SparkPeople SP Class of July 27- August 2, 2008 Team Messageboard This team is for all new members who joined SP from July 27- August 2, 2008. Welcome! SparkPeople SP Class of July 27- August 2, 2008 Team Messageboard team leader Hi I am Collar and i have taken on the role of co team leader because the other leader has been inactive just in case a leader is needed for any reason <BR> <BR> i know you have all been here years, know what you are doing, and probably don't look in here any more but i think it is important to keep an active leader on our team <BR> so Hi <em>213</em> Tue, 12 Jun 2018 05:31:31 EST 2018 how many of this class is still on spark to collect their 10 year sparkversary badge? Sat, 9 Jun 2018 05:16:28 EST Chat spot 2013 What's up? Thu, 3 Jan 2013 03:56:52 EST Hello Everybody!!! Hi!! I logged onto sparkpeople more than 3 years ago. I just started living like sparkpeople. I just joined jazzercise and I enjoying eating what fuels me. I think I got it! Please help me!!!! <BR> <BR> Later, Renee Thu, 3 Nov 2011 00:06:38 EST First message Hi <BR> This is my first message so it is all new to me. I joined in July 2008 but never actually did anything until 13 months later when I started the programme. I have lost 4 stone and need to lose another 10 pounds. This has totally changed my health and confidence. So I am true to my tortoise image on the scale. Sun, 6 Feb 2011 15:11:39 EST 2011 Chat here :) &#9829;¸.•*¨)&#9829; -:¦:- &#9829;~*-:¦:-*&#9829;~. <BR> &#9829; .•*´¨ ) Happy New Year!! <BR> .•*´¨ )&#9829; ¸.•*¨) &#9829;-:¦:- &#9829;¸.•*¨) &#9829; Fri, 31 Dec 2010 13:57:49 EST Stuck without a valid reason Hi my name is Wendy and I have been loosing weight for many, many years! My current weight is 245 pounds and I wanted to loose these last 40 pounds in March of this year, but I have been slacking off and I feel that I sabotage my continuous weight lose. I had even stoped excersicing and it has been hard for me to restart my routine. I need help and advice as to how to restart my motivation and continue to feel healthy and eventually be under 200 pounds. Wed, 8 Sep 2010 02:22:24 EST HI Hi My name I Jenny <BR> I have been using Spark people for a year and It has taken me ages to figure out how to post so here goes. <BR> <BR> I am 28 and joined so that I could lose a few pounds and stay healthy. <BR> I have found it really inspirational, and helps me keep my weight under control, I have now started running in lots of different charity event and am hoping that I can progress and do a marathon in a few years. Mon, 7 Jun 2010 08:21:12 EST A Transcon tinental walk/run/cycle Sorry that I have not been active on the team....been busy <BR> <BR> So to get us all moving again...lets take a 4063 mile walk/run/cycle across the USA.... <BR> <BR> Who is with me. All you have to do is post every week or so how many miles you go....each time you post it should be the amount since your last post... <BR> <BR> Every so often I will let you all know how far we as a team have gone. Mon, 15 Feb 2010 19:09:32 EST Where are you now? It has been 16 months or so since we all joined Spark. I would love to hear how everyone has done. I'll start. I started out great, lost 40 or so pounds in 4 months. Then I maintained for quite a while. Now I have gained about 20 pounds back but as of yesterday I'm back on the wagon, committed to losing those 20 AGAIN and another 30 or 40 on top. Tue, 26 Jan 2010 15:56:43 EST New Beginning! I have been playing around on with the SparkPeople web site for over a year now. After just returning from a week vacation and reading The Spark from cover to cover, I'm ready to get serious and get these extra pounds off and more importantly get healthy! Spent time tonight setting some goals and putting thoughts on paper. Can't wait to officially start fresh tomorrow. Sun, 24 Jan 2010 21:23:35 EST kjanna hi, i have had ibs ever since i can remember. When i was little my parents just thought that i was a hypacondriak(not sure how to spell that) because i had stomach aches all the time along with dih. Finally when i was about 15 they had alergy tests and lactose intollerence tests done, i do have lots of food allergies, but not lactose intollerent. I didnt actually get diagnosed with ibs until i was around 19. Some days are good and other days are just terrible, its hard to function when yo... Mon, 30 Nov 2009 11:36:01 EST Just wanted to say "Hey" There is soooooooo much info here at SP. I didn't realize I could have been a member of this team. I've been inactive for a while but I'm back with a vengeance and enjoying it! Hope to hear from other members that are still active. <BR> Sun, 1 Nov 2009 08:35:32 EST Sad : ( Sad to see this team fade! It was my first team. All good things must come to an end I guess. Summer is busy and not alot of Sparking going on. It is also time for me to move on as I've met my goal and am focusing on maintenance. Good luck all. Spark On! Wed, 19 Aug 2009 17:07:24 EST new hello all, <BR> <BR> <BR> as many of you probably have i have been on multiple"diets" and seem to make no progress.....i am looking for much needed change and support...i have another 100 lbs to lose, i have managed to lose 60 already and am stuck on many levels <BR> <BR> <BR> kathy Mon, 3 Aug 2009 17:52:35 EST Philly Lunchlady Hi I work for the the school district here so I'm wonderfully off for the summer. I haven't gotten my feet wet here in Sparkpeople yet as there seems to be sooo much to take in. I am interested in losing 40-50 pounds. <BR> I have a few health isues like high blood pressure & thyroid . On June 1st 2009 I had a tiny heart attack. Praise the Lord I am feeling great at this time, but even with these things hanging over my head I still am not motivated to exercise,knowing it is the right hand of... Sun, 19 Jul 2009 10:48:31 EST 1 Year Anniversary As the one year mark slowly approches lets take a look at what we have done. <BR> <BR> How far have you come on your goals? <BR> Have you reached your goal? <BR> Have you set new ones? <BR> Did you slide backwards? (it happens) <BR> <BR> Tell us what has been going on....we want to know....lets reach out and see if we can help each other make this next year better..... <BR> <BR> Look soon for other posts Wed, 17 Jun 2009 08:45:51 EST Spring/Summer Chat OK class......lets start talking again and find out how things are going. Sat, 16 May 2009 09:39:40 EST Cardio slowing weightloss??? So I have recently DRASTICALLY increased my cardio, basically from burning 100-200calories in cardio to burning 500-600. Ive been doing this for almost a week now. I have done it everyday (not running everyday) but still fast pace carido. In this time my diet has been near perfect (I increased by about 200 according to my nutritionist) however I am not only not losing but seeing a slight gain (.4lbs). Someone tried to tell me that it is common to halt or slow weightloss for a week or two when... Thu, 23 Apr 2009 23:38:16 EST Aprils's dumpster has arrived Ok class......the trash was taken out, and a new dumpster has been brought in. <BR> <BR> Lets start off this Spring by filling up the dump wit lost of inches and lbs Mon, 6 Apr 2009 11:00:20 EST April showers make people want to talk Lets talk thru these showers we tend to see in April. What are you going thru? What are you doing? How are your goals? Come on class lets talk Mon, 6 Apr 2009 10:33:36 EST March's Chat forum So it's march lets talk about what we have be doing Sun, 1 Mar 2009 09:49:54 EST Better late than never? Hi, team. I wanted to say hello to everyone & anyone interested. I didn't have that chance when I joined the group because the next day my computer gave up on us, just went out. <BR> I'm back up and ready to get started. <BR> About me: Married; 2 boys, 3 and 4; stay at home mom; busy and trying to make more time for me. <BR> I'm not looking for a quick fix but a way to change the way I've been thinking and doing so I can have a healthier lifestyle. <BR> Can use some encouragement and help..... Mon, 27 Oct 2008 00:58:51 EST What did you have for breakfast today? I ask because I make the same thing every day, and I LOVE it! I'm so excited for breakfast every morning. <BR> <BR> I finally submitted it to SparkRecipes today, so we'll see if the editors like it, too. <BR> <BR> Mine is here: <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=419514 </link> <BR> <BR> But, I really am curious as to what YOU ate today, too! Wed, 22 Oct 2008 14:43:15 EST New Member of this team Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I just joined this team and wanted to say hi. <BR> <BR> Could someone let me know how these challenges you do all 3 that are stickied or what? Sat, 4 Oct 2008 22:31:18 EST Only 3 days left- click to give The Breast Cancer site is trying to get 100 million clicks to give away 100 mammograms for September. With only 3 days left they've slowed down and have only 73%. <BR> <BR> I know there are lots of people here affected my many things and this only takes 1 click- <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ive/home.faces?siteId=2 </link> Sun, 28 Sep 2008 07:01:31 EST Pant Fitting I decided it would be a good idea to track progress in terms of what pants fit or not. So I went through and tried on a bunch of different pants (from size 16 to 12 for me) and made a note of how they fit (or don't) as a journal entry (under planner in my tools). And then I'll do it again every month or two. <BR> <BR> I'm sure this is the case with many people, but I've never really had ONE pants size, so looking at the pants that I own is much better than looking at what size I might be if ... Fri, 26 Sep 2008 11:55:07 EST ***SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAYS**** Sorry this is so late I have been really really busy but here are our September babies <BR> <BR> <BR> KATHRIN - KKATZE <BR> ALISON - DOUGSLILALI <BR> PAMELA - PAMSIE1 <BR> KRSITIN - RPFHG904 <BR> <BR> Hope that you have or had a great birthday. <BR> Fri, 19 Sep 2008 23:54:42 EST Can I get pity, too? I have an upper respiratory infection and BOTH ears are infected, too. I have no motivation and I just want pity and sympathy. <BR> <BR> ...points for being honest? Mon, 15 Sep 2008 22:55:54 EST Sick.... So I've been sick for over a week now! And it's been getting worse this weekend. The past few days I haven't had the energy to go shopping, or cook and clean... I haven't had much desire to eat. So while I've been eating really poorly, I haven't been eating much anyway. <BR> <BR> I don't know what I should do... When I have no desire to eat, the only things that look appealing at all, are the things that are so bad for the body. <BR> <BR> Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Specifi... Mon, 15 Sep 2008 16:18:02 EST Fall activities Around here now is about when most of the fall activities start. Since I think a major problem for me has been not being active enough, I've signed up for dodgeball (with my boyfriend and some people he's done other sports with) and a pilates class. Pilates starts tomorrow, dodgeball a week from today. <BR> <BR> I figured dodgeball doesn't require a whole lot of skill for a team sport.. :) <BR> <BR> Has anyone else signed up for anything? Mon, 15 Sep 2008 10:44:43 EST Intro Hi all, <BR> I have been trying to loose 10- 15 lbs for a while now, and seem to take three steps forward and later four back. I try to walk everyday but lately haven't done so. <BR> I am sure some of you know the drill! <BR> Anyway, Hello to you all and good luck! <BR> I am a male in my late sixties, married and have two little grand-daughters almost 4 and 2 in October. <BR> I have had open-heart valve repair in 2002, a heart attack in 2004, but now am in good health. Tha... Wed, 10 Sep 2008 12:35:27 EST Answer then ask another So here is the deal. Instead of haveing a new question every day or week or what ever we will try this.....(suggested by one of your classmates) I will start by asking a question. The next person who wants to answers the question and then asks another one. Lets make it even more fun by adding a question number before our question and see how many questions we can ask and answer in a month... <BR> <BR> <BR> So to start off here is my question. <BR> <BR> 1) If you could chose one thing ... Mon, 8 Sep 2008 12:59:06 EST Completely lost all motivation Well, with the hustle and bustle of school last week and so on, I'm ashamed to admit I've COMPLETELY fallen off the wagon once again! I'm feeling UGH... Un motivated, and disgusted with myself. My promise to myself is to get on the horse again starting tomrrow... please tell me someone else out there has done the same too?? :( Sun, 7 Sep 2008 17:59:45 EST Back to basics. Well, the Labor Day holiday was not kind to me. That is to say, I was not kind to myself on the Labor Day weekend. The good news is, in the past, I would probably have eaten somewhere in the neighborhood of 6000 calories per day on a holiday weekend. I probably stuck closer to 3000. The good news is that 3000 is in my SparkPeople recommended range. I just expected more from myself. The good news is that even though I didn't get back on the workout train today (that definitely starts tom... Thu, 4 Sep 2008 00:57:16 EST August's stars Ok class here is the long awaited list of who won for the month of August...first by category then the over all winners (all categories combined) <BR> <BR> <BR> For the most lbs lost: <BR> 1st - MAILA-KAARINA <BR> 2nd - TIME2CHANGE13 <BR> 3rd - ABUCHWEITZ & ASHLEY.LORTIE & POPPIECHICK <BR> 4th - GATOLOCO <BR> <BR> For the most inches lost: <BR> 1st - MINDWEAVERS <BR> 2nd - FIVE4US <BR> 3rd - FLOATER3 & STARGAZER68UK <BR> <BR> For the most water drank: <BR> 1st - GATOLOCO <BR> 2nd - LADYCA... Wed, 3 Sep 2008 11:07:36 EST ***THE SCHOOL-HOUSE DUMPSTER*** OK Class <BR> <BR> School is back in session....literally. <BR> <BR> Lets fill this school-house dumpter with lbs and inches....come on we can do it... Wed, 3 Sep 2008 08:23:52 EST 5k I'm so pleased with myself today, i haven't smoked for about 3 weeks now and i just ran 5 Km. I've been sticking to my diet and even though i've only lost a few pounds and a couple of inches i feel so much healthier. Spark is really helping me to keep on track. <em>30</em> Sun, 31 Aug 2008 14:40:50 EST Stopping in to say hello to everyone. I love here! Hello everyone. I want you all to know that coming here is very exciting and happy to join in this great group of people. <em>213</em> Sun, 31 Aug 2008 11:59:12 EST Just saying hi Hi all, <BR> <BR> I just joined this spark team since I signed up for Sparkpeople on July 29. The site has been a great resource and motivator for me. Sometimes it's difficult to navigate, which is why it took me a month to find a way to join. --Ilka Fri, 29 Aug 2008 12:21:53 EST Thanksgiving Challenge One of the other teams I am on is doing a Thanksgiving Challenge -- to lose 20 pounds by Thanksgiving (the American one on 11/27). Anyone interested in taking up that challenge in this team room? <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> Thu, 28 Aug 2008 16:16:21 EST Surgery My little Emma is going in for surgery on September 11th. Her and my daughter Payge both suffer from what's known as Urinary Reflux Disease. We found out Payge had it 2 years ago, but decided against surgery because they were convinced she'd grow out of it, which she has not yet. <BR> <BR> So, when we found out that Emma had it, we decided to save her the frustrations and the embarrassment that Payge has gone through, and do the surgery. <BR> <BR> She's going to be down and out for about 6 ... Thu, 28 Aug 2008 15:06:49 EST effects of sodium I weighed myself today although it's not my usual weigh in day. I was just curious and I wish I hadn't been. Last night the meal I had was loaded with sodium could that be the reason for the unfriendly number on my scales. My one cup serving had almost half the total amount of sodium recommended for a day. It was good but think I'll steer clear of that one. <BR> <BR> Sheila Wed, 27 Aug 2008 10:59:52 EST OH MY GOD!!! Ok so I went on Holidays and kind of kicked back a bit too much and here I am... back at my beginning weight! I can't believe it! I thought I was being ok.. but this is absolutely horrible! Has anyone else gotten into this situation? I'm definately now more than ever focused on getting to the bottom of this challenge.... Has anyone else slipped in the last week as well??? Mon, 25 Aug 2008 21:59:32 EST ****OUR LATEST WINNERS***** Good morning all. I wanted to announce our latest challenge winners. <BR> <BR> For challenge #1 - Drinking Water: <BR> <BR> 1ST Place: LADYCARGO <BR> 2ND Place: FIVE4US <BR> 3RD Place: COASTERSJ <BR> 4TH Place: MINDWEAVERS <BR> <BR> For challenge #2 - The dumpping of lbs and inches: <BR> <BR> 1ST Place: VAFROMGA <BR> 2ND Place: LESLIEANNCAN <BR> 3RD Place: KATIEVLN & POPPIECHICK <BR> 4TH Place: DOTROD79 <BR> <BR> For challenge #3 - Getting our beauty rest: <BR> <BR> 1ST Place: PSUEDO... Mon, 25 Aug 2008 11:27:31 EST "Gidday" from Down Under Finally got around to joining this team. Took a while. Can't believe how many people are part of this team!!! And it only relates to one week in time!!! Isn't SPARKS amazing - so many people joining together all with a common goal:- a healthier lifestyle including loosing weight and/or keeping fit. I love this place!!! Looking forward to meeting some or all of you. Fri, 22 Aug 2008 05:39:44 EST Hey Yall Hey my name is Mandy, I am trying to lost that dreded last 10lbs, and have founded it nearly impossible!! I really hope that this site can help me!!! Thu, 21 Aug 2008 18:34:21 EST Wi Fit Has anyone tried the Wi Fit by Nintendo Wi? If so, do you recommend it? Thu, 21 Aug 2008 13:54:22 EST New to the team Hello every one. I am new to the team. I have lost 25 lbs so far and am so proud of myself! Just found the team and decided to join. Lets go guys! Thu, 21 Aug 2008 13:50:44 EST A little star can shine so bright I scrolled across this blog today and thought that it could be helpfull to others.... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=1414263#c<BR>omments </link> <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful day Thu, 21 Aug 2008 12:18:54 EST ****AUGUST BIRTHDAY'S***** Sorry that I missed these but I wanted to put it out anyways....I have been ill as most of you know so I am a little slow...but here are the ones that signed up and have / had a birthday in August <BR> <BR> LINJAY1 - LINDA (AUG 14TH) <BR> SONNY8 - YOLANDA (AUG 17TH) Mon, 18 Aug 2008 22:30:56 EST No! I will not! There is cold pizza in the fridge at work, there are munchkins in the kitchen. <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> I have done so great just going cold turkey for most of this but arrrgh why is today so hard? <BR> <BR> I WILL wait til I get home and have my yummy 50 calorie pieces of Sugar free cheesecake. I already had an apple an and orange. I will drink more water. Mon, 18 Aug 2008 17:43:46 EST Healthy & Yummy Snacks I was wondering what everyone's favorite healthy and yummy snack is. <BR> <BR> I love any fat free yogurt (100 calories or under) and adding 1/4 cup of Kashi Go Lean Crunch to it (47.5 calories). You get calcium, fiber, and protein all for 147.5 calories or less (depending on what yogurt you use). Mon, 18 Aug 2008 15:56:51 EST Irishnavylady Melissa is not feeling well, and may be off the site for a few days. I am sure she would love well wishes to her page and prayers, though. <BR> <BR> Mon, 18 Aug 2008 10:01:51 EST don't want to face the scales tomorrow I love this web-community! I have been tracking what I eat and have made some necessary changes in my diet. I'm starting to see how quickly one meal at a restaurant can destroy my calorie intake for the day. I have done very well with my fitness goals-a big improvement from a month ago. Still-I just know I'm not going to see any change in the scales or my tape measure tomorrow. Is it ok to just keep plugging away in my calorie range and working on my fitness plan for another week or two ... Sun, 17 Aug 2008 08:41:30 EST newbie! Hi all! <BR> <BR> I joined SP and found out I needed gallbladder surgery - so I have not been active. I have now had the surgery and am recovering and ready to get started. <BR> <BR> I lost about 30lbs a year ago, and I have now gained all of it back :( So off we go! Sat, 16 Aug 2008 22:13:16 EST Hi!!! First day here and want to say HI Hey all!! <BR> Just wanted to introduce myself. I joined back on 7-30 but was just able to get my Sparks Page up last night. <BR> Looking forward to meeting all of you. <BR> Stop by my page and sign up as a Buddie as I'll need all the help I can get to be sure I exercise every day!! <em>30</em> And I'll be happy to help you achieve your goals too!!! Sat, 16 Aug 2008 12:08:04 EST hello everyone hello, im new to this team and very excited!! i feel like i am always and forever dieting, but i can not see any kind of results. i make bad choices with food, terrible with portion control, and with exericise, i am the person who gives up after two weeks because i can't see results... after realizing these negatives about myself, i've been trying to stay focused and to just take things one day at a time... <BR> <BR> good luck to everyone!!~ Sat, 16 Aug 2008 08:59:17 EST Hi! I'm new to the team! Hello everyone. My name is Theresa and I joined SP on July 30th. I decided to join because I had just came from the doctor and realized that every time I went, I had gained more weight. So I decided to do something about it. I'm eating a little better. I still have my days when I eat something that is junk food. It's not an all day thing but maybe I'll stop at McDonald's for breakfast and get a sausage mcmuffin. No hash browns though. That really hurts. I looooovvvveeee has browns! Anyway, I ... Sat, 16 Aug 2008 08:44:34 EST Help getting loved one started! Hi, I am not Calvin, but I am his wife, Tiffany, that got him started on this program due to his health. He looked at it the first time and has not came back to it. I am really concerned due to the fact that he is 41 years old, 5'8" and weighing in at 400-450 lbs. He has had HBP for at least the past 12 years and has recently been diagnosed with diabetes. I am 28 and I love my husband very much and I want him to be around for a very long time. When we married almost 6 years ago, he was o... Fri, 15 Aug 2008 15:42:47 EST losing motivation - Starting anew!! PLEASE HELP! I have been on this roller coaster with weight loss. I do well for a couple weeks, then something comes up or happens and I gain it right back. That is where I am right now. So, I am started strict again on Monday morning. I need all the help I can get, so if you have any advise, PLEASE let me know. <BR> <BR> I keep struggling, but I guess it is goos that I keep trying. I just need it to finally kick in for good!! <BR> <BR> Thanks for letting me vent! Fri, 15 Aug 2008 08:07:32 EST Moving back the goalposts Hey guys, <BR> <BR> Have you ever considered changing your goals? <BR> <BR> Initially, I had considered a certain weight to be a reasonable goal, but after having success to begin with, I'm wondering whether I should try to go a little farther and make my goals a little harder to hit. I sort of equate it to when I'm working out; if I physically can do something, why not try? <BR> <BR> So, SP Class, have you changed your goals at all since you've started? Fri, 15 Aug 2008 07:43:07 EST Fitting in work outs Hi there... I;'m a mother of 3 young children and I also work part time starting at 5am every morning. I'm finding it quite challenging to fit in work out times for myself. By the time my kids go to bed and I get housework done I"m just sooo pooched, and find it hard to motivate myself! Anyone have any suggestions?? <em>33</em> Thu, 14 Aug 2008 22:28:00 EST Help!!!! I am in stage 2 but I am not losing. I did gain a few and then lost them...forever I hope. I stay within my calorie range (slipped up twice but not by much) drink all my water and exercise. I am not seeing a loss. I am not sure where I am messing up. I am a former weight watcher so I know all about measuring ect. Any suggestions??? Thu, 14 Aug 2008 20:05:43 EST Count me in please! This is a wrong place to post. I would appreciate if someone please remove this thread (I cannot find how to). Thanks a lot. Thu, 14 Aug 2008 18:28:46 EST Did great all week: scared to weigh in because what if it says "no change" and I am still 260 - after this week of drinking 8 cups of water, 2 90 minute hikes in the week, daily log in here, caloric intake between 1400-1700 daily.. and all the positive gusto I can muster. <BR> <BR> 1. How many pounds do you want to lose? 100 <BR> 2. What is your favorite vegetable? asparagus/zuchini <BR> 3. If you work what do you do/are you a stay at home parent? call center manager / student <BR> 4. Where do you live? Chilliwack, BC (near van... Thu, 14 Aug 2008 10:57:37 EST Ugh fell off track today! Has anyone lost sight of their goals just for a day and gotten back on it? I'm not worried because I"m still determined, however today was not the NORM for us and I fell off track a bit. I"m beginnign to see how important it is to keep on track... Wed, 13 Aug 2008 22:09:36 EST Is This How It Works? Just trying to post. Thanks <BR> Wed, 13 Aug 2008 09:42:52 EST Hi! Hi everyone, I'm Autumn. I've been working on getting healthier for about 3 months now (minus 20 lbs). I ran across this site some weeks ago and thinks it's great. I haven't had too much time to figure out everything yet, but try to figure out some new stuff everyday. I have 2 boys and they keep me pretty busy, but exercise has definitely moved up on my priority list. I love that I have so many different exercise options for when I get bored with what I'm doing. Tue, 12 Aug 2008 21:25:16 EST Food as a reward? Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> I just recently got a new job and my first thought was - ooooh sushi to celebrate! (and that means at least 5 different rolls and 2 big beers - there is no moderation!) <BR> <BR> Obviously I need to rethink my reward system. <BR> <em>279</em> <BR> What does everyone else use when they reach a goal, or have an important event occur in their lives? Tue, 12 Aug 2008 14:54:55 EST hello Hi my name is Patti, I joined because I was looking for some support without having to go away from home to find it. I will start school again and will be too busy to do that. I also want to get healthy and figure this is the place to start. Tue, 12 Aug 2008 05:55:11 EST figuring foods, How do I figure foods that I cook, like fajitas. We made them home made but how do you figure a food like that? <em>24</em> Mon, 11 Aug 2008 21:16:47 EST a little shy I joined more then two weeks ago, but my life has been to chaotic to concentrate on this site. I haven't weighed myself at the beginning or since, because I have no drive. I will step on the scale tomorrow or try and start the program. I went shopping yesterday and bought out the fruit and vegetable section. I hope the food doesn't rot. It's not that I don't like it, but I always eat things I can just grab and not fix. I feel to apathetic to do more. Mon, 11 Aug 2008 19:47:41 EST new to the sight I'm new to the whole diet thing and my husband and I are doing it together. I have five daughters and now that I just had our last one three months ago I want to get all the "baby fat" off. My husband gained sympathy weight except I always lost weight during pregnancy and then gained it back after. He just gained. I find that support from family is not happening. I wonder if it is because my mom has always been a little jealous of my marriage and family. She makes rude little comments and I j... Mon, 11 Aug 2008 17:36:43 EST running at night I am new to sp for about 3 weeks now and starting on my 2nd phase, I am still learning about sp and how it works, I just log on and read what I can, put my nutrition down and what fitness I actually get done during the day, I know I am skipping a few pages and I try to hit all I can. I started out walking the track across the street from my house at night, it is very hot and humid, and do to lifestyle changes I have been going to bed very late at night as well as my grandchildren, so we hit t... Mon, 11 Aug 2008 16:24:32 EST hello im just here trying to lose weight, get healthy, and look and feel better Mon, 11 Aug 2008 13:28:37 EST Water Hey, this may be a stupid question but I have a gift for such things, does koolaid with splenda count as water? I struggle with drinking water, I actually gag, and this is a 0 calorie alternative for me. I use it half strength. Am I cheating? Mon, 11 Aug 2008 13:05:34 EST Hello to all How is everyone on this great Monday? <BR> <BR> My name is Debby, I love in Cedar Hill, TX. I am a mother of 2 beautiful children. I am here to get motivated to lose at least 80 lbs for my wedding date, which is next October. My husband to be says I look fine, but I do not want to be a chubby bride. I have started a better way of living over 5 weeks ago. And I am excited that I have lost a total of 12 lbs. So Spark community here I come. Mon, 11 Aug 2008 09:45:55 EST Hi, Just joined recently Hi everyone! My name is Karen. I'm 42, mother of three. I need to lose 40 to 50 lbs. I'm trying to get back in shape after a few surgeries and just getting off track with my health all together. I really like this site. I'm also a member of weight watchers so I'm hoping with all the support I can do this. Sun, 10 Aug 2008 16:00:06 EST ***August 10th - September 10th Buddies**** Ok so here is the list of who your buddy is. <BR> <BR> KKATZE - NOTHIRTEEN <BR> LADYCARGO - JUSTANN2 <BR> BEC6203 - ASHLEY.LORTIE <BR> ONYANAC - BARRIE218 <BR> TEECEA - DIANNAKOZA <BR> ARWEST13 - TICKLETECK <BR> REB184 - FRUITYBAT <BR> APPLE903 - KEYSOR <BR> ASTINITE - MUSEUMLADY <BR> NWILKER - MRSCANDINAVIA <BR> <BR> Sparkmail your buddy and get to know each other. I tried to pair you up with like goals, sittuations, age, or what you needed. Let me know if you don't jive or they aren't r... Sun, 10 Aug 2008 08:44:00 EST ***Weeks 2 & 3 Challenge*** Challenge #3 <BR> <BR> Get your beauty sleep......yup thats right you read it corectly....I want you all to get a good nights sleep.....So added to the team goals is a good nights sleep...meaning 6 hours at join the goal and get to logging. <BR> <BR> Post here if you want in on the challenge. I will still count your cups of water drank but that will just go for the over all winner. Sun, 10 Aug 2008 08:09:44 EST *******C HALLENGE WINNERS*********** Ok class here they are your first winners <BR> <BR> For Challenge #1 Drinking water: <BR> <BR> 1ND MINDWEAVERS (115 cups) <BR> 2ND COASTERSJ (99 cups) <BR> 3RD FIVE4US (95 cups) <BR> 4TH TXTONFAN (91 cups) <BR> <BR> For Challenge #2 Dumping LBS/INCHES: <BR> <BR> 1ST TIME2CHANGE13 (9lbs) <BR> 2ND MINDWEAVERS (6.5 inches and 6.6lbs) <BR> 3RD ABUCHWEITZ (8lbs) <BR> 4TH FIVE4US (2.5 inches and 6lbs) <BR> <BR> And here are the overall winners....this is a combination of the 2 challenges plus ... Sun, 10 Aug 2008 07:56:19 EST I wanted to say Hello I am a wife of 17yrs, a mother of 2 children a son 6 who has Autism and he is a miracle, and a daughter 14yrs she is amazing she is a singer/songwirter if you would like to see her and hear her music go to you can hear for free. Our story is on the (about me)page. <BR> I homeschool both kids and I am now hear for myself. I want to give myself some time now. This has been a great week I am down 6lbs. Yeah what a great start. Sat, 9 Aug 2008 23:41:05 EST Hey! Hey Everyone! I'm Karissa! I joined Spark in hopes of turning my life around! Sat, 9 Aug 2008 23:25:53 EST New Mum trying to get in Shape Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> My names Bec, I'm 22 and from Sydney Australia. I'm currently trying to lose 27 pounds after having my first baby 6 weeks ago. <BR> <BR> I'd love to chat to people on here and share experiences and try to motivate each other. Sat, 9 Aug 2008 22:09:21 EST Hello everyone My name is Pamela. I have been with spark people as of July 27. Hope to meet lots of nice people. Sat, 9 Aug 2008 21:59:55 EST 20 yr class ruinion next year I have my 20 yr class reunion coming up next year and I want to lose enough weight to look good for the reunion. Can I get some motivation? Ive lost 5 lbs in the last 3 weeks. yay ! but I need to lose more. Sat, 9 Aug 2008 18:27:30 EST Happy my shorts fit today!!!! I'm so excited today! In a hurry to get dressed this morning, because I had to drive my son to school, I grabbed a pair of shorts from my drawer that haven't fit all summer and put them on, and they fit!!!!! I went to the scale and I've lost two pounds already! Have a great day everyone! <em>30</em> Fri, 8 Aug 2008 13:57:28 EST Hello! Hi! I am new to this team and just wanted to introduce myself. I am a mommy of three and have a lot of baby weight to lose....62 lbs!!!( had them back to back pretty much) I have already lost 13lbs so hopefully I will stay on the right track! I look forward to working toward,s and meeting, our goals together! <BR> <BR> Carmen Fri, 8 Aug 2008 09:54:30 EST I'm off camping I'm starting into my second week of SP and going on a camping trip. I am committed to staying on track though and doing lots of hiking to really work and play at the same time. <BR> <BR> Tonight we're doing a ghost tour of the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum so I know I'll get in lots of running <em>20</em> haha J/k Fri, 8 Aug 2008 06:07:11 EST Hey Im new Hello everyone my name is Wesley. I am trying to lose at least 35 pounds and am so far well on my way with 11 pounds lost. I have dramatically changed my diet to include more fiber and vitamins. I have altered my lunches by switching to "Green Smoothies" I love them. They have increased my energy and keep me feeling fuller throughout the day. If anyone knows any recipes for smoothies or needs any let me know. Thanks for having me. Wed, 6 Aug 2008 19:50:22 EST What does 10,000 steps look like in your life? Hey, team! <BR> <BR> Our daily goal is supposed to be to walk 10,000 steps, which is approximately 5 miles. Most of us probably don't just set out and walk 5 miles (or more, if you have short legs like me) to get our steps in, though--a lot of it happens as we go about our daily routines. But what if we did just one normal activity or one section of a daily mini-commute for all 10,000 steps? <BR> <BR> For me, that would be: <BR> ~10 round trips to the Metro station <BR> ~100 trips to the ba... Wed, 6 Aug 2008 17:00:29 EST Hi! Hello! I am Danielle. I am a 24 year old wife, mother and student. I am going to school to be an elementary teacher! I would like to lose 55 lbs by february! Have other questions? Ask me!! Wed, 6 Aug 2008 16:09:16 EST Upside-down year - Hi Hello everyone. My name is Theresa. I have never experienced as much turmoil in my life as I have over the last 1 1/2 years. Finding out that my husband (we've been together almost 16 yrs) is now suffering from bipolar mental disease, changed his personality, and decided to change everything in his life even those things that were not problematic like our marriage. Talk about getting blind-sided. He filed for divorce last Aug. <BR> <BR> Last summer, I lost 36 lbs in 3 1/2 months due to t... Wed, 6 Aug 2008 16:09:09 EST hello Iam mom of 3kids 9,7 and 4 and my goal is to lost 30 pounds. I lost 5 pounds last week ...need to stay on track. this site is amazing Wed, 6 Aug 2008 15:21:58 EST favorite snack foods? Hi all, <BR> <BR> I am not sure about the rest of you but the hardest part for this diet for me is the snacking. I have an office job and I find it hard not to snack all day long. I have been cutting way back on that but I am still having trouble finding foods to put into my snack food drawer. Especially when I get the salty food craving. <BR> <BR> What snacks do all of you like to keep on hand? Wed, 6 Aug 2008 14:40:48 EST Hi Everyone! Hi everyone! I love this exercise online site!!!! I feel that this is really going to work for me. I see by reading your messages, that it's working for so many! I've always tried to eat pretty healthy, but since I've hit my 40's the pounds started collecting very slowly, until it hit me that I needed to start doing something about it. This program makes me think about good nutrition, and reminds me to get the exercise done everyday. I'm excited about my changes already! Wed, 6 Aug 2008 13:21:45 EST Hi Everyone! Hi everyone! I love this exercise online site!!!! I feel that this is really going to work for me. I see by reading your messages, that it's working for so many! I've always tried to eat pretty healthy, but since I've hit my 40's the pounds started collecting very slowly, until it hit me that I needed to start doing something about it. This program makes me think about good nutrition, and reminds me to get the exercise done everyday. I'm excited about my changes already! Wed, 6 Aug 2008 13:21:31 EST Hello Hi everyone....just hoping everyone out there is staying strong and focused...keep up the good work Wed, 6 Aug 2008 11:08:09 EST Pedometer My step-daughter (user AWACTOR) bought me a really nice Pedometer. I have set it to my stride and my weight so that I can get accurate estimations of my distance walked and calories burned throughout the day. My problem is that it's practically impossible to track the time I'm walking as it happens in several short spurts during the day in addition to a regular walk for exercise. My question would be, how should I calculate minutes for calories burned due to walking in the course of my day th... Wed, 6 Aug 2008 10:28:50 EST New Day Hope everyone is doing well & staying on plan. So far so good here in Ohio. I think I need to take a day off from walking my mile today as it is a very fast 10 min.mile with a DVD and is getting to my legs. I have a deep breathing DVD (Oxysize) which I will do is good and really changes my face and neck (slims down) in just a week or two my dh notices the difference....just need to get back into the routine. <BR> <BR> Phyl Wed, 6 Aug 2008 09:17:34 EST How do you tell how many ounces a food is?? How do you tell how many ounces a food is? Wed, 6 Aug 2008 09:12:45 EST Hello Team Members! This is my firt week and I am enjoying the site. I can't wait to join in on more of these message boards. Tue, 5 Aug 2008 20:21:40 EST Hi Everyone! I just wanted to say hello to everyone. This is my first time trying a site like this. This is week two for me and so far so good! This site is great and is really motivating me and keeping me on track. My goal is to lose 15 pounds, hopefully some of that before my wedding in September. Good luck everyone on reaching your goals! Tue, 5 Aug 2008 20:04:23 EST Hello Hi everyone...this is the first time I've decided to share my healthy lifestyle journey with a group of like-minded people! I'm so excited to be part of such a great forum and really look forward to the encouragement and support we can offer to each other. Thanks for the great welcome!!! <BR> <BR> Tue, 5 Aug 2008 17:36:35 EST Meal Plans - Can I make them work for me? From what it looks like, the meal plans are completely impractical for me, and I'd spend about as much time on substitutions and custom foods trying to make them work out in some remotely sane way as I do inputting everything from scratch. <BR> <BR> One set of problems comes from the meals on one day being completely unrelated to the meals on the next day. This is particularly important since I live alone. If I'm going to eat cantaloupe for breakfast one day, I need to eat cantaloupe a few o... Tue, 5 Aug 2008 15:51:14 EST Hi Just wanted to say Hi to all the others who started this journey at the same time as me. I know we'll all succeed at our goals Tue, 5 Aug 2008 15:39:58 EST Hello fellow team-mates I am slowly getting up to speed. I have almost a weeks worth of e-mail to read and wanted to take a second to introduce myself. I will figure out how to attach a photo at a later time. My user name is for Will, my 4 year old grandson and Coco is what he calls me. I added the to so, Hugs to all team-mate, <BR> Willscoco Tue, 5 Aug 2008 15:13:39 EST Hi guys, I have a question. I am 49 and have been on a lower calorie diet for 5 days now. I have been drinking between 64 and 80 oz of water a day and have had my calories under 1500 actually the average has been about 1250. I have not beenhungry at all. I am eating the same amount of food I normally do. It seems as if I haven't lost a pound though. Can anyone give me any advice as to why? Tue, 5 Aug 2008 11:13:54 EST Hi Thought I would give this a try. The only thing I have to loose is pounds. But gain a better outlook and longer life. Tue, 5 Aug 2008 10:06:49 EST Hey everyone Hey I am extremely new to this site. I am trying to get back to the size I was when I first moved to FL. I have gained so much weight living down here. I have tried to adjust to the southern living style but it is very hard for me. I am not big on anything they eat. I don't like fried food too much. I have just noticed everything is cooked in oil/grease. I am not used to it. I am also trying to stop drinking pop, well caffeine period. It will take time. I wish everyone the best of luck! Tue, 5 Aug 2008 09:45:16 EST Hi Everyone! This is all new to me. I like this site. It provides daily support. On August 1st at my job, we started a biggest loser contest. We have a lot of support at work as well. <em>213</em> Tue, 5 Aug 2008 06:00:59 EST Hi People Hi y'all. I'm Melissa, and live in Missouri. I started my diet (more like a new lifestyle) and exercise plan on May 1 of this year. So far I'm down from 228 to 194. I was feeling great! I had a couple of health issues that prevented me from working out for the past 3 weeks, but I have 2 weeks left until I'm down again for 2-3 weeks, so I joined in hopes of finding motivation and additional ways of working out without using my feet. Mon, 4 Aug 2008 22:10:29 EST I'm new and cruising the site to learn it some. Thanks for being here and encouraging each other! Looking forward to making progress wth everyone!!! Mon, 4 Aug 2008 20:33:49 EST Does anyone know how to.. ..insert a signature so that it automatically comes up when you post? <BR> <BR> Still getting a hang of this! <BR> <BR> Thank you! <BR> Amy Mon, 4 Aug 2008 19:49:40 EST Hello class! :o) Hi Everyone.. My name is Amy and I just joined SP on July 27th.. I am a mom, wife, grad student, and work as an administrator in a local school. Just wanted to introduce myself and say hi! Still getting to know my way around the boards. I'm so thankful to find the support here at SP. <BR> <BR> I already feel better tracking my nutrition every day. It's nice to feel in control again. My goal is to work off 25-30 pounds of baby weight. <BR> <BR> Looking foward to getting to know all of you.... Mon, 4 Aug 2008 19:48:23 EST New to the site, and still learning Hi, my name is Jessica. I'm 21 y.o., and currently a pharmacy student. I actually saw a link to this site via a website I'm currently a member of. I decided to check it out and see what it has to offer. Mon, 4 Aug 2008 17:47:12 EST Just checking in! Hello all! Just wanted to check in and introduce myself. :) <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, I've got 3 strikes against me already (I practically LIVE at my small business, fast food is a staple/husband who LOVES junk food and little free time to do major exercise) I'm gonna need help with my motivation. But I'm going to try hard to work around these!!! I know if ever I am going to find helpful people to motivate me, it's gotta be here, right??? <BR> <BR> I'm really glad I found this site! ... Mon, 4 Aug 2008 17:19:13 EST What to do on this team From what I have seen basically it is a chat area where we can find our way back (because we are subscribed)and support each other, share ideas on weight loss and recipes etc. <BR> <BR> It is more friendly when you know other people that frequent the same site. <BR> <BR> I am also on I use both because I need support all over the net lol. Mon, 4 Aug 2008 16:00:06 EST Introduction Hi, just wanted to introduce myself. I started running on July 27th of this year. I found an article on how to start small and work your way up....then found the couch to 5k site. I never though I could run because of my knee (2 surgeries) and my asthma but, I am.....granted, slowly but, I think this will help build the muscles around my knee to strengthen it AND build up my lung capacity too! <BR> I am VERY excited about this AND hopped on the scale this AM and lost a couple pounds alread... Mon, 4 Aug 2008 15:43:00 EST Hello everyone Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Maggie and I joined SP last week to help me to loose a lot of weight. I have already lost around 30lbs before I started now I only have about 150lbs to go. :( oh well every pound down is closer to my goal. Mon, 4 Aug 2008 15:25:43 EST Hello and thank you all for welcoming me! I am so happy to have found sparkpeople and want to say hello to everybody. I have just had my 68th birthday on July 17th and I've been on Weight Watchers for about six months, losing about 35 pounds so far. In total, in the last four years, I went from 427 pounds to 300 pounds, but a lot of that was because of two long-term hospital stays totalling eleven months. I have two adult children, and, alas, no grandchildren. I have two kitties and live on a very limited income, but so far, have... Mon, 4 Aug 2008 14:57:25 EST hello y'all hola! my name is patricia and im 23 years old and the mother of 2 kids. my oldest is 5 and my youngest is 1 month old. i would love to get some tips and ideas on easy exercises to do when you have a bunch of babies hehe. im new to the whole diet and exercise life so i could definately use some help! glad to be here and look forward to chatting with all of you Mon, 4 Aug 2008 14:53:38 EST Hi from NC! Hi, I'm Tiffany. My husband is in the US Marine Corps. We just got married last month, and when I got the pictures back I was very unhappy with the way I look. So, by our 1 year anniversary, I hope to have lost at least 45 lbs...that's less than 2 lbs a week! I think its doable. <BR> <BR> I also really want to get flexible again. I used to could bend my body all sorts of ways (not contortionistic though) but now I can't even touch my toes. And I REALLY want to get that back! Mon, 4 Aug 2008 13:22:16 EST Hello there Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm Coreen, I'm from Waltham, MA, close to Boston. I am 22 and have been "pleasantly plump" all my life. I'm a pretty confident 170 pounds at 5'2". I've been exercising for 6 months now, and though I've toned up, and received very welcome compliments about how I'm looking, I've stayed at the same weight. <BR> My goal in joining Spark is to create reachable goals, and meet some people like me to get advice on what they did to lose the pounds. I just want to feel good in a bikini... Mon, 4 Aug 2008 12:46:59 EST Your motivtating goal Ok here is the post. Tell me what do you want to do but because of one reason or another you can't do. <BR> <BR> <BR> Now tell me what you are going to do to fix that. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I will go first: <BR> What I want to do but can't is run...I miss being able to just run. <BR> <BR> What I am going to do to fix this is try my best to eat well and exercise reguarly till the weight comes off. <BR> <BR> <BR> Ok now it is your turn. Mon, 4 Aug 2008 12:42:14 EST 10 Year Class Reunion Coming Up Hello everyone. I just want to introduce myself. I am Stephanie and I joined this site to guide and track my weight loss for my 10 year high school reunion. I was a three sport athlete then, but since I stopped playing the weight has piled on. Add to that a marriage and 18 month old: those are my excuses to myself for my weight. Now it is time to get down to business!! Good luck to all of you! Mon, 4 Aug 2008 12:41:15 EST Ride the rides challenge! Hi everyone! I'm so excited to be a new member and I look forward to supporting and being supported. I just wanted to let you know about a challenge that I started, "Ride the Rides!" I love roller coasters! But since I gained this weight, I can't ride them anymore. But that is about to change. I will be at the Oregon State Fair in 2009, and I will be in line to ride the biggest ride they have. I haven't ridden a ride since my senior class trip to Six Flags. Also, my wife loves rides as much a... Mon, 4 Aug 2008 09:53:22 EST Hi everyone! Technically, I joined a long time ago, but I never really took it seriously. August 1st was the day my new life started, though, so I hope you all will forgive me for joining this group. <em>30</em> I have had a lot of weight struggles in the past, and I think it was because I never really wanted to do it. I would rather go to Jack in the Box and get a breakfast burrito than scramble a couple eggs, make some turkey bacon and throw it in a whole wheat tortilla (much better, by the way). ... Mon, 4 Aug 2008 01:38:10 EST Go Team! Hi - I'm so excited to be a member of this team. I look forward to taking this journey together and look forward to getting to know everyone. <BR> <BR> On to week two! Sun, 3 Aug 2008 22:21:29 EST Newbie Hello all, <BR> <BR> I'm finally introducing myself since I didn't notice I was part of this team.....ops! <BR> <BR> so here goes, I'm here because SlimFast site been down for 3 months and I needed a way to Stay motivated and maintain my goals. I been working hard since 2/10/08 and now I'm 68 lbs lighter, another 116 lbs to go...2009= My Sexy Year! <BR> <BR> Good luck to you All on the Team! Sun, 3 Aug 2008 22:02:49 EST Hey Gang! Hi everyone... <BR> <BR> How are you all doing? I just joined SP on the 1st of August and am really looking forward to 'working' with all of you! <BR> <BR> My goal is to lose 60 pounds by this time next year... <BR> <BR> Best of luck to all of you! Sun, 3 Aug 2008 21:44:57 EST Introducing myself ! Hello my name is Nettie and I am new to sparkpeople I hope to check in daily and weight myself weekly. What I need to get over is the boredom I get or the I DON'T CARE attitude that makes me stop taking care of myself and eating healthy. <BR> <BR> <em>253</em> Sun, 3 Aug 2008 20:06:45 EST Hey Everyone Hi! My name is Joy and I am new to this site. I am here to loose weight for once in my life. I have tried every fade diet out there but all of them have failed. So, I have finally figured out that eating healthy and changing my life style will work and stick with me. I am hoping that this works and believe with the support from this site I should succeed and not fail. <BR> Thank you! Sun, 3 Aug 2008 20:01:39 EST Summertime Hi all! <BR> I am glad we are all out there on this journey together.... let's keep each other motivated! Summertime should be great to pursue our weight loss goals, with all the fresh fruits and veggies out there... I went to our local farmers market yesterday for the first time (!) and stocked up on all the good stuff.... I have about 25 pounds to loose to get back to the woman I was before getting married. I would like to reach that goal within the next 3-4 months. <BR> Best to everybod... Sun, 3 Aug 2008 17:37:47 EST Hi All I am Debbie and just found this website. I have about 100 lbs to lose so know it will be a long journey. I live in the St. Louis area. Sun, 3 Aug 2008 12:01:02 EST Hey everyone! Hi! My name is Stephanie and I'm a 19-year-old college student. I'm really excited to get all of this started--I have a pretty good amount to lose. I hope to hear from some of you soon :) Time to go explore..Take care ;) Sat, 2 Aug 2008 23:41:11 EST Hi Everyone! I'm new here to sparkpeople and so looking forward to learning new ways to look at getting healthier! <BR> I'm from Minnesota, I deliver mail for a living. I walk 9 miles everyday, unbelievable that I need to watch what I eat, right? Well, unfortunately I do. Best of luck to all the members of the class!! Sat, 2 Aug 2008 22:18:45 EST New girl on the block Hi, My name is Susan. I am a 51 year old grandmother of 9 and I need a major life change when it comes to my weight. I am looking for a healthier outlook since the past three years have been rough ( knee surgeries). I am looking for a lifestyle change.... <em>303</em> Sat, 2 Aug 2008 21:39:16 EST Day 2 Hi everyone, <BR> I'm loving this site. I feel very motivated by all your inspirational stories and blogs. I'm 43 years old. <BR> I've been married 23 years and have four children. I work full time as a Medical Records Analyst(another name for boring sit down job). My wonderful job has helped me to pack on the pounds over the years(really it has nothing to do with my age!). I was in the best shape of my life after having three kids. After getting the sit down job and child #4, Well, you... Sat, 2 Aug 2008 21:26:45 EST newbie, checking in I've been trying to lose weight for as long as I can remember. It's not that I gain it back, it's that I don't lose. I started trying after my 6 year old was born, but then I got pregnant again when he was 10 months so that went out the window. Then I got pregnant again when the baby was 14 months. So I had 3 babies in 5 years. Even though I only gain 20 pounds with each pregnancy, I never lost it. So after 3 years of really trying, I've managed to lose 50 pounds. In January, I was tol... Sat, 2 Aug 2008 18:30:26 EST Diet Are you guys following the SPARK meal plans? I would love to cook healthy, but I am not sure if I will have the time to do so. Any advise on this issue? Also, I am concerned about overeating at all the BBQs, parties etc going on right now... <BR> Thanks for any helpful comments! Sat, 2 Aug 2008 16:54:09 EST Hello Hi to everyone <BR> I am a full time RVer and currently in Roosevelt, Utah. I have done WW and find it quite difficult to stay motivated when going to new groups. Therefore, went on-line this AM to find out more about "Geocaching" possible way of getting out and getting more exercise and was routed to this site. I love it - a little overwhelming but sure I will get used to it with visiting the site more often, now having a Team to relate to Sat, 2 Aug 2008 12:28:16 EST Hello Team! I'm Tammy. I made it here on the team at the last minute - the last day of the week. <BR> <BR> To put it simply, I'm ready to lose weight and to start feeling better about myself. I've got lots to lose (my initial goal is a quick 32 pounds, but my ideal total weight loss goal is actually 48 pounds). I have nothing to hold me back from watching my weight and exercising (no children and quite shortly here, no SO in the house). My SO is leaving for his 6-month deployment in a week, and I wou... Sat, 2 Aug 2008 12:26:25 EST Hello From SoCal Hello!! My Name is Yvette I'm 31 years old and I am a mother of a two year old Boy.I stay home in the day taking care of my son and am a student at night. <BR> Well I have always been thin all my life but never healthy and when I had my son I had complications due to the pregnancy and my heart failed after I had him and then suffer from depression. <BR> So I have tried diets but they are hard too stick too and I really don't have time to workout because my lovely lit... Sat, 2 Aug 2008 11:09:43 EST Just wanted to say hello! I am new to the board. I just set up my page today. I am very excited. I have been exercising and trying to eat healthier. I know I can do it, but think that the team support will really help me. It is an inspiration to see so many people in the same boat, looking to make the same change. <BR> WE CAN DO IT! Sat, 2 Aug 2008 10:45:46 EST Hello! Hello! I just joined and ready for a change! I am a 31 year-old mother of two. I had lost a total of 45 pounds about two years ago. For about a year, I was able to maintain my weight but still needed to lose another 20 pounds. In the past two months, I have gained 15 of those pounds back!!!!!!!!! UGH!!!!!! The more frustrated and stressed I get about gaining the weight back, the more I eat! I think the support of others will definitely help. Exercise is not a problem. I have been doing Jazzer... Sat, 2 Aug 2008 10:32:01 EST Hello from Germany! Hi team! I found this site through my yoga instructor on post, and I love it! <BR> <BR> So just a little introduction, I'm an Army wife, stationed in Germany, my husband is deployed. <BR> <BR> I'm in my thirties, have a two year old, and have gradually put on weight to the point that I now have 18 pounds to lose. No time like the present!! <BR> <BR> I've never been one to stick to a fad diet - I love food too much and the minute I start to concentrate on what I'm eating I usually feel lik... Sat, 2 Aug 2008 10:07:18 EST Hello Hello Hello. Just stopping by to say HELLO. Sat, 2 Aug 2008 01:21:42 EST Hello! Hello everyone! I am so excited to be a member of this team. A friend told my daughter about this site and then she told me. We both signed up right away. A little about myself, I am 43 years old. I have four kids and a wonderful husband. After having my first three children, I lost 40 pounds and stayed in great shape for years. I took time out to exercise everyday. <BR> I wrote down everything I put in my mouth. Then I got a boring sit down job and watched the weight slowly creep up ... Sat, 2 Aug 2008 00:16:39 EST Howdy All! I'm new to Spark and I'm looking around the site and acquainting myself with the team forums. I hope to meet some of you soon. Have a great weekend! Fri, 1 Aug 2008 23:48:10 EST are we all having fun? Hi all. I live in Australia and would like to lose weight. I don't have that much to lose but my husbands health is not too good and he needs to lose weight to help him improve. I would like to follow the diets to help us both. Unfortunately though I have problems with some of the recipes because we don't have access to some of the products you use. Could you please help in this regard? For eg. what is Smart balance buttery spread? Is it just low fat butter? Thanks for your help. <BR> Susiepo... Fri, 1 Aug 2008 23:35:19 EST Calorie burn accuracy question Post moved Fri, 1 Aug 2008 20:28:58 EST New to SparkPeople I'm 51 and married. My husband Mark and I have started biking (over a month now with some really nice bikes -- Electra Townies) to lose weight and for improved health and fitness. <BR> <BR> I'm still in graduate school (starting my third year of pharmacy doctorate here at UT) but Mark graduated from UT in 2002 as Interior Designer. <BR> <BR> Weight loss for men and women is so different! Mark has lost 15 lbs. in the past 2 months and I've lost 2 lbs, but I do feel better and am better ab... Fri, 1 Aug 2008 17:14:16 EST New to SparkPeople I'm 51 and married. My husband Mark and I have started biking (over a month now with some really nice bikes -- Electra Townies) to lose weight and for improved health and fitness. <BR> <BR> I'm still in graduate school (starting my third year of pharmacy doctorate here at UT) but Mark graduated from UT in 2002 as Interior Designer. <BR> <BR> Weight loss for men and women is so different! Mark has lost 15 lbs. in the past 2 months and I've lost 2 lbs, but I do feel better and am better ab... Fri, 1 Aug 2008 17:14:04 EST Hey all! What an exciting undertaking! I've got a lot to lose here, but I know with diligence and tenacity I can make it! I've only been at this 2 days, but I'm already physched about the prospect of being healthier... It's amazing just how many extra calories a day I have consumed in the past. I look forward to getting to know all of you better. <BR> Derek Fri, 1 Aug 2008 16:55:25 EST Hi everyone I just wanted to say hi to everyone and to let you know I am glad to be here. My name is Rhonda and I live in NC with my husband. I have about 50 lbs to lose and am looking forward to having the time this weekend to explore the website and see what I can learn. Good luck to everyone on your journey. Fri, 1 Aug 2008 16:34:54 EST I'm introducing myself :) Hi to all! Fri, 1 Aug 2008 14:45:00 EST Hi Everyone! Hi my name is Ashleigh, I'm 20 years old and i want to lose weight to look and feel more healthy, i'm tired of being over weight and i didn't use to be like this so I believe it's stress and anxiety that's kicking my butt. I'm really glad to be trying this out so i hope it works!!! Fri, 1 Aug 2008 12:55:12 EST Food confusion I need help with the foods I eat. I've been eatting basically the same food I've always eaten..not exactly healthy, but keeping in my ranges for the nutrition calculator. Is this okay? or should I be doing something else? Fri, 1 Aug 2008 11:16:45 EST I'm new too! Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I just wanted to come by and introduce myself. I'm Marcela and I need to lose weight! I had back surgery and a child so it's unhealthy for me to be carrying 60 lbs of extra weight. I tend to get discouraged so hopefully Spark will help me with this. <BR> <BR> I don't know if anyone else has a significant other that seems like when they see that you're trying to be healthy, they come home with cookies, ice cream, etc. My hubby does that ALL THE TIME! Anyone else in the... Fri, 1 Aug 2008 11:16:14 EST Hey there! Newbie reporting in. My name is Susan and I live in northwest Indiana. I am married and have 2 daughters. Starting to take more control of my life. Went thru a devastating year and am amazed that I am still standing. Considering myself a work in progress (at the half-way mark in my life - go figure!) Fri, 1 Aug 2008 10:34:17 EST Hey:) Hey. My name is Sara. I've been a member of SparkPeople for a day and it seems really awesome. I'm 20 years old and a senior at Towson University. I will soon be a Special Educator in Maryland and I love what I do. I did Atkins in HighSchool and lost a whole bunch of weight, but now I'm back up there again due to being a full-time student and having like 5 jobs (I work at the admissions office at Towson, substitute teach for Baltimore, Harford, and Howard County, tutor, babysit, and work with... Fri, 1 Aug 2008 09:41:05 EST Hi Everyone! I am so glad that I found this site! I have only been a member for 3 days and the information and encouragement that this site provides has already helped me tremendously. I am excited about beginning this adventure and making some changes in my eating habits and exercise routine. It is nice to be a part of so many teams of people with similar interests and issues. I look forward to working together with everyone towards a healthier life! Fri, 1 Aug 2008 08:48:27 EST I can't weight to lose this weight!!! LOL!! Hey everyone. I'm new here. Have a great day and I'll chat more later. <BR> Bye, <BR> Carla Fri, 1 Aug 2008 08:04:15 EST Hi Everyone! <em>30</em> <BR> Hi everyone, I am new here! I need to lose 23kG! I set my short term goal 5 kg for this month, hope I can achieve! My weakness is "Like to eat", therefore I found very difficult to lose weight!! <em>46</em> <BR> I really hope this website can give me lots of information and help me find a new way to eat healthy food!! Fri, 1 Aug 2008 01:34:57 EST A new beginning My name is Angie. When I was fourteen years old I my weight was 120 pounds. Then I got pregnant with my first child. My mom didn't know that I was pregnant for the first four months so I only gained 10 pounds. But as soon as she found out that I was pregnant I really started to gain weight fast. In the next five months I gained another 65 pounds. When I had my baby I weighed 195 pounds. After I had her and after my six weeks I weighed about 175 pounds. And I stayed at that weight until I was ... Thu, 31 Jul 2008 23:36:52 EST Hello Everyone! Hello, my name is Sophia. I am 26 years old and I have to loose 100 pounds. I already lost 33 and I am looking forward to getting the rest of it off so that I can live my life again. I am tired of hiding myself because of my fat. <em>30</em> Thu, 31 Jul 2008 23:08:43 EST New here Hello everyone I am just introducing myself to the group. I am 23 really over weight mother of a 4 year old. I am getting married on aug 23 I see this as a new page in my life. So why not lose weight. I want to teach my daughter how to be healthy, i want to ride horses at a competitive level(less weight better balance) and i want to have another little one. <BR> <BR> Well that is all there is to me <BR> <BR> thanks for reading <BR> <BR> Callie Thu, 31 Jul 2008 22:43:17 EST First timer here hello, I'm Dawn from Illinois and I want to lose at least 100 lbs...I havent really tried any diets as of yet, always been to scared...I need lots and lots of help... Thu, 31 Jul 2008 22:20:51 EST I'm a newbie!!! Hi, my name is Katie. I am a 28 year old wife and mother. My son is 21 months and super active. I want to be the best mom I can be which isn't going to happen at this weight. My #1 goal is to be a healthier person and set a good example for him. My biggest struggle will be maintaining a regular exercise program. I am very easily thrown off the exercise track. Any tips/pointers/advice, will be greatly appreciated. <BR> <BR> Good luck to everyone!!!!!! Thu, 31 Jul 2008 22:09:06 EST Greetings y'all! Hello from hot and steamy South Carolina. This is not my first time to Spark People, but I hope to stick with it a bit longer this time around. If I track my progress I am better about sticking with my goals. Accountability by making myself write it down so it can stare me in the face. <BR> <BR> In case you're wondering about the name, I am a rigger. I have to stay fit in order to do my job. It is summer and it is slow, so I have to find other ways of staying fit. By the way, I am the only f... Thu, 31 Jul 2008 21:38:27 EST Introducing myself... Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I decided to join SparkPeople because I'm back on a weight-loss path. <BR> <BR> I can gain and lose 10 lbs relatively easily, I need to get past that though -- and actually figure out how to keep it OFF, permanently. <BR> <BR> I am smart, I know I can figure something out. I've been struggling with my weight for a long time now and I am forgetting what it was like to be thinner. I don't want to get used to this size. I want to be at a healthy weight. <BR> <BR> If th... Thu, 31 Jul 2008 20:45:09 EST Hi from Virginia Hi, I have just moved to Roanoke, Virginia and am happy to be here. With this new start I thought I would resume losing weight. I lost 50 lbs about 3 years ago and have another 30 to go. I'm 37 and start my first job as a nurse next week. <BR> Sarah <em>184</em> Thu, 31 Jul 2008 19:56:20 EST AB EXERCISES FOR PPL WITH BACK PAIN Hi Team, <BR> <BR> I strained my lower back about 7 years ago and it has never been the same since. The problem is soft tissue and not the spine itself, but when I do ab exercises I always get a sore back. Does anyone know of a good resource for getting ab exercises for ppl w/ back trouble? <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> <BR> Spencer <BR> Thu, 31 Jul 2008 17:29:27 EST AB EXERCISES WITH BACK TROUBLE? <BR> Hi Team, <BR> <BR> I strained my lower back about 7 years ago and it has never been the same since. The problem is soft tissue and not the spine itself, but when I do ab exercises I always get a sore back. Does anyone know of a good resource for getting ab exercises for ppl w/ back trouble? <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> <BR> Spencer Thu, 31 Jul 2008 16:52:17 EST Hello from Canada!! My second son is two now and I still haven't lost that extra pregnancy weight. I am hoping this site will help me to make time for exercise. Life is just so busy!! Thu, 31 Jul 2008 15:26:27 EST introduction Hi everyone I am Tiffany aka uniq2blue2003 and I am happy to get started with sparks. I am a single mother of 2 small children my daughter is 7 and my son is 10 months old. They are the light of my life and my motivation. I am also currently going to school to become a web designer/developer. I have a long way to go to reach my goals but I know starting is half the battle. I look forward to talking to all of you. Thu, 31 Jul 2008 15:08:28 EST Hi from GA! My name is Katie and I found this site through the Today show page and a woman who lost over 100 lbs. I'm looking to drop about 40 lbs by Christmas - 5 months and I think I can do it! Already making a difference through the food tracker. Thu, 31 Jul 2008 14:19:36 EST Hello from Michigan Hello, I am Sharon and joined SP yesterday. Hope to make this a life-long process in the long term, and "jump start" healthy habits over the next five months. My goal is to love 40# and to get fit. Would be nice to eliminate BP, cholesterol and reflux drugs as well!! I can use all the help I can get! Thu, 31 Jul 2008 13:14:20 EST hello all! I am new to SPARKPEOPLE. I have tried a lot of other things for weight loss and having thyroid problems just has made it an uphill battle. I am hoping that this will motivate me to try harder and do better. <em>249</em> Thu, 31 Jul 2008 12:38:31 EST Intro Hi, I'm Precious Queen. I have 4 kids. I'm married and live in Kentucky. <BR> Precious Queen Thu, 31 Jul 2008 10:57:30 EST Hi All! A friend and co-worker sent me the site and thought it would help me, so far I like it, I'm still exploring trying to figure out where everything is and how it works. <BR> <BR> I'm from Maryland and I joined becuase I am 33 and still single, not due to being overweight but I believe due to the lack of confidence I have in myself which causes me to not search out social activities. I'm here to not only lose weight but to get my life back on track and build up my self-confidence. Thu, 31 Jul 2008 10:49:33 EST New member - new kid on the block! I live near Rochester, NY and am trying to lose 25#. I am a weight lifter, and so far it has been hard to lift to capacity and lose weight at the same. 165#, 5ft. 6in. 28% body fat. Lift free weights, and am finding it hard to accommodate my body's nutritional needs as well as lose weight. Any suggestions? Walk alot as well and do "some" treadmill, although I don't like it. Thank you. <BR> Thu, 31 Jul 2008 05:29:59 EST HERE I AM!!! Hello everyone. I'm Francine. I am in the midst of a complete overhaul of wonder magnificent me. I have set realistic goals for myself and am pleased to say that I am meeting my mini challenges and feeling great about it. I have lost 17 lbs since the first week in June. I know I have a long way to go to meet my ultimate goal, but hey 17 lbs is still 17 lbs. I hope joining this team is going to help me along my journey. I hope to hear from everyone soon. Meeting new buddies with similar goals... Wed, 30 Jul 2008 22:33:05 EST frustrated, ready for change hi guys, <BR> <BR> I just joined spark people because I don't know what else to do. I have struggled with weight my entire life (I'm 21). Before I graduated from high school, it used to be a 10 pound struggle-I would eat what I wanted, knowing I could drop the weight fast. well now, it's a different story 4 years and 50 pounds later! <BR> <BR> as childish as it sounds, I think my real weight problem started when I began college-my boyfriend of 3 years dumped me for another girl-ouch! That... Wed, 30 Jul 2008 22:12:41 EST challenge This past Monday was the first day I have not had a fountain diet coke in 13 years and it is very hard as of today. I really like diet coke. I have only drank 4 glasses of water today but I had couple glasses of ice tea and coffee this a.m. I hope to be up to 8 glasses by the weekend. Wed, 30 Jul 2008 18:45:32 EST Hello I just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Shannon, I have joined to loose weight. Thanks <BR> <em>213</em> Wed, 30 Jul 2008 17:07:01 EST Hi, I'm Sheila. Nice to meet you! I just joined yesterday and I am so excited to get started on this journey! <BR> <BR> I look forward to getting to know all of you better as we take these first few steps together. <BR> <BR> A little about me: I am 33, single and living in downtown Sacramento. I grew up a military brat, so I have lived in the midwest, east coast, and abroad. I moved to California in 1991 and can't imagine living anywhere else. It is my home. <BR> <BR> I consider myself an artist among other things. I ... Wed, 30 Jul 2008 16:30:18 EST Hello to everybody!!! Hello my name is Panagiotis and i am from greece.I want to say that the site here do an excellent job.My goals is to lose many kilos and to fix my health. Wed, 30 Jul 2008 16:14:07 EST New Here! Hi, I'm another new person here! I just joined and like the site so far. A friend from another message board introduced me to this site! Wed, 30 Jul 2008 13:45:33 EST Its only 1lb right? I read this on someone else's page & wanted to share with you: <BR> <BR> Only One Pound <BR> <BR> Hello, do you know me? If you don't you should. I'm a pound of fat, and I'm the happiest pound of fat that you would ever want to meet. Want to know why? It's because no one ever wants to lose me; I'm Only One Pound, just a pound. Everyone wants to lose three pounds, five pounds or fifteen pounds, but never only one, so I just stick around and happily keep you fat. Then I add to myself ever s... Wed, 30 Jul 2008 12:55:08 EST new here Hi I am new here and am struggling in losing the weight . I did just have major surgery to prevent cancer. So along with trying to get back on my feet with my kiddo I am dealing with many doctors appointments but there is a light at the end of the tunnel! I am being written with a clean bill of health so I am ready to lose the weight and get healthy for my kiddos sake. Wed, 30 Jul 2008 12:19:17 EST I have arrived.. Hello everyone. Glad to see all the positive attitudes around. I'm working my way around here and trying to figure it all out. Seems like a good place to be - friendly folks and tons of resources. <em>244</em> Wed, 30 Jul 2008 10:15:37 EST Hello All My name is ty, and i am new to the site. i want to shed some pounds but dont know where to start.. Wed, 30 Jul 2008 09:53:51 EST Look! A chubby squirrel has joined the group!!! Hi everyone! I'm new too...I used WW a long time ago to lose 70 lbs and I was lucky to keep it off for three years, by maintaining diet and exercise. I know what to do, now I just need support! And feel free to sparkmail me if you want to be buddies. <BR> <BR> My fiancee calls me the squirrel. He gave me this nickname a long time ago, before I hurt myself...I was a runner!!!! Now fast forward three years, (6 years since the successful WW thing happened) I'm forty pounds overweight and I h... Wed, 30 Jul 2008 08:31:59 EST Intro Hi there, <BR> <BR> I joined as part of a biggest looser competion but was suprised to find so much more than just a food tracker. I am a closer to 40 than 30 something with a toddler, full time job and a husband that travels for business about 50% of the time. I am tierd all the time and figure the extra 15 lbs of what used to be baby weight is probably not helping the situation. Today was my first post and I really discovered some interesting things through my journaling. I won't have ti... Wed, 30 Jul 2008 01:35:16 EST Hey other newbies! I just joined today, go me! I am 25 and a high school teacher. I have been married for about a year and realized that a happy married life made my clothes barely fit. This is a problem because I need to fit into my work clothes soon...summer is quickly ending. EEK!!! So here I go... Wed, 30 Jul 2008 00:10:09 EST Hi from a newbie! Hi! I'm 18 and i'm looking for a healthy life and i want to lose 20 pounds. <BR> I hope here i will find the support i need, so let's begin! <em>243</em> Wed, 30 Jul 2008 00:03:06 EST Hello!! Hi everyone! I'm a 28 year old, single gal with some weight to lose. Well like all of you, I am here to try and change my life. I have had some success in the past, having lost about 30 pounds in the past couple years, but lately I've found little to no motivation to lose the remaining weight I want to lose. Just wanted to say a quick hi and hope we can all help each other! Tue, 29 Jul 2008 23:41:31 EST Hello, I'm happy to be here! Hi everybody, I joined SP yesterday and I am very happy. I need to lose 70 lbs to be at my ideal weight, its a long journey but I have hope that here I will find the support I need to do it. Today I started tracking my food and tomorrow I will start with my exercise. Tue, 29 Jul 2008 23:35:28 EST I'm new too I just found this site accidentally but am overjoyed with what I"ve been reading. I'm a 33 year old mother of 3 who has gained about 55 lbs with my pregnancies and I'm just TIRED of being TIREd, sick of feeling frumpy, and READY to do something about it. I'm still checkin out the site but am very excited from what I see! Looking forward to hearing from you guys and working on this goal together!!! YEPPEE let the games begin guys! <em>213</em> Tue, 29 Jul 2008 22:25:23 EST HI GUYS HI my name is Jeanne. I have just recently in yesterday started the Low GI diet. I am here to give and recieve support! Tue, 29 Jul 2008 20:14:00 EST I Am Woman - See Me Travel The easiest way to introduce myself is to say that I lived 25 years in the US, 25 years in Canada and now working on another 25 years in China! My husband and I teach Chinese, Korean, African, Mongolian, German and American university students at an American university in Dalian, China. This is our sixth year in the country. It is a good life and we feel we are making a difference. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I turn 60 - my life has not always been so fulfilling. Rather than whine about the divo... Tue, 29 Jul 2008 19:56:54 EST My First Day! Hi, My name is Kiki. I am from Toronto and I'm going to be turning 28 yrs old. For the past couple years my body has been changing a lot and I have started putting weight on in different places. I would say I eat pretty well, but I have a hard time getting myself to work out. I would love to join an exercise class but they are so expensive. My husband and I are moving to Paris in 10 months and we would like to fit into the clothes there! Most of my weight is in my hips and thighs, I need ... Tue, 29 Jul 2008 18:05:35 EST First day!!!! Hello everyone. I am 24 and looking to lose about 48 pounds. I just started on this site today. It seems like it has everything I need to start losing weight. Well everything except the motivation. But I am working on that. I decided that today is the day that I change my life. I am sick of putting it off. Wish me luck!! <BR> Tue, 29 Jul 2008 14:58:15 EST Another new member! Hello. My name is Rebecca and I am from New Mexico. I have two daughters, Alexis 4, and Anya 16 months. I am an 8th grade SS teacher, so I have been enjoying the summer with them, but they are about to go back to daycare and I am a bit bummed about that. I run half marathons, so that helps me maintain my weight, but my diet is horrible, so I have not been losing any weight. I am hoping sparkpeople will help me get my diet back in order. Tue, 29 Jul 2008 12:29:26 EST Hello My name is Marie. I am a stay at home of 4 children. 5 if you count my husband. LOL <BR> I am here to hopefully get some really good support and meet some new friends. Please feel free to drop me a line and introduce yourself to me! Tue, 29 Jul 2008 10:20:10 EST I'm New To This! Well guys, I've decided to commit myself to doin it.. and doin it right this time! I'm Jennifer but everybody calls me Jen, you choose.. as long as it ain't Jenny I'm ok with it. I'm 21 and have a WHOLE life ahead of me.. I'm still learnin how everything here works, so please bare with me! Tue, 29 Jul 2008 06:51:27 EST Hello to all well i am a member of two teams and just joined today. my actual goal is to start working out and such on Aug. 1st and go from there. i have struggled for a while now and im tired to being sick and tired. ugh. so i could really use some encouragement i tend to get discouraged easily. lol ty all <BR> GO TEAM Tue, 29 Jul 2008 01:45:32 EST HI GUYS!! So im new to the site...and I have a few questions if anyone reads this..basically I joined today not really knowing what this was...I was planning on doing a ten day cleanse before starting a diet...and then I'm going away to visit my parents in peru...I wanted to start my diet afterwards ..but I don't know how to change my start day...I love this site though!!! I'm excited for the plans and everything!!! I'm so happy I found this site! <BR> <BR> Mon, 28 Jul 2008 23:49:17 EST Hi from PA Hi, my name is Anne. I'm 28 and a mom of three wonderful boys, 7, 5 and 10 months. I now have the mushroom top and my self esteem is going out the window. So I decided to finally do something about it. I would like to lose 30 pounds. I hope this works!!!! <BR> Mon, 28 Jul 2008 23:08:50 EST Howdy :) New to the site - trying to lose weight for my wedding in October. Wish me luck <em>211</em> Mon, 28 Jul 2008 22:48:10 EST Hello from the newbie!! Well, just like it says above I'm a newbie on the website and just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Alissa and I just moved to Washington with my husband and our 15 month old daughter. I'm trying to rediscover my pre-baby body again. I've been "dieting" for the past two months and already lost 16 lbs. I'm also trying to lose another 16 lbs before my husband comes back from deployment. So, if anyone has any good tips, ideas, or even want to ask me questions please hit me up. <BR> Mon, 28 Jul 2008 22:08:44 EST New to SP Hello, my name is Brenda and I live in Winston-Salem, NC. I am 58 yrs old, married, with 2 grown children and 2 grandchildren and another one on the way:) <BR> <BR> I am upset with my weight:( and I only have myself to blame. I just haven't be able to get a grip on it in 2008. I'm excited about joining SP and hope I will get great support and wonderful tips and help. <BR> <BR> I get started here goes. <BR> <BR> Thanks, Brenda Mon, 28 Jul 2008 21:23:14 EST Determined this time Hi everyone...I joined on 07/27 and would like to introduce myself. I'm 61 with 2 children and 3 grandchildren. I live in Fla and do not like being overweight in this heat. I lost 25lbs with weight watchers but quit because of the cost. I have 30 lbs to go to reach my goal of 130. My hobbies are crocheting and reading books on nutrition and health. I have not been taking very good care of myself and figured its now or never. I recently went for all those girly tests and if I can get my we... Mon, 28 Jul 2008 20:29:51 EST a Newbie! Hello, so this is where to lose weight?! <BR> I think I found the right spot. <BR> I have lost some, need to lose about 35 more. I think this will help; I can't weight! Nice to meet you all, I live in the Florida Keys, see ya around! <em>249</em> Mon, 28 Jul 2008 19:03:40 EST Hi everyone :) Hey everyone ! Thought i would introduce myself a little . I'm Caroline and i'm 27 years old from Canada. I finally decided to take care of my health. I always did it on my own before and i'm not the most proud to say i failed , but i know that with support i can do it :) I'll stop at that for now :) But i'm looking foreward to knowing all of you :) <BR> Take care everyone ! <BR> Caroline Mon, 28 Jul 2008 15:36:46 EST Hi everyone! I am new to all of this but it looks like a great way to help me stay focused. I started my "lifestyle" change June 20th when the Dr. said that I HAD to shed some weight. I have lost 25 pounds so far by exercising and eating healthy. <BR> <BR> Looking for some buddies I can encourage and be encouraged by as I press forward towards my goal of 180 pounds. <BR> <BR> Mon, 28 Jul 2008 14:31:26 EST Greetings and Salutations I am a 31 year old woman soon to be *gasp* 32, with a few weight issues (go figure huh). I have recently been very ill and as inactive as you can get because it was an URI and I was not allowed to do anything. So the pounds packed on 22 to be exact at five foot nothing this is alot and it has put me over 200 pounds. <BR> <BR> I need help and support to loose this weight and maintain a healthier lifestyle even with the people who challenge me to stray from my plan and goal. So I guess what ... Mon, 28 Jul 2008 13:29:17 EST Hi soon to be friends My name is Donna and I live in Fla. You can imagine how hard it is to carry around extra weight in this heat. I lost 25 lbs on Weight Watchers but left because of the cost. I have about 30 lbs to reach goal of 130. I feel motivated again after finding Spark People and all the nice people who visit here. Mon, 28 Jul 2008 13:08:32 EST Hello Hello all, Nice to meet all of you! Mon, 28 Jul 2008 12:46:20 EST Helpfull links Here is a few links to help you all get started on the site. We realize that this site is big and can be hard to take in. So the Techies of the site made these videos. As more are made I will at them to this post.....just let me know if you need assistance with anything else.....also U-tube has a some stuff regarding sparkpeople as well. <BR> <BR> Start menu video: <BR> <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=1124 </link> <BR> <BR> Nutrion Tracker video: <BR... Mon, 28 Jul 2008 12:34:58 EST New to the Team Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Amy. I am 22 years old and am starting my first year of graduate school. Instead of gaining the freshman 15 in college, I gained about 30 pounds. I am working to get it back off. I am hoping that this site will help! I look forward to getting to know and encouraging everyone in our journey :) <BR> <BR> Amy Mon, 28 Jul 2008 12:09:19 EST Hi everyone! My name is Kelly and I live in Arizona. I have a 10 month old daughter and a wonderful husband. My initial goal is to lose 30 pounds. Good luck to all of you! Mon, 28 Jul 2008 11:56:36 EST New and happy to be here! Hi everyone! <BR> I am glad I found this site! I am ready to work on getting fit and healthy. Mon, 28 Jul 2008 11:20:52 EST Hi Fellow Motivators I have just joined ready, willing and can't wait to start. It is a lot to read but I like what I see so far. <em>213</em> Mon, 28 Jul 2008 01:53:19 EST Hey there hm, as you can see i am here now. <BR> I am one of the 'difficult' ones, because i have to follow a gluten free vegan diet. <BR> Good for me that i love soy and chickpeas... ;-) <BR> <BR> I want and have to lose about 20kg and get back to the fit and sporty me i once was (sounds like i am 100). <BR> <BR> I would love your guys support and be happy to help anyone with info about veganism, gluten free and exercise. <BR> <BR> Can honestly say, i am slowly becoming an expert in finding food ... Mon, 28 Jul 2008 01:14:05 EST Hey there hm, as you can see i am here now. <BR> I am one of the 'difficult' ones, because i have to follow a gluten free vegan diet. <BR> Good for me that i love soy and chickpeas... ;-) <BR> <BR> I want and have to lose about 20kg and get back to the fit and sporty me i once was (sounds like i am 100). <BR> <BR> I would love your guys support and be happy to help anyone with info about veganism, gluten free and exercise. <BR> <BR> Can honestly say, i am slowly becoming an expert in finding food ... Mon, 28 Jul 2008 01:13:58 EST Hey there hm, as you can see i am here now. <BR> I am one of the 'difficult' ones, because i have to follow a gluten free vegan diet. <BR> Good for me that i love soy and chickpeas... ;-) <BR> <BR> I want and have to lose about 20kg and get back to the fit and sporty me i once was (sounds like i am 100). <BR> <BR> I would love your guys support and be happy to help anyone with info about veganism, gluten free and exercise. <BR> <BR> Can honestly say, i am slowly becoming an expert in finding food ... Mon, 28 Jul 2008 01:12:34 EST HELLO FOLKS <BR> <BR> Hello new team mates! I am extremely motivated to reach my weight loss goals, but I also enjoy helping others. As we go along, feel free to reach out to me if you think I can be helpful in any way. If anything, I have a good sense of humor and am a good listener. <BR> <BR> Congrats to everyone for taking a stand!! Mon, 28 Jul 2008 01:00:50 EST Hey! Hey, <BR> Just started Spark people today and am more than ready to get going. I've tried once before and wasn't able to keep it up, so I could definitely use some support, my goal is to lose 13lbs and run a 5k again! Sun, 27 Jul 2008 23:24:52 EST Hey A long time ago I came across Spark People and thought it looked like a really neat site, but now that I am serious about losing weight and am in need of suppoet and motivation, I've decided to join. <BR> My goal is to go from 225 to 175 by February 1st. <BR> I want to drink more water and give up iced tea [my weakness], and I want stay motivated to stick to an exercise program. <BR> Anyway... I guess that's it. =] Sun, 27 Jul 2008 18:57:45 EST NEW Hi everyone! I'm new to the site and looking for some support. I'm tired of being unhealthy and ready to start working on me! Sun, 27 Jul 2008 16:55:02 EST Daily Check-In Hi! This is the place to give a daily check in and answer the question of the day. <BR> Let us know a goal you accomplished, or if you are having a hard time. <BR> It's just a place to touch base every day or so and let us know what's been going on with you! <BR> <BR> The first question of the day is how much do you want to lose? I still want to lose 50 pounds. Fri, 25 Jul 2008 12:15:00 EST Long term one on one support Are you in this for the long haul? <BR> <BR> Would you like someone that you can always SparkMail and say hey I need some support? <BR> <BR> Well you have come to the right Forum. Here you will sign up for ONE-ON-ONE BUDDY SUPPORT. Just give us a little information about you and we will pair you up with someone kinda like you and you two can support each other. <BR> <BR> Here is what we need from you: <BR> First Name <BR> SparkPeople Goals: <BR> Do you work? (what kind of job) <BR> Do you... Fri, 25 Jul 2008 12:10:49 EST ********THE DUMP******** CHALLENGE #2 - DUMPING LBS/INCHES <BR> <BR> Here is where you check in as often as you would like and dump off the pounds and inches that you have lost. <BR> <BR> Come on class tell us how much you have lost be proud of it. Every 2 weeks the one who dumped the most will win. <BR> <BR> First set of 2 weeks ends August 9th Thu, 17 Jul 2008 16:36:25 EST Weeks 1 & 2 Challenge CHALLENGE #1 - DRINKING WATER <BR> <BR> Ok so for the first 2 weeks on the site your challenge is too.......... <BR> <BR> Drink 2 glasses of water a day. Thats it. We are starting small you can do it. Post here each day or every few days and let us know how you are doing. <BR> <BR> The more you post or rather drink the better chances are for winning the challenge. <BR> <BR> Challenge ends August 9th. So lets get to drinking class. Thu, 17 Jul 2008 16:26:43 EST A letter to your body I was surfing thru the site and found a blog that I felt I should share. I read 2 of the SP member blogs that started this. It was called a letter to my body. Here is a link to the origional idea <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> To read her blog you have to go to her sparkpage here is her user name and who she got it from <BR> KATREENI <BR> keadabeada Thu, 10 Jul 2008 10:55:28 EST Start Menu Video They have made a Video to help the newcommers learn how to use the is a link. <BR> <BR> Here is a exerpt from a blog with a link to a video to help some of the newcomers learn the site <BR> <BR> SparkPeople offers so many amazing tools, resources and community features that it can be overwhelming to know how to begin—especially if you're new to the site. We created this new "tutorial" video to show our members how to get started. It explains how to find the food tracker, meal p... Thu, 10 Jul 2008 01:21:32 EST Ask your questions here Got a question about.....well....anything. Well then step on up and ask it here. As a class we will try to help you. Thu, 10 Jul 2008 00:29:26 EST Daily Chat Lets talk about what is going on Thu, 3 Jul 2008 00:06:55 EST Hi All! Welcome to Spark. Let others know about you! Where are you from and why have you joined? I am from Florida, and I joined because I was sick of feeling unhealthy all the time. I have seen what Spark can do, and I know you will love the site! Tue, 1 Jul 2008 14:15:44 EST