SparkPeople Single Gay Men Team Messageboard A place for single gay men to meet each other and lean on each other while we are trying to lose weight. SparkPeople Single Gay Men Team Messageboard How's it going everyone? Ti's quite quiet in here! I've been away, and I wish I could say it was good away. But I am back, and ready to get back to it. What have you all been up to? <BR> <BR> Tony Wed, 21 Sep 2016 13:20:11 EST Perfect First Date? Hmmm Well, I am a little out of practice. I would say either a nice meal out or pick up or make something healthy and to find a nice destination for the date. Here in Seattle we have a nice beach called Alki, it's been far too long since I've driven out there. Maybe walk along the beach, talk, get to know one another. The good possibility of a second date and hoping I've not scared him off lol. Sat, 2 Apr 2016 17:57:36 EST Hey guys Hello all from Seattle. We finally have our spring weather here. Sat, 2 Apr 2016 17:41:11 EST 2016 Goals Use this forum to write down your goals for 2016 Fri, 1 Jan 2016 15:35:49 EST WEEKLY WEIGH IN I want to have a place to monitor my weekly weigh ins. I have been very motivated since school started. I know the next two months will be hard to maintain. I want to hold steady and then hit it hard in the new year. My weigh ins are on Fridays. I was 304.4 this week, do I lost two pounds this week and I am down 105.6 over last five years. Sat, 14 Nov 2015 15:39:13 EST Team Bonus Points Did you earn a team bonus point for our SGM team? If so, this is the place to post how many points you earned the team today. Do it every day! Remember, you get additional points for posting. Thu, 16 Jul 2015 08:16:41 EST Spring 2015 Goals April has arrived. What are your goals for this Spring? Post them here so we can support each other in achieving our goals. Fri, 3 Apr 2015 08:59:12 EST Why are you single? I was reading a thread on another team's forum earlier this morning. There was a mentioning of substituting friends and family time instead of seeking a relationship. I can see that happening. However, I found myself looking at my own life and realized I have not substituted one social group for another. I have a handful of work friends I socialize with at the office and will meet up to grab drinks after work every couple months or so. I have no close friends, gay or otherwise, that I would e... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 11:31:02 EST 2015 Goals <em>411</em> New Year! Time to set goals. Post your goals here. <BR> Fri, 2 Jan 2015 08:37:50 EST Holiday 2014 Challenge Team- <BR> <BR> What are your goals for the next two months? <BR> <BR> Fitness Goal: <BR> <BR> Nutrition/Weight Loss Goal: <BR> <BR> Relationship Goal: <BR> <BR> Spiritual Goal: <BR> <BR> Personal Development Goal: <BR> <BR> <em>431</em> <em>430</em> <em>499</em> <em>446</em> <em>411</em> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:44:09 EST Dragon*Con Anyone? I'll be heading to Atlanta in just over a month for Dragon*Con. This is my second year to attend. I was wondering if there were any other D*C goers in the forum? Tue, 22 Jul 2014 07:59:21 EST Hi Everyone! New Here... Hi, Everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm new to the team, and I'd like to introduce myself. My name is Rob, and I'm a 30 y/o gay single from New Jersey. I'm here to meet new people and get (and give) support. I've struggled with my weight my entire life, and right now have at least 150 pounds to lose. I'd like to talk with other gay men who have been through or are going through the same situation. <BR> <BR> I look forward to hearing from you soon! Mon, 7 Jul 2014 12:49:33 EST Summer Goals What are your summer goals? Tue, 24 Jun 2014 09:41:04 EST Spring 2014 Challenge It's March 1st time for Spring (unfortunately it snowed here today where I am). <BR> <BR> Use this forum to track your spring goals. <BR> <BR> As soon as the snow melts, I plan to get out and run, right now there is still an inch of ice on all the roadways and sidewalks. Maybe I can start to run in April.... <BR> <BR> <em>182</em> Sat, 1 Mar 2014 12:47:14 EST Breakfast (the most important meal) QUESTIONS: <BR> <BR> What is your usual (daily) breakfast? <BR> <em>481</em> <BR> What is your favorite (not diet friendly) breakfast? (i.e. If you could eat this everyday, you would.) <BR> <BR> <em>487</em> <em>287</em> Sun, 9 Feb 2014 08:52:48 EST 2014 Goals Hey Team- <BR> It's January 1st...Happy New Year! That also means time to evaluate your progress and make some goals for this upcoming year. Forget those "resolutions". Instead think "goals". <BR> <BR> If you need some ideas, check out Sparkpeople's January Challenge <link><BR>st=a_january_challenge_you_can_stick_with </link> Wed, 1 Jan 2014 20:29:22 EST Holiday 2013 Challenge Team- <BR> <BR> What are your goals for the next two months? <BR> <BR> Fitness Goal: <BR> <BR> Nutrition/Weight Loss Goal: <BR> <BR> Relationship Goal: <BR> <BR> Spiritual Goal: <BR> <BR> Personal Development Goal: <BR> <BR> <em>429</em> <em>499</em> <em>442</em> <em>446</em> <em>411</em> Sun, 10 Nov 2013 09:54:38 EST Cardio Songs What's on your playlist for cardio workouts? Do you use an ipod or smartphone, or other device? <BR> <BR> <em>335</em> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 20:01:14 EST Football Do you enjoy watching football? College football or Pro? Or both? Is it me or are the uniforms getting tighter? <BR> <em>281</em> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> Sun, 29 Sep 2013 09:26:32 EST Autumn Challenge (5 weeks) Autumn is a great time of year to get outside for some training. The challenge is to do just that: Get at least ONE day of OUTDOOR activity in your workout routine and tell us what you did each week through the end of October. <BR> <BR> <em>427</em> Week One: <BR> <em>426</em> Week Two: <BR> <em>57</em> Week Three: <BR> <em>465</em> Week Four: <BR> <em>431</em> Week Five: <BR> <BR> Sun, 22 Sep 2013 09:34:37 EST Add a Motivational Quote Hey Team- <BR> <BR> Everyone needs to add their favorite motivational quote right here. Add one every day! <BR> <BR> I'll get us started... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 09:05:30 EST Summer 2013 Challenge What are your summer goals? Mon, 1 Jul 2013 09:20:46 EST Summer Travels I have been doing really great throughout the school hear but summer is approaching and this is when I usually struggle and put weight back on. I have lost nearly 100 pounds in the last year and a half but when I am working I have a very regimented structured life. I am going to leave for a month to Europe, month road trip around the USA, and then weekend in Miami with four night Bahamas' cruise before I go back to work. Does anyone have any helpful hints to keep me from gaining 20-25 poun... Sun, 19 May 2013 15:56:51 EST The Lusty Month of May Challenge Spark points challenge! <BR> <BR> Spark points! We earn them when we do things. Track your food, get points. Read an article, watch a video, get points. Track your workouts, get points. Find out how you can gain points: all the while learning more about weight loss, healthy living. There are many ways to gain points, and when you send someone a goodie it doesn’t take away your points—you still have them! <BR> <BR> This month we are going to make it a race for the most points! You don’t have... Thu, 2 May 2013 23:21:56 EST April Challenge - Don't be an April Fool Time to get moving! <BR> <BR> Let's challenge to do some cardio this month by logging in at least 90 minutes of cardio each week. <BR> <BR> Who is in it to win it?? <BR> <BR> Sun, 31 Mar 2013 20:23:00 EST Speak Your Mind What's on your mind today? Need to vent? Leave it here! <BR> <BR> <em>46</em> <BR> <em>28</em> <BR> <em>24</em> Sat, 23 Mar 2013 18:46:22 EST March Holidays Hey Team- <BR> <BR> This March, we have St. Patrick's Day, Passover, and Easter. Any traditions or plans? Any special meals that make the holiday festive? Will you try to make those special holiday meals more healthy this year? <BR> <BR> I know I'm looking forward to warmer weather so I can get out and run. <BR> <BR> <em>441</em> <BR> <em>449</em> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 18:35:45 EST March Challenge Hey team- <BR> <BR> It's March! Time for better weather (we can only hope.) What are your goals for this month? Let's get specific. What is your weight goal, fitness goal, nutritional goal, or other? <BR> <BR> <em>440</em> <BR> <em>450</em> Mon, 4 Mar 2013 20:25:57 EST Academy Awards Who's going to win? What do you predict? <BR> <BR> <em>208</em> Sat, 23 Feb 2013 18:38:23 EST Be My Valentine Ok Single gents... <BR> <BR> Anyone have Valentine's Day plans? Personally, I have a choir rehearsal to attend so it is a regular Thursday for me. <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 19:31:34 EST Super Bowl Hey Team- <BR> <BR> Are you attending a Super Bowl Party? Are you planning to stay on your fitness & nutrition plan on Sunday or is it a day to eat freely? <BR> <BR> <em>281</em> Fri, 1 Feb 2013 18:52:20 EST February It is the beginning of the month. How is everyone doing with their goals so far? I finally broke through a plateau and lost 2.5 pounds this month. I am wanting to get under 300 pounds by my birthday on May 31 so I am hoping to lose about six pounds a month. I plan on continuing to exercise at least 30 minutes a day and sticking to my Paleo diet. I have a cruise in March, so that will give me a little bit of a setback but I am going with my triathlon/Paleo friend so I am hoping she will k... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 17:58:25 EST Intro Hello team. My name is Todd and I just became a co-leader of this team. I have been with Sparkpeople since 2006 but I have never been a leader so this is new to me. A little bit about me is I am a middle school counselor in St. Louis, MO. I have been overweight as long as I remember and I have lost weight and gained it back many times over. Over the last year and a half I have lost 85 pounds and I have been taking it off slowly and keeping it off. I have made little changes and graduall... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 16:06:01 EST Greetings and salutations I figure it is about time I introduce myself around SparkPeople so here it goes. I am a single 20yo living in Marysville, WA. For the next 3.5 months I am a tax preparer with Jackson Hewitt. Then I hope to find a real job as I prep for the CPA exam.I admit I let myself go over the years am trying to get back in shape or better than before. Eventually I hope to hike the full PCT. Don't know what else to say so feel free to write me. Thu, 10 Jan 2013 22:38:15 EST Oh so Quiet! How is everybody doing? I have been doing great. I am down 85 pounds in a year and a half. I am losing slowly and actually keeping weight off for the first time in my life. I am doing Paleo diet and trying to exercise at least 30 minutes a day. Any New Year's resolutions? I want to be under 300 pounds by my birthday on May 31. I went on a two week vacation to Miami, Caribben cruise (St. Martin, US Virgin Islands, and Bahamas), stayed in the Bahamas to visit family, and came home Januar... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 10:21:34 EST Oscar Nominations coming soon The Academy Awards will soon be announcing their nominations for the Oscars. What are your picks for the best movies, best actors, best actresses, and any other categories that you are interested in telling us about? <BR> <BR> <em>272</em> Sun, 30 Dec 2012 10:33:06 EST New Years: Party or not to Party... Team- <BR> <BR> What are you doing New Years....New Years Eve.......? <BR> <BR> As the song goes, what are you doing? Party or not to party...that is the question. <BR> <BR> <em>408</em> Sun, 30 Dec 2012 10:30:27 EST January Challenge OK Team- <BR> <BR> What are your January goals? What can we help you accomplish this January through support? Let us know... <BR> <BR> Fitness Goal: <BR> <BR> Nutrition/Weight Loss Goal: <BR> <BR> Relationship Goal: <BR> <BR> Spiritual Goal: <BR> <BR> Personal Development Goal: <BR> <BR> <em>411</em> Sun, 30 Dec 2012 10:27:08 EST Hello Hello. I'm a 44 y/o gay guy and very overweight. I've lost weight in the past but always seem to gain it back. To be honest I am scared that if I don't get the weight off and keep it off, that i won't see 50. I'm real good about getting started with eating right and working out but within a couple weeks, sometimes even a full month I lose interest in both and fall back into bad habits. I have no idea how to break the cycle but I hope that is the answer I have been praying for.... Sun, 23 Dec 2012 22:19:38 EST Holiday Memories Every Christmas season, I read Truman Capote's "A Christmas Memory". So what are your holiday memories and traditions? Which ones are new, which ones have you done for years? Anything unusual at your dinner table? <BR> <BR> <em>499</em> <em>501</em> <em>446</em> <em>443</em> <em>428</em> Sun, 16 Dec 2012 10:00:14 EST New Year's Resolutions Is anyone making any New Year's resolutions? Personally, I make them all the time but rarely follow through on them. I have made and met several reasonable goals since school started and I am just going to continue that practice. I set a goal of 20-30 pounds from October to December 21 and I have lost 29 pounds. My next goal is to lose 10-15 pounds by Spring Break on March 15 and my final goal is to be under 300 pounds by my birthday on May 31. I think these are reasonable goals and it i... Fri, 14 Dec 2012 08:05:02 EST December Cardio If you are in a climate were weather stops you from getting outside to do cardio, what do you do? Please share your indoor cardio plans for this upcoming winter. <BR> <BR> <em>313</em> Sun, 2 Dec 2012 14:52:54 EST Milestone As of my Friday weigh in, I have lost 75 pounds in the past 15 months. I am down 100 pounds from my highest weight I have ever been. Plus, I am now only 85 pounds from my goal. I am finally losing weight slowly and steadily and it is the first time I have lost a substantial amount of weight (in a healthy manner) and kept it off. I would like to be under 300 pounds by my 50th birthday on May 31. I think I can do this! Mon, 19 Nov 2012 10:31:27 EST Holiday Movies So I need to start preparing myself for Holiday movie watching. What movies do you always make sure you watch every November/December? Does anyone know of a Thanksgiving movie? Sat, 10 Nov 2012 19:24:03 EST NEW November Challenge Don't be a TURKEY! ELECT to participate in this challenge. <BR> <BR> The November challenge is to find something NEW to do this month that you haven't done before and SHARE the idea with the rest of the team. It can be fitness related (a new exercise perhaps), nutrition related (a new recipe to share) or just about anything that is NEW for you (and probably the rest of us too.) <BR> <BR> After you do it, report your results here. Thu, 1 Nov 2012 22:18:25 EST Halloween Traditions What are your traditions on Halloween? Wed, 24 Oct 2012 22:28:04 EST Halloween Movies It's October and time to watch some scary thrillers on dvd (especially on those rainy nights). So, what are YOUR favorite scary movies? Let's start a list to share with everyone... <BR> <BR> <em>333</em> <BR> <BR> <em>423</em> Fri, 12 Oct 2012 20:01:00 EST Roll Call Hey Team- <BR> <BR> Please take a minute to respond to this forum so I can get an idea of who is participating in team SGM. Just hit "reply" and say "I'm in". <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Baixo Mon, 8 Oct 2012 19:56:56 EST October Challenge Please post your goals for October 2012... <BR> <BR> Fitness Goal: <BR> <BR> Nutrition/Weight Loss Goal: <BR> <BR> Relationship Goal: <BR> <BR> Spiritual Goal: <BR> <BR> Personal Development Goal: <BR> <BR> Sat, 6 Oct 2012 09:32:50 EST Events Hey Guys- <BR> <BR> If you know of an event in your area that other single gay men may be interested in attending, post that event here. Sat, 6 Oct 2012 09:29:44 EST Living in Phoenix Hello from Phoenix, Arizona! I am new to SparkPeople and just wanted to do a quick shout-out. If you want to learn more, feel free to visit my page! Fri, 21 Sep 2012 16:05:34 EST hello again I just wanted to say that everyone here has been so wonderful. I am losing weight, feel better about myself, and mostly, i POSTED my photo! I am still searching for a buddy to know and share stories. I am still hopeful that i will get to know someone soon. Again, thanks for all, sincerely, Marvin Sun, 8 Jul 2012 14:58:35 EST hello all My name is Marvin and i been on spark for a month. I am in need of a buddy to chat and be supportive of each other. I am single, afro-american, 51, registered nurse, and a big heart of gold. Hoping to hear from someone soon, marvin. my cell is 208-571-9982 and personal email is feel free to call or text. I am not a weirdo, just looking for companinship. I am losing weight, 14lbs so far, work hard but need to find that friend to know. Wed, 4 Jul 2012 17:23:20 EST searching for buddie hello all, i am marvin and i am looking for new friends. I am a registered nurse and living in Idaho. I am honest, compassionate, caring, supportive and a very good listener. My goal is to lose 25lbs in 3 months. I only have pics on my cell phone(208-571-9982), due to it being my comfort zone. Feel free to call or text anytime, sincerely hoping you will, Marvin Tue, 26 Jun 2012 18:07:24 EST ne w friends!! hello all, i am marvin and i am looking for new friends. I am a registered nurse and living in Idaho. I am honest, compassionate, caring, supportive and a very good listener. My goal is to lose 25lbs in 3 months. I only have pics on my cell phone(208-571-9982), due to it being my comfort zone. Feel free to call or text anytime, sincerely hoping you will, Marvin Tue, 26 Jun 2012 18:05:57 EST HELLO! hello guys, i am thrilled to be a part of such a cool site. I lost 3 pounds this week, and wow! My goal is to lose 25 more and find a buddy to get through it all. Any takers? Marvin Sat, 9 Jun 2012 14:05:33 EST Hi I'm David from Ottawa Hi Folks, <BR> <BR> I just discovered the group and I see that it hasn't been active. No wonder we're all single! LOL <BR> <BR> I hope that I can meet some great guys on here. It's wonderful to have an opportunity to chat with other people in a context other than a bar or hook-up website. Sheesh. Where did all the romance go? <BR> <BR> Anyway, I've been on SP for a while now and I've lost a bit of weight which is great! But the more important thing for me is that I have a better over... Tue, 29 May 2012 09:22:04 EST ONWARD AND UPWARD As I become more comfortable with being more involved with this AWESOME group, please be patient with me!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> I look forward to getting to know as many of you as would like to get to know me. <BR> <BR> ALL OF THE COOL KIDS ARE ON THIS TEAM!!!!! <BR> <BR> Have an AMAZING Sunday Fun Day and a very VERY SUCCESSFUL week. <BR> <BR> Happy Thanksgiving to you all! <BR> <BR> MobileBayRay <em>426</em> Sun, 20 Nov 2011 08:55:11 EST WHO'S STILL IN THIS TO WIN THIS? Hey, Team! <BR> <BR> I'm attempting to see who is still in this thing to be a better you! <BR> <BR> I'm asking you to friend me, so I'll know who it is that I can run this amazing race with through to the finish line. <BR> <BR> My fangers (from Mobile, Alabama) are crawst that there are some of you WONDER MEN out there. <BR> <BR> Let me know, and MANY SUCCESSES! Sat, 19 Nov 2011 18:05:17 EST AZBounz from Arizona Hi my name is Richard I live in central Phoenix, and excited about getting in better shape and healthier. I would be interested in joining any hiking groups. <BR> <BR> Good luck and take care! Tue, 30 Aug 2011 17:15:54 EST Glendale 24 hr Super Sport workout Partner? Hey everyone. I'm looking for a work out partner at lunch times. Please let me know if anyone wants to work out at that time. Mon, 6 Jun 2011 14:08:09 EST A new Challenge! Ok now that I'm back on track here, you know what that means! It means more challenges. So what would you guys like to do first: A cardio Challenge or a Strength challenge. Thu, 26 May 2011 14:30:55 EST I'm back Well i've been overeating, and eating a lot of sugar. I'm back and I'm back on track, sort of. Tue, 24 May 2011 00:54:51 EST Magazine launch for gay military members announced Washington (CNN) -- A magazine designed for and by gay military members may soon be displayed at military installations worldwide, an advocacy group announced Monday. <BR> <BR> Read More Here: <link><BR>litary.magazine/index.html?eref=mrss_i<BR>google_cnn </link> Mon, 28 Mar 2011 15:13:38 EST Greetings & Salutations Hey Guys! Kyle from Toronto here. New to the team and thought I'd send a hi out. So .....yah..hi! Sun, 23 Jan 2011 21:43:59 EST Between now and Pride month. No time like the present. I already have a membership to an 'economy gym', you know, the kind with no showers or pool, but all the weights and cardio machines you could need. The membership is cheap because I'm on a family plan, so I'm spending a little extra and am working with a personal trainer. I get 3 half-hour sessions a week for $160 a month. The one habit I never did get into with Spark was tracking my eating, and even the trainer is having trouble getting me to be consistent but ... Thu, 23 Dec 2010 16:03:52 EST Hello from Milwaukee Hello guys! Found SP site a few months ago but just started using it about a week ago. The food tracker is great. I hope to get to know some of you, and maybe we can all help each other reach our goals. <BR> <BR> Take care! <BR> Kurt Thu, 16 Sep 2010 09:18:53 EST If you're so hot, why are you single? Time for self examination guys. Are you thinking " pretty boys going walking with gorillas down my street" and wonder why you aren't in a relationship? <BR> <BR> What is holding you back or holding them off? Wed, 4 Aug 2010 07:34:36 EST Hi there from NY Hi everyone. <BR> <BR> I'm posting on here for the first time, and I'm here to offer encouragement and support to everyone here. <BR> <BR> So here's my story... <BR> <BR> I've never been particularly thin. As a kid, I was called "stocky" and I remember being forced to shop in the huskies department of any store, which was pretty embarassing. I did a successful weight plan when I was in my early 20s, I remember I didn't diet at all, I just did lots of exercise, and I remember losing about... Thu, 29 Jul 2010 14:56:16 EST Greetings from MD if anyone willing to help i am new tp this need to stay on track Mon, 5 Jul 2010 00:15:25 EST Philly to DC: Challenge! July 1--July 31 Ok guys we need a challenge, a long term challenge. This one starts July 1 through the 31. <BR> <BR> This is a cardio challenge. You will go from Philadelphia to DC. It is about 132 miles. You have 31 days to complete the challenge. How you go about doing the miles is up to you: walk, run, bike, do stair master. You may record any walking you do on a cardio machine or not. You may count miles that you do in other challenges. <BR> <BR> This is a get up and move challenge. So get up and mov... Mon, 28 Jun 2010 03:16:09 EST Hello from Canada. Just started recently and thought to say hi to everyone here. <em>89</em> Mon, 28 Jun 2010 00:17:22 EST Hellur from Michigan Hey fellas, <BR> <BR> New to the land of Sparky people, how's the weather here? <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> College student here from the Mid-Michigan area hoping to meet some fun new friends from all over, grab some new advice/tips, and to have a good time. <BR> <BR> ~Jason Sun, 27 Jun 2010 12:43:40 EST hey guys, i did a colon cleanse this wknd I lost 7 lbs, which of course is only the tip of the iceberg but at least it put me on an even playing field. If you want any information, it's<BR>ml <BR> <BR> That's my best friends site who gave me the cleanse and also monitored it. I'll let you guys know how the progress goes. for the next three days, to move past the cleanse, i have to avoid anything from an animal, so hopefully that will get me a bit more svelte before Palm Springs this wkn... Mon, 17 May 2010 12:23:33 EST Hey all Just wanted to drop in and say hi. Thu, 13 May 2010 23:11:45 EST Just downloaded the Blackberry application for SP my god, does it make doing SparkPeople easy. I was able to search for custom foods, add exercise, add water. I remember the days where i had to put everything i did into my calendar so that when i returned to a computer i could input everything in. Wed, 12 May 2010 13:07:04 EST You know your dates going bad when..... ......... They call you daddy and they they could be your son Wed, 12 May 2010 12:57:00 EST Hey all. Just returned to Spark after a few years Was doing Body Bugg but have decided to return to Spark. Have 26 lbs to lose before my cruise in August. <em>58</em> Tue, 11 May 2010 18:18:17 EST Shocking News! We have 177 members but only 40 earned sparkpoints last month and less than 25 earned fitness points. <BR> <BR> Let's go guys, start posting your exercise and if you need a boost, let us know so we can root for you! <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> Paul Mon, 3 May 2010 23:04:10 EST new here :) Just restarting my weight loss journey! I lost a lot of weight about two years ago... bad things happened and I gained almost all of it back. This time I need to make changes for life and learn to overcome the bad with things other than eating. <BR> <BR> I weighed in almost two weeks ago at 278, my week one weigh in was 272. Down 6lbs in a week is a pretty good start. Wed, 7 Apr 2010 13:52:26 EST CREDO ACTION **Important** Subject: Get a free "Queer the Census" sticker! <BR> <BR> Dear Friend, <BR> <BR> The census is not necessarily the topic you've been waiting to hear about, I know, but bear with me for a moment. <BR> <BR> It's coming up in March or April, and while it's supposed to be an accurate count of everyone in the country, there's no question that asks if someone is lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. <BR> <BR> This is a huge problem. The data collected has a direct impact on issues that are cri... Thu, 18 Mar 2010 20:20:54 EST Burn a Pound Challenge: March 14--20 Ok I know this is short notice but it's ok. You'll all live. We need to get back to challenges and pushing ourselves. This is a favorite and a good one. <BR> <BR> Burn a Pound from March 14--20. <BR> <BR> One pound equals 3500 calories. So this week you are going to burn 3500 calories doing cardio! Walking, running, biking, yoga. Anything your choice. <BR> <BR> This is my first challenge since being back to spark people. But there will be more to follow. We will push ourselves with card... Sat, 13 Mar 2010 23:36:57 EST Are you single because ...... Are you single because you don't really want or are afraid of a relationship? <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 7 Mar 2010 09:05:31 EST Hello Everyone Hey there guys! I'm a Spark newbie and am really pumped. I'm gonna need all your help to get me to my goals and hopefully make some friends along the way. <BR> <BR> thanks <BR> <BR> John Mon, 1 Mar 2010 23:29:47 EST Ultra Long Distance Relationships I have heard stories of closeted guys who are overseas in the military who have partners back home but cannot call them due to DADT. I realized there are other guys out there who live lives that keep them on the go globetrotting around the world besides working for the military. The same thing holds true for our straight counterparts. I have a girl friend who is a contract worker for the military, and she will be in Iraq, Germany, or on the other side of America during any given quarter. Howe... Sat, 20 Feb 2010 08:19:53 EST Hello! Hi everyone. I have been a part of spark people for sometime now but I'm just starting to utilize it. I don't know a lot about the site but have been finding a few useful things on my own. I have been trying to lose weight for years but have become truly committed about a month and a half ago. In 5 weeks time I've lost 20 lbs and an looking to continue strong. You're support and knowledge is much appreciated. <BR> <BR> ~Kyle Sun, 14 Feb 2010 21:19:53 EST Hello Everyone from Las Vegas!!! I have only been using SparkPeople since last Sunday, and am really having fun with it thus far. <BR> Since joining I have become much more aware of what I am eating and therefore making much better choices daily. <BR> I have tried many times before to lose weight, and have had some success, but always found myself becoming bored with the process and then stopping. <BR> I have decided that I must lose weight for health purposes now more than anything, and admittedly would just like to have... Sat, 30 Jan 2010 20:58:42 EST Greetings from California Hey just wanted to introduce myself to the team my name is Terry, im 26, and live in Los Angeles. Been a part of the site for a long time but just now really getting back into to using it. Looking for some SparkBuddies so please let me know if you are interested. Tue, 26 Jan 2010 23:00:16 EST Wanted to say Hi Wanted to say Hi. 1st time at this. Name is CJ, from No.Coast San Diego. Ex-Army, 31. Thanks . . Tue, 26 Jan 2010 15:51:12 EST Revolving Door Relationships Am I missing something here? How is it some guys go from one relationship to the next like they are square dancing? It's like a guy is seeing the love of his life until they break up and then he has another love of his life five minutes later. It sounds exhausting to me. Tue, 26 Jan 2010 07:24:17 EST Seasonal Urges to Date Most of the time I have no problem with being single. I come and go as I please. I have tons of friends to keep me busy. I keep a very full life. However, I have noticed there seems to be a couple times during the year when I really wish I were dating someone. The spring is the worst season for it. I think it is the "love in the air" syndrome for me. Fall is the other time. I have to wonder if it is because deep down I want to snuggle up for the winter. Anyone else noticed this? Fri, 22 Jan 2010 07:40:10 EST HELLO FROM LOS ANGELES Brand new to Spark and looking forward to becoming the best I can be. Mon, 18 Jan 2010 23:19:32 EST Hi from Northern Michigan Just wanted to drop in and say "hi". I purchased the spark book several days back, and had no clue that there was a site dedicated to the whole approach too. I am really enjoying the nutrition and fitness tracker. I am also psyched that there are so many diverse teams on the site. Looking forward in getting to know some of you better on here as we both venture off to a healthier life style. Till then, best of life! Mon, 4 Jan 2010 22:05:08 EST Hi from OC, CA Hi Guys, <BR> <BR> Just joined your team (no pun intended) and wanted to introduce myself and say hi. <BR> <BR> I've made health one of my priorities and so glad I discovered SPARKPEOPLE by accident while surfing the websites one day. This makes my weightloss plan so much easier, with the support and tips everyone has. Hope to hear from you and please feel free to drop me a line. Always glad to make new friends and love those helpful hints too. By the way, just in process of "coming ou... Tue, 1 Dec 2009 14:40:14 EST Express yourself or your current mood in a song. What is your musical theme today? An uplifting anthem or a dirge? A song of love everlasting or tainted love? <BR> <BR> Post your choice and if inclined a youtube link <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 25 Nov 2009 07:17:22 EST Hello from Indiana Hello, <BR> <BR> Thought I would try this group as a tool to help me lose weight. I quit smoking and gained 100 pounds in a year. Now, I'm 62 and diabetic. <BR> <BR> E Sat, 21 Nov 2009 09:11:10 EST How will you spend your time during the Holidays What do you do during the holidays? Is it a time of celebration or isolation? <em>247</em> Thu, 19 Nov 2009 07:24:14 EST Adding to your circle of friends or dating What have you found effective in adding to your circle of friends or dating pool? Are there actions or behaviors that you have to revise? <BR> <BR> My observation it is the persistence of reaching out without worry of rejection the key, but that may be easier said than done. <BR> <BR> What are your views and experiences? Mon, 16 Nov 2009 07:14:47 EST Is being single a good thing or a bad thing? <link><BR>feature=related </link> <BR> <BR> A podcaster I listen to BigFattyOnline, states he is happier with a circle of friends and doesn't want a LTR. What are your thoughts? Sat, 14 Nov 2009 10:11:34 EST Hello guys...from Nebraksa Hello everyone...just thought I'd drop by and introduce myself...I'm in Omaha, Nebraska. I'm also up for chatting...hit me up. Sun, 25 Oct 2009 08:57:53 EST Favorite Music Videos I Want You So Bad <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 22 Oct 2009 10:49:08 EST Challenge: Lose 2 lbs by November 1 Mark your weight now, mine is 205 and do your best to drop 2lbs by November 1st. <BR> <BR> Not sure what we are going to do for November since Thanksgiving is around the corner but we can do the best we can. Any ideas are welcomed. Wed, 21 Oct 2009 03:10:33 EST Public displays of affection? Pro or Con Obviously, not making out in public but holding hands walking down the street or if a romantic moment hits, a kiss while out to dinner or taking a stroll I think is very healthy. Straight couples do it so why can't we? <BR> <BR> Of course everyone is at different stages and not all feels comfortable doing so. What do you think? Tue, 20 Oct 2009 22:10:19 EST Would you date someone who is HIV+? I've been positive for 19 years and I would say, yes. I would date someone who is positive. My ex of 8 years was negative, and still to this day, although we no longer keep in touch; his choice. Either it has been in my life for so long, I don't give it too much importance other than wanting to keep my guy safe, but there is a lot of things that can be done that is safe. Due to liability reasons, there is quite a bit of speculation on what is considered safe and not safe. I'm picturing t... Mon, 19 Oct 2009 07:00:06 EST The guy with many names... Hey folks, <BR> <BR> Hope all is well your way and I apologize for the confusion. It appears while on an Ambien kick, I deleted my screen name, ugh.... all of those points lost. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to reaching back out to you and losing the extra poundage together. <BR> <BR> Cheers! <BR> <BR> Kelly Sun, 18 Oct 2009 20:23:48 EST Oct 11 Philadelphia Outfest Today!!!!! <BR> <BR> Come on out and show your pride if you're going to Washington. I'll be at the Pink and Blue table. Sun, 11 Oct 2009 07:26:29 EST Sexual Compatibility Would you date someone who is NOT sexually compatible with you? <BR> <BR> Scenario: You met the nicest guy in the world and he really turns you on. You like to explore things sexually and he is very limited on what he likes. Knowing what you need sexually, would you pursue a relationship with someone knowing you like different things in bed? <BR> <BR> For me, I think this part of the relationship is very important and there has to be some sort of compatibility in the bedroom in order for ... Sat, 10 Oct 2009 09:15:03 EST Music Video to test your heart strings.... <link> </link> Fri, 9 Oct 2009 06:44:32 EST Would you date a guy who is still in the closet? My interpretation of someone being in the closet is that they are too embarrassed to tell anyone, which means they are ashamed of me. My ex of 8 years was in the closet, and there were moments where I reached for his hand and he jerked his hand away so fast. <BR> <BR> I always thought I would never date another "in the closet" man but that's a funny thing about love, it doesn't rationalize. <BR> <BR> What do you think? and why? Thu, 8 Oct 2009 08:44:19 EST Hello from Oregon Hi everyone. Glad to be a part of this sparkteam! :) Tue, 6 Oct 2009 16:33:44 EST Good Morning!!!! Good Tuesday morning one and all. Welcome to a NEW day! Don't know why I am so chipper as I've been awake since 2:30am. Getting ready to head to the gym, chat with ya'll later. Tue, 29 Sep 2009 06:43:13 EST Happy Monday Just wanted to wish everyone a happy Monday, after all the weekend is only 4 days away. Mon, 28 Sep 2009 09:30:35 EST Fab 5 Dating Tips Some dating tips to the more active... remember, always play safe!!!! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 27 Sep 2009 19:44:31 EST Revolving Closet Door.... I lived with a guy for 10 years, 8 years as a couple. The entire time, he was in the closet, even though he knew that everyone knew. We met when we were very young, and since he wasn't affectionate, just HOW much it bothered me didn't pop into my mind until later when I went to reach for his hand, in the car mind you, and he immediately pulled away as if he was the devil and I was holy water. (great analogy eh?) Anyway, whether or not he tells his family is of course, his decision. But as b... Sun, 27 Sep 2009 19:24:58 EST Open or Closed Relationships and why? Forty gay male couples participated in a questionnaire study comparing relationships that partners agreed were sexually open (N = 23) and relationships that partners agreed were sexually closed (N = 17). No significant differences were found in the quality of open versus closed relationships. Almost all men (93%) said they were in love with their partner. On scales assessing degree of love and liking for the partner, men in open and closed relationships were indistinguishable. Nor did the two... Sun, 27 Sep 2009 19:08:41 EST Where to you plan to your salt when your belly shrinks and your belly button becomes too shallow? Bet you din't think of that did ya? <em>30</em> Sun, 27 Sep 2009 13:50:32 EST This guy gives better advice and has a sexy accent <link> </link> Fri, 25 Sep 2009 23:41:04 EST Is this guy for real? <link> </link> Fri, 25 Sep 2009 23:37:00 EST How to tell if he's interested in you or not... Sometimes it's not what a person says but what they do that's important. A guy will tell you one thing but his body will tell you another - that's his body language subconsciously giving him away. <BR> <BR> If you're at a total loss at figuring out whether or not a guy is attracted or into you, the following lists of body language signs should help decipher some of their signals. <BR> <BR> You've got to be just a tad careful though... A guy's body language can just as easily be misinterpret... Fri, 25 Sep 2009 23:08:02 EST 5 ways to keep the conversation going on a date... 1. Check the news for current events. Bonus points to you if you choose topics that you know your date is interested in. <BR> <BR> 2. Compliments… Everyone loves sincere compliments. Compliment your date on how his clothes match the colour of his eyes, match his personality, remark on a piece of jewelry, etc... <BR> <BR> 3. Ask about his family and upbringing. This can lead to further insight into his values, his personality, hopes and dreams and more. <BR> <BR> 4. Ask open ended questions... Fri, 25 Sep 2009 11:49:30 EST What do you have to provide for the relationship? I don't know about you but on message boards it's all about what they want, sometimes unrealisticly of course, and that person must have (this and that) if that's you... step to the front of the line. <BR> <BR> However, there is no mention as to what he has to offer the supreme being he is looking for. It's always a good idea to think about these things before heading to the dating scene. Sure, there are things that you want the other person to have and some things that you absolutely nee... Thu, 24 Sep 2009 23:54:17 EST Went out on two get acquainted dates last week. Staying home this week, nuff said. <BR> <BR> Mon, 21 Sep 2009 06:49:06 EST Hello from the Twin CIties Greetings everyone, <BR> I just signed up for this group. I live in Minneapolis and have been doing the diet and exercise yo-yo game long enough! Sat, 19 Sep 2009 00:49:32 EST New Gaols for Team! Team, <BR> we need to change up our monthly goals. And I would like some thoughts from you guys. <BR> <BR> what would you like to see as the new monthly goals? <BR> <BR> mwl Fri, 14 Aug 2009 14:10:26 EST Burn a Pound Challenge July 24—Aug 1. Let’s Burn a Pound <BR> Burn a Pound Challenge July 24—Aug 1. <BR> Remember this cardio challenge? Over nine days we are going to burn one pound, that’s 3500 cals. That’s a bit of cardio! You may burn it in any way you wish. Do you want to run? Run! Would you enjoy a long walk? Walk! How about pool calisthenics? You go! It’s your choice it’s your cardio. This will include “Other Activities” found in the cardio log in section. Vigorous house cleaning? Clean! <BR> <BR> Log in your cals... Thu, 23 Jul 2009 10:28:38 EST Greetings from Upstate NY I've been a member of Spark People for almost 15 minutes now. No detectable weight loss so far. Glad to see there are other single gay guys on here. I'm looking forward to trading encouragement and inspiration with you all! Thu, 16 Jul 2009 18:20:03 EST Anyone done online dating???? I just joined one of those online dating websites and wanted to see if anyone has tried it before. Did you have luck, etc.... <BR> <BR> It's been interesting and scary all at the same time. <BR> It's only been a couple of days, but I got "winked" at twice, and told not interested once....trying not to take all to personally though. <BR> <BR> Any comments are greatly welcomed and appreciated! Wed, 1 Jul 2009 18:56:10 EST Gay Pride Email Dear Bears and Bear Mom! <BR> and <BR> Single Gay Men <BR> <BR> Happy Pride! <BR> <BR> Its June 25th, or there abouts, and that means Gay Pride. This is our celebration! This is when we look with hope to the future; and bow to the past. Happy Gay Pride! <BR> <BR> My letter to you my team members begins with an apology. The past few weeks or months, I’ve been focusing on walking for the walk a thon, and have let my duties as administrator of the team slide. I’ve been playing on facebook... Fri, 26 Jun 2009 20:36:10 EST Eating within limits Challenge: Carbs & Fat! Eating within limits Challenge: Carbs & Fat! <BR> <BR> Ok its time for us to do another nutritional challenge. And we are going to focus on something that I have the most difficulty: eating enough carbs, and not eating too much fat. <BR> <BR> I don’t know why it is that I have so much difficulty with these two things. But over the next days. We are going to focus more attention on them. What are your strategies? What are you problem areas with these two things? That’s what we are going ... Thu, 25 Jun 2009 23:43:50 EST New to the group, not to SP........ Hi Guys, <BR> I have been on SP for a couple of months, but decided to join this group as I recently became single. <BR> <BR> My partner of 18 years has decided that he doesn't want to be in the relationship anymore, actually, he has been "out of it" for the past couple. <BR> <BR> Quite the shock to me, but I am trying to get through it. There is much more to read on my Spark page. <BR> <BR> The thought, at the age of 50, of being single again, scares the hell out of me, but it is making ... Sun, 21 Jun 2009 06:13:46 EST Hello From Michigan I just wanted to say hi and say that I'm so happy that I found this team on here. I'm Kevin by the way and live in central Michigan. Hope to meet some new people soon. I just lost my first 5lbs of my 105lb goal since joining SP on Memorial Day. I happy to find a place that I can get help and hopefully help others. Well I guess that's it. And hi again. Tue, 2 Jun 2009 02:23:19 EST Hey from DC. Just joined today. <BR> <BR> Moved to the area fairly recently -- and began to see pictures of myself from parties. Barely recognized myself. I had gained 40 pounds in the past 2 years -- ugh. <BR> <BR> So, about a month ago, I began working it off. Dieting, running, hitting the gym. <BR> <BR> Lost about 20 pounds thus far (can't tell much between the photos on my profile, but the one with me in the suit is at my largest -- one from this past weekend is 20 lbs lighter). <BR> <BR> Ho... Tue, 26 May 2009 15:29:26 EST 3 Day After Memorial Day Challenge! May 27--29 It’s time for a three day challenge. <BR> <BR> We need it after that weekend of fun and frivolity. I don’t know about you guys but I had a few drinks more than I normally do. And why not? It is a holiday and that is a time for celebration. But we can overcome what we did, and we can start by doing it now, and doing it intensely, for three days. From May 27—29 we are going to work and work and work. <BR> <BR> Here is the challenge: <BR> <BR> Eat within your calories. Do not go over, do... Tue, 26 May 2009 15:24:31 EST Dare May 20th -- June 5th This is a link to a Yogatic video on youtube. its Yoga for the office! <BR> <BR><BR>qw <BR> <BR> Dare all of you, to do this every day at least once a day while you are at work. Its about seven mins. make sure you add it to you fitness tracker under cardio! <BR> <BR> i do this and it really helps me wake up and stay focused <link> </link> Wed, 20 May 2009 12:28:39 EST Hello All, from Austin! Hoping for mutual encouragement and inspiration on this road to a healthier life. Sun, 3 May 2009 14:28:42 EST Five Day Blog Challenge! Lets have a blog posting Challenge. <BR> <BR> Each day you will be given a prompt to blog about for five days M-F. Blog about it, then read others from the team. I’ll give you the blog topic one day in advance, here on the thread. If you don’t want to discuss the topic, that’s fine. Maybe blog with an emoticon. <BR> <BR> Why because its fun. <BR> Sun, 3 May 2009 09:56:02 EST Independence Weight Loss Challenge! Independence Weight Loss Challenge! <BR> <BR> Ok Dennis43, has invited us to join him in losing 12 lbs by July 4th. We are going to use that prompt as our next weight loss Challenge! <BR> <BR> Since it’s Independence Day (USA) we will set our own goals! <BR> <BR> It is time that we release ourselves from the oppression of the weight. We must declare our Independence from the weight and live in freedom! <BR> <BR> How much will you set as your goal? <BR> Who’s in? <BR> <BR> This tim... Tue, 21 Apr 2009 20:16:01 EST Daily News We don't have one of those whats going on, daily chit chat kind of threads. and I was thinking we need one. we need some place just to chat about stupid stuff. <BR> <BR> I'll get it started. <BR> <BR> Today was a bad day at the gym because I saw one of my gym bf, and that was great! but he was with his gf. <BR> <BR> oh boo Tue, 14 Apr 2009 21:10:18 EST Hello from Maine....part 2 Hey there, my name is Johnny and I am from Portland Maine, I found sparkpeople site from my buddy and I'm very excited about joining and getting myself on the right path!! And I am soooo lovin that there is a gay men group here!! Thu, 9 Apr 2009 13:20:46 EST Hello From Maine I think this is very cool. I've been on Sparkpeople for 10 days, and it's been great so far. I started exercising and dieting because my Doctor got after me. I can feel some changes already. Not too much weight lost, but feel better, getting some exercise and all. <BR> <BR> I live in Portland, am middle-aged (52) and have a lot of weight to lose. It's great to have a site that helps me track things - that way I know what I'm actually doing something, or not doing something, and don't have t... Tue, 7 Apr 2009 17:38:02 EST April Challenge: Ract to be Mr. Fit Lets do another month long challenge. Lets see who can work out the most days of the month. <BR> <BR> Here are the rules: <BR> --cardio or strength training can count <BR> --other activities can count <BR> --Workout time must be 30 mins or more to count <BR> --track your progress in the goals. You will check the box. <BR> --your workout time spend on any other goals or challenges can count as well! <BR> <BR> At the end of the month we will award three awards, and seven honorable mentions... Tue, 31 Mar 2009 01:22:10 EST Express yourself with an Emoticon! <em>41</em> Sun, 22 Mar 2009 16:40:53 EST Howdy from Portland, OR :) I just discovered this site and realized it has everything I was paying WeightWatchers Online for! I started a blog yesterday with a "recipe" for Chef Gordon Ramsay. Last Thursday's episode got me thinking about all the changes that would be needed to make that anything resembling an emotionally safe environment. There is so much verbal and emotional abuse that it's sometimes difficult to watch - not sure why I do actually. In such a dysfunctional environment, the contestants reactions can... Sat, 21 Mar 2009 19:04:52 EST Crossing SC: March to Greenwood 3/13—3/22 Crossing SC: Phase III, March to Greenwood 3/13--3/22 <BR> <BR> Ok men, <BR> <BR> Our boat sank. There is no denying that we barely got it started and just feel so short that the boat just sank. I know it's not ways easy to row, but we didn�t make that challenge. <BR> <BR> Challenge from March 13 � March 21. Nine days! We can do it! <BR> <BR> But here is a challenge to get us back on our Feet! To get us back in the swing of things and to get us moving! It is a group challenge! I wan... Fri, 13 Mar 2009 16:57:34 EST Action Plan for the first week of March Welcome to March everyone. <BR> <BR> Lest make this a month of change. Lets go in like a lion and out like a lion. <BR> <BR> What is your action plan for success this week! write it down and be accountable! Sun, 1 Mar 2009 20:15:30 EST March Spark Points Challenge! March Spark points challenge. <BR> <BR> Spark points! We earn them when we do things. Track your food, get points. Read an article, watch a video, get points. Track your workouts, get points. Find out how you can gain points: all the while learning more about weight loss, healthy living. There are many ways to gain points, and when you send someone a goodie it doesn’t take away your points—you still have them! <BR> <BR> This month we are going to make it a race for the most points! You do... Fri, 27 Feb 2009 11:19:52 EST Crossing SC, Phase two: crossing Lake Marion Ok we are now ready for the next phase of the challenge: Crossing Lake Marion. <BR> Feb 22--March 4th <BR> <BR> Lake Marion is about 45 miles across, that is about 73 kilometers. We need to cross it. For this challenge we are going to cross it as a team. You can swim, row or water jog. Rowers go in terms of meters so if you swim, convert to meters. That means we’ve got 73000 meters to cross. <BR> <BR> We must do this as a team. This means everyone’s meters count for the whole. You can... Sun, 22 Feb 2009 13:00:28 EST Weekend Combat It Challenge! Feb 20--22. Ok Men get ready for the Weekend Challenge! The Combat It Challenge! <BR> <BR> Lets all get involved in this one! It is three days long, and it is this weekend! We are going to combat any “mistakes,” “mess ups,” “binges,” “over indulgences” or whatever euphemism used! We are going to combat it while it his happening. <BR> <BR> So often I read things like, I’m fine during the week but on the weekends it’s a different story. I know for me, my one free day is on Saturday, and there have been ... Thu, 19 Feb 2009 01:09:58 EST Video Challege! Feb 7--11 <BR> No its not a dirty challenge, I know how you think. <BR> <BR> We've done this before, and we are going to do it again, for the next five days. This will buy me time to get the next phase of the challenge worked out. I don't want to be crazy like the last one. And I'd like some more participation. <BR> <BR> on Spark people, Coach Nicole has created some work out videos, for us, for free. WE can use these videos to augment our work out; they can be fun; they can be good for us. <BR> <B... Sat, 7 Feb 2009 10:35:07 EST Weight loss Challenge: Srping 2009! I think we need a weight loss challenge. <BR> <BR> We’ve heard or said: I want to look good in a swim suit. Well Spring begins March 20, 2009, and it is only a few weeks till summer. What better way to look good at the pool than losing some pounds. Why wait until Summer: let’s attack it now! <BR> <BR> You select how much you want to lose by March 20th. And track your progress here. <BR> Mon, 2 Feb 2009 14:53:12 EST I've gained I gained a pound. <BR> <BR> I'm sure this happens from time to time. and I should be upset to much. <BR> <BR> But I think I need to look over the past week, or two to see what I can do better. <BR> <BR> I fear old habits may be trying to reappear. <BR> <BR> more to come. Sat, 31 Jan 2009 10:05:48 EST Crossing SC: Phase one, Biking 1/27--2/5 Ok Men, its time to cross South Carolina! Lets get going lets get it working and lets do it. I want all Y’all doing this! I want all Y’all to give it an effort! The more you do: the more you have done! One more step is one more step you have taken. One more minuet of working out is one more minuet you have done! You can do it this! You can ! <BR> <BR> There is one way to do each phase. One time it will be biking, one time water jogging, one time rowing. That is the challenge. However, know... Mon, 26 Jan 2009 00:00:53 EST Eating: Problems and solutions! Do you often find that you get the munchies at 9pm every night? <BR> Do you wake and crave something sweet? <BR> Do you often find you are running behind and can’t cook that healthy meal like you planed? <BR> <BR> These are some of the problems we encounter daily that cause us to slip or to abandon our eating plan. I would like us to present to each other what problem we are having. This will allow us to support each other with ideas for change. <BR> <BR> I challenge each of you to iden... Sun, 25 Jan 2009 21:19:46 EST Dare 1/19 I, your fearless team leader, challenge everyone to post their Action Plan for the week and what you hope to achieve. <BR> <BR> I dare you <BR> I double dog dare you. Mon, 19 Jan 2009 10:55:51 EST Strength Challenge 1/18—1/24 Strength Challenge 1/18—1/24 <BR> <BR> Ok Gay Men! Its time for another strength challenge. This one will be so much simpler than the last one. We are only counting sets. You will count the number of sets you do for strength training track it on your tracker. <BR> <BR> The rules <BR> <BR> --you may count the number sets you for each exercise <BR> --each body part only counts once during the week <BR> --you may do as many exercises for a body part as you like <BR> --you may do abs three t... Sun, 18 Jan 2009 19:27:10 EST Hello from sunny Tampabay My name is Michael. I live in St. Pete Florida and and have been a member of Sparkpeople sice October '07. I fell off the wagon a while ago and just stayed off. Since then I've put on more weight and have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. I'm back to give it another go and to get it together! I may need some help.... Tue, 13 Jan 2009 10:47:12 EST Crossing South Carolina Challenge Upcoming Ok guys, this will be a long term challenge that will take a few weeks to and will be done along side others and in phases. But I need some info from you guys to help develop this challenge. <BR> <BR> Here is some basic info: <BR> the challenge will cover circa 361 miles <BR> biking, running/walking/jogging, rowing, and stair climbing. <BR> <BR> however I'd like to mix it up some to have other things like swimming and water jogging. <BR> <BR> What I need to know from you guys: <BR> <BR> D... Sun, 11 Jan 2009 23:12:17 EST The Discovery Challenge: 1/8--1/17 The Discovery Challenge! <BR> <BR> We need a break for high intense challenges to one that has some freedom fun and is educational while burning calories. So here it is: The Discovery Challenge! <BR> <BR> From Thursday 8 – Saturday 17, the days of fun, you will investigate and do “Other Activity” Cardio. <BR> <BR> Have you ever noticed when you log in your cardio for the day under the “Browse” tag, under the dropdown menu, there is group called “Other Activities”? These other activit... Thu, 8 Jan 2009 12:42:20 EST Hi from chicago Just joined SP a few days ago and i was just looking for some more fitting teams to join and i stumbled upon this one. i hope to hear from some of ya soon! =) Tue, 6 Jan 2009 22:07:23 EST 2009: Lets get it started! Hello SGM, <BR> <BR> It is 2009! <BR> <BR> I love the New Year. It is a time of change; it is a time for new things to start. I love new beginnings. But what I love mostly about the New Year is that the old is gone. And we can let the past remain there. <BR> <BR> What happened over the past two months with eating, with working out, with anything: is gone! It is not of interests to us now. It is 2009 and we are here to make a difference in ourselves. When you feel yourself being remind... Sun, 4 Jan 2009 14:12:06 EST Hi Guys, not new to SparkTeam but new to this grp Hi all. Like most of you, i'm trying to get back on the bandwagon after crashing badly. I've gained some weight and am ready to shed 30 lbs so i can be 165 for the first time in years. Look forward to sharing my and everyone else's success. Fri, 2 Jan 2009 18:08:53 EST Taxing Sugary Drinks Let's start a new year with a talk about this idea that seems to be moving around in many states: a tax on sugary drinks. <BR> <BR> There is talk in New York and I think some in Illinois. <BR> <BR> In Chicago there is already a tax on all bottled drinks. But there is some talk about an extra tax on sugary drinks like soda pop and the like. <BR> <BR> ==what do you guys think? <BR> ---In some areas it will be called an Obesity tax; --Do you think this single out overweight people? Does it h... Thu, 1 Jan 2009 22:57:40 EST Before Pictures! So I posted some pictures on my page of what I was like back in 2001/2000 this is when I was at my biggest. <BR> <BR> I don't really know how much I weighted then, cause as many of you know: house scales only go to 300. <BR> <BR> Maybe some of you can post some before pics and let us know. Sun, 28 Dec 2008 01:31:08 EST Burn it! to Earn it! Challenge: 12/28--1/3 New Challenge to help us maintain our weight this week, or to not gain too much. <BR> <BR> Good luck Sat, 27 Dec 2008 15:28:48 EST New Year's and the Resolutions she brings Its New Year, and now is the time that we sit and resolve to do things better, differently, to change, to go get the gym membership and use is seventeen times a day, to eat any 700 cals a day until that weight is off, to be nice to the dork jerk down the street, to not yell at the kids, to not be angry with our families, to relax more and appreciate life, to take it one day at a time, and yet plan ahead, to become everything we have ever wanted to be. <BR> <BR> and that had better be by Jan ... Sat, 27 Dec 2008 00:25:03 EST Strenght Challenge: 12/17--12/24 This is a Five Day challenge over seven days, and will be tracked in two ways. the goal tracker, and postings in this thread. <BR> <BR> Ok Gay Men! Here’s the deal. We've done a lot of cardio but now its time for a strength challenge. There are five parts to the body that we lift: Shoulders, Legs, Back, Chest, arms (arms are sometimes divided into two bis and tris). We are going to do strength exercises on each of them. <BR> Five body parts five days. <BR> <BR> We are going to see who ... Mon, 15 Dec 2008 02:10:31 EST Team Goals and Challenges. Team Goals and Challenges. <BR> <BR> We've gone through a couple of team challenges with little participation in them, and the team goals are not heavily done as well. I want to open the discussion for us to talk about it some, and to encourage all of you to join the goals and the challenges. <BR> <BR> At the outset, lets talk about what a goal is and a challenge. <BR> <BR> For me a goal is something I work toward. A challenge is something I push myself to do. And both of these are thin... Sun, 14 Dec 2008 12:58:04 EST Climbing Challenge: 12/5--12/15 Conquering the Worlds Tallest Buildings a Ten Day Challenge. <BR> <BR> Ok Men its time for us to conquer the worlds tallest buildings. This next challenge will be to see who can top the worlds tallest buildings and how many you can do. <BR> <BR> Info. <BR> <BR> --you must complete them in order of smallest to tallest (key to follow). <BR> --climbing 100 floors is hard work so you may take more than one day to complete a tower. <BR> --track your floors in the team challenge tracker area.... Thu, 4 Dec 2008 02:34:13 EST What traits appeal to you in a guy? I thought this would be a fun and positive way for us single men to talk about what traits we like in our man. It can be physical traits like sexy eyes, or emotional/spiritual traits like being highly intelligent or a great cook. <BR> <BR> I'll start... <BR> <BR> I like a guy who has an easy going personality, and who likes to kiss... <BR> Wed, 3 Dec 2008 10:50:33 EST Thanksgiving Week Challenge! Results! Current stats: <BR> <BR> quetzalbr is out in front with 285 mins leaving him only 15 become the first Suprem Comander <BR> <BR> IXIOSX is almost a Corpral with only 10mins to reach that level. Wed, 26 Nov 2008 11:34:32 EST Hi! Well, I'm gay, I'm single, I'm fat, so I'm here! Tue, 25 Nov 2008 11:06:33 EST My Pipe Dream??? I'm afraid this is going to come off very judgemental, and I really don't mean it too. But, here goes nothing... <BR> <BR> Is it possible to have a monogamous gay relationship? (Yes, I do know a very small handful of couples who are monogamous as far as I can tell.) The most discouraging thing for me is seeing all these couples in open-door relationships. Many of them are dear friends of mine, and I always feel like whatever they do is their business. However, I know what I ultimately w... Tue, 25 Nov 2008 07:21:19 EST Thanksgiving Week Challenge! Ok team, we got an important week coming up. Its a great week for food and food and food. We are going to have pies, stuffing, candy, fudge, sweet potatoes, and then we are going to have more. <BR> <BR> Thanksgiving is a day of celebration, and it is a time to celebrate food! And we will more than likely join in. And this can be bad for us if we allow it to set the stage for us to slip back into old habits. As an aside, a few years ago, when I had gone from my heaviest to me lightest weigh... Fri, 21 Nov 2008 22:40:18 EST Thanksgiving! So next week is Thanksgiving. Its a good holiday with lots of food. What are you guys going to be doing, what's your traditions, and how are you going to combat the extra food. Cause we've got to eat, that's what that holiday is for! Tue, 18 Nov 2008 22:11:59 EST Challenge! Nov 16--22 OK Single Gay Men <BR> <BR> here is our first challenge. its an easy one. We are going to make sure we eat Veggies twice a day, each day, starting on Sunday the 16th through Saturday 22. <BR> <BR> Who's in? <BR> Post ideas and suggestions and progress. <BR> <BR> Lets see who can do it every day <BR> and lets see how many of us can get out quick veggie counter filled in each day. <BR> <BR> good luck! <BR> Thu, 13 Nov 2008 15:12:12 EST Challenge! I want to challenge all of us each week. We've got goals, now lets get challenges. <BR> <BR> Challenges will be completing a task within the time frame. from doing 100 fitness mins to doing 100 push ups or the like. Any ideas? share them we'll need all the ideas we can get. <BR> <BR> Lets go! Mon, 10 Nov 2008 01:46:54 EST Gaols! We need team goals! <BR> <BR> I can post them but what kind of goals would you guys like to have? <BR> <BR> Walk x number of miles a week? <BR> eat four veggies a day? <BR> exercise x number of Min's? <BR> encourage a team mate every day? <BR> <BR> what's the ideas? Mon, 3 Nov 2008 16:49:22 EST Hello Y'all! Just starting to enjoy the teams here on spark people! Fri, 3 Oct 2008 22:03:19 EST Hello From Arizona Well, a tennis friend of mine suggested this site to me last night, so I decided to hop on board today, and give this a go!! (So glad to find there were some gay teams here, even if you all seem a little quiet!) <BR> <BR> As for me, I am a former obese stand-up comedian. When I was doing alot of touring, and in a relationship, I packed on alot of pounds...310 pounds to be exact. My life was spinning out of control and I didn't even know it. <BR> <BR> Then, one day, something happened. My bo... Tue, 23 Sep 2008 19:10:23 EST Welcome New Members Welcome everyone. It's great to see new people joining. There are a lot of nice single guys here. I hope those who haven't made your home page will do it soon. Fri, 12 Sep 2008 09:12:07 EST Hey! Hey everyone! I'm new here, a friend of mine recommended the site. I've been on my weight loss/healthier lifestyle journey since 4/07 and have lost about 100 pounds and have about 80 to go. I've been going to the gym for the past two months at least 5 days a week and I love it. Any support/advice I can give or receive would be great! Let's go team!! Sun, 17 Aug 2008 15:45:12 EST hello everybody HI AM JOE , I was born in Texas and now i live here in San Diego ,CA. My goal would be to loose this weight i carry with me , am 217 lb right now and would like to have the body i have had in the pass . i do have muscle and i want to see it again . me and my room mate are going to the gym and working out . i would keep my results posted and any help would be cool <BR> thank you Sat, 9 Aug 2008 10:45:01 EST Hello...I'm Ready to Mix it Up Just wanted to say "hey" to everyone! I'm ready to mix it up and be successful with all of you! <BR> <em>244</em> Tue, 29 Jul 2008 22:24:26 EST howdy from boston howdy. <BR> <BR> this seemed like a cool community so i thought i'd join, introduce myself and say hi. just signed up the other day with sparkpeople and am still figuring out the site. looking to drop some tub, feel better about myself and find encouragement and motivation to do so. <BR> <BR> check out my sparkpage thinger if you feel so inclined. <BR> <BR> have a good one. Tue, 15 Jul 2008 14:58:20 EST Anyone Use Computer Dating? This may be a crazy question but I wonder if anyone uses dating services or the computer to meet people. Any advice, pros, cons etc.? I just find that I'm not in social situations as much now to meet guys. Fri, 27 Jun 2008 10:40:17 EST Sparkin' in Buffalo Hi Guys- My name is Robert and I am 26# over weight according to the high end on the Dr.'s chart. I'm single now for about 18 mos, and like others, have found that I'm not too proud of my physical appearance. Does anyone have a fear of going hungry?? Iused to take something snacky with me to work thinking I might starve without some nutrition for 4 hours! Anyway, I just wanted to say hello, glad that there is a gay group and Bon apetite! Sun, 22 Jun 2008 15:02:34 EST Hello New to the group but I've been with sp for year and a half. I've been very successful at weight loss and would like to focus now on toning my body. Good luck everyone. Fri, 6 Jun 2008 07:40:44 EST Hello Hello All, I just joined sparks a little less then a month ago.... I started off with Weight Watchers.. but everytime i turned around they wanted money...So i asked them Are you in it to get someone healthy or for the money... well after asking this a couple of times i never got an answer. I found out about sparks people and here i am..... I am a 52 years man. I lost my partner of 12 years...3 years ago. he died of Cancer...... Being with him for 12 years i let myself go.. I have recently ... Thu, 5 Jun 2008 09:43:41 EST Hello, friends! Good day, everyone! <BR> Well, I am pretty new to sparkpeople, but not new to this whole weightloss issue. I was a partnered gay man who didn't have to worry about looks. I had the man I thought I would be with for life. Nonetheless, things change. I started on a new journey of being single, and realized just how cruel the gay world could be! So, I did something about it. I am down over 100 pounds now. It has been amazing. I also feel like a celebrity at my local Y, so it makes me feel good. ... Tue, 3 Jun 2008 22:06:17 EST I may seem like a broken record but... Yes I posted this on all of my teams I need the support on this one. I'm tired of paying $50+ every two weeks to drive to and from work so I'm walking to and from unless the weather is unsuitable. wish me luck. Sat, 31 May 2008 20:00:28 EST Hi from Dallas I just recently joined Single Gay Men, and just wanted to say hi. I live in Dallas, Texas and I'm trying to learn how to eat better and healthier. I lost one of my cats in January and my Mother in March, so it has been a stressful time in my life recently. I hope you all have a great and safe weekend.... Paul Fri, 23 May 2008 18:12:36 EST HI, newly single... yikes! HI, I'm Ryan, I'm 29 and I just broke up with my BF of four years. Now that I'm looking, I realize that I'm not as proud of my physical appearance as I used to be. Hopefully these steps will help bring me back to me! Tue, 20 May 2008 14:32:24 EST Hello I'm not sure what to say my name is Steven, um I'm 23 and if you wanna know anything else just ask me trust me NOTHING offends me anymore. Fri, 9 May 2008 10:34:17 EST Hi All New guy here for sparks. In California Bay Area. Interested in hikes and jogs and other outdoor activities to stay fit and active. Be good to get a group of people in the area for activities. Mon, 14 Apr 2008 21:12:55 EST Criticized for Losing Weight The other night I was online and got a message from a guy who wanted to discuss the fact I was trying to lose weight and get into shape. My first assumption was he wanted to talk tips, tricks, and exercise routines. Wrong! He wanted to point out that by losing weight I may be alienating myself from the exact group of men I find attractive (Bears). Mind you, I was on a bear website. The conversation ended quickly because I let him know that I find all shapes and sizes of guys attractive. ... Thu, 3 Apr 2008 22:29:47 EST Where to meet someone? OK, so this is a team for single gay men. One observation over the years has been that the majority of guys are looking for the love of their life. I have often been asked where does a guy go to meet someone? This is a question I have never been able to give a good answer. Most of my past dating has been through the internet. I've talked with guys online and eventually met them in person. Besides internet and bars, what are some other places that are good to meet new guys? Tue, 1 Apr 2008 07:39:00 EST New guy here.. Hi all.. <BR> Just wanted to say hello and to introduce myself. My name is Joe, I am a personal chef, and am recovering from some pretty serious achilles tendon replacement surgury. <BR> I have a major issue with emotional eating, and I am hoping that becomming involved with this community will help me to get back on track. I am going to try to commit to a plan of eating that does not have my "binge" foods on it. I also want to ease back into working out. I am also just coping with the endi... Sat, 22 Mar 2008 23:25:45 EST I'm New I just signed on this team. Have been at Spark since July 2006. Please take a look at my SparkPage! Mon, 17 Mar 2008 16:59:45 EST Hey Team.... Just stopping in to say hey....looks like a new group...will check back ltr! <BR> <BR> Sat, 15 Mar 2008 18:47:05 EST hola what's up guys my name is arnulfo from seattle washington <em>43</em> Sun, 2 Mar 2008 01:13:33 EST Howdy from Austin, guys! Hey guys, just thought I'd peek in and say hello. Our community can be pretty unfriendly toward imperfection, so it's nice to find some family men who aren't Adonis. Mon, 25 Feb 2008 16:21:01 EST Hello Everyone Well i see there is only one other person in this group so far, so i'm guessing it pretty new. I'm just coming back to the site after some rocky situations in my personal life, but i think i'm ready to give it a real try now. I'm only three days in but i'm doing pretty good taking one day at a time. Can't wait to meet all who join the group and good luck to all on their plans. Thu, 29 Nov 2007 17:37:28 EST