SparkPeople SparkNorthDakota - The Official Team Team Messageboard The official team for North Dakota state sparkers. SparkPeople SparkNorthDakota - The Official Team Team Messageboard Batman character names super hero or villain Baine (villain) Sat, 11 Mar 2017 23:51:59 EST 40 day reporting Thread NewLibrarian <BR> 1 5# weight loss: 1 <BR> 2. 10,000 steps and 30 minutes: 3 <BR> 3 20 bags or boxes: 2 bags and 1 box <BR> <BR> ( I will edit this post each time I lose a pound, or make a day of exercise or create and get out of my house a bag or box) Wed, 1 Mar 2017 10:33:18 EST 40 days to Change Challenge So the forty days comes from Lent but as with New Years it's traditionally seen as a time of renewal and change. <BR> So the challenge is 3 fold. <BR> 1 set a weight loss goal. Mine is 5 pounds. <BR> 2. Set and exercise goal, mine is 10,000 steps and 30 active minute according to my fit bit <BR> 3 Set a decluttering goal. Set this in terms of boxes or bags of garbage, giveaways or items for good will/thrift donation. Mine is 20 bags or boxes. <BR> Report in the reporting thread. Wed, 1 Mar 2017 10:30:59 EST Fit your Food life I will write a specific goal here each week. <BR> so Sept. 1 -7 try to get 4 servings of veggies 6 of the seven days this week. <BR> Post results on the 7th or before. <BR> Remember a post in each forum for the week is worth a spark goodie. Wed, 31 Aug 2016 22:28:27 EST Fit your Body for Fall Once per week post a new fitness related accomplishment, A goal met ie I made it to the gym 6 times this week. An accomplishment ie I ran a mile without walking at all. A new activity tried ie I went to hot yoga class. Anything that's new or a personal achievement for you. Post in all three forums in a week to get a spark goodie. Wed, 31 Aug 2016 22:26:11 EST Fit your mind for Fall Post something that inspires you one time per week. Weeks are from Thursday to Wednesday. <BR> Members who post in all three fit for fall forums in a given week get a spark goodie. Wed, 31 Aug 2016 22:20:10 EST Fit for Fall!!! Lets all be fit for fall. <BR> Fit in our minds, our physique and our food life. <BR> Forums come tonight Wed, 31 Aug 2016 13:50:03 EST Hi! New to the group, kind of Hello! I'm new to the group, kind of. I've been in it a long time but not active. Just returning to Spark and deciding to go OUTSIDE of my box and get socially active this time. Maybe it will make the difference. ;-) Tue, 16 Aug 2016 22:09:33 EST May mindset Pick an area of your food life to focus on and tell us about it in this forum. <BR> <BR> I am challenging myself to 7 servings of fruits and veggies daily. <BR> Seems that if I focus on this the rest of my food life falls into place. <BR> It's May so I want to be out and moving more naturally so I am focusing on food. <BR> <BR> Report back how you're doing on 8, 15, 22 and 29th <BR> Happy Spring Tue, 3 May 2016 22:41:39 EST April Fools for Fitness Challenge Fitness minutes Please keep a running total of you fitness minutes for the month. If every one just edits one post I should be able to check this easily! Fri, 1 Apr 2016 11:43:21 EST April Fools for Fitness Freggie Challenge Try a new fruit of vegetable each week and report back here. We have done this before and finding new items is a huge challenge so new recipes for an item work too. Fri, 1 Apr 2016 11:42:01 EST April Fools for Fitness Weigh in Forum So start with your weight today and a blank for each week and a goal please just edit your post each week. Helps me find them <BR> April 1 __4.9 <BR> April 8 __4.4 <BR> April 15__2.2 late weigh in this week because of travel <BR> April 22__0.7 This makes me smile. I am not going to make 8 pound though <BR> April 29__2.9 <BR> <BR> My goal for this month is 8 pounds again. <BR> I need a better month. okay only 2 pounds but better then nothing! Fri, 1 Apr 2016 11:40:24 EST Spring into health tips and discussion! THis is a place to talk about how you are doing! Mon, 29 Feb 2016 10:49:51 EST March Challenge Reporting Please come here to report your progress in our March Challenge <BR> Carol will provide us with a template to use so that that seeing results is easier. Mon, 29 Feb 2016 10:48:37 EST March Challenge --Spring into Health! NDcarol is taking care of the challenge for the month of March! Check back to see what she has for us Mon, 29 Feb 2016 10:45:37 EST Hello I'm new to the message boards but not really too new to Spark People. Was here before a few years ago and rejoined about 1.5 months ago I think. Did real well to start with but then I made home-made donuts and blew it until they were all gone. Ridiculous. I do like to bake though. Then another week of wasting my time eating junk. I am now back on track and down about 5 pounds. I need to practice making fun healthy things to eat.....since I can't seem to resist them, or else make things... Sat, 13 Feb 2016 13:48:35 EST February Challenge Goal, lose 5 pound in Feb. <BR> Or exercise 50 miles. <BR> Report here. <BR> New Librarian <BR> Feb. 1 Weight = 0 <BR> Miles =2 Mon, 1 Feb 2016 15:42:01 EST Who wants a new challenge? Is anyone up for a team challenge? <BR> I am thinking we could start something Feb. 1 <BR> Post here if you have any ideas. Mon, 25 Jan 2016 20:23:28 EST Challenge ? So I want to go to Malawi in July and I want to be in better shape. <BR> I also have a daughter getting married in June and would like to look acceptable for wedding pictures. <BR> What about you all. <BR> Do we want a team challenge. <BR> Post here if you have ideas. <BR> At this point I am thinking something to start Feb 1 Fri, 22 Jan 2016 08:51:27 EST New (Again) Hi. I'm from the Williston, ND area. Glad to be back. Tomorrow will be my 2nd weigh-in since I started back. Hoping for good results. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 14:47:17 EST Bismarck/Mandan Folks Connecting Hi. I didn't see a thread for this yet, so I thought that I would start one. Maybe this thread can help us to connect to people locally...and possibly meet up for coffee or to exercise?? We can each post a little bit about ourselves to see if we might find some Spark friends in the area. I'll start: <BR> <BR> I am almost 34 years old, am married, and have 2.5 year old boy. <BR> Goals: Lose 20-35#, have more energy, and be healthier. <BR> Exercise Interests: yoga, pilates, rebounding, b... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 18:33:12 EST Holiday maintenance! Lets keep on track through the holidays. <BR> Just add your name to my post and repost when you weigh in whatever day that is. <BR> Goal is to maintain but hey if you lose way to go! <BR> Sun, 1 Nov 2015 09:55:43 EST Hello Everyone !! I can do this !! First step is to drop 20 LBS, Thu, 10 Sep 2015 10:16:43 EST Fit and Fabulous Fall So who wants to be fit and fabulous this fall. <BR> Summer we mostly looked at weight, pretty unsuccessfully for me and for fall I want the focus to be fitness. <BR> American Heart Association recommends 30 minutes or more of moderate exercise most days. <BR> So I am proposing that we aim for 30 minute of cardio 4 days a week. Reality is that is 120 minutes a week. I am not that concerned how you count it but you are better off spreading the minutes out a little. <BR> I want to define this a... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 21:33:42 EST Aug. 3 weekly Challenge Let's stay with the 2 cups of vegetables as NO ONE tracked this yet that I have seen. <BR> Now lets be honest and say that includes me. <BR> I am going to try hard this week though! Tue, 4 Aug 2015 00:08:06 EST Today through Aug 3 challenge Aim for 2 cups of veggies a day. <BR> Salad greens count half volume! <BR> I did probably a cup and a half today. <BR> Harumph! Tue, 28 Jul 2015 22:48:08 EST July 13th and 20th As I said in chat this will be for 2 weeks. I may be scarce the next week while we are vacationing. <BR> One of the persistent points on lists of weight control tips is tracking your food intake. <BR> So the challenge for the next 2 weeks is to track your food and exercise for 3 days each week and compare your calories in and calories out. <BR> For me this was a good accountability thing when I was actively losing weight. <BR> Happy Tracking! Mon, 13 Jul 2015 23:18:39 EST July 7th Weekly Challenge This is the Crosstraining challenge <BR> Idea is to do as many different kinds of exercise as you can this week. <BR> Meet the challenge by doing 3. <BR> <BR> I walked one mile <BR> and biked 11 today so I have two right now. <BR> If I swim or do elliptical I will have it. <BR> Bonus goodie for the person with the most different exercises! Mon, 6 Jul 2015 22:08:52 EST June 29th Weekly Challenge Learn or do something new to you on Spark People. <BR> Track something new, <BR> Learn a new health fact. <BR> Find a new way to use spark <BR> Start a blog <BR> Try an exercise video. <BR> Create a ticker <BR> Etc. <BR> Then post back what you learned by next Monday! <BR> Happy Sparking Mon, 29 Jun 2015 23:41:30 EST June 22nd weekly challenge Eat the rainbow this week. <BR> Have a food from each color of the rainbow (yes that's fruits and veggies) red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet +white. <BR> Lets cover all the antioxidents known to mankind this week! Mon, 22 Jun 2015 11:07:21 EST June 15th Weekly Challenge Hydration <BR> aim to get in your 8 cups this week with 4 being plain water. <BR> I count things like tea, and fitness water generally but lets make our goal to have 1/2 plain water. Mon, 15 Jun 2015 09:56:53 EST June 8th Weekly challenge Eat 3 servings of vegetables each day. <BR> Bonus if you make them 3 different colors. Mon, 8 Jun 2015 10:42:15 EST June 1 weekly Challenge The challenge for the 1st week of June is 30 minutes of cardio per day this week! <BR> Can be anything that maintains activity vigorous enough to raise your heart beat. <BR> Gardening and house work are fine if they are involved enough to keep up your heart rate. <BR> Report back on the 8th and check for the June 8 challenge. Sun, 31 May 2015 20:28:32 EST Summer Slim Down Reporting June 1 <BR> 30/0/30 Sun, 31 May 2015 20:26:04 EST Summer SlimDown Here we go! <BR> Revamping all the forums in this thread tonight. <BR> I am so ready to shed some pounds. <BR> 30/0/30 <BR> This is my goal. <BR> First number is my weight loss goal for the summer. Second number is pounds lost. Third number is pound remaining to reach goal. If you are amazing and lose extra pounds this can become negative. <BR> Thought for all of you. There is a weight that is too small for any individual. There is also a weight loss rate that is too high. At my current weigh... Sun, 31 May 2015 09:15:03 EST Things To Do Around Medora Vacation is fast approaching and I couldn't be more excited! We haven't had a family vacation during summer for like 6 years! Well I mean we have gone fishing or camping for a weekend, but not a real, let's get outta here for more than a week vacation lol. Our first 3 days will be in Medora ND before heading to the Badlands of SD. I have been there once many years ago when I lived in ND. But he has never been there. I have already purchased the musical tickets and we will eat at the pitchfor... Wed, 27 May 2015 17:19:26 EST May Health Challenge Let work on overall health. <BR> 1. Continue to track your walking mile equivalents. Lets try for 10 miles per week~ <BR> 2. Eat 5 servings of fruits and veggies per day. <BR> 3 Try a new food once a week. Variety is the spice of life. <BR> Enter how your doing on the food parts here once a week. I like Momdays but I am flexible on that. <BR> Team goodies weekly for meeting these three things! <BR> Let's Go ND Thu, 30 Apr 2015 22:36:08 EST May Challenge for SparkNor thDakota Okay this is coming soon. I am working some on it tonight. <BR> If you have any great suggestions let me know! Sun, 26 Apr 2015 21:14:07 EST Spring Challenge Reporting! Start reporting tomorrow. See the instructions and equivalent threads for more info. <BR> Lets conquer the Maa Da Hey! Thu, 19 Mar 2015 22:53:21 EST Spring Challenge Instructions Tomorrow is DAY one. <BR> Please count your exercise as miles to keep everyone on the same system. <BR> Check the mileage equivalents if you have questions. <BR> One should either count Pedometer steps 2000= 1mile or their exercise equivalents, not both unless you remove your pedometer while working out. <BR> The goal is to complete the span of the Maa Da Hey Trail in western ND which is 96 miles between now and April 30th. If your ambitious complete it multiple times. <BR> Spark Goodies will... Thu, 19 Mar 2015 22:48:39 EST Walking equivalents (do not reply to this thread) Outdoor cycling less than 10mph 20 minutes= 1mile <BR> or indoor stationary 10-12 mph 12 min = 1 mile <BR> 12 -14 mph 10 min = 1mile <BR> 14 - 16 mph 7.5 min = 1 mile <BR> over 16 mph 6.5 min = 1mile <BR> <BR> Playing tennis 11 min = 1mile <BR> Swimming slow to mod. 11 min = 1 mile <BR> vigorous effo... Wed, 4 Mar 2015 22:01:25 EST Spring 2015 Challenge Quest Hey there ND Sparkers! <BR> Let's create a spring challenge. <BR> Spring starts March 20. <BR> Please suggest some ideas here. <BR> I will create a challenge specific thread before the 20th. <BR> Suggestions <BR> Weight loss? <BR> Fruits and Veggies? <BR> Exercise minutes? <BR> Walking miles ( I have a chart at home to convert varying exercise amounts to miles of walking so we could make it equal out)? <BR> Vote for one of these of come up with your own idea. We need to become a team of doer... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 19:26:52 EST tired of being overweight and hurting Hi I'm. Brenda from Devils Lake. Looking forward to getting healthy and living a good long life. Mon, 5 Jan 2015 09:39:39 EST Challenge: October 2014 <BR> . Mon, 13 Oct 2014 23:36:08 EST Spark Cafe! I am making this thread to have a place to chat each day if anyone is interested. <BR> I had been mostly off spark people for a while and was out of the country most of the summer. <BR> No longer a leader here and no desire to be but I would like to know how the faithful few members who have been regulars are doing and to get to know any new folks. <BR> I am trying trying but not real disciplined about things right now. My CHO numbers were pretty scary this year. Wed, 10 Sep 2014 13:21:33 EST Challenge: September 2014 I am so sorry that I haven't been on here lately, in this group. I've gotten my log in points and logged my workouts & so forth, but haven't made it on to this page, sorry! I know that there are all different abilities out there, whether it be a physical challenge, or whether it be just plain old out of shape, so part of my not posting was not sure what would be a good challenge for everyone; I don't want anyone to feel left out! If you have any suggestions for future challenges, or any co... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 22:45:09 EST New to Spark and Ideal Protein Started IP July 21st and feel so much better.With a Life habit change I know I need support. So Googled and I found you!!! Im 63 and never to late to make changes. Looking forward to all the imput to keep me going. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:22:49 EST newbie Hi everyone, <BR> So excited to start this journey! Hope to be a success with all of you! Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:43:41 EST Howdy! Hey everybody, I'm 32 and live in Grand Forks. I'm a full-time student at UND going for my second Bachelors Degree and work almost full time at my job. I'm honestly at my heaviest weight ever (334). I've actually lost 3 pounds since Saturday because I'm just TIRED of this! I'm flying to Nashville for my job in August and I'm petrified about fitting into the airline seats. I'm finally doing it for ME. I tried doing it so I could find a good boyfriend but that never worked. Every time I've trie... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:30:36 EST Challenge 05/18/14 - 05/31/14 happy sunday all! I am super tired from not sleeping well on a leaky air mattress in my living room last night (long story, don't ask, lol!), so i'll try to make this challenge message short & sweet. <BR> <BR> as before, this challenge is adapted from another I saw posted on a different groups' challenge board, so I take no responsibility for creating this. do you think I'd be able to think of something like this on my own when I am this tired? haha. <BR> <BR> These next two weeks we wil... Mon, 19 May 2014 00:01:11 EST team challenge 05/04/14 - 05/17/14 hi all, happy sunday! <BR> <BR> this week's challenge kinda comes from something we've got every year here in the f-m area: clean up week! for those of you not familiar with this, it's basically when you can throw anything you want to get rid of out on your curb & the city will haul it away at the end of the week. what's amusing is watching the people who troll the neighborhoods looking for stuff. I've honestly seen driving by places in past years someone put out a toilet. like seriously... Sun, 4 May 2014 21:45:07 EST Challenge 04/20/14 - 05/03/14 Happy Easter all! I hope you're having a fantastic day so far & enjoying this nice weather we have! BEAUTIFUL!!! <BR> <BR> This next challenge is fairly simple: just do an extra 50 crunches/situps a day - a strong core helps stabilize the whole body! <BR> <BR> And as always, remember to give SparkNorthDakota some extra points with one of your 'Team Bonus Spins' on your start page - right now we're still in 49th place! <BR> <BR> Happy Sparking! <BR> <BR> Jennifer (AUGIE06) <BR> co-t... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:33:54 EST Megan Hi all! I live in Montpelier, S. of Jamestown and am kinda floatin around on my own! Anyhoo I am a single mom but its awesome because I am fortunate enough to be able to finish school and stay home. Also, I am registered for the San Antonio marathon in Dec. and so I am currently training for that! Any encouragement would be awesome. Sat, 12 Apr 2014 16:52:28 EST Challenge 04-06-14 - 04-19-14 Hello fellow Sparkers! I hope this finds you doing well! How are ya’ll enjoying this beautiful weather we have? I went outside and did a walk/run for the first time this season & even though I’m tired and probably will be sore in the morning, it felt GREAT! &#61514; <BR> <BR> I adapted this week’s challenge from another group I belong in; I honestly don’t remember which one it was or I’d give credit where it is due, for sure! Whomever did post it called it “Taste the Rainbow.” And no,... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 18:36:11 EST Challenge 03/23/14 - 04/05/14 Sorry I'm a couple days late on this one, guys! I just realized I hadn't posted this yet! And thanks to those of you who voiced your opinions on a team goal! I appreciate all the feedback, & if you have any other ideas, let me know! <BR> <BR> So on to this week's challenge... <BR> <BR> As I'm sure some of you know, I'm a part of something called #WorkItOut100. I've even had you at least look at it & read up on it, as part of a challenge once before. One of their recent posts on Instagr... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 17:03:01 EST TEAM GOALS Who: YOU! <BR> Wanted: Your input <BR> What: Team Goals <BR> <BR> Ha. Anyways. Trying to get some more activity going on this team, and would LOVE your input as to what you think the team goals should be!!! Right now I believe they are the 8 glasses of water a day & to take a multivitamin once per day, but if there's something else you'd LOVE to see added, please respond to this, or send me a private message! <BR> <BR> This group is only as great as we make it! Let's DO THIS! <BR> <B... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 16:33:15 EST Challenge 03/09/14 - 03/22/14 Hi all, happy Sunday! <BR> <BR> The challenge is this: DON'T WEIGH YOURSELF. <BR> <BR> Wait, what? <BR> <BR> Let me explain... I have been struggling personally when it comes to weigh-in time. I've either gained 3-4 lbs or only lost less than a pound, & it is sooooooooooooo disheartening!!!!! :( So, I'm challenging myself, and all of you, to not weigh ourselves for the next two weeks, or more! I typically weigh in once a week, so I won't be doing that this week or next! I do have a ... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 14:29:37 EST Challenge 02/23/14 - 03/08/14 I was messaged this past week by someone who wanted to know how to stay positive when not seeing the results they wanted. I tried to encourage them the best I could, but wanted to challenge all of you with this: How do YOU stay positive, when you've lost a pound since your last weigh-in, but you had gained a few pound from the weigh-in before that? When you just feel blaaaaaaaaaaaaah because of this lovely state we live in & can't do anything fun outside? <BR> <BR> Any & all replies/sugge... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 15:02:56 EST I need HELP! Hello Fellow North Dakotans! <BR> I need your help. I need a support system! I have horrible will power. I want to lose weight so bad, but it just never comes off, it just keeps adding an adding up. This is the biggest I have ever been, and I am so ashamed. I like to work out, but with my 3 year old at home with me, I never FULLY get the workout I want. I look at myself in the mirror and I don't like what I see. I feel like I am the Fat friend. YOu know what I am talking about, there ... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 02:25:27 EST RTERRELL 3 I would like to lose70 pounds. I have lost so far with sparkspeople 24 pounds. I am impressed how well it works for me and my wife. Mon, 17 Feb 2014 19:09:14 EST Challenge 02-09-14 - 02-22-14 Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaappy Sunday all! Can you believe it? I'm posting the new challenge on the day it's supposed to start! What a concept!!!! Haha. :) <BR> <BR> Anywhoo. <BR> <BR> Challenge this week: Check out Work It Out 100. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> What is Work It Out 100? Taken from their website's abo... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 14:42:59 EST New to Spark Good Morning, <BR> <BR> My name is Jessica I have been using spark for about 2 weeks. Love this program helps me to stay on track with my goals. As of today I am 11 pounds away from my first goal weight. Im on track to loose as much weight as possible for my up coming wedding at the end of Feb. I am very excited to work with everyone and learn about you all. Tue, 28 Jan 2014 12:02:03 EST Challenge 01-26-14 - 02-08-14 your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is this. try a new exercise. have you been walking on the treadmill? try running. have you been doing a recumbent bike? try an elliptical machine. been doing the same workout dvd for a while? try a new one! you never know what's out there until you try! who knows, you may love it! <BR> <BR> stay warm fellow sparkers! <BR> <BR> Jennifer (AUGIE06) <BR> co-team leader Mon, 27 Jan 2014 15:27:58 EST Challenge 1/17/14 - 1/25/14 I am so sorry I missed posting a challenge for this past week. I can't believe it's Friday & I haven't done it!!! Do any of you have any suggestions for challenges? Inbox me!!! <BR> <BR> This morning, I was reading People Magazine, in their 'Half Their Size' issue, about this woman who lost a lot of weight. And you want to know HOW she lost it?! Whoo-hoo!!!! :) So that made me think of the challenge for this week - what is inspiring you to lose weight? What was that ... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 10:27:29 EST challenge 12/29/13 - 1/11/14 I'm a little late on this one folks, my apologies! Therefore I am making it for this current week and all of next week, so you have plenty of time to complete it!! <BR> <BR> This weeks' challenge is fairly simple: What is your New Years' Resolution? How are you going to make sure you complete it, and does Sparkpeople fit into your resolution somehow? <BR> <BR> Reply here. :) <BR> <BR> Stay warm folks! It was -24 air temp this morning here.... Brr. <BR> <BR> Jennifer (AUGIE06) <BR> S... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 15:32:39 EST Challenge Week of 12/22/13 This weeks' challenge, other than having a very Merry Christmas, is going to be giving this team some of 'Team Bonus Spin' points each day this week! Let's get our state up in the ranks! As an incentive, once you've gotten done giving this team the points each day this week, on Saturday, respond to this thread & list your choice of Spark Goodie out of the ones on the 'fitness' page you'd like, and you can have it, courtesy of SparkNorthDakota! <BR> <BR> Jennifer (AUGIE06) <BR> Co-Team Lead Sun, 22 Dec 2013 18:55:11 EST weekend plans? Just checking in - how was everyone's weeks? Got any big plans for the weekend? For me, I'm going to the gym today, and then tomorrow I am serving Communion at my church, then visiting my Grandma at the nursing home. Also lots of job searching to do, too! <BR> <BR> Jennifer Sat, 14 Dec 2013 10:16:38 EST New Challenge! I'm fairly new to being an admin here, but I thought a great challenge for me to start out with would be this. <BR> <BR> Challenge: Reply to this post & list what you would do if you started to not lose weight anymore. Can be anything from where to find encouragement, starting a new exercise routine, eating better, etc. <BR> <BR> Happy Friday the 13th everyone! It's my big sister's birthday so of course I had to post an embarrassing picture on Facebook... isn't that what little sister... Fri, 13 Dec 2013 10:21:09 EST workout buddies Hey all! <BR> <BR> I was wondering... does anyone in this group belong to Courts Plus in Fargo? If so, let me know! I'd love to have a work-out Spark buddy! <BR> <BR> Jennifer Tue, 10 Dec 2013 15:23:41 EST One fun vacation week, one BAD nutrition week! Just got home from an 8 day trip to Kentucky to see family. We did not eat well. It is hard to eat on planes and airports and strange towns! My motel internet was not friendly so I was unable to do anything on that and my Kindle Fire did not like my attempts to log on to Spark People. I just started back about 5 days before we left town and had dropped 3-4 pounds, but it's back. EEKS! But, after trying to SQUISH into an airplane seat for 6 different flights, SQUISH into a small car, SQ... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 14:48:17 EST Fall Fitness Challenge Lets get fit going into fall!!! <BR> I am Challenging team ND to complete 1980 minutes of fitness by the end of October! <BR> Lets go <BR> Log your minutes in this forum and add daily. <BR> So starting tomorrow I might do 45 minutes of fitness <BR> So I would put <BR> Newlibrarian 45 <BR> if I do 30 on Sunday than I would add that and put <BR> Newlibrarian 75 <BR> Add your name and cut and past to this forum so we all see how everyone is doing!!! Fri, 9 Aug 2013 21:20:48 EST Daily Chat 2013 Good Morning Team!!! <BR> Hoping I am back on track and working on managing this team. <BR> With one month of summer left lets make the most of it and burn some calories and enjoy some healthy cookouts. Tue, 6 Aug 2013 09:31:23 EST Time for a change Guess I am supposed to introduce myself here. Here goes: <BR> Hi, I am John. I am a little (OK, a lot) heavy and I guess it's time for a Change. I've been a rather large guy for all my life and I just got used to it, and even joked about it. Lately though, I've been feeling the need to do something different and get in shape. This may sound funny, but I seriously want to participate in a Triathlon. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping that the tools/resources/community here are SparkPeople will help ... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 15:04:58 EST 1st time dieter Hi. This is the first time I've had to officially "diet." I've been fortunate to be tall and slender most of my life. I'm still tall (haha) but not so slender. I keep adding clothes to the bin of clothes that no longer fit me, and I miss a lot of them! Not fitting into my nice business clothes has been awful, and I am tired of continuing to buy a size up. So, my goal is fit into all those old clothes, which means losing about 25 lbs, which will take me from a 12 to a 6. I've only been doing ... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 15:27:50 EST Hi Everyone Hi, AF spouse of 25 years, been everywhere, but am currently calling Minot AFB home for the 2nd time. We've been here since 09, and we'll be here another 2 years. <em>41</em> I'm a new diabetic, trying to get the weight off so that I can get rid of all the meds I take and have a healthier second half of my life! <BR> We enjoy ND, have managed to knock quite a few things off of our to-do list, but still have more to do before we leave! Wed, 5 Jun 2013 15:09:48 EST Anyone 1-2 Hours from Fargo?!? I'm looking for anyone on this site who might be 1-2 hours from Fargo who like to meet up either in Fargo or where ever you are to work on your Spark goals and dreams?!? I don't mind the drive... I rather enjoy it... Fargo SparkTeam is dead... I need some in person support from others using Spark People... Let me know... Thanks!!! Thu, 11 Apr 2013 21:49:18 EST Againnnnnn I am going to try this AGAINNNNNN as u see, I am a mother of 3 wonderful children. Working a full time job as a bookkeeper. Went from an active CNA job to a sit on my butt job and surely can tell :( <BR> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 16:04:31 EST New to the Prairie! Hey all! I am new to North Dakota (have lived here about a month now. Am new to Sparkpeople too! I have a good 140+ lbs to lose, but hey the only way to do that is one step at a time! I came across this page as I was registering for the Fargo 5k. So if anybody wants a walking or jogging buddy for that day, I am game! I am starting from near scratch (can walk 30 mins, but can't run at all yet), but hopefully in 10 weeks, I will be on my way! Nice to meet you all. Have a great day! Thu, 28 Feb 2013 13:32:50 EST Hello from Yo! Hi Everyone, my name is Yolanda. I am a California transplant. I have been living and working in North Dakota for 3 1/2 years! I miss the mountains and trees, but love the rural lifestyle North Dakota offers. I found this website through a friend of mine. I like that you have a community for the state. I live in Berthold, and started working out and eating different because I noticed I wasn't able to move as quickly as I would like to. I only have 3 pounds to lose, but I have a goal of 30 pus... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 16:06:35 EST 2013 is for me Hello everyone. Last year this time I joined Weight Watchers with my daughter, I was a drop out by May, she hit her <BR> goal last week (during Christmas week ?!? crazy!), and she lost 67 pounds and looks fabulous. WW didn't click for <BR> me like it did for her. So, I'm trying SparkPeople. I bought the Sparkpeople cookbook a year ago and didn't crack <BR> the cover until today. <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance for your support :) Sun, 6 Jan 2013 21:53:52 EST Hi Party People! I live in West Fargo and have been researching recipes and the like for a couple months. I'm looking forward to meeting a new group of people to meet goals and work at being fit together. Having tracked my diet/fit progress on another app, I'll probably track it twice to see if I want to fully move over. Its exciting to see so many people on this site from ND. Sun, 30 Dec 2012 16:34:28 EST Im New Hi Im Michelle from Crosby, ND <em>252</em> Wed, 24 Oct 2012 21:44:55 EST Hi Everyone :) So I am supposed to introduce my self i guess. My name is April im 25 soon to be 26 and i have always been overweight recently i was loosing weight and now i am gaining it back. I really want to have a healthier lifestyle. I work full time and i am going to school full time so it really seems so much easier to grab something on the go and I am always feeling so hungry and unsatisfied. Some times I also eat out of sheer boredom. I drink alot of soda and energy drinks and have a weakness for sw... Sun, 21 Oct 2012 00:12:14 EST Just me :) So I am supposed to introduce my self i guess. My name is April im 25 soon to be 26 and i have always been overweight recently i was loosing weight and now i am gaining it back. I really want to have a healthier lifestyle. I work full time and i am going to school full time so it really seems so much easier to grab something on the go and I am always feeling so hungry and unsatisfied. Some times I also eat out of sheer boredom. I drink alot of soda and energy drinks and have a weakness for ... Sat, 20 Oct 2012 23:50:26 EST Older than Average College Student I am finishing my last year at Mayville State. I'm starting to take average of the water aerobics and wellness center. My goal is to get fit and lose some weight. I'm at 200 lbs. and not in shape what as ever. My health problems are getting worse, so I;m taking charge of my life again. In 2007 I weighted 170lbs. before starting college and would like to get back there in the next two years... this is my goal. <em>24</em> Mon, 10 Sep 2012 21:40:41 EST Hello Hello, my name is Andrea, I'm 21 and just started this group with my roommate today after stumbling onto the site. I've been looking to lose weight and become a healthier person for the past few years now, and this site has all the help and tools that I need to achieve my goals and I'm very excited to start making progress! Mon, 13 Aug 2012 16:51:06 EST Hi All! Hey everyone I'm Liane from Grand Forks. I'm originally a Oregon native that moved to North Dakota for college. Mon, 13 Aug 2012 16:26:27 EST August Fitness Challenge Lets' get started even if I am a day late getting this up! Thu, 2 Aug 2012 11:51:55 EST Hello I'm fairly new to SparkPeople and brand new to the message boards. I have some weight to lose and want to live healthier overall. I've been on and off the site over the past few months. I need to try something new to keep me focused and motivated, so I am giving the message boards a try. Fri, 20 Jul 2012 14:45:22 EST Fitness Challenge I’m putting together an online Fitness Challenge! It’s a small accountability group.. so If you are interested in learning more about how to be in my Challenge Group, send me a message. Sat, 14 Jul 2012 15:13:09 EST Hi all!!! Back and Ready to get at it again!!!! So i'm back!!! ready to get back on that horse! seeing that i have come back to my starting weight, when i started last year...really kick myself this morning!!! but i'm ready to start up.... lol Tue, 26 Jun 2012 12:45:23 EST How do you feel about detoxifiers and supplements? I wanted to get a consensus on how you all feel about things that detoxify your body, or supplements for your body. I just started selling these wraps from It Works! and they seem to work really well and are made from all-natural ingredients. They have worked really well on decreasing the appearance of stretch marks and cellulite (as has the creams we have). I am a really skeptical person, so I didn't believe in them after using one wrap and only losing 1/4". But after I was convinced to do a... Tue, 5 Jun 2012 12:00:24 EST June Fitness Minutes Claireese: 0 / 0/ 1395 goal Thu, 31 May 2012 09:45:35 EST Are you interested in trying P90X I'm planning on hosting a Fit Club soon. I'm trying to gauge interest, to be sure my location is big enough. We will be doing a P90X workout, so if you ever wanted to try it be fore you buy it. This is your chance...and it'll be a great workout!! <BR> <BR> If you are interested, send me a message or reply here. The Fit Club will be in Fargo. <BR> <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> BoB Wed, 23 May 2012 17:02:42 EST New to Spark Hi my name is Brittany. I thought this site was such a cool idea for those of us trying to lose weight or just maitain a healthy lifestyle. Im a single mom of two and I need to lose about 40 lbs. Im really nervous but excited to start my weightloss journey. :) Tue, 8 May 2012 09:33:44 EST OMGosh, How do you get ahead on meals? Sure seems like it takes me a long time to get meals figured out and substitute items and only for a few days. Guess I will pick a Sat- do as far as I can and then Sun get all the groceries or somethin. Any tips? Thu, 3 May 2012 22:53:51 EST From.... Hello All! I am from Golden Valley and if anyone is nearby and would like a workout buddy let me know!!!!! <BR> <BR> I do have a gym membership to Hazen Fitness also! <BR> <BR> Let's do this!! Wed, 2 May 2012 11:14:23 EST May Fitness Challenge I am copying this from another team but I think it is a good starting place for us North Dakotans <BR> Here is how it works. You look at the month of May and set a goal for fitness minutes for the month. So for me I see 31 days in May and I want to average 80 fitness minutes a day. So that is 2480 minutes for the month. <BR> The format for posting will be <BR> Goal/Todays Minutes/ total minutes for the month <BR> The goal than is to have your last entry have a final number equal to or more t... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 21:47:38 EST What did you have for Breakfast today? I had Oatmeal made with a chopped up pear, cooked in the microwave with soy milk and water and a touch of cinamon. I don't add more fluid but do add some splenda and flax seed after it's cooked. Mon, 30 Apr 2012 21:38:43 EST Hello I am looking forward to obtaining some advice and/or tips on making a life style change for my family and I. I am 36 years old and the mother of four beautiful boys. While that does keep me busy I am also a first grade teacher and am taking classes online to complete another degree. Over the last ten years the pounds have just kept piling on and with an ever busy schedule I have not done much about it. I would be open to getting any tips or advice for making a life style change with such ... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 21:19:29 EST Food and Fitness Chat 2012 Hey Let's leave our other chat thread for the weather and kids and day to day pleasantries. Let's talk specifically about food and fitness here. Mon, 30 Apr 2012 12:49:50 EST Hello from Golden Valley Hey everyone! I'm back on the bandwagon again. This time I am in it for the long run, I'm ready to change everything about my lifestyle. <em>252</em> Thu, 26 Apr 2012 10:46:38 EST God help me Hey everyone, I am Lisa, from Mandan. Want to lose 100+ lbs..big goal, but one cookie at a time. lol ummm emotional when depressed or bored really and mostly watched a LOT of tv and movies. Now, getting more active..finding projects around the house to keep my bootie movin. Motivation can be tough for me, I get busy or bored with things sometimes and drop my excercise time. Don't like to cook- really, so eat out a LOTor fast food or frozen foods, but would love to cook more at home... Tue, 24 Apr 2012 22:40:45 EST Hello From Watford City ND Hi, <BR> I am living in Watford City ND right now, following the oil boom. That is our job, Oil & Gas. Being new to town is nothing real new, but sometimes it is just harder when your in a place your not really wanted! But, on a happy note, I am ready to get healthy, with or with out friendly people around me! Spark people will be my go to place for support & friendship. Tue, 10 Apr 2012 20:15:06 EST Hi everyone!! My name is Erin and I live in Bismarck. Been on sparkpeople for awhile. I have went from 320lbs on 4-19-11 to 282lbs on 4-10-12. I am pretty excited but have a long road still ahead!!! Tue, 10 Apr 2012 12:39:52 EST Hi everyone!!! hello I'm 25 and have been very active my whole life, I love sports!... after an accident I found my self out of shape. I'm glad i found this site, I needed something to help point me in the right direction. Thu, 5 Apr 2012 23:28:35 EST Looking for encouragement Hi, I have lost 50 pounds and need to lose about another 40. I had a set back in December due to health and need to get my butt back on track, NOW! I am struggling with my restart button :-). I go to the gym and need to get back on a calorie counting routine. Thanks for listening. Sun, 4 Mar 2012 12:13:33 EST Help Me! I recently won a Biggest Loser contest at work, but it ended right before Christmas and now I have gained back 10 pounds of the 48 that I lost. it seemed that when I had to weigh in every two weeks right at my worksite, I was able to stay on track. Now there is no one I am accountable to and I have lost my motivation. I want to loose the weight for myself, but I can't seem to find that motivation. I am joining to see if there is someone out there that I can buddy up with and have a contest wi... Sat, 25 Feb 2012 01:01:46 EST Greek yogurt as a substitute I found this website that shows a person how to Swap Greek yogurt in for 80% less fat than regular cream cheese, mayonnaise, and sour cream. <BR> <BR> It looks like there are some good dessert, dip and other recipes here. This goes along with how I swapped Greek yogurt for the mayonnaise in potato salad or for sour cream on a baked potato. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ipes/ </link> <BR> <BR> I would like to hear from others about how they use Greek y... Sun, 22 Jan 2012 16:21:19 EST Advocare Has anyone heard of Advocare? If so, have you tried it? Wed, 18 Jan 2012 09:59:00 EST Howdy :) Hello I am starting out my New Year with a new attitude. I want to become healthy and also have some energy to enjoy all that life has to offer. I am setting my goal to loose about 80 pounds and I have to remember that I will need to take it one day at a time!! Tue, 17 Jan 2012 15:29:00 EST Team challenge Week 0 Jan. 10 234.9 <BR> Week 1Jan 17 <BR> Week 2 Jan. 24 <BR> Week 3 Jan. 31 <BR> Week 4 Feb. 7 <BR> Week 5 Feb. 14 <BR> Week 6 Feb. 21 <BR> Week 7 Feb. 28 <BR> Week 8 Mar. 6 <BR> Week 9 Mar. 13 <BR> Week 10Mar. 20 <BR> Week 11 Mar. 27 <BR> Week 12 Apr. 3 <BR> Week 13 Apr. 10 <BR> Week 14 Apr. 17 <BR> Week 15 Apr. 24 <BR> Week 16 May 1 <BR> Tue, 10 Jan 2012 23:51:44 EST biggest Loser Week 1 challenge! Track your food and exercise minutes in Spark People 6 out of 7 days this week. <BR> I have to have this on the honor system. <BR> So post back here next Monday and let me know how you did. Mon, 9 Jan 2012 23:01:00 EST Lose to gain...better health and mobility Hi, My name is Hazel. I'm from central ND and I've struggled with a weight problem all of my life. I'm excited to join this team and am looking forward to being 92 lbs lighter by the end of this year. <em>249</em> Sun, 8 Jan 2012 22:55:58 EST New to Sparkpeople! Hi Everyone! I just joined Sparkpeople and am very excited to lose some weight and develop a healthy lifestyle. I've needed to lose some weight for some time now and just recently got engaged, so I figured this was a great time to get started. I'm on my 3rd day now and so far everything has gone well. Can't wait to shed some pounds!!! Thu, 5 Jan 2012 10:56:35 EST Let's Motivate ourselves. Encouraging everyone to post a motivation tip that they have read, heard of, or practice themselves in this thread over the next 2 weeks. <BR> I was listening to a rerun of a special Oprah with Bob Greene yesterday and he said something that I heartily agree with and have found helpful. He was discussing squeezing in as many servings of veggies as possible. <BR> For myself I find I can eat and almost limitless amount of vegetables, maybe not potatoes but greans, peppers and anything I eat ra... Tue, 3 Jan 2012 09:58:53 EST January 8th Starting (before) photos!!! This is where you can post a before photo. I am going to be brave and put mine up on the 8th. I don't look as good as most of my sparkpage pics right now. The holidays have done me in! Mon, 2 Jan 2012 14:51:46 EST Biggest Loser Challenge 2012!!! Well here it is. <BR> I have been setting up challenges but not being accountable to them myself but I am going to try hard to make this one work. <BR> I am going to be missing for close to two weeks in February but maybe someone will step in by then and keep things going. <BR> This thread will be our Biggest Loser Weigh in thread <BR> January 10 th Start date = week 0 <BR> We will run for 16 weeks <BR> Week 0 Jan. 10 <BR> Week 1Jan 17 <BR> Week 2 Jan. 24 <BR> Week 3 Jan. 31 <BR> Week 4 Feb... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 14:49:56 EST I resolve to _________ _________ in 2012 Lets talk about some New Year's Resolutions here ND <BR> I am trying hard to undo what I have done but so far my resolutions per se are few. <BR> Read the bible on a chronological plan this year <BR> Quit using so much artificial sweetener. <BR> Learn to make some homemade salad dressings. Mon, 2 Jan 2012 14:23:43 EST Daily Chat 2012!! Hey I am moving chat to this new thread. <BR> Join me here! Mon, 2 Jan 2012 14:21:24 EST Starting out...excited! Hello Just Starting out and looking for a group to keep me on track. I am going to do mostly indoor treadmill and power 90 strength training. Wed, 14 Dec 2011 09:42:14 EST New member I'm already confused as I thought I posted here already but don't see it. I want to lose 50 lbs. by June so have my work cut out for me. Any help along the way is appreciated! Wed, 7 Dec 2011 12:53:54 EST This week I am Thankful for . . . a warm home! Sun, 20 Nov 2011 19:58:31 EST Hi from the Bakken! Hello, <BR> My husband and I are currently living and working in "the Bakken" oilfields area. Our family is mainly in Minnesota :( <BR> I joined the site/group after having my thyroid removed and for the first time in my worried about putting on weight. My job also does not help since it's low activity levels. I'm also away from my family for extended amounts of time which does NOT help! <BR> Suggestions and tips are most welcome!! <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Terri Fri, 18 Nov 2011 15:01:51 EST Hi! Hi, everyone. I'm brand new to all this, so please excuse me if I'm writing this at the wrong place, wrong time. I live on the eastern border of ND, retired from 30+ years working at UND. I've been concerned about my weight, trying to lose, since my last child was born, about 25 years ago. I would be ECSTATIC if I weighed what I did 25 yrs ago - at 165, I was about 30 lbs overweight. Sadly, I now exceed my "normal" BMI weight by 100 lbs. I have gone to dieticians, Weight Watchers, OA, W... Fri, 18 Nov 2011 00:44:17 EST Hi everyone I joined SparkPeople this evening. I live in Dickinson ND and work in Belfield ND. This will be our third winter in this frozen state - we moved here from Tennessee. I have a lot of weight to lose and am discouraged. Thu, 17 Nov 2011 22:19:16 EST HOLIDAY FIT IN FITNESS CHALLENGE Okay so the idea is to fit in fitness every day. Let's try to do 15 minutes everyday. You can do more. Just try to get something in everyday through the holidays. <BR> I entered this as a trackable team goal but let's track here too. Add you screen name to the list. <BR> <BR> Count the days you move. 47 days to New Years. So right now I am at zero days as I haven't exercised yet today. When I do I will change my first number to a 1 and leave the 47 there as a reminder. Join me and do the sa... Tue, 15 Nov 2011 10:38:18 EST Long term... I know that you win the war by winning the small battles, but do you have something that will motivate you for the long term? <BR> <BR> My long term motivation is knowing that if I stick to this, I can take my son to the beach next year without being embarrassed. I can wear shorts next summer! Thu, 3 Nov 2011 10:25:28 EST Today sucked... I had a really rough day. I knew when I woke up this morning that it wasn't going to be an easy day to do my fitness minutes. I run all my errands, get lunch, let my food settle while I get some school work done, and then decide it's time to start some cardio. I put in my game (wii fitness coach), and get everything set up. It's my fitness assessment day. I put on inches in a couple places, and a couple pounds--even though I'm pretty sure I'm doing everything right. <BR> <BR> Ok, whatever...... Wed, 2 Nov 2011 15:54:27 EST Indoor exercies? Lets face it, it gets cold up here! What exercises do you recommend for the days when you just can't get outside? I've recently moved here from Ohio, and I really would like to know what works for different people. <BR> <BR> I found a wii "game" that kicks my butt--called My Fitness Coach. It's a good one and is geared towards your fitness level, time commitments, and really just makes me feel good when I'm able to follow through. I also have a treadmill to walk on (I haven't had to use it y... Sun, 30 Oct 2011 13:57:46 EST Hello from Barney! Hi! <BR> <BR> I'm not sure what to write in here. I'm 31. I have a bad marriage that helped me stress eat and push my weight up to 280+ pounds. I dropped 60 (quickly) following my divorce, and have recently put back 10 of that. I don't want it back! I want it gone, and I want to feel better about myself. <BR> <BR> Most of the time, when I start feeling bad about my weight, I just eat more. I refuse to let that happen again. I found this site while googling the question "Is a cheat day bad ... Sat, 29 Oct 2011 20:11:02 EST Visalus- Body by Vi 90 challenge Hey everyone, I am 5 days away from starting my second 90 day challenge on the Body By Vi system... Just seeing if anyone else is on the challenge and if we can support each other through this system! If you have never heard of Visalus and the Body by Vi Challenge message me and I can fill you in! Mon, 17 Oct 2011 17:55:22 EST I am a Newbie Hello my name is: Lou ann from Bismarck. I am about 30 lbs over weight. I have tried all of the different weight loss programs. I am currently 167 lbs. Used to be 135-140 lbs. My goal weight now! I am a Director with Scentsy Wickless Candles. I want to get in shape for a Vacation for Director training in Cancun in January. Wed, 21 Sep 2011 23:33:22 EST Hi there, newbie here. I stumbled on this website after I come to realize that I am now officially obese (BMI 31). My wife and I used to be very active until almost 2 years ago when we have our first born son. Now, we have another child and we are finding it harder and harder to squeeze some time to go to the gym. My main goal is to lose weight and adapt a healthier life style for me and my family. Hopefully, we all your support, I can someday share my success with you. Sat, 17 Sep 2011 18:28:21 EST Hi, Gaylys here from ND Hi! I recently joined sparks after getting back into a dieting routine that I had let slip away for way too long. My daughters started doing so I joined them on my new smart phone. I joined sparks when I saw there were more things to offer and also that my sister & niece in MN are members. Hopefully I'll get this all figured out and also lose some weight in the process! Tue, 6 Sep 2011 01:47:11 EST Fruit and Veggie challenge lets note our fruit and veggie total each day. <BR> Aim for a minimum of 5 <BR> 6 for me today. Thu, 1 Sep 2011 21:33:39 EST September Fitness Minutes NewLibrarian 80 (pretty good day today) Thu, 1 Sep 2011 21:32:05 EST August Fitness Challenge lets go with the same format. <BR> Newlibrarian 140 for the 1st and 2nd. Wed, 3 Aug 2011 08:16:53 EST New to this team New to this team, but joined sparkpeople in February. I am living in WI but making a move to nodak in a month so thought I would check in here to see if anyone is active on the site here. Have a wonderful evening everyone. Sun, 24 Jul 2011 21:07:07 EST help!! i always think i will start losing weight tomorrow or next week! I need help! I have to start NOW! i am 24 years old and am very uncomfortable with myself! I work an average of 55 to 60 hours a week plus school! I dont have alot of money to spend on "diet" stuff! I need motivation!!! Please any advice!! Mon, 18 Jul 2011 23:25:37 EST help!! i always think i will start losing weight tomorrow or next week! I need help! I have to start NOW! i am 24 years old and am very uncomfortable with myself! I work an average of 55 to 60 hours a week plus school! I dont have alot of money to spend on "diet" stuff! I need motivation!!! Please any advice!! Mon, 18 Jul 2011 22:46:14 EST Fitness Minute Challenge July 2011 Here it is. Our July Team Challenge will be to do something active everyday and track the number of minutes starting today (or realistically whenever you can join us) <BR> For example <BR> New Librarian 50 <BR> Each member can copy and paste this and add their name and minutes. We will keep a running total for the remainder of the month. <BR> For this month lets not make a goal lets just aim to do something each day and track. Tue, 5 Jul 2011 19:58:48 EST tabulating exercise I am having problems determining my exercise for the day. I do hours of yard work, weed eating, weeding by hand, mowing, trimming hedges, etc. It requires quite a bit of walking, bending, etc. I have no way to figure out how to add this to exercise. Also I clean the barn, removing lots of manure, put down new bedding, clean water tanks. Can we count any of this or do I need to take out time to do aerobic exercises. Can someone suggest how to handle this? Tue, 5 Jul 2011 09:55:15 EST Intoducing myself to the boards Hi! My name is Tiffany Munson and I have been on sparkpeople for a while now and just felt it was time to start using it the way other peopel do. I am in need of some motivation and getting my eating habits under control. Yes, I am looking for some buddies to help me with my journey.. Tue, 28 Jun 2011 17:14:37 EST rosycar...out of it Ending vacation with too much baggage..treasures and luggage..literally an in need of a jump start to decrease the lbs ..that could stand for pounds or lard butt:-)...first time trying online membership ....looking forward to a new fun challenging of lighting up an improving my fit side! Tue, 21 Jun 2011 12:31:53 EST Hi I'm looking for tips to eat healthy I'm a graphics designer, work 2 jobs, literally 14 hrs a day in front of a computer. I do make time to lift weights, run, walk and bike as much as my schedule will allow. I've lost inches in the past few months however I have very unhealthy eating habits and lack of sleep. I have never been good at cooking so am finding it hard to cook healthy as I'm not accustomed to this way of living. I am open to any suggestions or tips. Thank you. Thu, 16 Jun 2011 16:56:16 EST Hi, I'm Hayley. I am from Bismarck, ND and am looking for a workout/motivation buddy here in town. Message me if you are interested (only females please...I'm a married woman) in getting together sometime and getting in shape. Wed, 8 Jun 2011 13:16:42 EST Starting this journey again Hey there my name is Shay, i'm a server at a restraunt here in town. This is my second time using spark. the first time i didnt use any of the community or even the fitness so this time around i'm trying to give it my's to hopin...somthings gotta change in my life because i'm loosing hope! Wed, 1 Jun 2011 23:42:51 EST Hello from Erie in Cass Co. North Dakota! Hi, I'm Shannon and I live with my boyfriend and children in Erie, ND! Happy to be here amongst other awesome North Dakotans in the quest for a healthier way of life. I can't make excuses's time for some action! My main problems throughout the years have been my growing lack of motivation, (though I don't know why as I have much to be grateful for), and having little support. I'm now at my heaviest, (295), and I'll be darned if I see that scale hit the 300 mark so here I am; re... Tue, 31 May 2011 03:03:18 EST moochie2472 Hi <BR> I just started this so will take a while to become familar with all the pages . I have type 2 diabetes and need to get the weight of. I'm 65 yrs old and just retired in June of 2010..So am starting a new life want it to last as long as possible and the way I'm going it might not be a long journey.So my granddaughter got me to do this with her and we both need the help. So am going to give it my best shot.. Mon, 11 Apr 2011 01:10:35 EST Introduction Hi, I'm dropping in from Texas to tell you about great opportunites for exercise in your great state of N.Dakota. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>g-off-the-beaten-path </link> Fri, 4 Mar 2011 11:08:16 EST Day one.. from Grand Forks Hi everyone! I am new to this... I am not sure what I am doing or where to begin. I have no idea how to eat healthy... being from here, I was raised on meat and taters, lol I need all the help I can get! I need a person to check in with daily.... I think.. LOL Wed, 2 Mar 2011 17:00:29 EST New to Sparks Hi there: <BR> I'm new to Sparks - what a great sight. Hope to get a handle on this weight thing. I'm from Grand Forks Mon, 31 Jan 2011 16:45:56 EST Hi, I am Karen from ND! I am 45, and need to lose about 100 lbs for my health. I am cooking healthy, eating less, stopped drinking pop, gave up chocolate and all sweets. I have been working out all Jan from 20 min the first week to 60 min a day the 16th and on, until I got hurt last Thur from slipping and sliding in wet snow - I pulled back muscles that were tired from workouts already and messed up both ankles and feet. Chiropractor fixed feet and ankles but both are still sore, hot tub yesterday helped back but... Mon, 31 Jan 2011 16:21:14 EST Where are we from? Hi, I am from Bismarck. Different people in different areas of the state can post here where they are from. Maybe we can get some folks together to form friendships or exercise partners. <BR> I have heard from a few people in my area like Washburn which is an hour north but not from anyone right in Bismarck. I have a friend at church who uses parts of sparkpeople but not the social parts. <BR> Anyway lets talk about areas of the state here and maybe we can eventually have some city chat foru... Mon, 3 Jan 2011 09:21:02 EST My name is Veronica Hi everyone and Happy New Year! I don't know why I am here. Many, many, many times I have tried in the past to lose weight and have always failed. I need help. Sometimes I think I need someone to hold my hand. I picked up a copy of the latest People magazine, the one with the articles that have the inspirational weight loss success stories. One of the gals mentioned this website. I want to lose weight so I feel better inside and out. As I get older, I feel the effects of carrying all ... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 20:10:08 EST New Years, New Challenges Looks like in 2009 there were weekly challenges posted to this forum. Saturday is New Years Day. I am going to try and post a challenge each week to keep us on our toes. We'll see how it goes. <BR> Hey that rhymes. Pretty fun. Wed, 29 Dec 2010 12:23:24 EST What's your favorite holiday memory new or old? For me right now it's time with my cousin Bard every holiday. I loved the consistancy and lack of surprises of holiday times growing up. Thu, 23 Dec 2010 09:44:43 EST Hi everyone! I am very new to this site & am finding it hard to navigate. So I will keep finding my way around & hopefully something will happen. I'm very excited to begin this new journey, but if I can't figure out how to use this site, I know I will get discouraged & just give up. Any suggestions? Mon, 13 Dec 2010 00:31:09 EST Hello from Fargo! Well, technically I live in West Fargo. I've been a Minnesota girl all my life until June 2010. I got a job at NDSU and my husband and I moved across the river to Fargo. I grew up near Minneapolis. I've been on Spark for several months now but just now realized I was on this team! Thu, 9 Dec 2010 13:29:41 EST Hello from Grand Forks! Hi! I'm new to this team but not new to SparkPeople. I moved to Grand Forks from Wisconsin in June with my husband & daughter. I love SP & I've lost 55lbs so far. I have about 50lbs to go until I hit my goal :) <BR> <BR> Feel free to check out my SparkPage & add me as a friend!! Sat, 4 Dec 2010 21:25:41 EST GOOD MORNING NORTH DAKOTA! It is a winter wonderland out there. It is a blistering 7 degrees with a wind chill of -2. What a great day to be alive! Wed, 1 Dec 2010 11:48:02 EST Hello Hello everyone! I was a member of SparkPeople a couple years ago when I was serious about losing weight and lost about 50 lbs. Then life and drama took over and I've gained it all back and then some. So here I am again to muster up some motivation to get my butt in gear. I am taking college courses full-time, volunteer for a couple organizations, and raise a family of 7 kids with my fiance. We are in the process of buying a house too, so that's just an extra "to-do" on my list. Looking ... Tue, 30 Nov 2010 18:24:32 EST Tired of being tired Hello. I guess I am supposed to Introduce myself here. My name is John and I am 39 years old and, 100 lbs overweight. I work at a desk job staring at a computer all day and the only exercise I get is chasing my kids around the house (Ages 17, 3, and 1 month). I find that I am always tired and my friends say that if I lost some weight I wouldn't be so tired all the time. Also, I want to try and get in shape for my 10th wedding anniversary (Nov 2011). Hmm, what else to say? I guess that'... Sat, 27 Nov 2010 20:47:21 EST Hello Team From Grand Forks Hello! I just started my SP journey on Saturday and I am enjoying this site and everybody's input. I had lap band surgery almost 2 years ago and have struggled in my second year. It's a battle but I know I can win it. Becoming a part of SP is sure to help. Thanks for your support and I hope to be of equal support. <em>104</em> Thu, 18 Nov 2010 21:57:26 EST No good day ! Ok so today I didn't accomplish much. I was tired and sluggish all day. I got my daughter off to school and ended up going back to bed. I didn't exercise at all today and I went over my daily calorie goal. Overall not to great of a day. Better luck tomorrow. Tue, 16 Nov 2010 19:13:04 EST Just saying hi Hi I am new to this. Just stareted spark people today. After hearing all the comments my husband had to tell me last night about my weight I decided its time to get serious and do somthing about it. Mon, 15 Nov 2010 10:11:57 EST hey My name is Elizabeth i am 21 recently married. I am hoping to shed the weight i gained after graduation.(hopefully a little more). I just mainly want to get back to a healthy weight to be healthy so I can start a healthy family. I am hoping I can get some support off this website, n hope i can encourage others. Fri, 5 Nov 2010 00:50:51 EST Eat To Live Eat to live, make healthy choices every day. Ask yourself, why am I eating? Is it because of FLAB? Frustration, Loneliness, Anger, or Boredom? These are some of the main reasons emotional eaters eat. Eat for fuel. Don't eat for entertainment! Eating is nourish your body. Sorry about the rant I just need to remind myself. Mon, 1 Nov 2010 22:23:15 EST Hi, I'm new!! Hi, I'm new to this site. I'm trying to make my life healthier and happier. I live in North Dakota with my boyfriend, cat, dog, and two rats. I love travel, reading, and japanese culture. I have several goals, but the most important is to improve the quality of my life by doing something for myself everyday. <BR> <BR> I look forward to reading posts, articles, and success stories from you all. Sun, 24 Oct 2010 19:00:24 EST Entering Adulthood Hi everybody. Having graduated college a year and a half ago, I have been thrust into adulthood and the responsibilities that come with it. Being in school, I always thought that after I did graduate, I would have more time to dedicate to fitness (since there wouldn't be homework and studying, etc.) However, it is evident now that working full-time consumes more time and energy than I had expected. This has caused my eating habits to spiral out of control and my exercise habits to become almo... Sat, 16 Oct 2010 13:22:16 EST Another Flatlander Here we go.... <BR> 7 years ago I managed to lose about 80 lbs or so... was a wonderful accomplishment. I would like to say i fell off the fitness wagon, but maybe dove head first off would be a better way to put it, and gained about 50 back! <BR> Last winter I tore my rotator cuff... tried PT, but no go, so had to have surgery. During rehab and PT I got into the workout regime again... felt great, since then I have been going to the gym5-6 days a week, weight training and using the elliptica... Tue, 12 Oct 2010 13:00:03 EST hi i am from jamestown i live in jamestown i am trying to be better about exerxizing and counting calories i have joined sparks so all of you can help thanx wilma Wed, 6 Oct 2010 19:58:32 EST Hi - New to Sparks Hi! I joined as a means of keeping track of what I eat, and to insure that I get the fitness minutes in that I plan. I have some unique challenges as I use supplemental oxygen, but regular exercise reduces how much I need... so don't think I will be running marathons, but I will be walking. I am "officially" disabled so spend lots of time by myself, so looking for more people to talk with on a daily basis. I am looking for a Fargo Buddy - I exercise during the day.... Tue, 5 Oct 2010 12:55:52 EST Hi ya'll Hi..So I'm not sure if this is going to work or, but I figure what the heck, I'll give it a try. I really hope it does. I live up here in "no mans land" North Dakota...The only thing that makes it worth it is my boyfriend his kids and our pit bull dog named Zeus. I'm a size 16-18 right now and I'm trying to get down to a size 9. Lets see if I can do. I could use all the support and encouragement I could get. Thu, 30 Sep 2010 22:16:39 EST W is for... Water! Mon, 27 Sep 2010 13:43:50 EST Back on the Wagon again Hi, My name is Clare. I am from Mercer Co. I am back on Sparks again. I joined back in 2006 and pretty diligent through the years except for 2010. I really fell off and have been exercising off and on but not eating the right foods and have really gained the weight back. I am a Viking fan, love to watch football. I have 4 granddaughters and a step granddaughter and 2 step grandsons. I try and spend as much time as possible with the granddaughters. I like to use WATPs (Walk Away the Po... Tue, 14 Sep 2010 13:25:32 EST VIKINGS Football is Here! It is thursday and alot is going on today! My daughter has a home volleyball game which is the only home game we get to have beings we co-op with another school, so that is exciting enough, but then we have vikings versus saints tonight and that is enough to get my whole family in an uproar, but it is a good and fun uproar! We tye-dyed t-shirts last night to kick off the season, my fingers are a little purple today, oh well. Hopefully there will be fair refs and good announcers. Any Vikes f... Thu, 9 Sep 2010 11:36:36 EST V is for ... Victory! Tue, 7 Sep 2010 08:31:27 EST Looking for some accountability and motivation!! Hey Everyone - <BR> I heard about Spark People through a friend and after playing around with the website... I think this is EXACTLY what I am looking for! <BR> I am a 23 year old female, who is married, working full-time (and plus some). Currently, I am the bread winner as my husband is a full-time student working on a Master's in Accounting. <BR> I began my 'journey' in Oct. 2009 and today you could describe me as 'hitting a plateau,' 'loosing my mojo,' or just plain bored. <BR> I'm look... Tue, 31 Aug 2010 17:46:52 EST What do you like to do on rainy days? I like to bake but that usually entails eating it, maybe this fall I will opt to make healthy soup. Any good recipes? Tue, 31 Aug 2010 11:53:24 EST U is for... umbrella! Mon, 23 Aug 2010 08:05:15 EST Greater Grand Forks Area(I live in MN) Hello all, I am sneaking over the border for this. I am living in East Grand Forks and hoping to find someone to walk with. My husband goes with me now, bless him, but he has PT 6 days a week so he is usually very tired in the evenings. I would like a Buddy to walk with so he could have a break. New to SP, in my second week. I am 24yrs old, a Mom of a lil boy who is the light of my life. Anybody who might like to walk with me, visit my page and leave a comment. Thanks. Thu, 19 Aug 2010 23:50:45 EST Greetings from Grand Forks! Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I am a 25 year old woman who recently moved from Miami, Fl to Grand Forks. I am taking this move as a reason for change in my entire life, including weight loss! My goal is to lose 26lbs by December and I look forward to sharing my progress and results with all of you! <BR> <BR> Wed, 18 Aug 2010 14:32:46 EST Hello from Bismarck and Devils Lake! Hello everyone!! <BR> My name is Ashley. I'll be 23 next week and according to the doctor I'm extremely obese. <BR> <BR> I wrote hello from Bismarck and Devils Lake because I consider both places home and I'm constantly going in between the two places. In December of 2009 I was living in Bismarck with my boyfriend and we were blessed with our son Corbin. Then in June i got a new job in Devils Lake and moved there. Travis still lives in Bismarck because we have a house there. Corbin goes... Sat, 14 Aug 2010 11:49:18 EST Greetings! I, too, am new to this. I'm not a big one for sharing info, etc., but maybe that's been part of the problem in the past with losing weight and keeping it off. I'll try better here! Fri, 13 Aug 2010 15:41:16 EST Hello All! Hi I'm very new to spark. I love how it's so interactive! I'm a 36 year old female. Who has recently moved from Palm Springs, CA to Mandaree, ND! BIG CHANGE!!!I have been excercising for about a month now. I hope to continue on this great new journey. So far I have lost 5 lbs. (WooHoo!) So I want to try to eat better, for my next challenge. <BR> <BR> Good luck to us all on our fitness goals! Thu, 12 Aug 2010 14:12:48 EST Hi from Devils Lake This is an amazing site! Very confusing though! Can anyone out there help me figure out how to get a meal plan? I watched the tutorial and it shows that there should be a button next to the look up food button that I click and it creates a plan for me but I am missing that button. Wed, 11 Aug 2010 11:27:22 EST Hello from Minot I'm new here gained some unwanted weight in the past 6 months and looking to lose it. Wed, 11 Aug 2010 01:30:01 EST Hello from Minot I'm new here gained some unwanted weight in the past 6 months and looking to lose it. Wed, 11 Aug 2010 01:29:43 EST I'm new to SP Hi, I'm from SE ND, very close to Mn. and just a few miles from SD. I live in the valley. I'm still finding my way around SP and just love it. I'm older but very active and feel like I'm 28. Tue, 10 Aug 2010 10:15:13 EST T is for ... Tangerines! Sat, 7 Aug 2010 08:43:05 EST New to SparkPeople Hi everyone, I just joined SparkPeople. I am 33 years old with type 2 diabetes. I am sick of being tired and I don't want my daughter to be in the same situation as me someday. If I make healthier decisions I know that she will follow by example. I do like to walk, but I really would like to start playing volleyball with my daughter as well. Sometimes I really need to have a push in the right direction and I know that I can get that from this team. Mon, 2 Aug 2010 05:20:47 EST S is for... satisfaction! Tue, 27 Jul 2010 08:40:00 EST Hello from Western ND Hi everyone! I'm new to Spark People, joining because my very good friend invited me! What a wonderful place for encouragement and support. <BR> <BR> I am a mom of 3, living with type 2 diabetes and the long term effects of having it uncontrolled for so long. I have peripheral neuropathy in my feet, legs and hands, and as a result have become disabled due to walking and balance issues. <BR> <BR> My only exercise at this point is walking the family dog, Jack in 15 minute increments about 3 ... Mon, 26 Jul 2010 20:21:47 EST New to SparkPeople and new to ND I am pretty new to North Dakota. I am looking forward to being able to use all this sunlight we get to get outside more and more. Sun, 18 Jul 2010 19:58:15 EST 2010 ND State Fair Are you going? What is your favorite part? Sat, 17 Jul 2010 18:13:58 EST R is for... Running. Wed, 14 Jul 2010 09:26:03 EST Formerly from North Dakota Hi there all you North Dakotans! I am new to spark and just happened upon this team. I had a lot of fun reading some of the posts. I was raised in North Dakota, but moved to California with my family as a teenager. Reading the posts on this site filled me with nostalgia. Hope it's ok that I joined the team. Guess I could be a sort of honorary member. I have about 20 pounds to lose, which seem to be permanently stuck to my body. Nothing seems to make them budge! I am feeling inspired b... Tue, 6 Jul 2010 15:44:22 EST Here for the long haul! Towner County Hello fellow North Dakotans! I'm new to Sparkpeople but not new to the weight loss game. I'm a mom, a wife, a daughter, a full time employee and a small business owner. I have a lot to lose, but hope to gain a better perspective on my life from doing so. Sun, 4 Jul 2010 23:40:06 EST Q is for... Quack? This is a hard one! Mon, 21 Jun 2010 09:07:51 EST Major Medical Issues = Major Life Changes Hi, <BR> last year was challenging to say the least. I had a pulmonary embolism that almost killed me. They did CPR for 1 1/2 hrs, and I was in a coma for over 2 mos. They told my family that I may be in a nursing home the rest of my life for traumatic brain injury... but I showed them all! I had to have 5 surgical procedures over the year, and I lost my job (FLMA is only 3 mos) but I am now working and feeling great! There are NO EXCUSES for not doing what you can, NONE! I currently work,... Fri, 18 Jun 2010 12:01:23 EST P is for... Perfection! Mon, 14 Jun 2010 15:18:09 EST Hola Hello new fitness friends! <BR> <BR> This is my newest effort in continuing my weight loss goals. So Thanks in advance for your support! Sun, 13 Jun 2010 12:18:05 EST Hello and greetings I am 48 years old married to a wonderful woman and have 3 children a 23 year old a 4 year old and a 3 year old. I like fishing and playing golf. Thu, 10 Jun 2010 20:09:28 EST Hello! Hello! My name is Rachel and I'm from Beulah. New to the site and excited to start a new fresh lifestyle! Mon, 7 Jun 2010 01:00:13 EST O is for... Outstanding! Sun, 6 Jun 2010 20:57:23 EST New--and Confused Hello, Nodaks. I live a few miles north of Tower City and I sure would like to get to know the other teamers--and maybe one day get together. Somehow or other I've gotten signed up as two different people. First signed on as klassicalkats1, but I wasn't receiving any input from SparkPeople so assumed I wasn't in the system. So now I've signed up as klassicalkats2 and I think I've done it right this time!!! <BR> Anyway, I'm glad to see some others lurking here who are from North Dak... Sun, 6 Jun 2010 08:42:38 EST Hello from Grand Forks!! Hello everyone ~ <BR> <BR> My name is Erin and I have been on SP since April, but I have been on my journey of becoming healthy since I gave birth to my baby girl on July 11, 2009! I was 306 when I had her, and am as of today down to 187.4. I recently did the 5K in Fargo and plan on doing the half-marathon there next year~ <BR> <BR> I take part in a few teams on here and am in a few challenges, but basically love to meet people who motivate and encourage me! Any questions, please ask ~ Thu, 3 Jun 2010 11:26:38 EST N is for.... Necessary! Tue, 25 May 2010 08:31:21 EST Hi there from Valley City Hello, I have tried Nutria System with not a whole lot of luck. I feel so bad that I couldn't do it. I really enjoy food. So, I have been walking and I joined Curves and that really seems to do some good. I feel wonderful after I have done the circa but then I get home after work and eat alot at supper.. I am not married so I don't have anyone to tell me to not eat so much. but I am going to keep working out. My sister in law told me about the SparkTeam so this is going to be big help. ... Mon, 3 May 2010 18:55:34 EST M is for ... Motivation! Mon, 3 May 2010 09:00:24 EST Hi, I'm a new member from Rolette County Hi, I'm new here, I have joined Sparkpeople before, but I never introduced myself, maybe because I really wasn't ready. But here I am, and I'm ready for a change!! I had considered the lap-band surgery, but wasn't really too sure about going through surgery, so I decided I'm going to make that a last resort, so with a little help from my doctor, and my dietician I am ready to change. Wed, 21 Apr 2010 22:25:57 EST L is for .... Lindsay!!!! Mon, 19 Apr 2010 08:56:49 EST Cheryl Hi just starting my spark program and I will need all the couragement and helpful hints that any one can give me Thanks Sun, 18 Apr 2010 10:23:38 EST This Spring I Will... (I thought the winter one was a great idea, so thought I'd continue it through the season...) <BR> <BR> Add a walk in the morning to my fitness routine since we have more daylight hours again. <BR> <BR> Feel free to add your own ideas for spring wellness! Sat, 17 Apr 2010 13:01:22 EST Hi from a new member! :) Hi everyone! <BR> I'm from the Jamestown area and new to Sparkpeople. <BR> I am doing my best to get familiar with the site...yes, lots to figure out and lots to do. Trying not to get overwhelmed. <BR> If i am not on alot, i am just very busy. <BR> I am a stay at home mommy. My son is 2 yrs and 4 months old. My hubby works full time and he is going to school online. We say "we" are going to school. I am learning right along with him. He is a strong and driven man! <BR> These 2 boys are my... Tue, 13 Apr 2010 13:33:16 EST So what about UND? Wow. This is really a hot topic in our household. DH is thinking of picketing the capitol --LOL. Sat, 10 Apr 2010 12:45:07 EST Who wants to be healthy? I always tell my husband that I want to be skinny and never have to work out and eat whatever I want. I think everyone wants that! But if that were the case, skinny wouldn't feel as good as it does, because you wouldn't have to work at it. Everything that takes hard work and dedication is more rewarding than something handed to you. <BR> Sun, 4 Apr 2010 23:48:36 EST Anyone in law enforcement? My husband is a city cop for one more week, then on to HP! 3 months training in Bismarck April thru June Fri, 26 Mar 2010 21:19:40 EST Bismarck Area Hi everyone. <em>213</em> I'm 32 and live in Wilton. I just started school again working toward my RN. Looking for people to connect with. I have about 70 pounds to lose. I stepped on the scale on Tuesday and saw my highest weight ever. Needless to say, I dished out one last bowl of my favorite ice cream, ate it and then threw away the full container, sat down and cried. I've been a member here for a long time but never consistent. I started tracking everything yesterday and even fit in a l... Thu, 25 Mar 2010 16:49:46 EST Newbie Lori from North Dakota Hi, I am a working mother/wife of 2 kids. I find myself to busy to cook good meals most days. I am hopeful that this website will help with that. I also know that my entire family is over weight and i am encouraged to find new easy meal ideas. And to understand the correct portions to eat. Tue, 23 Mar 2010 21:32:04 EST Hello --New Here! Hi All, <BR> I am new here. I've been on and off Weight-Watchers for about three years now. I am also hypothyroid. My levels are supposedly within normal range, but ever since I was diagnosed (after my first child)... losing that extra 15 pounds has been such a struggle! I thought I'd try something new. I'm excited for a fresh start. :-) I am married to a great guy and have two boys ages 6 and 3. Sat, 20 Mar 2010 11:07:34 EST Hi! New and trying to get going. Marchkid23 Hi! I'm Marchkid23 - I am a CNA, I work in a Nursing home. And love the work I do. I work nights and find it hard to eat right. I just want to lose 33 pounds. Doesn't sound like much and it shouldn't be that hard. But with my schedule I find it hard to stay on track. I have the proud Mother of four wonderful kids, there ages range from 23 down to 11. <BR> I'll still not used to this site and trying to find my way around, and trying to find the time. So I may not be on message boards too muc... Thu, 18 Mar 2010 16:58:17 EST What's up? From West Fargo, via Dickinson Been on this thing for about a month. So far so good. Wed, 17 Mar 2010 14:30:50 EST Hi, from Dickey County Hi everyone, my name is Stephanie, i'm gonna be 20 next week, I know it seems as if I may be too young to worry about dieting, well I know I am, but I also have depression which sometimes causes me to over-eat, plus I have had some medical problems and a couple transplants, so therefore I have to stay within a certain weight limit becuase of where they put my new kidney, I can't put any extra weight on it or else it could cause it to fail, which I don't want happening, I've done ok on my own ... Tue, 16 Mar 2010 00:41:37 EST K is for ... Kicking (butt)!!! Mon, 15 Mar 2010 08:15:22 EST Blue sky and melting snow in Williston today!! ...and can I just tell you HAPPY I am to be here! On SP AND in Williston!! I am new to both. My boyfriend and I recently moved here from Oregon. My boyfriend's mom grew up here and I am from western Montana and Oregon. I am so happy to be back in a place where it doesn't rain all the time and the sky is blue... I almost don't know what to do with myself! This move is a new start for me in many different ways! And, now I'm ready to take care of me! I have 20 pounds to lose and a HUGE de... Sat, 13 Mar 2010 10:36:01 EST Hello from Grand Forks AFB =) I recently joined and I'm ready for my journey =) <BR> <BR> *Jae Wed, 10 Mar 2010 23:22:10 EST Hi from West Fargo Hello Everyone :) <BR> <BR> I just joined yesterday, anyone from the FM area? <BR> Tue, 9 Mar 2010 11:59:54 EST Hi from Ward County Hey everyone! I am a busy mom of two very active boys. I am AP clerk that works from my home almost everyday. I also keep my preschooler home with me. In the past I have had a really hard time finding time for anything else. I am hoping to change that enough to take care of myself. I have started an alternative health care plan that is working awesome for me. I know have the energy to try something new. <BR> Looking for friends to help motivate me and keep me accountable. <BR> Tue, 9 Mar 2010 10:17:17 EST minot nd, new and ready to change! Hi my name is jany and i live in minot, nd. I am a single mom of 5 kids whom left an abusive marriage. I use to be super active, but have never had good eating habits, i most deffinantly have a sweet tooth! I think the activenes is what kept me in shape, but now after the loss of siblings, marriage, and birth of kids, much of my activity has gone dorment... i desire so greatly to loose weight and get back to an active lifestyle, for my kids and myslef! I am so tired lots because of my weig... Mon, 8 Mar 2010 23:19:19 EST Hi from Fargo Hi- this is all a new experience for me. I'm pretty good at exercising but really struggling with portion control. Also new for me is sharing via my computer. I'm getting through my first week okay, but know I can do better! Sun, 7 Mar 2010 20:36:51 EST Hi from Grand Forks. Hello, <BR> <BR> I am 26 years old and have a 7 year old son. I was good with my weight before my son and probably like many just can't get back to that time before. <BR> <BR> I want to be healthy. My son is active and he cant sit still. I want to be able to run after him without heavy breathing. <BR> <BR> So hi from Grand Forks. <BR> <BR> Lets get healthy together, <BR> Karrie Tue, 2 Mar 2010 21:52:34 EST Hi Hi - I am a 27 yr old in the Fargo area. I just need a little accountability to get these 10-15 lbs gone! Going to the gym tonight.....ask me about it later to make sure I got there! haha Anything else, feel free to ask! :) Mon, 1 Mar 2010 11:49:22 EST Bottomless Pit of Hunger and Snacking I have been a bottomless pit of hunger and snacking. When I'm not eating, I'm thinking of eating. I eat lots of fiber and veggies, but it just isn't satisfying, I feel like I would probably be better off eating what I'm craving and be better off. The problem is once I start eating I just can't quit. Fri, 26 Feb 2010 20:21:12 EST Glad to be here! I just joined SP and am looking forward to the added incentives to lose weight. I have lost 80 pounds since last February but am now maintaining about 30 pounds from my goal weight. I realized I was too limiting on my calories and should be tracking my intake so here I am. I look forward to talking with others who are trying to live a healthy life. kadebrkary Fri, 26 Feb 2010 11:45:32 EST J is for... Jumping Jacks! Wed, 17 Feb 2010 08:27:50 EST newbie jamestown just starting, just recently found out that I have diabetes, taking insulin shots, need to find different ways to eat less carbs. Tue, 16 Feb 2010 23:49:45 EST starting a new life with a new me hello everybody! never done this before. starting a new diet today really want to make it work for me and my children. glad to meet you all. wish me luck! Tue, 16 Feb 2010 21:30:16 EST I learned about SparkPeople from a new friend. I am excited to have some success. I need motivation, especially to exercise. I enjoy excerising in a social situation such as an aerobics class, but it is not available where I live. Once I turned 50, I seemed to gain weight quickly. I am looking forward to trying some of the recipes suggested. One of the issues that prevents me from trying some foods is the recipes often contain onions, and I get terribly ill from them. Looking forward to connecting!! Tue, 16 Feb 2010 17:04:37 EST I am ready to change. My name is Mei-Mei. I joined Spark People because I was looking for a support system to help me achieve my goals. <BR> <BR> New decade, new life style, that's what I told myself this year. <BR> <BR> Looking back the past three years, I had been very unhappy with myself. Not only of my body image, but also because my self-esteem was always very low. I let people walked all over me and I never stood up for myself. Because of me being an emotional eater, my weight slowly went from 115 pounds ... Tue, 9 Feb 2010 01:02:16 EST Glorialk Hi--just joined--not too sure on the how to's. I have to lose 21 lbs in 6 months according to my doctor. I work full time on a job on my feet 8 hrs a day. I have rhuemoid arthritis, osteoarthrits and fibromyalgia. Sometimes exercise is not an option. I know I need to lose this weight and could use all the help I can get! Sun, 7 Feb 2010 16:27:35 EST Newbie :) just thought I'd introduce myself... this whole cyber-support thing is very new to me. Not the cyber part, just the support part I guess :) Looking forward to rolling out my new plan <BR> <BR> Cheers! <BR> Kelly Thu, 4 Feb 2010 23:15:41 EST No More Excuses Hello - Well here goes...I've been thinking for months that I need to DO something, anything to get my weight back to a healthy level. I ran across the sparkpeople site via a post on Facebook, and here I am. I have to admit my motivation is very low at the moment...and I'm hoping that I can get moving with the help of others in the same boat! Thu, 4 Feb 2010 10:37:57 EST Hi, new to Spark from Divide county Hi all. I am new to spark. A couple of years ago I had lost 80 pounds on my way to a 100lb goal. I hurt my back at work last July and have gained 50lbs back. So now I am ready to start working towards my goal again. Because of my back I have to start slowly. I am joining a gym, to use the treadmill..its just to slippery and cold to do much walking outside! I look forward to "meeting" others and reaching our goals! Wed, 3 Feb 2010 16:07:22 EST NEw to Spark New from Grand Forks hoping to lose weight and meet some people who need someone to talk to on the journey Mon, 1 Feb 2010 19:49:35 EST Planters Warts - Ugh Well in just a couple of hours I go in to see the Dr about the cluster of planter warts on the ball of my foot. He froze them off about a year ago and I did home treatment for 2 months but they came back. This is not just one but rather a cluster about the size of a nickel. <BR> <BR> I am kicking myself in the rear for not getting my exercise in this morning. Hoping my foot does not hurt too much so I can still get some in tonight. <BR> <BR> I still don't quite know how I picked this ... Mon, 1 Feb 2010 14:13:33 EST Newbie from Williston Hi everyone, I am excited to be here! I have been struggling with the yo yo dieting for years - I had lost almost 60 pounds when I became pregnant with my son and after an extremely difficult pregnancy (he was a preemie), I swore that I would lose the baby weight before his first birthday. Well he's not 13 months old and I still weigh over 40 pounds more than I did prepreggo. I'm looking forward to the support and maybe meeting new friends a long the way! Mon, 1 Feb 2010 08:54:38 EST New to Sparks - in Mayville - I'm going to do this I found this site a week ago - I think I've lost 2 pounds this week (scale at home is iffy)I have 4 busy daughters that I am always going from one event to another so meals are when we grab a bite at a ball game or where ever. I've been over weight since my 1st baby - now she is a teen. I had a dr appt last week and decided I HAVE TO loss some weight. My goal is to loss 40 lbs (30 by spring) Mon, 1 Feb 2010 00:52:37 EST newbie from Williston Hi, everyone! I am new, and just looking around right now. Lots of great info on this site. Trying to find the calorie tracker that my sister told me about. <BR> Thu, 28 Jan 2010 16:07:35 EST Hello everyone, I am glad to be here! I have been at war with myself most of my life. I would like to stop that now. I would like to live the rest of my life healthy and not afraid to eat food. I have lost alot of weight in my life, but somehow manage to gain alot back. How? by eating all the time and not really sitting down and eating a healthy well balanced meal. I look forward to the support and I hope I can give some back. Today is going to be a good day!!! Wed, 27 Jan 2010 10:13:15 EST please help Hi i am new to spark people. Any help and encouragement would be greatly appreciated. I am needing to lose quite a bit of weight and need support to do it. I had lost 30 pounds last year and was doing great until I found out that my dad had cancer, he passed away in July and then an Aunt passed away also. So I started eating for comfort and gained all of the weight that I had lost back again. I am now having a tough time getting myself motivated again. Sun, 24 Jan 2010 22:41:21 EST Want it, but how bad? I have wanted to lose weight for what seems like forever. I lose then I gain it back. I feel great when I lose weight, but just don't seem to be motivated enough to keep it off. I am really excited about having a community of helpers who know what it is like to struggle with weight issues supporting me. I know I will be successful with your support! Fri, 22 Jan 2010 21:55:54 EST Hello! New Member from Grand Forks Hello everyone! My name is Pam. I just found out about Spark and started with the program yesterday. I bought the book and am really enjoying it so far. <BR> <BR> I have post baby weight to lose but my baby is 2 years old now I'm so not sure if that still qualifies as "baby weight". And I'm really just looking to be more fit so I can play with my son and be the kind of happy and active Mommy I really want to be. <BR> <BR> I am REALLY excited to find out where this program can take me... Fri, 22 Jan 2010 20:09:23 EST Hello all from Cooperstown Hello Team North Dakota members. I am very new to Sparks and still trying to figure it all out. Started my diet last week and have already lost 5lbs. <BR> We are doing a Biggest Loser competition where I work and we have 30 people competing. It has been fun and looking forward to the weeks to come. Thu, 21 Jan 2010 17:51:12 EST Hello from Grand Forks Hello, my name is Todd Thompson from Grand Forks. <BR> I have been fighting weight gain for most of my adult life. <BR> I recently made several healthy lifestyle changes including diet and exercise, cutting back on soda consumption and drinking more water. <BR> I look forward to being part of this team from the Great State of North Dakota! Mon, 18 Jan 2010 20:06:38 EST katcraw Hi, I am working on my first day of Spark program and doing well. There is so muxh tolearn and see on this site. Iam looking forward to losing weight and changing my life. Sun, 17 Jan 2010 17:46:42 EST New Member from Stanley Hi folks, <BR> I joined to help me be more aware of the health choices I make. While I would like to weigh less, I'm much more concerned about getting fit and toned as well as eating well. Before I joined Sparkpeople I could go days without eating a fruit or vegetable, and it was almost as if I was shoehorning calories into my diet every place I could -- snacks, toppings and condiments have probably contributed 300 calories or more every day! I love how easy it is to keep t... Fri, 15 Jan 2010 14:10:44 EST I is for ... Invigorating! Fri, 15 Jan 2010 09:24:20 EST New member from Casselton Well I have been lurking for nearly a week and finally decided to introduce myself. I am a 38 year old mother of 2 and have been married to the love of my life for 15 years. I have been overweight for a long time. Have lost before but never achieved my goal. This time is different thus waiting to introduce myself for a little. Hate to tell everyone how committed I am and then disappear into thin air. <BR> <BR> My long time goal is to lose 150 pounds. I started on January 4th which was ... Tue, 12 Jan 2010 21:58:14 EST A small step now but huge step for the future!! I am starting on a venture that I have never done before--talking to others in my life as I try to lose weight. I have usually hid behind the yo-yo diets and was noticed but then criticized if weight was gained. Self-esteem was/is low as well as self-image. I decided this morning that too many things in my life are taking control of me and I am not taking control of myself---so I got out of bed and headed to our small fitness center to walk on the eliptical for 20 minutes on level 1. I GO... Sat, 9 Jan 2010 18:04:38 EST Hello everyone!! Usually when I try to lose weight I have some event that I want to lose for, but this time I decided sort of, spur of the moment, to try again!! I'm not new to trying to lose weight, but this time I just want to, cause I want to!! I don't know if that makes any sense or not!! I guess one of the hardest reasons that I can't seem to lose all that I want to is because I get discouraged so easily!! Something will happen and it will put me off and decide what's the use!! I love lots of foods th... Sat, 9 Jan 2010 12:53:56 EST Newbie Soooo, I've decided to try to become healthy, and in doing so loosing a lot of weight. I'm starting slow, and going slow, because I really want to change my bad habits. I'm to old to be at the weight I'm at, I found sparks, and I'm so impressed, I've already pasted the website on my facebook. Good luck to me and to all. Oh yeah did I mention I'm going to need help from my team. Fri, 8 Jan 2010 00:35:09 EST New ND gal Hi, I'm new, great to see a ND team. I am 53 and need to lose 50 lbs for 2010. I appreciate all the help I can get Tue, 5 Jan 2010 14:45:16 EST Hi! I am new to this, so I hope I'm doing it right. <em>40</em> <BR> I am from Grand Forks, so it is nice to join a group from North Dakota. I am a wife, mother, grandma, teacher...the list goes on and on. My mom always wondered how I could gain weight with as busy as I am, so I guess I don't know if I believe it is all calories in calories out. I am not a naturally athletic person; I try to do as much physical activity as I can, but have some health conditions that get in the way. I am hoping t... Mon, 4 Jan 2010 16:43:02 EST Hey all Hey all I am a working mom and a military wife and I have gained 40lbs and seem not to get it off so I am going to try harder this year and would like support like I am sure everyone here is. I am new to this site so I am hoping to understand how to use it soon :0) Sun, 3 Jan 2010 21:33:19 EST It's a Happy New Year!!! Like others, I'm new to this....but am already inspired by all of you! I live outside Parshall. Looking forward to to all this comraderie! Woo-Yoo! <em>2</em> Sun, 3 Jan 2010 19:39:30 EST Hi! Hey everyone! I guess I'll introduce myself, I'm Vanessa and I'm a 20 year old college student. I've always been overweight, and I'm extremeley tired of it, but struggling with it as many people do, especially since I am in college and have a limited budget. I'm hoping to get the support I need here! <BR> Sun, 3 Jan 2010 01:52:55 EST food intake Good afternoon, the word today is simply COLD. -29 degrees. I have always heard & read you have a better chance of losing weight keeping a food diary. Wow, it is reality check, it certainly does not take long to use all your calories up. I am excited I received my sparks book in the mail today. Now, to get motivated to go to the gym. Have a nice weekend. Sat, 2 Jan 2010 13:32:37 EST Short Term Goals Towards the end of every month someone starts a new topic with the question, “What are your goals for next month?” We all respond to the post, some of us have goals and some of us are pondering what direction we want to move in during the upcoming month. I’ve done both … some months I’ve had a noble response and some months I’ve had nothing to offer. It's good to set short term goals, just be sure you are staying on track. If you just say your goal is to be a healthy BMI, or to be under ... Mon, 28 Dec 2009 20:48:42 EST Greetings Hello, I am new to this group, nice to know there are people close to you with the same struggles. For some insane reason after a blizzard and being inside for 3 days I weighed myself, Uff da not nice to see that number. I am excited to get started & lose weight & train for the Fargo Marathon. Sun, 27 Dec 2009 15:59:52 EST Minot High Student Nominated for National Award Evan Lawson from Minot is one of the 30 national finalists for this award. He was a very very heavy youngster (400lbs) and as a teen began to work out, lost a ton of weight, is now on Minot High football team, and please go in to this site and give him your vote. North Dakota can be proud! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s/250/Evan_Lawson.aspx </link> <BR> <BR> Thu, 17 Dec 2009 00:29:28 EST Hey Hey! How are all of you? I am pretty new to this site, so here is my intro and my stats. <BR> <BR> My name is Randi, I am 24. I have 2 beautiful daughters, 1 is 5 and the other is 1. I am in Minot, ND. Looking for people up here in the Arctic that can relate to the weight loss thing. <BR> <BR> SW: (May) 221 <BR> CW: (12/16) 198 <BR> GW: 145 (hopefully by my 25th birthday, even though I know it wont happen, it is in April). <BR> <BR> Cant wait to get to know all of you! <em>30</em> Wed, 16 Dec 2009 16:58:42 EST Hi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hi, everyone! I am new this site and excited about meeting some workout friends to help motivate each other. Wed, 9 Dec 2009 03:40:42 EST Hi from Wahpeton! I am new to this site and find it to be very helpful. I am 24 yrs. old and just finished college so getting in shape would be great. I look forward to finding new ways to get healthy and more motivation. Wed, 9 Dec 2009 00:57:37 EST Hi There! Hi all! <BR> <BR> I'm not new to SparkPeople; I've been using the site for a while now and I've lost around 30 pounds with it! <BR> <BR> I'm just finally getting around to utilizing the message boards a bit more now. It seems there is a lot of support and friendly people out here that I'd like to get to know better, so here I am! I hope to get to know everyone better, and look forward to seeing you all around! Sun, 6 Dec 2009 22:00:14 EST This winter I will... ...not let the cold weather hold me back from reaching my goals! <BR> <BR> Please post your goals/plans/dreams for the winter months in good old ND!! Sun, 6 Dec 2009 09:25:55 EST H is for... Hotness!! Sun, 6 Dec 2009 09:23:18 EST Hello From Arthur! Hi Everyone! I've just joined SP and am lovin' the site. I joined your state a year and a half ago. I love that too. My husband and I moved up here from Iowa to join the family farm near Ayr. <BR> <BR> I've got about 60lbs to lose and have set some pretty realistic goals for getting there. I'm looking forward to getting to know people here and helping each other along the way. <BR> Sat, 5 Dec 2009 21:47:43 EST Greetings from Fargo Hello, my name is Jess. I'm trying to get back in shape so that my husband and I can grow our family to include another child. I'm really excited to stay on track and get in shape for the best reward, having another baby! Good luck to you all, and let me know if there is anything you need for support. <em>213</em> Thu, 3 Dec 2009 22:28:26 EST from New Town A great big Hello from a small country town, NEW TOWN! Semi new to spark people, tried it before but relocated a year ago to New Town from Fargo. <em>429</em> I hope everyone had a awesome Thanksgiving and here's to a great holiday season. Tue, 1 Dec 2009 22:27:19 EST Fargo Marathon 5/22/2010 Who is running this one? I saw an older posting for last year and I wondered who this coming year is getting ready or has this as a goal? Are you running the 5K? Are you doing the half Marathon or even the full marathon??? I am planning on running the half marathon. I am a beginner but I figure the next few months is plenty of time to train and I am excited. I just want to say hi to all of you pros and those who are doing this just like I am as a personal goal you want to reach for you. I am not a professional I ... Sun, 29 Nov 2009 08:46:33 EST Miranda Hello everyone, My name is Miranda Lafloe.. I live in Minot, North Dakota... I have four beautiful children, an 11 year old, 8 year old, 4 year old and a 10 month old, one boy, three girls.. Im also engaged to a wonderful man, Michael Wright Jr, who is currently active duty in the US Air Force.. <BR> <BR> I heard of this program from my boss at work, so im here to get help with my weight loss.. Right now im very depressed about my weight, and not comfortable with myself and I hope to change ... Wed, 25 Nov 2009 10:16:43 EST Bandster from ND Hi! I'm from ND, and I've been banded for just over a year. I'm always looking for ideas, advice, info, recipes to share and new friends and/or walking buddies :-) Fri, 20 Nov 2009 11:08:50 EST H is for... Healthy! Thu, 12 Nov 2009 22:45:24 EST G is for... ...Greatness. Sun, 1 Nov 2009 20:35:58 EST H1N1 Prevention Tips I copied this from another team. I've heard about the frequent hand washing and things like "sneeze in your sleeve", but there are some tips here I hadn't heard before so I wanted to pass them on. <BR> <BR> * * * * * * * * * * * * <BR> <BR> I work in the healthcare industry and this was shared recently at a business meeting...thought you may be interested.... <BR> <BR> <BR> In a global epidemic of this nature, it's almost impossible to avoid coming into contact with H1N1 in spite of al... Wed, 28 Oct 2009 22:28:36 EST Wow I've already learned alot! So im new to this site. I've been tryin to lose the baby weight for 10mo. now with no luck. I just joined this site and have already discovered that my thinking has been all wrong! I've been sticking to a 1200 cal. diet and workin out every chance i get. I now realize i need to eat between 1500-1800! Thats gonna be hard! Hope i can do it!!! Wed, 28 Oct 2009 16:05:37 EST G is for... Gusto!! Mon, 19 Oct 2009 20:12:59 EST GAME ON!! I recently stopped smoking and want to loose 50 lbs instead of gaining any. My husband and two girls are very supportive. My girls participate in every high school sporting activity available and those take up 2-3 nights a week so I work out at 5:30 am-in the living room - this is great for now - I'm worried about when the time changes. My best friend recommended this site to keep motivated and from what I've seen so far... GAME ON!! Mon, 12 Oct 2009 23:30:57 EST Losing it in Minot Hello team ND! Today is my official first day on Spark and I'm very excited, this website is fabulous! So much information - it's going to take me a week to read it all! Mon, 12 Oct 2009 15:25:54 EST