SparkPeople SP Class of February 17-23, 2008 Team Messageboard This team is for all members who joined SP from February 17-23, 2008. Welcome! SparkPeople SP Class of February 17-23, 2008 Team Messageboard December! Here we are, doing the one-month countdown. <BR> <BR> Yes, I know it's only 25 days until Christmas, but New Year's Day has a lot more meaning for me in my (ha ha) old age. <BR> <BR> Since there is no Thanksgiving in the UK they don't really have any kind of "marker" for when to start doing Christmas stuff. I think they've been showing Christmas movies for two months (I've ignored 'em), playing Christmas music in the stores (blech), and of course decorations and merchandise and all that hav... Sun, 1 Dec 2019 13:52:26 EST November Sometimes I think of November as "the month of waiting" - Thanksgiving isn't until near the end, and of course there's all that hoopla about Christmas, now that the stores start hammering on it in September. Whatever happened to the idea of "Not until after Thanksgiving"? <BR> <BR> Here (UK) they've been playing Christmas movies for a month or more. I will be all Christmas-ed out well before December, at this rate. Not that I've watched any of them. I never could abide Christmas carols out o... Sat, 2 Nov 2019 11:25:14 EST October... Don't know where my head is these days - I can't believe it's the 12th and I'm just getting around to the team page! <BR> <BR> October is generally the month I return to upstate NY. All my family is there, both the living and the dead, and since the leaves aren't nearly as colorful here, it's also a place where I can enjoy the season. <BR> <BR> This year, for the first time in probably twenty years, I won't be going to the States. I'm glad that with modern technology I can at least visit wi... Sat, 12 Oct 2019 14:19:27 EST September... I'm not sure about other places, especially those in the Southern Hemisphere, but where I grew up the new school year started in September, so in many ways I associate "new beginnings" with this month almost more than I do with January. <BR> <BR> There are so many things you can choose to do in September: in the North, the weather is getting cooler (or if climate change hasn't completely messed it up, it will be, lol), and it's more pleasant to be outdoors. You might want to use this month ... Sun, 1 Sep 2019 03:25:38 EST AUGUST--!!! SP nudged me that I haven't posted for a while - clearly, I missed July! And here we are with the first week of August already behind us. <BR> <BR> My healthy diet fell by the wayside this week as family came over from the US to visit. Somehow sightseeing just seems to end with a visit to the nearest cafe or tea room, lol. <BR> <BR> Still, there was lots of walking, with an average of over two miles each day. What's your August looking like? :-) <BR> <BR> Wed, 7 Aug 2019 16:01:42 EST JUNE is bustin' out all over--! It's dark and ultimately sad, but "Carousel" is still one of my favorite all-time musicals. <BR> <BR> The calendar might say summer officially begins June 21st, but I've always pegged the first day of June as the start of summertime. By then we'd be out of school (and it was lightyears until September), making plans as to when to go to our grandparents' house (that was a once-a-year event, as they lived 400 miles away and it might as well have been on the west coast, lol), getting our librar... Sat, 1 Jun 2019 03:17:28 EST May Day(s)! "All in the merry month of May..." <BR> <BR> That's the opening phrase of "Barbara Allen," an old English ballad. <BR> <BR> I don't know about merry, but I'm happy seeing the snow behind us. (As far as we know. Never say never.) <BR> <BR> Everything's in a bit of a holding pattern now, until September. I'm going over to see the kids in June, a couple of cousins are coming over for a visit in August, and another cousin and I are taking a short break to travel around the Canadian Maritimes f... Sat, 4 May 2019 16:20:24 EST APRIL's half gone! I have (as I always do) a good reason for being late with the April thread. I'm visiting my son and daughter-in-law for a few weeks, and will be home again after Easter. <BR> <BR> It's shaping up to be a busy 2019 at the Coff household, at least for the rest of the year, with another trip in June to visit my daughter (and spending the Fourth with her)... cousins visiting me in the UK in August... a cousin and I doing a car trip in the Maritimes in September... and still have the Christmas tr... Sun, 14 Apr 2019 07:55:36 EST March - Fourth, Ides, 'n' all... I don't know how I missed the first of March, and here we are at the midpoint. Me, I'm just hunkering down and waiting for spring. We've had SIX days in a row of downpours and high winds. That's definitely the lion - I hope the lamb shows up soon... o_0 Sat, 16 Mar 2019 15:42:55 EST ANNIVERSARY WEEK! How far have you come in eleven years? <BR> <BR> Me, now, while there have been a lot of changes life-wise, there hasn't been much change in weight: I'm just about back where I started 11 years ago, sorry to say. Health: deteriorating slowly, but I'm putting that down to age. ;-) Sun, 17 Feb 2019 02:36:11 EST February 2019 We're coming up on Year 11. I deliberately left our 10-year logo up all year, but I'm planning to go back to the different-one-each-month plan - until Year 15. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Meanwhile - how's it going for everyone? What's your health plan? Are you going with the same things you've been doing, or are you exploring new territory? <BR> <BR> I don't plan on changing anything, at least not anything major. I don't think my issues are with what I do for a healthy lifestyle. The exer... Sun, 3 Feb 2019 15:21:04 EST New Year! I have been AWOL but (I hope) I will pick up the pace in 2019. It's already shaping up to be a busy year, with various projects, quite a bit of travel, and some family events. <BR> <BR> What does this brand new year look like where you're standing? :-) Wed, 2 Jan 2019 18:29:25 EST November: winding down... Here we are at the next-to-the-last month in the year. I am still recuperating from the broken bone, but I am glad to say I'm back home again. That in itself is doing a lot for my spirits. :-) <BR> <BR> I've not made any plans for Christmas. The last week of December an old friend will be here from Japan (he moved there some years ago) and we're hoping to be able to share a meal on New Year's Day. My grandmother always said what you do on New Year's you will do all year through. If that mea... Fri, 2 Nov 2018 06:37:05 EST OCTOBER--! October is my favorite month, mostly because I like the chill of autumn after long, hot summers (and this last one surely was that!) and the beauty of the colored leaves. <BR> <BR> I don't really do Halloween - it was popular at our house when the kids were little and dressed in costumes, but now, not so much - but October is the top of my List of Twelve nonetheless. <BR> <BR> How about you? Where would you rank October in the months of the year? Do you decorate for Halloween, or are you ha... Tue, 16 Oct 2018 07:09:34 EST And at last - SEPTEMBER! The calendar always starts in September for me, not January: one of these years I'm going to plan a grand New Year's Eve party for August 31st, a combination of the best of both worlds, with a cookout, champagne, noisemakers, and sitting around outdoors instead of shut up inside because of the cold, lol. <BR> <BR> On to it: any healthy-lifestyle goals for this month? And with the loads of harvest-season produce, any new recipes / diets in the offing? <BR> <BR> I had a goal for August of e... Sat, 1 Sep 2018 09:09:53 EST Class news... Today Coach Jen posted this on a team leader forum: <BR> <BR> We've been talking for quite a while about discontinuing the new member "class" teams. Participation in those has dropped considerably in recent years, for a number of different reasons- other features like the Community Feed, New Member Challenge and other good resources for newbies- etc. It can become frustrating for leaders to try and engage members in this teams without any success. <BR> <BR> We also have some new features f... Wed, 30 May 2018 21:25:44 EST May Day(s)! Once again I'm behind it - so it goes... ;-) <BR> <BR> Spring has finally gotten out of the gate, but it's a rough start here in the upper midwest. Sub-freezing temps one day, mid-80s the next - not sure whether we should have the heat on or the A/C! <BR> <BR> How's everything in your neck of the woods? Sun, 6 May 2018 13:06:54 EST 1 March - TODAY'S TOP STORY Well, look at this - we're featured on the Start page! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>w-sa.asp </link> <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> Thu, 1 Mar 2018 08:25:24 EST We're in the SPOTLIGHT--! Take a look at this: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>g.asp?post=spark_class_of_2008_celebra<BR>tes_10_years </link> <BR> <BR> #FeelingSpecial <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> Sun, 25 Feb 2018 08:03:37 EST An offer from SP to feature OUR TEAM! A couple of months ago I contacted Coach Jen and asked if there was a way SP could acknowledge our team's special 10th anniversary. I think a whole decade on Spark as individuals and as a team (even if we don't have many active members these days) is A. Big. Deal. <BR> <BR> Jen said she couldn't really help but that she would check around and see if someone at Spark could come up with a way to do something special. <BR> <BR> A month or so ago Melissa Rudy (staff writer on SP) emailed me; yo... Sun, 18 Feb 2018 05:24:55 EST February chit-chat Feel free to share anything here! Our anniversary month! Wed, 14 Feb 2018 16:46:10 EST DECEMBER--! Almost another whole year gone by the boards - time does seem to fly ever faster. <BR> <BR> Even in the midst of holiday preparations and the hustle-and-bustle, try to spare a thought for January. It's never too early to draw up some resolutions, set some goals, figure out some guidelines for the new year. <BR> <BR> What would you like to achieve in 2018? <BR> <em>249</em> Sun, 3 Dec 2017 08:40:35 EST October, October--! New week, new month: anything planned in this most autumnal of months? <BR> <em>465</em> Sun, 1 Oct 2017 12:06:40 EST mid-SEPTEMBER! In addition to the daily alarm clock, I need a monthly one to nudge me for the team image, lol... <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Fri, 15 Sep 2017 03:12:52 EST August 2017 Another month chalked off the calendar - and a good time to evaluate. <BR> <BR> What did you achieve last month? What are you planning to do this month? <BR> <BR> I always feel like August is a pause on the stage of Life: waiting for school to start, waiting for autumn, waiting for the holiday season. <BR> <em>213</em> Tue, 1 Aug 2017 09:46:24 EST July 2017 Once again I've come up for air only to discover half the "new" (!) month has gotten away from me. <BR> <BR> It's been a heckuva summer, with one thing after another: the printer, the computer, maintenance &amp; repairs. As Roseanne Roseannadanna used to say, it's always something. <BR> <em>211</em> Fri, 14 Jul 2017 11:25:11 EST June 2017 After something like 9 straight days of rain we have a sunny blue-skies morning. I hope it stays that way! <BR> <BR> What's happening in your neck of the woods? <BR> <em>213</em> Sat, 3 Jun 2017 10:43:32 EST MAY 2017 ...let us begin anew. <BR> <BR> I am still in the northeast. We finally have some semblance of spring (this after two mornings last week of 34F temps). There was a threat of snow-showers yesterday morning that fortunately never materialized. <BR> <BR> I went for a two-mile walk after breakfast. I probably ate more protein from the gnats I swallowed than I did in the Greek yogurt. <BR> <BR> How did we get from gotta-wear-thermal-underwear to "get ready for the midges and blackflies" so soon... Thu, 4 May 2017 15:31:36 EST MARCH I don't know how I missed February, but it looks as though I did. <BR> <BR> I'm ready for winter to be over - I hope we have a nice, lingering spring. <BR> <BR> I think I'm going to leave the "9" for our team image, at least for a while. I kind of like the reminder that our class has been here for nine years now - that ain't hay! <BR> <em>224</em> Fri, 3 Mar 2017 07:52:35 EST JANUARY Looks like I completely missed December. Well, mebbe I did, at that... <BR> <BR> Not too far into the New Year - what are your plans for making it a good 'un? <BR> <em>213</em> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:34:48 EST November Another turn of the (calendar) page - this year seems to be dissolving before my very eyes. <BR> <BR> How're the holidays shaping up for you - any plans yet? <BR> <em>213</em> Tue, 1 Nov 2016 19:50:45 EST OCTOBER! The year is flying by - I think of October as more for apples and colored leaves than I do September. My favorite month in my favorite time of year! <BR> <em>465</em> Mon, 3 Oct 2016 03:50:30 EST September Y'all need to nudge me now and then - September's more than half over, but I finally remembered to change our team image / calendar. <BR> <em>211</em> Sun, 18 Sep 2016 17:32:16 EST July... Anybody doing anything special this month? :-) Mon, 4 Jul 2016 22:44:37 EST Recent changes to personal SparkPage... I copied this from another Sparkler: <BR> <BR> Dear Team, <BR> <BR> As you may have noticed, SparkPeople has changed our SparkPages. If you are not pleased with the new design and how it is working, please message them about it. They have a suggestion box, which you can use to let them know how you feel. Here is the link to that: <BR> <BR> <link> <BR> ug <BR> gestion_box.asp </link> <BR> <BR> This can be used for anything, anytime, so please bookmar... Mon, 30 May 2016 03:33:21 EST Ignore that "inactive team leader" thing-- I'm not inactive, exactly. Just behind. Per usual. <BR> <em>29</em> Fri, 1 Apr 2016 11:02:17 EST I missed the beginning... ...of the year. I like to think I do that fresh-start thing, but since my memory's not what it used to be, maybe everything seems like a fresh start--! <BR> <BR> Instead of the usual lose weight / get fit resolutions, I did something a little different: I set myself a series of reading resolutions.* I have things like "Read a book over 500 pages" and "Read a book by an author under 30" and "Read a book you were assigned in school but skipped out of doing." As if I'd do anything like that, ... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 15:57:45 EST And December has rolled around again... Where has 2015 gone? <BR> <BR> Here we are in the home stretch - what's up at your house? <BR> <BR> I'm away from my home gym and there's none close by here, so while I should be capable of continuing the non-equipment exercises on my own, I seem to be full of excuses why not to. <BR> <BR> I think for my New Year's Resolutions I should put FIND MOTIVATION. <BR> <em>211</em> Mon, 7 Dec 2015 22:09:20 EST Running late into - NOVEMBER! Clearly I'm behind it, this being the middle of November 'n' all. We've been having a once-in-a-decade mild fall here in the Northeast, leading into what I hope will be an unusually mild winter. After last winter, we've earned a break - and a break on the heat bills as well! <BR> <BR> Now that we're heading into the biggies (holidays, that is) what're your game plans? I'm hoping sticking to portion control and holding the line on between-meal noshing will do the trick. I suppose January will... Mon, 16 Nov 2015 07:03:32 EST Hello, October! The season has definitely turned where I am - how about you? <BR> <BR> Time to prepare for The Season. Am I talking about jack-o'lanterns? No. Thanksgiving turkey? Nope. Christmas shopping? Nuh uh. <BR> <BR> I'm talking about the PLAN to thwart temptation (candy corn! pumpkin pies!) and stay healthy. <BR> <BR> You know the old saying - failing to plan is planning to fail. It's never too early to plan... <BR> <em>211</em> Thu, 1 Oct 2015 04:06:22 EST September-- Here we are, a new month and autumn in the offing. I always think of the year starting in September more than January - no doubt a holdover from long-past schooldays. <BR> <BR> With the kids back in school, things have quieted down at the indoor pools and in most of the public places, at least during the weekdays. We've just about finished settling into our new digs, except for some minor tweaks here and there - a couple of pictures I want to frame, two old dining room chairs I plan to re-co... Fri, 4 Sep 2015 03:30:19 EST August NEWS-- I posted a note on the team wall, but since it wouldn't let me add the link as a true link, here's what Coach Jen sent out: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st=check_out_sparkpeoples_new_challenges </link> <BR> <BR> Essentially, Spark is putting a direct link to its challenge page on the start page. It's been incorporated as part of Step 2, where the SparkPoints are. <BR> <BR> Check out the article and earn five SparkPoints. And if you want to see the "page of ch... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 13:53:45 EST JULY--! I am, per usual, a few days behind it - am I predictable? lol... <BR> <BR> New team image today. I don't know how summery the cherry blossoms are (at least, they appear to be cherry blossoms in DC - isn't that the Jefferson Memorial in the background?) but "Hello, July" is certainly appropriate. <BR> <BR> Who's doing what now that the high hot days of summer have arrived? (Depending where you live, of course. Here, 86 is a heat wave with no A/C; in Oz, o'course, it's mid-winter.) <BR> <em... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 03:15:01 EST June I don't know what happened to May - I must be way behind, lol... <BR> <BR> What's everybody doing this summer? Any plans? Sun, 14 Jun 2015 18:45:20 EST Hello.. My name is Jody and I'm 61 yrs old. I've been with SP <BR> for many yrs, but have been away a very long time. I've <BR> gained most of the weight I had lost, back. By the way, <BR> Stormy sent me here. Anyways, I live alone with my 4 <BR> yr old Maine Coon kitty. She's pretty cool. I look forward <BR> to making new friends. Sat, 2 May 2015 11:51:48 EST I'm Back I want to join the May Challenge and lose 10 lbs! <BR> Starting weight- 152 Fri, 1 May 2015 15:34:04 EST I'm Back!! I want to do the May challenge and lose 10 lbs! <BR> Starting weight- 152 Fri, 1 May 2015 15:30:06 EST Lose 10 pounds in May!!! Id like to invite you to join in my challenge to lose 10 pound in May. The goal is 10 pounds but really u do what u can. The decision to how much is ultimately up to you. i know some of us might be saying 10 pounds? WOW, that is too much! cant do it! But i am here to tell u i did it for 7 months straight, (lost 75 pounds) b4 i got sick with cancer and had dropped out for 3 yrs. unfortunately due to lack of activity it took me 3 yrs. to gain it all back, but im back to tell you that with your... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 10:37:47 EST April... Okay, they might say spring starts in March, but around here, it's April. Or sometimes May, lol, but we'll go with April. <BR> <BR> Spring being a time of new beginnings, maybe you'd like to revamp your routine. Looking for a reboot? Or maybe just want to try something different? Check out Stormy's Challenge, in the forum section. She's a motivator, that girl--! <BR> <em>185</em> Wed, 1 Apr 2015 21:28:30 EST Lose 10 pounds in April!!! Id like to invite you to join in my challenge to lose 10 pound in April The goal is 10 pounds but really u do what u can. The decision to how much is ultimately up to you. i know some of us might be saying 10 pounds? WOW, that is too much! cant do it! But i am here to tell u i did it for 7 months straight, (lost 75 pounds) b4 i got sick with cancer and had dropped out for 3 yrs. unfortunately due to lack of activity it took me 3 yrs to gain it all back, but im back to tell you that with your ... Thu, 19 Mar 2015 19:45:10 EST one more try It will be interesting to meet people who joined when I did and to hear the stories of where they are at now. I joined because of an invitation and it was supposed to be a ten pound challenge. I could really stand to lose ten would do wonders for my motivation. It would also bring me very close to One-derland. I've made it there a few times ...Once i even lost 70 pounds but then asthma and steroids and now RA and steroids happened and the weight came right back on. I am const... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 13:27:21 EST Lose 10 pounds in March!!! Ok Feb so far was a success and ive lost 5 pounds for that month going to do it again ....come and join me. nothing to lose but the weight!! <em>381</em> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:30:00 EST Coach Jen said--- We added the ability to upload images into regular message board and team message board posts today. It works just like uploading an image to a blog post. When you go to make a post, you’ll see a new button that says “add an image.” Click that button, select an image, upload it and you get a in your post pointing to the image you just uploaded. Once you submit the post, the image shows up in the appropriate place in your post. <BR> <BR> Coach Jen <BR> <BR> * * * <BR> <BR> All-rye-tea, let... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 16:05:18 EST Quotations Yesterday I stumbled across SP's motivational posters: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>asp </link> <BR> <BR> They're sprinkled around the site and turn up on daily emails, the Start page, etc. <BR> <BR> By coincidence, BARBIE176 sent a good quote to me this morning, one I'd not seen before: <BR> <BR> "The body is like a piano, and happiness is like music. It is needful to have the instrument in good order." --Henry Ward Beecher <BR> <BR> And it occurred to me ... Sat, 7 Feb 2015 02:24:47 EST 3 letter words ~ A-Z ace Mon, 2 Feb 2015 19:35:28 EST And... here we are at February-- Thirty-one days in - how's it going for you? <BR> <BR> I headed my page for February "In the Trenches." The motivation of the New Year and setting goals and resolutions is over; now comes the hard part. I feel as though I just have to grit my teeth sometimes and slog on through. <BR> <BR> How can exercising for half-an-hour feel so good when I'm done, and be so hard to start? How can reaching the end of the day knowing I made wise meal choices seem so uplifting, and so tough in the middle o... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 04:24:25 EST Day One I have a few irons in the fire, but I plan on a slow-and-steady approach. (I hope, lol!) "Methodical" may not be especially inspiring, but I find that for myself, it often leads to consistency, that building-block to success. <BR> <BR> Along the lines of new year / new you, do you have any thoughts about team-oriented activities? Are there any goals you'd like to see added to / replacing the existing team goals? What role can the class team play in your healthy-living plans this year? <BR> ... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 03:47:12 EST ...start your engines--! No, not for a holiday countdown - for the post-holiday countdown. <BR> <BR> Somewhere between here and the 31st we need to make time to plan some things for a new year. <BR> <BR> Whether you draw up a list of resolutions... set yourself some goals... or take on new challenges, you have some control over what you choose to tackle. <BR> <BR> Myself, I may be putting my feet up (hah!) for some of December's time-outs, but I have some irons in the fire for self-improvement in 2015. <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 14:47:51 EST Tempus Fugit The year is waning - already it's November. I always feel as though this is The Month of Anticipation, with Thanksgiving near the end, swiftly followed by December - The Month of Celebration. <BR> <BR> The last of the colored leaves are still on the trees, and there's talk of an early first snowfall. That's pretty much November in The North Countree. <BR> <BR> How's everything where you are? <BR> <em>213</em> Sat, 1 Nov 2014 09:17:37 EST Better Late Than Never: OCTOBER Only one week behind it is not too shabby when the chaos of the last couple of weeks is taken into account. <BR> <BR> Methinks it will be another week before the dust begins to settle. You know how it is: into each Life etc. <BR> <BR> Hope fall is treating you all well - drop a line and let us know how you're doing! <BR> <em>213</em> Tue, 7 Oct 2014 08:17:35 EST End of August Wrap-Up / Stepping Out for September how did your August Back-on-Track go? I had some ups and downs - typical life gets in the way stuff - but on the whole, not too shabby (thinks me, lol). <BR> <BR> How's about starting a new project for September? Set a goal (lose another five pounds, in my case)... set up a new exercise regimen (I could use that one, too)... or choose a calendar from Spark's selection: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=870 </link> <BR> <BR> And there's th... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 04:12:30 EST September! ...and so here we are, another month down the road. <BR> <BR> Any plans for September? Ours is revolving around Stuff-To-Do at the moment, with having moved and still settling in. <BR> <BR> I always see September as a time for new projects. Must harken back to the traditional school days. We've got quite a bit of time before the (in)famous holiday 'crunch' begins - what can you plan and accomplish between now and then? <BR> <em>213</em> Mon, 1 Sep 2014 03:59:37 EST Friday, 1 August - Day 1 <em>381</em> <BR> Okay, team, if you want to give the August #backontrack a shot, here are the three keys to keep in mind: <BR> <BR> 1) Pinpoint a few aspects of a healthy lifestyle you can use and make a commitment to work on them consistently for the month of August. <BR> <BR> 2) Spark recommends using the hashtag #backontrack (Facebook, Twitters, et al.) to help stay consistent. You can also use it on a status update, according to SP's info. <BR> <BR> 3) Most importantly, don't give ... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 03:53:05 EST August approacheth... I know, I only check in once or twice a month - but on the flip side, I only post when I think it's post-worthy! <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> This morning an article on the Start page caught my eye: <BR> <link><BR>st=back_on_track_a_consistency_challen<BR>ge_for_august </link> <BR> Rather than waiting until Friday, how about using this as a 'spark' to set up a plan for the new month? And it helps stoke the motivation, too! <BR> <em>213</em> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 04:52:50 EST Thursday, 17 July 2014 G'morning, peeps! <BR> <BR> I saw this notice from Coach Jen: <BR> <BR> Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> We'll be making a small change on the Start page, and I just wanted to give you a heads up. Some of you asked about the wheel disappearing this week from the left side of the page. We are going to move the link to spin the wheel as well as the total SparkPoints for the day over to the right side of the page under Step 1. It will still be very visible and still serve as a good reminder to spin. ... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 03:33:47 EST JULY rolls around again... The calendar has turned another leaf - we are just past mid-summer. Make your plans. <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> July is a full month: Canada Day... the Fourth of July... Bastille Day... carnivals and vacations and even "National Picnic Month." It'll fly by before you know it. Live the moment! <BR> <em>283</em> <em>195</em> <em>712</em> <em>636</em> <em>191</em> <em>300</em> <em>237</em> <em>386</em> Tue, 1 Jul 2014 02:25:23 EST Re SparkSavings This message came from Coach Jen today: <BR> <BR> I wanted to let you know that SparkSavings ( will be shutting down at the end of this month. The site didn't get enough traffic for us to justify continuing with it, so we're moving all of the relevant and helpful content from that site over to SparkPeople. If people go to after 6/30, they will be re-directed to SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> Just wanted to give you a heads-up :) <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> ... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 13:57:05 EST JUNE is bustin' out all over--! You know how everyone says "Oh, it's impossible to lose any weight after school starts - too much sitting, then there's Halloween and all the goodies, then Thanksgiving and you know how THAT goes, then we slide right into Christmas with cookies, pies, candy at every turn. Better to wait until after the first of the year." <BR> <BR> Well, it's after the first of the year - quite a bit after. How's that diet going? Have you kept up with exercising? Are you working on getting - and staying - he... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 11:49:38 EST Heads up, people - the page has a new look! The Powers That Be had indicated they'd be changing some things around for the team pages - as much as anything, giving it a different look and streamlining some of the features. <BR> <BR> So, you know the drill: anything new takes getting used to. I don't think anything's been eliminated, just moved, so if you're looking to post a message, put something on the team wall, whatever, the accessibility is still here. <BR> <BR> If you run into any snags, or have any questions, let me know and ... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 13:25:26 EST Spring indeed... Certainly here the birds have returned - been seeing robins for the last week or two, and red-winged blackbirds are back. Spring has sprung. I know where the birdies is, but the grass ain't riz, mostly because it's still covered with snow, lol. <BR> <BR> Any plans for April? <BR> <BR> And don't be a patsy for the pranks of April Fool's! <BR> <em>211</em> Tue, 1 Apr 2014 08:25:10 EST Now We Are-- 6! quote AA Milne. <BR> <BR> Changed much in the last six years? Has Spark had a significant impact on your life? no effect at all? somewhere in between? <BR> <BR> If you were looking for motivation to re-evaluate your progress, set some new goals, give some thought to where you want to be six years from now - nothing like the present to start. An anniversary is a wonderful milestone, IMHO. <BR> <BR> Happy anniversary, classmates! Here's to many, many more! <BR> <em>408</em> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 14:42:04 EST Lose 10 pounds in February!!! been trying to come back for so long and all my health issues keep me from doing that. I've been in the hospital 3 times since last blog in July of 2013 for multiple transfusion (blood)...and 4 iron infusion. they don't know or cant find where im losing blood from. so the saga continues. Im going to try to come on if just to say hello. needless to say I've gain back everything I've lost for lack of exercise, motivation and just plain ole scared. I need to get to healthy place. and so I come h... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 12:39:21 EST February 5th--! I'm only running five days behind - sometimes for me that's almost early, lol... <BR> <BR> How's the New Year going for you? Any resolutions in the wind? that you're keeping up with? or have already ditched? <BR> <BR> Me, now, I'm running around like a headless chicken: too much going on with two different continents involved. I keep waiting for the relaxing vacation where I can put my feet up and snooze. <BR> <BR> But I'm not holding my breath, lol... <BR> <em>211</em> Wed, 5 Feb 2014 03:04:32 EST New Year's Day, 2014 And so we have another year behind us, a clean slate before us. <BR> <BR> Make this a year to remember, classmates! Set up a plan... choose some goals... include some challenges that really make you work, and stretch, and progress. <BR> <BR> You CAN do this - WE can do this! <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> Wed, 1 Jan 2014 05:23:33 EST 1st of December Some poet once wrote "April is the cruelest month." I don't know that it's true, but in some respects (and apologies to unknown bard) I could paraphrase that into "December is the hardest month... especially for those on diets." <BR> <BR> Yes, I know, all things in moderation. But it's amazing how quickly I can hand you an empty plate if you leave a dozen cookies beside me. <BR> <em>211</em> Sun, 1 Dec 2013 20:54:24 EST HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Hope each and every one of you enjoys the holiday - friends and family might be the usual association, but there's a lot to be said for celebrating in other ways. Just try to count your blessings at every opportunity, and you'll be "giving thanks" in the best way possible. <BR> <em>247</em> Thu, 28 Nov 2013 07:22:34 EST NOVEMBER Remember, remember, the 5th of November - gunpowder, treason and plot... <BR> <BR> So goes the old English rhyme after Guy Fawkes did his best to blow up Parliament. <BR> <BR> I'm late getting the team picture changed - somebody should nudge me each month, lol... October was a heckuva time at the Coff household. Here's hoping November brings us smoother sailing, even as we try to navigate the rough waters around Cranberry-Sauce Bog, Mashed-Potato Bay and the Mountains of Whipped Cream. <... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 21:27:33 EST OCTOBER Sometimes I come up for air and wonder where the time went / is going. I missed the start of the month (can today really be the 9th?!?) for a multitude of reasons, but I realized today I hadn't changed the team picture. <BR> <BR> Okay, peeps, hanging on as I skid into the tempted-to-overeat holiday season: Halloween (the candy corn is calling me)... Thanksgiving (pumpkin pie is my nemesis!) and Christmas (need I say more?). Already I'm thinking "New Year's resolution 1 - back to the gym!" <... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 18:55:04 EST Sparkin'... I came across a relatively short blog this morning: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5483281 </link> <BR> <BR> It's an insightful plan to make the most of the information and features on SparkPeople to boost our efforts in reaching our goals - and outlines a method to earn SparkPoints instead of jumping through the hoops only to collect points while not actually learning anything. <BR> <BR> My own participation here waxes and wanes. I'm... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 02:30:53 EST SEPTEMBER! While the 'true' equinox is the 22nd of this month, I always count the beginning of autumn from the turn of the leaf for the first. To me, September means fall is here, and it's almost more of a milestone for a New Year than January. <BR> <BR> Even if (like me!) you're well past formal education, it's never too late to learn. Try something new this month. Pick a challenge, whether it's exercise, a skill, or a true mind-bender. Learn the basics of a new language, dip into learning to play an ... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 03:28:07 EST Here we are at AUGUST... ...Day One of a new month. Changing the leaf of a calendar always brings me two thoughts, the first being "What has gone on in the last month?" and the second, "Where do I want to go with the new month?" <BR> <BR> Myself, I didn't achieve any milestones in July. I did, however, work steadily on the fitness, and have made some progress. <BR> <BR> In August, I'm planning to maintain consistency, building on the (small) momentum to include at least 30 minutes of exercise six days per week - th... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 02:36:07 EST Some FYI Announcements from Spark's Powers-That-Be This was posted on the SparkBlog: <BR> <BR> Our team has been hard at work on several site improvements that will roll out in the next few months. We are always looking for ways to improve your SparkPeople experience as well as make the site simpler and easier for people to use so that they can continue reaching their goals. <BR> <BR> Yesterday and today, you may have noticed a few small changes to your SparkPoints page as well as your Start page that we think you'll be happy about. (Someti... Sat, 29 Jun 2013 14:49:12 EST Who's still around? I know, I ask this every now and then. I know of a handful of active classmates, but not many. Some might be around but don't say much. Some might've left the team-of-origin in pursuit of other teams, other interests. And there's probably a number who have drifted away from Spark altogether. <BR> <BR> Who's around? Who's still working at it? Made any progress? Some? None? <BR> <BR> My mental spirit does a mini-reboot every September - probably a holdover from the new-school-year days. That ... Thu, 13 Jun 2013 14:33:52 EST JUNE--! The temps finally climbed into the 50s today - I finally feel as though it's summer! <BR> <em>259</em> Sun, 2 Jun 2013 16:59:59 EST Memorial Day My grandmother always called it "Decoration Day," as it was the day we would go to the cemetery and tidy up (her words) the graves, then plant flowers, or at least put some fresh ones, depending on the weather. <BR> <BR> There was a parade on Monday - or in the old days, on the 31st - and it would terminate in the cemetery at the flagpole, where someone, usually one of the high school kids, would play "Taps." Then groups of people - American Legionaires, veterans, Boy and Girl Scout troops, ... Sun, 26 May 2013 05:49:22 EST Half-May A little more than halfway through the month - are you keeping on track? Making vacation plans? What's new? <BR> <em>213</em> Fri, 17 May 2013 03:06:26 EST Here we go gathering... ...knots of May. It's an old mistake from way-back-when: there are no nuts to harvest in springtime. Knots of may are branches of hawthorne, so now you know, lol! <BR> <BR> I'm planning a reboot for May. Spring seems a good time to regenerate. Anyone else got any plans for the new month / season? <BR> <em>213</em> Wed, 1 May 2013 06:45:53 EST Getting my groove back I have had a really rough four months this year. One virus after another--cold sores, constant congestion, lock jaw. Upside down work schedule, threat of sequestration for dh and dsil, stress, stress, stress. So now it is close to the end of April and I am staring at the size 14 pants I bought on the weekend. My size 12s are not comfortable so I went out and bought a very nice pair of size 14s. However, I hope that in a few months I will be able to put them away and bring my size 12s out agai... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 20:45:54 EST April Fool's Day! Anyone planning something silly today? If ever a day was set aside for foolishness, surely it's today--! <BR> <em>246</em> Mon, 1 Apr 2013 03:31:54 EST It's - OFFICIAL! Happy fifth anniversary to each and all of us - may our journey together continue! <BR> <em>384</em> <em>247</em> <em>384</em> Sun, 17 Feb 2013 03:51:13 EST Your five year goals:BIG or small! This thread is to kind of a daily or weekly refresh of any personal large or small goals in your life, money, weight loss, exercise, even being nicer to somebody or fixing something that has been broken. Your goal could be anything. <BR> <BR> 1.I will start with my first goal: I have a goal of adding five or ten minutes a week to my exercise time. <BR> <BR> You can make them very small and adjust them as you feel you need. This is not a resolution, it is a goal you have wanted to ... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 16:53:10 EST A blog to get you thinking... Browsing through some blogs this evening, I came across this one: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal.asp?id=SAMI199 </link> <BR> <BR> Sami's comments really resonated with me - what do you think? <BR> <em>213</em> Thu, 17 Jan 2013 14:54:46 EST New Year, New Goals--! Whether you call them goals, resolutions, challenges, or just targets to aim for - it's good to shake things up now and then. <BR> <BR> I've posted some new team goals, revamping some of the previous ones and adding some new ones. See if they appeal to you - if any do, take on a new challenge! <BR> <BR> On the walking and fitness, I'd like to increase the numbers later in the year, as time goes by and we work our way up to more endurance. But for now, as a January reboot, we can start small... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 11:48:41 EST Class Team Discussion In February we celebrate our fifth anniversary with Spark. <BR> <BR> Over the last few years, some of us have left and come back again... some have been more or less active the entire time... some only stayed around a little while, then dropped out. <BR> <BR> There isn't a lot of activity on this team, and perhaps that's to be expected. After all, even the ones who've stayed with SP have likely joined other teams and have different interests. The only "glue" holding us together is the simpl... Fri, 21 Dec 2012 09:17:21 EST More DECEMBER--! Some interesting December associations I ran across: <BR> <BR> Astrological Signs: Capricorn, December 22 - January 20 <BR> Astrological Signs: Sagittarius, November 23 - December 2 <BR> December Birthstones: Turquoise, Lapis Lazuli <BR> Sprites: Snow faeries, storm faeries, winter tree faeries. <BR> Herbs: Holly, English ivy, fir, mistletoe. <BR> Colors: Red, green, white and black. <BR> Flowers: Holly, poinsettia, Christmas cactus. <BR> Scents: Violet, patchouli, rose, geranium, f... Sat, 15 Dec 2012 04:13:10 EST DECEMBER! The first of December - the year (as they always do) seems to have flown. This can be a tough month to watch your diet and keep on track, but at the same time, not to let a restrained lifestyle interfere with the fun of family and friends. <BR> <BR> How to do that? My thinking is - planning! I try to have some guidelines in mind so I can target certain buffet items, skip others. Most of all I try to practice moderation, which is admittedly easier at one or two events than it is when there ar... Sat, 1 Dec 2012 02:49:52 EST High Liver Enzymes I have been diagnosed with High Liver Enzymes by my general doctor who referred me to a GI specialist. The GI specialist said I need to lose weight. I am 6'1 and 281 pounds <BR> <BR> I checked the web-site and could not find a Forum or Help with this condition. Does anyone know of a good place to start? Wed, 14 Nov 2012 07:46:17 EST Halloween--? Having a bout of curiority this morning... How many of you celebrate Halloween? And in what way(s)? <BR> <em>431</em> <em>333</em> <em>465</em> <em>424</em> <em>419</em> <em>431</em> Sun, 28 Oct 2012 03:54:20 EST Team Pic! Right on time for once, today being the 1st of October 'n' all... Myself, I think of apples first, but since the old series I found uses apples for September and leaves for October, that's what we'll go with! <BR> <BR> I love October - you can smell the cider in the very air. Thinks me. <BR> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <BR> (And WHY are there no apples in the emoticons?!? Books with apples don't count, nor d... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 04:12:00 EST Checking in-- --to see how it's going, where everyone is and what they're up to. Just general chitchat, really... or nosiness, lol! <BR> <em>334</em> Tue, 25 Sep 2012 02:47:02 EST Mini-Reboot Time! Why? <BR> <BR> 1) Time to accomplish some weightloss / finess goals before the holidays. <BR> 2) September is a traditional 'new beginnings' month. <BR> 3) And mostly because there's no time like the present! <BR> <BR> <em>465</em> <em>213</em> Sat, 1 Sep 2012 11:05:01 EST One more week... I know, it's as if I'm doing a countdown, which maybe in a way I am. September always seems to recharge me somehow, reenergize me to tackle new projects and get back to work on the old ones. I guess you can't have spent twelve years in school and not feel that somehow the year really starts in the fall, not on the first of January, lol. <BR> <em>213</em> Sun, 26 Aug 2012 02:39:40 EST Less than two weeks... ...and it's the start of September, the traditional end of summer. And the traditional new-school-year, new-beginnings: are you making plans for a mini-reboot? 'cause it'd be a good time to get things organized and get back on track after the casual summertime lazing, and before the holidays with all the goodie-laden tables... thinks me! <BR> <em>381</em> Sun, 19 Aug 2012 11:26:27 EST Approaches, nothing, it's here--! ...August, that is, and well into it at that. One o'you lot should nudge me on the first of a month, if only to remind me to wake up and change the calendar pic, lol... <BR> <em>334</em> Mon, 6 Aug 2012 03:12:02 EST August approaches--! Everything's quiet - who's doing what? How's your summer going? The Olympics are in full swing over these next two weeks, so I'm going to be leading a more sedentary lifestyle (o irony) in honor, as I beef up my TV watching way beyond normal amounts. But as soon as they're over, I'm hitting pre-September reboot mode--! <BR> <em>104</em> Fri, 27 Jul 2012 03:54:24 EST Mid-Point of the Year Yes, we already had midsummer's day (both the astronomical and the traditional), but there's no reason not to see the start of July as the middle of 2012. <BR> <BR> If you haven't already, make plans. Got some projects that are languishing on the vine? Tackle 'em anew. Add some excitement to your life, whether it's the major-upheaval type or the quieter new-perspective type. <BR> <BR> Seize the year, peeps! <BR> <em>104</em> <em>411</em> Sun, 1 Jul 2012 02:51:23 EST New Team Pic Found the new team pic - you know, gotta change things around every now and then, lol... <BR> <em>213</em> Thu, 3 May 2012 17:15:54 EST Two weeks into April... ...and I finally remembered to change our team image. Y'all need to nudge me now 'n' then, lol... <BR> <em>211</em> Sat, 14 Apr 2012 12:28:06 EST New Hello, I am new to the team. I have been sparking off and on since February 21, 2008. I have just started to hunker down again and try to get on a healthy road after the holidays. So anyway I just want to say hello to my fellow February 2008 startes. I am happy to be here! Tue, 3 Jan 2012 15:12:28 EST 'Leading in the SP Community' - 18 Dec 2011 Coach Jen sent out the following article earlier this week: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>motivation_articles.asp?id=1692 </link> <BR> <BR> It outlines some good reasons you might want to consider taking a more active role within the Spark community: lead or start a Spark Team... join the SP Community Team... or simply become more active on the message boards. <BR> <BR> Leadership consists in large part on being supportive of our fellow Sparklers, but the bigge... Sun, 18 Dec 2011 04:22:31 EST 14th Nov 2011 - ATTENTION: There's an announcement on the main / Start page under 'Editor's Choice' that reads as follows: <BR> <BR> "SparkPeople and all of our sister websites (including SparkRecipes and dailySpark) will be down for maintenance tonight from 11:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. EST (eastern standard time). Thanks for understanding!" Mon, 14 Nov 2011 11:44:17 EST 19 Sept 2011 - Attention: All right, let's show some favoritism, lol... <BR> <BR> 'SparkGuy' Chris Downie has posted a blog about Lifehacker, a sort of online magazine, that's currently running 'vote for your favorite nutrition / fitness / health website.' SparkPeople is one of their top five, so if all of us Sparklers jump on it and vote, why, SP will sweep the boards. <BR> <BR> SparkGuy's blog link is: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>blic_journal.asp?id=SPARKGUYANDTEAM </link> <BR> <BR>... Mon, 19 Sep 2011 15:24:27 EST How Many Sparkers-- --from our class are still on SP? If you are in this class, please post something - even just an emoticon - to this thread so we can tell if you're active on the site. <BR> <em>213</em> Tue, 5 Jul 2011 15:40:57 EST Getting Ancy Hey! Have not been an active member on Sparkpeople for awhile. I am expecting my first any day now! But i cannot wait to get up and move, and lose again! I'm walking now, but I want to run, dance, hop! <BR> <BR> Tue, 24 Aug 2010 13:41:26 EST A New Day Hello Everybody, <BR> <BR> My name is Frenchtoast37. I am writing because I need to make myself accountable for my weight lose. My ultimate goal is to reduce my medications. Weight lose has been a lifetime struggle and now it is time to win the battle. Today is the start of a new day for me. Thu, 12 Aug 2010 19:03:59 EST Close the team down? I have been away for over a month and although I have checked in from time to time, there doesn't seem to be much activity on this team. So I was wondering if we should just close the team down and for those of us who are still posting, we can focus more on the teams we are on that ARE active? <BR> <BR> Or is there a way we could reactivate this team? Please let me know. I have finished working and have more time but I would like to think that we could be an active team and I wouldn't be abl... Thu, 3 Jun 2010 11:44:14 EST My Name is Jane Hi! My name is Jane and I am 51 years old @ 5'3" and I have lost 27.5 lbs since January 18th. I would like to know what goal weight I should be. Thanks for your response! :) Sun, 23 May 2010 17:42:26 EST I am still moving ahead I know this is a strange title for a challenge but April was so quiet on this list--I include myself--that I wondered what to do for May. So my challenge for May is to remind myself daily of positive things that I am doing in my life to improve my life and/or others' lives. Although I didn't post much in April, I was substitute teaching for kindergartners and I learned that showing up with a smile on my face and keeping that smile on my face and warmth in my voice, and my arms ready for hugs ... Sun, 2 May 2010 10:05:50 EST April, keeping it simple This is what I am going to do for a challenge for April. Anyone want to join me? <BR> <BR> 1. Stick to the SP nutrition planner. When I substitute, check that the substitute food still falls within the "plan." <BR> 2. Exercise minimum 30 minutes per day, 6 days per week. <BR> 3. Record progress on this thread. I will post beginning stats tomorrow--weight and measurements. <BR> <BR> And that's it! <BR> <BR> Wed, 31 Mar 2010 10:02:45 EST March -- a fresh wind blowing? Okay, so I only did so-so on my February goals. I am giving myself another chance in March to: <BR> <BR> 1) Stay within my calorie range <BR> 2) Exercise 30 minutes per day (I didn't do too badly with that this month) <BR> <BR> I am keeping it really simple, let's see how I do. <BR> <BR> What about y'all--any goals for March? Sun, 28 Feb 2010 22:37:21 EST Our anniversary!! In a little less than two weeks it will be our SparkPeople anniversary. To honor that, I have created this thread. It would be great if as many Sparkers as possible could write a little something in here as to how you're doing! We have a large number of members but very few people post regularly. That's understandable. Still, it would be great to hear from everyone who started together. And if anyone needs encouragement or wants to set up new forums, let us know by posting a message here! <BR... Thu, 4 Feb 2010 11:00:13 EST February--our anniversary month Well January didn't go all that well. I lost weight during the month, gained it back and now start February at the same weight I was January 1st--130.6. Same measurements too but that doesn't bother me too much; I don't mind my measurements although I'd like to firm up the thighs a bit more. <BR> <BR> So what are we going to do for February??? My health & fitness goals are: <BR> - stay within my calorie range <BR> - hit my carb, fat & protein %s in what I eat <BR> - exercise at least 30 minu... Mon, 1 Feb 2010 07:26:26 EST Hello Everyone Hi. My name is My . I am trying to become a healthier person, but I am finding it difficult to do so with out a support system or support team. I am a 22 year old student. I am 263 pounds and I am only 5'2. I love to dance, have fun and laugh. I look forward to seeing how spark people will help me with my health journey. <BR> Thank you <BR> My Sun, 24 Jan 2010 04:59:02 EST hi! Hi I'm Connie. I need to lose just a few pounds. For the past three years I have exercised really hard, but have not lost any weight. Discouraging. Mon, 11 Jan 2010 15:26:22 EST Hi I'm Ali I'm glad to be a part of Spark. Wed, 6 Jan 2010 08:35:50 EST January - get ready for February 2010 Good morning gals--first day of 2010! Here's the challenge for January. We have a month and a half to go before we celebrate our second anniversary. I challenge you to think about where you were when you started SP and where you wanted to go. What can you do in January to get there or to stay there? Do you have new goals that you didn't have back then? Want to share them? <BR> <BR> My overall goals when I joined SparkPeople were to lose weight and get into the 120s. I got there and stayed th... Fri, 1 Jan 2010 14:20:04 EST Aloha Everybody! Redefine Reality here. After joining in 2008, I am finally deciding to do this for real! Spark People is an amazing site, and I hope that being a part of the online community can be a mutually beneficial experience. Looking forward to engaging other Spark Peeps. God bless us all on our journey to health and wellness. Let's Do This!!! Tue, 17 Nov 2009 18:23:17 EST Fly like an eagle and avoid a turkey's fate Okay, I am posting this challenge on our team board. I did it in October as "The Great Pumpkin Challenge" and enjoyed it so much that I am going to continue it into November on my own. If anyone wants to join me, come along. The "points" follow below. I am going to try to better my score from October which was 1769. No pressure in this one, just count the points you can, don't worry about doing the maximum, just do something and celebrate it! <BR> <BR> ~~POSSIBLE POINTS~~ <BR> <BR> <BR> D... Sun, 1 Nov 2009 10:49:14 EST Great Video This was posted on one of my other Spark Teams, and I thought y'all should see it, too! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>e/this_video_made_me_cry.php </link> Thu, 15 Oct 2009 12:16:33 EST It's October--what now? Okay gals, I am at a loss. Do we want a challenge this month? I know that I need goals, goals are good things. Hmmm . . . let me think. I think they'll stay the old tried and true: <BR> <BR> 1) Exercise daily. Optimally, 30-45 minutes but even if I do SOME exercise I'll count it. <BR> 2) Cut down on the eating out. Eat more simply, more veggies, food that I can count the calories for rather than choosing something I don't know and can have all kinds of hidden calories. <BR> 3) Finish my va... Fri, 2 Oct 2009 09:43:37 EST Vette Hello, everyone I have been a member for almost two years ,but I never committed. I'm ready to commit now. Thu, 10 Sep 2009 23:59:00 EST Falling into health-- eptember Okay another month closer to year end. But it's also the start of a new season, those who have children at home are waving them off to school. For me, it's the end of a summer away in foreign lands. <BR> <BR> My goals for September are to finish my holidays safely, to renew my marriage, to keep maintaining @ 125 pounds in a healthy way. Wed, 2 Sep 2009 11:47:36 EST HELLO EVERYBODY. REQUESTING SUGGESTIONS! HI! I FOUND SPARKPEOPLE OVER A YEAR AGO AND HAVE BEEN USING IT OFF AND ON EVER SINCE. I AM HAVING A REAL TOUGH TIME STAYING FOCUSED AND NOT GETTING DISCOURAGED. I HAD TO START HORMONE THERAPY ABOUT A YEAR AND A HALF AGO AND HAVE REALLY HAD A HARD TIME KEEPING MY WEIGHT UNDER CONTROL. AND I HAVE HAD QUITE A BIT OF STRESS WHICH I KEEP READING MAKES IT EVEN HARDER. ANYWAY, ENOUGH OF THE EXCUSES. MY MAIN OBSTACLES: NOT ENOUGH TIME AND ENERGY! I DRIVE AN HOUR EACH WAY TO WORK, MY JOB IS AN ... Tue, 25 Aug 2009 22:24:16 EST August goals Sorry I am late posting this topic. I've been in the West Highlands of Scotland without access to a computer. But I am back in England and my friend now has wireless activated in her house so I can use my laptop. Yay!! I had a great trip in Scotland; walked an average of 10 miles for 6 consecutive days. But I also ate enormous quantities of food so I am not looking forward to weighing myself this Sunday. <BR> <BR> Goals for August: <BR> Stay below at or below 125 pounds. <BR> Exercise at lea... Thu, 6 Aug 2009 19:08:33 EST Hi, I'm Esther I'm a 30 year old woman who has battled with my weight for as long as I can remember! Just when I think I have my weight under control, life happens and everything goes south - literally! I am unfortunately, an emotional eater and when life takes its toll, I head straight for the fridge or cupboard! I want to take control of my life and would like you to walk with me, as I walk with you on this journey to a healthy and wholesome life! <BR> <BR> Hope to chat soon... Thu, 9 Jul 2009 10:46:16 EST July--are we getting to where we want to be? Okay I struggled to figure out what July's "challenge" could be. I've been floating along all of June sparkpeople-wise. I reached my weight goal and I started the month eating healthy because of the IBS and still recovering from the surgery. The last two weeks though what with moving out of Santa Fe and camping out at dd's, my nutrition has slipped. Badly. I've gained a pound despite a lot of exercising with DVDs. I've rediscovered my love of sugar. I haven't really binged in the way I could ... Wed, 1 Jul 2009 10:31:13 EST JUNE, we're halfway through the year, where to now Okay, so we will be halfway through the year by the end of June. How are we doing and where are we going? What do you want to accomplish in June that, as you look back in December, you will see as a real turning point for you? Something you'll be proud of? <BR> <BR> For me, I want to nail down a healthy regimen. I discovered after my surgery in April that I seem to now have irritable bowel syndrome. I am experimenting with the best way to eat so that it doesn't flare up and I'm still teeter ... Mon, 1 Jun 2009 09:25:06 EST New Features on our Spark Pages Has anyone noticed the new features on our Spark Pages? I haven't figured them all out, but wanted to share my favorite find so far. Did you know you can go to someone's photo gallery, click on one picture to enlarge it then hit "previous photo" or "next photo" to continue seeing enlarged photos? We used to have to close one photo then click on the next to enlarge it. Saves a step and goes much faster! What is your favorite new feature? If we all share our finds here we'll all learn the... Wed, 20 May 2009 14:28:37 EST May a month for lightening up! It's a new month, one that has always been my favorite. Why? Well, because where I grew up (Montreal, Quebec, Canada, the frozen North) May was when Spring seriously arrived. Trees blossomed, flowers bloomed, the last threat of frost retreated (well, by May 24th, the official "Montreal Planting Day"). Only one more month of school remained before summer break. I could shed several pounds' worth of clothing, wear knee socks and light shoes. <BR> <BR> And it's on this last--shedding pounds--th... Fri, 1 May 2009 08:05:51 EST GO TRILLIUM GO!! TRILLIUM has her half marathon this weekend, let's figure out how many ways we can encourage her!! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>247</em> Thu, 16 Apr 2009 09:26:21 EST Care corner I've created this topic for those of you who don't feel like posting on the "how are you doing" because you're really struggling. So imagine this care corner is a room filled with sunlight and couches and warm blankies and warm (low fat) cocoa and just crawl in. Teddy bears are available as well :) If you want to talk, talk. If not, just know that this IS indeed a CARE corner! <BR> <BR> Val Wed, 1 Apr 2009 09:01:26 EST April, the beginning of a new year, new life! Whether you're a Christian or not, you can't help knowing that, at least in the Northern hemisphere, Spring is really the time that a new year begins. Life springs from the earth, the suns gets stronger and sinks into our bones again, baby animals are born.... <BR> <BR> So, I'm waxing philosophic but, I've been thinking that April CAN be a time of new beginnings for us. Let's make April's Challenge meaningful to US. Your most important goals may not be about exercise or eating healthy--they ... Sat, 28 Mar 2009 10:41:56 EST March 22-28, we're in the home stretch! I think I may be over the "PMS and whatever" hump but I think I'm still going to be moderate this week with my goals: <BR> Monday 30 minutes with Leslie Sansone <BR> Tuesday weekly hike <BR> Wednesday 30 minutes with Leslie Sansone <BR> Thursday 30 minutes with Leslie Sansone <BR> Friday 30 minutes walking outside <BR> Saturday 30 minutes walking outside <BR> And, with all of that, sticking to my calorie range every day! <BR> Val Mon, 23 Mar 2009 09:51:36 EST March 15-21 third week of challenge! I had to adjust the dates to keep them to our Sunday-Saturday challenge so you'll see some overlap from last week's goals. I'm about to tally up last week's results so if you made your goals, please post on March 8-15th. <BR> <BR> I didn't make my 45 minutes E at dd's but I'm proud of the fact that I did do SOME E two days out of three and I didn't overeat. <BR> <BR> Okay, my challenge this week is to exercise 45 minutes 5x out of 7 and to get SOME E on the 6th day. And on the 7th day to wr... Mon, 16 Mar 2009 09:28:54 EST March 8-15 keep it going! State this weeks's goals <em>438</em> <BR> <BR> My goals are: Exercise 45 minutes a day, 6x per week. Rest and re-creation 1x per week! <BR> <BR> Let's go ladies! Sun, 8 Mar 2009 11:25:38 EST How are we doing today? I've created this quickie topic so that people can stop by and say "hi" without feeling pressured to say much more :) Just know that we care how you're doing. <BR> <BR> My dh is off most Fridays so I don't have time to post much until tonight. But wanted to wish each and every one of you a happy Friday and hope all are well and happy! <BR> <BR> Val Fri, 6 Mar 2009 09:54:20 EST I Walked 10K Today! I wanted to walk in a 8k today but as it turned out we couldn't afford the registration fees right now so I decided I would just do it virtually. So I set out this morning but I didn't just walk 8k this morning, I went the extra mile or more, lol, and I walked 10k. <em>244</em> for me! Sat, 28 Feb 2009 13:50:02 EST March 1-7 challenge begins! Okay, state your daily exercise goal below. Each day that you meet your exercise goal, put a <em>248</em> next to your name. At the end of the week (Saturday night), whoever met her goal will get a <em>137</em> next to their name both on this thread and a goodie sent to them as well. For those of us who keep Sundays as days of rest, you can include a quiet walk or meditation as a goal as well. Hope this is clear! I'm about to leave for Flagstaff so won't be replying to the thread until to... Sat, 28 Feb 2009 10:03:06 EST This calorie burning thingie!!! Okay folks... we have been doing this for a year now. I am a reader but not much of a poster but one thing really "eats" at me and that's burning calories. My observations: <BR> <BR> 1. I am active. I don't sit at a desk all day or watch a lot of tv, but no place can I log this. At work I am on my feet and moving at least 5 hours during a normal day. Can I count this as walking even though it is not part of a structured walking program? <BR> <BR> 2. Again with the moving - the lists gi... Sat, 28 Feb 2009 09:39:17 EST So where are you from?? We've been on this journey for one year.....let's get to know one another (again) <BR> <BR> I'm from Southeastern South Dakota. <BR> Starting weight 280 -- current weight 251. <BR> Best part of Spark -- nutrition and fitness tracking. <BR> <BR> Now it is your turn -- PamK Thu, 26 Feb 2009 14:25:08 EST Articles to get us motivated I thought this topic might be a good place for us to paste links to those articles we found helpful. <BR> <BR> I came across this Daily Spark Article yesterday, about how we can get tripped up in our voyage toward fitness and health: <BR> <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=588 </link> <BR> She makes some really good points, esp. as I've seen in people's blogs how we all struggle with cravings, with not feeling full after eating "healthy" foods, with weekends... Wed, 25 Feb 2009 09:49:50 EST March is coming! How about a challenge for that "cruellest" month? <BR> Exercising 30 minutes per day, 5 days per week?? Too easy, too hard? Anyone have an alternate suggestion? <BR> <BR> Val Tue, 24 Feb 2009 09:04:05 EST Who are we and our birthdays As a new Team Leader I thought this might be a good central area for us to introduce ourselves and, if we wish, give our birthdays so we can all celebrate the day. I thought of doing one of those "questionnaires" but decided that free form info is more personal, more fun. So feel free to share whatever info you want to! <BR> <BR> I'm Val(erie) <BR> I currently live in Santa Fe NM <BR> I am married with one grown up daughter, terrific sil, and three beautiful grandchildren <BR> I don't work o... Mon, 23 Feb 2009 09:20:17 EST Do We Want to Keep This Team Going? I was just curious about the interest level in keeping this team going. I think it's nice to check in here to remind me of just how far I've come even though I may not be at my ideal weight. What do you all think? Sun, 22 Feb 2009 07:16:59 EST We Need A New Team Leader I'm sure we all are all hit in the face with the notification on the front page that our leaders have been inactive on this site for more than 60 days now and that this team needs a new leader. I would more than be happy to step up except that I all ready lead 3 teams and have a lot of other stuff on my plate. I thought that I would explain what it entails to be a leader hoping that maybe someone else my jump up and do this. It really doesn't take a lot of time but it does help to have mor... Sat, 21 Feb 2009 10:45:25 EST HAPPY !ST ANNIVERSARY SP TEAM 17-23 FEB '08 just th ought it was appropriate to do this thread <BR> as from today it is anniversary week for this team <BR> and a year since I have joined sparks people! <BR> Happy anniversary to all the team members <em>509</em> <em>503</em> Tue, 17 Feb 2009 16:37:13 EST What is one positive event or change you've made in the last year (besides weight loss)? Could be something big or something little. <BR> <BR> For instance I finally grew my bangs out and have started reading and working on puzzles again. Both are things I enjoyed in my youth and never had the time to do before. The puzzles are a great stress relief and they keep me from standing in front of the refrigerator simply because I'm bored. <em>20</em> Mon, 16 Feb 2009 07:49:11 EST Pounds to lose by February 17-23, 2009? I want to lose three pound to get to ideal weight. I actually am hoping to do that by the end of January but figured I'd start the topic anyway. Mon, 5 Jan 2009 12:53:07 EST After nine months today..I met my halfway goal I joined spark's nine months today....and finally met my halfway goal of losing 35 pounds. <BR> <BR> There has been so many up's and down's....but sparks has kept me going in the right direction....those "down's" were only a few days.....instead of month's...... <BR> <BR> Tue, 18 Nov 2008 14:43:13 EST Just Joining the Team ... Steph Hello All, <BR> I am glad to try to make a difference in my personal fitness with the help and support of these team members. It will be an experience that I hope to share and pass down to another, after some success. <BR> My personal equipment that I have to work with is "Leg Magic" machine. I dont know if any of you have one but it is simple and can work out your legs for sure. <BR> With some warm-up exercise and hopefully some support, then my procrastination will come to an end and ... Wed, 29 Oct 2008 20:29:22 EST What I've Learned About Myself The past 3 weeks have been tough for me emotionally. Before SparkPeople, I would have done a lot of emotional eating to cope, but not this time. Because of my activity on SparkPeople, and the encouragement I get from my SparkFriends, I was able to use other coping skills, especially physical activity, to keep from eating what I shouldn't. <BR> <BR> What I've learned is that I don't have to turn to food. Physical labor and activity is good for the soul! I've gotten in more exercise and my... Wed, 29 Oct 2008 13:44:45 EST How do you get your motivation back? I have noticed on this journey a definite recurring theme- lost motivation. <BR> <BR> So, how do you get it back once it leaves? Sat, 25 Oct 2008 15:54:54 EST BIG LOTS!!! Hi Team! <BR> <BR> I got an email from Big Lots letting me know that they have a download coupon worth 20% this week. <BR> <BR> It's good until Friday or Saturday. <BR> <BR> If you have a Big Lots in your area and like the store..CHECK IT OUT!!! <BR> <BR> BIGLOTS.COM <BR> <BR> Happy shopping! (I've already been there twice this week! :) Thu, 9 Oct 2008 18:28:21 EST Go for an out-of-town trip last summer?? Ok, somebody asked for a new thread,, Did anybody go somewhere for a trip in the past year??? It is nice to hear about other people's fun times!! <BR> Let's hear it folks!!! I am sure you all have some fun and funny stories to share with us!!! Wed, 8 Oct 2008 17:37:26 EST IS THIS TEAM NOW CLOSED? I guess I am wondering if this team is still active, no postings anywhere except me and one other person. ALso, are those team challenges ongoing, they have been on my tracker for months.. just curious..Lin Sat, 27 Sep 2008 08:19:22 EST TYRA BANKS SHOW I missed the showing yesterday...but a repeat is coming again on 6/17 (well my area). <BR> <BR> Check it will be on Oxygen/cable <BR> <BR> Subject: Carnie Wilson and how to love your body <BR> <BR> Tyra talks to women who have come to accept their fuller figures. <BR> <BR> Just a FYI <BR> <BR> Tue, 10 Jun 2008 18:26:22 EST I found a GREAT CEREAL and a NEW find!!! Let me preface this...I do not like cereal..BUT..I really like this. <BR> <BR> I've been on a neverending search for FIBER!! <BR> <BR> My new discovery... <BR> <BR> Kellogs Special K protein Plus cereal <BR> <BR> 3/4 cup - 100 calories <BR> 9 - carbs <BR> 10 - protein <BR> 110 - sodium <BR> 2 - sugar <BR> 8mg - iron <BR> <BR> Lightly sweentended wheat, soy & rice flakes. <BR> <BR> NO PROTEIN AFTERTASTE!!! <BR> <BR> ALSO...TAKE NOTE GUYS.... <BR> <BR> I ALSO found this lit... Sun, 8 Jun 2008 14:32:58 EST May Goals - Team & Individual I am challenging this team to do the following: <BR> <BR> 1. Sign up for the Team Goals on our Team Page! <BR> - Fitness <BR> - Nutrition <BR> - Motivational <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=15633 </link> <BR> <BR> 2. As a personal challenge for yourself: <BR> - Update your SparkPage with your monthly goals <BR> - Add a picture of yourself (or something equally important) <BR> - Add a little background so we can all continue to get to know each oth... Sun, 4 May 2008 12:13:32 EST SP's Swimsuit Bootcamp Challenge Anyone else here joining the challenge? I did, I just finished a Fitness Challenge at my gym so this is my next one. Don't know about the bathing suit part, but either way it'll help me get in better shape for shorts and a tank! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>roups_individual.asp?gid=20982 </link> <BR> Sat, 3 May 2008 21:57:44 EST Strut your stuff! Hello Ladies and any Gentlemen in the group! I thought this might be fun to do: If you have a pounds LOST Icon.... use it as your avitar during the last week of this month! I think it is so cool to scroll down everyone's posts and see all the pounds lost! So Strut your stuff and let's see all those Pounds Lost Icons icons! <BR> <BR> Newbies.... if you don't have one yet.... make it a challenge to yourself to get one by months end and we can do it again in May! <BR> <BR> Spread this aro... Thu, 24 Apr 2008 07:05:54 EST New Team Goal - Track Your Steps!! Thanks to SparkPeople for the fantastic new feature!!! Check out the information here! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal.asp?id=sparkguy_spteam </link> <BR> <BR> Ok, now below the Forum (and above the Blogs & Recipes) is a new section called Team Goals! I have added one (we can have 4 more) and you can join this Team Goal! <BR> <BR> When you join ... you will then be able to track the number of steps you walk per day!!! Under My Tools, Other Goals, scroll ... Wed, 23 Apr 2008 12:30:50 EST New Measurements - How to Track Them You may want to track body measurements other than your Neck, Waist, and Hips ... <BR> <BR> For example, the ladies may want to track their 'Ribs' and 'Bust' as well (seems that's always the first to go anyway). <BR> <BR> Another example is of thighs, biceps, etc. <BR> <BR> To set up your own measurements and start tracking them, go to your SparkStart page. <BR> <BR> - Click the 'Weigh-In & Other' link <BR> - In the 'Weigh-In' area under the date, click the 'Change Measurements' button <... Wed, 23 Apr 2008 11:22:18 EST New Feature for SparkPeople Check out Sparkguy's blog for more details! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal.asp?id=sparkguy_spteam </link> <BR> <BR> The report on your Nutrition Tracker is now a lot more detailed and helpful! <BR> <BR> Tue, 22 Apr 2008 12:55:49 EST Nix the Nightime Stress Eating This comes from Lifescript and this is something that I stuggle with - A LOT! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ness/Diet_Tips/nix_the_nighttime_stres<BR>s_eating.asp?utm_campaign=2008-04-14&u<BR>tm_source=diet-fitness&utm_medium=emai<BR>l&utm_content=fitness-tip_nix-the-nigh<BR>ttime-stress-eat&VID=9939&FromNL=1 </link> <BR> <BR> Nix the Nighttime Stress Eating <BR> FREE DAILY DIET TIP <BR> By Carly Young, Special to LifeScript <BR> Monday, April 14, 2008 <BR... Mon, 14 Apr 2008 14:19:24 EST Anyone have a Vitamix? I looked at the 5200 machine today, they had a demonstration at Costco. I've always bypassed those demos before, but today I watched and I was captivated. <BR> <BR> It seemed great, allowing you to have "juice" that is actually whole fruit jruice, so you are getting the fiber. <BR> <BR> I WANT ONE!!! But, I would like to see if anyone else has one, and I can see if it really does what he claimed it does... Sun, 13 Apr 2008 22:01:43 EST SparkPeople for Mobile Phones!! <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=1133358 </link> <BR> <BR> If you have been wanting to access SP on your PDA/Smart Phone, check out this article to find out how to get to the mobile version!! <BR> <BR> YAY SP!! Thu, 10 Apr 2008 12:05:44 EST HOW ARE WE DOING? Hey guys... just wondering how you are all doing? I know that I personally have hit a "stand still" and I am getting pretty frustrated with it! I thought I would ask everyone how they are doing and perhaps get some advice/encouragement to get through this tough time. Wed, 9 Apr 2008 12:11:37 EST HELP! Encouragement needed! Because of my knee pain and being on hydrocodone, my interest in my weight loss is declining. Knowing the reasons isn't helping me get past the trouble. <BR> <BR> I have things to focus on and goals to reach, but right now I just don't care if it happens. <BR> <BR> I just need encouragement to keep focused on the task at hand. <BR> <BR> Help me, SparkFriends. You're my only hope! Wed, 9 Apr 2008 08:52:18 EST Points Challenge? Hey -- our SP Class is currently #11 on the category leaderboard. I wonder if we could make it to the top 10??? Tue, 8 Apr 2008 13:37:04 EST SparkSounds - New to SparkPeople <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=1068 </link> <BR> <BR> Now you can hear some others playlists from upbeat for cardio to slow for relaxation. <BR> <BR> Check it out and let us know what you think! Tue, 8 Apr 2008 08:55:27 EST REMINDER: Set your vcr - tivo - dvr Date: Wednesday, 4/9/08 <BR> <BR> Show: Dr. Phil <BR> <BR> Them: FAT ABUSERS <BR> <BR> This announcement is for those who would like to view this program. <BR> <BR> Tue, 8 Apr 2008 00:35:35 EST Does "Remember Me" at login work for you? The "Remember Me" option does not remember my password - does it for you? It remembers my name - and maybe that's what it is supposed to do... but it has worked differently for me other places, I think *scratches head* I just seem to have to log in all the time. <BR> <BR> Thanks for any input! <BR> <BR> ~Meri~ Tue, 1 Apr 2008 06:58:27 EST Helpful Printouts Are you going on vacation for a week? <BR> Do you only access the computer once every day or two? <BR> Do you have super slow connection? <BR> <BR> Keep track of you nutrition, fitness, recipes, and even review your SparkDiet strategies by downloading these helpful printouts. There is even a Calories Burned Chart and a Weekend Survival Guide there for you. <BR> <BR> So check it out and find out if there is something that will make your new habits even easier to keep going! <BR> <BR> <li... Mon, 31 Mar 2008 12:25:38 EST April - Step It Up I apologize for not getting more challenges going in the past few weeks. Just to let you know .. if you have an idea for a challenge (whether a week/month, etc.) please post it. <BR> <BR> For me, I used to see how far I could walk during a month. I took the winter off and am now brushing off the old pedometer and putting it to work again. <BR> <BR> The great thing about the pedometer is that it counts your whole day!! Working, playing, shopping, etc. The recommendation from the pros ... Mon, 31 Mar 2008 11:14:06 EST What Have You Lost? What Do You Want to Lose? Hey Everybody! <BR> Another gal in one of my groups posted this, and thought it would be an interesting topic to reflect for our current pound losses and/or to forecast for our goal weight...and we have been having a blast with it!!! It's great when you can learn and still have lots of fun!!! <BR> <BR> 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>... Mon, 31 Mar 2008 08:42:14 EST Paul McKenna "I Can Make You Thin" FYI <BR> <BR> Paul McKenna, author and hypnotist, has his show on every Sunday evening. Very interesting.... U should check it out! <BR> <BR> Tonight <BR> Learning Channel <BR> <BR> 7:00 PM CDT for last week's in case you missed it and again at 10:00 PM CDT <BR> <BR> 8:00 PM CDT this week's and again at 11:00 PM CDT <BR> Sun, 30 Mar 2008 18:58:29 EST Question about tracking exercise My office is on the 4th floor of the building it is located in, if I am taking the stairs, does anyone know of a way I can count that in my exercise for the day? Fri, 28 Mar 2008 06:32:38 EST Hello all! =D So you may notice that I'm in the class of feb 17-23 and haven't introduced myself until today (mar 27). When I first signed up here, I checked out the site a little, said to myself "wow, what a cool website" and haven't been on the site until yesterday. Reason being is that I still drank pretty heavily and I guess I wasn't ready to give it up. To make a long story short, I had a few lonely, depressing (and very intoxicated) nights, and after a long talk with a very close friend decided th... Thu, 27 Mar 2008 16:44:30 EST Help on Recipes/ ookbook! Can anyone tell me if it's possible to move all the recipes I've collected in my Favorites and put them in one place like a cookbook? I have tried and it won't let me do what I want... {{imagine!}} Do I have to go BACK to each recipe and add to a cookbook that way? All I ever remember seeing is a link to add to my favorites. I just want to get my favorite's cleaned up and all recipes in one place. Thanks! Sat, 22 Mar 2008 14:44:53 EST HI! I'm Becky Hi I'm Becky, I joined on feb 17th,2008. so this is where I belong. I just now found this site lol Fri, 21 Mar 2008 13:31:11 EST I need help!!! I don't know what is wrong with me. I really do want to be healthier and in shape and everything I know I can be. But I can't even get started! I restarted my FastBreak. This is the beginning of day 3. But I just can't get my act together. I can't accomplish any of my little goals. I can't drink 8 glasses of water, I can't not drink soda, I can't exercise for 10 minutes. What am I doing wrong??? What should I be doing? I am so confused and frusterated at myself for not doing anythin... Thu, 20 Mar 2008 10:13:43 EST I have a dumb question.. I have a dumb question. When you pick a meal for dinner in the nutrition tracker, it tells you what you need or what the meal is called, but it doesn't actually tell you HOW to make it..for the most part, I can kind of wing it and figure it out, but sometimes I am stumped. Am I missing something somewhere that says how to prepare dinner with the ingredients listed? <BR> <BR> For tomarrow I picked "Chicken breast on brown rice with tomato, onion, cheese, and salsa; cornbread" so my question ... Wed, 19 Mar 2008 21:11:32 EST Holiday Alternative Foods Many people will be celebrating Easter soon ... with all the eggs, candies, and buffets set out from family and friends, here's the question for you: <BR> <BR> What are some healthy alternatives that you can share with them and ensure there is something there you can eat? <BR> <BR> Share your ideas so you can be prepared and help others prepare for it as well! <BR> <BR> Baked Tostito's Scoops with Salsa <BR> Veggie Tray <BR> Baked Beans (can be lo-cal high fiber if you are careful) <BR> To... Wed, 19 Mar 2008 13:11:36 EST GREAT info you all should know! <BR> <BR> Everyone Hello! A friend on another team told me about this website and I'm sharing it with every team I'm on. This is absolutely FABulous! It's called Dottie's Weight Loss Zone at <BR> <BR> It has a HUGE list of restaurants nationwide with entire menu's and ALL THE CALORIE COUNTS!!!!!!! No more guessing when I sit down with a menu! I can look stuff up before I go and know exactly what I'm going to eat and how much! It's soooooo cool! <BR> <BR> I p... Wed, 19 Mar 2008 12:12:27 EST TLC Show - I Can Make You Thin This show premiered last night and was very interesting. Paul McKenna hosts his show to teach people not to diet ... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ake-you-thin.html </link> <BR> <BR> If you want to sign up for his site you can get a free membership. Check out his 4 Golden Rules. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Just like SparkPeople, he believes in eating when hungry and learning how to listen to your body for cues on when to eat and w... Mon, 17 Mar 2008 09:02:58 EST Back From Vacation and Bummed! I was doing so great... until I went to Florida for 9 days. I'm so bummed out. I had every intention of working out and eating healthy. That went right down the toilet. I worked out 2 times in 9 days (minus any walking I did) and ate out at least 5 times. I'm so devistated. I feel like everything I did up until that point has been lost. I never even logged on the site while I was gone. <BR> What bothers me even more is the night I came back I had to go straight to work and haven't had a da... Sat, 15 Mar 2008 03:53:50 EST My turn to introduce myself! Hi all; <BR> I'm from sunny San Diego - I started logging my food about 3 weeks ago and now I'm HOOKED! I couldn't believe the carbs I was taking in. Now I am making smarter food choices and I'm inspired by the amount of members on Spark People who are doing the same! <BR> I am getting LOTS of ideas from a new magazine "Clean Eating". It's the sister magazine to Oxygen. BOTH excellent publications...check it out. <BR> My eating isn't perfect, but now I know what it amounts to when I eat... Fri, 14 Mar 2008 19:04:37 EST My emails have stopped! Hello All. I have not received any emails from SP for 2 days now... no post notifications or anything. I have talked to ppl on my end and the tech on the tech boards with no help at all. Guess I am on my own and I MISS MY EMAILS! I miss posting and reading posts! I can go in manually and read & post but I go to so many threads, it's difficult to know where I have conversations going so if you don't hear from me, this is the reason why. This is very frustrating and I feel like I've lost ... Fri, 14 Mar 2008 09:24:23 EST Hello new teammates! Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I am new to this team. I have to admit that I joined a few weeks ago - but I didn't really get motivated until about a week or so later. I think it was the extra 5 pounds that I gained over the first week (too much of my own birthday cake...) that really gave me the motivation to get on track. I continue to struggle with finding time for exercise but the Nutrition tracker is really keeping me on track with my calories. <BR> <BR> I did have a "blow it" weekend w... Wed, 12 Mar 2008 19:32:42 EST Healthy Beverages to Get Your Daily 8 Glasses Here is a link to the SparkPeople article showing you how many ways you can easily achieve 8-10 'glasses of water' a day! <BR> <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=605 </link> <BR> Wed, 12 Mar 2008 11:01:10 EST Hello Everyone... Hello my name is Autumn. I am 27 and I found SparkPeople from my best friend. I live in VA and she lives in PA. I just joined Golds Gym last night and am SOOO excited to start working out again. <BR> <BR> I have seen some progress with watching calories and can't wait to see what will become when I start working out again. Tue, 11 Mar 2008 10:40:24 EST How are you doing? Hey guys... well we have been at this for almost a month!!!! Just thought I would see how everyone is doing?!?! Hopefully the pounds are coming off... if not... they will! Just stick with it!!! <em>9</em> Tue, 11 Mar 2008 08:40:30 EST What's something you do now that you... ...wouldn't have done a month ago? <BR> <BR> I've had some sugar cookies that my in laws brought over for the past week on top of the fridge, and I haven't touched one. If I'm going to take in the extra calories, I'm saving it for something chocolate, lol. Plus, I know I'd just have to deal with the temptation of having another one. <BR> <BR> I go to the gym on a regular basis. <BR> <BR> I log what I eat, and stick with eating 1200-1500 calories--and it's not making me crazy! <BR> In fac... Mon, 10 Mar 2008 17:14:19 EST New here I'm new here...Just getting around to posting and really seeing what this site can do. Very impressive!!! I too joined after seeing this on mypoints and needing the points. Look forward to being losers with yall. Mon, 10 Mar 2008 07:41:22 EST Measure your BMI Here's a great site that allows you to calculate your current BMI, Body Mass Index, by just typing in your current height and weight, as well as what your goal weight should be if you want to be within normal ranges (just plug in your goal weight to see if it's within the right ranges for you). <BR> <BR> Here's the link: <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 9 Mar 2008 04:16:43 EST Week 3 Summer Challenge - Sodium, Strength, Share Nutrition Habit: Knowing your correct sodium intake <BR> <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=166 </link> <BR> <BR> Your body make up includes sodium, and it is needed. The problem these days is the amount of salt that people include in the food. The average range that your sodium should be (unless otherwise recommended by a doctor) between 1,000 - 3,000 mg per day. <BR> Rule of Thumb: Keep you sodium intake close to the number of calories take in. <BR> <... Fri, 7 Mar 2008 23:59:07 EST Found additional motivation this weekend.. This weekend, we went for family pictures and first birthday pictures for my daughter and I was so disgusted with the family pictures!! There was only one that I kind of liked. I couldn't believe how fat I looked, I sure don't feel like I look that way when I see my reflection in the mirror every morning..but at least it gave me some additional motivation to stay on track!! Wed, 5 Mar 2008 11:15:37 EST OFF THE WAGON BIG TIME I haven't tracked in quite a few days now. I'm trying to forgive myself and stop beating myself up. I saw someone I hadn't seen in a while and she was telling me how great I looked and I wanted to cry because I've been a total slacker. Any advice/tips on how to get back on track?? Wed, 5 Mar 2008 09:22:45 EST Newbie here and I just can't get myself motivated! I have all good intentions to eat healthier and exercise more, but I just can't get motivated. I love to cook and bake. I have two girls that leave food on their plate all the time. My usual meal is just their leftovers which isn't to much. Then in an hour I am hungry. So I have stopped and now make my own plate and throw their leftovers out. I have stopped baking and only eat food that is made from home. Lets just say I am not happy with this. I hang around with moms that eat everything, don... Tue, 4 Mar 2008 17:10:20 EST SparkPeople Announces New Ticker Options Below is a message from one of the Coach's. <BR> <BR> Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> We launched an enhancement to our weight loss tickers today so that you now have the option to show pounds lost(and goal) instead of your actual weight. If you go to Edit SparkPage and to your ticker section, you will see 2 options: <BR> <BR> 1 - Show my starting weight, goal weight, and current weight (example starting 180, goal 160, current weight 170) <BR> 2 - Show my total pounds to lose and pounds lost (ex... Tue, 4 Mar 2008 12:35:17 EST Week 2 Summer Challenge - Playing Catchup! Due to illness I was unable to get this up by Saturday morning. This week I'll try for Friday night! <BR> <BR> Nutrition Habit: Reduce the Ketchup (and other condiments)! <BR> Many people tracking their calories don't think about their condiments, but those condiments add up to a lot at times. Ask for your salad dressing on the side, dip your fork in it and then pick up your lettuce ... you'll eat a lot less calories from dressing. <BR> <BR> Challenge: Track your condiments and put th... Tue, 4 Mar 2008 11:00:05 EST Today I was not on track Today my day started at 4:30am. DH had his surgery. All went well, however, I ate well but was not able to get any real exercise other than walking. <BR> I was proud of the food choices I made without planning. I need to drink my water tonight. Mon, 3 Mar 2008 19:20:26 EST GRRRRRRRR RRRRRR!!! So, during my last class period of the day, one student was being very disrespectful and rude!!! We are having a concert tomorrow and I was going over how to behave and what to expect. She was talking the entire time. I asked her "How rude can you be?" She shrugged...(she's a sixth grader, btw). <BR> <BR> Then, at the end of class, she come up to me and said that she wanted to drop out of class (it's choir and it's optional). I told her that she had to come to the concert tomorrow. I asked ... Mon, 3 Mar 2008 18:31:12 EST sparkmail Hi there.... Is there a way to see mail I have sent? <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> Gwen Mon, 3 Mar 2008 14:35:55 EST My apologies ... I have not felt well for the past few days and have not kept up SparkPeople, emails, challenges, or anything else. <BR> <BR> I am working my way back, but have over 100 mail to go through, plus sorting through what has been happening. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone has been doing fantastic with their nutrition and exercise and feels energized for a new week! If anyone is interested in taking charge of the week 2 challenge, go for it! <BR> <BR> Hopefully over the next few days I will get ... Mon, 3 Mar 2008 14:15:05 EST Gearing up for a RACE! There is a bridge run here at the beginning of April. Hubby and I have decided to make that our goal, to be able to walk/run it. Does anyone else have a race goal? If so, let's work together to get our plans in order! Mon, 3 Mar 2008 12:57:52 EST Boggled - Food Prep Calories & Fat Feel like a real dummy. I have never been a calorie or fat watcher. It just came to me as I was studying Polish Sausage stats that my Mom used to bake hers to "get the fat out". She also would boil it for much the same reason before using it in some dishes. <BR> <BR> Now my question - why doesn't the method you use to prepare foods change the calorie/fat count? <BR> <BR> Sorry to ask something that is probably commonplace to most of you. <BR> <BR> ~Meri~ Sun, 2 Mar 2008 19:49:13 EST plugging along! Hello. I found sparks through MyPoints, My onset weight was 292# Aug 9,2007. Present weight is 237#. My goal is 140#,hopefully by January of 2009, but that is negotiable. I am a new diabetic, have genetic high blood pressure,high cholesterol and arthritis. Since many major organs have some damage, doctors gave me three years to live at previous lifestyle pace, so I am racing with that devil (old lifestyle) to regain my life, to live past present age of 55. Sideline goal is to get off som... Sun, 2 Mar 2008 08:45:01 EST Daily Water Consumption Tips and Myths Came across this interesting article on water consumption and thought I'd share it here. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>t-reasons-to-drink-water-and-how.html </link> Sun, 2 Mar 2008 00:40:08 EST How do I get points for making a recipe... ...if I can't FIND the recipe in the list? I know full well the Savory Spinach with Tomatoes recipe is in there because it's part of my meal plan. But why it's not showing up anywhere (and I checked Sides, Vegetarian and even Snacks) is beyond me. <em>234</em> Sun, 2 Mar 2008 00:37:06 EST Hi! New here. I joined the 20th of February but have mostly been posting on the 40 somethins with 50 to 99 lbs to lose pages. i decided to see what was up here tonight. My Name is Wendy-I live in NW Ohio. I'm 46 and weigh 220. (by the way how do you get your nifty little weight lose thingy on the bottom of the page? I'm here mostly for the nutrition help and for support. Sat, 1 Mar 2008 21:56:11 EST Starting Stage 2? I got my email about starting Stage 2 last night. I don't think I'm ready, though -- I've been sick most of this week, and still am. So I'm feeling like I could use another week at the fast break stage before I move up. Anyone else? And if I just ignore the email for now, will I automatically stay in the Fast Break stage? Sat, 1 Mar 2008 13:28:24 EST Coach Dean's Blog Entry This was today's blog entry from Coan Dean... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal.asp?id=SP_Coach_Dean </link> <BR> <BR> The Diet Industry is really a very remarkable thing. Collectively, all the diet plans, books, gadgets, pills, and programs that make up this industry have a failure rate of 95%. Many people never see the results promised at all, and of those who do, only about 5% manage to maintain their weight loss over time. Most people regain all they've lo... Fri, 29 Feb 2008 22:45:44 EST Forgive me if I do this wrong...... I'm new just like everyone else, and I used to do WW but the pain of it all was too icky, I hated the weigh ins. Then I tried it on line....but too expensive. Then I just dropped it. <BR> I found SP via MyPoints and fell in love instantly. <BR> I feel healthier even though I am still Fat....but today is a rough day and I need some encouragement. <BR> I am HUNGRY....really HUNGRY. <BR> <BR> A couple of weeks ago feeling like this would mean a fridge raid and a gorging on junk food. <BR> <BR... Fri, 29 Feb 2008 13:57:28 EST Need Advice Okay, I made my calorie goals yesterday and am starting a streak, but now I have not one, but TWO "progressive" suppers coming up this weekend that should be really fun for meeting people but how do I keep from eating too much? Even if I eat tiny little bit of half of all of it, I'll put myself over. My willpower in these situations is not very good. Fri, 29 Feb 2008 09:35:26 EST Do You Need Inspiration When You Start Over? I found this on one of my other SparkTeams and thought you all might enjoy it. <BR> <BR> Here is a fabulous poem to inspire you! <BR> <BR> START OVER <BR> <BR> If you've started out in pursuit of your goal <BR> And you've really tried with your heart and your soul, <BR> <BR> but somehow things got out of control--- <BR> START OVER. <BR> <BR> When you've tried your best to do what you should <BR> And you thought this time that you surely would, <BR> <BR> But once again, you didn'... Thu, 28 Feb 2008 08:43:30 EST What do you do for energy? I've been tring to cut pop out of my diet and I only have a cup or two of coffee in the morning. My problem is.. I have NO energy.. I've been doing good with my excercise and calories... but geez I feel like napping during the day.. What do you do to keep up your energry??? Thu, 28 Feb 2008 07:57:43 EST Weigh in When does everyone weigh in. I thought that i would weigh in a week after my start ddate which is tomorrow. when does everyone do it? Wed, 27 Feb 2008 16:55:06 EST Message Posts with weight tracking How is everyone adding those little weight tracker ticker things to their message posts? Tue, 26 Feb 2008 18:02:36 EST New Here Joined 20th HI, I took me a little while to become accustomed to this site and become brave enough to step forward and introduce myself. <BR> <BR> I am here like most to lose weight I orginally wasn't looking for this kinda site I was doing a google search on weight management software programs and came across this site that does that and much much more.. becoming and avid addict :) Tue, 26 Feb 2008 12:17:16 EST SparkPeople Announces New Home Page! <link><BR>urnal.asp?id=sparkguy_spteam </link> <BR> <BR> ANNOUNCEMENT FROM SPARKPEOPLE!! <BR> <BR> Hello Everyone! <BR> <BR> We're excited to announce big improvements to our "WebSearch" page and a related new contest and SparkPoints opportunity! <BR> <BR> New WebSearch <BR> Most Internet users like to set a search engine like Google or Yahoo as their homepage, and some like to customize this page with things like news or favorite links. SparkPeop... Tue, 26 Feb 2008 09:40:04 EST sparkpoints for friends who have joined I've been personally telling everyone I know about sparkpeople, rather than submitting their email addy's, because even if some do not need to lose weight, we all need to learn how to eat healthier! 3 of my friends have joined but I've only received sparkpoints for 2. Do they have to mention me somewhere for me to get credit? Tue, 26 Feb 2008 07:28:25 EST Why would my blood pressure drop??? Hi Everyone! I've always been a fairly active/healthy person. I've never ate terribly bad or anything like that. For as long as I can remember my blood pressure has always been around 120/60. <BR> The past two weeks, I have been having slight dizzy spells, loosing my balance, feeling lightheaded, etc, and I've sat down and checked my blood pressure and its only been ranging from 92-107/52-65. My husband is a EMT through his work, and has also checked with his bp cuff, as well as a digital on... Mon, 25 Feb 2008 21:40:20 EST Hello Hi am Melinda, I've been working with this site since last Wednesday. I have never been in an online group before. I'm excited to get healthy and stay healthy. <em>224</em> <BR> I've been working with a bariatric specialist who recommended high protien low carb diet. He also recommended this site for it's support and tools. So here I go. Mon, 25 Feb 2008 15:04:05 EST Time to dump Katrina I'm a 38 yo from New Orleans, LA, living and working in Alexandria since my station in New Orleans was flooded. Since then, I've been putting on "Katrina weight" and while I'm still in the ideal range, I'm not at the weight I want to be. Plus I have a class reunion coming in May and I want to be CUT! Slowly working my way into the food tracking and diet and working back into organized exercise--hauling cameras around a studio has GOT to burn off a few calories! Anyway, I've never been ter... Mon, 25 Feb 2008 12:36:00 EST Another New Member! Hi all! I'm here to get information and meet new people and want to lose weight! I gained a bunch of weight when I got pregnant - which was 13 years ago. Yikes! I used to be athletic and always weighed around 130. I'd like to get down to that by this time next year. All the support and new friends out there I can get will be great! Mon, 25 Feb 2008 12:31:25 EST Another Newbie! Hi There, <BR> My name is Laura, I'm 24 and from Ontario Canada. I am lucky to be a wife to an amazing man and a mother to two incredibly handsome boys, one who is 9 and the other just 4 months. <BR> I started exercising in February of 06 weighing 158, I started running (participated in my first duathlon July 06) going to step & kick-boxing classes and on my wedding day (September 16th/06), I was down to 125! I quit smoking October 31st and quickly put on 20lbs then became pregnant in Februa... Mon, 25 Feb 2008 11:26:39 EST support problems. Not everyone i have told as been super supportive of my decision to lose weight. I know i'm not fat, but i am unhappy with how i look. My goal is to lose body fat and build muscle. I have to lose weight, so the muscular body that i want isn't hiding under the fat that i have now. The point is that, when i called my mom this morning to tell her i lost 1.8 pounds this week, she replied, "its probably just water weight." Comments like that make me not want to continue with this plan. I am NOT tr... Mon, 25 Feb 2008 10:38:44 EST Week 1 Summer Challenge - Starting Habits Week 1 of the Summer Challenge ... Starting the Habits. <BR> <BR> Nutrition Habit - Reading Labels <BR> Track what you eat this week. And make sure you know how many servings are in a package! If there are 3 servings and you eat the whole package, make sure you enter it. <BR> <BR> Challenge - Eat at least 3 servings of vegetables every day <BR> <BR> Fitness Habit - Recommended exercise is 30 minutes of cardio 5 days a week and strength training 3 times a week. Track what you do and wor... Mon, 25 Feb 2008 09:06:54 EST Need some serious help with the food tracker Hey guys! I have a problem. Maybe some of you have noticed I mentioned I was from Estonia. And as I tried to use the SparkPeople's Food Tracker I got quite frustrated, probably because of the different eating habits of Estonians and Americans. Thing is I can't really find hardly anything from my menu on that Food Tracker's list of foods. Here we eat different things that don't even probably exist in America and also we almost never eat any take-away food, but the list here is packed with Wend... Mon, 25 Feb 2008 05:42:47 EST Calorie Goal! Yay I finally kept my calories under the suggested limit. I got to eat well and have 2 snacks. I also worked out. Eating slowly and a big salad with dinner made it more satisfying. I used salsa instead of butter. small cup of milk. I feel more comfortable than when I overeat. I am challenging my husband to develop delish low calorie meals to get him involved in this. I am hoping that it makes him think more about his food choices. Sun, 24 Feb 2008 21:26:04 EST 10 minute commitment.... I used my groups to motivate myself and hopefully others. I posted a thread saying i would be doing a 10 minute cardio at 2:45. I only posted it a few minutes from that time so i wouldnt get too distracted. When 2:45 came I felt like I had a commitment that I shouldnt break, and I didnt. Since it worked for me I am going to use my daily huddles to get in my 10 minutes of cardio. Sun, 24 Feb 2008 19:18:37 EST diet don't a couple years ago, I got to a point where I needed to try anything to lose weight. I went on a 2-week crash diet, eating a granola bar or bowl of cereal for breakfast and dinner. Lunch consisted of soup or a sandwich. Perhaps some popcorn for an afternoon snack. I'm certain it was all water weight that came off the first week. By week 2, I had lost 10 pounds. I felt great, but gradually, the weight came back. I"m looking for a healthier way to do it this time without feeling starved a... Sun, 24 Feb 2008 16:44:51 EST Hi Everybody...I'm new too :) I am 43 and getting serious about this "padding" that I have and don't want any more. Looking to meet people and find fun ways to stay fit and healthy. Sun, 24 Feb 2008 15:33:11 EST Today Is Day One I am starting my journey to a healthier and happier me. I must learn to take time for me, eat healthier, and add new friends that will help motivate me along the way. <BR> I am a young 56 year old "Granny" that wants to be able to keep up with my 5 year old granddaughter who is the apple of my eye. Sun, 24 Feb 2008 14:39:25 EST Not so new mommy anymore, needing to lose weight My name is Michelle. I am the proud mommy to an 11month old named Emma. I cannot believe she is about to be one and I still have only lost 8-9lbs since coming home from the hospital! I really had hoped to have lost at least half of what I need to lose by the time her 1st birthday came..but that is less than 1 month away, so now my goal is to lose 16-20 by summer. Ultimately, I need to lose about 50 lbs..yuk! Sun, 24 Feb 2008 14:22:46 EST Help with changing starting weight Ok folks, I made a happy discovery this morning. When I signed up, I estimated my weight.....I just assumed I weighed 170. What I did not take into account was that .....I just may have been wrong....waht I think may not be what is actually I swallowed hard and stepped on the bathroom scale this morning......I actually weigh 154. Ummm.....can you say body dysmorphia? I need to adjust the information on my goals. How do I do that? Sat, 23 Feb 2008 09:44:07 EST Yet Another Newbie My name is Maureen, I'm 52 and live in PA. Found Sparkpages through MyPoints click and get points program. Am enjoying what I'm finding and hoping to meet some new people and find some help with several things. Visit my page! Sat, 23 Feb 2008 07:50:41 EST Success! Weighed in this morning! I've lost 3 lbs! What a great way to kick off my first week on SP! Sat, 23 Feb 2008 07:10:03 EST Logging Exercise Maybe I just haven't figured it out yet, but there are some kinds of exercise that I like to do that I don't know how to enter and get them counted. Like Yoga or Pilates. <BR> <BR> I have two Pilates DVDs, one is a 20 minute workout that's fairly easy and the other is about 50 minutes and is difficult to do. How do you get this to count accurately on the Fitness Tracker? Fri, 22 Feb 2008 20:34:48 EST hello from a newbie I just joined today and am looking forward to exploring and using all the great resources I see. I have already lost 54lbs, but I have been here before and always managed to put it back on. I am determined not to let that happen this time! I am confident that Sparks will help me cross the finish line this time and help me to continue to be a loser!! <em>9</em> GO Team GO! Fri, 22 Feb 2008 13:19:09 EST Newbie!! Hi all!! My name is Rhonda, I'm 35 years old, married and from Cincinnati, OH. I have struggled with weight my whole life. It really went downhill when I was pregnant with my oldest son. Well... here I am... 15 years later and larger than ever. I have been on every diet and have went up and down for years. I actually started eating healthier and exercising more about 2 weeks ago but was starting to get negative until I came across this website today. It really gave me the boost I needed knowi... Thu, 21 Feb 2008 23:26:18 EST Fast Break? Hey all, how's the end of your first week going? Are you following the "fast break" plan of small goals and changes or starting full-on right now? I really just jumped into it this week but now i'm starting to lag! On the other hand I feel like if I don't start strong I'll never have the willpower to keep at it. What do you all think? How has your first week been and what have you been doing? Thu, 21 Feb 2008 22:30:05 EST Newbie I joined yesterday and I'm still getting use to the site. My name is Aerynsun007. I love to swim and I'm starting at 218lbs, with a goal to get to 130. I also know that I have to take baby steps. <BR> <BR> I stumbled on this site by accident. I was on another diet board when someone there mentioned this site and I decided to check it out. So far so good. <em>237</em> Thu, 21 Feb 2008 22:14:53 EST Hi everyone I am new today. My name is Marcia. This is my first day. WOW this is great I cant believe it is free. Good luck to all. Thu, 21 Feb 2008 19:36:37 EST hunger? Okay so i am trying my hardest at the whole thing! I REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY WANNA LOSE THE WEIGHT THIS TIME.... but i find that i am always hungry, i drink water all the time, take vitimons, and drink tea... (those are the three things that never change about how i eat... and never will) but i always have a rum-b-lee in my tum-b-lee........ what do i do? do i eat? do i not? what ? i dont wanna mess up this time, and end up batching the whole plan to lose the weight!!!! <em>46</em> Thu, 21 Feb 2008 02:29:41 EST Newbie on the block Hi everyone, <BR> I would like to introduce myself to you I am a Married man and have a wonderful wife and 2 great children aged 3 and 6 months. I joined Spark People to assist me in losing some extra weight and get my fitness back on track. I am looking forward to reaching my goals with you all. <BR> <BR> Reb Thu, 21 Feb 2008 00:09:05 EST Getting Ready for Summer 2008 - The Plan! Hey guys, I was wondering what everyone's "plan" was for making it to their summer goal. <BR> Wed, 20 Feb 2008 22:39:51 EST ??STAH?? with 100+ to lose?? Are there any stay at home moms or people who stay or work at home and have LOTS to lose?? <BR> <BR> I'm a stay at home mom right now...and I'm off on a fresh start to lose 160 lbs!! <BR> <BR> I have a long way to go, but SPARK is going to help me get there : ) Wed, 20 Feb 2008 18:53:43 EST Newbie & Nervous After a doctors visit today the obvious became clear. I must change my lifestyle!!! So here I am. I have at least 50 pounds to lose... <BR> Good luck to us all. Wed, 20 Feb 2008 17:50:28 EST Just joined today! Is there a calorie counter? Hi, I joined today after running across this site on a search engine. Can anyone tell me if there is a calorie counter on this site? Wed, 20 Feb 2008 15:04:20 EST Hi everyone I am a stay at home mom of 3 with 50 lbs to lose. At least for the short term goal. My super short term goal is to get into a size 12 by May for a Vegas convention we are going to. <BR> Wed, 20 Feb 2008 15:02:54 EST I'm New Too Wow...I found out about this site just yesterday...signed up today & I'm loving it, loving it, loving it already. I'm 22 and I'm looking to lose 50 pds. In the past I've lost and kept off about 30pds doing various things, but I've never been a part of a support group. I hope this will be just the thing to move me from this plateau. I AM SO EXCITED!!!! Wed, 20 Feb 2008 14:47:25 EST How do I How do I set the food thing so it fits me I am allergic to all dairy? Wed, 20 Feb 2008 12:38:35 EST Overwhelmed I see so much information to click on and I know I cannot spend all day on my computer (My time is limited and I am home on vacation time!) Who knows what are a few (couple?) of links that I must regularly check in on to make this successful without the overwhelmed feeling I have right now? <BR> <em>40</em> Wed, 20 Feb 2008 10:57:55 EST Another newbie Hi! I'm Pat from MD. I tried Sparkpeople before, but found it overwhelming. I'm a little better about how it should work, so I'm excited about amiing it work for me. Hi everyone! Wed, 20 Feb 2008 00:09:12 EST Hello from Texas Hi y'all, my name is Shelly and I am from Texas. I found this site searching thru Yahoo. I have been watching Valerie on Jenny Craig and checked out the site and it was way expensive. I have tried Nutri System for a month, only to gain back the weight I lost. Spark was the first one i clicked on and it looked like something I was looking for. So I am giving it a try. I want to lose 30 pounds. I need help to get me through. I lost my willpower about 5 years ago. I am not going to say that anym... Tue, 19 Feb 2008 23:17:06 EST Brand new!! Hello everyone, I just joined this website, looks great, and very motivating.... <BR> Looking forward to getting to know everyone and learning more about healthy lifestyle changes. Tue, 19 Feb 2008 18:07:00 EST I'm New to all of this! Most of my life I've been pretty comfortable with my weight, but not so much these days and I recognize i need a change! My goal is to fit back into all of my old clothes, so no more shopping for me until I get back on track! Please though I need tons of advice and motivation so I appreciate all the comments! Tue, 19 Feb 2008 17:24:35 EST how do you blog? I'd love to start my own blog as a journal for my progress, but I can't figure it out. I also want to say that this site seems like it's really going to help me stick with this program!!! :) Tue, 19 Feb 2008 17:02:01 EST Harness the Power of Frustration I read this today and thought that I just had to share! This is so true - how many of us finally decide to make a change when we've reached as much frustration as we can take? <BR> <BR> **************************************** <BR> <BR> Harness the Power of Frustration <BR> JORGE’S DAILY FIT TIP <BR> By Jorge Cruise, LifeScript Fitness Coach <BR> Tuesday, February 19, 2008 <BR> <BR> There comes a point when you have to say “Enough is enough!” Frustration can create a powerful desire ... Tue, 19 Feb 2008 16:31:11 EST New from NY Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm Lynn from NY and I'm stating my latest weight loss journey with you all. I've done this weight loss twice before and the hardest part is: <BR> <BR> 1. Starting <BR> 2. Keeping the weigh off <BR> <BR> So, I'm working on #1 right now and it will be quite a while till I get to #2 but I'm up for the challenge. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to meeting everyone thru their posts. <BR> <BR> Hugs, <BR> Lynn <BR> Tue, 19 Feb 2008 16:09:33 EST i'm new too! Hi, I'm new to this site too and am excited about having a support network for my goals. I recently had my third (and last :( ) child and need to shed about 70 pounds (but will be happy with 50 to start)! <BR> my dream is to be able to run a marathon and i am certain that with support and some cheering on - i can do it! Tue, 19 Feb 2008 13:23:39 EST How do you get the weight tracker on the bottom? I want one of those weight things that track how much weight I've lost on the bottom of my posts. How do I add one? Mon, 18 Feb 2008 18:51:57 EST The Reason I joined is.... Let's list our reasons for joining and how long we think it will take to get there! <BR> <BR> The reason I joined is to lose my baby weight. I think it will take hopefully not more than 5 months to get down near where I want to be! Mon, 18 Feb 2008 14:14:03 EST I'm a new member My name is christine I'm 20 yrs old and want to lose 40 pounds!! i'm excited about this website and all the things it offers.. Sun, 17 Feb 2008 21:40:22 EST How Does SparkPeople Calculate My Calorie Range When you first set up your goals and enter your height, weight, and activity level SparkPeople calculates the recommended calorie range for you. Below is a link showing exactly how these numbers are calculated. If you are interested, you can calculate your own range in the future. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_calculation101.asp </link> Tue, 12 Feb 2008 12:19:06 EST Getting Started with SparkPeople What is it and Why should you use it? <BR> <BR> NUTRITION TRACKER - Many people 'think' they know what they are eating but are suprised once they enter their food into the tracker. Successfull weight loss and a change in your lifestyle means knowing what you put into your body and how it affects your system. Enter everything from fruits/veggies to those Oreos you snagged while your kids were snacking. <BR> <BR> Losing weight and creating a healthy lifestyle does NOT mean deprivation!!! ... Mon, 11 Feb 2008 14:45:58 EST Getting Ready for Summer 2008 - Part 1 Where do you want to be by June 2008?? Sign up here to participate in this challenge. <BR> <BR> This challenge will be broken into 3 parts ... <BR> <BR> Part 1 - First Steps - 2/22 - 3/27 <BR> Part 2 - Getting Stronger - 3/28 - 5/1 <BR> Part 3 - Fit & Fabulous - 5/2 - 5/30 <BR> <BR> Weigh In - Fridays <BR> <BR> If you are interested in participating, reply with the following information: <BR> <BR> Initial Weigh In (2/22): <BR> Part 1 Goal (3/2): (not more than 2 lbs per week) <BR> Par... Mon, 11 Feb 2008 11:18:55 EST Introduce Yourself & How You Found SparkPeople Welcome to SparkPeople! <BR> <BR> Please take a moment to tell us a little about yourself such as your name, how you found SparkPeople, where you are from, and what some of your goals are. <BR> <BR> I am Becky, one of your co-leaders of this SparkTeam. I found SP through an internet search because I was unhappy with my progress with Weight Watchers (it just wasn't for me). I am from Kansas City and my goal is to be at 130lbs by June 2008 (my one year with SP). <BR> <BR> I love sharing w... Mon, 11 Feb 2008 11:06:17 EST