SparkPeople Parents of school-age children (ages 6 to 11) Team Messageboard This team is for parents of school-age children ages 6 to 11. Share experiences and tips for raising a healthy family. Also find support as you work toward your own health-related goals! SparkPeople Parents of school-age children (ages 6 to 11) Team Messageboard Hey there I think when I first joined this group, it was when my daughter was in the age group suggested. She is now 14... But I do have a little guy we call AJ that recently turned six. I also have an almost 17 yo son as well. Three kids total. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> I have been a member of SP for a while, but not consistent. <BR> <BR> I am trying to connect with others who understand the struggle that as moms and parents we put ourselves last, but know that we shouldn't. <BR> <BR> I was a SAH... Thu, 13 Jul 2017 09:05:33 EST Hi I'm Lori Hello. I'm Lori. I'm 37 years old. I have had a lot of success with Spark in the past, but then gave up. I decided that I need to take my life back and so started again January 2nd of this year. So far I'm doing awesome and have lost over 11 pounds. I have a 6 year old son named Myles, and a 7 year old girl who will be 8 next month named Piper. I'm a stay at home mom and run around crazy after them. I'm also a dance mom. My daughter has danced for 5 years. I'm really excited to meet other par... Mon, 6 Feb 2017 23:00:11 EST Out to make 2017 my fitness year! I am rejoining SparkPeople to take my weight loss journey forward. I hope to make some real changes in my life when it comes to food and exercise. I have spent a long time allowing my weight to control how I feel and things that I do. I don't want to do that anymore! I want to move forward and make 2017 the year of change in my life! Wed, 1 Feb 2017 14:03:12 EST Allow me to (re)introduce myself, my name is JP Hi everybody, <BR> <BR> I'm back on SparkPeople after several years away. When I was here before I had pretty good success. I lost almost 30 pounds, but I gained it back and more during my hiatus. <BR> <BR> I'm a husband, father, and engineer in New Orleans, and I'm trying to get in shape. Since I spend most of my day sitting at a desk, I definitely need to get out and exercise. Also, I am trying to eat healthy and practice self-control with my eating. It definitely takes practice. Fri, 8 Apr 2016 16:37:23 EST Hello everyone Hello everyone, i joined this page in 2012 but I never used it , i am ready now, i want to make a change in my life, i am tired of excuses i want to lose this weight get healthy and be here for my children the way I need to be. I could use all the support and help I can get on this nre journey I can't seem to find any in my everyday life. Thank you in advance for any support Wed, 24 Feb 2016 01:37:03 EST in need of a change Hello Everyone, <BR> Have set my mind to making some changes in my life. Looking for positive people to give encouragement Sat, 16 Jan 2016 21:37:11 EST Hi I'm new to the team Hi I am new to the team and looking for a place where I can get general parenting advice and thought this was it. I have two daughters who are 7 and 10. I am having some trouble getting them off of their kindles but have gotten some books to help with that. Mainly I am currently borrowing a book from the library called 150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids. There is another book I want from the library that I am planning on picking up tomorrow with more ideas. So far this book has given m... Mon, 28 Sep 2015 19:04:31 EST Need motivation Hello, My name is Darcy, I just had my 25th wedding anniversary I have 3 great kids ages 13-22 My oldest has Down syndrome and is an awesome kid. When I got married, I was a size 3 even after my oldest was born. At the age of 37, I had my youngest daughter and was a size 5 after I had her. I started gaining weight when I turned 40. I need to lose at least 35lbs. I took pictures of my stomach and was grossed out. I try a new diet every week thinking Oh I can do that. Then the next day I decid... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 10:41:57 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 14:07:31 EST Hello, I'm new to the team! Hi, my name is Trista. I've been a member of SparkPeople for a long time, but have decided I really need to make a change in my lifestyle. So I'm back with Spark People, and I'm hoping to make some new friends while I'm here! <BR> <BR> I am a working Mom. My husband and I have been married for 8 years and we have a 6 year old son that just finished kindergarten a couple of weeks ago. I want to get healthy for me, but it's also important to me that we teach our son healthy habits. I ho... Thu, 25 Jun 2015 00:23:39 EST Family trying to eat properly and stay active! Hi there! I have been struggling with weight for a long time now. I'm trying to change, but its SO HARD! My future hubby is trying to lose about 40 lbs and I personally need to lose well over 100. My biggest fear is that my soon to be 7 year old ends up overweight because of me. I really need help here, and hope that I can find some... <BR> <BR> A little about me: I'm 28, working part time at a deli (love it despite the high school drama lol). We live in MI, nice little town called Midland. ... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 15:12:10 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 Public introduction so that I can't keep hiding! Good morning, everyone! My name is Amy and this is my 2nd, ... no, 3rd attempt at SparkPeople! This time, I am trying to take steps that will make it more difficult to just walk away! <BR> <BR> I am 38-years old, got remarried a year ago, have a 14-year old daughter, an 8-year old son, and have taught high school math (currently calculus, precalculus, and financial algebra) for 16 years in Washington State. <BR> <BR> I tend to blame my job for my weight problems. I go to work too early to e... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 14:30:45 EST Hi...I'm Kathy I'm not your typical mother of children 6-11. We have had custody of our 9 & 10 year old grandsons since they were 2 & 3. It has been quite a roller coaster after raising my 3 children and starting over, but I wouldn't change it for the world. The oldest is an extremely picky eater who is basically a carb addict....the only proteins he eats is cheese, McDonalds cheeseburger, chicken nuggets and turkey sausage links. He does love milk, so that helps. Since I'm doing a low carb diet, I bas... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 21:33:39 EST To Love Me again I am 34, been married for almost 15 years to my amazing husband, whom met me at 17 and spunky. I was pleasantly thick in the right places, but was always the BIG girl compared to my friends. We have two wonderful boys who are very active in sports. I lost 80 pounds about 7 years ago and felt wonderful, then I changed to a desk job with high stress and pot lucks galore and gained 100 back. Now here I am fat and sassy, however, disappointed with my reflection. I love my inner me and my family, ... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 18:20:57 EST Hello I am Gabrielle :-) Hello I am a 23 mother to a almost 7 year old daughter. It is time to lose the baby weight. But I need help. That is why I am here. I can always use words of motivation and encouragement. Thanks Sun, 4 Jan 2015 12:52:35 EST Hi I'm Deborah I hope I can meet knew Friends on here. Sat, 3 Jan 2015 15:55:10 EST starting over!! Hello my name is Debra I have decided not to give up on my goal to change my life for the better .I lost a great amount of weight and then I was just stuck because I couldn't loose any more. Its been almost two years since I tried to get back on track. So I am feeling defeated so I decided to come back to Sparkle and get support and possible find a group or walking group in Charlotte to help me get restarted and to give me some tips on how to get back on track, and me remain accountable. I j... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 08:33:13 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 Kid-Approved Breakfast Ideas? I am looking for ideas for delicious, make ahead breakfast ideas. My 7 year old son doesn't really like cereal. He really likes the Smart Ones frozen breakfasts and Hot Pocket breakfasts, but I think he needs something with out all of the sodium and preservatives. We usually don't have a lot of extra time in the mornings, so something that can just be reheated would be ideal. Any good tips for precooking and reheating eggs without them getting too rubbery? Thanks for your help! Thu, 31 Jul 2014 18:03:52 EST Hey there! Hey everyone! I'm Jaycee. I have been on SparkPeople before right after my son was born. I had many issues losing weight due to a hormone imbalance and I just recently started on Adipex. I have already lost 6 lbs in 4 days so I am determined to continue with my weight loss and keep it off after I discontinue the medication. I have had depression issues since I was in eighth grade and had to get off of them while on the adipex. Not only do I want to lose weight to help my self confidence, but ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:03:33 EST Hello There My name is Susan. I am starting to change some habits of mine. First, I am going to do some of the things that Mom does...measure food and count my calories and other vitamins. I have done it the past three days. Mom also gave me some other ideas on how she is loosing weight in her condition. She is taking cayenne pepper supplement and eat green beans daily. She can fit into some of her clothes she couldn't last year. Anyways, I am trying to stay to this diet of more healthy foods that I like... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 19:41:59 EST Back on SP after being away for a long time! Hi, <BR> <BR> Like the subject says, I'm back on SP after being away for a long time. I've reset my goals, and I'm trying to get in shape again. <BR> <BR> I used the site for a couple of years probably 5 years ago and I lost 30-40 lbs. But since then I haven't been on consistently. Now I'm trying to get back into it. When I was active before my son was in the 2-5 year old age group, so I'm a new member to this Team. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I don't have time for a long intro, but I'll be bac... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:41:01 EST Do you nibble off your kid(s) plate? I am wondering if anyone else out there is realizing how much this can sabotage your success? It was pointed out by a fellow working-mom at my office as she learned this through a Weight Watchers Forum. <BR> <BR> Everytime you as a busy parent prepare a meal for your kid(s), school lunches, snacks, or even clear the dinner table...are you guilty of pinching a little this or that? All of those little pinches add up to added calories, sugar, carbs, fat, etc. - and if you do this at all times l... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 15:16:56 EST Hello!!! Hello everyone! I'm a 29 year old woman who has been married for 10 years. We have been blessed with 2 children, a 9 year old son and a 1 year old daughter. I've always been on the "chunky" side, but after giving birth to my son, I gained a lot of weight. It wasn't until after giving birth to my daughter that I weighed my heaviest...220 lbs. I was shocked that I had allowed myself to get like this. Shocked and disgusted. I've now lost 15 lbs, but I know that I have a very long road ahead of m... Sat, 31 May 2014 10:52:11 EST Hello :) I've been a member of SparkPeople for awhile and have posted very seldom to any boards. I really started to take my weight loss and exercise seriously in January 2014. Just in need of connecting with like minded people who live real lives and still find a way to stay on track! <BR> <BR> Fitness Program: T25 I have completed one round - all ten weeks. This was major for me as I have never stuck to any exercise program faitfully for that long. I am now working through another round of the seco... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 15:32:24 EST Intro Hi, <BR> <BR> My name is Callie and I have 50 lbs to lose. I am off to a great start with SP. <BR> <BR> I like the official SP challenges. SP Official Healthy Cooking Challenge and SP Official 'Eat Up, Slim Down' Challenge <BR> <BR> Making changes;-) <BR> <BR> 1. Planning meals now <BR> 2. Drinking 2.2 L of H2O per day <BR> 3. Keeping fruit in bowls throughout my house <BR> Lastly, Tracking my food calories with (wow....lots of work there, but gotta do it!) week one of SP Offici... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 07:53:45 EST Not exactly new but totally like it! I'm fat. It's taken me many years to describe myself as such, always seeking for other much softer words so I don't get rejected. I turned 30 last year and I believe I accept myself more than ever so I'm using 'fat' as part of my description now. It still isn't exactly easy. <BR> <BR> I've tried and failed so many times at losing weight. I lack discipline for diets, mostly because I hate cooking and even if I can cook, I can't quite plan meals ahead yet. I can workout but getting online is m... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 12:13:00 EST Hi from a start over mom Hello. I am the mom of a 22, 18, and 6 year old. I also have a 4 year old granddaughter. My older two don't live at home anymore so my little man is practically an only child (except I have readily available child care). He is so different from my older children so everything with him is new. I have been struggling with my weight since my 18 year old was born and having found myself the single parent of a six year old at almost 40 I am so concerned that my weight will stop me from being the p... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 11:20:05 EST Happy Alena Hello <BR> My name is Alena and I am on a mission to get healthy, feel good, look good and be happy. I have been logging in for 4 days and I hope to get enough energy soon to start a real work regime. Thu, 6 Mar 2014 11:53:35 EST Valentine's Snacks My son's 1st grade class is having a Valentine's Day party on Friday, and I need healthier snack ideas. What do your kids like at their V-day parties? Mon, 10 Feb 2014 16:03:45 EST I'm having a power struggle with my kindergartener My middle child (a daughter) has always been the petite one. Then, when she started preschool last year, I noticed that she wasn't as active and put on a few pounds,and the doctor said that she was concerned because she had put 12 pounds since the year before. Then spring came along and we were outside a lot and she didn't gain anymore weight and seemed to get a little bit taller. Fast forward to starting kindergarten: she seemed to be eating a lot. Not just a growth spurt eating, but eat... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 13:33:38 EST lsb1974 last year my husband of 17 years walked out on me and my girls. he blamed me for everything, when i know there is/was someone else. he has made this very hard especially with his hatfullness, rudeness, name calling and insults. in this time i have probably gained about 30 lbs and the divorce isn't final. i am beginning to come to terms witht he divorce especially with his attitude change and he has compeletly went bonkers. my goal or saying for 2014 is 40 @ 40. i will turn 40 this year ... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 12:03:15 EST A NEW ME Hi! I signed up some time ago but for the 1st time, I feel like it's MY TIME to be a healthier happier ME. I'm new to actually utilizing Spark tools so please be patient with me. I welcome comments, encouragement, and anything positive you all have to offer...Thanks SP community Sat, 11 Jan 2014 04:48:56 EST anyone have elementary kids who wrestle? My son is 9 and he is in his 4th season of wrestling. I have to say that I am so very proud of his accomplishments over the past 4 years! Now we are getting into the stage where we have to keep his weight in check for wrestling. He's super skinny, but he has a tendency to snack all the time. Sometimes he snacks on healthy food, and sometime not so healthy. But right now, we need him to stay at the weight he is, so instead of trying to stop his snacking, we just severely limit his fatty s... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 13:20:55 EST Getting to a better me! Trying to find the strength to finally change my body and my self esteem. Making changes to let go of the overwhelming weight and self hate. Not only for myself, but to show my children that goals can be made and exceeded! That perhaps we can be greater than we think we are... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 15:24:25 EST Hi everyone Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I just joined this group as my daughter turned 6 in December. <BR> <BR> I am trying to get back on track and finish my weight loss journey and healthy life style change. Wed, 1 Jan 2014 12:19:06 EST How can I help my daughter? My 6 year old daughter is a bit of a tomboy, which I guess makes sense because I was one as well. She'd been begging and begging for a pixie cut for weeks and so she got one this weekend. I may be biased but let me tell you, it is ADORABLE. <BR> <BR> However, since she has a tendency to wear a lot of batman, spiderman and "traditional boy" clothes, she's gotten a few comments already. One little boy teased her at the park the other day that she couldn't be a girl cause she didn't have any... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 14:20:57 EST 2 challenges I am doing that I wanted to share I started 2 new fitness challenges yesterday the 30 day crunch challenge and the 30 day squat challenge. You can visit my page they are both shown in my pictures and my blogs for today 11/16/13 if you are interested in trying it out also <BR> <BR> Day 2 and still going strong <em>386</em> <em>521</em> Sat, 16 Nov 2013 13:36:49 EST New to the team but NOT to Spark! :) Hi y'all! Hey there everyone! I'm a momma to 3 amazing kids! I have a 19 year old son but also have 5 and 7 year old daughters! :) Love being a momma! I'm also a full-time Pampered Chef consultant and volunteer at the girls school! :) <BR> <BR> I'm back to Spark because after a year of a HARD HARD year and NOT taking care of me, I'm not healthy and that just does NOT work for me! I have little girls I have to help turn into amazing adults so here I am, back to taking care of me for them and myself! ... Sat, 2 Nov 2013 07:19:32 EST A New Life For an Old Wife Hi all, I'm just getting back into the swing of things but want to stop by and say stay engaged! If your like me and you don't have anybody close that needs to loose weight with you then you have to encourage yourself! Stay with it, it will pay off. And I'm going to keep saying it 13 down and more to go let's get moving! <BR> Sat, 26 Oct 2013 22:59:43 EST PeeWee Football Snack Ideas My 6 year old is in PeeWee Football and this Saturday it's his turn for half-time snacks. I've been wracking my brain trying to figure out what to bring. One kid on the team has peanut allergies. My husband thought chocolate cake and Red Bull might wake them up a little and get them moving for the morning game*, but I didn't think it was a great idea. Any suggestions? <BR> <BR> Thanks for your help! <BR> <BR> *DISCLAIMER: My husband is very sarcastic and thinks he's a comedian. This ... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 15:52:50 EST Eating foods When my daughter was 3 she ate chicken, pork, carrots, avocados, pasta and potatoes. Then her dad took her McDonald's - a lot. I have tried over the last couple years to get her to try healthy food - even the food she used to love. As I am eating healthy and making healthy meals, I want her to eat with me. She is starting to get a love handle at the age of 9. Any suggestions? Wed, 9 Oct 2013 19:56:48 EST A Newbie! Hey guys! I'm Angie, and I'm a 34 year old mom to two beautiful redheaded daughters! A soon to be very independent 11 year old, and a very strong willed, independent 13 year old. I'm so blessed to have such great kids! I look forward to talking to you guys throughout my journey! Good luck to you all! Tue, 8 Oct 2013 10:31:12 EST Hi. I am started a new Healthier Me. Hi I am a 40 year old Mother of two who has never worked out consistently for more than a couple of months my whole life. I am 25 lbs over my ideal weight and have lost a lot of muscle definition over the years. This summer I started working out (walking/running) 5-6 days a week. I love the energy and strength that I have gained from making this apart of my normal life. However I have yet to lose any weight. I know that it is due to my diet. I don't like a lot of healthy foods and I wil... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 11:18:10 EST Fit Mom Hi everyone! I have been trying to lose 10 pounds for over a year and simply can't seem to do I thought that posting on this site might help :-) I am 40 years old and generally eat very healthy and exercise alot. I am not sure where the pounds came from!! Anyone have any tips for me? Wed, 21 Aug 2013 15:19:09 EST Getting Things Done I'm a single mom, and for the last two years I have fought with my daugher about getting up in the morning and getting ready for school, and getting showered at night and ready for bed. I feel like I have to constantly get onto her and remind her of what she needs to be doing. FOR. TWO. YEARS. <BR> <BR> What kind of issues? Well, she doesn't get up when her alarm goes off--she'll hit snooze two or three times. When she does get up, she spends 10-15 minutes sitting on the potty. After that, s... Wed, 21 Aug 2013 11:46:19 EST HELP! My son wants to lose weight! My 11 yr old is in football and he's 150 lbs. He's not 'fat' but he is very sensitive about his weight. I've talked to him about it when he brings it up because he wants to be the running back for football but he's too big to run with the ball for youth league. He gets upset if someone makes a comment about how much he's eating or drinking soda. He's always misinterpretting things we say to him about nothing that pertains to weight issues. He thinks we call him lazy when we talk about his vid... Wed, 14 Aug 2013 16:12:40 EST How many points until your next level? 13026 Fri, 9 Aug 2013 11:17:37 EST Happy Friday Hi everyone! I'm a mom of three - two boys (8 & 6) and a girl (4). They keep me hopping and are serving as my inspiration right now to finally lose the weight that I struggle with! <BR> <BR> I'm 5'6" and weigh 175. My goal is 145-150 with 145 being my target but the range being acceptable to me so i'm not obsessing over the numbers. <BR> <BR> For about a month now I've been swimming for 40 minutes three days a week. I've definitely noticed a difference in my upper arms/back and the toning... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 10:46:07 EST Need help with my overweight 6-year-old My son is starting football next week and at his weigh in for the draft I was astonished to see 91 pounds! Holy cow! I know he is tall for his age at 4'10", but that is ridiculous! I'm trying to make changes, but just like his parents he is VERY stubborn and resistant to change. <BR> <BR> Everything I've read online said that I should just focus on stopping weight gain, not losing since at this age kids grow so much that he will grow into it, and restricting his eating to lose weight coul... Sat, 3 Aug 2013 10:22:38 EST Stepping out of my box Hi everyone! I have never posted on any social network type atmosphere before. So, this is way out of my comfort zone! I know that in order for me to make this time trying to lose weight and get healthy the real deal, I must give it my best shot! I am nervous but excited at the same time! Hoping for continued strength on this journey!! Fri, 26 Jul 2013 13:44:32 EST Go to Meal? What is your favorite go to meal, when you want to eat healthy and don't have time to plan or make something. Mine is whole grain pasta or black beans and brown rice. Wed, 24 Jul 2013 13:58:06 EST Motivation Hello, my name is Tineka and I am a 31 yr old mother of two. I've always been the "fat one" and I'm tired of it. I want to love shopping for clothes rather than feeling anxiety and depressed because I hate the way everything looks on me. I'm 5.5 and 242 lbs. My biggest issue is my inability to give up my favorite foods and exercising!! HELP! Tue, 23 Jul 2013 14:14:10 EST Confessions How about we use this to talk about where we might have slipped. For me, I did so well yesterday, and then I stayed up to late and ate brownies and peanuts...uggh...tonight I am going to bed by ten. Tue, 23 Jul 2013 08:13:20 EST How were you awesome today? Let's celebrate the little things we do each day to make our lives healthier. I walked five miles today...what change or habit or thing did you do? Mon, 22 Jul 2013 18:09:52 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 Want to be a team co-leader? Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> If you would like to be a team co-leader please let us know! Two of our previous co-leaders are not currently active on Spark. I can't believe my son will be turning 11 soon, pretty soon I'll be "aging" right out of this team as a mom--crazy to think! <BR> <BR> Kristina Mon, 15 Jul 2013 03:59:17 EST Weight loss goals for 2013 Please feel free to share your weight loss goals for 2013 here! Have you done well in the first 6 months of 2013? Do you have a weight loss/inches or other health goal you are working to achieve in the rest of 2013? We have 5 months left...what can you do in the next 5 months to achieve or work on your goals? Wed, 3 Jul 2013 09:33:17 EST I am New and need help :) Hi I am from San Antonio, TX and I have had an account with spark people for awhile just never really did anything with it and now I have come to my final place with this weight and I am ready for this journey to start. I am trying to join a few groups to get to know people in my area. can you please help me :) Wed, 19 Jun 2013 17:55:26 EST Hello Hi I am a mom of 3. My two youngest are 6 and 8, the oldest is 11. It sure is amazing how fast they grow and change once they start school. Sun, 9 Jun 2013 18:04:02 EST Keeping the iPods off Any one get an attitude turning off ods and tv? I set an hour rule a day, what is reasonable? Wed, 5 Jun 2013 10:06:23 EST Taking Kids to the pool My kids are bugging me and bugging me to go to the pool in our community. I am not redy yet. Last year, another pretteen asked my son why his mom was so fat. Not looking forward to embarrassing him again. Don't have the money to get a nice new suit either, since I am planning on losing more weight. Anyone else feel this way? Mon, 3 Jun 2013 08:14:15 EST Greetings from Mom of a 7 yr. old boy! Hi everyone! I saw this Team and thought this might be a great support, especially with summer coming (ack!). I guess you can see by my page that I also work for SparkPeople on a part-time basis. This will be our first summer of mom working from home with my son at home- and I'm not envisioning it going all that well :0 <BR> Anyway, I want to try to do my best to balance everything and stay healthy and sane over the next 3 months- just like all of you, I'm sure- so, I'm hoping we can all s... Tue, 21 May 2013 13:45:02 EST Cooking for the kids Hi, it's my first week on SP, my first day on this team and I'm so tired of cooking what my kids want to eat that I barely eat meals anymore. <BR> <BR> I'm sure this topic has been hashed to death here, but if I never saw plain steamed broccoli, plain white rice or plain chicken breast again, or pasta, ANY pasta, that would be fine. <BR> <BR> All I want is mixed up jumble of spicey food! I've had great plans to make new things for myself, but by the time I'm done cooking for the kids (I rea... Tue, 21 May 2013 00:26:52 EST Cynthia S I joined sparkpeople back in August of 2012 and I followed the site for a few days and then I completely stopped. All the time i kept receiving emails and I ignored them. I have tried Atkins only to lose weight and put more back on. I didn't like the idea of not being able to eat certain foods. I have tried so many diet pills and supplements. I am finall at a point where I feel I must lose the weight or deal with the health issues. So I chose to get on track and work on losing weight. ... Thu, 16 May 2013 15:09:46 EST Changing to a new sparkteam as my daughter ages. Hi, there! Just thought I'd introduce myself. My name is Ruth, and I've belonged to Sparkpeople for quite some time, but have been a part of the Parents with Preschoolers team up until now. As my daughter is about to turn 6 on Saturday, and will be entering full-time school in the fall, I figured a new team was in line with this new phase in our lives! I'm looking forward to being a part of this Sparkpeople team, and both drawing and hopefully also giving encouragement to/from you all! :) Wed, 1 May 2013 03:31:20 EST Do boys get lower grades than girls normally? My son's teacher counts behavior when she gives grades. She told us at the beginning of the year that 'bad' behavior will lower grades. As a result, the other moms and I have noticed that most of the boys (who are generally more rambunctious than the girls) get lower grades. Is this a normal thing to do? <BR> It doesn't seem fair but since I only have one child I don't know for sure if its normal. There is one little girl who is also very active, and her grades were lowered too, but generall... Thu, 18 Apr 2013 09:41:38 EST Suggestions to keep the kids busy It is Spring Break here and I always feel like a failure when the kids are home. My husband started his own business about a year ago and I do all the bookkeeping. I need to do a little of it every day to keep up on it. When the kids are at school, it is not a problem. However, when they are home it is huge. I have two boys who are 6 and 11. Ideally, I would get up before them and get it done, however, on Spring Break, they have been getting up earlier than they do for school.....around... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 11:55:11 EST I am back and ready to work hello every one i started sparks a couple years ago was in the middle of getting ready for my wedding so didn't keep on top of it then last year i tried doing it but i ended up on my death bed and not cause of this now that i made it throe that i want to louse more weight and quit smoking when i started i weighed 235 lbs now i am at 190 lbs my goal is to get to 135 lbs i really don't have a set time to get it done i just want to be heather Thu, 21 Mar 2013 14:03:02 EST Hello I am LaCretia and I live in Virginia. I am here to lose this body fat. I have a negative image of my body and it causes me to have bad days. It really went over the edge when the customer service rep at Sam's asked when was I expecting.....I have not been expecting for 11 years. That was the thing that pushed me over. When you look at yourself and think "I need to lose this belly" and then someone else randomly confirms this then you know it is time to make a change. I am here and I want my c... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 14:36:55 EST HI Hello everyone. My name is Christine I'm 37 years old and am a stay-at-home mom. (Not by choice) Mother of, well kind of 5. We have a blended family. In addition to my 3. I was also a surrogate 3x. Currently I'm not at the weight I would like to be. It has nothing to do with society telling women they have to be "stick thin" or my husband complaining about my weight, because he doesn't. He would never do that to me. It's just me. I keep comparing myself to what I use to look like in high sch... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 10:20:31 EST Kindergarten help! Please help! My kindergatener is having problems with wanting to study. I feel bad bc we weren't able to get him into preschool due to financial difficulties, and we both work full time with very little time to sit with him and do preschool ourselves. Now he's really struggling and doesn't want to do his work. He is borderline failing due to not meeting certain requirements at the end of each grading period, and while he is improving I have to deal with meltdowns when it comes to doing any kind of work at... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 13:59:54 EST Hello, I am ready for a healthy lifestyle. I have been struggle with my weight since my 10 year old son was born. I have hypothyroid problems. But after watching food matters, I decided to stop eating dairy and meet. I have lost 20lbs in a little over 5 weeks. I also bought the nutri-bullet to start juicing for one meal a day. I am starting to exercise this week. Mon, 25 Feb 2013 12:07:54 EST Not new to the program, but new to blogging Hi Everyone, <BR> My name is Christa. Single mom of 3 kids, just finished my MBA, and I work full time. I started Sparks last year and lost almost 50lbs. As I was finishing up school I stopped exercising and stress ate. So I gained 15 lbs back. I have made a commitment to myself that I need to drink my daily water requirements and exercise on a steady schedule, I will have success again. Looking forward to reaching my goals this year! Fri, 22 Feb 2013 09:01:31 EST starting new again Why does this always have to be so hard? I need to do this. I want to have more energy and feel better. It all seems so overwhelming. Mon, 18 Feb 2013 16:24:20 EST getting married and need to lose 30lbs by May I am getting married in May and have 30lbs to lose if that is even possible. I need to start exercising for sure. I work long hours sitting and drive over an hour one way to get there. So 4 days a week I am hit. If I want to exercise in the morning before work I would have to go to bed by 9p to get up by 430a. I leave my house by 530a to get to work by 7a. I wouldnt see my family. If I exercise after work I wouldnt see my family then either because I get home at 7p and my kids go to bed by 9p... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 12:16:45 EST Has anyone tried the NutriBullet? We recently purchased a NutriBullet (from Wal-Mart in case it breaks) to try to get more good stuff into our family's fruit and veggie intake. <BR> <BR> Has anyone ever used it? If so, do you like it? Do your kids like it? <BR> So far, since the kids get to pick what they want in their "smoothie," it's been working. <BR> <BR> I can't get my kids to eat anything green, but since they get to watch it disappear in the machine and mix with all the fruit, they don't seem to mind. <BR> <BR> Sat, 9 Feb 2013 12:02:51 EST starting over Hi spark friends. My name is Nicole . I'm a 36 year old mom to my wonderful boys Christian and Logan. <BR> I was a member back a few years ago. Im back and determined to be successful. Mon, 4 Feb 2013 09:27:28 EST Slow but steady? I re-joined sparkpeople in Dec 2012 with the goal of losing 50 lbs. I have been tracking my food daily and doing at least 20-30mins of jogging 4-5 times a week. So far I lost about 7lbs, its going slow and can become discouraging, but I think I will stick with it. I might have to reevaluate my goals, maybe if I have the goal of losing 1/2 lb weekly instead of 1lb weekly I will be able to see result and remain motivated. <BR> I think I need to look at this as a new way of living and not som... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 23:48:38 EST Word Association Game Okay, I'll start. I'll post a word and the next person has to post the first thing that comes into their head. It doesn't have to make sense. As a matter of fact, that's half the fun when it DOESN'T make sense to the average person. <BR> <BR> Then the person after you will post the first word that comes into THEIR head based on the second person's word, and so on. <BR> <BR> Okay, here goes: <BR> <BR> OPEN Thu, 31 Jan 2013 11:23:31 EST second round Hi everyone, my name is Leanne and this is my second time back to spark. The first time I lost over 40 pounds then went for surgery and lost my mojo. <BR> <BR> I am 36, have 2 girls 7 an 13 and a wonderful husband. My family is very supportive. I run a daycare so fitting in exercise can sometimes be a challenge. I also sell wickless candles called scentsy. <BR> <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has a great day Wed, 30 Jan 2013 14:05:58 EST Message Removed Message Removed Mon, 28 Jan 2013 16:13:19 EST exercising at work i work in a call center so i can not leave my desk besides for breaks and lunches. i have started eating my lunch during work so i can use my breaks and lunch to walk. now are there other exercises that you can do sitting at your desk and still be discreet about it? Mon, 21 Jan 2013 21:18:43 EST Back again Hallo...I am a 40 year old mum of a 7 year old boy, hope to be motivated and reach my goal. Mon, 21 Jan 2013 18:04:14 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 20 Jan 2013 01:01:28 EST Email account for pre-teens Is it okay to open an email account for an 11 going to 12 year old? My daughter has been pestering me to open one for her, any advice!!!!! Fri, 18 Jan 2013 13:37:50 EST Message Removed Message Removed Fri, 18 Jan 2013 11:42:47 EST Hope grandmas are welcome My name is MaryAlice. I just got custody of my 11 year old grand daughter, and have a problem. Beka's teacher called that Beka got faint during PE and the school nurse couldn't get her pulse down. Yesterday Beka had a physical, urine test, EKG, chest xray and today she has blood test. So far the worse they have found is dehydration. <BR> <BR> The Dr says for her to drink a 20 oz bottle of Gateraide G2 not regular Gateraide and 2 20 oz bottles of water a day. Beka hit the roof, NO WAY mom le... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 09:30:20 EST night shifter/healthcare Advice needed how to avoid craivings when tired! Sun, 13 Jan 2013 08:56:27 EST ASH76 Hello, <BR> <BR> I am 36 and need to lose 125 pounds. I have four children and have gained too much weight with each pregnancy. I have tried many times to lose the weight and have never had much success. I am hoping this time things will be different. Thu, 10 Jan 2013 08:43:53 EST Hi everyone! New to team (& website) Hi everyone my name is Stacey. I am 37-year-old mom of three busy boys ages 3,6, & 8. I've been getting used to the website and checking out the teams - this sounds like a good one! I gained 40lbs With each pregnancy and only took off 20 each -so the math doesn't add up too well for me. Ready to focus on me and my health! <em>213</em> Mon, 7 Jan 2013 12:22:38 EST Still working I've been with SP for awhile now, but stalled while still in the healthy range. Now I want to drop just a big more and up my activity level again (I've been slacking!). <BR> <BR> I have two darling daughters that keep me on my toes, ages 7 and 6. I want to stay healthy for them, and make sure they don't grow up with some twisted ideal of what healthy is. I have to watch what I say and do in regards to weight, eating, and especially make up. <BR> <BR> I am looking for more support as I ke... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 10:36:29 EST USAF wife and Mom Hey everyone :) My name is Jami and I'm a SAHM of 2 ( 5 and 7) My husband is a flight engineer with the USAF so things are usually hectic to say the least in our house. We also have 2 dogs and a cat who could use a diet as much as I could. I'm trying to return to my pre-pregnancy weight... which I have been trying to do and failing at for the past 5 years. Hopefully this will be the year I get closer to that goal :) Tue, 1 Jan 2013 00:52:04 EST I'm the single mom of a 10-year old boy with ADHD. I quit smoking in 1999 and starting smoking again in 2010, when my son went back to school. I just couldn't take the stress of the last few years anymore, bought a pack and the rest is history, as they say. Now I have been smoking for 2 years. I made an attempt to quit last month, after a bout with kidney stones that landed me at Patient First, but that was my first false start. I love my son unconditionally. He is sensitive, caring, compasionate, funny, but when it comes to his playing v... Sun, 23 Dec 2012 13:08:58 EST one more time Hi, I'm Trina. I've been here before and am back again. Hoping to make some positive changes that stick and reach my health and fitness goals. Stories on here have inspired me to come back.. Sun, 23 Dec 2012 08:52:05 EST Too Much Stuff to Do I have two boys, 6 and 11 (1st and 6th grade). I am having an issue with extra-curricular activities. My oldest always did cub scouts and one sport (which changed throughout the year) and that worked well. About 18 months ago, we signed both boys up for a martial arts class hoping that it would give my oldest more self confidence. So we are up to now, and my youngest is now also in scouts and plays seasonal sports. Along with martial arts, we literally have something to do *every sing... Mon, 17 Dec 2012 18:25:53 EST Single mom of three...getting back on track Hello. I joined this group last year and have been slacking far too long. I'm back and hoping to find support and encouragement so I can be held accountable and help others reach their goals. I have two daughters (ages 9 and almost 11) and a two year old son at home. My oldest is 19 and lives on his own. <BR> <BR> I want to set a good example for my daughters by eating healthfully, exercising, getting my cholesterol and back pain under control, and show them how to make healthy eating a lif... Fri, 14 Dec 2012 21:46:54 EST Hi! Mom of a 6 Year Old Hi! I've been on SparkPeople for a couple of months now, but I'm new to this team. I have a 6 year old kindergartener. I found out today at his yearly doctor's appointment that he is overweight. So now my journey is about him as much as it is about me. Does anybody have any advice on getting a 6 year old to try a few of his vegetables and get a little more physical activity? I'm at the point that I would puree the spinach and sneak it into his food if I have to. I still find it amazing that ... Wed, 12 Dec 2012 19:15:03 EST Im a nurse Hi I'm Lei, a registered nurse. Since I am on the healthcare profession it is only proper that I look like it. Looking as big as I am right now I don't know if I can motivate my patients to change their behaviors if I myself don't show how it is to be healthy. I was always the fat girl and I wan to be no more. I always thought it is impossible to lose weight and always blamed my genes, for most of my clan are composed of big bodied people. But one time in college I had a friend who invited m... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 19:03:18 EST A-Z Word of the Day A - Advocate Thu, 6 Dec 2012 09:17:38 EST so frustrated... ok so background, I have 4 kids and I homeschool. My youngest 3 are boys ages 4, 8, and 10. My 10 yr old is my step son. I've had him in my care full time since just after his 4th birthday, and his mother is not in the all. I'm the only mom he has and has known. <BR> <BR> Now, given that, he is extremely bright and extremely emotionally immature. I attribute alot of that to the turmoil he went through as a toddler. My husband, his father was a stay at home dad with J until he w... Thu, 15 Nov 2012 10:21:33 EST Today... Today was a bad food day. I had a great lunch out catching up with a former classmate. I knew I had spent more than my average calories for lunch, so I picked smart for my dinner. But with the stress of the election...... I started eating Anna's ginger thins. Fortunately I stopped at one serving. Unfortunately, that entire serving was over my daily calorie budget. :( <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is a new day. It will be better and my choices will be different. Wed, 7 Nov 2012 02:39:58 EST Greetings! Hello everyone! My name is Nina and I'm coming to you from North Carolina. I'm 27 years old and am currently trying to lose 79 pounds to reach my goal weight of 145. When I started out this summer I was 267 pounds and through much support and motivation I've successfully lost 43 pounds! It has made a great impact on my family as well my husband has dropped 7 pants sizes and my son now seeks healthier foods and activities. Today my coworker have started a biggest loser competition to keep up a... Tue, 6 Nov 2012 16:03:36 EST I'm new My name is Tara and I'm 27 yrs old. My daughter Lyndsay is 6 and my son Liam is 4. I am ready to lose the weight and keep it off this time :) Sat, 3 Nov 2012 09:30:53 EST Picky eaters at home I'm new to the team and recently new to SparkPeople. One of my challenges is that after working all day, I get home and regardless of my plan for dinner, someone doesn't like it. I have a daughter, a son, and a husband. I have tried menus, but then something changes. Any suggestions for picky eaters? Tue, 30 Oct 2012 15:52:06 EST Newbie I am a newbie! Just joined today... my first step is complete. I need to get my weight in check. I feel it is ruling me and I need to rule it! I would love to meet some new people that can help motivate me and help me get to my goal. Btw how do you guys have those cute weight trackers? I would love to get one to show my 75lb weight lose I need. Tue, 30 Oct 2012 15:46:46 EST Potty mouth 8 year old!!!! HELP! First let me say my husband and I do not curse! We do not allow people to curse infront of our children either. Now- about a week ago my son, who just turned 8 yesterday, tripped over something and said the S-word. I corrected him telling him that was a bad word- he claimed he didnt know. I decided to believe him since he does not hear it at home. Then about an hour ago I got a call from his school. Apparently he told another boy that he was going to put his @$$ on him. The asst principal w... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 14:14:12 EST Facebook Teacher Contest This is shameless, but PLEASE vote for me! All you have to do is go to the Valeria Salon facebook page, find me in the teacher contest (#4 Ms. Wagner) and click Like! Most likes wins $1000 to the Salon. Oh, how I could use that!!! :-) Thanks!!! Sun, 28 Oct 2012 12:38:40 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 00:05:47 EST Ready, Set, Go! Hello, My name is Belinda. <BR> <BR> I, like many of you, have struggled with weight for many years, (ok, really as long as I can remember). Unfortunately, I have tried a number of things. Some successful for a while and others not at all. I am at the point, this weight has taken over my life. I am tired, I hurt, I am short of breath, and tired of being judged by others and even myself. I am so ready to move forward to a healthier, younger, fitter, better me. I do not do well tracking, but ... Thu, 25 Oct 2012 17:09:42 EST Hello. I am very new at this sort of thing, so please bear with me. I just began using this sight for the first time and am a little overwhelmed, but at the same time, I am very hopeful. I think this is just what I need right now. I lost my mom four years ago and have just lost my sister. I am the only girl left in my family. My new weight loss team is my fiance and my son. No offense to them, but their easy success has me a little jealous. I want to hear from some people who are more like me, and w... Thu, 25 Oct 2012 10:42:42 EST What exercise did you do with your kids today? Today during my morning DVD workout, my son joined me for some of the "funner" activities. I'll be working with my other son on his Karate this evening. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Marg. Wed, 24 Oct 2012 17:51:01 EST A lot to do... Hi. My name is Liz. I am a single Mother of one. I need to lose a lot of weight and I want to quit smoking. It's all so hard, especially both at the same time. Winter coming has me feeling down. I have great reasons to do both, just can't seem to get going. Tue, 23 Oct 2012 20:15:03 EST Newbie Hi everyone, my name is Stephanie. I am new to sparkpeople but not to trying to lose weight. As of late health and fitness has been on my mind. I have given up soda and lost 2 inches off my waist and can see a difference. I am looking for friends who are either new or established to help motivate each other. Tue, 23 Oct 2012 06:35:23 EST HI Hello everyone! Im new to the group. I have a 6 yo Daughter and Im a stay at home mom from Covington, GA (where I am constantly dodging Vampire diary filming traffic). I 'm not sure what else to add, so If you want to know something just ask Mon, 22 Oct 2012 12:12:29 EST Hi I am pixylove I am a 26 year old SAHM of two boys. I have a great husband who has taken on college this year. We are building a better future for ourselves. But along the line I have gained weight and need to lose it. I want to be healthy enough to see and enjoy our future. Sat, 20 Oct 2012 10:20:20 EST Hi Hi Im Ak Chels Thu, 18 Oct 2012 13:25:47 EST Greetings Hello. Not new to site. Did the Spark diet before and lost weight. Stopped and had a baby, but, that was 4 years ago. I'm tired of being tired all the time and done being depressed. Not gonna give up this time. Wed, 17 Oct 2012 15:51:17 EST help!!! My name is Samantha and I just signed up with Sparkpeople a few minutes ago. I entered my goals and what I ate so far and now i only have up to 760 caleries left for the day!!! I'm having meatloaf for dinner with potatoes and carrots. I'm going to starve!!!! Tue, 16 Oct 2012 13:05:06 EST Hello everyone I'm Ashley, just turned 22 years old. I'm a Reserve Deputy with my county and have my sights set on the police academy. I need to get into top shape though. I was a high school and college athlete. Played football, basketball, softball, BMX, bowling, and track in high school. In college, I played softball, lacrosse, and rugby. After school, I got out of my groove. I've played sports since 1st grade. My goal is to lose 65 pounds and get back to my old weight. :) Mon, 15 Oct 2012 06:40:00 EST Hello My name is Veronica. I am been on my weight loss journey since May 21, 2012. I am a single mother of a nine year old. I am happy to be part of a group to keep me motivated to accomplish my goals especially since my work and school schedule is extremely hectic ( work 12 hours 3 to 5 days weekly and taking 3 online classes) I am happy to report that so far I accomplish a goal, Now I can sit with my legs cross. It might think thats silly but it means the world to me and I cant wait for more... Sat, 13 Oct 2012 08:37:42 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 Ready to start I'm a teacher and a mom looking for some support. My husband works 12 hours shifts so I don't see him often. I have an 8 year old that is active but I want to do more than sitting on the soccer side lines. Sat, 13 Oct 2012 00:32:51 EST Hello! Hi everyone, <BR> My name is Sarah and I have 2 boys. 1 is 7 and the other 11 months. Look forward to being inspired by all the other parents out there who struggle with their weight and find time for themselves to get healthy. Fri, 12 Oct 2012 19:32:49 EST hello Hi my name is Jeanette I have 3 girls ages 7, 8, and 10. I have used spark people before and have lost weight but left the site 3 years ago. Since then I have really let myself go and have gained back all the weight and then some. I hope to loose a total of 100 pounds by next October. Fri, 12 Oct 2012 11:05:59 EST Hi My name is Marie, I am a stay at home wife and mother of 3 wonderful kids. I have been feeling really down and out about myself, my weight and health. I can't believe I let myself get this out of shape. I have decided to turn it around, starting today! Thu, 11 Oct 2012 11:52:02 EST Still just me... I've spent my entire adult life at the same weight--not a good one--but I felt comfortable in my own skin. I started my weight loss journey in October 2011...sort of by accident. I started walking to combat the stress of raising four crazy kids while enrolled in college full time (better late than never, right!? And isn't it amazing what a fast-paced walk with an ipod can do for your mental state! Who knew?) Anyway, I started to not want that 4th or 5th slice of pizza (who has time to cook!?)... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 16:13:42 EST Exercise Buddy? My son is really concerned about his weight. He's 10 almost 11 and people have been telling him he's fat. He hasn't lost all of his baby fat and there's absolutely no problems with his weight! But he wants to "work out." He has been waking me up for my routine lately, wanting to go with me. So Friday and today I let him come to the fitness center with me. Now I WILL NOT let him use any of the weights or weight machines! But we took turns on the treadmill and the stationary bike. I've mentione... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 12:58:56 EST New to group Hi, I am a high school teacher looking to get back in shape. I have been discouraged with my diet and exercise plan and am looking for new ideas. I hope to achieve my goal of getting back to my bikini ready body by spring <em>41</em> Thanks for all encouragement and ideas you have to help me meet this goal. I find it hard to exercise with my 2 active girls, ages 7 and 10. Sun, 7 Oct 2012 17:33:38 EST New to the group! Hi! I'm a SAHM of 3 kids ages 6 and twins that will be 4 soon. I'm excited to get to know you all! Thu, 4 Oct 2012 17:18:01 EST Hello Hi everyone!!! my name is Jolei and i am a 36 year old mother of 2 boys a 2 year old girl, and as of July my 6 year old step- daughter. I need someone to keep me accountable. I had knee surgery on Aug 15 and with the help of my awesome mom, I was able to loose about 18 pounds, now that she has gone back home, I don't have that exta support. I want to be able to go and play with my kids and be here when they marry. I also don't want anymore surgeries because of my weight. I hope to find what I... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 21:20:32 EST Newbie Hi everyone my name is Stephanie. I am here to lose something like 84 lbs. Looking for support and to give support as well. I am a full time student, mom, wife and I have a part time job. Sun, 30 Sep 2012 19:14:34 EST Introducing a New Attitude!! I'm new to this. I mean, I'm new to SparkPeople, but also to the "slow and steady" thought. I have always have issues with my weight, with my whole self image actually. I have usually gone to diet pills, or 7 day flushes, or special diet plans. <BR> <BR> If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result then I guess I have been insane (I know some would agree with that!!). It doesn't work, obviously, so, let's try something new. Every... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 13:01:06 EST My Intro Hello all. I started my goal of losing weight back in July 2012. Prior to that my weight was up and down between 192 and 182. Currently I am weighing 167 and still losing. At the time of my weight gain I was working two jobs and attending school full time raising my children as a single mom. It also didn't help that I had knee surgery in 2008 and again in 2012. <BR> <BR> I have now taken a break from school and work to focus on my weight. I no longer work 80 hours a week and have the mu... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 04:03:21 EST New to SparkPeople Hello- just posting to introduce myself. I joined today... although may not have been good timing. I feel like I may be coming down with something. I have set my all my goals and started entering measurements and today's nutritional info. I think exercise will have to wait until I'm feeling a little better though. I am hoping to find support on here and maybe a few folks that I can help support as well. I am 35 yr old mother of two trying to loose about 50 lbs. Used to be trying to loose 40, ... Sat, 29 Sep 2012 14:46:35 EST Hi everyone! Hi everyone, I'm new to this website and I'm looking forward to losing weight and meeting new people! Sat, 29 Sep 2012 09:40:41 EST Starting over - A new Beginning for me Hi I am new to Sparkpeople. I joined this site because I wanted some accountability. I know I need to track my food and I have not been good at that at all. I wanted somewhere to go where I can get help with the changes that are about to occur in my life and to talk to people who may understand what I am going through. I have a lot of weight to loose and I have tried multiple weight loss programs and have not succeeded. I want to loose weight so I can be a healthier person and be a bett... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 21:29:13 EST hi Hi I'm Zhia, a twenty-something mother of two daughters aged 2 1/2 and 8. I am on here to get some ideas and motivation to lose weight. I start and stop a lot, but I am hoping that with some ideas on healthier eating practices as well reading about other people reaching their goals I will stay on the path to getting to where I really want to be Fri, 28 Sep 2012 12:53:37 EST Bernette is no longer just a pretty face Something happened when I woke up this morning. I felt the desire to get healthy...and this time it's different. Just the fact that I found this amazing website is sheer comformation. I can't wait to get to know you guys and go on this journey together. Mon, 24 Sep 2012 12:52:19 EST I am back again I really need to stay motivated. I am new here and am looking for new friends. I am a Christian mom of 2 preteen girls. I like doing Zumba as exercise and have been making small changes 1 week at a time. I think this may help me stay on track and develop habits. Add me as a friend and we can motivate each other. Mon, 24 Sep 2012 08:45:02 EST New Wondering how I can lose this fatty body I am 26 I have had 3 babies via c section I am wondering what would work for me to get the 36 lbs off I just started Tiffany Roth videos and Leslie sonsome walking videos I am doing a 1200 to 1500 calorie diet What else can I do Hey advice will be great Sun, 23 Sep 2012 15:20:15 EST My son is a bottomless pit, I need snack ideas pls Hi all, I need advice from someone who's been here. Growing boys need a lot of calories, right? My 8-year-old active boy isn't overweight (50th percentile), but he is hungry. All.The.Time!!! <BR> <BR> For example, since lunch (4 hours ago) he's eaten a carrot, a banana, a yogurt, and now a bacon and cheese sandwich. The last because I ran out of healthy food to give him. It seems I cannot keep enough healthy food in the house. I understand he needs a certain amount of calories a day and what... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 09:41:25 EST a struggle to stay started hello, ive been using this site for a little bit now, and thought I should introduce myself and get a few friends here to help motivate myself to stay trying, . I am really struggling to get the first 10 pound off. ive gone backnd forth with 8 for about 2 months, so I need to kick things in gear and really do this this time. I would love any friend requests, thanks for listening. Fri, 21 Sep 2012 11:48:16 EST Help! I wonder if this is just my 5, almost 6 year old, or if other people struggle with it too. I have been getting a few notes home from my son's teacher that he is struggling to keep his hands to himself. <BR> <BR> I talk to him on an almost daily basis about keeping his hands to himself, and that it is not acceptable to hit, kick, bite, spit, etc. We talk about having gentle hands, and that he should not touch anyone, and if we want to give them a hug or something, we need to ask first. <B... Thu, 20 Sep 2012 23:10:39 EST Starting Again I have successfully gone from 348 pounds, down to 331. It seems like I have so far to go. But I am in this to win it. My breaking point was when the doctor started ordering all these labs to find something wrong because my BMI was so high. I passes with flying colors, hemoglobin a1c normal, lipids, cholesterol etc all good. The blood pressure was marginal but the loss of the first few pounds brought it back within normal. I have decided I want my life back, and want to maintain my health. I w... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 21:23:31 EST Good Morning! I am the mother of 3 I have an 18yr old, an 11yr old, and a 8 yr old. I have never had a problem losing the weight just a problem maintaining the weight loss long-term. I have to focus harder on the lifestyle development rather than just the number on the scale. I am proud that my children have not developed weight issues. They all play sports now that they are older I have to find my "thing" that keeps me active. Wed, 19 Sep 2012 10:09:59 EST Brand new! Hi all! My name is Alex and I am brand new. I am a military wife and stay at home mom of 2. I am ready to get healthy, fit, and to drop the baby weight. I would love to meet some people on here to help keep me motivated and accountable. **wink, wink** Mon, 17 Sep 2012 15:39:58 EST Chumbasmom I started this becuase my son just turned 13 and I weigh the same amount now that I did when I delivered him. :( Time to start fresh!! Sat, 15 Sep 2012 20:38:06 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 New here;-) Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm a single mom of a soon to be 9 year old daughter (this month!!) She is in 3rd grade and is a blessing in my life. I'm divorced from her dad, but she is well adjusted and the "happy" type. <BR> She's an only child and wants a sibling, not sure when that's going to happen, especially since I want to lose weight before I start dating again! <BR> <BR> Anyways, I've heard wonderful things about SP, so far I really like the lay out of the site and all the different "teams". ... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 20:10:33 EST Hello Team! Hi everyone, my name is Gilma and I am a new team member. I'm very excited to be joining this endeavor and hope to make some friends too. I just want to let my team know that I have walked 6 miles within these past four days and today I will be doing some strength training with some weights. I also have some yummy and healthy recipes that I would love to share. Like Mexican style meatball soup, Filipino style chicken stew and some really yummy chick pea and oatmeal cookies. All are healthy! Fri, 14 Sep 2012 13:23:08 EST e25davis I am working on me for me this time. Can't wait to see how it works out. Thu, 13 Sep 2012 13:29:13 EST Just Starting! I'm a mother of three girls 6,7, and 9. I've had issues with my left leg for the past two years that eventually lead to surgery. After completing my rehab, the leg still felt weak and I have used that as an excuse not to exercise. I also use - for a thirty something mother of three I look pretty good! But the truth is I've been steadily gaining weight and getting flabby. I'm hoping to turn that around and be my best me by 40. Thu, 13 Sep 2012 13:21:02 EST Hello All Hello All. I am a single parent of 4 very active children. Ages ranging from 11 to 2(almost 3). I work full-time but I just adjusted my schedule to allow more time for the kids and joined my local YMCA which is, literally, across the street from my children's school so I can go and work out right after I pick them up. After my last pregnancy I lost the weight then some issues arrose and I became somewhat depressed and gained all the weight back plus an additional 20 lbs so I have a total of 3... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 10:18:20 EST Hello! I am also a newbie to sparkpeople. I am loving it here though. Everyone is so supportive and helpful. <BR> <BR> A little about me: <BR> Single mom of 2 beautiful daughters, ages 5 and 6. Just graduated nursing school, so I'm currently job seeking, we also live on a farm. <BR> <BR> I have gotten the mobile app, and I am currently trying out spark coach. Does anyone have any other tips for me? Thanks so much! Wed, 12 Sep 2012 20:47:03 EST I'm a newbie Hi all. I'm new to this. I saw an article on Yahoo and I saw the words "lose weight" and "free", so i thought i would try it. I have been on the yo-yo diets. Now, i don't do many, only a handful but my latest one, was organic liasion. I can say I probably lost 10lbs but it did get kind of expenisive and i couldn't continue, so I found myself gaining those 10lbs and then some. Also the program was a bit complicated, the support was totally different than what i see it is here. So hopefully I c... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 16:05:23 EST Short Intro Hi <em>213</em> <BR> I'm a single mom with two boys, 8 & 5. I have lost and gains lots of pounds over that last 20 yrs or so. We are active and I am good about exercising regularly, but not about eating good all the time. Seems that we're busy like most families. We generally eat healthy, but it's hard to come up with a variety of quick, healthy options that kids enjoy. Looking forward to hearing some ideas from you all. <BR> <em>311</em> Wed, 12 Sep 2012 13:49:39 EST Just want to be a better me! I am a working wife and mother of two. I am a Christian and at 280 pounds, I know my temple needs a lot of work to be pleasing to the Lord.I was born and raised in Southeast Ga where we season our veggies with fat back and/ or bacon grease. By the time I turned 11 years old I was in a women's size 14. I have always been obese and have never been happy with my appearance. <BR> Wed, 12 Sep 2012 10:22:51 EST hello...again Hi! I joined sparkpeople about 5 years ago and have just recently got serious about my health again. I look forward to all the encouraging things I will see here and also hope I can contribute to them Wed, 12 Sep 2012 01:42:21 EST Reaching out I've tried to eat a regular diet. I've tried spin class 7 days a week for 4 months. I switched to running only to find I can only jog/walk and without an assigned class time, I'm not consistant. <BR> <BR> I hope that the more I reach out, the easier it will be to find the support I clearly need to make things work again. <BR> <BR> I'm 45 years old, 5'8", and weigh 224 lbs. Goal is 170. Low carb diet seems to work best, running/jogging also has had past results. Maybe a message boar... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 23:26:53 EST Getting started Hi Everyone. I am trying to get healthy again. I thought this was a good place to start. I look forward to learning from everyone here and hopefully gaining strength in my journey. Tue, 11 Sep 2012 17:27:00 EST mom of 2. My name is Mandie. I have been overweight since my first daughter was born 7 years ago. I am tired of the struggle to lose weight, and I have relented that the only option is consistent healthy eating and daily exercise. So, I have changed my lifestyle considerably and have set up my life for success. My goal is slow, consistent, maintainable weight loss. I am bound to get to my goal if I keep my eye on the prize... or at least that's what I keep telling myself. LOL. I hope to encourage othe... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 14:45:10 EST Hi! I'm Amy Hey everyone, My name is Amy and this is my second day on SP. I am a single mom of one 10 year old and she is the light of my life. A year ago I met a wonderful man and he has 3 children ages 5,7, and 9. So yup I take care of all of them! All 4 are very active, outdoorsy, and athletically(track, football, softball, karate, gymnastics, etc.). My goal is to teach them healthy eating habits and portion control as none of them like any vegetable or fruits and large meals are what they are use... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 14:19:59 EST feeding a family healthy with a hypoglycemic I am trying to lose weight and get my family involved as well...We all can stand to lose a few pounds. Now my issue is my husband is hypoglycemic that tends to have sudden and severe blood sugar drops an ideas how I can make sure my husband gets the right amount of carbs during supper but still make sure my son and I don;t get to many we are on a strict budget... <em>29</em> Tue, 11 Sep 2012 14:06:26 EST Hi! Hello everyone, <BR> I became of member of yesterday and already I feel motivated to get this weight off and get healthy. This team stood out to me from all the rest because I have a 9 year old son who is slightly overweight and a husband who, like myself, need to lose quite a bit of weight. Not only do I want to get healthy but I want my husband and above all my son to be healthy. This is my first step in accomplishing that goal. Tue, 11 Sep 2012 13:21:12 EST Hello So...I'm jumping on board and hope to see results in the near future :) Tue, 11 Sep 2012 12:00:40 EST Hi my name is Connie Hi, I hope everyone is having a successful day. I live in California on a farm with goats, chickens, llamas, ducks and turkeys. I am an employee of Target. I like working at Target and doing things around the farm. I enjoy sewing. Right now I am working on a felt, sequin stocking. I am married and have 3 kids. My boys 11 and 15 are home and my daughter is married and lives close by. I want to lose about 10 lbs and have tried different ways of losing weight. I think the most effective so far i... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 11:52:55 EST TBoneOwen Hello! Today is my first day! I need encouragement. Tue, 11 Sep 2012 09:54:43 EST Hello! I am new to the group! I have a six year old daughter and an almost two year old daughter. I am from central Illinois, and I work as an English teacher. I would love to meet some new people and be inspired on my journey! <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> Stephanie Tue, 11 Sep 2012 09:21:23 EST Still have some hope So im 20 years old about to be 21 in about 11 day...I go to school and work so that takes up most of my time. Next April will be younger sister quincenera and well I guess for once I just really wanna pretty dress and look good in group/family pictures. I have amazing friends who tell me I beautiful and I believe them most of the time and I guess I just really want to feel that when I look at myself...this is very hard for me to admit but it's easier to do this online and I really hope this... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 23:04:06 EST Time to Get Started Hello, <BR> I'm in my mid-thirties and after two kids I am finding it very difficult to lose even one pound. I would like to use food to jumpstart my metabolism and gradually add a consistent exercise routine to the mix. My spine was injured in a car accident when I was six months pregnant with my last child, so many exercise classes are painful. I'm looking for sounding boards and the chance to be accountable to a group so that I will be motivated to keep at it. Thanks for listening! Mon, 10 Sep 2012 22:44:45 EST tired of being big Hi, I'm Crystal and I have 3 kids. A 10 yr old son, a 4 yr old girl, and a 14 mos old girl. I have had my ups and downs with my weight ever since I had my son, I went from 120 to 200 lbs during pregnancy due to chronic hypertension pregnancy related. I lost 50 lbs the day he was born, all fluid! It took me 3 yrs to get that 150 number to budge, and I tried everything dieting, excersise, tho the excersise was a bit difficult cause everytime I would start my yoga which is something I use to lov... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 21:17:49 EST New to the program Hi, my name is Amelia, and I am brand new to this site. Over the last 2 years I have gained over 100 lbs, currently at 310. I have 3 young kids and I find it difficult to keep up with them due to my weight. I get out of breath very easily and am always tired. I need to get some of this weight off - I'd like to be at about 150lbs. So, I'm just checking everything out, and we'll see how it works. Thanks : ) Mon, 10 Sep 2012 17:01:21 EST Motivated to lose weight Hello everyone, I am new to this site. I am a mother of 4 school age children who are very active. I am also a full time college student, and I work part time, and I'm a football mom, ugh. So stress is a huge problem for me. But what I'm really interested in is finding quick ideas to do through out the day to get me more active. I've heard things like sitting on a weight ball helps or doing a 30 minute work out video. any suggestions? Mon, 10 Sep 2012 15:51:24 EST Hi Everyone! My main goal is to lose this baby weight (it's way past time since my baby is 10 years old!). I've heard and read great things about SparkPeople and I'm really looking forward to the support and help reaching my goals! Mon, 10 Sep 2012 15:27:27 EST im tired of not loosing weight Hi, Im tired of not loosing weight I tried not to eat bread, fruits and it doesnt work either. I really dont know what I can do. I play tennis 3 times a week for at least hour and half,but is not enough Is it the age. <BR> I really donrt know where to start. I did LA weight Lost and it worked for couple of years but they disappear, so I lost my contact, and year ago I di Quick Weight lost and that was quick to gain it back, so now im lost. Please help me Mon, 10 Sep 2012 15:14:23 EST Hello! Hi! I'm Teresa and am married with three children ages 10, 8, and 6. I am a newbie and am looking forward to losing weight with the support of all of you :-) Mon, 10 Sep 2012 14:02:52 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 Hello Hello all I am Vickie a stay at home mom to a very sweet loving 6 year old little girl named Jordan (Jojo or Bean). I am also a college student who is about to graduate college in Dec. Feel free to ask me question as I am an open book. Fri, 7 Sep 2012 09:28:35 EST Recipe question My husband & I enjoy chili, my 11yr old Son hates it.... I only cook for the 3 of us right now since my daughters away at university... We use the leftovers as lunch to take to work & its super easy for me to throw in the crock... Its not that he doesn't like ground beef. He loves the meatloaf I make, as well as tacos, etc. Its just chili he doesn't like. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions on how I can serve chili differently to my boy so he will eat it? <BR> Wed, 5 Sep 2012 22:23:20 EST Hello! Hi! I'm Ryan and new to this. I am married with 2 kids, and some crazy cats. I have abandoned physical activity for too long! I've finally said enough is enough its time to get back into the grind. I am currently 245 lbs and cannot wait to say goodbye to the to the 200's. I look forward to this journey and hope we can inspire each other to always do better! Wed, 5 Sep 2012 17:48:26 EST hello my name is gemma Hi im trying to lose 3 stones in 6 months, my deadline being my 30th birthday!! I've got two children so find dieting really hard. I hope this site can help!! X Mon, 3 Sep 2012 17:43:01 EST hey ya'll :-) hi, my name is Jennifer, I'm so excited to have found spark people! Today is day 1 for me! I'd like to lose 70 lbs by may. Help me out people! I need some serious motivation! I know the first couple weeks are going to be so hard, beating the munchies and sore muscles! Mon, 3 Sep 2012 11:58:56 EST hey ya'll :-) hi, my name is Jennifer, I'm so excited to have found spark people! Today is day 1 for me! I'd like to lose 70 lbs by may. Help me out people! I need some serious motivation! I know the first couple weeks are going to be so hard, beating the munchies and sore muscles! Mon, 3 Sep 2012 11:57:39 EST Hi everybody, Im new here Hi my name is AmelliaJo, I'm new here and just wanted to see what the messageboards are all about. I have been struggling with my weight for quite awhile now, and am looking for a new way to get motivation to get to where i want to be. I am married and have 5 great kids, 4 boys(16, 13, 11, 9) and 1 girl (7). I hope to get a chance to get advice/support from you all as well as help anybody I can in return. Mon, 3 Sep 2012 07:52:52 EST Here I am Hello everyone. I recently heard about this site from my doctor. I am use to being anywhere from 130-140 lbs. I have had two children. I gained a lot of weight with both pregnancy and had no problem losing it after the first but after the second is a different story. My second is 2 1/2 years old now and I am 232 lbs. which is more than what I weighed at the end of my pregnancy with her. I started losing a lot of weight and fast after having her and then had a life-crisis and post-pardo... Sun, 2 Sep 2012 15:17:24 EST Getting everyone on the same page Hi! I'm the mother of one 6 year old girl and soon to be step mother of a 16 year old boy and 15 year old girl. I'm looking for suggestions on how to get us all on the same page. We are all overweight and I admit we are sedentary.My fiance and I both work on our feet all day and struggle to find motivation for exercise most evenings. I try to make healthy meal choices for everyone to enjoy but meet a lot of resistance and I refuse to be a short order cook! My fiance is willing to help in any ... Thu, 30 Aug 2012 18:04:48 EST Hungry!!! Help Hello Everybody! <BR> It's my second day tracking my food and fitness! Yesterday I realized why I don't lose weight: I'm eating more than I'm supposed to! But today, when I cut down my servings... well... let's just say I'm not happy! I just had my lunch two hours agoo and I'm getting really hungry! What shall I do? Thu, 30 Aug 2012 15:38:13 EST Interesting article about beverages for children I found this article about the sugar in different beverages interesting. I know that I allow my kids 1 fruit drink a day and I always buy 100% juice. I also allow them 2 to 3 glasses of milk a day (normally with meals). The rest of the day, I make my kids drink water. Of course, there are always those off days when the kids get way to much sugar - nobody is perfect :-) <BR> <BR> Wed, 29 Aug 2012 16:04:36 EST Hi Hi everyone my name is Kim i have two boys and a soon to be step daughter i have struggled with my weight for over 5 years so i am hoping this will help me. If anyone has advice please share with me :) Wed, 29 Aug 2012 14:14:50 EST Returning to SP and sort of new to the team Hi everyone, <BR> I'm Julie. I have been treated for Asthma since I was 12, had it since about 6 or 7. My 7 year old has had it since 9 months, and my 12 year old recently grew out of it, at least as far as exercise is concerned (full baseball season, no inhaler needed, YAY!!). However, I have a hard time doing anything that requires any amount of walking, I get very winded, quite easily, and get that tight in the chest feeling. I have a lot of weight to lose, and I know that every pound will... Sun, 26 Aug 2012 11:34:10 EST Hello Am 25 from Flagstaff Arizona but live in Tulsa, Oklahoma I want to be Thick and healthy and be able to run around with my lil boys and get back into dance. Sat, 25 Aug 2012 23:47:07 EST Hi Hi everyone. Im a mom of 3. Twin 10 yr olds ( girl, boy) 5 the graders and a 4 yr little boy and a army reserve wife and a wonderful daughter. Sat, 25 Aug 2012 20:19:28 EST Getting Healthy Hi, I am a mother of three. I teach the 4th grade, drive a school bus, and my husband is in college at the age of 44. Needless to say, I am very busy. I need motivation to do this because I struggle with it day after day. I need to get healthy for myself and my children. I don't understand myself because one minute I realize how embarassed I am about my weight, and the next minute I am eating too much again. I hope that joining this group will get me started toward the new me! Sat, 25 Aug 2012 02:43:31 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 Hello everyone - My name is Marie and I need as much moral support as I can get. My family is not supportive of my weight loss. But I am determined. I'm looking for a spark family where we can support each other. Are you ready? Fri, 24 Aug 2012 13:33:56 EST Hi all Misty here, mom to a six year old who just started 1st grade. I am looking to lose between 60-70 pounds total and have decided to take it 20 at a time. My child is extremely active and I want to be again. I have let myself go the past 3 years due to extreme stress. It's time to take my life back. Thu, 23 Aug 2012 11:43:31 EST first day of pre k yesterday was the first day of pre k. can't believe my youngest is almost 4 years old. I do enjoy though, the independence that comes with having children that are a little older. <BR> <BR> <BR> p.s. my oldest was 4 when i had my youngest. Thu, 23 Aug 2012 09:27:58 EST I WILL lose 50 pounds. Hello. I _will_ lose 50 pounds. I am on my way. 4 down, 46 to go. Tue, 21 Aug 2012 17:04:04 EST Hi, I am Christie I am a single mom and don't have a lot of time for myself. Fri, 17 Aug 2012 17:40:05 EST just starting kind of. actually i have been a member for a while, but really didn't participate here. <BR> <BR> My name is Jessie, I am a mom to 3 boys ages almost 4, 6 and 8. I have a great husand who is a teacher, and I am a stay at home mom.. well at least for another year. I have recently started to participate in spark people again. i had fallen off the horse, and am working on getting back on it. Thu, 16 Aug 2012 13:20:19 EST Hi! I am Emma Hey everyone, I am new and just learning the pages. I wanted to introduce myself to the wonderful people on the forums I picked so far. Need company while making my weight loss journey and hope to bring joy and comfort to others! I will start posting once I get it down better. Look forward to making new friends! God Bless and have a beautiful day. Thu, 16 Aug 2012 12:26:16 EST Intros Hi, my names Michele. I am a 37 year old stay at home mom of 3. Two girls 7&6 and a 5 year old boy. I also take care of a 5 year old boy with autism. I have been struggling with my weight most of my life, and have tried pretty much everything out there to lose the weight. I do not make a big deal out of it in front of my kids because I don't want them to end up with messed up body images. But I do want them to be healthy and eat healthy so I am trying to lead by example. While trying to do al... Thu, 16 Aug 2012 11:25:42 EST New! Anyone who cares? My name is Rhia, 45yrs old. I'm a mother a 16yr old girl, 15, 13 and 9 yr old boys, a total of four. By this time, I'm working 8 to10 hours in a day - five times in a week in the office, working at least 2 to 3 hours in a day at home and full time on saturdays and sundays doing household chores. To tell you... I'm a solo parent and i don't have helper in the house. I missed those days that i was about at 20's... i used to exercise. Now i really feel i'm heavvvy and so so uggggly. I want to... Thu, 16 Aug 2012 03:25:28 EST Hi, I am new to this! Hi, I am Beth. I have 2 kids that I give my all too as well as a full time student. I am in my second marriage and started this journey because we want to have a kid of our own. I have not been happy with the way I look for a long time, but now have the motivation and the support to start and hopefully succeed. There is not much else to me, I spend my time with my family (hubby is in the Military so he is only home half the time) and doing school work. Wed, 15 Aug 2012 16:41:04 EST New Beginnings Hello, I'm working on a new beginning.. In the past 10 years, my life has been a challage. My husband and I started raising two of our grand childern. It is not easy starting over with kids when you get older. But two years ago, I lost my husband to cancer, so it has been a big change for me and the kids, I have gained about 50 pounds these past two years. I'ts so hard to get this weight off. I see the sparkpeople ad, I said thank you Lord, I now can see some light. So throughout this proces... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 18:28:39 EST Hey everyone! I just wanted to introduce myself. I am 28 years old and a working mother of 2 little boys. This would be the 4th time I've come back to Spark People. I had success with this about 4 years ago and hit my goal weight but shortly thereafter became pregnant with my youngest. I am pretty sure the reason it hasn't worked since is because I haven't worked it. I was only tracking calories and not getting involved in the community. I don't have a ton of weight to lose but I can see myself making the ... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 10:27:00 EST Hello Sparks! Greetings everyone - just wanted to introduce myself and plug into the support aspects of the community right away. I am excited and positive that this will be an excellent influence on my fitness goals! Mon, 13 Aug 2012 13:48:21 EST Back to School I don't know about you all, but I am super ready for back to school. I am a working momma (very happily I should add. I LOVE working) and it's always nicer when the kids are in school. I think I'm more anxious about the back to school stuff than my kids are. I have two of them (I call them my monkies). My son is 10 and headed to 5th grade. He had a lot of trouble with his teacher last year so I'm hoping for a better time. Only good thing that came out of that was he was tested and the ... Mon, 13 Aug 2012 12:55:12 EST Hi newbie here Hi everyone. New to Spark people, and this looks like a very cool site. I have a goal to lose about 70 lbs. I should also tell you all that I have the gastric band. I got banded 2 years ago. and lost about 30lbs. It is a tool for sure not a quick fix. Well I look forward to chatting and getting/giving support, tips and advice. :) Mon, 13 Aug 2012 10:49:28 EST Hi Just stopping to say "hello". My name is Angela. I am from Texas. I have a 9 year old 4th grader. I am excited to begin this adventure. I hope you guys can help me with my weight loss and my anxeity of raising a smart, healthy and well behaved young man. <em>213</em> Sat, 11 Aug 2012 09:55:46 EST HI! Hello everyone! <BR> My name is Dani. I have an 8 yr old son which puts me on this team, but I am also the lucky "new" mom to a 3 wk old son & a 13 yr old daughter. On top of that, my guy has two sons, one 10 & the other 12. Needless to say, I am BUSY! Exercise with the older ones is great, but including that baby with the older ones is a real challenge! <BR> Anyway, best of luck to everyone & look forward to chatting in the future! Sat, 11 Aug 2012 07:07:03 EST Hello there Just wanted to say hi! My name is Nancy and I'm a single mom of 2. Lil girl is almost 8 and lil boy is almost 6. Just trying to get our lives back on track after their father and I divorced and trying to get me and my life back. Can't wait to browse some more and get out of the rut I've been in for a few months now. Fri, 10 Aug 2012 22:40:31 EST Just starting out! Hi All! New to SparkPeople! Mom of 3... 14, 10 and 7! Been married to the same wonderful man for the last 12 years and some how a long the way I have doubled in size. Here to try to lose 100lbs and get my sexy back! I was born and raised in Boulder Colorado but a year ago followed my husband to Houston TX. Although TX has been an adjustment, I have found a good job and am finally starting to enjoy it here. My weight has never been an issue for anyone but me, and I am lucky for that, but... Fri, 10 Aug 2012 11:32:16 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 good morning Sparkers! My name is Sonya and I am live in Texas. I have decided once again to lose weight and get healthier. I have had time to think about things and realized that I am not getting any healthier and I am not happy with the way I look and feel. I wanted this summer to be different. I wanted to fit into shorts and tank tops and feel comfortable. I havent done that and the summer is almost over. :-( But I am not gonna let that get me down because instead of being bummed about it, I need to get off my b... Fri, 10 Aug 2012 10:22:33 EST Hi! :) Still learning the ropes, but hopefully I can gain some inspiration for myself and my children! My main goal is not only for myself but for my 6 year old daughter. She is very tall for her age, but has the weight as well. My goals for my family are to start eating a healthier diet and being more active. I am a very busy single mother of 3. I go to school and also work full time. This time of year my children are involved with sports mon-fri until 8:30-9 pm. This schedule will last until about... Fri, 10 Aug 2012 10:03:06 EST Hi Everyone!!! Hi there, I'm Debbie-Mom of 3 boys ages 7 and 5 year old twins. One week into things here and think I am finally getting the hang of it. I am so grateful to be able to find something that seems to be working for me and that I'm not alone!!! Cant wait till I can get up and go more and have more energy for my guys!!!! Fri, 10 Aug 2012 07:40:29 EST Looking for some support!! I used to be an MMA fighter. I have a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, Tang Su Do and a brown in Jiu Jitsu. Since those wonderful years.. I have had two babies... ovarian cancer... and stress. This lead to me being 50 lbs over weight. I want that fighting body back... and I will fight for it. <BR> <BR> What I am looking for are some friends that will keep me accountable!! Thu, 9 Aug 2012 21:56:36 EST Hello Hi all I just joined the group. At 42, my husband and I adopted a baby boy from Korea. We are both on a continuous journey to be healthy. My is a good motivator and cheerleader. I look forward to meeting new friends and sharing success stories. (Cindy) Wed, 8 Aug 2012 19:43:35 EST Mom on a mission Hi everyone my name is Joyce, my goal is to lose alot of weight my starting point is at 190 and my goal is to drop down to 140. I know that if I stick to my healthy eating habits I will do just fine. Now who's ready to lose this fat with me? Tue, 7 Aug 2012 18:32:16 EST Exercises at your desk? Ok I work in an office ALL DAY. I even skip my lunch hour to eat at my desk, Im the only one in the office, so I dont like to leave and have someone in the shop to screw up my <BR> <BR> What are sum good work outs that I can do in the office, without looking like a weirdo and still accomplish my goals? Tue, 7 Aug 2012 10:46:33 EST parents of only children?? I'm an only child, and my husband and I just have our daughter. I'm pretty sure we're not going to have any more kiddos. Ours has enough energy for 2 or 3 as it is!!!!!!! What do you all do to keep your kids immersed with others enough to where they don't develop a selfish attitude or be so traumatized when things don't go their way? <BR> <BR> Our daughter has a very caring heart and is very good about sharing, and doesn't throw tantrums when things don't go her way (anymore!!) but when... Tue, 7 Aug 2012 07:23:04 EST anyone with kids in gifted and talented program? I was hoping I could connect with some parents who could give me insight with dealing with the mood swings associated with a kid coming to terms with her high-end abilities? She's actually at the lower end of the gifted range, but is highly sensitive and accordingly has been able to recall facts and events really, really well at an early age. In fact, I suspect it is because of that skill that caused her scores to be high enough for our local school system to want her to be in their gifted ... Tue, 7 Aug 2012 07:14:15 EST Exercises that won't hurt my back!!! Hello friends... <BR> <BR> I have a bad back. Working as a nurse has required many years of heavy lifting and use of improper body mechanics while doing it! I'm 33 years old, but I feel like I have a 70 year old back. I have a herniated disk that I have been able to stabilize using physical therapy and chiropractic adjustments. I also have alot of muscle stiffness and arthritis in my lower back from the repetative injuries to the same area. I want to exercise, but I am so afraid that my back... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 00:09:20 EST Ways to drink more water... Ok, I know I'm not alone when I say that I just don't like drinking plain water. I'm trying to figure out a way to eliminate most if not all artificial sweetener from my diet. This includes my diet coke, equal I use in my coffee everyday, and those yummy water flavor packets that make drinking water much more pleasant! My question to you all is....are there any water flavor (powder packets) out there that DO NOT contain aspartame, sucralose, or any other artificial sweetener in them? Oh yeah,... Sun, 5 Aug 2012 23:36:42 EST Hello again! Hello all! I'm not new to Sparkpeople, but I'm new to this team! I'm excited to be a member here. The topics are great! I've been very successful thanks to Sparkpeople in the past, but I flopped and ate everything I wanted and then some and have found that I've gained all of my weight back. I'm ready to get it together and meet my goal by my birthday on March 13! <BR> Sun, 5 Aug 2012 23:30:20 EST Dom hi Im Dom just joined here and saying hello Sun, 5 Aug 2012 18:01:50 EST Hi. I'm new here Hello Everyone. I'm happy to have found this website! This past year ago I "buckled down" and lost about about 60 pounds. I was thrilled with the way I felt and looked. This summer, however, I got lazy and a bit off track. I gained back about 20 pounds and I'm so ANGRY with myself! So this week, I joined a much better gym than the one I previously belonged to (better equipment, personal trainers, highly motivating classes..etc...) so far I've been there 3 days in a row and have taken 3 AWSOME... Sun, 5 Aug 2012 15:35:12 EST Back again Hi, <BR> My screen name comes is that of my imaginary friend when I was growing up :). My real name is Tracy and I'm a 46 year old SAHM/part time student. I'm mom to 3 children, a 22 y.o son, a 6 y.o son and a 5 y.o girl. I've been on the weight loss roller coaster nearly forever. I've weighed as much as 339 and as low as 175. Currently I'm about 219 and would like to get to a normal BMI. <BR> <BR> I've been on Sparkpeople a few times before, but always slip away and lose sight of what I wa... Sun, 5 Aug 2012 14:56:02 EST HELLO I'm new here and not sure yet what I am doing. I really want to lose this weight and need all the help I can get. I work, am the wife of a disabled husband, the mother of a daughter( who needs to grow up) and the grandmother of three and they all live in my house. Stress is my biggest issue as every time my nerves go so does the food, right to my mouth. Fri, 3 Aug 2012 16:15:29 EST Can't wait for school to start! Well, it's that time of year again. I've thought repeatedly about how I should be working out more this summer, with the nice weather and what not. Turns out all I've done is think about it! With kids at home almost all day, every day it feels imposible to work out. So, needless to say I am VERY excited for my son and niece to start the fall semester! I imagine many of us feel the same way. I want my weekdays back! Fri, 3 Aug 2012 06:21:32 EST Kia ora from Aotearoa/NZ Yes!! I am feeling great about taking control (well most of it), of my eating and exercise habits. I LOVE this website, thanks to the Sparks team. My mission is to keep up a positive attitude toward these lifestyle changes and I wish everyone out there who is striving toward their own personal goals all the best xx Thu, 2 Aug 2012 13:57:40 EST Here's To Jumping In The Pool My name is Marissa. About 7 years ago, I put all my chips on red, and wouldn't you know that life spun black. I'm not sure if it was depression or apathy, but I kind of stopped caring. About life, about myself. It was pretty selfish of me, I have two kids that I am raising entirely on my own (we're talking NO child support). I used to weigh about 140 (which isn't really good for 5'2", but at least I was content). And now I weigh about 294. I really want to change my life, and grab hold... Thu, 2 Aug 2012 13:40:01 EST All About Me! Hey everyone! Well, I am not sure where to start. I have struggled with weight most of my adult life, and I feel like it is really time to start thinking differently about it. I am a busy mom of four boys (Chris, 17; Noah, 15; Jonah, 10; and Corbin, 3) I just celebrated my 37th birthday, and this coming year is set to be one full of big changes. I just lost my mom to a short but intense fight with cancer, my oldest son is away for 5 months finishing high school, and I myself am scheduled to g... Thu, 2 Aug 2012 12:44:57 EST HELLO! Hello everyone, <BR> I found this site while doing a search for weight loss, while at work. I am a single mom who works full time. I dont have a lot of time to give to myself, so a change is needed there. I have 1 kiddo. He is 10 and has ADHD. He is the light of my life and keeps me going. Some days are trying and very difficult but we get through it everyday one step at a time. <BR> I look forward to having a new me and supporting those that are doing the same. <BR> <BR> I hope eve... Thu, 2 Aug 2012 10:14:19 EST Hi! Hi, I truly need some help! I am a brand new mom to a six year old boy we have adopted and a thirteen year old boy, who we adopted 3 years ago. I have never had a school aged child since my oldest came home at 10! <em>20</em> <BR> I am also trying to lose about 10 pounds, finish my degree and I just started a new position at my organization Head Start. So any advice and support is more than welcome! So nice to be here! <BR> Amaris Wed, 1 Aug 2012 13:42:47 EST Hey there!! My name is Kristi. I am a mother of 4. I have along journey ahead of me with this weight lose goal but I am determined to do it!! Reading, quilting and family time are my favorites!! <BR> Wed, 1 Aug 2012 12:53:23 EST The first day of chosing to live my life! Hello everyone!! I have tip toed around sparkpeople for a couple years, but joined today because I am ready to start living!! I have been "thick" all my life but as I started having children I kept gaining and gaining and gaining. I have a very hectic schedule with 4 kids working full time and going to school full time I have never taken time to take care of me. I am ready to take care of myself because I know food is my addiction and it is not something that is just going to go away. I am... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 19:49:37 EST Hello!! Lets help one another out!! I am Beckah Joy and wanting to make friends on this weight loss journey b/c w/o friends I will not be able to get to my goals. I am one who has always required a friend to back me up on my journeys. I also need some help getting introduced to how to make this work and how to use this page. I am glad to see a free online help page, so I can reach my goals. Thanks to all who want to help.:) Tue, 31 Jul 2012 19:19:39 EST Hello Hi to all. <BR> <BR> I just joined SparkPeople tonight and wanted to say hi to all of you in the forums I've joined. <BR> <BR> I have tried so many times to lose those excess pounds and although at times it seems I'm getting somewhere, ultimately they creep back on. I love exercise and I love food; both healthy and unhealthy. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping that by joining a community like SparkPeople I'll be able to give and receive encouragement in achieving my goals; as well as being 'accountabl... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 18:52:37 EST Hello Hi to all. <BR> <BR> I just joined SparkPeople tonight and wanted to say hi to all of you in the forums I've joined. <BR> <BR> I have tried so many times to lose those excess pounds and although at times it seems I'm getting somewhere, ultimately they creep back on. I love exercise and I love food; both healthy and unhealthy. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping that by joining a community like SparkPeople I'll be able to give and receive encouragement in achieving my goals; as well as being 'accountabl... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 18:52:37 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 Let's do this! Hey! My name is Tiffany and I recently joined SparkPeople and have been looking for teams and people to connect with on here. Let's see.. I have a wonderful hubby and 3 awesome kids. I am a stay at home mom. We recently moved to Las Vegas! Other than family and friends I love gaming, music, tattoos and cake decorating. I have battled being over weight for pretty much my whole life. I've tried losing weight a million times and always start off strong but I think one huge issue I have is that ... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 13:26:05 EST New to Spark People! Hey!! Im Jen a wife and mom of 4 kids! I am in MIchigan, I am here to loose weight! :) I am in need of a workout buddy and motivational friends! I need encouragement to keep loosing weight... I fell away after loosing 30# due to injuries... now Im back! I'm reading to go again, I need to loose about 20# one goal I have is to Run in a 5K so I wanna drop the weight, get fit, then train for a 5 K then ONE day do a triathalon! I would love to have someone to work out at the gym with any lifetime... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 13:07:16 EST New to Spark People! Hey!! Im Jen a wife and mom of 4 kids! I am in MIchigan, I am here to loose weight! :) I am in need of a workout buddy and motivational friends! I need encouragement to keep loosing weight... I fell away after loosing 30# due to injuries... now Im back! I'm reading to go again, I need to loose about 20# one goal I have is to Run in a 5K so I wanna drop the weight, get fit, then train for a 5 K then ONE day do a triathalon! I would love to have someone to work out at the gym with any lifetime... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 13:06:57 EST GOOD MORNING ALL>>> Hi everyone My name is Jodi I am a mother of 3 girls who are 9, 8 and 4. My 4 year old has a heart condition. I also am in the NAVY. I had a complete hysterectomy in january of last year and became extremely depressed and let it get the better of me and gained over 60lbs and lost all motivation. Now I am trying to take my life back as it has spun out of control. Looking for some motivation and support and hopefully provide some of the same. This past year and a half has been hell for me.. B... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 09:22:30 EST Hello Everyone! I'm a stay at home mom of six ready for lifestyle changes! I do so much better if I have accountability. Would love to find an online accountability partner for walking, beginners weights and mindful eating. I'm excited to be here and looking forward to learning things to help myself and my children. Very grateful. Tue, 31 Jul 2012 08:52:23 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 31 and Poly Cystic Ovaries Hello SparkPeople! I've been working out for the last month, I quit smoking, I've been eating clean at least 5 days a week and the scale had been creeping down, roughly 0.1 lb/day. But it was going down so I didn't complain. I got from 160 lbs to 157.2 in a months time and when I stepped on yesterday BAM 160 again. WHAAAA????? Today, 161.5. SO disappointed. Incredibly discouraged. I did a google search for how to lose weight (I was an athlete in schoool and am an RN now so I figured I... Sun, 29 Jul 2012 09:38:40 EST New to SP Hey everyone I'm a mother of 2 kiddos,it can be a little crazy to cook dinner sometimes that everyone likes. Fri, 27 Jul 2012 01:15:09 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 Here I go again I'm back again (for the xxth time), trying to really do this. I have a love/hate relationship with diets. Any word where'die' is the majority part of the word can't be good. Every time I die, I end up gaining weight instead. This time I'm trying to incorporate healthy in-season (cheaper) produce. I'm a member of a local CSA so each week is like I'm on the show 'Chopped' trying to find a way to make a great meal out of what's available. <BR> <BR> I love to cook and bake. But trying to ... Thu, 26 Jul 2012 20:00:22 EST Hiya Hey all! <BR> My name is Jessica and I'm just trying to get a community about me to help encourage my goals for a healthy lifestyle. Thanks!!! Thu, 26 Jul 2012 17:59:32 EST Constipation Issues My 6 year old son has been constipated for a couple of days. He says it hurts when he goes, but I don't see anything (cuts, etc) that would cause him pain. Poor kid is clenching his cheeks together so hard that he's getting headaches. It happened a lot when he was potty training, but that was years ago now and I thought we were past this issue, but here we are. This is the third time this month and I'm looking for any tips that might help get it under control for longer than a week. Thu, 26 Jul 2012 16:02:36 EST Hello everyone. Hi!!! So I have joined this site to make myself happier and healthier. I joined this team to help do the same and to hear stories of others with their tiny munchkins who are motivated to be healthy. I look forward to getting to know everyone and to feel motivated by all of your achievements, as I hope to motivate everyone as well. :-) Tue, 24 Jul 2012 17:44:06 EST A bit to clever for his own good... and mine I've put a time limit on how much my son can play computer games/playstation/Wii each day. It's 30 minutes on weekdays and 1 hour on weekends. This Sunday, he went upstairs to play some Wii-games. As a good boy he set his timer to 1 hour. Then I went for a walk. It took a few seconds shy of 35 minutes. Of course, I time it to record it on SP. :) <BR> <BR> When I came home, I sat down by the computer to enter my fitness data. Then I talked for a while to DH before going upstairs to my still-... Tue, 24 Jul 2012 13:40:51 EST Hi! Hi there! I am just getting started with my new healthy life style and been making lots of changes over the last three weeks like exercising and dieting, but have been a little disappointed that I have not seen a very big change in my weight. I bought a new scale and found out my old scale was not working properly and I had not lost as much weight as I had thought, but at least I know the real numbers I am working with now. I am very interested in connecting with people on here! I have read s... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 16:33:30 EST Trying to lose while walking. Hello everyone I am a little shy at this I normally don't talk to people I don't know about my weight. But I'm curious if anyone has some of my issues is so how they are working through them. I have sciatica. For those who don't know what that is it's a damaged nerve in my back that prohibits me from doing many things.So really I just wanted to know if anyone is dieting and can't do most exercises because all I can do right now is walk which I do six days a week for two miles a day . Until I ... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 13:32:49 EST hello and help!!!! My name is Kate and i need to lose 20-25 pounds. I need all the help i can get!!! Mon, 23 Jul 2012 12:15:04 EST Life changing Hello new friends! Glad to be getting involved with a community that will motivate and inspire me to reach my goals. Any great recipes for healthy alternatives to favorite fat filled dishes would be greatly appreciated. I love to eat and cook and I am struggleing with new foods and recipes. Going to try quinoa this week, getting off milk and soda and sugar. Any motivational pictures stories or ways to include my kids in a great workout where I can actually maintain a fat burning heart rate. Mon, 23 Jul 2012 11:26:42 EST just getting started I am starting my diet tomorrow. I am excited and motivated. I want to keep the positive thoughts.:-) <BR> Sun, 22 Jul 2012 23:47:21 EST just getting started I am starting my diet tomorrow. I am excited and motivated. I want to keep the positive thoughts.:-) <BR> Sun, 22 Jul 2012 17:33:14 EST Howdy just a newbie Hi I am Angela. I have been running for about a month now and I have made some major progress. I have done three races and I getting ready for the BIX in Davenport next weekend. I turned to Sparkpeople because it seemed to have one of the best support systems and I really need that about now. I am very committed and am really excited to be able to share my progress with others. Sun, 22 Jul 2012 15:37:54 EST Hi my name is Katherine my friends call me Kathy I recently joined spark people so far I am loving it. My current goal is to lose 10 pounds and tone up by 12/31/2012. All motivation, inspiration and tips are welcomed. Sat, 21 Jul 2012 19:45:46 EST My Introduction to all of you,.... Hello Everyone, my name is Deb I live in Laramie Wyoming and I had a stroke 2yrs ago now i need to lose a lot of weight too.And hopefully with your help I can do it!!! We have one grand son that just turned 7 yrs old and he to needs to lose a few pounds. So we will be trying to help him with that. Now I need to get dinner started. then I will come back to the message boards. Sat, 21 Jul 2012 19:04:19 EST Hey everyone!! Hello everyone! I'm Christina, I am 36, almost 37 years old. I have tried several times to lose weight and have never been able to lose more than about twenty, then I lose intrest and start putting it back on. I want to stay motivated and keep on track. I have found Spark People very helpful and informative. Sat, 21 Jul 2012 09:20:49 EST Wilmore KY Lossing weight gaining Life Hey everyone. I am Brenda George. I once weighed nearly 400pounds but with strong determination, I stopped the excuses and brought on change. I enjoy the aqua-zumba classes here in Wilmore. and I love the EA sports Active 2 workouts. If you you need encouragement to keep going, look me up. If you can be encouragement to me, look me up. together we are all saying "I am Worth It!!!" Fri, 20 Jul 2012 09:02:59 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 Hello Hello! <BR> <BR> I just joined SparkPeople today in an effort to get more motivated to get back in shape and get healthier. I am a full-time working mom of a 7-year old step-daughter and a 4-year old son (I'm on the preschooler page too). Finding time between my career, my significant other, my children (who come first), and daily chores, as well as my loves (crochet and reading) has been an almost overwhelming challenge. I look forward to learning and growing here. Thu, 19 Jul 2012 17:28:01 EST Greetings Hi I am David from Georgia I’m in my late thirties, married with two kids. I am a new member on sparkpeople. My goal is to lose 93lbs by July of 2013. I've made a decision to lose the weight and begin a healthier lifestyle. I have many bad habits to overcome. Thu, 19 Jul 2012 14:40:29 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 high functioning and adhd child hi i have a boy who is 8 years old that is adhd and high functioning autism. does anyone have any ideas to help me help him stay calm and focus. he is on several medication i have talked to his doctor and he is going to see a specialist in september. im just pulling my hair out right now Wed, 18 Jul 2012 15:17:59 EST Hello Everyone! I just wanted to say hi! I am excited to start working out and losing weight. Need to be healthy for my kids and hubby. I just hope I am doing it the right way. Can't go wrong if you try, right? Anyway hope everyone has a marvelous day! Wed, 18 Jul 2012 14:44:53 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 07:06:56 EST Middle Child aged 6 to 11 Does anyone else have a middle child in this age group? I'm looking for support on dealing with my 8-year-old daughter, who has an older sister and a younger brother. She seems to always be pushing her boundaries with me and we are always in a power struggle. When we found out our third child was going to be a boy (after having two girls), people told me I had no idea how easy I'd had it. That boy is now five, and he's not nearly as much of a handful as my second-born daughter. <BR> <em... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 08:52:49 EST Hi everyone OK, so with that original title I'm sure I've lowered all of your expectations... <em>20</em> I just turned 40 and I'm a mother of two. My son is 10 and ergo the reason for me being in this group (I've also got a 12 year old daughter). I'm hoping that getting my own diet in order will not only be great for me, but also give them a better start in life! Looking forward to getting to know the rest of you! And maybe every now and then get some support from other moms with 10-year old boys who ... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 08:45:46 EST Hiya! I just joined Spark today! I am 37 and a wife and Mom to 3 ages 9, 7 and 3. My 3 year old has a rare liver disease called Biliary Atresia, He is doing amazing! I have been big as long as I can remember, I can remember being in 5th grade buying a size 16W. I managed to hover around 200 all through High School. I am coming up on my 20th High School reunion and it just hit me that I am the biggest I have ever been and I want to do something about it! For myself, and to set an example for my chil... Mon, 16 Jul 2012 22:21:52 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 7129melissa I am a 35 yr old mother of 2 with very limited time to myself. I wanted to do weight watcher and decided against it because of all the costs. I came across this site on a google search and I am very excited about it. I am only about a week in now but I have found that the site has made me feel like my goal of weight loss is possible. Thank you much. Mon, 16 Jul 2012 07:46:51 EST Shirmiel Duncan Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I am not necessarily new to spark people, but I am new to the message boards. Not sure what else to say but I will be happy to answer any questions that you all may have. Nice to meet you all. Mon, 16 Jul 2012 01:59:43 EST Time to re-invent myself I have battled this weight most of my life. Due to abuse when I was a child, it flared up a long life of low self esteem, lack of motivation and food addiction. However I can no longer live my life as a victim. At some point we have to let go of the past and take accountability of what we have done to ourselves and continue doing. I'm choosing today to reinvent myself. No idea of what I'm doing so I'm going to start from scratch by learning how to eat and how to move. Mon, 16 Jul 2012 00:42:48 EST Are there any 40+ Mommas out there? I asked this same question on the Parents of Preschoolers Team. Sorry if you get the message twice. I realize my chances of finding other 40 somethings are probably better here than over on that team. <BR> <BR> For some reason today, I'm really thinking about my age (45). I'm feeling odd as an older parent. And with regards to weight loss, I'm wondering how I will feel at goal weight. I got down to goal weight at 2001 and felt amazing. But that was 11 years ago. When I make goal weight thi... Sun, 15 Jul 2012 21:10:32 EST hello everyone hello im a single mom of 3 and i want to be healthy for me and my kids i cant run or jump or play with my kids need to lose the weight to be there for my kids Fri, 13 Jul 2012 20:08:07 EST I've hit a plateau Hi, Well I am introducing myself. This is all really new to me but look forward to the adventure. I am 43 and have 4 children from 11 to 19. I began gaining weight after my 3rd child. I was able to level out at a decent weight that I wasn't too ashamed about. But then I had to go on medication for fibromyalgia and depression and my weight just shot up. Over a period of a few years I found myself being 115 lbs over weight. I went all the way up to a size 24. Since August of last year ... Thu, 12 Jul 2012 15:47:51 EST Hello/ Newbie!!! So I came upon this site through a friend on FB (go figure) who is also on this weight loss mission! I have to say that this has definitely inspired me and pushed me a little more, I am excited and look forward to posting my progress as well as reading everyone else. It is nice to find a place where you can find support and others who are on the same page as you! Thu, 12 Jul 2012 11:29:31 EST I feel Helpless. PLEASE HELP <em>46</em> I know that I want to lose weight, but for some reason just can't do it. I try numerous ways to diet and less. I read numerous of articles to change my thinking when it comes to eating and proper foods shopping. My workouts never last long between my 2 active boys and my work and pulling extra hours. I can't seem to keep a routine going that I can stick too. Some please help MOTIVATION IS MUCH NEEDED. Thu, 12 Jul 2012 01:57:10 EST I nee to loose weight hi, my name is christy and I didnt like the number that appeared on the scale at the doctors proves I am obese..this stinks. Wed, 11 Jul 2012 21:15:42 EST Hello to all! Hi I'm new here, I'm a stay at home mom of 2 that sells Tupperware on the side and i'm looking for encouragement and possible a workout buddy! I'd really like to be able to lose some weight and have more energy! Mon, 9 Jul 2012 14:14:22 EST having trouble with diabetic diet. I'm having trouble staying away from "poisonous food." I have 3 kids that need to gain weight because they are too thin <BR> and i NEED to loose weight because of my type 2 diabetes. Mon, 9 Jul 2012 10:59:31 EST Hi there! I am ready to try again. My daughter (6 yrs. old) is a very picky eater. My husband is diabetic and I am at my second highest weight ever. Reality has set in! Sun, 8 Jul 2012 14:55:34 EST Hey Guys! Just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Amy, I joined Sparkpeople months ago, but never really tried after the first month or so. You know how it goes, "my life is too busy, I've got too much stress at work, home, kids, etc." That's always been my excuse. I put everyone else first and leave no time for me. I'm working to change that, slowly. I hope to fully utilize this community and the tools available to start taking care of me. For added motiviation, I've also signed up for my first ... Thu, 5 Jul 2012 07:41:10 EST Hello Everyone My name is Christy and I have two great kids. Nathan who is 5 and Alaina who is 7. Before my kids I didn't have as many issues losing weight but now....I always feel like I stay so busy the weight should just melt right off but that isn't the case. My son has some pretty big medical conditions so a lot of my time goes to his care right now. I am just now starting to put myself first and worry about my health so that I can be there for my kids. I weigh about 245 right now and would like to sta... Wed, 4 Jul 2012 10:39:28 EST New to SparkPeople Hello, <BR> <BR> I'm excited to join the community! I have been working out with a personal trainer for the past year and have lost 18 lbs and 6 inches. However, I am struggling to lose the final 15 lbs to meet my goal weight prior to my wedding in September. I'm hoping that this site will help me stay focused, motivated, and accountable for my weight loss. <BR> <BR> Reagan Tue, 3 Jul 2012 19:25:53 EST Im Ready...but I need A LOT of motivation! Hello all! I am 33 years old, about to turn 34 in July! I am READY to lose weight! I know it is going to be hard, but I have to get it done! I will need a lot of support and encouragement especially from those of you whom this program has worked for. I have started many times, but never follow through. I am going to try my hardest to lose weight taking small steps at a time. I cant wait for this new journey! I hope that you guys are willing to help me out! :) Tue, 3 Jul 2012 17:07:06 EST