SparkPeople SPARK OREGON -The Official Oregon Team Team Messageboard We are a community focused towards the health and well-being of all Oregonians. A team dedicated to encouraging spiritual growth, financial wellness, and improving physical and mental health. SparkPeople SPARK OREGON -The Official Oregon Team Team Messageboard Spring 2020 Weather Welcome Spring! <em>126</em> <em>375</em> <em>378</em> Thu, 19 Mar 2020 22:59:36 EST Winter Weather 2019 Weather is dipping in the teens here in Eastern Oregon. Fingers crossed it will make it above freezing for my afternoon walk. <em>313</em> Brrr... Sat, 30 Nov 2019 12:57:26 EST Weather Report Nov/Dec 2019 Let us know where you are and what your weather is like. I want to include travelers here. <BR> <BR> Currently it is dark and cold outside, but 71 in my house. <BR> <em>334</em> Wed, 6 Nov 2019 02:45:36 EST Garden Plants A to Z A - Azalea Wed, 2 Oct 2019 10:08:00 EST Movie or TV Program Titles - A to Z A Few Good Men Tue, 4 Dec 2018 11:28:42 EST What's on your mind? Please let us know how we can better serve you on this message board. Feel free to share any other comments and/or suggestions. <em>304</em> Mon, 19 Nov 2018 12:25:10 EST The Oregon Gardens - What are you growing? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We live in melon country. We plant watermelon and cantaloupe. Usually have a bumper crop of one or the other. This past Summer we remodeled instead. I am looking forward to getting dirty in the garden next Spring! Mon, 19 Nov 2018 12:14:43 EST Getting healthy in Eugene 65 with 2 new hips and a shoulder. Hips are stiff and muscles unbalanced; shoulder still healing, now load bearing allowed. Looking forward to what I was before arthritis destroyed my joints. Loving the adventure! Sun, 16 Sep 2018 00:30:39 EST Made in Oregon - Show & Tell Post an image, tell a story, share a good place to eat. Let's have Fun as we trade up our favorite People, Place and Things that are 'Made in Oregon'! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Native Oregonian 2.22.1958 <BR> Mon, 18 Jun 2018 20:54:07 EST A-Z Oregon Locations & Landmarks A- Astoria tower Thu, 24 May 2018 11:16:34 EST Oregon Fitness Event Dates Please use this thread to add fitness events ( 5K, bike races, etc.) in your area. <BR> I look forward to seeing you out there!!! <em>311</em> <em>363</em> <em>332</em> <em>364</em> <em>365</em> <em>366</em> <em>294</em> <em>318</em> <em>321</em> Sun, 18 Mar 2018 11:25:25 EST Oregon Weather Report 2018 Eastern Oregon - Clear skies 60 degrees - Chinook breeze 10 - 15 miles per hour. <BR> <BR> Sounds like I better get outside! Sun, 18 Mar 2018 11:17:23 EST My Emoticon Today <em>213</em> Sun, 18 Mar 2018 11:08:34 EST Springtime Activities A-Z Air out the house - open a window! Sun, 18 Mar 2018 11:04:27 EST Returning Hi there, I am returning to the group after a long absence. My goal for 2018 is to continue my healthy journey. I hope to make some cyber friends to help each other along the way. Happy New Year to all. Mon, 1 Jan 2018 14:16:40 EST IDEAS WHEN VISITING OREGON Hello Oregon Spark team members, my name is Mary, I reside in Ohio and my husband and I will be visiting Oregon 8/18 to 8/26. Can you give us some advice on must see places? I know for sure I want to see Crater Lake. Any ideas on where to lodge near Crater lake (can't camp won't have gear with us). Many thanks. Sun, 14 May 2017 11:32:03 EST Walking partner in salem oregon Looking for someone in salem to walk and jogg with me thank you. Mon, 2 Jan 2017 02:39:28 EST Oregon Weather Report: 2017 Okay I can't stand that the weather report thread is from 2010! So I am starting a new thread for 2017. <BR> <BR> In Central Oregon, we are expecting VERY COLD (subzero) nights, below freezing days, and intermittent snow Sat, 31 Dec 2016 21:35:24 EST anybody here still? I just wondered if anyone is still using this forum? Sat, 25 Jun 2016 21:51:29 EST Good morning! Hi all, <BR> <BR> I'm on my phone so I won't go on too long, but I'm Josh and this isn't my first go round on here. My weight has been a crazy ride for my entire life. It started in high school, when I would gain weight unabated through the summer, then get in shape during football and lose most of the weight during wrestling. <BR> <BR> This worked pretty well when I was 16, but once high school ended and there was no more sports to lose the weight it just kept piling on. By the time I wa... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 12:07:13 EST Letter to Team About New SparkPage Dear Team, <BR> <BR> As you may have noticed, SparkPeople has changed our SparkPages. If you are not pleased with the new design and how it is working, please message them about it. They have a suggestion box, which you can use to let them know how you feel. Here is the link to that: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>uggestion_box.asp </link> <BR> <BR> This can be used for anything, anytime, so please bookmark it to use again. <BR> <BR> “Never doubt that a small gr... Fri, 3 Jun 2016 10:12:48 EST Hello spring! ...I mean summer! It sure has felt like summer the last few days, and yesterday some friends and I decided to take advantage of that and headed out to Sauvie Island. Five hours later, I was beaten up, sore, sunburned, and happier than I've been in months! We walked the beach for about an hour, and spent the remaining four swimming in the (surprisingly not ice-cold) river and running around with the dog. I have to say, the best work out I've had in ages, and also the most fun! I never think about 'working out' ... Fri, 13 May 2016 18:33:51 EST Hello out there in SP space! Funny thing is those are my initials; user name is Norahsemp. <BR> I've joined the site, mainly because I'm having kidney difficulty. I've just recently learned, not only does Sodium play a big role, but also Potassium, Phosphorus and Protein. Mercy me, I didn't realize, desire for wellness must foster determination; to bring commitment; to find focus for success to overcome deficiency, disease, disappointment and discouragement! My goal is to become learn-ed; (brain and body) re: the 3 el... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 22:35:44 EST sunny & cold <em>67</em> <em>444</em> Sat, 2 Jan 2016 19:49:47 EST Needing A Buddy In Oregon City Hi! My name is Amanda and I live in Oregon City. I am trying very hard to make a big lifestyle change and am in need of a buddy to go on walks with, work out with and keep tabs on each other to make sure we're staying on track. If you are interested and ready to commit even through the cold winter months then please send me a message so we can chat. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Amanda :) Wed, 12 Aug 2015 22:16:34 EST Work Out/ Motivation Buddy Hi! My name is Amanda and I live in Oregon City. I am trying very hard to make a big lifestyle change and am in need of a buddy to go on walks with, work out with and keep tabs on each other to make sure we're staying on track. If you are interested and ready to commit even through the cold winter months then please send me a message so we can chat. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Amanda :) Wed, 12 Aug 2015 21:39:03 EST Hello Hello, I am living in Gresham, Oregon. I just joined SP a week ago. Taking it one day at a time to positive changes. <BR> <BR> ~ Leita Sun, 2 Aug 2015 21:46:50 EST A new start Once again I start a new start. I pray this time is different. I am focusing on sodium as I need to keep it down for my heart and in doing so I hopr to lode weight. I do have a new saying that comes from one of my favorite songs. It is "This is the first day of the rest of my life!" It is my choice how I live this day. Just muddle through it or live it. My plans for today is to live it. <BR> I hope to meet some of you on here and to be a cheer leader for your journey. Have a great day remem... Fri, 10 Jul 2015 11:02:51 EST Relay For Life 2015 Relay for Life is July 24th & 25th. Noon to Noon. at <BR> Willamalane Center <BR> 250 S. 32nd st., Springfield, OR Tue, 7 Jul 2015 22:08:44 EST hI To day was has been an awesome day Mon, 1 Jun 2015 16:40:20 EST New to Sparks People Hi, I am new to Sparkpeople having joined on the 20 of May. Really am enjoying learning the site. The logging in of food is very helpful in keeping me on track. My goal is to loose 50 lbs by the end of 2015. Am trying to exercise 5 times a week, and having difficulty in drinking that much water. Sun, 24 May 2015 22:52:47 EST stay at home mommy need to lose 100+ lbs My name is Becca and I am a stay at home mommy. I have really just let myself go. I am trying to get back on the bandwagon. I really need to lose at least 110 lbs for my own health. I am looking forward to meeting gold and my long journey for success Mon, 23 Feb 2015 11:59:45 EST house of boxers We have two boxers now. Sophie and Shiloh. Ernie passed away, he was our rescue boy for a year, one month and about 2 weeks. <BR> <BR> Shiloh is our little white ring tailed tooter in the terrible twos with ADHD on the side and he is 5! LOL. Sophie is a nice little lady and she is 7. <BR> <BR> We are guessing that Ernie was about 9ish. Sat, 21 Feb 2015 00:28:32 EST Newbie Hello everyone. I'm new to sparkpeople and I'm hoping to make new friends while trying to be healthy. I am happily engaged and have this wonderdul man to thank for getting me to exercise and eat healthier. <BR> <BR> Toodles! Fri, 6 Feb 2015 08:48:59 EST The Gorge I just got back on this site. Anyone from The Columbia Gorge? I live in The Dalles and would LOVE some nearby buddies. Road cycling is my particular outdoor activity of choice. For the past 3 years, I've ridden 20-40 miles in the Gorge-Us Gals ride to benefit H.A.V.E.N. (non-profit in TD, working to end violence against women). <BR> <BR> Since mid-November, I've been doing body weight, high-intensity short duration (20 minute) routines at home. Wanting to get stronger, and leaner, a bit... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 17:06:10 EST New to Sparks and looking for support. Hello, I am new to Sparks and could use as much support as I can get. Recently just got out of a 3.5 year relationship which has been horrible on my emotions. I am trying to view this as a positive to regroup and focus on me. Get back to a healthy state both physically and mentally. Thu, 25 Dec 2014 19:27:04 EST Introducing...Me! HI, I'm Stacy and I signed up with Spark People a few days ago. I need to lose around 60 - 65 pounds. I used to want to lose weight for vanity reasons, but now that I am suffering the fallout of my poor lifestyle choices (read: too much food; too little activity), I am here to get physically fit and become the healthy me that is beneath the layers of fat. I call it Stacy 2.0. I hope to make some friends along the way, as I think having someone join you in your efforts leads to better results.... Sun, 21 Dec 2014 07:53:29 EST Oregonrain... that's me Hi, I joined spark people in the hopes that I would finally be able to reach my goal of losing this weight. I've been obese all my adult life and would like that streak to end! I want to get off the medication I'm on, and would love to be able to get active again. I know the best way to overcome arthritis is to exercise, but the pain.... My husband has A-fib and is on warfarin. He's decided not to eat the vegies that affect his levels. I'm searching for alternatives and hoping I'll find them... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:47:02 EST Oregonrain... that's me Hi, I joined spark people in the hopes that I would finally be able to reach my goal of losing this weight. I've been obese all my adult life and would like that streak to end! I want to get off the medication I'm on, and would love to be able to get active again. I know the best way to overcome arthritis is to exercise, but the pain.... My husband has A-fib and is on warfarin. He's decided not to eat the vegies that affect his levels. I'm searching for alternatives and hoping I'll find them... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:24:11 EST Forty and Fabu....OH NO, I'm almost 40! I don't know about you, but it seems like yesterday that I was newly 21 and all the dancing with the high heels kept my weight down (Never thin, but 170 was comfortable). In actuality 21 was 17 years ago, and I'm 180 pounds overweight. <BR> <BR> I quit drinking 4 months ago, after drinking around a half to a 1/5 a day, around 4 to 5 days a week. Once I began to lose weight, and realized that to do that I was going to have to stop drinking it was a big decision. But I found a support group ... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 16:49:43 EST Getting Started Hi. I'm new here but not new to trying to get healthier. I needed to find a place to find motivation and accountability online.Love all the options here! So I hope to stick with this. I need to lose about 30 pounds and think I'll try it in a "step-wise" manner. This looks like a great place to start. Mon, 1 Dec 2014 20:30:22 EST New Spark Hi, I'm Kate. I'm looking forward to learning my way around the site. I hope to get advice, encouragement and tips that can help me get healthy and encourage others. Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:44:38 EST Terry448 I am 62 years old, married and have 3 fur babies. I am trying to lose 25.5lbs. By Jan. I lost #18 so far but then just stopped. My husband is my workout partner, which helps us both. Sun, 16 Nov 2014 14:52:53 EST Looking forward to a successful journey I just finished my first week with my new fitbit one. Came across Spark People this morning and like what I see. Also doing Weight Watchers. Here's hoping I can find the self-discipline I need. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:02:58 EST Hi! Hi from Springfield! <BR> Springfield is a little suburb of Eugene. Love living in Oregon! <BR> I am born and raised in Oregon and love all it has to offer =) <BR> <BR> I enjoy geocaching, animals, trying new foods and trying new things! <BR> <BR> Would love to make some friends and get some support on my new journey! Mon, 6 Oct 2014 13:52:22 EST Hiking? Hey there...I used to hike all the time, but since my husbands back has gotten worse, I <BR> am without a hiking buddy...or.two! I live in outer Clackamas County and would love to go hiking again...anyone into hiking? Sun, 28 Sep 2014 19:00:15 EST Roseburg I am new to SparkPeople I live in Roseburg. Wed, 24 Sep 2014 15:35:10 EST Hi I am from Florence, just recently joined. Need to get back on track. My daughter recommended this site. Well Happy Hump day Wed, 24 Sep 2014 11:41:57 EST Hi I am from Florence OR, need to lose 50 lbs but starting by just losing 10% at a time. <BR> Have a great day. Wed, 24 Sep 2014 11:36:47 EST Second day!! Hi this is my second day on Spark and feel great now Didn't want to work or work out added 5 min. to recumbent bike and still have 4 hours to go at work..Surprised how great I feel now.. <em>224</em> I live in Gresham and am an going to be 70 this yr and don';t feel a day over 69!! LOL. Now since I have cooled out time for some lunch...Keep On Keeping on and great day to all.. Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:08:32 EST Hello Hello everyone. I just joined today. I am looking forward to this journey. I am 31 years old, and a wife and mother. I live in the Cornelius/Forest Grove area. Best of luck to everyone. <BR> <BR> OPPS I posted this the wrong way. I wanted this to be in the introduction. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:23:19 EST Animal lovers I live in Gladstone which is just outside of Portland. I have two dogs, a four year old, pure white German Shepard named Teak. I also have an eleven year old Shuh Tzu named Bonnie These two are my very best pals. I have been a dog lover since childhood and I seldom went without a dog. Today, I can't imagine my life without one. Are you folks animal lovers and if so, what do you have? Sun, 17 Aug 2014 14:54:29 EST coastygirl Hi ...Joined today and am looking for tons of support . Hope to reach goal 1 day at a time. <BR> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 07:57:35 EST Almost 40, it's now or never Hello everyone, been on spark since July 19, 2014. Battling health issues, and need to get at least 50 pounds off. When I make it there, I will work on another 34... keeping up in here everyday is keeping me focused... thank you! Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:24:02 EST loannac I was searching for a menu planner to learn how to manage my diabetes and was becoming increasingly frustrated. Finding Sparkpeople seems like a miracle. I was diagnosed a little over 3 years ago, and have waivered between denial, depression and avoidance until today. I think now I am ready to face facts and get on with living. I have a lot of changes and choices to make. After seeing what is offered here I feel less overwhelmed and more hopeful. Wed, 2 Jul 2014 02:02:48 EST Back to Basics Hello all! I'm not really new to SP--I used it quite a bit a while ago...but I took a "hiatus" and now I forgot my original log in! I took that as a sign that it is time to get back to basics. <BR> <BR> So, here we go. My name is Melinda and I'm a 40yo SAHM in Hillsboro. I have about 130 pounds to lose and I have been doing WW--and I like WW--but I realized that I needed more. My plan is to do the Simply Filling plan with WW and then track calories here. However, I'm taking the next couple ... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 15:24:06 EST Portlander for Body Positivity Posting something better: please stand by. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 17:47:34 EST Committed and Prepared to Conquer Hello. I have been struggling with weight issues since I was an early teen. I have tried multiple methods of weight loss, pills, skipping meals, and the list goes on. <BR> <BR> When I moved away from all I had known and married my husband, I weighed 238 pounds. Almost a year later, I now weigh 293. The stresses of beginning a new life, mixed in with laziness just took a hold of me. <BR> <BR> My husband and I are wanting children, but I don't want to begin a pregnancy being super overw... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 18:12:17 EST Medford Motivation and Support I live in Medford and am a co-leader of the Southern Oregon team. We try to be an active group and have regular walks scheduled and just finished participating in the Color Run. <BR> <BR><BR>s_individual.asp?gid=11495 <BR> <BR> If your interested in sharing successes, sorrows, laughter and maybe a coffee/tea/water or a workout now and then let me know. I'd love to hear from you. Sat, 17 May 2014 19:10:22 EST Medford Area My name is Erin and I am a co-leader for the Southern Oregon team. If you live in Medford or the surrounding area, and need a little motivation then I would like to invite you to walk with us. I generally walk on Thursdays with a group at 3:30 and am available for walking on Tuesdays and weekends if anyone is interested. We can buddy up for other activities as well. <BR> <BR> The Southern Oregon team leaders are located in Grant's Pass, Klamath Falls and Medford. We like to get together ... Sat, 17 May 2014 18:40:48 EST HELLO, I JUST JOINED AND LOOK FORWARD TO THIS PRO I'VE BEEN OVER WEIGHT AND DIETING ALL MY LIFE. THIS TIME IS NOT A DIET, IT'S A LIFE STYLE CHANGE. AT MY AGE I JUST WANT TO BE HEALTHY! I'VE LOST OVER 40LBS. IN THE PAST 7 MONTHS, BUT NEED SOME EXTRA SUPPORT. I HAVE FIBRO. AND A BAD BACK BUT CANT LET IT STOP ME FROM GETTING AS HEALTHY AS I CAN. I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO THE HELP AND SUPPORT OF THIS GROUP. HELLO TO EVERYONE :). APRILSUNSHINE22. Tue, 13 May 2014 08:58:52 EST Hello, new to community programs Hello, my name is Stacey. I am new to the community programs. I was hoping this would give me more influence in sticking with my goals. I have been trying for 4+ years to loose the weight I gained in a matter of a few months. I have struggled for a while and hope this can give me the right push. I don't know if anyone has any advice but if you do I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks in advance. Thu, 8 May 2014 22:43:41 EST want a healthier life I am about to be 46. Recently diagnosed with prediabetes and high chlosyeral again have 6 kids 7 grandkids my 10 year old has epilepsy and has put on a lot of weight so I am hoping that if I change she will know she can. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:48:27 EST Medford Hi im Jon. I am willing to do what ever it takes to get healthy again. Have a great day Tue, 8 Apr 2014 13:11:11 EST Medford Color Run Hello, <BR> My name is Erin and I'm also a member of the Southern Oregon team. We have a group of SPARK members participating in the Medford Color Run this year. If you are interestest in being a part of our team -- or just getting face to face with a member or two -- feel free to contact me via reply, e-mail, or my spark page. You can also stop by our team forum and check out our posts under this topic (you won't be sorry you stopped in for a visit) <BR> <BR> Have a great day and hop... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 17:30:53 EST Klamath Falls Hi everyone!! Sat, 1 Mar 2014 02:33:51 EST Hola from Hubbard Just want to say this first and that I absolutely LOVE living in Oregon. The weather is amazing and makes for interesting times of doing something fun w/ the family. So much energy and great places. <BR> <BR> Hello, I just recently turned 39 and realized that I still weigh just under 300 lbs. I have been fighting to drop below 270 and can't seem to get there. I know that I am not a very motivated person to do anything that I don't want to. <BR> <BR> I am married to a Mexican and we have 3... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 16:14:17 EST Southern Oregon Hello everyone! <BR> Perhaps there are also others from Southern Oregon. I'm in Grants Pass--and fervently hoping for rain. We badly need it, and I have plenty to keep me busy indoors when it arrives. Swimming 3 days/wk. This morning the pool was a bit cool due to a power failure overnite, but we got warm once we got moving. I just started my healthy regimen on January 6, and am moving slowly but surely in the right direction on the scale. Wish it would come off faster, but everything s... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 23:01:27 EST Fat and Depressed I am not only overweight but also suffer from depression. I have a condition known as hyperhidrosis (excessive hand and feet sweating), of course people think you are just fat and sweaty. I always thought because of the fat, depression and hyperhidrosis I wasn't good enough. Food has been my only friend and comfort when I need it. I stopped caring about myself, but now my family also has weight issues. My two kids and I can't go on like have. I need a lot of help. I have lost 2.5lbs. ... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 16:20:38 EST Newbie looking for healthy tips! Hello all, I'm new to this site and also to changing my fitness and eating habits. Any kind of tip or trick would be helpful and very much appreciated! Goal for today, finished my first cardio workout with one of the free videos here on Spark! Feeling how much out of shape I am but glad I did it! Looking forward to chatting with you! Sat, 18 Jan 2014 17:14:35 EST Hello All I am excited to start this program. The past 3 years have been stressful and physically challenging. I am ready to put my health (spiritual, emotional, & physical) first. I look forward to being a part of this team and see all of our successes! <BR> <BR> Brandi Fri, 10 Jan 2014 13:22:06 EST Silverton OR Hi - My name is Jenny and I have had weight issues all of my life. I am 48 and would like to be healthy (for the first time ever) by the time I am 50. I have two incredible children and want to be here to see them have children of their own. My adult life has been spent taking care of other people and it is finally time that I make myself a priority. I am excited to have found SPARKPEOPLE! Mon, 6 Jan 2014 13:14:22 EST new here Hi I am new here and trying to find a bit of motivation...ok ALOT of motivation lol.. I am 39 turning 40 in March. I would love any advice to get me going.. I have already cut out all soda and started to exercise more, I also have depression that really makes things hard. I guess I just need advice from others in the same boat..Thanks <em>24</em> Mon, 6 Jan 2014 01:55:19 EST Hockeylover73's new start of life Hello My name is Kristie and I am new here. I love hockey and spending time with friends. I am going through depression and trying to lose weight and having personal family issues. I need to lose weight so I can be in a better mood and get my strength back Wed, 1 Jan 2014 23:24:25 EST Hi Hello, I live on the coast. I'm a fourth generation Oregonian. Great grandparents came on the Oregon trail and from Sweden. Happy to be here! Sat, 21 Dec 2013 08:55:40 EST Hello Team Oregon!!!! Hi There, <BR> I'm new to Spark People and just like every one of YOU have some personal life and fitness goals. After five plus years of being in a field where being sedentary, traveling, and eating restaurant food is 'part of the job' - my middle has paid the price. Being a Dressage rider part time, having a strong body and mind is a must. So, here I am....committing to being my best self! <BR> Cheers to ALL OF YOU who have been working on your goals already and are making progress. W... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 20:19:25 EST Coos Bay Hey There, I was just wondering if anyone out there is living in Coos Bay and wants a lose weight buddy? Sounds goofy but I thought sharing goals and Ideas with someone else might put a different light on things. Mon, 25 Nov 2013 22:02:46 EST New to Sparks, Hi! Hi, my name is Jen, I live in Mill City Oregon, and I'm about 40. My main motivation is to lose weight to preform in Comicon in two years. I have let myself go for far too long, and I now have to get back on track before it kills me, lol! I wanna lose 100 lbs by next year this time, I am off to a great start! Mon, 11 Nov 2013 11:58:46 EST Jumping Back on the Diet Wagon I am 37 years old born and raised in Oregon. I started my weight loss goal about a year ago and I am happy with my success, however I have fallen off of the wagon and I know that I can do better. I started at 180lbs a year ago, went down to 164lbs, went back up to 174lbs and now I am currently at 169lbs, a definate YO-YO During that time I had surgery, loss range of motion and went through physical therapy. I am not back to wear I was originally, however I am at a phase in my life that I... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 19:44:44 EST Keeping track Hi, my name is Donna, I have a very short attention span and I have a very hard time keeping track of things, so if u don't see me for days at a time, that's why. I NEED as much support as I can get though. Tue, 24 Sep 2013 00:08:18 EST work in progress my name is mindy and im 34yrs old. I am happy married for 16yrs now. I am a mom of 2 special needs girls ages 18 and 12. my family is my life and my strength along with God. I am looking forward to getting my weight off so i can live a long happier life style and enjoy all the things that Im too tired for lol. I have a couple of weight loss goal but my first is to be the weight I was when I got married. 235lb at my heaviest i weighed 376lbs and currently im 291lbs. Thu, 12 Sep 2013 10:09:18 EST Looking for an exercise buddy in wilsonville Hi, I'm returning to SparkPeople after a long hiatus. I live in Wilsonville, hit me up if you'd like an activity exercise partner. I could really use the encouragement once things start cooling down and getting wetter. Sun, 1 Sep 2013 02:12:47 EST Hello to Everyone Hi Everyone, I just joined Sparks three days ago. I'm a sculptor living in Grants Pass. So far I'm lovin' the site. Thu, 15 Aug 2013 11:03:58 EST Howdy! My name is Jen and I currently live in Gladstone. I am here on my second time around losing weight. About 5 years ago, I dropped 45lbs and I have managed to gain every one of them back! I am done lugging around the extra baggage and ready for this challenge! Sun, 11 Aug 2013 13:08:38 EST race for the cure 5k walk IM looking for a group to join or a walking buddy for the race. Sat, 3 Aug 2013 22:47:51 EST dragonflysam As a new spark member I am looking forward to dropping 50 pounds with the Oregon team support.I am fortunate to live in the beautiful Rogue Valley and spend many weekends in Brookings. Both of these areas allow for great outdoors exercising opportunities. Now I just need the motivation to keep going. I would like to loose about 10 pounds before thecstart of the new school year so I am more energized for my 5th graders. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 11:38:47 EST Doing It For Myself! Hi! I'm Julie and I live in Klamath Falls, Oregon. I've been divorced since November and all the kids are grown and out on their own. I've made great strides within myself and have lost 70 lbs so far on my own through exercise and totally changing my eating habits. However, I've reached a plateau and can't seem to get on track to losing more weight. A friend recommended SparkPeople and I am really hoping that through the information, encouragement and support that you offer on this site, I wi... Fri, 12 Jul 2013 00:10:03 EST Hi :) Hi,I'm Haley <BR> I just joined today, I've been on a weight loos journey for quite a while now. I used to weigh 180 lbs and now I weigh 140, and I really need help dropping the last 20. Im really short so I look very chubby. Can't wait to see whats in store! Sun, 7 Jul 2013 17:34:25 EST Hi Everyone I'm actually a re-tred here at Spark People but lost my old profile information and now starting all over. Have struggled with my weight all of my life. Just got on the other end of a 30 year battle and looking to re-invent myself. Currently living in the Portland OR area but looking to re-locate and connect with people in the Dallas TX area. Would love to connect with any and all of you. I spend most of my time building people up and supporting home businesses on Facebook and have a Send Ou... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 23:30:30 EST Portland Hiking Group I've been wanting to do hiking, but I have no one that wants to go with me. I have a border collie who loves to go out for walks, and go hiking in the woods with me. <BR> <BR> I'd love to see if we can get enough people in the Portland Metro area to go on hikes together! I live in Newberg, but I am willing to meet in the Portland area a couple times a month for hikes! Mon, 1 Jul 2013 14:32:40 EST Hi I live on the Oregon coast. fifth generation Oregonian. I find SP very helpful. I am following paleo and am having good results. Mon, 24 Jun 2013 12:51:50 EST Hola Everyone! Hola Everyone! I am 31yrs old and I have found myself uncomfortable in my skin, so I've decided to change things for myself. I am very excited and positive about using Sparkpeople to help me attain my goals; and I hope to make friends along the way! Tue, 18 Jun 2013 22:29:25 EST JM NEW HI MYNAME IS BEV AND i STARTED SPARKS 1 DAY AGO AND i AN SO EXCITED Mon, 17 Jun 2013 15:36:13 EST I live in.... I live in Hermiston famous for the horse sale and our watermelons. I have lived here my whole life. It's super hot in the summer and freezing in the winter. It's home. <em>30</em> Sat, 15 Jun 2013 07:40:58 EST Hi newbie here Hi everyone, <BR> I have been doing well on my eating and exercise plan but knew I needed to add the social aspect to get through those tough days. I started at 358# may 17 and am now at 345#. I exercise 6 days a week. The social aspect seems to be the hardest part for me. I am looking for a weightloss buddy or a group where I can talk and listen to others. I am sort of a hermit at home and really only talk to family so this is new for me. <BR> Thanks, <BR> Arlene Fri, 7 Jun 2013 14:09:30 EST Striving for a healthier lifestyle I live in Portland/Gresham OR. Would love a motivation buddy! Sun, 2 Jun 2013 16:07:10 EST Need positive encouragement I am tired of being overweight. I need help getting it off. I've been on this road for 4 years and need positive help. I've done WW 3 times not losing a pound. I have arthiritis in my hip and having problems exercising. Anyone with ideas please respond. Thanks Thu, 30 May 2013 15:46:00 EST hi my name is new. im hoping to get some support. Tue, 21 May 2013 18:14:49 EST Hello Gosh I hope I am doing this right...... <BR> <BR> My name is Mischa and I live in Clackamas. I have just joined and I am working to lose at least 160 pounds. I am tired of being in pain all the time and I am ready to commit to a program to lose the weight. I turn 40 in a few days, and that has me motivated more than anything else. <BR> <BR> I hope to talk to you all soon. <em>30</em> Tue, 21 May 2013 17:24:01 EST Hiking in the Portland area? Does anyone know of any good -- beginner/easyish -- hikes or trails in the Portland Area? I'm actually in the Milwaukie/Clackamas area but I don't think there's much over here. <BR> Sat, 18 May 2013 14:09:01 EST native oregonian and newbie to sparks Hello everyone I'm looking to lose 50 plus pounds, exercise more regularly and get healthy. I'm 50 plus years old and a widow caring for my adult daughter with learning disabilities. looking for a place to track my progress and continue my journey to get healthy. Mon, 13 May 2013 01:41:58 EST zumba classes Does anyone do zumba classes at cascade athletic club on divison in gresham or?Looking for a exercise buddy for class on saturday mornings. Sun, 12 May 2013 23:34:36 EST Hello I'm Mommabirdies Hi, my name is Karla. I am starting this for the umpteenth time. I need to do this for me, for my family , for my future. I turn 50 next week. New beginnings. I'm married, with 2 children (9,11). I'm diabetic and I have a terrible family history of coronary artery disease. I don't want to be a statistic. I am hoping to find the tools and the encouragement to help me learn a better lifestyle and eating patterns and teach them to my children so that we don't continue this histo... Thu, 9 May 2013 16:42:34 EST Hello! I'm just returning to SparkPoeple after a few years of chaos! Just wanted to say hi to everyone... Hoping to stay motivated this time!! <em>41</em> Mon, 6 May 2013 16:59:31 EST Beaverton area (workout buddy) Hi! I'm Kandace. I'm looking for workout buddy to go to 24 hours fitness with me, or jogging/walking buddy.... I can go to Murray or Beaverton round gym... I could be willing to go to other gyms that's near max line, or bus route. I'd have to see how far it is, and whether if I want to make a weekly trip to different gyms than I'm used to. <BR> <BR> I've been jogging/walking since Jan... Been doing ok ok, but not where I'd like to be at.. I couldn't jog for more than 3 minutes ... Sun, 5 May 2013 23:40:11 EST Hello everybody! Hello everybody!!!! I'm Kandace aka Kizzy. I'm 31 years old deaf woman living out in Beaverton area. <BR> <BR> I have started working out since January to now. But last two weeks have been really BAD for me... Felt unmotivated, and depressed, so I pretty much stopped working out and started emotional eating again. Grrr. I decided to join Sparkpeople, and in hope to find a couple workout buddy. I had friend who goes to 24 hours fitness gym with me couple times a week. But she ... Sun, 5 May 2013 23:36:04 EST Battling Diabetes I hope this can help someone. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5313808 </link> Sat, 6 Apr 2013 17:07:20 EST I need help I am 54 and have battled weight my whole life I know have trouble with my knees and the heels of my feet so I am unable to do alot of exercise so then I get depressed because I can't do anything and I revert to food as a comfort. I know Sparkpeople works I once lost 105 lbs I am just having trouble getting started again. Can anyone out there give me pointers on what types of exercise that I could do to help I have to get this weight off for me mainly but also for my family. Fri, 29 Mar 2013 17:54:51 EST anyone from the walla walla area I live in Milton freewater and im looking for someone to exercise with my wife walks with me sometimes when shes up to it which is most times. im looking for someone to due outher things someone who will challenge me to do better and maybe I can do the same for you too Fri, 22 Mar 2013 21:54:29 EST hello hello everyone not really sure what to say so lets start this way. my name is jim i'm 49years old and weigh around 345 lbs. I was doing something like this about 2 yrs ago, but due to a swollen leg I just stopped, I have deep vein thrombosis and had 3 clots in my lower left leg. so this time I've gotten myself a compression sock and so far it seems to be working ill know more in a few days. so wish me luck I want to lose 120 lbs by next summer that's the big gole my short term one is lose 20 ... Fri, 22 Mar 2013 21:43:27 EST 27 and tired of OB life Hey everyone! just had a birthday and have been over weight pretty much all my life. Im tired of it and every time I get ready to take a step I end up taking 5 back :( ugh Im so ready to be healthy and get where I have wanted to in life! Mon, 18 Mar 2013 02:29:22 EST Portland transplant in Eastern Oregon.... Hello everyone! I have been on spark people a few times before but am really feeling more motivated than before. I am hoping to get more involved in the teams. I am currently in Burns Oregon but originally from Portland/Gresham area. Wed, 13 Mar 2013 04:34:00 EST LOVE seeing fellow Oregonians on here! How gr8 is it that we can get support and input with others from our own state!! Today starts my health and fitness lifestyle so I am looking forward to exchanging info and help with you all! I'm in the southern Oregon area and am a native from there! <em>334</em> Here's to the beginning of a wonderful new adventure together in losing weight, getting healthy, and forming new friendships!! Cheers! <em>224</em> Mon, 4 Mar 2013 11:37:40 EST Anyone in Springfie ld/Eugene area I’m looking for a positive people to do activities together or workout together. <BR> I am just a beginner. I don't bike long distance or run due to health reasons. <BR> But I like Zumba, dancing and short hikes and crafting <BR> I'm open to suggestions that help me reach my weight goal <BR> <BR> Thank you <BR> Sat, 2 Mar 2013 12:38:40 EST Kate I am just starting this adventure in my life. I have tried many, many times but after about 1-2 weeks I seem to get off track....worst time is at night. Any support or suggestions will be appreciated. I really want to be able to get healthier! Wed, 27 Feb 2013 20:03:33 EST Once again..... Hi, I am 32 years old and still doing the up and down battle of weight gain. I've been fighting this battle all my life and have only been semi "small" at one stage of my life. When I was younger the weight did not seem to wear on me as much, but not that I am older I can really feel the health effects of my weight, and quite frankly; it's scary. I feel like I understand what it takes to loose weight as far as diet and exercise, but I am a sugar addict and turn to it for comfort as well as a ... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 12:24:14 EST Hello, I am ready for a healthy lifestyle. I have been struggle with my weight since my 10 year old son was born. I have hypothyroid problems. But after watching food matters, I decided to stop eating dairy and meet. I have lost 20lbs in a little over 5 weeks. I also bought the nutri-bullet to start juicing for one meal a day. I am starting to exercise this week. Mon, 25 Feb 2013 12:07:54 EST Hi my name is Mary Hello, I'd really like to hear from people who have done this program and can encourage me. As I lose I can encourage others. I have back and feet problems but am trying to walk at least some every other day. Hopefully, at some point, get rid of my walker. Mon, 18 Feb 2013 18:48:19 EST Hey! I'm ready to lose this weight! Hey all! I'm a 31 (32 next month) SAHM to a 13 year old daughter. I have 99 lbs. to lose and I'm going to have to walk and eat healthy to do it, because I have Fibromyalgia and that makes exercise tough. I'm also a diabetic. I'm trying to get healthy enough to lose the twice daily insulin injections. I'm looking for walking buddies in the Portland area! I'm 100% committed to getting healthy! <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Tue, 5 Feb 2013 10:48:23 EST Karen So... now I a broken and don't like where I am, afraid of where I am going and don't feel like starting. hmmm.. pretty sad. <BR> Mon, 4 Feb 2013 01:49:16 EST It's just beginning Hi, I'm Kathy. I'm 62 and I've been overweight ALL my life. I am now obese and tired of how I feel and how I look. <BR> I want more out of life. I want to lose 100 more pounds. Iv'e already lost 65 pounds. I told my son about sparkpeople and he suggested I get involved with the community. So here I am. <BR> <BR> Sorry I must hit the wrong key. Ipost the same thing several times. Have a great weekend everyone. Fri, 1 Feb 2013 13:59:55 EST Shamrock Run Last day to Join Team! Hey everyone! NWCountryDancer posted an important reminder and I wanted to pass it along to all of you. <BR> <BR> The deadline to register as part of her team and get the discount is Thursday, January 31 at 11:59 pm. <BR> <BR> Right now, team 3010 is about four members short. If it doesn't have 15 members by the deadline, they it will not be considered a team. <BR> <BR> "If you cannot get at least 15 adults on your team, then you do not have a valid team. Everyone who registered using your... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 12:13:56 EST Newbie I am new to the group...have been on here off and on, but finally decided to make it work this time,...want to lose 50 lbs, so keep me encouraged people...I live in Newberg and am studying to take my Real Estate exam and go back into the business...after retiring for about 3 years... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 15:30:11 EST Intro, newbie in Beaverton Hi to SparkPeople and Spark Oregon, I'm new to this site after my doctor told me about it at my physical exam this week. I'm trying the food tracker, and my goal is to lose my belly fat and get rid of 20 pounds or so. I'm starting to try the food and weight trackers; I've used weight tracking before (pencil and paper, and on the Nintendo Wii), but not used a calorie/meal tracker online until now (P.S. The reviews of SparkPeople's Food Tracker app for ipad are terrible, and it is $3.99, anyon... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 16:11:35 EST SE PDX Hi all, from SE PDX here <BR> <BR> I'm also on the SparkPortland Team Thu, 24 Jan 2013 18:29:02 EST Anyone in the Willamette Valley? I am looking for some Spark People buddies that live nearby. I live in Sublimity-where do you live? Add me as a friend if you too are looking for accountability partners! Good luck reaching your goals! Thu, 24 Jan 2013 11:52:33 EST Trying to get started! Hi fellow Oregonians, <BR> I just joined Spark People TODAY! My daughter told me about it and I've been busy checking everything out. I am a Montanan turned Oregonian (for the past 3.5 years) and I love it here. Over the past 5 years, I slowly managed to lose over 30 pounds, but have been stuck for quite some time, gaining and losing about 10 pounds each time. I am hoping by joining this on line site, I can get useful tips, find encouraging people, and reach my goal of losing 35 pounds th... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 23:55:23 EST Trust/Not Trust Heart Rate Monitor Readings? If anyone wears a monitor I would like to know your experiences. I wear a heart-rate & calorie burn monitor when I workout. The brand is The Sharper Image with a chest strap. I use it mainly for my cardio workouts; bicycle, C25K training, treadmill and rowing machine. The heart-rate (HR) monitor is very close as the treadmill or recumbent bike readings, but where the huge difference is the calories burned readings. For example: During my last treadmill workout, C25K training W1D2, my monitor... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 12:23:51 EST Newby in the gorge Hey, all. Been "playing" with Spark but now have to get serious. Doctor says lose! Sigh.. <BR> I'm so discouraged. At 61 years old it's a challenge. Oh well. Get to it, sister! <BR> Thu, 17 Jan 2013 18:24:57 EST Introducing myself... Hello, my name is Sara. I am 32 years old and live in Grants Pass, Oregon (southern Oregon). I have two children - a son who is nearly 12, and a daughter who is nearly 6. I have tried (unsuccessfully) in the past to lose weight - but, have found that I was doing it all wrong. So, now I am starting over, and doing it the right way (for me). <BR> <BR> In early December 2012, I saw my doctor and had blood tests done to check my blood sugar, cholesterol, etc. I found that my results weren't hor... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 16:25:28 EST Hello from the Willamette Valley! Hi, my names Katrina, but you can call me Kat. I have been big (overweight) since the eighth grade. After high school I went through substance abuse and consequently the only time I have weighed what I'm suppose to weigh. Anyway, that was a long time ago; I am now 29 and have decided I don't want to be big anymore. I'm about 50 pounds overweight and I want to lose it. My goal is to lose 20 pounds by my birthday on June 1st. I need help staying accountable and setting a schedule. Luckily I am ... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 23:31:15 EST Klamath Falls Is there anyone else here in Klamath Falls wishing to connect? Sun, 13 Jan 2013 17:28:10 EST What are your favorite Oregon runs? Hands down, mine's the Helvetia Half Marathon. <BR> <BR> For training, I love the Linear Trail. <BR> <BR> Have also had a good run in Ashland a few years ago, starting in Lithia Park and heading up to Mount Ashland and back down. I think it was about 18-20 miles, but my GPS watch quit before I was done. Sun, 6 Jan 2013 12:53:07 EST Hello!!! Hi there, I am Michelle. I signed up w/ SP back in 2007, but never really started. I am ready to make changes now and looking forward to meeting more people for support. I have tried this weight loss thing on my own for the past few years and have not been successful. So I am taking the advice I give to others, "if what you are doing is not bringing positive results, try something new".... <BR> Thu, 3 Jan 2013 10:53:30 EST Hello Fellow Oregonians! Hello SPARK OREGON! My name is Tammy and just discovered SparkPeople. New Year...Same Resolution-Get Fit and Healthy in 2013! I am 51 years old and would love to lose 50 lbs. I have been married for 31 years with 3 grown kids. I am a notorious yo-yo dieter and can't seem to motivate myself to exercise. I am hopeful that I will succeed with the support of SPARK OREGON and desire to help motivate my fellow teammates!! Tue, 1 Jan 2013 12:41:08 EST Hello from an Oregon transplant Hi all! I am Bobbie and I am a southern girl that moved to Oregon about 15 years ago. I live between Estacada and Molalla. I lost all of my self esteem a few years ago, and am wanting to get it back. Don't know many people here, and I school my youngest son at home. I have 3 grown children, one at home, and a beautiful grand daughter. I work from home as an artist. I am tired of being unhappy all of the time, and stressed out too. So I am beginning my journey to finding me again! I am excited... Thu, 27 Dec 2012 06:06:50 EST challenge me Hi my name is Kathy, and I need this challenge and I need to know I can do this so that is why I am trying this site since I have not had much luck with other programs, heck why not try something new. I would like to lose about 85 lbs as the older I get the more this weight is affecting me. I seriously am started to show signs of depression because of it and finding I am becoming a hermit because I am to embarrassed to go out. HELP!!!!!!!!!!!! Wed, 26 Dec 2012 18:24:14 EST Hello Hi, My name is Lisa. I live on the Oregon coast. A couple years ago i lost 180 pounds and have gained half of that back. So instead of simply doing nothing and waiting to gain it all back, i am here! Learning my way around the site. Still working on all the specifics of a program but i am motivated. I realize that this is the millionth time i have began a new health regimen but the alternative is unacceptable. Looking forward to meeting people. Wed, 26 Dec 2012 15:46:35 EST Hello from Northeastern Oregon Signed up and excited about all the great information and tools available here. <BR> Cindy Mon, 24 Dec 2012 00:08:29 EST Gym Buddies? I thought it might be nice to have a place to try and find a workout partner. <BR> <BR> I'm from Grants Pass and I belong to Club Northwest gym. Anyone else have a membership there and want to meet up sometime? I'm a stay-at-home mom of 2, one in school and the other goes to Kidzone daycare at the club. I usually workout in the late mornings. I enjoy the BodyFlow class, treadmill, weight machines, and swimming. Wed, 12 Dec 2012 19:55:22 EST Hello from Springfield Hi everybody, <BR> <BR> I just learned about this site today and so far it seems pretty cool. I like the "local" aspect. <BR> <BR> I am 37, single, and my ultimate goal is to lose weight. However, I think this will be more likely to happen if I spend more time doing things that I enjoy and that make me happy. Instead, I feel like I'm glued to the couch. My job has been stressful and I also lost my grandmother a few weeks ago, so I suspect I may be a little depressed. <BR> <BR> Looking f... Mon, 10 Dec 2012 00:03:26 EST New to these groups, back to SP after a year+ Hello, My name is Cheri and I have had great success with WW online, but can't afford any more. I thought I could do it on my own, but I have been sabotaging myself sine I stopped. I need accountability. Sun, 9 Dec 2012 17:01:01 EST Hello Everyone My name is Rowan and I've just been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. I would like to convert to a Green Smoothie/whole food lifestyle. Any help would be appreciated :) I sit in front of a computer all day at work so exercise is a challenge as right now, I don't have a lot of energy. I have a lot of weight to lose and much work to get my glucose level to normal. Sun, 2 Dec 2012 00:26:11 EST New here...with a long road ahead of me. I recently turned 25. I weigh just under 300 pounds. I cannot explain why. There is no excuse. No traumatic childhood experience beyond the cruel words pretty much every fat kid has been subjected to, no traumatic injury, no external excuse whatsoever, not a thing to blame but my own day-to-day decisions. I know full well that my path leads to diabetes, persistent infection, amputation, heart disease, stroke, environmental cancers. I know full well and yet, I have not changed my behavior. I p... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 21:01:15 EST Ride Against Hunger (RAH) First Annual motorcycle event for the Oregon Food Bank <link> </link> Fri, 16 Nov 2012 10:16:45 EST 28 year old chunker munker that wants to get fit! Hey all, <BR> <BR> My name is Athena and I live in Beaverton, I want to finally get myself into shape. I lost about 20 lbs doing weight watchers, the old points program, the new one I am not a fan of and the two times I have tried to start up on the new one I have failed miserably, it takes too much work, the old plan was easy! Anyways, I'm outgoing, fun, loud, like to go outside and wander around, I like hiking and would love an excuse to go and check out other areas of this amazing state. ... Sat, 20 Oct 2012 12:33:07 EST New here Hi, I'm Sheila and I live near Portland. I'm a Grandmother, wife and Artist. I'm new to this, don't know my way around the site yet. I'm on the HMR program. <BR> Sun, 14 Oct 2012 21:59:13 EST Just stopping by to introduce myself... ...and say hello to everyone in SparkPeople Team Oregon :) <BR> I live in the Portland Metro area, southside near the I5/I205 split. <BR> I am looking for activity partners and new friends who are more energetic than my current circle of friends. Oregon has so much to offer for those who like to stay active and I would like to learn more about what people are doing and I will share what I know in return. <BR> <BR> Best wishes to everyone! <BR> <BR> OZ Mon, 8 Oct 2012 13:28:04 EST Hello, Newbie here! Hi I'm Jen, just joined today! I live in on the coast, but a few miles inland in Tillamook, home of the famous cheese ;). I have quite a bit of weight I want/need to lose! Sun, 7 Oct 2012 18:32:58 EST Enough is enough! Hi, I'm Jen <BR> Here I am at 44 and fatter than I ever thought I would ever be and less active than I thought I would ever be as well. Pretty unhappy with myself to say the least, but that's why I'm here! As I said above enough is enough. I do not want to spend the rest of my life like this. It really isn't "me" and it sure as hell isn't fun or healthy. So here's to a healthier, more active future for myself and everyone here!! Sun, 7 Oct 2012 18:24:52 EST New to SparkPeople, new to SparkOregon Hello, <BR> I live in the North Coast Range outside of Seaside, Oregon and have just joined the site and this group. I am 54, live an active rural lifestyle (horses and dogs) and am hoping to give myself a new lease on life. Glad to meet you all! <BR> Thu, 4 Oct 2012 18:43:56 EST New Excited Member Hello my name is Lisa, I'm a 50 yr. old women who wants to be more healthy in every aspect. I love this site and have already seen results. It's so simple and amazing! Mon, 1 Oct 2012 11:21:20 EST Weather Report Sunny in Scappoose. However theere is still smoke in the air. Mon, 24 Sep 2012 12:25:44 EST WOW! Lower Carbs = Rapid Weight Loss + More Energy Okay, I've always thought that the Atkins diet was a dangerous snake-oil. And in fact, I'm not following it. However, after reading Gary Taubes' book 'Why We Get Fat And What To Do About It' - I decide, after looking at the research and case studies and biochemistry he cited, to try reducing my carbs. He doesn't have a diet plan. He just talks about biochemistry (in fact, this is the shorter, simplified version of his book ' <BR> <BR> That's all I did. Dropped my cabs down to an average of b... Sat, 22 Sep 2012 19:53:08 EST Time & Motivation lacking in new member Hi: I just joined in Beaverton. Self employed, still unpacking after 9 months and getting organized with book keeping, building business, but all my excuses are gone now since I work from home. Bathroom, kitchen, yard, chickens, garden, lack of bus ride while working means I have all the tools I need right here. I read that losing weight slowly gives our skin a chance to shrink up and not hang after weight loss. Really guys I haven't seen anywhere I have searched that they can guarantee that ... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 09:49:53 EST PHUBBARD42 A friend of mine has suggested that I try you people here I am. An OLD woman who lives with a cat and wants to stay upright and able for as long as I Winter will be here SOON...and that is USUALLY a time when I tend to laze about MORE, let alone the 'comfort/warm' eating habits. I'm hoping to change this in a healthy way. Thu, 13 Sep 2012 23:48:14 EST hey all! Hey All, <BR> <BR> Just checking in from Redmond. Great day for a run in the high desert. <BR> <BR> Like they say, "the key to a long successful life is eat right, get plenty of sleep, and don't drink your chemistry set..." <BR> Wed, 12 Sep 2012 19:26:14 EST Weaknesses I live in Springfield...out in Thurston neighborhood! I love Oregon and my biggest downfall or weakness has to be chocolate and beer. The pacific NW has so much to offer with its microbreweries I just can't help myself! :) Mon, 10 Sep 2012 18:30:04 EST Hey Team Oregon I am a married mom of three who has struggled with my weight since I was a teenager. After having kids my weight drastically increased, and I have been going back and forth with it. Looking forward to possibly meeting people in my area to work out with or just hang out. Thu, 6 Sep 2012 00:44:30 EST So stinkin' new! Talk about a lot of information! Sat, 25 Aug 2012 15:48:52 EST Hey all I'm an old/new team member. Began my weight loss a year ago and am down 80 pounds from 220. I have roughly 15 left to go and these by far are the hardest to lose. Hope this site helps give me that additional motivation. So hello to all and good luck with your goals. Thu, 23 Aug 2012 12:24:07 EST New Girl saying "Hi!" Hello fellow Oregonians! <em>20</em> I'm new to the SparkPeople site, and I'm really hoping to stick with it! I'm only on my second real day, but I'm hopeful. <BR> I'm 21 years old and I've lived in Oregon all my life. I graduated from Western Oregon University this last June, and now I'm job searching like crazy. I'd love to get some buddies to help keep me honest with my weight loss, and I'd love to encourage you too! Wed, 22 Aug 2012 19:34:51 EST Hello from Yamhill County Hello! <BR> <BR> New here (duh!) trying to get my bearings on this huge site and all it has to offer. <BR> My life is crazy, but I need to find time to work on losing weight and getting healthy. <BR> I did WW for years but needed to quit during a crazy season of my life (3 daughters got married last fall/winter) I have actually done fairly well maintaining for the past year, but a couple pounds have snuck on letting me know it is time to get back to work. <BR> <BR> I am a mom to 8 kids (age... Mon, 20 Aug 2012 14:01:55 EST New to this site...40 Hi, <BR> <BR> Looking for friends and support. Fri, 17 Aug 2012 15:24:29 EST Hello Been a member here for a little while but never posted. Wanted to feel the site a little. I am in the metro area and I just started sparkcoach and I really like it. Also wanted to take the opportunity to introduce myself to everyone here so I can feel some accountability. I hope to see everyone through this journey and every one make it where they want to be. I have only lost 5 lbs so far so I figure its a start. Good luck to all Wed, 8 Aug 2012 20:16:07 EST Hello, from emeraldware Hello everybody! I know I've technically been here for 2 weeks (exactly!) but I've never thought to post on the message boards yet! So, here we go! I'm 26 years old and I live in Beaverton. I recently got married (a little more than a month ago) and I had ATTEMPTED to lose weight before my wedding. However, this didn't work out for me because when I try to lose weight with a HARD deadline (like a wedding), the closer I get to my goal date without making the requisite progress, the most discou... Sat, 4 Aug 2012 12:47:06 EST Portland to Coast Anyone here doing the race? If so, how is your training going? Is this your first time? Thu, 2 Aug 2012 14:50:46 EST All About Me! Hey everyone! Well, I am not sure where to start. I have struggled with weight most of my adult life, and I feel like it is really time to start thinking differently about it. I am a busy mom of four boys (Chris, 17; Noah, 15; Jonah, 10; and Corbin, 3) I just celebrated my 37th birthday, and this coming year is set to be one full of big changes. I just lost my mom to a short but intense fight with cancer, my oldest son is away for 5 months finishing high school, and I myself am scheduled to g... Thu, 2 Aug 2012 13:25:34 EST Walking in Eugene?? Hey Everyone, <BR> <BR> I am looking for a Nordic Walking group in Eugene. I recently bought some Nordic Walking Poles and I am really liking them. It would be fun to do this with a group maybe get out to some of the hiking areas nearby. Wed, 1 Aug 2012 16:02:46 EST Newberg Buddy Hey there, I am looking to try and find someone in Newberg that is wanting to walk/jog, and lose weight. I find that I never get out of the house once I am home, and would like someone to meet up with and go walking/jogging. I don't have much exercise equipment, and I don't have any money for a gym, or classes. So I am left with running/jogging for cardio mostly. I work full time, and a second minimal part time job (3-4 weekend days a month), so my schedule for walking or jogging would be at ... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 15:34:49 EST New now but have been here before! Hi everybody! I tried this about a year ago but ended up quitting. I am glad to be back and motivated to lose weight. I am doing pretty good so far. Question: how do I add one of the tracker bars? I lost 6 pounds this week and I really want a bar to show my success. Thanks so much !!!! Mon, 30 Jul 2012 23:17:31 EST I'm back.... It has been some time since I have been on this site. I just recently quit smoking and I am ready to get back into shape! Can't wait to reach my goals =) Have a great day! Mon, 30 Jul 2012 12:17:39 EST Newbie Hi There, <BR> I'm a newbie and anxious to tackle this weight! Looking forward to being active on SP. <BR> :-) <BR> Sherwood, OR Thu, 26 Jul 2012 02:50:25 EST Eat Breakfast lose weight In today's email notification... this is so true. It's played a huge role in my weight loss. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=64 </link> Wed, 25 Jul 2012 12:46:56 EST What is Your Score Trivia Game Do you play the trivia game on spark points? Pick up some extra points by doing so each day and then let us know how you did. Today my score was 3/5 Sun, 22 Jul 2012 14:35:26 EST Now is the time! I'm in Aloha (WA County) and I've got to lose 20 lbs. I keep making excuses & falling off the nutrition wagon.... Summer is the optimum time to do this. Small steps, small goals. (crossing fingers here) Good luck to all of us! Wed, 18 Jul 2012 01:43:45 EST Thanks I love doing the water aerobics too! Congratulations on your weight loss. Looks like you are doing awesome! <em>41</em> Sat, 14 Jul 2012 21:18:49 EST today Swam for 100 minutes today. Did some general swimming and then worked on laps for the swim challenge that I signed up for. Very hot today near Salem; at least for me. :) I am not a hot weather person. I am trying to ignore the scale until next Thursday. My goal is to weigh once a week. For some reason this is always difficult for me. Perhaps because I always want instant feedback. So for now, I will rely on feeling leg and arm muscles that I haven't felt in a long time. Hope everyone is havin... Sat, 14 Jul 2012 20:24:13 EST Happy to be a member of Sparkpeople. Just wanted to introduce myself and say hi. I'm new to the website and loving the iPad app. I'm 30 years old and been riding the weight loss roller coaster my entire life and now excited about having a tool and community to help me make the lifestyle changes I need to feel good and live healthier. Mon, 9 Jul 2012 11:07:54 EST Looking for a walking buddy in Albany or Lebanon Not been good at self motivating but know if I am meeting someone then I will not make excuses!! Want to build up to jogging. I am a tall lady so I do walk fairly quickly even at my weight!! Thu, 5 Jul 2012 17:56:48 EST elizabethj Hi, my name is Liz and I'm new. My start weight was 244 lbs and now I'm 169.4 ibs. My goal weight is 150 ibs. <BR> My biggest problem is exercising. I need a kick in the butt to get to the gym. My goal is to go atleast 3 times a week. Sun, 1 Jul 2012 14:24:13 EST Hi from Salem Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm Mark, I live in Salem and am new to Spark. I'm 58 and love to walk, hike and cycle. I would love to meet others in the area and hopefully be a resource for health and wellness. <BR> <BR> Look forward to meeting you all. <BR> <BR> Take care, <BR> <BR> M Fri, 29 Jun 2012 22:47:18 EST New...from Lebanon OR So glad to find this site and see others working on their health :) Wed, 27 Jun 2012 13:55:27 EST Hello my name is... Just Joined SP today, it's a little cumbersome to navigate but hopefully i will get the hang of it. I'm a mom of two girls and a wife to a busy husband. I am in desperate need of body transformation and welcome all the support I can get. Tue, 26 Jun 2012 16:42:18 EST New Hi all new and live in Milwaukie. Sat, 23 Jun 2012 22:23:09 EST Cosmina (Cosmina) Hi my name is Cosmina (pronounced Koze Meena), I live in Salem Oregon. I am starting with a goal to lose 78 pounds by May 2013 at which time I will attend our granddaughters wedding. I am very embarrassed of my weight, always looking around to see if I am the fattest in a room. I am 55 and have decided to change my lifestyle. All my friends have had bariatric surgery and are now little. Due to a dangerous blood disorder, weight loss surgery is not an option for me. So I guess it up to desire,... Fri, 22 Jun 2012 02:09:33 EST Hey All! I'm just starting this journey on Sparkpeople, however I have been on "this" journey for a very long time with minimul success. I am hoping this time is IT. <em>247</em> Tue, 19 Jun 2012 01:31:22 EST are you a daily 'active' spark? I am looking for friends who are active on SP. i need people that i can connect wthh on an almost daily basis. I dont have a lot of support and i am on my own in this thing, i havent really had much luck yet making spark friends. just wondering if there are more like me looking for more contact. <em>38</em> Sat, 16 Jun 2012 01:46:34 EST If you live in the Portland area.... I just wanted to let everyone know about a free Qigong class being held in Gabriel Park! Here is the link to the event for those who are interested: <link><BR>R/PORTLAND/Education/Health-and-Fitnes<BR>s/addetail/1668/Qi-Gong-in-Gabriel-Park </link> I will be there at all the classes so please stop by and say "Hi!" I'd love to see some Spark Friends out there! Thu, 14 Jun 2012 16:51:20 EST Hello :) So, my name is Katie; I'm 20 years old. The reason I signed up for this site is because I wanna change some of my ugly life habits that will likely kill me before I'm 40. My boyfriend Zach is on his way to becoming a Navy SEAL and I don't want to feel out of place in this high intinsity community. I'm not really interested in losing weight or dress sizes, just body fat percentage. I wanna be one of those old people who's more fit than 20 year olds! But, I have a huge problem with commitment t... Tue, 12 Jun 2012 01:06:09 EST Hello I just wanted to pop in and introduce myself. I just started this yesterday and am still getting the hang of it but really hoping this works. My mom has lost 50 pounds using this site so far so I know it works. :) I live in the eugene/springfield area, have over 100 pounds to loose, am married with one kid and a stubborn malamute puppy. Hello everyone!!! Sat, 9 Jun 2012 15:25:29 EST New here! Hi y'all! I've been on here for about 2 days now and feel like I've barely skimmed the surface of the tools. I'm getting married in January and don't want to start my married life at the point I am now. <BR> <BR> Christina Wed, 6 Jun 2012 20:19:37 EST revisit I am revisiting anew and looking forward to some new goals. I am Jeri / aka sleepyvampire. My username is due to my gravyard shift and no im not into vampires. just looking to lower my wieght and improve my health. I live in Glide oregon FYI Tue, 5 Jun 2012 06:03:01 EST Hi there! Hi! My name is Anysia and I live in Tualatin. I'm 41 and have roughly 130 pounds to lose and am excited to be starting the journey towards a health and active life. I was really happy to see that there is an Oregon Team. It's nice to see how many people are out there working towards a similar goal. <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to getting to know you and being part of the team! Sat, 2 Jun 2012 10:56:22 EST introducing myself hi my name is donna and i am pretty new to spark people, I live in southern oregon.. eagle point to be exact. i am looking for guidance through this website and a support system through my weight loss journey. my husband is a great support but he is an unhealthy eater and a truck driver who is never home so he is not much support! i am actually cooking two meals when he is home and finding myself just 'blowing' off my efforts when he is around. I am not sure what else to say but .. hi! Fri, 1 Jun 2012 12:16:10 EST New to Spark and looking for a running partner Hi, I'm pretty out of shape and looking to run a 5k. I live in Portland and am looking for a running partner. Cheers to everyone! Fri, 1 Jun 2012 00:27:21 EST Hello I live in Scappoose area outside of Portland. I will be turning 40 in just a few days and have one boy graduating high school on Saturday and another next year. I was in the military for 11 years and the bad eating habits continue as many times as I try to break them. I joined Sparkpeople in 2008 but never really got off the ground. So I'm here to try it again. :-) I am currently the payroll supervisor at the VA hospital in Portland and have worked there since 2008. I'm married going o... Wed, 30 May 2012 01:13:14 EST Lynnwood541 I would like to thank Blue Kittygp.come, I'm sorry I don't know how to add a friend. Tue, 29 May 2012 21:36:24 EST Exercise while sick? I have found that in the past whenever I get sick that I tend to fall off the wagon as far as my exercise is concerned. Then it's hard to get back going again once I am well. So I was wondering what some thoughts are on exercising while sick. This is day 2 of me feeling crummy. It's the Oregon drip, headache, sore throat, but no fever. Should I just push myself to do even 10 minutes of cardio, just at least stretch, some light strength training? What do you think? Fri, 25 May 2012 22:43:48 EST Journey to the new me. Hi, am a 45 year old mother of three grown daughters. All my life, I have lived for them. Well I finally decided to do something for myself and it was to get healthy and thinner. I began 2012 at 367 pounds and I decided it was time to get rid of the weight and get healthy. On March 23, 2012 I had bariatric surgery. I was tired of yo yo dieting. I wanted something that was going to be a permanent tool to help me acheive my weightloss goals. It has been the best experience of my life. S... Thu, 24 May 2012 15:14:34 EST South Central Coast Hi I'm Tami and I live on the coast. I quit smoking about 8 years ago and have never been able to lose the quitting weight. I have never joined any diet group or plan and am not really even sure how to post on these forums. I welcome advice and support. Good luck to everyone! Thu, 24 May 2012 14:17:52 EST Join the Portland Be The One Run 5k on July 15th! Hello fellow Oregonians, <BR> <BR> I am the team captain of the Portland RUNS team for the July 15th Be the One Run in downtown Portland. I'm looking for some other Portlanders to join me to run and raise funds for this amazing cause! All funds go to the National Bone Marrow Registry in aid of patients awaiting a vital bone marrow transplant. <BR> <BR> Join me in my first 5k run! I would love to see you there! <BR> <BR> Portland RUNS blog: <link> </link... Tue, 22 May 2012 15:25:09 EST Hello everyone Hey everyone, <BR> I'm Kara and I want to lose weight! I'm sure that's a familiar story in this place. Just got my blood work back from my doctor and I'm healthy as a horse, but NOT fit as a fiddle. Hope y'all can help me with that and maybe I can provide some good insight as well. Fri, 11 May 2012 00:11:12 EST New to Spark Just a quick intro to introduce myself to hopefully some new Spark buddies. I am joining today in hopes of getting past the plateu I have recently hit. I have lost 35 lbs but still have many more to go. I am juicing and trying to go vegan. Would love a buddy or encouragment. I am a little nervous because I am at a weight where I have quit so many times before.. so it is a bit of a mental challenge too. Thu, 10 May 2012 10:43:41 EST Central Oregonians? Hello everyone! <BR> I'm Danielle and I live in Bend, OR. I have a relatively busy life, but there's always time to exercise and meet new people. If there's anyone that happens to live in the area, I would love to meet up with you and maybe be accountability partners? Hope to hear from someone soon! Thu, 10 May 2012 02:33:18 EST New gal here Hello everyone! <BR> I'm Danielle, I'm 20 almost 21, college student, part time worker and a social butterfly. I've been overweight ever since I was a kid. I feel like it's time for me to get in control of my life and start to make some positive changes. I need to manage my life in a way where I have time to exercise, cook, have time for studies after I take care of my school and work obligations. My goals are to eat healthy, not over eat, lose weight of course, hit up the gym at least 3 time... Thu, 10 May 2012 02:30:13 EST Portland Rock and Roll half marathon Is anyone running (walking) the Portland Rock and Roll half marathon? Looks to be a fun event! How is your training going? Wed, 9 May 2012 10:17:50 EST Loving Wife and Mother of 2! Hello, Everyone! My name is Melissa and I am 24 years young! I am a mother of 2 (1 and 3) and a loving wife. <BR> <BR> I became obsessed with researching anything and everything about Being Healthy for 3 reasons: <BR> - To have the ability to teach my children how to live a healthy life <BR> - To help my husband lose and maintain a healthy weight <BR> - To lose my 'baby' belly! <BR> <BR> As for my motivation and energy levels, they aren't where I want and need them to be. I set my al... Wed, 9 May 2012 01:34:23 EST I Love Sparkpeople! My name is HPYGRL2011 Good Day all you MOTIVATED PEOPLE! So far I haven't lost any weight but what I have gained is accountantability in the fuel I put in my body. I feel so much better. What I noticed right off the bat the very first day was I was able to go to the restroom with no pain. This is a milestone for me. I believe it's the eight glasses of water daily I've been drinking. Although, some days not all eight. When you respect your body I guess it pays you back by feeling better and feeling better about yo... Tue, 8 May 2012 13:28:44 EST Crater Lake Hike? Is this group planning any hikes at Crater lake this summer? If so, I would be interested in joining. Tue, 8 May 2012 12:38:30 EST New to this and trying to lose weight Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I am new to this. Just joined tonight, and wanting to use weight. Sat, 5 May 2012 00:28:31 EST Hawaiian in OR Hello, <BR> <BR> My name is Sara. I am 28, 5' 5', and I weight 240 pounds (that was hard to type). I currently wear a size 18W. My goal is to be comfortable in a regular woman's (not plus size) size 14. <BR> <BR> I was born and raised on the Big Island of Hawaii. White rice was a staple of our diet, and we pretty much ate it every single day. My dad is a fisherman, but although fresh fish is usually a great healthy thing to eat, we tended to fry it and eat it with tartar sauce. We lived 2 h... Tue, 1 May 2012 13:36:56 EST Howdy Hi, My name is Fred. My daughter told me about Sparkpeople. I have been doing Weight Watchers but it is spendy. I am just learning this and I think that I like it, especially the pie charts showing how good or bad I did for the day. I live in Milton-Freewater if there is anyone else on here from there. Fri, 27 Apr 2012 20:47:43 EST Hi from Hubbard My name is Jaye and I'm from Hubbard, Oregon. I'm new to sparkpeople and just getting my bearings on the website. I discovered this team today and am excited to know my posts will end up in places I actually know! Thu, 26 Apr 2012 23:33:38 EST Constantly Sick, Need Motivation ASAP So far, this year, we haven't gone two weeks without someone being sick in my house (not an exaggeration at all, I'm afraid). This translates to I'm home with the kids because they're sick and then the following week, I'm sick. I'm so sick of being sick and this year has been the worst!! <BR> <BR> This also means my workout schedule is WAY off. I can never get to the gym and when I finally find my groove, we get hit with with the sick again. I miss working out and currently, I'm the one ... Thu, 26 Apr 2012 11:36:05 EST Hi :o) Hello everyone! My name is Karey and I live in the Southern Oregon area :o) Hope everyone is having great success and enjoying the nice weather :) Wed, 25 Apr 2012 01:06:46 EST Hello! Hi, my name is Cassi and I just joined SparkPeople. I am hoping to lose about 35 pounds to reach my weight goal. I am trying to lose the weight that I gained from having my first baby. He is 6 months old and is my first baby. Before I was pregnant I weighed 135 pounds. By the time I gave birth I weighed 175 pounds. I now weigh 168 pounds and hate the way that I look. I am hoping that by joining SparkPeople that I can get on track and get back to the weight I was before I was pregnant. Sun, 22 Apr 2012 17:06:12 EST hello well I am starting again. I am 35 and I have been fat (100+) pound over weight for the last ten years. I am not happy, I know that I have a long road But I am taking one day at a time. Thu, 19 Apr 2012 23:54:06 EST self intro hey everyone, my name is bryan and im 23 years old. im on here because i want to keep track of my calorie intake and build the best body i possibly can abs and all!!! i really want to set a great example for my family. =) im married and i have a 9 month old daughter. but back on topic, i just want to be in my best health ever! Thu, 19 Apr 2012 10:37:01 EST Hey :-) Hi everyone, my name is Aundrea and I have lived my whole life in Oregon. I am currently pursuing a dental hygiene bachelors degree in the wonderful town of Klamath Falls. What got me started on Spark people, is wanting to track my nutrition. I have recently changed my diet to the very strict Candida diet, after being diagnosed with a systemic candida infection. By tracking I want to make sure that I am following the diets guide lines and also no off-balancing my body's nutrition too much. <... Wed, 18 Apr 2012 01:09:39 EST Fat and tired of it Im Liz 36, 2 boys. I have so many health problems I cant count them. I have hit 310 and live my life in a recliner. Yes some of that is due to my health but im fed up with it.So i have taken control back and told my Dr that i will no longer treat my issues with meds. Yes i am taking them but in the last 3 months i have stopped 3. Now i want the weight to go......lets see if down right tenacity will work Tue, 17 Apr 2012 21:30:15 EST Hello! new here Im tired of being huge and unhealthy. Been having problems breathing latey so its time to lose weight! Fri, 13 Apr 2012 13:27:20 EST Hey my name is Katie hey i just yesturday and am excited to be a part of this community. Im 30 and have 4 kids i am done having kids so i want to lose about 80 pounds. I have a goal of no longer then a year we will see how it goes. If anyone has any advice or pointers feel free to send me a message. Mon, 2 Apr 2012 19:16:55 EST Intro Hi everyone! I am kinda new to Oregon; we moved here last year. I had just had a baby before we moved and soon after moving here found out I was pregnant again. That's a total of five, but four are five and under. I'm still trying to get used to Oregon. I do love it, I just haven't met many people I think I fit in with. And my body is just really sluggish and getting old; I turned 40 this year. OUCH! <em>40</em> I would love to have a walking buddy but first that requires actually getting t... Mon, 2 Apr 2012 01:01:12 EST Intro to Team Oregon! Good Morning... <BR> <BR> I love this very wet State! <em>27</em> <BR> <BR> I am excited to be a part of The Official Oregon Team... <BR> Please take a moment and check out my Page & know more about me!! <BR> ~CampCoulter lives in the villages of Mt. Hood~ <BR> <em>252</em> <BR> With SparkPeople I have met my weight goals and now I have a new goal to reach and I am sure SparkPeople will help me get there! Sun, 1 Apr 2012 12:34:01 EST I'm Roxie and I need to lose 46 pounds Hi I'm Roxie, 64 years old; I need to lose 46 pounds. I live in Oregon, where it rains all the time! I hate the rain, I have to use a light, because I have SAD and take loads of vitamin D. I also have fibromyalgia and chronic fatique, I'm in pain most of the time. I can't afford a gym, can't walk outside until summer, than I can't walk far due to having foot surgery. We live in a small house, so we have no room for workout equipment. I'm not a lazy person, our home is always spotless, so I k... Sat, 31 Mar 2012 12:03:20 EST Hello Everyone! I just joined Spark yesterday and I am excited to see all the resources and information available to us for free. Most sites charge for trackers, diet plans, etc. I am hoping to lose 40 to 50 pounds by tracking and exercising more. I tend to be a mindless eater and eat when I am stressed or bored. The calories that I consume during one snacking period could be a whole days supply sometimes! I hope that by keeping track of everything I put in my mouth, I will be more careful with what I eat. I... Thu, 29 Mar 2012 13:19:24 EST Hello My name is Amber and I am new to spark people and very excited about joining! I live in Beaverton and I am determined to lose this darn weight...finally! If anyone has any suggestions for fun things to do to get in shape, let me know...cause walking on the treadmill is going to get old really fast...i can tell already! Tue, 27 Mar 2012 19:36:09 EST Hi folks! My Hubby, 3yr old little girl, and I recently moved to Salem and I decided to join SparkPeople yesterday. I'm tired of not being able to do certain things with my daughter- she deserves a healthy mom. I want to shop in a real store. I want my knees not to make noise when I walk. I've got a LOT of weight to lose (I weighed in at 393 this morning), and I am fighting the 'there's-no-way-I-can-do-this'es HARD! I'm so glad to have found such a supportive and motivating place- I'm going to need it!... Tue, 27 Mar 2012 13:45:22 EST Hi Hi I'm new here. :) I am in The Dalles area. Wed, 21 Mar 2012 15:10:59 EST Challenge me Good morning everyone! I am just stopping in to introduce my self, i joined sparks in January 2012, and i am loving it already! I am working on losing 38 pounds! It is kind of up and down BUT... i am good with taking this slow and going about it in a healthy way. I am also learning so much more then how to lose weight, with this site! I joined a challenge today it is to drink 8 ozs of water at least 8 times a day, ! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> ... Sat, 17 Mar 2012 13:11:06 EST From Hillsboro Hi I live in Hillsboro, near the SHARC and would love to find someone who exercises there as well! I also want to say a big hello to all my fellow Oregonians! Mon, 12 Mar 2012 17:11:32 EST Hello! Hi I'm new to sparkpeople. I am a single parent and a college student and I didn't really prioritize my weight during the last few years... gaining about a hundred pounds so far...... I'm hoping that I can finally get serious about my weight loss and keep myself motivated enough to have some real results... My overall goal is to lose between 100-140 pounds by June of next year... Sat, 10 Mar 2012 18:15:25 EST What is your Spark Spin Points for the day? 3/3 Fri, 9 Mar 2012 22:56:17 EST Hi I am a newbee Hello team from the GREATEST state. <BR> <BR> It is sunny and beautiful out today. I live in Oregon City, out in the country. <BR> <BR> I need help staying motivated. I always start with a bang and then soon I am ending with a whimper. <BR> <BR> I am ready to be successful and with the group encouragement, I know I will reach my goal. Thu, 8 Mar 2012 16:32:05 EST Skinny, Healthy, Happy Girl Hi, I'm Michelle. I'm a 47 yr old married (2 dogs for kids) gal that loves to laugh. I'm so ready to lead a healthy lifestyle filled with great times & great friends. I consider myself a perpetual student & am always seeking ways to keep improving. I appreciate getting to know anyone with the same quest. Wed, 7 Mar 2012 22:07:43 EST Did you drink you 8 glasses of water today? Yes I drink 8 glasses of water everyday. Wed, 29 Feb 2012 11:48:53 EST just starting ok so im new and this is gonna be good! I can see this will cover pretty much all basis on a new me! Or at least less of me. Tue, 28 Feb 2012 05:55:16 EST Weekly Accountability Hi Oregonians! <BR> <BR> I am trying something new, starting today. <BR> I will post what my weekly goals are. <BR> I'm tired of beatin' around the bush with my weight loss! I can do the cardio, but I need to commit to more strength training and less calories! <BR> <BR> My goals are, for today through Sunday: <BR> To do one SparkPeople toning/strength training video 6 out of 7 days this week <BR> To eat 1500 calories or less 4x this week <BR> <BR> Good luck to me! <BR> <BR> :) <BR> <BR... Mon, 27 Feb 2012 11:56:39 EST Where from Oregon are you from? Just trying to find others that are either going to Legacy Weight management in Portland Oregon or live near me in Forest Grove. Sun, 26 Feb 2012 14:40:19 EST Greeting & seeking a workout buddy Hello! My name is Kandace. I just turned 30 recently in Jan. I joined this site years ago and forgot about it. Im back, tho. Im hoping to find a workout buddy. I have 24 hours fitness and living in Beaverton. I would love to work out with someone. It'd be nice to have someone to support me and teach me as I support them, too. My doctor put me on gluten free diet, because of some symptoms I experiences from eating wheat, etc. It's been a struggle to eat 100% gluten free. I'm a picky eater, bee... Wed, 22 Feb 2012 14:01:02 EST Hi, Oregonians! I will be 70 on jmy next birthday.People say I look around 50, but I know that I have been lugging around 50 extra pounds that may kill me! I just found this website my mistake when I was wringing my hands about the costs involved in WW. I am SOOOO dee-lighted! I am in Salem and welcome any comments! <em>247</em> Tue, 21 Feb 2012 22:55:58 EST The futures so bright, I gotta wear shades! 4 pounds my first week.. boy did I need that!!! but I made some HUGE life decisions yesterday.. My goal ( emphasis on the my) was to move back home to California this summer.. God put it on my heart that that wasnt where I belonged.. That going back to Cali, while fun for a minute wasnt going to be the best things for me on so many different aspects.. and ironically ( NOT) God is right!! So I am moving to New Mexico to help take care of my grandkids while my daughter finishes college ( her ba... Tue, 21 Feb 2012 16:51:38 EST Hello Oregon :) Hello, I'm Chelsea. <BR> I'm from McMinnville and I'm in my third year of college, hoping to get into the Nursing program through Chemeketa next year. <BR> In January, I started feeling especially crummy about myself and saw pictures from a trip my family had taken over the summer to Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon and realized that I didn't want to look like that anymore. I'm turning 21 in mid/late June and don't want to look back at those pictures when it's supposed to be one of thos... Mon, 20 Feb 2012 14:32:24 EST What is your Spark Points for the day? 3/5 God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. Fri, 17 Feb 2012 03:50:54 EST New & a little shy My name is Molly and I am a little shy when it comes to these things. I am trying something new with hopes that this will help me lose the weight I really want to get rid of. Tue, 14 Feb 2012 20:56:53 EST Hey everyone, great blessings to you on your goals Hi everyone, like a million people who read the yahoo article on this page, I saw this and really wanted to join a supportive community. I am a full time student ( which doesnt help the weight issues) I am also a BBW model and would love to lose the BBW status. My goal is to look great and be healthy enough to try and have a baby.. and a few other goals.. I am fiercely independent so asking for support is a new process for me. I cant wait to find the new old me and love who I see when I look ... Tue, 14 Feb 2012 13:49:24 EST Introducing myself Hi All! Today is my first day and I'm trying to learn my way around the site. Sat, 11 Feb 2012 21:55:55 EST May 12, 2012, Doggiedash Hello All, <BR> I just registered for the Doggiedash walk/run on 5-12-2012 in Portland ore for the Oregon humane society and wanted to let everyone who interested that the registration fee is only 19.75 instead of 30.00 if you use code godoggiedashers by 2-16-12. <BR> I put the link below if you want to check out the event sounds like a great time! <BR> <BR><BR>ndex.asp Fri, 10 Feb 2012 20:21:26 EST Mom Of 2 From The Dalles Hi, my name is Tammy, 44 yrs old married with two grown girls and I joined SP a week ago Tuesday and started my journey the next day. I have over 100 lbs that I need and want to loose and I was lucky enough to find this site. Since starting, on my weigh in day I had already lost 9 lbs in a week! I also have diabetes, but since starting my new life and learning that I need to take my meds daily, my blood sugars have went from 269 to 143 - 169 and that was within the first four days of my ad... Fri, 10 Feb 2012 13:44:07 EST motivatedmomma Hi, Im Sarah and very excited this time around, I have done sparkpeople once before and with little success as I did not participate much. Iam a happy mother and wife and doing this for myself! Fri, 3 Feb 2012 10:13:05 EST Belated intro So I've been on SP for almost a month now and I just realized I've never posted an introduction post! Hi, my name is Lisa. I live in Beaverton and work in Lake Oswego, and I really wish I got into Portland more often than I currently do. I live with my fiance and my cat, and try to cook as often as I can muster the time and energy to do so. <BR> <BR> I'm happy to be here and love that there is an Oregon-specific group. :) Mon, 30 Jan 2012 20:56:16 EST Hi! Hello all. I just joined SP yesterday. My goal is to lose the last 28 lbs I have flopping around on my body after 2 babies and Effexor/Prozac. Yuck! I have lost 32 lbs so far but about 9 months ago I hit a plateau. It has been terribly frustrating. I am turning 30 in just over 6 months and want to feel better than I did at 20. I live in the Salem area. I'm a nurse. I know all about exercise, nutrition, calorie deficit, etc. I just need to meet some people to help keep me accountable, encourag... Mon, 30 Jan 2012 00:48:21 EST 33 year old mom of 4 how do i start.. Well My name is Rachel, I am 33 year old mom of 4 and a house wife. I am just wondering how to get all this motivation that everyone has. :-) I have no support from family and friends. I just stay to my self and tend to my family most of the time. I Am very much overweight, and have become unhappy with how I look and feel. But I am MORE then willing to listen to any ideas on how to get started on this incredible journey to get to my weight goal. Fri, 27 Jan 2012 14:08:46 EST Oregon Coast Newby Hello, I'm 45 and have been gaining or losing weight since I've been 21. I'd love to be able to maintain at a happy weight. I'm about 20 lbs from my first goal and another 15 from my final goal. I've been married almost 25 years, have 3 kids and with the youngest in college we're now empty nesters. I love sports and outdoor activities. I also love good food with a good wine. Tue, 24 Jan 2012 00:46:23 EST 2012 Is OUR year! Hi my name is Hollie and I am 28, married to my husband for 11 1/2 years and have a wonderful 10 year old son! I was very fit (used to figure skate) until I had my son by cesarean section on Halloween 2001. After I stopped breastfeeding 2 months later, I literally gained 40 pounds in 3 months and all my periods stopped. Thats when I went to the dr and found out I had a thyroid problem. I am currently on 75mg and feel fine however I have been working out very hard and eating between 1200-1... Mon, 16 Jan 2012 16:49:41 EST Hey there My name is Lilly. I just started back to school here in Salem. I am a non traditional student studying art and writing. I am looking forward to my new life as a writer and illustrator of children books as well as an educator. As much as I enjoy who I am on the inside, it doesn't reflect on the outside so much. I need to be the me I am all the way around ~ physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. I am such a loner. For the most part, that is good... but during my 'least' times, I get... Mon, 16 Jan 2012 12:47:59 EST Here again Hi, my name is Linda and I live in Lincoln City. I'm 67 years old, looking for support as I loose my last 15 lbs!! I was a member a few years ago, and now I'm back again. My goal is to loose the unwanted 15 lbs and get back into my walking. I have done 4 Portland Marathons and tried a 1/2 marathon in Colorado - but couldn't finish due to "no air"....altitude got me! I was in good shape doing all of that walking and would like to get back to long distances again. I'm the type of person... Sun, 15 Jan 2012 15:51:40 EST SP FEATURE Privacy WARNING A new feature on SparkPeople automatically added a "Share Bar" to our blog entries. <BR> <BR> If you'll notice your own blog now there is a "Share" bar at the top of the blog. That means if someone likes your blog entry they can "share" on their Facebook wall!! <BR> <BR> To delete this "Share bar" feature from your blog do this: <BR> <BR> Go to your SparkPage. <BR> Click to Edit the page. <BR> On the top right Un-check "Show share bar on my blog posts". <BR> Save your changes. " <BR> <B... Fri, 13 Jan 2012 21:52:48 EST Looking for a buddy in Newport. Anyone? Hey there, I'm 24 (almost 25) and would really love a fitness buddy to go outdoors with! Anyone out there? Fri, 13 Jan 2012 00:29:13 EST Hi!!! I am new here... Just wanted to say hi to everyone. I am new and never used any of these forum before. hopefully <BR> this will help me get started and stay motivated :). Thu, 12 Jan 2012 01:20:49 EST Name a thing you like to do on Spark People I thought if we started listing the different things and why we like them, we might be able to learn from each other. <BR> <BR> <BR> I like posting on the threads and meeting new people from all over the world. The reason I like it is because, I always wanted a pen pal from Austalia when I was a child. I had several pen pals from 4-H tours, Church outings and vacations, but none outside the Western States. It is fun reliving that aspect of my childhood. Wed, 11 Jan 2012 00:42:06 EST Sassyred70 Hello Sparkpeople, My name is Dale and I just started on here two days ago. My friend and co worker tammi shared this site with me. We both have been working on fitness and not reaching our goals. I think this site will change that. I'm very excited to participate in the challenges and will reach my goals. I'm looking forward to seeing others reach theirs as well. So good luck to everyone. Stop in and say hello anytime :). Sun, 8 Jan 2012 18:30:27 EST a new beginning Hello fellow Oregonians, just joined and hoping to get this 50some body of mine back into shape for me. I hope I can find great support here and hear lots of great news of your accomplishments. Sun, 8 Jan 2012 17:22:24 EST Hello =) Hi I am Jen mother of five girls. I have been eating well and doing mostly dance as a workout since I joined last week. I am a bit shy so I haven't said Hello but it is nice to meet you all. Sun, 8 Jan 2012 00:04:56 EST Hi I'm new to this site and a little overwhelmed with all the choices. I am in the Southern most area of Oregon. I am looking forward to getting on track and sticking to it. Sat, 7 Jan 2012 22:54:28 EST Wilsonville I would love to connect with individuals in my surrounding area who would like to go Indoor Rock climbing and Snow shoeing. I've never done this stuff myself but have always wanted to and currently don't have friends interested in participating. I'm not particular about gender, age or experience.(Gold Star if your a pro) just someone who likes adventure, is comfortable enough to try new things, can find fun in a challenge. Sat, 7 Jan 2012 17:53:34 EST I'm New! Hi Everyone! Just joined this site for the first time and looking forward to connecting, encouraging and swapping tips with people in my area <em>30</em> Sat, 7 Jan 2012 17:30:17 EST Best "Healthy" Chocolate Desserts? I have a sweet tooth the size of Texas and I'm looking for something a little healthier to satisfy me. Have any recipes? Sat, 7 Jan 2012 01:02:20 EST I'm BelieverLynn and I will welcome any help:) WooHoo it is wonderful to find SparkPeople to help make this a successful journey to a healthy lifestyle. I am a 55 year old female who is married to my always and forever love of my life husband. We live in Oregon, have 4 adult children. My weight story: I love to eat, I have health issues (not casued by eating), I use food to deal with life and I need to make a HUGE change in my life. I have tried sooooo many times that I fear my home and church support may be weary of helping me. <BR> I... Fri, 6 Jan 2012 12:31:16 EST Hello, I'm new to Spark Oregon Hi, I'm getting back to using SP after not using it for a long time....still working on getting healthy, had some health problems that really pushed me back. I live in Douglas County and feel very blessed to live in such a beautiful place. My grand children are my best motavation for keep working at it. Thu, 5 Jan 2012 19:13:26 EST bramble50 This seems to be the millionth time I have said/thought about starting a "reduced intake/going to exercise" diet. I know your not supposed to call it a diet -- new way of eating. I have lost 100+ lbs several times, and felt absolutely WONDERFUL after doing so, then why do I keep going back to feeling so horrid? My goal once again is to lose 100+ lbs and keep it off forever!!! I love to sew (I have a room of projects), movies, my grandkids that live 1000 m. away, crafts, hiking -- but most day... Thu, 5 Jan 2012 16:42:07 EST choose an answer leave a choice Let's start a game. I will leave a choice, you answer, then leave a two choice question. <BR> <BR> Broccoli or Brussel sprouts? Mon, 2 Jan 2012 19:00:49 EST losing baby weight... I hope! my name is brie and I have a 3 month old baby girl, I need to lose about 50 pounds and was hoping to get support from other moms doing the same. I am breastfeeding and tried the babyfit site but that seems to be more for pregnant women. I just want to be healthy and accountable kinda been eating whatever i want for a while. Now it's time to start eating senseable Mon, 2 Jan 2012 15:10:14 EST Happy Monday and Happy New Year! After encouraging my mom to join spark people several months ago I decided to rejoin and get in on the fun. My goals this year are to stay healthy, to use exercise and a healthy diet to keep my seasonal depression at bay, to not let stress/anxiety stay such a huge part of my daily life, to also use staying active and a healthy lifestyle to model for my children to stay healthy, and to be a better support for my mom and my friends who are also trying to have a healthier life. Blessings on a Ha... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 09:38:20 EST Hello from Bend My name is Nicole and I am trying to get back to where I was when I was in Army Basic Training. I want to feel good about my self again! Anyone in Bend that wants to do work outs or just walks friend me! I always need more friends! Sun, 1 Jan 2012 14:14:13 EST Committed to Change - try, try, again! I am turning 41 this week. I feel like I am 80. My body is screaming at me to shed this excess weight and start living. It's not about looking great in fashionable clothes, though I will surely enjoy that too, it is about keeping up with an active 9 year old. He wants to learn to snow ski, I think oh man my knees and ankles. He wants to go to Disneyland, I think will I fit comfortably on the rides, he wants to go to water parks, I cringe at the idea of wearing a swim suit. my weight is ... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 13:18:23 EST I am brand-new here My goals: to turn around my eating habits once and for all. <BR> My interests:I love running, yoga, my horse, weight lifting, my children (and husband), a good book, and not necessarily in that order. <BR> I decided to join this site because apparently I can't keep myself motivated alone any more. 5 years ago I lost 100#. Then a few pounds crept on...not to worry...then a few more....starting to up to about 18, and I am very unhappy with myself. I don't have family suppor... Fri, 30 Dec 2011 20:55:41 EST Hello SparkOre gonians! Hi, I'm John. I grew up (more or less <em>211</em> ) in Aurora, attended college in Eugene, then lived in Albany, North Albany, and now Corvallis. I'm married to a wonderful woman and we have two grown (again, more or less) children. <BR> <BR> I work in the information technology sector, and I have not done a good job of taking care of my body over the years. I suffer from depression, sleep apnea, and hypertension...all three of which are related to my fitness level, or the lack thereof.... Fri, 30 Dec 2011 00:57:22 EST Hi! I'm Jen. I am 24 and I live in Albany. I joined sparkpeople last year but due to injuries I had to stop. Well its almost 2012 and take two. Anyone need a workout buddy? Wed, 28 Dec 2011 21:12:55 EST Hi first time member! Hi everyone, <BR> My name is Lindsay and I just wanted to say hi. I have joined this group because I need help loosing a lot of weight. I use to be a very active person but as a result of two children and a bad car accident that lead to some pretty invasive surgery on my neck I weight way too much. I also have really no will power against food and I am tired of looking and feeling terrible. So any help or tips would be greatly appreciated. Looking forward to getting to know you. <BR> Cheers L... Mon, 26 Dec 2011 18:01:09 EST MERRILLANN188 I am brand new to all of this - starting two days before Christmas! I am hoping to lose 31 pounds by April - a huge task with the dreary days of winter ahead. SparkPeople looks like a good place to begin! Fri, 23 Dec 2011 16:29:15 EST Nose rinsing causing deaths... <link><BR>074957/Deaths-brain-eating-amoeba-link<BR>ed-sinus-remedy-colds.html </link> Fri, 16 Dec 2011 21:34:22 EST ASD (Artificial Sweetener Disease) Shortly after starting Spark People I kicked the diet pepsi thing. then i tossed out all artificial sweeteners. I prefer a la natural. I might ahve a little pure honey in hot tea but that is as far as I go these days. <BR> <BR> Read on: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>l_sweetener_disease_ASD_aspartame.html </link> Thu, 15 Dec 2011 14:55:38 EST new member Hi fellow Oregonians! I'm here in beautiful Medford Oregon. Just moved here from Portland and I love it here! Just signed up today and ready to lose some weight and get healthy again.My goal is to lose 20 lbs by my 58th birthday in March. This is such a wonderful and helpful site. I can't believe its free!!! I'm ready!!!! <BR> <BR> Have a good evening everyone. Mon, 12 Dec 2011 23:18:55 EST Surviving Christmas It seems like getting through Christmas can be an emotional thing for some folks, and that can lead to emotional over eating. If you find yourself raiding the fridge, stop and ask yourself why you are doing so. Do a self check. Am I feeling down right now? What am I thinking about? Did somebody make me feel bad? Stop and assess your mood before you eat. And, remember to eat something healthy before going to the party, that way you will not be so tempted to overeat. Have a great Christ... Sun, 11 Dec 2011 13:37:55 EST Hi My name is Alicia and I am new. How is everyone doing? I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday! Wed, 30 Nov 2011 12:16:58 EST Anyone in Eastern Oregon? Hi. My name is Lesli. I am a 39 year old wife and mother of three kids, ages 17, 15, and 9. I am a full-time college student, AGAIN. I was a Certified Medical Assistant for 7 years, and an EMT-B for a volunteer ambulance service. I grew up on the west side of Oregon, my family moved us to Montana my Sr. year. I met and married a Montana man, and was stuck there for many years. I got divorced and after taking almost a year to make sure all things were settled, I moved back to Oregon, the East ... Tue, 29 Nov 2011 11:10:41 EST How did you survive Thanksgiving Hi team, how did all of you survive the great food challenge of Thanksgiving? I had 25 for a sit down dinner here. I did very well food wise, did not go over my calorie allotment. I sampled everything, just in small amounts. I learned that you can enjoy without overeating. Mon, 28 Nov 2011 01:22:13 EST Trying to find my way in Sparkpeople Hello, I joined Sparkpeople last week. I was overwhelmed at first by all that it entails. I am just starting slowly. I would like to get to know others going through this journey like myself. I have a group in my FB that I try to inspire others, but I need inspiration as well. My friend KathieRae suggested I join Sparkpeople. I am a fulll-time student at the local college, and have a 9 yr. old son, and a 15 yr. old daughter who live with me and my husband. I look forward to getting to know so... Sat, 26 Nov 2011 12:37:25 EST