SparkPeople Spark Illinois The Official Team Team Messageboard Losing weight and feeling great in Illinois! For anyone in Illinois, let's support and motivate each other to reach our goals! SparkPeople Spark Illinois The Official Team Team Messageboard October No Sugar Added Challenge For October lets try to eliminate ADDED sugars to our diets. One good way to do that is to eliminate processed foods. Join us in keeping track. I'm just going to put down the days and put goal met if I don't eat added sugar. Thumbs down if I do. Fresh fruits are not added sugar they are natural Sugar. We'll start this on October 1 Thu, 26 Sep 2019 16:25:30 EST This Thread Is Closed This month we will be doing the 28 Day Home Workout Challenge. Each day you will be given (on the link) exercises to do for that day, in your home. You don't have to go out to a gym. As always, since everyone is on a different fitness level, you can modify these exercises to suit your ability. Just copy &amp; paste your scorecard below, and come back every day (or when you can) and post an icon for that day, showing you completed the task. The link for the challenge is below. Good luck to all... Tue, 30 Jul 2019 06:24:58 EST This Thread Is Closed This month we will be doing 30 minutes of exercise, 5 days a week. Since everyone is at different fitness levels, you can choose your own workouts. Copy &amp; paste the scorecard below &amp; then put an icon on the days you workout. By the end of July you should have 23 workout days. Good luck to you all!! <BR> I have included a link below that will give you suggestions on workouts, if you need them. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/fitness.asp </link> <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 1 Jul 2019 08:45:27 EST This Thread Is Closed This month we will try to get in 10,000 steps a day. Since the summer months are very hectic for everyone, I thought counting our steps would be a good &amp; easy challenge for us all. Below is a link to help you acheive your goal of 10,000. If you participated in the challenge in May, you'll remember this link, as we visited it then also. Good luck to you all. <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/fitness_articles.asp?id=1991 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 17 May 2019 06:52:45 EST Challenge questions or comments. Please post your questions or comments in this thread. <em>304</em> Wed, 1 May 2019 05:46:45 EST This Thread Is Closed This month we will be doing The Realistic Resolutions Challenge. Each day you will be given ideas to help you stick to your goals. Just copy &amp; paste the scorecard below and then come back every day to post if you were able to complete the task. To find the Challenge, just click the link below. Good luck to all. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>calendar-challenge.asp?calendar=18 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>321</em> The Realistic Resolutions Challenge <em>321... Mon, 29 Apr 2019 04:52:36 EST This Thread Is Closed If you have any questions, comments or concerns during our Challenge, this is where you post it. Keeping in touch with each other, during the challenge, will help with motivation.......and we can all use a little more of that. <em>334</em> Thu, 28 Feb 2019 07:05:24 EST This Thread Is Closed For the March challenge, we will be doing the "30-Day Plateau-Busting Challenge." Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, the scale seems to be stuck &amp; not moving for us. Changing things out will help us get that scale moving in the right direction. As with the past challenges, you just check in to this link (below) everyday, to find out what you need to do for that day. Then post it on your scorecard.Hopefully this challenge will help with motivation &amp; get us past that "stuck" point. ... Wed, 27 Feb 2019 06:05:07 EST This Thread Is Closed <link><BR>sparkchallenge-accept.asp?cc=EC7KX68I1<BR>1AKMWUXY89IOW7BD </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Week # 4 - February Challenge <BR> <BR> 22) 18 <BR> 23) 19 <BR> 24) 14 <BR> 25) 20 <BR> 26) 34 <BR> 27) 14 <BR> 28) 16 <BR> <BR> Total SPARKPOINTS earned_____135 (7 days)_____ <BR> Wed, 20 Feb 2019 06:32:04 EST This Thread Is Closed Week # 3 Challenge <BR> <BR> <link><BR>sparkchallenge-accept.asp?cc=TO3MWCQPL<BR>83EKZLP66E5C3CUC </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Week # 3 - Eat The Rainbow <BR> <BR> 15) <em>590</em> <BR> 16) <em>590</em> <BR> 17) <em>590</em> <BR> 18) <em>39</em> (kinda hard to do when you're in the car all day) <BR> 19) <em>590</em> <BR> 20) <em>590</em> <BR> 21) <em>590</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Total number of Days Completed________6 days________... Wed, 13 Feb 2019 06:30:09 EST This Thread Is Closed February Week #2 Challenge <BR> <BR> 08) 60 minutes <BR> 09) 40 minutes <BR> 10) 134 minutes <BR> 11) 75 minutes <BR> 12) 30 minutes (birthday celebration, not alot of exercising going on. Lol) <BR> 13) 65 minutes <BR> 14) 30 minutes <BR> <BR> <BR> Total Days Completed____7 days - 434 minutes__________ <BR> <BR> The Challenge will be open to join on Friday, the 8th. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 7 Feb 2019 06:17:59 EST This Thread Is Closed For our February Challenge, there will be a different challenge each week. I will put the link for each week on this thread and you will do as the other challenges, just post your card each week, then come back every day to post your results. <BR> Week # 1 we will drink 8 cups of water a day, for 7 days. The link is below, to join the challenge. Good luck! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>sparkchallenge-accept.asp?cc=4TBAYTBAF<BR>F5ZJ7E9KQ8R2DHAB </link> <BR>... Wed, 30 Jan 2019 11:21:41 EST Questions for Challenge Starting a thread here so that questions about the challenge don't have to be asked on the main challenge page. <BR> <BR> Wed, 2 Jan 2019 07:45:56 EST This Thread Is Closed This month we will get back on track with this Sparkpeople "30 Day Fit &amp; Fiber-Full" wellness challenge. Copy and paste the scorecard below &amp; post it. Then visit the link below everyday and it will tell you what you should do for that day. AND you even earn points every day if you join the challenge. WIN WIN! Good luck to all! <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>calendar-challenge.asp?calendar=12 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> 30 Day Fit &amp; Fiber... Mon, 31 Dec 2018 06:11:02 EST Oldnewbie Hello everyone. My name is Jeanne and I am a 40 something with 50+ pounds to lose. This will be my 2nd shot at Spark people, about my 100th try for weight loss. I guess never give up! Looking forward to connecting with you Sun, 18 Nov 2018 15:28:06 EST This Thread Is Closed This month we will be doing the 28 Day Home Workout Challenge. You'll be exercising right at home, no need to leave &amp; go to the gym. <BR> Just click on the link below, when that page comes up, join the challenge, then everyday come back and do whatever it says for that day. <BR> Copy and paste the scorecard below, then post it on this thread. Come back everyday and mark with an icon, if you completed that day's task. The person/persons that finish all 28 days will receive a virtual trop... Mon, 29 Oct 2018 06:29:39 EST This Thread Is Closed. For the challenge this month, we will be counting our steps. Let's see if we can get up to 7,000 steps a day. I know that everybody is on different levels of fitness, so do as many as you can. <BR> Just copy and paste the score card below and come back every day and post your steps. <BR> Good luck to all!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> Walking 7,000 Steps A Day <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> 01) <BR> 02) <BR> 03) <BR> 04) <BR> 05) <BR> 06) <BR> 07) <BR> 08) <BR> 09) <BR> 10) <BR> 11) <BR> 12)... Mon, 1 Oct 2018 05:24:31 EST This Thread Is Closed. Posting Page for the September 2018 Challenge <BR> <BR> <em>491</em> Eating our Fruits &amp; Veggies <em>267</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> 01) <em>590</em> <BR> 02) <em>42</em> (Failed miserably today!) <BR> 03) <em>590</em> <BR> 04) <em>590</em> <BR> 05) <em>590</em> <BR> 06) <em>590</em> <BR> 07) <em>590</em> <BR> 08) <em>42</em> <BR> 09) <em>42</em> <BR> 10) <em>590</em> <BR> 11) <em>590</em> <BR> 12) <em>590</em> HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LINDA!! <e... Tue, 28 Aug 2018 14:44:06 EST This Thread Is Closed <em>227</em> DO NOT POST ON THIS PAGE <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> September 2018 Challenge - Getting in your Fruits &amp; Veggies <BR> <BR> We all know we should be eating our fruits and vegetables. You’ve probably heard the recommendations for meeting a 5-a-day quota, or seen the USDA’s recommendation to fill half of your plate with fruits and veggies during each meal. And you probably already know that eating fruits and vegetables provides a number of important health benefits, li... Tue, 28 Aug 2018 14:34:30 EST Are you close to me? Hi Illinois, I'm Nancy in central Illinois. Anyone within a 10 mile radius of Elgin, IL like to walk, ride bicycles. I love SP but it's nice to connect with the locals. Sun, 12 Aug 2018 09:08:21 EST This Thread Is Closed. Congratulations to all who participated, you make me proud!! <BR> <BR> <BR> LJK091354 (Linda) - 1460 Fitness Minutes &amp; 296 Glasses of Water <BR> <BR> ALLENCS (Carolyn) - 3975 Fitness Minutes &amp; 277 Glasses of Water <BR> <BR> MARCIALS51 (Marcia) - 2238 Fitness Minutes &amp; 248 Glasses of Water <BR> <BR> HUNNYB4 (Becky) - 1057 Fitness Minutes &amp; 291 Glasses of Water <BR> <BR> ZANYGIRL1 (Karen) - 1391 Fitness Minutes &amp; 221 Glasses of Water Wed, 1 Aug 2018 19:54:33 EST This Thread Is Closed Results for the August Challenge <BR> <BR> You all did a great job! Thanks for participating. <em>104</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> HUNNYB4 (Becky) - 30 days <BR> <BR> ALLENCS (Carolyn) - 30 days <BR> <BR> ZANYGIRL1 (Karen) - 30 days <BR> <BR> BECCAJ98 (Becca) - 27 days <BR> <BR> LJK091354 (Linda) - 23 days <BR> <BR> MARCIALS51 (Marcia) - 14 days <BR> <BR> BCHARIE - 1 day <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 31 Jul 2018 05:49:11 EST July 2018 Challeng e--Water and Fitness For July we are going to combine our fitness minutes and tracking our water. It is especially important this time of year to drink your water especially when you are doing lots of exercise. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> July Fitness and Water Challenge <em>194</em> <BR> <BR> 1. <BR> 2. <BR> 3. <BR> 4. <BR> 5. <BR> 6. <BR> 7. <BR> 8. <BR> 9. <BR> 10. <BR> 11. <BR> 12. <BR> 13. <BR> 14. <BR> 15. <BR> 16. <BR> 17. <BR> 18. <BR> 19. <BR> 20. <BR> 21. <BR> 22. <BR> 23. <BR> 24. <... Fri, 29 Jun 2018 07:35:32 EST Hi from Carroll county I just rejoined Spark again.... I need to lose weight and so far this is working ( my 2nd day). lolol.... looks like rain today.. I want to do some meal planning today... everyone have a super day... Nancy <em>521</em> Tue, 12 Jun 2018 09:17:12 EST May 2018 Monthly Challenge Results Here are the results for the Mat challenge. Everyone did <em>250</em> !!! <BR> <BR> 1. Allencs: 3,664 Minutes <BR> 2. Denise: 2,890 Minutes <BR> 3. Marcia: 2,899 Minutes <BR> 4. Tina: 1,898 Minutes <BR> 5. Linda: 1,002 Minutes <BR> <BR> Fri, 1 Jun 2018 09:49:08 EST June 2018 Monthly Challenge Hello Team! Hope everyone is drinking their <em>91</em> during these hot days! For the June challenge we will be doing another 2,500 fitness minutes challenge as we thought with the warmer weather people will be able to do their fitness routine outdoors. Hope everyone enjoys their summer. You know the drill! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>259</em> <em>361</em> June 2018 2,500 Fitness Minutes Challenge <em>259</em> <em>361</em> <BR> 1. <BR> 2. <BR> 3. <BR> 4. <BR> 5. <BR> 6. <BR> 7. <BR... Wed, 30 May 2018 13:33:05 EST April 2018 Monthly Challenge Results Here are the totals for the April Challenge <BR> 1. ALLENCS: 3,290 Minutes <BR> 2. Marcia: 3,241 Minutes <BR> 3. Denise: 2,950 Minutes <BR> 4. TLARNOLD: 1,262 Minutes <BR> 5. Linda: 1,224 Minutes <BR> <BR> Everyone did <em>250</em> <BR> Tue, 1 May 2018 20:46:36 EST May 2018 Monthly Challenge <em>321</em> Hello Team! <em>321</em> Since May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, we decided to do another 2,500 Fitness Minutes Challenge. If you are not able to do this many minutes, that is okay! Do what you are able to do! The point of the challenge is just to motivate members to get up and move!! It will start on Tuesday May 1, 2018! <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>363</em> <em>294</em> <em>332</em> May 2018 Monthly Fitness Minutes Challenge <em>363... Sun, 29 Apr 2018 08:01:54 EST Near Fairfield in Wayne County Dose any one live near me?? I'm in Fairfield IL that is in Wayne County. I'm looking for a work out partner? Fri, 6 Apr 2018 14:45:24 EST March 2018 Challenge Results Here are the final results for the March Challenge: <BR> Allencs: 31 days <BR> Linda: 29 days <BR> TLARNOLD1974: 11 days <BR> <BR> WTG EVERYONE!!!! <BR> Tue, 3 Apr 2018 15:57:52 EST April 2018 Monthly Challenge Hello Team! For this month's challenge we are doing to do a 2,500 fitness minutes challenge. We have worked on our nutrition for the past couple of months, so now let's get to work on our bodies!! You guys know the drill! Let's Keep Moving!!! <BR> <BR> <em>332</em> <em>67</em> <em>521</em> April 2018 2,500 Fitness Minutes Challenge <em>375</em> <em>67</em> <em>521</em> <BR> 1. <BR> 2. <BR> 3. <BR> 4. <BR> 5. <BR> 6. <BR> 7. <BR> 8. <BR> 9. <BR> 10. <BR> 11. <BR> 12. <BR> ... Thu, 29 Mar 2018 11:45:12 EST March 2018 Monthly Challenge <em>441</em> <em>788</em> Hello Team!! Everyone did a great job on the February challenge!! For this month's challenge we decided to stick with the nutrition theme. The challenge for March is to consume the daily recommendation of 5 fruits/veggies servings a day. If you did the February challenge you may recall that day 17 on the challenge gave us ideas on how to get in our 5 servings of veggies/fruits by incorporating them in as our snacks. Scorecard is posted below so just copy and pa... Thu, 1 Mar 2018 07:57:05 EST March Challenge - Get 5! This month we're going to change it up a bit and focus on fruits and vegetables. Our goal for this month is to up the amount of fruits and veggies you get a day and get at least 5 daily. Copy the chart below (or make up your own) and join us in keeping track. <BR> <BR> March Challenge - 5 Fruits and Vegetables Daily <em>45</em> <em>491</em> <em>368</em> <em>488</em> <em>291</em> <BR> <BR> 1. <BR> 2. <BR> 3. <BR> 4. <BR> 5. <BR> 6. <BR> 7. <BR> 8. <BR> 9. <BR> 10. <... Thu, 1 Mar 2018 07:32:48 EST February Challenge 2018 Results Everyone did a great job in this month's challenge. Here are the results; <BR> Denise: 28 Days <BR> Carolyn: 28 Days <BR> Marcia: 21 Days <BR> Karen: 1 Day <BR> <BR> <em>243</em> <em>592</em> Wed, 28 Feb 2018 21:29:41 EST January 2018 Challenge Results Everyone did an great job in the January Challenge. Here are the final numbers for those who participated: <BR> Allencs ; 3,518 Minutes <BR> Denise 3,360 Minutes <BR> Marcia: 2,801 Minutes <BR> Linda:1,355 Minutes <BR> Barnsandme: 45 Minutes <BR> <BR> P.S. Just in case anyone was wondering, I took myself out of the running in the final tally. <BR> <BR> Great work! February challenge here we come!!!! <em>591</em> Fri, 2 Feb 2018 10:45:36 EST February 2018 Smart Snacking Challenge <em>212</em> <em>255</em> <em>321</em> <em>403</em> <em>437</em> <BR> Hello Team!! For the month of February we thought the SP Monthly Challenge Smart Snacking would be good to do. When we asked the question regarding ideas for challenges many wanted nutrition as part of a challenge. The Challenge is for 28 days and we thought since it's only 28 days in February it would be a good fit. Join the challenge and copy and paste scorecard. Then just come back everyday and place an em... Sun, 28 Jan 2018 10:16:31 EST January 2018 Challenge Hello Team: <BR> <BR> I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!! Now as we welcome in a new year, let's promise ourselves that we will continue to put our health first!! Since we finished off 2017 with amazing challenge results for our last challenge of the year, thought we should start off 2018 with the same challenge!! Let's challenge ourselves to do 2,500 Fitness Minutes for the month! I know that <em>381</em> !!! You know the drill, just copy and paste and Let's Get Movin'!!!! <BR> ... Sat, 30 Dec 2017 15:51:16 EST 2018 Challenge Anyone up for a 2018 challenge? I will keep up with exercise 5 times a week and lose 5% of my body weight in two months. Sat, 30 Dec 2017 15:44:24 EST Christmas Mindset. Have to have a mindset to get through. Decide you will Tue, 19 Dec 2017 12:58:39 EST Marion County Anyone else from Marion County? Mon, 18 Dec 2017 11:22:26 EST Make a sentence Starting a new game. I will make a sentence and the next person will make a sentence starting with the last word of my sentence and then next last word of their sentence: <BR> <BR> Today is a beautiful DAY. (Ok, start your sentence with Day) Mon, 4 Dec 2017 17:03:13 EST October Fitness Minutes Challenge 2017 Results Everyone did an awesome job on this challenge!!!! I truly believe that all the members gave it their all and it shows in the numbers!! Be proud everyone ROCKED this challenge! <BR> <BR> Denise: 5,169 Minutes <BR> Allences: 3,696 Minutes <BR> Marcia: 3,230 Minutes <BR> RAJMH: 2,995 Minutes <BR> Linda:1,400 Minutes <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 1 Nov 2017 17:17:51 EST Easy Healthy Recipes Hello Team! Just wondering if anyone wants to share any of their easy healthy recipes with us. <BR> <BR> One of the newest recipes I am doing is a way healthier option than chocolate ice cream. I love it or any ice cream for that matter! I take one or two bananas and freeze them, then I take them out about ten minutes before I need them and let them refroze a little. Then I use a food processor, blender or chopper and puree them with unsweetened coco powder. Perfect chocolatey ice cream fix!... Sat, 14 Oct 2017 06:58:10 EST October Fitness Minutes Challenge 2017 Hello Team!! We will be doing a Fitness Minutes Challenge this month, but with a little twist! Let's try to get ready for the holiday season by giving ourselves an little extra push toward better health. I know that we all are at different fitness levels so you have a choice of two different level fitness minutes. You can either do a 500 Fitness Monthly Minutes Challenge or a 2,500 Fitness Minutes Monthly Challenge. On the Score Card (copy and paste) just put level you are doing so we know. P... Fri, 29 Sep 2017 17:33:56 EST Calling All Favorite Workout Tunes!!! Sometimes we all need an extra push to either start a workout or finish one. <em>335</em> Music always does it for me!!! What about you? <em>335</em> What is on your favorite workout playlist or what tune got you through the final minutes of your workout today?? <em>335</em> <BR> <BR> Personally anything upbeat works for me when I am working out!!!! A couple of the tunes I like to listen to, especially while running are "Lose Yourself" by Eminem and "Raging War" by CeCe Winans. One ... Sat, 16 Sep 2017 11:55:49 EST What is your favorite season and why? Tell us which season is your favorite and why. <BR> <BR> My favorite season hands down is Fall!!! <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> I love the crisp, cool mornings! Also love the colors of the season, the holidays and of course the comeback of "comfort foods". <em>471</em> Sat, 9 Sep 2017 09:30:48 EST September game New game. We'll go alphabetically. Put two words together that start with the same letter. I'll start: <BR> <BR> Awful Apple <BR> <BR> Next letter is B Mon, 4 Sep 2017 20:12:04 EST Two words, change one Let's start a new game. Put two words that go together down, the next poster changes one word <BR> <BR> <BR> Example: <BR> <BR> Red apple <BR> <BR> Next poster: apple pie Fri, 1 Sep 2017 07:45:03 EST August 2017 Monthly Challenge This month we will be keeping track of our steps. We will be trying for 7,000 steps (or more) a day. Your scorecard is below, just copy and paste, then return every day to post your steps for the day. I know that everyone is at a different fitness level, so if you're not able to do 7,000 steps, just do as many as you can. Try to push yourself every day to do a little more. <BR> At the end of the month, the person with the most steps will win a virtual trophy. <BR> <BR> GOOD LUCK TO ALL, WE C... Thu, 27 Jul 2017 08:48:26 EST September 2017 Monthly Challenge This month we will be doing the "30 Day Skinny Jeans" Challenge. Copy and paste your scorecard from below, and return every day to post on that scorecard. The link is below, just visit the challenge page every day and complete the task. Just use an icon or word to keep track of the days you finished. At the end of the month, the person with the most days completed will receive a virtual trophy. Good luck to all!! WE CAN DO THIS!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> <link> Thu, 27 Jul 2017 08:33:37 EST Scores For The July Challenge For the month of July, we will mpstart Your Workout" Challenge. You can visit the link below to start and every day you will be given a new exercise to do. Just click on the day and follow the instructions. You are allowed to modify the instructions to your own fitness level and abilities. For your score card, just copy and paste the score card below and post it. Every day you can return to your post and either use an icon to say you did that day's exercise, or type "Done" for that day. Good ... Tue, 27 Jun 2017 09:14:02 EST What did you want to be when you were little? Let's start a new thread--What did you want to be when you were little? And then tell us if you followed through. <BR> <BR> Teacher - no <BR> <BR> Wed, 21 Jun 2017 07:19:26 EST Ideas for New Challenges Does anyone have any ideas for new challenges that would get more people involved. If so, comment in the thread. <BR> <BR> Linda Tue, 20 Jun 2017 18:11:18 EST May 2017 Fittness Challenge 500 Minutes Results AllenCS 4527 <BR> <BR> ConTrouble 4210 <BR> <BR> Blue7684 4026 <BR> <BR> SWilson2347 3711 <BR> <BR> MarciaS51 3554 <BR> <BR> LJK091354 1301 <BR> <BR> DawnDMoore 922 <BR> <BR> Gordon66 110 <BR> <BR> Good job all Tue, 20 Jun 2017 18:10:27 EST April 2017 Challengr Results Everyone did a great job!! <em>594</em> <BR> 1. Kerry: 4,4931 Minutes <BR> 2. Allencs: 4,204 Minutes <BR> 3. SWilson2347: 4,001 Minutes <BR> 4. MarcialS51: 3,658 Minutes <BR> 5. Gordon66: 3,343 Minutes <BR> 6. Linda: 1,107 Minutes Tue, 2 May 2017 14:28:07 EST Madison County Any Madison County Sparkers out there? Sun, 30 Apr 2017 18:51:50 EST May 2017 Fitness Challenge 500 minutes of Fitness. Let's just repeat April's Fitness Challenge of 500 Minutes of Fitness. Just copy and paste this chart to your status to participate. <BR> <BR> <BR> May Fitness Challenge - 500 Minutes of Fitness. <BR> <BR> 1. <BR> 2. <BR> 3. <BR> 4. <BR> 5. <BR> 6. <BR> 7. <BR> 8. <BR> 9. <BR> 10. <BR> 11. <BR> 12. <BR> 13. <BR> 14. <BR> 15. <BR> 16. <BR> 17. <BR> 18. <BR> 19. <BR> 20. <BR> 21. <BR> 22. <BR> 23. <BR> 24. <BR> 25. <BR> 26. <BR> 27. <BR> 28. <BR> 29. <BR> 30. <BR> <BR> Total Minu... Sun, 30 Apr 2017 10:09:33 EST True or False Let's start a new game called True or False. Make a statement and the next person answers True or False and then makes another statement, etc., etc. <BR> <BR> The next poster is glad it's almost spring! Mon, 3 Apr 2017 08:08:59 EST April 2017 Challenge This month we will push ourselves to get over 500 minutes of fitness in, for the month. That's only 20 minutes a day, allowing you to rest at least one day a week. You can choose your fitness routine, whatever works best for you. If you are unable to do 20 minutes a day, just do whatever you can. Every little bit helps. Copy and paste the score card below, then come back to that post every day and enter the minutes you got for that day. Good luck to all!! <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <e... Fri, 31 Mar 2017 07:44:23 EST This thread is closed. This month we will try for 300,000 steps. (That's a little less than 10,000 a day) If you aren't able to get in that many steps, just do as many as you can. But we need to push ourselves a little, to get better every day. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Copy and paste your score card below. Every day, come back to that post and enter your steps for the day. If you aren't able to get on here every day, that's fine. Just enter your steps every time that you do get on here. Good luck to everyone! <BR... Tue, 28 Feb 2017 07:15:54 EST January 2017 challenge results The results for the January 2017 Fitness Challenge are as follows: <BR> <BR> GORDON66 3,485 minutes 58 hours 5 minutes <BR> MARCIAL51 3,450 minutes 57 hours 30 minutes <BR> ALLENCS 2,345 minutes 39 hours 5 minutes <BR> LJK091354 1,290 minutes 21 hours 30 minutes <BR> DAWNDMOORE40 1193 minutes 19 hours 54 minutes <BR> ZANYGIRL1 490 minutes 8 hours 10 minutes (started late in the month--good job) Fri, 3 Feb 2017 08:12:48 EST This Thread Is Closed This month we will do the 30 day "Walk This Way Challenge". I know we did this last year, but it seems like a good way to kick off the new year. Please keep in mind, if there is any part of this challenge that you can not do, you can always modify it to your own fitness abilities. <BR> <BR> Let's get this month going, WE CAN DO IT!! Good luck to everyone. <BR> <BR> Copy and paste your scorecard below: <BR> <BR> <em>55</em> SCORECARD <em>55</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> February 2017 - Walk... Tue, 24 Jan 2017 08:13:02 EST January 2017 Team Challenge Let's Go Illinois! The challenge for this month will to track your fitness minutes daily. Just copy and paste to your status for your scorecard. <BR> <BR> Fitness Minute Challenge--January 2017 <BR> <BR> Jan. 1 <BR> Jan. 2 <BR> Jan. 3 <BR> Jan. 4 <BR> Jan. 5 <BR> Jan. 6 <BR> Jan. 7 <BR> Jan. 8 <BR> Jan. 9 <BR> Jan. 10 <BR> Jan. 11 <BR> Jan. 12 <BR> Jan. 13 <BR> Jan. 14 <BR> Jan. 15 <BR> Jan. 16 <BR> Jan. 17 <BR> Jan. 18 <BR> Jan. 19 <BR> Jan. 20 <BR> Jan. 21 <BR> Jan. 22 <BR> Jan... Fri, 30 Dec 2016 14:34:57 EST Word Association Let's try a new game. This one is called Word Association. 2 words that go together will be put down, You drop one and add another. <BR> <BR> Example: Merry Christmas <BR> <BR> Christmas Blessings (next person changes one of these words) Fri, 2 Dec 2016 07:56:19 EST Fit Food October Challenge Results MarciaLS51 29 of 31 <BR> BLUE7684 27 of 31 <BR> ALLENCS 25 of 31 <BR> DAWNDMOORE40 22/31 <BR> LJK091354 11/31 <BR> <BR> Good Job all! Tue, 1 Nov 2016 19:44:53 EST NSV for today! Thought I'd start a new thread since no one is doing the chat. Check in once a day with a NSV that you did for the day. NSV is a non scale victory. <BR> <BR> My NSV yesterday was not buying ice cream in the store because if I do, it's a BIG PROBLEM! <BR> <BR> Linda Wed, 5 Oct 2016 07:39:07 EST September Challenge Results Here are the results for September Challenge. Everyone did great!!! <BR> 1. MarcialS51: 5,478.57 <BR> <BR> 2. Gordon66: 3,881 <BR> <BR> 3. Allencs: 3,778 <BR> <BR> 4. Tracey: 2,975 <BR> <BR> 5. Linda: 2,641 <BR> <BR> 6. Dawn: 807.41 Sat, 1 Oct 2016 13:28:05 EST October Challenge - Fit Food Spark People Challeng For October we will do the Fit Food SP Challenge as a team. Go into challenges and join this team. Also keep track on our team. I will put a "score card" that you can copy and paste. Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:37:24 EST FIRST 2 Letters to Make a New Word <BR> <BR> Never mind this won't work. Wed, 21 Sep 2016 07:32:35 EST Yum or Yuck Starting a new game today. I will put a food down, you answer yum or yuck and then you put another food on the next line. <BR> Ex. <BR> Tomatoes <BR> Yum <BR> <BR> Green Beans <BR> <BR> The next person answers yum or yuck to green beans, etc. Mon, 19 Sep 2016 07:49:45 EST September Challenge 2016 <em>321</em> Our challenge this month is to try and complete 500 Fitness Minutes! Let's welcome Fall on a high note! Copy and paste the score card below. Come back daily to update your minutes! <em>321</em> <BR> <BR> <em>465</em> September Challenge 2016 Score Card <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> 1) <BR> 2) <BR> 3) <BR> 4) <BR> 5) <BR> 6) <BR> 7) <BR> 8) <BR> 9) <BR> 10) <BR> 11) <BR> 12) <BR> 13) <BR> 14) <BR> 15) <BR> 16) <BR> 17) <BR> 18) <BR> 19) <BR> 20) <BR> 21) <BR> 22) <BR> 23) <... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:02:17 EST This Thread Is Closed Just copy &amp; paste to your post. <BR> <BR> <BR> My Steps for August <BR> <BR> 01) 528 <BR> 02) 13,648 <BR> 03) 6,324 <BR> 04) 1,968 <BR> 05) 8,604 <BR> 06) 6,844 <BR> 07) 10,132 <BR> 08) 8,224 <BR> 09) 6,628 <BR> 10) 7,272 <BR> 11) 10,300 <BR> 12) 11,228 <BR> 13) 10,748 <BR> 14) 1,960 <BR> 15) 5,232 <BR> 16) 3,309 <BR> 17) 17,885 <BR> 18) <BR> 19) <BR> 20) <BR> 21) <BR> 22) <BR> 23) <BR> 24) <BR> 25) <BR> 26) <BR> 27) <BR> 28) <BR> 29) <BR> 30) <BR> 31) <BR> <BR> Total Steps___________... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 08:35:08 EST This Thread Is Closed Just copy &amp; paste to your post. <BR> <BR> <BR> My Fitness Minutes for August <BR> <BR> 01) 7 minutes <BR> 02) 141 minutes <BR> 03) 66 minutes <BR> 04) 30 minutes <BR> 05) 93 minutes <BR> 06) 76 minutes <BR> 07) 122 minutes <BR> 08) 207 minutes <BR> 09) 72 minutes <BR> 10) 77 minutes <BR> 11) 104 minutes <BR> 12) 111 minutes <BR> 13) 102 minutes <BR> 14) 0 <BR> 15) 50 minutes <BR> 16) 22 minutes <BR> 17) 83 minutes <BR> 18) <BR> 19) <BR> 20) <BR> 21) <BR> 22) <BR> 23) <BR> 24) <BR> 25) ... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 08:32:55 EST Reintroduction I'm Amanda! I probably introduced myself when I joined the first time around, but I've been MIA for quite awhile. <BR> <BR> A little about me: I just turned 30 in April. I'm the mom of a 2 year old boy (We named him Jack, but he has been calling himself "Nemo" or "Lightning" lately). I work as a nurse in the cardiac cath lab and interventional radiology, and I dabble in electrophysiology. The job requires me to take call, which can be stressful at times, but it's such a rush when someone... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 00:09:51 EST Fox Valley Sparkies? Anyone from Aurora or any surrounding cities? I live and work on the west side of Aurora. Just wanted to see if there was anyone close by looking for a workout buddy. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 23:50:28 EST July Steps Here you can keep track of your steps for July. You can do this with your July Fitness Minutes, or do it instead of the Fitness Minutes. Just copy and paste the date card below. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>55</em> Date Card <em>55</em> <BR> <BR> My Steps for July <BR> <BR> 01) <BR> 02) <BR> 03) <BR> 04) <BR> 05) <BR> 06) <BR> 07) <BR> 08) <BR> 09) <BR> 10) <BR> 11) <BR> 12) <BR> 13) <BR> 14) <BR> 15) <BR> 16) <BR> 17) <BR> 18) <BR> 19) <BR> 20) <BR> 21) <BR> 22) <BR> 23) <BR> 24) <BR> 25) ... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 07:15:46 EST July Fitness Minutes We are not doing any summer challenges because everyone is so busy in the summer months, it's hard to try to keep up with them. But if you want to keep track of your fitness minutes, you can do it here. Just copy and paste the minutes card below and enter your minutes in the same post every day. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>55</em> Minutes Post <em>55</em> <BR> <BR> My Fitness Minutes for July <BR> <BR> 01) <BR> 02) <BR> 03) <BR> 04) <BR> 05) <BR> 06) <BR> 07) <BR> 08) <BR> 09) <BR> 10) <BR... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 07:11:41 EST New to Spark Hi, my name is Ellen. I am new to Spark and looking forward to a healthier life. I do have physical ailments which I am praying are being healed. This makes my walk a bit stronger. Thu, 9 Jun 2016 07:48:28 EST This Thread Is Closed For this month, let's really push ourselves to see if we can get 500 fitness minutes. After you post your scorecard, just come back every day to that post and enter your minutes for the day. Your fitness minutes will also include your walking. <BR> <BR> Have fun and get fit! <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> <em>55</em> Scorecard Below <em>55</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> June 2016 Challenge - 500 Fitness Minutes <BR> <BR> 01) <BR> 02) <BR> 03) <BR> 04) <BR> 05) <BR> 06) <BR> 07) <BR> 08) <BR> 0... Tue, 31 May 2016 22:20:51 EST This Thread Is Closed. Once in a while, I get questions from team members about how to navigate through the SP site. In this section, I will post the questions, then give an answer or explanation. If you have a question or need help with something on the team page or the SP website, please post it here and I will answer it as quickly as I can. Wed, 4 May 2016 16:52:51 EST Scores For The May Challenge For the May Challenge, we will be counting our steps. Let's see if we can get to 100,000 steps this month. It may sound like a lot, but I know you can do it. To motivate yourself, strive to get more steps than anybody else. Let's GO!!! <BR> Your score card is below, just copy and paste, then edit that same post, every day when you enter your steps. (So there should only be one post per person.) <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>55</em> Score Card <em>55</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> May 2016 Challenge - 1... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 19:24:47 EST Getting off the Rollercoaster. Although I have always loved Six Flags since I was a child, I don't wish to live there. Living on a constant Roller coaster ride with health and fitness have been very challenging and draining to say the least. I had approx 30 lbs to loose, already loosing 14 of those lbs so I am on my way and very determined. My life as a mother, wife and business owner is so busy that I had to force myself to find the time to take care of me. I know that I am no good to anyone else unless I'm healthy an... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 19:06:10 EST This Thread Is Closed. This month we will be doing the 28 Day Home Workout Challenge. Go to the link below every day and it will tell you what you need to do on that particular day. To keep score, you get one point for every day completed. Just post an icon of your choice on the day you complete the task. If there are exercises that you are unable to do, you may substitute it for something else. <BR> <BR> LET'S GET HEALTHY &amp; FIT TOGETHER!!! <em>353</em> <BR> <BR> <link> Sat, 2 Apr 2016 08:59:46 EST Hello everyone Hello. My name is Kayla James. I am 23 and totally blind. I want to lose weight and get healthy. One inspirational person, whose story I read in Spark Solution, inspired me. Her name's Tina and she won a modeling contest. I want to do that. Fri, 4 Mar 2016 18:39:20 EST Final Scores For February Challenge Final Scores For February Challenge <BR> <BR> <em>242</em> To Everyone!! <em>380</em> <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tracey (BLUE7684) - 6193 minutes <BR> <BR> Leslie (GORDON66) - 5339 minutes <BR> <BR> Marcia (MARCIALS51) - 2941 minutes <BR> <BR> Karen (ZANYGIRL1) - 2590 minutes <BR> <BR> Linda (LJK091354) - 1244 minutes <BR> <BR> Nancy (BETTERNANCY) - 859 minutes <BR> <BR> Margarita (MARGARITA312) - 385 minutes Tue, 1 Mar 2016 20:44:59 EST This Thread Is Closed. For our March Challenge, we will be doing the "Zen Fitness 30" Challenge. You will go to the link below and do whatever it specifies for that day. On your score card you will mark each day (using whatever icon you choose), to signify that you have completed that day. You will get 1 point for each day completed. <BR> <BR> Click the link below: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-challenge.asp?calendar=16 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>55</em> Copy and Paste Your Sc... Mon, 22 Feb 2016 20:25:07 EST Sue from Addison I am looking for a walking partner or if anyone is interested in a walking team. I live in Addison and love to walk the forest preserves or the many trails that surround this area. Also, would like to get my bicycle out this year. I am 53 years old and would like to keep active and meet new friends. Anyone interested, let's get walking. Sun, 21 Feb 2016 13:14:07 EST January Challenge Results Everyone did an awesome job on the challenge!!! Here are the results for those who participated: Tracey (456,900) <BR> Marcia (206,731) <BR> Nancy: (124,674) <BR> Linda: (103,575) <BR> Karen: (45,430) <BR> Bryefield: (13,590) <BR> Growingmywings: (0) <BR> <BR> Good work everyone!! I hope you will be joining us for the February Challenge!! <em>380</em> <BR> Mon, 1 Feb 2016 15:07:27 EST February 2016 Challenge For our challenge this month, let's try to get 500 fitness minutes! Just copy and paste the chart below and add your numbers daily! <BR> <BR> 1. <BR> 2. <BR> 3. <BR> 4. <BR> 5. <BR> 6. <BR> 7. <BR> 8. <BR> 9. <BR> 10. <BR> 11. <BR> 12. <BR> 13. <BR> 14. <BR> 15. <BR> 16. <BR> 17. <BR> 18. <BR> 19. <BR> 20. <BR> 21. <BR> 22. <BR> 23. <BR> 24. <BR> 25. <BR> 26. <BR> 27. <BR> 28. <BR> 29. <BR> <BR> Total minutes for February __________ Fri, 29 Jan 2016 12:54:42 EST What's in your lunchbox game? Hi everyone, we thought we'd start a new game and see if we can get more people involved. We're going to call it "What's in your Lunchbox?" Hopefully it will give everyone different ideas and maybe we can come up with a new idea for their own lunches. <BR> <BR> A lunch should consist of 300 to 450 calories depending on if you're trying to lose weight or maintain. <BR> <BR> So what was one thing you had today? <BR> <BR> I had leftover turkey and celery sticks? You? Wed, 20 Jan 2016 20:28:51 EST Hello I am new to Spark People. I am looking to get on the right track and lose weight. Fri, 15 Jan 2016 20:56:25 EST Greetings Hello, <BR> <BR> I'm Susie and trying to get back to eating healthier and exercising. Still learning all there is on Spark, but it has been fun. I am currently in Central Illinois :) Wed, 13 Jan 2016 13:44:16 EST Introducing myself <img src=""> Thu, 7 Jan 2016 16:03:22 EST This Thread Is Closed. This month, let's push ourselves to start the year off right. Let's try for 100,000 steps in the month of January. I know we can do it!! Below is your score card to copy and paste, then come back every day (or however often you like) and enter your steps on your original post. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <em>104</em> <em>244</em> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <em>104</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> <em>55</em> Score Card Below <em>55</em> <BR> <BR> January ... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 10:10:01 EST My name is... <em>102</em> Sam. I used to be on this site back in 2010 but stopped shortly after i had a kid. Been wanting to get into healthier shape and have more energy. I have a four year old boy and hes got soo much energy. I used to continue the exercises (some not all and at an easier pace and whatever my body would let me do which was alot lol) thru my pregnancy. Hoping to get myself back into better shape :) Tue, 5 Jan 2016 02:21:04 EST Loss more than 18.9 in year 2016 In 2015 I loss 18.9 I challenge my self to loss more then 18.9 in the year 2016 <BR> <em>192</em> <BR> 12/29/2015 starting weight 233.0 Tue, 29 Dec 2015 11:13:00 EST FINAL SCORES FOR NOVEMBER CHALLENGE This next month we will be doing SP's "30 Day Walk This Way Challenge". Click on the link below to start the challenge. Each day you will be given something new to do. Your score card is also below. Just copy and paste &amp; reply. Each day come back to your original post and mark if you have done the challenge for the day. You will get 1 point for each day your complete your task. Good luck to all!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-challenge.asp?calendar=9 </link> ... Sat, 31 Oct 2015 22:16:41 EST This Thread Is Closed. October 30-Day Challenge <BR> <BR> Let's start a new season on the right foot! Log at least 500 fitness minutes in October, that's just under 17 minutes a day. It can be cardio, or ST, or choose. I have included the link (below) for the "Fitness" page, so you can check out some exercises, if you're not sure what you want to do. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>.asp </link> <BR> <BR> <em>55</em> Score Card Below (Just copy and Paste) <em>... Sat, 12 Sep 2015 18:32:35 EST Time for a change! Hi, I'm ready to change my old habits and begin healthy eating and exercise. Motivation and support will be a necessary part of this journey. I'm hoping that involving myself more with Sparks will help. Wed, 9 Sep 2015 17:39:37 EST This Thread Is Closed. September Challenge <BR> <BR> For this month we will do the : 30 Day #Find30 Challenge. This is a SparkPeople Challenge. You click on the link below and it will take you to the Challenge page. You will get 1 point for every day you complete the challenge, plus you will earn "SparkPoints" at the same time. Below is also your score card. Just copy and paste it to your reply, then come back every day to mark that day complete, in the same post. <BR> Let's make it a great month!! <BR> <BR> <l... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 19:57:37 EST Woodford Co/Livingston Co Looking for someone to team with who seriously wants to lose. I'm in Minonk, and that's why both counties. So, someone close to those towns would be great. E mail me! Sat, 22 Aug 2015 01:17:58 EST Weight Loss A New Frontier 4 Me!!! My name is John. Greetings, I like millions of people have been battling weight loss my whole life. I have been on so many diets, I've tried so many diet plans to NO avail. I'm weighing in at 224 lbs. When I go to the doctor's office I'm looking for the truck scales, instead of the regular weight scales [just kidding.. L.O.L.] Anyway, my first goal is to see 200 lbs. in November 2015; my next goal is to be 160 lbs. in March 2016. Realistic goals per this website----losing 8 lbs. per month. So... Sun, 9 Aug 2015 02:47:47 EST FINAL SCORES FOR AUGUST CHALLENGE For this month's challenge, we will be doing one of Spark People's challenges. The link is below, just click on it to get to the page, then click on each day to see what your challenge is for that day. You will earn one point for each day that you complete, plus SP will give you spark points. WIN! WIN! <BR> Just put an emoticon below, beside each day that you complete. <BR> <BR> Good luck!!!!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>hanges.asp </link> <BR> <BR> <em>5... Sat, 18 Jul 2015 19:38:45 EST I'm so excited!!! Hi I'm Jackie ....I'm so excited about on Spark People. So far I've seen a lot of encouragement, don't forget to throw some my way.&#128512; Looking forward to great results! Thu, 16 Jul 2015 21:36:28 EST Final Scores For June Challenges You ladies did an <em>345</em> job on the June Challenges! Thanks for participating. <BR> <BR> BLUE7684 (Tracey) - 52 points <em>208</em> Top Score For June <BR> <BR> ZANYGIRL1 (Karen) - 35 points <BR> <BR> MARCIALS51 - 31 points <BR> <BR> DIANNAJ22 (Dianna) - 18 points <BR> <BR> GROWINGMYWINGS (Marcy) - 7 points <BR> <BR> PENNICLE - 2 points Wed, 8 Jul 2015 13:19:12 EST Ready for success! I joined SparkPeople on 7/1/15. I'm not sure about how to participate in these Team Forums. But I thought I'd try. I'm 47 and really need to lose 74 lbs. I haven't been a healthy weight in 15 yrs. I'm hopeful that this will help me finally achieve my goal! Mon, 6 Jul 2015 00:27:59 EST Give a Goodie Game Going to try starting a new game today. We'll start with the number 100 and each person puts the next number. When you have 2 of the same numbers, you send a goodie to someone on the team. They don't have to be playing the game to get the goodie, just the team. <BR> <BR> I'll start: <BR> <BR> 100 <em>389</em> <BR> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 07:18:46 EST Scores For July Challenge. This month we will be counting our steps. Our goal is to get 100,000 steps or more. This may sound like a lot, but it's less than 4,000 steps a day. <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> <em>55</em> Copy and paste your score card <em>55</em> <BR> <BR> JULY CHALLENGE - 100,000 steps for the month. <BR> <BR> 01) <BR> 02) <BR> 03) <BR> 04) <BR> 05) <BR> 06) <BR> 07) <BR> 08) <BR> 09) <BR> 10) <BR> 11) <BR> 12) <BR> 13) <BR> 14) <BR> 15) <BR> 16) <BR> 17) <BR> 18) <BR> 19) <BR> 20) <BR> 21) <BR> ... Mon, 22 Jun 2015 07:47:50 EST This Thread Is Closed. For our last week in June, we will continue with the cardio and ST. It is the same as last week. As before, you get one point for cardio, per day, and one point for ST, per day. <BR> <BR> You can choose any cardio that you like: <link><BR>exercises.asp?exercise_type=cardio </link> <BR> <BR> You can choose any ST that you like: <link><BR>exercises.asp?exercise_type=strength&e<BR>xercise_level=any&equipment=bodyweig... Mon, 22 Jun 2015 07:40:13 EST This Thread Is Closed. Same challenge, different exercises. Do 4 days of cardio and 3 days of ST (Strength Training). You can either do the cardio and ST on the same days, or different days, your choice. Don't forget to give yourself a rest day. <BR> <BR> CARDIO: (Choose the one you want, for each of the 4 days) <BR> <BR> Pivot and Reach - <link><BR>es.asp?exercise=526 </link> <BR> <BR> Front Kicks - <link><BR>es.asp?exercise=534 </li... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 06:51:51 EST Newbie and ready to loose Hello, my name is nikki, I live in central Illinois and would love a workout buddy to go to the gym with. I currently go to golds gym express in bloomington. I have about 70 pounds to loose. I also wanted extra support from people close that will help meet my goals. Sun, 14 Jun 2015 04:59:59 EST This Thread Is Closed. I apologize for getting this posted late. <BR> <BR> This week we will continue with the cardio and ST. It is the same as last week. <BR> Your score card is below, just copy and paste. <BR> <BR> <em>55</em> Score Card <em>55</em> <BR> <BR> JUNE CHALLENGE Week # 2 <BR> <BR> 9) <BR> 10) <BR> 11) <BR> 12) <BR> 13) <BR> 14) <BR> 15) <BR> <BR> You can choose any cardio that you would like to do: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>exercises.asp?exercise_type=car... Mon, 8 Jun 2015 22:57:18 EST LOOKING FOR 3 SERIOUS WOMAN TO GET TO GOAL!! If your serious about losing your weight and you won't give up on me or yourself then I'll help you if you help me. I think if I have to check in with someone daily I know I'll succeed. I've done weight watchers in the past and unfortunately let myself gain in all back. I don't want to sign up for WW again though if I can have the same motivation from the convenience of my computer and iphone and a good friend. I figure a circle of 4 of will work great. So I'm 1 and my hand is extended ... Mon, 8 Jun 2015 11:38:17 EST Newbie Introduction Ugh...I never know what to say on these things. I'm 27 years old and have been overweight all of my life. Battling some pretty serious emotional and anxiety issues for the last couple of years has forced me to get serious about getting my life together and taking control of my health. Right now, I weigh about 300 lbs. and I'm tired of it. Not really very good at the whole community thing, but I'm trying to work on that too. Tue, 2 Jun 2015 23:40:49 EST This Thread Is Closed This will be a place where you can keep track of your miles walked. It's not part of the challenge. <BR> <BR> JUNE - MILES WALKED <BR> <BR> 01) <BR> 02) <BR> 03) <BR> 04) <BR> 05) <BR> 06) <BR> 07) <BR> 08) <BR> 09) <BR> 10) <BR> 11) <BR> 12) <BR> 13) <BR> 14) <BR> 15) <BR> 16) <BR> 17) <BR> 18) <BR> 19) <BR> 20) <BR> 21) <BR> 22) <BR> 23) <BR> 24) <BR> 25) <BR> 26) <BR> 27) <BR> 28) <BR> 29) <BR> 30) <BR> <BR> Total miles______________ <BR> <BR> Mon, 1 Jun 2015 10:19:19 EST This Thread Is Closed. For the month of June, we will be doing 4 days of cardio every week and 3 days of ST (Strength Training) every week. You can decide which days you want to do them, but you should have at least one day a week for rest. EXAMPLE: Mon., Wed., Fri., Sat. - Cardio <BR> Tues. Thurs. Sat. - ST and Sunday is rest day. Or you can do the cardio & ST on the same days, your choice. Every week I will be changing what the cardio & ST exercises are, but if you aren't able to do the ones I have chosen, you ca... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 08:50:03 EST Jeff is losing weight I'm coming from using Nutrisystem on and off for +5 years. I'm in my 50's and have been over 300 pounds. at one point on NS I had lost nearly 60, but could not stick with the program and ended up quitting and gaining back. Tried 2 other times, this last one I have come down 25 so far but now with NS closing the community boards and shifting the trackers to NuMi, I am looking for something better. Wed, 27 May 2015 08:19:02 EST Getting healthy over 50. <em>524</em> Hello, My name is Cheryl and I'm 52 years old. My weight climbed up to 236.4 pounds on a steady stream after having a hysterectomy at age 29. My mother, her mother, and her mother's mother all died from ovarian cancer. I was next with a tumor engulfing my right ovay, hence the hysterectomy the year after my mom died. They put me on estrogen replacement therapy and up went my weight. I used my weight to protect me from creeps, and it worked. God has healed my heart from the abu... Tue, 12 May 2015 20:59:38 EST Morning thoughts Looks like I am only one up so far. Pretty dark out yet, but thanks to my cats I'm up. Made some fresh coffee and mini biscotti. Let's hope it is a good day and we can put in another notch in our exercise belt. Mon, 11 May 2015 06:15:50 EST Greetings Hi, just wanted to introduce myself to the group. A few weeks ago I got a Jawbone UP Move tracker and love its simplicity. It really is making me accountable. I've been on the mend from surgery and finally got the ok to start exercising, I feel like a blob of green hospital Jello. I've walked a total of 27 miles since 4-24 Yea! Was considering WW but this once thriving group seems to have gotten pretty expensive with many negative reviews about the on line site. I found Spark and of cou... Wed, 6 May 2015 07:58:55 EST This Thread Is Closed. Good job ladies!! Whether you got the highest score or not, you're still a winner for your fitness efforts. <BR> <BR> BLUE7684 (Tracey) - 3179 points <BR> <BR> GORDON66 (Leslie) - 2184 points <BR> <BR> ZANYGIRL1 (Karen) - 1271 points <BR> <BR> SNOOKY53 (Sandie) - 550 points for Week # 1 <BR> <BR> DIANNAJ22 (Dianna) - 234 points for Week # 1 <BR> <BR> LJK091354 (Linda) - 16 points for Week # 4 <BR> <BR> PENNICLE - 7 points for Week # 3 <BR> <BR> BETTERNANCY (Nancy) - 1 point for Week ... Fri, 1 May 2015 13:23:20 EST This Thread Is Closed. MAY CHALLENGE (May 1 - 31) <BR> <BR> This month we will be tracking our steps. This is where you will post every day (or week), the amount of miles you have walked. This can be walking in the house, walking outside, walking on a treadmill, whatever you do to get in more steps every day. <BR> Our goal is to walk 60 miles this month. If you do more or less, that's ok. As long as you keep moving for a healthier you! <BR> Your score card is below. Just copy and paste to "Reply", then come back ... Fri, 1 May 2015 07:22:56 EST This Thread Is Closed. This week we will be working on the whole body: exercising, getting plenty of water and staying within our calorie range. (Your calorie range is whatever you have come up with, for your needs) The food tracker (on this site) is an easy way to keep track of your calories, and anything else that you might be tracking. (sodium, sugar, vitamins, etc.) <BR> Every day you can check off each item that you have done. You get one point for each item, each day. So you can get a total of 8 points per we... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 14:30:55 EST This Thread Is Closed I have been asked if we can do some seated exercises, because some people aren't able to do them standing. So this week we'll be doing seated core exercises that (hopefully) everybody will be able to do. If you are not able to do these, they have a variety of seated exercises on the fitness page. This is a 9 minute video and gives you a good workout. We should try to do this a couple times a day, for 4 out of 7 days. If you can only do it once a day, that's perfectly fine. Do what you can wit... Wed, 15 Apr 2015 13:17:21 EST This Thread Is Closed. Wall Pushups and Step-ups (Time involved: 10 minutes) Do the 55 rep plan one time each day for 4 days out of 7. I got this from another team's challenge & thought it would be something we could also do. <BR> In this challenge, you're going to do Wall pushups and Step-ups . Beginning with 10 Wall Pushups, followed by 1 Step-up - rest - 9 Wall pushups, followed by 2 Step-ups – Rest Gradually working your way down to 1 Wall pushup and up to 10 Step-ups...Resting 30 seconds between each set. Fee... Thu, 9 Apr 2015 10:26:34 EST This Thread Is Closed <em>244</em> <em>243</em> You all did <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> BLUE7684 (Tracey) - 4575 points for March <BR> <BR> ZANYGIRL1 (Karen) - 1910 points for March <BR> <BR> GORDON66 (Leslie) - 1397 points for March <BR> <BR> KAHLAD1 (Kahla) - 1248 points for March <BR> <BR> LJK091354 (linda) - 831 points for March <BR> <BR> SNOOKY53 (Sandie) - 550 points for March <BR> <BR> DIANNAJ22 (Dianna) - 420 points for March <BR> <BR> MARCIALS51 - 270 points for March <BR> <BR> PENNICLE - 75... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 19:43:00 EST This Thread Is Closed. This week will be a little different. We will be doing 5 different exercises each day, all are "Bodyweight" exercises. You will do 10 of each one, each day, for 4 out of 7 days. Of course you can do more, if you want to, and less, if you need to. Only you know what your body can handle. As always, if you can't do one that is listed, you may certainly substitute. At the bottom of this post is the list of exercises and the link to their page. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>55</em> Copy and Paste to "R... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 21:31:50 EST Good Morning, Great Day! Hi gang.... <BR> <BR> My name is Dorrie and I am 44 years old. Like many others, I have been on the weight roller-coaster my entire life. Unfortunately, I was under a lot of stress the last three years and my weight ballooned to 240+ lbs. I felt horrible and looked even worse. <BR> <BR> A year ago, I decided enough was enough and decided that I needed to change things for ME! I lost 45 pounds and was feeling happy, proud, and healthy. Then life hit again and I let the control slip. ... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 08:34:49 EST Emily Johnson I'm 26 years old with Downs syndrome, I'm 221 pounds over and I need help to find my inner beauty. Wed, 25 Mar 2015 22:19:07 EST Last 2 Letters To Make a New Word..... Let's try something new. Here you will use the last 2 letters in the word to make a new word. <BR> <BR> <BR> nuanCE Tue, 24 Mar 2015 21:31:51 EST This Thread Is Closed MARCH CHALLENGE Week # 4 (March 26th - 31st) <BR> <BR> This next week we will be doing cardio. Do 50 "Jumping Jacks" a day - 4 out of 7 days. The link is below for this exercise. And for those people (like myself) that are unable to do jumping jacks, I have included another link that is for the "Modified Jumping Jacks". As always, copy and paste your score card in the "Reply". Just remember when you come back every day to enter the number you did, just edit your original post. <BR> If for an... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 21:24:28 EST This Thread Is Closed MARCH CHALLENGE - Week # 3 (March 19th - 25th) <BR> <BR> For this next week, we will be doing "Biceps Curls with Band" I have included a link (below) so you can see how it's supposed to be done. We will do 50 a day for 4 out of 7 days. If you find that you are unable to do this exercise, there are other biceps exercises on the fitness page that you can choose from. <BR> Below is the link. Just copy and paste the score card to keep track of your fitness. <BR> <BR> <em>55</em> Below is th... Thu, 19 Mar 2015 17:44:44 EST Hello everyone! I guess we are all here for the same reason.. <BR> Good luck to everyone. :) Wed, 18 Mar 2015 10:32:22 EST This thread is closed <link><BR>es.asp?exercise=246 </link> Wed, 11 Mar 2015 16:02:45 EST This Thread Is Closed <em>227</em> Please do not post on this thread <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> These are the scores for March. I will add up all the scores at the end of the month for the month's Gold, Silver & Bronze winners. <em>386</em> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> WEEK # 1 Scores for Wall-pushups <BR> <BR> BETTERNANCY (Nancy) - 50 <BR> LJK091354 (Linda) - 200 <BR> MARCIALS51 - 255 <BR> GORDON66 (Leslie) - 370 <BR> BLUE7684 (Tracey) - 1100 <BR> SNOOKY53 (Sandie) - 200 <BR> KAHLAD1 (Kahla) - 275 <BR> FR... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 10:51:56 EST This Thread Is Closed March Challenge - Week # 2 (March 10th - 16th ) <BR> <BR> Starting tomorrow, our challenge will be to do 50 crunches, for 4 days out of 7. The process is the same as last week, you can do them all at once, or 10 at a time, through out the day. I understand that everyone is at different fitness levels, and some people might not be able to get down on the floor to do these. Since we are working on our core this week, you can check out the fitness page (in the "Exercise Library", under Core Exe... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 06:36:17 EST Wall push up - 50 per day - March 3 thru 9 3) 50 Tue, 3 Mar 2015 16:50:16 EST This Thread Is Closed For the month of March, I will list a new exercise each week that you can do. You will need to do these exercises for at least 4 days out of 7. You can pick the 4 days that you do. You should do at 50 per day, but you don't have to do them all at once. For example: <BR> The first week will be "Wall Pushups". You can do 10, maybe an hour later, do 10 more, after lunch do 10 more, afternoon do 10 more, and so on. Any way you want to do them, as long as you do 50, through the course of a day. ... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 08:21:25 EST Motivated to lose! I have lost and regained weight many times. As age and a few health issues provide new motivation, I am here and I am determined to lose 100 pounds. Seriously, if I lost 50, I'd be thrilled! At age 58, the prospect of pain-free joints and improved blood pressure are my motivation rather than the size 10 dresses that were my motivation at age 28. I hope to be able to offer encouragement to others, too. 2015 is my year - and I hope to make some friends here along the way. Mon, 23 Feb 2015 21:34:48 EST Jennifer Sturm Hi my name is Jennifer Sturm. I am the mother of four wonderful kids and engaged to a wonderful man. I really want to lose weight to where I have more energy to where I can play and do more fun things with my kids. Tue, 17 Feb 2015 13:20:26 EST Anyone here live around Herrin Really need an accountability partner and someone to exercise with! Sun, 15 Feb 2015 03:05:06 EST Turning 60 in 2 wks....I need to lose this weight! Hi to all! I'll be turning 60 in just two weeks (that in itself is unbelievable!) I've let myself go, I am 60 pounds overweight, have back problems and heartburn of which I am positive if I lost the weight some of those issues would be gone. I just seem to have lost all motivation mentally and physically and can't seem to get motivated with anything. I have lost my way along the road of life and I want I want to get it back. I have two great grandchildren that I want to be around for as l... Sat, 14 Feb 2015 16:27:06 EST Logan County Looking for people from Logan County who like to walk. My goal is to work up to 24 miles by the end of June so that I can hopefully walk the entire 24 miles at Starved Rock in July. Walking buddies are welcome and appreciated! Tue, 10 Feb 2015 17:25:25 EST Hello folks Hi. I am new here. I am 43,and out of shape. Advise and support would be welcome. Thank you Sat, 7 Feb 2015 02:53:20 EST This thread is closed Let's see how many "Fitness Minutes" we can get in this month. 500 minutes will help keep us healthy and fit. <em>353</em> <BR> <BR> February Goal - 500 Fitness Minutes <BR> <BR> 1) <BR> 2) <BR> 3) <BR> 4) <BR> 5) <BR> 6) <BR> 7) <BR> 8) <BR> 9) <BR> 10) <BR> 11) <BR> 12) <BR> 13) <BR> 14) <BR> 15) <BR> 16) <BR> 17) <BR> 18) <BR> 19) <BR> 20) <BR> 21) <BR> 22) <BR> 23) <BR> 24) <BR> 25) <BR> 26) <BR> 27) <BR> 28) <BR> <BR> My Total Fitness Minutes _____________ <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 2 Feb 2015 10:48:04 EST This thread is closed. GROWINGMYWINGS (Marcy) - 139.81 miles <BR> <BR> BETTERNANCY (Nancy) - 2.52 miles <BR> <BR> TDERBS323 - 72.02 miles <BR> <BR> GORDON66 (Leslie) - 126.50 miles <BR> <BR> JGUY1981 - 6.02 miles <BR> <BR> LJK091354 (Linda) - 120.93 miles <BR> <BR> STEFFANDC (Denise) - 174.06 miles <em>279</em> <BR> <BR> NEXTCHAPTER4ME - 92 miles <BR> <BR> DEBI160NOW (Debi) - 3 miles <BR> <BR> BLUE7684 (Tracey) - 163.035 miles <em>264</em> <BR> <BR> ZANYGIRL1 (Karen) - 138 miles <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 10:34:45 EST Introduction Heyy I am Anna and I am a 21 year old college student. I have been overweight most of my life I lost weight then regain it. My highest was 254 and not I am at 233. My goal weight is to get down to 130 pounds. <BR> <BR> I was on Sparkteens a long time ago, and then cancelled it now I am back on. I am hoping that with support and ability to find different recipes for food that I can get to my goal weight. Fri, 30 Jan 2015 21:40:53 EST Hi - ready to get started!! My name is Jeanne. I will be 50 on Saturday and really need to get healthier. I am currently 298. I lost 48 lbs last year but gained it all back. Tired of being tired and uncomfortable with my own weight. I look in the mirror and do not believe how I let myself gain this back but NO MORE! My goal is to get down to 185. So a little more than 100 to lose. We can do this! Mon, 26 Jan 2015 07:46:14 EST Hello My name is Julie. I've been following the Spark plan since Jan 5th. I am nine pounds lighter. I'm just going to keep going one day at a time. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:10:35 EST I'm New At This Hello. My name is Kara Stribling. I have been trying to lose 40 pounds for a long time. One of my friends referred me to this site. I have a good feeling about this time around. I have already lost 2 pounds in 3 days. I know that's not much but at least its a start. :) Thu, 22 Jan 2015 16:11:32 EST To Love Me again I am 34, been married for almost 15 years to my amazing husband, whom met me at 17 and spunky. I was pleasantly thick in the right places, but was always the BIG girl compared to my friends. We have two wonderful boys who are very active in sports. I lost 80 pounds about 7 years ago and felt wonderful, then I changed to a desk job with high stress and pot lucks galore and gained 100 back. Now here I am fat and sassy, however, disappointed with my reflection. I love my inner me and my family, ... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 18:20:57 EST This Thread Is Closed This is where you will post every day (or week), the amount of miles you have walked. This can be walking in the house, walking outside, walking on a treadmill, whatever you do to get in more steps every day. <BR> <BR> <em>55</em> ****COPY AND PASTE THIS PORTION OF THE POST**** <em>55</em> <BR> <BR> January <BR> <BR> 1) <BR> 2) <BR> 3) <BR> 4) <BR> 5) <BR> 6) <BR> 7) <BR> 8) <BR> 9) <BR> 10) <BR> 11) <BR> 12) <BR> 13) <BR> 14) <BR> 15) <BR> 16) <BR> 17) <BR> 18) <BR> 19) <BR> 20) <BR... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 10:05:24 EST This Thread Is Closed <em>227</em> This thread is only for information, not for posting. <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> For the January 2015 Challenge: <BR> <BR> This challenge is: Walking 75 Miles in the month of January. <BR> There will be a thread below this one, where you can enter your mile/s each day or week. There are NO requirements for this challenge, it's just meant to give you a push to see how many steps you can get in, for the month. I realize that everybody is at different fitness levels. What migh... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 09:56:21 EST This thread is closed neW Wed, 31 Dec 2014 09:32:43 EST This thread is closed This is where you sign up for the January Walking Challenge. <BR> The challenge will be to walk 75 miles in the month of January. If you pass that, that's great. If you don't come close, that's great also. At least you will be getting in some walking every day, and this will motivate us to do even more!! <BR> <BR> To sign up, copy and paste this whole post to a reply. Add your name to the list, then post it. <BR> <BR> Sign your name below: <BR> <BR> 1) ZANYGIRL1 (Karen) <BR> 2) <BR> 3) <BR... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 13:21:06 EST This thread is closed Starting January 1st, 2015, we will start a new Team Challenge. It will be a walking challenge, to get you motivated, to keep your bodies moving. I realize that everybody is at different fitness levels, so this will be something that you all can do. <BR> <BR> The Challenge: Let's see who can get in 75 miles of walking for the month of January. <em>311</em> <BR> If you happen to pass that amount, that's great. If you only get close to that amount, that's great also. Sometimes competition ... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 13:14:07 EST New to the Group Good Morning Everyone. <BR> <BR> My name is Cheryl and I live in Highland, IL. I have tried numerous (many times over) programs and can not seem to get past week 3. I read an article in the current "All You" magazine where a woman lost over a 100 pounds using SmartPeople. The article was impressive, the program was solid, there was a behavioral aspect, all things I need. So I'm here for the first time; a little overwhelmed by all the steps, options, etc. and I'm still not sure what I'm d... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 08:53:24 EST Renee Lyons hi <BR> <BR> joined today, have to lose 30 lbs. struggle with what to eat and what to do for a workout Mon, 15 Dec 2014 21:19:49 EST Elgin here Hi, <BR> My name is Sandie and I am from Elgin. Would love some buddies from around this area. <BR> We can try and motive each other. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <em>252</em> Tue, 2 Dec 2014 22:39:33 EST Joining on Thanksgiving?! Hi everyone. <BR> My name is Jennifer and on Tuesday I started the medically monitored Optifast program. My weight has been yo-yo-Ing all of my life and right now I am the heaviest I've ever been. I chose Optifast for the "taking a break from food" aspect so I can re-set and get some initial weight loss going while I step up to gradually reintroducing food. <BR> <BR> Today is day 3 and Ive been very hungry - which I can ignore hunger pains - but towards evening I had difficulty cc entrea... Fri, 28 Nov 2014 03:21:07 EST Hi! I'm Harley. I'm 19, 146 pounds, and I'm looking to lose eleven more. Problem is, I've hit a wall of depression, and I don't really have any friends left in my life? It would be nice to have someone to talk to for support with working out and what not. Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:34:11 EST Hi I'm Cathy i have recently been told I have diabetes. That is why I'm joining again to Sparks people. I don't want to get worse and have to start taking pills oe injections. I need to lose 90 lbs. I have been overweight most of my adult life. I've tried many things before and failed. I've read most in enters have failed some 1000 times before there invention finally comes together. I have to believe this time it will all come together for me. Thu, 6 Nov 2014 08:22:57 EST new to the forum Hi, I am from Roselle anyone interested in a walking or workout buddy motivation seeker Sun, 2 Nov 2014 11:09:35 EST New here. Looking for buddy Hi! I'm Dana and new to spark. I live in Oswego. I am looking to be more healthy and be a good example to my kids. I am looking for a buddy (possibly an exercise buddy) for accountability. Sun, 28 Sep 2014 21:48:56 EST Minooka, IL Let's go ! Sat, 20 Sep 2014 01:40:31 EST staying fucus Good morning team, stay focus and be strong!!! Fri, 12 Sep 2014 08:41:56 EST blessed by the best and ready to get going Hi my name is Mary, and I am ready to get moving and lose some weight. Everyone have a good night and a great day tomorrow Labor day. Sun, 31 Aug 2014 23:38:00 EST fat sassy gramma 1 husband, 2 kids, 5 grandkids, and an aging MIL, I need to be much fitter in order to keep up. The RA treatments aren't helping, but I discovered activity helps. A busy summer and I lost the gains 4 mths of physical therapy got me so, looking for some encouragement and accountability cause I do have a sweet tooth and I am lazy I like to read not run Sun, 17 Aug 2014 21:35:20 EST Morgan/Sangamon Counties I live in Jacksonville. Anyone around this area? Thu, 14 Aug 2014 09:26:46 EST Hi I'm Cindy from the MetroEast area. I need to lose at least 50 # and I really would like to just be more fit. Sun, 10 Aug 2014 16:04:00 EST Hello Hi I am new to this site but want to make things work. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 18:57:39 EST Living The Life 23! Hello. I've had heart disease since the day I was born. I've had four open heart surgeries and my 5th open heart surgery, I became a heart transplant recipient. My 2nd birthday is April 29th. I was blessed with a miracle. I feel great. As my past years have been horrible. I've had CHF, valve problems, pulmonary hypertension, and COPD. If you have any questions or just want to know anything, please ask. I love to inspire all people. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:45:03 EST New to Spark I am new to Spark and am hoping it gives me the motivation I need to get on track to living healthier and losing weight. Any suggestions are motivating tips, please send my way!! Thanks. <BR> <BR> Judy Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:30:06 EST Here I go again!! Hi everyone my name is Linda and here I am again. I am here again but I am having a hard time getting started !. I need a whole bunch of help and motivations! Any ideas? Mon, 30 Jun 2014 22:34:20 EST New to Spark People Hello I am new. My name is Pattie. Sat, 28 Jun 2014 18:04:28 EST Hello is this still a active forum Tue, 24 Jun 2014 22:44:53 EST 5K Hi. I live in Northwest IL and am interested in any 5K's in my area...anyone? <em>364</em> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 12:58:14 EST Shelbyville area here <em>247</em> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 23:55:17 EST Just started! I want to get fit for this other half of my life. Fifty is nifty and less 30 pounds would seal the deal. So hard but I am determined. Sat, 7 Jun 2014 07:18:50 EST Just started! I want to get fit for this other half of my life. Fifty is nifty and less 30 pounds would seal the deal. So hard but I am determined. Fri, 6 Jun 2014 12:24:33 EST Metro East STL This is a wide area but I thought Belleville, where I am from, was too specific. Pretty much looking for friends and support. But I give the same! Wed, 4 Jun 2014 20:19:00 EST My first day here!! I hope you are all feeling great today....I am and can not wait to get started here! Hopefully this will help me keep better track of myself. Tue, 3 Jun 2014 14:24:07 EST Hi To All! Five years ago, I was in wonderful shape. I exercised nearly everyday and ate reasonably well. Then something happened. I am not sure what triggered it but I became tired, ate whatever, and started making excuses for myself. Now I find my self out of shape, needing to lose weight and having to get myself out of control. I started a couple of months ago and lost 10 pounds, but the bad weather caused me to backslide (that is what I told myself) and now I have to lose that 10 pounds again. But ... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 18:36:06 EST Wheel Points for the team. 3 Thu, 22 May 2014 09:55:27 EST Small Group Forum for Illinois Please don't reply to this post... <BR> Information thread only!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Use this forum to create your own small groups within the state! There are teams for some of the counties and towns in Illinois... this forum will be a terrific way for you to either find your way to one of those teams or to just chat with others in your specific area. <BR> <BR> Feel free to advertise your county/city/town team on this forum to draw new members! <BR> <BR> Click on the CREATE A NEW TOPIC"... Thu, 22 May 2014 07:10:06 EST This thread is closed Apples Thu, 22 May 2014 07:06:29 EST This thread is closed excitemenT Thu, 22 May 2014 07:04:53 EST This thread is closed 40 minutes Thu, 22 May 2014 07:03:53 EST WooHoo......if you moved those bodies today!!!! <em>244</em> Thu, 22 May 2014 07:02:24 EST This Thread Is Closed. If you have information to share concerning races, walks, or other events, please share it here. Thu, 22 May 2014 06:53:20 EST Montgomery Co. Anyone? Wed, 14 May 2014 13:16:56 EST Starting on my journey! Well I signed up for spark yesterday but today is the first day looking at all the teams. I started my weight loss journey on Apr 22nd and have been doing good so far. I've lost 4lbs to date. But I know I have a habit of starting and then quitting after I lose about 10lbs. I want to have the energy I had in my 20's so I know this is a good start. Look forward to meeting everyone. <BR> <BR> Wed, 14 May 2014 10:43:44 EST Hi I am new here looking for an exciting new adventure toward a healthier lifestyle. To be honest, I am looking for support. I have finally been sadden by what I have become. Depression has hit and left me feeling helpless and unmotivated. My husband is great, but too aggressive. I just need a push. Someone who can identify with my struggle and we move forward together. Mon, 12 May 2014 11:53:59 EST Hi All! My name is Andi and I am 26. Over the past 2 and a half months I have officially lost 35 pounds! I am looking to keep going and lose another 60-70 to get down to a weight I will feel comfortable in! <BR> <BR> A little about me: <BR> -I love to dance. <BR> -I love to karaoke. <BR> -I have a dairy weakness that I blame on my Midwestern status. <BR> -I live in the best city in the world, CHICAGO. Trying to convince me otherwise is futile. <BR> -I love Harry Potter. <BR> -I dislike seafood. <... Thu, 1 May 2014 15:50:40 EST Is any one from Jefferson County Hi my name is Tina. I live in Mount Vernon, IL. I just started sparks back in 8/13 but did not really get into it tell 3/14. My start weight was 290 lbs. I want to be around 200 by my birthday in December. I'm down to 272.4 as of 4/27/14. I hope to keep it up. But I would really like to find a friend to help keep me going and that I can help as well. <em>252</em> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 12:00:08 EST Looking for a new ISP Would appreciate it very much if anyone could let me know in your opinion which Internet Service Provider is the best in the state of Illinois. <BR> <BR> Thank you & have another blessed weekend! <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> Daisy <BR> Sun, 27 Apr 2014 10:42:37 EST From Robinson Illinois Would love to know if anyone is close to me.... I am from Newton but don't live there anymore I am now around Robinson Illinois and a full time college student with four kids Sat, 26 Apr 2014 23:44:10 EST Hello from Clinton County Hi. Anyone here from Clinton County, IL??????? Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:23:44 EST Day 1...Again. Well here I am. I am looking for the motivation to lose around 60 pounds. I did it before-two years ago. Then I proceeded to put it all back on. I am so disgusted with myself. I love food, and I love to eat. I have tried many methods for losing weight over the years, most of them I am sure. But this is first time I have ever tried SparkPeople. I am really hopeful that I can get this weight loss going, so that I can feel better about my outer self. I am really motivated at this point ... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:38:45 EST Hi I am MarciaLS51 from IL I am 62 years old, 5 feet tall. This is my second time to try Sparks the first I wasn't to into it. I have been on for 2 weeks , I started at 303.4 and I weighed at the Doctor yesterday I am 297.4. I am below 300. Next goal to be below 290. Small goals big ones seem out of reach and I get thinking why try. I have bad knees, back trouble and high blood pressure. So Doctor is on board. I live with my oldest daughter, Tina, who is doing Sparks also. She has lost 12 pounds and is walking... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:43:44 EST Hello! Hello, everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Kristine and I have been using sparkpeople on and off for the last 3 years! <BR> I am a 23 year old stay-at-home- daughter, currently serving as a teacher in central Mexico, but I am originally from the Land of Lincoln! <BR> <BR> I look forward to hearing from all of you! <BR> All the best, <BR> Kristine Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:42:12 EST 5K Run/Walk May 10,2014 Challenge The Heartland Womens Healthcare is having a 5K Run/Walk on May 10, 2014 . Registration 7:30 am Run at 9:00 am $25 Adult registration fee $15 fun run for youth ages 10 and under. This is in Mount Vernon IL to Pre-Register or pay for your T-shirt online go to <BR> Registration received by April 18 is guaranteed for T-shirt <BR> <BR> I plain on doing this 5K. It will be my first ever but I hope not may last. I have been walking every day for this. I will do th... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:11:16 EST penquin64 hi ,my name is marge.i would like to learn to loose weight.i have tried every thing else but all failed. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 10:21:38 EST Need help with fitness gear. I'm just getting started and I would like to know what kind of shoes do you go walking or running? Have any of you tried the work out ball? I want to get a bike but I have to get a used one or cheap one. Dose any one I could get one? My daughter wants to get one as well to go riding with me. She need to start watch her weight. Being over weight runs in our family and I want to change that. Can any one help me? Thu, 27 Mar 2014 12:44:44 EST New Mom Trying to Lose Weight Hello fellas, <BR> <BR> I am a 38-year-old woman. Ten month ago, I became mom to a precious little girl. While pregnant I was so watchful of my weight and after giving birth, I tried to stay focused and followed my healthy eating habits. Breastfeeding helped me lose some of the pregnancy weight. Weaning my baby after 4 month, my weight started to go up again mostly due to the fact that my daughter required more time from me and I was paying less attention to what, where, when, and how much I... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 14:56:46 EST Hello from (Raceway) Carpentersville I'm in good old C'ville have been here for sometime, I am very close to Raceway and waiting for the weather to get better so I can do some walking with my basset hound who like me likes to just hang around the house and sleep. Has anyone been to Raceway for a walk or bike ride? Wed, 19 Mar 2014 12:40:41 EST hello, im new here hello, my name is Cassie and I lack commitment and motivation. I have struggled all of my life with committing to things that are good for me. I am eager to do for others but taking care of myself is a different story. I am a recovering addict (4.5 years clean) who has recently quit smoking cigarettes. Yes, I know that both of those require commitment and motivation, but I am now attempting to really dig deep and work on my self image. My addiction is starting to manifest itself in food. ... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 15:19:18 EST hello from Wauconda Not new to SP. Just back to lurking ;) Office is doing another BeWell challenge, a steps/walking program. Sooo,, 5# heavier that my last update :( I need a kick in the pants - since none of them fit me!! Sun, 23 Feb 2014 07:24:22 EST I so want to loose weight.... trying for the millionth time to loose 45 pounds....usually last one day on a diet.....but I try again each day.......can I ever do this? I am a successful teacher in real life.... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 20:31:35 EST Perla Ayala-It won't hurt trying something new! Hi Everyone: <BR> My name is Perla Ayala I had joined SparkPeople since 2010 if I am correct, but I was never active on the site. I decided to give it a chance this time since I have lost 29 pounds with small changes I have done and learned from all the emails/articles I get from SparkPeople. I am really hungry, but not for food this time, but to accomplish my goal, which is feel better with myself and get rid of those last 24 pounds!!!! I think I am going through depression and as everyone... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 09:54:55 EST star ready to start my weight loss journey. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 22:18:19 EST My story IT was about january 2009 i had taken my son (4years old) to the St. Louis zoo.we had just past the tiger exhibit when my son took off running. Here i am at 335lbs trying to catch this 4 year old and the entire time im thinking this is it , im going to have a heart attack and my little boy will be running around this zoo alone . Then it came to me that even if i made it through that day it would just of been a matter of time before i did drop dead and would leave my son alone in this world ... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 20:05:29 EST Hello everyone I'm in Belleville IL - member of the YMCA i'm loooking for a small group of people to work out with . Tue, 11 Feb 2014 19:25:07 EST Hello to All! My name is Cheryl. I am a mother of 6. I am overweight and am now ready to tackle it with support from outside, since the support from within is not working on its own. I love my kids and want to be able to play with them like I used to and enjoy life. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 11:19:25 EST marcej Hi, I'm marcella I'm 37 years old and a mom of 2. I want to lose 20. But I joined sparks because I want to learn and eat more healthier and to get toned back up. I got in a car accident a yr ago and messed up my back pretty bad. I could my work out like I use to so I got lazy. I hope to get back on track with some help. Sat, 8 Feb 2014 20:31:25 EST Illinois motivation seeker My name is Maria from Illinois. <BR> <BR> I would love all the help and advice, from fellow Illinois team members. <BR> <BR> Thank you Thu, 6 Feb 2014 10:29:38 EST New to Illinois and to the team! :) Hi everyone! My name is Heather and I just came to Illinois about two weeks ago to stay with family! I'm from Delaware, so everything here is completely new to me! I am pretty much on the Aurora/Naperville border. Just wanted to introduce myself and see if there are any other sparkers around here!! Sat, 1 Feb 2014 20:18:56 EST November Tornado Hey Everyone. I was just curious if anyone else out there was affected by the November 17th Tornado (whether personally or live in a community that was). I live in the hardest hit town and while my house is ok, was less then a mile from total destruction (I was in my Church). Even now as I drive through town I am in shock, and the snow does little to hide the damage. Sat, 1 Feb 2014 04:05:12 EST Awesome Apps I love my iphone & I have tried all kinds of apps.My favorites consist of: <BR> ZenLab apps~ especially the weight tracker <BR> Digifit which tracks your cardio via gps & sends you messages when you go too long without using it. It tracks distance, speed, calories burned, and time. My favorite tracker. <BR> Then there's the ACTIVE APP. It gives you events near you: 5Ks, marathons, volunteering, triatholons, 10K, and on & on. <BR> <BR> There's one app I've paid for which is ZOMBIE! RUN! 5K... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 08:59:05 EST Anyone Out There? It seems like most of my teams are dead. I am just wondering if anyone is active on this team. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 14:05:10 EST Who's from Whiteside and Lee Counties? I"m in Sterling and would love to be able to make friends with people locally. Would could meet face-to-face or just PM support and encouragements. I've only begun this healthier lifestyle and am revved up for it, but I know there will be "those day" when the going gets tough. Hope to hear from others from my area. Have a blessed day! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> Marilynn Wed, 22 Jan 2014 13:00:48 EST Hello From Sterling IL I'm Marilynn, wife of 40 years to DH and mom to 3 grown kiddos although 2 still live with us plus our 17 year old grand daughter. I'm wondering if it's permissible to send private messages to people who live in surrounding towns? Thought it might be a way to get to know each other as well as possibly meet face-to-face. Who knows what friendships could develop! <em>41</em> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 12:53:07 EST lsb1974 last year my husband of 17 years walked out on me and my girls. he blamed me for everything, when i know there is/was someone else. he has made this very hard especially with his hatfullness, rudeness, name calling and insults. in this time i have probably gained about 30 lbs and the divorce isn't final. i am beginning to come to terms witht he divorce especially with his attitude change and he has compeletly went bonkers. my goal or saying for 2014 is 40 @ 40. i will turn 40 this year ... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 12:03:15 EST Springfield Ladies Good morning. I am planning on doing some 5ks in Sprngfield. I really want a partner. I'm not competitive. We wouldn't have to run the whole time. I just don't want to do them alone. Let me know if you're interested Wed, 15 Jan 2014 08:49:23 EST birdwatcher I am back for the second time after losing 13 lbs. I hit a wall in Sept. 2013 and could not get back on track. I think I am mentally ready to try again. I have been tracking for a week now. I am very glad there is a sight like Spark People to help me!!!!!! Tue, 14 Jan 2014 11:46:20 EST 47 years old and soon to be fit Here I go again. I still have the same 16 pounds to loose. I loose a few and I always find them again. I am 47, I returned to school and just graduated. I am about to begin a new career and I want the outside of me to reflect what I feel on the inside. Mon, 13 Jan 2014 09:15:24 EST Hello Everyone I am new to Sparkspeople and this team. I am from Schaumburg, working towards a weightloss of 37lbs. Sun, 12 Jan 2014 13:33:26 EST New Julie 14 I have just turned 60 and my weight is becoming a health concern more to me than ever. I have trouble standing on my feet for long periods of time and this limits me both socially and economically. I have 3 grown children and many grandchildren. I enjoy volunteer work in my community and belong to several clubs. My husband is still working and will turn 65 this year but I am not employed at present. I need to get more healthy now not wait any longer. Sun, 12 Jan 2014 13:31:44 EST Who likes to walk? Do you keep track of your steps with a pedometer? Let's see how many steps our team can walk each month. If you're interested, make a post here and let us know that you're in! <BR> <em>381</em> <em>312</em> <em>386</em> <em>57</em> <em>224</em> Sat, 11 Jan 2014 20:18:44 EST anyone from Mason Co. Hi, I live in Mason Co. does anyone else Fri, 10 Jan 2014 01:32:28 EST HI...NEW TO THE ILLINOIS TEAM LOOKING TO GET MOTOVITED..... I SIGN UP AND LOSE INTEREST I AM GOING TO TRY MY BEST TO STICK TO IT Thu, 9 Jan 2014 20:44:09 EST New to sparkpeople Hi, Everyone. <BR> <BR> I read about this group in one of my women's magazines and it seemed like a very supportive place to be. I am 65 years of age. I have type 2 diabetes, but I am very well in control. My highest weight was 197 pounds many years ago; I am now at 137 pounds. My goal is between 125 and 130. I have an A1C of 6.8 as of yesterday. My doctor is very happy with my progress and this time I really want to hit my goal and stay there. I have lost the same pounds many times i... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 20:40:35 EST In need of workout partner! I live in Cary and I workout at Lifetime Fitness in Algonquin. Please message me if you also are a member, please message me if you would like a friend to workout with! Tue, 7 Jan 2014 17:46:47 EST Unsure but excited Hi <BR> My name is Russ Miller. I am 52 years old. I have had a weight problem all my life. I have tried so many ways and programs to lose weight but have yet to be successful. I am a diabetic and have high blood pressure and high cholesterol, so it is imperative that I lose the weight necessary to get these conditions under control. I have heard a lot about this program so I am going to give it a try, I am going to need a lot of assistance and support. It was so much easier for me to... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 14:18:40 EST Hello Hi everyone, I'm Serra, sahm mom to 5 kids ages 11 to 2 1/2. I've been battling with my weight for 23 years. I have 5 reasons to get myself healthy and I deserve a healthy and happy self Sat, 4 Jan 2014 00:41:01 EST 1/1/14 Start Hello, my name is Bri. I would love to set some goals and get motivated, and hopefully be able to give motivation to others eventually. I'm so happy I found this site yesterday. <BR> <BR> Happy New Year! Thu, 2 Jan 2014 22:23:49 EST Hello! Hi! I'm new to the group. I am a junior high teacher and mom from central Illinois. I love reading, genealogy, music, and spending time with my two girls. I am in dire need of motivation, so please adopt me and push me along! Thu, 2 Jan 2014 14:51:49 EST I'm back with new resolve! I haven't been on the page in a long while. I am committed now to improving my health, losing weight, and living a more positive, healthy lifestyle for me and for my husband. We are retired and not in the greatest shape, but want to get started on a healthier, more active lifestyle. Wed, 1 Jan 2014 19:50:12 EST Hello Everybody! Hello everybody my name is Phyllis and I am from Illinois. I have 3 beautiful children and I work full time and I also go to school full time. I was just googling some workout sites and I came across this one so here I am. I made a goal to lose 45 pounds by June. I started working on this goal last week. During the Black Friday sell I purchased a treadmill and me and that bad boy has been going at it every since. I also have been using the wii fitness there are a lot of activities that I like... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 19:59:00 EST Here we go again! Another year, another try at getting healthy and losing some weight. Like the website, and am planning on using it, but not getting hopes up for now. Thu, 26 Dec 2013 23:03:46 EST Idalia Starting all over,need to stay motivated! Tue, 24 Dec 2013 14:27:59 EST New here! Hello! My name is Debi and I'm from Lockport, IL. That's about 30 minutes from Chicago! Right now I'm at 367 lbs. I've lost 56 pounds with WW. Hoping to make lots of friends and share advice and inspiration! Wed, 18 Dec 2013 14:28:00 EST Hi! My name is Nikki and I'm ready to get healthy! Hi, my name is Nikki! I am 5'1, and weigh approx. 140lbs. My goal is to lose 20lbs and I am really hoping that with the support of my friends and family and a new diet that I can reach my goal! I am 20 years old and am currently a college student. Sun, 15 Dec 2013 01:28:28 EST Hi I'm from Morris in Grundy county I'm not new to spark people but i am kind of new to IL. I've lived here 2 years now. I lived in so.CA most of my life, so I'm getting used to the seasons for the 1st time in my life. I feel like a child full of wonder every time i see it snow. I am 55, am disabled both physically and mentally (bi-polar). I have six children and six grandchildren. My youngest daughter is 16 and lives with my oldest daughter who is 33. My oldest daughter gave me 4 grandchildren, 2 boys & 2 girls I am very proud... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 21:45:50 EST My name is Deana I don't know how I feel about the community support, and whether it will be helpful to me, but I am willing to try. yesterday I consumed over 3000 calories telling myself that tomorrow is a new day. I am constantly self destructing and can't seem to stop, but I have at least slowed down. Wed, 4 Dec 2013 11:13:25 EST Hello from Plainfield I'm Lisa, hi everyone! I've been trying very hard to lose weight, unsuccessfully for the past year. I'm up to 225 now. :-( I am really optimistic though because I've found a local doc that (allegedly) prescribes phen! I took phen in 2009 and lost over 40 pounds in 3 months. Unfortunately after about a year, that weight started coming back due to my sedentary lifestyle. So, hopefully Thursday I'll begin the phen, and be on the road back to my sexy jeans. Tue, 3 Dec 2013 17:35:38 EST Hello my name is Dianna Have been a member on spark people for some time but stepped away for awhile but I am now back. Need to make changes for health reasons so hoping to keep on track and reach my goals. Sun, 24 Nov 2013 10:47:16 EST Way harder to lose weight after 50!!!! I want to lose 27 pounds by February 2014. It's been so hard to maintain my weight since I turned 50!!! I somehow gained 10 pounds over the summer which made by clothes very tight! Why is it so easy to gain and so hard to lose weight? I'm using the "carrot" of going on a spring trip as my incentive. It's going to be tough going through the holidays so I decided to join spark people for inspiration. Sun, 10 Nov 2013 20:01:31 EST Hi there - I'm Viola Hi! My name is Viola. I just joined the other day and I'm looking forward to getting healthier, and slimmer, using this site. From the little bit I've been browsing around, this looks like a pretty awesome place so far. In fact, it looks like I might even have fun striving for my goals. Tue, 5 Nov 2013 15:30:03 EST Time to get real. I looked at the Sparks page once before and signed up and never came back to it but feel that I am hitting rock bottom when it comes to weight issues and health issues. No one can change this but me but my motivation usually only lasts a day or two and I get bogged down in life again. Hoping to reach out to others to keep me focused and true to myself and meet some great people along the way. Thu, 31 Oct 2013 13:13:58 EST Hello I just started (again). I am an emotional eater. It's been hard to get a handle on it with a few things going on in life that would make you wanna drink-but I eat <em>246</em> .Keeping motivated is an issue for me. Some how I still seem to smile. How do you keep up good eating habits and exercise for more than 3 weeks? That seems to be the point where I get weak and cave. It's inspiring to read about other peoples success-so thanks for that! Thu, 24 Oct 2013 14:26:45 EST Hi fellow sparklers! From Pisceschild Good afternoon, my name is Starr. I've been receiving spark messages for quite some time but have been shy to join conversations or even challenges. Well here i am. I had lost most of my weight and gained back more Than ten pounds and just have not seemed to be able to get on track, what with additional family stress at this time. I know that's an excuse and I don't believe in excuses ( even though I have been known to use them) so I am here to be held accountable and to be accountable. ... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 13:16:33 EST Starting fresh and sticking to it Hi my name is Twanda, <BR> I miss the old me who was many pounds lighter. I have attempted this hurdle before but life has caused me to walk away. Today I have decided to stay and make it to my Finish line. I am glad and blessed to have all of you pushing and working with me as I become fabulous in my forties. <BR> <BR> God Bless! Thu, 17 Oct 2013 09:58:52 EST Quad Cities - Surrounding Areas Hello, just signed up today. Looking for people in or around the q.c. Sun, 13 Oct 2013 03:31:12 EST Introduction and seeking Accountab ilibuddy. Hey team, long time member first time poster. <BR> <BR> I'm in the Naperville area and looking for an accountability buddy. Basically someone who wants to try and keep each other on track. I'm not sure what that looks like on this website, perhaps just an email now and then asking about progress but I'll take anything at this point, going it alone is so tough! I've lost 13lbs already and looking to shed about 15 more before starting to build up muscle. <BR> <BR> I'm male, married, no k... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 17:40:41 EST Fitbit I need friends for my fitbit...MOTIVATION!!!!! Sat, 5 Oct 2013 20:01:23 EST Hi,i'm looking for friends to help with this new I am a mom of four children.Two live out on their own,which my daughter has blessed us with my first other two still live at home.I have been married to my bestest friend for 32 years...I am diabetic and really need to learn and stick to a heathier life style.... Sat, 5 Oct 2013 19:46:46 EST Hello Spark Illinois! Trying to figure site out! Hi I am 47 years old and live in Macon, Illinois. The last 3-4 years have been rough health wise. I underwent a bilateral mastectomy 3/17/2010. Also had to have chemo and radiation. During this time I have gained so much weight. When I moved to Illinois in 2004 I weighed approx 140 lbs. and my highest weight over the last 4 years was 192 lbs. now it is time to do something about my weight so I can feel good about myself. I first thing I got rid of was pop/soda,, was a big Pepsi drinker,but it... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 00:50:09 EST hello hey everyone , i tried this site once befor about 5 years ago and lost about 35 lbs . but quit befor i reached goals . making a lifestyle change now . and just get healthy . quit smoking a little over a year ago and packed on the pounds. so i feel like i traded one bad habit for another and didnt really improve my health. feel free to send me a message or whatever . Mon, 30 Sep 2013 19:57:45 EST SUE WANT MY LONG TERM GOAL TO BE ABLE TO DO A CANOPY ZIP LINE! Sun, 15 Sep 2013 15:39:46 EST new to spark & nervous Can't believe I'm actually doing this. Have never put myself out there like this but don't know what else to do. I am only 46 years old but in the last year I have gained 15 lbs. & was already about 30 lbs. overweight. At this moment I am at 174. I can really feel what the extra weight is doing to my body & I don't like it. I have a 4 yr. old granddaughter that I want to be able to keep up with & am afraid if I keep letting my weight spiral out of control, that will not be possible. I am not... Sat, 7 Sep 2013 11:14:06 EST Hello, my name is Lindsay. I am from Streamwood. Looking for possible gym buddy. <em>362</em> Fri, 6 Sep 2013 18:36:50 EST SO is this board inactive now? Im a bit confused - it doesnt seem anyone is posting here = am i wrong ? I s there anybody out there? :) Sun, 1 Sep 2013 18:32:25 EST Cuties Has anyone been able to find cuties (the small, clementine oranges) in their local grocery store? I was finding them in early spring but they were NOT good. They are greenish, sour and generally tasted gross. After that initial wave I haven't seen them anywhere - walmart, schnucks, my town's store, nothing. For awhile I couldn't find ANY clementines. Walmart has started carrying ones that are pretty close. But I wonder, WHERE HAVE ALL THE CUTIES GONE?! Mon, 19 Aug 2013 16:07:33 EST Starting off right. Hi everyone, Im Brandy. I am here to seek looks of support and motivation. My biggest fall back over the last 10 years is accountability. I am terrible at it. I want more than anything to get healthier and fit to be able to enjoy more with my family. Evening saying that should be motivation but it doesn't work like that. I am off to a great start and would love to offer support to people and gain support for myself to meet my goals :) Wed, 14 Aug 2013 08:19:32 EST new here Hi all, champaign illinois here. <BR> I'm going to lose 70 pounds, I'm 5'11" 215, I'm married less then a year, its harder then I thought. No kids although I care for kids for a living. I lost about 30 lb in april-may on a slow carb diet, but gained 15 back. I would love an accountabilabuddy, either in town (work outs?) Or via the internet. I have very low motivation, I've been yoyoing all my adult life, I'm worn out. I do great some days, but others more then counteract those. I know i want... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 20:47:42 EST Just saying hello! Hello my name is Tash! I am new to spark and I have a goal to lose about 40 lbs. I've been told that I don't need to lose that much but I would like to just to see if I can do it! I have a 5 yr old daughter and I would like to be healthy for her! I am hoping that by signing up with spark it will keep me motivated to do well and lose the weight! Thu, 1 Aug 2013 07:56:32 EST Starting Over at 51 Am going through a divorce for the last 9 months and have gained quite a bit of weight. I need to lose 40+ lbs but lack the motivation to do it. Thought maybe joining SparkPeople might help me get started. Look forward to reading all about everyone's success stories. Maybe I'll have one soon! Tue, 30 Jul 2013 22:26:03 EST just starting Morning..... I'm just starting on my journey can't wait to meet some amazing people along the way. ... I'm currently living in Decatur il . I'm originally from Chicago. email me if you'd like more info. Fri, 26 Jul 2013 09:37:20 EST Here come Diva Mama Ready to rock the world! Hi! I just had a baby 8 weeks ago and I was overweight before and after the pregnancy I'm looking to get healthy to reduce any of my hypothyroid symptoms and post pregnancy! I also want to be much more active with my kids and husband. I want to get back into toned and sexy shape!!!! Now I would like to learn from everyone's experience on this site and motivations from anyone would be a great help I need that support system and I promise I will return plenty of motivation and support you n... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 19:00:51 EST Hi I first heard about Spark in 2010. I tend to take an "all or nothing" approach to positive changes, so when I "mess up" I told myself I just would never be able to be healthy. As I approach 50, I have really come to value overall wellbeing and want to be the best me I can be. So, here I am again...ready to take baby steps toward all of my goals and achieve wellness in all areas of my life - physical, emotional, spiritual, financial and relational. I am ready to get off of the perfectionis... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 20:34:37 EST I am a human yo-yo So I lost some weight and was happy, then I quit smoking after 30 years and not only re-gained all I lost but and additional 15lbs to boot. So I guess its time to start from scratch. Tue, 25 Jun 2013 07:46:34 EST just getting started Hi my name is darsey and I started the HMR diet 3 weeks ago and joined spark today. I have lost 9 lbs in 3 weeks on HMR but feel like I am not losing fast enough! Hoping this helps Thu, 20 Jun 2013 20:13:52 EST hi there new to this forum hi i am 50 old woman i have been over weight for 30 years now. at my heaviest i weighed 221, six yrs ago i hurt my back at work, i have lost some weight do to pain and surgeries, i am down to 177, but i go from 175 to 185 but here this past 2 weeks i have made a change joined a gym and really am determined to lose i need help with good common sense diets that really are easy and good. any help i would love to get thanks <BR> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 21:32:02 EST Macon County I am in Decatur and am looking for a work out buddy. I hope to hear back something soon. Hopefully we can get a group of people togethere. It would be nice. <BR> <BR> Darci Mon, 17 Jun 2013 09:10:49 EST Hi everyone. :) I'm happy there is an Illinois group and I wish everyone success with their goals. I'm 42 and live in Northern Illinois and I'm the mother of an awesome daughter. I'm getting married next week to the most wonderful man I've ever known. This will be my second marriage and the second time will be the charm. :) I've battled my weight for most of my life. At this point I would be thrilled to weigh under 200 pounds again. Thank you all for being in this group and I look forward to the support and ... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 12:59:08 EST Memorial Sprotscare Women's Biathlon Sept 22, 2013 My summer fitness plan is training for this biathlon in Springfield on Sept 22.. Any other Illinois Sparkers interested in joining me? I registered with a group from work and talked my daughter and niece into joining me. <BR> For details and to get the 12 week training scheduled and route go to the following link.<BR>portsCare/Biathlon/ Sun, 16 Jun 2013 10:59:27 EST I made it! Hello all! I joined months ago but I am finally focused enough to start. I am 45 and the mother of a 5 and 6 year old. I am ready to take better care of me so I will be here for them. I am using workout DVD 's and now I am ready to eat better. I want to get off my blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes medicines. My numbers are down but I want to keep going!! This looks like a great tool and I am going to use it to the fullest. Wed, 12 Jun 2013 15:03:45 EST Challenge 1 In another group of mine we are doing a challenge. I thought it would be nice to do it with you guys as well. The site has a good selection of videos. The challenge is to try one of each of the following: <BR> - cardio <BR> - strength <BR> - yoga / pilates <BR> When you do, post here what you did & your thoughts on the video. I already did my three today. Which are: <BR> <BR> <em>363</em> **12-Minute Low Impact Cardio Workout-- Reminds me of Leslie Sanson and my dance moves combined. Not... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 13:23:12 EST Hello New to this site. Excited to get started on this weight loss again lol <BR> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 17:33:56 EST Hello from the Chi Chi-town in the house. Hello all my Illinois peeps <em>247</em> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 14:16:27 EST Tell a story!! The get up: <BR> I will post the first sentence of the story. Then someone else will post the second. So on and so on. I wonder what we will come up with!!! <BR> <BR> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 09:18:29 EST Confessions Is there something bothering you? Maybe you slipped up and ate in the middle of the night. Maybe you haven't drank as much water as you should. Maybe you skipped a workout. Share your confessions here. Mon, 10 Jun 2013 09:11:52 EST Fluctuating weight <BR> Reasons your weight Fluctuates <BR> <BR> You Ate a Little Too Much Sodium <BR> Water is attracted to sodium like a magnet, so when you down a little more salt or sodium than usual, you may hang onto extra H20. Two cups of water (16 oz) weighs one pound, so a shift in fluid will have an immediate impact on your weight on the scale. <BR> <BR> The Fix: Drink extra water — it may seem counterintuitive but it will help flush out the water you’re hanging onto. Potassium rich foods are also... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 20:51:49 EST Do you want a workout buddy?? I had a request to help find other members that may want a walking partner. So PLEASE if you're interested in finding someone in your area post your location. Sun, 9 Jun 2013 20:42:20 EST 5K & more in 2013 Looking for a race, walk, or anything of the sort?? Checkout this website. <BR> <link><BR>onCalendar.aspx?state=il </link> Sun, 9 Jun 2013 19:12:53 EST Greene County I am in Greene County.. Is there anyone else near by?? Wed, 5 Jun 2013 10:10:41 EST How active I'm just wondering how active this team is. I have been checking on it & I don't see many posts. Plus, it says the team leader hasn't posted in a while. <BR> <BR> Also, I'm curious if there's anyone near my area. Mon, 3 Jun 2013 22:44:40 EST Where am I NOT from?! It certainly seems that way for me. I was born in southern Illinois in a town that seems to have been stuck in time, Herrin. My family moved up to northern Illinois to the Crest Hill area (my dad worked at Stateville), then we moved to a little town in central Illinois, Riverton. My parents divorced and we moved to Springfield and finally...we I got married we moved and have resided in Rochester ever since. Egads, I hope I don't have to move again! <em>198</em> Sat, 1 Jun 2013 23:10:15 EST