SparkPeople Fabulous by 40 Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=16640 This is a team for 30 somethings who have promised themselves to take care of their health so they can look & feel fabulous by the time they turn 40. SparkPeople Fabulous by 40 Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=16640 Oldnewbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x70451548 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 15:28:05 EST Well Check Up, Doctor Appointments and Exams http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x16640x65882902 Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> Here we can check in and support one another with any health concerns or advice to underlying issues that may occur. <em>247</em> Wed, 28 Dec 2016 21:24:42 EST Introductions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x63412193 Hello! Since we seem to have several new members, let's get to know one another. <BR> Tell us how long you have until you turn the big "4-0" and something about yourself! <BR> Teams work so much better when we get to know one another Tue, 12 Jan 2016 21:45:47 EST Hi I am new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x62399420 I will b 40 in November. I keep promising myself I will hit my goals and now it's so close i will not make those goals but I still have goals for my b day. I will make it somehow. I am married and we have 3 girls 5,9,16 I like to read and walk and craft. Tue, 1 Sep 2015 22:25:16 EST March 5lb Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x60905768 Hi all, I am a little late in posting this challenge. Jump in where you are and set a goal to take you through the rest of the month! <BR> <BR> Start weight Saturday Feb 28: 158.8 <BR> Goal weight: 152 <BR> <BR> Goal Saturday, March 7: 157 <BR> Actual Saturday, March 7: 156.6 <BR> <BR> Goal Saturday, March 14: 155 <BR> Actual Saturday, March 14: <BR> <BR> Goal Saturday March 21: 153.5 <BR> Actual Saturday, March 21: <BR> <BR> Goal Saturday, March 28: 152 <BR> Actual Saturday, March 28: ... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 21:48:22 EST Hi I'm a Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x60531825 I'm Steve from Pennsylvania. I'm 37 and hoping to be fabulous by 40. I'm hoping to make some friendships and hopefully help motivate and be motivated by some of you. Most things are possible with discipline and hard work and we are all capable of great things. The keys are sticking with what works for us. Feel free to email me here or at sstoughton77@gmail.com. We all have the same goals in mind so let's work towards them together. Sun, 1 Feb 2015 23:41:49 EST February 2015 5lb Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x60527244 Post your goal weight and check in weekly with your progress (doesn't have to be 5lb)! <BR> <BR> Starting weight 2/1/15: 155.4 <BR> Ultimate goal weight: 135 by August 7, 2015 <BR> March 1st goal weight: 150 <BR> <BR> Goal Sunday 2/8: 154 <BR> Actual Sunday 2/8: <BR> <BR> Goal Sunday 2/15: 152.5 <BR> Actual Sunday 2/15: <BR> <BR> Goal Sunday 2/22: 151 <BR> Actual Sunday 2/22: <BR> <BR> Goal Sunday 3/1: 150 <BR> Actual Sunday 3/1: <BR> <BR> Goal pounds lost: 5.4 <BR> Actual p... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 15:12:23 EST January 2015 5lb challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x60279329 New year, and time to get back to our challenges!! Copy and past below, adjust dates for your weigh-in day, and share your progress throughout the month! <BR> <BR> Starting Weight: January 1: 150.2 <BR> Goal weight: 145 <BR> <BR> Goal weight 1/10: 149 <BR> Actual weight 1/10: 151.6 Difficult week and I have a lot to make up for! <BR> <BR> Goal weight 1/17: 147.5 <BR> Actual weight 1/17 : 155.5- TOM and allergens lead to inflammation <BR> <BR> Goal weight 1/24: 146 <BR> Actual weight ... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 07:46:58 EST I want to be healthy and fit before 40!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x60043831 Hello, <BR> <BR> I am 32 years of age and at 21 I started piling on the pounds. I have over one-hundred pounds to lose and I don't want to spend my thirties in regret and not taking action of my life as I never did in my twenties. <BR> I want to feel healthy and fit starting now and lose the weight before 34 years of age and then when I reach 40 feel fabulous!! <BR> <BR> Nice to meet you all! <BR> Lisa Tue, 16 Dec 2014 19:38:58 EST November 2014 5lb Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x59717418 Starting Weight: November 1: 145.4 <BR> Goal weight: 135-140 <BR> <BR> Goal weight Saturday November 8: 144.5 <BR> Actual weight Saturday Nov 8: 147.5 wrong way!! <BR> <BR> Goal weight Saturday Nov 15: 145 <BR> Actual weight Saturday Nov 15: <BR> <BR> Goal weight Saturday Nov 22: 143 <BR> Actual weight Saturday Nov 22: <BR> <BR> Goal weight Saturday Nov 29: 141 <BR> Actual weight Saturday Nov 29: <BR> <BR> goal #s to lose: 4.4 <BR> actual #s lost: Mon, 10 Nov 2014 07:35:22 EST October 2014 5lb Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x59339948 Set a goal for 5 pounds (more or less) to lose in the month of October. Just copy and paste dates below (or use your own day for weigh in) and check in each week with your progress! <BR> <BR> Starting Weight: October 1: 144.7 <BR> Goal weight: 138-142 <BR> <BR> Goal weight Saturday Oct. 4: 143.5 <BR> Actual weight Saturday Oct 4: <BR> <BR> Goal weight Saturday Oct 11: 142.5 <BR> Actual weight Saturday Oct 11: <BR> <BR> Goal weight Saturday Oct 18: 141 <BR> Actual weight Saturday Oc... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 21:53:43 EST September 2014 5lb challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x59007782 Set a goal for 5 pounds (more or less) to lose in the month of September. Just copy and paste dates below (or use your own day for weigh in) and check in each week with your progress! <BR> <BR> Starting Weight: September 1: 147.1 <BR> Goal weight: 142 <BR> <BR> Goal weight Saturday Sept. 6: 146 <BR> Actual weight Saturday Sept 6: <BR> <BR> Goal weight Saturday Sept 13: 144.8 <BR> Actual weight Saturday Sept 13: <BR> <BR> Goal weight Saturday Sept 20: 143.5 <BR> Actual weight Saturd... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 10:20:27 EST August 2014 5lb challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x58770296 Set a goal for 5 pounds (more or less) to lose in the month of August. Just copy and paste dates below (or use your own day for weigh in) and check in each week with your progress! <BR> <BR> Starting Weight: August 3: 150.5 <BR> Goal weight: 145 <BR> <BR> Goal weight Saturday Aug. 9: 149 <BR> Actual weight Saturday Aug 9: 149.8 Interesting, I lost weight while on vacation but I've gained since being home (and that is with no money for groceries!!) Guess I was a lot more active on vacatio... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 10:29:55 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x58770163 So, I'm new to the group. I will be 33 next month so I still have a few years before I hit 40. No time like the present to get started though. I am married and have two little girls. I like to do crafts and read in my spare time. I have a lot of spare time since I'm not currently working. Well, that's about all the interesting stuff about me. <BR> I was also wondering why there isn't a team leader. Thu, 7 Aug 2014 10:20:42 EST SUMMER WEIGHT LOSS CHALLENGE - JUNE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x58082474 COPY AND PASTE (OR DO YOUR OWN) <BR> <BR> Starting Weight: <BR> Day or week weight in: SUNDAYS <BR> <BR> <BR> Week 1 SUN - JUNE 1 <BR> Goal Weight day: <BR> Actual Weight: <BR> total workout time: 0 <BR> <BR> Week 2 SUN - JUNE 8 <BR> Goal Weight day: <BR> Actual Weight: <BR> total workout time: <BR> <BR> Week 3 SUN - JUNE 15 (FATHER'S DAY) <BR> Goal Weight day: <BR> Actual Weight: <BR> total workout time: <BR> <BR> Week 4 SUN - JUNE 22 <BR> Goal Weight day: <BR> Actual W... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 10:22:52 EST MAY WEIGHT LOSS CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x57817585 Sorry for the delay...Here it is the chart <BR> <BR> Beside the posting the same information month over month over month I decided to add a twist. Starting this month you will include your total minutes exercise done during the week. <BR> <BR> I am trying to keep you motivated. Other ideas are also welcome! <BR> <BR> COPY AND PASTE (OR DO YOUR OWN) <BR> <BR> Starting Weight: <BR> Day or week weight in: SUNDAYS <BR> <BR> <BR> Week 1 SUN - APRIL 27 <BR> Goal Weight day: <BR> Actual Wei... Fri, 9 May 2014 16:22:57 EST Let's chat! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x16640x57628436 I created this thread for everyone to post a comment, suggestions, talk about your daily routine or just to say hi! <BR> <BR> So Let's talk. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:48:14 EST hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x57538414 I just wanted to stop by and introduce myself. I was on sparkpeople a few years ago and lost the weight I wanted to but now I'm back with even more to lose, about 30 pounds. I have been working hard for over a week and I feel like I can get back to it now. I will be 39 in June and I really want to be fit by 40! My work is having a workout challenge that I joined to get me going. So far so good. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:44:01 EST Accountability Group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x16640x57390622 If anyone is interested in an accountability group. I run a virtual fitness and accountability group on Facebook. We check in daily and there are fun tasks and challenges. We would love to have you join us. Send me your email and I will add you! Sat, 5 Apr 2014 00:10:46 EST APRIL WEIGHT LOSS and WORKOUT CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x57322972 Yes ladies and gentlemen, you read well. <BR> <BR> Beside the posting the same information month over month over month I decided to add a twist. Starting this month you will include your total minutes exercise done during the week. <BR> <BR> I am trying to keep you motivated. Other ideas are also welcome! <BR> <BR> COPY AND PASTE (OR DO YOUR OWN) <BR> <BR> Starting Weight: 104.2 <BR> Day or week weight in: SUNDAYS <BR> <BR> <BR> Week 1 SUN - MAR 30 <BR> Goal Weight day: 104.2 <BR> ... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 21:38:10 EST April weight loss challenge with a twist http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x57293898 Wait for this weekend post when I plan to give you the new April weight loss challenge and this time with a twist, let see if you like it....Stay tune. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 12:10:12 EST Hello fabulous by 40 team. I'm 358 days from 40! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x57185779 I just started SparkPeople yesterday and found this team today. I was completing my SparkPage and wrote my first ever blog. I pasted the address below. Please take a look at it. <BR> <BR> http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public<BR>_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5651519 <BR> <BR> Here's to year 40! <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 13:44:37 EST Low Impact Fitness Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x16640x56982106 Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> I just created a new team with the goal of working out 5 days a week in a low impact setting for those that cannot or do not want to run. There will be a workout posted for Monday through Friday and hopefully good discussion for cardio options for those with joint problems or issues with running. <BR> <BR> Please feel free to join, share the link, or provide feedback :) <BR> <BR> http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/group<BR>s_individual.asp?gid=62590 <BR> Mon, 3 Mar 2014 00:05:11 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x56930466 I'm not new to working out, dieting, trying to be healthy, or any of that, but I am new to doing it on an organized forum and with a good tracking system. <BR> <BR> I injured myself after being extremely active and eatting healthy out of desire, not need and have slowly gained weight over the past 10 years. The injury no longer prevents me from working out, I just need to stay motivated. <BR> <BR> My dad is in exceptional shape for being over 60 and I want to be like that as well and stay ... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 01:10:23 EST //MARCH 2014 - WEIGHT LOSS CHALLENGE \\ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x56893261 COPY AND PASTE (OR DO YOUR OWN) <BR> <BR> Starting Weight: <BR> Day or week weight in: SUNDAYS <BR> <BR> <BR> Week 1 SUN - MAR 2 <BR> Goal Weight day: <BR> Actual Weight: <BR> <BR> Week 2 SUN - MAR 9 <BR> Goal Weight day: <BR> Actual Weight: <BR> <BR> Week 3 SUN - MAR 16 <BR> Goal Weight day: <BR> Actual Weight: <BR> <BR> Week 4 SUN - MAR 23 <BR> Goal Weight day: <BR> Actual Weight: <BR> <BR> END OF WEEK 4 - SATURDAY MARCH 29 <BR> <BR> Goal weight to lose this month: -3 LBS. <B... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 08:00:32 EST @@--2014 February Weight Loss Challenge--@@ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x56608871 COPY AND PASTE (OR DO YOUR OWN) <BR> <BR> Starting Weight: <BR> Day or week weight in: SUNDAYS <BR> <BR> <BR> Week 1 SUN - FEB 2 <BR> Goal Weight day: 98.0 <BR> Actual Weight: <BR> <BR> Week 2 SUN - FEB 9 <BR> Goal Weight day: <BR> Actual Weight: <BR> <BR> Week 3 SUN - FEB 16 <BR> Goal Weight day: <BR> Actual Weight: <BR> <BR> Week 4 SUN - FEB 23 <BR> Goal Weight day: <BR> Actual Weight: <BR> <BR> FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28 - <BR> <BR> Goal weight to lose this month: <BR> Actual loss ... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 22:10:04 EST It's my 39th Birthday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x56584937 I've got ONE year to go and I'm going to KILL it! <BR> <BR> I'm so motivated and I've got a whole year to get it done (though my goals have me shooting to be stabilizing in the early fall). <BR> <BR> I've got 60lbs to shed and a regular exercise habit to develop. I'll be seeing you around! <BR> <BR> - Kirstin Fri, 31 Jan 2014 03:07:22 EST Hi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x56519291 Hey! My name is Anita (or you can call me Doogs or Dugie :-) ) I am a 39 year old, mom of 3. I turn 40 on July 5 and I want to be fit and fabulous!! <BR> <BR> This isn't my first time at Spark. I was a part of the Rants from Mommyland team and while it was active and strong, I kicked butt and lost a bunch of weight. The team fizzled out and life caught up to me and I have gained everything back. <BR> <BR> I have a lot of weight to lose but my right now my mini goal is 40 by 40! Sun, 26 Jan 2014 09:15:21 EST Hello - Trying to make myself fabulous by 40! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x56183868 Hello everyone - I'm Jen and I'm currently 37 years old. I'm not completely new to Spark but have fallen off of the wagon and am determined to make this time count. In addition to losing the extra weight I've accumulated (quite a lot - which is why I'm giving myself over 2 years to meet the goal), I've also stopped dying my hair (it started graying in high school so it's mostly silver now). I told myself when I made that decision that I can't be obese AND completely gray before 40, so the wei... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 15:16:36 EST **JANUARY 2014 - WEIGHT LOSS CHALLENGE** http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x56118476 COPY AND PASTE (OR DO YOUR OWN) <BR> <BR> Starting Weight: <BR> Day or week weight in: SUNDAYS <BR> <BR> <BR> Week 1 SUN DEC 29 (PMSing) <BR> Goal Weight day: 102.0 <BR> Actual Weight: <BR> <BR> Week 2 SUN JAN 5 <BR> Goal Weight day: 101.6 <BR> Actual Weight: <BR> <BR> Week 3 SUN JAN 12 <BR> Goal Weight day: 101.0 <BR> Actual Weight: <BR> <BR> Week 4 SUN JAN 19 <BR> Goal Weight day: 100.6 <BR> Actual Weight: <BR> <BR> Week 5 SUN JAN 26 <BR> Goal Weight day: 100.0 <BR> Actual Weight:... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 20:37:07 EST All I want for the Holidays is.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x16640x55848315 tell me what do you want for the Holidays. Tue, 3 Dec 2013 08:09:16 EST Newbie here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x55813674 Well here I am .... 38 and counting down! I recognized recently that so many of my fit and fabulous friends are in their 40s! I am determined to get there as well! <BR> <BR> So, this seems like a great place to start. I have recently relocated back to Oregon after living in the south, have two kiddos at home still (three in college), I am a licensed social worker and work with chronically mentally ill, and determined to get fit by forty... with an emphasis on March when my love will move to ... Sat, 30 Nov 2013 11:24:42 EST Vacation 2014!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x16640x55806043 I am going to see my immediate family back in Ireland in September of next year, I simply cannot meet them again when I have gained 20 plus pounds....eeek!!! I need to start now and lose 20 pounds by September 1st which is my 40th birthday. Any encouragement would be great, my pattern is that I stay on track for a few weeks and don't see results fast enough and lose the faith and quit... Fri, 29 Nov 2013 16:04:55 EST Newbie to the group! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x55651318 Hey all!! This looks like a fun & amazing group to be a part of!! While I am not new to Sparkpeople, I am just starting to take advantage of all that there is on this site... When I started on Sparkpeople I was at my heaviest, and now looking back, when I started I wasn't quite there, ready do the work that would need to be done to get to where I knew I needed to be. Here is my transformation story: <BR> <BR> My transformation story is more of a journey of many ups and downs... I realized ... Fri, 15 Nov 2013 22:15:38 EST Hello Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x55611790 Hi there, <BR> <BR> I'm Enk and while still in my early 30s (33), I do not want to enter my 40s as unhealthy as I was last year. My highest measured (I'm sure I was heavier when I avoided the scale) was 298lbs just after Christmas last year. Now I am at 245lbs and going strong. I've been diagnosed with degenerative spine disorder and osteoarthritis in my hip at the beginning of this year and that was the moment when I realized I needed to get my act together. I have recurring knee problems f... Tue, 12 Nov 2013 16:46:42 EST DECEMBER WEIGHT LOSS CHALLENGE!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x55554945 COPY AND PASTE (OR DO YOUR OWN) <BR> <BR> Starting Weight: 107.8 <BR> Day or week weight in: SUNDAYS <BR> <BR> Week 1 SUN DEC 1 (PMSing) <BR> Goal Weight day: 107.8 <BR> Actual Weight: 107.8 <BR> <BR> Week 2 SUN DEC 8 <BR> Goal Weight day: 107.0 <BR> Actual Weight: 105.0 (-2.8) <BR> <BR> Week 3 SUN DEC 15 (BIRTHDAY WEEK!) <BR> Goal Weight day: <BR> Actual Weight: <BR> <BR> Week 4 SUN DEC 22 <BR> Goal Weight day: <BR> Actual Weight: <BR> <BR> Week 5 SUN DEC 29 (HOLIDAYS WEEK)* <BR> Goa... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 19:08:23 EST Fabulous NOVEMBER Weight Loss Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x55490038 COPY AND PASTE (OR DO YOUR OWN) <BR> <BR> Starting Weight: SUNDAYS <BR> Day or week weight in: <BR> <BR> Week 1 SUN NOV 3 <BR> Goal Weight day: <BR> Actual Weight: <BR> <BR> Week 2 SUN NOV 10 <BR> Goal Weight day: <BR> Actual Weight: <BR> <BR> Week 3 SUN NOV 17 <BR> Goal Weight day: <BR> Actual Weight: <BR> <BR> Week 4 SUN NOV 24 (THANKSGIVING WEEK) <BR> Goal Weight day: <BR> Actual Weight: <BR> <BR> <BR> Goal weight to lose this month: 5 lbs. <BR> Actual loss this month: Sat, 2 Nov 2013 17:22:48 EST Halloween Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x55459080 For all of you who celebrate this day - Halloween: <BR> <BR> Let see how strong is your willpower and do not eat candies today, tomorrow until Sunday. <BR> <BR> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 06:48:43 EST Stop by here and send kuddos to..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x16640x55212571 Congratulations to TreasuringLIfe for her Beautiful Wedding! <BR> <BR> Many Blessing to you, your husband and your new family! <BR> <BR> <em>250</em> <em>144</em> <em>336</em> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 09:30:05 EST New groupie diving in .... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x55090131 Hello All! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> My journey is '40 x 40: 40 lbs by 40 yrs old (Oct 2014) and I'm doing it through Medifast. I'm on Day 1 (of many Days) and so far, so good. <BR> <BR> I am TOTALLY looking forward to 40 yrs old. I've been saying I'm 39 since I was 38 1/2. I just think it sounds like a great age to be and I want to be FAB at 40! (and no I don't think it's the new 30 or 20!.. it's 40 and live it up!) Mon, 30 Sep 2013 18:17:10 EST **OCTOBER Weight Loss Challenge** http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x55072450 <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> COPY AND PASTE (OR CHOOSE YOUR OWN) <BR> <BR> Starting Weight: <BR> Day or week weight in: <BR> <BR> Week 1 Sep 29 - Oct 5 <BR> Goal Weight day: <BR> Actual Weight: <BR> <BR> Week 2 Oct 6 - Oct 12 <BR> Goal Weight day: <BR> Actual Weight: <BR> <BR> Week 3 Oct 13 - 19 <BR> Goal Weight day: <BR> Actual Weight: <BR> <BR> Week 4 Oct 20 - Oct 26 <BR> Goal Weight day: <BR> Actual Weight: <BR> <BR> Week 5 Oct 26 - Nov 2 (Halloween Week) <em>333</em> <BR> Goal... Sun, 29 Sep 2013 09:56:03 EST **SEPTEMBER WEIGHT LOSS CHALLENGE** http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x54714441 August has come to an end and a new month and new challenge starts this weekend..... <BR> <BR> Lets continue challenging ourselves. <BR> <BR> Make sure to REPLY the first time and EDIT after that to this message each week with your actual weight loss for that week. This way everyone will get a message when you update your weight loss and we can all celebrate with you!!! <BR> <BR> Here is how it works (see reference). <BR> <BR> 1) Pick your own weigh in day (any day of the week). <BR> 2) ... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 08:54:22 EST Challenge for Labor Day Weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x54714372 Ladies! <BR> <BR> Join me in this weekend challenge. <BR> <BR> Starting today, Friday August 30 until Monday, September 2, 2013 keep yourself hydrated, no soda / alcohol challenge. <BR> <BR> Keep track of your water/liquid intake. Limit caffeine and the alcohol and replace them with a glass of water or tea (unsweetened). Crystal light (and other brands ok) but careful with the sweet do not over do it. <BR> <BR> Let's start! <BR> <BR> <em>250</em> <em>194</em> <em>274</em> ... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 08:48:48 EST Hi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x54619244 Hey everyone! I'm Nicole. I'm new to this team but have been on Spark for 20 months now. I started 1/3/2012 and did a phenomenal job (if I do say so myself) losing 30 pounds! However, this year I've struggled and I've gained 10 pounds back. I need some new perspectives and I thought joining a new team is the answer! <BR> <BR> I'm turning 40 on 2/26 next year. My original goal was to be 135 by then. Unfortunately that's not going to happen. Just being realistic. I would like to be ... Thu, 22 Aug 2013 12:09:52 EST Fit Mom http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x54608374 Hi everyone! I have been trying to lose 10 pounds for over a year and simply can't seem to do it....so I thought that posting on this site might help :-) I am 40 years old and generally eat very healthy and exercise alot. I am not sure where the pounds came from!! Anyone have any tips for me? Wed, 21 Aug 2013 15:19:09 EST New in town http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x54578209 Hello everyone! I am Jessica. I am super busy and use multiple outlets to help track my progress. I have noom and spark both on my phone, then i use spark here. I have 2 gym memberships, both with different benefits to keep me going, and a treadmill and a gazelle at home. I just got a bicycle, and I love to ride, so I will be back out on the road again. I also love to swim, so I want to get in the habit of doing that at least one time a week. i also enjoy zumba. If I could exercise all day e... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 09:35:45 EST Newbie who wants to be fab and fit by 40! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x54449132 Hi all, <BR> My name is Norma and I joined this team tonight. I turned 39 today and want to be fab and fit by 40 so I have one year to work on it. <BR> <BR> I am a wife and Mom of 2 who works shift work in a factory and I also run a business from home. Thu, 8 Aug 2013 17:35:03 EST ReNEW to Spark after 7+ years! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x54418118 Hi everyone! I enjoyed Spark over 7 years ago and looking for the support it once provided. I need motivation to get back into the swing of loosing weight. I have packed on an additional 50+ pounds and looking for motivation from others in the same boat! I am a mom of 4 and work crazy hours! Tue, 6 Aug 2013 10:19:53 EST Here goes nuthin' http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x54399492 Hi. My name is Tracy. I'm a stay at home mom of 3 red-headed girls. I love to sing and read. I do not love to do housework or exercise... Gonna need some help there... <BR> <BR> I recently returned from NYC on a little family vacay, and it was awesome. However, in walking around for a couple of hours on those streets during a heat wave, we were all really beat. But I think I suffered some mild heat exhaustion. I sat in the air conditioning of FOA Schwarz for about 20 minutes before I started... Sun, 4 Aug 2013 23:34:05 EST ~~~AUGUST SLIM DOWN CHALLENGE~~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x54288285 The month of July is almost gone and August is right around the corner, lets continue challenge ourselves. <BR> <BR> Make sure to REPLY the first time and EDIT after that to this message each week with your actual weight loss for that week. This way everyone will get a message when you update your weight loss and we can all celebrate with you!!! <BR> <BR> Here is how it works (see reference). <BR> <BR> 1) Pick your own weigh in day (any day of the week). <BR> 2) Reply to this thread with... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 11:40:58 EST New member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x54100396 Hello All! I'm a 37 year old mom of 4 who has let my weight continue to creep up and up. Weight has always been an issue for me but I've successfully lost and maintained for long periods. I exercise a lot, and I know how to eat healthily, but I always seem to defeat myself when it comes to losing weight. I'll stick to 1200-1500 calories for three weeks and run and lift weights 4-5 days a week, find I haven't lost a pound, and I just give up and binge. It's becoming a depressing cycle tha... Fri, 12 Jul 2013 12:23:54 EST ~~JULY 2013 SLIM DOWN CHALLENGE~~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x53918543 Bye bye June, Welcome July!!!! <BR> <BR> Make sure to REPLY the first time and EDIT after that to this message each week with your actual weight loss for that week. This way everyone will get a message when you update your weight loss and we can all celebrate with you!!! <BR> <BR> Here is how it works (see reference). <BR> <BR> 1) Pick your own weigh in day (any day of the week). <BR> 2) Reply to this thread with your start weight for the month, your goal weight each week of the month and ... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 07:15:26 EST JUNE 2013 Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x53484401 Well ladies, as a new Team Leader it is now up to me to continue the tradition <BR> <BR> Make sure to REPLY the first time and EDIT after that to this message each week with your actual weight loss for that week. This way everyone will get a message when you update your weight loss and we can all celebrate with you!!! <BR> <BR> Here is how it works (see reference). <BR> <BR> 1) Pick your own weigh in day (any day of the week). <BR> 2) Reply to this thread with your start weight for the mon... Sun, 26 May 2013 11:13:44 EST I'll be 40 on June 14th! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x16640x53452984 So I made a challenge for myself that I started on this past Tues. I said I was going to lose 10lbs by my birthday. I said I was going to lower carbs and exercise at least 10 min a day. This is going from NO exercise and eating a lot of fast food and sweets. So my weight climbed pretty rapidly back to my original SW when I first joined SP awhile back! <BR> <BR> I am down 4lbs already! I know it is water weight, but it lets me know I am on the right track. My official weigh in days will be on... Thu, 23 May 2013 16:11:49 EST May 2013 Slim Down Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x53138670 Well this is my last month to get fabulous before I turn 40 on June 1st. Come join me and get closer to your goal. This will also be the last month I do this challenge since I will be stepping down next month to let another leader take over. <BR> <BR> Make sure to reply to this message each week with your actual weight loss for that week. This way everyone will get a message when you update your weight loss and we can all celebrate with you!!! <BR> <BR> Here is how it works (mine is below f... Sun, 28 Apr 2013 12:29:58 EST Tick Tock!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x16640x53115215 I have been back and forth, back and forth. I am sick of the roller coaster. My life has been a recent series of ups and downs both physically and mentally and the one thing I lacked was the determination and accountability to change it. I am determined to meet my goal by September 11. Any and all encouragement will be accepted and appreciated by me greatly. <BR> I know I can do this, I have before. This time I cannot get in my own way, time is simply running out. <BR> <BR> Help keep me acc... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 08:54:27 EST April 2013 Slim Down Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x52757634 Wow, I can't believe it's April already. Summer is right around the corner. <BR> <BR> Make sure to reply to this message each week with your actual weight loss for that week. This way everyone will get a message when you update your weight loss and we can all celebrate with you!!! <BR> <BR> Here is how it works (mine is below for reference). <BR> <BR> 1) Pick your own weigh in day. <BR> 2) Reply to this thread with your start weight for the month, your goal weight each week of the month an... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 17:44:52 EST What were your Wheel Spin SparkPoints today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x16640x52634978 <em>347</em> 10 + 5 Thu, 21 Mar 2013 14:52:25 EST What is your emoticon today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x16640x52634937 <em>362</em> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 14:49:09 EST Challenge for the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x16640x52630240 Let's do Challenge for the Day! <BR> <BR> To keep the Team motivated I have a special request: <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is to give a Goodie to anyone in this team. It does not has to be "expensive", just Be a motivator! Thu, 21 Mar 2013 08:49:26 EST Introduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x52589993 Hi! I'm new to the team and new to SP. <BR> <BR> Who was your last text from? Daughter <BR> <BR> What's your profile picture? Working on that' <BR> <BR> What's your middle name? Kay <BR> <BR> Your current relationship status? In a relationship <BR> <BR> What is your current mood? Not sure what kind of mood I'm in right now <BR> <BR> What's your dad's name? Ray <BR> <BR> If you could go back in time and change something, would you? I would have waited until I was older to marry...the ... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 15:34:09 EST Calorie Intake - do you change it? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x16640x52411050 I think I saw this on here before, so pardon me if I'm repeating!!!! <BR> <BR> Wondering if you need to change the calorie intake throughout the process? Just curious. I hope not - I struggle to stay at 1550!!! LOL (or is it 1500) yikes! hehe Wed, 6 Mar 2013 09:21:24 EST March 2013 Slim Down Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x52356197 Can you believe it's March already? Let's kick it into high gear, summer is just around the corner. <BR> <BR> Make sure to reply to this message each week with your actual weight loss for that week. This way everyone will get a message when you update your weight loss and we can all celebrate with you!!! <BR> <BR> Here is how it works (mine is below for reference). <BR> <BR> 1) Pick your own weigh in day. <BR> 2) Reply to this thread with your start weight for the month, your goal weight e... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 15:51:39 EST Hi! New to the team! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x52352777 Hi everyone! I just happened upon this team and am so glad I did! I am a 37.5 year old nurse, happy wife and lucky mother of 3 (random order! Lol). I am determined to be "Fit By 40" and am off to a great start. My weight loss has been slow but I am more focused on how great I feel with my consistent work out schedule! I am planning to run (jog) 2-3 5ks this year and want to do a 1/2 marathon by age 40. Check out my spark page! I hope we can support each other! Thanks!! <em>252</em> Sat, 2 Mar 2013 10:43:35 EST Another newbie! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x52197825 Hi all. My first week with spark. Looking forward to getting some tips, ideas & support from others that share the same goals. On a side note I love the name of this group! Look forward to getting to know everyone. Tue, 19 Feb 2013 21:00:03 EST New here... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x52167633 Hi, my name is Melvina, but everyone calls me MamaBear. I am 34 almost 35, am a mom of 6 and step mom to 1. I am married to a great guy named Anthony. I have 150 lbs to lose and am detirmed to lose it by the time I turn 40! Nice to meet you all!!! Sun, 17 Feb 2013 20:36:54 EST New to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x52059202 Hello! I'm a new member to Spark and am ready to make some positive changes in my life to take back my health and happiness. I am turning 39 this year and have been struggling with my weight for about 9 years. I am happily married (14 years) and have a beautiful 9 year old daughter. My family means the world to me and I want to enjoy every wonderful moment with them. I want to be in the best shape of my life, fit and healthy by the time I turn 40, so I've got about a year and 4 months to ge... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 01:51:26 EST New to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x51975696 Hello, I'm Amy. I am a wife, mother of 2 beautiful children (9 & 12) and I work full time and I am also a student. I will be turning 40 in September and I want to look and feel healthy for it. I am also trying to set a good example for my family. I have been on SP for about a year. I lost 20 lbs last year only to gain most of it back. But I am working on losing about 40 lbs this year before my birthday. I look forward to interacting with you and supporting you all in your journey as we... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 14:17:42 EST February 2013 Slim Down Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x51957152 Let keep up the momentum in February. You can do this, just remember it's not a diet but a lifestyle change. <BR> <BR> Make sure to reply to this message each week with your actual weight loss for that week. This way everyone will get a message when you update your weight loss and we can all celebrate with you!!! <BR> <BR> Here is how it works (mine is below for reference). <BR> <BR> 1) Pick your own weigh in day. <BR> 2) Reply to this thread with your start weight for the month, your goal... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 11:06:32 EST Hey Hey Hey http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x51586091 Hi all! New to the team but not so new to the battle of the bulge! :0 I am a SAHM and need to get into shape before turning 40. I have 2 yrs and 2 months to accomplish my goals and plan to tackle this once step at a time. I have tried quick and easy all too many times and have failed. I am trying to look at it now as more of a lifestyle. Slow and steady wins the race anyway, right? Fri, 11 Jan 2013 10:55:38 EST January exercise minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x51395966 Happy New Year, everyone!! I don't know about all of you, but I love new beginnings and fresh starts. I love being able to look forward and see the possibilities stretching before me. What do you want from this new year? Do you have specific fitness goals you want to meet? A milestone birthday? A fantastic vacation destination? Whatever the reason, I say use the motivation it provides to help you reach your goals! <BR> <BR> Try to accumulate as many fitness minutes as you can this month. If ... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 10:23:16 EST Hello from Columbus Ohio! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x51394597 Good Morning Sexy People!! <BR> <BR> My name is Melissa AKA Tallgirl.. I am a 36 year old single mom of 3 kids. I am in a committed relationship with a man who loves me no matter what size I am. <BR> <BR> I have rediscovered SparkPeople and I cant wait to see the change in me! I have 50 lbs to lose and I am giving myself a full year to get it off! <BR> <BR> I didnt put it on in a day ..I cant expect to take it all off in a day! <BR> <BR> I am holding myself accountable for my weight.. ... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 09:00:06 EST January 2013 Slim Down Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x51369128 New year, new you!!! Let's start the new year off with a bang and lose this weight. By breaking down your overall goal into manageable monthly goals will help you stay on track. So who is going to join me??? <BR> <BR> Make sure to reply to this message each week with your actual weight loss for that week. This way everyone will get a message when you update your weight loss and we can all celebrate with you!!! <BR> <BR> Here is how it works (mine is below for reference). <BR> <BR> 1) Pi... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 11:28:49 EST December exercise minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x51054872 Wow! It's December already! How did that happen?? How about we end this year strong, so we can keep the momentum going through the start of the new year?? <em>460</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Try to accumulate as many fitness minutes as you can this month. If you're just starting out, reach for that 250 Spark trophy for the first time. If you've reached the 500, strive for the 1000 trophy. <BR> <BR> If you hate to exercise, challenge yourself to try something new. You might discover a new favo... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 12:49:11 EST December 2012 Slim Down Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x51042068 Onto the hardest month of the year to lose weight. I am hoping to at least maintain, if I lose anything it will be a bonus. Just remember to eat everything in moderation and we can make it through this holiday season. Let's end this year with a loss or a maintain instead of a gain. <BR> <BR> Make sure to reply to this message each week with your actual weight loss for that week. This way everyone will get a message when you update your weight loss and we can all celebrate with you!!! <BR>... Sat, 1 Dec 2012 13:53:56 EST Happy Thanksgiving http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x16640x50927678 I just wanted to send a quick message wishing all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving. I hope you all have a wonderful day with family and friends! <BR> <BR> <em>429</em> <em>430</em> <em>428</em> Thu, 22 Nov 2012 12:21:37 EST New to the group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x50863896 Hi there! <BR> <BR> I'm Beth and I'm 36 but like others, I'm working on being fabulous by forty. My goal is to be a "surfer girl" by the time I'm forty. I explain it more on my SparkPage, but it stems from a joke between myself and a friend. :) <BR> <BR> I look forward to "meeting" everyone! <BR> <BR> Take care, <BR> Elizabeth <BR> <BR> Sat, 17 Nov 2012 11:16:05 EST November Exercise Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x50631098 Another month is upon us, and for many, it can be a long dark one. Let's find ways to keep our exercise momentum going! With Halloween, we start what is often referred to as the 'holiday season'. But remember - it's not actually a season, just a couple of days! Let's not lose sight of our goals these next couple of months! <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> Try to accumulate as many fitness minutes as you can this month. If you're just starting out, reach for that 250 Spark trophy for the first time... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 14:30:39 EST Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x50619378 Hey there! I was so excited to find this group...and will take a minute to intro myself. My name is Tonja, I have a husband of almost 15 years and two active sons (12 and 10). I've been doing Sparkpeople for a little over a month now on my own but have recently decided to start taking advantage of the community here. Looking forward to interacting with you all! Tue, 30 Oct 2012 18:12:13 EST November 2012 Slim Down Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x50574826 Wow, October was a great month, let's keep the momentum going for November. <BR> <BR> Make sure to reply to this message each week with your actual weight loss for that week. This way everyone will get a message when you update your weight loss and we can all celebrate with you!!! <BR> <BR> Here is how it works (mine is below for reference). <BR> <BR> 1) Pick your own weigh in day. <BR> 2) Reply to this thread with your start weight for the month, your goal weight each week of the month an... Sat, 27 Oct 2012 15:43:56 EST Did first 7 min on eliptical need help 2 keep goin http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x16640x50511234 Hi <BR> My name is Brandi ...I am looking for on line buddies who would like to Skype with me and work out at the same time!!! I just bought an elliptical machine which I just set up a few days ago and I can’t wait to start using it on a regular basis lol! I have about 100 pounds to lose and I am more than ready to do it with your help! Here’s the thing with me…If I am by myself I won’t do it. BUT…if I have a buddy or if I know someone is watching me I will push myself to get done what I se... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 06:26:15 EST New workout ideas... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x16640x50313762 I had been walking and running, while listening to music or books on tape. I'm getting bored. SO, I went to the library and checked out some videos. This is my new workout idea. I can try Yoga, Kickboxing, pilates, and even Jillian Michael's Shred. HERE WE GO BODY SORENESS!!! <BR> <BR> What's your new workout idea to keep things fresh and motivating? Tue, 9 Oct 2012 12:35:35 EST October exercise minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x50198179 We had some serious exercise minutes logged for September! Let's keep up the momentum and challenge each other for October! <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> Try to accumulate as many fitness minutes as you can this month. If you're just starting out, reach for that 250 Spark trophy for the first time. If you've reached the 500, strive for the 1000 trophy. <BR> <BR> If you hate to exercise, challenge yourself to try something new. You might discover a new favorite! If you have your tried and true, ... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 21:28:11 EST Desperate to find exercise bussies Via Skype!!! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x50166906 Hi <BR> My name is Brandi ...I'm 38 and new to this online support group and I am looking for on line buddies who would like to Skype with me and work out at the same time!!! I just bought an elliptical machine which I pick up in a few days and I can’t wait lol! I have about 100 pounds to lose and I am more than ready to do it with your help! Here’s the thing with me…If I am by myself I won’t do it. BUT…if I have a buddy or if I know someone is watching me I will push myself to get done wha... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 00:30:23 EST October 2012 Slim Down Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x50160461 Some great weight loss in September. Let's keep this going for October. <BR> <BR> Make sure to reply to this message each week with your actual weight loss for that week. This way everyone will get a message when you update your weight loss and we can all celebrate with you!!! <BR> <BR> Here is how it works (mine is below for reference). <BR> <BR> 1) Pick your own weigh in day. <BR> 2) Reply to this thread with your start weight for the month, your goal weight each week of the month and h... Sat, 29 Sep 2012 12:17:09 EST New! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x49917448 Hi All. Time to really start taking care of myself. I have 2 kids who are finally back in school. Have a very part time business. I don't *feed* my body or take care of it the way it deserves. I'm turning 40 in April, 2012 and want to become that healthy me that I know is there. Just need to take the time to do it. Excited! <BR> Megan <BR> Thu, 13 Sep 2012 13:20:12 EST End of the lurking http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x49881880 Hi I'm Amy, <BR> <BR> I'm quickly approaching my 38th birthday and I'm determined to get healthy by 40. I've struggled with my weight my whole life pretty much doing everything from Fat camp to liquid diets to phen phen to try to get rid of the extra pounds. <BR> <BR> About three years ago I decided to get healthy and I lost 60 lbs getting down to about 180. I broke my foot earlier this year and I've put back pretty much all the weight. Not happy about that. <BR> <BR> I've been on ... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 14:34:58 EST I'm New to the Group and Want to be Fabulous! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x49831158 Hello, All! I have been a member of SparkPeople since 2010, but have yet to become very involved. I'm hoping for that to chance, starting today. <BR> <BR> I have a goal to lose 40 lbs--40. I can't even believe I am saying that. I'm sad that I went so far off track, and I really want this to be the time I learn what makes it stick for me. <BR> <BR> My other goal is to run a marathon. That's an enormous, secret piece of my heart goal, and this is the first time I've said (typed) it. I'll be 3... Sat, 8 Sep 2012 16:25:21 EST September 2012 Slim Down Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x49726504 Let's keep up the progress in September. <BR> <BR> Make sure to reply to this message each week with your actual weight loss for that week. This way everyone will get a message when you update your weight loss and we can all celebrate with you!!! <BR> <BR> Here is how it works (mine is below for reference). <BR> <BR> 1) Pick your own weigh in day. <BR> 2) Reply to this thread with your start weight for the month, your goal weight each week of the month and how many overall pounds you want ... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 20:04:34 EST September exercise streak http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x49706072 September is here! Let's keep up the good work and keep up with our exercise minutes! <BR> <BR> Try to accumulate as many fitness minutes as you can this month. If you're just starting out, reach for that 250 Spark trophy for the first time. If you've reached the 500, strive for the 1000 trophy. <BR> <BR> If you hate to exercise, challenge yourself to try something new. You might discover a new favorite! If you have your tried and true, I say keep at it! Just move it! Move it to lose it! <B... Fri, 31 Aug 2012 09:33:26 EST Okay, I really want to get into this! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x49463889 Hello! I am sort of new here to Spark People (have lurked some) and I have heard great thing! I want to lose 45 lbs before I am 40 (I'll be 38 in a few months). I've done weight watchers, but have a toddler and work full time, so sitting through the goofy meetings is no longer something I can make a priority, LOL! <BR> <BR> Anyway, I'm looking for a community I can join virtually to find some support. This team sounds just right! I love all types of social media and have visited a Spark Peo... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 23:04:56 EST New here :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x49457221 Hi everyone! New to SP. I started out at 201 lbs and being 5ft tall my goal is 130 lbs. I turn 35 this year and have spent too many of the past 10 years being overweight. Just wanted to introduce myself. Tue, 14 Aug 2012 14:31:14 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x49257950 Hi everybody, <BR> This is my first time on here,. everything on here seems so supportive and helpful. I am a wife and mother in Arkansas. I have one child a daugher who is 11. I started working out Febuary 2011 and was doing really good, lost 30 lbs. But the the holidays hit and I lost the motivation to go to the gym everyday and eat good. I ended up gaining 20 lbs back. So as of Febuary 2012 I started all over again. I have been hitting the gym everyday since Febuary of this year and have ... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 12:34:17 EST August Exercise Streak http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x49238083 Let's keep the momentum going! Wherever you are in your exercise level, you can join in the fun! <BR> <BR> Try to accumulate as many fitness minutes as you can this month. If you're just starting out, reach for that 250 Spark trophy for the first time. If you've reached the 500, strive for the 1000 trophy. <BR> <BR> If you hate to exercise, challenge yourself to try something new. You might discover a new favorite! If you have your tried and true, I say keep at it! Just move it! Move it to ... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 09:34:45 EST August Exercise Streak http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x16640x49238053 Let's keep the momentum going! Wherever you are in your exercise level, you can join in the fun! <BR> <BR> Try to accumulate as many fitness minutes as you can this month. If you're just starting out, reach for that 250 Spark trophy for the first time. If you've reached the 500, strive for the 1000 trophy. <BR> <BR> If you hate to exercise, challenge yourself to try something new. You might discover a new favorite! If you have your tried and true, I say keep at it! Just move it! Move it to ... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 09:32:10 EST Renew, recharge and reset http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x49222008 Okay, so the truth is, I totally checked out in July. It wasn't intentional and I have no excuses - I just fell off of every healthy wagon I was on. I think I needed a break. <BR> <BR> So I'm wondering if there are others out there who had set good goals, maybe as far back as January, or maybe spring goals that went out the window once summer hit. Everyone says if you fall off, get back on. If you fall down, get back up. So I am starting fresh in August - my own personal renewal for this mon... Mon, 30 Jul 2012 09:47:37 EST August 2012 Slim Down Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x49205965 We had some great weight loss in July. Let's keep the momentum going in August. <BR> <BR> Make sure to reply to this message each week with your actual weight loss for that week. This way everyone will get a message when you update your weight loss and we can all celebrate with you!!! <BR> <BR> Here is how it works (mine is below for reference). <BR> <BR> 1) Pick your own weigh in day. <BR> 2) Reply to this thread with your start weight for the month, your goal weight each week of the mon... Sun, 29 Jul 2012 09:06:39 EST Begin Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x49204033 Hello. My name is Cindi. I don't remember when I joined but I have fell off the bandwagon big time. I have had several health issues over the past 6 months and after getting things cleared by drs finally, I can get back on that wagon. The last Dr. I saw told me that if I loose 50-60 lbs. (I'd ultimately like to loose 80-100) that I can probably get my health back somewhat. I've been diagnosed with Sleep Apnea and they want me to do a CPAP Trial but then she said if I can loose the weight... Sun, 29 Jul 2012 02:31:13 EST New here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x49201032 Hi..I am a stay at home mom who needs to lose weight and get in shape...Right now I have been dealing with a fractured foot for over 2 years that won't heal and it is keeping me from being able to do any exercise. I have 30 lbs to lose and have very little motivation...I really need help in finding ways to eat right and the knowledge to do these things. I look forward to making new friends here and changing my life. Sat, 28 Jul 2012 21:19:55 EST Hello Everyone..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x49024122 Hello Everyone, My name is Gina, aka GiGi. I am happily married, and the proud parent of five active teenagers. We live in North Carolina. I am one month from my 39th birthday, and I have set a goal to be fit & fab (healthier & happier) by my 40th birthday) so when I found this team. I knew this was exactly the right team for me. <BR> Tue, 17 Jul 2012 11:34:58 EST 41 and Fabulous! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x48996853 <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> Me new to the group. Reached 40 and still fabulous! Now more than ever. <BR> <BR> Right now I am in my lowest weight ever reached. Made the goal back in June and in maintenance which is the most difficult thing to do but never impossible. <BR> <BR> How I made it, with love and patient lots of it. Always be positive. <BR> <BR> Happily married and a son in college. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 15 Jul 2012 17:35:34 EST Hi i am new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x48959585 Hello my name is melinda 38 yrs old marryed with 2 kids, 20 and 13 yrs old. I havecbeen on this ire tracking my activity andvit ashelped so much. I just started to exsercise 2 months ago. I have had 18 surgerys and alot of them on my knees. I have arthritis that is causeing my bones to chip off so i have for. Very long timevlet the pain control my life. But now i want to get healthy i ave so far lost 3 inches to my waist, 1 in in my arm. I ave been doing reistance band workout every morn... Fri, 13 Jul 2012 00:59:41 EST just wanted to say Hi and Intro myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x48936843 Hello, my name is Chrystal I live in Tx and I am looking for some new friends that understand what its like to have to work your butt of to lose a pd. So please if anyone can give some support that would be great! And I will return the favor :D Wed, 11 Jul 2012 16:00:38 EST July Exercise Streak http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x48783247 Let's do it again! Wherever you are in your exercise level, you can join in the fun! <BR> <BR> Try to accumulate as many fitness minutes as you can this month. If you're just starting out, reach for that 250 Spark trophy for the first time. If you've reached the 500, strive for the 1000 trophy. I'm going to keep my 1000 fitness minutes streak alive! <BR> <BR> If you hate to exercise, challenge yourself to try something new. You might discover a new favorite! If you have your tried and true,... Sun, 1 Jul 2012 22:06:43 EST July Healthy Habits Streak http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x48783162 How did everyone do in the June exercise streak? Did you make your goal? Did you come close? Did you succeed so well you need another streak to keep your momentum going?? I thought so!! <BR> <BR> For July, let's add another healthy streak. This one is up to you. Do you struggle with your water consumption? Challenge yourself to drink one more glass each day until you reach eight. Do you want to get more fruits and vegetables in your life? Try something new - you might find a new favorite! Ar... Sun, 1 Jul 2012 22:02:01 EST July 2012 Slim Down Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x48759517 Okay everyone let's keep the momentum going in July. <BR> <BR> Make sure to reply to this message each week with your actual weight loss for that week. This way everyone will get a message when you update your weight loss and we can all celebrate with you!!! <BR> <BR> Here is how it works (mine is below for reference). <BR> <BR> 1) Pick your own weigh in day. <BR> 2) Reply to this thread with your start weight for the month, your goal weight each week of the month and how many overall poun... Sat, 30 Jun 2012 09:04:50 EST Trying to be gorgeous like Angela Basset by 40 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x48726768 I saw How Stella Got her Groove Back in 1998. I was 18, and knew that I had to look like that by 40. I am 32 now and I have a lot of work to do. When I am 40 I will visit Jamaica and jog along the beach, and flaunt around in a 2 piece. I can do it.... Thu, 28 Jun 2012 00:22:09 EST Taking Care of Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x48720759 Hi! I am new to SparkPeople and wanted to introduce myself. I am a 33 year old mother of two (a daughter with special needs - age 9 and a son - age 5), working full-time plus, and trying to remember what sleep looks like. I need to take better care of myself, and I need help with being reminded of that. So I thought this would be a great place to start. I want to get healthy, take off a few pounds, and really start to be more supportive of me. I am also hoping I can reform my family a ... Wed, 27 Jun 2012 17:14:05 EST Mimi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x48715570 Hello Everyone! I'm new to your group and delighted to have found it. I'll be 40 in May/13 and am about halfway to where I'd like to be. I've taken off just over 40 lbs. this past year and working on the rest. I feel like I have changed my life already. I have no doubt that I will achieve my goal because I could never do to myself the damage that I've done in the past. I love exercise, I love S.P., and I have learned to love me the right way. Very much looking forward to getting to know the t... Wed, 27 Jun 2012 10:36:02 EST Questionaire & Introduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x48711836 Hi, my name is Darlene, I joined the team because I have a vision of the life I want by 40. Starting with taking care of my mind, BODY, and soul. <BR> <BR> Who was your last text from? My husband <BR> <BR> What's your profile picture? Is it bad that I can't remember it? It is one from the SP gallery. <BR> <BR> What's your middle name? Mae <BR> <BR> Your current relationship status? Married <BR> <BR> What is your current mood? Sleepy <BR> <BR> What's your dad's name? Doug <BR> <BR> If y... Wed, 27 Jun 2012 06:02:09 EST Howdy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x48694957 On days like today, in the middle of winter, it feels almost impossible to get warm! But I feel like I'm buzzing with a new motivation that will keep me focused until the sun comes out and beyond. <BR> <BR> Lately (for about the last 2 years, lol ) I've been feeling a little overwhelmed with my load and it's made me feel a little older that what I am. I am a mother to three, 15 years, 3 and 2 and work part time as a teacher. I have been getting that 'frumpy frazzled teacher' look about me t... Tue, 26 Jun 2012 02:24:58 EST just starting my journey here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x48647316 Hello everyone. My name is Laurel. I have decided to start the program and join the community. I decided that Monday will be my first day. This way I can plan my food, explore all the different things on the site and be ready to succeed. I was doing another program and lost about 80 pounds. I still have over 100 that I want to lose. I was stressing so much because I had stayed at the same weight for a few months. I have decided that it is time for a change. I need to have something that fits ... Fri, 22 Jun 2012 21:43:56 EST OK ALREADY!! I admit it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x48642072 I have some weight to lose. 50 lbs or so, if we want to get technical. Am I ready? I hope so. Have I tried and failed SO SO SO many times? yep. It is possible? completely. <BR> Wish me luck :) Fri, 22 Jun 2012 14:01:20 EST Whitney http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x48566518 Hi, I am new here, and am looking for support to lose those last 25 lbs. I weighed 238 when I realized it was time to do something, I have gotten down to 150 and maintained that for the last 10 years. Sun, 17 Jun 2012 18:16:20 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x48557957 Hi fellow Sparkers, I am a couple weeks away from turning 36 and would love to be fit and fabulous by 40! This seems to be a great team, so I'm excited to join. I have a 3-month-old baby and am pleased to be slightly below my pre-pregnancy weight. However, I have a lot more to lose to feel my best. I haven't decided on a long term goal yet, I am going to try to go the slow and steady route...but I need support and motivation along the way! Sat, 16 Jun 2012 23:54:15 EST New here and ready to be Fab before 40 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x48529146 I sooooo want to lose at least 40lbs before I turn 40 in 8 months. I also want to be healthy and be able to keep up with my lilttle ones who run circles around me. Thu, 14 Jun 2012 20:23:43 EST tell me to lose the right way.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x16640x48506850 Someone I know has been on diet pills for 60 days and lost 23 lbs!! They state they are not near as hungry (I was told it was like speed) but yet they do not eat right still. Eating chicken mcnuggets and not fruits or veggies. The dr told them it was for short term script to help with blood sugars. They do no excercise but maybe walk two or 3 days a week. <BR> <BR> Here I am waking up at 6 am to workout before work and not having those results!!! I keep telling myself it is tempor... Wed, 13 Jun 2012 11:41:12 EST fatloser.com http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x16640x48498926 If you haven't heard of Steve Siebold or fatloser.com, I highly suggest you check it out. <BR> <BR> **** Now some people are turned off by his no-nonsense attitude, so I'll warn you it's not for anyone who is into the touchy-feely side of losing weight and/or any emotional baggage that caused the weight gain in the first place. He is all about being "mentally tough" and making no excuses. <BR> <BR> That being said, he has totally hit the nail on the head for me and is partially responsi... Tue, 12 Jun 2012 21:54:32 EST turing 40 in 8 1/2 months.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x48491624 Hello fellow soon to be 40 year olds!! I am having a very hard time with this 40 number!!! I want to get in the best shape I have been in since high school!!! I have been working out 5 to 6 times a week (zumba, vball, interval running), but my food is my problem now!! <BR> <BR> I just did my 1st cardio kickboxing class last night---LOVED IT!!! I will start the 28 day boot camp video also. <BR> <BR> I would like to loose 30 to 40 lbs by Feb 24, 2013!!! Look forward to everyone ... Tue, 12 Jun 2012 12:04:57 EST Weight of the Nation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x16640x48488838 Did anybody watch the HBO documentary "Weight of the Nation"? I have only seen Part 1 of the 3. It went into great detail about obesity and the health repercussions. It also touched on childhood obesity. Great show so far. It is very motivating to keep on working on your health/fitness. Tue, 12 Jun 2012 09:00:39 EST OPERATION FIT http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x48454717 Hello, SparkPeople!! <BR> <BR> I have been struggling with my weight since I was five years old. I'm now 30 and I've had ENOUGH! I am focused and committed to living a healthy lifestyle from here on out. <BR> <BR> A little about myself: My name is Brandy. I live in Cincinnati and work in health care. I'm single (and loving it!). I have one cat, named Friday. I love to read and travel. My faith is top priority in my life. I love my family and friends more than anything. I can't cook...haha... Sun, 10 Jun 2012 01:18:24 EST How do you deal with parties at work? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x16640x48366229 I'm asking because we are having one where I work today with so many wonderful goodies. I'm less tempted than I usually am, probably because I haven't been eating junk the last 4 days and my cravings are less. But it's only 9am and I have the whole day of cookies and cake and candy ahead of me. I'm curious how other people avoid temptation at work, especially how to deal with coworkers who try to sabotage you. (It's REALLY good cake, are you sure you don't want any?) Mon, 4 Jun 2012 09:05:07 EST Another Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x48354492 Hi All, <BR> I'm new to the group as well. My name is Heidi, I turned 39 in March and suddenly I feel the pressure of the looming Big 4-0! I'm not stressed over turning 40, I just want to feel a LOT better in my own skin when I do! <BR> <BR> I've been on SP since 2009 with some breaks on and off. I tend to disappear when I'm not being disciplined and the next thing I know too much time has passed and I have to crawl back on the wagon. I'm making progress though. I lost 30 lbs and kept it off... Sun, 3 Jun 2012 13:18:45 EST New Here toooooo http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x48344836 Hello everyone.... I joined SP a while ago but moved over to My Fitness Pal shortly after that. I'm back to trying to SP but still doing MFP too... I just like all the SP has to offer. But I have a lot of friends over at MFP. Anyway, Just wanted to join some groups and get some friends here to keep me motivated. Sat, 2 Jun 2012 19:44:21 EST NEW!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x48339062 Hi I am new to Spark people and found this group! <BR> <BR> I am 37 years old and want to loose 50lbs. I've already lost 50lbs over the last couple years. My original goal was to be under 200 and here I am. Now I know I can do more! <BR> <BR> I look forward to learning form everyone here! Sat, 2 Jun 2012 10:51:00 EST June 2012 Slim Down Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x48337178 Bathing suit season is upon us so come join me in the Slim Down Challenge. There are no teams, it's just you against you. <BR> <BR> Make sure to reply to this message each week with your actual weight loss for that week. This way everyone will get a message when you update your weight loss and we can all celebrate with you!!! <BR> <BR> Here is how it works (mine is below for reference). <BR> <BR> 1) Pick your own weigh in day. <BR> 2) Reply to this thread with your start weight for the mon... Sat, 2 Jun 2012 08:34:05 EST Hello I am new here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x48335018 hello everyone, i am new here and I would like to tell you a little about myself. I am 39 years old I am obese and I have dealt with obesity most of my life. I am an emotional eater and I also eat when I am bored. I have finally told myself enough is enough. I am going to regain control of my eating. I know Its gonna take some time, I have been eating like this for years and yo yo dieting. I know its gonna take some time. I also have medical issues going on because of my weight and eat... Sat, 2 Jun 2012 01:00:07 EST One More Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x16640x48331832 Well today, June 1st, I turned 39 and only have one more year to become fabulous. I have been struggling lately with binge eating and I continue to see my weight climb. Yes I ate horrible today but I am starting a new year and I plan on finally getting my head in the game and get it done!!! I have around 45 to 50 pounds to lose to be back down to what I was 5 years ago, which was a size 6. I will succeed because I am determined to be fabulous by this time next year to ring in my 40's! <BR... Fri, 1 Jun 2012 20:30:35 EST I'm new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x48313488 I just turned 39 and I'm determined to get in good health by 40. My weight loss goal is about 62 pounds, and I know that's a lot (maybe too much) to expect of myself within one year, but I'm going to do my best. Even if I only make it to 40 pounds lost by my 40th birthday I'll be pretty damn happy! I'm hoping this forum will help keep me from giving up. Thu, 31 May 2012 17:25:13 EST Becky http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x48299921 Hello. I have been over weight all my life and I am sick and tired of being over weight, low on energy, and insecure in all aspects of my life. I am ready to work on ME. To be good to me and to finally once and for all, lose weight and keep it off. I know it is going to be hard and I know that I have a long road ahead of me. But I am ready to do this thing. I just hope I can find the help and support I need to reach my goals. Wed, 30 May 2012 20:55:34 EST June exercise streak http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x48270008 Okay, I admit it - I did an absolutely horrible job of tracking in May. I'm not sure I even got a whole day in there! Very very poor. But, on the flip side, I have exceeded 1000 fitness minutes and the month isn't over yet! So, with the idea of playing on my strengths, I thought that'd be a good streak to keep up. <BR> <BR> June is almost here, bringing with it the beginning of summer, barbeque parties, swim suits and all. I find summer a very hard time to watch what I eat but on the flipsi... Mon, 28 May 2012 22:29:14 EST Hi! I'm new :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x48026321 Hi my name is Tasha and I'm new to this board. <BR> <BR> I guess it's finally hit me that I better get off my butt if want to be Fabulous by November when I turn 40yrs old! <BR> <BR> I"m a working mom of 2 - Norah (21 months) and Aidan (6yrs). No more excuses about the "baby" weight now.I've made a few attempts along the way but have found a new sense of commitment to healthier eating habits and adding some exercise to my life. <BR> <BR> <BR> Nice to meet you all <BR> Fri, 11 May 2012 19:18:22 EST Time is on my side for this one! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x47942147 Hi all, <BR> <BR> I turn 34 next month, so I have 6 years to work with, but if the last 6 years are anything to go by, I am going to need that long lol! <BR> <BR> I look forward to getting involved in the team <BR> Michelle <BR> <BR> Sun, 6 May 2012 17:55:24 EST Tip of the Week 5-6-12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x16640x47935816 Found this great website which grades food. You can either scan a bar code using an app for your phone or you can type in the food name and it will give you the grade and some facts behind the grade. They will also give you some better alternative foods to the one you are inquiring about. Check it out!!! <BR> <BR> <link>www.fooducate.com/ </link> Sun, 6 May 2012 09:11:01 EST May Tracking Streak http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x47842302 How's the new year treating you? Have you developed healthy habits and you're going strong? Or maybe some of those habits didn't quite stick and you're looking for a way to rev up your progress? <BR> <BR> Anybody want to get back on track? <BR> <BR> I think it's time to revisit food tracking. It has been proven that keeping a food journal helps you lose weight by keeping your calories in check and keeping yourself accountable. And you might learn something about your eating habits along the... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 15:29:04 EST Tip of the Week 4-29-12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x16640x47820862 Great article about the 4 best and 3 worst sweeteners to have in your kitchen. <BR> <BR> <link>health.yahoo.net/rodale/RH/the-4-bes<BR>t-and-3-worst-sweeteners-to-have-in-yo<BR>ur-kitchen </link> Sun, 29 Apr 2012 11:20:42 EST May 2012 Slim Down Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x47820704 Bathing suit season is almost upon us so come join me in the Slim Down Challenge. There are no teams, it's just you against you. <BR> <BR> Make sure to reply to this message each week with your actual weight loss for that week. This way everyone will get a message when you update your weight loss and we can all celebrate with you!!! <BR> <BR> Here is how it works (mine is below for reference). <BR> <BR> 1) Pick your own weigh in day. <BR> 2) Reply to this thread with your start weight for... Sun, 29 Apr 2012 11:10:23 EST New to the group! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x47758164 Hello everyone, i'd like to introduce myself. My name is Electa I am 38 years old and looking to loose around 50 lbs. I AM going to be FABULOUS BY 40!!!!!!!! Wed, 25 Apr 2012 13:00:49 EST Tip of the Week 4-22-12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x16640x47701783 Saw this website and thought it was very interesting so I though I would share! <BR> <BR> <link>www.naturopathyworks.com/pages/cravi<BR>ngs.php </link> Sun, 22 Apr 2012 09:47:11 EST TURNING 40 AT THE END OF THE YEAR.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x47642161 AFTER A 3 DAYS HOSPITAL STAY FOR SUPER HIGH STROKE HIGH BP AND A FEW HEART ISSUES IVE GOT A HUGE REALITY CHECK.... <BR> IM EASILY 75 LBS OR MORE OVER WEIGHT JUST BREAKING THE DREADED 200 LB MARK. I CANT DO THAT I JUST CANT ITS TO MUCH FOR MY BODY, MY KNEES ARE ALREADY A TRUE MESS AND BACK IS ALWAYS SORE FROM CARRYING MY BIG BUTT. <BR> SO IM EATING HEALTHIER,WATCHING MY PORTIONS, CUTTING SOME THINGS TOTALLY OUT, AND EXERCISING DAILY ALTHOUGH I CANT ALWAYS DO 30 MINS ITHAT IS MY GOEL FOR THIS... Wed, 18 Apr 2012 11:48:35 EST Tip of the Week 4-15-12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x16640x47584254 Exercise When You Can <BR> <BR> You don't have to go to the gym every day to work out. Make exercise fun by turning housework into exercise, parking far away from the store, using the stairs instead of the elevator, or going for a walk with your children. Every little bit of extra activity will help. Sat, 14 Apr 2012 22:14:48 EST Vitamins http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x16640x47467468 Does anyone have an opinion on the quality of vitamins? Are store brand comparable to brand name? I would like to start taking a Fish Oil supplement and a Calcium supplement. . Sat, 7 Apr 2012 09:55:50 EST Pedometers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x16640x47452404 Hello all you Fabulous by 40 peeps! <BR> <BR> I have a birthday coming up, and my fiancé is getting me an Omron Pedometer (not so romantic, but it's what I asked for.) Have any of you used a pedometer before? If so, did you find it a helpful part of your wellness plan or just another gadget that gets ignored after a week or two? I've never used one before. I'm a school librarian, and I move around quite a bit during the day, but I am hoping it inspires me to be less sedentary in the evenings... Fri, 6 Apr 2012 08:53:15 EST April Spring Cleaning! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x47369337 Hey everyone, this month let's do a little spring cleaning! Are your sock drawers all a jumble? That junk mail pile getting out of hand?? This month, let's do a little organizing and clear the clutter to calm our souls! <BR> <BR> No daily challenge, just post once in awhile to let us know how it's going! <BR> <BR> Let's get ready for spring! <em>126</em> <em>448</em> Sun, 1 Apr 2012 11:47:48 EST April 2012 Slim Down Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x47368615 Bathing suit season is almost upon us so come join me in the Slim Down Challenge. There are no teams, it's just you against you. <BR> <BR> Here is how it works (mine is below for reference). <BR> <BR> 1) Pick your own weigh in day. <BR> 2) Reply to this thread with your start weight for the month, your goal weight each week of the month and how many overall pounds you want to lose for this month. <BR> 3) Each weigh in day copy your original goals, reply to this thread and put in your actual... Sun, 1 Apr 2012 11:00:14 EST Tip of the Week 4-1-12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x16640x47360961 This week's tip if courtesy of Dr Oz's website. <BR> <BR> Do you struggle with cravings? They aren't your fault! It turns out that our hormones cause our cravings. Hormones are the messengers that influence how we feel, what we want, and how fast our body stores fat. <BR> <BR> When your stomach is empty, it produces a hormone called ghrelin that causes hunger. Think of ghrelin like the gremlin that is sabotaging your weight loss efforts. If you let yourself go hungry, your cravings will be ... Sat, 31 Mar 2012 20:28:36 EST Spring Re-Commitment Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x47291919 It's been 3 months since we all set those New Year's Resolutions. How are we all doing on those? Are you sticking to any of them or are did they seem to disappear? <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Don't feel guilty about it! Just decide what you want to accomplish and start working towards it today. Now is the time to re-think and re-commit to your goals. Take some time to think about what are your top 3 priorities for the next three months and share those with us so we can encourage you! <BR> <BR... Tue, 27 Mar 2012 15:14:14 EST Tip of the Week 3-25-12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x16640x47252504 6 Foods to eliminate from your diet. These are essential for dropping your body fat. <BR> <BR> 1. Avoid white, enriched flour (spikes blood sugar, causes insulin release and blocks fat loss) <BR> 2. Avoid simple carbs (same reasons as above) <BR> 3. Avoid refined sugars (such as HFCS same as above, they screw up hormones) <BR> 4. Avoid trans-fat (such as partially hydrogenated oils, they screw up hormones) <BR> 5. Avoid Nitrates and nitrites [found in hot dogs, sausage, lunch-meat] (screw ... Sun, 25 Mar 2012 10:10:49 EST What did I do right today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x16640x47139705 Well, I logged on to sparkpeolpe.com and posted in my blog, checked all the thing I wasn't able to track this week and made a plan to start this week off with a renewed spirit and felt great about accomplishing my goal weight by all but .5 lbs! This is going to be a great week! <em>244</em> <em>306</em> <em>345</em> Sun, 18 Mar 2012 11:52:26 EST Tip of the Week 3-18-12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x16640x47139685 15 Changes you should make to your nutrition plan <BR> <BR> 1. Follow a Protein/carb/fat ratio of 40%/40%/20% (ideal for your body to lose weight) <BR> 2. Eat Whole foods (your body processes these the best) <BR> 3. Eat Complex Carbs that are low on Glycemic Index (keeps blood sugar low) <BR> 4. Eat 5-6 smaller, evenly spaced meals a day, (keeps your metabolism going, prevents severe hunger and overeating) <BR> 5. Eat Low sodium meals (salt retains water) <BR> 6. Eat Fats from he... Sun, 18 Mar 2012 11:51:03 EST Day 2! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x16640x47051831 This is day 2 of my new eating plan. High protein, medium fat and low carbs. Meh, I have felt better. LOL- It's amazing just how much 1 slice of multi-grain bread can mean to you in the morning! And oh what I wouldn't give for a grapefruit right about now! I know it's just a matter of days for me to get used to this but man, no wonder they call it commitment. <BR> I can't wait until the weekend for my carb up days, fruit and wafles! Yay!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <em>474</e... Tue, 13 Mar 2012 08:10:13 EST Thank you http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x16640x47027018 <em>304</em> Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your team. My schedule is about to get much busier (this is a good thing, though), so I will have less time for Sparking. Because of my limited Sparktime, I have decide to reduce my SparkTeams by most. It's painful, but for the best. Thank you again. You've been wonderful. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Lisa Sun, 11 Mar 2012 21:23:54 EST Tip of the Week 3-11-12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x16640x47019799 This weeks Tip of the Week is from Dr Oz's website. <BR> <BR> Don't starve yourself. <BR> <BR> It's a classic dieter's mistake -- you must be losing weight if you're feeling hungry. Nothing could be further from the truth, says Dr. Oz. In fact, when you're hungry, your body actually fights your weight loss efforts. "If you eat too few calories, your brain senses the starvation and sends an SOS signal to through the body, telling it to store more fat," he explains. "You keep your body from g... Sun, 11 Mar 2012 13:03:25 EST Tip of the Week 3-4-12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x16640x46903348 Stop overeating after dark! <BR> <BR> <link>www.oxygenmag.com/Nutrition/Articles<BR>/Stop-Overeating-After-Dark%20.aspx </link> Sun, 4 Mar 2012 19:08:47 EST Slim down challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x46837618 Not sure how this works but anything to help keep me motivated is great! Wed, 29 Feb 2012 21:35:50 EST Cravings http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x16640x46794066 I have had 2 cravings for specific food...one has been for over a month, the other a couple of weeks. I was told cravings will pass but I have never had cravings for food last so long. 1 of the foods isn't horribly unhealthy (fat pretzel with cheese) but the other is (icing topped donut, pudding filled). I was trying to think what I could substitute that would eliminate my craving but I am not sure if I found a healthier version if the craving would go away...Maybe I should just cave and eat ... Mon, 27 Feb 2012 12:38:07 EST March Water Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x46791642 We're all continuing with our exercise and tracking streaks, right? Let's keep up our good work by adding water to our daily habits! <BR> <BR> The experts recommend drinking at least 8 8oz glasses of water a day. Keeping yourself hydrated has all kinds of benefits, from promoting weight loss, giving your skin that healthy glow and helping you feel full which in turn helps you not overeat! I'd say that deserves a toast! <BR> <BR> If you already get your 8 glasses in a day, great! Post it her... Mon, 27 Feb 2012 10:13:49 EST Tip of the Week 2-26-12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x16640x46782576 Here is an article on how to drink more water every day. <BR> <BR> <link>www.wikihow.com/Drink-More-Water-Eve<BR>ry-Day </link> Sun, 26 Feb 2012 19:49:21 EST March 2012 Slim Down Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x46761466 Come join me in the Slim Down Challenge. There are no teams, it's just you against you. <BR> <BR> Here is how it works (mine is below for reference). <BR> <BR> 1) Pick your own weigh in day. <BR> 2) Reply to this thread with your start weight for the month, your goal weight each week of the month and how many overall pounds you want to lose for this month. <BR> 3) Each weigh in day copy your original goals, reply to this thread and put in your actual weight for that week. <BR> <BR> This is... Sat, 25 Feb 2012 12:11:33 EST 38 and Committed to a Better Me!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x46691252 Hiya! I have been training for a few months now, doing well but looking to step up the pace and get some goals under my belt. <BR> My hurdle is cardio. I have a hard time getting past my excuses not to squeeze it in more often. I walk for 30 minutes on my lunch hour but it is not enough. I'll talk more about this later but I wanted to introduce myself to the team, excited to be here!! Tue, 21 Feb 2012 08:45:34 EST Tip of the Week 2-19-12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x16640x46661687 Hunger vs Cravings <BR> <BR> Very interesting article. Helps you determine between hunger and cravings. <BR> <BR> <link>life.familyeducation.com/foods/nutri<BR>tion-and-diet/44294.html </link> Sun, 19 Feb 2012 14:40:11 EST Ready to lose 16 pounds! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x46652291 Hi. My name is Julie and I am 38 years young. I have a 7 year old boy and 8 year old girl. I started out wanting to lose 23 pounds (started at 143). So far I have lost 6 pounds so I now need to lose 16 pounds to reach my goal weight of 120lbs. Last I checked I was at 29% body fat and I track my body measurements monthly. I have issues with bulging disc in my neck and back so am a little limited on the activities I can do. I love to bike and often bike a few hours a day on the weekends ... Sat, 18 Feb 2012 21:38:10 EST 39 and ready http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x46611159 Hi guys! <BR> Hitting the big 4-0 this year and also going on a big family trip this June to Hawaii (hence the username). Ready to not be tired anymore and get my body moving! Easily frustrated with scales! Love to shop, hopefully will be able to shop for new clothes by June! <BR> <BR> Any encouragement appreciate! <BR> Love, <BR> Hawaiibound12 Thu, 16 Feb 2012 08:07:29 EST New team member http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x46579723 Greetings All, I've been on spark people for about 3 weeks now! I just saw this team while visiting a friends spark page. When I saw the name of the team I said "I have definitely got to be a part of this team with a username like (40fitnfabulous)! <em>246</em> <em>345</em> <em>244</em> Tue, 14 Feb 2012 10:10:56 EST Tip of the Week 2-12-12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x16640x46545771 You can still include your favorite foods in a healthy diet. For example, if you love macaroni and cheese, choose to bake it with whole-wheat macaroni and low-fat cheese. Portion control is key. Include a large serving of steamed veggies and lean protein for a balanced and filling meal. Sun, 12 Feb 2012 10:01:45 EST New Here-Looks Encouraging http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x46466667 Hi, Just found this forum and everyone seems to be very sincere and encouraging. I have just under one year until I turn forty. OMG 40!! Anyway, I am hoping to enter the next decade of my life in better health than I have spent living the rest. Tue, 7 Feb 2012 12:10:00 EST Tip of the Week 2-5-12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x16640x46419666 Frozen or canned vegetables are often a better value than fresh ones since they are packaged at the peak of freshness. Choose to buy plain frozen or canned vegetables instead of those prepared with sauces. Sat, 4 Feb 2012 19:32:00 EST Call Me RJ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x46415521 Hey guys, I'm Rasheda but everyone calls me RJ. I'm 34 years old. I'm a wife, and mother of 3. My oldest daughter, Jeramya, is 6. Next in line is my 5 year old son Trae. And my youngest is Loyis, my 4 year old daughter. <BR> <BR> Over the past six years, my kids have been my world. Anything, and everything, I did was about them in one way or another. But when it came down to it, improving my health had to be a choice for me, than for someone else. So back in November, I decided to join... Sat, 4 Feb 2012 13:53:30 EST February Tracking Streak http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x46338545 Now that we have all established healthy exercise streaks and are going strong, let's start another streak. <BR> <BR> Let's track in February! Keeping a food journal has been proving to help you lose weight by keeping your calories in check and keeping yourself accountable. <BR> <BR> So if you haven't started tracking, now is a great time to start. If you're already doing it, keep up the great work and post here to let us know how your tracking streak is going! <BR> <BR> Let's keep up with... Tue, 31 Jan 2012 09:58:56 EST February 2012 Slim Down Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x46329796 Come join me in the Slim Down Challenge. There are no teams, it's just you against you. <BR> <BR> Here is how it works (mine is below for reference). <BR> <BR> 1) Pick your own weigh in day. <BR> 2) Reply to this thread with your start weight for the month, your goal weight each week of the month and how many overall pounds you want to lose for this month. <BR> 3) Each weigh in day copy your original goals, reply to this thread and put in your actual weight for that week. <BR> <BR> This is... Mon, 30 Jan 2012 20:57:46 EST Hi there! New here :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x46310554 Hi everyone! I'm new (sort of) to Spark People. Looking for people to help keep me motivated! Sun, 29 Jan 2012 20:35:23 EST Tip of the Week 1-29-12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x16640x46308174 Do Not Chew Food Less than 20 Times Per Bite <BR> <BR> Chewing allows your body to realize that you are eating food, prompting it to create a sensation of fullness at the appropriate time. When you don't chew enough, you get ahead of that process, eating well past when you are actually satisfied. Sun, 29 Jan 2012 18:06:23 EST My thoughts exactly. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x46292528 Hello- I am new to sparkpeople. My name is Darcy. I am motivated by 2 recent events, My doctor telling me to lose weight by age 40- better get started now, soon to be 39. Also my father showing concern for me and asking me to try to lose some weight. <BR> I lost 10 lbs since early December and would like to lose 25-30 more. Realisticly I should lose even more, but that is my 1st large goal. <BR> <BR> I sure dont feel like I am close to 40-remember when you were younger, 40 seeme... Sat, 28 Jan 2012 19:08:14 EST Tip of the Week 1-22-12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x16640x46171693 Eating a healthy snack can satisfy hunger between meals. Choose items with a balance of carbs and protein for energy and healthy fats to fill your stomach. You can try string cheese and fruit, vegetables with hummus or yogurt topped with fruit. Sun, 22 Jan 2012 09:57:11 EST New to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x46149097 Hello. I'm just joined the team. I've been using SP for the past three weeks and I am loving it. It is keeping me motivated as I journey towards a healthier and more fabulous age 40. Fri, 20 Jan 2012 21:28:27 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x46096118 My name is Cara and I'm a 39 year old SAHM. I'm trying to lose 50 lbs. by my 40th birthday in October. My goal is to be healthy and be around a long time for my family. Wed, 18 Jan 2012 01:41:42 EST My first week completed!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x46068589 Well this is my first week on Sparkpeople, I have thrown myself into it completley, I have purchased the Sparkpeople cookbook, best buy ever, and I have joined my local gym and attended 3 times already!! <BR> It has taken me a little while to get my head around the web site, one day I find something then the next day I can't find it again!! I have been raving about the diet to all my friends and have just recommended it to another. Finding the UK equivalent foods has been a little tricky but ... Mon, 16 Jan 2012 17:53:15 EST Looking for C25K buddies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x16640x46068048 Does anyone want to do C25K with me? I did the program back in '09 and fell in love with running. I've since completed many 5k's and a couple 10k's but haven't been running a lot lately. I'm signed up for a 5k at the end of February and since I really want to improve my pace, I'm going to do C25K again, but this time running the "run" intervals faster (that doesn't mean you have to - go at your own pace). <BR> <BR> I'm not calling myself an expert, but I've done the program before and w... Mon, 16 Jan 2012 17:25:27 EST New to Spark but not new to weight loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x46059477 Hello everyone. I have decided as I'm getting closer to fifty to make some healthy changes. My goal is to lose 25 to 30 pounds and keep it off forever this time. In order to do this I know I will need to have a regular excercise routine as well. I am looking forward to getting to know everyone and join some challenges. Please let me know if you have any suggestions on which challenge would be good to try. <BR> Have a great day, <BR> Sandy Mon, 16 Jan 2012 10:12:56 EST My first step in the right direction....2012!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x46054671 So here I go.....I am a stay home mom of three that has totally let myself go....always struggled with impulse control instant gratification....I've been so out of contol for the past ten years and it has led me to a deadly weight...330 +. <BR> I must rein this in and get healthy in 2012. I plan to get motivated and exercise everyday...and cut back on the hedonistic eating! Looking forward to this change and meeting new and inspirational people. Mon, 16 Jan 2012 00:52:10 EST Tip of the Week 1-15-11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x16640x46030398 One of the best ways to reduce cravings is to stay busy. When we're occupied with something else, whether it be household chores or a stroll through the park, there is no time to indulge in mindless eating. Sat, 14 Jan 2012 18:38:59 EST New to the group and to spark people http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x46020343 Hi everyone, I just joined spark people a few days ago and found this group is exactly what I'm looking for. I'm 36 years old and am determined to be fit and healthy by the time I'm 40 - I figure I have a long enough time to sort myself out lol. Sat, 14 Jan 2012 04:52:20 EST Question http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x16640x46011162 I'm new here & have a small dilemma. I just started Spark a few days ago & just started tracking what I eat yesterday. Today my husband accepted an invitation for us to go eat dinner at someone else's house. They are making homemade deep dish pizza. I'm not sure how to track this. Do I just guesstimate? Should I say something to them & ask how it was prepared? I don't want to be annoying. I'm sorry if this has been covered already elsewhere; I just don't even know where to look. I'm still ge... Fri, 13 Jan 2012 15:25:40 EST Hi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x46001729 Hi! My name is Stacey. I'm 32, from Wisconsin, married w/o children & have 50 lbs. to lose. I promised myself I'm be fabulous by 30 but that didn't happen so here I am! I'm really hoping to meet new people! <BR> <BR> I saw this "getting to know you questionnaire" stickied on the forum & thought I'd include it here. <BR> <BR> Who was your last text from? my friend Greg, he's the only one who texts me <BR> <BR> What's your profile picture? a giraffe cuz its cuter than me :P <BR> <BR> What's... Fri, 13 Jan 2012 02:33:37 EST Hello!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x45970240 Hello Everyone. How is going. Im new to the group been on SP since 2010 but fell off and here I am again. I will be 30 this year April 20th and I definitly need to be thin before 40. I have to do this for me and my Daughter. I hope to find htis group fun and interesting, so far it is. Wed, 11 Jan 2012 13:53:13 EST Stressed out Mommy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x45949858 Hi everyone..my name is Cassie and im a 38 yr old mommy who sits on the side lines ALOT! i dont want that anymore i want to run with my kids and be someone they can look upto for a role model. I looking at lossing about 150# no not over night but in about a year n half...so i could really use all the encouragement i can get! Also fun and easy recipes that work good for kids and are healthy. So far since i have started last week im down 3 of those 150! wish me luck and im here if anyone needs... Tue, 10 Jan 2012 14:29:17 EST Hello Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x45948295 I am so glad to be a part of the team. I have a goal to lose this excess weight and become healthy inside and out. I am moving forward this year and I am so humbled to be able to move forward with a great team of individuals such as yourselves. Tue, 10 Jan 2012 13:12:32 EST Hi y'all! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x45928757 I'm SO excited! Just came back to SparkPeople and updated my SparkPage with a goal of being healthy by my 40th birthday. And then magically stumbled upon this Team! Must be fate! <BR> <em>213</em> <BR> Hi to everyone! Mon, 9 Jan 2012 15:57:57 EST Hello All http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x45922142 Hi there! <BR> I'm Heidi and although I've signed up with spark a few times in the past, I really, really, REALLY want to make this stick! <BR> <BR> I hope to be more involved. Not only to get motivation from others, but to give. I think I get so mired in my own faults and discourgements, that I forgot that there are others that just might be going through the same thing. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I'm here. I'm ready. Looking forward to getting to know some new friends. Mon, 9 Jan 2012 10:55:49 EST Weigh in http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x45918165 I did my first week weigh in and I went from 166 last Monday to 158 this Monday. I did awesome this week with the exception of going to a family birthday dinner at a buffet yesterday, but even then it wasn't so bad. With me eating healthier and fewer portions, I got full rather quickly. First day back at school along with work so this week will be interesting! :-) Mon, 9 Jan 2012 08:00:57 EST New here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x45900012 Hi. My name is Amy. I live in Florida currently but moving to Tennessee in just a few short months. I will be 40 in August, so I am hoping to drop 1/2 of my goal weight by then. I am on a roller derby team here in FL. It is fantastic exercise and such an incredible rush to get out there and knock around the other girls and of course get knocked around myself. I have spent my fair share of time jumping back up from a good hit to get back up to the pack. Before derby I never found a spor... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 12:23:44 EST Tip of the Week 1-8-12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x16640x45899529 Do you reward yourself when you reach certain milestone in your weight loss journey? If not you should do it. Pick things that you would love and make sure you reward yourself for every 5 to 10 pounds you lose. It will help you stay motivated and make you want to reach your short term goals. Below are some suggestions. <BR> <BR> New Clothes <BR> A new book you have been dying to read <BR> Facial <BR> Massage <BR> Me time for the day <BR> <BR> It doesn't have to cost money just pick thin... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 11:56:00 EST New here.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x45873689 Hello. I just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Inez and I am 38 yrs old. I live in the hot desert of AZ. (the weather is beautiful right now) I am married and have two daughters (a teen and a tween). Life is busy. But I have decided that 2012 will be the year that I put in some "me" time. If I don't take care of myself now, how can I take care of the ones that I love. God gave me this one body and I have not been treating it right. I need to lose 105lbs, so I am taking it piece... Sat, 7 Jan 2012 01:22:21 EST Well...it didn't happen... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x16640x45836902 Tomorrow's my birthday and I didn't end up being Fabulous by 40. :( Oh well... <BR> Thu, 5 Jan 2012 09:52:50 EST Hello Everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x45836306 Hello, <BR> I just wanted to stop by and say hello, just started here and thought since I was turning forty in a couple months, this might be the place to be for a bit. <BR> <BR> I am excited to lose this last 20 pounds, I am running a marathon in the fall and would love not to carry around that weight for 26.2 miles!! <BR> <BR> Looking forward to getting to know everyone. Have a great day! Thu, 5 Jan 2012 09:21:43 EST Hi everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x45829694 I am here just like a lot of other ppl have said. I have tried so many times but this time I have to do it. Next month is my 39th birthday and I want to lose about 90lbs. I am sick and tired of being sick and tired. I want to meet 40 healthy and happy. I thank all of you for being here and look forward to making friends. <em>444</em> Wed, 4 Jan 2012 22:20:46 EST Howdy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x45806275 Hi, y'all! I'm new here, and I thought I'd introduce myself. Thank goodness for the backspace key, because I just wrote "I'm a big fat cow" and had to erase it! One of my New Year's resolutions is to abandon fat loathing thoughts and non-positive self talk, so here's my "real" introduction: <BR> My name is DeeDee, will be 40 in February, and I have 7 children. They are 18, 18, 11, 8, 7, 5*, and 13 months. (*our 5 year old passed away in February 2011, a week before her 6th birthday). We... Tue, 3 Jan 2012 21:27:42 EST Capricornian - Tortoise has to win the race...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x45800615 My name is sheetal, mother of 2. I have been trying to lose weight for the last 8 years haven't succeded so far. I am from India originally now lwaving in Phoenix, USA. Strongly believe that hidden calories in Food here is the reason for my weight gain. Tue, 3 Jan 2012 16:51:33 EST 5 months till 40 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x45781175 I'm 39 years old and would like to lose 40 pounds by my 40th birthday (end of May). I believe 40 pounds is doable in that time frame, but I'll need motivation to make this last more than my usual two days of dieting! Good luck to everyone. I'm looking forward to getting to know people here. Mon, 2 Jan 2012 20:22:26 EST Starting...again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x45772201 OK so here I go again trying to get this life together...again. Not good a sticking to things, great starter...horrible finisher. Looking forward to this site and the possibility of transitioning. Mon, 2 Jan 2012 13:52:23 EST Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x45771934 Hello everyone. I came across SparksPeople while checking out a fitness blog. I currently weigh 166 pounds. Over the last couple of years I have yo-yo'd between a size 6 and a size 10. I will be 40 yrs old in November. I returned to college last fall and now I want to get serious about my body as well. I got on my treadmill this morning for 38.07 minutes exactly with a combination of running and power walking (I hadn't been on since August 2011!) and I just hate myself for getting back out of... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 13:41:00 EST New to this Forum and Sparkpeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x45769322 This is truly one of my #1 goals. I do not want to enter my 40's this overweight. I want to feel just wonderful and have way more energy than I do now. Please give me any pointers to challenges or groups here that may be fun to reach this goal. I turn forty in July. :) Good luck to everyone and have a wonderful day. <em>249</em> Mon, 2 Jan 2012 11:48:44 EST January 2012 Vision & Goals Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x45754135 Mark Twain said, “I can teach anybody how to get what they want out of life. The problem is that I can't find anybody who can tell me what they want.” <BR> <BR> Each of us joined the Fabulous by 40 team for one simple reason: we have at least a vague idea of what we want, right? We're all here because we want to improve our health. Having a vision and goals are vital to achieving our ultimate desires. So let's start the New Year out by deciding exactly what we want out of life and how we ar... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 18:54:48 EST Tip of the Week 1-1-12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x16640x45746151 Believe in yourself and your dreams, and you will reach your goals. Every morning when you get up say to yourself "I can do it." You can and will do it! <BR> <BR> Let's all have a great 2012! Sun, 1 Jan 2012 12:24:52 EST January 2012 Slim Down Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x45745055 Happy New Year everyone. Are you ready to slim down after all the indulgence from the Holiday's? Come join me in the Slim Down Challenge. There are no teams, it's just you against you. <BR> <BR> Here is how it works (mine is below for reference). <BR> <BR> 1) Pick your own weigh in day. <BR> 2) Reply to this thread with your start weight for the month, your goal weight each week of the month and how many overall pounds you want to lose for this month. <BR> 3) Each weigh in day copy yo... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 11:31:11 EST Just under 2 years for this! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x45737757 Hi everyone! I was looking for a new Spark team tonight and I realized that since I recently turned 38 that I qualified for this group. The last time I made this kind of commitment was when I was 29 and had a great weight loss. Then I met my husband and the weight came back with some to spare. I am down 9 pounds from my heaviest and would like to lose a total of 100 pounds which would give me an ultimate weight loss goal of 163. A little more than that would also be great. The last time... Sat, 31 Dec 2011 22:50:01 EST January Exercise Streak http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x45721976 There are no rules. There are no winners and there are no losers. There are no excuses. <BR> <BR> January is a great time to start an exercise streak. Let's start a streak and see how long we can do it. Can we last a week? A month? A year? <BR> <BR> I'm going to start small. 10 minutes a day. I can find 10 minutes to exercise, right? How I define that 10 minutes might vary from day to day, but I am going to find 10 minutes every day to do something good for my body. <BR> <BR> How about you... Fri, 30 Dec 2011 22:46:58 EST Hi! I'm ready to commit! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x45711358 Hello all. I'm 38 and I want to be healthy and fit for my 4 children before I turn 40! Fri, 30 Dec 2011 09:55:06 EST hello I am new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x45689021 I am brand new to spark people. My doctor told me I had to lose weight for health reasons. I found this site searching the web. I have been on spark people for a few hours now getting to know the site I find it very useful. I need to lose 100 pounds + . I am at 325 pounds and I want to lose at least 10 - 12 pounds by my birthday wich is Feb. 28 Wed, 28 Dec 2011 21:08:53 EST hey new to the whole thing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x45644972 here for some support trying to lose 100 by next DEC. no calories for today have not been hungry, but did walk 2 miles this mornin Sun, 25 Dec 2011 13:57:55 EST Tip of the Week 12-23-11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x16640x45629484 Have you hit a plateau? Try zigzagging your daily calorie intake. <BR> <BR> If your average daily intake is 1,400 calories, try dropping to 1,200 one day, going up to 1,800 the next day, and then dropping back to 1,400. The idea is to keep your metabolism guessing. There's no magic number that works for everyone, so you'll have to experiment until you find the right calorie levels for you. <BR> <BR> Happy Holidays to everyone! Fri, 23 Dec 2011 20:41:11 EST Tip of the Week 12-18-11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x16640x45558929 When your physical activity is high, your body demands more calories. If calorie intake is too low, it will slow down your metabolism in order to conserve energy. This can make weight loss very challenging, which is why it is important to consume the right amount of calories for weight loss. Sun, 18 Dec 2011 09:45:53 EST Tip of the Week 12-11-11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x16640x45467289 Eat as clean as you possibly can. This means eating lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean protein. If you can't read most of the ingredients it means it is processed and not clean. Stick with fresh foods. <BR> <BR> Make sure you shop the perimeters of the grocery store and just go into the aisles for paper products, cleaning supplies, spices and whole grain pastas. <BR> <BR> Your body will love you for this lifestyle change! Sun, 11 Dec 2011 11:42:33 EST Tip of the Week 12-3-11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x16640x45359178 Eat protein at every meal. <BR> <BR> Protein is more satisfying than carbohydrates or fats Getting enough protein helps preserve muscle mass and encourages fat burning while keeping you feeling full. So be sure to include healthy protein sources, like yogurt, cheese, nuts, or beans, at meals and snacks. Sat, 3 Dec 2011 22:07:43 EST Favorite Workouts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x16640x45256491 What is your favorite workout? Mine are below. <BR> <BR> ChaLEAN Extreme - Heavy weight lifting strength program. It's by Chalene Johnson and Beachbody. This is a great strength training program. <BR> <BR> Turbo Fire - High Intensity cardio kickboxing program. Again it's by Chalene Johnson and Beachbody. Can you tell I LOVE Chalene Johnson's workouts?? This is a FUN FUN FUN workout program with great music and fun kickboxing moves. <BR> <BR> Today I started the hybrid schedule which ... Sun, 27 Nov 2011 10:29:50 EST Tip of the Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x16640x45256332 Do you find yourself raiding the kitchen at night for those snacks? Try brushing your teeth. <BR> <BR> Right after eating a meal, especially dinner, go straight to the bathroom to brush, floss, and mouthwash so that your mouth is feeling nice and clean- this makes it less appealing to eat more (especially before bedtime). Sun, 27 Nov 2011 10:17:35 EST Tip of the Week (Gooble Gooble) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x16640x45167537 As you know this week is Thanksgiving week. Here are some tips to survive the Holiday. <BR> <BR> 1) If you are hosting Thanksgiving remember you have control over the menu. Make sure to make items that you are able to eat and will not feel guilty afterwards. <BR> <BR> 2) If you are going to someone's house offer to bring a dish. Again make something you can eat and not feel guilty afterwards. This way you know there will be something there within your diet. <BR> <BR> 3) If you are u... Sun, 20 Nov 2011 11:42:54 EST Planning for the big 4-0 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x16640x45153898 OK, so we're all here cause we plan to look great by 40 (which is probably closer for some than for others... :)), but I would love to hear if you've started planning for something else than your figure! <BR> <BR> On my part, my first thought was to go away on my birthday. But then I realised that it would be mid-week so I would either have to take a vacation that was slightly longer than an extended weekend, or I would have to spend my birthday travelling to or from a place. No fun. :) So m... Sat, 19 Nov 2011 10:56:14 EST Actor, movie, actor http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19204x16640x45129304 Want a fun way to get posting points without having to think too hard? <BR> <BR> We'll start with an actor, then a movie they were in, and the next person who posts should name a movie that they were in, and so on and so forth. Anyone want to play? <BR> <BR> Anthony Hopkins Thu, 17 Nov 2011 15:56:47 EST This is me http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x45112491 Hi there, <BR> <BR> I found SparkPeople a few years ago, and became a faithful and devoted user. When I thought I'd learned enough to manage on my own, I left. I hung onto the great new routines I'd learned for a really long time, then something happened. I think it's called "life"... <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Annoyingly, it went hand in hand with a lot of ways for my body to make me aware of my closing in on 40. Let me put it this way: my body doesn't really cope as it did when I was 20... ... Wed, 16 Nov 2011 15:19:07 EST Tip of the Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x16640x45058112 Eat several mini-meals during the day. <BR> <BR> "Studies show people who eat 4-5 meals or snacks per day are better able to control their appetite and weight," says obesity researcher Rebecca Reeves, DrPH, RD. <BR> <BR> Personal challenge this week - Divide your daily calories into smaller meals or snacks and eat every 2-3 hours. Sun, 13 Nov 2011 11:42:03 EST Tip of the Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x16640x44945401 Don't skip breakfast. <BR> <BR> Your body's metabolism rate slows down at night and does not speed up again until you eat something. If you wait until lunch to eat your body is burning calories at a lower rate. Eat something soon after you get out of bed and your body will burn calories at a higher rate. <BR> <BR> Personal challenge - Make sure to eat breakfast every morning within a hour of waking up. The best breakfast consists of protein, such as eggs, and some fruit. Sun, 6 Nov 2011 10:11:26 EST Daily Chat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x16640x44902120 Is anyone else interested in a daily chat thread? <BR> <BR> I'd love a place to connect with everyone on a daily basis. Our team rocks! I love the challenges we have been doing & I'm really looking forward to the upcoming New Year's Challenge! But we usually only check in on our challenge threads once a week. <BR> <BR> So if you are interested in a daily chat thread, please post here! <BR> <BR> Thu, 3 Nov 2011 11:58:45 EST Best Diet Tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x16640x44851569 Hello Everyone <BR> <BR> I am creating this thread so we can all help each other by giving some of the best diet tips out there. I will post a new one every week, along with a personal challenge, but please feel free to add your tips as well. <BR> <BR> Drink plenty of water - Sometimes thirst can mask itself as hunger. If you have eating within the last 2-3 hours but you are still hungry drink a glass of water and wait 5-10 minutes. If it passes then it was thirst and you saved yourself ... Mon, 31 Oct 2011 14:45:34 EST The New Year's Group Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x44806845 The New Year’s Challenge!!! <em>409</em> <BR> <BR> Okay, I don’t want to scare anyone, but do you realize that the new year is just around the corner? We only have two months left of 2011! I honestly don’t know where this year has gone! <BR> <BR> The New Year is typically when everyone evaluates their life and their current situation, and vows to make a change. I suggest that we don’t start then, let’s start now! I don’t know about you all, but I want to start 2012 weighing less than I... Fri, 28 Oct 2011 12:39:19 EST getting back on the spark wagon http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x44743659 Hello my name is Christy and as I am new to this team I have been on and off with sparks for years now... from Jan-June of this year I lost 38 pounds with the help of sparks In July I suffered an emotional set back (and quit sparking) and now have gained almost 20 pounds of that weight back... so Im hoping with the support of my new team I can re-lose that weight and then some. Im looking forward to getting to meet you all. Mon, 24 Oct 2011 16:55:13 EST Buddy Up?!? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x16640x44626394 Let's revisit the buddy system on our team! Who wants to buddy up?!? Reply to this thread and I'll randomly assign buddies on Friday 10/21 to partner up through November. Daily one-on-one support from another member could be just what you need to inspire you further along your journey and help someone else along theirs!! <BR> <BR> Who's in? <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> Mon, 17 Oct 2011 09:08:48 EST Motivational Thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x16640x44469282 ~*~*I AM ME*~*~ <BR> In all the world, there is no one else exactly like me <BR> Everything that comes out of me is authentically me <BR> Because I alone chose it - I own everything about me <BR> My body, my feelings, my mouth, my voice, all my actions, <BR> Whether they be to others or to myself - I own my fanatasies, <BR> My dreams, my hopes, my fears - I own all my triumphs and <BR> Successes, all my failures and mistakes Because I own all of <BR> Me, I can become intimately acquainted w... Fri, 7 Oct 2011 01:15:14 EST Rocktober http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x16640x44362448 Are you on Facebook? If so, here's your invitation to join ROCKTOBER! <link>www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=25776<BR>4504265392 </link> <BR> <BR> "The pledge is simple, we will either make good choices for October, or we will make bad choices for October. Even with roadblocks we can make good choices. <BR> <BR> If you want to "Rock" October by making sound food and activity choices, then please join this pledge and share with your friends. Together, we can make Rocktober 2011, an month ... Fri, 30 Sep 2011 23:42:18 EST October Fitness Minutes Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x44354237 Hey you! Yea, you!! Have you been moving your body enough? I haven't. So, I propose a new challenge for the month of October... a fitness minutes challenge. <BR> <BR> Walk, run, bike, row, swim, particpate in Zumba... yoga... whatever you do for fitness, and report back to us with the time you spent exercising. <BR> <BR> I'm setting the bar high... let's see who can rack up 1000 fitness minutes in 31 days! <BR> <BR> To join, click on "join this goal" next to "October Fitness Minutes Ch... Fri, 30 Sep 2011 13:35:41 EST xxx http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x44202982 <em>227</em> Post deleted. Wed, 21 Sep 2011 14:55:38 EST Hello new to the team. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x44074594 I'm from Desert Hot Springs, Ca. My name is Yvette. I'm married with 5 children. I'm currently a stay at home mom and loving it! I'm looking to release around 100 lbs. and gain good health. <BR> I hope to find spark buddy's, to motivate others as well as myself. I'm 38 years old, and in November of this year I'll be 39. I want to lose the weight before or just around 40. I want to be healthy and in control of my eating, for myself and my family. I've been dieting on and off for 20 yrs. and I... Wed, 14 Sep 2011 01:25:58 EST September Water Challenge - Week 2! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x43958123 The water challenge continues! And since many of us are also doing the Biggest Loser Challenge, let's focus on tracking again this week. That's my main focus right now and I think it will help with the BL challenge as well! <BR> <BR> For the second week of September (September 8 - 14), let's track every day. Tracking will not only help us stay accountable, but is a great way to keep a record of what works for your own personal weight loss. <BR> <BR> You MUST post to this thread DAILY and t... Wed, 7 Sep 2011 14:49:25 EST September Water Challenge!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x43841062 Ahhhhh.... September. The weather starts to cool off and you can begin to smell fall in the air. I don't know about you all, but I love fall. The cooler weather makes me feel alive and all I want to do is be outside and active as often as I possibly can. <BR> <BR> So for the first week of September, let's focus on exercise. This will help those of us who are also competing in the Biggest Loser Challenge. <BR> <BR> For the first week of September (September 1 - 7), let's try to get some exe... Wed, 31 Aug 2011 22:31:57 EST The Biggest Loser - TEAM Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x43783392 Are you up for a new challenge?!? I mean a REAL COMPETITIVE CHALLENGE?!? This one is not for the weak of heart. This one is for anyone who is SERIOUS about losing some weight between now and Halloween. No holding back. Don't be scared. COMMIT! <BR> <BR> Starting September 1st, the Fab by 40 team will start a new group challenge…. Biggest Loser – TEAM Edition! It will work like this: <BR> <BR> The challenge will run from September 1st to October 27th (8 weeks!). <BR> <BR> Anyone who... Sun, 28 Aug 2011 22:01:52 EST The end of August!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x43776964 Can you believe August is almost over???? Time sure does fly when you're having fun, huh? <BR> <BR> For the remainder of August, let's keep up our good tracking momentum and pay particular attention to sodium. Many of us consume way more sodium than we are aware, so it is worth taking a close look at exactly how much we're eating. I know I'm guilty in the form of soy sauce, so I have to go easy when I make stir fry! <BR> <BR> For the end of August the challenge is to drink your water AND t... Sun, 28 Aug 2011 14:15:24 EST Hey there! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x43666318 I am new to the team...but I have been on Spark for a while! I co-lead For the Love of Horror. <BR> <BR> I am so excited to find this team! My goal this entire time was to be fit by forty! I had no idea this team existed! So here I am! <BR> <BR> I have really struggled with weight all my life, but in the last few years fitness and health have become much more important to me. I want to look and feel outstanding by my 40th, which is in a bit over two years. <BR> <BR> I've lost 50 pounds and... Mon, 22 Aug 2011 08:24:15 EST August Water Challenge - Week 4!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x43660709 I don't know about you all, but I need to get back on track. And what better way than to track this week? <BR> <BR> This week, let's track our food. ALL of our food. Studies have shown that people who track their food consistently lose weight. So why don't we do it all of the time? Because it gets old! I fall out of the habit.... and need help getting going again. <BR> <BR> Is anyone with me??? <BR> <BR> For this week of August (August 22 - 28), the challenge is to drink your water AND tra... Sun, 21 Aug 2011 21:48:40 EST August Water Challenge - Week 3!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x43540892 Time is flying by! Another week of August down already! <BR> <BR> This week, let's focus on fiber. I know this is a hard one for many people, including me! For our extra challenge this week, do your best to meet your fiber goals. Do a little research - maybe you'll discover a new way to incorporate fiber into your diet with food you really enjoy. <BR> <BR> For this week of August (August 15 - 21), the challenge is to drink your water AND meet your fiber goals. <BR> <BR> You MUST post to th... Sun, 14 Aug 2011 21:55:55 EST Committed to a New Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x43506138 Hi, I'm Jenny. I'm 38 and have four kids and a great husband. I'm committed to making lifestyle changes so that my forties will be even better than my thirties. I want to lose 70 lbs, learn to enjoy healthy eating, and become more fit all around. <BR> <BR> I've been a walker for 14 years, but I broke my leg last month. So I've been focusing on changing my eating habits while I'm recovering: more fruits, veggies, protein, healthy fats, water and less junk. <BR> <BR> I'm grateful to have foun... Fri, 12 Aug 2011 15:39:13 EST August Water Challenge - Week 2!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x43414740 Let's keep on rocking it in August! <BR> <BR> This week, let's take a closer look at what we're eating and read labels. Nutrition is a huge part of weight loss, so it's worth it to really pay attention to what we're eating. For our extra challenge this week, read at least one label a day. Maybe take a look at your favorites - are there any hidden weight loss pitfalls you can find? Could you find a healthier option? <BR> <BR> For this week of August (August 8 - 14), the challenge is to dri... Sun, 7 Aug 2011 13:30:57 EST Birthday Goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x16640x43320512 I celebrated birthday 36 on Saturday...one more year closer to 40. I couldn't help but reflect back on my 30th birthday when I promised myself to live a healthier life in my 30's then in my 20's. So far I haven't been very successful...but I am not down about! I have found SparkPeople and it is time to put it to use! No more sitting on the sidelines and wishing I could be healthier...time to be healthier! So bring on 40...because I will be Fabulous by 40! Just had to share! <BR> <em>306</em>... Tue, 2 Aug 2011 00:45:27 EST August Water Challenge - Week 1!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x43295224 I don't know about you, but there's something about a new month that makes me want to renew my goals, and hit it hard again! <BR> <BR> With that in mind, as well as in keeping with the popular August pledges going on, let's do another round of exercise. This week, get in some exercise EVERY DAY. And then, to keep it interesting, kick it up a notch every other day. If you're walking your dogs one day, the next day, take them for a longer walk, or do a walk/jog. Whatever works for you to push ... Sun, 31 Jul 2011 20:44:25 EST New to Fab by 40! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x43288992 Hi,I'm Tisha <BR> I will be 39 in September so that gives me a year to become FAB-U-LOUS!! <BR> I am excited about joining this group since we all share some of the same hurdles in our evryday lives. I am married with 3 kids and am training to run my 1st half marathon (9/24/11). <BR> I have visited SP off and on for a couple years but never consistantly. I use Nike+ for my run training but have never really logged any other aspects of my health/diet. I really like the Challenge for Augus... Sun, 31 Jul 2011 13:16:47 EST July Water Challenge - Week 4 starts on 7/25!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x43171886 I am feeling indulgent and entitled today - this week, let's drink our water and give ourselves 15 minutes of ME time! This is an open ended challenge - interpret me time however you like, whether it is reading a good book out on the hammock surrounded by the serene sound of the water lapping against the shore or digging out that old foot massage machine your mother-in-law gave you for Christmas but you've never used or maybe it's just sitting quietly outside under a tree, watching the squirr... Sun, 24 Jul 2011 21:43:39 EST August Challenge - 31 day PLEDGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x43167000 I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. <BR> <BR> Remember saying that in grade school? Even though many of us didn't know what the heck it meant, we said it... day after day after day after day. <BR> <BR> This month, I ask you to make a different kind of pledge... and do it day after day after day after day. 31 days of August to be exact. <BR> <BR> Wha... Sun, 24 Jul 2011 15:51:08 EST July Water Challenge - Week 3 starts on Monday!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x43033622 This week, let's keep up with our good water drinking and eating habits and track all food all week. <BR> <BR> For this week of July (July 18 - 24), the challenge is to drink your water AND track all of your food EVERY DAY. <BR> <BR> You MUST post to this thread DAILY and tell us if you're still "alive" based on your successes from the day before (a simple "I'm still in" or "I'm out" will do if you're low on time.) <BR> <BR> If you do not drink your 8 cups of water and meet the weekly ch... Sun, 17 Jul 2011 10:45:08 EST Hello ~ Newbie in the House :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x42964607 Hi there! My name is Melanie and I'm 38. I will be 39 in November. By next November when I turn 40...my plan is to be 40 AND FIT!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> I've been dedicated on SP since the last week of March and have lost 26 lbs so far...I have alot more to go. I am married for 16 years and we have three children (all c-sections so you could imagine my "pouch", ewe..lol). Their ages are 15, 14 and 5. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping to find inspiration with the team :) I am an SP addict...with exception of a... Wed, 13 Jul 2011 10:37:28 EST Just A Newbie To The Group.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x42955820 <em>213</em> Hi Everyone! My name is Kimberley. I am addicted to joining spark teams. And, saw this one... and just *had* to join it & seeing how I will be turning 40 in December ~ I wanted to join a team dedicated to 40 year olds. ;) <BR> <BR> Anyhow. This is me just saying HI. Don't be shy ... say Hi back! (if you want!) :) Tue, 12 Jul 2011 21:40:23 EST July Water Challenge - Week 2 starts on Monday!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x42906637 Join us for another week of the water drinking challenge! <BR> <BR> For this week of July (July 11 - 17), the challenge is to drink your water AND eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables EVERY DAY. Five servings is the recommended amount, and any servings above and beyond five is wonderful! It should be a fun challenge here in the midst of summer when fresh local food is in abundance. I went strawberry picking yesterday for the first time in my life! How cool was that to be able to serve str... Sun, 10 Jul 2011 12:57:36 EST Feedback on 30 Day Shred? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x16640x42815566 Hey team! <BR> <BR> I completed day 1 of Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred today. Anyone doing this or done it in the past? Wondering if anyone has any feedback / tips to share with me. I like it so far, but would be interesed to know what you all think - especially whether or not it produced results! <BR> <BR> (I actually bought it b/c of a spark friend's success with it... and I'm hoping that is the norm, not the exception!) Tue, 5 Jul 2011 15:12:17 EST July Water Challenge - Week 1!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x42736526 Join us for another month of the water drinking challenge! <BR> <BR> This month we'll start a new challenge each week, starting on Mondays. Since the first day of July is a Friday, we'll do this challenge through the weekend and into the next week, with a new challenge starting on July 11. Contestants must drink their recommended 8 cups of water daily, and every week there will be an additional healthy challenge! <BR> <BR> For the first week of July (July 1 - 10), the challenge is to drink ... Thu, 30 Jun 2011 21:29:14 EST What's your plans for my Birthday?? (4th of July) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x16640x42668652 We are going to go to a catfish festival & motorcycle show on Saturday. <BR> <BR> Otherwise no other plans....just relaxing. <BR> <BR> Debating on taking the day off on Friday for a extra long vacation weekend. Mon, 27 Jun 2011 13:35:05 EST Hi new Gal on the block. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x42648561 Hi I am Lisa a 37 soon to be 38 yr old Mom of a teenage boy who is 16. I still look pregnant I never loss the baby weight in my stomach area and its just there now hanging out.I love the name of this spark team. Hope to meet some friends along the way and be in some challenges. <BR> Sun, 26 Jun 2011 13:10:06 EST Hello Everybody! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x42585652 I am a 38 (for one more month!) year old English Teacher in the beautiful state of Tennessee. I was born and raised in Northwest Ohio, lived in The Sunshine State for 7 years where I taught 10th grade English and worked at Disney World during summers and breakes from school, and now live near Knoxville, Tennessee. I am a HUGE Michigan Wolverines fan! I have a four year old son that is the sunshine in my life. I am sad to say that I have almost 50 pounds to lose, because I NEVER thought I wo... Wed, 22 Jun 2011 21:57:25 EST Spark Points 50+ Daily Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x42576543 Challenge: To earn 50++ Spark Points per day <BR> <BR> Requirements: Post that you want to play!! Then post proudly each day how many you have earned! (You can see your points and ways to earn them by clicking the "SparkPoint details on your Start page--you can also use the arrows to go back a day to see what you achieved yesterday) <BR> <BR> Time-frame: 40 FAB days!!! June 22 thru July 31st <BR> <BR> PRIZE: For every 5 days, that you accomplish this, I will drop your name into a hat and... Wed, 22 Jun 2011 12:41:37 EST June Water Challenge - Week 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x42566331 The water drinking challenge returns! <BR> <BR> This month, we're changing the rules a little. Rather than having the challenge last all month long, we'll start a new challenge each week. Contestants must drink their recommended 8 cups of water daily, and every week there will be an additional healthy challenge! <BR> <BR> For the last week of June (June 22-30), the challenge is to drink your water AND get enough sleep! I know 8 hours is too much for some of you, so this week, make the focus... Tue, 21 Jun 2011 22:53:31 EST 6.21 What's up Fab by 40's http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x16640x42557645 I thought I would start a daily post for day to day happenings!! <BR> Feel free to jump in with whatever you have going on. It will help us all to get to know each other better and feel closer no matter how many miles are between us!! <BR> <BR> <BR> I took a last minute vacation day, to just do whatever. I felt like I needed a "mental break" <BR> Sometimes I think we need those. <BR> I slept in and plan to clean/switch out my closet, work on my cross-stitch, play on the internet & get some ... Tue, 21 Jun 2011 14:30:25 EST Hello!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x42536744 Hello All! <em>213</em> <BR> My name is Eileen. Just turned 37 this past January. I was actually on sparkpeople back in 2009 and then fell off the wagon for all of 2010. I've gained back some of the weight I previously lost and so here I am again..... <em>15</em> <BR> This worked for me before so hoping it will work for me again! <BR> Looking forward to getting to know all of you. <BR> Eileen Mon, 20 Jun 2011 15:27:22 EST Why buy chips?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x16640x42529357 When you can make your own awesome pita chips! <BR> Ok i'll admit it I am a chip lover!! I was buying Stacy's brand and liked them. <BR> Then a friend was shopping with me when I started to toss a bag of chips into my cart..she was like you don't want those...make your own they are soooooooooo much better and less calories. <BR> So of course I was like what is the recipe and here is what she told me...... Preheat oven or toaster oven to 350 degrees. <BR> Take your favorite pita bread, cut it ... Mon, 20 Jun 2011 09:24:37 EST Quick daily Challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x16640x42519706 I was on another team site and liked this creative challenge. Each person who reads the challenge completes it then writes a challenge for the next person.... fun right???!!! <BR> <BR> Ok First Challenge: 2 min of jumping jacks <BR> <BR> Then you write the challenge for the next person. Sun, 19 Jun 2011 19:05:07 EST Dreaded Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x16640x42425255 What is your most dreaded exercise??? <em>33</em> <BR> <BR> Mine is pushups. <BR> <BR> <em>320</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Now go do some.....and do more than 5!!! <em>20</em> Tue, 14 Jun 2011 14:42:24 EST June Water Challenge - Week 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x42421937 The water drinking challenge returns! <BR> <BR> This month, we're changing the rules a little. Rather than having the challenge last all month long, we'll start a new challenge each week. Contestants must drink their recommended 8 cups of water daily, and every week there will be an additional healthy challenge! <BR> <BR> For the third week of June (June 15-21), the challenge is to drink your water AND track your food... ALL OF YOUR FOOD! Everything you eat each day must be tracked (you d... Tue, 14 Jun 2011 11:40:13 EST To new beginnings!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x42369703 Hey!!! I'm Shelley <BR> I've just turned 38, i'm from Auckland, New Zealand lived there all my life, i have a 16 year old son and i'm a teacher. <BR> I stumbled across this site and i'm hoping this will give me the motivation to lose weight!!! Sat, 11 Jun 2011 18:07:53 EST Foods that keep you on target http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x16640x42358913 What foods are your go-to staples currently that help you stay within your plan? <BR> <BR> Mine are Walden Farms salad dressings <BR> Air popped popcorn <BR> Pop chips <BR> Weight Watchers string cheese Fri, 10 Jun 2011 22:44:59 EST The Biggest Loser - COUPLES Edition http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x42352937 <em>215</em> <BR> Who wants to redeem themselves after our "bust" on the last Biggest Loser competition? <BR> <BR> Well, I'm starting a new one... and this time, I'm gonna use peer pressure to our advantage. <BR> <BR> Let's do a "couples" version!! <BR> <BR> You pick who you are teamed up with and enter this one as a partnership!! Think it over, and ask a Spark Friend (they must be a member of the Fab by 40 team) to be your partner --- don't be shy!!! <BR> <BR> Contest dates: Jun... Fri, 10 Jun 2011 15:31:06 EST I need you guys!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x42332888 Hello I am new to this team. My name is Bridgette, I live in Indiana, I am madly in love with DJ and have 3 spoiled kittys. <BR> I have just started to get back on track this week. I have 33 pounds to lose (goal is 135). My struggles are getting in activity, I sit in a office chair for 7+ hours a day. I just ordered that spark DVD's and I love the WATP dvd's, I just need to NOT make excuses. I also get easily burned out on logging food, I am trying to log a day ahead this time and then make c... Thu, 9 Jun 2011 13:54:08 EST June Water Challenge - Week 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x42300303 The water drinking challenge returns! <BR> <BR> This month, we're changing the rules a little. Rather than having the challenge last all month long, we'll start a new challenge each week. Contestants must drink their recommended 8 cups of water daily, and every week there will be an additional healthy challenge! <BR> <BR> For the second week of June, the challenge is to drink your water AND eat your 5 servings of fruits and vegetables. This proved to be a difficult one for people last mont... Tue, 7 Jun 2011 22:20:42 EST June Water Challenge - Week 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x42156279 The water drinking challenge returns! <BR> <BR> <em>91</em> <em>14</em> <em>91</em> <em>175</em> <em>91</em> <em>492</em> <BR> <BR> This month, we're changing the rules a little. Rather than having the challenge last all month long, we'll start a new challenge each week. Contestants must drink their recommended 8 cups of water daily, and every week there will be an additional healthy challenge! javascript:void(0); <BR> <BR> For the first week of June, the challenge is to drink your ... Tue, 31 May 2011 22:01:08 EST What are your plans for June??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x16640x42150830 Can't believe a new month is here already. For me, it's crunch time as my 40th bday is now only 6 months away, and per the scale this morning, I still have 38 lbs to lose! It's still possible, but going to take lots of work! <BR> <BR> I keep reading that setting your goals, making your plans and saying them out loud helps you get where you want to go, so here goes... I'm saying this out loud to all of you!! <BR> <BR> Goal weight by 6/30 - 165 (total of 20 lbs lost) <BR> <BR> My plan for ... Tue, 31 May 2011 17:18:35 EST The Buddy System - June http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x42073142 WHO WANTS A BUDDY THIS MONTH??? <BR> <BR> Who couldn't use more support? I think everyone can benefit from having a Buddy, and we can all get to know one another better! <BR> <BR> Reply to this thread by the deadline if you would like to join the Buddy System for June. I will randomly team you up with a Buddy and the two of you can support each other for the month. <BR> <BR> Encourage one another to work towards your goals, congratulate each other on any success, brag about one another to... Fri, 27 May 2011 10:58:40 EST The Buddy System - May (new home for this thread!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x41762916 <em>228</em> <em>228</em> <em>228</em> <em>228</em> <em>228</em> <BR> This thread reloacted here from the previous posting in the General Discussion Forum! <BR> <BR> <BR> Seems to me that this thread better belongs here in the Group Challenges Forum. Although it is not a typical "challenge", it is something people can join monthly moving forward, so I don't want it to get lost in the shuffle in the General Discussion Forum. May buddies are listed below. Keep us updated on this thre... Wed, 11 May 2011 14:20:18 EST Mid-Month Check Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x16640x41739162 As I write this, today is May 10th. We are 1/3 done with the month already! April was not a stellar month for our team overall, and I'm hoping everyone is doing better this month!! How are you doing? Are you proud of the choices you have made so far? Are you having success? On the flip side, are you struggling? Have you fallen into old habits? What do you think we could do on this team to make it more useful to you? <BR> <em>38</em> <BR> Let's share the GOOD AND THE BAD and help o... Tue, 10 May 2011 12:03:07 EST Calling all fishies! May Water Drinking Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x41532507 The water drinking challenge returns, with a twist! <BR> <BR> <em>14</em> <em>14</em> <em>14</em> <em>14</em> <em>14</em> <em>14</em> <em>14</em> <BR> <BR> This month, we’re upping the ante. Contestants must drink their recommended 8 cups of water daily, and every week there will be a different healthy challenge! <BR> <BR> May 1 – 7 Drink your water AND get at least 15 minutes of exercise. <BR> <BR> May 8 – 14 Drink your water AND eat your 5 servings of fruits an... Sat, 30 Apr 2011 12:29:18 EST The Buddy System (May) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x16640x41487929 <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> Who couldn't use more support? How about we start a monthly Buddy System!! I think everyone can benefit from having a Buddy, and we can all get to know one another better! <BR> <BR> Here's how it will work: <BR> Each month, I will post a new thread for The Buddy System (such as this one). Reply to this thread by the deadline if you would like to join the Buddy System for that month. I will randomly team you up with a Buddy and the two of you can support each o... Thu, 28 Apr 2011 01:12:44 EST 25 pounds in 25 weeks! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x41462948 I recently stumbled upon a challenge on another team to lose lose 25 lbs in 25 weeks. Doesn't that sound reasonable?!? I am doing this myself (posted on my Spark Page) and thought some of you might like to join me. <BR> <BR> You can start this challenge at ANY time. Make your Day 1 whatever you want it to be!! <BR> <BR> Choose a day that you want to weigh-in each week, and post your format to this thread. Then, come back weekly and update your post with your weight. <BR> <BR> We all kno... Tue, 26 Apr 2011 21:48:06 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x41268936 Just wanted to say hello to the group. I am on a mission to combat the fat and be fabulous....well more fabulous then I already am by 40. I've got a while to go before I hit the 4 0h but I would like to make the lifestyle changes now! Good luck all! <em>247</em> Sun, 17 Apr 2011 00:55:13 EST Calling all "FISHIES" - April http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x40888066 Who's in for a water drinking challenge this month? <BR> <em>14</em> <em>14</em> <em>14</em> <em>14</em> <em>14</em> <BR> <BR> Let's see who can go the most days in a row this month drinking AT LEAST the recommended 8 cups of water (sorry, no bonus points for extra cups). <BR> <BR> "Last woman standing" (that is, the winner with the longest streak) WINS. <BR> <BR> CONTEST STARTS APRIL 1ST. <BR> <BR> You MUST post to this thread DAILY and tell us if you're still "alive" based on y... Wed, 30 Mar 2011 08:46:38 EST Two words - change one. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19204x16640x40792070 This game has no limits - it can go anywhere your mind roams. Take two words, and change one of them and see where we go. <BR> <BR> Let's start with: <BR> <BR> Spark page Fri, 25 Mar 2011 16:19:07 EST Change a letter http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19204x16640x40791904 When I started Spark, I was too shy to post "real" posts, but still wanted the points. I thought the games were a great way to get as many points as quickly as possible. This game is one of my favorites. <BR> <BR> Start with a word, like song. <BR> <BR> Change one letter, and change it to long, or nose (there's no rule that says you only have to change the first letter!) <BR> <BR> It's easy and fun. <BR> <BR> Anyone want to go from here? <BR> <BR> Start with song? Fri, 25 Mar 2011 16:06:42 EST Actor, movie, actor http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=19204x16640x40791870 Want a fun way to get posting points without having to think too hard? <BR> <BR> We'll start with an actor, then a movie they were in, and the next person who posts should name a movie that they were in, and so on and so forth. Anyone want to play? <BR> <BR> Edward Norton Fri, 25 Mar 2011 16:04:17 EST April's "BIGGEST LOSER" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x40719233 It's that time of year... we will all be getting out the shorts, tanks, and (oh boy) swimsuits soon! Let's shake things up and make the month of April our best month yet!! <BR> <em>67</em> <em>298</em> <BR> I challenge you all to a "Biggest Loser" Style weight loss challenge for the month of April. <BR> <BR> Please make the commitment and join in. The more people, the better!!! <BR> <BR> Contest works like this: <BR> <BR> All you have to do is continue what you're already doing -... Tue, 22 Mar 2011 10:51:21 EST 2 Very Crazy but Serious Questions! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x16640x40495605 Has anyone seen an increase in their intimate desire?? <BR> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> I feel like I can never get enough since working out and losing weight; I feel sexy and I am excited all the time but now hubby is the one saying no to sex instead of me...I even asked him if he was seeing another woman but he said doing it 4-5xs a week is a bit much....REALLY DUDE???!!! You were the one complaining for the last 11 1/2yrs that you were not getting it enough; that other men were probably gett... Fri, 11 Mar 2011 16:12:01 EST Hi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x40367334 I am a 36 year old mother of two (two boys, 12 and 10) and stepmother of three ( boy 16, girl 13, girl 10). It's a pretty hectic life. I was diagnosed with an under active thyroid 10 years ago. My weight has fluctuated since then, but I have consistently been unhappy with it. I joineSparkpeople in November when I started seeing a dietician. I've lost 24.5 pounds since then and have 25.5 pounds to go. I would say I stay within my calorie range 85-90% of thhe time. It's getting in the ex... Sun, 6 Mar 2011 07:19:05 EST Celebrations - post here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x40242348 I know we have a lot of birthdays in March - but what about other celebrations? Anniversaries, Sparkaversaries, anything you want to celebrate!! Post the dates here and we'll all be able to join in on the celebrations!! <BR> <BR> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> Mon, 28 Feb 2011 22:48:36 EST CALLING ALL "FISHIES" - March Water Challenge!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x40195188 Who's in for a water drinking challenge this month? <BR> <em>14</em> <em>14</em> <em>14</em> <em>14</em> <em>14</em> <BR> <BR> Let's see who can go the most days in a row this month drinking AT LEAST the recommended 8 cups of water (sorry, no bonus points for extra cups). <BR> <BR> "Last woman standing" (that is, the winner with the longest streak) WINS. <BR> <BR> CONTEST STARTS MARCH 1ST. <BR> <BR> You MUST post to this thread DAILY and tell us if you're still "alive" based on y... Sat, 26 Feb 2011 23:06:20 EST STEP IT UP in March! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=16995x16640x40195132 Who's in for March? Let's get back to the point system this month. How many points can you rack up??? <BR> <BR> Challenge Rules: <BR> <BR> 1. Please reply to this thread by March1st to tell us you're "stepping up" to the challenge. <BR> <BR> 2. Wear a pedometer each day to count your steps. (You can buy one for under $10 - Avon even sells them!) Only steps logged on your pedometer count! <BR> <BR> 3. Track your steps. Please join our "team goal" on the Fab by 40 main page and report y... Sat, 26 Feb 2011 23:03:03 EST Fabulous by 40 Goodie Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x16640x40056550 I've been thinking.... there are now over 250 of us on this fabulous team... yet I know very few of us. I thought a fun way to get to know each other better is the goodie challenge. <BR> <BR> How it works: Pick someone on the team who you haven't yet interacted with, or maybe someone who needs a little support or a pick me up, and send them a goodie. Do this once a week and report back here. <BR> <BR> How you win: When someone sends you a goodie back! Let's be honest - who doesn't like to g... Sun, 20 Feb 2011 22:11:20 EST