SparkPeople Making ME a Priority Team Messageboard We all get swamped with spouses, kids, work, the house, ... Lets get together and put ourselves first for awhile (and learn not to feel guilty about it) so that we can make healthy changes together. SparkPeople Making ME a Priority Team Messageboard new to this team hello,I am new here; I just recently started back to sparkpeople and I have been doing the ww program for 7 months now. I have lost 59 pounds doing the weight watcher program online but I am wanting more accountability. I also would like to start making me a priority in my life. I have trouble with low self esteem and would like to like myself better. I am taking steps, such as joining the group, to learn to do just that. thank you for letting me join your alls group. Mon, 22 Oct 2018 23:45:23 EST New to the team, but not new to SP Hi! I'm Brit, and I am a 40+ year old mom of two who homeschools and works full time. Finding time for myself is very difficult, so this sounds like the perfect team for me. Thu, 4 Oct 2018 09:47:55 EST just me Hello HI, never know hat to say in these things. Names Jessie and I'm tired of living in chaos want to get back to me so thought this would be a good start! Mon, 10 Sep 2018 14:14:06 EST three things we don't know about you I am a writer <BR> I own two cats <BR> My dream is to live my the ocean Thu, 17 May 2018 17:12:41 EST This will be a process of learning to be different Hello, I'm Debbie. I have taken care of everyone else since I was 14. I'm now 57 and trying to make myself the priority, I'm not sure how I will do that - it's hard to learn new tricks, ya know? It is something that is long over due though. Just going to take one step at a time. Mon, 14 Mar 2016 13:56:30 EST Springtime Joy What are you looking forward to doing just because it gives you a happy feeling in the Spring? <BR> I am looking forward to planting flowers just knowing that I will enjoy seeing their bright colors until the fall. <BR> <em>376</em> Sun, 13 Mar 2016 08:16:28 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 01:37:02 EST Starting Over Hi! I'm new here , though not to SparkPeople. I started here several years ago, and I did well for a while. But then I kind of let life take over...and it all fell apart. <BR> <BR> Recently I renewed my determination to get healthy and lose weight. I've been discouraged and frustrated and ready to quit because some health issues got in the way of my plans. But I'm determined to succeed. <BR> <BR> I look forward to getting to know y'all. <BR> <BR> ~Karen Thu, 19 Nov 2015 21:09:52 EST Hi everyone! Hi, my name is Tonya, and it's time I start making ME a priority. It's been a long time coming, and I'm finally able to do so without feeling guilty about it. Tue, 10 Nov 2015 15:01:13 EST Newbie! Hello Everyone! Hey Hey, <BR> <BR> Nice to be apart of this group! I am a dedicated wife of 20 years and a mom of 5 kids from 5-18 years old. I homeschool and a part time student. Not to mention everything in between. I have been on a weightloss journey for about 4 years and I have lost about 60 lbs. I still have about 30 to go before I reach my goal. I have found it difficult to workout sometimes because of all the responsibility traveling behind me, literallty sometimes,lol. But I find that even just a ... Mon, 2 Nov 2015 09:13:37 EST Starting New Hi there! I started sparkpeople yesterday. I am also following the weight watchers points program online. I LOVE sparkpeople's website a whole lot better though. Haha. I gave birth to my first child in June 2015 and am trying to lose the baby weight plus more. I have always struggled with self esteem issues so I am trying to get stronger in that area on this journey as well. Making ME a priority. <em>524</em> Fri, 23 Oct 2015 23:19:50 EST New here Hi everyone, My name is Bobbie I am new to Spark people. I love to workout and eat healthy! I am moving my family towards clean eating and we are almost there. I love sharing recipes, ideas and motivation!!! We can do this! Fri, 14 Aug 2015 14:36:41 EST An introduction!! HEY SPARK PEOPLE! <BR> I have always been overweight and i'm now 34 years old and trying, once again, to lose the weight for good. I have never reached out online to accomplish this because i am a very private person, and my obesity is a source of shame for me. <BR> i have just joined spark people today, and i am in need of encouragement and advice and friendship from spark members who have accomplished their goals, big or small. Maybe just sharing the experience with others will be helpf... Thu, 13 Aug 2015 23:26:39 EST Inspirational ,Motivational, Funny Quotes <img src=""> Wed, 12 Aug 2015 07:21:03 EST Batman! Wassup? I am Matthew, Matt, anything, but Mattie or Fat Matt. 24/male/Maryland, US/software engineer. <BR> I suffer from depression, social anxiety, and general low self-esteem/worth stuff. <BR> I am trying to go from 310-ish to 160, and back up a bit in muscle weight. Unfortunately, I actually started at 280. <BR> My biggest issues are portion control and bread. I am also stubborn, so that doesn't help a lot of things. I don't really belong to a gym, but I have access if I need it. I have a ... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 22:10:43 EST Glitter & Rainbows & Unicorns & Rain & Eyeliner These are all things that make me happy. My technical name is Amber, but my friends call me Lumy. I am 24 years old and I have a LOT of weight to lose. It's almost overwhelming to think about. Honestly I need to lose over half of my weight. I weigh 436 pounds. *exhales* There, it's out there. No hiding behind vague comments about being obese. No I am MORBIDLY OBESE and I want anyone considering friending/ messaging me to know that up front. I'm not going to pretend to be anything other than ... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 02:09:08 EST January Goals Just a spot for us to list personal goals for the month and cheer each other on. <BR> You can list it by the day/week.. give yourself emoticons as "stickers" for meeting small goals like a reward chart... whatever works best for you. <BR> <BR> For the month of January I would like to: <BR> <BR> Exercise for 30 - 60 min, 5 days a week (one sticker per day complete) <BR> Jan. 4 - 10 <BR> Jan. 11 - 17 <BR> Jan. 18 - 24 <BR> Jan. 25 - 31 <BR> <BR> 30 min of decluttering/organizing in my house... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 15:33:25 EST Newbie Tell about your family.. married, single, kids? Single in a relationship with 16yo daughter <BR> What is your best feature? my eyes <BR> What was your favorite food when you were a child? Pizza <BR> What is your favorite food now? grilled chicken and veggies <BR> What is your favorite song? Bartender by Lady A <BR> What is your favorite movie? Pretty Woman <BR> What is one of your favorite quotes? not sure <BR> What’s your favorite indoor/outdoor activity? Reading / gardening <BR> What chore ... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 09:36:48 EST November goals. I thought it would be good to have a spot where we can make short term goals then check them off for the month, week, day... whatever will help you best. <BR> <BR> My november goals: <BR> get some form of exercise 30 -60 min. 6 days a week <BR> declutter in my house for 30 min. 5 days a week <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 9 Nov 2014 15:32:07 EST Easy ways to papmer yourself. Here's a link that includes 10 cheap and easy ways to make time for you and pamper yourself. well, one isn't cheap unless you get a volunteer. lol <BR> <link><BR>-ways-to-pamper-yourself/ </link> <BR> How do you find ways to pamper yourself and recharge? Share your ideas. Sat, 8 Nov 2014 09:30:37 EST Emoticon your mood today. Just choose an emoticon to let us know how you're feeling today. <BR> <em>30</em> Fri, 7 Nov 2014 18:09:02 EST Getting to know you survey. Copy and paste the questions and answer so we can get to know each other a little better. If you're unsure about one just skip it. <BR> <BR> Tell about your family.. married, single, kids? <BR> What is your best feature? <BR> What was your favorite food when you were a child? <BR> What is your favorite food now? <BR> What is your favorite song? <BR> What is your favorite movie? <BR> What is one of your favorite quotes? <BR> What’s your favorite indoor/outdoor activity? <BR> What chore do you... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 17:41:44 EST This is me Hello! I am a former spark member and I am ready to live a healthier lifestyle..for me. I am 46 yr. old, married for 24 yrs., have two daughters that are 21 and 12. I am a Head Start teacher in Michigan. I love my job, but I have always put others first. I am ready to make me a priority now. I am trying to focus on eating healthier, rather than obsessing with the numbers on the scale. I have A LOT to lose, but I am working on adding small amount of exercising into my life. I have all ... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 09:25:01 EST This Team Name Is My New Mantra I just restarted my spark page today ... after having it sit inactive for over a year (yikes!). I was looking at some of the team's and when I saw this one I almost laughed at the irony. I just wrote a blog post about this ... about life getting in the way of me. I need this group. I need this to be what I start doing.......I just need to start caring about me as much as I care about everyone else. <BR> <BR> My name is Ann - I am 26 years old. I am happily married - celebrated 6 years o... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 16:22:25 EST Starting today, a new begining I am a little nervous, I am not used to working on myself. Any advice for a new person? Fri, 2 May 2014 13:06:46 EST Starting Today I have been on a never ending battle to lose weight since I can remember....I hope that joining will help motivate me to work harder and stay strong. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:32:03 EST Hi 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> Here are the changes I have made so far: <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 on... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 17:32:28 EST Daily Huddle I was wondering why not many people huddle on this team? Tue, 18 Mar 2014 09:43:07 EST Finally ---some time for ME! I am Peajay, 55 year old married mom and daughter. Recently my work team moved closer to my home AND my workload was rebalanced. After several years of spending 45 minutes each way and 45-50+ hours at work, I finally have a little time for ME! It is so good to have a place with people who don't think that it is self centered to devote a little time to myself. Sun, 9 Mar 2014 20:54:35 EST Getting organized !!!! And loving it !!! Wow !!!! I decided that it is time to bring forth change in my home, so I started by throwing away my dinning room chairs all four of them!!! It felt great and I replaced them with two different chairs I know that may seem crazy replacing four chairs with two chairs. !! But it made the dinning table a better place for me and my daughter, that's our new bonding area we have our meals together and the table has our two chairs because that's our time to talk and share our mornings, and our day ... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 09:51:31 EST Rejoining After Months Away I'm a 57 year old woman that has a total of 60 lbs to lose to reach a decent weight where I can possibly get off of blood pressure pills and also not hurt so much from RA of the spine. I've been told by my doctor that the less extra weight I'm carrying the less stress there will be on my joints. I don't expect to lose it fast. It took me 8 years to put on all the weight. My goal is to drop 2 lbs every month and keep it off til I reach my 60 lb goal. <BR> I am married to Bob and he's just had ... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 18:07:28 EST Hello Hi, I'm Tricia. For the last few years, I've given my life to my job - sometimes working 16-18 hour days. Needless to say, I've put myself on the back burner and it shows. I turn 50 next year and NEED to learn how to make time for me - that I'm worth it. Thx! Mon, 24 Feb 2014 11:39:21 EST Hi, I'm new but ready to change my life! I am a 32 year old mom of two! I want to be an example to my sons about a healthy way to live your life! Diabetes, heart disease, and strokes are what awaits females in my family if we are not careful of our lifestyles. I have also suffered from depression for twenty years and my youngest son was just diagnosed with major depression. That was the wake up call for me that my family needed a serious life style change and asap. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!!!! Thu, 20 Feb 2014 07:25:49 EST New to this team Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Heather. I joined this team, because I sometimes don't make myself a priority, especially when it comes to working out. I want to change that. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 01:01:42 EST Introducing myself I'm am 79 years young and have a blended family of five grown children, none of who live near. <BR> I'm caretaker of a 88 year old DH that has very little short term memory left. <BR> I'm this morning are very tired as I didn't asleep well last night. <BR> I was a licensed Practical nurse, Therefore I know a buddy needs to take care of themselves first.. <BR> I do have a hard time of doing this, thus I chose this site. <BR> I probably will not post all that often as my time is limited and ... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 13:20:23 EST hi there Hello my name is Katie. I live in East Kilbride-Scotland but was born in Canada, I am 44 years old and was widowed just over 14 years ago after my first husband David was killed in an accident 6 months after we where married, I met my second husband Paul and we married three years later in 2002 but August 2009 he left me for someone else, my scrap booking, card making and incredimail are pulling me through it but I am still hurting but hopefully things will be sorted out and I can get on with... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 08:37:48 EST Returning to SP, new to team Hi there, <BR> I've been off SP for about 8 months and now I am trying to get back on track. I'm rather reserved until I get to know people so it's not easy for me to post. I know, however, that being part of a community would help me in so many ways. So I'm going to try to be active in the groups on SP. As I thought about what I could do differently this time, to make sure that I stick with healthy habits, I realized that before I never made my health (or myself) a priority. For instance, ex... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 14:25:09 EST Hello Everyone! :) Hi, <BR> My name is Joanna and I am 22 years old. I have been battling my weight for a long time. I've done a lot of fad diets (one 3 years ago and I lost 40 pounds then gained it all back and then some). I had finally decided 4 months ago that I was going to do this for real- no more diets, no more restrictions, eating healthier and in moderation. In that 4 months, I've lost 20 pounds! <em>224</em> I have the full support of my family...and I don't think I'd be this far without them. I ... Wed, 27 Nov 2013 13:23:42 EST New to SparkPeople :) Howdy everybody, <BR> My name is Kendra from Roanoke, VA and I am new to SparkPeople and am definitely hoping that it will help me get back on track to losing more weight. I just wanted to say hey and sending my best to everyone and any and all tips are welcomed :). Thank you. <BR> <BR> -Kendra- Mon, 18 Nov 2013 19:43:05 EST Who would do it if I wasn't here The month of October was stressful. New babies, 2 death, mishappenings with my daughters, relationship problems and work. I didn't get most of my "Teusday Me Day's". Sometimes couldn't even "whooooosah", Of couple of times I cried. But I made it through. <BR> <BR> But in the last couple of days I came to realize with the deaths I had to experience this month, if something was to happen to me, what would my daughters do then. <BR> <BR> The answer: LIVE THEIR LIVES <BR> <BR> I would be dea... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 08:03:43 EST Just Checking In Hi Team! I hope everyone is taking time for themselves and looking after YOU and your needs! I have been busy lately and making my 15 mins., but honestly we need to do more for ourselves to nurture us. Today I plan to take one hour to do just that. Then the housework, meals, family issues etc. will be easier to deal with. All the best! <em>381</em> <em>41</em> Sat, 19 Oct 2013 13:32:20 EST Temporarily Forgot After taking care of others, I temporarily forgot how to take care of myself and or to find time for myself. I am slowly getting back on track, even started back walking and it felt GREAT being outside and making time for ME again!! <em>224</em> Tue, 8 Oct 2013 15:48:19 EST Returning to sparkpeople I am so fully aware now of how important it is to make ME a priority. I hate it because it sounds so selfish but my story is proof of how detrimental it is not to. I first joined sp in 2007 after having already lost 60 lbs before I discovered sp. I ended up losing 50 more lbs in 6 months. I worked so hard. I got in the best shape of my life. I kept the weight off for a couple years and maintained my exercise routine pretty well too. Then major changes happened and my family changed (new pa... Sun, 15 Sep 2013 11:15:43 EST Newbie Hi All. I am trying to learn how to put myself first. Happy to become apart of this team! Fri, 13 Sep 2013 11:24:03 EST New to Sparkpeople (again) Hi, I'm Lisa, 42 years old, diabetic, married with one 5 year old little girl, a 3/4 time college student, I work part time, am a full time Mom, and I feel like I need to make ME a priority (and in doing so will only better the lives of my husband and our daughter).... <BR> I am so glad I joined spark people! I've been here before but this time it's until I lose all the weight, and then I can still stay and use all the tools here to just live a healthier, happier lifestyle. <BR> <BR> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 21:43:14 EST My "Me Day" I use to not give time to myself...just this past spring, but this summer it's seem like it had gotten worse. Everytime my daughters wanted to go somewhere, have fun, or just rest they bring their children for me to watch, not even asking me if I had something to do. And o course I go on and watch them because I know everybody needs a break, especially from children sometimes...But where was my break. I went on a small vacation for the month of July and the girls had to make it without me. Fi... Tue, 20 Aug 2013 08:17:16 EST Hi All, My name is Bella. I am (66 years young here. I am new here. <BR> I have COPD and have been on steroids. Inactivity has made me put on way too much weight. <BR> (as you can see from my picture) <BR> I am borderline diabetic and my cholesterol is also borderline .Boy do I need help!!! LOL <BR> I love to eat, it was never a problem before because I burned off the calories. I was a manager for a food service at a college and was contently on the go. I had to retire when I got COPD and it's be... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 19:00:12 EST ~Newbie~ I'm new to SP, as well as this Team! I am looking to find myself again and what makes me happy. Following my divorce 3 years ago, the struggles I faced lead me on a roller coaster of emotions. To comfort myself I turned to food and pushed people away. I'm ready to take control of my life again. I'm ready to "Make ME a Priority"!! Wed, 14 Aug 2013 17:40:38 EST New here! Hi there, <BR> <BR> Joined SP a few years ago and fell off the wagon, but intend to be more committed to me and my health now. I have two sons, I'm a full-time teacher, and like many others, have fallen into the habit of putting myself *last*. In the midst of working, mothering, wife-ing, friending, writing, I ate a lot of ice cream and gained almost 30 pounds. <BR> <BR> Hoping this motivates and reminds me to be healthy. :) <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Sat, 6 Jul 2013 21:49:25 EST Link: 100 ways to nurture yourself Which of these can you do today? I think I've done about 4 or 5 of the simpler ones so far today. Take some time to take care, you are worth it! <BR> <link> </link> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 13:28:06 EST Hello everyone! *New* Hi! My name is Ashley, I am 29 and I am new to SP and to this team. I am a single mommy of four kids and for the past several years I have to admit I have not made myself a priority or been taking very good care of myself. Not that there is anything wrong with putting my kiddos first, but its time for me to start doing things for ME as well. And my first priority is to whip myself into shape!! I'm excited about SP and hoping to meet some new buddies <em>334</em> ! Sun, 23 Jun 2013 18:20:31 EST hello new to spark people hello I am new to the site here. let me share a little about me and why I am here.I am very obese earlier this year my doc told me that I was pre diabetic. I somehow got my A1C out of the danger zone because I lost a few pounds. but unfortunately I gained it all back and then some. I seriously took a reality check and looked in the mirror and I did not like what I saw. I was always overweight or obese. Now I am telling myself I have got to do something because it is affecting my health. Sleep... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 19:09:26 EST New to the Team! Hello all! I have been a "lurker" on Spark for a while now. I recently decided to stop making excuses and get back on track with my health, as well as ME! Part of that decision involves reaching out to others and not letting my pride and arrogance get in the way of progress. <BR> <BR> I look forward to meeting all of you wonderful people! Thu, 13 Jun 2013 21:04:44 EST March '13 PERSONAL fitness challenge <BR> So here is how it works: <BR> okay ladies! Welcome back, veterans of the Personal challenge! Also, I want to welcome any and all the newbies!! <BR> <BR> Be sure to EDIT YOUR ORIGINAL POST with your updated totals so the pages don't get to long. You all are doing awesome! <BR> <BR> For all: <BR> Don't forget to come and toot your own horn when you reach a goal with a second little note to let everyone know you have reached another mini-goal. We all are busy and often forget to check ou... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 09:03:14 EST Hi! New to the Team! I love that this is a Team Page. I have been on a journey for almost a year now trying to build my confidence and making myself a priority. I'm still on my journey as I have a lot more confidence to build, but I feel like being able to talk to people who may be on that same journey will help me with mine! :) Sat, 18 May 2013 00:34:00 EST new team player As soon as I saw the title of this group I couldn't make my mouse move fast enough to the join button. LOL I am excited about this group. I get very frustrated and my husband gets the short end of the stick bc I am always doing so much for others, and I love it, but then I get irritated bc I have moments when I feel overwhelmed and I realize it has been days, weeks or months since I have worked out, shaved my legs or done anything that would make me feel remotely good about myself. I have a p... Thu, 9 May 2013 22:00:05 EST Hello, New to the Team!!! Hey ya'll, I decided to join this team because I loved the name. I need to find time to make myself a priority. Since having children I have put myself on the back burner. All my time and energy goes to my family that I often forget about myself. I feel guilty if I buy myself make-up or new clothes. I feel like that should go towards my children. And no, my kids don't have everything in the world. But my hubby and I have started working out and getting healthy together and as a family. I am s... Fri, 3 May 2013 22:58:52 EST Make myself number one here!!!!!!! have been here a month and am keeping up and always looking to do better for my 70th Birthday in a couple months.................My goal---is me. Joan Thu, 25 Apr 2013 21:22:57 EST Hi I'm new to the group but not new to SP. I'm currently making the transition to a vegetarian/vegan diet and I'm training for my first marathon. Both of those are great for my health but to be successful in either of those I need to learn to make my needs a priority. So, you can see why I'm here. Wed, 24 Apr 2013 14:38:59 EST hello team I am Gretchen, wife, mom to 3 (16, 14, 9), work f/t as a nurse in a nursing home and attend school for my RN. You could say I am busy. I love the feeling I get when and after I workout, but I find it hard to motivate myself to actually workout, there is always SOMETHING needing to be done! I hope I can find inspiration to keep up with my goals and make me a priority. Sat, 13 Apr 2013 16:25:38 EST Motivation I can't seem to get motivated! There are so many reasons and advantages to losing weight. But I can't seem to focus. I do well for about a week and then I'm right back into my old habits. I'm trying to lose 45 lbs. What are some good ways to get motivated and stick with the program? Thanks! Mon, 8 Apr 2013 13:18:19 EST Taking Care Of Me Making me a priority means more than doing the things I want to do and not feeling guilty. It means more than buying that little something for myself. More than saying no to things I don't want to do, <BR> <BR> I have to take care of myself. I have to take care of my health,mental and physical. I have to eat healthy and stay active. See my Dr. when needed,and follow his advice. Take my meds like I am suppose to. Most of all I have to love myself. Fri, 22 Mar 2013 02:24:49 EST New to this team Hello all <BR> <BR> My name is Jackie and I joined this team because of it's name. I would like to make myself a priority but when I try I usually end up feeling guilty about it. Totally my fault too. <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to getting to know some people that are learning to put themselves closer to the top of the I want list. <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 16:10:06 EST new to me Good morning everyone, I am new to Sparkpeople. I have really enjoyed this first week of being a part of something for me, I just wish my family felt the same way.... <BR> <BR> Difficult as it is I am having a difficult time finding time for me without everyone else interfering. I want to spend time with my children and nieces not to mention my elderly mother, but I am in serious need of some balance. <BR> <BR> How can I juggle all of these people and prioritize myself without feeling s... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 09:20:17 EST Down 5 Pounds Hello Im Tava Lynn and Im New To This Team and On this Journey I Hope To Meet Alot Of Women With Similiar Needs As My Own, We Are In This Together, I Hope To Be An Encouragement To All Of You, Making Me A Priority Sounds Exciting Team So Lets Do Just That <em>381</em> Wed, 6 Mar 2013 16:36:01 EST newbie Just saying hi as I start on this journey. Mon, 25 Feb 2013 05:48:06 EST goodbye baby weight!!! Hi, I'm Erin! I am a busy mom of 3, girls aged 8, 6 and 15 months. I've successfully lost 65 lbs since my youngest was born and am now working on baby weight from number 1! I am hoping to shed 15 more before my Navy hubby leaves on his next deployment. I've been really stuck for the last couple of months, so I need an extra push. It's so easy to get so focused on your kids, that you forget about yourself... But I want to teach my girls that loving yourself is important too! Wed, 6 Feb 2013 09:26:41 EST Excited to be here Hello Everyone, <BR> This is not my first time on SP however, it is the first time, I decided to get involved. I hope I can provide motivation and gain continued inspiration for myself on my journey to fitness. I look forward to sparking conversations with others and we reach for our goals. <em>104</em> Sat, 2 Feb 2013 23:53:16 EST Sometimes you just need to hear it... Hey Girls <BR> <BR> You are GREAT <BR> <BR> You are doing a GREAT JOB <BR> Fri, 1 Feb 2013 18:08:56 EST Favor, please? I am trying to get back on track and I am trying to win a free four week Boot Camp session ($299 value) and was wondering if any of my friends or any one else on here would like to help me,today is the last day to vote and I keep jumping from first to second so I am pulling out all the stops...all you would have to do is go on Facebook and go to TUSCALOOSA ADVENTURE BOOT CAMP, like their page and write Adventure boot Camp changes lives and I vote for Stephanie Swindle....if you would be willi... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 11:39:51 EST Help.....any ideas Good morning. <BR> <BR> I'm feeling down this week. I weighed in this week and I'm down 2.2 this week. That's awesome, total lost in 3 weeks is 7 pounds. <BR> Why am I struggling to stay motivated? I'm still pushing through it which is a huge step but I just feel down. I'm working out tracking food. Making good decisions and eating smaller portions. <BR> Any ideas to get out of this early funk? <BR> <BR> Robin Thu, 24 Jan 2013 10:18:22 EST kissing this FAT GDBYE! <BR> I am not really new to SP but never really did anything with it joined lost a few pounds and quite. I am here to finely be DONE with it!!!! I am also joining teams to keep me motivated and give me support. <BR> <BR> I am married almost 16 years and have 2 girls ages 15 and 10 I want to healthy for them and be there for my grandchildren, I am no youngin here <em>211</em> 45 on my last birthday and the health issues? yeah I am trying to keep them away <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Lookin... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 13:06:07 EST newbie <BR> 1. What made you want to change your lifestyle and lose weight? <BR> I want to lose weight and feel better <BR> <BR> 2. How did you find out about Spark? <BR> a friend <BR> <BR> 3. What change has been the hardest for you? <BR> soft drinks <BR> <BR> 4. Who has been your biggest support? <BR> no one yet <BR> <BR> 5. What food do you miss eating the most? <BR> 0 <BR> <BR> 6. How many people have you referred to Spark? <BR> a few but not sure if they joined <BR> <BR> 7. How did you c... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 15:58:11 EST Can't find a way to make ME a priority ******Warning, This is going to be a long one ;)***** <BR> <BR> Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> My Name is Maria, I have been a member of this team for a few months but this is my first post. <BR> <BR> I have two children Juni age 10 and Melinda age 5, My hubby "helps" me with the kids,a term I hate because it implies that the brunt of their care is my responsibility and he helps out. <BR> <BR> My little girl has a mild form of Autism, which means a lot of meeting with teachers and therapist, ... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 14:16:18 EST Brand new to site! This team is me! Hi everyone! My name is Stacey. I just finished all the tutorials and feel quite overwhelmed, but mostly excited!! This is such an in depth website and I am excited to get more familiar each day. I am a 37 yr old wife & mother of 3 busy boys. I am also a cardiac nurse. I was always "skinny" but that changed after marriage & three 40 lb pregnancies. I have tried to lose weight many times in the past decade but never "stuck" with it. I have definitely put the needs of my family before mine but ... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 16:19:02 EST New to Sparkpeople Hi -- I'm a busy executive mom with two teenage daughters. I hope to find others who have tips for balancing work and home and making the time to put "me" first once in a while for long term health and wellness. <em>41</em> Sat, 5 Jan 2013 12:47:32 EST Newbie Hi! This is a new year so its a new opportunity for the life I want. I have taken stock and hopefully control. I ha e 2 grown children so I have never been a priority. I'm hoping this ol dog can learn a few new tricks <em>334</em> Tue, 1 Jan 2013 15:19:34 EST Hi! I'm Lori I just joined SparkPeople today. I'm looking forward to my weight loss journey. This time I intend for it to be the LAST time I lose this weight. But this time I also have a wonderful man who's with me in this journey as he wants to lose weight too. So it's gonna be a "team" effort. <em>104</em> More so on my end as I'll be the one preparing the meals but that's ok. I love to cook! <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> I'm horrible tho about taking time for myself. I'm hoping being a part of this tea... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 22:58:49 EST Hi I'm Lisa/Tkrystina I spend a lot of my time helping take care of my mom who has a lot of health problems including cancer. I need to make more me time so I can lose this extra weight. I have one younger brother & his wife & 2 daughters & a nephew & his younger half brother. My nephew's girlfriend is going to have a baby so I can take some me time & work on the afghan I am knitting for the baby. I have a lot of time to finish it because the baby is not due until this summer. I can also sing & dance during my me ... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 14:55:30 EST New to the team Hi everyone! I am new to the team, but not SparkPeople. I am looking forward to getting to know you as we go on this journey together. Fri, 30 Nov 2012 14:51:24 EST Mommy of 2 babies and work nights! So I am new to this site. I just joined today and am hoping that this may be the thing that helps me get on track. I am constantly trying to juggle my chaotic schedule of being a mother to two wonderful babies, 22 months old and 10 months old, working nights, piles of laundry, messy house, and trying to keep meals on the table. To be honest, I'm not really sure how to make it all work and start to focus on myself and losing weight and being healthy. But it is time for change and I'm reaching ... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 03:12:49 EST Heeey! Hey everyone! <BR> I'm 20 years old and I weight 65 kg (143,3 lb). <BR> <BR> I'm a full time student and I used to be a very active person, but university started to fulfill my time! Then I started to gain weight without realizing it! <BR> I've been demotivated and tried to find a way to stay motivated and achieve my goal! That's why I've joined this community! <BR> <BR> I hope I can find some buddies who can keep me motivated :) <BR> Thank you all! Sat, 24 Nov 2012 06:02:52 EST Hello Hello, I am 33 years old and married. We have 2 very active daughters ages 14 years and 7 years old. We also have 2 dogs and a cat. I have known for a long time now that I need to make myself a priority and I also know I do not know how to do that. I find that I'm always saying "I don't have time" and truthfully I don't think I do have time. Our girls have extremely demanding schedules and my husband works a lot and doesn't have set hours. He is a cement mason so he usually leaves aroun... Wed, 21 Nov 2012 10:40:15 EST Happy Thanksgiving May your stuffing be tasty. <BR> May your turkey be plump <BR> May your potatoes and gravy have nary a lump. <BR> May your yams be delicious,and your pies take the prize. <BR> May your Thanksgiving dinner stay off your thighs. <BR> Wed, 21 Nov 2012 02:11:39 EST A-Z CAMPING TRIP WHAT ARE YOU BRINGING TO OUR SPARK PEOPLE CAMPING TRIP? <BR> I'LL BRING AN ANTENNA Tue, 20 Nov 2012 16:31:02 EST do something for you weekly challenge share here what you have done to treat your self this week, i challenge all of you to do something for yourself once a week! <BR> dont forget to post it here! Mon, 19 Nov 2012 16:43:53 EST Welcome Newbies!! Let's introduce ourselves: <BR> My name is Shay, I'm 24 years old, I'm a student and manager in a restaurant. I've finally become dedicated to myself and I feel like I'm on top of the world! We cant care for others if we're the ones who need care. I'm new to the message boards and I'd love some new Spark buddies!!! Happy Holidays everyone!!! Thu, 15 Nov 2012 22:06:35 EST Hi All My name is Barbara and I need to put me first now but I admit that I do not know how. My daughter is grown & has 2 (boy & girl) kids. We all live in a 3 bedroom apartment. I have a hard time letting the housework & dealing with the kids alone. We have only lived together for 3 years. It was then that we moved from Delaware to North Carolina. I seam to be always beating myself up when I am unable to do or help around the house. I hope with help here that I will accept myself and stop trying to... Sun, 11 Nov 2012 11:45:03 EST How appropriate! This topic about making Me a priority is kidna exactly what I am doing this time...I have tried losing weight for everyone else...but I am tired...I am tooo tired with full time school (social work), a 6 year old daugther, training for my profession and...did I mention I was tired? XD So...I think a different more...selfish (if you will) approach is needed... :) Wed, 31 Oct 2012 22:48:48 EST Looking 4 exercise buddies via skype! I Need Help! Hi <BR> My name is Brandi ...I am looking for on line buddies who would like to Skype with me and work out at the same time!!! I just bought an elliptical machine which I just set up a few days ago and I can’t wait to start using it on a regular basis lol! I have about 100 pounds to lose and I am more than ready to do it with your help! Here’s the thing with me…If I am by myself I won’t do it. BUT…if I have a buddy or if I know someone is watching me I will push myself to get done what I se... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 06:20:01 EST Old Hat in SparkPeople but a New ME here! Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I have been sparking practically since the first day SparkPeople was online, so I am a very old member but new to this group. One of my major battles in all facets of my life has been self esteem and focusing on my needs, so this group kind of just jumped out and grabbed me. <BR> <BR> I am 56 years old, married (no children but have a little dog), pretty active and struggling to lose the last 20 pounds to be at my perfect weight. I am an American but live in Germany... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 04:54:42 EST New Gal on the block Trying to find ME! I'm sure the true me is in here somewhere. Trying to figure out why one can bend over backwards to help anyone overcome their problems, but when it comes to my own "getting healthier" problems, I can't seem to 'Make Me A Priority' <BR> Time to find the time to put me first. Hopefully it isn't half as hard as it sounds...... Sat, 20 Oct 2012 08:39:39 EST Hi, newbie here Hi all. I just had to check this group out. It fits me perfectly. I am a SAHM and I always feel guilty when I take time out for myself. I am so happy to see there are others who feel what I am feeling. I love my family, but I will not reach my goals unless I set time aside for myself. Sun, 14 Oct 2012 09:59:48 EST hi! I just wanted to stop in and say hi! My names Megan. I've alwats had trouble doin things for myself because I felt it was wrong or selfish. I'm finding out now as a busy mom of 3 that I need it. Now the difficulty is how to fit it into my schedule. I hope to get some ideas on how to fit in me time and actually follow through with it. I also would love to meet new friends! Hope to hear from lots of new people! Wed, 10 Oct 2012 11:06:31 EST HELLO I admit that I have been watching this team since the end of July. I wanted to make sure this team was for me. <BR> <BR> All my life I have taken care of others,and put there needs before mine. Saying no makes me feel guilty. <BR> <BR> I have been on SP for about 2 yrs. My goal has been to start taking better care of myself, and to get rid of the people in my life that were only interested in using me. I also need to lose weight. As I look back on my life I see a pattern of when I am happy... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 22:51:12 EST **STRESSED** I have an issue w/ stress! I know it's causing my blood pressure to go up again, and I certainly don't want to go back on medicine. What should I do as far as maybe some type of stress relief? I would take any advice....thank you in advance Sun, 30 Sep 2012 11:33:07 EST Desperate 4 buddies to exercie with me via skype! My name is Brandi ...I'm new to this online support group and I am looking for on line buddies who would like to Skype with me and work out at the same time!!! I just bought an elliptical machine which I pick up in a few days and I can’t wait lol! I have about 100 pounds to lose and I am more than ready to do it with your help! Here’s the thing with me…If I am by myself I won’t do it. BUT…if I have a buddy or if I know someone is watching me I will push myself to get done what I set out to ... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 23:21:46 EST Howdy! I'm a new kid Hi there everyone, <BR> my name is Auberry, I am a wife and mother of an 8 year old son and 6 year old stepson, plus two furbabies, a 5 year old Lab mix and 3 year old German Shepherd. <BR> <BR> It is my goal to take care of myself and get back into a healthy weight range so that I can keep up with my family. <BR> <BR> Good luck on your journey's! Fri, 21 Sep 2012 10:28:13 EST anyone else feel like they need a clone? I don't know about anyone else (obviously if we belong to this group, some of you must feel like I do) and that is to say that most days I wish I could clone myself. And some days I get overwhelmed and feel like I NEED to clone myself in order to get everything done and everyones wants/needs met. <BR> <BR> If anyone knows how to clone, please share.. <BR> <BR> I am determined to at some point this month to do something just for myself, even if I have to play hooky from my family and work to... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 19:40:01 EST On my way to a healthier me! Good morning all! I'm new here and I'd like to introduce myself to the group. <BR> My name is Missy - I have 3 kids (Jacob 10yrs, Jersey 3yrs and Callie is almost 1 yr). My husband was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes almost 2 months ago and we've began the challenge of getting healthy. Before we started dating I was down to 150 lbs but gained it all back within a year. We've started exercising and eating healthy and seem to be doing a good job at it. The only struggle for me is between workin... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 09:36:31 EST Definitely time to put ME first :) xx Hi there, <BR> <BR> I'm English, 43, I have three grown up children and have been on Spark for a long time now. Still going up and down the same weight pattern, generally stuck in the 170s. <BR> <BR> What a year 2012 has been for me - after being with my boyfriend for six years, I thought the next step was marriage... but he dumped me instead. Still reeling from the shock of it all. However, despite being heartbroken, I'm not going to let it ruin my life. <BR> <BR> My whole world is upsid... Sun, 26 Aug 2012 06:14:06 EST one step at a time hi, I'm a 37 year old month and during the past 9 years I gained a LOT of weight, but am very excited at founding sparkpeople. Need to lose the weight and feel healthy again! Wed, 22 Aug 2012 03:20:14 EST so lack of postings tells me we are all struggling Making me a priority, come on team. I am just as guilty. <BR> <BR> <BR> Hot weather, eldercare issues, you name it that comes my way to interrupt my good intentions. <BR> <BR> that said, staill fit in activities to exercise, drank tons of water, and essentially eating dinner way too late again due to lack of appetite. <BR> <BR> <BR> Tomorrow another day to work on it all. <BR> <BR> Thu, 16 Aug 2012 23:00:48 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 Day 3 of using Spark tools. I am becoming so aware of portions. I may have cooked healthy in the past, but overeating and or eating large portions still puts on weight. I am really struggling with the 8 glasses of water, but I purchased Crystal Light packets to put in water bottle. At night I heat it up. It seems to be working as I have drank my water goal. <BR> <BR> <BR> I have decided I will make time for myself to 1) read Spark tools and 2) schedule blocks of time each day to exercise and or do active things. ... Mon, 13 Aug 2012 21:11:36 EST Two and a half years - Let the change begin! This will be the last time that I "start over" on my weight loss journey. The way I see it if I don't get results or don't have a "perfect" day, I will just chuck it up to the experience and keep going. I have committed to myself for the next 2.5 years to change my body. Wish me luck! Mon, 13 Aug 2012 12:13:27 EST Hello Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Jenny, and I'm trying to lose 100 pounds. One of my biggest obstacles is I never take time for me. I work approximately 12 hours per day, and it always seems someone needs me during my off hours. When I'm not busy helping others in need, my husband says he likes a few minutes of my time if I have them to spare. So, making time for me, my health, and my spirituality is a challenge. So, I joined this group to do just that. I'm looking forward to gett... Mon, 13 Aug 2012 09:21:18 EST Hello, I am a new member as of today, 8/11/12 I am so looking forward to all the great lessons, advice and motivation to get me at my healthier weight by the end of 2012, and maintain it! I have let me be last on the list for some time. Sat, 11 Aug 2012 18:16:06 EST hello hi am sort of new here Sat, 4 Aug 2012 15:45:27 EST Michalene From Milwaukee I have decided today to join SPARKPEOPLE. I have been unsuccessful with trying to lose weight without support in the past, so I think this will be a very good new start! I am really wanting to connect with people that have any words of encouragement. Tue, 31 Jul 2012 13:24:37 EST This is Me. My name is Danielle and I am twenty-five years old. I have been trying to lose weight since I was ten years old and truthfully have become fearful of what might happen to me if I don't. I life in Ohio with my Nana, Papi, Auntie, and Uncle. Also I work part-time at a Kroger store, (of which I love since I love working with people but the schedules make it hard to find time to go to a gym or the park to work out.) I have tried... pretty close to everything and find myself despairing at becoming... Sat, 28 Jul 2012 14:40:45 EST Hi, I'm a newbie Hi everyone. My name is Karyn, and I thought this team would be PERFECT for me. Every time I'd start a weight loss program/lifestyle change program, I would give up when the stressors and issues of life stepped in the way. I REALLY need to do this. Last year I had breast cancer, and that brought a whole new perspective to my life. I have a second chance....and I need to make myself a priority....over all of the jobs I tend to accumulate during the school year. :-) <BR> <BR> Karyn Sat, 28 Jul 2012 12:50:02 EST Newbie! Hi! I'm new to the team! My name is Natalie, I am in the Navy and am putting my fitness goals as my top priority now (making me a priority). I was in school full-time and working full-time in the military and let myself go for over a year and a half. I have always been in shape and not proud that I put myself and health to the wayside for so long. But I am here to change now and become a better, fitter me. I am starting a new program (Chalene Extreme + added cardio) and am coming here to be a... Fri, 20 Jul 2012 15:56:39 EST Buddy Hi! I'm new here, but have decided to start working on my fitness goals again. I am in the am somewhat in shape, but haven't worked out in a long time because I was in school full-time as well as working in the Navy full-time. I really need a good buddy to help me keep accountable so that I can build a good foundation, so that I can start training to do Fitness Competitions and get into Martial Arts (Mui Thai). I will check in every day and be a good buddy to you too. If you hav... Fri, 20 Jul 2012 15:28:40 EST Time for Me I've got about 57 lbs I need to lose to reach my first goal and I'm hoping this team will keep me motivated since we're all in the same boat, more or less. Look forward to getting to know you thru the team. <BR> Thu, 19 Jul 2012 18:53:36 EST looking forward to making many new friends Hi my name is Katie. I'm 37 years old and a single mom. I began my weight loss journey in january 2012 I weighed 220 pounds. I am now at 181 pounds. I am 1 month into strength training. my mantra is strong is the new skinny. <BR> <BR> I look forward to making lots on new friends Thu, 19 Jul 2012 10:25:26 EST Getting started I love the feeling of starting over. I just pray I can keep this feeling going. It amazes me the difference even one day can make in the way I feel. LOVE it! Tue, 17 Jul 2012 10:26:24 EST New gal on the block read a few blogs today and all of the stories sound so inspiring. I'm very excited about getting started, wish me luck Sun, 15 Jul 2012 20:27:22 EST Glad to be here! Starting over again. As a single mom to a 15 yr old daughter I rarely take the time for me. Big mistake. Being a mom doesn't me I'm not worth the time or effort. So on ward and up ward. <em>213</em> Sun, 15 Jul 2012 20:23:19 EST Hi all! Looking forward to making new friends! My name is Cheri & I'm really looking forward to meeting some wonderful people. I've never had a problem losing weight until after giving <BR> I've been on the weightloss roller coaster since high school & I'm ready to get off...permanently! <BR> I'm doing this mainly for me, but also because I want to impact my children in a healthy & positive way. Ive become an emotional eater just over the last couple of years & I'm really sick and tired of the guilt that comes along with tha... Sat, 14 Jul 2012 14:29:12 EST Hi all! Looking forward to making new friends! My name is Cheri & I'm really looking forward to meeting some wonderful people. I've never had a problem losing weight until after giving <BR> I've been on the weightloss roller coaster since high school & I'm ready to get off...permanently! <BR> I'm doing this mainly for me, but also because I want to impact my children in a healthy & positive way. Ive become an emotional eater just over the last couple of years & I'm really sick and tired of the guilt that comes along with tha... Sat, 14 Jul 2012 01:52:19 EST Where have you been all my life? I lost 50 lbs using SparkPeople about 3 years ago. I've often told people that the most important (and hardest) thing about losing weight was learning to make time for taking care of myself. <BR> I have a child with special needs, and a busy family that works shift work. When I first started this journey, I had commited to 10 minutes of exercising or stretching each day. I'd go into my room, close the door... and cry because I felt so guilty. Over 10 measly minutes! (Of course, the family wo... Fri, 13 Jul 2012 02:22:44 EST Success Story You MUST SEE! Talk about making yourself a priority. All I can say is WOW! <BR> <BR> I just saw this extraordinary story about this guy that someone from one of my other teams gladly shared with us. Waited to get her permission to share it and now am getting it out to you as quickly as I can. <BR> <BR> YOU HAVE GOT TO TAKE THE TIME TO WATCH THIS .... you will NOT regret it. It is an absolutely phenomenal success story about a man that was destined to die, or so everyone was telling him, but he defied al... Sat, 7 Jul 2012 17:16:21 EST new to team Morning! new to this team as of today. We all must learn to love ourselves more. <BR> <em>334</em> <em>224</em> <em>43</em> <em>244</em> Sat, 7 Jul 2012 10:36:50 EST Hello My name is Audra I've been here on Spark for a couple of months now. I'm getting used to the site and I am really liking it here. I'm doing okay with tracking my food and exercise but I need to get a scale any suggestions on a good one? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Fri, 6 Jul 2012 08:47:21 EST New here I am a stay at home mom with a very active 5 year old little girl. I spend all my time with her or my husband and never have focused on myself. After so long of doing that I lost myself somewhere between the ice cream and debbie snacks. Now Im finally ready to find me! Thu, 5 Jul 2012 22:05:56 EST New to the team Hello everyone, I am new to this team and I REALLY need help with making me a priority. I also am going through a stage where I feel like I have no desire to do anything anymore and I know this is not a good thing. I need to work on my time managing skills as well because I go to school online, I work full time, I have 2 teenage daughters in high school and two little ones (my boy 5 yrs old and my little grand daughter 1 yr old). I have tried plenty of times to get on a work out routine but h... Thu, 5 Jul 2012 15:31:39 EST Some days cant win <em>24</em> I joined the Spark Team Sunday - began tracking Monday. My Dad had given me a loving and yet critical talk about my weight. He had brought it up on my 50th saying I USED to be so attractive, I USED to blah blah blah.That initial slap led to almost 8 yrs of alienation...we have been slowly rebuilding.The latest, while he was in many ways far more loving and showing concern...he still had to add "this one lady at his church might be willing to talk to me, she had lost so much weig... Wed, 4 Jul 2012 14:27:40 EST Hello Hi Everyone. Seems like there are a lot of young moms on this site. I am an old mom but I raised 4 kids and have 12 grand kids so I have walked in your shoes. I retired from 30 years of teaching in 2010. My husband became disabled due to a catastrophic illness in 2008. Suddenly my children and grand children were no longer my number one priority, I had to care of my husband. <BR> <BR> Two of my children stopped having anything to do with us because I was no longer "available" like I h... Sun, 1 Jul 2012 12:55:26 EST not worthy? Hi I'm a mom of two teenagers and a wife who natal do pretty much everything. The stresses in my life are sometimes too much to handle so how do I handle it? FOOD! I vow pretty much weekly that this is going to be the week that I make myself a priority to eat right and exercise but do I do it? No! How do I make ME a priority? I am so sad and depressed sometimes and the only thing that comforts me is FOOD! WHY? I love my family I will go to the ends of the earth for them so why can't I love my... Sun, 1 Jul 2012 11:38:24 EST Greetings! Just saw this team and knew it was for me. As a mother of 2 who works fulltime, I am constantly in a race against time for me. I do get some "me" time after they go to bed but am often too exhausted to enjoy it. <BR> <BR> I've actually began making more time for myself earlier this year as I made getting a life outside my 4 walls a priority for myself this year - but going out with the girls is hardly making time for myself each day. <BR> <BR> So with tomorrow being July 1st, I am refocusin... Sat, 30 Jun 2012 12:10:48 EST Dayna HI My name is Dayna I joined for health reasons. I was looking at different sites on the internet and sparks looked like it offered what all i was needing. Thu, 28 Jun 2012 22:13:22 EST Taking Care of Me Hi! I am new to SparkPeople and wanted to introduce myself. I am a 33 year old mother of two (a daughter with special needs - age 9 and a son - age 5), working full-time plus, and trying to remember what sleep looks like. I need to take better care of myself, and I need help with being reminded of that. So I thought this would be a great place to start. I want to get healthy, take off a few pounds, and really start to be more supportive of me. I am also hoping I can reform my family a ... Wed, 27 Jun 2012 17:14:06 EST Hi, I'm new Hi. My name is Malisa. I'm new to spark people. I tried it a few years ago, but didn't put in a lot of effort. I'm going to try hard this time. I love reading everyone's posts. I like learning tricks, tips and feelings. I'm not isolated in my thoughts here. Wed, 27 Jun 2012 16:14:33 EST Kinda New Hi my name is Shy, Im kinda new I have done this once before, Im back I dont know how ready i was the first time but i am now :D i have alot i want to accomplish, I love this site and the people on it so supportive thanks to everyone and the best of luck to every one that is here i hope we all accomplish what we set out for :D Wed, 27 Jun 2012 12:19:02 EST Hello Just wanted to say "here I am!" Making time for me has been challenging. It's gotten easier recently since I am not working but it will be challenging again when I get back to work. Wed, 27 Jun 2012 10:27:53 EST waking up WOW I have realised that I have let a bunch of things like basic skin care fall down the drain. I amazed 2 days into making a new me that maybe I have to find the old me too. I feel great and am excited about what I am doing. Wed, 27 Jun 2012 10:26:39 EST Hail Promised myself to walk everyday and today it is hailing. guess the hallway is gonna win lol Tue, 26 Jun 2012 14:20:17 EST I'm here and I'm not going anywhere HELLO EVERYONE. I'm here until I reach my goal. So, If I start to whine or pout about how hard this is, just slap me and tell me to buck up. Nothing is easy in life....except putting on the pounds. Tue, 26 Jun 2012 10:38:54 EST Thank you I just want to Thank everyone who has offered these great suggestions. I have just read all of them and I will come back and read them again if I'm having a bad day. I'm just back after being gone for a couple of years and need all the help I can get. <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> I put this in the wrong place. This if for Tip of the Day. Sorry Sun, 24 Jun 2012 23:24:03 EST Hello New to the group so just wanted to stop in and say hi to everyone. Fri, 22 Jun 2012 15:13:35 EST Hi Everyone My name is Shirley, I go by shirlz on here. I'm in the process of making a new me. My goals are to lose weight, improve my career opportunities and just be a better me. I'm generally a happy person that loves to joke and have fun but like everyone else I have my downside days where I feel like I hate myself. Overall I like me, and work on keeping myself in a good mood by not concentrating on the downs of everyday life but living day by day and have found this to be a much happier way to l... Fri, 22 Jun 2012 15:12:20 EST Hello from Virginia! Good morning to all! My name is Mary and was inspired by this team. I recently read an article about putting myself first and the rest would fall in line. I did it for about a week and it was so true! But old habits die hard and back to the same old same old I went. So here I am..hoping to become a member of a team where we all struggle with the same old same old :) hope to get to know you better! <BR> Fri, 22 Jun 2012 10:46:17 EST finding ME again New to Spark People and want to make myself the Healthy Priority I once was - not so long ago before the demands of "just living" started getting in the way and allowing the lbs to find their way back to my thighs & behind. I need to remember what it was like to feel fit - - it wasn't so long ago :( Tue, 19 Jun 2012 23:40:45 EST Hi, I am Maria Hello everyone, my name is Maria, I am 27 years old. I am a preschool teacher and I spend too much of my time on preparing lessons or online looking for new and creative teaching ideas. I feel that I do not get to do things that I want for myself. I joined SparkPeople 5 days ago and since then I feel better in so many ways, I’ve also made time to do things for myself like time to do crafts, go out for a walk, cook and exercise. Sun, 17 Jun 2012 20:44:59 EST changing my life Hello every my name is Tracey and i am working on a new me, i have been going to the gym 3 nights a week and i change the way i ate and adding more water intake to me a new me. Fri, 15 Jun 2012 12:10:30 EST I'm New to Sparkpeople Hi, I have just joined Sparkpeople today. I am married to my highschool sweetheart for the past 28 years. We have two children one 17 years old and one 8 years old. I really want to be healthier for my children. My 8 year old daughter deserves to have a mother who can do things with her. Unfortunately, her classmates are cruel and she has told me several times that they have made hurtful comment about me. This is truly devastating for both of us! <BR> I have 100 pounds to lose and I am u... Tue, 12 Jun 2012 16:36:31 EST Hello! Im new here Hello! My name is Mindy. I just started on this site. I am thirty years old and I have been married for 12 years. I have three children. Two boys ages 14 and 12. One girl age 8. Sun, 10 Jun 2012 22:36:05 EST Hi All I am hoping to really do this weight loss thing this time. I'm looking for support. I hope to find a place here. Thanks for reading :) Sun, 10 Jun 2012 20:47:51 EST Need to get it together! Hi.. I'm Crickett, a 41 year old mother of 2. I am at work at home / stay at home mom. I am about 50 lbs. overweight and would really like to lose it so that I can be healthy for my girls. (I wouldn't mind looking better too). But the biggest reason is I want to enjoy the kids at this age. Go biking, down water slides, ride roller coasters, etc. I can do all that but it's not without effort and sometimes discomfort. <BR> <BR> I do great watching what I eat in the mornings, but boy afte... Sun, 10 Jun 2012 07:41:54 EST Simply Me I'm the heaviest I've ever been in my life and it's time I get back to a weight I know will be healthier for me. I'm working towards getting down to 185 lbs. I won't be thin but I'll be much healthier than I am now. <BR> Sat, 9 Jun 2012 17:26:15 EST Question... Ok today was my 1st true attempt at doing some taebo for my cardio....I was only able to do 20 minutes of it before I felt exhausted. Wondering since is this is my first attempt at exercise should I be beating myself up for doing such little amount for the day????? Thu, 7 Jun 2012 21:17:25 EST Newbie Hey y'all! I'm Stephanie. I'm new to this site & still trying to learn my way around in here. I joined two days ago but before I had I lost 26 pounds on my own, decided I needed a little more motivation and thought I would give this a try,I normally weigh every week either on Wednesday or Thursday, you may see on my ticker that I lost 2 pounds since I joined but that was since last Thursday. Look forward to meeting people & help motivate others <BR> Thu, 7 Jun 2012 13:17:35 EST Motivation Help Needed I've been on & off of Spark People for a couple of years. I haven't ever reached out & posted messages. I'm back again & could use some support. I'm a teacher, a wife, a mother of 3. I would like to lose about 20 pounds. But mostly, i would like to feel healthy & happy. Wed, 6 Jun 2012 22:23:15 EST Hi everyone! I'm new here and just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Sherry, I'm 37 and I've been married for 19 years. I have 5 daughters who keep me very busy. I work part time at my local gym. I am really good about my health and fitness for a few weeks, then I fall off the wagon for a while then I start back up again. I really want to stick to it this time. I'm always putting everything else first but it is time to finally put ME first. I could really use some friends who can help keep me... Tue, 5 Jun 2012 20:31:17 EST Newbieee Hi ya, I am a newbieee. Good to know i am not alone out there! Wow. Tue, 5 Jun 2012 15:48:35 EST newbie here..... Hi all. Name is Tonya. I am from North Carolina. Finally decided to take the steps to make me a better, healthier person. I have spent so much time taking care of every one else and their needs and wants that I forgot about myself. Well, it is time I remembered!!!!!! Mon, 4 Jun 2012 21:39:12 EST Hi I'm DaOracle Im looking to live a healthy life and lose weight on purpose. My friends and some family members thought we would be more successful if we take this journey together. I also thought it would be nice to meet people who are endeavoring to do the same. Mon, 4 Jun 2012 17:50:27 EST Hi... nice to meet you all!!! My name is Toni, I am currently at 340 lbs. I have been married for 12 years this month. I have two children, Gabe (17) and Jesse (3). I originally signed up for Spark people earlier this year but have not been very active with sticking to my goals. I have decided that I need to stick with it and take one day at a meal at a time. Sometimes it seems so far out of reach when I look at the big picture of how much I need to lose... that I get discouraged and quit trying. Over th... Sun, 3 Jun 2012 15:44:52 EST Hello Hello my name is tina and im new to spark.. I need help with my all around health.. Sun, 3 Jun 2012 14:51:15 EST Finally putting ME first! Hi! I'm melissa, and relocated to corpus christi after my husband retired from the military. I have put everyone Else's needs before mine for the longest time. Today, I decided to sign up and make a commitment to myself to lose weight and look after myself so that i can be a healthier happy me! Sun, 3 Jun 2012 12:34:55 EST another fresh start Hi everyone: <BR> <BR> Each time I get thrown off the life change horse I try to figure out what went wrong.My HOD said something that helped clarify some things for me. The fact is that I can only change if I believe I am worth the investment of time and effort. So that is my newest insight and I think it is the biggest one yet. Sat, 2 Jun 2012 22:57:39 EST Newbie Hello, <BR> I stumbled upon this web site and decided to try it out. I am the heaviest I have ever been and my self-esteem is rock bottom. I suffer from depression and eating has become a pastime. Any motivation you can give is absolutely appreciated. I want to look and feel better! Sat, 2 Jun 2012 19:55:03 EST Hola! I am a 24/F that has an extreme passion to teach kiddos from under-resourced communities. In about 2 weeks I'll be moving to sunny Charleston, SC and all I want is to feel confident rocking a two piece on a paddle board :) I try to eat healthy fairly often but food is also my greatest nemesis. It's my go-to for every emotion and I am tired, so tired, of turning to food as if it is going to heal me. This site seems to be exactly what I have been looking for-a community of individuals that ... Sat, 2 Jun 2012 17:20:01 EST Hola! I am a 24/F that has an extreme passion to teach kiddos from under-resourced communities. In about 2 weeks I'll be moving to sunny Charleston, SC and all I want is to feel confident rocking a two piece on a paddle board :) I try to eat healthy fairly often but food is also my greatest nemesis. It's my go-to for every emotion and I am tired, so tired, of turning to food as if it is going to heal me. This site seems to be exactly what I have been looking for-a community of individuals that ... Sat, 2 Jun 2012 17:20:00 EST Newbie Here! :) Hi All, <BR> I am new to SP and today is day 5....I am trying to figure out where to post, where to comment and truly appreciate the welcomes from the team leaders but have no idea if there is a team feed or where I keep in touch with my teams. LOL...I suppose I am a slow website learner. Wanted to say hello! <BR> I am a mom of four and just began this journey to include ME in my daily routine of caring for everyone else :) I am excited and ready..... Sat, 2 Jun 2012 16:02:23 EST The struggle I have been trying to lose weight for quite sometime now and I really I feel that I should'nt be in this predicament because I have a lot of knowledge in this area. I believe that I am lazy and allow myself to come up with excuses as to why I am not going to excercise today. I think I need a partner that will be committed with me. HELP! Fri, 1 Jun 2012 17:14:30 EST Hi, I'm Tish Greetings to all :)....A little about me... I am 38. Wow, that's hard to type, lol. Anyway, I am the lucky mother of three gorgeous daughters. I work in law enforcement as a 911 dispatcher, which I absolutely love. About a year and a half ago I got out of a long and miserable marriage and restarted on my own, which was very hard but so liberating. I recently married my best friend and the very best man I have ever known. Our marriage is such a blessing and my daughters are in a fabulous place... Thu, 31 May 2012 14:39:45 EST Becky Hello. I have been over weight all my life and I am sick and tired of being over weight, low on energy, and insecure in all aspects of my life. I am ready to work on ME. To be good to me and to finally once and for all, lose weight and keep it off. I know it is going to be hard and I know that I have a long road ahead of me. But I am ready to do this thing. I just hope I can find the help and support I need to reach my goals. Wed, 30 May 2012 20:55:35 EST POWERLESS HELPS DOES SPARKS DO LOW CARB Wed, 30 May 2012 19:48:16 EST Hi All Im Keena Im looking forward to this new journey of weight loss. Although I can complain about what I have tried and done in the past to lose weight. I believe and know that this time is and will be different from the rest because I am Determined to make it and achierve my goals Sat, 26 May 2012 10:26:07 EST NEW HERE HELLO IM TRINITY FROM MASSACHUSETTS AND I AM READY FOR CHANGE AND TO MEET NEW POSITIVE MOTIVATING PEOPLE. Fri, 25 May 2012 17:42:00 EST So, I'm awful at introductions. I'm Haley, 20 years old from Michigan. I'm going to school for culinary arts. Just joined yesterday, but I've lurked around here on and off in the past. My overall goal is to lose 50 lbs by my birthday (11/14). I've always been sort of overweight, but have such a hard time committing to diets and exercising. Mostly because I've pretty much always found friend that accept me, and so I never had the self-hating fueled urge to go on crazy diets or run for hours. I really just wanna be healthy fo... Wed, 23 May 2012 19:48:53 EST Howdy Hello, I am a wife to a wonderful and supportive husband. I am a mother of two beautiful children, ages 4 and 2. I work full-time and go to school full-time. My husband also works full-time and goes to school. <BR> <BR> 15 yrs ago 5'6 125 (graduated high school) <BR> 12 1/2 yrs ago 155 (meet my future husband 11/03) <BR> 8 1/2 yrs ago 145 (married my best friend 10/03) <BR> 7 1/2 yrs ago 195 (1yr later) <BR> 5 yrs ago 1/07 began journey to loose 60: 195 <BR> <BR> In 2007 I weighed my ... Mon, 21 May 2012 14:24:06 EST New here! Cant wait to get healthy! Would love support!! Sat, 19 May 2012 23:30:09 EST Getting Started Hi, my name is Wonda and I am starting a Program to lose over 80 pounds. Looking to meet weight loss buddies, and encouragements are helpful. Sat, 19 May 2012 23:10:30 EST Hey guys =) My name is Kara, and I'm really looking to get myself healthy both physically and mentally. There's a lot of stuff I'm going through, which I'll probably be writing about more in my blog. However, it's important for me to reach out and let myself connect with others. It's something I've never really done before so it's kind of out of my comfort zone. I'm excited to try though =) Sat, 19 May 2012 23:05:32 EST New to team <em>213</em> Thought I'd better introduce myself, for those that don't know me. <BR> I'm Vicki and I live in Florida. <BR> I'm working towards making the healthiest choices I can when it comes to taking care of myself. <BR> I want to make exercise a top priority as I have a couple of health issues that exercise would improve. Also it would definately give me more energy. <BR> I am basically trying to keep all my nutritional numbers within a set goal I think will work for me. It's not stric... Sat, 19 May 2012 17:44:50 EST Hello Everyone! Hi! My friends call me MJ and I just wanted to let you all know how excited I am to be joining all of you! I am glad that I have chosen to take this fantastic first step towards losing weight and bettering myself. I hope that the tools that I use here and the ideas that I find will help me reach this goal! I want more than anything, to learn better habits to teach my children. I just do not want them to go through the same issues that I had. I know that it will be much easier for them to lear... Tue, 15 May 2012 21:52:43 EST Hello Hi everyone I am gonna give this a try so here we go again!! I am mom to two beautiful girls have been overweight most of my life and struggling every step of the way! So tired and ready to change it all!! I have no self confidence and cannot stand pictures, looking at myself in the mirror and feeling so yucky all the time, I need to change and I need to do it right now or else I am afraid what awaits me in the very near future. I have been in TOPS and have yo yo dieted forever nothing st... Tue, 15 May 2012 13:30:24 EST Hi! I'm new to sparkpeople and I could really use the support of this team. I work a full-time and part-time job to support my family. It's so hard to find time for me. Luckily, my boys are both in college (the youngest is leaving in August) and they support my desire to live a healthier lifestyle. Sun, 13 May 2012 20:18:39 EST New to the community Hello Spark Community: <BR> <BR> My name is Yvette and I recently joined SparkPeople. My goal is to get healthy by losing weight and incorporate healthy living in to my life. I just started the 28-day bootcamp workout challenge and trust me, bootcamp is exactly what it is. I look forward to exploring this healthy journey with you. <BR> <BR> In good health, <BR> Yvette Sun, 13 May 2012 14:48:47 EST Wow - this is the team for me! Greetings all! <BR> I believe that putting everyone else's needs before my own is the primary reason I put 70 lbs. on ME!! <BR> I really need to start treating myself better, which will in turn give me more energy to give back. Looking forward to learning from all of you how you carve out time in your busy lives to take care of yourselves! <BR> Have a wonderful day! <BR> Eileen Thu, 10 May 2012 10:21:50 EST Good morning! My name is Eli, new here and am so happy to find the trackers for nutrition etc!! Wow, this is going to help so much! <BR> <BR> I joined this group because I tend to feel a little guilty for spending time on me, which is not logical - I know. What is logical is when I feel good inside it reflects on the outside, and when I take care of me - I feel better inside as well. It makes for an all around happier person. <BR> <BR> So now - I am in a foreign country, gained 15 lbs, need to get in sh... Thu, 10 May 2012 03:36:27 EST Hello Team! This seems to be a really great site. My short term goal is to lose about 30 pounds - my long term goal is to be healthy and take better care of me! Looking forward to the support and to being supportive of others' goals. Wed, 9 May 2012 17:40:02 EST My name is Irene and I want to ly ose weight. losing weight is not a easy. Keeping it off is harder. I need help and supprot Tue, 8 May 2012 17:26:19 EST Hey Everyone My name is Ashleigh and I'm new to this site and I hope it will be a good site to help me in my weight lose goals. Hopefully you guys might be able to give me some encouragement to help me continue in my goals as well. Tue, 8 May 2012 12:11:43 EST Helllllo ooooooo! Hi Everyone! My name is Ann and I LOVE the idea of this team. I can not wait to get to know everyone! I am the mom of 6 kids,I have 9 "in-laws" the always seem to need me - a brother and sister that need attention a sometimes needy mom - and a WONDERFUL husband. Sometimes I forget about me! Thanks for this great idea cause I decided when I started this jpurney today that this time was finally for me. <BR> <BR> Ann Mon, 7 May 2012 19:52:46 EST My name is pinkyply My name is pinkyply and I'm so happy to find sparkpeople.I've just gave up on my weight the last few years and never picturing the outcome I need all the support i can get from you guys.I have a 100 pounds to loose and i want it more then anything at this time.I watch my mom die from obese and i don't want to end up this weight. Sun, 6 May 2012 20:35:03 EST Woman on the run-who forgets to have fun I want to lose. I want it now. I have done it many times in the past. I am not going <BR> to sing the pity song. I am not giving up this time. I have goals to reach and I am so determine <BR> to reach them. By any means necessary. I won't and can't blame it on anyone else this time. <BR> I will focus on the real problem and that's me..I just need help to stay on this path. I have joined <BR> the race and have a year to complete it. .. Michelle :-) Boot camp style. Sat, 5 May 2012 15:44:34 EST Woman on the run-who forgets to have fun I want to lose. I want it now. I have done it many times in the past. I am not going <BR> to sing the pity song. I am not giving up this time. I have goals to reach and I am so determine <BR> to reach them. By any means necessary. I won't and can't blame it on anyone else this time. <BR> I will focus on the real problem and that's me..I just need help to stay on this path. I have joined <BR> the race and have a year to complete it. .. Michelle :-) Boot camp style. Sat, 5 May 2012 15:44:34 EST Hello, I am new in town... Hello everyone. I am so glad that I found this team because I need to make myself a priority. I always put myself last and it is starting to affect my health. My name is Tami and I am from New York. Wed, 2 May 2012 16:25:31 EST Newbie in town My name is Karla. Im not new to spark people but I am starting all over again with new weight goals and and new motivation to get to all my goals and surpass them with flying colors...Looking forward to joining in on the challenges that this group may offer <em>9</em> Mon, 30 Apr 2012 14:45:50 EST awt hi i am a 29 year old female with over 50 pounds to lose and i hope to make some new friends along the way who is trying to loss weight also Sun, 29 Apr 2012 21:21:50 EST Introduce myself Hi my name is Chris, I am a 3 time heart stint patient, I will be 50 on my next birthday, and I am a grandma of a wonderful 2 year old. I am one of the unhealthiest people I know and I want to change that. I have too much to offer to die now. So 2 months ago I decided to make some changes. I started by quitting smoking and am now 9 weeks smoke free yay <em>104</em> for me so now it is time to change the other unhealthy part of me. I am 70 lbs over weight and want to change that. If I can... Sun, 29 Apr 2012 14:14:34 EST Hello Hi from Hamilton Ontario, Canada. I am new here. <BR> Just finished school and looking for a job as a Medical Office Administrator. In the mean time I am working full time on the Mountain. I've started walking to of from work at least 3 times a week. Thu, 26 Apr 2012 11:05:43 EST I am worth it!!! Hi everyone! I am so happy to have found this site! I am ready to lose this unwanted baggage I keep dragging around with me every single day! It's on my stomach, legs, face, arms and big butt and I just want it to go away. For so long I have put everyone else first and now I see what this has done to me. I don't really know who I am anymore and I definitely do not like how I look. I am ready for a change. I truly saw myself in the mirror the other day and started crying. I want to see... Wed, 25 Apr 2012 18:02:47 EST Hello Im just getting started today.... The one reason I have a hard time is no motivation and no one to talk to when I am feeling out done. I dont take time for myself so I am hoping that spark will help that as well as getting healthy and losing weight. Wed, 25 Apr 2012 14:32:04 EST I THINK I can, I THINK I can, I THINK I can.... Hi there. I am a 33 year mom of 3 kiddos, ages 8, 6 and 3. I am married and in September, my husband and I will be celebrating our 10 year anniversary. At this point, my end goal is a loss of 100 pounds. I have already lost about 20. I am trying to focus on more attainable sub-goals of 10 pounds each. I am a little overwhelmed with what lies ahead but I want to do it. I work nights so that makes schduling and sleeping challenging. I don't really know what else to put in here... So, Hello and ... Wed, 25 Apr 2012 06:02:29 EST First step... Hi everyone!!! i am Heather from MO and I just found this site and have been looking for a group to join. I have struggled my whole life with self esteem issues and eating for the wrong reasons. I have come to a point in my life when I see that I have to make some changes for myself. I want to lose 70lbs. Now that I have made the first of many "first steps" I can't wait to log in everyday to track my progress. I want to be an encouragement to others, but I won't lie when I say I will be ab... Wed, 25 Apr 2012 00:23:46 EST So Frustrated I have tried Weight Watchers, HCG, etc with minimal success. I went back to the basics to get myself fired up about getting fit into to the clothes that have become tight lately. For the last three weeks of 3x a week of 5:30 am gyms times, food monitoring, and back to the basics of healthy cooking.......and I have gained six pounds. I am tipping the scales at a weight that I hoped two weeks ago was my heaviest but have proven myself wrong. It's easy to be discouraged but frankly I'm to th... Tue, 24 Apr 2012 23:12:15 EST Hi I'm glad to be here. I am going to feel more motivated to lose weight in a healthy way after joining Spark. My best wishes to all team members :) Tue, 24 Apr 2012 22:38:43 EST Hello! Hi! My name is Shaneka and I am excited to be a part of the SparkPeople Community! Tue, 24 Apr 2012 18:19:01 EST Hi everyone any help would be very much appreciate hi i am new to sparkpeople i came across it when looking for free diets on the internet and thought this sounded fab, i am a very busy person as im sure you all are and have very little time to stop, i am desperate to lose a lot of weight and would apreciate any support help or advice that anyone can give me. i look forward to making new friends and losing weight along the weigh excuse the pun ;-D <BR> <BR> Theresa x Tue, 24 Apr 2012 15:33:07 EST New here! I am new to the team. My name is Sheila. I have 2 sons and 2 step-daughters and a wonderful husband. I love the idea behind this team. I am always putting others needs ahead of my own and in the process never doing what I need to do for myself. It is time that I do something for myself. I believe that I will be happier, healthier ME! Tue, 24 Apr 2012 11:56:50 EST New here! Hi everyone. I'm recommitting to spark and getting my life back together. I realize that I'm always last on my list making sure everyone else is taken care of. Now I' doing this for me which will benefit everyone I care about. Sat, 21 Apr 2012 11:42:00 EST Mrs. Priority Hi my namd is Janet. Im 51 years old and i have tried every diet to lose weight. I was down to about 195lbs about a year ago after undergoing major surgery. I felt really good. since then , I have ballooned up and i am very disgusted with my weight. It can be depressing at times, but i am going to do it this time. I will make Me a priority. I want to be able to run and play with my grandkids without getting tired. Wed, 18 Apr 2012 19:35:08 EST Hi there, I'm hoping to be a loser too&#128515; I have never joined an online weight losing website that I could hold any interest in. I'm hoping this will be my final and successful last try. I have about 75 pounds to lose and I know it is not going to be easy, but encouragement and commitment will keep me on track. I really need a buddy who will hold me accountable for my journey. I cannot do this alone. Please be my buddy and let's lose together! Wed, 18 Apr 2012 11:28:02 EST lonely and depressed but moving forward Hello. I'm turing 31 in exactly 7 days and I am battling depression and overwhelming insecurities, as well as self defeating thoughts. I have been doing a daily meditation and trying to break my bad habits. Becoming active on sparks is a big part of my healing and a way for me to focus on loving myself, and not putting weight into what others may or may not think of me. Today is day one for me and I'm happy to be in this group because it is time for me to make myself a priority and I'm hoping... Sun, 15 Apr 2012 19:00:35 EST Trying again I have made several feeble attempts to lose weight and have lost the same few pounds time and again. Maybe this time I'll be successful at changing my lifestyle. Thu, 12 Apr 2012 22:52:50 EST New to the group Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I just joined last night and I am planning to get as involved as possible. As a stay at home mom I have put everyone elses needs above my own and it's time to change that as my health has suffered for it. I am looking forward to this new journey with all of you! <BR> Have a wonderful evening! <BR> <BR> Jill Thu, 12 Apr 2012 21:24:36 EST Valuing my self worth Hello group I am so honered to be here and also so excited to find out there may be other people that actually feel like I do or may be going through some of the things im going through I havent joined this group for pitty just understanding and an outlet so if you embrace me i will do the same for you thanks in advance Sat, 7 Apr 2012 12:42:22 EST Newbie :) Hi all my name is Michelle and i'am brand new to spark :) I'am still trying to figure it all out but am looking forward to this journey and meeting others along the way !!! Fri, 6 Apr 2012 08:13:55 EST not new..yet new from India hi friends..need ur love & motivation <BR> and want to melt away the pounds in time ... <BR> <BR> I have lost my old id/password well I quit SP for six months..but this is it! <BR> thank you <BR> <BR> a/s/l <BR> 30/f/India Fri, 6 Apr 2012 06:54:00 EST hi there hi friends..need ur love & motivation <BR> and want to melt away the pounds in time ... <BR> thank you <BR> <BR> a/s/l <BR> 30/f/India Fri, 6 Apr 2012 06:52:42 EST My crazy life Nichole Hi I an trying to lose 40 pounds by my wedding in September, but I am a very picky eater so its always been hard for me. Thu, 5 Apr 2012 20:44:49 EST APRIL 2012 Personal FITNESS MINUTES Challenge So here is how it works: <BR> Okay ladies! Welcome back, veterans of the Personal challenge! Also, I want to welcome any and all the newbies!! <BR> <BR> Be sure to EDIT YOUR ORIGINAL POST with your updated totals so the pages don't get to long. You all are doing awesome! <BR> <BR> For all: <BR> Don't forget to come and toot your own horn when you reach a goal with a second little note to let everyone know you have reached another mini-goal. We all are busy and often forget to check out othe... Mon, 2 Apr 2012 16:34:38 EST Hi Sparkpeople I'm lUCIE AN 43 YRS OLD. HAD BACK SURGERY LAST YR. IN jULY AN I HAVE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE & CHLOSTER.i NEED HELP ON EATING GOOD AN EASY EXCERISE TO HELP ME LOSE MY WEIGHT AS FAST AS I CAN.WOULD LOV ANYONE'S HELP OR COMMENTS FOR ME..THANKS:) Mon, 2 Apr 2012 15:21:29 EST newbie from michigan Hey everyone... I've been a SP member for a few years now... lost just over 100 pounds 3-4 years ago... and gained majority of it back in the last 2 years. I also had a baby last June. I'm motivated to get myself back to where I was happy at. I don't need to be thin... just healthy and energetic. <BR> <BR> I have a really difficult time making me a priority... but I have started making changes. I just need some support. <BR> <BR> Hope to get to know some of you! <BR> Sat, 31 Mar 2012 21:25:49 EST New to running, need advice! Hi! I am totally new to running? I am trying to lose 20 lbs. I have noticed that my body isn't really tired and telling me to stop running but I get to where I can hardly breath. I was curious if it's because I'm so out of shape or because I'm not breathing right. Also, does anyone know of a good running app? <BR> <BR> Thank you! Fri, 30 Mar 2012 23:57:22 EST Hungry for Weight Loss I am new to your world and just trying to get accustomed. I am doing the 30 day shred and Leslie sansone Walk Away the Pounds as of last week. Both are trying and both ladies are my friends in my head. Right now me and Jillian are the friends that hate but love eachother in the best way. Leslie is my fun friend. I love me so the weight doesn't deter from that but it keeps me from loving other things such as steps, bathing suits, my thighs so it has to GO! This is just my way of saying hi and... Wed, 28 Mar 2012 09:50:26 EST LOVING ME HELLO TO YOU ALL PLZ HELP KEEP ME MOTIVATED...... <BR> <BR> Tue, 27 Mar 2012 18:51:41 EST Bouncing back... again... FINALLY! Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I have finally made the decision to make ME a priority and get my life back under control. I have had so many 'excuses' for being the 'fat girl with the cute face' - heredity 'aka the family butt', my love for food (ALL food, not just junk food), too busy, etc, etc. At 41 years of age, I have realized that it is so much more difficult to lose the weight as I get older, so NOW is the time to GET RID OF THE EXCUSES! <BR> <BR> I have the most amazing boyfriend who is ... Sun, 25 Mar 2012 12:05:46 EST New here and need some motivation Hi everyone. I just joined Spark People today. I used to be a very fit person. I ate extremely well, exercised 5 days out of the week and easily weighed 115 lbs. I had energy for anything and anytime. Now, I am the mother of a beautiful 10 month old baby girl and I don't seem to have time at all for myself or my health. I am miserable. I know that I am not overweight but I really dislike my body. I have no energy to do the things I love and I am starting to get depressed and it is affecting m... Sat, 24 Mar 2012 10:37:07 EST New and excited!!! Goodmorning Everyone!!! My name is Latina, and I'm new to spark.. I'm very excited to join a group thats very supportive, and can't wait to get to know you all.... Fri, 23 Mar 2012 08:22:51 EST New 'Kid' In Town Hello all! I'm on my third week of exercise! I've lost 10 pounds recently and I finally found a workout buddy! I'm excited to chat with you all and share in our success! Thu, 22 Mar 2012 15:52:55 EST New hello to everyone, i am new here and am very anxious to get started. i happen to be searching the web and came across sparks. this is great i hope to meet new friends, get some great tips and advise and maybe share some. i have a bad habit of expecting to much out of myself in life but in my weight loss the worst. so if anyone has some tips that would help me not become obsessed with my scale that would be great. im not sure how to make me a priority but i know it would sure be nice. thanks Tue, 20 Mar 2012 09:59:59 EST This group sounds exactly like what I need I had written my little intro on my Spark Page when I joined tonight about how I have put myself on the back burner, the past two years especially, while taking care of my husband, kids, mother, job, etc. In that process I managed to regain all the weight I had lost and then some. Classic. So I am putting ME back on the schedule. Sounds like someone who is a member of this group might just know what that feels like. Happy to join you all. Tue, 20 Mar 2012 00:31:48 EST To live heathy, to be heathy. I lived my life on a incline,decline of heath. Wishy washy with heath and my knowledge on exercise limited. I have tried very few things that really worked. My goal is to lose the unwanted wait, but mostly to live healthy. I joined sparks for my voals and encouragement. I have 50 or so lbs to shake off. Im motivated!! Mon, 19 Mar 2012 09:04:08 EST New member of SparkPeople I am new to sparkpeople as of today, but I started my quest to lose weight on Feb 20, 2012. I am looking to get healthy, drop massive amount of weight, and feel better in general. Also trying to increase my chances of becoming pregnant. So far I am down 16.5 lbs, wanting to lose 100 in a year. I am looking to buy a Polar heart rate monitor so if anyone has any tips on what to look for or what they love/hate about the one they have, please share. I have a sit down job as a 911 Telecommun... Sun, 18 Mar 2012 05:51:52 EST hello Hi I'm AMand, I am having a hard time learning how to take care of me the way I do those around me. I've never thought that tacking care of me mentally, emotionally and physically was a priority. Others always came first, but now I realize that if I can't take care of me no one else will. I am no use to those I love if I'm not treating myself with the same respect I do them. Fri, 16 Mar 2012 14:11:21 EST Hello everyone out there. I would like to connect with people that are serious about weight loss, T.O.P.S, and becoming a healthier person; both physically and mentally. I am excited about this website. Thu, 15 Mar 2012 15:11:58 EST I'm a bit scared! :) My name is Aimee, I'm 22, and I've tried dieting before... I just never stick to it. This time, I'm determined to make it work, so any tips or anything, would be greatly appreciated! xx Tue, 13 Mar 2012 00:17:58 EST Another New member I recently joined and ready to make some changes the first of which is to get healthy and begin making me a priority. I look forward to being an active participant. Sun, 11 Mar 2012 10:35:10 EST Newbie here! Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm new, from San Diego and want to slim down. I've tried a bunch of diets/lifestyle changes and nothing really sticks. I'm excited about my new challenge at SparkPeople. Sat, 10 Mar 2012 02:48:29 EST Skinny, Healthy, Happy Girl Hi, I'm Michelle. I'm a 47 yr old married (2 dogs for kids) gal that loves to laugh. I'm so ready to lead a healthy lifestyle filled with great times & great friends. I consider myself a perpetual student & am always seeking ways to keep improving. I appreciate getting to know anyone with the same quest. Wed, 7 Mar 2012 22:07:43 EST I'm in it to lose it Hello Everyone <BR> I live in a far north chicago suburb, very close to roller coasters. Where do you walk and when do you meet? Is there an official race? Until recently I had been walking quite a bit, but slipped and fell and fractured my ankle. As soon as I can I will be out walking again. Wed, 7 Mar 2012 13:41:27 EST Hi there! Hey everyone, I'm brand new to the site! I just wanted to introduce myself briefly. I'm excited to use the forums to get some extra motivation to boost my weight loss. Looking forward to meeting you all! <BR> -Kelly Tue, 6 Mar 2012 19:50:35 EST Hello. My name is... Hey my name is Amy. I am 20 years old and work two jobs plus I volunteer and a lot of the time I forget to focus on some me time. My goals include focusing more on me as well as losing almost a hundred pounds by christmas. I know that's crazy but I also know I can do it with plenty of support and will power. Well if you want to know anything or just need someone to talk to I am your girl. :D Tue, 6 Mar 2012 18:40:59 EST March PERSONAL Fitness Challenge So here is how it works: <BR> okay ladies! Welcome back, veterans of the Personal challenge! Also, I want to welcome any and all the newbies!! <BR> <BR> Be sure to EDIT YOUR ORIGINAL POST with your updated totals so the pages don't get to long. You all are doing awesome! <BR> <BR> For all: <BR> Don't forget to come and toot your own horn when you reach a goal with a second little note to let everyone know you have reached another mini-goal. We all are busy and often forget to check out othe... Tue, 6 Mar 2012 08:21:14 EST Here I am! I'm a new (single) mom. It's been a rough year, and I'm just starting to adjust to life as a new mom, and doing it alone. As you can imagine through my pregnancy, and with a newborn I was nowhere NEAR the top of my priority list. Now that my son is 9 mo old, I'm really trying to take better care of myself. I realize that I'm setting an example for him, so I want to show him a healthy lifestyle and not set him up for bad habits from the beginning. So, I'm making a new commitment to put my... Sun, 4 Mar 2012 11:06:14 EST angie3158 Well they say there must be a first time for everything. This is mine. I have a lack of computer say so I have never bloged. I am 53 and overweight. When I married the love of my life I weighed 145 lbs. And at 5ft 7 Looked pretty good. I felt sexy. Over time like so very many, every year I just added five six pounds.before I knew it here I am round. My husband is a wonderful man and never speaks negative of me. Yet another reason to love him. However he eats and just doesn't.t gain much weigh... Sun, 4 Mar 2012 08:57:27 EST Hello! My name is Cassie, I'm 29, and I am obese. After all these years of worrying about other people first, I have finally decided I need to put MYSELF first for once. :) Sat, 3 Mar 2012 14:18:32 EST Hello! Hi everyone! I just joined SparkPeople about 20 minutes ago, and I'm looking forward to finding all kinds of cool things here on this site, and creating new friendships. I can't wait to start my weight loss journey! I've definitely got a way to go! Tue, 28 Feb 2012 20:40:40 EST Finding Balance in India Hi All, <BR> <BR> My name is Lianne, and I'm originally from Phoenix, Arizona, but moved to India about 7 months ago to work for an educational nonprofit organization. Since moving to India, I've lost 16 pounds and am now back to my "normal" weight before "letting myself go" after college while teaching. I've restarted the Couch to 5K running program (I did in 2007 before running a half marathon!) and I've been meditating on and off since about a year before coming to India. It is my goal to... Tue, 31 Jan 2012 06:26:29 EST Journey of my life Hi I'm new and working on a better me while working on some 'me time' as well. While I've tried to lose weight many times, I've stuck it out this time and already lost approx 15kgs. Still got more to do. I want some of my life back after having 4 kids, and not to feel guilty of a little me time. <BR> <BR> Look forward to getting to know you all and working towards a common goal. <BR> Sun, 29 Jan 2012 06:54:57 EST Hello! Just starting out! Hi! I joined spark people a week and a half ago and I'm hooked!!!! My goal is to lose 35 lbs. I am turning thirty five this year, so 35 by 35 would be awesome!!!!! I am a stay at home mom of five children, two of which are home with me full time. The older three are in school, sports, music lessons, etc, etc!! I'm a pretty busy mommy and wife but I am determined to finally take the time for myself and do this once and for all!!!!!! I'm so happy to have found this website. I have been reading ... Thu, 19 Jan 2012 10:11:20 EST Hi all My name is Bri, I'm a new member to sparkpeople. I've been using the site for almost a month now, and so far love what I'm seeing. I hope to lose at least 20 pounds this year. So far, I've found the trackers are so helpful and motivating for me. I enjoy running, biking, camping, and spending time with my husband and kids. I joined the site when I saw it 'plugged' in a Redbook magazine article. Mon, 16 Jan 2012 13:26:36 EST Becoming a better me I am 49 and I want to have the energy to play with my grandkids like I did my kids. I'm not fool enough to think I will be able to do what I have done but I want to at least be able to keep up a little. Right now, climbing the stairs 2-3 times a day exhausts me. I want to be able to feel feminine if not even sexy again for my husband. Now I just feel tired and unhealthy. I'm a nurse and unfortunately one of the ones who knows what to do just doesn't lol.. I'm on a wt. loss team at work a... Sun, 15 Jan 2012 20:01:33 EST New to Spark I have tried other things but this is better for my buget and I can type in my pjs. At work I have recently started going to the gym 3 days a week for an hour. I want to ge healthy again. I feel fat and ugly at this weight. I like to cook and love to sing. I Love God and my family and friends. I am also going to college right now so sometimes I eat on the run and do not exercies. I live in Sierra Vista Az. Sat, 14 Jan 2012 09:07:01 EST Make a goal and stick to it!.. Hi everyone <BR> Found this site and thought it would help with my goals of weightloss with a bit of support. I had always been very active and slim but due to health problems, mobility has been a major problem over the last 2 years and I have gained too many unwanted kilos. Now I need a operation on both hips. I am due to have my first operation in about 3 weeks and have been watching my eating and drinking habits since new year to loose a few kilos as the doctor said I will have 6-8 weeks o... Fri, 13 Jan 2012 02:35:43 EST Time for a new me So. Between college a boyfriend my mom neeing constant help and doing all the house work i seem to get pushed off to the side. Well not anymore. Im taking a full hour to myself everyday for either a workout or meditation oh and dont forget the long hot shower. Thu, 12 Jan 2012 15:11:49 EST Introduction Hello - My name is Christina, 31, and I live in Santa Fe, NM. I had previously had some "luck" losing weight with Spark (lost about 30 lbs) but took sometime off when I was pregnant and after my baby was born. He is now almost 16 months and I have finally motivated myself enough to log back in and start the journey again. I work full time and go to school part time. I eventually want to lose about 150 lbs but plan to have small goals to get there Tue, 10 Jan 2012 15:13:47 EST ANOTHER NEWBIE Hi, I'm Vicki. I live in Titusville, Fl. I'm 55 years old and 70 lbs over weight. I've been trying for over a year to get my weight down and all I've done is yo-yo back and forth. I did lose 12.2 lbs in 2011. I've started a low carb plan like I did back in the 80's ( I lost 105 lbs in 13 months and kept it off for 18 years), and I'm hoping to get the weight back off over the course of the next 2 years. I'm not nearly as active as I used to be so I know the weight won't come off as fast as it... Tue, 10 Jan 2012 13:22:22 EST Hello Hey there everyone, just came by to say hi! Mon, 9 Jan 2012 10:48:28 EST I'm Ready Hello everyone. I am not new to SP, but I think I am ready to stick with it this time. So many times I let everything else override my wants and needs, but I feel like I have had enough. I want to do this for my children and my health, but more important I want to do this for me this time. I would love a buddy to help keep me motivated and I will do the same. Good luck to all and God Bless. <em>306</em> Mon, 9 Jan 2012 10:32:20 EST I NEED FRIENDS THAT NEED TO LOSE AROUND 200 LBS! Hi All! <BR> I'm new at SP and I'm looking for friends that need to lose A LOT OF WEIGHT! I need to know there's ppl out there like me ....that I'm not here alone... Mon, 9 Jan 2012 09:18:16 EST Getting Started I have been using spark for a while but never really got involved with the community. I am a mother of 8 my husband and I work at the same company and we do a lot of running around. I figure this is probably the best team for me. I need to be accountable to myself not just to every one around me. I look forward to connecting with other people who struggle to stay healthy while taking care of their families. Sun, 8 Jan 2012 20:37:00 EST Oh! I love the title of this group Hello! The group title won me over. It's so hard to make me a priority. Why is that? <BR> <BR> Anyway: Me. I'm a 40 year-old, happily-married (13+ years) working mom of a nearly 6 year-old princess (or at least she thinks she is). I think that sentence pretty much summed up why I don't get time for me, right? <BR> <BR> My success over the past year came because of knee problems, which meant PT 2x a week for a full summer, plus encouragement to begin exercising. I did both, and now I find th... Sat, 7 Jan 2012 22:10:11 EST It's all About Me in 2012 Happy New Year Everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Pam, and it's all about me in 2012. I decided in December that I would start trying to lose weight and exercise more in 2012 so that I can continue to live a healthy lifestyle. I want to do this for myself. I have type 2 diabetes and one of my goals is to get off of all of these medications. So, I decided to join a few weight loss programs to help me out and Spark People is one that I feel that will help me achieve my goals. I look forward ... Sat, 7 Jan 2012 16:16:12 EST fvh2012 HI! Happy 2012! I am excited about starting with SparkPeople! I have been on yo-yo diets over the years... yet here I am overweight again. I'm looking forward to the support (or kicks in the butt) from the SparksTeams and forums! <BR> <BR> Have a Blessed day! <BR> <BR> Fran Sat, 7 Jan 2012 10:03:20 EST fvh2012 HI! Happy 2012! I am excited about starting with SparkPeople! I have been on yo-yo diets over the years... yet here I am overweight again. I'm looking forward to the support (or kicks in the butt) from the SparksTeams and forums! <BR> <BR> Have a Blessed day! <BR> <BR> Fran Sat, 7 Jan 2012 10:03:01 EST Hi I'm New to SparkPeople Hello, my name is Doreen and this is my first day on SparksPeople. Happy New Year everybody and happy weight loss! Fri, 6 Jan 2012 15:33:26 EST fast food twice a week no time to cook got to stop working hard daily always in pain from spondilosis to tired to cook ,oh just grab burger king, no more! Fri, 6 Jan 2012 00:41:21 EST Lookin' for support Hi all! I'm a yo-yo dieter who would love some support with cutting out sugar in my diet. I have several books on this topic but I keep finding that in stressful times, sugar feels like my only treat to me. I exercise everyday at 5:00 a.m. for an hour, so that isn't the issue. I can get to my goal weight but can't seem to maintain it. I get very discouraged when people at work or in my family want to tell me I'm too thin ( which I have NEVER been- I'm usually within or just above my weigh... Wed, 4 Jan 2012 12:43:14 EST hi! Hi everyone! I am happy to be back to sparkpeople after a year or so. I'm ready for a change that will stick! <em>30</em> Wed, 4 Jan 2012 00:19:45 EST Here I go again Hi Everyone. I am nearly 56 years old and have been fighting a weight problem for a lot of years. I was using SparkPeople but fell off a few months ago. I am eating fairly healthy, but have issues finding time for the gym and exercise. I have decided to make myself a priority and try once again to get exercising into my normal daily routine. I have 3 great kids, and 2 wonderful grandchildren, that I want to be able to keep up with this Summer! I didn't have much time to post etc, since ... Tue, 3 Jan 2012 13:03:16 EST On a journey to healthy living Hi, I'm MsFitat40...well, that's my goal by my 40th birthday this year. I'm glad I've learned about Spark people so I can have an accountability mechanism and appreciate the different forums available to support my efforts. <BR> <BR> So, I'm taking this a day at a time to accomplish my goal and wish success to everyone on the same journey. Mon, 2 Jan 2012 21:56:22 EST This is not a witty subject title. Hopefully I will be able to come up with some witty thoughts in the future. :) I am a 32-almost-33-f from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. This is my 3rd try on SP. I did great the first time, my heart wasn't in it the second time, and now here I am again, hoping for results similar to the first time around. I work full-time with kids and spend much of my free time hanging out with my family and friends and checking out the local music scene. I love music, makeup, purses, glitter, and sparkley. Als... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 16:08:06 EST Hello Group I would like to take the time to say hello to everyone within the group. I am a 26 year old teacher from Ohio. I am also a newly wed as of July 30,2011. I have joined Spark People to start a healthier lifestyle. I understand that I am not as healthy as I could be after reading "The Spark" and would like to begin a family very soon and need to have a place that I can be motivated to make that healthy change. I guess I forgot that my name is Amanda. I am looking forward to working alongsid... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 15:41:18 EST Hey!!! Hey guys! Im Andi. Im 25 (26 in 2 days)! I have been married almost 6 years and have a beautiful 4 year old little girl. Im from NC and Im here to get my butt back into shape. I have struggled with my weight for quite some time now and Im ready to get back to the old me....145 lbs and able to fit into the jeans I have hanging in my closet. I want to be healthy for my daughter and feel better about myself! New Years resolution is to lose weight, get in shape and get healthy.....and to quit smo... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 12:10:31 EST January FITNESS MINUTES GOAL: FITNESS MINUTES GOAL: <BR> min. today /total for month/ total to next mini-goal <BR> <BR> 1: <BR> 2: <BR> 3: <BR> 4: <BR> 5: <BR> 6: <BR> 7: <BR> 8: <BR> 9: <BR> 10: <BR> 11: <BR> 12: <BR> 13: <BR> 14: <BR> 15: <BR> 16: <BR> 17: <BR> 18: <BR> 19: <BR> 20: <BR> 21: <BR> 22: <BR> 23: <BR> 24: <BR> 25: <BR> 26: <BR> 27: <BR> 28: <BR> 29: <BR> 30: <BR> <BR> <BR> REWARDS <BR> 10%- min.- new nail polish <BR> 25%- min.- mani/pedi <BR> 50%- min.- new cd <BR> 75%- min.- new shoes <BR> 100%- min.- n... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 21:21:07 EST New here, have to make a change Hi! I have decided that thousands of people that Jan. is going to be the start of something different. I had lost 35 [pounds a couple years ago and gained it back when I got pregnant. Never really lost the weight and now am trying to really get it together and achieve this goal again. Sun, 1 Jan 2012 21:11:13 EST Starting off the right way... Hi group I just wanted to introduce myself. Being a single mom it's been really hard to put myself first. I need to take some ME time and get back to the person I want to be. Sun, 1 Jan 2012 18:21:16 EST Newbie from Washington, DC Happy New Years Team! I am looking for motivation and help others along the way. We can do this in 2012! Please feel free to add me Sun, 1 Jan 2012 15:57:03 EST Hello Hello everyone, <BR> I am so excited to finally be here. I hope that I can maintain motivated till my goal and possible motivate someone else along the way. Sun, 1 Jan 2012 10:49:59 EST Working on the guilt I just rejoined sparkpeople recently (started completely fresh with a whole new name and all). Longtime struggle with weight, former 100 pound loser and ufortunately gainer! I am focusing on barriers this time and overcoming them. My guilt over taking time for me is a barrier! I was trying to do wii fit this morning for a gentle reintroduction to fitness and the kids wanted to do it, wanted to watch, etc.., and I just wanted 15 minutes to do it myself. We don't have the weather for walkin... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 10:30:48 EST New Year New Me Hi, my name is Christina, I am 51 years old have 3 children, 2 girls and a boy, and two grandkids, twins-boy and a girl. I would very much like to reduce my weight by 6kgs, I have not been 90kgs for a long time. I am out of work at the moment, and unexpected situation, but hopefully in the new year I will get back to work. I have been stressed coming up to Christmas and the New Year because of my job situation and lack of funds. I don't like being at home, working makes me feel like I am ... Sat, 31 Dec 2011 18:10:24 EST Hello! I am excited to start on my new journey with Sparkpeople. I have my game plan and am makine myself a priority! Blessings!!! Fri, 30 Dec 2011 17:37:55 EST Jan. PERSONAL fitness challenge So here is how it works: <BR> okay ladies! Welcome back, veterans of the Personal challenge! Also, I want to welcome any and all the newbies!! <BR> <BR> Be sure to EDIT YOUR ORIGINAL POST with your updated totals so the pages don't get to long. You all are doing awesome! <BR> <BR> For all: <BR> Don't forget to come and toot your own horn when you reach a goal with a second little note to let everyone know you have reached another mini-goal. We all are busy and often forget to check out othe... Fri, 30 Dec 2011 09:16:42 EST Greetings I am extremely excited about sharing this journey with you all! Thu, 29 Dec 2011 20:43:15 EST Lindsey1313 I am really looking forward to staying the coarse.. Through the years the weigh has come and gone, but lately it is coming on fast. I feel I have a hefty goal, no pun intended to lose 37 pounds, but just know the SparkPeople program will help. Discipline, Control of snacks of chocolate, chips etc. are key for me. Smaller portions and exercise along with calories in / calories out IS ALL GOOD! Here is to the pounds from the body falling away with ease and mindfulness Thank you for you... Thu, 29 Dec 2011 09:39:18 EST New and ready to change Hi everybody. My name is Ashley & I'm 28 years old. Yesterday morning I stepped on the scale and saw the biggest number I'd ever seen looking back at me! I was so mad at myself! I'm sick of hating the way I look so its time that I change for ME! Thu, 29 Dec 2011 08:18:07 EST hello I am new I am brand new to spark people. My doctor told me I had to lose weight for health reasons. I found this site searching the web. I have been on spark people for a few hours now getting to know the site I find it very useful. I need to lose 100 pounds + . I am at 325 pounds and I want to lose at least 10 - 12 pounds by my birthday wich is Feb. 28 Wed, 28 Dec 2011 21:08:53 EST Hello Sparklers! Im Martha :) is everyone doing? Well, Im Martha, and I'm doing alright, I really need help and motivation to loose this weight and never ever ever.........find it!!! I have a question, I started again LOL on Monday 12/26, how do i track my 30minute walking i have been doing in the mornings?? Excited for being part of Sparkl , HELP people! and Thanks!! Wed, 28 Dec 2011 15:56:46 EST Hello I am Jacki! Looking for supportive friends in my journey from what I have become to what I will be! Wed, 28 Dec 2011 09:45:19 EST New to the team Hi all! My name is Tami, I am not new to SP but am new to this team. I have actually been on SP since 2007, had some success to begin with but then just quit and went back to eating all the garbage that again gained the weight back plus some, started again lost some weight but the roller coaster began again... <BR> <BR> Everyone has their own walls that have to be torn down in order to truly succeed with weight loss, my wall is very high but I'm am going to take it down, brick by brick! Mon, 26 Dec 2011 19:14:58 EST My Adventure Hi, my name is Lisa and this is a new adventure for me....this whole tracking diet and exercise online with online support. I am 48 years old and have 4 kids...daughter 25, daughter 21, son 18 and daughter 14. I have lived my entire life for my children so I haven't taken too much time out for myself. Money is always tight and therefore, eating healthily is always difficult. I want to look at this as a new adventure because for the first time, I am going to do something for myself, which in t... Sun, 25 Dec 2011 17:37:42 EST hello everyone.. My name is Marsha. I'm a wife, mom, a nana of 1, and a college student. This is another attempt that I'm making to lose the extra weight that I've been carrying for almost 20 yrs. My problem is not being consistent and giving up too quickly. I hope I can change that and I think by being here will help tremendously. Thu, 22 Dec 2011 21:20:31 EST Fired Up Hi everyone <BR> <BR> I've joined Spark Today, I'm really excited about this forum. <BR> My goals for utilize Spark is to help me reach my goals to live a healthier life, lose weight and to live my most productive life. <BR> <BR> L <BR> Thu, 22 Dec 2011 08:05:40 EST