SparkPeople Parents of Infants (Up to Age 2) Team Messageboard This team is for parents of children up to age 2. Share experiences and tips for raising a healthy family and find support as you work toward your own health-related goals! SparkPeople Parents of Infants (Up to Age 2) Team Messageboard December Fitness Challenge What we are going to do is each person will set a goal for how many fitness minutes they want to complete in December. Then we will track that here. <BR> <BR> Use the following as your tracker: <BR> <BR> Goal Minutes: <BR> <BR> Dec. 1-8: <BR> Dec. 9-15: <BR> Dec. 16-22: <BR> Dec. 23-29: <BR> Dec. 30-31: <BR> <BR> Total Minutes: <BR> Minutes Left: <BR> <BR> Use that em Thu, 29 Nov 2018 14:44:02 EST Hi to everyone I'm a soon to be 46 year old mother of two girls 8 and 5. I have knee and foot issues and about 20lbs to lose. I'm looking for support and I love to cheer people on. I've failed many times over, but I'm planing on posting here daily and would love to make some friends. Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:47:34 EST QOTW- what will you buy your little one? What do you plan to buy your little one for Christmas this year? Sun, 29 Nov 2015 17:28:28 EST what are your fitness goals? What are your fitness goals? Sun, 23 Aug 2015 20:12:59 EST Survey for moms of young children Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> We're looking for moms with children ages 0-18 to take the survey below. If you have a few minutes, can you help? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>C </link> <BR> <BR> Thanks for your time! <BR> <BR> Coach Jen Fri, 14 Aug 2015 14:06:56 EST QOTW- is your child in daycare? Who cares for your little one(s) while you are at work? <BR> <BR> I am lucky to be a teacher and my summer is ending, so my little guy is going back to daycare tomorrow. I hate that part. It's harder for me to leave him than it is for him. We love the care he gets there. <BR> The only issue I have is they don't serve the healthiest food there. I don't allow them to give him juice. And this year I am going to start sending his snacks at least because they almost always give his age group co... Sun, 9 Aug 2015 19:26:03 EST QOTW- healthy snacks What are some ideas for on the go snacks for us parents and for the little ones? <BR> <BR> Sun, 2 Aug 2015 17:47:39 EST QOTW- what do you eat for breakfast? Breakfast is sometimes the hardest meal of the day for me because I am usually in a hurry, even when I have everything ready the night before. So sometimes I don't eat healthy. <BR> What do you eat for breakfast? Any tips for having healthy foods ready ahead of time? Sun, 26 Jul 2015 17:26:28 EST QOTW- WHEN do you find time to work out? For all you busy moms that still work out- when do you find the time? <BR> Do you workout when baby/ little one is napping? Before they wake up? When they go to bed? <BR> Mon, 20 Jul 2015 16:51:45 EST QOTW- how many kids do you have? How many kids do you have? How old are they? Do you have step-children? Do you want to have any more children? Fri, 10 Jul 2015 13:31:58 EST QOTW- what do you do for ME time? How often and what do you do for time for yourself to recharge? Mon, 29 Jun 2015 10:36:52 EST QOTW- summer activities for the little ones What are you doing this summer with your little one? What do you do to keep them entertained? <BR> Sun, 21 Jun 2015 21:12:33 EST QOTW- have you lost the baby weight yet? Week of 6/14- have you lost your pregnancy weight? If so, how did you do it? If not, tell us about it! Sun, 14 Jun 2015 20:00:26 EST Question of the week- 6/8 I thought I would start a question of the week. Feel free to send me ideas! <BR> <BR> This week: <BR> <BR> What is your "go-to" healthy family/ kid-friendly meal that you make? Mon, 8 Jun 2015 15:35:29 EST Loose 1lb, June 2015 (comment for each lb) This is a thread where we each make a comment every time we loose one pound. If you loose two pounds make two comments and so forth. If you have not lost anything yet, please do not comment until you do. It might be fun to see how many comments we get and how many pounds we can loose. <BR> <BR> I bet we can loose more in June than in May! Join in anytime :) <BR> <BR> This comment counts as 1lb. <BR> <BR> ETA: Today 172.4 <BR> Wed, 3 Jun 2015 09:51:15 EST What is your plan for loosing/m aintaing? Just trying to get more activity on the board. Tell me your plan! <BR> <BR> Here is my current one. <BR> <BR> I am eating 1200-1500 Calories per day (trying to keep it closer to 1200. Most days are pretty high protein and lowcarb. But unfortunately my fat intake when I do that is pretty high, so I need to try and figure out how to have high protein and not too much fat. I have cut out most processed food, just because then you seem to get to eat more and still stay in your Caloric range. <... Mon, 25 May 2015 11:19:04 EST What are you doing for LO's birthday? Trying to get conversation going... <BR> What are you or have you done for your little one's first or even second birthday party? Any tips to share? Fri, 22 May 2015 21:56:21 EST Loose 1lb, May 2015 (comment for each lb) So I have an idea, maybe it is a good one, maybe not. I want to start a thread where we each make a comment on this thread every time we loose one pound. If you loose two pounds make two comments and so forth. If you have not lost anything yet, please do not comment until you do. It might be fun to see how many comments we get and how many pounds we can loose. <BR> <BR> It would probably be be better to start at the beginning of the month, but I don't want to wait for April. We could start a... Thu, 21 May 2015 10:55:47 EST Exercise Check Ins I am part of another group that just posts what they do daily on the team. It can be as simple as walked the dog, but sometimes it just helps to write it down and be part of a group that 'checks in' with each other. SO here is a place where we can do that. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <em>216</em> <em>312</em> <em>414</em> Mon, 4 May 2015 08:20:30 EST Breastfeeding and lowered calories? My baby is 14 months, eating well, but still a fair number of breast feeds, no formula. <BR> <BR> I am eating lower carb and since I want to drop weight, lowered calories from usual. Around 1400-1500, net carbs around 120g <BR> <BR> I am eating plenty of fats (salmon, nuts, avocado, oils). <BR> <BR> But the last three days, after I have had a sustained good week, eating on track lower calorie and carb, my baby is un-fillable! She is signing "food" and "hungry" and actually eating what is b... Sun, 12 Apr 2015 08:36:12 EST Hello- jan 2014 baby Hi everyone, my name is Valerie I am 28 /5'4/214lbs/mother of three 1,5, & 7. <BR> <BR> I am working on losing 50-60 pounds I just recently restarted the program, after taking a break for a year or so after having a new baby, I previously lost 65lbs,I started at around 245lbs in 2010 and lowest weight before I was pregnant in 2014 was 181-182lbs.. and now I am hoping to to reach my goal Of 160lbs. <BR> <BR> In the past I walked off the weight all at home! No gyms or gear,but now with a ver... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 10:33:39 EST stay at home mommy need to lose 100+ lbs My name is Becca and I am a stay at home mommy. I have really just let myself go. I am trying to get back on the bandwagon. I really need to lose at least 110 lbs for my own health. I am looking forward to meeting gold and my long journey for success Mon, 23 Feb 2015 11:59:45 EST Shortcuts I'm a working mom with a 14 year old and a 17 month old. I don't have a lot of time to cook or clean and it's driving me crazy. My husband is a picky eater. How do you all save time? What do you do to keep the house clean, laundry folded etc etc? Tue, 28 Oct 2014 20:50:03 EST GOOD AFTERNOON EVERYONE!!! IM LOVELYDUTCHESS Hello All! I have been a member for a long time now. but I never actually took the time to explore the site. I did a few exercise videos and then I moved on to something else. Any whoo I started my weight loss journey over again 9/29/2014 and I have receive an email from spark with some weight loss tips and I log in and be logging in ever since. I can only say I wish I paid more attention to the site back then. I might have been successful with my journey. I LOVE everything this site offers a... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 14:12:28 EST New mom from Maine :) Hello everyone! I have been on SP for a few years but have swayed from it for a bit. I reset it up today. I am 36 and a first time mom to a baby girl that I had on august 27 (almost 4 weeks old).... She was originally due Sept 1 and we had a tough labor... about 19 hours labor, 3 hours pushing and then a C section... but she is here and healthy as can be! <BR> <BR> I am trying to be more active now and I have a jogging stroller so we go on walks alot.... I am also breastfeeding... <B... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 08:48:05 EST sleep training & emotional eating I'm trying to sleep train my 7 month old, and it's hard. I feel confident that I'm doing what's best for us, but it's still really awful to hear her struggle. Emotional/stress eating has always been a problem for me. I'm finding that when I'm trying to wait the 5 minutes between checking in on her, I'll just shovel food in! A spoon, a jar of peanut butter and some chocolate chips has been my go to. Help!! What else can I do while trying to help this little one learn to sleep on her own?! Fri, 8 Aug 2014 16:01:05 EST August Challenge My August Goal: __________ minutes <BR> <BR> Friday 8/1: <BR> 8/2: <BR> 8/3: <BR> 8/4: <BR> 8/5: <BR> 8/6: <BR> 8/7: <BR> Week 1 total: <BR> How many minutes do I have left?: <BR> <BR> 8/8: <BR> 8/9: <BR> 8/10: <BR> 8/11: <BR> 8/12: <BR> 8/13: <BR> 8/14: <BR> Total this week: <BR> Overall total: <BR> Minutes left to goal: <BR> <BR> 8/15: <BR> 8/16: <BR> 8/17: <BR> 8/18: <BR> 8/19: <BR> 8/20: <BR> 8/21: <BR> Total this week: <BR> Overall total: <BR> Minutes left... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 03:43:38 EST 4 letter words from a-z game Able Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:27:30 EST Change a letter Change a letter in the current word to make a new word: <BR> <BR> <BR> mall Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:24:08 EST Favorite healthy meal? I just found a recipe for baked chicken topped with Greek yogurt and dill sauce. I love it! Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:16:17 EST August Fitness Challenge For this challenge, you are seeing how many fitness minutes you can get in during August. Remember, you are not competing against anyone else, just yourself. <BR> <BR> First, copy and paste the template below onto a new post. (You can make your own template too! This one seems to work well for many people, but if you don't like it feel free to do your own thing) <BR> <BR> Second, decide how many minutes you think you can do during August (then maybe add a few more minutes to that total to... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:09:06 EST Walk or jog/run? Walk Mon, 7 Jul 2014 00:56:41 EST Newbie to SP and Team Hi Everyone! I hate doing intros, but I will try my best to keep this as short as possible. <BR> <BR> I'm a 32 year old stay at home mom to 2 boys. Preston is 5 years old and Noah is 9 months. Noah has only been home with us for 4 months due to a lengthy stay in the NICU. Noah was born at 26 weeks and my oldest at 31 weeks. But since his coming home, I have packed on the pounds due to stress and not taking time to take care of myself like I should. I can't wait to get started with SP!... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 01:51:47 EST Hi. I am back. Ok so I have been away but I am back. It is time to get back on track and I need help. I am hoping this app and website will give me what I need to keep on track because by having this to look at everyday I think I will be able to do that. Tue, 6 May 2014 09:59:51 EST What are your plans or goals for the Summer? Here in Michigan it's just starting to get warmer, and I'm looking forward to everything I can do with the kids outside this summer. My goals is to take them outside for at least ten minutes everyday it is not raining, and to take a walk with them 3 days a week. <BR> <BR> How about you? Tue, 6 May 2014 09:04:17 EST What infant seat for bike? I plan on buying myself a cruiser style bicycle (yay!) to get more exercise. My son is 16m old and will get to go with me most of the time. What type of seat do you recommend? <BR> <BR> I'm not sure if a front rider or back is better. I'd consider a tow behind cart but that's not my favorite option because we have a wagon we'd most likely use for short walks to the park. I'd like something that can stay attached to my bike for rides around the neighborhood. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <em>108</em> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 12:04:25 EST What do you eat for breakfast? I need fast easy ideas for breakfasts.... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 20:25:02 EST Team C in LA Team C has reached Louisiana. Box #3, please. Mon, 20 Jan 2014 16:54:50 EST Any summer 2013 parents? Hello! I'm new to the team and my son was born in July 2013. I'm a first-time mommy and would like to meet some other Sparkers with kids the same age! <BR> <BR> Debra Sat, 11 Jan 2014 22:07:27 EST Where are you from? Post what state you are from and something about your state. <BR> <BR> I'm from Michigan. It can get cold, but it's very pretty. Wed, 4 Dec 2013 14:21:37 EST What are you thankful for? Studies have shown that gratitude is an important factor in people's happiness. So what are you thankful for? <BR> <BR> I am thankful for my family, and that I made the choice to get healthy. I have a ways to go, but I've lost 48 pounds so far. I feel so much healthier and just generally better. Wed, 20 Nov 2013 17:56:36 EST What's your favorite Christmas tradition? I love passing on traditions to my kids, and I have read that it is very important to help kids feel that they have a place in the world. Last year we started the Elf on the Shelf, and when my extended family gets together we have sung Christmas carols for years. <BR> <BR> <BR> What traditions are you looking forward to this year? Thu, 14 Nov 2013 18:10:58 EST Rather spend time with my baby It is so hard to stay motivated to work out when I could be at home with my 3 1/2 month old son. It helps that my work a lots time for me to work out, but it is still hard to stay motivated to work out instead of heading home. I have been dieting for about 3 weeks not and that is going good. I am on day three off the gym (my goal is at least three days a week). Just so hard to supposed to go today, but today is my day for picking my son up from daycare. ughhh Thu, 17 Oct 2013 12:29:31 EST What is your little one going to be for Halloween? My 4 year old is going to be a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, not sure about my 2 year old yet. Wed, 2 Oct 2013 12:16:47 EST Message Removed Message Removed Fri, 13 Sep 2013 12:11:43 EST September Fitness Minutes Challenge For this challenge you are just competing against yourself. Think about how many minutes of fitness that you want to do in September, that is your goal. For instance, if you want to do 10 minutes a day 4 times a week, then that's 40 minutes a week, there are 4 weeks (and 2 days) so your goal would be about 160 minutes. <BR> <BR> Check in every few days and update your progress. You can copy and past the template below, or make your own. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> My goal: <BR> <BR> 9-1 <B... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 15:29:56 EST Toddler drink Has anyone used the graduates toddler drink powdered form? I am trying to bost my daughters diet up. Am wondering if it will tast close to a formula taste? Which she doesn like at all. Fri, 23 Aug 2013 12:00:14 EST Toddler Fears - kind of funny Okay, so I hate to be the mom that laughs at her kids but my boys are afraid of some pretty random (to me anyway) things that I find funny, in an oh so adorable way. My triplet boys are 21 months. One is afraid of balloons and ceiling fans. He doesn't seem to notice fans that aren't turned on but is terrified of them when they are on. You wouldn't believe all of the "kid friendly" places that have balloons that we've nearly been kicked out of after creating a major scene. Fans are pretty... Wed, 14 Aug 2013 16:52:41 EST She's already got TEETH! My 6 month old just popped her first tooth through today. She's been working on it for WEEKS now (never goes anywhere without a hand in her mouth). I'm so sad! I should be excited, but it's just another reminder that she's growing up so fast while I'm not around. She just started rolling over two weeks ago too and she's just started doing it in front of me. I work full time, 40 hours a week (4 - 10's with an hour commute round-trip) and being away from her is really depressing. I'm going to m... Sat, 3 Aug 2013 21:38:45 EST August Finish the Summer Strong Challenge Since summer will be over before we know it, <em>46</em> I thought of a challenge to help everyone finish their summer with good habits to carry into the Fall. There are four things to do every week (drink 8 glasses of water, exercise, eating 5 servings of freggies, and go outside for at least 10 minutes) Give yourself one point for each item that you complete. Also there will be a bonus item each week worth 10 points if you complete it. You can cut and paste from the template is below: ... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 15:43:51 EST 17 month old says 4 words She says Mama, Dada, Yeah & Go(mostly Dada & Go). The doctors say it's not a big deal, but I know my 2 older kids said more at this age. Her hearing is fine and she comprehends almost everything you say. She can follow instructions - when she's not being stubborn - and she does signs for please, eat, more, & cup. I don't want to keep teaching her signs and not have her talk. Her brothers are 4 & 6 years older - they don't talk for her, they don't usually want her around & in their stuff. She ... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 15:52:08 EST Getting Dedicated I have been doing SparkPeople off and on for a few years now. I get excited to start on the weight loss journey. I start off really dedicated, weighing and measuring food, trying to stay in my correct caloric intake range. Then I get tired. I get tired of weighing and measuring food. I think that I have been doing it long enough that can "eyeball" the food. I obviously can't correctly "eyeball" the food. <BR> <BR> I am going to dedicate myself to this journey. Therefore, I am going ... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 14:20:56 EST Nap schedules and advice for transitioning naps Hi Everyone! My triplet boys are 20 months old and are all good sleepers. For as long as I can remember they've been taking a solid morning nap (usually from 8:30/9 - 11/11:30am) and a shorter but still good afternoon nap (2 - 3/3:30pm). They go to bed at 7:30pm at night and wake up for the day between 6 - 7am. But the time has come that they are resisting the afternoon nap. They still are taking great morning naps and sleeping well at night but when I lay them down in the afternoon, the... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 16:39:42 EST Hello from Idaho My name is Kim. I am the proud mama of two little boys (20 months & 8 months). They are my everything. Unfortunately because they are my everything I sometimes feel like I have disappeared. So I have made the decision to start focusing on myself a little bit at a time, starting with getting rid of the pregnancy pounds and being healthier. The way I see it, my family can't be 100% unless I'm 100% also. :) Sat, 13 Jul 2013 18:01:47 EST I have been missing in action as a team leader Hi, I just want to apologize for not being on this team thread much and not being a good team leader. I am currently participating in 2 challenges and by the time I post on these teams I do not have a lot of time to come to this thread. The good news is I think I am getting some possible ideas for some challenges we could do here on this team. I will try to start some more challenges for this team when I get a little more organized in life and can figure out how to post on this team also. Tue, 18 Jun 2013 00:51:17 EST Nursing Strike/Nipple Confusion I'm so frustrated, sad, angry, hurt, etc. My 3 month old has decided she'd rather have the bottle than my breast. She was doing so well too. In the beginning she wouldn't latch but with lots of persistence she began breast feeding at 4 weeks. Then she got colic and the doc said to supplement every other feeding. Now she only wants the bottle and screams/fights/turns away when I try to breast feed. I think this may end up bring the straw that breaks my back. I'm so depressed and lost. ... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 19:45:21 EST Nutrition tracker while breastfeeding Does anyone know if there's a way to customize the nutrition tracker for nursing? I want to start getting back on the wagon and losing my baby weight, and my nutritionist said I should be consuming about 2000 cal/day while breastfeeding. When I set up the tracker for weight loss, it plops me back in the 1200-1600 cal range, which is too low to keep up my milk production. Tue, 11 Jun 2013 13:00:54 EST When to hit your kid I know this is a very sensitive topic for a lot of people and maybe inappropriate in this venue, but I needed someone's oppinion about this. <BR> <BR> My son is almost 14months. He does pretty well sleeping through the night, but this last week he's been waking up several times wanting a bottle. I'm sure he's going through a growth spurt. Anyway, we gave him a bottle the other night and usually he goes right back to sleep but this time he didn't. He kept crying after the bottle was done. My... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 13:18:48 EST (Re)intr oduction Hello, all! I think I joined this time what feels like 1000 years ago, did nothing and have recently recommitted myself to getting back in shape. <BR> <BR> DD is ~17 months old, and I'm still ~25 lbs. above my pre-pregnancy weight. Before getting pregnant, I foolishly thought I could get back into shape within 6 months. Ha! <BR> <BR> I'm excited to get back to me. I've been doing the Body Reset Diet, seen a 7 lbs. weight loss, and am looking to just get fit again. :) Tue, 4 Jun 2013 13:24:55 EST Coming back! Hi! My name is Jennifer and I am 23 years old. I am currently a full time student (except I get the next 8 months off). My husband and I have a 3 year old son and we just had a baby girl three weeks ago on Mother's Day! I am coming back to spark because I still have about 10 pounds left of baby weight to lose, but I would really like to lose an additional 5. <BR> <BR> I have received the okay from my doctor to start walking farther distances and start doing some light weight training. I was... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 12:02:47 EST June Fitness Minutes Challenge For this challenge you think about how much you would like to exercise every day/week/month and make a goal for the month of June. You make your goal and you update your post periodically to see how you are doing. Goodies to everyone who meets their goal! <BR> <BR> This is a challenge that you are really competing against yourself, so don't feel that you have to have as many minutes as anyone else. <BR> <BR> You can cut and paste below if you want to use my template, or you can make your o... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 20:29:03 EST Baby almost a year old & I still have preggo lbs Good afternoon, <BR> I'm Moni. I had my baby boy, Xander, almost a year ago and boy does time fly! Before baby, I thought I'd have the weight off within 3 months, HA! But I've enjoyed every moment I've spent with him, so no regrets. I'm working on losing 60 lbs as quickly and healthily as possible. I'm a single mom, so workouts are going to be interesting... Tue, 28 May 2013 16:09:39 EST Breastfeeding woes Is anyone else having trouble with breastfeeding? What are you doing to fix it? I'm gonna start talking to La Leche League and see if they can help; if not, there's a lactation consultant company in Chicago that gets rave reviews on Yelp. Nothing I'm doing on my own is working, sadly. I fix one problem and we end up with another one. <BR> <BR> Right now we're dealing with he doesn't want to latch at ALL. Or he'll latch and won't suck. He's been bottle fed from birth (as he was in the Nicu)... Fri, 3 May 2013 13:11:10 EST Infant car seat Hello, I'm new to the group and have one 2yo and one on the way in Aug. I used a Baby Trend flex lock carseat with my first and I want to find something lighter weight this time. Any suggestions? Wed, 1 May 2013 14:09:30 EST Spark Radio Hey all, I hope you're having a rockin' day. Be sure to check out Spark Radio this week. I'm in it and I'm super excited! Sun, 28 Apr 2013 23:14:36 EST Meal Planning Help I know Spark has a meal planner, but I'm in need of something more interactive/customizable. Does anyone know of another free/low price website that will give me more flexibility but still plan the meals FOR me? <BR> <BR> I'm terrible at planning out meals myself. I'm in real need of a generator I can customize and use as a menu. Sun, 28 Apr 2013 04:43:53 EST Any Parents in Phoenix Valley AZ Truwest Credit Union is hosting a child safety event at 1345 W Warner Rd, Tempe, AZ 85284 (Warner and Priest). They will be doing free biometric and DNA safety kit. Also going to be fun stuff like pizza, face paint, and games. <BR> <BR> Just thought I'd pass the words. I'm a strong believer in the safety kits <em>41</em> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 19:41:55 EST dissapointed at the park today so we had a pretty day today. a little windy but warm not hot. so I thought i would take my 1 year old to the park for about 30 minutes before i had to go to work. I also took along my camera. so when i get there 3 guys about 18-20 was playing basket ball and another women with a 3 year old was there. I put rebekah on the swing and she laughed and i took pictures for about 15 minutes. then i let her wonder around the tower play part . now this is right beside the swings and is made for presc... Wed, 24 Apr 2013 17:19:07 EST ONDERLAND! So I had my first weigh-in and postpartum check-in a couple days ago. I'm officially 198 lbs! It's the lowest I've been in over a decade! I started the pregnancy at 221, and lost weight during most of it (Wasn't trying, I promise! - it felt like all I did was eat!) and ended it right before delivery at 220. 2 weeks postpartum and I'm 198! I am THRILLED! Still in a little bit of shock I think! :) Thu, 18 Apr 2013 17:28:06 EST looking for friends/ buddies! I am a sahm of 2 kids... a 13 month old and a 9 year old. I basically started all over with my newest child because i forgot everything... I'd like to come up with some fun things that are free or low cost to do with my kids. I am interested in art, reading, cooking, fitness, and organization. I am looking for some more friends/buddies that we can help keep each other motivated. Seems almost all my current friends hardly get on here anymore. Add me if you are interested and let me know so i c... Fri, 12 Apr 2013 15:17:39 EST I'm good at... I could use some help with... I was just thinking we all have strengths and weaknesses and parenting tips to share. Maybe my weakness is your strength and you might have some tips to help me. So let's each share a tip or something we're good at and an area where we could use some help. If you see a team member you could help with a tip, please share some friendly advice. I'll start. <BR> <BR> I'm good at getting my kids to brush their teeth. We clean our kids up after eating while they're still sitting in their high... Thu, 11 Apr 2013 14:59:44 EST Breast feeding & pumping Hi everyone, I could use some help if you can manage. I just had my first baby on the 1st, and we didnt' manage to start breastfeedin right away (long story). Part of the problem now is that I'm not producing alot of milk, so he gets really frustrated trying to feed. It's gotten to the point we're feeding him formula and I'm pumping what I can and giving that too him in addition. <BR> <BR> Add to that the fact that I have inverted nipples (NO idea how that works, but it makes latching rea... Thu, 11 Apr 2013 00:52:53 EST Hi! I have a newborn! Hello! My name is Jacque, and I just gave birth to my first baby, Nathaniael Christopher, by C-section on Monday. <BR> <BR> At this point I'm still struggling with breastfeeding and things like that. His dad (my husband Chris) and I are trying to get on a schedule and get used to things but it's been a big adjustment. <BR> <BR> I will be very glad when I heal up and can get back to my usual fitness routine, which included belly dancing, running, and yoga. <BR> <BR> I look forward to... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 23:10:27 EST How do I post under Blue Team? What button do I hit to post? Should I just reply to someone? Tue, 2 Apr 2013 23:05:22 EST 18 mo old is blowing his nose :) I can't believe it! This weekend I thought he was just pretending (blowing air out of his mouth) until he did it without a Kleenex & blew snot all over his face; then I asked him to do it again this morning, and sure enough, he has it figured out. I am so happy! Neither of my other 2 learned this young! Sure gonna make things easier with his allergies! Mon, 1 Apr 2013 15:05:43 EST Blue Team tracking for April 2013 challenge Join this team if your last name begins with N - Z . <BR> <BR> What we are going to do for this challenge is split the whole team into 2 different teams that are going to compete against each other for bragging rights. We are going to focus on eating our fruits & vegetables <em>4</em> , drinking water <em>91</em> , and staying within our calorie range. <BR> <BR> How you determine which team you are on is by your last name. <BR> <BR> Red Team will be last name beginning with A - M. <B... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 23:28:47 EST Red Team Tracking for April 2013 Challenge Join this team if your last name begins with A - M. <BR> <BR> What we are going to do for this challenge is split the whole team into 2 different teams that are going to compete against each other for bragging rights. We are going to focus on eating our fruits & vegetables <em>4</em> , drinking water <em>91</em> , and staying within our calorie range. <BR> <BR> How you determine which team you are on is by your last name. <BR> <BR> Red Team will be last name beginning with A - M. <BR... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 23:24:58 EST April 2013 Challenge What we are going to do for this challenge is split the whole team into 2 different teams that are going to compete against each other for bragging rights. We are going to focus on eating our fruits & vegetables <em>4</em> , drinking water <em>91</em> , and staying within our calorie range. <BR> <BR> How you determine which team you are on is by your last name. <BR> <BR> Red Team will be last name beginning with A - M. <BR> <BR> Blue Team will be last name beginning with N - Z. <BR> <BR... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 09:50:01 EST What milestone are you at my daughter just turned 1 on march 21st and she has started WALKING actually it is more like toddling lol she has made a good 12 steps before sitting down and laughing at us for watching her. I love watching her make clumsy steps but it also makes me sad to think she is growing so fast Wed, 27 Mar 2013 15:34:48 EST Breastfeeding beyond a year. I am currently still nursing my LO (18.5 months) and plan to continue to at least 2 & see his interest from then on. Any other moms nursing until their LOs naturally wean? DS is my 3rd & the longest I have BF, my oldest, 6 mo, my middle, 11 mo.; so this is all new territory for me but I feel I'm much more educated this time around (oldest is 16 & middle is 13). Wed, 27 Mar 2013 14:18:07 EST Hello all! Hi <BR> my name is Toni and I am a mother of 2 I have 1 boy whose name is carter an is about to be 2. I have a girl whose name is jaylan who is 5 and both of them are my worlds right now. I also work part time and go to college plus all the extra stuff that comes with living in a house. Tue, 19 Mar 2013 03:00:22 EST Help...feeling of can't has hit me Hi all. I'm Tammy. Mommy of 3 (ages 17, 2, 1). I work full time. I'm married. I am also a pet mom of 3. Anyway, I've hit a wall I can't seem to get over. My job requires that I stay physically fit. There's a weigh in every 6 months or so and a fitness test following that. I'm several pounds. I only have a month to lose it. I can't seem to get over this hurdle. I was injured Jan 27 and that's no excuse...mainly, I am frustrated because my weight is increasing and I don't know w... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 16:21:58 EST Getting Started...Again Hi all, <BR> <BR> I am slowly getting started on yet another journey of weight loss and wellness. 7 years ago I drastically changed my life by losing 80 pounds, getting fit, shrinking 5 sizes, and developing a suffering self-esteem. I kept the weight off until I got pregnant and gained about 40 pounds. My 21-month old little girl has become my top priority in life. Taking care of my daughter, plus working, and maintaining a household and a marriage has caused me to neglect myself. I ha... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 10:09:46 EST new to the team and first time mum. Hi all, Im claire , 25 from UK.I had a baby girl on 1/2/13 she is almost 5weeks old. i couldn't picture my life without her. <BR> i currently weigh 227lbs Im 6,1 iv been married for almost 2years and Im looking to get back in shape. Mon, 4 Mar 2013 11:26:36 EST still no sleep I am at a loss I never thought in a million years I would have a child that was 11 months old and still not sleeping through the night. she now will not really want to eat she kinda fusses and sometimes she will fuss a bit and go back to sleep. its like she dosent want to be awake and unhappy she is. she dosent drink much at night anymore. Im thinking about moving her crib. we put her in the sitting room that is off our bedroom but in direct eye contact with our bed. Im thinking we are just g... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 23:56:53 EST Do you do everything your pediatrician says? As a first time mom, I have to say for the most part I do everything my pediatrician says and I read and research the "right" thing to do whenever I have questions. But there is a lot of contradictory information out there, isn't there? Everyone has an opinion and there's a lot of grey area to do what works best for you and your child. <BR> One area in particular I struggle with are the foods I can and can't feed my kids at certain ages. Their pediatrician is always on the conservative sid... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 10:51:26 EST Energy and motivation I am so tired, I have a 3 month old and a two year old. Not to be too graphic but wiping butts and feeding kids all day is not going to help me loose weight. I have no energy to work out. I feel like even if i get started now, i'm so fat that an in home work out won't make a difference. I also know 95% of the misery i am feeling right now is because I don't like how I look due to my weight. Does any one have any advice on how to get started and stick to it. I also get very little sleep. HELP! Tue, 26 Feb 2013 13:15:06 EST Biggest Loser Individual Chat Here's where you can chat as the top 10. <BR> <BR> Once again, congratulations on making it to the top 10. <BR> <BR> Here's the list of the Top 10: <BR> <BR> MOMMACASSEY <BR> MWWENSIN <BR> WILSOD1 <BR> JENNIK2 <BR> NH_MOM <BR> JENNCOWN <BR> ALI_P7 <BR> SANDERSO23 <BR> JEN-MN <BR> TRULYNNN <BR> Sun, 24 Feb 2013 10:11:15 EST Biggest Loser Individual Weigh In Here's the place to put your weigh ins for the rest of the competition. Please copy and paste your grey or pink team weigh ins and put them here. <BR> Congratulations on making it to the top 10! Sun, 24 Feb 2013 10:09:27 EST BMI is lower than it has been in 2 years! My BMI is lower than its been in 2 years. I do not see changes yet but the scale is moving down slowly. I have decided to stay motivated i am going to go by 25 lb goals at a time so i look at how far i have come vs how far i still have to go. 25 lbs sounds much less intimidating than saying i have 80 lbs to lose. Tue, 19 Feb 2013 17:44:52 EST Barcode scanner in mobile app Hi, does anyone use the barcode scanner in the mobile app for android? I think this would be really nice assuming it picks up all the nutritional info on food, but I can't seem to get my phone to scan. It pulls up the box to scan the item, but will not focus & read the barcode. Any suggestions? Wed, 13 Feb 2013 15:35:46 EST California Dreamin :) Hello! <BR> <BR> I am not a stranger to SparkPeople however I have not been a part of the community for a few years. I used this site 6 years ago while I was living in California and within a year I was the smallest, healthiest, and most fit I had ever been! I loved my energy, my glow, and especially my beach body!! However 5 years and 2 kids later, and living back in my home state of WI, I am now the heaviest I have ever been. My husband and I were just married July 2012 and we are taking ... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 20:41:58 EST Potty Training Hey all. My little one was super excited about potty training but now she wants nothing to do with the potty. She did go potty in the potty once a week after going into pull-ups but since then she's refused and fought sitting on the potty for more than 3 seconds. I could use some tips/suggestions to help make the potty better for her. <BR> <BR> We did try reading a book, this lasted 4 days. We also tried having her sit on the "big" potty. I got excited when she tooted on the potty and ... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 23:15:45 EST Biggest Loser Pink Team Here is the Pink Team: <BR> <BR> ECHUSSEY <BR> MOMMIE2TWOGIRLS <BR> CGARRARD <BR> FATHIMAHAMED <BR> KSCAMS <BR> SANDERSO23 <BR> TAKENIA1 <BR> ANSIN2011 <BR> TRULYNNN <BR> STARFISH205 <BR> DOMINOCHIC <BR> EMILY625 <BR> MAXJENEMASHMOM1 <BR> JEN-MN <BR> <BR> We are now down to the Grey and Pink teams. Sat, 2 Feb 2013 23:17:35 EST Biggest Loser Grey Team Here is the Grey Team: <BR> <BR> WILSOD1 <BR> Momin09 <BR> MOMMACASSEY <BR> ALI_P7 <BR> DABGURLIE <BR> MWWENSIN <BR> KIMBERLANG <BR> ASHLEE624 <BR> JENNCOWN <BR> EPPRUITT <BR> NH_MOM <BR> MELCROSS74 <BR> JENNIK2 <BR> THENAVYWIFIE <BR> <BR> This will now be your team. We are down to 2 teams now. Sat, 2 Feb 2013 23:11:21 EST Biggest Loser Grey/Pink Team Weigh In NewYear 2013 We have a new Weigh In Thread. Please copy and paste your weigh in from the old thread into this one. Sat, 2 Feb 2013 23:09:06 EST Poop Ok... I have a question. <BR> <BR> I have a 9 month old who was EBF until 8 months and now she is eating solids as a compliment to BM (meaning she has the same amount of BM). I knew that her poop would change with solids... but I am concerned that it is not normal. It literally looks like you took the solids I fed her mashed them in your hand and put them in her diaper. If she ate Sweet potato... it looks like Sweet potato. No brown, yellow, or green poop colors. Is this normal? <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 11:48:25 EST Non Biggest Loser Support Thread Here's the thread that you can chat with each other to support each other in the challenge for the week. <BR> <BR> This week's challenge is a 2 part challenge. We are combining both week 1 challenge and week 2 challenge. 30 minutes of cardio 3 times this week and 3 times of strength training (15-20 min session) 3 times this week. <BR> <BR> Good luck! Sun, 20 Jan 2013 10:51:02 EST Week 3 Challenge - Non Biggest Loser Members For those not participating in the Biggest Loser Challenge or those that have been eliminated, I decided that I would share the challenges with you as well. Your doing the challenge won't count towards any of the teams, but feel free to challenge yourself to the same thing they are. I will make a thread for you guys to talk to each other and support each other. <BR> <BR> This week's challenge is a 2 part challenge. We are combining both week 1 challenge and week 2 challenge. 30 minutes o... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 10:49:50 EST Hi, everyone! Hi, My name is Andi. My son was born in July 2013. I've been struggling ever since to lose weight because of stress and postpartum medication. With my husband working in a war zone for 2 out of every 3 months, I have very little time to make something healthy. I just recently started Jenny Craig, but I wanted to combine that with the help from SP as well. I hope to make a few friends on here, so feel free to write me! Sat, 19 Jan 2013 19:36:31 EST Needed to read this today! "You may start the day feeling rotten. But that doesn't mean you have to end the day that way. You can put out the effort and feel better because of it. Forget inspiration. All you need is effort. Your effort will create good works. Your good works will make you feel better. Feeling better will help you create more good works, and so it goes. <BR> <BR> Feelings change. Meanwhile, let your effort be constant and unflagging. It's impossible to summon up inspiration every day. But you can almos... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 18:01:47 EST day 2 no meat diet! This is day 2 no meat in my diet, and surprisingly i dont miss it at all! :) i am going to stick it out as long as possible, while substituting eggs, black beans, and lentils for my protein. So far i am feeling pretty good without meat. Always thought i would feel ill after stopping the meat cold turkey after eating it every day for years! :) next on my list of goals is to nix the sugar and find a healthier alternative! Tue, 15 Jan 2013 15:06:48 EST sick of eating?? Here lately i completely DREAD meal times. I am sick of eating. Nothing sounds good, i am tired of meat completely. I find myself skipping meals even my toddler eats more than i do. Any suggestions? Mon, 14 Jan 2013 18:38:19 EST Question for b'feeding mommies Looking for insight. I exclusively breastfeed my four month old son. I'm going to a funeral 6 hours away, without him, and will be gone 24-36 hours. How often do I have to pump to maintain my supply? <BR> <BR> I also left a voicemail for my hospital's lactation line, but in case they don't get back to me I figured I'd throw this question out there. Sun, 13 Jan 2013 16:18:13 EST Biggest Loser Weigh in SW: 96 kg <BR> Week 1: 94 kg Sat, 12 Jan 2013 11:52:22 EST emotional please! Today has been a really bad day. Found out terrible news thats making my fathers passing even harder to deal with, upset at a sibling, not feeling well. And stupidly i just decided to turn to food. I really need to break this habit! (Doesnt happen unless ive had a TERRIBLE day but it happens.) In the past 30 minutes i have had 1/2 a pb sandwich, and 3/4 pack of ramen noodles. I wasnt even hungry when i ate it. So now my stomach hurts. :( <BR> <BR> How can i retrain myself to NOT turn to foo... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 18:53:50 EST flu shot for babies Every news website and TV station is talking about how bad this flu season is - is there any way a doctor can give a flu shot to a baby under six months of age? I'm nervous for my four month old. Wed, 9 Jan 2013 23:24:36 EST a little about me. a little personal I am a stay at home mom of 2 little girls 1 turns 2 next month, the other is 3 weeks old born 12/18/12. I live in oklahoma. Since high school i have gained 100 lbs. Most of which occurred during my first pregnancy and i have struggled to lose the weight. I admit i go in with an all or nothing attitude which causes me to fall off the bandwagon time and time again. <BR> <BR> I will also admit during high school and right after i had an eating disorder. I resorted to diet pills diet gums, laxa... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 13:03:23 EST a little about me. a little personal I am a stay at home mom of 2 little girls 1 turns 2 next month, the other is 3 weeks old born 12/18/12. I live in oklahoma. Since high school i have gained 100 lbs. Most of which occurred during my first pregnancy and i have struggled to lose the weight. I admit i go in with an all or nothing attitude which causes me to fall off the bandwagon time and time again. <BR> <BR> I will also admit during high school and right after i had an eating disorder. I resorted to diet pills diet gums, laxa... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 13:03:00 EST sneaking veggies into meals??! My husband has got to be the pickiest eater ever. The only vegetables he will touch is canned corn and canned green beans. He hates beans of all kinds and the only fruit he will touch is bananas. As soon as i go grocery shopping we will be eating healthier meals but i am curious as to how i can sneak in extra vegetables. <BR> <BR> I have considered cooking vegetables and pureeing them and adding to sauces and casseroles but im not sure if you would be able to taste them? Or when our younges... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 12:47:37 EST feeling accomplished! :) Since i gave birth 3 weeks ago, i am down 31 pounds!!!! :D and nothing has really changed except i do not eat as much as i did while pregnant. I can only hope that by small changes (like opting for water vs coke, and opting for fruit instead of chips or a salad vs chicken nuggets) the weight will slowly keep coming off! Tue, 8 Jan 2013 22:58:29 EST Exhausted all the time!! Everything I read says you have to get adequate sleep to help lose weight. But, I am exhausted all the time. My daughter is 9 months old and still wakes up at least twice a night. Plus I have to get up at 4:30 for work. Short of going to bed at 7pm, which is really not an option with 3 other kids, any suggestions? The most I ever manage is 5 hours sleep. I have tried giving her cereal before bed, medicine if she's teething, changing what she sleeps in, altering the temperature of the room... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 07:00:42 EST Biggest Loser Blue Team Here's where you can chat as a team. Here's the Blue Team: <BR> <BR> ALAMBERT0 <BR> ANSIN2011 <BR> BETHERMM <BR> CARRIEARMYWIFE <BR> CRYSTALCONERLY <BR> DOMINOCHIC <BR> EMILY625 <BR> FITOBSESSED <BR> HODGESCROWDER <BR> JEN-MN <BR> JESSEIL <BR> KELLY11171970 <BR> KTLEW06 <BR> LOWAANN <BR> MAXJENEMASHMOM1 <BR> MITZY7 <BR> MRSTETZLAFF <BR> MYPEREZ88 <BR> R.POZORSKI <BR> ROSIE377 <BR> SARCIEK26 <BR> SONJITD <BR> STARFISH205 <BR> TAKENIA1 <BR> TRULYNNN <BR> WANT2BPAMPERED <BR> ZBRANDLY Sat, 5 Jan 2013 20:11:34 EST Biggest Loser Green Team Here's where you can chat as a team. Here's the green team: <BR> <BR> AHEADRICK75 <BR> AMYLOVE8 <BR> BECKSTYLIN <BR> CAMIBROWN1 <BR> COUNTRYHICK12 <BR> DECLETJ <BR> ELLEN-MARIE7 <BR> FATHIMAHAMED <BR> HJLATORRE <BR> JAXRED <BR> JERSEYFLOWER <BR> KDSKYWALKER <BR> KSCAMS <BR> LDENNIS1983 <BR> MANDYELYSE86 <BR> MILLERSR <BR> MRS_NELSON10 <BR> MYMAYAOLIVIA <BR> PINKGURL14 <BR> RIKKIWT <BR> SANDERSO23 <BR> SLIMNDOWN2012 <BR> STARBOURNE <BR> SURA_MUNEER <BR> TRITRI76 <BR> TWISTEDHEART83 <BR> ZAVZ... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 20:06:51 EST Biggest Loser Yellow Team Here's where you can chat as a team. <BR> <BR> Here's the Yellow Team: <BR> <BR> ADJELOSEV <BR> AMYLEE284 <BR> BABIEGERL730 <BR> CAIDYNSMOM <BR> CHARMCITYMOM10 <BR> DANTRA29 <BR> ELLASMOMMY2011 <BR> ESTHER210 <BR> HISPANICPRINCES <BR> JADEADAMS1 <BR> JENSATIONAL829 <BR> KCATT79 <BR> KMMESMOM <BR> LAURABETH0423 <BR> MAMAOFATRIBE <BR> MELLYNOMA <BR> MONEY_PENNY05 <BR> MYLOLA009 <BR> PAMB0116 <BR> RHONDARKELLY <BR> RUPPRECHTS <BR> SHORTY_TC87 <BR> SSCDESCHEPPER <BR> SUNSHINE0706 <BR> TMYRSI <B... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 19:59:20 EST Biggest Loser Orange Team Here's where you can chat as a team. <BR> <BR> Here is the Orange Team: <BR> <BR> AAIEE1985 <BR> AMBRYAN30 <BR> ASTEPHENS8211 <BR> BVARGAS0109 <BR> CGARRARD <BR> DAISYGRL8423 <BR> ECHUSSEY <BR> ESMIT26 <BR> GILES86 <BR> HTSMOMMY <BR> JENNIK2 <BR> KARY25 <BR> KLAMORA <BR> LAMCCOY08 <BR> LUVMYHEC <BR> MELCROSS74 <BR> MOMMIE2TWOGIRLS <BR> MYCHILI89 <BR> NH_MOM <BR> REBECKI03 <BR> RUNNER71 <BR> SHELLBABE92 <BR> SPARTAN40 <BR> SULLIVANT48 <BR> THENAVYWIFIE <BR> TURNERHEATHER4 <BR> WITCHYWOMAN197... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 19:37:44 EST Biggest Loser Red Team Here's where you can chat just as a team. Here's the Red Team: <BR> <BR> Momin09 <BR> ALI_P7 <BR> ASHLEE624 <BR> BLONDY01 <BR> CASSWAG <BR> DABGURLIE <BR> DROUTT13 <BR> EPPRUITT <BR> GACOPELAND77 <BR> HOTMAMA241 <BR> JENNCOWN <BR> JKURTZ17 <BR> KIMBERLANG <BR> LABALLARD30 <BR> LRDICKSO <BR> MAY913 <BR> MOMMACASSEY <BR> MWWENSIN <BR> NAWWAR84 <BR> RAHILSALAM <BR> RTYBSTECH <BR> SAS_0921 <BR> SOREADY2BSLIM <BR> STEPHIEK214 <BR> THAMRS <BR> TSINDZ <BR> WILSOD1 Sat, 5 Jan 2013 19:33:59 EST Biggest Loser Main Thread New Years 2013 Here's where we will have general questions and results posted. Sat, 5 Jan 2013 19:32:23 EST Biggest Loser Weigh In New Year 2013 Here's where we will keep track of the weigh ins for the challenge. <BR> Please post as follows: <BR> <BR> SW: ... <BR> Week 1: ... <BR> ETC. <BR> <BR> With as many people as we have in the challenge, please EDIT your original post with your new weigh-ins. This will make it easier for me to go through the posts. <BR> Those that don't weigh in by 7PM Central Time on Saturdays will be eliminated. If you can't do it on Saturday, make sure that you get it in before then. <BR> Any questions, ple... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 18:55:31 EST Time to make some changes and work on ME! Hello all! <BR> <BR> I'm finding that it's time to work on me. I have a 4 year old and a 1 year old (both very busy little boys!) and it seems that every waking moment of my day is spent caring for them and the hubs either directly or indirectly. I was very fortunate to lose all my baby weight and then some fairly quickly but I'm finding it start to creep up again and I'm not willing to let myself get back to the point that I used to be. <BR> <BR> So here I am. No more excuses, no more just... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 17:00:04 EST Overweight and overwhelmed! Hi everyone! I am semi-new to spark people. I have always battled my weight. I am 5'3 and at my largest I weighed 300 lbs. I had gastric bypass surgery in march of 2004 (i was 22 then). I lost 155 lbs, putting me at 145 lbs. It was awesome but I didn't learn to change my lifestyle. Since then I have gained 80 lbs back. <BR> I am married and we have a 5month old. I actually lost weight during my pregnancy. I was down to 200 lbs. After I had my daughter in august, i gained 30 lbs back. Even ty... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 16:47:52 EST Please add me in. Sounds like a great jump start to the year. Tue, 1 Jan 2013 12:41:29 EST fussy baby Hi all <BR> <BR> I have two girls. Rebecca is 2 yrs and Kaylin is 4 mo. DH and I have discovered Kaylin is very lactose intolerant so much so that she displays signs/symptoms of colic. Digestive enzymes seemed to help for a few weeks but now they seem to not be working as well. Does anyone have any suggestions to help us? Oh and I am still BFing and she has started solids. Tue, 1 Jan 2013 01:07:43 EST Biggest Loser Challenge Sign Up I would like to sign up, pls add me Mon, 31 Dec 2012 19:33:41 EST How do you find time? My son is almost 18 months and suddenly stopped napping a few weeks ago. Like cold turkey. My workout schedule (I was doing P90x) went down the tubes. I still have the last 20 pounds of baby weight hanging right around my middle and it's driving me crazy. Does anyone have tips of workout stuff I can do without it taking up much time? Or maybe with munchkin in tow? It's just me and him at home and I cant really afford a babysitter and classes somewhere. Sun, 30 Dec 2012 00:04:42 EST Losing with you and happy Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Michelle and I'm so happy to actually workout these days. I'm really enjoing runnging and absolutely love coach Nicole and her videos on this website. I like to be able to track my progress and this website provides so much usefully information which most sites don't mostly just advertisments. I hope you all reach your goal because I know I will. God bless you all and have a safe new year. Thu, 27 Dec 2012 17:13:45 EST Help! My baby has thrush! So I feel horrible for not catching it sooner. I noticed it on Monday but I just thought that he had milk tongue. But by Wednesday when he was super irritable, I noticed it wasn't coming off. So I called the doctor and she called in a medicine for him but what else can I do?! It hurts him to suck. It breaks my heart because he is crying all the time and there doesn't seem anything I can do to relieve his discomfort. Last night we slept on the sofa with him on my chest. He cried/whimper... Thu, 20 Dec 2012 09:04:08 EST Hello There! Hi guys! My LO is 9 weeks old and he is quite a joyful little handful. We have been through a lot already. He had to have surgery for pyloric stenosis at 3 weeks old and still has some residual tummy issues. But 90% of the time he is such a little character. I look forward to sharing in your experiences as well as sharing my own. Tue, 18 Dec 2012 15:24:07 EST Icealey Hi everyone i'm not that new to sparkpeople but this is my first time posting in the Forums I've joined sparkpeople to help me stay motivated to lose 155lbs so i can be back to my healthy self again. Sat, 15 Dec 2012 22:53:47 EST Parents of Infant I am Fathima. Yes, i would like to join this team and make a good progress for ever. I really want to be fit and healthy. Need to reduce my weight from 100 kg to 65 kg is my aim and maintain that for ever. Thanks for inviting me to this team. Tue, 11 Dec 2012 20:38:49 EST Hello All Hello Everyone, My name is Pam and I have been struggling to take off this baby weight. My little girl is now 9 months old and my weight isn't moving down. I have been trying spark people, but not doing very well. I thought maybe if I join a group it may help. I just joined a gym, though finding it hard to get there by myself. Hopefully, a group going though the same thing will help me get back on track. Tue, 11 Dec 2012 15:43:39 EST Biggest Loser Challenge Sign Up Starting around the 1st of the year, I plan on starting a Biggest Loser Challenge. <BR> <BR> Please sign up here if you are interested in being a part of the challenge. Please know that it is a long challenge (10 weeks or so) so please only sign up if you plan on participating to the end. Tue, 11 Dec 2012 14:25:26 EST Hello everyone! Hi there everyone! My name is Jessica and I'm here to get this weight loss thng started. I've been struggling with weight loss my entire life. My weight yo-yos alot! I'm also a compulsive eater. I've lost all the weight before, but after having two kids, its back. I'm ready to lose it and keep it off, and start having healthier diet and exercise habits too. I have a problem with turning to my friends and family for support, so I'm hoping I can find it here! Wed, 5 Dec 2012 21:48:35 EST Hi Again! Hello, <BR> I started using SparkPeople two years ago after I had my first baby, and I lost 15 pounds. I just had my second baby and I am read to buckle down and get back in shape. <BR> <BR> Just to tell a little about me: <BR> <BR> Lily is two and Ivy is four weeks. I live in Kentucky and am a stay at home mom. I am hoping that becoming active on the message boards again will give me the encouragement I need to stick with it Thu, 29 Nov 2012 21:17:34 EST 8 month old still does not sleep I think I have been very patient but its getting thin. my older 2 kids slept through the night by 4 months just magicaly it happened this one she goes to sleep just fine but wakes up 4 times a night to eat. she goes right back to sleep so its just night feedings. I have tried cutting her back at night to make her eat more during the day. That did not work in fact it made her worse. I have tried feeding her more I think she eats pretty good during the day she takes her bottle and eats solids 3... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 21:32:05 EST trying to become a better me i have had weight problem since i could rember i got down to 160 once and i loved every minute of it then i had to kids oldest 2 and youngest 1 and its been a terrible battle every since then but i am commited to becoming a better me Sat, 10 Nov 2012 02:33:55 EST Walking while pushing a stroller.. .calories? Hello! I am new to this team and I have a question about calories burned while pushing my son in his stroller. Walking my son around the neighborhood is my main source of exercise, yet I can't seem to get an idea of how many calories I am burning in the activity tracker. <BR> Any suggestions? ( I weigh 160 lbs and my son is 30lbs and on average I walk for 30 min 3-4 times a week) <BR> <BR> Thanks!!!! Wed, 7 Nov 2012 16:29:01 EST my first day Hi, I'm Margie Gray want to say that I'm ready to make a lifestyle change mentally physically and spiritually. Mon, 5 Nov 2012 02:01:10 EST Question about breastfeeding on a diet. HELP! I am still breastfeeding so Sparkpeople suggested I go to website seems a little buggy and is not updating correctly. On top of that I really like Sparkpeople and would like to use this site. The difference in suggested calories from here to there is about 1200. From what I have read before I have seen that you should eat about 500 calories more than I bumped my suggested calories up that much and thought I would work from there. My Dr seemed to think 500 calorie... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 15:33:24 EST Ready to lose the weight!! Hi i'm new to Spark, excited to join the group!! Sat, 3 Nov 2012 11:02:56 EST Ready for a healthy, honest lifestyle! Hi! I've never blogged before, so I don't really know what to say. My name is Sammi and I am a 29 year old mother of 3 beautiful children. I have a 12 year old step son, a 4 year little girl and a 1 year old little boy. After having my son, my weight rocketed up to 205 lbs. I am 5'7" and after seeing myself in photos, and daily in the mirror I new I needed to change. I started loosing weght in September of last year and have lost 30 lbs so far. But I feel that I have lost my motivation becasu... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 09:46:11 EST New sparkler Hey there everyone, I am a new user and looking at this site I can see I need ALOT of help. I am a 30 year old mom of 2 boys. I have over 50lbs to lose and need TONS of support!! Mon, 29 Oct 2012 08:17:54 EST SAHM of 2 with 50lbs to lose! Hi Everyone! <BR> My name is Joanne and I actually joined SP yesterday for the second time in my life. I have 2 kids, my Bug is 2.5 and my Little Man is 4 months and 2 days ago I took my measurements. It was horrifying. I mean almost nightmare inducing! So I've decided to get proactive and really work on getting in shape and losing the extra pounds and inches that are stuck (especially around my mid section *sigh*) I've got 50lbs to lose to get down to my goal weight so it may take a whi... Sat, 27 Oct 2012 17:35:20 EST hi I'M new! I can't wait to meet friends that can hi I m Here to get help to get my live on track Sat, 27 Oct 2012 00:05:46 EST what to look for in a babysitter I am going to be interview for a babysitter this week. i havent found anyone that will come to the house so I will be going to other peoples homes . any suggestions on what to look for and ask Tue, 23 Oct 2012 18:56:20 EST exercises for post-baby mid-section? Any suggestions to start firming up a soft post-baby mid-section? I'd like to reduce the muffin top. <BR> <BR> I am walking and drinking a lot of water. Haven't tried anything else yet. <BR> <BR> Please share what has worked for you! Sat, 20 Oct 2012 18:33:02 EST Ready to Lose! Hello everyone, I'm ready to get these 30 extra pounds off. After turning 35, it seems like my metabolism just shut down :( I also had a baby 3 months ago. Looking forward to some mutual motivation and support! Sat, 20 Oct 2012 10:00:38 EST Ready to Lose! Hello everyone, I'm ready to get these 30 extra pounds off. After turning 35, it seems like my metabolism just shut down :( I also had a baby 3 months ago. Looking forward to some mutual motivation and support! Sat, 20 Oct 2012 10:00:16 EST losing the weight after having my beautiful baby! Hi everyone my name is keishia and i had my baby 7weeks ago and now its time to start losing the baby weight.although i have never been skinny,i have never had trouble losing the weight until now!! Not being able to fit into my jeans is driving me mad! So now i have joined sparkpeople to get the support i need to lose the weight.i would love a buddy! Fri, 19 Oct 2012 06:21:49 EST losing the weight after having my beautiful baby! Hi everyone my name is keishia and i had my baby 7weeks ago and now its time to start losing the baby weight.although i have never been skinny,i have never had trouble losing the weight until now!! Not being able to fit into my jeans is driving me mad! So now i have joined sparkpeople to get the support i need to lose the weight.i would love a buddy! Fri, 19 Oct 2012 06:19:58 EST Hello Again! I have used SparkPeople before to loose baby weight and get in shape before and during my second pregnancy. I'm now the happy momma to a one year old boy and three year old girl. I will be celebrating my 25th birthday next spring and would love to get back into high school shape! I have struggled with my weight since overcoming an eating disorder in high school, and while I look forward to being fit and healthy I recognize the daily challenges unique to those who are working to or have over... Thu, 18 Oct 2012 15:11:18 EST New Mom trying to lose some weight 30-40 pounds Hey all~ So I had my 1st child last year in July. I was a little over weight when I got pregnant but after having him I just cant lose the weight. I feel like I have no engery to work out so I am lazy and then I get upset Im fat so I eat then Im mad that I ate all that junk. I am on here to really try this time, I want to get healthy for my son and sexy for my husband :-) I want to work out at least 30 minutes a day and I am having green smoothies and trying to eat smaller portions .... any o... Wed, 17 Oct 2012 23:36:49 EST New to the group! Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to being in this group, I'm 26 yrs old and trying to get back in shape after having my little one who is now 6 months. She's a handful so I'm hoping for ideas on how to incorporate her into my fitness/health routine. I wanna be healthier for her and get great parenting tips :) <BR> <BR> Thanks!!! Tue, 16 Oct 2012 21:07:49 EST Hello My name is mrs mcphearson, and i am new to this site. i would not mind making new friends and been able to be a friend. hope to hear from some nice people. Be Bless Sat, 13 Oct 2012 02:35:36 EST Hello! I'm a bit shy so instead of my real name I would like to be called Bubbles. I am 23 years old and live in Southern California. I am married to a wonderful and very supportive man and we have a 4 month old son. I decided to join because I have been struggling with bulimia since I was 12 years old and I would like to finally set myself free and not have to worry about this problem. Since my son was born I have not been able to lose all the weight and it has been very hard on me ... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 20:56:57 EST October Challenge - Minutes for Awareness October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I have decided that for every 1000 fitness minutes logged as a team, I will donate $1.00 to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure. You can go back to October 1 to log your minutes. Here's the link, if you would like to do the same: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>onation2?idb=61473546&df_id=7862&7862.<BR>donation=form1 </link> <BR> <BR> Simply add your minutes to the previous poster (for example, let's say I was at 50 minutes... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 23:20:14 EST Doing this for ME Hello... I've only been in what I felt was great shape one time in my life, and it was only 7 years ago. I want to get back there (have had 3 kids since -- think + 10 pounds for each kid). I'm happy with just about everything else in my life except what I feel when I look in the mirror and I want to change the outside, and help myself change the perception of that outside too. This is day 1 on my road back. Mon, 8 Oct 2012 19:25:37 EST struggling to make time Hello everyone! I am 30 years old and my son Jacob is 9 months old. Been back at work for 5 1/2 months now but getting into our busy season so stress is up. I'm a pharmacy technician at walgreens. Anyway, we are still nursing/pumping and supplement with formula. I've never responsed well to pumping. So, I am finding it REALLY REALLY hard to get the energy to work out after a long day of work. My favorite time to work out is in the morning, but baby's sleep schedule is so unpredictable lately.... Sat, 6 Oct 2012 11:22:23 EST Exercise post-delivery Hello, everyone. I'm new to this team, but not to Spark. This is my first post here. <BR> <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Tomorrow my son will be four weeks old (yay!). At two weeks post-delivery (not a C-section) I started walking for fitness again. I thought I'd come here for mommyhood general knowledge, before my doctor follow up in two weeks, to ask about adding other exercises. What exercises post-delivery have you found helpful? And not uncomfortable? <BR> <BR> This is my first baby and I... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 21:01:46 EST 267 and going down I am a 30 year old working mother of two boys ages 3 and about to be a year. My husband of four years works shift work and I find myself alone with the kids a lot. I have been struggling with depression for a while now and am an emotional eater. I want to be a great example for my boys of how to live life and not what not to do. I desire to make us all a family that is active and healthy eaters. I am learning each day, but can not seem to break the habit of eating junk and just eating for eve... Wed, 3 Oct 2012 22:20:43 EST Home Made Baby Foods I would like to feed my 6 month old similar foods to me and my husband with the obvious exceptions. I have pureed sweet potato and other veg and I am experiment passing peas through a sieve to remove the skins. I have found that some purees are just too thick and I've used some cooking water to dilute them or added formula after. Is that what you guys do? <BR> <BR> I'd also like to hear of any good (low cost) baby foods you use. Tue, 2 Oct 2012 09:52:52 EST starting over i got a lapband nov 29th 2010 after losing about 50lb found out i was pregnant june 2011 had a very healthy baby girl march 21 2012 . I gained 26lb with pregnancy . I had to wait until my c-section healed and i stoped breast feeding now I am trying to get back on track. I have been losing about 1 lb a week so slow and steady. Dont let the lapband fool you it is still a strugle every day to eat the right things. Mon, 1 Oct 2012 21:44:17 EST what time does your baby go to bed? I have a 6 month old and i work evenings, hubby wants her to go to bed at 8:00 he has to get up at 3am. she was doing good but the last 2 weeks she hasent went to bed until 9:00 I think 8 is just too early and it would be better to just keep her up till 9 then she would maybe sleep better though out the night. right now she is getting up at 10, 1:00 3:30 5:00 and up for good at 6-6:30am . I know he wants to get sleep but he really is not getting it if in a hour she is up fighting sleep. curio... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 21:10:22 EST just introducing myself... hello :) thought i'd post on here and say hi to everyone. i'm lizzy. i have a husband, our one year old daughter, and two dogs at home. plus i'm going to school full time and work part time as a cna. yay for never having spare time haha. my husband recently started medifast for himself (with awesome results btw!) so i figure i better get my butt in gear and try losing weight. i'm gonna need all the support i can get! haha look forward to talking to others like me! Mon, 1 Oct 2012 15:18:32 EST my weigh in lost 1.4lbs. considering i only stayed within my calories two times this week and only workout 4 days instead of 6. that is pretty good. im happy with it and hope to do better this week. Sun, 30 Sep 2012 07:58:54 EST Tracking for a child My sister has recently joined sparkpeople and has a very over weight child as well. He is 11 years old. Does anyone know if there is a way to track his food, activity, and things like that. We are concerned for his health and since this is such a great sight for me we were hoping spark had a family tracker or something. If it does could you explain how to set it up. I would appreciate it thank you. Wed, 26 Sep 2012 13:53:39 EST Im a new Spark Member Hi everyone! I am starting this weightloss journey....again! I have 3 kids...7 months, 4 & 6. I am a stay at mom as well. I would love to meet other moms for encouragment, help and sanity :) Wed, 26 Sep 2012 12:24:50 EST Hi, Everyone! I am ERTsMOM. I live in Minneapolis and am a married mother of a 19mo little girl. I have baby weight (and then some) to lose; ideally ~50lbs but I'm taking it 10lbs at a time. I'm looking for mutual support and encouragement Wed, 26 Sep 2012 11:37:33 EST How does everyone exercise with their little ones? I have a 9 month old, crawling but not walking. We go on walks with the stroller, we go to the park, and I do what I call "baby lifts" lifting him over me when I'm laying on my back. What do ya'll do with your babies to exercise? Tue, 25 Sep 2012 21:56:15 EST hello I am the mother of a 10 month old baby boy. Life is hectic with an infant as most of you know, so i have found myself eating on the go and not really taking the time to exercise. I need a lot of help to stay motivated so if any of you have any suggestions on how you have balanced it all please let me know. Tue, 25 Sep 2012 11:24:09 EST Babysitter and job stress Today has been a real wammy of stress for me. first off my babysitter that comes to the house is on vacations for 3 weeks starting this week. My back up babysitter told me today she got a job at k-mart and as soon as her background check comes in she will be working there. she said she prob will be able to watch her this week but not sure of the other 2 . my last resort is getting his mom to watch her but that involves me driving 30 minutes to her house to drop her off then 20 mintues to work... Mon, 24 Sep 2012 22:32:49 EST Heyy =] Hello! My name is Neomi and I have two beautiful boys ages 16 months and 4 months! Mon, 24 Sep 2012 15:39:53 EST Hello All! Good morning everyone! I'm Meghan, mom to an adorable 8 month old who is starting to move and declare her independence. <BR> <BR> I lost all of my baby weight within a month of her birth, however I'm still waaaaay to heavy, and the weight is starting to creep back on. <BR> <BR> I'm here to get motivated, get fit, get healthy, and maybe make some new friends along the way. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to chatting with you all <em>213</em> Mon, 24 Sep 2012 09:10:24 EST Something to Lose I tried dieting recently in the past two years unsucessfully. I went to greater cincinati weight loss center and tried the hormone shots for weight loss and I was starving all the time and only lost 15 pounds and gained it right back. My Dr. is recommending HMR but I can't afford it. So I made up my own diet plan. I call it the 200 calorie diet. I have recipes that servings = 200 cal.each and then I eat every two hours 6 times a day. I have been doing it for the last week and it is working so... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 20:39:33 EST Woot i lost weight Just wanted to shoot out that i lost weight. For my very first week i lost almost 5lbs. Im so happy and feeling confident and motivated. Just remember everyone to keep it up. We can do it. <BR> <em>386</em> Sun, 23 Sep 2012 14:22:41 EST I need some Motivation i feel like losing weight is hopeless i just cant control myself i guess i have no discipline Sun, 23 Sep 2012 01:28:16 EST I'm new at this so.....imput? Hi everyone! My name is Elizabeth and i have been trying to lose weight most of my life but now that i have my daughter i want to get serious about weight loss and healthy living. I want to set a good example. The only thing that has been standing in my way is.....ME! When i start to lose weight and get to a short term weight goal i get scared and sabotage myself....if that makes sense. Something will happen and before i know it i've pigged out on something junky and i gain a few lbs back. Do... Sat, 22 Sep 2012 15:33:43 EST Baby gates? Does anyone have any advice for keeping a baby contained to a limited area? I'm thinking I probably need more baby gates but my house is really open and most of the "door way" room openings are 5 feet wide or more so I'm having trouble gating it off with standard size gates. My 3 boys are 10 months old now and love running away and hiding or escaping. If I'm holding or changing one baby, the other two will see an opportunity and make a run for it if they can. I try to distract them with t... Thu, 20 Sep 2012 10:19:07 EST A Few Questions. sunday i did 15min of strength training and 15 of cardio. so Monday i hurt like crazy and didnt do anything. So yesterday i did 30min of strength training and a 1 mile walk. and last night for no real reason at all. i got up while watching tv. and did 60 jumping jacks. and i feel better and less sore today then i did yesterday and monday. Has this happened to anyone else when first starting out? And yesterday, my 3rd day of tracking calories. i was so hungrier between meals. i think this is b... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 09:11:15 EST I'm not sure how to do this :) Hi my name is Rachel and I am a proud mommy to a 2 month old precious baby boy! I'm breastfeeding hopefully until he's a year old I'm currently assisting my mother who had total knee replacement so I don't have a job at the moment. I'm hoping to lose 100 pounds from where I'm out now but I have lost 37 pounds since I had my son. I'm excited to get started again. Tue, 18 Sep 2012 17:34:11 EST Hello there! New to this! Hi. Ive recently had a baby and am wanting to shed the baby weight and I'm really glad to have found this site. Thank you for having me and good luck on your endeavors. Tue, 18 Sep 2012 01:42:50 EST Help Me! I don't even know where to start with losing weight. I have recently gained 45 pounds after losing 50 after giving birth to my daughter 9 and a half months ago. I'm getting married in March, maybe sooner, and need this weight off. But I just seem to keep gaining. I never have energy. I stay depressed and sick feeling. PLEASE HELP!! Sun, 16 Sep 2012 16:14:32 EST Looking to Start Over Hi, my name is Alycia and I am a bio-mother of three and a stepmother of two. They range in age from 11 months to 14. Currently reside in a suburb of Houston, Texas. <BR> <BR> I have struggled with weight since college. I went from being extremely active in high school to sedentary. It was the 30 lb creep over four years. I was able to exercise and keep that off for two years. With the birth of my older daughter I gained 70lbs and thus began the struggle for 10 years. I have gone up... Sat, 15 Sep 2012 13:11:00 EST Heather Horne Hi I'm new here and I'm just hoping to get the motivation I need to reach my goal of loosing 50lbs in a little less than 8 months. Fri, 14 Sep 2012 03:22:44 EST Hello!! Hi everyone! New to the site, ready to change my life. I have a beautiful 16 month old daughter and want to make a change for our family! <BR> Best of luck to you all! <BR> Ash Thu, 13 Sep 2012 18:22:17 EST May 2012 Mom 50+ to lose Any other May 2012 (or June 2012) momma's here with 50 or more lbs to lose? <BR> <BR> I need to lose 65-80 lbs and would love to find another momma (or momma's) to buddy up with. <BR> <BR> Thu, 13 Sep 2012 17:30:17 EST new to site hi im crystal 32 year old mom of 3 (3year old and (2) 6month old twins all BOYS) im really trying to become more healthy for the whole family that way i can become more energized as well as feel better and also to teach my children and husband how to eat healthier and become more health conscience. Well just wanted to get myself out there and say hello to all you! :) Wed, 12 Sep 2012 14:09:06 EST Anyone else have potty parties? My goodness! Potty training, can we hire this out? <BR> <BR> I have a 16 month old boy, who for months has been showing signs of being ready for "potty parties". Well, I am reluctant to start this as it is so time consuming for me. We are an active family and I DO NOT want to potty train using port-a-potty's. GROSS! <BR> Just wondered if anyone else was ready for this, beginning this or in it? I need refreshers, it's been 8 years! I need encouragement I guess to just do it! <BR> Thank you... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 07:42:45 EST Starting OVER!!! Hi I am Sophie! I am a mother of 5. I have three teenagers ages 17, 14 and 13 from a previous marriage. I have started all over again and have babies who are 2 & 1. They are 12 months and 4 days apart! The 1 year old is our miracle child. She was born during my 22nd week of pregnancy! She is beautiful and thriving exceptionally well, Praise God! The past year has been extremely eventful. Now that things are back to "normal" (busy, busy, busy) I am ready to shed the weight I've gained! ... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 22:49:41 EST A New One Hello everyone! My name is Sam and I just gave birth to my first child on 8/15/12. I gained 50 lbs. during my pregnancy and have managed to lose 30 of it in water weight and inability to eat properly (just trying to get used to being a new mom and eating always comes second to a screaming child). I'm looking to lose 50+ lbs. and live a healthier lifestyle in the process- I mean, I can't preach good eating habits to my son unless I'm doing it too, right? I am currently unable to do much physic... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 16:55:41 EST Hi everyone Hi everyone I am a new member I have twin girls (3) and a 9 month old boy, i am starting medical school january and have a good husband as well. some days are better than others. before i had kids i was 140lbs and active after my twins i had more medical problems than i have ever had and i have been depressed because of the weight gain that i couldnt lose i went from 140 to 205, then with my son i went from 205 to 220 and thats where i am now. i just want to feel like myself again. my depress... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 12:01:23 EST Fed up and want a change! Hi, I'm Tiffany and I've had issues with my weight since I was a sophomore in high school. I used to play on a tennis team, but after being in the Navy, my knees are pretty messed up and I can't play anymore. I love to read, watch football, and listen to music, and as you can tell by my hobbies, I have a sedentary lifestyle. I have become very lazy and I don't have the desire to cook, so I eat junk and fast food a lot. I've just had my second baby in a year, so you can imagine how much energ... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 22:38:14 EST New to the site Hi everyone! My name is Amy and I am 28 years old. I have 3 kids (2 of my own and a stepson) My littlest is 11 months old and I have been struggling to lose weight since he was born. Just looking for some motivational support :) Mon, 10 Sep 2012 19:01:23 EST New mommy to a four month old Hi everyone. I am a mommy to a four month old and also raising my neice (almost ten years old) and nephew (almost six years old). Before becoming pregnant, I lost about 15 pounds through exercise and healthy eating. When I found out I was pregnant I figured I'd gain all the weight plus more back so I said forget eating healthy I'm gonna eat whatever I want. (Big mistake!!) Now i'm just trying to find my motivation and discipline again. Also more time in a day! I hope joining sparkpeople will ... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 17:44:50 EST Hi, I'm new Hi, I saw this place featured in an article on Yahoo! and thought I'd give it a try. I've spent the last 2 years trying to lose weight. the first time I started I had dropped 10 pounds only to find out I was pregnant, oops lol. Since I had my son I've tried many different programs and while some worked the cost became a bit of a burden. So I want to give this a shot. I'm currently a stay at home mom though I will begin a part time work from home job in October. I'm a trained chef and I love... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 17:00:50 EST Hi I'm new! I am a new mom to a 12 week little girl. I gained about 25 lbs with my pregnancy but I was heavy before that and have been struggling to loose the weight. I've never used online help before and am hoping that it will help me stay on track. Realistically I would like to lose about 90 lbs but I don't really have a set time frame for it. Any advice? Mon, 10 Sep 2012 16:03:05 EST Buddy Support team for Parents with 3 or more kids Hi BST for parents with 3 or more children. Please feel free to use this forum to share experiences and encouragement, in addition to SparkMail, visiting each others' SparkPages and blogs, and SparkGoodies, whenever the mood strikes you. Sun, 9 Sep 2012 21:21:31 EST Buddy Support team for Parents with 2 children Hi BST for parents with 2 children. Please feel free to use this forum to share experiences and encouragement, in addition to SparkMail, visiting each others' SparkPages and blogs, and SparkGoodies, whenever the mood strikes you. Sun, 9 Sep 2012 21:19:18 EST Purpose of the Tell us about you forum hello my name is Angela, I am a mother of a 19 month old boy and step mom to a 7 year old boy. I am at my heaviest at 147 and working on getting to 110. I always been a small frame and healthy so being overweight now my body is really suffering with body aches, knee problem, foot aches and fatigue. Jogging every night is hard on my foot and knee but I been pushing thur it. I just really want to get healthy for my family and have the energy to play with my boys. Also want to look good for my h... Sun, 9 Sep 2012 16:20:22 EST hi! im a crazy mom to 3boys Hi my name's Megan. I've got 3 busy boys that I need more energy to keep up with. They're 6, 5 and 8 months. I sometimes tell them I need just a tsp of their energy to keep up with them. My hubbys a farmer so he's also very busy which get me a little lonely after a while. I work with a disabled individual who I have a bit of trouble keeping motivated to do anything besides playing video games. Any advise as how to help her break out of it so I can also move more then I do? Hope I can make a l... Sun, 9 Sep 2012 07:25:25 EST Buddy Support team for Parents with one child Hi BST for parents with one child. Please feel free to use this forum to share experiences and encouragement, in addition to SparkMail, visiting each others' SparkPages and blogs, and SparkGoodies, whenever the mood strikes you. Sat, 8 Sep 2012 14:28:25 EST Help! Mom of 4 month old twins is desperate! My twin boys will be 5 months old on the 14th, and although they are SO incredibly good to me with feeding and sleeping and what-not, I just can't seem to fit in exercise. Now that the days are slightly cooler, we've been going on stroller rides more often though. I've switched back to my old job of packing out freight (much more active!), and I don't eat junk during the day, but I've managed to GAIN 5 pounds this week alone! What am I doing wrong?! I hate sitting around so much, but I am... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 09:27:31 EST Mama to 3 little ones! My oldest is nearly 4 and my youngest is three months and I seriously need to lose this weight! My name is Beth BTW and I was part of babyfit before strolling over to this site to begin my weight loss journey. Lets hope I can lose lots of weight. Thu, 6 Sep 2012 02:49:37 EST First Time Mommy to 9 month son Hello! I am a first time mommy to a wonderfully cute 9 month old son, Max. He is the light of my life! I gained a lot of water weight during pregnancy and like others this came off quickly but still left with the rest of the weight. I had an emergency c-section after 19 1/2 hours of labor and so it was a slow go at the beginning to get moving again. I am a full time nurse and a full time mommy and full time wife, so it has been more difficult than I imagined it would be to get the rest o... Wed, 5 Sep 2012 12:34:47 EST hey everyone =]] im cassondra and im a single mom and tryn to loose around 40 i can be heathly for myselft and to be able to runaround wth my 18 month old son without breakin out in a good sweat and better yet to help my son live a more healthy life style so he dosent end up like i do =] Tue, 4 Sep 2012 04:55:27 EST New on here Well I am all set up and ready to start tomorrow! Sun, 2 Sep 2012 16:41:08 EST September Challenge Erasing Your Indulgences Everyone seemed to like this when we did it in May so I thought we would do it again. <BR> <BR> I know that I always have wondered what my calories burned really adds up to. So with this challenge we are going to see how many calories we really burn in a month and what kinds of foods this is equivalent to. <BR> <BR> In this challenge you need to record the amount of calories you burned and which food you erased. This is only from exercise calories not calories based on steps you took in th... Sun, 2 Sep 2012 13:23:57 EST Sugar You and Toddler How much sugar do you and your toddler eat in a day or week? <BR> How do you cut back on sugar and not binge after a few weeks? <BR> <BR> I am struggling with this and I want to be a good influence on my son who is truning two in a weeks time. <BR> Fri, 31 Aug 2012 21:18:39 EST Editing Calories for Nursing Does anyone know how to adjust the food tracker to account for nursing? Thanks! Thu, 30 Aug 2012 17:05:20 EST New Mom Advice I am a first time mom! My Lilly is about 8 weeks now, born on the 4th of July. I am looking to get back into shape. I kind of let myself go during my pregnancy eating whatever I wanted and gained at least 50 pounds. Any advice from you moms out there? Tell me about your journey of getting back to your active and healthy lifestyle! Tue, 28 Aug 2012 12:33:09 EST First timer My name is Stephanie and I am 27 with a 1 year old daughter. I didn’t have much trouble losing most of the baby weight but never lost it all and in the past year I have just started regaining the weight since I never introduced diet and exercise. I am frustrated because my clothes no longer fit (and I LOVE clothes!!) I have decided to put the excuses down and really try, for real, to get into a health lifestyle and lose weight. I have never been a person to exercise and at this point I am not... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 10:48:16 EST Intro Hi My name is Lisa and I am 33 years old. I have a 4 yr old Daughter and 16 month old son. I just hit my 23 lbs weight loss mark which now brings me back to pre-baby weight!!! I am on a mission to next hit my wedding weight within the next 9 weeks. There is nothing easy about weight loss. But, after having my gall bladder out, having 1st c-section with 10lb girl,fracturing my foot and having surgery, then having 2nd c-section with 10lb boy - I have finally figured out this weight loss thi... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 13:43:59 EST A Newbie Hi my name is Shenieka I am a mother of 8 and I am so tired of being over weight. I just want to be able to play with my kids without feeling like I'm about to pass out!! Thanks I look forward to getting you know everyone!!! Sat, 25 Aug 2012 02:03:35 EST my day <em>41</em> Fri, 24 Aug 2012 23:46:26 EST Expecting #2 Well, my son is getting ready to turn 2 in October...and right around his birthday, I'll be starting my second trimester with his younger sibling! <BR> <BR> So, I'll be hanging around still, but probably not as much. Now my focus is going to be on staying active and healthy eating, not on losing weight. But I started this pregnancy a good 20lbs lighter than I started my last one. Fri, 24 Aug 2012 09:36:01 EST Hello everyone Hello, <BR> <BR> My name is Kendall, I am a 30 year stay at home mother from Iowa. I have 2 boys Brennan(3yrs) and Alexander(6 Mons). <BR> <BR> I am working toward the goal of becoming healthier. Hopeful this will also results in weight lose along the way. I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes with my second pregnancy. I was the diabetes is gone thankfully. My doctor that if you have had gestational diabetes it is possible that in five years I could develop type 2 diabetes. Sadly after... Wed, 22 Aug 2012 13:47:31 EST How to delete I just notice I enter my introduction in the wrong spot. How do you delete a post Wed, 22 Aug 2012 10:44:28 EST Amazing Race Alternate Sign Up As we are going through the challenge, there will be people that will drop out. So, if you didn't get a chance to sign up for the actual challenge, I encourage you to sign up now. As people drop out or aren't participating, I will send you a Spark Mail to see if you are still interested. <BR> Please sign up here if you are interested! Tue, 21 Aug 2012 14:03:24 EST introductions =) Hi there! <BR> I have been lurking in the shadows for a lil while, and attempting again to take time for me. That and the kids are driving me NUTs and the baby is down for a nap. So while they busy themselves with random Math problems- I thought I would come back. <BR> <BR> I am almost 35, from NY and a mom to three precious children, ages are 12, 9 and 15 months. I also watch my friends boys, ages 12, 9 and 7--- WOW! I am overwhelmed daily. <BR> <BR> Granted my youngest is 'older' I stil... Tue, 21 Aug 2012 10:55:33 EST Two babies in 15 months. Hey all. I am almost 8 weeks postpartum after the birth of my second son. So, I have an almost 2 month old and an almost 17 month old. <BR> <BR> Life is BUSY to say the least!! <BR> <BR> I really need to get back in shape after that last pregnancy. It really took a toll on my body and I found it difficult to even walk at the end due to the pain. I dropped all but 10lbs of my pregnancy weight... but I'd LOVE to lose 20. In a perfect world. :-) <BR> <BR> I have a hard time finding t... Mon, 20 Aug 2012 21:52:08 EST Sleepless night... still need to run! Oh, it was a miserable sleepless night for our household last night. 11 mo old squirt is congested/sick and was fussing an or crying all.night.long! Supposed to get up at 6 to run, but I couldn't function at Time given in was up most of the night. I need some motivation to get me to strap the shoes on and do my run! Mon, 20 Aug 2012 15:13:30 EST Hi Everyone! Hello Everyone!! My name is Erica. I am a stay at home mommy to a 16 month old baby boy. I run my own crafting business out of my home where I bake cakes and make party supplies, hair accessories, and more. I am also a part time student enrolled in an online university. I recently married my son's father in May. I have been struggling with losing my baby weight mostly because I don't have much motivation. I hope to make some great friends here :) Sun, 19 Aug 2012 21:29:23 EST need motivation I would love to be added to a buddy support team. I'm just starting my healthy lifestyle journey and need support and motivation. im 23 and have two daughters 21 months and almost 3 months. Sun, 19 Aug 2012 13:28:49 EST I'm back =D Well, I got up this morning and was feeling positive about getting back on track. So I ate a reasonable breakfast and did 40 minutes of Zumba. Still trying to recover from the Zumba workout LOL.....phew....I havent worked out in two months. I've lost most of the muscle and endurance I had gained from 3 months of eating healthy and exercising regularly. But today is a new day and I am really hoping to get back in gear. This time I'm not setting a time limit on how long it will take me to ... Sun, 19 Aug 2012 11:07:28 EST New here! Hey guys! I'm new on here & a little lost...haha I'm just a regular old girl, who's a new momma & trying to get my weight on track & looking for make a healthier life for myself! Sat, 18 Aug 2012 17:46:38 EST almsot there! Im kandace, 28y old married moved to tulsa in the summer of 2006 married my best friend we have two kids ages 3 and 1. trying to get to my pre tulsa weight so i need 20 more pounds to go wanna be healthy to keep up with the kids and for myself. looking to make friends also Sat, 18 Aug 2012 17:30:38 EST Just Joined Hi all, <BR> <BR> I just joined Spark People! I had my first baby in May and I have some additional baby weight to loose. Hopefully this will help me stay on track! Any tips would be greatly appreciated! Tue, 14 Aug 2012 15:09:52 EST New to Board Hi, <BR> I am new to spark people. I have lost 60 lbs and would like to loose another 99. <BR> Mon, 13 Aug 2012 20:28:28 EST Introduction :) I'm new to the team, but not new to spark people. After a nearly 3 year break I'm back. <BR> <BR> My name is Bethany. I'm 31, living in Bozeman, Montana, with my husband of almost 9 years and our 1-year-old son, Oliver - born July 28, 2011. <BR> <BR> I've been wanting to get back in the swing of things and get healthy for a long, long time, but I'm finding myself even more motivated now because I want to be able to keep up with my son, set a good example for him with healthy eating habits ... Mon, 13 Aug 2012 12:29:26 EST New Mommy and Ready to Lose I am the mother of a wonderful seven month old little boy named Hinton. I wasn't worried about the 44 pounds I put on in pregancy because my mom gained 60 and lost it no problem. I kept waiting and waiting for the weight to drop off and finally came to the realization at 6 months that the weight was not coming off on its own. I am currently 152lbs with my goal weight at 135lbs by December 30th which is my son's one year birthday. I plan on losing the weight by walk/running daily and makin... Mon, 13 Aug 2012 00:22:40 EST Amazing Race Team J AQUAGIRLNC <BR> CTUMMINELLI <BR> HFERTIG <BR> JOHNSOJW <BR> LISAK157 <BR> MINNIEKS6101 <BR> NEELYSNYDER <BR> REDBRD5 <BR> SURA_MUNEER <BR> TMICHELLE89 <BR> <BR> Here's the template to use for the challenge. Only EXERCISE MINUTES will count for this challenge. <BR> <BR> My exercise hours: <BR> Total exercise hours: <BR> Type of exercise: <BR> Destination: <BR> Total bonus points: Sun, 12 Aug 2012 23:47:00 EST Amazing Race Team I AMCLELLAN <BR> CRYSTALCONERLY <BR> HEALTHIER_K <BR> JFOREMAN80 <BR> LBRAUN5 <BR> MEMAYSE <BR> MSMITHMMX <BR> REBECKI03 <BR> STRESSEATERNOMO <BR> TMCCRAY2 <BR> <BR> Here's the template to use for the challenge. Only EXERCISE MINUTES count for this challenge. <BR> <BR> My exercise hours: <BR> Total exercise hours: <BR> Type of exercise: <BR> Destination: <BR> Total bonus points: Sun, 12 Aug 2012 23:45:53 EST Amazing Race Team H AKNAPT1985 <BR> CINDERS150 <BR> GLENNAT_2011 <BR> JESSBEHEALTHYY <BR> LACEY561 <BR> MAPMAMA7 <BR> MSHROU77 <BR> REBA013 <BR> STEPMISHIE <BR> TLWARE9 <BR> ZENNITH <BR> <BR> Here's the template to use for the challenge. Only EXERCISE MINUTES count for this challenge. <BR> <BR> Sun, 12 Aug 2012 23:44:33 EST Amazing Race Team G ABROOKS575 <BR> CHARMCITYMOM10 <BR> EPPRUITT <BR> JENNCOWN <BR> KITTAY2K8 <BR> MAMAWHYTE <BR> MRSMSALCIDO <BR> PROUDMOMOF13 <BR> STARFISH205 <BR> TJWGCT-SPARK <BR> YBYERS <BR> <BR> Here's the template to use for the challenge. Only EXERCISE MINUTES will count for this challenge. <BR> <BR> My exercise hours: <BR> Total exercise hours: <BR> Type of exercise: <BR> Destination: <BR> Total bonus points: Sun, 12 Aug 2012 23:43:06 EST Amazing Race Team F AAIEE1985 <BR> CGARRARD <BR> JEN-MN <BR> KIMBERLANG <BR> LUVMYHEC <BR> MRSMAMACOW <BR> PMRUNNER <BR> STARCROSSED29 <BR> TILLYPIE7 <BR> YATES1010 <BR> <BR> Here's the template to use for the challenge. Only EXERCISE MINUTES will count for this challenge. <BR> <BR> My exercise hours: <BR> Total exercise hours: <BR> Type of exercise: <BR> Destination: <BR> Total bonus points: Sun, 12 Aug 2012 23:42:04 EST Amazing Race Team E 88_KATE <BR> CARRIECLAAS1 <BR> DONNAJEAN2277 <BR> JDKNIGHT1 <BR> KGEORGE9 <BR> LUVMYBABY13 <BR> MONEY_PENNY05 <BR> PAULINA1989 <BR> SHARMAN05 <BR> TIFFANYRM211 <BR> WYKATMOM <BR> <BR> Here's the template to use for the challenge. Only EXERCISE MINUTES count towards this challenge. <BR> <BR> My exercise hours: <BR> Total exercise hours: <BR> Type of exercise: <BR> Destination: <BR> Total bonus points: Sun, 12 Aug 2012 23:40:23 EST Amazing Race Team D 3G1RLS4ME <BR> BRIDEATH <BR> DEVSANGEL1 <BR> JAYMEEHAWK7 <BR> KELLONG323 <BR> LUNA143 <BR> MOMMYBLU <BR> NOLEGIRIE27 <BR> SARCIEK26 <BR> THELADYSEVEN <BR> WITCHYWOMAN1975 <BR> <BR> Here's the template to use for the challenge. Only EXERCISE MINUTES count towards this challenge. <BR> <BR> My exercise hours: <BR> Total exercise hours: <BR> Type of exercise: <BR> Destination: <BR> Total bonus points: Sun, 12 Aug 2012 23:38:03 EST Amazing Race Team C 2TIMEMAMA <BR> BONYIN <BR> DETROITKELLY <BR> JAXRED <BR> KB1018 <BR> LRWITHEY <BR> MOMMACASSEY <BR> NIKILESTER1 <BR> SADAZERO <BR> TERRI2251 <BR> WANYOIKET <BR> <BR> Here's the template to use for the challenge. Only EXERCISE MINUTES count for this challenge. <BR> <BR> My exercise hours: <BR> Total exercise hours: <BR> Type of exercise: <BR> Destination: <BR> Total bonus points: Sun, 12 Aug 2012 23:36:53 EST Amazing Race Team B 1NEWJERSEYGIRL <BR> ATRIMBLE89 <BR> DECLETJ <BR> ITSCORINNA <BR> JSHAFFER10 <BR> LNOSVLE <BR> MOMIN09 <BR> NH_MOM <BR> ROSIEJP <BR> SWIMCHICK1984 <BR> VWILSON324 <BR> <BR> Here's the template to use for the race. Only EXERCISE MINUTES count for this challenge. <BR> <BR> My exercise hours: <BR> Total exercise hours: <BR> Type of exercise: <BR> Destination: <BR> Total bonus points: Sun, 12 Aug 2012 23:34:06 EST Amazing Race Team A 10ACIOUSD <BR> ATIMOM <BR> DABGURLIE <BR> HMMSARCASM <BR> JRINGHEISEN <BR> LIVINLOVIN1110 <BR> MITZY7 <BR> NEWJAYDAVID <BR> RINNA0812 <BR> SURREAL283 <BR> TURNERHEATHER4 <BR> <BR> Here's the template for the race. Only EXERCISE time counts for this challenge. <BR> <BR> My exercise hours: <BR> Total exercise hours: <BR> Type of exercise: <BR> Destination: <BR> Total bonus points: Sun, 12 Aug 2012 23:32:51 EST Amazing Race Main Thread I have finally gotten all of the teams together and ready to get this Race underway. <BR> <BR> It is about that time Wii Exercisers for the Amazing Race to begin. This is the place where it all becomes official. Everyone in the race will need to subscribe to this topic. All box choices, challenges, and challenge results will be posted here. <BR> <BR> Here are the official team rosters. I will post the rules in a following post. Any questions please post here so that either I can answer them... Sun, 12 Aug 2012 23:04:24 EST emoticon of the day <em>24</em> Sun, 12 Aug 2012 14:40:09 EST having some issues and needing some HELP!!! Hello everybody... I kind of have a big issue here. I set my calorie goal between 1800 and 2000 I need at least 1800 calories a day because i am breastfeeding my 6 month old and eating any less would affect my milk supply. I exercise every day 20 minutes (cardio program-zumba) and i keep getting messages that i am exercising too much but not eating enough (calories burned versus calories eaten) I try following the meal plan here because i am one of those people that need specific instructions... Sat, 11 Aug 2012 16:52:41 EST Buddy Support team for Mom's who work from home. Hi BST for Mom's who work from home. Please feel free to use this forum to share experiences and encouragement, in addition to SparkMail, visiting each others' SparkPages and blogs, and SparkGoodies, whenever the mood strikes you. Fri, 10 Aug 2012 23:44:53 EST Share how you are doing on the team goals. Hi everyone, I just added some different team goals. There are 4 different team goals. Please use this thread to discuss how you are accomplishing the goals and just sharing with others the goals you are working on. You can share ideas on how to get in your fitness minutes or how to make sure you are drinking enough water. <BR> Also share with others when you are exercising with your children and what type of exercise you are doing. Hope these team goals help provide some motivation to ... Fri, 10 Aug 2012 23:04:23 EST New here Hello I'm a wife and mother of 3 with 2 under 2. I am also a full time staff accountant that freelances for my Husbands consultancy as a virtual accountant. My family and I are vegetarians so it's not a matter of eating healthy, just exercising with it. <BR> <BR> I have been pregnant back and forth since 2009 so I am working to try to reform my body back to the way it was before even my first. I have also accrued some health issues with the weight and/or just from age and genetics so I ... Fri, 10 Aug 2012 11:02:54 EST In MUCH NEED of motivation & support Hi, I am Bri, I am 19 years old & a mother of 1. <BR> Before i got pregnant i weighed 127lbs, my weight when i found out i was pregnant was 134lbs & my weight when i was 9 months pregnant was, 168 at the highest. After i gave birth to my daughter Ryleigh, i was able to breast feed for 3 weeks till my milk supply decreased. i lost about 40lbs and weighed about 145lbs... <BR> I know this is a lot to take in, but i now weigh 160.. and i am super depressed about my body, my weight and this one of... Wed, 8 Aug 2012 23:18:05 EST hey all!! hi im becky!! im here for encouragment and to get fit and be healthier. i currently weigh 208 i know some may say thats not alot but its not where i want to be. i miss being skinny and i want to be fit and healthier. i want to set good examples for my son also. <BR> im very friendly and love to hear advice and give whatever advice i can. feel free to talk to me im new to the site!! Mon, 6 Aug 2012 04:52:44 EST Hopeful mama of two :) Hi everyone!! My name is Kelsey and I am a mother of two wonderful, energetic boys!! This is now my 4th attempt at Spark people! I have tried and succeeded numerous time but have seemed to hit a plateau. I cannot stay on track. I am 5'6 and 237 pounds. I am only 26 years old and am terrified for my health. I want to be here for my children and see them grow. I was wondering if anyone has any advice for me or tips on how to stay on track. I appreciate. Thank you all so much. Sat, 4 Aug 2012 22:43:05 EST Hi everyone! I just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Nathalie, I'm a mother of a 4 year old and 1 year old, and was newly diagnosed with ADHD. I have so much weight to lose, I can't believe it, but I know I can do it! <BR> <BR> Nice to meet everyone! Sat, 4 Aug 2012 19:12:04 EST hello hi am sort of new here Sat, 4 Aug 2012 15:45:28 EST Intoducing... Me!! Hello all you sparky people! I have been using this website for a little over a month, and am enjoying it's ease of use compared to many other sites/apps I have tried! <BR> <BR> I am Sherri, a 25 year old mom to Alexander (14 months old) and engaged to my best friend! Trying to lose the baby weight, plus all the extra pounds I gained after the baby was born. From my heaviest point to my ultimate goal weight is a 160 lb difference, but I am on my way there, having already lost almost 50 lbs!... Fri, 3 Aug 2012 16:28:12 EST August Challenge - any requests for a challenge I need to set up a monthly challenge for August. I plan to start it on Sunday, August 5th. Does anyone have any requests for this challenge? <BR> Wed, 1 Aug 2012 23:48:47 EST Hello Hello everyone, just wanted to introduce myself. I joined this site in hopes of motivation for weight loss. I am a wife and mother of 2. My oldest is 3 and youngest is 10 months. I hoped to be at a weight I felt comfortable at by now, but with two children it hasent happened just yet. Im hoping to use this site as motivation not only to lose weight, but to live a healthier life style and start to eat healthier for myself and my kids as well! Hopefully I can achieve my goals! Wed, 1 Aug 2012 00:55:12 EST hello everyone!!! hello everyone my name is yuri i am a mother of 3 kids all boys and iv decided its time for me to start working out so i can feel better about myself i hope you all will go on this journey with me!!! i need to be able to fit in my wedding dress!!! my bundles of joy left a nice size bundle around my stomach area that i need to work off hope you guys can give some encouragement!!! Tue, 31 Jul 2012 19:03:59 EST HEIDI P.... NEW AT THIS Hey all I was reading an AOL story and a women who lost over 160 lbs referenced this site. So i thought i would give it a try. I am really wanting to get into the under 200 pound club. I have a lot of people who claims they will help me succeed but leave me after about 4 days and i just really want support. I weighed in at 258.6 july 6, 2012 and I am down to 244.7. I eat better and walk 4 miles or more up a small mountain. I just really need someone to talk to about losing weight that has don... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 15:35:04 EST Hi! Hello everyone! My name is DeAnna. I signed up yesterday in hopes to lose some wieght before my wedding! Things are looking up. Good luck to everyone... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 13:33:38 EST Anybody want a fitness partner? I'm looking for someone to hold me accountable on here! anyone else want the same? Mon, 30 Jul 2012 23:19:44 EST New to SparkPeople Hi all moms! Just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Autumn and I am from Pgh, PA. I am hopeful to lose about 50 pounds. I gained a lot during my pregnancy, my son Liam was born in June. Good luck on all of your goals! <em>381</em> Mon, 30 Jul 2012 15:40:59 EST Hello Im NEW!!! Hello Everyone!!! Just wanted to introduce myself. I just joined today and I'm excited to see so many positive people all working towards a common goal. I'm officially starting tomorrow. Can't wait to become A HEALTHIER ME!! Sun, 29 Jul 2012 17:46:01 EST hello all HI my name is Jess I am a single working, back to school mother of one. He is my whole world. I am tired of being over weight and have started walking hoping to start swimming soon! my plan of attack on this weight is as much gluten free as I can and portion control. <BR> <BR> Nice meeting you all <BR> <BR> Jess Sun, 29 Jul 2012 06:46:54 EST IN IT TO WIN IT HI !!! IM KATRINA AND I AM HERE TO GET THE WEIGHT OFF ONCE AND FOR ALL...I JUST HAD MY LAST CHILD FOUR MONTHS AGO AND IM READY TO LOOK AND FEEL BEAUTIFUL AGAIN...I HAVE A GOAL IN MIND OF 6 LBS A MONTH.. I LOOKING FOR ANY ADVICE ON WHAT KIND OF EXERCISE I CAN DO WITHOUT A GYM MEMBERSHIP OTHER THAN WALKING....? Thu, 26 Jul 2012 22:43:19 EST Newly Vegetarian Hey everyone....after years of trying to diet on my own I finally gave up. I'm back on spark and feeling a little more motivated. I'm in the process of becoming vegetarian after finding it more difficult to even touch meat. Not sure what made me get to this point but it probably had something to do with that new show the Hutterites, they had an episode showing how they killed their own food....anyhow, because I am new to eating a meatless diet I would really like to meet some new people who a... Thu, 26 Jul 2012 10:58:09 EST Hello! Hi my name is Ashley and I am a new mommy to a beautiful 5 month old baby girl. Before I got pregnant, I was on a diet and trying to lose all the weight I had gained after my wedding and honeymoon. I couldn't figure out why my diet wasn't working until I discovered that I was pregnant! After the baby was born, my baby weight fell off within a month, however now it's at a stand still and I want to lose anywhere from 25-35 lbs. My goal is to lose 25 lbs by Christmas and be a whole new person co... Thu, 26 Jul 2012 08:33:20 EST new to spark hi everyone, please exuse my grammer i am holding my 5mth baby in my arms. i just joined sparkpeople to get in shape and be healthy for my baby girl. i gained 50 pds while pregant and am now trying to get back to a healthy weight. a checkout lady at the store asked me when i was due, thats when i decided to start workingout more and eating healthier. Wed, 25 Jul 2012 20:32:44 EST Greetings Hi there. I joined Sprakpeople to help me in losing weight and living a healthier, more active lifestyle. I used to live in a city where I walked a lot and I had an active lifestyle so I ate what I liked. I had healthier habits back then, but then I moved to a farm and had a baby and now I eat almost twice as much as I should and I don't get out to walk about. Things have been crazy the past three years and I feel that my head is spinning. I hope that with tracking and reading about othe... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 04:00:19 EST Sorta New Hi all, I started up on SparkPeople several years ago, but I didn't use it or even log on for 2 or 3 years. So I'm new, but not so much. <BR> <BR> My name is Mel, and I'm from Houston. I have 3 children: Burgundy, 16; Holden, 18 months; Ruby, 3-1/2 weeks. I'm 37, and I'm a SAHM. <BR> <BR> I enjoy knitting, weaving (I have a 60" floor loom), sewing and cooking. I'm especially interested in local/whole foods. I bake all our bread from wheat that I grind myself, and I sell my bread as well as ... Tue, 24 Jul 2012 17:16:04 EST Introducing Myself I am a stay at home mom of 2 boys (Morgan and Mason) and wife to a wonderful husband (Tim).I live in South Dakota right now, but hopefully will be moving within the next year to a warmer location. Anywhere that -30 is never seen... LOL! I am 25 years old and slightly overweight. I don't know if it has everything to do with having kids, but I do know that this is the first time I have been this heavy EVER! I am heavier now at 165 than at my heaviest point in either pregnancy 158. I am hoping t... Tue, 24 Jul 2012 10:42:14 EST New New New! I have 2 kiddos under the age of 2. They keep me busy! My big, overall goal is to live a healthy life for myself, my husband and my children. Those who came before me didn't set a good example for me and I'm determined to stop that cycle. <BR> <BR> I'm in need of accountability/buddies/etc because I have the tendency to give up quickly. <BR> <BR> I think it's going to take some time to figure out all of the features and gadgets on this website! I'm a bit overwhelmed with everything and tr... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 11:35:07 EST THIS IS MY TRY #100 Hello Everyone. today is 7/22/2012 5:40pm... I look my self at the mirror and always say to myself, "nah i aint that fat yet, I'm still good".. REALLY!! i havent weight myself like in about 3 months, but the last time i weight myself i was like 272 pounds, that's the most ever in my life.. i feel fatter than 3 months ago, so i might be like 15 pounds heavier. I'm SCARED!! to even weigh myself... THE SADDEST PART.. is that i was a U.S. MARINE for 5 years, just got out 2 years ago, and look ... Sun, 22 Jul 2012 21:43:10 EST Starting "for real" Hi, I'm not entirely sure how to start! My name is Sara, I'm 32. I've been overweight my entire life, but have hit an all time high since having two babies less than two years apart. We know we are finsihed having babies and I want to get completely serious. I have been running twice a week since the first week of May. I have been taking zumba once a week since February and three weeks ago I went to my first Crossfit. I have since completed two bootcamps from Crossfit and am debating jo... Fri, 20 Jul 2012 09:55:24 EST Hi, Im a newbie My name is Michele. I have a 14 month old baby boy. I'm trying to lose about 15lbs. I was overweight when I got pregnant and only gained 9lbs during my pregnancy. I lost all the pregnancy weight and then some after he was born. I breastfed for 10.5 months. I recently noticed my smaller clothes getting a little tight. When I weighed myself the scale told me I had gained back about 7lbs. I look forward to getting some motivation from all of you and hopefully returning the favor. Fri, 20 Jul 2012 08:39:18 EST New Here Hello all, I am a new member and just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Erin and I'm from PA. I have 3 children - 8 yr old girl, 7 yr old girl and 7.5 month old boy. I am here to get support and hopefully lose a good 25-30 pounds (baby weight). Fri, 20 Jul 2012 08:20:33 EST Hi everyone! New here Im Brandy, 26 married with 3 kids. I live in phoenix az, and im on here because Im overweight. Im having a hard time. Finding all the motivation to really get in a routine and actually stick with it. Im queen of excuses :-( im looking forward to getting to know new people who might have some of the same goals as me and maybe find a few to help me stau motivated and encouraged to stick with this. Thu, 19 Jul 2012 01:33:42 EST How to Motivate our Spouse Hey Everyone, <BR> <BR> I need some advice on how to motivate my spouse to eat better and workout! <BR> <BR> This is how it normally happens <BR> -I tell him to weigh himself after i do if he is around <BR> -I pick out his outfit for a party/bbq (i know its to small) <BR> -invite him out for runs with me and I push our son in the stroller (never comes out) <BR> This results in him working out a few times and eating less (not better) for about a week then the excuses start. <BR>... Wed, 18 Jul 2012 12:59:55 EST I want to be the sexy good looking wife and mom! I am a 24 yr old momma of two and a wife! I want to lose all my baby weight and get to the healthy weight recommended for my height. I hope that I can find the help and support here that I need to lose my weight. Wed, 18 Jul 2012 11:00:32 EST hi hi im kate im 26 married with 5 kids, looking to loose all the weight ive gained over the past few years so i can start feeling confident and happy with myself again Wed, 18 Jul 2012 07:06:57 EST Hey everyone I just realized I had been getting spark mails about this group :) My name is Justine and I have a 6 month old son who is just growing up too fast lol My husband is on a 6 month deployment and I was hoping to get back into shape while he was gone :) Wed, 18 Jul 2012 04:26:09 EST Amazing Race Sign Up We are going to start a new longer challenge in August. If you are interested in being in a long team challenge, please sign up on this thread. <BR> I warn you that this will be a LONG challenge, so we are going to continue doing the monthly challenge as well as this one. <BR> I will give more details about the Amazing Race challenge in August. Tue, 17 Jul 2012 11:12:18 EST Mom of four needing encouragement Hi. I am a mother of four. I just gave birth to our fourth child in May. I wanted to go on a diet, but not a pill popping one. Something healthy in case we have another child. It is very hard for me to stick to a diet plan so I am just watching what I eat. I know that I can loose the weight. It just takes me time and a ton of will power. Mon, 16 Jul 2012 15:51:17 EST Hello! My name is Michelle. I'm a 27 year old mother of three, Who lives in Florida. I found spark people back in 2009 but never got serious and kinda forgot the site was here. I am back and have been on it for a week tracking my food using the recipes and losing weight. I have lost 6 pounds so far and i am enjoying the healthy eating as i find it tastes better then what i was eating. Looking forward to my next week!! Mon, 16 Jul 2012 10:41:35 EST New to This Hello, my name is Megan and I am new to this, to all of it. I just had my first child, Samuel, in May, and now I'm wanting not only to lose some weight, but to tone my body up a bit. Before I got pregnant I needed to lose about thirty pounds, but never did. After I gave birth I lost all my "baby weight" but I still need to lose that thirty pounds that I needed to lose prior, and now my stomach needs some work as far as muscle tone. I've never tried to lose weight before, so this shall be a ne... Thu, 12 Jul 2012 19:58:17 EST New Beginnings I just wanted to stop by and introduce myself. My name is Nicole, full time mom, spouse and worker. I'm hoping to gain some motivation here to help me with my weightloss goals. Thu, 12 Jul 2012 04:33:55 EST New & Need Support I am 23 years old, I have a 9 month old daughter and need to lose weight. I want to be able to wear the bikini I used to be able to! I am also trying to set a healthy example for my daughter! I am in school, work almost full time, and never feel I have the time to cook healthy or exercise! I know I can make the time but I don't! So I am looking for anyone willing to keep me motivated and keep on my butt to keep moving. I have lost 8 pounds since I started working on it, but that is just from ... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 14:25:25 EST Hi, brand new Hello all. I am brand new. I have heard of the site for a while, but just decided to join today. I am married and have a son who will have his first birthday in a little under two weeks. I still need to loose my pregnancy weight. I lost a bunch initially, but that was because all the swelling went down. I was sorta close to my pre-pregnancy weight (~20 pounds, though still not a great weight) a month or so after. However, life with a newborn, working part time, and all of that craziness ... Sun, 8 Jul 2012 19:02:24 EST Buddy Support Team for Stay at Home Mom's Hi BST for Stay at Home Moms. Please feel free to use this forum to share experiences and encouragement, in addition to SparkMail, visiting each others' SparkPages and blogs, and SparkGoodies, whenever the mood strikes you. <BR> Your starting team members are: <BR> JENNIK2 <BR> BAGTHELINT <BR> <BR> I will add more members as more people sign up. <BR> Thanks. <BR> Tricia <BR> Fri, 6 Jul 2012 23:20:07 EST Buddy Support Team for Mom's who work Hi BST for Mom's who work. Please feel free to use this forum to share experiences and encouragement, in addition to SparkMail, visiting each others' SparkPages and blogs, and SparkGoodies, whenever the mood strikes you. <BR> Your starting team members are: <BR> ROSIEJP <BR> JJSMOM11 <BR> MOMMAV8808 <BR> DETROITKELLY <BR> KB1018 <BR> MOM3GIRLSMD <BR> <BR> <BR> Thanks. <BR> Tricia <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 6 Jul 2012 23:18:35 EST Others bringing me down I've been trying to lose weight since I had my son 8 months ago and the weight was coming off and I was getting healthier I just felt it, I got in a slump and for a month or so couldn't lose weight... finally my husband decided he wanted to do a 5K so in his training my weight is starting to come off again I'm eating healthier, working out more (more than just his running) and all out trying as hard as I can and it seems my husband is dropping weight faster than me now he weighs less than me ... Thu, 5 Jul 2012 17:27:45 EST June 2012 Challenge Winners Congratulations to the June Challenge winners. <BR> <BR> June Challenge - Login to spark people each day. 1 login 1 time per day <BR> The winners of this challenge with the number of logins they had for the month. <BR> 1st - TLWARE9 30 <BR> 2nd - JOHNSOJW 26 <BR> 3rd - BRIDEATH 25 <BR> 3rd - LWMOM11 25 <BR> <BR> June Challenge - Exercise a minimum of 10 minutes 1 time per day <BR> <BR> 1st - BRIDEATH 30 <BR> 1st - TLWARE9 30 <BR> 2nd - JDAVISON83 29 <BR> 3rd - LWMOM111 26 <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 5 Jul 2012 00:16:55 EST Trying to get started...again Hi Everyone! I have attempted to get started on SparkPeople many times over the last 6 years but have not been successful. The other times, I did not take advantage of much more than the food and exercise trackers. So, I figured I needed to really dive in this time and try to participate in all the areas in an attempt to stay motivated and lose weight! I'm nervous about balancing my busy schedule to make time for exercise. <BR> I am 27 and hoping to lose 60 pounds. I have a 6 month old as wel... Wed, 4 Jul 2012 22:10:12 EST Just gotta lose this weight !!!! Hi everyone my name is Ciara and I am new to SP. I am a registered nurse, a wife, and mother of 2 (Makayla 3yrs old & Kennedy 1 month old). I am trying to lose about 50lbs by Jan 1st. Since the birth of my 1st child I have been struggling with my weight. I gained a total of 50 lbs with my 1st child and lost about 15 lbs before getting pregnant with my 2nd. After the birth of my second child I had gain the 15lbs back (of course...LOL) and I am dedicated to getting back to my pre-baby weight : ... Wed, 4 Jul 2012 11:16:58 EST