SparkPeople SP Class of June 29- July 5, 2008 Team Messageboard This team is for all new members who joined SP from June 29- July 5, 2008. Welcome! SparkPeople SP Class of June 29- July 5, 2008 Team Messageboard wow we've been here for a decade! who's still here? how are you doing? <BR> <BR> it took me more than a year to lose 28 pounds, and I kept it off for eight years. then I moved and totally rearranged my lifestyle (less sleep, less kitchen space, planning meals that children will eat.. MULTIPLE excuses) and now I'm about 15 pounds back up and reworking the program. <BR> <BR> hope you're doing well on your various healthy journeys. <BR> <BR> peace, <BR> <BR> Rebecca Tue, 31 Jul 2018 19:30:51 EST Holiday Season 2013 Greetings everyone, <BR> <BR> Sorry I haven't been active. My new practice has been taking off but we still haven't been paid from insurance companies, therefore, I have been working 30 hours a week on my online job as well as practicing full time for a great 60 hour workweek <em>39</em> Unfortunately, that means that I have not been active with my spark team or workouts and I have gained weight again. Today, I got up at 6 and went to the gym for thirty minutes. I realized the only way to... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 18:24:05 EST Finding Fun with Sparkpeople Hey All! After joining in 2008 I never really committed because I though I was better than "calorie counting". Well, when the scale kept going up, I realized that I needed to gain control of what I was eating. It has blown my mind how every single thing you eat counts and matters. I'm more aware now than ever and I'm excited that this website had made it fun and pretty freaking easy! <BR> My goals are to get lean and healthy and in control. I want this to eventually just me 2nd nature. Tue, 13 Aug 2013 00:33:37 EST Summer 2013 - What are YOU up to today? It's getting HOT out there <em>67</em> <em>259</em> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Time to spend some time indoors on your <em>387</em> or <em>17</em> and let us know what you have done today to stay on track with your goals. <BR> <BR> Hope all is well. <BR> <em>213</em> Sat, 29 Jun 2013 13:43:43 EST 5 Year Anniversary Greetings everyone - the five year anniversary of this team is around the corner. Just wanted to check in and see how everyone is doing. Please drop by and give us a brief up date <BR> <em>232</em> <em>381</em> <em>507</em> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 16:03:52 EST roll call! We're 4 1/2 years in. How well has SparkPeople served you? <BR> <BR> I'm staying within 5 pounds of my goal weight, for about three years now. Still struggling to be consistent about exercise, but I find signing up for races and setting strength training goals - those strategies motivate me to train, so I am in better shape with each passing year, but it's slow going. <BR> Sat, 26 Jan 2013 10:32:41 EST Daily Fitness Emoticons <em>182</em> Sun, 11 Mar 2012 22:29:39 EST SparkPeople Trivia 1. Which of the following vegetables is in season during the winter? Kale and Leek (answers 2 and 4) <BR> <BR> 2. What is Acai? A berry from Brazil <BR> <BR> 3. How much scientific evidence is there to suggest that dairy aids in weight loss? Weak evidence <BR> <BR> 4. What is epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG)? An antioxidant <BR> <BR> 3/4 for me today Wed, 8 Feb 2012 14:01:08 EST Did you workout today? Went to the gym. I ran four miles, did 50 pushups and a bunch of crunches. I also did a full body workout. It was a 2 hour workout but much needed especially after taking 5 days off. It felt great to workout. Mon, 6 Feb 2012 18:03:44 EST 2012 Christmas Wishlist <em>442</em> <em>446</em> <em>444</em> <em>442</em> <em>446</em> <em>444</em> <em>442</em> <em>446</em> <em>444</em> <em>442</em> <em>446</em> <em>444</em> <em>442</em> <em>446</em> <em>442</em> <em>446</em> <BR> <BR> Just thought we would start the x-mas list - this is the place to post all the things you would love to have for christmas. No item is too big or too small <BR> <BR> <em>442</em> <em>446</em> <em>444</em> <em>442</em> <em>446</em> <em>444</em> <em>442</... Sun, 18 Sep 2011 14:21:16 EST Saying Hello Hi, I'm Katie. I first started Sparkpeople a fews years ago but didn't commit to it. Now I have been really working at the for three weeks and I am loving it! I feel so in control of my nutrition and fitness and I am learning more every day. Also the success I am having is very motivating as well as the strength I am feeling in being able to make healthier decisions. I haven't really been involved in the community aspect of spark yet so I figured I would try by introducing myself. I am a 25 y... Mon, 1 Aug 2011 13:35:35 EST Three year anniversary - what are YOU up to? It has been three years since you joined spark people. Please let us know how you are doing! Wed, 29 Jun 2011 10:38:05 EST Daily Activities that burn calories Hi everyone, <BR> I read this earlier and thought it was a great reminder how little things we do can help to make big changes for us. Here are some calorie burning ideas (with information about how many calories you actually burn). <BR> <BR> Bathing dog <em>200</em> (to look and smell pretty for guests!): 15 minutes = 56 calories <BR> <BR> Wrapping gifts <em>407</em> or making crafts (hello party favors): 30 minutes = 48 <BR> <BR> Bagging grass & leaves <em>465</em> : 30 mi... Thu, 26 May 2011 14:13:30 EST Oprah's LAST WEIGHT LOSS SHOW! TUES MAY 10th. My sister Becky and I were in the audience for this final show on Weight Loss! Watch it Tuesday May 10th! <BR> <BR> I know for sure I will be seen in the FAT CLOTHES DROP Segment. The group in back of Oprah is Group 1 (ONE) I am in group 2 (TWO) 3rd from the right behind the railing. Becky is behind group five. She is second from the left. She did not get to participate in the Clothes drop (BooHoo). Becky got the best view of Oprah for the taping. I got the best view of her guests for the ta... Sat, 7 May 2011 21:00:33 EST Words that start with "J" Joker Fri, 6 May 2011 11:49:14 EST 2011 Update Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> This team has been completely inactive. I am hoping that we can try to re-ignite the team. If anyone is still active or needs support, please know that I am here and would love to get this team going again. Sun, 3 Apr 2011 03:57:43 EST Top Ten reasons to weight train The top 10 reasons everyone should strength train (and LOVE every minute of it): <BR> <BR> 1. Strength training preserves muscle mass during weight loss. <BR> According to a University of Michigan research study, at least 25% to 30% of weight lost by dieting alone is not fat but lean tissue, muscle, bone and water. However, strength training helps dieters preserve muscle mass while still losing weight. <BR> <BR> 2. Strength training elevates your metabolism. <BR> Starting in their twent... Thu, 13 Jan 2011 14:04:28 EST After 2.5 years, how are you doing? A quick poll: <BR> <BR> How are you doing with your weight goals? <BR> How are you doing with your fitness goals? <BR> Does SparkPeople still help? <BR> What other support do you wish you had? Wed, 29 Dec 2010 10:45:23 EST WHAT A LONG ROAD Im 34 now, 2 kids,'s just crazy. <BR> I was 215 lbs 8 years ago. 12% bodyfat. Abs. A chest from one of those romance novels... <BR> NOW, Im 258 and just feel like I have SUCH a long long road ahead of me. Wed, 31 Mar 2010 22:52:54 EST Exercise Tip of the Day Dumbbell Shrugs <BR> <BR> Starting Position <BR> Begin by standing with your feet shoulder width apart and your knees slightly bent. Hold the dumbbells to your side with your palms facing inward. <BR> <BR> Action <BR> EXHALE: Slowly lift your shoulders straight up, keeping your arms straight. Hold for 1-2 seconds. INHALE: Slowly lower down to starting position. Try doing 2 sets of 10-12 repetitions. <BR> <BR> Special Instructions <BR> Do not roll your shoulders. <BR> <BR> Muscles Worked: ... Mon, 11 Jan 2010 11:47:55 EST Have you worked out today? just about to! Sun, 10 Jan 2010 12:58:40 EST Is anyone still active on this team - January 2010 Hi everyone, I hope you all had a wonderful holiday. <BR> <BR> I wanted to apologize for not being more active and was wondering who was still active on this team. I would love to get it going again. It is important to stay active on the team you start with because it helps when you see where everyone else is. <BR> <BR> If you all still want to be active - I promise to get back on and support and motivate you all. I have been sick for awhile now and my doctor had me take it easy and I have... Sun, 10 Jan 2010 12:55:08 EST 46 and tired of being fat and out of shape I have never done anything like this before...but I turned 46 this month and am at my highest weight ever, 220 pounds. If I want to accomplish some of my dreams in this life I have got to loose this weight...before I get any older!! I use to ride horses as a teen and want to ride again...actually have the horse...just realize my extra weight makes it even more dangerous to try and take up this hobby at this point in my life. Also, I am in a new relationship and I want to be around to watch... Mon, 28 Dec 2009 14:58:32 EST Christmas 2010 Wishlist Summer is gone, labor day has come and gone too. It is time to start that wishlist for christmas. With 106 days till christmas, I thought we should start our christmas wish list <BR> <BR> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>444</em> <em>442</em> Mon, 7 Sep 2009 00:20:14 EST It's been a year - what are you up to? Just wanted to say happy anniversary. What have you all been up to? Mon, 29 Jun 2009 02:05:54 EST Article: Know Your Menu Watch Words Know Your Menu Watch Words <BR> <BR> They are small words. They can be easy to miss. They slip off your tongue as you order your food, without even knowing what you are saying. Yet they mean the difference between a healthy or unhealthy meal. What are these unassuming potential land mines? "Menu Watch Words"--and it pays to keep your eye on them. <BR> <BR> Not all "Menu Watch Words" are bad. When you go out to eat, just go prepared. Know which words to look for and which to avoid. Below is ... Thu, 21 May 2009 16:19:01 EST will you use SparkPeople once you reach your goal? It's almost a year since we all joined, and I suspect lots of those of us who are still around are going to be achieving goals soon. Will you stay around? Is SparkPeople a big part of what made it all work for you? <BR> <BR> For me, I really like the way tracking my food keeps me accountable, and I am enjoying the people who are on here. I wish there were more face-to-face and less screen time in my life, though. Sat, 25 Apr 2009 09:35:35 EST Survivie Girl Scout Cookies <link><BR>.asp?artid=2140&title=Surviving_Girl_S<BR>cout_Cookie_Season </link> Tue, 3 Mar 2009 19:41:58 EST Update - 9 Months later hi everyone, <BR> <BR> It's that time again when I ask you all to please post an update to what has been going on with you. <BR> <BR> How has spark people helped you? How much weight have you lost or inches? <BR> <BR> Even if you are frustrated- let us know. <BR> <BR> We are a team and we would love to hear from you. Wed, 25 Feb 2009 16:09:56 EST Congratulations Week of January 31st <em>242</em> to our top 5 fitness gurus according to our weekly team digest for earning top Fitness points last week: <BR> <BR> Betty.Boop.Fan <BR> Jennaclaire520 <BR> NancyPat1 <BR> ...J... <BR> Maryann1943 <BR> <BR> <em>243</em> Keep up the good work <em>198</em> <em>9</em> Sun, 1 Feb 2009 13:40:29 EST Game: Last letter starts next word New game - the last letter starts the next word. Could be any category. Fri, 23 Jan 2009 18:55:00 EST Words that start with UN Understanding Wed, 14 Jan 2009 17:46:48 EST The Month After Christmas Twas the month after Christmas, and all through the house <BR> Nothing would fit me, not even a blouse. <BR> The cookies I'd nibbled, the eggnog I'd taste <BR> At the holiday parties, had gone to my waist. <BR> When I got on the scales there arose such a number! <BR> When I walked to the store (less a walk than a lumber). <BR> I'd remember the marvelous meals I'd prepared; <BR> The gravies and sauces and beef nicely rared, <BR> <BR> The wine and the rum balls, the bread and the cheese <BR> A... Thu, 8 Jan 2009 19:51:54 EST I Passed Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> First I want to apologize for not being on our team much during the past two weeks but I have been in New York with my family and my computer access is quite limited. <BR> <BR> I miss you all. I have not been maintaining my diet too well, but I have been doing TONS of walking and going up and down stairs so I'm still okay. <BR> <BR> The reason for this post is that I PASSED MY CHIROPRACTIC LICENSING EXAMS!!! I wanted to let everyone know and thank all of you. Your ... Fri, 26 Dec 2008 16:06:04 EST My Apologies Hey everyone, I am very sorry I haven't been around much lately. Between the holidays, the pregnancy and family...I haven't had much time to process my own thoughts. I seem to have taken on too much here as well, and need to take a step back. I've taken on my own co-leaders for other teams. I was the leader of a football team group on here, but since the season is ending I had to come up with something else for them...which I did, I've created a team entitled New Year-New You. It has daily ch... Thu, 18 Dec 2008 13:24:13 EST Elf Movie starring YOU!! -- Just Christmas Fun OK.. so first my sister sent me on... this one is of my kids and dogs.... it's really easy and fun... <BR> <BR><BR>TFxiW0MDf76 <BR> <BR> Mon, 15 Dec 2008 21:49:22 EST What is your New Year's Resolution Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> It is that time again when we start thinking and making resolutions. I thought it would be fun to post our resolutions so that we can help each other!!!! Sun, 14 Dec 2008 20:34:38 EST Pay-It-Forward Holiday Ideas This may actually be good for a year-round topic, but feels especially timely with the state of the Economy and the holidays converging. Any ideas to easily help out a stranger? Or how about Easy, Free gift ideas? <BR> <BR> Here's my story and how this idea came my way. I was driving in heavy traffic and noticed a big van changing lanes. The driver was being very safe and leaving plenty of room, not cutting people off, but yet doing his/her part to get the traffic moving. I was impressed. ... Sun, 7 Dec 2008 19:58:06 EST Running for a cause <BR> Hello dear Spark Friends!! <BR> <BR> I am training to participate in the 1/2 marathon as a member of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada's (LLSC) Team In Training. Team In Training members are constantly raising funds to help stop leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma from taking more lives. I'm completing this event in honor of all individuals who are battling blood cancers. <BR> <BR> We are all exercising to improve our lives but this is a chance for me to help improve cancer patie... Fri, 21 Nov 2008 16:58:00 EST Weekly Challenge - November 16-22nd Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> Sorry I have started this thread in awhile but it's baaaack! <BR> <BR> Okay so for all of you that like to commit to yourself what you are going to do for the week this is the thread. Post by tomorrow how you will challenge yourself and then post daily or at the end of the week and let us know how it is going. Sun, 16 Nov 2008 16:37:26 EST My exams are over and my neighborhood is on fire Just wanted to give you an update on my life. First I wanted to thank everyone for their support. It has been a rough month but I am super thankful to all of you. <BR> <BR> I finish my exams today. Yesterday's exams were AWFUL! I came home and cried yesterday. I have studied so much and i still felt like an idiot looking at the xrays. <BR> <BR> Today was the clinical portion and i felt better. Hopefully, I did well enough today to redeem myself from yesterday. Most of the people I spoke w... Sat, 15 Nov 2008 21:51:15 EST 6th Virtual Walk - Australia - Heysen Trail This virtual walk will be on one of Australia's most famous trails called the Heysen Trail. The whole trail is 1200 km (740 miles) although we are an ambitious group we are only going to do 200 km (124 miles) We are choosing the wine country so we can go wine tasting and sample the great Australian wines!! <BR> <BR> So hop on board and lets begin our journey! <BR> <BR> good day everybody! <BR> <BR> Kim <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Here is a link to the trail <link>www.southaust... Wed, 12 Nov 2008 18:33:54 EST New Spark Points: Brain Game Hi everyone, just wanted to let you know there is a new way of earning sparkpoints. It is called Brain Game: <BR> <BR> Physical exercise, good nutrition, social connection with others, and mental stimulation all play important parts in insuring that our brains remain sharp and agile. Play these quick fun brain games from our partner Happy Neuron to keep your mind sharp! <BR> <BR> You can earn up to 3 points per day. Play safely <em>20</em> Mon, 10 Nov 2008 12:52:54 EST Making the Most of your Drive I don't know about the rest of you, but I live in California - TRAFFIC CENTRAL!! Just wanted to share this with you and remind you that we can find workout opportunities where ever we go!!! <BR> <BR> How Drive Time can Be Relaxing <BR> <BR> On marathon, cross-country vacation drives, excitement can quickly turn to boredom, and finally degenerate into a feeling of being cramped and cooped up in a stiff, uncomfortable position. Here are a some quick, relaxing moves that will create a muscle-l... Mon, 10 Nov 2008 12:27:27 EST Fast Food If you feel you must, you need to know <link><BR>ion/nutrition/fastfood.aspx </link> Thu, 6 Nov 2008 13:40:43 EST Message from Spark Coach Jen A reminder: <BR> <BR> Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> We've had some problems recently with "chain mail", so I'm going to ask that you remind your teams about our policies regarding these types of things. <BR> <BR> It's a violation of our Community Guidelines to forward any kind of chain letters. This includes things like warnings about email scams, or other kinds of games where you have to fill out questionaires about yourself. This wouldn't be a big deal if you were just sending it to one other p... Thu, 6 Nov 2008 12:02:09 EST November Weigh in It's that time again. Please post your weight loss/gained. Mon, 3 Nov 2008 01:14:11 EST yea down 20 Oh my life is good. Being strong and staying the coarse is good. Planning my meals and snacks is good. Tracking EVERY BLT (bite, lick, taste) is good. Doing my exercise, no matter how much -- since I did little, is VERY good <BR> I am down 4.2 this week. That means I have finally met my 20LB Goal. I thought this was going to take until new years, LOL!!!!!! <BR> I have been bouncing back and forth for a few weeks getting more discouraged each week. KNOWING it was MY own fault for not doing a... Sun, 26 Oct 2008 18:08:02 EST What is your new name? Sometimes when you have a stressful day or week, you need some silliness to break up the day. Here is your dose of humor... <BR> <BR> Follow the instructions to find your new name. <BR> <BR> The following is excerpted from a children's book, Captain Underpants And the Perilous Plot Professor Poopypants, by Dave Pilkey, in which the evil Professor forces everyone to assume new names... <BR> <BR> <BR> So:- <BR> <BR> 1. Use the 3rd letter of your first name to determine your New first name:... Thu, 23 Oct 2008 14:38:38 EST Halloween Scavenger Hunt I posted this on another team of mine, so if it looks familiar to some, that's why. With only a few days before Halloween I thought a scavenger hunt would be fun. I will name something relating to Halloween, and then the next person will search the internet for a photo of the item and post it in this thread. They will then pick the next item for the next person to find. The goal is to find as many Halloween items as we can by Halloween night!! <BR> <BR> To start things off, find me a Carved... Mon, 20 Oct 2008 18:05:55 EST Weekly Challenge - October 20-26th Halloween is around the corner, if you want those treats you better trick yourself out - by working out. How are you challenging yourself this week. Mon, 20 Oct 2008 00:34:57 EST Understanding weight fluctuations. Saw this article in another team. After the day I have had it was very informative. Thought I would share. <BR> <BR><BR>ig <BR> ht/scale.htm Sat, 18 Oct 2008 21:38:25 EST Celebrate Love your body day Oct 15th I just came across this link: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Do you love what you see when you look in the mirror? <BR> <BR> Hollywood and the fashion, cosmetics and diet industries work hard to make each of us believe that our bodies are unacceptable and need constant improvement. Print ads and television commercials reduce us to body parts — lips, legs, breasts — airbrushed and touched up to meet impossible standards. TV shows tell women and teenage girls that ... Wed, 15 Oct 2008 09:20:06 EST Turn TV time into Making a New Time Commercial Exercise Breaks <BR> <BR> In the 1960s, the average 60-minute television show had about nine minutes of commercials. Today, that has doubled to 18 minutes. Some half-hour shows can have as many as 12 minutes of commercials. Think of how you can constructively use that time to fit more fitness into your day--instead of flipping between other shows. If you exercised during commercials while watching TV for about 2 hours, it would add up to more than 30 minutes a day! <BR> <BR> Whet... Wed, 15 Oct 2008 03:12:35 EST Word association game! Another game that was a lot of fun! <BR> <BR> A word will be posted...example: cartoon <BR> <BR> The next person chooses a word they associate with Cartoon. Example: Kids <BR> <BR> The next person might associate kids with boys... <BR> <BR> So lets start with: Friendship Mon, 13 Oct 2008 00:14:01 EST Change 1 letter - Game!! I played this game on another website and everybody had a lot of fun with it! It's easy and fun! <BR> This is how it works: <BR> <BR> A four letter word is posted example: Beat <BR> <BR> next person needs to change one letter to make a new word example: Teak <BR> <BR> Next could be: kite <BR> <BR> got it?? ok lets have some fun. <BR> <BR> Lets start with: Peak Mon, 13 Oct 2008 00:09:09 EST Weekly Challenge - October 13-19th Hi everyone, this thread is for you to post what your goals or challenges are for yourself this week. It can be anything from 10 crunches daily to writing a blog to drinking 8 glasses of water a day - what ever YOU need to grow and shed weight. <BR> <BR> So how are YOU challenging yourself this week? Sun, 12 Oct 2008 23:58:06 EST True Or False Game Here is another game..this one I admit to seeing on another team. I will begin by stating something about the next person that posts...they will say if it is true or false..then it is their turn to say something about the next person to post and so on... <BR> <BR> I think that the next person to post is faithful to logging in all of their food/calories every day <BR> Sun, 12 Oct 2008 13:45:46 EST 5th Virtual Walk - Long Island New York! Since New York is still so beautiful this time of year we are going to stay here for a little while longer! <BR> <BR> This walk is 132 miles from Manhattan to Montauk Point. Here's a link. We can take Sunrise Hwy all the way from Manhattan to the lighthouse! <BR> <BR> <BR> k.html <BR> <BR> Can't wait to "see" you there! <BR> <BR> <em>185</em> Fri, 10 Oct 2008 10:58:49 EST Not sure where to re-begin Hi Everyone, <BR> I've been gone for about a month and a half, and am not sure how to get re-started. Life just kinda took over and I stopped taking care of myself. Should I start back at stage 1? Should I join a different group where they are just starting on stage !? <BR> <BR> All I know for sure is that I want to start moving forward again, get back on track. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Marie Mon, 6 Oct 2008 07:20:41 EST A: Is Weight Loss Stressing you out? Is Weight Loss Stressing You Out? <BR> Take the Weight Loss Expectations Quiz <BR> -- By Dean Anderson, Fitness & Behavior Expert <BR> <BR> <BR> There’s no doubt about it: trying to lose weight can be a stressful thing! There’s nothing like trying to stick to a “simple” weight loss plan for bringing you face-to-face with the frustrating complexities of human nature and the limits of our rationality and will power. And even when we do manage to do what we know we should, often our bo... Fri, 3 Oct 2008 20:17:37 EST October Weigh in Okay everybody it is that time again. You need to post your weight so we can check out our progress. Thu, 2 Oct 2008 12:04:01 EST Dysfunctional Hormone Symptoms... Hello all! I have been MIA for the last few days and back this weekend trying to catch up here on sparkpeople. I have a question in regards to symptoms I am having with my body. I am going to the doctor's office this Monday to discuss, but wanted to get some thoughts from people here and perhaps questions I should be asking my practitioner that I may not be thinking of. <BR> For the past yr to 2yrs I have had my hair start "shedding" and now falling out(no bald spots) with a little bit of th... Sun, 28 Sep 2008 11:19:38 EST Choose an exercise & count to 100 then start again Here we go...we will count from 1 to 100 .. you choose an exercise..and do that amount...wanna try ???!!! <BR> I am lucky..I get 1.. <BR> <BR> 1 push up... Fri, 26 Sep 2008 17:24:58 EST Looking For New Members! Hey team! I am part of a fun team called the One Ton Challenge. What it is: Teams of 9 or so, compete to lose weigh in as a team, and compete in challenges as a team. For those of us who are pregnant, there is even a Battle of the Preggo's, so we aren't left out of the fun. There is a whole variety of challenges to participate in, and they range from easy to hard. If anyone is interested in giving it a try, or learning more, send me a message and I will invite you to the team. No... Wed, 24 Sep 2008 17:22:14 EST Article: Moderate Exercise Prevents Ovarian Cancer Hi everyone. I found this article and wanted to share it with you all. This month is Ovarian Cancer awareness month. Not too many people know about ovarian cancer. Unfortunately many women don't find out they have the disease until it is too late because it doesn't cause many symptoms in the early age. As always Prevention is key so I wanted to share this article with everyone. <BR> <BR> Moderate Exercise Prevents Ovarian Cancer <BR> Fitness News Flash <BR> -- By Liza Barnes, Health Educato... Mon, 22 Sep 2008 22:36:16 EST Article: Eat to Beat PMS Eat to Beat PMS <BR> 9 Tips to Feel Better All Month Long <BR> -- By Becky Hand, Licensed & Registered Dietitian <BR> SparkPeople Sponsors help keep the site free! <BR> PMS. Three little letters that spell dread and discomfort for millions of women every month. It is reported that more than half and perhaps as many as 85 percent of all women experience discomfort related to menstruation, common referred to as Premenstrual Syndrome. In this article we'll explore how your diet (and some nutriti... Fri, 19 Sep 2008 20:28:42 EST 4th Virtual Walk - Batt to Bear (New York!!) Hi Everybody, <BR> <BR> Anastasia asked me to create the link for our new Virtual Walk. I chose Batt to Bear in New York! It is 53 miles and here is a link to the map: <link><BR>.pdf </link> <BR> I thought we could take in a Broadway show at the end!! <BR> <BR> So come on and join the fun! <BR> <BR> Kim <em>68</em> Wed, 17 Sep 2008 17:03:51 EST Song Tag Here's a game of tag I haven't seen before. It's pretty fun! <BR> <BR> Do you know the #1 song the day you were born? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>y/SelectMonth.htm </link> <BR> <BR> List your birth year and put the name of the song beside it! <BR> Mon, 15 Sep 2008 13:24:55 EST Charity Challenge Hey Gang I am in a WW challenge right now that I thought would be great for us. <BR> <BR> Create a spot at home as a pyramid of proof. Mine is on the kitchen table. Every time I lose a lbs I add a lb of non perishable food to the pyramid. In six weeks I will be able to see and touch the amount of weight I have lost. <BR> I will then donate that food to the local food pantry. <BR> <BR> How about it gang it will be such a great way to give to our communities and physically see what we have r... Sat, 13 Sep 2008 19:15:21 EST Good website for ideas on exercising at home. I was doing my spark search today and came across this really neat resource for exercises at home. I book marked it because I love to have ideas for switching up my routine. <BR> Does anyone have any other sites they use for ideas? <BR> <BR> Hope everybody has a wonderful weekend! <BR> <BR> <BR> index.html <BR> Sat, 13 Sep 2008 13:43:22 EST Daily Check-In Yesterday I made brown rice and used the spark listing. I entered my recipe for Uncle Ben's Brown Rice this morning and when I recalculated the calories I was at 1833!. That will teach me to not trust what is already there but to enter the nutritional info as I see it on the packaging I am using, and according to my recipe. <BR> <BR> Take care all of you in the path of the hurricane. <BR> <BR> Gail Sat, 13 Sep 2008 10:49:55 EST IPod sensors okay so I know nothing about this. Can someone please provide feedback -yes I am too lazy to look it up Thu, 11 Sep 2008 01:35:46 EST 3rd Virtual Walk - Hanauma Bay, Hawaii As requested our next walk is in Hawaii. This is a beautiful stretch from Kapolei Golf course to Hanauma Bay National Park where we can relax and go snorkeling. The total distance is 43 miles. Take your time. Enjoy the scenery. You can go to these links to get your visualization down as you prepare to go for your walk. <BR> <BR> Map link: <BR><BR>utf-8&client=firefox-a&q=hanauma+bay+h<BR>awaii&fb=1&cid=9871833411061401094&li=<BR>lmd&z=14&t=m <BR> <B... Tue, 2 Sep 2008 23:12:27 EST ABC's of a healthy lifestyle New Game. Going through the ABC's - let's put all the things required in a good diet and lifestyle. <BR> <BR> French Fries not good. Soda has to diet soda. Be specific. <BR> <BR> Answers can be food, exercise, mental state -whatever it takes for good healthy living... <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 1 Sep 2008 16:01:33 EST 5 Words for you daily motivation I got this idea from one of the other posts and it sounded really cool. <BR> <BR> You write your daily motivation sentence in 5 words - NO LESS NO MORE <BR> <BR> "Motivating others, Motivates me more!!" <BR> Mon, 1 Sep 2008 16:00:31 EST Word of the Day Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> In an effort to evolve in all aspects, not just our bodies, I thought it would be cool to add a word of the day. Then whoever wants can post a thread and use that word in a sentence. Mon, 1 Sep 2008 15:45:53 EST Birthdays, Anniversaries & Special Occasions As our United family continues to grow, I figured we should have a thread where we can post our special occasions. This way we can ALL celebrate. <BR> <BR> So please tell us your special dates so we can celebrate with you! Mon, 1 Sep 2008 14:58:27 EST September Weigh in Since this is a weight loss group, we will go back to doing monthly weigh ins and give out trophies to the top three winners. Please post your weight. <BR> Mon, 1 Sep 2008 14:57:27 EST 2nd Virtual Walk- North Carolina Coast Hi everyone, since the first virtual walk went so well and so many are finished I figured we should go for another one. This one is a little longer but also by the beach <em>298</em> . We are going to walk the coast of North Carolina. From Beaufort to Cedar Point, NC.If anyone has ideas for the next walk let me know. Total miles for this walk is 25 miles. We will keep increasing the length of each walk if you want to continue this challenge. I'm in as long as anyone wants to participate. <... Thu, 28 Aug 2008 21:50:22 EST Imagine a Woman I saw this posted in another one of my teams and it gave me some inspiration so I thought I would share. <BR> <BR> Imagine a Woman <BR> <BR> Imagine a woman who believes it is right and good she is a woman. <BR> A woman who honors her experience and tells her stories. <BR> Who refuses to carry the sins of others within her body and life. <BR> Imagine a woman who trusts and respects herself. <BR> A woman who listens to her needs and desires. <BR> Who meets them with tenderness and grac... Thu, 28 Aug 2008 20:08:26 EST My Little Victories.... What Are Yours Today? OK... so this falls in the tooting my own horn category... All relatively simple things... but for me all victories. <BR> <BR> It is getting HARD to work out now that I am back to work (special ed teacher). Getting home at 5:00 p.m. I was beat... after really considering not exercising... I turned on the metronome (keeps my stepping consistant) and did 20 minutes of step aerobics. <BR> <BR> I have ignored the ice cream in the freezer, and ate within my calorie range. <BR> <BR> These are w... Thu, 28 Aug 2008 00:14:23 EST Moving on up to stage 3 this week! Who's moving to stage 3 this week? I did today! <em>244</em> Tue, 26 Aug 2008 13:29:49 EST Tell us about your other teams Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> Since many of you have moved on or started other teams, I thought this would be a good thread to inform others about what teams out there and dear to you. <BR> <BR> Be sure to include team names and reasons why you like these teams. Mon, 25 Aug 2008 00:49:51 EST 1St Virtual Walk Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> Just thought we might like a different form of challenge so here goes. Anyone who wants to participate can just log in daily. This is a virtual walk. It is a total of 16. Starting at Long Beach, Ca and ending at Huntington Beach California at the Hilton Waterfront Hotel. <BR> <BR> Visualize yourself ending their as you are walking, running, or biking. You can take as long as you want to get their. Just post daily what you have done and how close to your goal it is. I ... Sat, 23 Aug 2008 16:58:55 EST What's Your Inspirational Movie? So I started phase 3 of Sparks, as I'm guessing most of us have, since we started on the same date, and one of the action steps is finding an inspiring movie. <BR> <BR> What's your movie?? <em>272</em> Thu, 21 Aug 2008 17:52:09 EST Spit Or Swallow - what would you do? I totally "borrowed this game" from 100 crunches a day team and thought this would be fun, since we ALL love some sort of food/drink and totally dislike some others. It would be nice to see who would eat/drink what type of food/drink. So this is how the game works: <BR> <BR> I will kick this off by naming a food/drink and the next poster will say whether they would SPIT or SWALLOW what I named, and then they would name a food/drink for the next poster and so on. When naming your item for the... Thu, 14 Aug 2008 13:59:54 EST What Good Thing Did You Do Today? I am DOWN below 200! Lost 2 lbs and am now 199!! Mon, 11 Aug 2008 11:13:45 EST All the excuses we use to NOT exercise This post is for everyone to list all the excuses we use to not exercise. <BR> <BR> Be sure to list the number with the excuse so we can see how many excuses we come up with. Sun, 10 Aug 2008 14:48:23 EST What's Working for You and What's Not I am so grateful for Spark. So many things are working well for me. Checking in every day (was) is the motivation I needed to keep me on track. I bought a scale and am weighing/measuring my food. I hate it when I don't drink 8 glasses of water. I start back to work on the 18th (I am a special ed teacher) and have started cooking and freezing stuff for easy grab lunches. <BR> <BR> For me the hardest part has been doing the strength exercises. I am generally meeting my 30 minutes of aerobic... Fri, 8 Aug 2008 10:53:54 EST Losing inches! (but not pounds) I weighed in this morning and was dissapointed to see that the scale had actually gone up. :( <BR> But as I stepped off the scale, I caught my reflection in the mirror, and thought, "That's impossible, I look thinner. Why isn't the scale showing it?" I took my measurements to verify, and sure enough! my hips were 1/2 inch smaller, and my waist was a full 2 inches smaller! I guess it's true that muscle weighs more than fat. Anyone else experienced this? <BR> <em>104</em> Mon, 4 Aug 2008 23:40:31 EST One month in!!! Hi all, one month in how is everyone doing?? This has been fantastic for me I feel so motivated to loose weight since finding spark!! I am nearly half way to my final destination and only 1lb from my holiday goal!! I have had a few days where I could have easily sabotaged the good work but managed to reign myself in last min. Going to go for a bike ride on the prom now. Best wishes for next month guys and gals <BR> Love Nova xxx Fri, 1 Aug 2008 11:45:45 EST Have you moved on to other teams? So our little class of June 29 - July 5th seems ready to fly I guess. I was wondering how many of you have moved on to other teams? I have joined Teachers Learning to Lose, and 10,000 steps, but still come here because we joined together. Are you better motivated by speciality teams? Just wondering. Wed, 30 Jul 2008 16:49:12 EST fats, carbs, and protein... i'm having a hard time finding enough good "fats" to put into my nutrition plan... on my reports page... i notice lately my carbs are up quite a bit higher than they should be and my fats are quite a bit too low... though I am staying within my weight-loss caloric range.... any suggestions? <BR> <BR> thanks Tue, 29 Jul 2008 19:09:25 EST Bulging Muscles From Biking? Curious to see everyone's thoughts on getting bulky legs from bicycling? I have been riding my bike for one hour a day, 4 days a week for 8 weeks, and have noticed that, while I hae lost almost 10 lbs, and my waist has shrunk, by thighs are getting bigger! (I have actually gone UP a pant size in the legs) I've always heard trainers defending bicycling when women accuse it of giving them big legs, and Ive always beleived them, but now Im not so sure. My diet is healthy, it certainly isnt w... Tue, 29 Jul 2008 15:17:38 EST I'm Belinda Hello all, I've actually been a member since the 1st of July, but haven't had much of a chance to get to really check out the site or use it until this last week. I only learned about this post and some of the challenges this morning...oops! I was a member of Weight Watchers and have already lost over 25lbs, but still have a ways to go. A friend told me about this site and I like it much more than the WW site, not to mention this site is free! I'm looking forward to getting the most I possibl... Fri, 25 Jul 2008 11:05:23 EST Hey Hello everyone! :) <BR> I just wanted to take a few minutes and introduce myself! My name is Lindsay from Ontario, Canada. I'm here to loose about 30 pounds. I've already lost 10 so i'm well on my way! I moved out on my own and got a desk job over the last few years and have packed on the pounds!! I'm so tired of "going on a diet" and not sticking to it i've decided this is the time! Life is way to short to "start it next week"!!! I'm looking forward to loosing weight, getting healthy and fi... Wed, 23 Jul 2008 09:26:41 EST Article: Healthy Fitness Horoscopes Healthy Fitness Horoscopes <BR> Your Fitness Future is in the Stars! <BR> <BR> -- By Leanne Beattie, Health & Fitness Writer <BR> <BR> When it comes to sticking with a consistent exercise program, you might not reach your goals if you're following a plan that goes against your true nature and personality. For example, if you're outgoing, then solo workouts might not hold your interest, while a spontaneous personality won't stick to scheduled fitness classes. If you're struggling to make exe... Tue, 22 Jul 2008 00:21:02 EST Hi 1 Hi ! Everyone , I just started with sparks on the 4th of July.I took a good look in the mirror , took my measurements, jumped on the scale ,and said " this is not what I want to be " I then went on the computer and started checking out programs I havent tried already,then I saw sparks.Since then so far Ive lost 7.5lbs , feel totally motivated with this program and all you nice people , that I know I can do it. <em>304</em> Mon, 21 Jul 2008 15:11:46 EST Weekly Challenge July 21 Okay - so you increased your cardio by 10 minutes last week - your challenge this week is to track every single bite - watch where your calories are coming from - remember, all calories are not created equal. You will feel more full with fruit than with chips! You can even track other nutrients through your nutrition tracker and follow that - be sure and keep your sodium in line - but watch your fiber too! Mon, 21 Jul 2008 05:49:19 EST Log in Points Hi everyone, this thread is for you to post your log in points. The purpose of this is for 2 reasons: <BR> <BR> 1. It reminds you to actual log in and get your points from the wheel <BR> <BR> 2. It is another opportunity for you to post and earn points Sat, 19 Jul 2008 15:37:14 EST Change Weigh In Day Does anyone know how to change your weigh in day, or if you can? Thanks! :-) Fri, 18 Jul 2008 11:31:44 EST Howdy I'm 33 years old. I realized a few months ago that I was getting too big to wear most of my favorite clothes. <BR> <BR> I started my new routine on June 30th. My husband's fully supportive of me, without making me feel worse about myself than I already do. <BR> <BR> I haven't set any rewards up, but I figure that just looking better, being able to wear some of my favorite outfits will be reward enough. <BR> <BR> Over the last 3 weeks, I've lost 5 pounds. I can't wait until I can wear my... Thu, 17 Jul 2008 09:04:31 EST Challenge Hello Everyone! So I have been on the site for a couple of weeks and doing ok. My Mother is also on here in various teams. On a lot of her teams, I see different "challenges" for dead lines to reach a target weight or running so many miles by a certian date, etc. Is this something that is created by the team, or is there a spot on this site where you can go and pick out your own challenge? Or are they just challenging them selves through their own self motivation? HELP!! Wed, 16 Jul 2008 22:21:58 EST Food Suggestions Good morning Spark People! I made the crock pot stuffed peppers last night for dinner and they were so YUMMY!! Very easy which I love. <BR> <BR> I was hoping to get some suggestions as a substitute for raw tomatoes. Love them cooked, hate them raw. Today's lunch was supposed to be turkey bacon and tomato on a bagel. Couldn't think of something else to use so I nixxed the tomato and brought carrots instead. Any suggestions on what I could have used instead? Tue, 15 Jul 2008 08:48:37 EST Hi! I joined the BLC, but being a stay-at-home DAD, I like this free site better. <BR> I really need the ability to enter the food I'm eating and see the calories. <BR> It's great accountability to have to enter everything. <BR> I was serious for about 2 months on BLC and decided to get serious again today here on SP. I went on vacation and never got back on track. <BR> <BR> My starting weight back in April 2008 was 340+. I say + because my scale didn't go that high. I lost 16 pounds my 1st w... Mon, 14 Jul 2008 11:30:26 EST my first weigh-in and the result is.... .....4 lbs lost!!!! <BR> I'm so pleased. I know you lose more in the first couple of weeks but its definitely the motivation i need to start my 2nd week off!! <BR> Last week i cut down on the junk (only had 3 chocolate bars and half a can of coke opposed to my usual 10 chocolate bars and endless cans of coke!!) <BR> This week i'm going to try and concentrate on getting my portion size of my main meal down!!! <BR> How is everyone else doing- Has anyone else got their weigh-in today?? <BR> <... Mon, 14 Jul 2008 03:58:29 EST Weekly Challenge - July 13 Your challenge this week is to increase your cardio 10 minutes every single day. Our bodies are designed to move - our hearts and lungs rely on it - get your heart rate up and add a little every day. Sun, 13 Jul 2008 16:11:05 EST how did your week go?? I lost 2.2 lbs, I wanted to lose three but gave in to a few cravings, only went over my calories once, and that was yesterday, but not by much, every otrher day i have been near the low end or daily req. I have a samba cardio class Monday and Salsa for the soul next sat. I am not sure how I will do but I need to try. Belly dancing class is the week after.Hope everyone had a good week. Sun, 13 Jul 2008 10:12:02 EST My 7th day, how is everyone else doing? Today is my 7th day. woo hoo. The last 2 days have been quite hard and they certainly tested me. DAMN MUNCHIES!!! But my will power, overpowered them. Thanks to everyone on this site. Without this site, I probably would have given in. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>304</em> <em>41</em> Sat, 12 Jul 2008 16:27:24 EST Getting ready to go away for a holiday Hey everyone, <BR> I am getting ready to go away with my family for a weeks computers...any suggestions for not loosing the progress I have made and for keeping track of my food while I am away. <BR> Thanks for your help Thu, 10 Jul 2008 18:53:07 EST Hi! I should have introduced myself last week but... I am really looking forward to using SparkPeople as the great motivator that it is. Good luck to all of us! Thu, 10 Jul 2008 13:41:15 EST hello hiya <BR> am new to spark and happy to join your group. i am looking forward to my weight lose and i am quiet positive this time i will make it as the diet fits me perfectly. Thu, 10 Jul 2008 11:10:07 EST Hello! Hi! My name is Traci. I have a long way to go, but I know I can do it with the support of wonderful people like you! <BR> <em>34</em> Wed, 9 Jul 2008 22:46:18 EST Wii Fit? Has anyone tried the Wii Fit? I've been thinking of trying it (if I can find one), but I'm wondering if it would get boring quickly. <BR> <BR> hz Wed, 9 Jul 2008 22:07:33 EST Holiday Help Anybody have any pointers for Holidays or Parties. I was all ready for the 4th. Had some Salmon prepared for grilling and knew how many calories to spend. When I got to the barbecue it was all down hill. Didn't even eat the Salmon. I couldn't take all the food that was there! Fried chicken, hot dogs, hamburgers, salads (not the good kind), beer. It was overwhelming. I think part of the problem was I showed up hungry. It was 3pm and I skipped lunch. How do you undo years of conditioning to enj... Tue, 8 Jul 2008 14:10:47 EST How are limits determined When I started I put what my weight loss goal was and the site determined my calorie intake and suggested exercise. How are these set and will they change over time automatically or do I need to do something? Tue, 8 Jul 2008 08:49:59 EST I think this might work I just started SP and I have lost 3.5 pounds so far! WooHoo! I think that it's good to have encouragement, so I'm letting others know. <BR> <BR> Tue, 8 Jul 2008 00:05:50 EST Hello I very excited to join this team and I will need your help. Just call me Fulwood and I very pleased to have found this website. Mon, 7 Jul 2008 21:08:47 EST Weekly Challenge - July 7 Okay - this week's challenge is to get at least 10 minutes of cardio every day this week. It is recommended that we get 30-45 minutes daily of cardio - that means it needs to get your heart rate up so that you will see some benefits. <BR> <BR> If you have been used to working out, then commit to getting 30 minutes every single day. I know that I get at least 45 minutes of exercise every day and I feel so much better for doing it. <BR> <BR> But, at least get 10 minutes a day - I bet you ... Mon, 7 Jul 2008 13:53:47 EST Im soo excited!! I went to the gym today and paid for my membership!!!! I soo excited!!!! <BR> I go in for my first work out with a trainer on Friday at 9am!!! In the mean time im gonna walk walk walk!!!(even if its a walk away the pounds video) Mon, 7 Jul 2008 12:10:29 EST Help I gained! I came on Sparks one week ago and I was following a magazine fruit/protein flush. I immediately lost 4 lbs. I then started following my calorie requirement and fitness requirement on Sparks. <BR> I weighed this morning and I gained back 3 lbs! <BR> Now I am worried that my calories dropped too low and now eating a "good" amount of calories is too much for me. <BR> Any suggestions? Mon, 7 Jul 2008 10:01:02 EST Nice to meet everyone Hi, I am new to this (as is everyone in this group) and I am excited to have people to talk to about this healthy lifestyle thing. <BR> I am 24, and recently have had a lot of rather large events happen, in which I had managed to gain about 20 pounds. I am only 5'2", so 20 pounds adds up fast. <BR> I have never been thin, nor the fat kid. I am curvy and I have learned to accept that. I would like to feel more comfortable about my appearance. I am currently at 154 and would like to get back do... Sun, 6 Jul 2008 21:12:53 EST Looking for a buddy Hi everyone! My name is Marie. I'm 48 years old, single mother of 2 young adult boys, grandmother of 1 15 month old baby girl. (Also mom to 2 dogs, 1 cat, 2 parakeets and assorted other little creatures!) I'm looking for someone or someones to buddy with, to hold each other accountable, encourage, challenge, motivate and join me on this journey. I love this large group, but also recognize that in addition I also need a buddy or buddies for more frequent, personal contact. <BR> <BR> If you're... Sun, 6 Jul 2008 20:18:54 EST Hello Hi, not sure what to tell you all, I am a 50+ year old female looking to lose the 20 pounds gained with menopause before it turns into 30+. I wish you all the best with your life style changes and look forward to the support I will give and get. Sun, 6 Jul 2008 11:33:59 EST Rookie and lazy I joined yesterday. I am 47, a teacher and I sell real estate in Pittsburgh. I have had some recent stressors lately, financial, loss of a loved one. I was paying no attention to what went in my mouth. Now my clothes don't fit and I feel sluggish. Sun, 6 Jul 2008 10:12:25 EST Hello I just joined, I'm very nervous. I'm a SAHM with 3 kids. My mom joined yesterday and I thought I would give it a try. I've spent a lot of money on other diets and failed, this one seems like a no risk full of rewards plan. <em>249</em> <em>24</em> Sat, 5 Jul 2008 17:59:01 EST Goals To be successful at this we all need to set some short term/daily goals we want to meet. <BR> <BR> Lets all share our first goal. <BR> <BR> My first short term goal is to stop drinking Soda. <BR> <BR> Sat, 5 Jul 2008 15:11:14 EST Hi I just joined a couple of hours ago and I am hoping for some major motivation. I have already lost 15 lbs but my husband will be home in less than 3 months and I would like to lose15 more before he gets home. I do have more to lose but I'll get to that after my next 15 lbs. Sat, 5 Jul 2008 13:28:12 EST New here Howdy all, I'm very excited to be here. I'm 21 years old, a full-time student in a pre-nursing program, with no kids or significant others. I'm right in the middle of losing a lot of weight (38.6 lbs down, 44.7 more lbs to go) and just making my life and myself healthier in general. The things that have helped me the most in losing weight are my iron willpower, stubborness, and a belief that if you're going to do something- you should do it right and all the way. I think SP is going to be a g... Sat, 5 Jul 2008 08:57:39 EST 100 guaranteed Dieting tips I Can Only Handle One Diet Change Right Now -- What Should I Do? <BR> <BR> 1. Add just one fruit or veggie serving daily. Get comfortable with that, then add an extra serving until you reach 8 to 10 a day. <BR> <BR> 2. Eat at least two servings of a fruit or veggie at every meal. <BR> <BR> 3. Resolve never to supersize your food portions -- unless you want to supersize your clothes. <BR> <BR> 4. Make eating purposeful, not mindless. Whenever you put food in your mouth, peel it, unwrap it,... Fri, 4 Jul 2008 19:13:15 EST My weakness!! OMGoodness every time im dieing and we have pizza i fall off the wagon! <BR> I guess todays not TERRIBLE tho.. as i still will fall just below my lowest # on the calorie intake... <BR> im suposed to ahve like 1200 some thing or other to 1600 something.. and after the pizza im having ill be just below my 1200 some thing limit.. but thats on the lower scale so im guessing if i have more then that(so long as its not more then the 1600 some thing im ok right?) <BR> <BR> Fri, 4 Jul 2008 18:28:29 EST Hey there from Oregon Hi, I'm Lisa - a 40 yo Domestic Diva from Oregon. I've been married for almost 23 years (8/17) and I'm mom to 5 great kids ages 22-9. I've always put my health on the back burner and realized this year that if I'm going to do everything that I've been called to do in this lifetime, I've got to take care of myself. I found sparkpeople totally by accident, but boy am I glad I did! I'm excited about what lies ahead! <BR> <BR> BTW, I'm a die-hard Raider fan married to a Just-as-die-hard 49er... Fri, 4 Jul 2008 15:52:32 EST hi all HI , My name is Julee, I have 30 lbs I want to lose , i have more but 30 will make me happy.Most of it is weight i gained with/after baby, who will be 1 in 2 weeks, I also have a daughter who turns 16 in august, im a single mom and we live near Buffalo , NY Fri, 4 Jul 2008 15:37:52 EST hi My name is Joanna i want to loose my first 10 pouds. <BR> Happy 4 th July Fri, 4 Jul 2008 12:55:40 EST Making progress, progress making ME Motivation is progress' home base. Fri, 4 Jul 2008 10:26:47 EST Making progress, progress making ME Motivation is progress' home base. Fri, 4 Jul 2008 10:26:06 EST A Big Hello from Vermont! Hey all. My name is Jacky, work at home momma of 2 wonderful but rambunctious kids (ages 8 and 1). I am 29, 5'3", and weigh 171lbs (per my doctor at yesterday's visit). <BR> <BR> I have been wanting to lose at least the 20lbs extra that has been clinging on since my son was born last year, but never had the real motivation to do so. Yesterday, while at the dr.'s for my annual pap, she wanted to update my family history. That got us to talking about the large number of family members I have ... Thu, 3 Jul 2008 18:55:30 EST Dropping in to say hello Hi everyone, I just wanted to say hello & that I'm doing good & hope you all are too. I haven't had much time to spend on the computer but I try to get some things done. I feel like I want to do more then just site here like I used to do. Also a big hello to all the new members. Will try & post as much as I can. Everyone have a great night. Thu, 3 Jul 2008 18:08:25 EST Howdy Hey. This is yet another (relative) newbie checking in. I've been a member of the site before, quit, and have come back again. Thu, 3 Jul 2008 16:21:37 EST HELLO HELLO, NEW TO THIS. I AM 27, JUST MARRIED,AND A MOTHER OF 2 BEAUTIFUL GIRLS 4 AND 8 YEARS OLD. I ALSO WORK FULL TIME AS A COOK. Thu, 3 Jul 2008 10:57:09 EST Just getting started! Well I just found this site tonight and I am just getting started. I was diagnosed with Diabetes last week and have started monitoring my blood sugar and giving myself insulin shots. I am not trying to find sites that will help me start to eat better and and hopefully get my diabetes under control thru weight loss, exercise and eating right. <em>232</em> Thu, 3 Jul 2008 01:36:58 EST Looking for a goal buddy! Anyone else want to lose around 40 pounds? I would love to find a goal buddy to keep my butt in line! <em>20</em> Thu, 3 Jul 2008 00:36:17 EST Ta da!! Here I come better watch out! Okay, you don't really have to watch out, just greet and meet me as I am new to this space. I am returning to a healthy lifestyle after a bit of a slide. I lost 160 pounds and have managed to keep off 100 of them for the past 4 years. About 18 months ago, my son died and my health habits went down the tube and the pounds started creeping back on. Now I am returning to the land of the living and plan to take those 60 pesky pounds and about 50 more off and keep them off for good. I can ben... Wed, 2 Jul 2008 23:20:56 EST Hi everyone I am new. I went to the dr yesterday and this is the first time he has told me I need to lose weight. I hope to make a lot of cyber friends here! Wed, 2 Jul 2008 18:39:42 EST any one try this bearnaked cereal/g ranola?? its on sale this week buy one get one free and i had never tried it.. i looked on their site but dont see the nutr. information caolories and such was wondering if any ones tried this before and if u could tell me some of the info of the side of the box. <BR> <BR> thanks. Wed, 2 Jul 2008 18:01:08 EST Hello Hi Everyone, Im from Winnipeg and new to here and even new to messageboards. My friend sent me a link and asked to join so here I am. Wed, 2 Jul 2008 16:36:18 EST Fighting a 2 sidded war I am Elizabeth and I began this journey to loose weight on May 23, 2008. I have a team of 2 doctors, a nutritionist and a husband that are monitoring what I do. Did I mention I am recovering from an eating disorder? <BR> <BR> For the past 20 years my husband has not allowed me to diet. Now that my health is at risk we have resorted to a strong support system to assist me in my goals. <BR> <BR> It is nice to meet all of you Wed, 2 Jul 2008 13:43:21 EST My starting weight 252 for me Wed, 2 Jul 2008 13:15:57 EST food tracker Is there a place to track what you have eaten if you're not using the meal plan? I am going to start using the meal plan next week but for now I am trying to just get used to the site. I thought I saw a place yesterday to do that but now I can't find it so maybe I'm thinking of something else. Thanks! Wed, 2 Jul 2008 13:06:59 EST I'M A NEWBIE Hello. I am Vanessa. I have 4 little ones. Two boys and two girls ages 8, 6, 3, and 1. I have been married for 3 1/2 years to my wonderful husband. We went to high school together. I also am a full time student getting a degree in Business so I can open up my own bakery some day. I love to bake! I make cakes and goodies for family and friends and sometimes get a "real" customer every now and then. I love to cook and make up new recipes for my family. I love to workout. I know that may sound s... Wed, 2 Jul 2008 13:02:28 EST HIya! HI there i just started SP as you can see. I'm a married mother of three, 11,8 and 1. Doing my best to keep working out everyday, eat right, and keep accountable on here. Godbless yall and drop me a mail anytime. :) Wed, 2 Jul 2008 10:12:55 EST Hello Not much time before I have to run off to work, but I thought I'd hop on and give a quick intro. <BR> <BR> I'm Cinnamon. I work in Environmental Health, am a wife and a loving mom to my almost 10 month old bug Lily (who is currently sitting here talking to herself in a daze). <BR> <BR> I have tried to lose weight before and succeeded in losing about 10 pounds once, but that was with dieting and hitting the gym every day. My biggest challenges are that it is very difficult for me to get on... Wed, 2 Jul 2008 09:58:37 EST Hi! I was here earlier in the spring, or maybe back in the fall, I am not sure. <BR> I am here again, hopefully with more time to focus. <BR> Melissa <em>213</em> Wed, 2 Jul 2008 08:44:42 EST 5 Words to Your daily motivation This is a motivational thread. Post daily (or whenever you can) 5 Words to motivate you.You write your daily motivation sentence in 5 words - NO LESS NO MORE! <BR> <BR> Wed, 2 Jul 2008 03:09:21 EST Too Much! I am finding the site difficult to use because there are so many things on one page. Can I adjust this at all? For example, My fitness minutes, Message board hot topics etc...It feels like the pages are cluttered and difficult to navigate. Any suggestions? :) Wed, 2 Jul 2008 03:08:30 EST Article:Water is a Secret Ingredient Water is a Secret Ingredient <BR> Water: The Wild Card of Weight Loss <BR> -- By Zach Van Hart, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> So in other words, water is pretty darn essential. It can even be an extremely important (and often unappreciated) weight loss factor. <BR> <BR> Somehow, though, water is one of the most neglected parts of our diet. Some of us possibly go an entire day at times without one glass! Every part of your body is dependent on and comprised of water, and the most important parts ne... Wed, 2 Jul 2008 01:41:42 EST Greetings from DMB I am so glad I found this site! I am on Day 5 of my diet and found this site on Day 3. My goal is to loose 30lbss and then be able to maintain that weight. Wed, 2 Jul 2008 00:01:04 EST Alzheimer's Article I read the article: Mental Test Spots Alzheimer's Risk. I wish we would have know about the test several years ago. We might have been able to see my aunt's condition sooner and gotten her on the Aricept earlier. Tue, 1 Jul 2008 17:53:58 EST Greetings! I was recently laid off from a company where I had been for eleven years. Because they made accomodations for me, I was able to work. But being over 600+ pounds makes it impossible for me to look for another job as I simply can't get around. So I've gone on short term disability and my goal is to lose 100 pounds in the next year so I can get a job. Or maybe I can work at home. We'll see. <BR> <BR> I'm forty-something, married for 18 years, 2 kids (the four-legged furry canine-type), am a pro... Tue, 1 Jul 2008 16:48:09 EST Hello Team Hello team! My name is Ray and I'm trying to lose about 40 pounds. It's been a steady climb up the scale for me for the past 10 years. Now at 44 I'm ready to reverse the process. I joined my old gym again and I found this great site. Hopefully it will give me the tools I need to be successful. Tue, 1 Jul 2008 14:23:54 EST Possible? today i weighed myself and it says i weigh 206.4 but yesterday i was 208.9??????? I even got off the scale reset it and got on it again and it still said 206.4 i did eat less yesterday but didnt do any exerise really.. just basic housework kinda stuff.... <BR> <BR> I wanna put it in my weigh in area but not sure.. <BR> and yes i know i shouldnt weigh daily but it reminds me of my goals when i step on it every morning... <BR> <BR> Oh yea and one other thing... whats the best time to weigh... Tue, 1 Jul 2008 08:36:04 EST Article: Smart Goal Setting techniques Greetings everyone. As you are all beginning to choose your goals, I thought this article would be helpful. <BR> <BR> Use Smart Goal-Setting Techniques <BR> <BR> All Weight Loss Goals are Not Created Equal <BR> -- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer <BR> <BR> Actually, that's a trick question. According to intelligence studies, the answer would be none of the above. In fact, the tendency to set goals is the #1 predictor of success. <BR> <BR> Your SparkPeople program is based on a goal. You've al... Tue, 1 Jul 2008 01:10:01 EST Hello All Good evening everyone, so sorry that I didn't get to say hello yesterday. Thank you for the nice welcome! My name is Judy and I am a returning member who fell by the wayside. I joined about 2 years ago did good at first then quit. I am now sticking to it & doing all I can to lose the weight that I need to lose. I know that this isn't very long but it's time to get off the computer now so everyone have a good nite & I will see you all in the morning. Mon, 30 Jun 2008 19:45:56 EST Hello I just started today. I hope this works Mon, 30 Jun 2008 15:16:20 EST July Weigh in Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> Please post your weight tomorrow. At the end of the month we will ask you to weigh in again and the winner(s) will get a trophy goodie on their sparkpage. <BR> <BR> Let's shed weight and have fun!!!! Mon, 30 Jun 2008 14:59:27 EST Weighing yourself Just curious as to how often you all weigh yourself? Do you do it weekly, monthly etc.? Or do you just forget the whole scale thing and go by how your clothes are fitting? Any advice? Mon, 30 Jun 2008 14:06:12 EST Hi Everyone! I returned to Sparkpeople yesterday after a 2 year absence. This time I am determined to stick to it and make a difference in myself. I have to admit this site is overwhelming when you start clicking around. But it is awesome all of the things that are offered and for FREE! Gotta love that! Oh yeah, I am a SAHM to 2 boys that we homeschool. I love to read, knit, take pictures, and scrapbook. I also love to eat hence the reason I am here! <em>2</em> Mon, 30 Jun 2008 14:04:48 EST Wondering about the menus I go shopping every 2 weeks and wondered if there was a way to print out the grocery lists for two weeks, not just one. As hard as I looked, I couldnt figure it out. <BR> I also wanted to know if it were possible to take foods off your menu planner and replace with something different. Like Asparagus. Not something I am fond of and would like to replace it with something similar. Any ideas? Mon, 30 Jun 2008 11:25:00 EST Motivational Quotes Greetings everyone!!! This thread is to spread motivational quotes. Feel free to read and/or add. Mon, 30 Jun 2008 01:50:41 EST Hi everyone. I'm new. I am a mother of 4 and have already lost about 30 lbs. but I'm having a hard time with the last 17 lbs. I need to lose. I have a hard time staying motivated, so I thought I would try this. I have been married to a wonderful man for 13 years and he is actually trying to lose about 30 lbs. so I am not alone. <em>20</em> Sun, 29 Jun 2008 19:58:25 EST Hi Hi..I'm jeanine, just joined and excited to get going on getting my body back in shape. Sun, 29 Jun 2008 19:16:15 EST Weekly Challenge - June 29 Set up your spark page. Go to the sparkpeople start page and you will find a "getting started" guide. That will help you get your page set up. You can learn about your new friends and they can get to know you. Once you have a spark page set up, you can buy goodies for yourself and other people can buy you goodies. <BR> <BR> Have fun - we are all here to support and encourage each other - we all have the same ultimate goal - to be healthy and fit! Sun, 29 Jun 2008 09:22:19 EST Hello! I'm jumping in to introduce myself. I've been a Spark for a couple of days trying to figure it out. I'm 34, married, have a 15 year old daughter and a 5 year old nephew that lives with us off and on. I am 4ft 8.5in and I currently weigh 174lb. My long-term goal is to weigh about 130lb and my short-term goal is to lose 10lb. I am working with a trainer at the YMCA to get myself going in the exercise area. I'm looking for help and support in the emotional areas of this life change and I am also... Sat, 28 Jun 2008 04:05:12 EST Daily challenges We will post daily challenges to get you into the swing of things on SP. They will range from site related topics, to nutrition challenges, to exercise challenges. They will be posted the night before so you will be able to work on the challenge as soon as you get online every day. Good luck - have fun! Tue, 27 May 2008 18:11:32 EST