SparkPeople SP Class of November 16-22, 2008 Team Messageboard This team is for all members who joined SP from November 16-22, 2008. Welcome! SparkPeople SP Class of November 16-22, 2008 Team Messageboard I need help I'm going to be 40 this year... how is that possible? Where did the years go? I wanted to have kids, be better financially stable than I am.. and be a lot slimmer.. and yet.. I'm almost 400 lbs.. <BR> <BR> I gave up soft drinks in October 2008 and drink about 3-6 litres of water a day. Aside from the occasional juice or tea, that's all I drink. <BR> <BR> I can't give up junk food.. I've tried.. It calls to me.. begs me to buy it.. <BR> <BR> I hate cooked veggies, and if I buy veggies, I'l... Tue, 9 Mar 2010 12:54:17 EST Work In Progress: Cainj8178 Hello, <BR> <BR> I'm here to change my life. I'm currently 31 years old. I have a family history of cancer, diabetes and various other nasty little life-stealing diseases. Since weight-loss gets harder and harder as we age, I've decided that it's time to get off the couch and move my behind in the right direction. <BR> <BR> My long-term weight loss goal is 140 lbs. Right now, that seems daunting. One of my short-term goals is to be able to walk up and down the stairs without being out of br... Wed, 6 Jan 2010 20:08:48 EST Team Leader Changed names Wendy121872 is now Camerababe. <BR> <BR> So when you see that you know it is still me. We talked to our brother on Thanksgiving and the decision was UNANIMOUS. <BR> <BR> So instead of waiting, I decided to go for it now. Still dealing with Ohio though. That should be resolved soon. Sun, 29 Nov 2009 06:44:25 EST Committing to Commenting I was thinking about how we, the SP Class of November 16-22, 2008, are a rather exclusive team. I mean, nobody else can really join our team. We are what we are--those few who were inspired to join SP nearly a year ago. <BR> <BR> But so few of us seem to be posting or reading one another's blogs. So I've decided that I am going to try to leave a comment on one team member's blog every day. Or at least every day I am free to spend some time online. And because there is the blog feed on... Thu, 1 Oct 2009 18:58:25 EST Missing Leader RETURNIN G!!!!!!! I know I have not Been here much and I am sorry. I got some news in Mid-August that really affected me and I am the one that asked for it. <BR> <BR> I am me again. Back on track and READY TO FIGHT FIRE WITH FIRE!!!!!! <BR> <BR> A good friend and my boyfriend woke me up and I am HAPPY they did so. <BR> <BR> If you EVER want to talk to me one on one, please feel free to spark mail me. <BR> <BR> DAVE and PETRA you have been doing a WONDERFUL job handing the team without me. Please let... Tue, 15 Sep 2009 10:44:28 EST Hello, from a SP Class Member of Oct 5-11 2008 Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm from SP Class Team of October 5 - 11, 2008. <BR> I just thought I stop by and see how your team is doing. Are you hanging in there? Are you here for the long haul? <BR> <BR> Well, I'm with my team until "death does us part". I check in on my class Huddle Wall everyday to help me remember the day I started, my turning day. It also reinforces how far I've come. I have taken off 80 pounds since Aug 18,08 but I did not join SP until Oct 8, 08. <BR> <BR> If I did not ... Fri, 14 Aug 2009 22:53:01 EST Tracking food... Just started tracking my food intake on Sparks and I definitely need to eat more protein. <BR> <BR> What sources of protein do you eat that do not contain alot of fat? Sun, 2 Aug 2009 20:27:59 EST Digital scales.... Anyone have a digital scale that you have found to be reliable? I currently have a regular Health-O-Meter floor scale, but would like a digital so I can see progress even if it's only .2 or .4 of a pound. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Fri, 15 May 2009 15:28:22 EST Challenge for May! Okay, team, it's a new month, and so it's time for a new challenge! <BR> <BR> We, your fearless team admins have put our heads together and come up with....drum roll, please.... <BR> <BR> The-Try-Something-That-Has-Intimidated-Y<BR>ou-In-The-Past Challenge! <BR> <BR> It doesn't matter what the "something" is, be it an activity, a challenging recipe, having a heart-to-heart with someone...come on, team - let's get out there and DO IT!! <BR> <BR> Petra <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>48</em> Mon, 4 May 2009 14:59:34 EST friends that eat bad HELP PLZ! so resontly i met the most amazoning girl that quickly became my bestfriend we just clicked. the problem is that her thing is eating out. as a ex fast food junky it is extremely hard to say no to her offers to going out to eat. we are together every day and we eat most of the time now saturday was dennys sunday was sonic. i dont know how to say no but i am feeling gross with my self with putting the grabage in my body. <BR> <BR> so how do i say no or convence her that it isnt healthy and h... Mon, 27 Apr 2009 17:53:02 EST Does your significant other understand Sparking? My significant other, Bill, is, unfortunately, an absolutely fabulous cook, who thrives on my appreciation of his cooking. When he prepares something that's a little too rich, he's gotten used to my picking out and eating only the vegetables and scooping off the sauce. But now he's starting to find my daily nutrition and fitness tracking obsessive. "You're counting ONION SLICES???" he exclaims. Now, I know that if I stop keeping myself honest by recording everything, it's back down the sli... Tue, 31 Mar 2009 09:45:06 EST Try Something New Challenge Well, the first quarter of 2009 is nearly over. Can you believe it? Hopefully, you're seeing results both on and off the scale. Still, though, this is the time of the year when commitment starts to wane, and the routine can begin to get a bit dull. Is that you? Well, why not try something new? <BR> <BR> For the month of April, I'm challenging the team to try something new to shake things up a bit. Is the exercise routine plain vanilla? Add in some spice with a new DVD or new class at ... Sat, 28 Mar 2009 13:44:52 EST Do you know any good workout tapes? I'm thinking about changing up my workout routine for the month of April. I usually do cardio on my exercise bike and strength training on my Total gym machine but I find myself getting a little bored. I'm thinking about adding in a fun, fast, and challenging workout tape that focus more on strength training w/ weights etc. <BR> <BR> Anyone have any good suggestions? <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> Thu, 26 Mar 2009 10:36:50 EST Being held down and NOT OUT!!!!! !!!!!!!! Hey everyone, <BR> <BR> I have kind of been MIA on the threads again and I apologize. Again, family (or supposed family) have gotten in the way of me being useful and productive. <BR> <BR> I have been having problems with my mother and my son both. Trying to handle everything on your own (the world on the shoulders routine) is not good or healthy. I always do this though, I take everything on my self and do not let anyone help me or back me up. When things get too stressful or rough, I ei... Mon, 9 Mar 2009 10:53:34 EST Invitation Hey, <BR> <BR> Just wanted to invite everyone to my team 5feet7inchs. I just recently became the leader of this team and wanted to let everyone who is 5'7 or shorter/taller to take a look and join my team. It doesn't have as many members as it should and I feel like this group has a lot of potential so I want to give it a fighting chance! <BR> <BR> Thank you! <BR> <BR> Here is the link: <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=20638 </link> Thu, 19 Feb 2009 11:22:05 EST HELP!!! I NEED LOTS OF MOTIVATION! Hey, <BR> Recently I have not been sticking to my exercise and eating plan to make a healtheir life for myself. School has gotten really hectic recently and I have been using that as my excuse and I haven't been trying to get at least 10 mins of exercise whenever I can and I have just totally not adhered to ALL the rules that I have learned over the past two months since I've joined. I really need alot of motivation and inspiration to try again. I just bought some salad ingredients yesterday... Sun, 15 Feb 2009 15:42:01 EST St. Patrick's Day Challenge This challenge starts Sunday, February 15, 2009 and ends St. Patrick's Day, March 17, 2009! <BR> <BR> --Cardio exercise: 20 minutes or more at least 3 times per week <BR> <BR> --Free weights at least 2 times per week <BR> <BR> --Post # of lbs. you are aiming at losing. <BR> <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> My goal of lbs. to lose: 6.5 <BR> <BR> Ivorygirl <em>88</em> Sun, 15 Feb 2009 01:48:49 EST Any hair dressers here? I use to get my hair highlighted, but haven't done that in the past 7 years. My hair color is now a dull brown with lots of grey coming through. My skin coloring is fair and I have blue eyes. <BR> <BR> What are the best hair color products to use (especially ones that would cause the least amount of sensitivity to their ingredients)? Any color suggestions? <BR> <BR> Thanks so much, <BR> <BR> Ivorygirl Fri, 30 Jan 2009 17:41:09 EST Superbowl Weekend Challenge Hey...this is a challnge I posted to one of my teams, and I'm going to pass it on to all of the teams I'm on for this weekend. Superbowl can be worse than Thanksgiving for eating! I doubt I'll make the total amount I want to, but it's something I can shoot for at least! <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> <BR> Here is your challenge for the weekend. <BR> Estimate what you calorie intake will be Sunday afternoon and evening. Add 200 calories to that number. <BR> Now, between 5pm F... Fri, 30 Jan 2009 15:51:40 EST it's two months already!??? So far the road has been rough, but i never give up and i will never give up. "For I am going to wear those dresses again". I have a busy lifestyle. though am unable to workout most time but i always try and walk instead, take stairs instead of elevator. It's a pity I couldn't keep up with the spark people diet, but i try to count my calories and make sure i eat adequate diet. I know if i had follow the diet planned for me, i would have seen a more better result. I guess this is the struggle ... Mon, 26 Jan 2009 01:51:18 EST Checking in I have lost 8 pounds in the last few weeks and am enjoying the reduction. I have done light exercise by playing with my new Wii game (I received as a gift for Christmas). I am really enjoying the movement and find it quite fun to box and not get hurt!!! The articles on Spark have not only helped me but also my co-workers. Fri, 23 Jan 2009 19:55:53 EST Learning from Daddie. This has been a very stressful week for me. Last saturday my sister and I went to visit my father, and about 5 hours after we left My brother found him passed out on the floor of his wood-shop. I have spent everyday this week in the hospital holding my dads hand and praying that God will do what ever is best for my dad. As much as I am not ready to lose my dad I cannot be selfish and ask for God not to take him I have to Think of my dad just as he would think of me first. My dad has taught th... Fri, 16 Jan 2009 22:11:58 EST Hey team! Just realized This is the year of our GRADUATION!!! See all you skinny minnies when we get our diplomas! <BR> <BR> Ivorygirl Fri, 9 Jan 2009 20:20:19 EST Does anyone else measure as well as weigh in? I just started trying to do the measurements suggested on my weigh in day. I noticed changes in the hips and waist but not the neck. Could this be because I might have inadvertently moved the place I was measuring on the others? Or just that the neck takes more time to catch up/change? What are others experiences with this? Thu, 8 Jan 2009 10:06:33 EST Some inspiration for working out Some inspiration for working out: <BR> <BR> DIET TRIBE: premired tonight, January 5, 2009 on Lifetime TV. It's a 5 episode series on Mondays at 10:00 pm Eastern Time | Encores Fridays at 11:00 A.M. Eastern Time <BR> <BR> BIGGEST LOSER: premires tomorrow, January 6, 2009 on NBC - 8 o'clock Eastern time. <BR> <BR> NATIONAL BODY CHALLENGE: premired tonight on The Discovery Channel, January 5, 2009 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time and reaired again at 11:00 p.m. Eastern Time. It will run the rest ... Tue, 6 Jan 2009 00:41:33 EST Hello from Eastern Canada Hi! I joined Sparks on Nov 22/08 but didn't really start to use it until December. I'm starting Coach Nicole's bootcamp tomorrow and really hoping to get my butt in gear. <BR> <BR> I'm really looking forward to making 2009 my year to loose this weight. I turn 30 in June and I don't want to spend my 30's like I wasted my 20's. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone had a great holiday! Sat, 3 Jan 2009 13:49:04 EST January 2009 Challenge Hello and Happy New Year to all! <BR> <BR> I have a personal challenge that i've decided to see if anyone was interested in joining..... <BR> <BR> It's pretty simple.... <BR> I want to try and workout for a least five days a week for the entire month of January. December I slacked off a bit due to the holidays and only exercised 3-4 times a week but I want to start this year off right! <BR> <BR> It doesn't matter if you do various exercises for an hour a day for five days or if you dec... Fri, 2 Jan 2009 17:30:17 EST Spark Blog Final Contest 12/29 - 1/2 The final Spark Blog give away contest began today. One lucky winner will receive a WII and a WII Fit! <BR> <link><BR>iday_giveaway_grand_prize_1_lucky_pers<BR>on_will_win_a_wii_and_wii_fit </link> <BR> Good luck to all who enter! Mon, 29 Dec 2008 12:34:26 EST Hi EVERYONE!!! Joined 4/08, but went nowhere fast I restarted on November 17, 2008 so this is the class I feel I really belong to; thanks for having me! <BR> <BR> Ivorygirl <em>88</em> Sun, 28 Dec 2008 12:50:28 EST 2nd Half Of December Challenge Challenge lasts from Today until December 31st. The hardest 2 weeks of the year for many of us. <BR> You can track daily, weekly, or at the end of the challenge. I know time is tight for us all, but DO come and let us know how you are doing! <BR> <BR> Our Challenge: <BR> 8 or more cups of water each day. <BR> If you don't like water try adding a little lemon juice, or you can count unsweetened herbal teas or no calorie flavored waters. Just make sure you get a minimum of 8 cups of "good fo... Tue, 16 Dec 2008 13:18:29 EST New Spark Blog Giveaway 12/15 - 12-19 <link><BR>iday_giveaway_3_will_win_ipods_plus_an<BR>_itunes_gift_card </link> <BR> This week SparkPeople is giving away Ipods and gift cards to 3 lucky holiday winners. Post a comment to article for a chance to win before the Friday cutoff! <BR> Good luck to all! Mon, 15 Dec 2008 11:21:30 EST Problem with Sparks calorie counter So, I've been working out consistently for three weeks now (4 days/wk, 60-90 min/session), staying at least close to my calorie goals, and I'm at the exact same weight that I started at. <BR> <BR> I found the article describing how SparkPeople calculates the calories a person needs and stumbled on what I think could be a problem for me. When calculating the number of calories needed in a day, SP assumes that I live a mostly sedentary lifestyle. <BR> <BR> My job keeps me on my feet for 8 ... Mon, 8 Dec 2008 12:25:40 EST ? were to find the cute wt /goal meters cant find where to set up the wt/goal at the bottom of the messages?can someone point me in the right direction please <BR> <BR> Thanks Sun, 7 Dec 2008 20:07:15 EST New Start I'm hoping to use this site as a new start on an old battle. I'm 36 living daily with the challenges of being an overweight diabetic. Hopefully between the great articles on this site and any help, advice, or support anyone can give, this will be my turning point! Thu, 4 Dec 2008 01:12:00 EST Speed of loss? I want to preface my question by saying that by no means am I complaining! But I have lost 7 pounds in 2 weeks (first 2 weeks tracking) with a starting weight of 178. I know that they say 2 lbs per week is a safe amount but is this too fast? Should I not be suprised if I dont see much of a loss next week? I just want to know what others experiences have been with this situation. Thanks so much!!! Tue, 2 Dec 2008 23:31:25 EST Venison may be better than beef? OK, I hunt deer and eat it. It is good, but I was wanting to know if you guys and gals thought it as being a bit better then ground beef? I notice when I cook the ground venison, it has absolutely no grease, as compared to the ground beef. Feel free to comment!! :) Tue, 2 Dec 2008 14:35:30 EST Water, water, water.... Hi all - <BR> <BR> OK, so i have been doing well - 2 weeks on SP, lost 4 lbs total. Very happy about this. There is one thing, though, that i don't even come close to - it's my water intake. I just hate drinking water(I guess). What makes it harder, is that i live in Colorado, where it's very dry, and i should be having even more water than if i were living on the coast... But can't (or actually, just don't want to, so i don't). I love propel, any kind of sweetened water, but pure wate... Tue, 2 Dec 2008 13:26:44 EST Hello All Hello <BR> <BR> Just wanted to introduce myself and say hi to everybody. My name is Kris. I live in Tx. I am 26 and recently had a baby. Wouldn't trade her for anything, but could have done without the extra weight as I already had more than enough. lol Looking to make friends to chat with and give support and motivation back and forth. Would love to hear from people and welcome any advice. Thanks <BR> Tue, 2 Dec 2008 11:59:39 EST grocery shopping... I get to go grocery shopping tonight WITHOUT the significant other & the roommate... <BR> <BR> this means that I am buying as many fresh veggies as I possibly can without feeling like I am going to get yelled at or something... <BR> <BR> I don't know why I am so self conscious about picking out the foods I want at the grocery store. ha-ha. Mon, 1 Dec 2008 14:53:54 EST Making Progress! Hi y'all! Well, let me start off by saying that I had a rather "bad" week last week with food. Normally in the past I wouldn't be able to deal with the failure and I would quit... but this time it's different! I understand that I made poor choices, but I'm not going to let that determine the choices I make in the future. I may not be losing weight at the speed I hoped... but I'm on the way there because now I realize that as long as I'm moving in the right direction and I learn from my mistak... Mon, 1 Dec 2008 08:30:08 EST how do you convert grams into cups? I did all of this bulk cooking and trying to enter it into the recipe calculator is a mess. <BR> 125 grams of cooked spinach. is how many cups <BR> 125 grams of cooked bacon is comming up 1/2 Pound of way! <em>40</em> Sun, 30 Nov 2008 19:21:29 EST A little about Moi Hi everyone.. <BR> I'm so enjoying all your information. I started yesterday, officially, . I spent a few days trying to get acquainted with the site. <BR> <BR> My name is Judy..but so I don't get confused with the other Judy, You can call me Judith. <BR> I'm just getting over leaving my 38 year marriage. It seems that liking myself is the major problem, but now that I'm liking me, it's time for me to take charge of me, and work on myself. <BR> I don't know what you all expect me to say, but... Sat, 29 Nov 2008 16:18:38 EST What have you done today that makes you feel proud What I have done to make me feel proud is taking care of my children despite the fact they fight and test my patience. <BR> <BR> Another thing that makes me feel proud is the fact I helped a man push his jeep that had broken down and he was stranded in the middle of the street. <BR> <BR> Dee <BR> Sat, 29 Nov 2008 13:58:21 EST Challenge Week 3 ~~ 11/30 - 12/06~~ You all continue to do such an amazing job in fully engaging on your wellenss walk. Let's keep this positive momentum going as you challenge yourself to still greater heights this week!!! This is your template...copy and paste it into your post and update your stats each day!!! <BR> <BR> ~*11/ /08*~ <BR> <BR> Cardio Minutes (1 point for every 10 minutes): <BR> Strength Minutes (1 point for every 15 minutes): <BR> Stretching Minutes (1 point): <BR> 2 fruits (1 point): <BR> 2 veggies (1... Sat, 29 Nov 2008 10:25:15 EST New path to the new me I am trying to lose some weight that remains from my pregnancy (9 months ago). I want to fit into my old clothes. Even if I get the exact same body back (doubt it), I know that it will still be a new me. I plan to change my lifestyle even more than it has already been changed. Fri, 28 Nov 2008 20:24:39 EST I DID IT!!! I CONTROLLED MYSELF!!! i did it for the first time ever. I finally controlled myself at Thanksgiving dinner... <BR> <BR> instead of over indulging on everything I could... I took small servings of each plate that appealed to me. & I didn't go back for seconds. <BR> <BR> This is the first Thanksgiving that I have actually felt good after... Then when all was done & family time was over... I worked out for 30 minutes at home... <BR> <BR> Im feeling good about myself... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Now I get to do it al... Fri, 28 Nov 2008 09:34:23 EST Hi Hi, My name is Ben. I'm 5' 10" and weighed 344 lbs. on March 10th 2008. I had a doctor's appointment that day and he gave me the usual speech about how I needed to loose weight, Only this time I decided to listen to him. My goal is to loose 100 lbs by the time I go back next March. I joined Spark to help get passed the Plato I have reached at 275 Lbs. Fri, 28 Nov 2008 05:23:53 EST My first healthier Thanksgiving Well, I survived!!!!! <em>104</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I went into Euclid to my Mom's. We ate about I'd say fifteen minutes after I got there. That is when I got really nervous. I was scared going in there in the first place. My mom knew about the weight loss and everything and I was still scared. They even did the food in a buffet style so that you served yourself. That was really cool. <BR> <BR> Well, I saw something in my mom today that I have not seen in a very, very long... Thu, 27 Nov 2008 23:51:15 EST Breast Cancer Walk Hi, <BR> <BR> I signed up for the Rocky Mountain Breast Cancer walk in June 2009. It is a 2 day walk. <BR> <BR> Anyone want to join or sponsor me? <BR> <BR> One of my close friends was diagnosed with breast cancer and beat it. However, just recently the cancer is back. <BR> <BR> This Breast Cancer Walk means more to now than before. <BR> <BR> Dee Thu, 27 Nov 2008 21:03:07 EST JESLEEMC Hi, I'm Jessie. Just now getting around to introducing myself, cause I really haven't had time until now to really look around sp yet. (I have a one year old who has been keeping me pretty busy- especially since his daddy has been away in Iraq- I have a new found respect for singe parents!) I have been loving the fitness and nutrition logs, though. And a friend and I are planning on starting the "bootcamp" on Sunday. I've got 40 pounds to lose, and I know it sounds cheesey, but for the first ... Thu, 27 Nov 2008 20:02:05 EST Exercise of the day challenge. As part of my 'lose 10lbs by Christmas' goal, i have decided to do the 'exercise of the day' everyday on top of my normal cardio and strength training, i feel that this is a small and manageable goal that will help keep me motivated and feeling like each day i am making a difference. <em>248</em> Thu, 27 Nov 2008 18:20:25 EST Hi everyone! Hi I'm Ashley. I'm twenty one and I weigh 175 :( <BR> <BR> I gained quite a bit when I got to college. I went through a painful and I guess I still am going through a painful break up with my ex boyfriend. I also had stress from school that made me over eat for comfort. Every time I feel a little bit of stress I feel entitled to over eat. This has caused me to be overweight. <BR> <BR> It has become an issue with my confidence. I don't feel pretty anymore or comfortable socially and the mor... Wed, 26 Nov 2008 12:25:29 EST I've been here for over a week... & I have done NOTHING yet... <BR> <BR> I do realize though that it is time to stop procrastinating because I will never reach any kind of goal unless I actually start somewhere. I am tired of feeling the way I do about myself. I need to change. I need to be confident. <BR> <BR> I already have good eating habits & I get all of my water in daily... I just really need to work on the whole fitness thing. I use to be soo good, but as soon as I stopped I gained 15 lbs... now I am having the hard... Tue, 25 Nov 2008 16:56:36 EST New and having trouble Hi, I signed on, not too long ago, but I am having trouble with finding my way around and doing all sorts of things, even though I took the tutorial... I like what I have been able to see though <em>20</em> Wish me luck! And even though I have to lose 90lbs, I am giving myself smaller goals to work through first. Mon, 24 Nov 2008 21:15:51 EST Attack the FAT!!! Hi everyone I have decided in the past couple of days that this site will help me attack the fat. I look at it as the fat is attacking the things I want in life so I am going to attack back. I will win!!! If anyone else has great ideas or sayings let me know!!! Sun, 23 Nov 2008 21:03:00 EST Challenge Week #2 ~~11/23/08 - 11/29/08 You've done so well in the first week. Let' see if you can challenge yourself to greater heights this week!!! This is your template...copy and paste it into your post and update your stats each day!!! <BR> <BR> ~*11/ /08*~ <BR> <BR> Cardio Minutes (1 point for every 10 minutes): <BR> Strength Minutes (1 point for every 15 minutes): <BR> Stretching Minutes (1 point): <BR> 2 fruits (1 point): <BR> 2 veggies (1 point): <BR> 64 oz of water (1 point): <BR> Huddle with your team (1 point)... Sun, 23 Nov 2008 13:21:18 EST Introduction Hello, <BR> Interested to find out about this community. <BR> <BR> Lost 150lbs a decade ago and looking for ongoing evolving health including exploring why I feel the need to lose some weight right now. <BR> <BR> Love to speak to others; that work in the wieght loss/wellness field and have these issues themselves, deal with depression, have lost over 100lbs or have over 100lbs to lose. Sat, 22 Nov 2008 11:38:38 EST Weigh In Today.... To be honest i have been a little bit nervous about my weigh in today. I had to remind myself that even if i didn't lose any weight that it was ok becuase i was on the right path to losing weight in the future. I have picked first thing Saturday mornings as my weigh in day (I'm hoping if i do that it will remind me to be good over the weekend). <BR> <BR> So before i step on the scale i remind myself that no matter what it says i do feel better and i do have more energy so even if i don't los... Sat, 22 Nov 2008 11:21:34 EST Have you told anyone....? Just curious if anyone has begun telling their friends/co-workers about SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> I have told my husband and 8 year old son about it (because I couldn't stop talking about it if I tried!) but no one else. I'm a little hesitant because of all the past times I have been excited about a weight loss program and then fell off. I have A LOT more faith and motivation about my journey this time and really can't see it ended up like the others - I would just rather wait until I have be... Sat, 22 Nov 2008 11:03:42 EST Thanksgiving Advice.... I know this has probably been touched on before, (if it has and anyone has the link to the thread please link me), but I was looking for some Thanksgiving Day Advice. My family and I are going over some friends houses and are providing the desert - my husband's sweet potato pie which, although I LOVE, I'm planning to stay far away from. <BR> <BR> Usually they cook all the classics: turkey, homemade stuffing, Mac N Cheese and a lot of veggies. Anyone have any ideas on ways to help me stay s... Fri, 21 Nov 2008 19:19:47 EST When do we weigh in? Hi there! <BR> <BR> I started Sparkpeople on Sunday. A few years ago (before my daughter), I did an at-work WW program and met my goal. Now, I have some weight I need to get off from my pregnancy. I need accountable, so here I am!! <BR> <BR> How often are we suppose to weigh in? Do we just pick a day (like a Tuesday) and then weigh in each week? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Fri, 21 Nov 2008 15:26:52 EST Fast Break Goals Anyone? So is anyone actually doing these things? <BR> <BR> I've been reading posts and it's great that everyone's all gung ho about starting a new program and really getting into the food plan and exercise. <BR> <BR> But I'm only concentrating on my fast break goals this week (and maybe next). I'm starting slow, and focusing on making these things habits. As much as I want to lose weight, I really want my lifestyle to change as well. And I know from trial and error that when I start a new plan ... Fri, 21 Nov 2008 09:49:34 EST Hello from South Carolina My first official date on SP was Monday, November 17th. This site has so much information and support. I am very hopeful that I will be successful. I wish everyone good luck in their journey. Fri, 21 Nov 2008 09:11:15 EST Hi Teammates My name is Wendy. I am lucky to be alive today. The middle of July I got really sick due to complications from Diabetes. I was "puking my guts out" for three weeks before I could get to the doctor. When I got to the doctor on August 12th, my sugar level was 592. He put me in ICU overnight and released me from the hospital on the 16th of August. <BR> <BR> The semi-funny thing is that just before I got sick, we moved to a better part of Northern Ohio for a better life for our son and myse... Thu, 20 Nov 2008 12:16:06 EST Having trouble at night - need some suggestions I just joined SP this week and have committed myself to changing my lifestyle. HOWEVER, I am having trouble with snacking at night. During the day while I am at work I do awesome. <em>48</em> I am drinking my water, having a good breakfast and lunch but after dinner I catch myself snacking and the game plan falls through. Is anyone else struggling with this or have any suggestions? <BR> Thanks! Thu, 20 Nov 2008 11:30:54 EST Want to say 'Hello' Hi, I am a new member and would like to introduce myself. My name is Karen and I live in New Jersey. I just found SparkPeople and want to give it a try. I need to lose 42 pounds and am looking for support and motivation. Also, hoping to give some too. Thu, 20 Nov 2008 11:18:02 EST Hello! Hi there - I just wanted to say hi! I just joined this morning - I am hoping to lose some weight - I had my second baby a few months ago and am ready to get myself in shape so that I can enjoy my kids.... I have a daughter who is 3 and a new son who was born at the beginning of September. I am hoping to get lots of motivation and to make this happen! Thu, 20 Nov 2008 08:21:09 EST Hello I just joined spark people. It is really a great place so far. Thu, 20 Nov 2008 01:57:45 EST Question about Calories I just have a quick question. I didn't eat in my calorie range today (had about 850 and i should have had between 1200-1600). I know i should be eating in that range but life took over today and i've just been to busy to eat or think about food (which i suppose is a good thing). If this happens once in awhile it shouldn't affect anything in the long run correct? Wed, 19 Nov 2008 23:59:13 EST ~*11/19/08*~ Cardio Minutes (1 point for every 10 minutes): 0 <BR> Strength Minutes (1 point for every 15 minutes): 1 <BR> Stretching Minutes (1 point): 1 <BR> 2 fruits (1 point): <BR> 2 veggies (1 point): <BR> 64 oz of water (1 point): 1 <BR> Huddle with your team (1 point): 1 <BR> Post on your daily challenge results (1 point): 1 <BR> <BR> Total Points Day 1:5 <BR> Total Points Week 1:5 Wed, 19 Nov 2008 23:21:09 EST Pain from Gym I started yesterday to exercise again at the far so good. The problem...these terrible pains I got all over my body, cant even turn around in bed at night. Anyone knows of something to mitigate these pains? <BR> I am drinking lot and lots of weater, I did strech before and after the exercises and also this morning. Someone at the office told me i should drink water with sugar but I dont want to get the extra calories... <BR> I know with time it will go away, but this is just too much... Wed, 19 Nov 2008 12:13:17 EST day 2 I have such a positive outlook on my new eating and exercize habits (not a diet!). This site is incredible!!! Any suggestions on exercizes that can be done in the office? Wed, 19 Nov 2008 11:20:12 EST hello-just joined this evening Hello, <BR> <BR> My name is Kristi. I am a 32 yr old mom of 2 young kiddos. I have about 70 pounds to lose and am ready to get started. I was doing great losing weight for several months, but then got off track in May/June and haven't been able to get back in the mode. I have been gaining and losing the same 15 lbs since May. <BR> I just joined this evening and plan on staying active on this site so that it can hopefully keep me accountable and help to finally get to my goals. <BR> <BR> I l... Tue, 18 Nov 2008 23:12:36 EST thanks Hi everyone. I am new and very happy to have found such a helpful and supportive resource. I look forward to getting to know people better here over the coming months. Best of luck with all your goals! <BR> Emily Tue, 18 Nov 2008 18:50:45 EST sparkvideo I just finished the 15min desk exercise sparkvideo. I want to add that time/calories burned to my fitness tracker. Is there a way to do this? Tue, 18 Nov 2008 14:52:55 EST Just joined today,,,wanted to say hello I'm a 34 stay-home, home school mom. I currently weigh 145lbs and my goal is to reach 125lbs by March 15th, 2009. <BR> Looking forward to meeting all of y'all. :) Tue, 18 Nov 2008 09:17:42 EST End of day one Hi All. Am so glad to be here - finishing a day, instead of finishing off leftovers. I love that this does not cost money. I have probably sunk 1000's of dollars into losing weight and all I lost was my self-respect. Whoever thought of this - a big shout out - Thank You! Mon, 17 Nov 2008 22:55:40 EST Spark People blog Give Away Here is a wonderful reason to subscribe to the Daily Spark People Blog. From now until December 29 Spark People will give away a great gift each Monday. All you have to do is read the Give Away Blog and make a comment on it to be entered into the contest. <BR> here is the link to today's Blog entry. <BR> <link><BR>iday_giveaway_win_fitness_dvd_prize_packs </link> Mon, 17 Nov 2008 09:39:55 EST Anyone Joining SparkPeople Again? Hi! I'm joining sparkpeople for the second time now. I wanted a fresh start. My first profile was from last year and I had not updated it since March. I'm going to be 30 in March 2009 and that is my motivation. Mon, 17 Nov 2008 06:27:05 EST Hi Everyone My name is Florence M. Rios but you can can call me Flo. I am excited to be part of the Spark Team. I currently in a nutrition class in college and decided to choose this website for my teams final presentation on a specific diet program. This website attracted me the first time I saw it. I am also looking for a program that will help me obtain my goal of weight loss. I was so happy when I saw a team that shares a thyroid problem like I do. Can anyone tell me how to post my story about my... Sun, 16 Nov 2008 16:33:27 EST Week #1 Challenge ~~~11/16 - 11/22~~~ This is your template...copy and paste it into your post and update your stats each day!!! <BR> <BR> ~*11/ /08*~ <BR> <BR> Cardio Minutes (1 point for every 10 minutes): <BR> Strength Minutes (1 point for every 15 minutes): <BR> Stretching Minutes (1 point): <BR> 2 fruits (1 point): <BR> 2 veggies (1 point): <BR> 64 oz of water (1 point): <BR> Huddle with your team (1 point): <BR> Post on your daily challenge results (1 point): <BR> <BR> Total Points: Sat, 15 Nov 2008 08:53:00 EST Healthy Recipes Snacks and Goodies Share with us how you have modified your favorite dishes to make them healthier. Or, do you have a favorite dish that you would like to make healthier? Ask for ideas here! <BR> Also, share with us what your favorite snacks are...have you found a healthier verision of a yummy dessert, or have you created one? Thu, 13 Nov 2008 12:04:29 EST Challenges = Motivation There is nothing like a good challenge to help you find your inner motivation. Our goal is just challenge you to find that inner Spark that will motivate you beyond the first 30 days of your program and onto the rest of your wellness journey. Stop by often to stay current and active with the new challenges. Mon, 27 Oct 2008 08:13:39 EST Daily Check In Sometimes we just need to let someone else know what's going on in our lives to keep us focused on the goals at hand. This is the place to share your daily achievements and struggles. Remember, we're here to support you in all of your wellness goals. Mon, 27 Oct 2008 08:04:18 EST