfeld-defends-skinny-models-no-<BR>one-wants-to-see-roun%2F </link> Tue, 13 Oct 2009 00:42:53 EST Do you exercise the next day? I have been doing many strengthening exercises that SP has to offer. My arms were sore first, but that was no big deal. It was just getting used to working out those muscles. So I continued with my daily workouts. <BR> <BR> Today I am achy from being sick and on top of that, my lower back hurts severely. I am very stiff and finding it hard to do the simplest of tasks. <BR> <BR> Am I just sore from my workout? <BR> <BR> and <BR> <BR> Should I continue with my workouts? <BR>... Wed, 9 Sep 2009 11:41:04 EST I'm BACK!!! Hello there friends!! I have been a member for Sparkpeople for a long time but I pretty much have been non-existent on it for a long while. Well, I recently joined a community Biggest Loser contest and thought that this would be an excellent way to get back on track. I really need the support and ideas and fellowship that this site brings. Any encouragement sent my way would be GREAT! <BR> <BR> I do have one other question- I can't seem to find a scale that will work for me. All the sca... Sat, 29 Aug 2009 18:38:22 EST Peta's newest billboard not very welcome I don't like PETA, I never have. This new billboard of theirs...I feel like they are making fun of all fat people....just wrong!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/2009/08/19/petas-whale-ad-pokes-fun-a<BR>t-obesity-misinforms/ </link> Thu, 20 Aug 2009 10:18:39 EST Hello Everyone!!! I'm Dee and new to SP as well as to the team. Everything about me is on my page but if there's anything else you like to know please feel free to ask. Really looking forward to being part of the team and meeting new friends. I'm still learning to work the sites so please be patient with me. May everyone continue with their success...Dee <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Sun, 9 Aug 2009 04:20:35 EST Meal Plans - Help Me Hi, <BR> <BR> Does anyone use the menu plans? I would like to use them but they seem a little scary. LOL Any tips? <BR> <BR> Thanks Fri, 7 Aug 2009 13:48:00 EST How do you deal with the heat? The last 4-5 days I've been living in front of my fan (3 in my bedroom actually) and I've been miserable due to the heat. Been gulping down the water, gateroaide, cold showers, cold/frozen washcloths and I'm still sweating. Over night temps have been 75 and day time has been up around 110 and the humidity has been 75-80% <BR> <BR> Finnaly it's almost over-today will be a high of 92 and low to mid 80's through Wedensday and next Thrusday will be once again in the day time highs of the mid 7... Fri, 31 Jul 2009 04:29:22 EST Daily Jump-In July - September Hey Guys, the other Daily Jump In is getting slow for the dial-up people so we have a new meeting pool. Tue, 28 Jul 2009 12:44:04 EST Challenge - 25 down by Christmas Alrighty Guys & Gals -- I am posting this challenge let me know if you want to be a part! Should be a very do-able challenge even for me who likes to dilly dally around ~ Sure will be easier shopping with 25 less of me! <BR> <BR> lose 25 pounds by Christmas <BR> I figured it out --as of today (july 27) <BR> there are 21 weeks til Christmas <BR> <BR> that's: <BR> 1.19 lbs to lose 25 lbs <BR> 2.38 lbs to lose 50 lbs <BR> 3.57 lbs to lose 75 lbs <BR> 4.76 lbs to lose 100 lbs <BR> Mon, 27 Jul 2009 13:35:56 EST Working out at home At 420 pounds, I'm trying very hard to create a workout program at home I can do. Does anyone have any good suggestions? <BR> <BR> I live on the second floor of our apartment building and as heavy as I am, I don't want to do a lot of jumping around as I don't want to bother my down stairs neighbors. I'm not able to walk much at all. <BR> <BR> I tried doing the biggest looser cardio max workout but couldn't make it past the week one-two warm ups because it was killing my knees. <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 26 Jun 2009 17:56:57 EST Plus size Furniture I'm so glad someone is finally realizing the need for furniture that can handle people our size: <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ytall/_a/furniture-designed-for-plus-s<BR>ized-people/20090616160309990001?icid=<BR>main|aimzones|dl6|link3|http%3A%2F%2Fh<BR><BR>rytall%2F_a%2Ffurniture-designed-for-p<BR>lus-sized-people%2F20090616160309990001 </link> Fri, 26 Jun 2009 11:59:11 EST Plus size Furniture I'm so glad someone is finally realizing the need for furniture that can handle people our size: <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ytall/_a/furniture-designed-for-plus-s<BR>ized-people/20090616160309990001?icid=<BR>main|aimzones|dl6|link3|http%3A%2F%2Fh<BR><BR>rytall%2F_a%2Ffurniture-designed-for-p<BR>lus-sized-people%2F20090616160309990001 </link> Fri, 26 Jun 2009 11:59:08 EST Plus size Furniture I'm so glad someone is finally realizing the need for furniture that can handle people our size: <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ytall/_a/furniture-designed-for-plus-s<BR>ized-people/20090616160309990001?icid=<BR>main|aimzones|dl6|link3|http%3A%2F%2Fh<BR><BR>rytall%2F_a%2Ffurniture-designed-for-p<BR>lus-sized-people%2F20090616160309990001 </link> Fri, 26 Jun 2009 11:58:17 EST an introduction of sorts... Hello... Just wanted to put myself out there.. My name is Theresa. I am interested in meeting new people, and being an online buddy to someone. I am going through the same thing you are, so I can be here for support! Thu, 25 Jun 2009 04:45:49 EST Happy Mother's Day -My Story When I was a child, I remember being asked what I wanted to be when I grew up. I said that I wanted to be a missionary in Africa. <BR> <BR> My Father died when I was two. My mom did the best she could to raise my two brothers and I. Life was hard for us. When I was fifteen my mother died in a car accident leaving us orphaned. I was very angry at God. We went to live at my grandma's house. She enrolled us into a Christian school. I read the Living Bible in a summer so that I could pass my re... Fri, 8 May 2009 12:10:03 EST Any one here live in Milwaukee? Any one here live in Milwaukee? I really need a buddy!~ Mon, 9 Mar 2009 16:13:49 EST New as can b!! Hello my name is k and I am currently weighing over 400 pounds and its time or a change. I am healthy as far as I know but I want to make this change before things really do start to go wrong and I really could use the support and I can give support to anyone who needs it. Thank you have a blessed day. Mon, 23 Feb 2009 10:53:27 EST What have you lost Here are some weight comparisons...What equivalent have you shed and what will you be shedding? <BR> <BR> 1 pound = a Guinea Pig <BR> 1.5 pounds = a dozen Krispy Kreme glazed donuts <BR> 2 pounds = a rack of baby back ribs <BR> 3 pounds = an average human brain <BR> 4 pounds = an ostrich egg <BR> 5 pounds = a Chihuahua <BR> 6 pounds = a human’s skin <BR> 7.5 pounds = an average newborn <BR> 8 pounds = a human head <BR> 10 pounds= chemical additives an American consumes each year <BR> 11 poun... Tue, 30 Dec 2008 11:06:09 EST How do you talk to yourself? This isn't mine, but I wanted to share! <BR> <BR> <BR> How do you talk to yourself? <BR> <BR> Do you use the words "can't", "won't", "don't need to", "why try"? <BR> Many people do. <BR> <BR> Do you find that what you say to yourself turns out to be true? <BR> <BR> Why is this? <BR> <BR> You see your brain is like a computer that you feed each day. It doesn't know always know what's real or not unless you tell it. <BR> <BR> Example: If someone you love has hurt you, you may tell yourse... Sat, 27 Dec 2008 11:50:24 EST cook book here is a link to Ms Claus cook book, it has a lot of holiday recipes in there. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 7 Dec 2008 11:56:56 EST recipes Hi team, i just added 10 new recipes on my page. i am gonna try to add a few a day for the holidays hope you try one or more of them, i know i will be trying some. <BR> it will be a mixture of things from bake goods to drinks and side dishes. <em>247</em> Sat, 6 Dec 2008 13:09:37 EST Creole Poached Chicken Breast Recipe 2 teaspoons olive oil <BR> 2 onions, finely chopped <BR> 1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped <BR> 1 celery stalk, finely chopped <BR> 1/2 carrot, chopped <BR> 1 (141/2 oz) can crushed tomatoes <BR> 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth <BR> 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley <BR> 1 teaspoon ground thyme <BR> 1/4 teaspoon salt <BR> 1/8 teaspoon cayenne <BR> 4 (4-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breasts <BR> <BR> heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat; saute the onions, bel... Wed, 26 Nov 2008 01:57:48 EST Hi, New to Group Hi, been with sparks for a few months now but just found this team, I have struggled with my weight my whole life, but this is my heaviest, so not know the starting weight, the scale only goes to 400, but have been able to get down to 389 with water exercise and avoiding fast food, but can always use encouragement, the minute things go bad, MCD's seems to call my name! <em>246</em> Sun, 23 Nov 2008 21:07:52 EST Struggling so bad I'm not really new, I've been around SP for about 2 yrs, and more or less been absent for about a year. I'm struggling, more than I really want to admit to anyone. I am going back to my old ways with eating, my old excuses not to exercise, and am feeling that these past 2 years are slipping away from me. <BR> <BR> I lost all accountability to myself, and to everyone else. I moan about struggling, but come home and eat pizza. I cry because I'm gaining, but instead of doing something about it... Wed, 5 Nov 2008 16:56:13 EST New here My name is Angie, and I have been using sparkpeople for about 2 weeks now. I thought I wouldn't have time to join any of the teams, but now i'm reconsidering that thought. I really need support from others who understand what its like to be at this weight. Last Dec I weighed 500 lbs, in Jan I had my gallbladder out with complications and lost 30 lbs. Since then i have been up and down 10 pounds here and there. I have a lot of health related problems because of my weight and i'm only 32. I was... Sat, 1 Nov 2008 00:24:06 EST Hi everyone! Hi my name is Sara and I'm new to this group... I just started actually logging into sparkpeople today although I've technically been a member since late August. I am 25 and just got married this summer. I live in Southern California and am just looking forward to getting healthy once and for all. I just started shopping up as "EE" on my home scale... which means I went over the 400lb limit about a month ago... that was my final wake up call... so I'm guessing I'm probably at about 415ish now... Fri, 31 Oct 2008 21:06:56 EST Boy, do I need this group! Can I join? I started out at 424, have lost 31 but keep gaining and losing that last 5 pounds! I need motivation and encouragement, and I think this team would be great for that (and I'll give it, too!). Thanks. <BR> <BR> A little about me -- 49, divorced, one child who is grown and flown but with whom I am very close, a four-legged furry child I adopted from the Humane Society last dec (an epileptic sheltie mix mutt), work as a legal secretary (hate it), almost finished earning my bachel... Wed, 15 Oct 2008 11:24:12 EST