SparkPeople MISparks Team Messageboard A wonderful group from Michigan who joined sparkpeople in hopes of getting control of their weight and learn to eat healthy. SparkPeople MISparks Team Messageboard Hello All My name is Tennille and I'm a 45-year-old woman living in northern Michigan with my husband. I've struggled with my weight since I was 6-years-old. I lost massive amounts of weight in 1995, then stopped what I was supposed to be doing and gained it all back. Then in 1997 I had twins and EXPLODED to 335 lbs.! Then I lost even more weight in 2014, and again, stopped doing what I was supposed to and gained it all back. I lost weight in 2019 and again, yup, you guessed it. I know how to sa... Wed, 10 Feb 2021 13:16:43 EST Portions Help !!!! Newbie here. Not sure if I'm liking this site. The portions listed are so vague. I am spending so much time trying to track just one meal. Lots are measured in grams. No option for ounces. Or by servings. What is a serving? Or a medium apple, what the heck is a medium apple compared to a small or large? Maybe I'm not looking in the right place. General membership, not premium. Thu, 15 Oct 2020 17:22:12 EST New/old member Hi, hello, my name is Jen. I already said "Hi" but I don't think I did a good job of introducing myself. I am originally from MI. I lived my whole life in Niles, MI up until Dec. last year. Now I live across the state line in South Bend, IN. I'm the mom of an adult son and a beautiful kitty named Magic. I'm also engaged to be married 2 days after my birthday in May this year. I couldn't ask for a better man to marry. For the first time, I know what true happiness is. <img src="http://photosa... Fri, 3 Apr 2020 10:58:49 EST weather Today's high is 66 degrees partly cloudy and no rain. I live in South Bend, IN right on the state line of Niles, MI but, I lived in Niles all of my life until Dec. of last year. Fri, 3 Apr 2020 10:45:58 EST Hello Hi, hello, my name is Jen. I haven't been here for a while and am a bit overwhelmed by the changes made to the site since I was last here. I found myself once again in need of the tools and support of the Sparkfamily. <em>41</em> Fri, 3 Apr 2020 10:30:16 EST Hi Everyone! I am currently living in Lansing, but grew up in the Lenawee County Area. Thu, 24 Oct 2019 14:31:29 EST Getting serious with weight loss Hi everyone. My name is Sandy. I really need to get serious about losing weight. I lost my husband 3 years ago and right now my health keeps me from doing a lot of stuff that I used to enjoy. I'm 72 years old and I have a lot of health issues at this time. Right now I have a hard time walking and I get real short of breath but I know I have to do it. I'm starting slow but hopefully I can gain some momentum as I go. I am still teaching Sunday School and Awana and that helps keep me moving... Tue, 10 Sep 2019 15:00:28 EST 14 Day Plank Challenge As suggested by one of our team members we have a 14 day planks challenge. Anyone can participate. Just do your planks for the day and then log in to tell us how long you did the plank for, and what kind of plank you have done. Good luck with the challenge. Sat, 4 May 2019 08:16:13 EST Intro Hi! I'm Chrissie. I am a stay at home mom and wife. I have 3 children at home (16, 7 &amp; 4) and a stepdaughter in college (20). I have been married for nearly 17 years. I live in SE Michigan. I will be starting college classes (again) in the fall. I am very active with my church with ladies ministries as well as some nursery and worship opportunities. Tue, 30 Apr 2019 17:02:52 EST Hello Hi all, <BR> <BR> My name is Tabatha. I am wanting to lose 100 pounds. I am a mom to a daughter(age 19) and a son(age 14). My daughter is away at college and my son is in his first year of high school. I am working with my son to lose some weight. I am hoping for some inspirational stories and messages and I would also like to help anyone else who may be struggling. Fri, 5 Apr 2019 17:14:17 EST Holiday Nights <img src=""> Holiday Nights going on at Greenfield Village It's a nice event to attend I'll be going 4 nights this year Mon, 17 Dec 2018 20:04:11 EST Been gone a while... not on SP.. but from here... <BR> <BR> Anyone in the north Oakland county area? Thu, 5 Apr 2018 16:01:25 EST New to this group New here to this group at least. I amjavascript:void(0) looking for motivational friends :) Thu, 1 Mar 2018 11:16:37 EST Any morel hunters out there? We have gone morel hunting the last two years in the Jackson and Monroe areas with no luck. Any morel hunters care to share some good spots to try in 2018? Mon, 5 Feb 2018 19:32:18 EST Intros and SparkBuddies Requests Give an intro. Ask for a buddy. This is the place, whether you are new to MISparks, longtime team member, or returning member. Let’s help each other out and offer our encouragement! <BR> <BR> If you are interested in finding an accountability partner, workout buddy, someone who can relate to your health issues, looking for challenges or support, or even just someone to check in with, this is the place to post. <BR> Mon, 18 Dec 2017 02:15:58 EST Good Morning! I am from Leslie (between Jackson and Lansing) Sun, 5 Nov 2017 10:18:59 EST How Many Miles Did You Walk today? Hey Michigan Team. Post here the number of miles you walked or how many minutes if you have trouble with mobility. <BR> <BR> 9/5 1.08 <BR> 9/6. 1 <BR> Wed, 6 Sep 2017 08:28:40 EST Grouping Foods I am having trouble setting up a new group of foods. I try to follow the steps but can not get to Step 2. I enter the foods I want then I do not see a step 2 button. Directions say to hit the "close" button" I do not see one so I "x" out which closes all that I entered. Do I need an upgrade or something? Wed, 31 May 2017 07:38:34 EST Favorite low carb or calorie foods Whats your favorite low carb or calorie foods? Wed, 19 Apr 2017 10:02:49 EST Deleted <BR> Wed, 19 Apr 2017 09:52:12 EST Do you use a fitness tracker? What kind? I have tried a few trackers. I started out with the Spark Tracker but couldn't get it to sync with my computer. The second one I tried was one called Pivotal Living but couldn't figure out how to use the website. I now use Fitbit Charge. I got it from a Yard Sale site and spent $50. Its the most useful tool I've ever purchased. This also tracks my sleep. Sun, 16 Apr 2017 20:47:45 EST Settling In Reading these introductions I had to smile. Like many of you, this isn't my first Spark Journey either. Waaaaaay back then, I was packing around about 50 extra pounds and really thought it couldn't get any worse than that. I must have handed off my beer and said watch this, because I've added another 80 or so. <BR> <BR> After spending the last few years in limbo, getting finances under control, planning retirement, traveling, moving and finally settling in I find that all my previous excuse... Sun, 9 Apr 2017 15:23:05 EST Reaching out...time for me to tend to me! Hi. I am Dunelady. I am reaching out because I know I can't do this alone. Tried multiple times and have discovered that I am extremely successful at my lack of success with sticking to a plan...even when it is working! Life always happens and I get derailed and wind up right back where I started, which is carrying around 40 pounds of pregnancy weight gained with each pregnancy that I never lost. (Totally not an excuse...youngest is 17, so it's not like I haven't had time to lose the wei... Sun, 19 Feb 2017 00:48:48 EST 2017 NEW YEAR GOALS This is my retirement year so I should be able to find more time to get in shape. Realistically I am more interested in health rather then a set weight loss. However, if I do what I should with respect to exercise and intelligent nutrition, I would expect to lose 10 to 15 lbs over the new year. Sat, 31 Dec 2016 08:48:27 EST Happy3 Want to start on December 30th w/ better eating habits. Thu, 29 Dec 2016 23:24:48 EST Returning! Hello all! <BR> I'm happy that I have rediscovered the Spark site again after a 3 year absence. I'm excited to gain control over myself by setting goals and successfully completing them. Today I have stayed within the calorie count and I walked one mile! Thu, 29 Dec 2016 18:56:47 EST Ovid Hello, I am from Ovid for those who are now saying...."where in the mitten is Ovid?" I will tell you. North east of Lansing, between Owosso and St. Johns. <BR> <BR> I have been active off and on Sparks since February of 2010. That first year I lost 40 pounds and kept it off, mostly since. BUT this year I gained back 20! So now I am back on track and loosing once again. <BR> <BR> Being 63 has made loosing a bit more of a challenge, but exercise is MOST IMPORTANT and I need to keep remind... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 13:37:16 EST Favorite Holiday Activity in Michigan A trip to Partridge Creek Mall in Clinton Twp. at night. The lights, music and open air of this comfortable mall seems like a quaint downtown, especially with many walking their dogs. I love the little Cellar 59 wine bar that is always packed with good cheer. Sat, 3 Dec 2016 06:08:37 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sat, 26 Nov 2016 14:31:45 EST Best snack under 100 calories My vote is for a Michigan apple, especially around this time of year. Tue, 1 Nov 2016 11:47:29 EST Michigan Made..... Products/ Companies list Gurnsey Ice Cream (Northville) Sat, 13 Aug 2016 07:01:22 EST Only 170 Calories Special K Ham Egg Pepper Jack Cheese Flatbread. Mon, 25 Jul 2016 14:10:18 EST Is anyone on facebook? Hi all! I'm Katrina, 23, married with a 7 month old girl. Setting out to lose 15lbs! I'm looking for a facebook group of young moms to connect with that use I like using the Spark Site but I get on facebook a lot more frequently. It would make it easier for me. Thanks! Mon, 6 Jun 2016 16:21:31 EST Greetings from the UP Jenn from Negaunee, MI in the great UP. Mother of 4 kids ages 10-24. Married to my high school sweetheart. Refreshing myself with the great outdoors this year. I have a desk job that has rendered me to gaining too much weight. Wed, 9 Mar 2016 12:22:16 EST Greetings from the Thumb! Hi! My name is Tracy and I live in the upper most county in the Thumb (Huron County). I joined SP about a week ago and have been spending this last week basically getting used to the site and learning about new healthier foods and getting into a workout routine. I am getting older (48) and my metabolism isnt what it used to be and due to health related issues I need to lose about 15-20 pounds. Im finding it harder to do than its ever been my entire life! For the first time in my life I have f... Tue, 8 Mar 2016 07:57:02 EST Greetings from Atlanta, MI Hey y'all. I'm new and just wondering if there was anyone near me. I live between Gaylord and Alpena. I have a lot to lose and living in the middle of nowhere without a gym makes it kinda hard. Mon, 7 Mar 2016 07:41:11 EST What did you have for Breakfast? Coffee, OJ, Poached egg, dry multigrain bread, slice of pineapple. Wed, 10 Feb 2016 02:34:45 EST Wedding? in October <em>198</em> so my name's Christina, I married my wonderful husband las year after two years of engagement. We eloped, because I wasn't going to be a fat bride. My youngest son is 7 and I have gained 35lbs since he was born. When I got married a little less than a year ago I was at my highest ever weight. I kept pushing the wedding day forward because I just couldn't seem to lose the weight. My husband got to the point of wanting to break things off because he was afraid I didn't want to ma... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 17:57:07 EST Hello from South Lyon Hi. I'm Dawn from South Lyon. I've been on SparkPeople for years, but just restarted this week. Looking forward to being a part of team with all of you fabulous Michigan people! Tue, 19 Jan 2016 09:22:08 EST Interest to commitment! I am thrilled to be here! I am on a roller coaster and ready to stop going in circles. I know there will still be ups and downs. They just need to move forward. Looking forward to steady success! Wed, 9 Dec 2015 02:29:10 EST Favorite Fall Activity in Michigan Lot's to choose from, but mine would be a walk at a Metro Park in SE Michigan. Mon, 16 Nov 2015 08:47:43 EST abutton35 I am a 39 year old female that is looking for other fitbit codes so I have friends that will do challenges with me.. None of my life friends have fitbits or are even interested... as i offered to buy a few of them some just so i could get the most out of my fitbit and have ppl to challenge me... anyone want to help me out?? Mon, 16 Nov 2015 00:18:16 EST Hello... 90lbs down and 50 to go! Hi! My name is Meg. I've been a member on here for a few months but have never fully dived in to all that's available to me here. My weight loss journey has been a long arduous one. Which has led me to have weight loss surgery last year (one year ago this month) and now I'm in a place of working to get to my goal. I've lost a total of 90lbs so far and have another 50 to go. <BR> <BR> I'm now in a place where I have begun counting calories and working out daily. Trying to get my body past th... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 11:03:01 EST Fun Michigan hikes for beginners After walking at lunchtime just about every workday since late August, I am ready to take it the next step and enjoy fall on the weekends with a fun Michigan hike! <BR> <BR> Have any of you enjoyed an easy walk in the great outdoors of our beautiful state? Please share the place! My husband and I are ready to hit the trails together! Thu, 1 Oct 2015 12:04:15 EST Lasik in Metro Detroit Has anyone had Lasik done in Metro Detroit and has recommendations or a place to stay away from? I am thinking about getting it done next year and hate the idea of just picking someone out of a list. Tue, 22 Sep 2015 08:09:44 EST Hello again... After being gone from SparkPeople for a few years, I came back in late August. It was so easy to get back into the Spark way of life. I forgot how much this site and all the people on here meant to me! After 2 1/2 weeks, I'm finally seeing results and am super motivated!! I'm down 3.5 lbs over the last 10 days! :-) Tue, 8 Sep 2015 15:05:52 EST Time to get healthy! Hi I starting today to get healthy and more energetic. I really am excited to finally get started with my new life. Tue, 4 Aug 2015 11:57:12 EST Hello Hi I'm Tammy and like many I struggle with weight. I get bored and before I know it I'm back to my old ways. However yesterday, I made a promise to myself that I will try to walk at least a mile, eat healthier and eventually run a full marathon before the allotted time has expired. (always been a dream of mine). <BR> <BR> Lets work together to reach our goals. Tue, 21 Jul 2015 12:06:15 EST Hidden Emoticon game Choose an emoticon, replace the number inside and see what happens. <BR> <BR> <em>1</em> 1 Wed, 17 Jun 2015 15:08:06 EST Hi everybody Introducing myself to the group. I am 58, a lot overweight, and determined to get healthy. I have had melanoma and breast cancer twice, am a borderline diabetic and my triglycerides are too high. Last August I ended up hospitalized with pancreatitis, with no apparent reason. So, I am now determined to get healthy by healthy eating and movement (I don't like to call it exercise, I prefer movement). Tue, 2 Jun 2015 10:00:29 EST New girl hi there, I work full time and go to school part time as well as being a busy mom of 2 teens. I'm close to 40 and have been struggling with my weight throughout my entire adult life. I started at 192 (I'm 5'4) in Feb. 2015 and since then I had joined Medical Weight loss and I am now 157 lbs. I would like to lose around 20-25 more on my own (without special diets, pills, shakes, etc..) I have a very active lifestyle, I LOVE to exercise but I also love to eat HA..ALOT :/ I am trying to live a m... Sat, 30 May 2015 13:56:43 EST City Girl to Country Squirrel GOOD day to your eyes. My name is Heather. <BR> <BR> Blessed with artistic visions, scientific knowledge and the beautiful ease of being a chatterbox. <BR> <BR> So freaking excited to find this site and rub noses with the same individuals that must change the lifestyle they are in. <BR> <BR> Here are a few fun facts about me. <BR> <BR> Skinny in my mind and currently liking my chest size... <BR> I was a 6 foot tall 100 lbs. in high school... <BR> Used to model. <BR> Used to be vot... Fri, 22 May 2015 11:56:30 EST just starting Hi I need to loss 50 pounds to look better and feel better what have you found works for you on this site. Fri, 22 May 2015 10:06:48 EST Michigan High Schools and their Mascot Crestwood HS Chargers (Dearborn Heights) Mon, 18 May 2015 10:27:32 EST Paula I really need to do this. I'm looking forward to it. Fri, 8 May 2015 12:13:25 EST hello again! I'm back :) I used Spark a few years ago to lose 105 pounds. I've managed to be foolish enough to gain 45 pounds back after moving. We moved from Saginaw to Tawas. I left all my fitness friends and all the classes I loved like Zumba :( so now I need help and support to get back on track. I hope someone is near me though! Sun, 3 May 2015 23:34:44 EST hello again! I'm back :) I used Spark a few years ago to lose 105 pounds. I've managed to be foolish enough to gain 45 pounds back after moving. We moved from Saginaw to Tawas. I left all my fitness friends and all the classes I loved like Zumba :( so now I need help and support to get back on track. I hope someone is near me though! Sun, 3 May 2015 23:33:39 EST ziadawn2 I recently received custody of my two grandchildren. I have been taking care of family members and have decided that I now need to concentrate on making changes with me, including losing weight and becoming healthier, so that I will be able to be there for a long time for my grandchildren. I enjoy working out (I became lapsed because I hate going alone - I am trying to change that), and I enjoy cycling. Sun, 3 May 2015 08:39:56 EST Hello everyone. Hello everyone. My name is Mandy and I am in Michigan. I am 37 years old and the mom of 4 wonderful children ages 9, 14, 16, and 18. I am fully disabled (severe fibromyalgia, minimal disc bulge in my back and neck, debilitating migraines, aneurysms, and I just had skin cancer removed). In the last 13 years of being disabled I have gained around 70 - 75 pounds. I am tired of this excess weight and look forward to getting it off now that I am getting back on my feet. This is my 4th day on here ... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 14:15:43 EST Who else is sad snowmobile season is over? Got one last ride in last weekend up in the UP near Grand Marias, but it was very wet & slushy in some spots. I'm guessing the snow has melted off pretty good with the warm temps we've had. Oh well, put them in storage until December. <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> Thu, 16 Apr 2015 19:35:33 EST Summer filling up FAST! My summer seems to be filling up fast with camping plans, baseball games, festivals, and kayak trips. How are you plans coming along? What to you have on schedule already? <BR> <BR> Fri, 10 Apr 2015 12:18:27 EST Hello from Merrill, MI! I am a busy 35 year old mother from mid Michigan. I just wanted to say how much I love all of my spark apps! Thu, 2 Apr 2015 11:23:57 EST Oakland County Waterford here. What about you? Let's connect here. Sun, 22 Mar 2015 13:58:45 EST Hi! I'm Debbie, the Teacher I am looking forward to this venture. I have tried many alternative weight loss programs. I refuse to give up and give in. Sat, 21 Mar 2015 19:19:32 EST Grand Rapids :) I love my city; despite the fact that I have gained weight since moving here because of all of the amazing restaurants and things to see. Maybe time to explore the more active side of GR <em>20</em> who's with me?! Fri, 20 Mar 2015 08:44:08 EST cook who need to lose weight Hi my name is Sandy I'm a 55 year old grandma who job as a cook who need to lose weight but it is hard as I need to taste the food I cook been marry for 30 1/2 years . have done weight watcher but it so prices and when you go off it you gain it all back so want to try this. can't wait for spring to come to get out in my flower gardening. Thu, 12 Mar 2015 09:30:55 EST Silly Sally Here I was attracted by the page that I fell onto (don't know how) funny. The attraction was liberty financial. I''d like to read the discussion. I'm new, don't know my A from a hole in the ground on where/how to get to the discussion thread. I am disabled, and do not read much, cannot spend much time on the computer, and right now just trying to distress. <BR> <BR> I am about to do debt settlement, and really need to find out about Liberty Financial; can any one help me? <BR> <BR> I do not ... Wed, 4 Mar 2015 20:12:58 EST Still A Newbie from Michigan:) Hi Michigan:) I've been browsing this site like crazy for a few weeks now...I'm still not totally sure what I'm doing...but I learn a big each day. I'm from south of Grand Rapids...and would love to have 'friends' on my list from Michigan. <BR> <BR> Feel free to read my 'page' and say hey!! Im a grandma (59)...but I'm young at heart...I just look old lol Have a great day:) Love to hear 'stories'...weight loss or otherwise....just get to know some people! Tue, 3 Mar 2015 15:24:08 EST Future looks promising hello I am Lorena. I am currently way over weight and I finally decided I was going to change this. For my first goal I started small with 20 pounds in 2 months. I want to prove to myself that I could do it. I want to change how I look and feel. Since I started this goal for my life, I am already feeling different. I can't believe it. Makes me want to keep going and not look back until I reach my goal of losing 250 pounds. Wed, 18 Feb 2015 22:51:34 EST Tony Hi I got put on dialsis 6 months ago because of polysyctic kidney disease, need to loose 20 pounds to be able to get a transplant. Kinda struggling with the weight lose. Sat, 31 Jan 2015 06:31:16 EST Change is today Hi, I'm Sandy and have been battling my weight for about 12 years now. Yoyo dieting has been me. I'm hoping this site will get me back on track to stop this and finally get my weight off for the rest of my life. I am a diabetic, high cholesterol. I am 67 years old retired lady and keep pretty busy with dancing, walking, etc. The problem with the way I diet, is plain not eating most of the day, which I know is not healthy with diabetes and reading all articles is the main reason I'm not lo... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 14:12:59 EST Time to get bridal beautiful :) Hi, Team! <BR> My name is Leah. I've used SP before with GREAT success, but life happens and I put back on 40 (!) pounds. The good news is, it's because I found an amazing man, who happens to have some very bad food habits (and of course an Energizer Bunny metabolism to burn it all off lol). Newly in love, I ate with him, the way he did, and got very complacent about the weight I noticed creeping back on. Now, we are engaged and our wedding is set for August 15th this summer, so it's time to ... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 11:45:29 EST One day at a time I signed up years ago and actually lost the weight I wanted to. But last year, I got sick and couldn't eat much for months. Then when I got better, I didn't stop eating. It didn't help that I left my husband at the same time. BUT, my name is Cyndie. When I started back on my journey on Dec 31st. I weighted 188lbs. My goal is 140 and I would love to be at 130lb. I am 5 foot tall so because of my small frame I can't eat much. I am living with an emotional abuser, ME. I don't know why I... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 12:36:35 EST back again never quit quitting! No time like the present to make a better me! Any encouragement is appreciated. Struggle with exercise but don't want to shop in plus size forever..looking to lose 40-45 lbs by August to start by making healthy habit changes and gaining some positive influence in my life. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 09:01:35 EST KS-S Hi, looking forward to communicating w/ you! Desperately need some motivation, please! Sun, 4 Jan 2015 11:07:33 EST Trying again Hi everyone. Just signed up today. I am 49 years old and would like to lose 40 pounds. I just want to feel good again!! Need motivation to stick with it. Sat, 3 Jan 2015 13:24:19 EST Hi! I am sorta new here. I actually signed up in 2013, but I never did anything with it. So here I am again!! I would love any encouragement you can give. I will do my best to help and encourage anyone that I can. Thu, 1 Jan 2015 13:49:01 EST Ready to try again to lose weight Hi I am Sue and I am happy to join your group. Sun, 28 Dec 2014 23:20:23 EST Newbie! :) Hello and Happy Holidays! <BR> <BR> I've lurked around this website for awhile, and finally had the guts to create an account and be present in this community. <BR> <BR> I've had a lot of struggles with weight loss, my self image, eating healthy, and everything in between. I had lost almost thirty lbs a few years back, and was feeling fantastic. But, within the next following years I ended up gaining it all back, and then some. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping that by joining here I will find the mo... Thu, 25 Dec 2014 17:50:22 EST Just joined Hi, my name is Sharon and I come from the Grand Rapids area. I have been on this journey about a month and a half. Sun, 7 Dec 2014 14:44:14 EST Jennifer at 50 is READY FOR CHANGE! I turned 50 this year and am in dire need of a lifestyle change. I was a very active person in my younger days but I have gotten very complacent when it comes to physical activity and though I eat enough healthy foods, I have been indulging in the "not so healthy" category for too long. I want to lose 35 pounds by May, my next birthday and adopt a physical activity program that I can stick with. I want the next phase of my life to be the better phase and am ready to take the steps to do ju... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 08:30:22 EST Hello Hello, <BR> My name is Stephanie and I joined this group to help me keep myself accountable to my weight loss goals. Sun, 30 Nov 2014 00:19:42 EST Hello! I am new but here to stay! Hello, I joined a few weeks ago, but have been holding myself back from interacting with anyone else on the site because I wanted to make sure that I was really ready to commit to this journey this time. Well, today is day 5 on track with my eating and day 3 of early morning workouts. I think I am finally ready to commit to a healthy lifestyle and stick to it!! I ultimately need to loose about 100 pounds. I also want to take up running and complete an Appalachian Trail thru-hike before I turn... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 07:25:33 EST Hello from Cindy Hello, <BR> <BR> I'm new to SparkPeople. I'm a Lifetime WW, but I needed a different approach to getting my body and health to a better place. A friend has been active in SP and I always like her posts on FB, so here I am. <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to the experience. <BR> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 13:28:57 EST Spark is overwhelming! Hello, I am back to my Michigan after a time in Arizona and Colorado abt. 4 years. So good to being enjoying the fall colors. COPD with chronic bronchitis and Asthama have altered my life a bit and I am working with that. I need support at times. Diabetes and weight is my main goal now. I also have Diabetic Retinopathy and am seeing my first doctor again. I have been in continuous injections for some time now abt. at least 8 years now. Controling my Diabetes results in less swelling of... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 11:37:44 EST robbinlee Hello everyone. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:06:04 EST Hi Im Michelle. 2 years ago. I had lost 163 lbs while in a nursing home. I have gained 30 lbs back and now im trying to do it on my own. Ive discovered that I need people who are going through the same thing. My goal is to lose another 100 llbs. I also want to walk better and be healtnier. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 21:37:19 EST Mackinaw Bridge Anyone out there doing the Labor Day bridge walk this year? I did it three years ago and am planning on it again this year. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 10:46:50 EST Signed Up Again! My name is Brandy. I am 36 years old. I am trying to get back in the swing of things with my works outs. The winter cold had an effect on my arthritis, so working out in the winter was not an option. Now that it is summer I am starting my work out routine again! If you want to know more about me, just send me a message or watch my videos here on! Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:12:59 EST To Juice or Not to Juice? Hey everyone! I hope that you are all doing well today! I thought I would confide in y'all, my new friends here, about something I'm considering doing. I have been looking up "juicing" and have talked with my doctor about doing short-term (10 days) to retrain my body to crave GOOD food and not JUNK. I just wanted to see what y'all think (if anyone has info on it or has done it) before taking the plunge. :o) I appreciate it! <em>478</em> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 09:36:11 EST First day using spark! New to using this site! Looking to make friends to help along the way. I'm no stranger to counting calories and tracking fitness, but really like what I see here. <BR> <BR> I was using myfitnesspal for a long time and was only 5lbs from my goal but got off track and gained 10lbs back. I also use a jawbone up band to count steps and keep me motivated, it's a great help! <BR> <BR> My main goals are to kick up my exercise routine and focus more on healthy eating instead of just counting cals. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 12:51:04 EST Cold weather Weather people are saying another polar vortex is headed our way. Didn't mother nature get the memo that we already had a cold COLD winter and need a hot HOT summer? Sat, 12 Jul 2014 10:16:27 EST I Haven't Checked in in A While I made my intro a while back, but I haven't checked in in quite some time. A lot has changed. I have been able to keep eating healthy and exercising daily. It has all become a habit now and it's very easy. I have lost a total of 89 lbs. so far. I'm only 11 lbs. away from having the first 100 (out of 200) extra pounds gone. I feel so much better! I am not in pain at work anymore, I have a ton of energy, and I've noticed my mood is a lot better. I feel happy most of the time now. I was... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:33:47 EST Metro Detroit Im here again and seeking motivation. I'm ready to reach my goal of 58lbs Tue, 1 Jul 2014 18:17:07 EST Starting again in Troy..... Hi Everyone, <BR> My name is Vicky. I have been a member for a couple years but never really used the website and cracked down and been serious to speak of. I have used some of the recipes and exercise ideas but decided today to start developing some healthier habits and lose some of this weight. I tend to lose motivation so easy. Now that my kids are moving on, I figure it is time for some ME TIME! So let's do this. <em>524</em> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 12:14:33 EST Favorite Summer Food Mine has to be ice cream. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 09:03:03 EST Leewall Hello Sparkspeople. I'm from Cedar, Michigan. I had a great workout today, enjoyed the meals I made. Cannot wait to hear from others. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 18:00:58 EST Humbly, he opens his Big Mouth, and ...... Hi all! My name is Randy, and I've been using the SparkPeople site for nearly a week now and decided it's time to get involved. I've been trying to lose weight for quite a while now, and ran across this site while trying to prepare a program for my TOPS chapter. I think between both SparkPeople and TOPS, I can finally get a handle on my lifestyle and permanently drop my excess weight (already I've lost 2 lbs that I can positively say came from my experience with SparkPeople)! I look forward t... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 21:14:53 EST Anyone in the Midland area? Looking for accountability partner and possibly workout buddy. Please message me if you're interested. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 19:04:02 EST Hello There! My name is Denell and I just joined SparkPeople today. I have a long way to go before I meet my goal and today is a fine start. Sun, 15 Jun 2014 18:57:20 EST Favorite Summer Activity I look forward to Michigan summers to play golf. We are blessed with many great courses and resorts. Sat, 14 Jun 2014 06:35:19 EST Looking for people in the down river area. Hi, my name is Michelle. I'm a mom of a 2 1/2 year old and 13 month old, both boys. I have been with spark since before I had my babies but fell off the wagon during the last couple years. Having little ones makes it difficult to get out and meet people. I'm trying to get back to exercising and looking for support =) Thu, 12 Jun 2014 08:48:48 EST LeslieShawn Just started today, I need motivation. Sun, 8 Jun 2014 12:13:20 EST Run or Dye Will be in Kalamazoo this Saturday for this will anyone else Wed, 28 May 2014 12:53:39 EST Coming back to Spark So I thought I would step away from Spark and regroup...I just didn't realize how much I would miss!!! <BR> I am working on a fresh start and it's hard Wed, 28 May 2014 12:23:40 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 28 May 2014 11:36:16 EST Looking for a walking buddy in the SW corner Hi! I live in the SW corner of Michigan and would love to have a walking buddy, even if it's just once in a while. I'm looking for someone near Dowagiac/Decatur/Hartford or even St. Joe/Benton Harbor. It just seems like you can walk further without even thinking about it when you have someone to talk to while walking! <BR> <em>30</em> Tue, 27 May 2014 15:00:41 EST new to spark Hi I'm new on today was my first day.I mad it with no Pepsi.i hope this gets easier.can anyone tell me how to deal with pop craving. Mon, 12 May 2014 23:18:50 EST Hello From Brethren Hi, My name is Sarah Britton and I am from the very small town of Brethren, MI. I am restarting my fitness journey. I weigh 188.5 and really want to get down to my healthy weight of 130. Feel free to add me as a spark buddy if you like, and we can inspire and motivate each other. Have a great day! <BR> <em>386</em> <BR> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 18:51:34 EST Introduction Hi, I'm Tim and I live in Swartz Creek. My heaviest was 360 lbs. in November 2010. I lost 170 lbs. but gained 15 of it back. I stayed at that 15 pound rebound for about 9 months. Since March 5th I have dropped 12 pounds to my current 198. I walk/run 6 days a week and moderately lift 3 days a week. My long term goal is 185 lbs @ 11 - 15% body fat by January 2015. I'm 56 years old and a stay at home dad with a 3 year old daughter. Always looking for fitness friends whether it is here, Facebook... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:03:46 EST How to Not Feel Deprived? Does anyone know how to not feel constantly deprived? I am staying in my calorie and fat range and eating a wide variety of healthy foods, and I'm taking women's multivitamins, but for the past 2 weeks or so I still feel like I just can't get enough to eat to feel satisfied. It's like my body is screaming for nourishment. I'm ignoring it and not binging, but it makes me feel pretty crappy every day. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:40:53 EST Upper Michigan Anyone from Upper MIchigan? Sun, 6 Apr 2014 10:19:58 EST Hello from White Lake! Hello Everyone! <BR> I’m Sasha, and well, this is my very first day here on the site. I daresay I’m a bit overwhelmed and somewhat excited. <BR> My story, and please forgive me for it being long-winded...I'm just going to repeat what I posted in another introduction thread. I’ve always been one of those body types (hourglass figure) that gains weight super-easy. One “bad” meal and I balloon up a few lbs. Nonetheless, 15 years ago, I lost nearly 100 lbs. and kept it off for 13 years. <BR> It s... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 09:40:48 EST new to this board. Good Morning everyone. Just wanted to introduce myself. I am from Hillsdale county. I have done spark in the past but I am just restarting. It is nice to have a site for mi. Have a great day <BR> Thu, 3 Apr 2014 09:55:20 EST Looking Downriver Looking for someone to workout with <em>303</em> Wed, 2 Apr 2014 19:50:24 EST Dearborn Martian Marathon April 12 I am walking my first 5K at this event! Have been walking further each day... There is a kid event too... runners and walkers of all abilities... Now I am going to find a Martian antennae/headband to wear. ;) <BR> <BR> Anyone else planning to go? :D Wed, 2 Apr 2014 12:12:03 EST GR New-Be Hey I am Jennifer. I live in West Michigan near Grand Rapids. I am a married mother of 2, 26 years old, and am trying to lose another 30-40 pounds. Lets hope our weather gets better so we can enjoy walking outside again. Wed, 2 Apr 2014 09:29:28 EST My new foster dogs are up for adoption! I know it has been awhile but I am not above reaching out to my internet friends for help. My new fosters are up for adoption in or around Michigan. I have their profile, pictures and adoption link below in case you know someone who is looking. <BR> <BR> <BR> nApp.html <BR> <BR> Hello, <BR> <BR> We are Pavlov and Darwin - 2 male Jack Russell Terriers. We were found on the street and stayed together as a pair so we'd love if someone can bring us i... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 08:00:11 EST Stuck in A Plateau I have been stuck in a very stubborn plateau since March 6th. 20 days! I am still eating healthy and exercising every day, and drinking lots of water, so what's wrong? People say muscle gain…but when does that become unrealistic? How much muscle can I expect myself to end up gaining? What happens if I never ever lose another pound again? What can I do to jumpstart myself? The pair of black jeans that I couldn't even get over my hips at my highest weight are now starting to feel too big... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 15:34:07 EST Hey, hey from Bay City! Hi guys! My name is Amanda and I'm just starting out here. Will possibly be looking for workout buddies when the weather warms up (if the weather ever warms up) to go do workout-y things on Vet's hill. =) Tue, 25 Mar 2014 08:41:20 EST Springing Forward from St. Louis, Michigan Hello Team, <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to warmer, sunnier days ahead. I'm motivated to take walks and get back into a healthier lifestyle. Today, I walked for 20 minutes during my lunch break. It was cold, but I did it. I hope that EVERYONE can meet their personal goals, and I'd love to get encouragement to stick with my plan. <BR> <BR> Have a great day! Mon, 24 Mar 2014 14:31:24 EST NEWBIE FROM TROY Hi Everyone!! super excited to get started getting back healthy. I'm Hope. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 02:06:02 EST Need support buddy's Hello, I am am 59 and have been seriously trying to change my eatting habits since November. So far 30 pounds lost that I am most proud off. I'm married with some health issues that make exercising not an option now. Hope to hear from many of you soon!!! I need also some healthy options for lunch that you don't have to cook or microwave at work. Sat, 22 Mar 2014 19:19:15 EST Run Janet Run I am a runner. My plan is to run a half marathon on July 4, 2014. My training was going well until I slipped on black ice and broke my arm! <BR> My goal is to lose some weight while I continue to train carefully! Sat, 22 Mar 2014 09:04:33 EST Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix.....Chelsea, Mi Fri, 21 Mar 2014 13:39:54 EST Hello from Hillsdale MI Hello! I really need to lose weight and could use some motivation! I am only 26 and weight way to much! To be at a healthy weight I need to lose over 200 pounds! I dont know many people around this area. I am really wanting to get the gastric sleeve surgery, if I can ever get insurance or a way to get it done! I was starting to go in to heart failure with my high blood pressure and being obese! <em>46</em> I'm to young to die and need to what I can to be at a healthy weight and I will do w... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 15:45:18 EST Newbie from Imlay City Hello everyone! I'm Adina, a Spark newbie from Imlay City :-) <BR> <BR> I hope to meet some like minded individuals, and I wish everyone the best of luck in reaching your goals! <BR> <BR> ~Adina Wed, 19 Mar 2014 19:52:05 EST Greetings from Shelby Twp.! I'm a returning Sparkler, having disabled my account for a period of time (should have just gone OFFLINE? Oh, and learn!) Thought it would be fun to connect with people in my home state. BTW...still love it here (just that the winter's get a bit long?) <BR> <BR> Best wishes to all! Wed, 19 Mar 2014 19:20:01 EST Cloudy and light freezing drizzle in Ossineke which is just south of Alpena. I saw a robin standing on a 3 ft. snow drift this morning, but he didn't stay long. It is supposed to get up to 40 today and rain a little. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 11:31:10 EST Getting back on track in Ossineke, Mi Thanks everyone for your encouragement. I have to was comforting to see that I am not alone in this quest. Today is day 4 and I am celebrating by doing something I haven't done for a while. I am going to do my own grocery shopping later on today and hopefully will make this a weekly habit. <em>30</em> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 11:23:56 EST New to Sparks Hello everyone... <BR> Nice to find a group from my beautiful home state. I live in Waterford and love the water. I have 4 children, 9 grandchildren and a great husband. I'm pretty blessed with everything in life but my weight. Just discovered Sparkpeople and am so excited to join and lose the weight and gain my self respect back. Looking forward to your help along the way, <BR> Thanks, <BR> Sumher <link> </link> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 16:06:55 EST Greetings from Farmington Hills Hi there, Michiganders. I've been lurking for months and am finally chiming in with my introduction. I'm a 40-something female with a 2-year-old who keeps me busy but snacking. I'm trying to crush that behavior here on SP. I look forward to getting to know folks. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 12:49:28 EST Getting back on track in Ossineke, Mi I joined in May of 2013 and that was it. I did absolutely nothing. I am now back with a vengeance. I am 64 and have 68 lbs. to lose. The obstacle has been the severe condition of both my knees. My son gave me a fitbit flex to encourage me to move even when it's not so comfortable...and it has worked. There's just something about keeping track of daily activity that has motivated me to move. I am currently following a tried and true diet plan...low carb, as this will allow me to lose even if I... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 11:39:35 EST Newbie from West Branch Mi Just signed up today and I am hoping the community support keeps me on my toes and keeps the enthusiasm going. I'm gave type 2 diabetes and need to lose weight and get into that healthy lifestyle again! Sat, 15 Mar 2014 17:48:03 EST HELP: Non-fitness goals Hey all, <BR> So I set 2 goals for myself each week, one fitness related and one non-fitness. At the end of the week I post a blog and reflect on my accomplishments for the week. I used to do 3 fitness goals/week but felt I was getting in over my head and wasn't accomplishing much. I restructured my goal system and only do one fitness goal each week along with one non-fitness goal. I'm having some trouble coming up with ideas for non-fitness goals though. Last week's non-fitness goal was... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 15:07:49 EST Hello everyone! Hi there! <BR> I'm new to the site and to this group! Nice to see so many Michigan Sparks! Mon, 10 Mar 2014 02:24:17 EST Southwest Michigan (Re)starting today and serious about doing this. Love to talk to other Michiganders and if any locals want to support each other give me a shout out! Sun, 9 Mar 2014 08:56:35 EST Looking for Supportive Friends New to SparkPeople and looking for supportive friends and groups. Wed, 5 Mar 2014 07:09:07 EST Hello from Alpena Hi, I'm a 38-year-old female living in Alpena. I've been struggling with my weight since I was 6, but I really exploded after the pregnancy for my now-16-year-old twins in 96/97. I was 200 lbs. overweight at my very highest weight! Even though I don't have high cholesterol or diabetes yet, I still have some health issues, like frequent UTI's, constipation that I have to drink Metamucil daily to prevent, strange skin rashes, and chronic ankle pain that I have to take Aleve for before every ... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 01:55:40 EST Looking for members near Battle Creek New to message boards and trying to find a gym partner near BC Wed, 26 Feb 2014 11:43:40 EST a work in progress! I have been a member for awhile but have just been in stalker mode! I am over 50 and have over 50 pounds to loose, BUT...I have already lost 30+ and working on the rest. Does anyone else use Herbalife to loose weight? It's working for me but would like to hear other stories. Everyone on here deserves such a big THANKS!! This site has helped me so much..given me courage and kept me motivated when things are going slow. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 21:25:56 EST a work in progress! I have been a member for awhile but have just been in stalker mode! I am over 50 and have over 50 pounds to loose, BUT...I have already lost 30+ and working on the rest. Does anyone else use Herbalife to loose weight? It's working for me but would like to hear other stories. Everyone on here deserves such a big THANKS!! This site has helped me so much..given me courage and kept me motivated when things are going slow. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 21:06:02 EST NEW TO SPARK Hello. I'm new to spark and love what I have read so far. I'm looking for help and support from others who are trying to lose weight. I live in Michigan...anyone in the area looking for a walking partner? Please let me know! Thu, 20 Feb 2014 10:39:57 EST In Holland MI, Looking for a Gym Partner Hey ya'll. I am in Holland, like it says, and I am looking for some one who in in the area that can go to the gym with me. I am looking for a lady partner, since I am one, and don't feel at all comfortable with guys at all. I am a member at planet fitness already. I go Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and though i can work out just fine, it's nice to have some one to shoot the crap with, compete against a bit for motivation. I am still pretty out of shape, so... <BR> <BR> I have kids, 8 and 5,... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 12:18:53 EST Sharon Recently retired. Want to get healthy, closer to God. <BR> ........... Sat, 15 Feb 2014 09:11:10 EST Looking for Troy Michigan Sparks! I live in Troy. <BR> New Gram to beautiful 9mo grandbaby (Grandbaby #2 arrives in June)! <BR> I've lost 67lbs since September. <BR> Hoping to loose additional 62lbs by this coming September. <BR> Looking for other Troy Sparks to help me stick to my goals! Mon, 10 Feb 2014 10:55:28 EST Any new summer Michigan destinations? Anyone planning on going somewhere in Michigan this summer that they have never been before? I am going to find somewhere and check it out! Mon, 10 Feb 2014 08:12:14 EST Creativeheart5 Sorry I Didn't introduce myself....... Constance <BR> My Weight has gone up almost 35 pounds in three years. When I was just under two hundred I felt very active and happy but now I don't. My ultimate goal is to be healthy. I thought I was fat at 145 pounds almost 21 years ago. Anyway This me. I am going to be 41. I am a Mother of two young adult daughters and one teenage daughter in high school. I am married to my college sweet hear for 20 years. I run my own business 15 hours day a... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 11:31:18 EST A Promise or 2 New to Spark people and fairly new to beautiful West Michigan. I am not thrilled with the cold and snow but that's the southerner in me. I am looking to meet new people in the GR and Stanton/Lakeview areas. <BR> I typically don't make New Years Resolutions but this year I picked one word and one number that I am going to work on, <BR> My word~Friend. To be one and to find one or more. <BR> My number~5. To save 5% of my check every payday <BR> To take 5 minutes each day... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 10:38:52 EST Introducing Ms_Mustang Greeting fellow Sparks family. I am happy to become a part of your family. I look forward to a wonderful journey of weight lost with you all. Peace and blessings. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 19:44:05 EST Fat mamma Hi Iam tired of looking at a fat mother in the mirror. Don't feel good. Feel fat and ugly. Have no energy Tue, 28 Jan 2014 19:00:33 EST Hi there! My name is Kasey McFarland (no, I'm not Irish, but someday I will go there just to hear a real Irishman say my name :)). I'm here on Spark People to start shedding the extra 30 pounds I have gained in the last 5 years working full time as a secretary after being a very busy and active stay-at-home mom for many years. Sitting all day does NOT agree with me. You know that commercial, "a body in motion stays in motion and a body at rest, stays at rest"? Well, I've been resting for 5 years and I ... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 12:28:44 EST Back again Hello Sparkers!! My name is Ashley. I am back for my 3rd time with SP. I started in 2012, and lost 20lbs. I have kept most of it off. I am proud to say that I have been out of the 200 club for almost 2 years now. I still have lots of work to do before I get to a healthy BMI. I usually end up loosing my motivation, so I am planning on being more active on the community side of Spark to keep me going. So thank you in advance for your help. <em>211</em> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 06:44:15 EST heiler Hi everyone. I have joined this site to keep me on track of my goals and to give me motivation along the way. My goals consist of losing 15 pounds and jogging a 5k by August. I enjoy walking, rollerblading, swimming and hanging out with my kids. Sun, 26 Jan 2014 08:12:08 EST Chris from Novi Hi I live in Novi Mi. Have been married 42 years, mother of 4 grandmother of 3 and trying to lose weight while battling a thyroid problem. Hopefully I can do it this time. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 13:11:45 EST New to Sparkpeople Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I am really excited to be here. I can already tell this is a great community. <BR> <BR> I'm not really good at these " introduce yourself" posts. My goal is to lose 100 pounds. My scale isn't the greatest so I've been gauging my weight loss more by my clothing than the scale. I actually started walking last November. So far, I've dropped 2 jean sizes. Just this morning I changed my route because I was getting bored and really kicked butt. I'm feeling pretty proud of... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 16:30:07 EST Hello from Troy Hi. I'm Miriam and am new to SparkPeople. I'm looking forward to giving and receiving encouragement as we all move toward our goals. Glad to see there's a Michigan group here! I live in Troy. Sat, 18 Jan 2014 10:13:33 EST Carol From Michigan I am 65 years old, and have one daughter and 2 grandsons. Hope to lose 40 pounds by my birthday! Mon, 13 Jan 2014 14:44:59 EST Hello from Sue Hi I am new to the program and I need help to lose weight so I can be around to see my one yr old grandson growup. thanks Sun, 12 Jan 2014 13:37:07 EST New and Confused! Hello, I just joined last night and I can tell I need lots of help. Apparently I didn't enter my food correctly. I had 2 slices of bacon and it gave me over 1700 calories for that! What did I do wrong? I'm older, not terribly active, and I need lots of encouragement! I'd be happy to hear from someone who knows exactly what I'm going through. Thu, 9 Jan 2014 22:06:12 EST HI this is BeeHive777 I feel like this is going to be my year. I will need lots of help and incouragement. Wed, 8 Jan 2014 19:10:22 EST CAN YOU MAKE UP SOMETHING ABOUT THE SNOWY WEATHER? HERE IS THE STORY, NOW WILL YOU ADD SOMETHING TO IT,PLEASE. <BR> Some new neighbors moved next door, and carved out their ingles. <BR> My company went out to start their car. I knew that the snow was 11 feet next to the house, and yelled and told them to hold on to the rope, But I haven't heard from them since! I went to make my dinner, and I just pulled it out of the snow after my refrigerator broke down. It was so cold in the house that my tongue stuck to the dinner plate! I let my little... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 21:54:39 EST New to this Hello- <BR> My name is Teresa, I'm a wife and mother of two, almost 4 years ago I had gastric by-pass surgery and lost 80lbs I have kept it all off, but I don't eat good at all and I feel horrible all the time because of my poor eating habits and it's unfortunate that I have allowed my children to pick up my habits so I hope with this website we can stay motivated. Fri, 3 Jan 2014 16:19:38 EST Fit in 14 My new motto! Very much looking forward to reaching AND keeping my goals! Thu, 2 Jan 2014 16:20:55 EST Glad To Be Back Hello Sparkpeople. Looking forward to being a part of the team once again. The tools on this website are like no other that I've encountered. Looking forward to meeting new people and sharing motivational stories. I am an Atkins-Way-Of-Eating follower. The Atkins program fits my lifestyle and jumps my metabolism. I enjoy cooking and have meal preparation down to a science which helps tremendously on any fitness program. I am self employed as a practice manager in the health care industry. The... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 12:09:56 EST Needing to be healthier for my family I recently signed up and paid to run a 5k color run in May so now I have to get healthy and lose weight! Planning on the Couch25k. We are starting a Biggest loser competition at work on Monday I want to win. I also have 4 kids (12 year old girl, 3 year old boy, 2 year old girl, and a 8 month old boy). They take up ALL of my time when I come home from work. Looking for quick, easy, meal plans that are kid friendly! I heard about Spark from a lady at work but didn't realize there was so much... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 21:47:38 EST Happy New Year!! Hello! My name is Becky. I have 75 lbs to lose. Chronic wide spread pain and SI joint is messed up. Can't do hardly any exercise so I must be very diligent about tracking all food I put in my mouth. Looking forward to 2014. Hoping once i get some of this weight off the pain will go away. Happy New Year!! Wed, 1 Jan 2014 13:20:01 EST Livonia seeks buddy HI there, <BR> I'm from Livonia, just joined the Curves on 5 Mile near Merriman, and am seeking a workout buddy/motivational buddy to help keep us both in fabulous spirits and losing weight this year. <BR> Please connect! Wed, 1 Jan 2014 10:31:45 EST Newer to Spark Hi. My name is Alynne. I am newer to Spark. I have struggled with my weight all my life and I really need to make some positive long term changes. Any tips would be much appreciated. I really am determined to overcome this battle and become healthier. It's not about being a size 2 or looking good in a bikini for spring break for me. What matters to me is my health and I am newly married this past June and we eventually want kids. I know I need to make these changes in order to be there for my... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 06:47:01 EST Trying Again Hello, <BR> <BR> I have given SparkPeople a try before, but never really gave it a chance. I never really used the community, nor did I truly give the tracking any credit. This time I plan to get everything this site has to offer, and hope to reach my goals in the process. <BR> <BR> Thank You, <BR> Drew Sat, 28 Dec 2013 00:01:04 EST Momlto4chiefs Hi ! I'm a mom of 4 teenagers so life gets crazy. I really need to shed some weight. Tired of looking like a overweight mom so I'm ready to begin the process. I love sweets so I need to find other ways to turn my cravings into something else. I'm 49 have a great husband who needs to lose weight as well and a proud mom to the greatest 4 children in the world! Fri, 27 Dec 2013 06:21:14 EST Momlto4chiefs Hi ! I'm a mom of 4 teenagers so life gets crazy. I really need to shed some weight. Tired of looking like a overweight mom so I'm ready to begin the process. I love sweets so I need to find other ways to turn my cravings into something else. I'm 49 have a great husband who needs to lose weight as well and a proud mom to the greatest 4 children in the world! Fri, 27 Dec 2013 06:21:13 EST Hello! Hi! My name is Sarah. I am 29 years old with a goal of 35 pounds to lose. I am more excited for the increase in energy and ease of picking out an outfit than I am the specific number on a scale. I have used sparkpeople several times in the past. Once with incredible success for a year and a half, and a few other times with alarmingly fast failure rates. I have learned from this what works best for me on my personal journey to living healthier. I will admit, I am not one to use team forums. I ... Thu, 19 Dec 2013 20:36:42 EST Hello all My name is Tina, I am new to the site. I have a goal of losing 45 pounds, but focusing on losing inches more then the weight. I have a lot of toning up to do before I can worry about the scales. The were my downfall last time I tried to get healthy. I am working on getting myself ready for changes this month, then going into it full force starting Jan. 3rd 2014. I have started doing 20 mins a day of some kind of exercise, broken up 2-3 times in the day. I am trying to get myself motivate... Fri, 13 Dec 2013 05:53:15 EST intro Now that I've been on Spark for over a month, I'm checking in and introducing myself. I am Donna and I live in the Newaygo area. I've been on the journey now for about 6 months. I joined this site so that I could start tracking my food after seeing the scale number get stuck (who knew it was me :) ) Just trying to get health issues under control Tue, 10 Dec 2013 08:36:14 EST Hi Hi all. Just introducing myself. I'm Ericka and need extra motivation to shed this weight. Wed, 4 Dec 2013 13:22:04 EST Tell about some historical spot you know! BOOK CADILLAC, DETROIT MICHIGAN <BR> <BR> Have you ever noticed those guys who appear in sculpture above the Michigan Avenue entrance to the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel? Ever wonder who they were? <BR> <BR> The Book Cadillac Hotel opened in 1924, a development of the Book brothers: J. Burgess Jr., Frank and Herbert. The brothers grew up in the original Cadillac Hotel on the same site. They bought the building with inheritance from their father and built the Book Cadillac in its place, hirin... Wed, 20 Nov 2013 19:35:40 EST Hello Hi my name is Barb and I AM from Corunna, MI looking for sparks friends! Tue, 19 Nov 2013 21:21:16 EST Hello I would just like to introduce my self. My name is Barb and I am 33 years old. I am a mother of 4 and I work as a Dental Assistant/ Patient coordinator. I would just like to say that I am happy to be here, and happy to know that there is support to help me reach my goals which I have always struggled with. <em>30</em> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 12:38:31 EST Not done yet! My transformation story is more of a journey of many ups and downs... I realized for a while that I needed to make a change, because I really wasn't liking who I was seeing looking back at me in the mirror (at my heaviest that I weighed myself I was 234 lbs.). I would exercise, then get discourage because I wasn't seeing the results like I thought I should with the amount of effort I was putting into the workouts. Then because it wasn't coming off, I had gotten it in my head that "I wasn't de... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 11:57:11 EST Need motivation! New to Sparks. I hope I can do this. Love to read others progress. Certainly need the motivation. Mon, 11 Nov 2013 12:59:50 EST SCARY OUTDOOR VACATIONS I once dated a beautiful out-doors man, that every time we did some thing out side that was physical (to exercise) or on a vacation together, I was endangering my life! I will probably be telling you each story one at time in this section! It got so bad that I had a bill of my rights, that I memorized to recite to him, questioning my survival on these outings! <BR> HERE IS MY BILL OF RIGHTS/ SURVIVAL REQUIREMENTS <BR> IS THERE ANY REPTILES, BUGS , OR ANIMALS THAT CAN MAME, BITE OR BREAK ... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 14:53:37 EST I'mAlanna New to all this don't want to say anything dumb or expose my discouragement. I am only 10-15 lbs from my goal, but I have been for two years now. Tue, 29 Oct 2013 17:45:56 EST I want to finish what I start!! Hi I can't tell you how many times i'v'e said I was going on a diet. Well i'm at that age that I need to make healthy changes not just so I can look good. I have Fibromyalgia and I have rough days. It's very frustrating sometimes. I don't think i've EVER finished something this big before and I need to do this now!!!!!!! Tue, 29 Oct 2013 13:36:44 EST What do you do to enjoy cold weather? Baby it's cold outside!" I am a victim of working too much, or not having enough money to learn to ski, here in Michigan in the winter. Which isn't here yet! I am trying to learn to change, and enjoy this season more. All I know is cooking, and staying cooped up in doors for the cold. So here's my routine basically. I've already put butternut squash or pumpkin into everything from soups to desserts. I buy mulling spices and put that into my teas for a more soothing taste, and smell. Then I ... Sat, 26 Oct 2013 11:45:15 EST WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD IN THE WINTER? When it gets cold out, <BR> I like to curl up in front of the fire place! <BR> Sorry wrong fantasy, <BR> in my house I like to curl up in front of the tv set, <BR> and eat a bowl of homemade chili. <BR> It seems like it really hits the spot, <BR> and warms me up. Mon, 21 Oct 2013 23:59:54 EST Starting New and looking for motivation HI! I'm Keagan's Momma and I'm fat! I'm not trying to offend anybody, just looking for some motivation, support and lets face it I'm no good at being truthful with myself. I have a tendacy to tell myself it's not that bad or that I'm too busy or that I'm too tired. All lies...what it comes down to is I'm lazy. If I could drag my butt of the couch I know I would have much more energy and would be able to keep up with my 2 year old. I'm always the first person to say, "hey lets walk", so ... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 16:39:27 EST Plentyoffish dating website I realize I have not been on this site much since I created my profile. I started college and I had a very bad experience over summer. I was on the dating website plentyoffish and I met a man on their that raped me. I went to the police and they don't believe me and I have no physical evidence. I was wondering if any of you were on plentyoffish and have had the same thing happen. He has wavey or curly red hair, stands about 5' 9 to 5'11, blue eyes, the right one is lazy, glasses, his weight r... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 14:26:13 EST Thanksgiving challenge? Would anyone be interested in doing a Thanksgiving challenge? It is 8 weeks away from tomorrow, which is a perfect amount of time to do a challenge. You can set your own goal, and send a weekly update on how you are doing. Wed, 9 Oct 2013 18:35:23 EST I'm ready to finally reach my goal Hello, my name is Jamie. I've struggled with my weight for as long as I can remember. In high school I swam and was active but was still slightly over weight. When I went to college I was on my own for the first time and ate whatever I wanted and found alcohol. I gained a lot of weight with little to no exercise and my confidence went down the drain making everything worse. I am an emotional binge eater. Over the years I have yo yo'd up and down over and over again. I have battled with depres... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 15:12:40 EST BEST TOM SAWYER STORY ABOUT YOURSELF When I was six years old, my mom, sister, and I went to Johnstown Pennsylvania for summer vacation. It seemed like a town on the other side of a mountain, down in a valley. We visited my mom's friends parent's farm. There I lived out my adventurers like Tom Sawyer. On one occasion we went to the creak and caught crawdads with our bare hands, or a paper cup. My sister thought it was funny to hang some off her finger tips. Slamming the screen door of the farm house, and running out to the next ... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 19:51:04 EST Name a favorite made in MIchigan item/&where It's funny how we take so many products for granted that are made in Michigan. <BR> Our family function on Saturday mornings was to go to a Sanders restaurant. At the soda fountain there, I loved getting Sanders Fudge on my ice crème puffs. It was one of my fondest memories of when my family was together. So even though I really haven't indulged as much, I think I would be very sad if Sanders just disappeared. It would make me feel like one of my comforting childhood memories had disappeared.... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 01:15:04 EST hello I hope to finally be able too lose the weight and keep it off. So i can, live longer and be more active for my children Sat, 5 Oct 2013 23:45:45 EST Hello ...and finally some nice cool weather. Anyone from Michigan should know what I mean. I am amazed every fall that the leaves changing bring so much beauty, and unfortunately almost over night they are gone. My name is Linda and I am a mother of four wonderful children, who all give me a lot of happiness. I stay home with them full time....somedays are rough, while most are very rewarding. It would seem with no employment I'd have little or no proble getting fit and keeping weight off...yeah ... Sat, 5 Oct 2013 20:04:28 EST What are some of your Michigan outdoor adventurer? I really do miss going camping, or fishing. It is so nice being out in nature relaxing either in the woods, or on a lake. It brings out the adventurer, and explorer in me. And I always like picking raspberries. Black flies biting me when I get lost in deep woods, not so much! in the wrong season! Canoeing on the Au Sable River, is fun. And going into those small towns for breakfast is so comforting! Listening to the fish stories from the locals hanging around a main dock somewhere! We are so... Sat, 5 Oct 2013 03:46:27 EST Maybe this time Hello my name is Samantha, I am 26 today, and I have been on this site a long time, and I feel as though nothing I do ever helps. I am 180 pounds, and have awful asthma, and every pound I gain, my lungs hurt more and more. The more they hurt the less I do, and the less I do the more weight I gain, it is a vicious cycle that I need to break. <BR> <BR> I wish I could afford a gym membership again, because the one thing I can almost always do for hours is ride an exercise bike inside, there... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 09:28:12 EST hello I'm Andrea and I'm from Hartford, MI but now live in Portage, MI. Mon, 30 Sep 2013 18:36:52 EST Really needing some support I am feeling real needy today for some moral support from people that understand what a struggle it is to lose unwanted weight and how it effects us both physically and mentally. Sun, 29 Sep 2013 11:08:42 EST Introduction I just moved to Michigan a year ago, and since the transition I can't seem to keep my weight down consistently. I'm having trouble meeting friends up here, so I thought I would try this Spark group. <BR> <BR> Anyone on here from central Michigan? Fri, 27 Sep 2013 20:01:50 EST April I dont know what I am doing....but i do know i want candy andother food to eat. It is 3:28am and have to fight the sadness and gear in my heart. I need toremember rhe poitive of eating is 2min satisfactionof the food and remember thenegtavive outways the postive. I need to care more to do omethimg productive and not eat junk.ithinkgoing togetjust a drink and go back to slee Fri, 27 Sep 2013 03:32:33 EST Hello, Michigan! Hi. It's raining and it sounds beautiful. I went out for my hike before it hit but the rain doesn't stop me. I'm dedicated to my daily hike! I'm in my 40s, soon to be empty-nesting, single mom. It's time for me to lose the extra what? 25-30# I've been lugging around for 20 years. Glad to see a Michigan forum. We're a great state and soon to be a slimmer one. I'm in greater Lansing so greetings to all Michiganders! :) Thu, 19 Sep 2013 09:47:44 EST I'm New Here Hi, I'm Nancy and I joined yesterday but just getting things set up today and will start the program with breakfast in the morning. There is a lot to absorb on this site and I'm trying my best to get it all in. I hope to loose weight become a healthier me and make new friends. Sun, 15 Sep 2013 22:38:49 EST FOOTBALL WEEKEND !! <em>213</em> SPARKER'S. WE ARE NOT GOING TO SIT IN FRONT OF TV ARE WE? PUT YOUR HEADPHONES ON <em>311</em> AND LISTEN TO U OF M <em>281</em> . GO BLUE!!! Sat, 14 Sep 2013 00:49:30 EST Go Lions! Go Tigers! Sorry can't help it. Hey Michigan Team checking in from Muskegon, Mi. <em>104</em> If you live in Michigan and like other teams that's okay too I still like you. <em>41</em> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 21:07:44 EST adoptable dog If anyone is looking for a dog I have a foster doggie that needs a home. She is a 4 year old shephard mix and is so crazy good. Totally house trained, doesn't go on furniture unless you let her, is fantastic at both fetch and catch. <BR> <BR> If you or anyone you know is looking in the metro detroit area let me know! <BR> <BR> Here is her petfinder link with the rescue info and the application link:<BR>2 Thu, 12 Sep 2013 06:55:26 EST Hi I'm starting over again and I rejoined sparkpeople for the umpteenth time. I don't really know if anything will be different this time, but I'm going to try anyway. Mon, 9 Sep 2013 20:35:23 EST Question This question was poised on another team I belong to; it was simple but has had a great response. <BR> <BR> What makes you laugh? <BR> <BR> ME?? I'm easily amused. A lot of things make me laugh (my family probably makes me laugh the most). Life is too short to take things too seriously. <BR> Wed, 4 Sep 2013 09:20:59 EST Looking for buddy near Lupton/Rose City/Hale I am back to Sparkpeople after an extended absence. I am relatively new to Michigan and would love to have a buddy. I live outside of Lupton. Any neighbors? Mon, 2 Sep 2013 11:42:15 EST new to Mi. hi <BR> I'm new to the team and also the state. I just moved here from Il. and am originally from the east coast. I must say I'm happy to have trees around again, there were not many in Il. where I was from. there are plenty of them in the east coast so I kind of feel like I;m home so to speak. <BR> <BR> looking forward to sharing with the team <BR> <em>9</em> health to the team Wed, 28 Aug 2013 22:34:55 EST Anyone in the Midland area? Looking for a walking partner. Really need that extra motivation for awhile. Tue, 27 Aug 2013 12:28:57 EST WATCH FOR ME !! ALL YOOU SPARK;S WHO HAVE H.A.P. AND GET QUARTERLY MAGAZINE , WATCH FOR THIS "FELLOW ON THE COVER & STORY OF MY STORY IN DECEMBER, ISSUE. DID PHPTO SHOOT TODAY AND I MENTIONED SPARKPEOPLE & THIS ARTICLES IS FOR THOSE OF "YOU" THAT I DID THIS TO PREVENT ANY OF YOU OF GETTING A HEART ATTACK. <em>252</em> . Wed, 21 Aug 2013 13:33:03 EST I'm back from the past and need your help! I created this group back in the day.. I'm glad to see it has grown without me.. Now I'm back and have to lose a lot due to medications. I am hoping to get much needed support from my Michigan buddies. Tue, 20 Aug 2013 02:05:07 EST Tired of being tired.. I am not new to this weight loss journey. I am in my late 40's and feel seasoned in the diet industry. I have learned to be skeptical of the "lose weight fast" schemes..since I tried many of them. But yet I struggle to keep myself under control. <BR> Thu, 8 Aug 2013 08:19:30 EST pounds gone for good Hi my name is Andi Jean, I am over 40 with a great husband and 2 awesome boys. I am once again starting a fitness program and a healthy lifestyle change. I have tried many diets and paid many dollars to achieve my goal of losing 50+ pounds. I am hoping to use sparkpeople to start new habits and maintain a healthy lifestyle. I currently am a member of a gym which I love because of all the great classes. I really want to develop a support system for success. Tue, 6 Aug 2013 19:53:07 EST New to Spark People Hi All, <BR> I'm Jennie. I've been using Spark People for about 2 weeks now. Before SP, I was a member of Weight Watchers for a number of years. It worked great for a long time. I was recently diagnosed with Hashimoto's Disease hypothyroidism and since then the weight has been slowly been coming back, not due to poor nutrition or lack of exercise. I'm working on eliminating grains and wheat from my diet in hopes that my autoimmune symptoms and weight improves. We'll see how this goes. ... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 12:54:32 EST ANY U OF M FOOTBALL FAN'S OUT THERE ?? PRE-SEASON GAME AUG. 31, 3:30 PM CENTRAL MICHIGAN. HOPE WE HAVE <em>214</em> FEVER. GO BLUE. Fri, 2 Aug 2013 17:37:17 EST PICTURE THIS !! THIS IS WHAT 1 YR. AND 4 MONTH'S CAN DO, IF YOU WANT SOMETHING BAD ENOUGH YOU CAN DO IT. Thu, 1 Aug 2013 03:17:37 EST A year and a half later... I am introducing myself a bit late in the game... I have been using sparkpeople on and off for a year and a half. I should be on more than I am. I have a hard time posting when I know I am doing 'bad' and am more likely to post when I am doing 'good'. I need to hold myself more accountable no matter what day it is! Mon, 29 Jul 2013 15:38:18 EST Ruck hikes for cardio Just curious if anyone is doing military style ruck marches for cardio workouts, I think I'm going to try it and could use some pointers...thanks! Sat, 20 Jul 2013 10:30:34 EST Watch For Me !! I have been chosen to appear in the H.A.P. magazine for February on my progress on diet, weight & exercise. I have lost total 60 lbs. 25 in and will be 73 July 26. My reason was my trygilceride level was 229 on April 3, 2012 and was afraid od another heart attack. Had 2..So, my nurse/nutritionist Karen was with me all the way, too. On April 3, 2013 my Dr. Perez on my accomplishments. I said if I can prevent 1 person from heart attack, I've done my job. Sat, 20 Jul 2013 02:56:21 EST Anyone near Ypsilanti? Is there anyone near Ypsilanti that would like to get together and do some kind of fitness class? There are a lot of classes in the area, and I am just trying to find someone that wants to get together and join one! Fri, 12 Jul 2013 15:32:39 EST Izzydo Hi I am 56 and need to lose more than 50 lbs. I have struggled with my weight most of my life. I am hoping this group will help me to lose and keep it off. Fri, 12 Jul 2013 08:26:56 EST hello I am new to this site a little about me. Mother of 3 grown kids 1 grandson, iam 53 years old I live in michigan the cass city. I have dropped some weight working with sp i started at 280 then 260 then 245 now iam at 235. Doing ok I hope. It has turned out to be a very pretty day here.My day has not gone will grand but the sun is out and the birds are singing that is cool. That and bob seager iam good Tue, 2 Jul 2013 17:07:19 EST Color Me Rad - Lansing - October - 5K Just found out about this and I'm in. I here these are a blast and there is still time to shape up! Anyone else want to have some fun? Matching Spark T-shirts? Anyway. I'm in no matter what! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>&t=Lansing </link> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 15:24:14 EST Female in the 810 Hey! I'm looking for weightloss buddies and support:) Thu, 27 Jun 2013 02:04:25 EST Hello Hello I am new here to the board. I have been on sparkpeople before but lacked the motivation. So now I am back with my motivation. I am a 33 year old mom with 2 girls age 13 and 8. I have been heavy ever since getting out of high school and am finally ready to get this weight off. I am hoping to work hard and get the weight off as well as learning new eating habits and getting regular exercise to keep myself healthy. This was all brought on when my Grandmother passed away in September. She w... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 22:56:18 EST specialkitten Hi everyone. From Michigan, i am new to sparks and actually just came across it as i was trying to find low fat recipes. I am trying to get my life back on track so I can become more active for my 3 yr old son and soon to be grand baby. Over the past 3 years i have had surgery to remove a tumor from my neck (non cancer) and found out through a lower GI I have crohns. Then 2 months later found out i was pregnant. Ive been trying to get healthy these last 3 years without much success. It seems ... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 12:12:37 EST I am new to SparkPeople My name is Sharmelle but you may call me by my nick name Shar if you would like. I am a graphic artist, graphic designer, and photographer. And I write poetry sometimes. So I a constantly sitting down at my computer and I do get out to take photographs and do other things. <BR> <BR> I also have what you call familial spastic paraparesis which will have me in a wheal chair later on in my life I hope. I walk slow and cannot do much for exercise due to this. I can only do sit down upper exerci... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 14:45:07 EST Hello Hi everyone! I'm quite new, but I live in mid-Michigan. :) Just wanted to say hello! :) Thu, 13 Jun 2013 20:21:43 EST New to Sparkpeople Hello to my fellow Michiganders. I'm new here, so I'm trying to find my way around. I'm 37, a mom to 4, & live in the Thumb. I grew up in Detroit & moved here when I met my husband. I have been battling with the same 30 pounds for the past 8 years. I've lost it twice, but have gained it back. I am ready to get it off for good this time. I hope to meet some great people here! Tue, 11 Jun 2013 09:08:20 EST Just Gettin' Started! One of my friends introduced me to spark so.... I'm giving it a try! Mon, 3 Jun 2013 13:05:59 EST Anyone near New Haven? I'm just curious how many, if any, people are around the New Haven/Chesterfield area? <BR> <BR> :D <BR> Mon, 27 May 2013 13:33:00 EST Hey everyone... I hope all is well with everyone. I've attempted to "be back in it" a few times over the last year... and yea that was a joke. Then my boyfriend and I moved to a new place... forcing me to go through my closet. UGH! Now that was a joke. <BR> <BR> I seen all my adorable clothes that still have tags on it lol... the ones I never got to wear because I started gaining weight back. <BR> <BR> I've been back on track for 2 weeks (tomorrow) and I'm down about 7 pounds so far. I would've been down... Mon, 27 May 2013 13:28:02 EST Back again!!! Hello all! <BR> I am a 32 year old single mother from the Grand Rapids area. I found Sparkpeople a couple years ago, but due to a crazy busy schedule I had a hard time committing to focusing on my health. Now things have slowed down a bit and I am back, diving in head first. I have realized that my health and weight loss is something that needs to be front and center in my life, not on the back burner. I feel like I have a new relationship with food and exercise. I am feeling great, my cloth... Sun, 26 May 2013 16:23:39 EST MI SPARK'S, WHAT'S THE DEAL ?? WE WERE IN 4TH PLACE NOW 7TH. WHAT'S THE DEAL.THIS THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND AND HAVE NOT MUCH TO DO. LET'S GET THE WALKING <em>331</em> AND GET GOING . TODAY SO FAR I'VE PUT IN OVER 18, 000 STEPS AND THE DAY IS NOT OVER. ANYBODY WANT TO CHALLENGE ME? LET'S BE # <em>205</em> . DEAL !!! Sat, 25 May 2013 12:06:08 EST New to Fitness Hi my name is Jackie and I am new to this whole fitness and diet thing, I am getting ready to start a bootcamp tomorrow and trying to figure out what my best approach is to diet. Any suggestions? Mon, 13 May 2013 20:32:40 EST Help!! Hi! My name is Susan! I am a 40 something, working mom and wife. I have been working at losing weight and regaining it since i was about 16. I am tired of it!!! I need to get myself healthy and fit now!! I have a family history of heart disease, obesity, and diabetes and I don't want to repeat history!! There is also history of depression... I am working at making my health better so I can hang around for my new grandbaby just born at christmas!! So just starting out today!!! big hopes and dr... Mon, 13 May 2013 09:04:11 EST I'm 'all in' this time Hi I'm Carcin, I have been a member of Sparks for a few years but never really participated. I was on the outside looking in. Even that made me feel a little uncomfortable. This time around I am going out of my comfort zone by creating a my page( still in progress), posting comments(still not sure am posting in the right areas) and looking around the site for inspiration and information. Sat, 11 May 2013 09:58:59 EST Has it warmed up in your Michigan location? We are about to leave our winter Texas home in Brownsville and head back up to our home in Michigan. Our son said it was in the high 70s yesterday. I sure hope it stays warm when we get back! I've been enjoying the walks on the beach and the warm evenings here so I have been a little spoiled! <BR> How warm is it in your neck of the woods? Tue, 7 May 2013 19:03:20 EST hi im new to spark people Hi my name is Rell, I'm 28 years old, over 200lbs, I decided to join spark people because my daughter is now 13months old so I can't use the excuse "I just had a baby" anymore, time to make a change and get my confidence, energy, and health back. I look forward to chatting with you all. Mon, 6 May 2013 00:24:14 EST Upper Peninsula Hey folks!! Hailing from the beautiful UP in the Marquette area. Hope you have a great day! Wed, 1 May 2013 11:19:49 EST looking for people in Buchanan or at least Niles I had to move back to my hometown and live with my parents 4 years ago and my only friend here is my boyfriend of 16 years. And he does not help me with losing weight! I'm 32 years old but look about 23 (on a good day) lol. I gained 44 pounds the first year I moved home and have lost and regained the same weight repeatedly. I'd like to find a workout buddy in the area or at least have someone friend me from my neck of the woods <em>213</em> <em>304</em> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 06:38:43 EST Looking towards success and balance... The pounds I carry around everyday have weighted on my self-image for the last fifteen years. I do not know what got into me, but since the beginning of Spring, I have been on a mission. With such unconditional support from my husband, and self determination, I have been exercising for at least five days a week since April 20th. Whether walking outside for three miles, on the treadmill in the basement for 2 miles or lifting 3 to 5 pound weights three days a week, I felt great. I then weig... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 16:06:28 EST Hello getting started on this healthy journey. Im Vanna. I've been putting eating right n exercise off. I need some encouragement nand help. Sun, 14 Apr 2013 15:10:39 EST Hello getting started on this healthy journey. Im Vanna. I've been putting eating right n exercise off. I need some encouragement nand help. Sun, 14 Apr 2013 15:06:51 EST Hi Everyone! Hello! My name is Julie, I have a lot of lifestyle changes to make. Looking forward to using this website as a tool to help me reach my goals. Weight loss, physical fitness etc. Sat, 13 Apr 2013 15:56:04 EST Returning member Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I am a returning member to SparkPeople. I was here some time back to start a diet regimen. A lot has happened in my absence so here I am once again to get back on track to my dietary goals. Thanks for looking! <BR> <BR> Jerry Fri, 12 Apr 2013 02:04:45 EST Northern L.P. Buddy Hello All, <BR> <BR> I live in the nothern lower peninsula and like many others am ready for Spring to arrive and stay. In the midst of trying to track my nutrition and incorporate a fitness routine I realized having a buddy in this weight loss mission is what could really help me stay accountable. Being a stay at home mom has made my mission even more challenging some days. <BR> <BR> Anyhoo, can't wait to chat with some of my fellow team members. <BR> <BR> J Wed, 10 Apr 2013 16:49:21 EST Manistee Noob Figured I would jump in and get my usually lurking feet wet. :) <BR> I live outside of Manistee, on 40 acres of hubz family land, we are slowly trying to get self sufficient and get property back in shape. Who knew brush cleaning could be a workout ? :P <BR> Since I live out of town, most days I take to the woods, with my 3 dogs, a pitt bull, boxer and pu puppy that keep me in smiles. It is a trade off, gorgeous walking view , no longer have a workout buddy though. <BR> anyhoo I look forwar... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 10:54:53 EST Brand new from Muskegon, MI Hello everyone! I am excited to find this free alternative to the Weight Watchers tracker. Going to the grocery store right now to stock up on fruits and veggies. Yay Spring! <BR> Sun, 7 Apr 2013 13:50:44 EST Walking Buddy I am looking for a walking buddy in the Troy area. If you're in Rochester Hills, Troy, Clawson, Sterling Heights, Madison Heights, or are welcome to join me for a daily walk. There is a decent size park with a nice trail in Madison Heights if you're interested...or we can walk somewhere else. I need a lot of motivation as this is my 3rd attempt at losing weight. The first time I did ok. I lost 70-80 pounds, but quickly gained it all back and then some. My second time back.... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 01:34:09 EST Hey my name ishaher and 23 and mother of 2 ;) I love using this website to track my calories and fitness, it helps me so much. I'm also doing insanity everyday 6days a week its very intense and is my 2nd week I loveeeee it =) I can already see change and we all know change is great! If anyone has any questions please ask I'm very open and will answer anything. Thanks Fri, 5 Apr 2013 12:39:31 EST hi im kimberly hi im kimberly Thu, 4 Apr 2013 18:06:37 EST Time for change! Hey friends, <BR> My name is Nicole,I'm 19 and live in a small town in Michigan. I love being outdoors,and going to the sleeping bear dunes in the summer. I am a photography addict,as well as a food addict lol. I love animals and being around my family and friends.And,I love to cook. I live with my boyfriend and his sister,and have three amazing brothers of my own. I moved out last September,not because of family problems or conflicts,but because I want to show my parents that I can be inde... Thu, 28 Mar 2013 11:40:22 EST gastrorn55 hello, 2 years ago, I was deteremined to lose weight. I joined spark people on my pc. as usual, I fell off the wagon, and here I am 2 years later 20lbs heavier. I am so discouraged. Not only am I 20 heavier, I have lupus, arthritis, pre-diabetes and severe back pain from arthritis. I have had to have chemotherapy for my lupus, consisting of 4 consecutive weeks and PT for my back pain. If I could lose the 100 lbs I need to lose, I would feel so much better, if I could only buy willpower!... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 19:49:58 EST First full day of "Spring"? What is this !!! SNOW . SPRING? HELP !! Cabin fever. But what the heck I still got up at 2:30 am did my 2 hrs. of exercise & 1 hr & 7 min. of walking. MI SPARKS we can still do this despite the weather.We can still <em>198</em> it out and take it. I walked 9,376 steps ( 4.76 miles) . I want to hit 10,000 steps or 5.0 miles. I am determined to do this. ish me luck. GOD BLESS ALL. Thu, 21 Mar 2013 15:37:57 EST hey ya'll, a BL refugee here I joined the free biggest loser site in January, then they turned those into paid memberships as of 3/18/13. What i found out is that blogging or just communicating with others in the same boat, really helped. <BR> So here i am. I used to track my calories and exercise, but like the communication on this site. So I'll try to chime in on occasion. <BR> Trying to figure out how to put that little weight tracker widget on my profile page too... <BR> <BR> i'm down about 25lbs... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 10:18:44 EST HELLO MICHIGAN SPARKPEOPLE !!! I am Grandma Franny and live in Rochester Hills, MI.and 72 1/2 yrs. old Started on my diet & exercise program on April 3rd of 2012. My weight was 162 and my trygleceride level was 229. Asked my Dr. to help me a special diet for I was so bloated up. One thing no more pop even diet drink that water and no bread, cakes pies, pizza. Well as of today NOW I am at 104.4 pounds. Let's show the other states what we can do. GOD BLESS ALL & <em>198</em> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 02:54:18 EST Giving it Another Shot Hi everyone, I just joined last night after being inspired (again!) by the Biggest Loser finale. I've tried many times on my own to lose the weight and keep it off, however, it appears I am my own worst enemy. I'm ready for change as I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired. I'm ready for a new chapter in my life. Tue, 19 Mar 2013 10:16:23 EST First Day! I signed up for Spark this morning and have had a great day! I did a video from the site (and one from you tube) and actually drank water. Goal setting worked for the first day :) Now to keep it up! I know I can do it Mon, 18 Mar 2013 17:34:55 EST Just starting yet again! Hi, Here I am again, trying to lose weight and get healthier. I work for a hospital and I've joined their yearly <BR> weight loss program. A group of us girls, from two offices, joined. We are called the Cardiac Chubs! Yes we work for <BR> cardiologists, and we are not giving a good example for our patients. <BR> I have been with one of the doctors for 29 years, and have gained 70 pounds over the years. We started out as private practice and now work for the hospital. So my goal is to lose ... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 10:47:13 EST Introducing Myself Hi Everyone- <BR> New to spark just saying hello..... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 22:08:03 EST Bad Fall Yesterday I took a bad fall in the parking lot of the PT facility. The owners of the bldg. do not keep up the parking lot and it's very hard to walk. I can't understand since they are orthopedists!!!. I went to the hospital by ambulance. I didn't know a nose could bleed htat much. Ended up with lacerations on my face and a broken nose. It is really swollen and so is my left eye. Gko for follow up with my family doctor tomorrow. I hate going out in public, but have to. I ache all over... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 19:27:04 EST just joined Hi my name is Sue and I am a new member that lives in Michigan. Sun, 3 Mar 2013 12:45:32 EST Hi everyone! Hi, my name is Erin, I have always been one who had to work to stay in shape, after I had my kids it just plummeted! So here I am! Shoot I am only 25! I need to drop this weight and look good naked again! <BR> <BR> I started here last week at 202 lbs, I will lose it its no longer a choice, I have seen to many people I love fight health battles over weight and I will no be one of them! Tue, 26 Feb 2013 19:58:27 EST Hi I'm ileen! Just starting out and really hope to lose 35 lbs by the time I go on a 6 day hiking trip this summer. I'm trying to stay motivated.... not a huge fan of exercise or of measuring foods.... but I am going to try! :) Sun, 24 Feb 2013 21:33:38 EST Looking for weight loss buddies in the Canton area Hi all, <BR> <BR> As I begin to get past the 'easy' to lose weight of the initial 25 lbs., I find myself in need of motivational people around me. The inherent issue, of my friends motivated for the gym, I'm the only fat one (one of my friends complained yesterday about loosing his six pack status, at 30. Thanks bro). <BR> <BR> Anyhow, I'm looking for people nearby in similar situations, people who are motivated, and still working towards their goals. My story: 30/M who has dropped 27 lb... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 12:24:59 EST cadelmann looking to being better I am a 68 yr. old who has carried 100 lbs. to much for a number of years. I have had both hyper and hypo thryoidism which has made weight a problem. I have been a widow for 18 years. with 4 children, one of my sons is a survival flight nurse. I have had numerous health issues over the years including a pituitary tumor requiring transphynoidal surgery. <BR> I have been the Queen of a Red Hat group for 11 years. Each of my group is a widow that has experienced sudden loss. We have done many... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 12:01:05 EST Hello! Hi Everybody! I'm Tara. This is my fourth time on Sparkpeople and i'm just 4 lbs. shy of having lost 100 lbs. since 2006. I'm really hoping this time I can keep my internet more than two months after making this account. Wed, 13 Feb 2013 18:12:51 EST Hello My Name is Dennis I am going to be 52 yrs. old in March. I have been exercising since I was 12 yrs. old and my Idol was Arnold Swartzenegger . Thru the years I have gone astray from working out but have always come back. I have been around the world have finished 3 marathons and I am currently training for a 10-12 mile Military obstacle course called the Tough Mudder and yes its run in the mud its supports wounded warriors. With in the last year I have lost 40lbs and kept off 30 I also participate in Herba... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 11:39:19 EST New to Spark I live in Northern Michigan...hard to get motivated when it's so cold and snowy! :-) <BR> <BR> Nice to meet other MI sparks! <BR> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 10:53:38 EST YAY Two weeks after moving in I 've finally found my coffee pot and toaster. YAY!! <BR> I think my son in law is coming to get the rest of the snow off the car and maybe Julie and I will go and finally get me a microwave. <BR> Audrey Sun, 10 Feb 2013 10:20:08 EST Fixing Michigan Roads Govenor Snyder wants to fix our roads, it was on the news tonight that he is proposing to increase in gas tax from 19 cents to 33 cents and increase auto registration. Don't think I'll be driving as much. Fri, 8 Feb 2013 22:38:30 EST New User Hello Everyone! I'm new to Sparks People and I would just like to state that I hope with the help of this website that I can fulfill my weight loss goal. Fri, 8 Feb 2013 13:09:23 EST Hi from the Motor City! Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Danielle and I'm tired. Tired of promising myself that I'll do better and be healthier, but then never doing anything to reach that goal. This time, I'm giving it my all. <BR> <BR> Born and raised in Detroit! Tue, 5 Feb 2013 11:12:24 EST another 2.6 miles in the cold! no slipping on the ice today! Tue, 5 Feb 2013 11:09:18 EST Okay, I'm gonna do it. even though it's 18 degrees right now, I'm gonna put on my long underwear and several layers of clothing and take my dogs out for a walk! I just hope I don't slip and fall on the snowy streets! Mon, 4 Feb 2013 09:04:21 EST newbie here from Grand Blanc Hi everybody! <BR> <BR> I'm so glad to see Michiganders here! Tell me what you all are doing to get fit in this freezing cold weather! I can walk and walk and walk when it's not cold, but am struggling right now. Mon, 4 Feb 2013 08:12:25 EST Message Removed Message Removed Wed, 30 Jan 2013 10:30:40 EST Noob from GR area Hi everyone! I'm Dani from the Grand Rapids area, mother of 2, step-mom to 1, all kids under 6! Married to OneLumpSum1 for a year and a half. Just began weightloss journey numero dos after having the second baby. Tue, 29 Jan 2013 18:55:17 EST MOONWSPR Ok, just happened on this site and thought I'd give it a try. I like all the different options with tracking food, and really hoping this will help keep me on track. So far, not doing so good,but its day 1 and I'm staying positive. I wish I'd found this before I joined Medical Weight Loss! Any suggestions would be helpful. Mon, 28 Jan 2013 19:20:18 EST Hi from Bay city Michigan Iv only been on Spark People a few days. I'm so excited to do this. I have 40 lb to loose again,,lol I have been on disability for a few years because of a real bad lower back and I have ms. I'v done nothing but sat around feeling sorry for my self and put on weight. Well I'm over it now and its time to look to the future and not the past. With a little support for you all I know I can do this. Sun, 27 Jan 2013 13:54:06 EST Anyone else love the snow? I know it can be hard to get around in but it is so beautiful! I just love our four seasons state. Going to try to burn off some calories today taking the kids to the sledding hill! Sat, 26 Jan 2013 08:32:04 EST How long have you been on here? Progress report! I've been on here since January 1st. I've lost a total of 5 pounds so far and I've been diligently been going to the gym for cardio and strength training. Thu, 24 Jan 2013 07:33:56 EST Hello fellows I am here to get healthy with the support of others in the same boat Thu, 24 Jan 2013 06:00:15 EST Let's go Michigan! I thought I would just mention that I heard on the news this morning that Michigan is number 5 in the nation for obesity. <BR> <BR> Let's change that number! <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Wed, 23 Jan 2013 09:22:18 EST Newbie.. Hi Folk! <BR> <BR> I just started Sparkpeople not to long ago and realized I didn't have a SparkTeam. Will someone explain to me what this Team is all about?? :) Thank you! -Desirae Tue, 22 Jan 2013 19:38:26 EST Hello. Trying something different. I love the idea of points. But I'm kinda bummed you don't get to redeem the points for anything. I guess has me spoiled! lol. (BTW, my name on there is JessieMichelle.) ;-) Anyway, the points look like a great way to track my progress. I didn't want to do message boards and everything, but it could be fun... so here I go! I also like all the tools and resources and such. I already have about 40 points and it's only been a few days! Mon, 21 Jan 2013 17:15:48 EST Starting Fresh Tomorrow I start the new me. I know this will be a slow process and I can not expect results on day one. But I am doing this for me and will continue until I reach my goal this time. No turning back. Wish me luck. Sun, 20 Jan 2013 13:36:42 EST Hi everyone. I am a 38 year old type 2 diabetic. My doctor thinks weight loss surgery is something I should highly consider. I want to lose weight with diet and exercise. I am looking for support and people who know what I am going through. My main issue is I binge eat..........I need to stop. I want to feel good, have more energy, and my diabetes to go away. <BR> Sun, 20 Jan 2013 00:04:48 EST