SparkPeople Spark Iowa - The Official Team Team Messageboard A place where people from Iowa can get together! SparkPeople Spark Iowa - The Official Team Team Messageboard lost 19 lbs from knees replaced Recovering from having both knees replaced in last 1--last one 6 weeks ago. Challenge is not being able to exercise much. Mon, 22 May 2017 13:47:54 EST Newbie I am new to SP, I am trying to learn how to use the teams to my advantage but am not understanding what it is or how it works <em>249</em> Sat, 18 Jun 2016 19:40:44 EST had lost 100..gained 50 i am! :) Hello ~~ really happy there's a site out here like this..just Amazing! i had worked SO Hard to lose 100 pounds, and it took me about 5 years to do it, really Lowered my Cholesterol, felt so good and healthy..with LOTS of Personal family issues that have caused me to be Diagnosed with Severe Anxiety, Depression and PTSD..i've lost a lot of Motivation and gained back Half of my weight. i'm also Hypothyroid and struggle Severely with that. Anyways..SO HAPPY to be here and look forward to a NEW S... Sun, 1 May 2016 14:26:35 EST Almost New I've been a member on sparkpeople for awhile, but I've always been too shy to introduce myself on here. I'm at a point where I finally feel like I'm ready to commit to a healthier lifestyle and I decided that since I'm making changes to my health, I could also make a change and say 'hi' to everyone :). Thu, 31 Mar 2016 01:18:18 EST Starting over again! Hello all, I am starting over again after a very long tough winter. I have been on and off in SparkPeople for the last couple of years. My name is Brenda (Librarymom23) and I am hoping to make the switch to overall health. Thanks for your support. Wed, 2 Mar 2016 20:56:16 EST Favorite Winter Beverage?? Well, since it's been cold and snowy (expecting more snow to start tonight or tomorrow), what is your favorite winter beverage to snuggle in with? <BR> <BR> Mine is a toss up between hot chocolate (and the seemingly endless varieties one can get for the Keurig lol) and the Snapple Brew Over Ice Peach Iced Tea (which I just drink hot because I'm a brat like that). Sun, 29 Nov 2015 22:43:05 EST Fitness Tracking Question I'm sure this has probably been asked 100 times before, but I'm totally lazy today and don't want to go digging. ;) <BR> <BR> OK... we have this awesome fitness room at the mobile home community I live in, and so I went down there today to try it out. I used the stationary bike for 15 minutes and elliptical for 2 minutes (my knees did NOT appreciate that lol). The machines had heart rate monitors built in so if you gripped them in the right spots, they'd keep track of your pulse. <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 19 Nov 2015 18:51:05 EST Well, I'm Here My doctor requested I try this. I've tried this before a couple of times. My biggest issue is that nothing ever works for me for more than 20 lbs. After 20 lbs I've always gained the weight back, plus more, while still on the healthy eating & exercise plan. <BR> <BR> And now, I cannot have fresh fruits or raw vegetables due to dietary restrictions from abdominal surgery this summer, so that makes it even more difficult to figure out exactly how this is supposed to work. Fri, 13 Nov 2015 05:19:26 EST Activity Trackers Hey All, <BR> <BR> I'm looking into fitness/activity trackers or smart watches. Here's what I'm looking for in one: <BR> <BR> * I want something that will help motivate me to exercise more & can help me reach my fitness/weight loss goals. <BR> * I'm wanting to get more into walking (with the intention to get to actual running, since my current avg. pace is 17 min. mi.), cycling, & maybe just maybe swimming. <BR> * Since I live where it is cold & wet at least 1/3 of the year, I need somethin... Sun, 11 Oct 2015 21:40:40 EST Just for today, I will... Make this a commitment to do for just one day (as in one day at a time, one). <BR> <BR> Just for today I will smile at everyone I meet (even if I don't like them so much) <em>30</em> Tue, 4 Aug 2015 09:49:10 EST Tell me a story Rules of the game: Continue the story where the person before you has left off. Use your imagination. <BR> <BR> Once upon a time there was a little boy... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 09:44:45 EST New Member I am a new SP member. I am the mother of 2 adult children and 4 grandchildren. I've noticed my weight slowly creeping up and my activity level slowly decreasing. I want to become healthier by becoming more active and by eating better. I look forward to having a "support group!" Tue, 21 Jul 2015 14:20:43 EST Just for today in July! Just for today (well tomorrow, really) I am going to track every food I eat! Anyone with me? You can "just for today" track your food intake and report back, or you can make another "just for today" commitment........... Hope to do this all month in an attempt to lose five pounds this month! <BR> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 22:06:12 EST My goals for the week.......... Thought I would shorten up my goals........I seem to have a bit of ADD going and I lose my focus ever so easily. So....... <BR> <BR> My goal this week is to journal every bite I eat. I don't have to be perfect............I don't have to know the EXACT size or weight of the food I eat, but I will journal it. <BR> <BR> I will either walk for 10 minutes each and every day this week, or I will use the very expensive elliptical machine my darling husband bought me and NEVER nags me about using... Sun, 10 May 2015 10:54:22 EST I refuse to give up! Hi............I am back again, and that is the important part. I have a question for all of you. What do you eat for breakfast? I am ok with other meals for the day, but for me breakfast is, give me some ideas?! Yes, I know the site here will give me options, but I want to know what Iowans are eating! Sun, 19 Apr 2015 18:12:34 EST Anyone nearby? Hi, I'm Amy and I live in Charles City, near Mason City/Floyd/Waterloo. Anyone nearby or interested in making a new friend? I would love to talk first then meet and/or get together to help each other be accountable on our weight loss journey. I am willing to drive and meet new people. <em>41</em> Tue, 7 Apr 2015 14:22:20 EST I can DO THIS! I am a single 40 yr old mother of three children (17, 15 and 10). I have been overweight ALL my life (since about age of 6). I have lost weight, gained weight, lost weight, gained more weight! In 2006 i had the gastric bypass surgery and went from 350 to 173 (my lowest I think). I am currently at 219 pounds and miserable. I hate that I let myself get back up here and I am ready to change it. My ultimate goal is 185 as that is a nice weight for me and my size (very large boned, 5'10"). I... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 15:22:24 EST What is your goal for April? Set a goal for this month and track it. It's a great way to keep motivated and to encourage our fellow Iowans. Wed, 1 Apr 2015 07:54:26 EST New here Hi my name is Marsha and I am new here. I've looked at the site before but did not take to much interest until now. I don't know what or why I have changed my mind. There are times where no one really understands me and think i am naive. I feel like that too, may be because i don't have enough faith in myself. Today is a new day for me and i need to take care of me. I have a lot of weight to loose and to change my mental and emotional self. I am here to take one step at a time. Sun, 15 Mar 2015 16:08:26 EST Weekend Activities Hope everyone has great plans to continue enjoying this weather. I have a lot of outdoor activities planned for the weekend. Happy Friday .. Fri, 13 Mar 2015 10:01:39 EST Just plain cool words...A-Z Words that are fun from A to Z Sun, 1 Mar 2015 18:01:31 EST ABCs of Television America's Got Talent Sun, 1 Mar 2015 17:40:24 EST March-Let's see what we can do this month! What are your goals for this month? Track your goals on this thread-it will be a good motivator. Sun, 1 Mar 2015 17:24:44 EST new to this Hi everyone! I'm looking for support on how to work on my self esteem and to lose weight! <BR> Sat, 21 Feb 2015 17:36:10 EST Trying to get life together Hi! I am Brenda and I joined a couple of days ago. I joined SparkPeople because I needed to account to someone all my over eating and stop the cycle. I am an emotional eater and when I get stressed, I eat whatever I can find. A fellow librarian told me that this site and this group assisted her in getting control of her life. I am going to give this a fair try. Sun, 15 Feb 2015 20:20:44 EST Team points 3 Sun, 15 Feb 2015 13:26:09 EST points on the wheel 5 Sun, 15 Feb 2015 13:16:40 EST Hello Hi my name is Tammy, I reside in Hubbard, I had Nissan foundiplication surgery a little over one week ago and since surgery I have to watch what I eat so I am happy that I am going to benefit from surgery, now if it could warm up so I can walk since I can't do any strenuous activity Sat, 14 Feb 2015 21:56:44 EST What Is It? It's flat, comes in lots of colors and prints, and has a wide variety of uses. Fri, 13 Feb 2015 08:42:03 EST February tracking Calling all Iowans-lets track something this month! How about fitness minutes, or minutes of "me" time, or whatever you want to track to see how you are doing. I <BR> I'm setting a goal today and then I'll track it throughout the month. Join me! It's a way to stay motivated. <em>381</em> Sun, 1 Feb 2015 10:24:57 EST Running anyone? I know a lot of people in Dubuque are runners. I see them on my runs, on my commute, all times of the day. Are there any Dubuque running groups? Right now my only running buddy is my Coonhound. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 21:34:15 EST Hello All! I am finally here. I was on the fence between Spark People and My Fitness Pal. I have decided I will stay here. <BR> <BR> Two ladies sent me emails, welcoming me. Thank you ladies. <BR> <BR> Bonnie <em>213</em> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 20:20:53 EST New User! Hi! I'm Jean and I live in Williamsburg Iowa <BR> I just started using this site and hope to get healthy! <BR> I'm married, a preschool teacher, musician, theatre geek, and love to read! <BR> Just wanted to intro. myself! <em>30</em> Wed, 14 Jan 2015 23:37:11 EST Introduction... <em>381</em> Hello everyone! I thought I'd take a moment to introduce myself and share a little background. I'm 37 years old for a few more days anyway. :) <BR> <BR> In 2010 I changed my life and lost over 90 pounds by participating in a healthy weight challenge at work. That year I learned how strong I could be. My greatest accomplishment was when I completed a half-marathon to the shock of myself and my family. I rocked it... then life and old habits got back in the way. I ballooned bac... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 11:51:27 EST January, 2015! Lets set goals for our new year! Then each day track the accomplishments we have made. Wed, 31 Dec 2014 18:03:13 EST Finally ready to lose the baby weight! Hello Spark People Community, <BR> <BR> I am a 37 old single Mom in Iowa. My twins will be 12 years old in May. I still currently have all the baby weight I gained with them plus a few extra pounds. I have recently decided that I really want to get healthy again. I am really enjoying the Spark People website, there is so much great information and I feel really motivated! Mon, 29 Dec 2014 03:03:35 EST kcatron I am soon to be 60 and tired of being out of breath and joints hurting. I have young grandkids that I would like to be active with. I have started to sew and have been part of a card making group for a few years. My husband is diabetic and is on disability so there is not much extra money to do much extra things. support, guidance and encouragement is needed Thu, 25 Dec 2014 18:55:22 EST New to Spark People I'm brand new to Spark People and looking forward to sharing my journey of successfully losing unwanted weight and becoming a healthier person. I'm looking for encouragement, motivation, and help navigating through this awesome site! Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:43:29 EST Restart day 3 I have restarted after more than a year of health problems getting in the way. We will see where it goes from here now Wed, 3 Dec 2014 07:03:25 EST December tracking here we go! Let's track something in December-I know it keeps me motivated to reach my goal. Last month I didn't reach my goal, but there's always another month to work towards a goal. Join me! Sun, 30 Nov 2014 19:26:08 EST Team Iowa Bonus Points How about posting your points received when you click on the red pennant on the home page. Some of you are adding that info when you make comments and it's always interesting to see how we are doing. Right now we are #20-let's keep those points coming! <BR> Thanks CMITCHELL34 for this suggestion!! Sun, 30 Nov 2014 08:21:02 EST Williamsburg What is it like? Sun, 23 Nov 2014 19:40:38 EST Moving to Iowa What is it like? Tue, 4 Nov 2014 11:40:00 EST November tracking Let's keep moving even though it's cold outside, the days are shorter and the holidays are right around the corner. Set a goal for yourself-perhaps you want to track minutes working out or steps taken or pounds lost. Set your goal and track it during the month. We can do this! Sat, 1 Nov 2014 07:58:27 EST Newstartjanane I'm going to try this. I hate how I look And feel. I started this morning. Hope I can do it. Sat, 25 Oct 2014 13:45:18 EST Spark Guys new 10 minute challenge book! Here is the Spark Guys new Mini Book you can read for free! <BR> <BR> Check it out at this link: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>m.pdf </link> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 21:11:44 EST Diabetic Husband - Need Some Ideas We just discovered that my husband is diabetic. He works nights on 12-hour shifts. I need some ideas on what to pack for his meal and snacks. Can you all help me out here? Thanks in advance. Sat, 4 Oct 2014 21:33:12 EST October Tracking Shall we set our October goal and continue tracking this month? Wed, 1 Oct 2014 07:47:32 EST To begin again I am a 48 y/o single female looking to make significant life changes. I have three grown children and 3 grandchildren. I have struggled with my weight since the birth of my oldest child in 1986. Before that I was active in dance and other activities. My goal is to lose 80 pounds and go back to an active lifestyle now that my kids are grown and out of the house. I look forward to meeting people here and getting to know and support the connections I make. <BR> Cheryl Wed, 10 Sep 2014 15:29:02 EST Tape-In day for Team Chunky Dunkers!! We have given up on the dang scale and it is paying off! In the past we have gotten frustrated because that evil device was not going down fast enough for our liking. While we have lost about ten pounds a piece... Today arrived and it was TAPE-IN day! And great news again... the wife lost another 3.5 total inches (mostly abdomen -1", hips -1", Thighs -1", and calves -1/2") and I lost another 3/4" in the abdomen! Not everything has to show up on the scale is what we are learning... and the... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 13:53:59 EST Walking a track vs Walking the streets.. Opinions? We recently started out walking on the local school 400 meter track to help burn off the fat. And actually we are glad that we started there because in just a month or so our legs have gotten much stronger especially since we both have knee issues. But talk about BORING!!! Round and round and round... It was getting hard to get motivated to go up to the track regardless of the music we brought with us. So recently we mapped out a route around town that took us up and down the rolling hills in... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 10:47:41 EST Got past the first obstacle and still motivated!!! When we started this journey we said we would do it together meaning myself and my wife. We do everything together and that included gaining constant weight since we got married so it only makes sense that work on getting healthy together. We started this leg of the marathon back in the middle of July and while it has been a short trip so far we have seen changes to our bodies and moods as far as exercising. Neither of us really looked forward to getting out on that high school track where ev... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 21:54:29 EST September tracking For those who like to track their exercise goal, this is the thread. Mon, 1 Sep 2014 10:37:59 EST Erin So excited to get started! Long term goals are to lose 100 pounds and run a 5k. I earned my 2nd degree Black Belt before I had my daughter and want to get back to that fitness level. Sun, 31 Aug 2014 01:24:47 EST Walking off inches but not weight.. Recently my wife and I have embarked on our most recent WEIGHT LOSS trek. Well in that aspect we have failed miserably. The pounds just are not coming off and on the surface you would think again we would be disappointed in our inability to make that scale see things our way. But we have found a very unexpected source of motivation that has come from our daily 3 mile walks around the local school track. When we started this adventure midway through the month of July getting ourselves, especia... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 23:57:19 EST QOTD ~ Visualize your ideal body. Visualize your ideal body. <BR> <BR> Make sure that you have a clear vision of where you are heading in the journey to health. You will became the exact image you visualize when you keep the focus. <BR> <BR> Picturing clear, vivid images is the perfect way to communicate to your brain. Research has found that when your mind enters the state of deep relaxation brought on by visualization and other mind-body practices, it becomes primed for suggestion. <BR> <BR> <BR> What does your visio... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 22:29:22 EST QOTD ~ Question of the day What is your favorite Breakfast Meal? Fri, 15 Aug 2014 10:23:25 EST I'm kind of new here... Hello - again...I joined SparkPeople back in 2011 but I never took off with it. Today, I revisited the site and feel inspired. I'm hoping I can get going and catch some momentum. I am so tired all the time and I miss the once active life I used to live many years ago. Over the last 12 years, I have gained 100 pounds!!! WHAT?! I just can't believe it. How did I let that happen? I could use all the support I can get right now, any words of encouragement, inspiration, personal success stories, a... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 15:54:04 EST QOTD ~ Question of the day Do you allow cheat meals into your health plan? How often. Mon, 11 Aug 2014 19:19:57 EST QOTD ~ Question of the day Sunday QOTD - Sunday <BR> <BR> We all have to go shopping for food, what are you thinking about at the store? <BR> <BR> Where do you like to shop? What are your favorite staples? What is your no way I am bringing that into the house or I will eat the whole thing item. What do you think of GMO foods? What about the new higher prices? Sun, 10 Aug 2014 13:09:53 EST QOTD ~ Question of the day Saturday We have many ways to spend time with others, doing fun things. How do you have fun? <BR> <BR> What is your favorite way to spend your day? Fri, 8 Aug 2014 20:37:41 EST New tonight Looking forward to meeting my goals with everyone!! I need to figure out new ways to keep motivated! I was at my goal weight last year and then was diagnosed with fibromyalgia... well the meds kicked my butt and made me gain 10 lbs a week and then I had back surgery and I no longer am suffering from the pains I had and so therefore I was misdiagnosed and feeling lots better!! :) Healing from back surgery and trying to come up with better eating habits!! Any advice is welcome!! Going back to ... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 22:46:33 EST August tracking Here we go-new month, new goals Fri, 1 Aug 2014 09:31:06 EST Patricia I am in need of support to achieve a healthy life style that lasts the rest of my life. I joined this site because it had everything I was looking for. I am a full time student working on a BA in business administration. A non-traditional student I am 50 years old. But I feel great for already having completed 2 years towards my degree. I am a Des Moines resident. I work in a convenience store as assistant manager. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:39:06 EST Weight loss rulers Where do you get the rulers at the bottom of your messages that tell how much weight you've lost? Thanks! Sun, 27 Jul 2014 06:15:37 EST new start This is my third day with sparkpeople. I have a lot to lose and a long road ahead. I have been walking 2-4 miles a day and am committed to doing this everyday. However I have a severe love for chocolate and carbs&#128545; Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:46:50 EST New member Hello, I from Council Bluffs Ia. I have been using SparkPeople since 01-01-2014 for weight loss help. I am just now joining a group for support. I have gone from 183lbs to 157 and want to be 150 for my weding in october. My long term goal is to be 135-140. My fiance is also losign weight to rejoin the Army National Guard. He only has 3 yrs to retirement, and really wants to accomplish this goal. <BR> I hope by joining I can encourage others and keep up my goals with encouragement from others... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:26:35 EST Tracking for July For those of us who like to see our numbers in black and white Tue, 1 Jul 2014 09:48:15 EST This or That Paper or plastic? Sat, 21 Jun 2014 03:18:44 EST New to SP- Lost 80 pounds so far, 42 to go! Hats off to the many wonderful champions on this site who are taking back their lives!! I, too, am transforming my life, finding the true me that has been hiding behind all that excess weight. I have been on Ideal Protein and absolutely endorse it and LOVE it. It is not high protein, but "right-protein" as I call it. I have learned so much about nutrition and I thought I knew a lot before this program! Learning to eat right, exercise right, and I am not hungry on this program. My biggest... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 10:01:00 EST New to SparkPeople I just joined SparkPeople the other day. I'm trying to get healthier and stronger. I have several medical issues to balance, but I am determined to be as well as possible with nutrition and exercise. I hope to lose weight, but I'm trying to stay focused on being healthy. I'm looking forward to learning about what this site has to offer and meeting others on similar journeys. Sun, 1 Jun 2014 20:22:11 EST June tracking For those of you who like to track your minutes/activity, here we go again. <BR> <BR> Goal for June: <BR> Minutes met: <BR> Minutes yet to go: Sun, 1 Jun 2014 07:58:39 EST Vacation Destinations St. Louis Zoo Thu, 29 May 2014 08:49:37 EST LIST OF HEALTHY SNACKS Hi everyone! I would love to start a thread with a list of as many healthy snacks as we can think of. Now that the kids are home for the summer, it is definitely something to think about. It would be nice if we all keep adding to the list and then it can be a "go to" list if any of us need ideas or suggestions: <BR> <BR> Here is what I have come up with so far......if you have any ideas, PLEASE add to it!!!!! Thanks! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Low-fat yogurt <BR> Trail mix <BR> Mixed n... Fri, 23 May 2014 08:14:38 EST FitBit Users for Iowa I created a group on called <BR> <BR> Spark Iowa - The Official Team <BR> <BR> <BR> If you are from Iowa and have a Fitbit, come join us and have fun! <BR> <BR> Here is the link! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Here is the link to the Spark Page to Sync Your Fitbit Device with SparkPeople: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>sp </link> <BR> <BR> This way you can keep track of all your Nutrition and Fitness minutes i... Thu, 8 May 2014 23:51:46 EST NEW RECIPE La Tortilla Factory Low Carb wheat tortilla <BR> 2 tbsp Hummas (I used roasted red pepper) <BR> 3 ounces of sweet mini peppers <BR> 1 hard boiled egg <BR> <BR> Spread the hummus on the tortilla, slice the sweet peppers and hard boiled egg, place on wrap and I eat it like a taco. I added an apple for dessert. My total calories were 340. <BR> <BR> Quick easy and very good. <BR> <BR> Anyone have anything else they have tried lately that was tasty? <BR> Thu, 8 May 2014 15:36:48 EST First Day in SparkPeople! <em>250</em> Thu, 1 May 2014 19:48:50 EST May Activity Tracking How many of you still want to track your fitness minutes? I like doing this since I can see where I'm at each day. Wed, 30 Apr 2014 19:38:03 EST May Tracking Food Challenge Hey everyone! May is just a few days away...thought I would start May off with a FOOD TRACKING CHALLENGE! You have a few days to get things set up, upload the Sparkpeople app to your phone or find a notebook you can log your food in. There are so many benefits with tracking what you eat. I will probably have to be a food tracker junkie for life. :) <BR> <BR> Here is a poem I found once about tracking what you eat: <BR> <BR> If you bite it, write it. <BR> If you drink it, ink it. <BR... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 14:52:57 EST Snacking I don't know about you but the hardest thing for me to control is my snacking. I'm either snacking too often or snacking on the wrong thing or both!! <em>15</em> <BR> <BR> It's getting to be the time of year where our clothes become just a bit more revealing <em>30</em> and the last thing we want is to reveal the wrong thing. It's time to take control. Who is with me?? <BR> <BR> In this challenge we will make smart choices as it pertains to our snacking. There are articles below tha... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 08:07:11 EST What do you want more than food for my clothes to fit better. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:35:31 EST Reaching out for help and suggestions Hi everyone! First...Happy Easter! I sure hope you had a blessed Easter!!! <BR> <BR> Next weekend we have our first hockey tournament of the summer season. This has been the number 1 stressor in the past with my weight loss. During the winter months its every other weekend....summer is way less but still I am not going to be home here in my "comfort zone". Usually it consists of a lot of fast food and eating out all weekend long and I am NOT going to throw in the towel or gain back what... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 22:36:09 EST What I think and feel verses REALITY Hi everyone.....just wanted to run something past you all to see if there are any others out there with the same thoughts as me. <BR> <BR> First a bit of history.....I was always healthy and fit until I had kids 13 years ago....after that everything went down hill. :) <BR> <BR> <BR> Saw a pic of myself today that a friend took of me last night and I about gasped in shock!!!!!! <BR> <BR> I do NOT look how I feel. <BR> <BR> Especially now that I have been following a healthy plan fo... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:20:45 EST Fitbit/Jaw bone/Spark activity tracker???? Hi everyone! Does anyone have one of these "track your health" bracelets? Does anyone have the Spark activity tracker? <BR> <BR> I would love to hear the pros and cons about any of them...thinking about getting one but wonder if they are worth the money??? <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance.... <BR> <BR> Kammy Jo Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:10:42 EST Looking for Spark Friends in My Area Iowa may be a small state, but there is a lot of land to cover. If you are looking for Iowa Spark friends this is the place. <BR> <BR> Tell us your area, like west central, or northeast corner. And a little bit about you. Then others can see who you are, and that you are looking for friends and they can respond on your spark page or send you an email. <BR> <BR> Thanks for supporting all your Iowa spark Friends! <BR> <BR> And you all know you can add me as a support friend! <BR> <BR> Lisa... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 13:09:13 EST Where do you go to get fit in Iowa? Here is a good place to let everyone know were you go in Iowa to have fun and get fit. Lets find out all the hidden gems to visit. Come on Iowa, were are the parks, where do you hike, and what kind of activities are going on in your area. We need weekend trips to new places to get excited about! Sat, 12 Apr 2014 18:49:15 EST Making my introduction Hello all. I'm new to the community and just wanted to introduce myself. I am 29 years old and am a full-time firefighter. I'm looking to lose some unwanted weight and increase muscle and strength. I really want to get healthy, but am lacking the motivation, so hopefully I will find lots of that here. Tue, 8 Apr 2014 12:27:06 EST April tracking I like setting goals and then watching my progress through the month. So I have a thread for us to track our exercise through the month. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 19:09:59 EST Life Hacks, tips and tricks to optimize your life Here you can add your best Life Hacks, to help each other with the simple problems in life. Posting Life hacks daily to help us get through life slightly easier than the rest! Sat, 22 Mar 2014 14:16:15 EST Name one thing you would do if you won the Lottery I would hire someone to clean my apartment. Sun, 16 Mar 2014 10:19:20 EST March Challenge New month. New goals... Or maybe you are sticking with a goal that works for you.. Please make a doable goal for yourself. It's best to challenge yourself slightly but keep it doable. We want you to end this month with a success. Go for it!!! <BR> <BR> Post your goal for how many minutes of exercise you will reach for this month. Post here regularly to help keep the motivation and maybe even inspire someone else to reach for their goal too. <BR> <BR> Keep your goal reachable. Lets see the s... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 07:55:40 EST Total Newbie ~ Looking for support and motivation My name is Katy and I am ready for some help to get fit & healthy :) Thu, 27 Feb 2014 09:48:57 EST newby I have to do this for myself. Don't know how I let myself get this overweight. I. People saying sprinkle this on food and you'll loose weight. Drink this, take my pill, spray that and eat my expensive food. Don't know what works or where to start. Sun, 23 Feb 2014 11:34:46 EST Hello guys Hey Everyone, I am Sandhya. I have had a yo yo journey with my weight loss goals.With time, I am just getting bigger which is not a good sign since I feel like I am looking older. My biggest problem is my fluctuating motivation. I have realized I am the kind of person who has a hard time following a routine. I have tried yoga, gym, running, it! It is frustrating that I can't keep up with what I begin. I have googled weight loss pills, tea, program to lose weight but I don't know... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 03:01:19 EST EXERCISING WHILE HAVING BPPV Does anyone have SEVERE Vertigo - Benign Positional Paroxyl Vertigo? I have it so severely that I cannot do situps, lunges, ANYTHING, except walk. I need some exercises that I CAN do. I take Meclazine, however it does NOT help. I am NOT DIZZY - THE ROOM IS. It is like the school teacher, riding her bike in the tornado in the Wizard of Oz and the house Dorothy is in spins around and around. <BR> <BR> I need to lose weight. I have had had BPPV for 2 years now and have taken physical th... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 19:56:24 EST new to site Hello, everyone, I am new to this site, and just returned to Spark a few days ago. I am 70 years young and a farmer wife. I love the outdoors and hate the fact that when winter comes our way I tend to hibernate. I just can't stand the cold anymore. Will tell more about those that are interested. Thu, 13 Feb 2014 21:18:12 EST Sunday Weigh-in Down .1 pounds today when I weighed myself. Whoopee <em>39</em> I was expecting more. I ate pretty good nutrition wise and stayed within my calorie limits 6 out of 7 days. I have been trying to tweak my diet so that it is more nutritional. I think that I have been doing well at that. I am learning anyway so it's getting better with time. Guess my weigh-in could have been worse and went the opposite direction. So in all...all is well. Now if I could just get myself motivated to exercise. ... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 07:24:53 EST February-Let's keep moving! Here we go for a 4th month in row-let's keep moving this month and do another 10,000 minutes. Fri, 31 Jan 2014 18:00:35 EST Color Me Rad Friends, <BR> Color Me Rad will be at WaterWorks Park in DesMoines April 19. Is anyone else planning to go? I found it on Facebook here: <BR> <BR> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 08:45:34 EST Market to Market Relay I just signed up for the Market to Market Relay from Jefferson to Des Moines on May 10 and wondered if any other Iowa Sparkers will be participating. I've never done a relay run before, but I think it'll be fun and a good challenge! Mon, 27 Jan 2014 10:40:13 EST New and scared Hi I'm JoAnna. I was diagnosed 9 years ago with type 2 diabetes and just recently with pcos. Neither have i really been educated on. It has been a looong medicated struggle but I have finally found a doctor and medication regimen that is working for me. I got married and then moved 5 months ago from all that I knew and now have to start over. I need a support system as no one that I know has diabetes nor struggles with their weight. Me and my husband recently started going to the gym 3 ... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 10:42:20 EST Starting again... this time for good! You know how it goes, you start with the best intentions, and after 1 or 2 weeks, you slowly start going back to your old ways. Well not this time! I am bound and determined to lose the weight and feel healthy again! For me, it's not about the size or the number on the scale...I just want to feel healthy again. I want to feel like myself again. This will be hard, the weight didn't come on overnight and I won't lose it overnight. So far, I have created a motivational board that I look at... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 10:09:10 EST Magnum999 Starting Again! Hi, <BR> I'm a lady about to retire from 35 years of nursing and want to stay healthy and active. Had a knee injury 3 years ago that has set me back and I've had to learn new "tricks." LOL <BR> My biggest struggle as of late, has been the mental process. I am knowledgable about what I need to know and do..aging has thwarted my desire. Well ok...that and laziness! <BR> MG Thu, 16 Jan 2014 12:56:56 EST New To Group Hello Everyone! Glad to be in this group and hope to learn and help others in return! I am from Iowa and have lived here all of my life. I am married with two children and have three grandchildren. I have always had a problem with being over weight and just want to live a healthier life style and to feel physically good again. Thanks and have a great night! Thu, 9 Jan 2014 22:32:21 EST What FROG did you eat todayF? We all want to reach our goals...BUT! <BR> We all have this "little habit"...PROCRASTINATION! <BR> <BR> Who's responsible? <em>201</em> <BR> He's your worst enemy... <BR> <BR> Go to this link and watch the video / listen carefully... <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Your frog might be exercise, drinking water, freggies, cleaning, etc. It can be absolutely anything.....So, what is your FROG and have you eaten it yet today? <BR> Thu, 9 Jan 2014 20:09:44 EST A-my name is Alice Fun Did anyone play this game as a kid? For each letter of the alphabet, this is the pattern: <BR> <BR> _ my name is _[name]___ <BR> And my husband/wife's name is __[opposite gender name]__ <BR> We come from __[place name] ___ <BR> We like to eat ___[food]___ <BR> And we sell you ____[item that can be sold]____ <BR> <BR> So I'll start: <BR> <BR> A my name is Alice <BR> And my husband's name is Alfred <BR> We come from Alabama <BR> We like to eat Apples <BR> And we sell you Ace Banda... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 08:12:45 EST January Challenge <BR> 1-1 <BR> 1-2 <BR> 1-3 <BR> 1-4 <BR> 1-5 <BR> 1-6 <BR> 1-7 <BR> 1-8 <BR> 1-9 <BR> 1-10 <BR> 1-11 <BR> 1-12 <BR> 1-13 <BR> 1-14 <BR> 1-15 <BR> 1-16 <BR> 1-17 <BR> 1-18 <BR> 1-19 <BR> 1-20 <BR> 1-21 <BR> 1-22 <BR> 1-23 <BR> 1-24 <BR> 1-25 <BR> 1-26 <BR> 1-27 <BR> 1-28 <BR> 1-29 <BR> 1-30 <BR> 1-31 <BR> Fri, 3 Jan 2014 23:46:24 EST January challenge Fellow Iowans- We are getting healthy by watching what we eat and adding exercise to our routine. I know it was tough getting through Thanksgiving and Christmas, and we can't stop now! Let's make exercise a priority this month by doing at least 20 minutes every day. Please join me on this challenge of tracking exercise minutes during this month. Each day that you exercise, track it on the team goal page. I set 10,000 minutes for our goal this month-can we do it? YES. WE. CAN!! <em>244</... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 17:38:35 EST Back at it for the 9201092389 90192938th time I have been yo-yo dieting my entire adult life. But, I never became really heavy until I married my DH. I will be celebrating my 40th birthday in February and our 15th anniversary in August. It is time to get back in the saddle. I have managed to lose close to 30 pounds since last spring but fell off th wagon the last 2 months. I have gained approx 6 pounds back. Now, I need an a$$ kicking to get back into the healthy habit. So glad to have found people in my area. Tue, 31 Dec 2013 11:12:56 EST Ready for the New Year Hi, <BR> This is my first post and here goes. I am a mother of two beautiful daughters, the oldest is married and gave me 3 beautiful grandchildren. The other is in her 2nd year of collage, and on her way to changing her world. You would think ,now, I would have plenty of time for myself. No way. I am busier now then when my girls were little. I have a plan, it is a good plan with plenty of space to make changes. Don't want to stress out about this. I have always wanted to go on vacation to ... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 08:22:28 EST Try Try again Hi, I am from Iowa and I am trying to lose about 19 pounds. My problem is I keep messing up and feeling like such a failure. I am a lifetime member of weight watchers and lost 50 pounds back in 2001. I gained back some and need to lose 19 pounds to reach my goal. I was going to meetings but it is 20 miles to the nearest meeting and is hard to get to them some weeks so I was hoping to get some encouragement from this sight if I can figure out my way around it. Right now it's Christmas day and ... Wed, 25 Dec 2013 19:04:35 EST Here I go again. Hi everyone! Here I am again, preparing to try another weight loss program. I feel like I've tried just about every program and system out there (probably not in reality but it sure feels that way) and failed every one of them. I know the mechanics of losing weight, I have trouble sticking with the lifestyle changes required to reach my goals. I guess if I'm to be totally honest here, I get bored with the process and just get lazy and quit trying. <BR> <BR> I am 53 years old, married, curre... Wed, 18 Dec 2013 09:42:09 EST Reflection of your days Think about yesterday. What could you've done better? <em>30</em> What could you've done worse? <em>39</em> What shouldn't you have done at all? <em>30</em> Make it a better day today. <em>521</em> This week do something that will make it a better day. Make it a better day by not doing something. Think about will make today a better day. <BR> <BR> What positive thing WILL you do today? <em>104</em> <BR> What negative thing WON'T you do today? <em>224</em> <BR> <B... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 13:09:59 EST Keep moving your body during December! OK TEAM ITS TIME TO BURN <BR> <BR> It's getting cold. It's that time of year when all we want to do is snuggle in a warm blanket by the fire. Are you starting to feel the chill creep in? Nothing warms you up like a quick bit of exercise. So let's warm up. I have included three different links to give all of you some ideas. Read the articles. Choose something from one of them and torch at least 100 calories. Come back as often as possible and let us know what you tried each day and if you lik... Mon, 25 Nov 2013 20:07:02 EST Name that place... This is a fun one. You have to give a place name (country, town, city etc) that starts with the last letter in the previously given place name. So if I say have to say a place name that starts with "A"....and so's a great game to play on long drives... <BR> <BR> I'll start..... TORONTO Sat, 9 Nov 2013 19:53:01 EST Introducing myself... Hi - Just joined the Team IA page. I chose the goal of drinking 8 glasses of water a day which can be difficult for me because I'm not a big water drinker, so going to try and make this work. I joined Spark People to try and keep myself on track to changing my lifestyle to living a healthier life. I have struggled with my weight forever it seems like so I'm hoping this will help keep me motivated. Sat, 9 Nov 2013 15:20:49 EST good day <em>41</em> Fri, 8 Nov 2013 14:57:35 EST I'm Cold It's a good think I have peppermint tea to help keep me warm (in addition to getting all my water in) today because my little office at work is COLD. I'm chilled to the bone. The person who had my office before me always wore short sleeved tops and rarely, if ever, complained about being cold. It must just be me--or else they haven't turned the heat on yet <em>30</em> Wed, 6 Nov 2013 10:54:57 EST Name 3 Name 3 <BR> I say name 3 of something... like, name 3 types of wild felines <BR> <BR> Then, you would make a list of 3 types of wild felines <BR> Lion <BR> Panther <BR> Bob Cat <BR> <BR> and then you ask for three of something, <BR> <BR> Have fun & be creative! Mon, 4 Nov 2013 17:48:33 EST What are you thankful for today? Thanksgiving will be here before we know it! Let's see how many things we have to be thankful for! Doesn't need to be in alphabetical order, just list what you're thankful for. <BR> Sun, 3 Nov 2013 17:35:11 EST Double letter words Post any word that has a double letter in it. Let's see how many we can come up with. Sun, 27 Oct 2013 17:47:28 EST November Challenge to all Iowans The holidays are right around the corner, and to make sure we can enjoy them without guilt, we need to stay on track and focused the rest of the month. So I am challenging each of you to commit to 20 minutes of exercise a day from November 1st - November 30th. Thanksgiving is on the 28th, and we can all make time to take a 20 minute walk before or after our Thanksgiving dinners! Who is going to accept my challenge? <BR> <BR> Just respond to this post, copy and paste the template below, in yo... Sun, 27 Oct 2013 17:40:41 EST Crockpot Potato Soup for Weight Watchers I can't seem to find a place to post recipes on here, but since a lot of us are here to either lose or maintain weight, here is a good one.........low calories/WW points <BR> <BR> <BR> Crockpot Potato Soup for Weight Watchers (This is really good! ) <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> Makes 8-10 cup servings <BR> WW Pts+: 3 per cup <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> 1 26-30 ounce bag frozen hash browns (plain) <BR> 2 14 ounce cans non-fat chicken broth <BR> 1 10-3/4 can 98% fat free cream of chicken soup ... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 12:37:32 EST Workout Partner I was wondering if anyone works out in Downtown Des Moines? It would be nice to have some to workout with and keep us both a reason to keep going. Thu, 17 Oct 2013 18:33:47 EST NEWBIE NEEDS A KICK Hi everyone. My name is Jacque. 51. Live in the quad cities area. My life seems to be spiraling out of control and I am desperately searching for grab onto. To give me some hope....some motivation....encouragement....? I'm a loner, so I have no friends to talk to. My husband....ya right....never mind on that one. My only family is my 2 grown kids who both live in another state. I choose not to burden them with my problems. I need to find the kick-in-the-pants t... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 13:10:31 EST From SouthEast Iowa Hello! I am Betsy and I live in SE Iowa, Around Centerville. This is not my first time here but would really like to get to know people around my area that are doing this too. I need the support badly! I work 2nd shift so it is so hard to connect with people :( Mon, 14 Oct 2013 12:32:18 EST Change one letter to make a new word The challenge is to eliminate ONE letter and replace it with ONE letter to make a new five letter word. OK-- time for a new FIVE LETTER WORD to start the fun with <BR> <BR> March <BR> Mon, 7 Oct 2013 15:29:40 EST I'm going to do this! I'm Teri, and yes I'm a diabetic. I don't really take care of myself and recently my neuropathy has reminded me this!! I have joined the 8-week challenge and hopefully this will spark me to continue on the right path!! I have been diabetic for 4 years, with gestational twice. Mon, 23 Sep 2013 21:03:39 EST Two words-change one This is a fun, popular game: thought you might like to try it...Two words - change one = <BR> For example: Hot Dog could be replaced by Hot Tip, Hot Shot or Hound Dog. <BR> <BR> I'll start it off with: Apple Pie <BR> Sun, 22 Sep 2013 09:20:14 EST Conga line word game Make a word using the last two letters from the previous word. <BR> <BR> example; conGA - garaGE <BR> <BR> geniUS - <BR> Sun, 22 Sep 2013 09:15:31 EST Four letter words from A-Z aunt Fri, 20 Sep 2013 20:05:46 EST Hashimotos Thyroiditus Hi, I would love to connect with anyone who has been diagnosed with Hashimotos and has been battling their weight because of it. I work out everyday and eat great and for a year could not lose a pound. I recently eliminated gluten from my diet and have lost 40 pounds so far. Wed, 18 Sep 2013 09:12:51 EST Hello I'm Sara from Jesup. Brand new here and trying to figure this all out, but feeling positive! Gorgeous weather finally and I brought my walking shoes to walk during my lunch hour! Fri, 13 Sep 2013 10:22:02 EST I realize I can't do this alone I am 51 and have dieted most of my life. Gone up and down in the past but now am at my heaviest and had kind of given up. I will admit I'm still worried I will fail. My goal for the year is to lose 50pounds which will still be overweight but hopefully I will look and feel better. I have read some about spark people and thought maybe this kind of support might be what I need. Thu, 5 Sep 2013 23:12:01 EST Trying this again Well hello fellow Iowans. I am a 38yr old male. I recently lost 230 lbs...I got divorced. :) Ok well that wasn't nice I suppose, but yeah I am recently divorced and am trying to get my life back on track. <BR> I first started a page when I was 35, but since that time I had a heart attack at age 36, and was doing 22 credit hours a semester in college to earn 3 degrees in two years. Having the heart attack added an extra semester for me but I graduated in 2012 with 3 degrees in IT. At any rat... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 12:55:02 EST Anyone in Cedar Rapids and work 2nd shift? Interested in exercising together? Tue, 20 Aug 2013 16:49:31 EST Hi from North Liberty,ia Good Morning to all! I am a retired Grandma and loving it. My husband and I have a big home with a large family so I keep really busy in the summer. In April od this year I decided to start taking care of myself so bought a fitbit and said 10,000 steps a day and well sometimes I do that but alot of times I don't . I also started the Ideal Protein diet thru my doctor and am happy to say Imlost 42 lbs and hav e about 10 more to go. I have been on Spark for awhile but just reading and logg... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 09:02:48 EST Need a little Help Could someone please tell me what setting you use on your iron to seal leaves inbetween wax paper. I want to send a photo of the trees in my yard and also send a leaf from each one while they are green and when they change color. To my Grandsons in another state. Thank You Fri, 9 Aug 2013 20:26:19 EST Granny d Hi, I am new to this. Need to lose about fifty lbs. the tracker but it takes so much time to post. I cook for one and <BR> Have trouble exercising because of sugar problems and arthritis. Also I am a SciFi fan and a red hatter. but I am trying the eight week challenge. I like some of the lo carb recipes. And the ten min. Videos. dj Sun, 28 Jul 2013 14:25:26 EST hi my name gram02 I'm on here to help support, and get support,I have struggled trying to lose weight for some time now. <BR> So once again I'm here to help and share in our weight loss goals.So with out any more delay I'm ready to start. Thu, 11 Jul 2013 08:59:52 EST Hello from the Iowa Great Lakes area! I've been on Sparkpeople off and on for 5 years. I am back and I am hoping to keep at it. I live in Northwest Iowa and have 4 crazy kiddos. How is everyone doing? Tue, 2 Jul 2013 07:02:07 EST Hi! Hi, my name is Christy and I'm from southern Iowa and I have decided that this was going to be my year!. My goal is to lose 100 lbs and to stop making excuses on why I can't or shouldn't. I have decided to use every available support system I can find so I hope that this will be a good place to start. <em>334</em> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 16:38:00 EST Dont even know where to begin! Hi, I am Cassie and Just moved back to the Des Moines area after bouncing back and forth between Ankeny and Cedar Falls (long story) I am back in Des Moines possibly permanently following the sudden loss of my Dad on May 20th. I am still reeling from the loss and trying to get my life together. Since my 20's I have been gaining weight with no end in sight. All throughout my childhood and teens I was very slender, right around 115-120. I was already up to 200 lbs when I was 22 and also became ... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 17:24:08 EST Going beyond dipping my toe in Hi, I'm Janet 51 year old single woman. I have traveled a lot in my life and even lived in Russia for several years. I am now spinning my wheels in the corporate world. I teach an aqua boot camp class several times a week which I love. Getting paid (even a little) to work our and challenge others! I can be outgoing when I want to, but am really a closet introvert. I find it difficult to express my feelings and writing this stuff is really a step outside my comfort zone, but I'm taking t... Thu, 23 May 2013 22:11:06 EST Here I Go Again I blew it the first time by succumbing to stress and following my usual pattern of behavior to deal with it by eating everything I could get my hand on. That worked for a while but the pounds started to add up again and by the time I was done I was back to square one and then some. <BR> <BR> So, here I go again hoping that I learned my lesson but finding it even more difficult to get going again. I have had several restarts but this one has hit the two week mark and I am confident that I... Sat, 18 May 2013 09:03:01 EST Grandma jan I got two messages but would not let me log on to respond so please send me another message Iowa people. I have a new username. I was janice1963. I am still struggling and emotions are in an up roar. Tue, 14 May 2013 22:24:00 EST Ready for this Hi Everyone! <BR> Just checking my ticker :) Sat, 4 May 2013 00:46:45 EST Hawkeye Saying Hello! =] My name is Jessica, I'm an undergrad at the U of I and a pretty serious Hawkeye fan. I'm looking to be healthier, as being a college student has given me some seriously unhealthy habits. I'll be getting a BA in Anthropology and a minor in Arabic in May 2014. Only a year to go!! Sun, 28 Apr 2013 09:56:25 EST Hello Hi! My name is Melissa and I am a stay at home mother to a two year old little girl. I am joining this to get motivated. Last year I did the 6 week body makeover program and it was good, but I cannot get motivated to start or even stick with any sort of program. I always plan to start again the next day but I can never follow through. Hoping this will be the push I need to get healthy and moving for my active little girl. Any help or suggestions would be appreciated. Tue, 16 Apr 2013 12:10:03 EST A-Z Spring favorites A-apple blossoms Sun, 14 Apr 2013 09:20:13 EST Quotes of the Week ( April 7 -13 ) ANCIENT GREEK QUOTES II <BR> ======================== <BR> <BR> 1)Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something. <BR> Plato <BR> <BR> 2)People are like dirt. They can either nourish you and help you grow as a person or they can stunt your growth and make you wilt and die. <BR> Plato <BR> <BR> 3)I don't need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better. <BR> Plutarch <BR> <BR> 4)An imbalance betwee... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 00:24:08 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 31- April 6 ) <BR> 1)There are only two people who can tell you the truth about yourself - an enemy who has lost his temper and a friend who loves you dearly. <BR> Antisthenes <BR> <BR> 2)Observe your enemies, for they first find out your faults. <BR> Antisthenes <BR> <BR> 3)A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious. On the other hand, they do less easily move against him... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 00:02:13 EST protein powders hi team, <BR> i was trying to find a protein powder to use in my smoothies to bulk them up so i feel full and satisfied. it seems if i drink my breakfast i am still hungry. there are so many kinds out there and don't know which ones are safe. <BR> <BR> thanks team iowa <em>30</em> Thu, 4 Apr 2013 15:59:44 EST Hi new to this site username is SAharley78 Hello I'm new to this site and am hoping to loose 20lbs in which I have gained in a very short time frame. I just found out I'm starting menopause and that could be the culprit. I've also had neck surgery in the past year and am disabled so haven't been very active. I just joined my local gym and hope this helps. To be honest I'm very lucky and have never been on a diet and always have been able to eat whatever I wanted and this is going to be very hard for me especially the calorie counting ... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 19:29:01 EST Thought for the day...thought for life... Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself." ~Rumi <BR> I live in southwest Iowa, and would love to have a time where Sparkpeople could meet monthly to share ideas! What do you think! I am brand new on this site. I've been on multiple other sites, but have never seen anything so complete as this. <BR> Charlieup! Tue, 26 Mar 2013 00:25:37 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 24 -30 ) QUOTES ON FRIENDS <BR> ====================== <BR> 1) The enemy of my enemy is my friend. <BR> -Arabic Proverb <BR> <BR> 2) A friend is known when needed. <BR> -Arabic Proverb <BR> <BR> 3) Do not tell a friend anything you would conceal from an enemy. <BR> -Arabic Proverb <BR> <BR> 4) No one is rich enough to do without a neighbor. <BR> -Danish proverb <BR> <BR> 5) You may poke a man's fire after you've known him for seven years. <BR> -English Proverb <BR> <BR> 6) Friends are like fiddle... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 20:57:27 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 17- 23 ) <BR> 1)Absurdity. A statement or belief manifestly inconsistent with one's own opinion. <BR> -Ambrose Bierce <BR> <BR> 2)Adventure is not outside; it is within. <BR> -Ray Stannard Baker [David Grayson] <BR> <BR> 3)A great fortune depends on luck, a small one on diligence. <BR> -Chinese Proverb <BR> <BR> 4)Behind every great fortune there is a crime. <BR> -Honore de Balzac <BR> <BR> 5)He that flatters you more than you desire either has deceived you or wishes to deceive. <BR> -Italian Pr... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 20:42:10 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 10- 16 ) QUOTES ON FOOD <BR> ================= <BR> <BR> 1)He who eats alone chokes alone <BR> Arabic Proverb <BR> <BR> 2)A good meal ought to begin with hunger. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 3)Appetite comes with eating; the more one has, the more one would have. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 4) He that eats till he is sick must fast till he is well. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 5)Seven's a banquet nine a brawl. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 6)Much meat, much disease. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 7)Put a knife to th... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 20:23:47 EST Easter puzzle <BR> <BR> <BR> copy and paste into your browser to do this puzzle <BR> I don't know why it's not a live link. <em>30</em> <BR> It is a puzzle of Easter eggs and is fun to do. Sun, 24 Mar 2013 14:02:19 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 3 - 9 ) QUOTES ON FORGIVENESS <BR> ----------------------------------------<BR>--------- <BR> 1) Repentance won't cure mischief. <BR> -Scottish Proverb <BR> <BR> 2)Forgiveness is love in its most noble form. <BR> -Anonymous <BR> <BR> 3)Never repeat old grievances. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 4)A reconciled friend is a double enemy. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 5)Those that do you a very ill deed will never forgive you. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 6)If I die, I forgive you. If I live we shall see. <BR> Ano... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 01:23:50 EST Join Team goal & eat and track fruit and veggies I look at the team goal for tracking our fruit and veggies and only 3 % of us are tracking it that surprised me to see those # <BR> I use the tracker on the food I eat and it is so easy to see what I have had for the day. It is so important that we know what goes into our body for our health and our goal. <BR> I would like to see just how many more people I can get to track their fruit and veggies. <BR> <BR> So please join me and lets get the numbers back up. <BR> Tell me what your favorite... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 06:13:38 EST Words with a double letter Let's see how many words we can come up that have double letters. Sat, 9 Mar 2013 20:24:38 EST Give a goodie when you reach a ZERO let's play, you add the next number and when someone has a number that has a 0 in it, then you give a goodie to someone. Sat, 9 Mar 2013 20:18:54 EST weight watchers vs spark people hi everyone i am new to this site. i joined last week but haven't had much time to explore it that much. i am currently a member of weight watchers and am thinkning of cancelling my subscription and joining sparkpeople for good. i wanted to get any opions from members first. not to mention this is free. i appreciate all the advice. thanks have a great day Wed, 6 Mar 2013 11:00:18 EST Quotes of the Week ( Feb 24 - March 2 ) 1)We should not judge people by their peak of excellence; but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started. <BR> Henry Ward Beecher <BR> <BR> 2)Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit. <BR> Aristotle <BR> <BR> 3)Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude. <BR> Ralp... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 01:07:09 EST Quotes of the Week ( Feb 17- 23) 1) Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions. <BR> Albert Einstein <BR> <BR> 2)The saddest thing I can imagine is to get used to luxury. <BR> Charlie Chaplin <BR> <BR> 3)If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever. <BR> George Orwell <BR> <BR> 4)The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” <BR> Augustine of Hippo <BR> <BR> 5)Travel brings power and love back into your life.” <BR> Rumi <BR> <... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 00:50:34 EST Hello all :-) I am new to this sight but love it already. It really motivates me to stay on track with my eating healthy and staying in shape goals. I have already used a few recipes I found on here and some of the easy to do work outs while I am at work. Mon, 25 Feb 2013 15:07:21 EST Oh The Places We'll Go! Give a place name that starts with the last letter of the name before. For instance, if I say Moscow you could say Wisconsin. This is a big world with many place names, so let's come up with a lot! Sun, 24 Feb 2013 12:21:53 EST Quotes of the Week ( Feb 10-16) QUOTES BY ARISTOTLE <BR> ====================== <BR> <BR> 1)We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. <BR> <BR> 2)Anybody can become angry - that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way - that is not within everybody's power and is not easy.. <BR> <BR> 3)It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. <BR> <BR> 4)... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 03:01:37 EST Quotes of the Week ( Feb 3 - 9 ) QUOTES ON LOVE <BR> ================ <BR> <BR> 1)Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. <BR> Lao Tzu <BR> <BR> 2)Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies. <BR> Aristotle <BR> <BR> 3)Immature love says: 'I love you because I need you.' Mature love says 'I need you because I love you.' <BR> Erich Fromm <BR> <BR> 4)Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 02:44:59 EST BFATNOMORE hi, I started this quite some time ago then didn't follow through very well with spark. I am starting again todat and want to try and follow through and even get some help because I have been stuck on the same 3-4 lbs for the past 3 months. I am a single mom with 1 kid left at home and she just turned 14 last week. I don't work and am disabled so I find some things pretty hard to do and cant exercise like most people but I try and I do get 1 1/2 hours of exercise 5 days a week weather it be s... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 19:04:19 EST Hello I live in the beautiful town of Cedar Falls. Mon, 11 Feb 2013 13:19:09 EST Hello Just wanted to stop by and say Hello. I have been on Spark People for awhile now but have not been that committed. <BR> <BR> Well that has changed in the last week. I've been keeping a food journal and also tracking here as well. I have been exercising as well and am down 2 lbs so far. So pretty happy with that. I joined a challenge at the local Rec Center with my sister and that has helped. <BR> <BR> Not looking to get super skinny, just want to be within a healthy weight and feel... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 10:25:19 EST Hello Hi Everyone, <BR> Hi my name is Amanda, I am 51 and determined to get this weight off. Spark People seems like a great place. I look forward to reading all your post. I wish everyone on here much success. YOU CAN DO IT. Sun, 10 Feb 2013 23:23:04 EST hi Waterloo here, blue zone city Thu, 7 Feb 2013 14:09:03 EST hey Waterloo here, Blue zone city Thu, 7 Feb 2013 14:07:36 EST looking for a good support group Hi I'm going to use the name grandmaof2,I joined this group because I'm sure their are others like my self who struggle to lose weight, out fear the worst, losing then gain it all back.I'm in this for a life style change, the way I think, cook, exercise,and eat, I'm a grandma and I want to be whet I can do stuff with my grand babies, and my wonderful husband, Thu, 7 Feb 2013 11:16:00 EST Just Beginning Hello All, I am 41 and have been at my current weight for around 2 years after losing 94lbs. I have decided that losing 10 more pounds will be healthier for my body and get my BMI not so close to the overweight range. I just don't feel like I have much wiggle room. Glad to meet all of you and I have not participated in any forums like this before, so if anyone would help me out with the right things to say it would be great! Thanks. Fri, 1 Feb 2013 12:02:42 EST Quotes of the Week ( Jan 27 - Feb 2 ) QUOTES ON TRUST <BR> ==================== <BR> <BR> 1)Trust is to human relationships what faith is to gospel living. It is the beginning place, the foundation upon which more can be built. Where trust is, love can flourish. <BR> Barbara Smith <BR> <BR> 2)I always trust my gut reaction; it's always right. <BR> Kiana Tom <BR> <BR> 3)The more you trust your intuition, the more empowered you become, the stronger you become, and the happier you become. <BR> Gisele Bundchen <BR> <BR> 4)A lie c... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 21:04:49 EST New to Spark Hi. My name is Renea. I am a 39 year old mom, wife and nurse. I fought eating disorders when I was a teen, now I am overweight...ironic huh? I am looking to lose weight so I can be healthier and have more energy for my kids and husband. I am tired of the way I look and feel and would appreciate any support offered...even if it is telling me something I really dont WANT to hear. Mon, 21 Jan 2013 02:51:53 EST Live Healthy Iowa Is anyone else participating in Live Healthy Iowa? It begins on January 28. <BR> <BR> The insurance company where I'm employed emphasizes wellness, and they're paying the registration fees for anyone who wants to partiipate in LHI again this year. I'm a team captain, and I've recruited two claims assistants, three adjusters, and even the assistant vice president of claims. <BR> <BR> I participated in this 100-day challenge last year, and I'm excited about it again this year. <BR> <BR>... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 03:47:27 EST New here Hi everyone this is day two here with sparks, there is so much here I'm am excited to have sparks. What a great place. I hope to make lots of friends along my journey Thu, 17 Jan 2013 11:59:44 EST new beginnings Hi, I'm a Pastors wife and hairdresser who lost 50 lbs. About 6years ago on the Atkins diet and has managed to gain it plus shot 20 more back.Tryi g to get back on track not only to lose the weight to look and feel better but to ward off a history of family diseases.I'm open to any suggestions to be consistent and balnced. Tue, 8 Jan 2013 14:09:10 EST new beginnings Hi, I'm a Pastors wife and hairdresser who lost 50 lbs. About 6years ago on the Atkins diet and has managed to gain it plus shot 20 more back. Trying to get back on track not only to lose the weight to look and feel better but to ward off a history of family diseases.I'm open to any suggestions to be consistent and balanced. Tue, 8 Jan 2013 14:05:18 EST Hello Everyone Hi everyone!! I am here to lose weight and get healthy!! I work a full time job that requires me to sit on my butt all day. I have gain 30 lbs since 2009. (don't like that) I have always been a heavier set gal but now is that time to change that. To summarize me I am a full time mom of 3, insurance lady, and love to laugh. I have recently developed headaches and numbness on the right side of my head that no can explain to me. So it is my wake up call that say " either get healhy or li... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 13:47:26 EST new me Glad to join this wonderful group. Hope to get to know you all. Thu, 3 Jan 2013 20:09:01 EST new me Glad to join this wonderful group. Hope to get to know you all. Thu, 3 Jan 2013 20:08:53 EST new me Glad to join this wonderful group. Hope to get to know you all. Thu, 3 Jan 2013 20:08:33 EST new me Glad to join this wonderful group. Hope to get to know you all. Thu, 3 Jan 2013 20:08:32 EST new me Glad to join this wonderful group. Hope to get to know you all. Thu, 3 Jan 2013 20:08:04 EST new me Glad to join this wonderful group. Hope to get to know you all. Thu, 3 Jan 2013 20:08:04 EST new me Glad to join this wonderful group. Hope to get to know you all. Thu, 3 Jan 2013 20:08:03 EST new me Glad to join this wonderful group. Hope to get to know you all. Thu, 3 Jan 2013 20:07:46 EST new me Glad to join this wonderful group. Hope to get to know you all. Thu, 3 Jan 2013 20:07:45 EST new me Glad to join this wonderful group. Hope to get to know you all. Thu, 3 Jan 2013 20:07:44 EST new me Glad to join this wonderful group. Hope to get to know you all. Thu, 3 Jan 2013 20:07:19 EST new me Glad to join this wonderful group. Hope to get to know you all. Thu, 3 Jan 2013 20:07:18 EST new me Glad to join this wonderful group. Hope to get to know you all. Thu, 3 Jan 2013 20:07:18 EST hi im oksana Okay I really want and need to lose weight I've tried fasting but it made me sick/: so I'm hoping this works I'm new at this o I don't know What to do or where to find the stuff know here.. I'm so lost /: Thu, 3 Jan 2013 04:57:32 EST NE Iowa Mom Hi Im 23, just gave birth 2 months ago. Looking to lose 40 lbs by May/June....My goal is a bit steep, so I keep pushing myself. I'm a slaker at times, and it's hard for me to keep on track. I hope this website helps me stay with it. All advise is helpful, and your comments are welcome. I am not sensative to critisim, it actualy helps me push forward. Biggest chalange so far is finding the time to work out with a newborn as well as other house hold tasks. Tough road ahead, but I'm happy my min... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 17:21:22 EST Anyone else having trouble with SparkPoints Wheel? Several times in the past three weeks I have not been able to get my daily SparkPoints because the wheel isn't there? That causes breaks in my streaks. Anyone else have that problem? Wed, 2 Jan 2013 10:35:24 EST lactose and gluten intolerance Can anyone help me get these criteria into my program? Wed, 2 Jan 2013 09:47:45 EST Here to introduce myself! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Amber. I'm 23 and live in Davneport/Cedar Rapids (depending on work). I've let my personal health get away from me in the last couple years, and could use some support to get motivated again. I'm willing to give kind words, support, and virtual hugs to any and all that need them!!! <BR> <BR> Good luck to everyone in the new year and feel free to shoot me a message or two! Tue, 1 Jan 2013 22:51:37 EST back for 2013 New year, hopfully new me. I am not sure I have been going at this the right way. <BR> hopefully this year I can understand how this is done better. <BR> really needing to shape up.:) <BR> Tue, 1 Jan 2013 22:50:31 EST Hi all, and Happy new year I am a 48 year year old female with low blood preasure, that has had Mitral valve repair on Sept 17th 2012, all was going well (I thought) when on Oct 4th, 2012, I had a TIA (mini stroke) and Pericardial Effusionon (fluid around the heart). After a week back in the hospital, I was discharged on Warfarin. So I have joined Spark people to track my sodium intake and cardio excersise. I would like to track my Vitamin K intake, but can't find it as an option for tracking. Any help would be appreci... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 15:57:37 EST If You OR Someone you know..... (URGENT!) THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT--AND VITAL--FOR OTHERS TO READ....PLEASE L@@K AT WHAT I HAVE TO SAY AS IT IS NOT LIBELOUS ETC. IT IS THE TRUTH THAT CAN BE VERIFIED BY GOING TO AND TYPING IN THE FOLLOWING WORDS: Abilify <BR> Invega Sustenna <BR> Now.....for my PSA: <BR> These 2 meds cause diabetes! I know from personal experience that they do and the medical community DENIES this FACT! By 'medical community' I am talking about the Mental Health Doctors in particular....This is my story, ... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 11:06:34 EST Ankeny P90X Classes? Has anyone heard about these yet? Wed, 19 Dec 2012 10:49:36 EST Icealey Hi everyone i'm not that new to sparkpeople but this is my first time posting in the Forums I've joined sparkpeople to help me stay motivated to lose 155lbs so i can be back to my healthy self again. Sat, 15 Dec 2012 22:53:47 EST hi my name is william im trying to lose 90 lbs in one year if not sooner i will try my hardest and work my all to hit this goal i need to lose it to make myself happy and all my friends because of all my stress i gained a ton of weight and im ready to lose it all and im proud to be trying it Mon, 10 Dec 2012 03:32:47 EST IA girl here New here looking to improve myself and my life for a better healthier me and mother for my children... <BR> <BR> It is time I grab the bull by the horns with both hands and hang on for the bumpy rough ride... lol <BR> <BR> I welcome any feedback or advice along the way... <BR> <BR> LC. Thu, 6 Dec 2012 01:26:48 EST Hello everyone! Hello everyone! This is my first day on SparkPeople...does anybody have any tips or ideas? I'm a 30-something mom of two girls, with about 95 pounds to lose. I've spent so much time on everyone else, I have REALLY let my health go. I want my girls to be proud of me...I want to be a motivator to others...and I would like to set a great example to my family for living a healthy lifestyle. I can't wait to get started!! Mon, 26 Nov 2012 05:33:46 EST Iowa lady ready to get healthy Hello, Like I said, I'm from Iowa, and at 56 years old, and 100pounds over weight, I decided once again to try and loose this excess baggage, since I can't afford any of the expensive weight loss things, I decided to give sparkspeople a chance, It looks like a great site, and I'm looking forward to making new friends and getting healthy together. Nice to meet everyone, and I guess its time to start putting one foot in front of the other!! Fri, 23 Nov 2012 20:40:19 EST Newbie Hi everyone, <BR> I've never blogged before or done anything like this so I'm a little nervous. I'm currently in my second year in my Masters of Social Work program. I decided a couple of weeks ago that I really need to change my life around and become a healthier me. I am looking to lose 100+ lbs. That though is daunting and I'm hoping I can find support as well as motivation from everyone on here. Thank you! Mon, 19 Nov 2012 19:53:19 EST Starting and Stopping I seem to start and stop a lot. I think I do more stopping than starting lately. How can I stay motivated to keep it up? I don't ever see any results, but that is because I don't think I keep with eating healthy for more than two weeks. Hubby isn't much support. He has never needed to lose any weight and he doesn't understand the hold food has over me. He doesn't like me being gone from the family to exercise. I know there are excuses. I want to change, but I want it quick. <BR> Ok ... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 11:42:38 EST Maquoketa I live 0.9 miles outside of the beautiful Maquoketa Caves State Park located 6.9 from the small town of Maquoketa ,Ia. Wed, 14 Nov 2012 21:44:11 EST Getting Down on the Farm! Hello everyone I am back to give it another whirl! I hope to make new friends and long lasting relationships! Your support is much appreciated! Sun, 11 Nov 2012 17:27:53 EST My Name is Jenna and I'm Gonna DO It! Hello! I am not new to SparkPeople but I am making a fresh new start to get 'er done :) I've lost about 25 lbs since March of this year but have stalled out this past month and a half or so. Life got a little crazy and I ended up taking the back burner for awhile but I'm back to take control and put myself where I belong ... up front and on a mission! <BR> <BR> I hope to support and encourage as many people along the way as I can, and to BE supported and encouraged as well, so please feel... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 08:13:39 EST looking for a virtual workout buddy I'm a newbie hi live in dsm new to sparks and was looking for some friends on this sites to keep me motivated motivate and do some challenges with most of my workouts are done at home i run in the summer dam to dam and others just have no friends who are excited about working out and loosing weight it would be great to have someone to keep in contact with I'm 44 female and am 13 pds to my goal weight and believe me i know all the struggles Sat, 27 Oct 2012 22:10:29 EST I'm back! Hey all! I was previously a Spark member but about a year ago I hit quite a few snags...but I'm back! Bought a gym membership today, switched my shift at work so I have the time and energy to get back on track, and I've registered for the site under a new name (forgot my old one, haha!) Before the previously mentioned 'snags' I hit last year I was doing strength training 3 days a week and at least 10 miles a day on the elliptical adding in some Zumba, hikes, walks, runs, etc... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 20:33:42 EST Motivated to Finish! Hello Everyone! I'm a full time working mom of two with barely time to sleep, let alone exercise and eat nutritiously....and take care of me. I struggle with putting myself ahead of my husband and kids. I've learned over the years that I have to be healthy, otherwise it is my family as well as me that suffers. So, 5am workouts it is. <BR> I've been dieting since I was 16 and have reached age 32 only to find I'm still dieting! I'm hoping to look at this as a new beginning where I adopt ... Wed, 24 Oct 2012 22:32:19 EST Breakfast?? Did you eat breakfast and was it healthy? Sun, 21 Oct 2012 20:39:17 EST Back in the day... What do your remember about life when you were growing up? No matter how young or old you are, do you have a story or something that you remember that made your life special? Sun, 21 Oct 2012 20:32:29 EST What did you do for fun today? What are you doing that is putting a smile on your face? Sun, 21 Oct 2012 20:26:55 EST Do you dress . . . For comfort . . . style . . . or both? <BR> <BR> <BR> I dress for both. If it's not comfortable, I won't wear it, but then I won't wear it iif it's not somewhat stylish, either. Thu, 18 Oct 2012 17:23:07 EST Starting out Hello, everyone. I am new to Spark Team. I need to lose about 40lbs and have never been successful. I need people to hold me accountable. I live in Marion, I work full time, have a full time family and I am going back to school. Hard to find time to work out and even eat healthy. I am committed. This is going to work this time. <BR> <BR> Sat, 29 Sep 2012 12:03:07 EST I just joined Spark People I would like to just get more motivated and eat healthier. Winter is almost here - no more outside walks - need to get into walking on the treadmill. I love to garden, sew, and I really love to eat! My goals are to drink more water and lose 15 lbs. by Christmas. Thu, 27 Sep 2012 22:21:14 EST Gonna Do it This Time Hello, I am back. I have been here before but didn't stay. I am going to do it this time. I have tried all kinds of weight loss programs and have been successful at several...unfortunately I have gained everything back time after time. This time I am trying to go into it with a more positive attitude. I just want to be healthy and feel good. I am trying to be totally positive and give myself credit when I do good negative self talk. I really enjoy the website and all of th... Thu, 20 Sep 2012 15:21:20 EST New to Forum Hello! <BR> I started Sparkpeople last week and I am not doing too bad. I really enjoy reading all of the articles that Sparkpeople offers and it has helped me through the first week. It is nice communicating with people too about their weight stories and successes. Hope everyone has a good day! Mon, 17 Sep 2012 13:40:21 EST Hi My name is Tammy. I live in Iowa & have lived here for 4 years now. I have also lived in WI. With being born in OR & living there till I was 16. <BR> I am engaged to be married 7/2014 & need to lose about 60 or so pounds before the wedding. <BR> I also go to college full time & milk 120 cows on a dairy farm full time. <BR> Good luck to everyone with their challenges. Thu, 13 Sep 2012 11:04:03 EST Kathy I am a 59 yr old woman, I have been over weight for about 15 yrs. a yr ago Sept. we were in a motorcycle accident and have been healing ever since. now I am ready to get health. with exercise and diet. I have two new grandbabies and would like to be able to play with them. but it is to hard right now. I need to lose at least 50 lbs. I like to garden and go camping but dont have energy to do either. I would like some help and encouragement. Thu, 6 Sep 2012 16:33:42 EST Prayer Request for My Husband Gary had an interview today for a 2nd shift supervisory position with a local manufacturer. He's been unemployed for over 5 years now and has applied for a great many jobs without success. Would you pray that this time he's successful and gets this position? We sure would appreciate it. Fri, 31 Aug 2012 18:33:47 EST We Moved and Now I've Got a Bad Cold I feel awful. I don't sleep well for the coughing seizures. My nose hurts from blowing so much. (I think I've used a box of tissues already.) <BR> <BR> I know part of it is due to stress from moving. I can't wait until the move is complete, everything is put away, and I'm over this cold Mon, 27 Aug 2012 22:50:33 EST Where are you from? I am from Batavia, down in the southeast area. Sat, 25 Aug 2012 16:35:13 EST Just starting out! Hey everybody, my name is Rose. I've tried doing the sparkpeople thing multiple times but have had difficulty motivating myself. So far, I am doing alright thought!! I have tracked my nutrition and fitness daily (although it isn't always positive...Ha). Anyway, just wanted to introduce myself. I was out of town for the weekend so my diet is a LITTLE off right now, but I am trying to get back on track :) Looking forward to the support of other folks trying to do the same thing as I am! Wed, 15 Aug 2012 09:47:48 EST HI I AM GOLDWINGER2 I HAVE FRUCTOSE MALABSORPTION, AM LACTOSE INTOLERANT AND SUCROSE INTOLERANT. I SEE YOU HAVE SUPPORT GROUPS FOR THOSE INTOLERANCES. WOULD LIKE TO COMMUNICATE WITH OTHERS WITH THESE CONDITIONS. ALSO RECIPES. <BR> <BR> i ALSO HAVE RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS AND MITOCHONDRIAL MYOPATHY (WHICH IS A RARE MUSCLE DISORDER WHICH MAKES ONE EXERCISE INTOLERANT. Wed, 8 Aug 2012 21:32:02 EST Intro Hi! I started a week ago. I am a retired grandma. My biggest challenge is tracking my food and making sure my choices are healthy most of the time. Second biggest challenge is using my membership at the gym. I tracked well last week and lost 4 pounds. This week is starting the gym habit. Goal: go to the gym right after I get up and stretch. <em>33</em> Sun, 5 Aug 2012 17:54:19 EST Ma and Pa Restaurants Each community has some great places to eat all run by the locals. What is your favorite place to eat and why? Thu, 2 Aug 2012 10:39:16 EST Girl Scout Gold Award Idea - Des Moines Area My daughter is thinking about doing a "Cupcakes for a Cause". She would donate cupcakes to organizations for either fundraising or for a dessert at an event. She has made cupcakes for a school book club and for desserts at a Duck's Unlimited banquet. She made cookies for the WDM human resources Christmas party. She could doante to bake sales, the Ronald McDonald house, 4H, Girl Scouts, Susan G Komen, etc. We are getting input. Would this benefit you? Through what organization? Do you have ide... Mon, 30 Jul 2012 18:42:28 EST Dining Out Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> We always have those places where we dine out where we can't necessarily just look up the nutritional values of things - especially when the trips are on short notice. For simple cafes and family diners, what types of healthy foods on the menus are your go-to foods to stick with your weight loss goals? In other words, what foods do you pick at your favorite home-town restaurants? Sun, 29 Jul 2012 16:07:28 EST Intro Hi my name is Tia. I am 21 years old and i am a full time college student. I live on the Iowa-Missouri border. I have 2 kids. Jeremiah is 3 and Raylee is 1. I started out at 123 before kids and now weigh 185. Any tips or suggestions are much appreciated. :) Wed, 11 Jul 2012 15:09:18 EST mother of 5 needs to lose 50 to 85 I am a mother of five children and a fulltime college student. I am always on the go and need to get better at my eating habits. I want to be able to keep up with children and fast pace lifestyle and eat right! Tue, 10 Jul 2012 08:43:38 EST Mother of 3 teens!!! Hello, I am a mother of 3 teens, 2 boys and 1 girl, and have an awesome and supportive husband of 20 years. My goal is to get back into shape, I have been on a weight loss mission for a long time now, All together I have lost a total of 70 pds, Have went from a size 20 to a size 12-14. My goal is to lose 25 more pds and tone up and hopefully get on a daily regimen of exercise and eating healthy as part of my life style. Tue, 26 Jun 2012 12:30:33 EST Hi, I'm new to SP Hi, my name is Crystal. I live in Winterset. My mom has joined SP a while ago and really liked it and encouraged me to look into joining too. I've done WW in the past but had a hard time tracking and sticking to it, but now realize I need to do something that helps keep me accountable and motivated. I have a total of 60 lbs to lose and I struggle to be consistent in my weight loss. I frequently take two steps forward and then take 2 steps backward. I know God has created me for more than this... Tue, 26 Jun 2012 11:55:59 EST What are you going to do to beat the heat today? I'm sitting in my office where the AC is so cold you need a sweater. After work I'm going to check out a fitness where I have a 1-month free pass. Then I'm going home in my truck that I refuse to use the AC because it sucks gas like it's free <em>24</em> . <BR> <BR> This evening I'll probably help with mowing the lawn as it REALLY needs it after this weekend's rain. And then I'll shower, eat dinner, and relax in my AC'd home. <BR> <BR> I'd like to go to the pool and do a little aquatic... Mon, 18 Jun 2012 09:38:29 EST What are we supposed to do with Points? I have like 8,000+ points that have built up over the past year. What do we do with them? Thu, 7 Jun 2012 13:56:46 EST getting back on the treadmill hello im sherryfrom muscatine,ia i have been off thetreadmill about a month bc ipulled a muscle im still not 100 % but have greatly improved i completed the 5 k my way b4 that happened though i plan to start over in the morning (i think) . Sun, 3 Jun 2012 16:49:54 EST What do you prefer--fresh, frozen, or canned? My first choice is always fresh, in or out of season. However, there are some veggies that I prefer canned--like beets. Thu, 17 May 2012 16:14:35 EST getting back on track Just want to say hi and introduce myself. <BR> <BR> Turned 43 this year and want to get into a better lifestyle. I joined back in February but havn't been very committed. Trying to change that as well. <BR> <BR> Just curious where in Iowa you are located.. I'm in Farley (25 miles west of Dubuque). Tue, 15 May 2012 13:07:47 EST hello hello i just joined here so i hope that i will learn some new things and get to know new people Tue, 15 May 2012 09:46:43 EST trying to find a motivational partner i really need a motivational partner. i try super hard to be my own one person team.. and i do a pretty good job at it for the most part but it would be nice to find someone who is just as much at their wits end with being unfit and driven to reach their goals as i am. if i knew someone was meeting me at the gym or the lake or outside in the street for a jog, i would not let them down.. i wouldn't back out or make excuses (unless it's an emergency). i have yet to find someone who really cares... Sun, 13 May 2012 21:37:04 EST Try, try again I have every excuse for not sticking with it. The longest lasting excuse is my job makes me eat because it is stressful. Hog wash! My job doesn't make me. I let myself be sucked into an excuse. <BR> <BR> So here I am. Try, try again. Sat, 12 May 2012 08:20:05 EST I'm Back! Well I joined this group several YEARS ago but I fell stale. I'm back now with a vengence! <BR> <BR> 24 years old--mom to one sweet little girl--determined to live life better for her and for me! Mon, 7 May 2012 17:46:12 EST Articles Look Great at Any Weight <BR> Forget the Skinny Jeans <BR> -- By Leanne Beattie, Health & Beauty Writer <BR> <BR> <BR> SparkPeople advertisers help keep the site free! Learn more <BR> <BR> My closet used to be divided into three sections: clothes that fit when I was 20 pounds heavier; clothes that fit when I was thin but miserable (from my “never-eat-anything-fun” phase); and clothes I could wear at that moment. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, the clothes that actually fit me were the fewest in ... Mon, 7 May 2012 12:48:42 EST Hello Hi everyone:) Fri, 4 May 2012 22:01:41 EST Run Elma 5k Run/walk! In my hometown on July 21,2012! Come run/walk with me! Here is where you can register: <link> </link> <BR> I will be walking for sure, running maybe...... Thu, 3 May 2012 21:08:34 EST Number of SparkPoints? How many points do you have? Mon, 30 Apr 2012 21:29:24 EST What was the last fruit or vegetable that you ate? <em>265</em> <em>45</em> <em>277</em> <em>210</em> <em>284</em> <em>488</em> <em>147</em> <em>258</em> <em>267</em> Mon, 30 Apr 2012 21:24:14 EST Why wait until Monday Hello (and I have no idea who I am saying hello to :) <BR> I was scanning through "Yahoo News" and came across an article about a woman who reached her weight loss goal with the support of all of you SparkPeople. Of course I could relate to the need to lose the weight and all the emotions that go along with knowing/feeling overweight, but what really hit home with me was her comment about getting a life of her own. I always say exactly that: "I need to get a life". What I know I mean is that... Wed, 25 Apr 2012 16:03:54 EST Hey Hey! My name is Shan. I'm 34yrs old and married w/ 3 teenagers! I have spent my entire adult life struggling with weight loss and thought I'd try an online support group. I hope that I can figure out how to use this site. Tue, 24 Apr 2012 23:12:41 EST ChristyT10 Hello. My name is Christy. I know that I can lose weight, easily enough, by eating low carb, but I have a hard time keeping it off once it is off. I am a sweet fanatic and that is a difficult aspect to manage. I think that is why the low carb works for me, as once I start that type of program, the desire to eats sweets becomes less. However, when it is done and I have lost the weight..and I begin to eat a little more normal...I start to crave the sweets. Anyone else have this problem? Tue, 24 Apr 2012 17:39:58 EST Hello from Iowa Becky I'm overweight because I diet and I diet because I'm overweight. I've paid out alot of $$$ over the I'm going to try again with something FREE I hope ! Sun, 22 Apr 2012 10:28:51 EST No more waddling! I had a Dr. appt this morning, and afterward I went back to the house to pick up hubby. I honked the horn to let him know I was there. When he didn't come out, I honked again. Just as I was halfway up to the door, he came out, and I headed back to the truck. When we were on the road he said to me," You don't waddle any more." I said, "What?" And he explained that larger people tend to waddle when they walk. He had the opportunity to observe me walking back to the truck, and I don't wad... Fri, 20 Apr 2012 19:34:03 EST Looking to get a hold of Kristee1 Anyone know how I can get a hold of her if she's still here? <BR> <BR> Thu, 19 Apr 2012 18:29:57 EST What lies do you tell youself? I just came from a Health Matters support group here at work. Our assignment for the next meeting is What Lies Do We Tell Ourselves? It could be about anything--weightloss, relationships, work, whatever. I've got some of mine in mind, but I thought it would be interesting to see what lies others out there tell themselves. <BR> <BR> One of mine is if I lose weight, then I'll have buy new clothes. nd I haveall the really nice clothes that I won't be able to wear anymore. Tue, 17 Apr 2012 11:57:56 EST hi Hi. I am not new to SP but I am new to the team! Fri, 13 Apr 2012 12:27:56 EST Help--Need Hummus Recipe Does anyone have a REALLY good hummus recipe--I would like one that uses garlic. Several years ago I tasted some but have never really eaten any. I can't seem to get all my veggies in, and I think by using Hummus as a dip I'll be able to, as well as getting family to eat more veggies, too. Thu, 5 Apr 2012 09:27:57 EST What a Beautiful Sunrise This Morning All pinks and fuscias against the gray sky. Wow. <em>345</em> Thu, 5 Apr 2012 09:13:41 EST My name is Kristin and I also need motivation!! I am a wife of 4yrs and a mother of 2 girls. Over the last few months I have put on about 6lbs. I have a small frame so this 6lbs is killing me. I really need some motivation to kick these extra pounds and get into shape. I will mainly be focusing on my core and thighs/butt. Today I purchased the 28day boot camp with coach Nicole and I am so excited to get started!! Anyone interested in coming along with me in this journey to turn our bodies around ...come on!!!! <em>30</em> Tue, 3 Apr 2012 21:34:27 EST Happy Spring Equinox (First Day of Spring)! A little rain last night, a little sun this morning, a little cooler today. However, I heard and saw a meadow lark this morning. And the trees are starting to bud out. The earth is coming alive again with green. What a wonderful sight after a drab winter <em>30</em> Tue, 20 Mar 2012 11:20:12 EST My name is NaTasha and I need Motivation My name is NaTasha and I have steadily gained weight over the past 7-8 years. I have tried several different methods of weight loss and actually lose weight decently when exercising and counting calories. The problem is that I just don't stick with it. I need a LOT of support. I am hoping to be able to find that here. Mon, 19 Mar 2012 10:36:59 EST Hi. My name is Diane My name is Diane. I weight approximately 325 pounds. I have a long way to go. I have lost a lot of weight many times before in the past and it was much easier. I am having a much harder time this time getting motivated. Hopefully I can find the tools I need and some motivation as well. Sun, 18 Mar 2012 00:11:26 EST New member!! Hello :) My name is Madison and I am a 24 year old SAHM to my 2 year old daughter. We recently moved from NC to IA, and so far we love it in the Midwest! I do have quite a bit of weight to loose so I am looking forward to finding support and connecting with others through my weight loss journey. Thu, 15 Mar 2012 13:55:24 EST BP 110/70 - I' M SO EXCITED I had my wellness screening at work this morning. And my blood pressure was 110/70 <em>104</em> It hasn't been that low in I don't remember how long. I'm taking BP meds, and maybe if I continue to exercise and lose weight I can at least reduce the dosage. Wed, 14 Mar 2012 09:00:22 EST Ames Midnight Madness Is anyone going to do the Midnight Madness 5k in Ames for the Iowa Games this year? Sat, 10 Mar 2012 09:34:50 EST Hello Everyone! Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> I just signed up for SP today and am totally excited! I am 34 years old and just moved to Ankeny from Minnesota. I am married and have 3 amazing children. My kids are 4, 3 and 18 mos. I am a SAHM but I have a hard time getting motivated to get outside. I am hoping that the weather stays nice so the kids and I can get outside and do some biking/walking, etc this spring/summer. I would love to lose 60pounds or so. <BR> <BR> Fri, 9 Mar 2012 10:02:40 EST Just wanted to day Hi! Just wanted to pop in and say hi! It is a beautiful day in Eastern Iowa hoping to get out at noon for a good walk. Enjoy your day I look forward to checking in often to chat with everyone! Wed, 7 Mar 2012 10:26:00 EST Daily/Weekly Exercise Tracking Last Week's Weight: 165.4 <BR> This Week's Weight: 163.4 <BR> Goal Weight: 145 <BR> <BR> Does anyone want to keep track of their daily/weekly routines to be more healthy? It would help me a lot to have the support of others in doing this. I am more motivated by seeing that others are doing the same thing. <BR> <BR> I lost 2 pounds in the past week by walking on a treadmill and doing an elliptical at the gym for 1 day; walking/running outside for 2 days; and watching/tracking m... Sun, 4 Mar 2012 11:44:57 EST hey my name is aron hey everyone im aron n the reason i decided to join this site is to get some help to loose weight. I currently weigh 276 pounds and my wife has encouraged me to start some kind of a diet and workout system, she is worried about me because my family has a history of diabetis and heart desease. Thu, 1 Mar 2012 11:34:45 EST hello!! Hi fellow Iowans! :) <BR> <BR> My name is Willow and I live in the Iowa City area. At my heaviest, I was close to 300 lbs. I don't know for sure because I stopped weighing myself and stopped looking in mirrors. I have lost probably around 100 lbs so far and have at least 30 to go. I joined SP in mid January this year and have already noticed a huge difference. I wish I had found SP a year ago!! <BR> <BR> I would love to meet some new people in my area who are of the same mindset and committ... Wed, 29 Feb 2012 09:49:58 EST Favorite duo foods: What are your favorite "go together" foods? Who knows, we may all find some new combinations to try. <BR> I'll start: strawberries and angel food cake. Sun, 26 Feb 2012 14:56:58 EST hi guys!!!!!!!! I decided to check out spark when I read about it in fitness magazine. Own looking for a buddy I can text and IM ram on a paleo diet and I've lost 15 pounds in the last 13 days. I want to lose another 75 by summer. I'm on an extreme diet and looking for someone who's doing something similar Fri, 24 Feb 2012 22:46:56 EST Sites we find interesting Do you have sites that we would find interesting? Health, recreation, food etc. Fri, 24 Feb 2012 17:43:49 EST Does anyone know where... The Healthy Reflections have gone? Up until recently I received a daily email, and last week I realized I wasn't getting them anymore. I have looked everywhere I can think of this SP website, and I can't find where to sign up to receive them. Can anyone help? Fri, 24 Feb 2012 16:02:30 EST Snow Is it snowing where you are yet?? <BR> <BR> I am in Dubuque so we are usually the last to get it.. Last night they were saying 4-8 now today its less than 1 Thu, 23 Feb 2012 09:34:26 EST First Day - can get consumed exploring! Hi! This is my first day on SparkPeople. I noticed it last week through a pin on Pinterest and was intrigued, so I started to hunt it down today after telling myself when I got up this morning that SOMETHING had to happen to change my lifestyle. I am the heaviest I've ever been and it's really bringing me down. I am ready for that change and being the "techy" person that I am, I really think I've found something to SPARK me! Mon, 20 Feb 2012 16:27:56 EST Job Interviews for My Husband This Week Please pray for my husband. He's been out of work for four years, and this week he's had two interviews. He applied for a custodial position at a local hospital on Monday, and he should hear back sometime today. And then yesterday he had an interview for a quality position with a local automotive parts manufacturer. He's been in that field for a long time and is really more appropriate to his background. <BR> <BR> He was so exited to be even interviewing again. Please pray that he gets eithe... Fri, 17 Feb 2012 10:55:36 EST SandyF Hi everyone <BR> Have been a member for a while only never went into site much. 60 yrs old finding it very hard to get weight off Tue, 14 Feb 2012 17:55:24 EST Hello from Iowa I am looking forward to meeting you all. I am in my 50's and live rural Iowa. My major challenges has been diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis, which there is a long family history. I dealt with this challenge for over 10 years. I am determined that I will beat it. I feel that I may had hit on the right support system and looking foward to the days ahead. <BR> <BR> It is my hope that I can lay the foundation for my children and grandchildren my the example of living a healthy lifestyle. Sat, 11 Feb 2012 12:44:43 EST Random Act of Kindness: A week in February has been designated at a week to do some random act of kindness for someone else. What is your random act going to be? Give canned food to someone in need, paying for someone's food at the restaurant, reading with a child, picking up groceries for someone housebound, visiting your neighbor, sending flowers, leave a generous tip???? The list goes on and on. Thu, 9 Feb 2012 20:13:38 EST New Beginings Hey Everyone! I am so happy that I have decided to join this group! I hope that I can meet a lot of new people! I am excited to be on board and working towards my goals! Sat, 4 Feb 2012 17:19:59 EST Women's life coach practicing what I preach! Hi, everyone! I'm soooo happy to be here. I'm always stressing the importance of self care, and I've been slipping on the physical care of myself. It's time to get going with living my life intentionally! Fri, 3 Feb 2012 23:19:34 EST Having a REALLY bad day First, I overslept by 40 minutes and had to rush around to get ready for work. I went out to the car to discover frost covering the windows, so I had to scrape. I get three miles down the road and saw a deer crossing the road ahead. I slowed down to 5 mph, knowing that where there was one deer, there was likely to be at least one more. And yes, out of the ditch came another one. It just ambled across the road like it had nowhere to go and all day to get there. Another three miles down t... Wed, 1 Feb 2012 11:33:08 EST Hello to everyone from IA!! Hello!! I have been on sparkpeople for about a month "trying it out". Well i love it here and know this will help me with my weight loss goals!!! I have asked all my friends here to join me as well @ sparkpeople and on this page!!!! I have lost 5 pounds this month on sparkpeople!! I zumba at least 3x a week, whether it be at class or on the wii and try to do some resistance excersising in between.. I am trying to start slow and work my way into this!!! Mon, 30 Jan 2012 14:14:37 EST February Goals I like to set short term goals because looking at losing over 100 pounds is too much and discouraging. I go in 5lb increments myself, usually per month. So my Feb goals: lose the next 5, pack my lunch 4 days out of 5, hit the gym/exercise at least 3 days per week, get my mileage on my walks up to 3 per walk, take my vitamins, and track my food daily! <BR> <BR> Any other goalers out there? Sat, 28 Jan 2012 20:47:18 EST