SparkPeople BBQ (BEAUTIFUL BLACK QUEENS) Team Messageboard Welcome to the BEST team! We are gorgeous Brown women from all over the world!. We ENCOURAGE , SUPPORT & MOTIVATE one another while we reach our goals. Life is better with a little BBQ SPICE! SparkPeople BBQ (BEAUTIFUL BLACK QUEENS) Team Messageboard Daily chat.... come on in :-) waves hello to everyone <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I looked at the list and did not see a Chat Room so I created one... hope it is okay <BR> (if not, let me know please) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Tue, 13 Aug 2019 12:23:00 EST Check in 04/08-04 /14/2019 New week, new opportunities. Mon, 8 Apr 2019 07:31:16 EST Intermittent Fasting Has anyone tried or is currently doing IF? I have finally found something that is working for me. I went to the Dr. I weighted in at 243 in mid Feb. I went back and weighed in at 226. I watch my carb intake and I walk, but I believe what did it was the intermittent fasting, that's the only thing I changed. I see and try everything that works for someone finally something is working for me Sat, 9 Mar 2019 12:15:18 EST Hi Hi everyone my name is Brenda I recently joined this amazing group of BBQ. I am working on my first goal of loosing 50 lbs. I am here to support, rejoice and have fun as I make healthier choices daily. Mon, 1 Oct 2018 15:22:33 EST Hi Eveybody! <em>524</em> ! I'm Judith from Philadelphia, PA and glad to connect with you all. Sun, 22 Jul 2018 20:45:35 EST Starting a new job at 52 After working for a company for 16 years that did appreciate me I have decided to branch off and get a new job. I am very nervous about starting over. Does anyone have any tips for starting a new job at 52. Sun, 1 Oct 2017 17:16:10 EST Jennie Craig I just found out that Jenny Craig is no longer allowing the customer to purchase their own meals. I am truly debating on canceling my membership. Any suggestions I have been successful at Jenny Craig but their food is very pricey so I have been making my own lunches And eating snacks and dinner Jenny Craig. Mon, 5 Jun 2017 15:01:33 EST 2017 Workouts 2/12: Firm: Tough Cardio Mix <BR> 2/13: Firm Maximum Body Shaping <BR> 2/14: Firm: Not So Tough Aerobics Mix <BR> 2/16: Firm: Super Cardio Sculpt <BR> 2/17: Firm: Complete Aerobics &amp; Weight Training <BR> 2/19: Firm: Ultimate Calorie Blaster <BR> 2/20: Firm: Total Body Timesaver Crunch <BR> 2/22: Low Impact Step with Cathe Friedrich <BR> 2/23: PHA Training with Cathe Friedrich <BR> 2/24: Rockout Knockout with Cathe Friedrich <BR> <BR> <BR> 3/5: Rockin' Body Cardio Jam <BR> 3/6: ST... Wed, 8 Mar 2017 23:20:21 EST 25 Things you did today that sabotaged your goals <link><BR>25-things-you-did-today-that-sabotaged<BR>-your-weight/ss-AAgdV20?li=BBnb7Kz#image=1 </link> Fri, 27 Jan 2017 14:24:16 EST AMAZING WEIGHT LOSS STORY! <BR> Natasha Glaspy was highlighted on the Today Show for her astounding two-year quest for good health. She ditched her medication and is a glowing example of how to stick to it! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>see-how-this-woman-lost-160-pounds-in-<BR>less-than-2-years-by-following-5-steps<BR>/ar-AAmbtPu?li=AA5LBhu&amp;ocid=spartanntp </link> <em>243</em> Wed, 25 Jan 2017 13:56:22 EST 13 Places To Buy Great Plus-Size Clothes <BR> <BR> <link><BR>rkout-clothes </link> <em>346</em> Sat, 14 Jan 2017 15:40:22 EST 13 Growing Beauty Trends for 2017 <BR> <link><BR>3-beauty-trends-that-are-going-to-be-h<BR>uge-in-2017/ss-BBxRqHr </link> Sat, 14 Jan 2017 15:32:29 EST Cool website <BR> <link> </link> <em>345</em> Wed, 11 Jan 2017 15:54:41 EST What's your eating plan?? <BR> I am doing portion control similar to the Weight Watchers. I don't eat a lot of fried foods, normally. I have more plant-based foods, lean meats, whole grains. I cut back but still have those occasional sweets. <BR> <BR> I eat three meals a day, er try to. I am usually on the run and have to keep in mind I must eat if I'm going to lose anything. Wed, 11 Jan 2017 15:51:02 EST Question of the week: 1/8/2017 <BR> How do you make yourself exercise when you know you SHOULD but don't feel like it? Do you have a friend to whom you are accountable? Do you ask your spouse/significant other to remind you? Do you write it down as a reminder in your calendar? <em>381</em> Sun, 8 Jan 2017 14:56:45 EST Realistic suggestions for exercise <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=1595 </link> Sun, 8 Jan 2017 14:51:37 EST KETO anyone? I am trying KETO, a way of eating (WOE) that is very low carbs, minimal proteins and very high fat so that the body will use fat for energy. Fri, 6 Jan 2017 15:23:43 EST 39 things you'll gain when you lose weight <link><BR>39-things-youll-gain-when-you-lose-wei<BR>ght/ss-AAkG1SR?li=BBnb7Kz#image=4 </link> Thu, 5 Jan 2017 09:58:57 EST Do you shop online?? <BR> Where do you get the best deals? What online shops work for you?? <em>334</em> Wed, 4 Jan 2017 20:29:34 EST Skin care during the Winter <BR> <link><BR>ncare/a/Help-For-Dry-Winter-Skin.htm </link> <BR> <em>212</em> Wed, 4 Jan 2017 20:28:03 EST Water: The elixer of good health <link><BR>0814.php </link> <em>274</em> Wed, 4 Jan 2017 20:23:54 EST Merry Christmas! What was your day like? <BR> It was a cozy day with my family. I have bronchitis, so I didn't get to go to church like I wanted to. It's around 50 degrees and I've been inside all day. We opened most of our presents days before, so it's a chilled afternoon. I couldn't ask for better! The only thing is that I've literally been grazing all day! <em>460</em> Sun, 25 Dec 2016 16:10:41 EST Do we really have to do NY's Resolutions? <BR> Real talk: Should you really have to wait January 1st to renew your healthy promises?? Why or why not? Fri, 23 Dec 2016 15:30:12 EST Hair styles Question: how often do you change your coif? Does it depend on the seasons? Events? When you just get plain tired? <BR> <BR> Dish! Thu, 15 Sep 2016 09:20:11 EST JAFRA's Royal Jelly Skin Care Have beautiful skin for life with JAFRA's exclusive RoyalActive Peptide ingredient. See our full line of Royal Jelly products at: - BOGO Fri, 12 Aug 2016 07:27:57 EST 8 Friends every woman needs<BR>iving/8-friends-every-woman-needs/ss-A<BR>AhczJJ?li=BBnbcA0#image=9 <em>525</em> Mon, 20 Jun 2016 18:57:10 EST So! Are we up to a new challenge?? <BR> Give me a smiley face if you do! Wed, 8 Jun 2016 21:29:35 EST Natural Hair Styles for Black Women over 50 <BR> <link><BR>for-black-women-over-50.html </link> <em>346</em> Wed, 8 Jun 2016 21:22:24 EST 3 Ways to Find the Best Bra Ever <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ion/tips/a22283/best-bra-guide/ </link> <em>211</em> Wed, 8 Jun 2016 21:16:38 EST How do you drink your water? <BR> Water is so good for you. It flushes out the toxins in your body. It clears you skin. feeds your muscles, boosts your energy, keeps things flowing throughout your body, controls calorie intake. . <BR> <BR> That being said, regardless of the positive benefits of drinking your eight glasses, water can be bland! <BR> <BR> How do you drink your water? Do you flavor it? Chill it? Put lemon in it? Flavoring to get it down? <BR> <BR> Share! <em>91</em> Wed, 11 May 2016 21:32:43 EST 8 Silent Signs You Aren't Getting Enough Vitamins <BR> <link><BR>ilent-signs-you-aren%e2%80%99t-getting<BR>-enough-vitamins/ss-BBsuXOc </link> <em>525</em> Wed, 11 May 2016 18:58:40 EST Beginning with the Fitness B.A.S.I.C.S <link><BR>ning-with-the-fitness-basics/ </link> <em>306</em> Wed, 11 May 2016 16:58:07 EST Why Strength Training is a Must for Everyone <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=364 </link> <em>23</em> <em>328</em> Wed, 11 May 2016 16:55:20 EST Summertime! And the livin' is easy! <BR> Wow! Summer is right around the corner! <BR> <BR> What do you have planned? What are you going to do? Wed, 11 May 2016 16:52:50 EST Heyy! Hello Queens! I Can;t say how happy I am to be here! I started off as a very thin child who had dreams of being a gymnast then it felt like over night I blew up and I've been big ever since... when I first joined spark lastr year I was 252lbs now I'm returning I'm 25 and at 264lbs (so obviously stepping away didnt help me much) I have a surprise trip planned for Jamaica in Dec. and I'm not sure about a goal weight rather than a feeling... (I do wanna drop this gut off somewhere though) anyone... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 19:40:38 EST Yearly check up <BR> Have you been to your OB-GYN? Do you know your numbers -- sugar, blood pressure, etc? Wed, 20 Apr 2016 16:27:33 EST Holla if you're a Grandma! .. and if you are, what do the grandbabies call you? (I'm hoping to get some one day if my sons ever settle down! <em>211</em> Wed, 20 Apr 2016 16:24:50 EST Moments Just as Good as Falling in Love <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-soul/20-moments-that-feel-just-as-goo<BR>d-as-falling-in-love/ss-BBrtddn </link> <em>334</em> Mon, 11 Apr 2016 19:08:35 EST How much water did you drink today? It is hard to drink 8 glasses a day. I have a 48 ounce cup that I fill every day. Depending on the weather and how active I am, I usually drink 3 of them. <em>91</em> Tue, 29 Mar 2016 20:03:30 EST back to business Hello, I am also like many of you not new to Spark People but it has been a few years since I have been active on the site. I am working on myself again and this time I mean business. Just looking for some added support on my journey and I hope that I can return the favor. Thu, 17 Mar 2016 21:58:15 EST coconut oil anyone? So I fed into the hype on Twitter and brought a container of coconut oil for the great benefits everyone was touting, including healthy hair, skin and nails. <BR> <BR> I have never used coconut oil though and so id like to know other's experiences with it. So please feel free to share any benefits you've noticed since using the oil, if you do! Thanks ladies! Fri, 5 Feb 2016 21:32:43 EST 2016 Workouts Prevention: Walk Your Way Slim (44 mins) Wed, 27 Jan 2016 21:44:55 EST What's your favorite brand of jeans Does anyone else have the gap in the back problem? All my jeans/pants do it. Even when I buy brands that claim to fix the issue I still have the problem. Any brand recommendations that really address the big booty smaller waist issue? Mon, 11 Jan 2016 10:02:29 EST Reintroduction Hello My name is Nikki and I am back. A few years ago I was on this faithfully and lost about 45 pounds. I am back now more focused to actually get on the right track. Now I am currently in GA use to be in NC. My new start weight is 244.8. I am hoping to lose 100 or as close to 100 pounds by Dec 31st. Sat, 9 Jan 2016 22:49:26 EST I'm back! Re-introduction Hello BBQ! I was a member back in 2011, and lost a good deal of weight. I was 28 lbs away from my personal goal. Due to life and health issues, etc., I dropped out and gained 17 lbs. Well, I'm back and plan to reach my goal! Happy 2016 everyone! Mon, 4 Jan 2016 10:35:11 EST New Year New You My 2016 goals: <BR> <BR> Get my finances in order <em>528</em> <BR> <BR> Lose 40 pounds <em>344</em> <BR> <BR> Get my natural hair healthy <em>521</em> <BR> ' <BR> Meet Mr. Right for a serious relationship <em>337</em> <BR> <BR> Fri, 1 Jan 2016 12:08:59 EST DEC 2015 THRU JAN 2016 WT LOSS CHALLENGE LET'S LOSE WEIGHT TOGETHER.. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> however you want to do it.... <BR> <BR> if you want you can list your goals or list your daily tracking or weekly tracking... <BR> <BR> <BR> it is up to you <img src=""> Mon, 28 Dec 2015 00:47:07 EST WHAT ARE YOU (QUEEN) DOING TO CHALLENGE YOURSELF? I would like to know what the Queens are doing to challenge themselves to change and or create healthy habits. <BR> <BR> I have challenged myself to workout 400 plus minutes a week. I'm on week two, during week one I worked out 390 minutes. This challenge excites me and gets me going to the gym. <em>344</em> Sun, 6 Dec 2015 13:03:56 EST Accountability Buddy Hi, <BR> I would very much like to find an accountability buddy who has about the same amount of weight to lose. I have about 120lbs. My starting weight is 292. I would like someone who is able to check in daily and be there for support and motivation. If anyone is interested, please contact me. Sat, 28 Nov 2015 04:19:47 EST Thanksgiving Game plan What is your game plan for thanksgiving? I do plan to enjoy it but I don't want to over do it. We will be out of town with Family so I really can't control what and how its cooked and we are going to 2 people house for dinner. Ugh I finally seen the weight come off. Tue, 24 Nov 2015 08:09:23 EST what am i doing wrong So embarrassed to admit this but I have been trying to loose 20 pounds for years!!!!! I currently weigh 168 and it ever drops past 160. I go to the gym 3x a week. I must admit I don't count calories but I that will change. Starting Monday I will be on a 1200 calorie diet and exercise 3-4x a week. hope to reach my goal by the end of December. <BR> <BR> I'm basically doing this on my own. I have asked friends to join the gym with me and no one wants to I'm solo... and how to ... Sun, 11 Oct 2015 10:46:23 EST Weight Training I am at the beginning of my weight loss journey and I have a loooooong ways to go. Lol. Would you all suggest I begin incorporating weight training into my current cardio routine or wait until I get a little closer to my goal? Sat, 19 Sep 2015 00:02:56 EST HELLO QUEENS!!!!!! I hope everyone is stupendous this day! <BR> I've been in this group for quite some time, but I wanted to speak, since I've been MIA. <BR> <BR> I want to share that I have a new perspective on LIFE due to being in a coma in Feb. of this year. <BR> <BR> As they say, life is for the living....and I want ALL of you to live your lives with purpose and meaning! <BR> <BR> We will all have our days of what may first seem life a failing...but it's actually just a test which you can overcome! <... Thu, 10 Sep 2015 18:59:22 EST Hi Everyone! Hello all: <BR> I am new to SparkPeople and new to this forum. I am 36, 5'2", was 230 lbs and recently diagnosed with Diabetes and high cholesterol. I joined so I can get tips and different views to get this weight loss right this time. My father died almost 2 years ago from congestive heart failure (CHF) and also had diabetes. My mother suffers from kidney failure due to poor attention to her diabetes/medical condition. She will be on dialysis for the rest of her life. I do not want this to ... Fri, 31 Jul 2015 16:01:54 EST starting over! It is July 1! What better day and time to start over! I'm rededicating myself to me! I joined this group for support and to succeed. So I'm excited to win with you all!!! God bless! Lineeka Wed, 1 Jul 2015 07:42:34 EST New Chapter 2015 Beginning Again 2005-2015 .. Hello My name is Dee and today I was led to this site after a doctors appt. Did not realize it has been 10 years since i became a member and i still fight the same battle. Today is the day I say Die Flesh Die... I am going to defeat the In ner Me Wed, 24 Jun 2015 23:42:26 EST Black Women NEEDED for Dissertation Study Greetings! <BR> <BR> My name is Zoeann Finzi-Smith, and I am a doctoral candidate in Counseling Psychology at Howard University. I am writing to invite you to participate in my dissertation study examining experiences of discrimination among Black and African American women. <BR> <BR> I am seeking participants who are: <BR> · female <BR> · between the ages of 18 to 65 <BR> · self-identify as African American or Black <BR> · have a higher body mass index (will be calculated in the ... Tue, 19 May 2015 21:34:56 EST Have you been motivated by a picture A friend posted a picture of me on Facebook. I did not think that I was that big! I was horrified! Has this happened to anyone else? It motivated me to really plan out my menus and log my food this week. <BR> <BR> I asked my family why they did not tell me how far astray I had gone but they did not want to hurt my feelings. I hardly ever look in a full length mirror. Oh well that has changed. <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 16 May 2015 11:46:37 EST The Mirror Four days ago while residing in a hotel on vacation, I was looking in a door mirror and sitting on the bed looking at my 400 plus body and begin to think what did I do to myself. That was the first time in my life that I truly looked at me and hated the person I was looking at. I decided that it was time for a change but why? The question is how to set a goal that will overwhelm me. I eat very dangerously; once a day sometimes, binge eat too often. Need support and advice to change it. Fri, 15 May 2015 20:46:47 EST I have increased my steps I have decided to increase my steps from 10,000+ to 11,000+ per day, yesterday I got 14,000+ Fri, 15 May 2015 11:24:13 EST Being 64 and trying to lose weight...Whew!! Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I am a 64yr old BBQ, new to the Richmond, Va. area. With the stress of settling into a new city, having NO friends led to stress eating. Been here 1 year and gained 10 lbs. I've got to get a handle on this. You 40's ladies are blessed to have their metabolism still working for them, and like I tell my 40yr- old daughter, "honey get it off while you can, cause when you get my age, it's hard as - - - -. Are there any 60 something's in the BBQ FORUMS? Would be nice to hea... Fri, 1 May 2015 19:37:32 EST 47lb to go! hey everyone! I am back after a break from SP...up and down...down and up... but I am back! 23 lbs down.. 47 to go! Thu, 23 Apr 2015 17:44:12 EST SPRING CHALLENGE! show your interest. It's getting warm outside, there are all sorts of activities going on. <BR> So why stay behind? <BR> Let's jump on the 'being active' train. <BR> <BR> The challenge starts in 4 weeks from April 19th till June 14th 2015. <BR> <BR> I'm game! What about you?? <BR> <BR> <em>182</em> <em>324</em> <em>231</em> <em>361</em> <em>415</em> <em>405</em> <BR> Tue, 17 Mar 2015 10:01:41 EST Over 50 and fit I want to be over 50 and fit. I definitely need some encouragement. Mon, 16 Mar 2015 16:59:11 EST Preventing Cervical and Other Cancers in WOC <link><BR>nting-cervical-and-other-cancers-in-wo<BR>men/ </link> <em>250</em> Sun, 1 Feb 2015 15:47:33 EST The Strenght Connection <link> </link> <em>23</em> Sun, 1 Feb 2015 15:45:58 EST Accepting Who You Are <link><BR>ting-who-you-are/ </link> <em>214</em> Sun, 1 Feb 2015 15:44:25 EST 2015 WINTER CHALLENGE WEEKLY MINI CHALLENGE Challenge for 1/18/2015: <BR> <BR> Now that we've stepped into the new year the challenge is to clean out your pantry, frig, etc., of all the items that call your name, but items that are better left alone if you want to reach your goal. Make sure you replace those with healthier foods...even if it is just on your shopping list! <BR> Give yourself 5 points if you got rid of unhealthy items and have added healthy items to your grocery list <BR> <BR> 10 points if you got rid of unhealthy it... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 10:24:43 EST 2015 WINTER CHALLENGE CARDIO Post the total number of cardio minutes Sunday - Saturday. Copy and Paste this template. Every week, find your post, use the edit option, and add your minutes! <BR> <BR> * * * * * * * * * <BR> <BR> 1/18 200 minutes <BR> <BR> 1/25 200 minutes <BR> <BR> 2/1 <BR> <BR> 2/8 <BR> <BR> 2/15 <BR> <BR> 2/22 <BR> <BR> 3/1 <BR> <BR> 3/8 <BR> <BR> 3/15 <BR> <BR> 3/22 <BR> <BR> 3/29 <BR> Thu, 15 Jan 2015 10:22:12 EST 2015 WINTER CHALLENGE RULES MISSION: <BR> The purpose of the BBQ WINTER CHALLENGE is to support, yet have fun while trying to reach our weight loss goal. <BR> <BR> <BR> TIME FRAME: <BR> We begin Sunday, Jan 18, 2015. The challenge runs 10 weeks from Jan 11 to Mar 28. <BR> <BR> <BR> WEIGH-IN: <BR> Post your starting weight and any weight loss/gain each week. <BR> <BR> <BR> MINI CHALLENGES: <BR> Mini Challenges will be explained at different times during the challenge. They may not always be fitness challenges... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 10:16:48 EST 2015 WINTER CHALLENGE WEIGH IN This thread is where you will post your weight every week. <BR> <BR> Copy and paste the sample below into a new post. Each week simply EDIT your existing post. Each member should have only 1 post. Feel free to personalize it if you wish. <BR> You can edit your weekly weigh-in by finding your initial posting where the template given was copied and pasted. Edit by selecting “Edit My Post” located at the end of your post and then updating the information before choosing “Post Message.” Doing ... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 09:47:31 EST 2015 WINTER CHALLENGE CHIT CHAT HELLO MY QUEENS! <BR> <BR> We encourage everyone to log on and post as often as you can to support other team mates during this challenge. We understand that daily posting may not be possible for everyone. <BR> One of the great things about being on a team is learning from one another. Please share here. <BR> <BR> Feel free to post any QUESTIONS, COMMENTS, SUGGESTION regarding the BBQ WINTER 2015 CHALLENGE. <BR> <BR> Good Luck! Thu, 15 Jan 2015 09:45:46 EST BBQ WINTER CHALLENGE 2015 CHAT ROOM <em>381</em> <em>38</em> <em>248</em> <em>386</em> <em>320</em> <em>192</em> <BR> <BR> We encourage everyone to log on and post as often as you can to support other team mates during this challenge. <BR> We understand that daily posting may not be possible for everyone. <BR> One of the great things about being on a team is learning from one another. Please share here. <BR> Feel free to post any QUESTIONS, COMMENTS, SUGGESTION regarding the BBQ WINTER 2015 CHALLENGE. ... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 09:59:35 EST BBQ WINTER CHALLENGE 2015 WEIGH-IN Please do not use this topic for questions or comments but ONLY for weigh-ins. <BR> <em>227</em> <em>230</em> <em>227</em> <em>230</em> <em>227</em> <em>230</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> <em>193</em> <em>193</em> <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Hello, and welcome to the BBQ Challenge Winter 2015 team!! This thread is where you will post your weekly weigh-ins. <BR> <BR> Please post your weekly weigh-ins on this thread, starting on the 1st day of the ch... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 09:50:03 EST BBQ WINTER CHALLENGE 2015 RULES <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>230</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>230</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>230</em> <BR> <BR> Please DO NOT post to this thread! <BR> <BR> <BR> MISSION: <BR> The purpose of the BBQ WINTER CHALLENGE is to support, yet have fun while trying to reach our weight loss goal. <BR> <em>220</em> <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> TIME FRAME: <BR> The BBQ WINTER CHALLENGE, starts Sunday, Jan 18, 2015. The challenge itself runs for 8 we... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 09:22:55 EST Hello Hello Beautiful Sistaz........What's been working for you???? Tue, 6 Jan 2015 10:50:18 EST Chit Chat - 2015 <BR> My baby -- Shoot! I guess he's not my baby anymore -- turned 25 this weekend. Had a viral infection, tho. so couldn't take him out like he wanted to. I'm feeling much better, so his birthday dinner will be this weekend instead. Mon, 5 Jan 2015 06:17:10 EST Renew You! <BR> Happy New Year, Ladies! <BR> <BR> Well, I could say "a new you!" but it ain't so. We are the same women we've been every year at this time, so let's try a different approach to the Resolution thing. <BR> <BR> We're going to begin a challenge within the week by two of our teammates. I don't know about you, but I could sure use another way to come at this fitness thing to make it into a solid habit again! <BR> <BR> Each of us have reasons to want to do what we must, whether it be... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 06:11:37 EST Greetings I have been a member of SparkPeople for a while and am excited to find BBQ to connect with for encouragement, motivation and inspiration. My goal is to lose 100+pounds and I am going to need all the HELP I can get!:). <BR> <BR> A little about me - I am a Parental Unit * Grandma * Organizer Extraordinaire * Notary * Certified Event Manager * Graduate Student * Sagittarius * Army Mom <BR> <BR> I look forward to connecting with everyone. <BR> <BR> Thu, 1 Jan 2015 23:00:57 EST DOES ANYONE HAVE A FITNESS TRACKER? <BR> <BR> I really want to get a FitBit for myself. Since DH has been home, our budget won't allow it. I got another one for a reasonable price which seems to do the same thing .. but I took a look at my son and gave it to him! LOL. I'll have to get another for myself down the line. <BR> <BR> I wonder how effective it is. Do you think it would be an asset for my goals? Wed, 3 Dec 2014 09:44:08 EST THE DANGERS OF DRINKING TOO MUCH WATER <BR> <BR> I've come to love my water; however, there are those times I think I'm going to throw it up! Here's an interesting article about it. <link><BR>ion-dangers </link> <em>91</em> Wed, 3 Dec 2014 09:37:41 EST NEW CHALLENGE BEGINNING JANUARY 2015 <BR> <BR> With the holidays coming up, it may be a little rough to get a foot hold on your fitness goals. I can tell you with my increased water intake, my weight has come down without me really trying; however, I gotta move to get it going a little more steady! I'll work on a new challenge for January! <BR> <BR> Who's with me?? Wed, 3 Dec 2014 09:35:15 EST Hello and Helppppppp I was feeling miserable after failing myself for the zillion time this month and logged to sparkpeople for some motivation and encouragement and found this team. I am coming here asking for a lot of support to finally give my first step and to provide support to whoever needs it Thu, 27 Nov 2014 09:24:31 EST BEST FOODS FOR WEIGHT LOSS <link>,,204<BR>75957,00.html </link> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 09:04:34 EST Hey y'all I'm Erin a 19 year old college student. Recently, I've been depressed and lacking self esteem, and it has a lot to do with my weight. I seem to really get into a healthy lifestyle, but it really only lasts two weeks tops. My 20th birthday is in May, and I would really like to feel good about myself. I'm looking forward to supporting each other! Sat, 22 Nov 2014 15:00:49 EST New Orleans Hi , My name is Kristy . I'm reentering the world of Spark People. I recently lost 13 pounds in three weeks from a previous "diet". I figured with the encouragement from that and this wonderful place I would be able to really reach my goals. <em>9</em> Sun, 16 Nov 2014 14:38:05 EST hey everyone I'm new to this site. I'm from Toronto, Ontario and looking to connect with some women I can relate too. I need some serious motivation and help from anyone who is willing to give an ear I'm open to any and all healthy suggestions. Thu, 13 Nov 2014 14:31:29 EST The 'JUST BEFORE THANKSGIVING' Challenge! <BR> It's easy .. it's doable! Thanks for the heads up, ISISNIRA! <BR> <BR> When: October 27th to November 26th. <BR> <BR> Why: For those of us who need a jumpstart to continue off where we left off! <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> What you do: ten minutes of Calisthenics - jumping jacks, squats, lunges, planks, calf raises- plus 30 - 60 minutes of aerobics 4 - 5 days a week. For those who are stationary in chairs, <BR> arm circles, light weights to generate blood flow and strengthen yo... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 07:39:57 EST exercise What exercise did you do today? Thu, 23 Oct 2014 03:03:58 EST new here Hi everyone. I'm new here, I'm 35 newly separated and the mother of 5. I was doing well with my weight loss until about a month ago when my I began to do a lot of emotional eating.. I'm trying to get myself motivated to get back on track but I'm finding out very hard. I'm hoping by joining SP it will help get me back going in the right direction. I'm also looking for weight loss buddies if anyone is interested. Thanks. I look forward to getting to know everyone. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:53:53 EST FALL A-B-Cs <BR> Autumn! (Isn't that another word for "fall"?) <em>334</em> Mon, 6 Oct 2014 09:21:07 EST TOP TEN FOR SEPTEMBER <em>242</em> to the following during the month of September <BR> <BR> 1) TERRI77 <BR> <BR> 2) ROBBIEY <BR> <BR> 3) BABY_GIRL69 <BR> <BR> 4) TIMEHASCOME56 <BR> <BR> 5) SUNSET09 <BR> <BR> 6) MSROZZIE <BR> <BR> 7) CIERAPOET <BR> <BR> 8) MICKEYD4 <BR> <BR> 9) MRSFANCYLADY <BR> <BR> 10) DIAMOND102 <BR> <BR> .. and to those with the most fitness minutes! <em>403</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1) TERRI77 <BR> <BR> 2) BABY_GIRL69 <BR> <BR> 3) MICKEYD4 <BR> <... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 09:16:02 EST QUESTION OF THE WEEK: OCTOBER 6TH, 2014 <BR> What do you do in the fall (or the last three months of the year) that you don't do any other time? <em>465</em> Mon, 6 Oct 2014 09:06:08 EST October Cafe .. It's a new month, an opportunity for new beginnings. I have not done too great as far as keeping on track. My eldest son came for a visit, which means he has been living in my workout area. I didn't want to disturb him nor did I feel comfortable with the idea of being vigilant by working out when he was sleeping. He had two more days left, so I had asked him to place me on a regime at the YMCA. I feel a need to kick it up a notch. Sun, 5 Oct 2014 10:30:37 EST PATIENCE! GRAB A HANDFUL! THUMBS UP! <em>48</em> Fri, 26 Sep 2014 09:26:36 EST 7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE DIETERS <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=1732 </link> <em>381</em> Fri, 26 Sep 2014 09:23:10 EST 5 TIPS TO START FRESH THIS FALL <link><BR>st=get_back_on_the_wagon_5_tips_to_sta<BR>rt_fresh_this_fall </link> <em>381</em> Thu, 25 Sep 2014 08:42:52 EST QUEEN OF THE WEEK: LINDIEINRED <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> LindieinRed is a busy up-and-coming professional who's trying to balance fitness in between work and motherhood. It's a very common theme among us. We give so much to others we sometimes forget to give to ourselves as well. Lindie is loving life as her page reflects. We all should aspire to do so. <BR> <BR> LindieinRed! A toast to you and your beautiful daughter! Have a wonderful week! <link><BR>NDIEINRED </link> <em>243</em> ... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 07:18:44 EST 5 REASONS YOU SHOULD VISIT THE FARMERS MARKET <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=478 </link> <em>306</em> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 07:15:27 EST Lifestyle habits to control blood pressure Limit salt consumpton. Learn to use other spices. Learn the health benefits of different spices. <BR> increase potassium <BR> Use honey as a sweetener <BR> cinnamon <BR> Otc supplement CoQ10 <BR> oats <BR> hibiscus tea - I usually can not find just hibiscus tea. Several herbal teas list it as one of their ingredients. <BR> apple cider vinegar - i try to remember to take a teaspoon of acv in a glass of water after I eat.. I do not always remember though. <BR> <BR> I am sure some ... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 06:44:40 EST Break Every Chain We were not put on Earth to conform, fit in and/or follow the crowd. Our families and cultures have some destructive habits and traditions. Hypertension and strokes come down from both sides of my family. I was supposed to have it 20 years ago. My last bp reading (2 weeks ago) was 116/74. No medication. Just diet, exercise, and some nutritonal supplements. I constantly read and listen to health information. <BR> <BR> 60% of Americans have it by the time they are 60. The rates are hig... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 06:25:42 EST New & Afraid Hi, Im new to the board. Im a 41 y/o mother of one. I like everyone else need to lose weight. Im afraid that I will die in my sleep because of my weight. Im afraid that I will have to go to a nursing home because my knees will give out. I take 3 blood pressure medicines, 1 cholesterol, 1 thyroid pill, 2 for diabetes and a couple of other pills. I want to come off of these medications. But Im stuck. Im just not sure what to do to lose the weight. What diet to do. I have over 100 pound... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 17:50:29 EST QUESTION OF THE WEEK, SEPTERMBER 22ND <BR> How often do you weigh yourself? <em>193</em> <BR> * * * * * * * * <BR> I weigh myself twice a month. I don't want to become obsessed with the whole process and I find I would rather judge my progress in other ways such as looser clothing and more energy. <BR> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 07:34:22 EST FALL CHALLENGE! Anyone interested? <BR> OK .. it's cooling off!. HBCU's are having Homecoming all over the country (Aggie Pride!), and there are all sorts of activities going on. Not only that, Queens are looking for a jump on individual fitness goals. I'm gain! What about you? <em>323</em> <em>318</em> <em>216</em> <em>320</em> <em>362</em> <em>135</em> <em>309</em> <em>401</em> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:52:18 EST BEST PLACE FOR DEALS ON MAKE-UP <BR> <BR> I love Sephora. They have national brands as wells as their own in-store line. It's like a candy store for women! <em>212</em> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 19:46:38 EST I'M A REDSKINS GIRL! <BR> What NFL team do you claim?? <em>281</em> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 19:44:13 EST Loving our men As a mom of two grown sons, an aunt of a few, a wife of one, and a daughter of one, I love our brown brothers. However, it disenchants me with the growing occurrences of Domestic Violence. Rice, Peterson are in the public venue, but there are some closer to home, and any is one too many. <BR> <BR> Any thoughts? <em>40</em> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 19:40:11 EST TEAMMATE OF THE WEEK: MRSFANCYLADY <BR> Brenda has recommitted herself to a lifetime of healthy vibes, choosing to lean on our dear Lord for strength and guidance! I say with this she can't lose! A toast, dear Sister! Have a great week! <link><BR>SFANCYLADY </link> <em>306</em> <em>386</em> <em>223</em> <em>244</em> <em>285</em> <em>247</em> <em>220</em> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 19:31:01 EST QUESTION OF THE WEEK: SEPTEMBER 14TH <BR> How do you drink your water? <em>274</em> <BR> * * * * * * <BR> I drink mine plain, with some lemon juice or a smidgen of Crystal Light. Sun, 14 Sep 2014 19:27:24 EST 8 COLD, HARD TRUTHS ABOUT EXCERCISE <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=1209 </link> <em>362</em> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:00:43 EST DOES CRYSTAL LIGHT WORK TO LOSE WEIGHT? <link><BR>es-crystal-light-work-to-lose-weight/ </link> <em>274</em> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 22:59:23 EST September 11th .. what were you doing? <BR> <BR> What were you doing on September 11th, 2001? Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:26:10 EST The scale does not tell the whole truth I was getting so discouraged because the number on the scale was not moving (fluctuating within in a certain range) but not going down. Over the week end I went shopping for something to wear to a funeral. I wear a size that I have not worn in years. I tried on a lot of clothes so it was not just one certain brand. <BR> <BR> It just confirmed what I have always known. Muscle weighs more than fat. A brick weighs more than a bag of feathers. Several people told me I was smaller. My ne... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 03:21:06 EST God of second chances Hello I'm Kelly a native New Yorker was living in Houston ,TX now living in Dallas, TX. I joined Spark a few years ago and was on a roll until i got sick, lost my business and became completely depressed about it. I went from helping women feel confident to not feeling confident about myself which for me, was completely out of character.I always been the you can do it girlfriend! I'm the one you called for encouragement and to help you look good.I was a fashion major and i had a thriving bo... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 12:07:33 EST WAKE UP NATURALLY TO A MORE ENGERGIZED MORNING <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=329 </link> <em>102</em> Tue, 9 Sep 2014 08:08:59 EST SEPTEMBER BABIES! WHO ARE YOU? <BR> The month of September is governed by the planet Mercury and by the critical sign of Virgo. You are an intellectual, very critical and picky and you tend to work too hard. You are a master of communication and the option to become a speaker or a great writer is offered to you. You may also misuse this power and become sarcastic to others. You will always combine logic and intuition in dealing with life in general. <BR> <BR> Astrologically, you have been classified as the "perfectioni... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 09:08:57 EST QUEEN OF THE WEEK: DEESHAREE This week's QUEEN is DEESHAREE. <BR> <BR> A Spark member since 2006, she has completed quite a number of fitness minutes, not to mention her page has some inspiring quotes that once a visitor comes over, he or she is encouraged. My favorite one is from the comic Bill Cosby: “In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.” <BR> <BR> A toast to you, DEESHAREE! Have a marvelous week! <link><BR>ESHAREE </link>... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 08:42:46 EST QUESTION OF THE WEEK, 9.8.2014 <BR> Do you practice -- or have been a recipient of -- a random act of kindness? Mon, 8 Sep 2014 08:33:55 EST 10 WAYS TO BECOME HEALTHIER <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=269 </link> <em>252</em> Thu, 4 Sep 2014 08:49:06 EST QUESTION OF THE WEEK, 9-1-2014 <BR> Do you have a diet secret? Have you cut unnecessary foods out? Portion control? More water? <BR> <BR> Share your secret! Wed, 3 Sep 2014 12:50:59 EST September's Coffee Break <BR> I did pretty well last month on my fitness minutes. I began spring cleaning. I didn't work out nor go to the martial arts studio all week. Add my elder son's visit didn't help much. Ah! A new month with new possibilities! Tue, 2 Sep 2014 08:56:50 EST QUEEN OF THE WEEK: PRESBESS This week's Queen is quick to give praise to the Master for her weight loss success. She was once over 200 lbs. and is Maintain Land. How COOL is that? Pay her a visit and become inspired! <BR> <BR> My Lady! Job well done! Have a WONDERFUL week! <link><BR>ESBESS </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>345</em> <em>244</em> <em>243</em> <em>285</em> <em>223</em> <em>247</em> Mon, 1 Sep 2014 19:26:55 EST August's Top Ten <em>242</em> to our Top Ten Queens for the month of August! <BR> <BR> <BR> 1) KENETHAJ1 <BR> 2) FITNESSFREAK10 <BR> 3) MICKEYD4 <BR> 4) TIMEHASCOME56 <BR> 5) STAR1973 <BR> 6) 1VALARIEALEXIS <BR> 7) FIT4ME41 <BR> 8) HANDYV <BR> 9) ROBBIEY <BR> 10) BELLENGLISH <BR> <BR> * * * * * * * <BR> <BR> The Top Ten Fitness Queens are: <BR> <BR> <BR> 1) FITNESSFREAK10 <BR> 2) MICKEYD4 <BR> 3) ISISNIRA <BR> 4) SAND1512 <BR> 5) BEEWALKING <BR> 6) KESHIAG <BR> 7) CREE... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 19:12:22 EST QUESTION OF THE WEEK OF 8/25/2014 <BR> Where do you walk? Mon, 25 Aug 2014 08:28:02 EST QUEEN OF THE WEEK: SPARKLE1908 Sparkle's page is a mantra for my soul. She has made herself a priority. She has definite goals and reasons as to why she needs to take control of her health. She is a SPARK of fresh air and someone I want to get to know better! <em>244</em> <link><BR>ARKLE1908 </link> <BR> <BR> A toast, my Lady! <em>408</em> Have an <em>345</em> week! <em>380</em> <em>243</em> <em>306</em> <em>386</em> <em>242</em> <em>236</em> Sun, 24 Aug 2014 08:52:32 EST What do you see when you look in the mirror? <BR> Room for improvement. I also see a youthful woman who loves life! Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:43:11 EST Instant Inspiration <BR> Post anything -- songs, quotes, biblical verses -- for our BBQ family! <BR> <BR> * * * * * * <BR> <BR> Kelly Clarkson - Stronger! <link><BR>6-fLq7I </link> <em>306</em> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:20:34 EST ESSENTIAL HEALTH SCREENING YOU NEED <em>525</em> <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=906 </link> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:10:37 EST 10 TIPS TO HELP YOU LOSE THE LAST TEN POUNDS <link><BR>8-tips-to-help-you-lose-the-last-10-po<BR>unds#image=9 </link> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 10:15:38 EST QUEEN OF THE WEEK: 1TRUBUTTAFLY So here's the thing about her. She has a wicked sense of humor. She's VERY determined to become healthier. She's already made up her mind to get where she's going. Isn't that what we all strive for? <BR> <BR> A toast, my Lady! <em>408</em> Enjoy your week! <link><BR>RUBUTTAFLY </link> <em>243</em> <em>306</em> <em>252</em> <em>244</em> <em>91</em> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 14:31:33 EST 9 Positive Body Quotes <link><BR>st=9_bodypositive_quotes_to_boost_your<BR>_selfesteem </link> <em>224</em> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 14:18:01 EST QUESTION OF THE WEEK <BR> Do you eat fast food? Sat, 16 Aug 2014 08:52:20 EST DMV Fit Challenge; Prizes! 8/16, Pentagon Mall!! DC/ MD/ VA LADIES! This is today, August 16, 2014, FREE, at Pentagon City Mall! <BR> <BR> Are you tough enough for Bmarchai Studios Fitness Challenge?? <BR> <BR> <link> </link> - Hardest Ten-Minute Workout You’ve Ever Done! <BR> <BR> Saturday, August 16, 2014- Compete any time between 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM. No charge to compete. No registration; just show up at The Vitamin Shoppe, Pentagon City Mall, 1101 South Joyce St, Arlington, VA 22202, 703-413-1210. Metro: Blue/Silve... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 08:04:21 EST Health and Fitness Boosters <em>250</em> <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=1557 </link> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 12:24:52 EST S.O.S.! I need some ENCOURAGEMENT! Use this thread for some positive vibes when you feel STUCK! <em>306</em> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 10:35:53 EST QUEEN OF THE WEEK:CHOCSUNDAE <BR> I'm a walking around the list of Queens we have on board and landed on an IT girl with gorgeous locks, the Leader of her own Spark Team AND recently celebrated a birthday. And so it is with great pleasure I present to you our Queen of the Week, CHOCSUNDAE! <BR> <BR> A toast, Ms. Lady! <em>408</em> Have a wonderful week! <link><BR>OCSUNDAE </link> <BR> <BR> <em>243</em> <em>345</em> <em>242</em> <em>247</em> <em>212</em> ... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 09:39:53 EST Newbie Hi everyone new to the group my name is Jess, but have been on spark people for awhile. Happy to be around friends ^_^ Wed, 6 Aug 2014 17:30:47 EST HOW TO GAIN CONFIDENCE AND LOVE YOUR BODY <em>224</em> <link><BR>st=the_secret_to_loving_your_body_isnt<BR>_losing_weight </link> Tue, 5 Aug 2014 10:03:23 EST 14 TIPS FOR STICKING TO A WORKOUT ROUTINE <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=73 </link> <em>380</em> Tue, 5 Aug 2014 09:48:46 EST WHAT'S YOUR PERSONAL CHALLENGE FOR TODAY? <BR> Get my laundry done and work out at the martial arts studio. Mon, 4 Aug 2014 11:53:09 EST HOW TO DEFINE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=1890 </link> Mon, 4 Aug 2014 09:20:43 EST TEAMMATE OF THE WEEK:SPORTY 1 <BR> This lady has a zest for life. Words are not always necessary to show a person's personality! All I did was smile. <BR> <BR> Drop by our girl's page and give her some love! A toast, my Lady! Have a marvelous week! <BR> <link><BR>ORTY%5F1 </link> <BR> <em>408</em> <em>247</em> <em>243</em> <em>345</em> <em>242</em> <em>244</em> Sun, 3 Aug 2014 09:19:55 EST *** AUGUST 2014 CHATTER ******* Lets chat :) *** AUGUST 2014 CHATTER ******* Lets chat :) <BR> <BR> Hi everyone <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> hope that this is okay to create a new topic.... as I was looking for a place to just chat in.... didn't find one unless I missed it. <BR> <BR> <BR> sooooooooooooo lets chat! <em>104</em> Sat, 2 Aug 2014 20:41:40 EST GRATTITUDE CHALLENGE: Today I am grateful for ... <BR> My family. <em>247</em> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:30:00 EST If I won the lottery I would .. <BR> Dream! LOL. What would you do? Quit your job? Travel? Send your kids to college? Would you do anything different? Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:09:34 EST Best hair products for natural hair <BR> I just came out of my yarn braids and with color my hair is VERY dry. I would like to moisture <BR> and create some soft waves. (I wear it very short) Any suggestions?? Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:07:11 EST July's Top Ten <em>242</em> to our members who have the most Spark points for July! <BR> <BR> <BR> 1) BABY_GIRL69 <BR> <BR> 2) ROBBIEY <BR> <BR> 3) BELLENGLISH <BR> <BR> 4) SUNSET09 <BR> <BR> 5) TIMEHASCOME56 <BR> <BR> 6) TERRI77 <BR> <BR> 7) MARINCESS <BR> <BR> 8) MSROZZIE <BR> <BR> 9) CIERAPOET <BR> <BR> 10) DIAMOND102 <BR> <BR> <em>243</em> <em>244</em> <em>345</em> <em>247</em> <em>250</em> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:04:20 EST Starting over: WHAT WILL YOU DIFFERENT THIS TIME? Commit to exercise 4 -5 days a week. Change won't come quick. It took years to put on this weight. It's going to take some time getting it off! <em>234</em> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:18:08 EST LAST THING YOU DRANK <BR> Coffee <em>106</em> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:48:17 EST MARATHONS: HAVE YOU DONE ONE? <BR> 5-Ks. 10-Ks. Have you done one? Plan to do one? <BR> * * * * * <BR> <BR> I've done numerous 5-Ks around Greensboro. I did my first 10-K -- Marine Corps Marathon -- in 2012. Would love to do that one again since my eldest is in the Marines! LOL. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:47:21 EST MOVIES: WHAT ARE YOU SEEING?? I have a family who loves superheroes. We saw "Hercules" this past Saturday. It actually was pretty good! Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:14:47 EST QUEEN OF THE WEEK:TIM EHASCOME <BR> I recently had a question as to how the QUEEN for the week is chosen. I really have no special formula. I do so at random. I check out some Spark Pages which resonates with me. (If you have a sistah you would like to see as QUEEN OF THE WEEK, please drop me a line!) <BR> <BR> TIMEHASCOME'S philosophy is similar to mine .. she yearns to continue moving around on her own accord, see future grandchildren, remain mentally and spiritually fit! I totally agree. Miss Lady, Salute! <... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 18:14:52 EST BEAUTY: I CAN'T DO WITH MY ... <BR> Lip gloss. I must have it! <em>211</em> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:36:15 EST GET MORE OUT OF YOUR DAY! <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=149 </link> <em>250</em> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:21:53 EST Stress Level: 1 - 10 OK girls! We KNOW what stress can do. It's not a good thing and it is a contributor for heart and other stress-related issues we don't need. <BR> <BR> So post it daily. The higher the number, the more of a "wake-up" call it is. Try deep breathing, distancing yourself from those persons and situations which do you no good, yoga, and quiet time. <BR> * * * * * * * <BR> <BR> Mine is 7 today. Gotta watch that! <em>234</em> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:11:10 EST QUEEN OF THE WEEK: MOORE7306 OMG! What a stunning woman you are! I look at your taste in clothes and it is similar to mine! What a gorgeous smile you have! <BR> <BR> My Lady has already pinpointed what she has to do and she is definite about it. Change can be hard, but I have not doubt she will be able to reach for her heart's desire. <BR> <BR> Have a fabulous week, girl. I toast you as the beauty you are! <em>408</em> <BR> <link><BR>ORE7306 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>24... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 07:42:24 EST 14 HABITS OF PEOPLE WHO ALWAYS STAY FIT <link><BR>abits-of-people-who-always-stay-fit-1#<BR>image=15 </link> <em>381</em> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 11:08:09 EST FURBABIES: GOOD FOR YOUR SOUL Pets of any kind evoke good feelings, shared companionship, and gives you a cheery, calming essence. I have a 10-year-old shepherd/border collie named Kovu. (I call him the Wonder Dog!) He's the love of my life .. er, besides my menfolk! He loves laying on the foot of my bed and rolling on his back so I can rub his tummy. <BR> <BR> Share! <em>338</em> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:57:43 EST SONGS OF SUMMERS PAST I LOVE music .. don't you? What songs make you want to cut a plum FOOL? <em>334</em> <em>335</em> <BR> <BR> * * * * * <BR> <BR> LOVED me some "Super Freak" by none other than Rick James. As a kid in central NC, it was sooooo risqué! I was scandalized! LOL Tue, 15 Jul 2014 11:06:04 EST QUEEN of the WEEK: SICOSH <BR> I've been by SICOSH's place. You can tell by the energy of her page that she is a positive, sunny person and it's very contagious! <BR> <BR> Drop on by and give her some LOVE! Ladybug, we salute you! Have a wonderful week! <link><BR>COSH </link> <BR> <em>345</em> <em>386</em> <em>243</em> <em>244</em> <em>437</em> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 08:44:26 EST NAC UOY DAER SIHT? <BR> <BR> Spell your name (or Spark Name) backwards! <BR> <BR> * * * * * * * * <BR> <BR> elledualC Fri, 11 Jul 2014 09:30:35 EST Hello Good morning everyone! <BR> I am a new member to the BBQ team and am looking forward to getting to know you lovely ladies as I work towards my weight loss goal of 50 pounds. Wish everyone a wonderful Thursday <em>30</em> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 09:57:22 EST WHY ARE YOU SMILING TODAY?? <BR> My family is healthy! Wed, 9 Jul 2014 12:29:21 EST Word Association - Doubles <BR> Pull out your double letters in this Word Association ... <BR> <BR> * * * * * * * * * <BR> <BR> Halloween Mon, 7 Jul 2014 10:02:37 EST What's the Temp like where you live?? Emoticon <BR> Hot and humid in NC <em>198</em> <em>67</em> Mon, 7 Jul 2014 10:01:22 EST Today I will __________ <BR> Stay away from Popeye's Fried Chicken! <em>24</em> Sun, 6 Jul 2014 09:05:05 EST This week's QUEEN: CIERAPOET <BR> Deb (CIERAPOET) is this week's queen. If you want positivity, a flash of spirit, a smile, drop on over to her page and get it. A long-standing member of Spark People, she had reached her goal and have suggestions for you to do the same! <BR> <BR> Deb, we salute you this week! <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ERAPOET </link> Sun, 6 Jul 2014 08:55:13 EST In the Spirit <BR> How do feed your spirit? Go to church? Read inspirational material? Meditation? If so, how does it help you in not only your day-to-day life, but in your health quest? <em>43</em> <BR> * * * * * * * * * <BR> I have gone to church since I was a little girl. For a while I didn't go, but I prayed and meditated. I returned to church in 2013. There I have serenity being involved in something much larger than myself. I love the singing, hearing the Word, and meditating on the Word.... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 08:46:01 EST Habits and family Member TimeHasCome56 proposed an interesting question for discussion: <BR> <BR> In our community we have taken on a lot of habits passed down from our ancestors. It may be an interesting topic of discussion, how these things have influenced some of our behavior. <BR> <BR> Thoughts? <BR> <BR> Visit our sister-friend's Page! <link><BR>MEHASCOME56#comments </link> Thu, 3 Jul 2014 08:44:35 EST How to love your body <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=271 </link> <em>306</em> Wed, 2 Jul 2014 06:18:16 EST ROLL CALL! What your name and what are you from? <BR> <BR> * * * * * * * <BR> <BR> Cee ... NC Tue, 1 Jul 2014 14:05:13 EST Getting to know MSLADYBUG3 This is a weekly feature here at BBQ. We get to know a team member. We learn about her personality, her tastes, and just dropping her Spark page to say hello. <BR> <BR> This week's Sistah is MSLADYBUG3. Her goals are definite and simplistic! I LOVE THEM! LOL. Miss Lady, we salute you! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>LADYBUG3 </link> <em>224</em> Tue, 1 Jul 2014 13:59:47 EST Hair Tips for Women of Color <link><BR>hair-saving-gym-tricks-african-america<BR>n-women </link> <em>250</em> Tue, 1 Jul 2014 11:24:40 EST Five Ways Llupita is Changing the Face of Beauty <link><BR>ity-style/5-ways-lupita-nyongo-is-chan<BR>ging-the-face-of-beauty </link> Tue, 1 Jul 2014 11:21:05 EST Relaxed or Natural? <BR> Natural <em>211</em> Tue, 1 Jul 2014 10:35:34 EST BIRTHDAY LIST Post your birthday! Copy and Paste your reply and add your name under the appropriate month. Add your Zodiac sign, also! <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <BR> <BR> * * * * * * * * * * * <BR> <BR> January <BR> <BR> February <BR> <BR> March <BR> <BR> April <BR> <BR> May <BR> <BR> June <BR> <BR> July <BR> <BR> August <BR> <BR> September <BR> <BR> October <BR> 2nd - She-Lion (Cee) Libra <BR> <BR> <BR> November <BR> <BR> December <BR> <BR> Tue, 1 Jul 2014 10:31:39 EST July 2014 Coffee Talk <BR> Well, it's a new month with a lot going on. I just found out there's a plumbing problem in my house. (And If you have a house, what else is new??) I am out of town right now and I return home tomorrow. Even with that, I am going to see if I can get hubby to take a day trip to the beach. Ah! That sun on my brown skin ... ! And SUNBLOCK! I need sunblock! <em>334</em> Tue, 1 Jul 2014 09:59:45 EST Things to do besides eating (A-B-C) <BR> Aerobics <em>353</em> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 13:36:44 EST **** July 2014 Challenge ***** <BR> OK, ladies! Lets jumpstart our fitness by working 30 minutes five times a week. <BR> <BR> Now many of you are doing much more and that's excellent! For those of us, however, trying to regain momentum during our weight loss journey, this is just the thing to get things moving! <BR> <BR> Some of the best ways to burn fat is a combination of aerobics and weight. (Think the FIRM or PX-90) Still walking is a great way to get things going. The choice is yours! (Don't forget your ... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 13:19:25 EST Any Libras out there?? <BR> What's your zodiac sign? Mon, 30 Jun 2014 13:04:37 EST June's Top Ten <em>242</em> to our team leaders for the month of June These ladies racked up major fitness minutes AND Spark points: <BR> <BR> 1) ACE <BR> <BR> 2) BABY_GIRL69 <BR> <BR> 3) MICKEYD4 <BR> <BR> 4) TERRI77 <BR> <BR> 5) MINYONP <BR> <BR> 6) YELBRAMA <BR> <BR> 7) FITNESSFREAK10 <BR> <BR> 8) VIVIMADE <BR> <BR> 9) THEBLESSETHONE <BR> <BR> 10) REDVELVET21 <BR> <BR> <em>243</em> <em>380</em> <em>345</em> <em>386</em> <em>205</em> <BR> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 12:29:31 EST Old School Music Remember those tunes your mama used to dance to around the house and you hid your eyes when she did? OR music you heard in high school in which initiate fond memories? There's nothing like those ol' songs to give you a life and make you sing out loud in the car! <em>335</em> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 08:36:51 EST Praise Report! Life can be a beautiful thing. No matter what's going on in your day, there is always a ray of sunshine! <BR> <BR> Are you going back to college? Graduate? Finish knitting a blanket for a friend? Made up with your sig. other? Pants are loose? Loving on your child? <BR> <BR> It can be ANYTHING you want to thank the Lord/the universe for. Let's focus on the positive in our lives and give a 'shout' out about it! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 08:31:18 EST Either ... Or <BR> 1. Up or down? <BR> <BR> 2.. North or South? <BR> <BR> 3. The beach or the Mountains? <BR> <BR> 4. Saturday or Sunday? <BR> <BR> 5. Walking or Swimming? <BR> <BR> 6. Shemar Moore or Michael Ealy? <BR> <BR> 7. NCIS or Law and Order? <BR> <BR> 8. The news or the Newspaper? <BR> <BR> 9. Relaxed or natural? <BR> <BR> 10. Coffee or Tea? Thu, 19 Jun 2014 08:28:18 EST Word association <BR> Sunday Thu, 19 Jun 2014 08:25:38 EST Pets ... do you have one? I have a 10 year old border collie/shepherd mix named Kovu. I call him "the Wonder Dog". <em>200</em> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 08:20:55 EST Give me 10, 20, 40, 60 .. How many minutes did you do today? <em>231</em> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 08:00:53 EST GOT OFF TRACK BUT...THE LORD PUT ME BACK ON IT!!! Hello Ladies, It's really been while since I've been on the site. I had lost 49 lbs. in 2010 but had Hip Replacement surgery and soon afterwards found my way back to old eating habits! <em>198</em> But, I'm back now to take back what the devil stole from me..the victory is not lost, just delayed! Everyone enjoy your journey to good health! Mon, 26 May 2014 16:02:42 EST Staying motivated This has been the hardest time I've ever had trying to start a new, healthier lifestyle. The interference and the temptations are worse than ever. I haven't done much of anything, by way of exercise, and I can't seem to keep my food log straight. But I look at each day as a new chance to get it right. I'm now learning that trying to stay motivated is probably the hardest part of losing weight for me, so I know I have to be that much more focused and attentive to my goals. Thu, 15 May 2014 12:16:21 EST Hello Ladies!! Hello All! I'm Ayesha, Esh for short! Glad to be a part of this beautiful team, and excited to be on this journey!!! <em>30</em> Thu, 8 May 2014 22:50:34 EST Does slow n steady really win the race? Hi everyone I'm Taj and I am new here. I am bombarded by get thin fast diets and surgery just like everybody else. I am determined to lose over 100 pounds in a year with only exercise and healthy eating as my new lifestyle. But its extremely challenging. Especially when people around me are losing weight quickly while I do it the old fashioned way. I have been overweight to morbidly obese most of my life now I'm just ready to get this off of me. Can somebody please give tips, motivation anyth... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 03:05:17 EST Does slow n steady really win the race? Hi everyone I'm Taj and I am new here. I am bombarded by get thin fast diets and surgery just like everybody else. I am determined to lose over 100 pounds in a year with only exercise and healthy eating as my new lifestyle. But its extremely challenging. Especially when people around me are losing weight quickly while I do it the old fashioned way. I have been overweight to morbidly obese most of my life now I'm just ready to get this off of me. Can somebody please give tips, motivation anyth... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 02:03:28 EST I'm Back And Better! Hey Queens, <BR> <BR> I am trying to play catch-up on all of my teams. <BR> <BR> Happy Fitness, <BR> <BR> Queen Dee <BR> Tue, 1 Apr 2014 06:32:12 EST Chubby Marathoner Well I'm back! I've completely let myself go. Since my last check in with Spark People, I had just had a baby and only had about 20 lbs to lose. That was three years ago. Now I have 70 lbs to lose! I have done something cool since then however. I completed 3 10ks, 6 half marathons and 1 full marathon! Despite all this running, I overcompensate by eating a Wendy's crispy sandwich or 4 slices of pizza after. So now I am doing the Whole 30 Challenge and I hope to be 10 lbs down in one month! <BR... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 14:09:17 EST Newbie from Troy,MI... Hi everyone!! excited to start getting healthy and fabulous! Mon, 24 Mar 2014 02:20:39 EST Newbie! Hi everyone Im Renee. I have recently strayed away from my journey but I am more determined now since Ive hit this awful weight. I thank you for having me and look forward to interacting with everyone! <em>521</em> <em>249</em> <em>30</em> Sun, 16 Mar 2014 13:50:10 EST I feel... When others keep talking about my loss I met up with my and husband.yesterday. Before I could get close to them my hubby says to his mom, "See!", comes to me and lightly pulls my cheeks. For the rest of the day they both kept making remarks about my weight loss and how I liked like I did 30 years ago. <BR> <BR> While at lunch the comments and questions about my diet were starting to make me feel uncomfortable for some reason that I cannot explain. My was really amazed at the loss and I initially felt g... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 12:12:30 EST Hello Hi BBQ's! I'm Shanny and I am so excited to join you all in this crazy adventure of weight loss. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 11:19:58 EST oscars Congrats to Lupita,,,,,,,,well desrved Sun, 2 Mar 2014 22:33:40 EST Get MOVIN March MADNESS!!! (1 month Challenge) <em>440</em> Get MOVIN March MADNESS!!! (1 month Challenge) <em>440</em> <BR> <BR> <em>440</em> This will be the EASIEST Challenge EVER!!! (for some….and for some it may be the most difficult) <BR> <BR> <em>440</em> I personally know what it is like to struggle to get motivated. <BR> <BR> <em>440</em> To get moving. I personally have a million and one excuses why I can’t do something and I allow time to get in my way. <BR> <BR> <em>440</em> We ALL struggle with something in o... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 10:52:36 EST Need advice I have 16yr old twin girls that are driving me crazy … screaming is an everyday norm in our house….they have no chores they do not help around the house the stay on the computer all day and all night if I let them. When I try to give them chores they do a half ass job if I ask them to re-do it I get screaming and slamming doors…the problem was that I would take privileges away and my wonderful husband of 26yrs would let them have them back…we finally got on the same page after I threatened to... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 08:54:41 EST Hi I am new to the team Hi Ladies, I am new to the team although I have been a member of Sparkpeople for a few short months now. I am hoping to find some support, encouragement, and advice as well as offering these things to other women who are living with the same struggle of losing weight and getting healthier. Right now I am challenging myself to sign on to Sparkpeople daily(even for a few minutes) and to MOVE MORE.....I know there is light at the end of my tunnel but its so dark where I am standing now, anybody... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 11:04:35 EST Sparkbuddy wanted ASAP - HELP! Dear BBQs, <BR> <BR> I am going through a stressful situation which has been distracted me from my weightloss journey. I need some support... Would someone please be interested in becoming my sparkbuddy and exchange daily supportive sparkmail with me...Please? <BR> <BR> Thanks Sun, 9 Feb 2014 17:59:53 EST New and improved Hello everyone. Within the last year I have realized that I needed to make a drastic change in my life and re-joined Sparkpeople. The past week has been really harder than i expected. Getting in all my protein and water is an issue. Does anyone have any tips on how i can make it work out better. Would love making new friends also. I'm from the Tacoma area in Washington. Sat, 8 Feb 2014 16:54:39 EST Feeling Discouraged Hi everyone, I started my weight loss journey four months ago, and I’ve only lost 12 lbs. and 4 inches. I’m feeling a little discouraged because I’m not seeing the results fast enough. I keep telling myself that it’s going to take time for me to lose this weight. I’m 5’4 and currently weigh 198 lbs. My goal is to lose 43 more lbs. I work out 4-5 times a week. I get up every morning and workout to Leslie Sansone walk videos and do some strength training twice a week before I leave for work. I’... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 12:30:17 EST My aching feet Hello, <BR> <BR> I have arthritis in my feet, which is painful daily but workout is a challenge..does anyone have any recommendations regarding workout shoes or anything I can do to ease the pain? <BR> <BR> I don't want this to be the reason I stop working out again. <BR> <BR> Thanks, Mon, 27 Jan 2014 16:59:11 EST "SKATE OF THE UNION" RFK Stadium, 27-29 June 2014 Who is game for inline skating? Lots of events; volunteers usually are needed. Visit their website for details! <BR> <BR> Skate of the Union, June 27-29, 2014! <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Held in the enormous parking lot at R.F. Kennedy (RFK) Stadium, northeast DC. <BR> <BR> "Skate of the Union is the USA's premier all-skating weekend in the Washington, DC Metro Area... <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Join the Inline Skating group here on SparkP... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 05:20:32 EST Ready! Ready! Sorry so late...but I am ready to do this thang! <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 13:03:14 EST Fitness Camp If anybody is in the Atlanta GA area and is interested in attending a fitness camp that specializes in total body work outs, Please send me a spark mail for the information. <em>331</em> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 20:43:42 EST I can't get this ball rollin'!!! I wish I had a video of me on this ball for the first time! I am confused though; the spark video said I needed a 55cm for my height but, the balls themselves says 65cm. (I'm 5'7). I can't afford an injury for not working out with the right equipment. Somebody please help me with this. Sat, 11 Jan 2014 22:19:50 EST A NEW ME Hi! I signed up some time ago but for the 1st time, I feel like it's MY TIME to be a healthier happier ME. I'm new to actually utilizing Spark tools so please be patient with me. I welcome comments, encouragement, and anything positive you all have to offer...Thanks SP community Sat, 11 Jan 2014 04:48:56 EST BRAVE!!! NEW YOU Challenge!!! Alright Queens!!! <BR> <BR> This will mark the first challenge for the New Year!!! <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> Our goal is to lose 16 lbs in 8 weeks...that is 2 lbs a week. (If you lose more...WONDERFUL) This challenge will end the last day in FEBRUARY!! <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> We will post daily to inspire one another. If you completed your workout the night before and your water a <em>248</em> behind (or in front of) ALL of your if you work... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 08:59:07 EST Not really a topic I've been trying to find how to introduce myself but, I keep going in circles. My name is Julie. I want to lose weight. I need help. This is my first time seriously trying. I need support, accountability, and encouragement. I will at least start some sit-ups and cut out the sweets but, I really want to be successful; please help me.....thanks. Mon, 30 Dec 2013 01:55:47 EST Looking to make new Positiive friends Hi everyone, i'm from Virginia looking to meet new Positive friends from all over to talk about Natural Hair, Weight Loss, Fitness, Clean Eating, and just general everyday topics. If you would like to chat feel free to send a message. ~Unite~In~Sisterhood~ Thu, 12 Dec 2013 20:13:37 EST Recommitted Hi I'm Tish. I've been with for a few years on and off (more off than on) and I'm back recommitted and with a no quit attitude till I get it right!! Working nights, being a single parent, emotional eating, and love of food have all been challenging but I know I can do this. <BR> <BR> My goals: <BR> <BR> Lose 30 lbs. <BR> Drink 8 glasses of water daily <BR> Work out 3 times a week <BR> Eat healthy and no more than 1600 calories <BR> Sleep 7 hours daily Thu, 12 Dec 2013 12:17:06 EST Recommitted Hi I'm Tish. I've been with for a few years on and off (more off than on) and I'm back recommitted and with a no quit attitude till I get it right!! Working nights, being a single parent, emotional eating, and love of food have all been challenging but I know I can do this. Thu, 12 Dec 2013 12:12:31 EST How do you spread your water over the day? <BR> <BR> Today was an interesting day because last week I decided to drink more water - beyond the 8 glasses a day. <BR> <BR> so this morning before workingout about an hour before I drank 3 cups, during the workout I drank 2 cups and after on my way to work in the car I drank 3 cups. <BR> <BR> No I was not thristy only during the workout - but again I am making an effort to drink more water per day. <BR> <BR> so now before lunch I am up 8 cups and will do 8 more thruout the day. <BR>... Mon, 9 Dec 2013 10:13:59 EST Any Black Girls Run members here? I did a half marathon Nov 30 and saw so many motivating members of BGR <BR> <BR> I so enjoyed the motivation and enthusiam brought to the race <BR> <BR> This was my first and they made it memorable <BR> <BR> Looking to connect to get better at running <BR> <BR> So any Black Girls Run members????? Sun, 8 Dec 2013 19:22:26 EST Any BBQs in Los Angeles? I am back on this weight loss journey after reaching my goal weight, then gaining about 30 pounds back. I've been active in the past, but had some health issues that helped to get me off track. Just wondered if there might be any ladies in the LA area who need a workout partner for walk/jogs or at the gym. Mon, 25 Nov 2013 19:24:47 EST New to BBQ I'm a mother, grandmother, nurse and full-time student and I'm aiming to lose 85 pounds. <BR> <em>521</em> Sun, 17 Nov 2013 12:56:10 EST Remedy for Extra Dry Skin I'm asking this question to this team because of who you are BBQ's and hoping that someone has a solution. I am menopausal and the past few weeks my scalp has been flaking. I have never had this problem. I have been natural for over two years. I only use coconut or olive oil very sparingly on my hair and scalp. <BR> <BR> My hairdresser is ready to use head & shoulders, but I feel it is deeper than that. Fri, 15 Nov 2013 10:06:22 EST MOTIVATED! So excited to be here to lend and receive support. You guys are AWESOME. Fri, 15 Nov 2013 09:14:16 EST Day Two - Intention Plus Focus = Success! Okay, today is day two of my SparkPeople journey back to a healthy lifestyle, wholeness and balance. Yesterday I did so many things I have been intending to do just because of coming back to SparkPeople! <BR> <BR> I WORKED OUT! What's so hard about that? Well, I guess I just wasn't focused. Being in the right environment makes all the difference and I truly realize that now. My environment has not been conducive for good health. So glad to be back! <BR> <BR> I also DRANK ALL MY WATE... Fri, 18 Oct 2013 11:39:05 EST HELLO....I'M BACK! Hello all I'm back again. It's been a year, time to put some things behind me and work on he present! Feel free to visit my page and everyone have a wonderful day! Mon, 14 Oct 2013 11:21:49 EST 50's and Fabulous Every since I turned 50 2 years ago 10-15 lbs have been a struggle for me. I really believe it is harder to loose weight at 50 and beyond. I am not a very big person but I am 5"4" and my bone structure is large, but I need to loose because I have high blood pressure and want to get off the medicine it has been 30 days and I have not taken any blood pressure medicine hitting the gym at least 3-4 times a week. It also seems as though you find out you have all kinds of health problems at 50 d... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 11:35:12 EST Quasi-Newbie looking for buddy HI ladies! I'm back on sparkpeople after quite some time away. I am looking for an accountability buddy. Even someone to follow a similar eating and exercise plan. I'm looking to lose 20 pounds by christmas, 75-100 pounds in the next year. I'm not a fried food person but I am a carnivore and I love trying different foods, so if you feel the same please let me know. Thanky! Sun, 29 Sep 2013 19:13:00 EST Rocking natural hair? yes and so easy to deal with after exercising Sat, 28 Sep 2013 20:13:19 EST Gonna get it right this time Hello. I am a 38 year old mother of two. I have been struggling with my weight since age 19. <BR> I have been on every diet including lap band surgery. I have never been consistent or successful at weight loss despite having surgery. I have never exercised and watched my caloric intake for more than 3 months. Last year I reached my highest weight of 294 and was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. I have decided that I won't be defeated by obesity and the diseases that come along with it. My weig... Fri, 27 Sep 2013 22:10:08 EST Today! Today was my first day walking my 2 miles again. It had been quite a while since I had done it so it took some extra time, but I got it done. I also did Zumba once I made it back home. That was such a challenge. For now there is no way I will be walking AND doing Zumba more than twice a week. As the time progresses on I will try to do more days of walking AND Zumba. Oh and on a positive note, I lost 2 pounds! Wed, 25 Sep 2013 18:18:47 EST accountability partner needed Hi everyone. My name is khadija and I'm looking for a weight loss buddy to help me lose the last 20 lbs. I'm 38 years old and a stay at home mom to my four year old daughter. I've been a vegetarian for the past +10 years and have gradually lost 40 lbs but I've recently hit a plateau. I workout several times a week and am actually a pretty healthy eater but my biggest problem is emotional eating. Please contact me if you're looking for a buddy on this weight loss journey. Mon, 23 Sep 2013 08:46:52 EST Getting Healty for all the righ reason! This is my time to truly get what I want. Fri, 20 Sep 2013 16:57:41 EST Hi Hello everyone. My name is Crystal. I am 26 years old. I have struggled with my weight my entire life. I have no motivation. I work nights so when I get off work, all I want to do is sleep. I ordered Zumba DVD's. I really need to lose this excess weight. Wed, 18 Sep 2013 00:00:15 EST Going Back To College Recently I signed up for online classes. Years ago I went to a 2 year college. I stopped going because of car problems and not being able to find a baby sitter. I am glad that someone came up with online classes. Have any of you ladies made this choice? Tue, 10 Sep 2013 11:49:48 EST Hello Ladies Hi everyone, <BR> I'm new to the group, I just joined this evening. I'm looking forward to inspiration, fun, and sisterhood. My personal goal is to lose 18 more pounds. I've been a member of SparkPeople for a while but I never really engaged in the community. I look forward to chatting with some new people. I wish everyone the best and I know we can achieve our goals. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 00:00:40 EST Finally coming out It's ironic that i give myself a post name NE1CAN but CANT be consistent on my journey to be fit. I use to be an advocate walker for years until i started working from home. No matter how badly i beat myself up about it I find that i start/stop allot. So I finally decided to stop hiding (spark member for years) and join the rank on getting the support I need to succeed. My goals is to walk again, adopt good healthy eating habits, lose wieght to lower my blood pressure and most of all keep it... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 19:51:34 EST Hi! I am Carolyn. I don't have many friends. I lost the weight I wanted to lose and I love my size. I wouldn't mind losing ten more pounds. But at times it really don't make a difference when I am sick and can't pull myself out of bed now days. At times, I need encouragement because I really want to go back to my old eating habits of junk food and not working out like I use too. Please help! Mon, 9 Sep 2013 17:51:01 EST Virtual SPARK buddies would be awesome. Hi Ladies, second time on spark people and determined to stay the course this time around and achieve my goal of a sixty pound weight loss and overall improved health. I would love to have some spark buddies so that we can be each others' cheer leadrs..sometimes a little motivation goes a very long way. I am a very active Sparkie..I track my food religiously, my water and veggie/fruit consumption and my fitness consumption. <BR> <BR> I started this week with a personal trainer three times... Sun, 8 Sep 2013 08:09:19 EST Hello with lots of Caribbean warmth. Hello beautiful ladies...I am from the Caribbean and it is actually my second time around on SP. This time I hope to achieve me goals of getting to my goal weight by losing sixty pounds and getting fit and healthy. <em>213</em> Sun, 8 Sep 2013 07:53:24 EST G.O.A.L.S Fall/Winter Challenge Queens in order to get anywhere, you have to know where it is that you’re heading. <BR> <BR> In order for YOU to be successful, you have to know what YOU really want. It is important that we have a vision regarding our future and that we set goals. <BR> <BR> So I present you with our next challenge G.O.A.L.S. <BR> <BR> GETTING OVER ALL LIMITATIONS = SUCCESS <BR> <BR> By setting goals you choose what is truly important to you. Goals help you manage the flow of change in your life and overc... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 12:58:37 EST Not so new Hello all! I have been here before (Sparkpeople) but did not take advantage of the opportunities that this site presented. I was diagnosed two years ago with Type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. I think my weight at the time was right around 211 - 215. Of course, when I got the news, I was in denial until I made the choice to see my doctor (two months after the initial discovery). <BR> <BR> I am back now and have joined several groups. Since the diagnosis, the denial (f... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 11:36:33 EST Wow I haven't been on here in a long time and must say I've missed the conversation and inspiration. I'm feeling awesome since joining Spark in 2006 I've struggled with getting my weight out of the 180's and today I logged 166lbs :) <BR> <BR> Definitely the best feeling ever Tue, 30 Jul 2013 22:46:28 EST 3 for Me! 1. Commit to a healthier lifestyle (spiritual, physical, and mental) <BR> <BR> 2. Work out 3 days a week for at least 30 minutes <BR> <BR> 3. Elimination junk and drink more water <BR> <BR> I've been a way for sometime. I'm ready to get back on the wagon. I was down but not out. I'm praying that this time it last. Sun, 21 Jul 2013 20:20:02 EST How much weigt have you lost this week? I have lost 3 pounds this week. My inches are still the same. Good luck ladies on reaching your goals. Sun, 14 Jul 2013 11:33:18 EST Anyone in the middle of a weight-loss plateau? Hi everyone! I'm new to SP. I've lost 20 pounds since Jan but for the past few months I haven't been able to lose any weight. I'm frustrated to the point where I've started to begin slacking at eating healthy and taking my butt to the gym. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have this problem? Are there any weight loss plans or exercises that have worked for you? Maybe I need to switch it up?! Thu, 11 Jul 2013 23:49:31 EST Motivational Quote Monday Quote: "It's your place in the world; it's your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live." Mae Jemison <BR> <BR> Mon, 8 Jul 2013 08:20:51 EST Baltimore area Black Women Do Workout Event The group Black Women Do Workout is hosting an event in the Baltimore, MD area. Details below. <BR> <BR> Take a brisk walk with 77 years young Mrs. Ernestine Shepherd on Saturday morning (7/6/13) at 6:30 am and start off a new fitness routine! Find out what she eats, how she stays so dedicated and info on her workout routine! We will meet in Randallstown, MD (outside of Baltimore) with Ernestine who is not only a body builder, motivational speaker, fitness guru and personal trainer but more ... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 20:18:19 EST Bhangra 8 Minute Work Out and Dance Party Peace BBQ, <BR> <BR> Get your work out on to some very unique music! <BR> <BR> One love <BR> <BR> Kamal <BR> <BR> Listen to the Bhangra Supreme Work Out Music! <BR> <BR> <BR> Also, listen and work out to "I'm Built Like That" <BR><BR>inute-work-out-dance-song-im-built-lik<BR>e-that <link> </link> Sat, 29 Jun 2013 00:03:35 EST Newbie! Hello all! My name is Kandis and I am a senior in college. For over a year I have been saying that I want to lose weight and live healthy. However, I have not been able to stick with my routines. Today I have decided to do better for my health. I am ready for a change! I hope to be able to confide in you ladies through this journey. ^_^ Tue, 25 Jun 2013 05:14:54 EST Need Advice I do not know who else I can ask this question <BR> <BR> I just found out my husband has a facebook page hw is not using his full name and not putting that he is married should I be upset , I have asked before and he said he did not have one .... I was so mad that I put his status as divorced my question is will he see it or people that he has freinded see it ... I do not have a facebook page nor does my 16 yr olds or so I think ...should I be mad Thu, 13 Jun 2013 11:47:30 EST Tracking Miles Walked/Ran Phone App. tracks, distance, duration, calories burned, announces progress every 5 minutes and emails your results. <em>381</em> <em>104</em> <BR> Sun, 9 Jun 2013 21:44:52 EST I.G.N.I.T.E. ~ Summer Challenge Okay Queens as promised here is our new Summer Challenge. <BR> The Challenge will carry us through to Labor Day. <BR> <BR> The challenge is called “IGNITE” which stands for: <BR> <BR> I – Inspire <BR> G – Goals (Set some) <BR> N- New Lifestyle (never too late for a New YOU) <BR> I – Invest (Now is the time to invest into YOU) <BR> T – Trust that YOU will be successful (failure isn’t an option) <BR> E – Empowered (Enjoy your accomplishments) <BR> <BR> Our Goal for this Challenge is to ge... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 14:23:56 EST Day by DAY (Today's focus IS.....) What is your focus or plans for TODAY. Is it to exercise, drink more water, 2 servings of Veggies, finally get some "me" time, to-do list or whatever. <BR> <BR> Your goal could be just to log onto spark everyday. Whatever it may be just remember...we are taking it DAY BY DAY!!!! <BR> <BR> Remember Queens being accountable really helps us. As a baby you had to crawl before you could walk right....let that same determination be the driving force to help you achieve your goal. Let's do the DA... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 08:54:24 EST Looking for a Buddy(s) to chat with about Weight Hello, just looking to chat with others on the same journey as myself. Maybe we can help Motivate and Encourage each other!! Sat, 8 Jun 2013 23:27:30 EST Hello Hello All, <BR> I would like to do this right, can you please tell me where to start? <BR> I think i am particularly interested in healthy recipes to begin with. Thu, 6 Jun 2013 22:18:16 EST Eating friuts between meals hey lady's <BR> i find myself not drinking enough water during the day, i was thinking that eating fruits like watermelon and mango's would be a good substitution. until i get in the habit of drinking more water. Wed, 29 May 2013 21:56:39 EST The Diet Doctor--Terry Sparks Hello everyone, I'm new to the forum. Is anyone familiar with Terry Starks--The Diet Doctor? I'm on day 3 of his program and was just wondering if any of you had participated and if so, what were the results? Wed, 29 May 2013 20:43:29 EST How do you handle stress I have a very stressful job, which has contributed to my weight gain. I love the job, but the demands from Supervisors and Managers can sometimes be a lot. Added to that is the feeling the no matter how hard I work others get the recognition. <BR> I've read a lot of books on stress management at work and find that these aren't always realistic. These days I plough into my work to tune out everything else around me. At home its reading, calming spa music and my favorite shows. <BR> Runni... Mon, 27 May 2013 14:42:15 EST new here! Hello and good evening all. My hope is to get support. I am a 50 year old black woman. Fat again after 10 years of not too fat. Lost 100 lbs on the new man diet 10 years ago. That relationship ended (thank goodness) But, 10 years of stating emotionally has me back again to all that is familiar. <BR> <BR> so I'm hoping if I Change my attitudes AND my behavior, I'll see success. Feeling healthy and emotional freedom are my real goals. <BR> <BR> Hello again. Sun, 26 May 2013 20:24:11 EST JUMP into SUMMER CHALLENGE This challenge will run from April 1-June 21. <BR> <BR> Goals <BR> Cardio of your choice 5-6 days @ least 45 mins. <BR> Strength Training-2-3 days <BR> upper body-triceps,shoulders chest back pushups (dumbbells resistance bands) <BR> lower body-squats, lunges, stand or laying down leg lifts <BR> stretch after each workout. <BR> pick a day to get in a full body stretch maybe on your rest day. <BR> <BR> Post SW GW <BR> <BR> Thanks to RONNIE150 for the Challenge!!!!!! <em>380</em> <BR> ... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 20:31:42 EST Hey Yall Im 32 and I reside in Jacksonville, FL. I am a mommy to one(21 months old), a middle school teacher and navy wife. I have always been chubby, while in college I was vegan for a minute and lost about 40 pounds even though I was still over 200 I felt and looked great. I am on a quest to get back there. My obstacles are my skinny husband who likes to eat meat and rice, my need to crunch and munch, and my intense desire to lay on the couch. I joined SparkPeople to make myself accountable for my t... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 11:21:24 EST WORKSHOPS Hey, <BR> <BR> If you had an opportunity to attend a workshop what would the topic be, I am doing research so your input is greatly appreciated. <BR> <BR> Thank you , <BR> Noir. Fri, 29 Mar 2013 10:34:51 EST Hello Hello, <BR> <BR> I have struggled with my weight for quite some time. I've never been successful in keeping the weight off because I've always given up. This is why I'm here - to be held accountable, motivated and encouraged. I'm tired of talking about it and ready to be about it! <BR> <BR> This arena is new to me so any advice will be greatly appreciated. Fri, 22 Mar 2013 04:43:39 EST Good evening (or good morning) everyone! Hello, <BR> <BR> I join spark people because I need motivation and accountability. I am aiming to lose 30 pounds by the end of the year and another 30 the year after. I am sure this is feasible but my lack of motivation makes me gain back the weight and back to square one again! <BR> <BR> thanks! <BR> <BR> Nehemy Thu, 21 Mar 2013 22:06:03 EST I'm back and trying something new! I started the Isagenix program last month, and I just stared working out last week with zumba classes 3 -4 times a week. So far so good. It seems to me that I only lose weight on cleanse days, and on shake days I start gaining the weight back! Is this happening with any of you? I just started the zumba last week so I am going to see if that makes a difference. Thanks for any feedback. Mon, 11 Mar 2013 11:56:43 EST Hi BBQ's! I am a new user to this site. I signed up before but didn't use it. I'm looking for some helpful tips on making this site work for me, weight loss, and any other helpful healthy suggestions anyone wants to share. Fri, 8 Mar 2013 13:46:18 EST hii Hi all this is Natrea I decided in February that I needed to work out and lose weight. I started going to the gym religiously 4x a week. I'm feeling blah right now because I haven't noticed any changes. I tried counting calories but not all the foods <BR> I eat can be counted. Fri, 8 Mar 2013 09:19:25 EST Hi BB Queens My name is kisha and I am looking forward to being a member of your team.I am hoping to find motivation and encouragement and also to encourage and motivate my fellow BBQs when needed. Thu, 7 Mar 2013 08:18:42 EST Spark People Cookbook Good Morning, Queens <BR> <BR> Just curious if anyone has purchased the Spark people Cookbook? If so did you find it useful? I am considering buying it just to get some ideas and recipes. <BR> <BR> Have a Healthy Day <em>30</em> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 06:28:55 EST confessions I try to hide that I don't work out as much.. i hope i learn to love working out Wed, 27 Feb 2013 13:16:42 EST Tough Week This was a tough week. I want to lose my stomach so bad but I know it takes time. Got to sing a solo in church next Sunday and finding something to fit, wow. But I am singing for Gods glory...not man. I will hang in there! Fri, 22 Feb 2013 21:58:55 EST SAVED Despite all my weight, I am saved by HIS GRACE....Glad to be on your team and God's team. Tue, 19 Feb 2013 18:31:47 EST Greetings! Hello everyone! I'm a new team member and I can't wait to bring you along on my journey! Tue, 19 Feb 2013 14:57:28 EST Hello Queens My name is Marsha. I am hoping this website and this group will be the push I need to stay motivating in reaching my goals. Tue, 12 Feb 2013 10:58:12 EST Question re: Weight Loss Mind-Body Connection Hello Beautiful Queens! <BR> <BR> I have a question for you. <BR> <BR> Since starting my weight loss journey again, and following a Low Carb, sufficient protein diet (Ideal Protein (IP) Weight Loss Program) in December 2012, I find that I spend so much time- daily - reading all this health, diet, fitness and inspirational informaton and staying connected to the Spark Team Boards and Blogs that it's become a nearly full-time focus - and it's not about having cravings (because I don't/haven't... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 17:24:29 EST Hello to ALL Hello to all my BBQs, <BR> <BR> My name is Kristina and I'm finally at a point in my life that I'm serious about making a "healthy" lifestyle change...I have been a member of sp since May/2012 and I have started and reset my goals since then....until 2013...I am finally doing it the old school way....eating right and working out...and its really working!!!! I hope that everyone has a good week <em>244</em> Tue, 5 Feb 2013 21:30:32 EST Old, Yet New! I was in this group before, but I needed to get my act together! I was doing well, but just wasn't in the right mindset. Now, I've started my weight loss journey all over again, and am doing it the way it should be step at a time! I have a new attitude, and a new outlook on life. I am in deed on a mission to work hard, eat right, and get my body back! :-) <BR> <BR> Blessings, 2B :-) Sat, 2 Feb 2013 23:59:05 EST Sharon Hello, my name is Sharon Harris. I joined Sparks a few years ago but never used it. I have reset my tracker and going to start using this on a dailey basis now to help me keep up with my weight lost and to find better recipes. I need all the help I can get with little cost. Fri, 1 Feb 2013 17:33:26 EST Hi my name is Jessica696 Im new! Im just getting started and I would love to create my own blog. If there is anyone who can help me with this please help! Thu, 31 Jan 2013 02:09:23 EST Hello Just joined Spark People and looking for a good support system. Does anyone have a suggestion on a good weight loss protein shake that does not cost too much? Mon, 28 Jan 2013 23:07:08 EST NEW AND EXCITED Hey everyone!! I joined in July 2012, but realized that I wasn't really serious at that time to lose . I am motivated now more than ever. I have an 11yr old who is beginning to have weight issues, so what better time than the present to lead by example. I was the same age when I began struggling with my weight and I do not want him to struggle all of his life like I have. Making better choices to lead to a healthier and happier family. Sat, 26 Jan 2013 00:10:17 EST Fitbit One Anyone wearing the Fitbit? If so, how do you like it? Mon, 21 Jan 2013 21:16:27 EST Bonjour Hi, I'm a 32 year old single mother of two. I am currently trying to change my eating habits and become more active. Its not because I have a negative body image, but because I feel horrible. I feel sleepy after I eat. I'm tired. I don't want that kind of life. I looked at my family history and saw so many overweight and unhealthy people and I'm living the same way that they did. I have to stop. I am hoping to have a support group around me to help me keep things on track. Mon, 21 Jan 2013 13:13:49 EST I'm back!!!! Good in 7.01 miles today..taking it one day at a time. I've decided not to place any unrealistic demands upon myself to only fall short. It's okay to fall the problem has been, I wasn't getting back up..but different day doing different things with a new mindset. God Bless!!! Mon, 7 Jan 2013 19:40:19 EST 90 Day Challenge Hey Team! I am starting a 90 day challenge. I would like to lose between 10-20 lbs. If anyone would like to take on this challenge with me. Please inbox me :) Thanks! Sat, 5 Jan 2013 23:54:49 EST Juicing Have anyone tried spinach, orange, ginger, cheyanne pepper, lime juice together? Suppose to be good for your hair.... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 23:44:17 EST Just sad I have gained back 18 lbs , I am just sad at how fast weight can slip on you ... I need some positive motivation , I refuse to go back to 210 .. I am back on the workout plan and Jenny craig I just need that mental pushed .... Please help <em>46</em> Thu, 27 Dec 2012 12:59:52 EST Hair-Dos May Keep African American Women from Exer They talking about us right here...bK <BR> <BR> "Hair-Dos May Keep African American Women from Exercise" <BR> December 18, 2012 By Hardbody Staff <BR> <BR> A recent study from North Carolina revealed that 40% of African American women will avoid exercising to save their hair-dos. <BR> <BR> The study’s objective was to “characterize the influence of hairstyle maintenance on exercise behavior in African American women.” A 40-item survey was conducted with 123 African American Women from 21 ... Fri, 21 Dec 2012 16:00:03 EST WONDERFUL WINTER TO STEPPING INTO SPRING CHALLENGE This challenge starts December 21 to March 20. There also will be mini challenges throughout the months.I hope this will keep you motivated to succeed in your journey. <BR> <BR> Goals/Challenges <BR> 1.Post your start weight,goal weight <BR> 2.Lose 5 pounds in a month <BR> 3.Eat 5 Fruit/Veggies daily <BR> 4.Eat 5-6 small meals daily <BR> 5.Drink half of your body weight in water <BR> 6.Cardio 60 mins daily <BR> 7Strength-Complete 500 Crunches (20 a day) monthly <BR> 8.Strength-Complete 500Pu... Thu, 20 Dec 2012 16:44:40 EST Hello Hi my name is Heather. I've been in this site for a long time but have been a lazy daisy but not anymore. I'm 37 year old workin mother to a 17 yr old son. I work full time, go to school full time and mother full time so I'm pretty busy. I am working on my weight to keep myself healthy the right way. I am hoping to make new friends on here to keep me encouraged as well me keepin them encouraged. Sun, 9 Dec 2012 15:56:02 EST Hello Everyone I joined the team because I am 40 now, and I want to look and feel my best from here on out. In 2005 I lost a lot of weight. I was in shape and feeling great, but my accomplishment was short-lived because I got too comfortable and quit eating healthy and exercising. I gained back all of the weight I had lost then some. I'm just trying to reshape myself again...not just for myself, but for my family as well. Any motivation would be greatly appreciated and needed. Thanks in advance!! Sun, 25 Nov 2012 08:56:32 EST Hello everyone Hi I am so glad to join a work out forum of culture. We have a "unique shape" and very different target areas that are a challenge to the black culture. Ill just be frank. I was a Marine and I had to work out twice as much as other women who were not black to maintain my neat and lean shape. Our dermis is different and even how we store fat. I learned this over the years and now I know it takes a different type of routine for me and I am seeing results. I was trapped at a size 18-22 for ... Sun, 18 Nov 2012 06:03:49 EST Join me...let's get our SEXY back!!! Hey everybody. For a long time, I have been told that I am a beautiful plus sized woman. I am so sick and tired of that crap. I am ready to be a sexy woman...period. So I am watching my food intake, drinking a whole lot of water and exercising to get my sexy back. Now, who is with me? Let's make this thread a place where we can hold each other accountable until we get the job done. Thu, 1 Nov 2012 10:23:43 EST Introduction Hello BBQ, I am so happy to be apart of this team. I look forward to making new friends and sharing insight with you all along the way. I am excited about making this lifestyle change and getting healthy, and losing some weight along the way would be great. Fri, 26 Oct 2012 13:09:52 EST Trouble eating on the weekends <BR> Sisters I realized this weekend I have a problem with my eating over the weekends. <BR> Somehow I justify having an extra sweet or a decadent meal, how can I get over this hump and maintain the healthy lifestyle through the weekends ? Not only Monday- Friday. <BR> <BR> Thank you for any help you can give this struggling sister (^_^) <BR> <BR> Mon, 22 Oct 2012 11:16:12 EST Re-Introducing Myself Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm BLACK AGAIN!!!! LOL....Just want to say hello and re-introduce myself to BBQ; I left SparkPeople 2 1/2 years ago to try a quick fix diet that never got off the ground, so now I'm back to try yet Again to lose weight the right way......Lifestyle change and exercise. I really need and solicit all the help I can get! I thank you in advance for being there for me. <BR> <BR> Peace & Blessings, <BR> Soon2BDiva Sat, 20 Oct 2012 12:59:16 EST Managing Life and Meals I am struggling to find a balance on how to manage the things in my life and taking in healthy meals. It seems am always running behind, taking the kids to their events, and finding time for my husband. I end up skipping a meal or eating something unhealthy because I don't have time to get something healthy. HELP!!! Does anyone have any tips. Sat, 20 Oct 2012 00:45:34 EST new start I worked out for 148 minutes a day using X box 360 fitness Evolved and burned 306 calories I think I did really good I'm tired now about to take a long bath. <em>198</em> Wed, 17 Oct 2012 17:56:16 EST