SparkPeople Sparking Marylanders Team Messageboard Hello Marylanders and Welcome to "The Sparking Marylanders". We are happy you joined us. Stop by often to chat with other Marylanders. It's all about reaching our health and fitness goals. SparkPeople Sparking Marylanders Team Messageboard Silver Spring - any walkers nearby? I'm rejoining for the zillionth time. This time I hope to connect with other Spark People nearby. <BR> I live in Silver Spring. If you'd like to meet up to walk or bike, I'd love to have the extra motivation to get outdoors. Hope to meet you. Sun, 25 Aug 2019 22:52:56 EST Free introductory Tai Chi Classes in AACo FREE Tai Chi for Health &amp; Wellness Classes in January ("Tea &amp; Tai Chi") <BR> (Arnold, Pasadena, and Severna Park) <BR> <BR> Get a free introduction to Tai Chi and Qigong, learn some basic movements, ask questions, and enjoy a cup of premium tea. The class is taught by experienced instructor, Shifu Billy Greer, owner of Jing Ying Institute. He teaches throughout Anne Arundel County and trains with top tai chi masters from around the world. <BR> <BR> Learn how tai chi, a low-impact mi... Thu, 4 Jan 2018 12:55:16 EST Montgomery County here Hello everyone, I am in the Gaithersburg area Sun, 16 Jul 2017 22:11:29 EST Montgomery County Maryland hello everyone - happy to be back after a long time away and almost ready to maintain my weight loss - grateful for all the support and tips! Joanne Sun, 16 Jul 2017 22:08:35 EST Addictive self soother I over eat sweets, I don't exercise, consistently, I'm a recovering alcoholic and a cigarette smoker, Oh and I'm dyslexic, I welcome all support, thanks. Thu, 2 Feb 2017 10:18:01 EST Colleen Hi I'm Colleen. Wed, 19 Oct 2016 12:27:06 EST Howard County, Columbia Looking for training/workout partner here in Columbia. Thu, 22 Sep 2016 13:27:31 EST Joining the MD SparkYeam! Hello - just started Spark last week... Down 4 pounds! Started at 183- 5'9". <BR> <BR> From Anne Arundel county- <BR> <BR> Would like to lose 20 pounds by November 9 to walk (at a faster pace) the Chesapeake Bay bridge Race. And a total of 30 pounds by December 31-- <BR> <BR> Any body out there who also wants to lose 30 by December 31? Sun, 14 Aug 2016 07:39:51 EST First Saturday in Frederick City Tonight Tonight's Frederick's First Saturday event. The theme is Fire in Ice where ice sculptures are displayed with candles, or maybe flameless candles, around town. <BR> <BR> If anyone is looking for something to do tonight it's a great way to get in some extra steps and explore the town. <BR> <BR> There's more info here if you're interested: <link><BR>vents/view/2009/redirTo:L2NhbGVuZGFyL2<BR>ZpcnN0LXNhdHVyZGF5 </link> Sat, 6 Feb 2016 09:33:20 EST Hello This is my 2nd day here. My daughter went to see a nutritionist, so I thought I would try to help her and try to eat healthier also. I stumbled upon this site on my phone and I really likes it. <BR> My goals are to change my eating habits and get myself back down to a healthy weight. Tue, 2 Feb 2016 19:24:43 EST 2016 Workouts Prevention: Walk Your Way Slim Wed, 27 Jan 2016 21:46:14 EST Back Again Hi, I'm Susan and in Hagerstown/Washington County. Anyone close? Would love to have a local buddy. Wed, 6 Jan 2016 07:25:46 EST Hello Everyone I live in Montgomery County Sun, 3 Jan 2016 20:29:40 EST Final countdown Hi, my name is Yolandi and I live in Laurel MD. I am hoping that this will be the last diet program I ever do. And I am hoping that there are people in my area that are in this program too that can be my program buddy. I want to lose 50 pounds and I am very adamant this time. Tue, 29 Dec 2015 20:11:52 EST New to Sparking Marylanders - Hi! Hi Everyone! My name is Gloria and I live in Prince George's County. I have several goals: to lose 25 to 30 pounds, to reduce stress, increase my energy level and have more fun. I also want to connect with other people who have similar goals. I love to walk--this will be my number one exercise routine. But, I am also exploring other workouts or activities to help me reach my goals. Any suggestions? Sat, 12 Sep 2015 06:32:39 EST My first day with Spark People. Hi there! I'm Maria. Call me Sunshine! Just started my 49th year of life,. Joining this forum is my gift to myself. Yesterday I celebrated. Today I want to plan steps of action so I can find myself in a better place next year. Mon, 10 Aug 2015 22:59:23 EST Hello everyone, nice to meet you My name is Tammie and I want to get back to being active and healthy after bringing up 2 children. I want to be able to play with and be active with my grandson. Several people I know have gotten great moral support here and now I want to try. Hope we all meet our goals today. Mon, 8 Jun 2015 11:01:14 EST Busy Working Mom - New to Spark Hello, I've tried Spark before, but had a hard time keeping up with calorie counting. I lost 40 lbs doing South Beach, then about a year later we moved and I got out of my exercise routine, gained it all back, so been pretty hard on myself. This time has been harder than last. I'm trying to find something that works for me - tweaks in my lifestyle, without anything dramatic. I don't eat a ton, but I absolutely love food and often make bad food choices. I do light exercise, but am often e... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 10:10:02 EST Emoticon Sentences <em>213</em> Sparking Marylanders, <BR> <BR> This game is played by using emoticon(s) in sentences. You benefit by becoming familiar with all the emoticons available here on SparkPeople. <em>252</em> Fri, 20 Feb 2015 19:11:29 EST Very New to Social Media Hi, <BR> I'm trying something new! Feedback and tips are welcome--I'm diving in without looking at the "rules." As I come to better understand my feelings I'm looking for support and also a place to share what I'm learning along the way. Thanks for providing a forum. Wed, 28 Jan 2015 08:44:16 EST Homeschool Marylanders? Just curious if there are any moms out there in Maryland- homeschooling and sparking? <BR> toni Tue, 20 Jan 2015 16:28:58 EST Introduction Hi my name is Loretta and have spent most of the day crying about my weight and now its time to take action. <BR> Good luck to everyone. Thu, 1 Jan 2015 23:27:15 EST Learning more Hello - Went through a trying time this year and now I hope 2015 will be better for me. I have a sedentary job, but am interested in meeting new people who have the same interest and goals as myself. My main goal is to lose weight and to get my A1C numbers down through better eating habits and exercise even if the exercise is just walking at this point. Taking things slow and making changes slowly so that they will be long lasting. Sun, 28 Dec 2014 17:17:51 EST New to Spark Hi everyone, I'm Pat from Frederick County, MD. Looking forward to meeting you all. <em>213</em> Fri, 14 Nov 2014 15:32:41 EST Frederick Hi everyone. I just joined and am hoping to get healthy through SparkPeople. From Frederick. Sun, 9 Nov 2014 20:32:10 EST Hello <BR> I just moved to Washington County MD, originally from Frederick County. Tue, 4 Nov 2014 19:14:01 EST Ready to lose weight Hello, My name is Bobby and I just turned 61. Spent most of my life over weight and now with various medical problems popping up it is now time to become the slim person I can be. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:37:44 EST Thought I'd finally say hi I have technically been a part of this group since I joined and, since I am sticking around, I decided to say hi. <BR> <BR> I'm attending college and working part-time. I have struggled with my weight for most of my life and it is starting to cause health problems. I want to be able to do the things I want to do. The weight loss will stick this time. <BR> <BR> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 21:20:35 EST Hi Guys I am Deborah, I am back here for the third time. I did loose 65 pounds the last time, But some back. I am at 225 right now. I do not care what I weigh, just want to be between a 10 and 12. I am a 16 right now. <BR> <BR> Nice to meet all of you <BR> Deb <em>521</em> Tue, 2 Sep 2014 00:07:02 EST Hello Everyone!! I am ready to do this :) Hello All!! My name is Donna & I am 45 years old. I want to lose at least 20 lbs (25 is even better) and get in shape. Getting rid of my yucky little belly would be nice. I get tired of changing my clothes ten times every morning before work. Does anyone else do that?? I joined a gym a few weeks ago and joined Spark to get support & encouragement as well as be a support to everyone out there. As many of you my age know, my metabolism is soo slow which makes it hard to stay motivated when I ... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:01:59 EST Newbie from Wicomico County I have used Spark before and now need to get back in. I am a mom of 2 teenagers, am 53 years old. Fri, 4 Jul 2014 13:49:55 EST New member! Hi all, new here! Wanting to lose 90-100 lbs before I graduate in May 2015! Lots of work ahead of me but looking forward to it! <BR> <BR> We live in Marion, in Somerset County (Lower Delmarva). My husband and I set up a gym in the living room....a recumbent bike and a19 workout system next to it. I plan to stick to my weight has fluctuated over most of my adult life. Due to many medications, including some depression, anxiety and steroid based meds, I have ballooned up 45 lbs in t... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 13:38:39 EST One Overworked, Stressed and Tired Grad Student Hi all - <BR> I'm Ann. I'm a rising second year graduate student (out of 3 years) at the University of Maryland studying History and Library Science. My senior year in undergrad I spent in Wales and walked around everywhere. I returned to the U.S., moved halfway across the country, started grad school, worked 35 hours a week and ate a lot. So it came as no surprise that I managed to gain 30 pounds in the past year. <BR> <BR> I'm hear because doing it alone I haven't succeeded in the past. I... Fri, 30 May 2014 20:12:56 EST Returning to MoCo to live -- basketball drop in? Last time I lived in Montgomery County there was drop in basketball for women at several community centers. Was wondering if anyone knew if this was still going on? Couldn't tell from the Parks & Rec websites. Thu, 15 May 2014 07:04:46 EST Specialk2u2all Hello I'm here to share my work out and meal planning hoping to inspire everyone and to be <BR> Inspire <BR> I've been working out and strength training going into 6 months trying to everyday to <BR> stay positive, spiritually grounded, live, love and smile but in life there's all ways a challenge facing us . I here to help and be help! Tue, 29 Apr 2014 20:52:29 EST walking group Hello, <BR> <BR> I am Marie and I live in Charles County and wanted to know if anyone was interested in starting a walking group? Let me know. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 08:09:25 EST Columbia Iron Girl? Frederick HM? I'm not super active on this team, but I'm wondering if there are any other Maryland Sparkers that are running the Columbia Iron Girl HM in April? Or the Frederick HM a week later... <BR> <BR> I'll be running both... It'd be awesome if there were others there! :) <BR> <BR> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 08:56:46 EST Rockville Twilight 8K - only $20 If you sign up for this race any time on Sunday March 23, it's only $20. After that, it goes up to the regular price of $34.) <BR> <BR> $20 is an amazing price for this race. It includes a shirt plus unlimited food afterward + 2 free beers + live band + a cool down area complete with fire truck spray some 50' in the air! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 23:34:09 EST Summer 5Ks in MD Hello all! <BR> <BR> I was wondering if anyone knew of some good 5Ks coming up for the summer? I've been looking around a bit online but haven't been particularly inspired by anything. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Tue, 18 Mar 2014 19:15:43 EST Maryland 10K I'm looking for a good, nice, easy and cheap 10K course to run in Maryland this year. Probably looking at late Spring, early summer, and DEFINITELY autumn. <BR> <BR> Do you know of any? <BR> <BR> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 11:03:57 EST Hello Hi, I am from the Baltimore area and I am looking for different ways to lose weight, have fun, and meet new people. This seemed like a good place to start. Nice to meet all of you. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 20:41:48 EST Washington County, MD Good afternoon to all and I hope you got through the ice storm okay! Every day that passes is one step closer to pussy willow buds opening, wild violets and bleeding hearts poking through and reaching for the sun. <BR> Recently started using this site and so far I'm very impressed. Starting very slow but figure anything accomplished each day is better than no serious effort at all. Wed, 5 Feb 2014 15:26:18 EST Columbia Mall Shooting <em>198</em> Quick notification regarding one of the slain victims <BR> <BR> (-- I have no time to be on the computer now.) <BR> <BR> There will be a Catholic service for the male victim of that shooting today at 5:30pm in the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center. <BR> <BR> Go online or contact the Interfaith Center for any details. I'm sorry I can't pass on more detail to you right now. (I'll be there.) The mall is within a mile from my house and I have met this boy before (last summer)... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 12:50:49 EST Washington County, MD I am new to SparkPeople and in Washington County. Hagerstown to be exact. Thu, 23 Jan 2014 01:47:51 EST Trail loop at Lake Artemesia? Hi folks. In my attempts at adding more activity to my life, I enjoy walking the trail loop at Lake Artemesia in College Park. The information about the trail says that the loop is 1.35 miles, but there are actually 3 trail loops around the lake. Does anyone know which trail is the actual 1.35 miles and what the other distances are? I would love to know so that I can measure my pace more accurately. <BR> <BR> Thanks and I hope to see some of you there! Thu, 16 Jan 2014 16:11:15 EST Free Tai Chi Class in Pasadena, MD, this Friday Get a free introduction to Tai Chi and Qigong, learn some basic movements, ask questions, and enjoy a cup of premium tea. The class is taught by experienced instructor, Shifu Billy Greer, who teaches tai chi/qigong throughout Anne Arundel County and trains with top tai chi masters from around the world. <BR> <BR> Practicing tai chi improves: immune system function, blood pressure, blood sugar, mood, arthritis pain, balance, bone density, strength. flexibility, and more. <BR> <BR> Wear loose... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 23:13:38 EST Hello from Glen Burnie, Md Anne Arundel County Hi, <BR> I'm Kristy. I currently live in Glen Burnie, Md with my fiancee, our 3 dogs, 2 fish tanks, a cat. I've been suffering from really bad depression lately, and I know a lot of it comes from the fact that I am not happy with my current body size. I am getting married this coming October and would really like to not look like the GoodYear blimp walking down the aisle. I have no children of my own, and I would like to make them a reality, but first the weight has to come off before they... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 15:24:08 EST Need help Hi. My name is Cathy and I am 43. Over the past year I have gained about 12 pounds. I am not happy with myself. I have tried a number of diets and nothing has worked. I am a mother of 4 (triplets and a special needs child) so going to the gym and exercising is not going to work for me...besides being super tired and just having time. Starting January 1st, I am going to try this again and are looking for others going through the same thing. Any help is appreciated. Sun, 29 Dec 2013 20:01:54 EST Workout class buddy near HoCo/Laurel? Hi Sparkers! <BR> <BR> I used to be fairly active on spark but have gotten off track. I want to get back into workout classes (which have been motivating in the past). I live in North Laurel and was wondering if anyone would be interested in being a workout class buddy? I'm looking at classes at the LA Fitness in Laurel or other free/inexpensive classes, like free Sunday yoga at lululemon, or $5 & $6 community yoga at Awake Wellness or Charm City Yoga, all in Columbia. Let me know if you k... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 14:21:49 EST location Hi This is my second try I'm from harwood md. Fri, 27 Dec 2013 19:51:03 EST Bergrer Cookies For those in maintenance and who miss having to lose weight: <BR> <BR> For cookies <BR> 1/2 Cup Corn Starch <BR> 1/2 Cup Confectionary Sugar <BR> 1 Cup All Purpose Flour <BR> 1 stick plus one tablespoon butter <BR> <BR> Mix the corn starch, confectionary sugar and flour. <BR> Blend in butter until a soft dough forms. <BR> Shape dough into 1" balls spead about 1 1/2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Press down. <BR> Bake at 300 degrees for about 20-25 minutes until edges are very li... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 17:11:38 EST 3rd time is a charm... Hi, I am coming back to do this again. Third time is the charm. I turned 40 this year and had my blood work done. My cholesterol is elevated and the Dr. has given me a year to lose some weight or I will need to go on medication. <BR> <BR> I really would like to lose the weight for me and as an example to my 2 girls. They are 15 and 6. I have a son 22 and a granddaughter that is almost 3. I am happily married to my husband whom I have been with for 23 years. We have Alpacas, rabbits and chick... Wed, 20 Nov 2013 15:51:59 EST New Hello. I am Cathie and I am new this site. I am looking forward to this adventure that is ahead of me. Fri, 15 Nov 2013 21:16:24 EST Hey everyone!! I'm new & looking for support !! I really need some help. Supporters motivators friends. Fri, 15 Nov 2013 10:35:32 EST New to Maryland, Returning to Spark Hello everyone.. I am a new mom.. that recently relocated to Maryland.. Im originally from Virginia, so its not too far... but definitely a change of environment. The area that I moved from what suburban with a lot of bike/walk/run trails and parks... but I live in the PG county area being new to the area has left me clueless to where everything is. It's getting cold... but believe it or not.. I prefer running in cold weather. Right now Im running on a track located at a community center not ... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 11:26:30 EST Transformation is a Constant I finally get it...I'm important and I need to take care of myself for me. I recently (3 months ago) up rooted my life and move 900 miles away from "home." I cut myself from negativity and dread in exchange for happiness and peace within myself. I went from eating fast food 2-3 times a day, sodas daily, no exercise; to an organic mostly vegetarian lifestyle and working out 5-6 days a week. I feel great about myself now, I feel I can continue to move forward in this journey of a health lif... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 19:46:03 EST Grieving Eastern Shore Mom Needs Support! Hi everyone. My name is Suzanne. I hope you will read my profile. I lost my teenage son AND his three best friends in a tragic car crash six months ago and since then I have gained an additional 25 pounds to my already heavy frame. <BR> <BR> I have been wallowing in my grief since April 10 and really need support and friends to help me learn to live again and be healthy! <BR> <BR> Please help me make my son proud! <BR> <BR> Thanks! Sat, 5 Oct 2013 11:19:38 EST Southern Maryland Trails EVENT 9.14.13 I pulled this information off of a message board that I frequent: <BR> <BR> Three Notch Trails are great locations for walking and biking, and access to points like farmer's markets, public libraries, veteran's home, and senior activity centers. <BR> <BR> 2 joint events will be hosted on Saturday, September 14, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. <BR> <BR> Each locations will host various tables and activities, and provide information on the trails, safety, helmet fitting, other activity events ava... Wed, 11 Sep 2013 12:53:28 EST HI everyone, I am in Severna Park, been here the better part of 25 years. Originally from San Diego, Ca. but we have lived all over. Would love to touch base with some others from this area to find out what you are doing to exercise and how this is working for you. Fri, 6 Sep 2013 14:31:10 EST Local Newbie - Today is my day zero Greetings all, <BR> <BR> Today I decided for labor day that my body has been under enough labor with being unhealthy and overweight. I have a horrible diet, eating habits, and low exercise routines in a job that involves driving and looking for a living. Today is my day zero and I've tracked my "normal" habits to see what I need to do to change. <BR> <BR> I'll be 33 in a few days and finally it's time for me to be serious about my health. Not just for me, but for my daughter and for my fa... Mon, 2 Sep 2013 22:06:22 EST Hi Everyone! New here and determined to follow through with getting this weight off. I have at least 30lbs I'd like to lose! My willpower is low, so I'm hoping to find some inspiration! 52yo and from Kent Co. Maryland, if anyone wants to share support! Good luck to all. Mon, 2 Sep 2013 09:46:29 EST Hello - new to SP community I have been faced with reality that I need to get serious about losing these extra pounds that just crept on while I wasn't paying attention. I've been thinking about it for months, and it doesn't seem to be helping. <BR> <BR> My biggest challenges are getting off my butt and moving, drinking water, and all of my favorite breakfasts and snacks seem to be too carb heavy. <BR> <BR> Janet in Montgomery County Wed, 21 Aug 2013 12:59:22 EST St. Mary's County - Murder on Three Notch Trail Hi there - just want to ask everyone to exercise caution while using the Three Notch Trail in St, Mary's County, Maryland. There was a homicide last week. Please see the below links for information: <BR> <BR> <BR><BR>eta-jo-strickland-missing-from-st-mary<BR>-s-92577.html <BR><BR>fa/viewstory/story_ID/33245 <BR> <BR> <BR> If you know anything, please contact the authorities... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 14:25:08 EST NEWBIE Hi, my name is Dawn. This is ANOTHER NEW start for me. I have over 100 lbs to lose. I am looking for motivation on this plan, but really interested in exercising . I have been sedentary for some time, so looking for tips of getting moving. I was disabled most of my life due to knee damage, I have had 16 knee surgeries, but the last 2 where total knee replacements & they are GREAT. After the new knees I told the doc lets get fit for 50, he said just 1 more check up and then work out t time. We... Sun, 4 Aug 2013 12:47:03 EST I'm a newbie Hello, this is my first time. I think it's gonna be so cool to chat with you guys. I'm a week out of gastric bypass last Monday. So far so good! Fri, 2 Aug 2013 14:52:54 EST Hello - Back again Hello, <BR> <BR> Every one. I am starting Spark People again. I am really excited about being on this journey with everyone. Here's to great results. Thu, 25 Jul 2013 10:24:40 EST Hello from Frederick New to this page. My surgeon's office recommended it, as I am going through the process for gastric sleeve surgery. Tue, 23 Jul 2013 15:49:05 EST anyone from Owings Mills, Pikesville Reisterstow anyone from the Owings Mills, Pikesville, Reisterstown, or Randallstown area? Sun, 14 Jul 2013 09:55:00 EST Too Many Missed Opportunities Quickly, I am 33, married, two small kinds (2 and 7), a second career RN in hospice (love it). I am a vegetarian (yes, a fat one) since the age of 14. I love classic lit, Anthony Bourdain (even though he eats mostly meat), Pilates (when I feel confident) and I am trying to reconnect with my former artistic side (shelved when I became a mama). <BR> <BR> I am going on vacation to Santo Domingo in one month. And once again, I am imagining the potential horrors of appearing before anyone in trop... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 15:30:50 EST Planning Ahead: Dining Out Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I joined SparkPeople in mid-June and have been very good about planning my meals, cooking at home, and tracking my food. Today is the first day that I am really being challenged with dining out. My husband and I are meeting his son at Sweetwater Tavern (Great American Restaurants) for dinner. I love their food and thought I need to plan ahead to make sure that I don't overeat for the day. I looked for the nutritional values for their menu but couldn't find anything... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 06:47:40 EST Hi from Pasadena MD. AA County 3 Days into this now. I am loving this plan so far. Tue, 25 Jun 2013 20:56:11 EST Hi from Somerset County on Delmarva! Hi there! It has been a while since I have been on here but I plan to make this a more common occurrence. I was 285 lbs and a sz 28 at my heaviest, back in March 2011; I am currently down to 190, and a sz 16! I am so excited. I am an Asst Store Mgr at Family Dollar in Ocean City, MD, it is my dream job. I am on my feet all day, rarely sitting down, 5-6 days a week, and training to become a store manager. <BR> we have 3 kiddos: Chistopher is 4.5, Harley is 3.5 and Benji turned 2 in March. Ye... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 11:37:08 EST Hi from Washington Co... Hi everyone!!!! I have been on the road to a healthy life style for a while now... I am a yo yo when it comes to making changes. I have been thinking about what I have been doing wrong and one thing is I need to make more connections on SP. So I thought being more active with sparkteams would be a great place to start!!!! I live in Hagerstown and love the area overall <em>30</em> my goal is to get out an enjoy all the parks in the area with walking and playing with my 4 year old daught... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 09:50:21 EST Weight Loss Hypnosis: Anyone interested? I'm not sure if any of you are on Groupon but I bought a deal for a 3-hour weight loss hypnosis session for two. I'm a little skeptical about this but my dad lost 180lbs using hypnosis so there must be some validity to it. <BR> <BR> I bought the deal not really sure who to take with me. Then it hit me yesterday when a Spark friend said they wished they could go with me, "I should see if any of my Maryland Spark buddies want to come." Afterall, I want the other person to benefit from the ses... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 06:37:16 EST new Hello, I am in Damascus, md - Montgomery county. <BR> Does anyone know of some good low calorie filling foods? thanks Mon, 3 Jun 2013 15:57:45 EST Peace Games Learn to play a series of non-strenuous, light-contact games based on meditation, Qigong, Tai Chi and Bagua. The games will make you feel calm, focused and full of positive energy. <BR> <BR> All ages and fitness levels. Teens, children, adults, parents, grandparents. <BR> <BR> FREE. <BR> <BR> Location: <BR> Jing Ying Institute of Kung Fu & Tai Chi <BR> 1195 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd #6 <BR> Arnold MD 21012 <BR> 410-431-5200 <BR> <BR> <BR> While registration is not r... Tue, 28 May 2013 12:26:58 EST SParking Again Hello, my name is Danielle. I used to use Spark when I was active duty and loved it. Transitioning to being civilian life and having my son has changed so much for me. As Im growing, I am realizing how important it is to be healthy. I decided to get back to Spark life because its hard to stay focused so I'm hoping this will help. I really only want to lose about 10 pounds but more importantly I like all the health information this site provides. Mon, 27 May 2013 23:18:26 EST Need motivation today help Hi. I cant seem to want to get out of bed or my room today. Just not feeling it. Sat, 25 May 2013 09:44:48 EST's me! I'm Mrs. Tightwad....I am a personal trainer, a blogger, a coupon guru, an author, a mother, and a wife. I'm new to this site, but it seemed pretty cool and what drew me in was the recipes using protein powder. Woohoo!! I'm as cheap as they come.....except when it comes to my protein. <BR> <BR> Feel free to message me, friend me, here or on Facebook (I'll send you the link if you ask for it). Have a great nite!! Fri, 24 May 2013 22:20:36 EST Hello I just started on this site this week in order to track what I eat. Any pointers or suggestions on how to best use this site? Any Sparkers out there from central Maryland? Fri, 24 May 2013 11:21:32 EST Hello again Hello again. I have had no internet over the past week so unable to see post and exercises.have I misses anything? Still trying to walk and exercise most days. Saturday walked 13300 + steps from time I woke up to came home from work. Sun, 19 May 2013 18:11:02 EST helllo Fairly new to this website. Only been working out fot two months. Anyone from the Eastern shore side? IF so where? Tue, 7 May 2013 20:44:09 EST Hello from Gail ~ Team, <BR> <BR> Hello from southern Maryland! I joined Spark last week and had a first week of starting some healthy behaviors. I am 51 and have fought the weight battle most of my life - I guess that I was my ideal body weight when in utero! LOL! At any rate, I decided a few weeks ago that I needed to take a fresh approach to this area of my life. I am completing my dissertation and am finding that I feel lost without all the work to be done. So I decided that I would replace all the ... Mon, 6 May 2013 22:34:47 EST Hiking Partners? (posted this in the SoMD group.. thought i'd try here as well) <BR> <BR> I actually managed about 4 miles Sat. It felt really good... I'm just... still kind of doing it on my own. My eventual goal is 16 miles in a day, and I know as i get closer to that, soloing isn't as good of an idea. <BR> <BR> Don't suppose anyone has any ideas for finding a hiking buddy? Thinking about maybe craigslist. <BR> <BR> Mostly looking for someone who I can get along with and have about the same pace. Sun, 28 Apr 2013 17:10:41 EST pre-menopausal weight gain Hi, I am 52 and for the last 2 years was at a feel-good weight of 115. I felt great, had energy, no tummy, even though I am hypothyroid. Suddenly, at 52 all things change. 7lbs heavier - definitely not a big number, but it feels SO SO different. Gained in 1 year. I was 115 last April. Thighs bigger, tummy... even my hair is different. In a nutshell I feel suddenly matronly and unattractive. M husband thinks I am crazy. Wants me to gain weight, not lose. I think he is crazy! I can'... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 17:21:42 EST phenomenal woman I am a single mother of 3 with a busy schedule and seeking support from the sparkpeople site,and hoping to accomplished my goals Sat, 13 Apr 2013 10:01:22 EST Hello from Washington County Hi all I have been out of touch with Spark People but started back to get some support and be able to keep track of my progress. Been enjoying the weather and walking at lunch. Feel much better even tho I still have to talk myself into not just sitting around some days :) but I know it is better for me to get up and out! Fri, 12 Apr 2013 21:43:01 EST Coming back to SparkPeople and Hello Hi Everyone, I joined Spark People awhile back with high goals and life got in my way. I am back now and I am getting back in the groove. Started Naturally Slim 3.5 weeks ago with my sister and it is going great. :) I have lost 8 lbs so far and I am really noticing a difference in my clothes and how I feel. <BR> <BR> I am married, have 3 kids and 1 grandbaby. I work full time and love my job. I have reached the point that I am ready to do this for me and to be able to really enjoy my life ... Fri, 12 Apr 2013 21:27:28 EST Motivated to spend time working on myself I am a single mom of 2 and after spending a lot of time focusing on my kids, I realized that I need to take at least a tenth of my day to focus on the health of my mind body and spirit. My goal is to lose over 100 lbs. Sun, 7 Apr 2013 16:43:41 EST Hiking - 4/20 So the southern Maryland group has started a little mini hiking-group. <BR> <BR> Our next hike is 4/20 @ Noon. We're still working out the where, but likely Greenwell State Park: <link><BR>hern/greenwell.asp </link> <BR> <BR> Everyone here is happily invited. The more the merrier. Who's in? =D Sun, 7 Apr 2013 11:11:29 EST New to Spark & MD *waves to all and hides behind a couch to introduce herself* <BR> <BR> I'm a quiet, shy mouse from Georgia. <BR> <BR> Move to the Waldorf/La Plata area for work last summer. Still getting used to the cold weather. <BR> <BR> Also new to Spark as it may be. <BR> <BR> I'm working on this whole "interacting with people" deal, so apologies if I'm abrupt at times. I don't mean much by it. <BR> <BR> Treat me kindly? O.o' Mon, 4 Mar 2013 18:13:14 EST elexis I'm here to lose some weight Mon, 4 Mar 2013 13:53:26 EST hello to all from Washington County Hi All, I am new to spark people and learn a lot every day. I am a repeat offender and have done many diet plans with no luck. I recently had gastric by-pass surgery but am not losing weight as fast as I would like. They say 25% of weight loss surgeries don;t work and I guess I'm in that batch. I am trying to drink my water and get my protein in every day. I also walk on the treadmill every day but am struggling so I hoped this community would motivate me. I'm looking forward to talkin... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 16:32:07 EST Looking to lose in AA co. Hi! I'm a mom of 2 teenage boys. Since they're getting older and don't need me as much I figured it was time to give some of that "extra time" to myself. So I'm looking to lose "weight" in AA co. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!! Mon, 18 Feb 2013 19:31:27 EST Back to MD I just joined a first place 4 health group at my church and was referred to this site. <BR> I moved back to MD from NC this past summer. I love the mountains of Washington Co but OH the allergies. <BR> <BR> I also started walking the hills again, rather than the flat sands, and now I have pain in my left heal that slows me down. I've worked my way off a cane to using shoe inserts for relief and fine the elliptical to be my friend over any kind of impact. <BR> <BR> I like the short exercis... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 04:53:03 EST New person on the block... Hello SparkTeam members. I joined sometime last week but just had the opportunity to log into my account this am to scan around in the site and setup some of my goals to better health. I am gradually getting back on track to improve my overall health (food, exercise, and weight lost). I am looking forward to gaining more useful information in acquiring a healthier lifestyle in staying consistent with it. We all can do this and with a little support goes a long way! I look forward to improv... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 12:37:54 EST Getting back to a healthier me! Hello everyone, my name is Tina and I am returning to sparkpeople after over a year of inactivity. I had become really discouraged about my situation and a lot of personal things going on. But I am now 40 and want to begin to feel better about myself emotionally and physically. I just relocated to Maryland and am beginning a fresh start in my life all around. Just keep me in your prayers and keep the encouragement going because I do understand that it will not be an easy task for me, but... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 23:13:05 EST Hi ! I joined last week! I joined last week and really do like Spark and all the people. I live in Carroll Co. nearer to the PA. line. I slipped up yesterdaay and ate a whole block of colby jack cheese. You think I was a mouse or something but I'm back on track today. Sun, 3 Feb 2013 12:34:54 EST Hello, my name is Amy Hi, my name is Amy and I am a 21 year old college student who is relatively active in school sports, but it am not comfortable with how I look. I'm not really sure if this is what I am supposed to say. Anyway, I have been a member of SparkPeople since mid-January and I have begun to think more closely about what I am eating and in general, the caloric intake my body needs to lose weight and to be an active college student. I guess that is all lol. Byes Thu, 31 Jan 2013 11:45:10 EST Cold Weather Exercises How does everyone choose to exercise when it's so cold outside? Fri, 25 Jan 2013 10:56:36 EST Joined on 1/9/2013, Hi, everyone First posting anything on Spark People, seams to be a great site so far. Im am from St Marys county, in the Golden Beach comunity, Thu, 24 Jan 2013 16:40:37 EST Hi There Here in Frederick, Really hoping to find a work out partner, anybody want to work out in the am at the new sport and health? Thu, 17 Jan 2013 19:19:47 EST Hello I'm a grandmother of 10! After my husband had another bronchitis attack, I made a promise to myself that I was going to get healthier. My husband and I quit smoking and now it's time to lose this weight! I have about 80 pounds to lose total. I was exercising before the holidays until ovarian cysts stopped me dead in my tracks. I'm now recovering from a full hysterectomy so whereas I can't exercise now, I can once I get the okay from the doctor. I can't wait either, I really miss my i-fi... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 18:45:48 EST Turning 40 and gettin it together My name is Chris R and I live in MO. CO. MD and am 238 lbs this is the heavest Ive ever been. I have never weighed more than 195 lbs , so I am working on losing 40 lbs as well as toning up my body and getting myself back in shape as I was at 25. This is my goal and I want to be 1/2 way there by May 2013, needless to say I am on a fast track diet using the Atkins diet with 45 - 60 minutes a day on the eliptical and 85 minutes a day using weights Monday through Friday. Please anyone that has po... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 20:22:27 EST Seeking a Walking Buddy in downtown SS/Takoma Park Hi fellow Marylanders! <BR> <BR> I hope your new year has kicked off to a great start! I'm looking for a walking buddy who lives in or nearby the downtown Silver Spring/Takoma Park area (zip codes 20910/20912). Sligo Creek Park is really nearby as well as some beautiful neighborhoods to walk in and I'd love the company and accountability buddy. Please let me know if you're interested. <BR> <BR> Again, I wish you ALL SUCCESS and JOY!!! - Bliss! <em>381</em> Wed, 9 Jan 2013 17:50:49 EST finally going to do it !! well im 23 yrs old and have struggled with my weight sense i was about 15 i have been on the yo yo dieting plenty of times u know the whole deal , diet pills quick fixes and working out but nothing seemed to ever stick . i have a family that isnt very supportive and are the type that always makes comments on my weight especially my father , which has been the hardest for me to get over . i am finally going to stop procrastinating and going to do this for my self and the rest of my life . Wed, 9 Jan 2013 11:19:01 EST walking partner looking for a workout partner mornings in the Hyattsvile area Mon, 7 Jan 2013 01:55:31 EST Tami Hi, My name is Tami and I am new to the site. I am trying HARD to lose my extra weight and being a diabetic it has been a rough time for me. I was told about this website and support system and hope that it works for me and helps! I have looked through some of the reciepes and so far they look great! Wed, 2 Jan 2013 15:24:35 EST More confidence please! Hi I am Annie, I want to get back in shape and am looking forward to tracking my progress with this great site. Fri, 28 Dec 2012 19:52:44 EST Text support? Hey everyone, Im D... Im in Damascus, and would be interested in a gym buddy, or better yet, someone to text with for accountability and support. Its hard to make myself get up and to the gym in the morning. Fri, 28 Dec 2012 14:25:29 EST New to Spark and the Team Good Morning ( Almost Afternoon) <BR> <BR> I'm new to Spark and to the Team. I joined to get myself back in shape after twenty pounds creeped up on me over the last year. I am training for my first 5k as part of my weight-loss program and doing the DC Breast Cancer 3 Day in October 2013. Hope everyone has had a great Holiday. <BR> <BR> Theresa Wed, 26 Dec 2012 11:33:50 EST Looking for a treadmill I was wondering if anyone has a gently used treadmill they would like to sell? Wed, 12 Dec 2012 19:28:32 EST New to the Team Hey everyone. I'm new to this spark team, been on SP for about 4 months now and just saw the marylanders team. Located out here in Anne Arundel county. My wife is on the team as well and we're trying to reach our goals together. Mon, 3 Dec 2012 08:02:12 EST 1st Day to Spark! Hi! This is my first day on Spark. I'm hoping that this and all of you will help me keep the motivation I need to loose at least 160+ pounds so I can run and play with my 8 year old son and show him that he won't grow up and be fat like mommy. I've been overweight since I was 9 and I lost 80+ pounds once before so I know I can do it but I'm 24 years older so I know it will be tougher but I am determined to not let my busy, complicated life keep me from living! :) Fri, 23 Nov 2012 15:56:51 EST Hi everyone! I dropped in to say hello to fellow Marylanders! I am working on some health goals and hope to achieve them through exercise and diet. <BR> I love to bake, cook and sometimes, I don't have the best will power. I hope to loose my weight and keep it off. <BR> Have a great day! Wed, 14 Nov 2012 06:43:49 EST Hurricane Sandy Victims This is mor for people in the Baltimore/Harford county Area, but I'm passing it along to as many people as I can. I heard on the radio this morning that 101.9 is going to have a bus at the Avenues of White Marsh on Saturday 11-10-12 to fill with items to take to those in need in NYC. I just thought I'd pass it along sincethis way you know they're getting the items versus donating money and not being sure where it actually ended up. <BR> <BR> It will be there from 7-7 and Here's a list of wha... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 09:20:50 EST Hello! Hi everyone! I am new to spark and wanted to introduce myself. My name is Jessica and I am here for support and encouragement to lose weight. A friend was recommending so here goes. I am overweight and want to do this for real. I have been on so many diets but the weight I lose comes right back. I am mustering up the courage to join a gym to start somewhere. I am hoping to get some encouragement here. All the best to you all as well...! Tue, 30 Oct 2012 17:08:14 EST Survived the FRANKEN STORM/ Nor'easter Wondering how others survived the storm here on the east coast. <BR> The winds howled during the night and received a bit over 4" so far with winds dying down now. Being down in a hollow we don't feel the winds like others up on ridges and mountains. So far only a few branches down and thankfully no loss of power. Hoping all have none to very little damage.........Gods Blessings be with all. Tue, 30 Oct 2012 09:35:24 EST Hello my name is bees I have been having problems with my weight for the last 15 yrs., and I believe it comes from being comfortable in my marriage and taking on stress related problems <BR> Sat, 20 Oct 2012 07:18:52 EST Hey People! Hi, <BR> My name is Sophia and I'm from Maryland. I was born and raised here and I absolutely love my state. I'm currently a freshman at UMUC and planning to major in Chemistry Education. I love animals and nature; the U.S. National Arboretum is one of my favorite places to visit; I'm there probably every week! ^.^ <BR> I'm a very active person but I don't seem to be able to keep the weight off. I eat at crazy hours and am constantly snacking; I hope I can remedy this through this program. I ... Tue, 9 Oct 2012 09:56:53 EST New to Spark Hello, <BR> <BR> I'm new to Spark and looking forward to using this tool to help motivate me and find others in the area that are interested in teaming up to work out. I'm from Pasadena, a member of Big Vanilla, and go to Charm City Yoga regularly. <BR> <BR> Theresa Fri, 21 Sep 2012 20:49:44 EST Looking for a walking partner in Montgomery County I have recently joined SparkPeople and would love to find someone (or more than one someone) that would like to start walking with me at least a couple times a week. I am a stay-at-home mom with 2 kids. One is in school in the morning. I would love to try to walk any time between 9am and 11am. Anyone interested? Wed, 19 Sep 2012 15:59:11 EST Looking for a workout buddy, Anne Arundel Co. Hi, I'm 26 and I was looking for someone who would want to workout, even if it was just walking somewhere. I have trouble staying motivated when it's just myself, but when I have someone to work out with/friendly competing. It just seems more fun, and you have that person there telling you to get up nothing will happen with you just sitting around. Sooo if anyones interested let me know I'm actually more towards southern anne arundel, close to bowie, upper marlboro, edgewater, dunkirk...tha... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 22:32:48 EST Walking in allen pond park, bowie, MD Is anyone living in the Bowie, MD area and would be interested in walking in Allen Pond Park in the pm, say around 5:30 or 6:00 pm. I could use a walking buddy and find that I stay motivated when I have an accountability partner. Let me know, and thanks! Fri, 14 Sep 2012 14:52:35 EST Hello im Lisa! My name is Lisa and im a new comer. Ive never tried anything like this online stuff,id like to hear back from anyone letting me know how this site has helped and their success story.....tommorrow I begin my regimen so wish me luck i surely need it and any advice is greatly appreciated!! Tue, 11 Sep 2012 15:38:44 EST Newbie Hi everyone! My name is Joanna and I just joined today after reading about a young lady who lost over 100 lbs with the help of SparkPeople. The funny thing is is that I had the SparkPeople app on my smartphone but didn't realize all that it could offer. I just used it to track food (when I remembered) and track my fitness. Now that I've seen the website, I am hooked. Can't wait to learn all that is offered here. Mon, 10 Sep 2012 21:27:21 EST Located in Columbia, MD Restarting my journey after my second child.....need to loose 45 pounds to be at my target weight! Looking forward to my healthy journey! <BR> <BR> Christina Mon, 10 Sep 2012 16:06:03 EST FINALLY ME Hello SparkPeople, <BR> <BR> I hope this works!!!!! My main need is accountability. I know what to do, how to do it but need that EXTRA push at times to make the best choice.....I am hopeful that I will get that and be able to help somebody else.....Thanks in advance <BR> <BR> Kee Mon, 10 Sep 2012 14:36:12 EST Mistake - pls delete I do not know how to delete post. sorry this one was a mistake Wed, 5 Sep 2012 16:35:15 EST New to the Aprk world/need a workout buddy Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I live in the laurel area and I'm searching for a workout buddy to jump start a routine and help with motivation and consistency. Wed, 5 Sep 2012 16:33:27 EST New here Hello my name is Brittany and I am a 23 year old wife and mom in Harford County. I have a 3 month old baby girl and 76 pounds to lose. I am new to SP and am feeling really optimistic looking around the site. Can't wait to get started :) Tue, 4 Sep 2012 20:19:24 EST Trying New Methods for New Results Hi, my name is Jamaal and I have been a member of Sparks for over a year. I am 34 and have been overweight all of my adult life, and been dieting and exercising off and on for years. I have an active work and personal life, but cannot seem to stay committed to lose the weight. I am currently at 325 and know that ideally, I need to lose half of myself to be at a healthy weight. My short term goal is 10 pounds by mid October and 20 pounds by mid November. I am not a big fan of blogging, but tho... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 19:51:26 EST New to SP I writing to introduce myself and hope to find lots of information. Sun, 26 Aug 2012 01:53:14 EST Hi! I'm new to Spark People! Hi! I've been on my weight loss journey for roughly 4 years now. I have met a lot of great people and learned a lot and hope to meet more people and learn more here! Throughout my journey social support has been a great help to me and I hope I will be able to recieve help, support, and motivation from other on this site! Mon, 20 Aug 2012 20:01:38 EST Looking for a new palce to work out Hi All, <BR> <BR> I'm new here on Spark and have to say I'm really glad to have found it. Sometimes its nice to find other people with the same goals as yourself. With that being said I wanted to invite anyone interested to come workout with me. I am currently the Studio Assistant at a dance studio in Suitland, MD that offers fitness classes. We offer a Fitness BootCamp on Mondays 8-9 and $5 Fitness Fridays 7-8 (combo fitness class). Tomorrow, the 17th we will be spotlighitng Zumba for fi... Thu, 16 Aug 2012 15:07:33 EST Newbie Hello everyone my names Patricia and I'm from Washington County. Feel free to ask me anything Tue, 7 Aug 2012 18:35:21 EST Volunteering Hi all! Now that I'm on this Spark journey I am happy to transform my lifestyle to one full of health and fitness! But I would also like to do more than that and start giving back to the community! <BR> <BR> I was wondering if any of you knew of any good volunteer opportunities around central or southern Maryland that I could get involved in? Thu, 2 Aug 2012 10:14:49 EST HEIDI P.... NEW AT THIS Hey all I was reading an AOL story and a women who lost over 160 lbs referenced this site. So i thought i would give it a try. I am really wanting to get into the under 200 pound club. I have a lot of people who claims they will help me succeed but leave me after about 4 days and i just really want support. I weighed in at 258.6 july 6, 2012 and I am down to 244.7. I eat better and walk 4 miles or more up a small mountain. I just really need someone to talk to about losing weight that has don... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 15:35:04 EST Hello Im NEW!!! Hello Everyone!!! Just wanted to introduce myself. I just joined today and I'm excited to see so many positive people all working towards a common goal. I'm officially starting tomorrow. Can't wait to become A HEALTHIER ME!! Sun, 29 Jul 2012 17:46:01 EST Focusing on life style changes and weight-loss I am a new member and have no clue or understand how to do this program. I have lost weight so far, 10.4 pounds and also I am a member of weightwatchers. I love the stories you all send me to motivate me they are so nice..but I won't to join you all but again i am so confused...Please can someone show me....Thanks! Thu, 26 Jul 2012 11:00:49 EST Hello, new to message boards in general Hi, <BR> <BR> I've had this spark people account for a while but haven't started to take it seriously until the last few weeks. I have hit sort of a plateau and need some external motivation to help me get through it. I'm hoping to find a few people in similar situations who I feel accountable to and who help me get healthier by means of peer pressure :) <BR> Here is my story. At 22, about 3 months ago, I realized I'd gained 20 lbs in a few months and my blood pressure was regularly reading ... Tue, 24 Jul 2012 08:10:58 EST Biggest loser challenge.... I am new to spark people, and new to weight loss and fitness, but am now determined to lose this weight, i need to lose around 150 lbs to be in my normal weight range. I have tried to diet before and have half attempted to exercise before, but I lack motivation, and the support from my family and friends is not that great, I am looking to find a few others close by that would like to have a little friendly competition on who can lose the most weight over the course of 4 months where we will ... Wed, 18 Jul 2012 01:39:53 EST New Spark Member I just joined and hope this will really make a spark in my new start! Wed, 11 Jul 2012 14:15:34 EST Quote I Love! Don't recall who this was said by but I love it! Hope you all do too! <BR> <BR> " We might not have it all together, but together we have it all!" <BR> <BR> It's so true! Mon, 2 Jul 2012 19:05:08 EST Hi everyone! Just wanted to introduce myself to everyone on the team. My name is Melissa and I'm a mom of 2 school age children and a military wife. I have a goal to lose 50 pounds by Christmas! I think being on this team with challenges to keep up with and new things to do I will be able to lose this weight!!! Hope everyone has a safe and Happy 4th of July!!! Mon, 2 Jul 2012 19:02:46 EST Weekly Affirmation for 6/27/12 Repeat several times daily over the next week. <BR> <BR> I am a winner and I am determined to achieve my goals, keep a positive attitude and love myself. <BR> <BR> Wed, 27 Jun 2012 17:07:31 EST Hello Out there My name is Suzy- I want to lose weight and dont really have a support system. Hopefully this works so I can stay on track.~ Sat, 23 Jun 2012 20:28:19 EST i am sincerelife Hi I'm new to spark people I need some help because I can't find the motivation to start to loose weight. I will exercise that's not the problem I just always eat even when I'm not hungry. I think this is beyond a diet situation. Can someone pls offer some advice and help <BR> Mon, 18 Jun 2012 20:49:26 EST Baltimore Women's Classic 5k On a whim I decided to sign up for the Baltimore Women's Classic 5k this Sunday. It will be my first 5k. Anyone else already signed up or interested in trying it!???? Mon, 18 Jun 2012 18:11:06 EST Hi my name is Anneke I am new at this. I am trying to lose about 30 lbs by March/April and keep it off. I am going to eat healthier and do a lot of biking, horse back riding, and walking. Fri, 15 Jun 2012 10:54:40 EST Baltimore Running Festival 2012 Hey. Is anyone else doing the half marathon? It will be my first. Mon, 11 Jun 2012 11:07:00 EST Outdoor activities Hi all, over here in Kent County the weather has been amazing. I'm looking for ideas for outdoor activities beyond long walks and running (which I can't do because of bad ankles). What are your thought? <BR> <BR> Sat, 9 Jun 2012 07:05:50 EST Hello I am sort of new to this i found this site in March. I quit smoking (i have been a smoker since a teenager) and i gained 30 lbs. I used chantex (it really works) but it caused cardiac disrhtymias. So after discovering this site, i started tracking what i eat and recording my exercise. so far i have only lost 5 lbs in 2 months. i am starting to get discouraged. i found the blogs and started reading them. Very encouraging. i just cant figure out why im not loosing the weight. i know, keep at it. Fri, 8 Jun 2012 17:37:36 EST Orioles Games Does anyone know if anything healthy to eat at Camden Yards. I am going to a game on Wednesday adn don't really want to have to take food with me would rather eat there. Would boogs be ok if I don't eat the bun?????? Fri, 8 Jun 2012 12:39:27 EST Semi New to Spark People I tried this site once before a while ago but lost motivation after only a short time. This time I am really committed to giving this website a try because I really need to get serious about my health. I am 23 and have about 150 lbs to lose. I have been overweight my whole life and have been lucky enough not to develop any serious health problems because of it but I know that if I don't turn things around that could change at any moment. I want to live a long healthy life and cannot do that b... Wed, 6 Jun 2012 12:39:03 EST Walk Maryland Kansas has a program called Walk Kansas where teams of 6 or fewer people get together to walk enough miles to cross the state within eight weeks. In Kansas that translates to 2.5 hours of physical activity per person per week. <BR> <BR> Would anyone be interested in putting together a Walk Maryland team? I'd be happy to figure the longest/widest part of the state and put together the logistics if there is interest. <BR> Melody Wed, 6 Jun 2012 10:19:26 EST Ugh - Potato Chips Well, I managed to eat two servings of barbeque potato chips without even thinking about it this afternoon. I didn't sleep well and just gave in to the mindless eating. Please tell me it gets a little easier to control those impulses! <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> Mon, 4 Jun 2012 18:02:54 EST Race to the Creek 5K Any other marylanders doing this? <link><BR>-to-the-creek-5k-run-and-walk-2012 </link> Sun, 3 Jun 2012 16:27:42 EST Hi Everyone :) Hello SparkPeople...This is my first time here. I am looking to lose some weight with a bunch of support. Please feel free to give me some pointers :). Sun, 3 Jun 2012 13:39:25 EST Restarting with a passion Hi All, <BR> <BR> Just discovered I am half a point away from obese, according to Sparkpeople's calculator. This has motivated me to get back online and start again. (We recently moved to Maryland - Kent County and the move was a big part of what lead me to drop off of SP). I look forward to "meeting" the Maryland team! <BR> Sun, 3 Jun 2012 07:25:42 EST Hi Everyone :) Hello SparkPeople...This is my first time here. I am looking to lose some weight with a bunch of support. Please feel free to give me some pointers :). Sat, 2 Jun 2012 17:48:13 EST Getting started today Hi, I have just joined SparkPeople and I am ready to get serious about my weight loss. I was always thin in my younger years and gained weight after I got married and we moved from a very small town in Ohio to DC. Too many restaurant choices and wine with new friends! After having my 2 children, I put on even more weight. I am really ready to be healthy for myself and for my boys. (And, of course, for my wonderful husband!) I want to have the energy to play with my boys and have fun with the... Thu, 31 May 2012 09:32:56 EST Hi everyone So here I am, after being introduced to SP by a friend and co-worker. I'm still learning how to use the tools (there are so many) but I'm here mostly for a little motivation. I run and try to eat right but I can't seem to stay on the path and peter out after a few weeks. I think I'd like to lose about 25lbs but I'm hoping I reach 15 and decide that's where I belong (fingers crossed) :-) Wed, 30 May 2012 14:35:43 EST Making this my life.. Hey there, I'm Andrea residing in P.G County I'm 29 5'7 and weigh 238lbs.. <BR> <BR> This is my first time publicly posting how much I weigh. <BR> <BR> I've gained weight after having my daughter and becoming lazy. She is now 7. Year after year, summer after summer I would look back and say, "I could have spent this past blah blah blah working out" I grew tired of saying it and just did it. I was 250 when I started taking fitness seriously about 2 months ago. Spending time researching, and... Mon, 14 May 2012 22:52:48 EST Granny Hi Spark Family. Joined some time ago but fell by the wayside. Need to get back on track and lose 25 pounds. Cholesterol is high and so is my energy level. At 63 years old, my 8 year old grandson thinks nothing of conning me to go the basketball court with him to shoot some baskets. It's good exercise for me, and I do know my limits. Lately I have began to workout using a Zumba DVD. Now that is a good workout!!!! But seriously, I need to work on my diet. I eat when I am upset. I e... Thu, 10 May 2012 18:53:09 EST CribbieLove of Maryland CribbieLove of Maryland is having an issue with acid reflux...and few other health issues ,would like to join this discussion team. Wed, 9 May 2012 23:47:20 EST Smile, it's a new day!!! I'm a 50 yr. old woman that has struggled with my weight pretty much all my life. I've always wanted to look good and feel good but could never get myself moving. I went through the Weight Watcher's program a couple of times and Curves program which was wonderful but always seem to not stick with anything. I finally woke up one day and said "You are the only one going to take care of this weight and your health is getting worse so do something about it." I'm a single Mom and have lots of diff... Mon, 7 May 2012 09:14:20 EST Hi Everyone:-) Hi all, my name is Andrea and I am new to this site. I look forward to meeting lots of new friends. Dieting and weight loss has not been going well for me. I need to lose 70lbs. and need all the advice and encouragement I can get. <BR> <BR> I look forward to encouraging others and working together to reach our common goal:-) Wed, 2 May 2012 21:26:02 EST It Can Be Done!! Hi Everyone! I am so excited to be on this new weight loss journey, but I know I'm going to need all the support I can get. I know that It Can Be done with lots of hard work! Be Blessed!!! Thu, 26 Apr 2012 19:54:26 EST Looking forward to this journey... My name is Donna. I'm 51years old. A mother of two (grown) and grandmother of 5. My goal is to get back done to the size I was a couple of years ago, I want to get back in my jeans (which I refuse to get rid of). I am a Cemetery Counselor here in Maryland. I meet with families to assist them through the difficult process of arranging a burial for a loved one. Needless to say I have buried many that were younger than me or my age. It's an eye opener. So I would like to get healthy in the proce... Wed, 25 Apr 2012 13:55:02 EST Hi everyone! Hi everyone! wow I've been looking for something like this for forever! I"m happy to be able to locate something where I can get some support and to also see people who are like me , and see their stories. You know when people who don't suffer from obesity try and tell you it's easy and that all I need to do is just exercise, it irks me! Be cause they don't know how it feels...not at all! I am very grateful! Add me or comment! I'm an open book! <BR> Wed, 25 Apr 2012 00:35:21 EST Newbie in Pasadena Hi!~ <BR> <BR> so I took the plunge and joined Sparkpeople. I had heard so many good things about it. I am looking forward to learning what worked for others and keep inspired by their successes. <BR> <BR> To introduce myself: I am a busy working mom of 4 girls (plus the big kid I gained by marriage, lol) My goal is to run the Minne 1/2 Marathon at WDW someday. I have been so encouraged by the Runs for Cookies blog. She really helped me realize I didn't really have any excuses left. ;) <BR... Mon, 23 Apr 2012 09:18:45 EST Another Newbie Hi I'm Robin, I live in Carroll County (Mt. Airy to be specific) I'll be 48 in a few days and have at least 75 pounds to lose. I'm a writer (5 books published, 2 in production, and 3 more under contract to write in the next 9 months) so I spend most of my time sitting and working. It's not only the writing, but the facebooking, tweeting, and blogging that writers are forced to do that takes so much time. Tue, 17 Apr 2012 10:06:05 EST I live in the Abingdon area I'm looking for someone who would like to go workout with me at Planet Fitness. I got off track and stop going due to some personal issues. Now I want to go back to working out but don't want to go alone would like to have a workout buddy or 2 go with me for motivation. Let me know if anyone would like to go we can motivate each other. Would be available late afternoon's or evenings. Thank you <BR> Donna Thu, 12 Apr 2012 22:03:35 EST Bowie! Hi, y'all! I'm in Bowie, too! Please take a look at my story and progress pic on my profile and feel free to message me and/or add me as a friend! <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> Jen Wed, 11 Apr 2012 20:37:00 EST Hi Everyone I'm New !!! Hello Everyone, My name is Chaunda .. Just stopped by to introduce myself to the group. Feel free to stop by my page and say hello.. I'm looking for friends and support ... Thanks God Bless ! Tue, 10 Apr 2012 10:15:10 EST Bowie, MD Bilingual Buddy :) Hi there! <BR> <BR> I have been a member on SP for a couple months now and am just getting around to posting on here. I normally just hover and read others' posts, but I am starting to realize that I need more help with this thing than I thought. <BR> <BR> A brief bio of me: I am married with 3 children, I teach dance in the the public school system, I love reading and I am obsessed with anime and manga ;) <BR> <BR> I am looking for a workout buddy and I admit that I have oddly specific re... Mon, 9 Apr 2012 11:05:07 EST Happy Friday! It starts today! Hi everyone! I live in the Silver Spring, MD area, and I work in DC. I have heard great things from SparkPeople, and I need a change of strategy so I joined today! <BR> <BR> Fri, 6 Apr 2012 10:44:04 EST Toning With Resistance Bands <em>317</em> <em>317</em> <em>317</em> <em>317</em> <em>317</em> <em>317</em> <em>317</em> <em>317</em> <em>317</em> <BR> <BR> Resistance bands are lightweight and portable. Use them at home or away for toning with positive results. <BR> <BR> <em>317</em> <em>317</em> <em>317</em> <em>317</em> <em>317</em> <em>317</em> <em>317</em> <em>317</em> <em>317</em> Sat, 31 Mar 2012 09:35:34 EST newbie just wanted to say hello to everyone :) Sun, 25 Mar 2012 23:25:40 EST Training For A 5k Near Upper Marlboro.. Anyone.... Anyone novice runners interested in getting together to do this..good way to drop a few pounds!! <em>198</em> Thu, 22 Mar 2012 14:27:41 EST Annapolis/ DMV area swimming and workout buddies?? Hi guys! <BR> <BR> I've been looking into swimming in the Annapolis area (especially the water aerobics) and was wondering if anyone does them already or would be interested in trying them out or have any feedback on them? I figure having to get into a bathing suit will be that much more motivating to get this weight off!! <BR> <BR> I also work in the Rockville area, and also wouldnt mind finding workout buddies in the area here as well! <BR> <BR> Jesse <BR> <BR> Thu, 22 Mar 2012 02:15:56 EST Hi! I am a new here. Hello all! My name is Terri, and I have only been in MD for a couple of years. There are adjustments with any move, but I am really enjoying being here. Sat, 17 Mar 2012 19:17:39 EST Learning to love me Hello all, <BR> <BR> My name is Myriam and I'm so glad to be apart of This is a tough challenge on changing my life style and I'm glad that we all can support each other. Tue, 13 Mar 2012 14:03:57 EST The new girl Hello! My name is Tiffany. I guess I'm the new girl. I am a sophomore in college and I am looking to lose weight. I love to try new things and I would be interested in any new classes you guys have tried and loved. I'm very friendly and positive and I've been told I'm a great motivator. Unfortunately, it's harder to motivate myself, so I'm in search of some extra support and advice. Sun, 11 Mar 2012 17:43:21 EST Hello Everyone I am new here maybe about 2 weeks now. Sorry it took this long to introduce my self. I am a very busy lady, Grandma and Christian among other things. I have been working on weight loss for sometime now. I lost a good amount; but the challenge was learning how to keep it to stay off and not having it up and down like a yo yo. I am still battling how to get more off. Because I have bad knees, I can't do much walking without much stress. But I am going to gradually work on doing the best I can. ... Sun, 11 Mar 2012 10:25:57 EST Abingdon Area? Anyone in the Abingdon area looking for a walking partner? I do have a 9 month old, so she would be with me, but it would be nice to have some additional company on some of my walks. Sat, 10 Mar 2012 05:11:01 EST Hello Marylanders! Hello Sparking Marylanders. I'm Chrissy Cappy. I've been a member of SP since the beginning of February, but didn't get my act together until about 3 weeks ago. (today is the first day of week 3-which makes me nervous. I feel like it's a turning point week). <BR> <BR> I've got 100 pounds to lose and of that I've lost 5.7 so far. Of course, I want to have it all gone already. But, I keep reminding myself I didn't put it all on in one night. <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to staying motivated... Tue, 6 Mar 2012 17:53:03 EST Need a better ME. Hello everyone, I just joined this site and I hope I find a better and healthier person within myself. I lost my husband (passed away), lost my job, losing my family support due to brother moving away, father passed away, mother in nursing home, and just became depressed. Well, after listening to Joel Osteen's ministry, I decided that I need to get my act together and live a good life. I need to fix me and find support to help me. I really do want to have a relationship again and need to lose... Tue, 6 Mar 2012 09:50:23 EST Need to walk I live in the Accokeek area and would like to find a walking partner on the weekends. I always say I'm gonna do it all by myself butt never do. Tue, 28 Feb 2012 12:13:01 EST A Health Coach in need of coaching! Hello, ALL! My name is Rikki...I'm brand new to the site and looking forward to changing my life! I'm employed as a Health Coach in a Women's Wellness Center and decided it's time to lead by example. I would like to become healthier for me first and foremost, but I would also like to teach from experience. Thanks for having me! Mon, 27 Feb 2012 16:45:16 EST Hi, Everybody! My name's Kathleen and I have an ultimate goal of losing about 50lbs. I'm starting smaller, though, so I don't psych myself out, haha. Anyway, I recently returned to school and work part-time. I'm definitely an emotional eater, so I think if I get that under control, in addition to eating healthier and exercising, I'll feel a lot better. I have anxiety along with some depressive symptoms, so I'm hoping these changes will help with that as well. Good luck to all of you and see you on the board... Fri, 24 Feb 2012 23:10:36 EST Hi Team! Hi everyone! I just wanted to introduce myself since I just joined the team. My name is Stefanie in I live in Abingdon (Harford County). I am the mother of an 8 month old baby girl that is the love of my life. I've always been very dedicated to my health and fitness, but after having her I had about 15-20 lbs of extra weight that I just couldn't shed, so I found the Spark website and it has been absolutely fantastic! I found this team yesterday and I thought it would be great to network ... Tue, 21 Feb 2012 12:01:59 EST Hello all! My name is Andrew and I have a problem of being chubby. Looking to get back on track to get a better and healthier body back. Looking forward to talking with others for inspiration/guideance! <BR> <BR> Have a good one! Mon, 20 Feb 2012 14:31:21 EST Hi there, Newbie here :) Hi everyone. I'm new to this, never really even tried to lose weight before but i need to so i'm giving it a shot. Please share all you advice with me. I'm glad to be here and can't wait to really get the losing going :) Sat, 18 Feb 2012 16:51:42 EST Are you into fashion? Hi guys! Started a new group called Fatshionista if you are into fashion, shopping and looking great as well as feeling great, come by and check us out! You can search for fatshionista or copy and paste the link below! <BR> <BR><BR>s_individual.asp Fri, 17 Feb 2012 13:08:50 EST Hello Hi I am a mom of six and I am ready to loss some weight and get healthy.I would love to go off of my blood pressure meds.I am very busy running from point A to point B.Finding time for me is hard.I am trying to exercise for 30 min a day every day.Then I would like to go to an hour,we will see. Wed, 15 Feb 2012 11:15:41 EST New to SparkPeople and motivated to lose weight Hello all! I am Trish. I am 37 years old and live in Maryland. I am have struggled with my weight for a while and previously lost 50 pounds years ago, but gained it back. I would like to start by losing 50 more by June, but it is going to take a lot of hard work and dedication, so I am hoping that I can get support here. I know I can't de it alone. :) Wed, 15 Feb 2012 06:26:25 EST New to Spark People Hello Everyone! I am excited to have signed up with Spark People! I have read a few good things about this site and have decided this is the year to make things happen for me and my health. I have had weight to lose since the birth of my daughter 4 years ago and haven't done it. The time is here, I want to do this for me, my health, to hopefully in turn make things healthier for my children and give my huspand what he once had - a more in shape me! I appreciate any feedback on how you fe... Tue, 14 Feb 2012 22:41:21 EST New to Community Hi! I'm 40 something and ready to do something (finally) about my health and fitness. Getting older is NOT a joke, I'm finding out. It's been much more difficult to motivate and get myself to be serious about getting and staying healthy. Hopefully I will find support here and be able to reach the goals I set for myself! Tue, 14 Feb 2012 10:57:29 EST New to it all! I am a 35 year old teacher who is making my first attempt at weight loss. Don't know what I am doing really so please be patient if I have lots of questions. Wish me luck. Sun, 12 Feb 2012 16:53:16 EST Trying to be fit, fabulous and fifty by June 4. Good evening all, <BR> My name is elizabeth. I am a Jenny Craig success story of sorts. I started jenny craig in January of 2009 and went from 212 lbs to 150 lbs. Currently I am training for a marathon and living my maintenance life. I still eat Jenny Craig food sometimes, because I really like it and I also supplement with my own meals. I am a HUGE Bikram Yoga fan. (Bikram is 90 minutes of yoga done in a 105 degree room.) I think Bikram is great at keeping me healthy. I also run A LOT. I ... Thu, 9 Feb 2012 19:24:16 EST Robin Anthony's Detox Trio - Has Anyone Tried it? Yesterday morning, I was listening to the Yolanda Adams Morning Show and they were promoting the Detox Trio. Now I already know there's no need to cleanse your colon (unless you're getting a colonoscopy and the doctor will give you a medication to take care of it) and a lot of weight loss associated with detox systems is purely water weight. If I tried it, it wouldn't be for weight loss, but something to add to my daily vitamin regimen to promote overall good health. <BR> <BR> My question ... Thu, 9 Feb 2012 11:06:34 EST KMBonHERway Looking for any encouragement or real-life stories to keep me motivated to lose 46 pounds! So tired of being tired. I walk 20 minutes a day @ lunch, attend a yoga class weekly and have a gym membership, but on most days I don't drive to the gym! My biggest obstacle is evening binge-eating. Main goal is to lose pounds to be healthier, but planning a trip to Hawaii later this year and would love to be wearing smaller sizes and not have to constantly worry about how my stomach looks! Thu, 2 Feb 2012 19:20:20 EST 10 Mile Challenge for all Maryland runners Anyone else doing the upcoming 10 Mile Challenge hosted by the Howard County Striders? I've done it for the last two years and it's a fun opportunity to do a low-key race with runners from all over Maryland. And you can't complain about the price - it's free because clubs pay the entrance fees for their members! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 1 Feb 2012 01:06:37 EST hi my name is missy iam 32 i have 2 kids 10-5 little girls. Sat, 28 Jan 2012 09:00:55 EST Hello from Prince George's County Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I live in Prince George's County (District Heights). I joined SP about a week ago in preparation to do a Weight Watchers at Work program. However, I may back out of the group because SP seems to give me the same tools WW charges me to access. <BR> <BR> When I put my mind to it, I am really successful at losing weight. However, it's time for me to make a lifestyle change and obtain a manageable weight. I set two goals: <BR> <BR> Goal 1 : Lose 20 pounds before my ... Fri, 27 Jan 2012 20:47:52 EST RACERSGIRL NEEDS A CHANGE Hi, I just joined today and I am looking forward to making a change in my life. I have ballooned to 190 + lbs over the holidays. I like to be active. We go to the race track and I take care of the car, fuel, cleaning, etc. we like to boat and also bike ride. This time last year I was 175 ...that has really depressed me. Anyway it's great to be on board and hope I can stick with this. Fri, 27 Jan 2012 15:54:52 EST hello I can't wait to get to know you all hey everyone so this is my first time giving the forums a go. I'm 24 and ready to get in the best shape ever, all of my life I've been the chubby girl and for a while the excessively big girl in college. I managed to lose the extra 60lbs in college by walking and eating right but picked back up 20 of it. I'm tired of the up and down and ready for a real change this time. On top of all that I just started training for the Warrior dash again last year I managed to run a bit of it but running on... Wed, 25 Jan 2012 12:28:33 EST Go Ravens! Hi Everyone! I'm from the Eastern Shore and I'm new to Sparkpeople. Trying to get my fitness goals in place here before the big game tomorrow. Go Ravens!!!!! Sat, 21 Jan 2012 15:05:59 EST Hello Everyone My name is Crystal and I want to make a life change. Over the last 4 years, I have gained 65 pounds. I recently lost 12 pounds by cuting out chicken, beef, pork and chicken alone. I am also starting to be more active. I am ready to do whatever it takes to be healthy. I started on this wonderful website and now I am feeling great. My initial goal is to lose at least 40 pounds. I am doing this for myself. I am getting married next year and I want to see my children grow. I don't want to be the ... Mon, 16 Jan 2012 14:07:01 EST Hi Everyone! My name is Tina and I'm a mom of 5 (3 of my own and 2 step kids), I also have 2 grandsons and 1 more grandbaby on the way! I've been putting off starting this new lifestyle change (I don't like to use the word diet) but I know its time and I'm hoping it will rub off on my hubby a bit too! I'm getting to big and I want to get back down to a healthy weight so I can be a healthy "Gammy" to all my grandbabies! Sun, 15 Jan 2012 17:46:52 EST Hello All This is my second try at this. I'm going to succeed this time around; my attitude is totally different POSITIVE!!!!!!! Look forward to chatting with everyone. Just got back from doing water aerobics which I absolutely LOVE. <em>237</em> Sat, 14 Jan 2012 13:02:08 EST New to the Area Hello everyone, I am newer to the area and really am looking for a fun day trip for the weekend. I live in Baltimore County, but I would't mind a 2 hour drive or less. It is going to be fairly cold this weekend so I am looking for something indoors. I've been to the harbor and aquarium. I just want to break my routine of being lazy at home which usually leads to snacking <em>39</em> I like historical things, but I am from a small farming town in the midwest, so I haven't braved DC yet. ... Fri, 13 Jan 2012 10:08:52 EST Hi All! New to SparkPeople, just signed up yesterday! Looking to get healthier and look better! Wed, 11 Jan 2012 10:37:04 EST Hi, I am Sarah Hey I just joined today, and I am still figuring the website out, but I wanted to say hello. I live in Baltimore, I have a pug named Mr. Moogley, and I am 29. Mon, 9 Jan 2012 14:36:33 EST Hello everyone Hi everyone! I am new to this site.. I am a military wife & a mom of 3 year old twin girls. I am trying to lose weight but for some reason have no motivation, or really losing anything so a friend told me about this site so i figured i would try it out =) Mon, 2 Jan 2012 19:31:37 EST DAY 2 Khery, latin, almost 40, unhealthy, sad...loves food, hates sweating...something got to give. Mon, 2 Jan 2012 16:33:15 EST Anyone in Hagerstown? Looking for a weight loss buddy. I am new to spark people but not new to trying to lose weight. I am a stay at home mom (not really by choice) and trying to adjust to being home all the time. I use to say if I didn't have to work 40+ hours a week I could lose weight. Well now I am home and have been for 2 years and have only gained weight. It may be a cliche but IN 2012 I want to change my life! I turn 35 this year and I want to do things differently. I am trying to get pregnant and after a y... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 12:25:42 EST New To Spark People Hello all! <BR> <BR> My name is PJ and I am joining SP after my many attempts at losing weight has failed. And after having my daugher in 2010, I find myself at my heaviest at 268 lbs. So I have to do something that is both motivating and affordable. And from what I have seen, SP is it! Good luck to you all and I am happy to join the team! Fri, 30 Dec 2011 00:13:22 EST Ready to go! Hello, <BR> <BR> My name is Marsha and I am from Frederick. I am new to spark people and looking for support in my weight loss journey. I have started and quit trying to lose weight so many times. I am ready for something new. I am ready for change. I am ready to go! I would love to talk to others about their weight loss journey and nutritional plans. I am very excited to be apart of this group. Thu, 29 Dec 2011 12:49:47 EST Excited to Join Hello, This is Theresa here in Maryland. I have been getting emails from Sparkpeople for over 1yr now, maybe longer and never joing. My goal is not necessarily to lose weight, but to tone. My main focus is my waistline. I have tried several diets, but came to find out its so hard to lose here. I was on a challenge before and went from 180 - 130. The challenge was from Jan to March. Needless to say, I did win the challenge and won $130. I work better with challenge. I am currently 180 lbs.. 5'... Wed, 28 Dec 2011 14:34:30 EST Ready to give my couch a rest. Hi everyone! I'm Alana and a librarian/student...I'm not from MD originally (Canadian) but I've been here for about 8 years. I've struggled with weight since I was a teenager. I lost 50 lbs. in 2009-10 but have gained 15 back and feel frightened at that familiar feeling of pants being tight and body being lazy. Being really busy (I work 45-55 hours a week and take two classes) I have felt things kind of spiralling out of control a bit over the last few months. I need a permanent change -... Wed, 28 Dec 2011 07:16:21 EST A Spark Holiday Story All in emoticons <BR> <BR> <link><BR>blic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=46<BR>38208 </link> Sun, 25 Dec 2011 22:52:09 EST It's time...... To get in shape and get rid of these excess lbs!!!!! Sun, 25 Dec 2011 07:51:33 EST Howard County here :) Hello, <BR> <BR> I'm Char. I'm 23 and I live in Laurel with my husband. I've been overweight my whole life, but I didn't become obese until recently. It's embarrassing because I've never been this big. I knew I had gained a lot of weight when I went to Vegas a couple weeks ago. I couldn't buckle my seat belt, I barely fit in our rental car and I had trouble fitting into the seats at shows. I wanted to cry. How could I "let myself go" like this? Instead of continuing to feel sorry about mysel... Thu, 22 Dec 2011 01:14:46 EST Checking in Sorry I haven't posted in awhile. I lost my computer and found out I was pregnant. I'm still going to check in every week cause this is about being healthy. and I can still be healthy while I'm pregnant. Mon, 19 Dec 2011 09:34:17 EST Prince George's County has the Spark -- chime in! I'm around Largo and Bowie! I am a walker who is too short and mature (hehehe!) to be a fast runner. I have done yoga, tai chi, and some Jazzercise and workout videos. Oh yes, and Pilates too. You could say that I have loved working out and exercizing for a long time -- although it wasn't until I was in college that I really decided SOME sports were fun! <BR> <BR> What do you most like to do? How long have you been around SparkPeople? What would you like for the Prince George's County ... Fri, 9 Dec 2011 21:51:31 EST New to Group My name is joyce. Born and raised in Maryland. Have set my goals and an hope to succeed. I have been gaining steadily for the past 17 years and want to put a stop to the madness. Hope to keep in contact with whoever is willing. Wed, 7 Dec 2011 17:30:58 EST Mom inspired Good day. I am a big fat woman who loves to eat. I have been trying to lose the weight but I just love to eat more than being concerned with my health. How ironic because I am a healthcare provider that help others stay well .losing weight and staying healthy is my goal. Happy holidays Wed, 7 Dec 2011 16:40:37 EST Credit Union Cherry Blossom 5K Walk/Run Is any one training for and planning to run in this event? <BR> Tue, 6 Dec 2011 13:32:33 EST hey everyone! I just wanted to say hi to everyone and give a little info about me. I am a 31 year old female who has the most loving husband and daughter. With that being said I finally took a look in the mirror and did not like what I saw. After having my daughter I put on a lot of weight. I have signed up for this site before soon after I had my daughter but to be honest, I really didn't use it so of course there were no results. The other day I saw a picture of my sister and she looked amazing! I ... Sun, 4 Dec 2011 23:50:00 EST Carroll county chick looking for friends! Hey guys! Today is my first day and I'm pumped. I've fallen off the wagon a lot but I keep trying and hope this time is different. It's very hard to do it alone so I know this site will be cool. If anyone needs a motivational buddy that is close to Eldersburg (Columbia, Ellicott City, Owings Mills, Westminster, etc) contact me :) Good luck everyone! Sun, 4 Dec 2011 22:44:09 EST Making my Frostburg introduction Hello, seeing if there are others on sparkpeople that are located at or near frostburg. If so what are great outdoor activities to this area? <em>41</em> Thu, 1 Dec 2011 22:34:47 EST Anyone in the Frederick area? I live right outside of Frederick, in Thurmont. I was thinking about joining up with Planet Fitness on the Golden Mile and am looking for a buddy to work out with! Anyone else in that area?! Fri, 25 Nov 2011 12:29:04 EST Looking for a Spark Partner? - PG County Think we should put if we are looking for a work out buddy, etc. or if there are classes available in our area. It's too much to scroll through those messages. Wed, 16 Nov 2011 16:02:20 EST Looking for a Spark Partner? - Charles County Think we should put if we are looking for a spark partner in our area. I live in Charles County. Wed, 16 Nov 2011 16:01:00 EST Howdy! Hi everyone! My name is Jess. I am 29, and a SAHM to 6 kids....4 girls and 2 boys. I'm just looking for some people near me to make friends with, and to help along on our journey! Wed, 16 Nov 2011 13:32:41 EST Dinner at Sakuras Hello everyone! I am new to sparkpeople and need a little advice. I am going to dinner at Sakuras on saturday night for my sister in laws bday and need help with what to eat. Can someone please give me some suggestions? Tue, 15 Nov 2011 08:57:46 EST Looking for a workout buddy! Okay, I've been part of this team a while but I'm really looking for someone who would like a workout buddy! <BR> I belong to the Arena club in Churchville/Bel Air in Harford county. <BR> I'm a working Mom so I use the arena club in the evenings. <BR> Anyone interested in a buddy to keep you motivated!? I am! <BR> <BR> If you're not in this area but still looking for a buddy to help you keep accountable I'm there too! Heck even if it's an online buddy I'm happy. I'm just looking for ... Mon, 14 Nov 2011 12:57:47 EST Hello from Montgomery Co - Day 1 So I've been on the fence and watching the weight slowly creep up. I have to do this for my health. Tue, 8 Nov 2011 13:46:20 EST one week/one habit challenge Choose one habit that you would like to stop or a healthy habit that you would like to begin. <BR> The challenge is to do just that for one week. Seven tinsy weensy days. <BR> Post on this discussion what habit you are changing and how. <BR> Each day, post your success. If you did not succeed please post anyway. OWN it. <BR> Seven days. You can do it! <BR> <BR> The inspiration for this came from the CEO of weight watchers. His blog Man meets Scale discusses his success in curbing... Mon, 7 Nov 2011 22:46:43 EST Savannah Rock & Roll 26.2 <BR> <BR> 5:21:55 <BR> <BR> WooHoo! Sat, 5 Nov 2011 22:34:09 EST Motivational Quotes 11/1 “We will go to the moon. We will go to the moon and do other things, not because they are easy but because they are hard.” - John F. Kennedy, Jr. <BR> <BR> If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster <BR> And treat those two imposters just the same… <BR> <BR> If you can fill the unforgiving minute <BR> With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run – <BR> <BR> Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it, <BR> And – which is more – you’ll be a Man, my son! <BR> - Rudyard Kipling, “If” <BR> Tue, 1 Nov 2011 09:24:48 EST Want to get rid of excess Halloween Candy? There is a group in the DC metro area called mover moms who take donated candy and stuff Christmas stockings to send to the troops. WTOP did a spot on them today. Here is the link to the drop off sites in the DC area: Mon, 31 Oct 2011 21:50:34 EST Hi! :o) Hi, I'm new to SP and could really use some help! I've never been a part of any kind of online support site. To be honest, I'm a little overwhelmed. If anyone has any tips on how to be successful on this site, let me know. I'd also love to hear any success stories. That's what motivates me. :o) Tue, 25 Oct 2011 20:52:35 EST Hello from Howard County Hello Everyone! <BR> My first day on Spark and new to the state... <BR> here's hoping for the best :) <BR> Looking forward to growing healthy with everyone! <BR> <BR> Karen Mon, 24 Oct 2011 13:53:37 EST New Hope Good Morning All; <BR> <BR> Just wanted to share. Today I start a new physical therapy routine. For the past 1 1/2 years, I have been told basically the same thing, give it time and do strength training. I have done everything the neurologist and PT ask me to do. They just tell me to be patient--I am not very patient, but 1 1/2 yrs. is quite a bit of time. <BR> <BR> I am going to a new facility and have a new PT, Beth. Last Friday she gave new the strongest resistance band(black) and a ... Mon, 24 Oct 2011 06:28:04 EST What happened to my points? Yesterday evening when I logged into SP, the wheel pop-up appeared. I spun and got 500 extra points. However, they are not reflected in my SP points. What happened? If anyone knows that happened, please let me know. I've only been on SP for about one week. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> <BR> Tere Sun, 23 Oct 2011 12:52:35 EST Only Health Insurance Plan I am so shocked that our company is only offering one health insurance plan to its employees. We have to get a Biometric Screening (they weigh you, take your measurements, check your BP, Close, sugar, etc). Then they assign you a 'Health Coach". Some minimum wage paid worker who is going to tell me and my family how to live our life. I think it is ridiculous! This 'coach' knows more than my family doctor? I doubt it. I refuse to change anything that my doctor does not agree with. We a... Sat, 22 Oct 2011 08:14:49 EST Running Paths? Does anyone have any suggestions on running paths near Bowie? Or really anywhere from Fort Meade area down to Suitland. I like running outside, I find I run longer distances when I do. :) Any suggestions of a nice scenic route would be awesome. Thanks everyone! Fri, 21 Oct 2011 14:59:15 EST PG County!! Hello everyone!! I just wanted to introduce myself! My name is Krystal and I'm in the Navy stationed in Maryland. Following a great weightloss/diet change in Iraq, I came home and basically went on a downward spiral. I have not only gained all the weight back, but gained an additional 15 lbs. Sigh. Now I'm stuck on the "fitness enhancement program" which basically means I can't get any kind of tuition assistance from the Navy, I'm going to get a bad evaluation, I probably won't advance to the... Thu, 20 Oct 2011 10:37:43 EST Introduction Good evening all! I am Jennifer and I live on Eastern Shore of Maryland over in Salisbury. I am a single mom of 4 children, I am 42 years old. I am a WAHM. I work with a health and wellness company. I don't need to lose weight or anything like that, but I am trying to quit smoking, and also I have depression, and am below my average weight for my age. So I am trying to get health for myself and for my children. I look forward to getting to know everyone and chatting about life and thin... Sat, 15 Oct 2011 18:48:54 EST Marathon Saturday I'm in! Starts near Pickles Pub finishes at M&T BAnk Stadium. 26.2 mile in between through the Zoo, Past Lake Montebello, Through Under Armour's parking lot (it is their race.) <BR> <BR> I will take this one slow ... it's training for Savannah RnR in November. Fri, 14 Oct 2011 23:14:32 EST Jen I am in a community weight lose challenge. We started 3 weeks ago and since I have lost a total of 5 pounds. I am hoping Sparks can help with receipes and calorie tracking. Good luck to everyone trying to better there life with healthy choices. Fri, 14 Oct 2011 07:34:08 EST Looking To Find New Friends Hello, <BR> <BR> I just joined yesterday and I am not sure how to work the site yet. LOL I started my journey to lose weight almost 2 years ago and I have lost 330lbs so far on my own. I did not have surgey.Not hat I didn't try but funny thing my insurance company told me that I was to heavy 497lbs and that i would have to lose almost 70lbs before they change there minds.This pissed me off . At first I thought they just didnt want to help me. Then I thought OK maybe they want to see if I ca... Wed, 12 Oct 2011 10:54:29 EST Sparkin' in Carroll County Hi All, <BR> Yesterday was my first day...and it was very, good. I am amazed at the amount of info and tools available on this site!. So impressed with design and functionality...still "taking it all in". <BR> <BR> Luckily came across the Spark book at my library, read it and it made a lot of sense. At a point where I know I need to put myself and my health first more often than not armed with tremendous support from my wonderful husband am putting my best foot forward on this adventur... Tue, 11 Oct 2011 21:15:01 EST Hot Chocolate 15k The Hot Chocolate DC is 5k or 15k at the National Harbor in Oxon Hill on 12/03. <BR> <BR> Who is in? I am and I will be doing 15k with my niece from Manassas. <BR> <BR><BR>er/ Sun, 9 Oct 2011 22:21:13 EST Baltimore Running festival Who is in for the Runnin Festival on Saturday 10/15? What's your distance. <BR> <BR> The maraton will be my long run in preparation for Savannah RnR Marathon 11/05. Slow and Steady. Sun, 9 Oct 2011 22:17:59 EST Hi Hello, <BR> <BR> My name is Robyn. I am starting this again for the 3rd time. I am going to keep doing it until I finally get it right. Getting it right for me means, that I am of the yo-yo diet wagon. I want to be happy and healthy at a weight that feels right to me. I have been as heavy as 300 lbs and as low as 174 lbs. I am currently 216 lbs. I want to be a round 160 lbs. <BR> <BR> So, I am going to try this again. <BR> <BR> Thu, 29 Sep 2011 12:00:21 EST New to Spark Hello! I am new to Spark but very excited to interact and track my goals. So far I love the site. It is very informative and easy to use. Hopefully having these articles and challanges will keep me on track! Getting married in May! Tue, 27 Sep 2011 19:54:05 EST Hello All I'm on my way with this life changing experience. I have started and stopped many times before, as soon as I lost 20 pounds I would stop and let being a working mom, wife, sister and daughter take over. This time I am going to be all of those things and still take care of myself. I had a physical in August and I was told and shown that I was just above the non-diabetic limit of 5.7 by .1. About a week later I started working out again, but still having issues with my eating habits, even t... Tue, 27 Sep 2011 11:25:30 EST 43 Year old new member and proud new USAF Mom. Hello, I have been on a "new way of life" since Memorial day. So far I've lost 43 lbs. I just found out about this site today and decided to join. It looks like an awesome support system. My son left for Air Force Basic Training on 9/5/2011 so this is going to give my mind something to focus on instead of missing him so much. I'm not really sure what to say in an introduction. Sorry if this is long winded. Have a great day everyone! Sun, 11 Sep 2011 22:18:59 EST Missing Teacher support My friend and colleague is Alice Davis, the missing teacher here in Salisbury. We are wearing green and white ribbons til she is found. We are really struggling here at school to keep going and would appreciate your support with your prayers and by wearing a ribbon for her. Green and white are our school colors where she teaches. Fri, 9 Sep 2011 17:07:22 EST BIPOLAR DX 65 IN NOVEMBER. I HAVE LOST 36 POUNDS SINCE JANUARY AND AM PROUD OF MYSELF. IT IS SLOW, BUT SURE AND THAT IS THE IMPORTANT THING. I AM A NURSE OF 42 YEARS AND RETIRED LAST YEAR AND STARTED ON SS. I WORK AT HOME DEPOT TO AUGMENT WITHOUT GOING OVER SS'S RESTRICTIONS. I AM SINGLE AND HAPPY. I WROTE A BOOK AND HAD IT PUBLISHED LAST YEAR. Fri, 9 Sep 2011 16:36:05 EST New girl on the block Hey hey <BR> I'm new to this! I used to do Weight Watchers and actually lost a good bit of weight, but then I gained all of it back, and some extra, just in case I may need that later. I'm hypothyroid, allergic to everything under the sun except for gluten, and the amount of stress I carry around could probably kill an elephant. Not that I would wish harm to an elephant. They're cute, and seem like nice animals. <BR> <BR> My goal is basically to learn how to live healthier, and maybe gain s... Tue, 30 Aug 2011 21:44:50 EST A NEW BEGINING IT'S TIME TO GET DOWN... A BETTER ME IS WAITING... HERE GOES... Mon, 29 Aug 2011 15:23:02 EST Newbie Hello Sparkpeople! <BR> <BR> I am a newbie to the site. I've finally gotten tired of the yo-yo weight cycle, the self loathing in the dressing room, and the random spurts of gym visits that only last about a month. I want to be fit again, but this time FOREVER! I've always wanted to run a marathon...but I know that you have to start crawling before you can run. Joining Sparkpeople is the first step in achieving my goals. I hope to find accountability partners here, individuals who will encou... Fri, 26 Aug 2011 09:58:35 EST Hey Everyone! New Member from PG! Hey! My name is Ellis and I'm new to the website / program. I've been working on losing weight since the beginning of this year and have lost around 25 pounds. Alot of it has been due to my change in diet and increase in cardio within my workouts. I'm looking forward to getting to know everyone and receiving / giving support. Fri, 26 Aug 2011 07:47:07 EST Hurricane reports Thought it would be a good thing to start a topic as I am sure we are all watching the weather forecast about the hurricane. Ocean City has been ordered to evacuate by 5 PM today---Accomac County---basically the end half of the Delmarva Peninsula in Virginia---has been ordered to evacuate mobile homes and waterfront areas---which is most of the county down there---think the Delaware Beaches will order evacuation some time today. <BR> Hope all of you are preparing by putting deck furntiture ... Fri, 26 Aug 2011 05:56:40 EST Hi from Carroll County Hi Everyone. I am new to sparkpeople but not new to trying to lose weight. I am 29 and have struggled with weight my whole life. I started my most recent weight loss journey about a year ago in June 2010 after I weighed myself and the scale said 330lbs. I thought I couldn't live like that anymore. I needed to do something about it not only for my health but because I am a nurse and me being that big and trying to teach nutrition to my patients felt like such an oxymoron. I have recently been ... Thu, 25 Aug 2011 22:35:16 EST Did you feel the Earthquake? Kind of surprised no one on the team started this one---I was sitting on my couch with my gd---at first I could not figure out what was going on---thought my washer had gone nuts on me---but then realized that I did not have it on---then kind of realized that it might have been an earthquake---my son went on internet and found out it was. Not something I want to feel again! Wed, 24 Aug 2011 06:24:06 EST New here Hello Everyone, I am new here and just getting started . I wanted to thank all of you for your e-mails . Looking forward to chatting with you all . Tue, 23 Aug 2011 21:11:12 EST New (again) Hi everyone. I joined SparkPeople quite a while back, but never followed through. Now I'm back and going strong. Wish me luck! Mon, 22 Aug 2011 16:37:24 EST Never lost an ounce.... Basically, I gave up everything pertaining to food a long time ago. I don't eat out. I avoid the grocery store. I don't eat sweets. I eat raw and living food only. I eat fruit and vegetables. I will do a protein shake with enzymes every day with stevia. I crave hot sauce, hot peppers and apple cider vinegar. I only drink warm water. I eat 3 salads a day with only living food and no cheese, no croutons, (nothing dead). I put straight Balsamic vinegar on each salad mixed with some ... Sat, 20 Aug 2011 08:56:50 EST Help Hello, can someone please tell me how to get access to the number line referenced when tracking pounds lost? Thanks. Fri, 19 Aug 2011 23:22:01 EST My first day Hi everyone. I'm from Wicomico county. I am new. I am trying to get healthy for my daughter and for myself. I have had type 2 diabetes for 10yrs and have been fighting it. My goal is to control it with diet and exercise and hopefully get off my medication. I'm glad to have some place I go to talk to people and have support. thank you for letting me join your group. Fri, 19 Aug 2011 15:00:40 EST Just got here but I'm ready!!! Hi! I just finished setting up my membership and I'm so excited to start keeping track of my nutrition and fitness. This is such a GREAT idea!!! I'm looking forward to hearing all of your success stories and creating one of my own. I hope we can help each other achieve our goals. We can do it!!! Wed, 17 Aug 2011 14:36:10 EST anewseason Hello, 'mI a 49 year old wife currently disabled waiting on retirement next year. I'll be 50 in less than a month, with a determination as never before to loose weight. I am happy about stumbling upon this site. I've gotten up to move and walk as per doctosr orders and in spite of my pain and weight I feel great about my new journey. <BR> <BR> Mon, 15 Aug 2011 16:00:01 EST Hi! Hi fellow Sparkers! I've been tracking my fitness and nutrition for almost 1 week now. I've struggled with my weight and controling what I eat my whole life so being accountable for and keeping track of my choices is very helpfull. This is decision to be healthy and excercise daily #998. I'm determind to make this the final time I make this desision and that I will be successfull in reaching my goal weight and reduce some of my physical health problems. Wish me luck and good luck to all of y... Mon, 15 Aug 2011 12:38:38 EST Beverly Morris Hi, <BR> My name is Beverly and I am excited about this program. I don't like some of the food on the meal plan. How do I choose my food, count the calories and put it in so I can keep track of it? Thu, 11 Aug 2011 13:16:48 EST Meryl McBride I just joined Spark and look forward to getting good tips from fellow members and from the website. I run/walk at least four days a week and I've been fairly good about watching what I eat. However, as I get older and my metabolism changes, it's gotten harder to lose weightt, especially around the belly area. I need to also learn how to eat better and record what I eat. I need to learn simple recipes and what to eat when I am traveling which is alot. I welcome any pointers and useful informa... Thu, 11 Aug 2011 11:25:44 EST Hello all I am new to this page and to Spark People, but have to say I really like the support thus far. I have recently turned 40 and it seems that my metabolism has decided to take a nose dive! ugh. I am also a working professional who travels far too much and recently divorced, so have had a lot going on and thus have not put as much toward keeping up my workouts, diet, etc. Drop me a line is you want to become friends. Thu, 11 Aug 2011 11:22:41 EST New to this Hello, I am new here. I was half heartedly following WW but I have been looking at the Spark People website for about 6 months and it seems like a good fit for me. I love reading the success stories. They are very inspiring. I am looking to make friends and motivate myself and others to stay healthy. I travel a lot for work and often don't have as much control over food or exercise options as I'd like so I have really found this website to be very helpful on that subject. Have a great weekend... Sat, 6 Aug 2011 13:36:01 EST DivineNurse12 Since I will be going to nursing school in Fall 2012 it is very important me that I lose weight so that I can be an example to my patients. I thank GOD I don't have <BR> any major medical problems it has been hard for me to lose weight I have lost 20 pounds since Dec but its like Im at a stand still. Thu, 28 Jul 2011 13:28:34 EST Hello Hello, All! <BR> I am excited to be here. I need all the support and advice I can get. It's been two years since I was banded and I have reached a serious plateau and am trying to get back on track. <BR> <BR> Thanks Mon, 25 Jul 2011 12:03:29 EST New Kid on the page Hi! I am new to the team and to SP. I am excited to be here and looking forward to some support and inspiration to get healthier. Wed, 20 Jul 2011 19:43:20 EST Thank You! :) <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> I appreciate the Goodie from the Team. Thanks! :) <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> Tue, 19 Jul 2011 10:21:38 EST Hey Soldiers Good luck on this healthy living journey, let encourage each other, I know I need it! Mon, 18 Jul 2011 20:49:38 EST Create A Sentence! :) <em>292</em> <BR> I will start. The next person will start a sentence using the LAST WORD of my sentence. Each person will make a sentence with the previous LAST WORD. Let's have some fun: <BR> <BR> This team is a great place to BE. Mon, 18 Jul 2011 19:44:18 EST Hello all from Randallstown, MD Hello, <BR> I am Jackie, I attend the Community College of Baltimore County. We have an enormous gym on campus. I have used it as much as I can get there. It is a lot of help to me. I also took swimnastics at the school's pool, it was great also. <BR> <BR> See ya all around, <BR> Jackie <BR> <BR> P.S. I have known about SparkPeople since 2004. Sat, 16 Jul 2011 17:53:28 EST Ready Just here to mingle with my friends to meet some goals for my wedding. Thu, 14 Jul 2011 20:54:40 EST A Quote For Affirmation A quote today for my positive affirmation. It says it better than I can: <BR> <BR> “Anger is like drinking poison and hoping your enemy will die.” ~ Author Unknown <BR> <BR> <em>279</em> Thu, 14 Jul 2011 17:34:14 EST Hello, new to site Hi, <BR> I am a mom of two teens. I have tried Weight watchers and a few other things which have not worked for me. I have cleaned out the fridge. I buy healthy things. Working on getting exercise in. My husband undermines me by buying breads or snacks that are not good for me or the kids. My daughter is 14 and is very good at eating salads and other veggies with me. She is also up to going for walks with me, EVEN last night at 8:30 in 100 percent humidity! <BR> <BR> I would love to... Tue, 12 Jul 2011 08:52:13 EST MaryJo Hi my name is Mary Jo and I love sparkspeople. Its helps so much knowing how much you are eating. I am 47, a wife and mother of two children. I will be married 25 years in september and would like to get down to 130 pounds, the weight I was when we were married. Tue, 12 Jul 2011 08:05:15 EST Ready to Go Hello everyone - I am in Anne Arundel County (Glen Burnie) and have only 6 months to make considerable progress toward the promise I made to myself on Jan 1, 2011, that I would be twenty pounds lighther by Dec 21, 2011. How close am I to the goal? Farther away than when I started as I have gained two pounds since January. So...guess it is time to get serious. Sat, 9 Jul 2011 19:50:24 EST Hello Everyone! :) Hello. I just joined Sparkpeople today and am happy to be here on this team. I look forward to participating, hopefully encouraging, and definitely being inspired. :) Sat, 9 Jul 2011 19:17:39 EST New to Team Hi I live in the Frederick County area. I joined sparkpeople awhile ago, but not I'm serious about loosing weight and improving my health. I am looking forward being a part of this team! Fri, 8 Jul 2011 17:06:37 EST i am new! from the eastern shore, somerset county good morning all: <BR> My name is Valerie, I am a married mom of 3 under 3. christopher was born 1-16-09, harley, our only girl was born 1-29-10, and george benjamin (benji) was born 3-8-11. all 3 were c-sections, and all back to back to back. i was 125 before i got pregnant the firs time, now i am 238 and 5 foot 8. i had a tubal with my last c-section; because of blood clots in my lungs, and i was just recently diagnosed with congestive heart failure; i have very high blood pressure that the... Fri, 8 Jul 2011 14:10:20 EST