SparkPeople Women of Color Unite Team Messageboard For women of color to come together to motivate and encourage each other. This site is for Black, Asian, Hispanic, Indian, and any other woman of color on this site. SparkPeople Women of Color Unite Team Messageboard COVID HAIR CARE Hope everyone had a great weekend! I haven't posted in a long time and it doesn't look like anyone else has either! Although I need to get back into routine exercise (many failed attempts for one reason or another), I was actually looking for any hair care info in times of coronavirus. Hair salons are not open yet in my state (I don't think) and where I usually go is still too much of a hot spot (NYC). I feel as if I am one of the few black women still with relaxed hair but being forced nat... Tue, 26 May 2020 04:26:38 EST INSPIRATIONAL / MOTIVATIONAL QUOTES <img src=""> Mon, 12 Feb 2018 10:00:42 EST Fist Day Looking forward to being with this group. I am recently retired. One of the things I hope to get help with is losing at least 45 pounds as I have also been diagnosed as a diabetic. Currently I have some injuries that do not allow me to participate in walking which is / was my exercise of choice. Sat, 4 Mar 2017 14:04:32 EST What are some of your obstacles? Hey Sorors! I find that it easier to access just where I am when I write/journal about it. Today's topic is about identifying obstacles. One problem I was having was consuming too much sugar and WINE. After I identified it, it became a lot easier. I would just buy LESS things with sugar. This one little change has caused me to loose 10 pounds!!! What small changes can you make today? Thu, 18 Feb 2016 07:58:53 EST Black Women NEEDED for Dissertation Study Greetings! <BR> <BR> My name is Zoeann Finzi-Smith, and I am a doctoral candidate in Counseling Psychology at Howard University. I am writing to invite you to participate in my dissertation study examining experiences of discrimination among Black and African American women. <BR> <BR> I am seeking participants who are: <BR> · female <BR> · between the ages of 18 to 65 <BR> · self-identify as African American or Black <BR> · have a higher body mass index (will be calculated in the ... Wed, 20 May 2015 09:34:10 EST DON'T STOP DECEMBER!!! I decided to work out 5-6 days a week for the rest of the month. I started on December 1 and figured why not include my WOCU sisters. I hope you all will join me on this fun challenge. Please comment at least 3 times a week on how your are progressing. <BR> <BR> So far I have worked out on the 1st and 2nd. Today is December 3rd and I will be working out this evening. I picked 8:00pm as my workout time because everyone is fed and winding down for the night and I have time to myself. My worko... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 15:49:43 EST September - Labor into the new you! As the weather changes get out and move! <BR> <BR> Focus on - Fitness, Fruit, and Water intake. I challenge you to aim for 60 in each area. <BR> <BR> 60 - Mins of Fitness <BR> 60 oz - Pieces of fruit or veggies <BR> 60 oz - Water <BR> <BR> Post when you complete one of the 60's Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:14:28 EST May Challenge For May we are going to do weekly challenges, I will post a new challenge each week. The first challenge will be the SALAD CHALLENGE. <BR> <BR> THE SALAD CHALLENGE <BR> -Replace at least one meal with a green salad each day from Thursday May 1-Wednesday May 7 <BR> -We will also continue our 10 minutes of intentional exercise EACH DAY <BR> <BR> You can here for some Spark People salad recipes: <BR> ?food=green+salad&anyall=ALL&c1=0&c3=0 <BR> &c5... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 12:19:49 EST April Showers of Eating Healthy! The challenge for April is to eat less and exercise more. Remove Fastfood for this month and drink at least 10 glasses of water. <BR> <BR> 1 - 60 Jumping Jacks on M, W, F, <BR> 2 - 60 Push ups T, T, Sat <BR> 3 - Exercise 90 minutes a day... this includes power walking on breaks walk for 30 minutes during lunch time, 30 minutes when you get off, and 30 more throughout the day. <BR> No more excuses add to the list of what you can do. Tue, 1 Apr 2014 09:33:58 EST Back again Hello all, <BR> <BR> My name is Ann and I am a married mother of two who is looking to lose 40 pounds in 2014! Looking forward to getting to know you all and gaining inspiration from your experiences. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 12:42:50 EST February Challenge!!! Welcome to the February Challenge!!! One of our members inspired me to create a new type of exercise routine. Try doing the following in a routine each day of February. Plus 30 minutes of cardio each day. <BR> - 5 minutes jumping rope <BR> - 5 minutes jumping jacks <BR> - 2 sets 15 push ups modified <BR> - 2 sets of 15 rotating sit ups <BR> - 2 sets of 15 lunges <BR> - 2 sets of 15 back raises Fri, 31 Jan 2014 08:15:57 EST Fitness Camp If anybody is in the Atlanta GA area and is interested in attending a fitness camp that specializes in total body work outs, Please send me a spark mail for the information. <em>331</em> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 20:45:44 EST Starting out Hi everyone. I've been struggling with my weight and self-esteem for a long time and decided that this year (actually since the end of last year) that things need to change. I want to live a long life so the happy years way outweigh the bad ones. I want a larger portion of my life to be good, and healthy, and filled with joy. Here I go. Thank you for your support. Tue, 7 Jan 2014 21:34:34 EST January Challenge I hope that you are having a great Year! I posted a January Challenge. You can start today or on January 6th! It will run for 4 weeks. The goal is to lose at least 8 pounds. <BR> <BR> Ground rules: Log into SP and track your weight, participate by posting daily, and motivate each other. We can do this together!!! <BR> <BR> Week 1 - Exercise 30 minutes, eat 5 fruit/veggies, drink 8 glasses of water daily, 10 - 50 second planks per day <BR> Week 2 - Repeat of week 1 adding 1 hour of exercise,... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 13:38:33 EST 2014: WORD OF THE YEAR This is a personal activity. You select the word that you will use to review your actions and activities this year. Blog or write in your journal about why you have chosen the word. Then at least once a month, I proposed the last day or a day within the last three days of the month, come back and record your review or reflection. If you use the same post and edit each month, you will have a running account of how you are using, reflecting and perhaps being influenced in your actions by th... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 09:21:26 EST Hello Everyone I'm from Virginia, in the process of completing my weight loss Journey. I'm hoping to meet some nice women on here to converse with about clean eating, fitness, natural hair, and just general everyday topics. I absolutely love this site where we all can come together and Unite in Sisterhood. Sun, 15 Dec 2013 19:32:27 EST Returning Sparker back on board Hello everyone glad to be here..if you read my profile and blogs you will see my ups and downs of my journey. Spark is where i was most successful and i'm back. Thu, 12 Dec 2013 06:47:11 EST Returning Sparker back on board Hello everyone glad to be here..if you read my profile and blogs you will see my ups and downs of my journey. Spark is where i was most successful and i'm back. Thu, 12 Dec 2013 06:46:00 EST November Non-Scale Challenge First, I want to explain why the non-scale challenges. Often we become consumed with how much we weigh, how much we lose or how much we gain. Our lives can begin to revolve around the numbers that are snapshots of the moment that we weigh in. Some of us get scale crazy and jump on the scale every time we enter the room with the scale. We become so scale obsessed that we forget that we are looking for a healthier lifestyle. The non-scale challenge focuses on the healthy habits that we nee... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 22:27:59 EST October: Daily Three Its October and we're ready for a non-scale challenge. Can you give it 3 for 31 days? for each day this month, <BR> 1. Track our food: You can use the tracker or paper or another site. <BR> 2. Get in 20 minutes of intentional exercise <BR> 3. Chat in the team thread or post a blog <BR> <BR> Copy the tracker for this challenge: <BR> <BR> <BR> October 7: Food tracked __7_/7 <BR> Exercise _5__/7 <BR> Chat or blog __2_/7 <BR> <BR> <... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 04:39:56 EST Happy to be here. Hello everyone, <BR> I'm Carmel, a new member to this team but not to Spark. I have been on spark off and on since 2007. When I first joined, I joined in name spark page, no anything. I was in a losing weight kind of mood and found spark after google'ing. lol I then came back in 2009 and was determined to make it work for me. I did pretty good for about two years and then in frustration, deleted my page and left spark... again. I realized last year that I have to use Spark as... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 10:52:34 EST Do you have any cans? A friend from another team sent me a motivational quote. I thought about it and sent her a response. I am sharing both with you. <BR> <BR> ---------- -COURT- wrote: ---------- <BR> Author Unknown <BR> Success comes in cans, failure in can'ts. <BR> <BR> My response: <BR> So true. I have always been fearful of long distance driving. The year that I was separated (later divorced) I planned a vacation for me and the girls. I was living in Massachusetts at the time and I was taking them to a... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 07:56:30 EST Showing Love to my Sister's Hi ladies, how are you all? Just wanted to come through and say hello to everyone and show my Sister's some Love!!!! I'm glad we can Unite together in sisterhood and talk about anything and still remain mature adults. You don't really see that to often especially amongst Black Women. Time to change that epidemic and stereotype of us and continue this Positive route and prove that all Black Women are NOT like what you see on reality tv. So if you ever need a friend to vent to or just need a su... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 12:40:31 EST May Is Also For Motivation May is approaching and I am sure that it is also for motivation. I am excited about the long days full of sunshine, green grass and colorful flowers. Most of all, I am excited about all of us getting healthier together. Mon, 29 Apr 2013 22:51:31 EST Hello everyone! Hey everyone! I'm lex 24, from NJ. I been a member of spark people a few times before in my younger years and never followed up. O how now I wish I would know then what I know today! At any rate i'm here now and i'm DETERMINED to follow through, i mean why cheat my self. My boyfriend and I are talking about getting married and even tho that would be a joyous time in my life, all i can think about is pictures. I don't want to look back at my self and say "i should have done something. Soo yup ... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 05:01:36 EST June is Bursting Out Post your goals here. You can report daily or weekly (by Friday 9:00 pm). Use the same post, just edit to add information. Best wishes for a successful challenge! <BR> <BR> 4/14: Setting up for success. I've created my menu for the week, shopped for food and will cook some things ahead when I get back for church. Walked yesterday, will do a yoga session this afternoon. <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> 4/15: Happy Tax day--Hope everyone has filed. I brought my breakfast and lunch into work t... Sat, 13 Apr 2013 12:59:29 EST March is for Motivation Temeka and I would like to know what motivates you. Can we set a weekly motivation goal and check in with our <em>248</em> at the end of the week? Goals can be about anything, just State your goal on the chat thread, check in daily if that works for you but everyone should check in by 12:00 pm on Saturday. Our week starts on Sunday. Sun, 3 Mar 2013 09:51:03 EST Water! Water!! Water!!! We all know how important it is to get our water in...let's check in to see how we are doing!!! <BR> <BR> Today: 10 cups Thu, 7 Feb 2013 20:23:52 EST Februay Fitness Challenge This challenge is designed to get us up and moving. We are going to travel across the United States one fitness minute at a time. We will start in Los Angeles and try to get as far east as we can. Do you think we can make it to the East Coast in 28 days? Let's try!!! <BR> <BR> The rules of the challenge are simple. Each day you will need to post how many minutes you worked out in this thread. Each minute will represent a mile. Each time we cross into a new city I will post fun facts about th... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 21:31:29 EST Trying to get motivated My name is Erica and I'm 30 years old. I've struggled with my weight since near the end of high school. I've been off and on in the gym and it seems like I just cant maintain my motivation. I recently moved and for some reason I felt on top of the world. I had so much energy, so I decided to get a trainer and sign up with a gym. For the past month I've been completely off track. I haven't worked out, I haven't been eating right. I have no energy to do much of anything. My doctor put my on blo... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 15:18:46 EST Update on my pregnancy Hi Everyone! Sorry I have not been as active I got married and expecting my 2nd baby by April 1 2013! Great to see everyone hanging in there and losing weight! Mon, 7 Jan 2013 22:51:15 EST Hello from Central, VA Hello, my name is Alicia and I live in Central VA. I am a mother of 2 and a grandmother of 1. I am starting this journey to lose weight, but my main goal is to become healthy. I am hoping this group can offer the much needed motivation and support that can help make this journey brighter. Wed, 2 Jan 2013 14:25:17 EST Hello! My name is Yvonne, <BR> <BR> Its been a while since I was on this page, I'm back now and just wanted to say hello to all of you. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Wed, 10 Oct 2012 16:07:16 EST HELLO Hello Everyone, <BR> My name is Tyra and I am so excited to be taking this journey with everyone. Like most of you this isn't my first time embarking on getting fit but I pray and believe this is it for me. I am naturally shy with strangers but at this point in my life I realize fear has kept me in bondage. Needless to say, I am breaking up with fear (lol) and stepping out of my comfort zone. I look forward to encouraging and getting encouragement as I begin another phase of my journey. <BR>... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 12:53:47 EST Hey :) Hi! Im Michaela I just started and i cant wait to lose weight lol! :) Sun, 30 Sep 2012 18:47:12 EST HELLO GOOD EVENING LADIES,MY NAME IS RAVISHIN72,I AM EMBARKING ON MY FINAL VOYAGE OF HEALTH AND WEIGHT LOSS.THIS TIME WHEN I LOSE THIS WEIGHT,I WANT TO LOSE THIS WEIGHT FOR GOOD.I WANT TO LEARN EVERYTHING I POSSIBLY CAN.THAT WAY IT WILL BE SECOND NATURE TO ME AND IT WILL BECOME PART OF ME,SO WHEN I DO IT I WANT EVEN REALIZE IT IS HAPPENING,SO ICAN GET FOCUSED ABOUT LOSING WEIGHT AND GETTING HEALTHY,ONCE AND FOR ALLI LOOK FORWARD TO GETTING TO KNOW EACH AND EVERY LAST ONE OF YOU.. Fri, 21 Sep 2012 17:44:03 EST Baby and losing weight Is anyone out there trying to lose weight to get preggo? Wed, 29 Aug 2012 15:05:15 EST High Five our Summer Olympians Post a high five emoticon to show your support. <BR> ~Sonya Mon, 6 Aug 2012 23:43:15 EST August Challenge!!! Hey ladies, <BR> <BR> We only have a few more months in this year so let's get moving so that we will be either at our goal or close to it when 2013 rolls in...what are you going to challenge yourself to do for THIS month? <BR> <BR> I am challenging myself to lose 10 lbs, eat more fruit/veggies, less processed/fast foods and to be consistent in the gym... <BR> <BR> What about YOU? <BR> <em>381</em> Mon, 6 Aug 2012 13:24:35 EST CMV Good Morning! After received more than a dozen spark emails, I am ready to get this healthy lifestyle started!! Looking forward to doing spark challenges and sharing with you! Thu, 5 Jul 2012 10:22:07 EST New-Travel Tips Hey! <BR> <BR> Well I traveled out of time this weekend with my husband and went off track. The main reason was because my husband (and I :) ) wanted to try so of the regional goods (in this case Philly Cheese Steaks). Obviously, this is not going to work if I am going to lose (and maintain) weight. I can get over a weekend of not following my Spark plan, but I have more trips coming up and I do not want to make this a habit. What is the best way to travel, enjoy the local goods, but not go ... Mon, 4 Jun 2012 08:25:20 EST Katy,Tx Newbie Hi Guys! Glad to be part of the team looking forward to making new friends! Sorry to be so brief gotta work! Thu, 19 Apr 2012 11:49:50 EST HELP!!! Journaling I can't seem to journal. I have a HUGE problem doing it. Can I please get some help? Wed, 18 Apr 2012 11:34:53 EST Hello Ladies! Hi ladies, I am new to this team but not to SP, I've been a member since 2008 <em>252</em> It is a wonderfully supportive site with loads of interesting people to meet and get to know. I was happy to see this team after I put in the search box " woman of color" and I'm excited to go on this life style change/ journey with you. Oh btw my name is Valerie, I'm 48 near 49 years old, mother of two grown ( bless His Name) daughters, married for 23 years. Just started back to school after 28 years... Wed, 4 Apr 2012 16:44:26 EST Spring into summer Chat Thread This is where we will discuss the spring into Summer Challenge. Do not chat on the tracker thread. <BR> Anything and everything is open to discussion within the guidelines of Come in, lend support, ask a question, this is your space. People who have been the most successful stay in touch with others on the site and are consistent in their practices. Tue, 20 Mar 2012 18:36:29 EST Spring into Summer Tracking thread March 21 <BR> Baseline Weight: 262 .6 <BR> Measurements: Bust: 45 <BR> Arm:17.5 <BR> Waist: 42 <BR> Hips:48.5 <BR> Thigh:28.5 <BR> <BR> Week One March 28 <BR> Weight: 259.4 <BR> Focus: Food label article and blog <BR> Mission: Shared food tracker, did not track the required 5 days <BR> <BR> Total points Week 1: 15 <BR> <BR> Week Two April 4 <BR> Weight: 264.2 <BR> Focus: water Have been consi... Tue, 20 Mar 2012 18:30:40 EST Accomplishments I want to acknowledge Sparkle1908 as one of our newest co-leaders with her sorority, AlphaKappaAlpha on the Pretty Girls Wear 20 Pearls team. <BR> She shines her light with beauty, style, and grace. The pride she exhibits in motivating her sorority sisters is to be commended. <BR> <BR> Love Ya Sparkle1908! <BR> <BR> <BR> Sonya Fri, 9 Mar 2012 12:59:31 EST March Madness Hi Everyone!!! It's already March and we need to get things moving. I wanted to challenge everyone to exercise 5 times a week for at least 30 minutes. Please keep everyone updated and let us know how you are doing. Tue, 6 Mar 2012 18:54:05 EST Hello Hi All, <BR> <BR> I guess I am not new technically but I have never posted to the message board. I am really trying to use this wonderful community to help me with my goals. I have tried many times and not stuck with it for many reasons but I am determined to succeed. <BR> <BR> <BR> I could really use the support. Sun, 19 Feb 2012 12:44:55 EST New to the site Hello Ladies, <BR> <BR> I joined spark people a few days ago after a friend informed me about how great of a support system this site could be. I have been on a weight loss journey since 2009 and have managed to lose 59lbs to date on my own. The last 1year to a 1 1/2 the weight loss has slowed but I am still maintaning. At the beginning of this year I set a goal to lose this last 30-35lbs, I am hoping to meet this goal no later than April :/ Fri, 17 Feb 2012 20:41:37 EST Are You Into Fashion? Hi guys! Started a new group called Fatshionista if you are into fashion, shopping and looking great as well as feeling great, come by and check us out! You can search for fatshionista or copy and paste the link below! <BR> <BR><BR>s_individual.asp Fri, 17 Feb 2012 12:57:40 EST What is your Favorite Whitney Houston Song? Guess mine is "I will Always love you" followed by "Greatest Love of All" Sun, 12 Feb 2012 09:36:59 EST Hello I am kdlnga! I am thrilled to be here! Thu, 19 Jan 2012 19:39:43 EST hi! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> i'm a 27 year asian american woman, and i decided to rejoin because i realized i needed support to make it to my goal weight. I've heard great things about the community and I look forward to connecting with others! :) <BR> <BR> Fri, 13 Jan 2012 00:44:41 EST Meezsadie determined Hi ladies, <BR> I my name is Sade (Sha-day) like the singer. I don't sing much, wish I could. However, I am excited to join the women of color team. I have been trying to lose weight for the longest time and this around, I am very much determined to lose weight. <BR> My husband joined the navy august 2011, in November, he filed divorce, we had only been married for 18months. <BR> I am at 225, I have always worked out, but not made the right choices per food. I have always taken care of mysel... Wed, 11 Jan 2012 00:11:06 EST Hi, I'm Cle! Just wanted to introduce myself, I've been on the site for a while and never used it for an extended time. I need as much motivation and support I can get. Have 130lbs to lose, but my first mini goal is 16lbs! Hope you have a great day! Tue, 10 Jan 2012 07:06:59 EST Hello! Hello Teammates! I'm a wife trying to lose this baby fat! I'm in central GA and am trying to get remotivated with my workouts. I currently workout at lunch and just came back from a lunchtime jog. I decided I need to make time to be accountable via the Spark pages motivational system. I obviously couldn't do it on my own. Anyhow, I'd love to hear your stories and what you are going through so I can help support you and use your story as support also! <BR> <BR> Glad to be here! Mon, 9 Jan 2012 12:42:28 EST Hello Ladies I just joined the team and would love your support. Anyone want to buddy up and chat (IM chat or text) on a daily basis for support? I have about 90 lbs to lose. It really helps me when I have to be accountable. Wed, 4 Jan 2012 16:39:45 EST December Challenge Okay, ladies..... It's the end of the year and the weather has been very nice to us. Let's go out this year with a bang. Three tasks for each week. <BR> <BR> 1. Drink at least 8 glasses of water per day. <BR> 2. Add 30 minutes of exercise <BR> 3. Add 2 veggies to your food daily. <BR> <BR> <BR> You can do this! These small changes will help you finish the year right! Please modify these if you choose too. But try to post as often as you can. List the things you accomplished and what you di... Thu, 8 Dec 2011 23:50:28 EST Two jobs, little money and no motivatio n...HELP! Hi ladies...My name is Amaris (Bubbles if you prefer) and I need help. I am gaining more and more weight, but it's like I can't stop myself. My legs hurt, my clothes don't fit, but I have a hard time finding the motivation and drive to work out. I eat terribly. I am mad at myself for letting it get this bad. I work at a bookstore where I am on my feet for 7 hours (so that helps) and I am a Pure Romance consultant pt, but I need to join a gym. Or find a group of people to push me. Thoughts? Id... Thu, 8 Dec 2011 20:54:52 EST GREETINGS HELLO EVERYONE I'm TAZ AND I WAS TRAVELING FOR 6MO.LANDED A PERMANENT POSITION IN PHILLY.I LIVE IN WILMINGTON DE.NOW THAT I HAVE SETTLED IN 1 SPOT I SHOULD BE ABLE TO DO SOMETHING NOW.WISH ME LUCK <em>253</em> Mon, 5 Dec 2011 00:01:51 EST WHAT MOTIVATES YOU? NEED SUPPORT OR ENCOURAGEMENT? With 35 days left to this year, let's determine what is motivating for us and also what support or encouragement we need from each other. I need encouragement to continue working with the physical limitations that I am currently facing. I am motivated by health concerns and a desire to improve my appearance. Sun, 27 Nov 2011 20:12:05 EST What Are You Thankful For? We are often so caught up with concerns about our weight, health or appearance that we forget to stop and express our gratitude for all that we have. Thanksgiving presents the perfect opportunity to examine our lives, the people in our lives and the many gifts that we have been given. In the spirit of the season, tell us what you are thankful for. <BR> <BR> I am thankful for a steady job, as I have friends and relatives battling long term unemployment. <BR> <BR> I am thankful for my child... Sun, 20 Nov 2011 10:33:40 EST Hello My name is Renee', I have been a part of SP for over a month now and I am really enjoying the resources, the help, the support and the friends I have made in such a short time. I have been trying to keep up with eating right and exercise. I am still having a little trouble with the exercising, my body just doesn't want to do it. Looking forward to getting to know everyone. Thu, 10 Nov 2011 18:44:25 EST Hi! My name is Yvonne. I wanted to introduce myself to the group and to say hello to all the members. Sat, 8 Oct 2011 23:30:00 EST Fruit and Veggie list with portions Following is a list of the Freggie colors...You WILL want to keep this for future challenge reference! Serving sizes have also been added to the bottom, as it's easier to have everything all in one place! <BR> <BR> COLOR LIST <BR> <BR> RED Fruit & Vegetables~ <BR> Red Apples <BR> Blood Oranges <BR> Cherries <BR> Cranberries <BR> Red Grapes <BR> Pink/Red Grapefruit <BR> Red Pears <BR> Pomegranates <BR> Raspberries <BR> Strawberries <BR> Watermelon <BR> Beets <BR> Red Peppers ... Tue, 27 Sep 2011 00:04:26 EST FALL 12-WEEK CHALLENGE - LET'S TALK ABOUT IT! DO NOT POST YOUR WEEKLY RESULTS HERE! USE YOUR TRACKER ONLY FOR WEEKLY RESULTS! <BR> <BR> This spot is for everyone who's interested in talking about the challenge, encouraging each other, letting everyone know what's going on in your life right now that makes this a REAL challenge and maybe having some fun. Let's take time daily if you can to stop in and see how your friends are doing and see what's going on! Tue, 6 Sep 2011 02:18:03 EST TRACKER - FALL 12-WEEK CHALLENGE - <em>227</em> <em>230</em> <em>227</em> <em>230</em> <em>227</em> <em>230</em> <em>227</em> <em>230</em> <em>227</em> <em>230</em> <em>227</em> <em>230</em> <BR> <BR> Please EDIT YOUR POSTS TO UPDATE WEEKLY do not REPLY! <BR> <BR> YOU should report to your trackers "Week 12- Weekly Challenge Results" no later than Midnight Wednesday your time zone! <BR> <BR> <BR> Have you... Updated your weight? Entered your Actual Fitness Minutes for the week? <BR> Taken your end of round ... Tue, 6 Sep 2011 02:12:49 EST NAKED AND PROUD! I saw something similar to this on another team and thought it would be interesting. <BR> <BR> At what weight are YOU comfortable being naked in the light? Are you comfortable with others seeing your body? At home? At the gym? Trying on clothing at the store? Or do you hurry to COVER IT ALL UP EVEN WHEN YOU'RE HOME ALONE! <BR> ***** GETTING INTO OR OUT OF THE SHOWER DOES NOT COUNT! ***** <BR> <BR> <em>204</em> <em>204</em> <em>204</em> <em>204</em> <em>204</em> <em>204</em> ... Mon, 5 Sep 2011 23:48:40 EST Back to School The kiddies are going back to school! How does this affect your nutritional/fitness plans. Does the structure of the day help YOU to stay on your plans or make it difficult for you to fit in your plans? Thu, 18 Aug 2011 03:01:39 EST Hello Good Afternoon All, <BR> <BR> I have been a member of this site for sometime but I have never logged on due to using another site but now I am back just trying to get some helpful hints on how to over come my plateau. I have been juggling around 2 pounds now for months and I am at a stand still as to how to get it off so that I can get to my goal weight. I look forward to meeting new people along my journey of weight lose. Wed, 17 Aug 2011 15:33:36 EST Introduce Myself to the Women of Color Team Hi my name is Cynthia I just wanted to introduce myself to the women of Colors Team. I am glad to be part of the team and look forward to us helping each other reach all of our goals. Fri, 12 Aug 2011 11:46:52 EST Hair care after workout Hey I don't know if anyone has asked this before. If they have I apologize for repeating the question and ask to be pointed to the post. If no one has though.... I am wondering what's the best thing I should do after a workout when I am a hot sweaty mess. lol I know generally I shouldn't wash black hair everyday but I can't stand the feeling of dirt in my hair. I should state that my hair relaxed and I am 12 weeks post relaxer about to have a relaxer again tomorrow. I think my hair is 4b. Wed, 10 Aug 2011 14:39:10 EST Hello All Hello everyone. <BR> <BR> I found this team while browsing the site, thought it would be good for me. I'm not exactly new to the site, I left because I couldn't keep up between work and school. but i started taking my weight serious 230, lost some of it only to gain it back, and I'm working at it again with more success and determination than last. So why am I back? Well, one can never have enough support and resources. Thu, 4 Aug 2011 22:18:14 EST Hi everyone I am Deedee. I have had a rough go of things in last year battling health, depression and unemployment. I watched my weight balloon from 164lbs to 237 lbs in 19 months. I am ready to take my life back and am helping for a little help along the way. Tue, 2 Aug 2011 07:22:35 EST August Challenge The goal in August is to the following: <BR> 1. Eat 3-5 veggies per day. <BR> 2. Increase Exercise by 15 minutes <BR> 3. Track your calories daily list them here when you check in.. <BR> <BR> Try to Check in daily to list your updates for the above items.... You can do it!!!! Mon, 1 Aug 2011 14:30:28 EST What time do you snack? I like my snack mid afternoon <em>244</em> Thu, 21 Jul 2011 17:56:28 EST What is your favorite snack? I know many of us have favorite snacks and recipes. Please share them with others. Thu, 21 Jul 2011 13:14:13 EST Avoiding Late Night Snacking I have lost ten pounds in about three weeks but have recently gained back three of the ten. My problem- eating at night . I need some tips on avoiding the midnight snack. I will actually get up from sleeping and make something to eat or pig out on cookies ..... HELP Sat, 16 Jul 2011 00:42:27 EST Conventions I was wondering if some of the members in this group have planned to vacation somewhere this summer/fall? Does anyone know of any weight lost conventions taking place this summer? Sat, 9 Jul 2011 23:54:46 EST Hello Everyone! I am elated to have found this site. It suits all of my needs to inspire me to be successful in my weight loss and fitness journey. I have already seen so much positivity and beauty in people here. I am very happy to be part of a team with everyone. Fri, 8 Jul 2011 01:25:16 EST Fruit I enjoyed today. A delicious pink grapefruit. Sun, 3 Jul 2011 16:05:46 EST Hello All! I just joined the team yesterday. I have had a wonderful welcome from the team leaders. Thank you ladies. <em>247</em> Wed, 29 Jun 2011 12:06:26 EST I would like to share a powerful prayer. Dear Lord, I don’t want to be fake. I want to be real. I don’t want to wait until I am old and withered. I want to be real today! Help me to remove the mask of perfection and join the courtyard of the “happy roaring, braying, yelping, barking, squealing, cooing, neighing, stamping, singing and laughing creatures. May I never pretend to be other than I really am. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. <BR> <BR> Wed, 29 Jun 2011 11:43:34 EST Hello All... Trying to drop 50 and need all the inspiration I can find. Also want to adapt a permanent, healthy life-style and meet like-minded individuals. <BR> <BR> Just learned of this website and find it quite cool. <BR> <BR> :-) Tue, 14 Jun 2011 22:12:55 EST July Challenge Hello Everyone!!! Here is the one month challenge for July. Post your starting weight the first week of July, post your daily exercise minutes, and on July 31st your ending weight. You can also use measurements cause we all know that you may lose inches and not pounds. Tue, 14 Jun 2011 14:26:31 EST June 1 month Challenge This month join in with us to exercise at least 3 times a week!!! Let us know you progress .... <BR> <BR> Tue, 14 Jun 2011 14:23:40 EST Introducing Myself Hi <BR> <BR> I have been with SP for two months. Before joining I began changing what I ate, quit smoking and was doing some exercising. I loss a shoe size, a few inches but not weight. Oh was I frustrated. But not anymore. Now I workout almost everyday, tracking my food, and water, loving SP and enjoying my journey. I have loss some weight, finally know I can continue with this new lifestyle and will reach my goal. <BR> <BR> I am glad to be apart of this group. Sun, 5 Jun 2011 15:39:58 EST Hello Ladies! Greetings to everyone! My name is Shaun, and even though I'm more concerned about having a healthier lifestyle than I am about losing weight, I'd be kidding myself to say that I would mind 30-40lbs to slide off of me! <BR> I decided to get healthy because I got tired of feeling like a victim of my health issues, but staying on track requires a lot of creativity on my part. The title of this group was inspiring in itself so I'm glad I joined. Eating healthy and exercising are still foreign co... Fri, 3 Jun 2011 02:26:28 EST Psycology today article Was anyone else offended by this article? Black women are not attractive, then the retraction? I am so sick of white, blonde and size 4 being seen as beauty in this country.........We come in so many shades and diverse features....... Mon, 30 May 2011 17:33:59 EST Copying custom meal plans Does anyone know how to copy a custom meal plan from one day to the next? <em>40</em> Mon, 30 May 2011 15:32:09 EST Recent Favorite Quote I was reading a book a couple of weeks ago and I came across this quote from Eleanor Roosevelt. I can't remember the book but the quote stayed with me. <BR> <BR> "Women are a lot like tea. You never know how strong they are until you put them in hot water." <BR> <BR> Each little success (be little or big) shows just how strong you are. Some days we may be stronger than others just as the tea is when the water is hotter. Sat, 28 May 2011 22:46:16 EST I Keep Falling Off!!!! Ok so I started my weight loss journey after having my daughter in August. I started seriously in January, then got a promotion at work and fell off. Started again in March, fell off again. Overall I have lost 4 pounds. LOL. What is my problem??!?! I don't see why I just can't keep it going. I have a gym membership at work, we have a gym in the subdivision, so I just don't understand where my motivation / lack of consistency is going. <BR> <BR> Anybody else had this issue and then finally b... Wed, 27 Apr 2011 13:43:55 EST stretch marks hello ladies I have a big problem stretch marks.... I hate them .they are on my arms and being of color where the out side of your arm is darker then the inside they really show up bad. I have try so many thing nothing seem to help them. If i could just darken them up .I know this is why I am having a hard time with my weight. thanks Brenda <em>198</em> Sun, 24 Apr 2011 19:41:02 EST Hello all I've recently been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. I'm in my early 40's so I guess its time for me to endure all the stressed out black people diseases. I have high blood pressure, my blood glucose is a little high, I live a highly stressful life, I'm poor, I'm black. you know how that story goes. I'm single and I'm raising a 15 year old boy with aspergers, co parenting with his dad who I have to live with because I can't afford to live alone and I need his car to get to one of my two jobs. I... Sun, 17 Apr 2011 14:02:53 EST Butterfly Butterfly wants to be her ideal weight by her 50 B'day!!!! <BR> Fri, 15 Apr 2011 15:40:12 EST Reintroduction Hi I am not new to Spark People or W.C.U. I have been on since late last year, I have posted before in other groups but didn't have my own computer at the time that made it difficult to keep up with giving me ample excuses to not work out. Now I have a computer and no more excuses. I am going to commit to logging on everyday. :) I was always skinny and took it for granted that I'd never put weight on. Only I did! now at thirty I feel uncomfortable in my own skin. I am not overweight acco... Wed, 6 Apr 2011 18:06:20 EST Spring Fling Challenge current weight: 253 <BR> 1st goal weight: 200 <BR> drink at least 8-10 glasses of H2O a day <BR> Plan <BR> Cardio 5-6 days/wk <BR> Strength Training 3-5 days/wk <BR> Low Carb Diet/ 1600 claories <BR> stay w/in calorie range w/ tracking <BR> <BR> Tue, 22 Mar 2011 23:02:02 EST W O C Spring Fling Current weight: 263 <BR> Spring Fling Goal: 240 <BR> Fitness minutes: 120 weekly(minimum) <BR> Track Food and water <BR> Blog 2x per week <BR> Update stats weekly <BR> Sat, 19 Mar 2011 09:07:21 EST What is your happy weight? Something I found on another team page. I tried it and thought that you woud like to test it out. My goal weight is 160 but the calcuator says my happy weight is 154.8. I would be happy with 165!!. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>culators/happyweight </link> Sun, 13 Mar 2011 11:12:19 EST Swimsuit Where do you buy yours from? Thu, 17 Feb 2011 15:13:11 EST Back again Hello All! : ) <BR> <BR> I had a page on SparkPeople some months ago, but closed it down because I felt discouraged. Now I'm back again to finish what I had started. I've gained 100+ pounds and it's no fun hauling all of this around...I'm stressed to the max. I've already began to make healthier food choices and incorporate physical activity into my day. I'm hoping to make positive lifestyle changes, meet my weightloss goal, and gain support from you lovely people. BEST WISHES EVERYBODY!! Wed, 16 Feb 2011 07:23:27 EST Hello every I am glad to be back with Spark People, I really like all the information they have and meeting new people. I especially like the recipe section since I like trying new things. Drop by and check out my "new" Sparkpage and please leave comments and suggestions and I'll return the favor. Sat, 12 Feb 2011 15:20:31 EST Day by Day I am a 26 years old. I have been on and off diets for as long as I can remember. This time around I am trying to change my lifestyle for a healthier me. I don't want to diet anymore, I am going to try to live healhier. That way I dont have to worry about dieting on and off. Im not a junk food eater, I just love to eat real food and I know my portions be out of control. I just want to be healthier and continue on my journey with the help of people just like me. Sun, 6 Feb 2011 23:10:47 EST how many veggis/fruits did you eat today?? I am so up for the challenge!! I have having stuffed bell peppers with a veggi filing!! I am planning to BLOW this challenge UP!! Who is with me???? Thu, 3 Feb 2011 19:37:14 EST FEBRUARY CHALLENGE POSTS/RESULTS All our challenges, posts and results for February will be here! Come on WOCU let's get ROCKIN! Thu, 3 Feb 2011 14:07:03 EST Hi I'm Kathy7892 I am excited about the help that is available from everyone. Iam looking forward to being a part of this weight loss system Sat, 29 Jan 2011 19:31:26 EST Hello, Everyone!! My name is Evelyn and I have been on Spark People for a while, but I am new to your group. I gained over thirty pounds in the last three and a half years and in November, I set a goal to lose twenty-five pounds by May. Today, I am officially ten pounds lighter and excited to start the second phase of achieving my goal. I'm looking to really take full advantage of the Spark People website and hopefully meet some new people along the way. Thanks for having me! Fri, 28 Jan 2011 11:04:07 EST Hi all,, Hello All. My name is Flo. I am 31 years old with 4 children from 11 years to 2 years old. I have a busy lifestyle with school and working, but Im learning I need to take time out for myself. I'm excited to be a part of a team of motivating and encouraging group to help me get to my weight loss goals and healthy lifestyle. Im looking forward to meeting new friends and meeting my goals. <BR> <BR> Thu, 27 Jan 2011 18:22:54 EST Going Back Hi, I'm a 55yr young Black woman who is determined to lose this forty odd pounds that I've recently gained. I'm happy to be here and I'm confidant that with some work, faith and prayer, we will accomplish our goals. <em>220</em> Wed, 26 Jan 2011 22:56:46 EST A NEW ME Hello all. My name is Sharee and after several failed attempts at weight loss I have decided to give SPARKPEOPLE a chance to make a difference in my life. I am looking for a buddy to call on when I feel like failure is near. I am also looking for a buddy to work out and attend the gym with. If you are looking for someone motivated then look no further. A new you in 52 is my goal for the year. Wed, 26 Jan 2011 13:59:00 EST It's time now... Hey!! I've been saying I wanted to get back to my original weight of over 20 years ago for the last 5 years. I stepped on the scale and have gained another 20lbs and I realize ITS TIME NOW! <em>39</em> Mon, 24 Jan 2011 14:22:12 EST My biggest challenge.... This week my goal is portion control. My biggest challenge for losing weight is definitley overcoming my overeating habits. Even when I am satisified, its hard for me to stop. Any tips? Mon, 24 Jan 2011 08:33:24 EST Essence Music Festival 2011 Is anyone going this year? <link> </link> Mon, 24 Jan 2011 00:31:49 EST Trying again.. Hello Spark family. My name is Tarsha. I'm 35 years old. I'm half Black(dad) and Korean(mom). I really need to find a buddy for workout. Anyone in Ca/Long Beach area or near? I need to lose 35 pounds. I came here for alot of motivation. Sun, 23 Jan 2011 13:53:37 EST Getting Started Hello to all, <BR> <BR> I am just joining this group and looking forward to great success. Please give me some pointers on getting started and staying committed so that I can be successful. I look forward to getting to know my fellow team members. <BR> <BR> Tonyia Sat, 22 Jan 2011 13:11:06 EST Hello First day and I'm pumped. Hoping this time will have a better outcome than the rest! <em>24</em> Thu, 20 Jan 2011 14:37:59 EST points system My target wt loss is 50 lbs. with a target date of January 2012. Not sure how to work the points system. Have done weight watchers before, but I don't have time to attend meetings this time around. Figured Spark people may be able to help. Thu, 20 Jan 2011 13:07:35 EST new to the team hi everyone-glad to be here. hope this will be the time i reach that elusive goal. TRUELINDA Wed, 19 Jan 2011 15:45:04 EST Sisters in need I am blessed to see all the sisters out here finally doing something for themselves. It takes a lot of self-determination and persistence to challenge yourself to change. I am one. I need encouragement and someone to push me beyond my limits. I am not one who have ever really exercised. I am 58, had a sitting majority of the time job for over 25 years and the weight now is not acceptable. I want to live another 25+ years with my dearly and loving husband. HELP!! motivate and encourage me as ... Wed, 19 Jan 2011 02:25:52 EST Hi I am Angie I joined this site hoping to meet people who like me have been jo jo dieting for a long time...lost the weight only to put it right back again plus more...I am hoping to meet other like minded people who can motivate and support in this regard Tue, 18 Jan 2011 03:54:11 EST Hello Hello my name is Katrina and I joined SparkPeople back in December but never really did anything with it. It was just an idea. But, now I'm ready to get started. I'm needing some help on how to get started. Thanks for all your suggestions and help. Mon, 17 Jan 2011 18:37:33 EST Hello Hello all. I've battled with weight problems for years now, and having children later in life did not help. I am 42 now, and my youngest son is 5. I gained 70 lbs with him, and have had the hardest time getting rid of it. I've done various things throughout the 5 years, but haven't really stuck with anything. <BR> <BR> Well, I'm tired of not wanting to go out because of how I look. I'm tired of not wanting to look in mirrors because of not wanting to face how large I am. Essentially,... Mon, 17 Jan 2011 00:03:24 EST Hello Hello everyone my name is Kada and I guess you can tell from my screen name that I am a Zeta :) I am trying to drop a few pounds and need a little extra support from my spark team. What are you guys doing to tone up and build muscle? <em>319</em> Sun, 16 Jan 2011 22:21:09 EST Hola!!! Hey Everyone <BR> <BR> My name is April and I'm 21. I'm currently a junior at GA State. I'm determined that this will be the year I get healthy and reach my goal weight. I'm pretty much tired of failing at this point (making progress and relapsing). The most important thing is that I look amazing for my graduation which is approaching;)lol. If I'm going to be a doctor I need to set a good example by living healthy. <BR> <BR> The hardest thing so far has been finding the support I need to ... Sun, 16 Jan 2011 16:02:47 EST Introducing... Good Morning! <BR> <BR> Glad to be a new member of Spark People and this team. I'm 36, a music teacher and currently residing in McComb, MS. I want to lose weight and become a healthier and happier person. :) <BR> <BR> <BR> See you Later! Sun, 16 Jan 2011 12:19:02 EST The Right Choices Hi my name is April, and I just want to know if there is anyone out there who can be my buddy and help me get through this trying time in my life. I haven't received any bad news from my doctor but if I dont get my weight under control its just a matter of time......Help im already hungry and frustrated but trying to do this darn thing. Sat, 15 Jan 2011 23:45:18 EST Intro Hi my name is Creashia <BR> <BR> And I have struggled throughout the years with my weight. The t.v. and radio stations have different gimmicks and advertisements and medicines for losing weight, however I want to try the natural diet. I was amazed to know this website was here for people like me and free. I'm happy to have found this website and hope to meet some interesting individuals who have weight loss goals in common. Does any one live in Atlanta, and if you do where are some good ... Fri, 14 Jan 2011 23:06:18 EST Finding some me time... I know it was easier for me to watch what I ate and exercise before marriage and kids. And I think juggling work, taking caring of home has been the root of my stress and therefore my weight gain. What are some tips to decrease stress and find some ME time?? Thu, 13 Jan 2011 14:33:44 EST Interesting Food Myth Article<BR>-worst-health-diet-myths Wed, 12 Jan 2011 13:57:37 EST Hello, I'm Traci I'm an current 19 year old college/nursing student. Since high school I been battling up and down weight issues, so for 2011 I made the dissucion to stay on a weight loss plan I can control without spending money on food that dosen't taste good or isn't enough for me through out my busy days/weeks. I'm going to lose this weight is because my Highschool Homecoming is coming up and I want people to look at me and be amazed at my tranformation. If all my goals are met I will be very happy, for t... Wed, 12 Jan 2011 09:01:26 EST Winning Everyday! Hi! My name is Erin and I have been working out for awhile now but I must say that I am just getting the hang of things. Eating properly and exercise are now becoming a major part of my life. I am honored and comforted to be able to share this journey with all of you. <BR> <BR> Best, <BR> Erin Tue, 11 Jan 2011 20:04:01 EST I am Tiffany I joined sparkpeople on January 10, 2011. I am a 31 year old female with a 3 year old soon to be 4 years old son who has become very active in the last couple of months. My goal was to lose weight before I turned 30 in December of 2010. I did not reach that goal but I am not giving up. My new goal is to lose 75lbs. because I want to look better, feel great and be energized. Tue, 11 Jan 2011 14:14:09 EST I am Tiffany I joined sparkpeople on January 10, 2011. I am a 31 year old female with a 3 year old soon to be 4 years old son who has become very active in the last couple of months. My goal was to lose weight before I turned 30 in December of 2010. I did not reach that goal but I am not giving up. My new goal is to lose 75lbs. because I want to look better, feel great and be energized. Tue, 11 Jan 2011 13:37:31 EST Hi I just joined and I am very excited to start fresh. I look forward to losing weight with all of you and helping you to lose yours too. Tue, 11 Jan 2011 00:29:01 EST I would like to make a healthy life style change Again, I want to make a healthy life style change. I want to eat healthy and the things I want in portions control. I would like to have more energy and peace of mind. I am 40 something but I consider myself the new 20 something. Just would like to feel better and eat better. Mon, 10 Jan 2011 16:38:02 EST Good afternoon! Stoked and ready to begin this new journey! Mon, 10 Jan 2011 13:17:08 EST HI TEAM MEMBERS I am new to this and looking forward to your help and support on this journey. Mon, 10 Jan 2011 11:25:55 EST Hi Everyone! I started my diet last week and lost 4 pounds. However, the loss of my mother on 1/8/11 caused me to use food for comforting. I won't beat myself up for that. It is what it is. The grief is enormous. After this week I will begin the Spring semester and am determined to get back on track. I need time and encouragement. <BR> <BR> Thank you for reading this. It was good to get my feelings out. Mon, 10 Jan 2011 04:20:57 EST Hi!!!!! My name is lorna and this is new for me. I need to drop at least 80 pounds and I've been trying for over a year. My major problem is consistency and I love food. Measuring, counting, and eating pre-packaged food just doesn't work for me. I will be 50 in a few days and I don't want to look or feel 50. Hopefully, this online group will make a difference. Sun, 9 Jan 2011 18:02:02 EST SO Not Wanting You To Lose Weight How many of you have a significant other that doesn't want you to lose any weight? How do you deal with that while still pursuing your goals? Sun, 9 Jan 2011 13:05:15 EST This weeks challenge? Hi! I'm new here and I'm trying to figure out what the challenges are for each week. I'd like to join in on it :) <BR> <BR> Thank YOU!! Sun, 9 Jan 2011 11:54:04 EST Heeeey! :) Hello! My name is Heather and I've been a member of sparkpeople for awhile, but it wasnt until i read the book last night that i decided to actually utilize the website. I must say I love it and I have both apps on my touch. <BR> <BR> I use to be an avid user of bodyspace and that really worked for me a few years ago. I use to blog daily. I think by writing how i was feeling helped me as well as others. <BR> <BR> My goal is to go from 165 back down to 137-140lbs. I've started exercising f... Sun, 9 Jan 2011 11:40:52 EST JANUARY CHALLENGES - ALL Beautiful Divalicious Women of Color! I'm gonna keep this space for ALL january challenges - post here. Sun, 9 Jan 2011 01:01:27 EST New to this site. My name is Kelena, I live in Greensboro, NC. I'm 33 in a few days, and trying to lose about 50 lbs. Sat, 8 Jan 2011 20:37:33 EST Hello everyone!!! Good afternoon everyone. My name is Michelle and I am here for some support. I am getting married in October and I want to look fabulous at my wedding. More importantly, I want to change my life. Currently, I don't have any health issues because of my weight and I would like to keep it that way. I realize that I need to change my lifestyle and not necessarily diet. So any helpful hints will be appreciated. Sat, 8 Jan 2011 13:01:33 EST Hello! I just wanted to say hello to all of team. I am glad that i joined and is ready to start my journey. I pray that we all have n=much sucess in out life change! <em>304</em> Sat, 8 Jan 2011 09:30:21 EST Getting Back On Track I've been a member of Sparks for over a year, and was doing really well, and then I got side tracked. I started eating unhealthy, and I stopped exercising, and guess what? I gained most of the weight that I losted back. I feel really bad about it, but I've made up my mind that I'm going to get back on track, and this time stay on track. I ate better, felt better and was happier when I regularly logged into Sparks to track my meals, exercising and read the many helpful article. So I'm her... Sat, 8 Jan 2011 07:34:57 EST I'm so glad I found this site Hello everyone. I so excited to be on the path to weight loss. <BR> After years of struggling with my weight, I lost 45 lbs and kept it off for several years. After the birth of my second child I was back to my pre pregnancy weight within 6 weeks. But it all went down hill after that. Stress and a very busy life caused me to return to bad eating habits, now I up 50 lbs and have been trying to lose if for the past 2 years with no success. This year the weight is coming off. I turn 40 i... Fri, 7 Jan 2011 23:26:22 EST WELCOME TO ALL OUR NEW JANUARY MEMBERS A great big Happy New Year Welcome to all of our new members. You are going to Love Women of Color. It's a great team with a great leader who challenge us. Fri, 7 Jan 2011 20:29:46 EST HELLO EVERYONE, I'M BARB, SINGLE MOTHER OF 2 GROWN DAUGHTERS, 4 GRANDKIDS AND ANYDAY NOW 5. <BR> NEW TO S/P IN NEED OF GUIDENESS IN WEIGHT LOSS, NUTRITION,AND EXERCISE. <BR> I'M HAPPY TO BE A BLACK WOMEN,IN THIS GROUP OF "WOMEN OF COLOR UNITE" Fri, 7 Jan 2011 15:39:39 EST Hello all My name is Jihane, I'm 26 and getting married this summer. I'm at 195lbs today and want to be at 145lbs by July 2011. I'm just tired of being overweight, tired, depressed, lazy and ugly all the time. I need help. I want to achieve this. Fri, 7 Jan 2011 12:23:56 EST Happy New Year Hey Everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm new to the group. I've been using sparkpeople for a while and I'm trying to grow my support system so I can lose this weight once and for all! <BR> <BR> I've lost so many loved ones due to weight issues and I promised myself that my weight will NOT take my life! I'll be 30 this year,so I'm claiming this as my year to take control! I've got about 140 pounds to lose, but I know I can do it with God's help and your support. <BR> <BR> Heather Fri, 7 Jan 2011 12:13:10 EST Hello :-) hello i am Denise. i was a member of spark people a few years ago and loved it. however i have gone threw a divorce and moving and jobs and all the stress of life and the weight is creeping back on. i am ready to get back on track now. i am in the process of joining the national guard also. so i gotta get right before mid march. nice to meet you all! Fri, 7 Jan 2011 09:54:12 EST Hello! hi everyone I am so excited to be here I hope with motivation and dedication I can acomplish my goal! Thu, 6 Jan 2011 21:10:20 EST New to the group Hello to everyone, I am a 38 year old stay at home mother of a beautiful preschooler. I am about 50lbs away from my weight and health goal and am greatful and excited to be a part of this group. I look forward to not only posting my won but also reading everyones victories. Thank you, <BR> Mitch364 Thu, 6 Jan 2011 15:13:04 EST Breakfast For brekfast I had a cup of rice krispies with a half cup of 2% milk. For mid moring snack I had an orange. Thu, 6 Jan 2011 12:51:13 EST Hello Hello my name is Angie. I've been on sp a couple days now. I'm looking forward to dropping the rest of this weight, so far I've lost 33 lbs within the past 4 mths. I look to meeting new friends here for moral support. Have a blessed day! Thu, 6 Jan 2011 12:47:54 EST Hello =D Hi everyone, my name is Elizabeth, or just Liz for short. Livin' down here in the sunshine state of Florida, been here all my life, except the three months I went up to Chicago to take care of an elderly aunt. Been in the 'battle of the bulge' sense middle school, and been losing badly. Time to turn the tide of battle to my favor. XD Looking forward to lots of weight loss and lots of conversation. =D Thu, 6 Jan 2011 11:57:07 EST What Music Do You Workout To? I want to create a new playlist on my Ipod to listen to while on the treadmill. What songs are you currently listening to? I'm always looking for something new. Thu, 6 Jan 2011 09:45:22 EST New to the team Hey Guys, trying to drop about 50 pounds. Happy to be in group! <em>216</em> Thu, 6 Jan 2011 09:38:05 EST I'm new to the this team. Hi, my name is kisha and this is my first time every joining are asking for help in losing weight. I have join gyms in the passed but I never really worked out. I even tried diets, well I brought all the things needed but I never used them. See I some how talked myself out of trying ; thinking if I do this diet and I don't lose any weight how well I feel. So here I am this time I went to try. So if there is anybody in this team who can help me please do. <BR> ... Thu, 6 Jan 2011 08:08:13 EST Spark Trivia I'm loving Spark Trivia; it keeps me on my toes and I'm learning things about health and nutrition that I never knew before. How are you doing? Check me out. <BR> <BR> Today you have answered 3 of 3 questions correctly, 100% correct. <BR> This month you have answered 9 of 10 questions correctly, 90% correct. <BR> All time you have answered 50 of 64 questions correctly, 78% correct. <BR> <BR> After age 60, people who don't strength train lose how many pounds of muscle per year (on average)... Wed, 5 Jan 2011 10:40:14 EST Howdy All! Native Texan, 33, Retired Army Wife as of Jan 1, 2011 so proud of my hubby 21 yrs and 9 months of service! We been together and married 10 yrs. I've battled weight issues all my life. Managed to lose then go right back to my old habits. I know God will be with me every step of the way and with the help of new friends here I Can Do It!! I have several health issues and am on oxygen nearly 24/7 but I'm not going to let that stop me this time. Congrats to all those that have lost and are continu... Wed, 5 Jan 2011 01:08:38 EST A Better Me! Hello everyone my name is Angelia and I am looking forward to all the support I can get..God Bless! Tue, 4 Jan 2011 21:46:03 EST NEW YEAR = NEW GOALS Waves at everyone! I look forward to getting to know you all! Tue, 4 Jan 2011 15:36:14 EST NEED TO and READY to change lifestyle Hello all, <BR> <BR> After several years of continuous workouts and maintaining a healthy weight, I have fallen off TREMENDOUSLY. I am looking forward to the challenge and need constant encouragement. I'll glad to be a part of this team <em>249</em> Tue, 4 Jan 2011 08:58:56 EST Hello Ladies!! Looking forward to particip ating:) My Name is Maya and I just joined this site! I am still trying to figure out all that this site has to offer! I am Super Excited about being a part of a Healthy network of Ladies! Mon, 3 Jan 2011 23:32:05 EST new to to spark Hi ladies my name is Tye and my hope from being on here is to find the help and support needed to get the weight off and live a healthy and happier life. Please share all tips you have Mon, 3 Jan 2011 22:32:08 EST New To Group & Looking for Help Hi Ladies, my name is Marlo and I am new to WOCU. I am not new to Sparkpeople but I also have not been using it to keep myself on track. I want to make 2011 the year I take charge of my weight. I live in Pittsburgh, PA and have a 10 year old daughter. I have 75lbs to loose and not really sure where to start when it comes my exercise routine. Any motivation or advice about how to get started on this long journey, that can be thrown my way, would be appreciated. <BR> <BR> Thanks and I look ... Mon, 3 Jan 2011 07:40:47 EST NEED A CHANGE Hello, I am a 33 year old wife and mother of one. I feel that I have just let my self go . Always making time for everyone else making sure that they are OK but this year I AM DOING ME!!!!!!!!!!!. I have a sister and we are 7 years apart , why do people think that I am her mom., SICK OF IT, so today starts my way to a better lifestyle. Mon, 3 Jan 2011 06:51:57 EST 1st WEEK OF JANUARY CHALLENGE Challenge for 1st week of January add <BR> Coach Nicoles 10-minute kickboxing workout video <BR> to your workout schedule 3-5 times this week. ALL SEVEN DAYS IF YOU DARE! <BR> Post here everytime you finish! <em>216</em> Mon, 3 Jan 2011 01:46:20 EST Ready To Get It Done Hi, <BR> I am a "low carb veteran", about 6 years ago, I lost just at 100lbs by changing to a moderated carbohydrate lifestyle. Last year, I had some women's health issues that required the use of both steroids and hormones. <BR> <BR> Originally I had only gained what seemed to be a ton of water weight but as time went on, in order to NOT have to utilize mood stabilizers, my doctors increased my carb intake. Here I am 50lbs later, off of all the medications and refusing to tote around this w... Mon, 3 Jan 2011 01:30:17 EST 2011; new year, new me Hello everyone. My name is Virgie and I am looking to make 2011 a new year in every way for me. I want to be a more healthier, happier and purposeful me. I have signed up with Sparks a few years ago, but felt overwhelmed and left. This time, I am looking to stay for a long time and make it work for me. I so want to get rid of much of my weight. My true goal weight is to be at 145 lbs, but will settle with being at 185 lbs by the end of this year. At any rate, looking forward to the challen... Sun, 2 Jan 2011 12:12:27 EST New to Group Hi everyone! I'm Tina. I'm hoping to shed some pounds this year. Trying to stay focused. Looking forward to the weight loss journey with everyone. Sun, 2 Jan 2011 09:20:47 EST Happy New Year All! I'm so glad to be here and start the new year on the right track. This past year has been one of acknowledgement and appreciation for all my blessings. Now it's a time of action to take care of myself and honor all that I've been given. I'm excited to start this part of the journey. I hope we can motivate each other. Happy New Year! <em>249</em> Sat, 1 Jan 2011 14:18:31 EST 23raven Hello everyone I just want to say have a great year and stay positive because u can do it long as u believe in yourself Sat, 1 Jan 2011 13:22:04 EST 23raven Hello everyone I just want to say have a great year and stay positive because u can do it long as u believe in yourself Sat, 1 Jan 2011 13:21:20 EST 25 Ways to get BACK on Track .......... .......... 25 Ways to get BACK on Track by Spark People..... Please read this article by clicking on this link below: <BR> <BR> <link> <link> <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=1062&page=2%20 </link> </link> </link> Sat, 1 Jan 2011 12:04:34 EST Hello All Hello All, <BR> <BR> I just wanted to introduce myself. I am Tanika from Albany, Georgia. I have been a member of Sparkpeople under Zerenity05, but changed my name. I am looking to lose 75 pounds by July 31st. <BR> <BR> You all have a wonderful New Year and I hope to hear from you all throughout the year! Sat, 1 Jan 2011 02:27:58 EST GETTING 2 A NEW ME!! My name is Lesley Wilson and I'm a 33yr old female from South Carolina. I have been overweight since jr high school and I'm trying to get to a better me now. I'm looking to connect with people who will keep me motivated and bring positive energy into my life. I'm tired of just sitting letting the world pass me by. I want to live my life!!! Wed, 29 Dec 2010 19:47:45 EST Small Changes, Big Results Ready to move from success to success in 2011. We will make small changes that will pay off with big results in January to jump start the new year. Let me know if you are taking this personal challenge. Wed, 29 Dec 2010 07:27:34 EST Me Time Hi all.... I am joining this group in hopes of encouragement. I know you know how hard it can be on the road to weight lost but I am here determined to win. I want to lose 50 pounds by July. Do you think that is impossible? I was thinking if I stay on track and exercise, maybe 2 to three pounds a week may get me where I want to be. I really want it..........I just can't give in to my sweet tooth and man ole man do I have a sweet tooth..I'm just sitting here shaking my head..laughing at myself... Tue, 28 Dec 2010 14:58:25 EST Hello Hello Everyone! I am Shawnna and I am very excited about finding this site. I think that it will be very helpful for me since I have finally decided to start putting my health first. Right now, I am still exploring the site and setting things up. Thank you all for the warm welcome. Tue, 28 Dec 2010 12:54:56 EST WHAT'S HAPPENING? Use this forum to tell us your latest news, tell us about what is motivating you (products, dvds, articles) and use this as a place to tell us what you've accomplished! Mon, 27 Dec 2010 21:59:18 EST LAST CHALLENGE OF 2010 This final challenge issued by me in 2010 is fairly simple. In the past few weeks we've searched our weightloss memory banks and evaluated what we did to sabotage our weight loss in this year. <BR> <BR> But in this final week of 2010, I challenge each of you to write a letter to yourself. Open up your heart and speak to yourself like you would a loved and cherished person. Tell yourself what you are willing to do to make your life happier, healthier, and richer. Go into a lot of detail... Mon, 27 Dec 2010 21:40:20 EST What's New for 2011 What will you change in your life next year? Mon, 27 Dec 2010 02:04:44 EST Greetings!! Just in time for the holidays. Since I refuse to be one of those who checks off "weight loss" on their list of New Year's resolutions, I figured two weeks before the new year would be a good time to start (^_^). Truly I have a vacation set in October to visit the islands and dread having to be seen in swimwear. It's a feeling I've grown tired of....the impending doom of the summer beach season in Florida. <BR> <BR> So, we're doing it right this year. I've have a good background in fitness and athletics, but work and ... Sat, 25 Dec 2010 17:05:08 EST Greetings!! Just in time for the holidays. Since I refuse to be one of those who checks off "weight loss" on their list of New Year's resolutions, I figured two weeks before the new year would be a good time to start (^_^). Truly I have a vacation set in October to visit the islands and dread having to be seen in swimwear. It's a feeling I've grown tired of....the impending doom of the summer beach season in Florida. <BR> <BR> So, we're doing it right this year. I've have a good background in fitness and athletics, but work and ... Sat, 25 Dec 2010 16:49:01 EST New to the Group Greeting Ladies, <BR> <BR> I'm new to this group and wanted to take a moment to introduce myself. I'm a 40 something woman, wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend. Today is the day that I have decided I will start my journey to a New and Improved Me! I prayer that this time I will be a great success. With the love and support of family and now a new sisterhood I know with GOD's help this will be the case. <BR> <BR> Be Blessed! Thu, 23 Dec 2010 23:33:55 EST Hi im Mz_Nataki Hi im Mz_Nataki and today is the first day of my journey to a new lifestyle change, and i just want to introduce myself. Wed, 22 Dec 2010 23:25:58 EST getting in control Hi my name Is Brenda and I have lost 60Lbs but have put 7lbs back on . <em>227</em> Wed, 22 Dec 2010 07:55:30 EST Newbie Hey ya'll <BR> <BR> My name is Bri and I attend Elon University as a student-athlete. The first semester of this year, my sophomore year, was a trip. I made a point of getting out there and meeting more people, especially more black people, and I ended up getting involved in the wrong ways. For one, partying became too much of a priority and the heavy drinking that I was doing caused some unnecessary drama in my life. I also got involved with several jocks, and though I never went so far as... Sun, 19 Dec 2010 12:14:52 EST New Me in 2011 Hello everyone! Tahairajs here! I will try not to add too many exclamation points but I am super excited. So much has gone on in 2010 that I cannot wait to see whats in store for the new year! In July 2010 I had a gorgeous baby boy but I must lose this wieght before my wedding in May 2011! I recently (finally) quit my job of 4 long and boring years to stay home and explore some of my own ventures! I look forward to being with you guys on your healthy living journey! Blessings! Tue, 14 Dec 2010 08:05:27 EST INTRO NEW WATER GIRL Just joined. <BR> Need support to reach goal-8 glasses water per day. Mon, 13 Dec 2010 15:41:49 EST Ready for change Hello everyone- My name is Tyra and I am so excited about the journey I am beginning. I have been going through a lot and have reached a point in my life where I realize I need to change. Fear and anxiety have been holding me back from my destiny but I know with the right support I can accomplish anything. Mon, 13 Dec 2010 06:39:58 EST just starting out Hey all, just starting out and hoping to keep going strong throughout Sun, 12 Dec 2010 23:19:47 EST I'm reintroducing myself to the team Hello, my name is Tamika. I have been using SP for 3 years. I have gone up and down in my weight and levels of consistency. I am back. For the past 2.5 months I have been consistent with my workouts, logging, participating, and with life in general. I hope to be more active with the team. I have not lost as much weight as I wanted in the past few months- I feel good. Working out has become a habit. Sun, 12 Dec 2010 07:16:07 EST **** 10-Minute Daily Exercise Challenge. Join Us! <em>282</em> Disclaimer: Before starting any exercise program or goals, please consult your physician or nurse <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>215</em> **** 10-Minute Daily Exercise Challenge. <em>128</em> Join Us! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Hi everyone, we all have 10 minutes, yes? Then let's use those 10 or 15 minutes to improve our health and bodies! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> As we venture forth into a new approaching year, I thought about new year's resolution and realized WHY NOT do... Sat, 11 Dec 2010 22:34:11 EST I'm ready to lose this weight Hello everyone my name is Yolanda. I am a mother of two they are age 8 and 4. I am a part time student at South University i'm studding to get my degree as a Register Nurse while working full time. While attending college and working I have let my weight spin our of control now i'm ready to take charge of weight along with my career and family life. I need all the help and encouragement I can get from everyone. Thu, 9 Dec 2010 20:27:48 EST Running The Race Set Before Me... Hello all of you beautiful people, I am an almost 50 year old granny who is really is trying to make the rest of her life the best of her life. I am currently training for my second half marathon and my aim is to glorify my Creator in heart, mind and body wish we well and I wish all of you the best on your journey. <em>213</em> Mon, 6 Dec 2010 18:47:02 EST Not sure where to start? Hi team, I was so excited to find your group. I am the only "woman of color" where I work and am surrounded by women without hips, thighs or butt and while I do not aspire to the size 0 and 00 that many of my coworkers do, I do aspire to be a better, healthier version of me. I am looking forward to some understanding and support. I will need it. Up til now, I hate exercise, fear "sweating out" my hair and find drinking water a chore. But today I plan to "sweat out" my hair on the elliptical a... Sun, 5 Dec 2010 15:22:28 EST New Member Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Mary and I live in South Carolina and I have been a member of Spark People since October and have been excited since I found this site! <BR> <BR> Truly this is a great site and I am striving towards losing 115 lbs. to get within my goal weight! <BR> It is exciting to see so many people supporting and encouraging one another to get healthy, make the right choices not only in regards to exercise but in all that we do!! <BR> <BR> Looking forward to interac... Thu, 2 Dec 2010 23:37:45 EST Finally on the right track!!!! Hi!! My name is Lynette. I just turned 40 a week ago today. As of apr. 5, 2010 l have lost 40lbs by walking on the track at least 5days a week up to 4 miles a day. Recently I have not been able to get my walk on and I need some motivation to use what I have at home to still get it done. Thu, 2 Dec 2010 23:26:20 EST Hi I'm Regina, Retired & Ready to be Restored! Hello Everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Regina. I have recently retired and decided to finally put my well- being at the top of my list.(Right after my relationship with God.) <BR> I am so excited to find SP and Women of Color. Too often we take care of everyone else. Well, our time has come!!! Wed, 1 Dec 2010 21:32:44 EST Hi my name is Emma! Ive been looking for a support website like this for a while now and im glad to finally find exactly what im looking for! For the past year I have been trying to workout and get in shape and it has gone nowhere; mostly due to lack of motivation and not really knowing how to go about it. unfortunately this lead to me gaining about 60 lbs instead of losing it. But now since I am in 2 weddings this year and will be turning 21, I feel like i really need bukle down and start feeling good about mys... Tue, 30 Nov 2010 11:49:58 EST DECEMBER CHALLENGE - GIVING Yeah, Yeah the end is near! LOL Okay, we are quickly coming to the end of 2010 and I still have a few challenges to issue! This challenge of giving is in two parts: <BR> <BR> 1. Go through your closets and drawers and take out all the usable clothing you no longer fit (due to weight loss or some clothing you keep planning to get small enough to get back into). Place them in a trash bag and take them to a women's or homeless shelter near you. We have both a women's emergency shelter and... Tue, 30 Nov 2010 00:15:24 EST uggghhh! Can someone please give me some tips for working out and eating right during that time of the month...Between cramps and cravings I am having a tough time here Fri, 19 Nov 2010 13:30:24 EST Morning! I'm Irene <em>213</em> Fri, 19 Nov 2010 09:47:45 EST Hello CFranklin here. Just wanted to introduce myself. Mid 20s, working PhD student, trying to bounce back from weight gained after an illness. <BR> <BR> I look forward to working with everybody. The past year has been difficult, and the weight gain in recovery was the icing on a crap glazed cake! But I am hopeful. <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> -CFranklin Thu, 18 Nov 2010 20:17:04 EST Black Women and THE GYM <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Ok so here's my deal. I've started trying to work out on my lunchbreak now. GREAT. the end of the work out I've sweat my hair out and getting it back right NEVER happens...does anyone have any tips on how I can get my hair back together in a more timely with the rushing to get myself together after the work out...I still feel pretty hot and rushed which means even when I DO get my hair right...I'm still seems like a losing battl... Thu, 18 Nov 2010 09:23:27 EST Hello World Hello everyone my name is Tasha. I am a 29 year old mother of 3. I've been struggling with my weight since childhood. I've struggled the most in the last 5 years. I am trying to loss half of me. Tue, 16 Nov 2010 18:19:39 EST Hi Im Sonnie Im loving sparkpeople ...what about you? Tue, 16 Nov 2010 04:55:54 EST Your Sparkpage backgrounds Hey Ladies, <BR> <BR> I want to know where all of you are getting such cool blog backgrounds from for your sparkpage... I feel all... uncustomized, <em>39</em> lol... Mon, 15 Nov 2010 05:05:31 EST Hey, I'm a new and excited to get started I'm trying to lose weight because I'm unhappy with how I look in this moment and after spending a year complaining about it I thought I'd better DO something to make a change. I'd always been skinny as a kid and ate whatever I wanted for a long time that worked for me until I reached my mid 20s. By the time I realized I was heavier than I'd wanted to be I'd developed a style of eating that was plenty unhealthy. I need to change my habits now so that I never get to the point where I am putt... Sun, 14 Nov 2010 19:31:51 EST new member just joined the group thanks Sun, 14 Nov 2010 17:55:29 EST Hello Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm Candice. I just joined last night and I'm still exploring the site and getting to know it better. I'm glad there are groups like this up here, and I hope to motivate and be motivated. I look forward to speaking with you all. ^_^ Sat, 13 Nov 2010 09:32:44 EST Quotes “I am tomorrow, or some future day, what I establish today. I am today what I established yesterday or some previous day.” <BR> <BR> James Joyce <BR> <BR> Comment: The habits we establish and perform on a regular basis becomes who we are. Just like our thoughts, behavior, and what we consume. Thu, 11 Nov 2010 20:36:20 EST Hi My Name is Kelser Hi I am a 26 year old black woman from Texas...just getting started on excited Wed, 10 Nov 2010 16:55:43 EST New member Hello all, <BR> Just joined on Monday and already I am loving this site,and now I have a new group that I hope would give me the encouragement and support I need, to shed this 10 lbs that have been plagueing me for some years now. Wed, 10 Nov 2010 13:30:57 EST Howdy! Hello Everyone <BR> <BR> I'm Chanaé it's great to meet all of you and I look forward to this positive and progressive journey. Tue, 9 Nov 2010 23:21:19 EST I love my hair I trim my ends & I use mostly Dominican hair care products. (I started going to a local Dominican salon and my hair has been growing beautiful and strong ever since) So there is plenty of silk glossers, round brushes, leave in conditioning, and deep conditioning going on in my nice and healthy head of hair. I live in the desert so I don't go too long or too short but my hair is always, soft, smooth, and healthy. <BR> <BR><BR>airproducts.aspx <BR> <B... Tue, 9 Nov 2010 23:10:17 EST THE CONFESSIONAL I saw this on another spot and thought it was very enlightening. Confessing when you fall off the wagon, confessing the things that keep you from loosing, confessing the foods or AMOUNTS that keep you from loosing that pound, confessing when you didn't exercise cause your TV show is on, etc. LOL NOT TO BASH YOURSELF, but to see ourselves honestly, hold OURSELVES accountable for our weight loss and help eliminate OUR bad habits. Tue, 9 Nov 2010 11:24:38 EST starting again Well starting again to challenge myself lose weight and get healthy really determined have to !! Tue, 9 Nov 2010 11:20:51 EST Hi Hello everyone just wanted to say hello because I'm new on Sparks Tue, 9 Nov 2010 01:27:07 EST hi everybody i am new to this group. i am trying to get rid of some 40k of flabby fat Sun, 7 Nov 2010 06:19:34 EST FITNESS & SPARK POINTS LEADERS HEY WOCU DIVAS! Join me in giving props to our Fitness & Sparkpoints leaders for October! <BR> <BR> FITNESS: 1. TIED -- ANEWMEJ & BABY_GIRL69 3. VELVETCATT 4. YMUNDERWOOD 5. KSTYLE281 <BR> <BR> SPARKPOINTS: 1. BABY_GIRL69 2. ANEWMEJ 3. LIL-VIXEN 4. VELVETCATT 5. TERRI77 <BR> <BR> GIVE YOUR CONGRATS HERE OR ON THEIR SPARKPAGES! Fri, 5 Nov 2010 14:46:39 EST Hello, Sparks: I am new to the Sparkpeople website. Hoping to learn alo and get a lot of information from those of you on a healthy lifestyle journey. Happy to be a part of this community. Have a awesome day all. Fri, 5 Nov 2010 13:39:06 EST Working out with Comcast Getting your work out on Happy Monday Everyone, <BR> <BR> How is it going? How the quest to working out? I have found that I tell myself I deserve an hour each day for myself, I live to work out, but I work out to live. On those times I'm stuck at the office and miss Zumba or Kickboxing, I turn to the Comcast and its excercise TV on demand....its free and really good. Even the walk away the pounnds, I add some free weights and 45 minutes later I'm 3 miles in and sweating up a good bit. Sometimes I will get up a... Mon, 1 Nov 2010 14:36:05 EST Self Actualization I am 48 years old and ready to live a life reaching my fullest potential. I am so very excited and happy to have found this site. I think it is absolutely the most incredible thing I have ever experienced on the web. I have been interacting on the Internet for about nine years, consistently and have had some good experiences and some really bad ones. It is such a delight to see the Internet being used in such a remarkable way. I commend the creators and maintainers of the Spark People website... Sun, 31 Oct 2010 22:22:35 EST Motivation for Transformation! Hi I'm Tish. I am a 39 y/o black female, I have two children 20 and 23 and 3 grandchildren, 3, 2 and 1. I have just recently separated from my husband of 18 years and have spent my life taking care of everyone else. It's time to take care of me and have FUN doing it. I have type two diabetes and obestity and have neglected self long enough. I want to lose 50 pounds by April 11, 20111 Sun, 31 Oct 2010 11:43:25 EST Encouraging Words A Plus Hi, my name is Chyrl. I have been battling the buldge so long. I really feel that it is a life long journey that has gone sout. My support system is very limited. I really need an encouraging word from time to time. Fri, 29 Oct 2010 22:47:15 EST Hi! Im joy a student in kenya. My goal is to shed 3kgs before 19th nov and i need help Fri, 29 Oct 2010 03:34:34 EST Stressful Day To my women of color these last couple of day have been a very stressful couple of days on my job, and I found myself not being on track, I know prayer works for me, and i even found myself not praying and not staying on my routine. Can you share some things that you do when you find yourself in this type of situation. I refuse to give up but sometimes things become so overwhelming keep me in your thoughts and prayers ....I can encourage others easily but when it comes to myself I negl... Thu, 28 Oct 2010 15:20:06 EST Hello Hi Everyone I am new to this Team.... Thu, 28 Oct 2010 11:21:58 EST Hello out there I am a 43 year old woman who has to lose over 100 pounds. Help!! Wed, 27 Oct 2010 10:39:42 EST Hair vrs exercise I recently read an article, where they analized that hair was between the causes for african american women to exercise less. <BR> They said it was kind of logical, since we spend a lot of time and money on our hair. But still encouraged to find a way to workout. <BR> <BR> I find myself relating in a way to this article. Right now my hair is relaxed, and I really don`t want to go back to braids for now. But working out (and sweating a lot, which is the point of it) is not a great combination... Tue, 26 Oct 2010 17:46:29 EST New to the site! Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm so happy to be taking the first step in bettering my life. For so long I have allowed myself to just go and didn't really care much about what I may have been doing to myself let alone my body. Now having gained over 40 lbs. and at my highest weight ever I'm starting to feel the affects. I have high blood pressure that may or may not have been passed down by my dad, I have GERD, I have a lot of aches and pains sometimes and I really believe that it's my body say... Tue, 26 Oct 2010 09:06:04 EST Hello! New Here! Hi! I'm Lori and I'm new to SparkPeople. I'm also thrilled to be here and to be beginning a life of healthy living! I hope to get to know you all during this journey of mine! So here's to good health and awesome friends! Happy Sparking! Mon, 25 Oct 2010 20:49:37 EST Your daily routine Hello ladies! I was wondering what everyone's routine was. As far as what you eat each day, your work outs and how long you work out. <BR> <BR> I have been working out 5 days a week for about 45 minutes a day and trying to stay within my calorie range each day though sometimes I do slip up. But I'm not seeing any pounds lost and I've been at this since August. I don't know if I'm eating too much or what... Mon, 25 Oct 2010 12:40:11 EST New to this Group Hi don't know what this group offers but I'm glad to have been accepted so thank you I'm new and I am looking forward to meeting all sorts of people and just love being part of Sparks. Mon, 25 Oct 2010 05:04:16 EST Good evening all!!! I am looking forward to joining you all on this journey. Just found out that if I lose 2 lbs a week from now until my 40th birthday, I will once again be at pre-momma weight! I think I can do this!!! <BR> Peace and Blessings~Mizzy <em>437</em> <em>67</em> Sun, 24 Oct 2010 19:22:33 EST 10 lb. THANKSGIVING CHALLENGE Let's jumpstart our desire to NOT PUT ANY WEIGHT ON during the holidays by LOOSING 10 lbs. before Thanksgiving. If you're game, post your weight HERE on Saturday morning and then weigh in every Saturday 'til Thanksgiving. If you don't want to post your current weight, then weekly post what you've lost! LET'S GET THOSE SCALES ROCKIN' AND SEE WHO REACHES THEIR GOAL FIRST! <BR> Fri, 22 Oct 2010 12:41:55 EST Hello I'm new to Spark People but not new to trying to lose weight. I have high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. My doctors told me losing weight and exercising will help me with those conditions. Would appreciate any tips from anyone. This is my 3rd day on here and I'm slowly learning to use the pages.(lol) Thu, 21 Oct 2010 21:17:10 EST How do we manage during the holiday season? Hello Group, with the holidays fast approaching, what suggestions would you share for making it thru without gaining? Well, I think first of all don't beat yourself up if you do.....failure isn't final unless you quit. <BR> <BR> I have read to eat the protein first since it fills you first and will help to lesson your chance to fill up on alot of carbs. Secondly, I have increased my workout time, If I get stuck at the office I go to comcast and do exercise tv, its free and its my home, I ... Thu, 21 Oct 2010 08:46:18 EST WOMEN OF GOD HELLO EVERYONE, <BR> MY NAME IS PORSHA BUT EVERYONE CALLS ME RAYNE...... NOW- ALTHOUGH I LOVE BEING PLUS SIZE I HAVE TO FACE REALITY AND REALIZE THAT I'M NOT HEALTHY.... I'M STARTING THIS NEW JOURNEY TO GOD AND I WANT EVERYTHING TO LINE UP WITH HIM- HEALTH BEING ONE OF THE THINGS... GOD SPOKE TO ME AND HE SUGGESTED THAT I GET MY HEALTH IN LINE... OUR BODY IS A TEMPLE AND SHOULD BE MANAGED WELL- AFTER ALL IT IS OUR GIFT FROM CHRIST... I'M THINKING ABOUT STARTING A FITNESS CLASS IN CHURCH... W... Wed, 20 Oct 2010 14:55:00 EST who i am hello my name is oathoney, and i need some motivation to get started.. Wed, 20 Oct 2010 10:45:00 EST INTRO Hi I'M NEW , VERY NEW TO THIS ! <em>224</em> Sun, 17 Oct 2010 17:49:17 EST Newbie hi everyone just started today and excited to begin this journey of a chamged healthy life Sun, 17 Oct 2010 17:26:23 EST Message from the little person Hello hope everyone is doing well. My name is Paula Seward. I am 34 and I am not working. I have a few dogs and a cat, which I call the terminator team. or the burglar alarm. whichever comes first. Sun, 17 Oct 2010 15:20:19 EST Hey Guys! I'm ready to lose 124 pounds... Hello everyone. I'm K. I have pretty much decided to devote myself to dropping about 124 pounds (currently I weigh 298) to reach my goal size of 165. I'm 5'9, so that will be within the healthy range for my BMI. I know this is not going to be easy. I am a college student, and my friends love to go out and eat all the time. I have pretty much been "obese" for as far as I can remember. I would love to break out of this cocoon of excess fat and become more confident and more outgoing. I am so ha... Sun, 17 Oct 2010 10:28:16 EST I'm new! Very new! Hi everbody, my name is Gaynor, this is a first time for me trying to loose weight this way, I've never heard of this site before, until I decided to look around for a last resort. Today was supposed to be my 1st day at "trying" but cravings got the better of me. But I still won't give up. I'm a mother of 2 boys, 6 and 1y8months old, they take up most of my free time, I'm at work ful time during the weeks and that is where I've started picking up even more weight, I've moved from working wit... Sat, 16 Oct 2010 12:12:47 EST YOUNG WASHINGTONIAN SET TO GET THE POUNDS OFF HELLO, I'M ANGELA AND I LIVE IN WASHINGTON, DC. I WAS SENT TO THIS SITE BY MY NUTRITIONIST BECAUSE I NEED SUPPORT ON LOSING MY WEIGHT. I AM 321 POUNDS AND READY TO START MY LIFE OVER FOR THE BETTER Wed, 13 Oct 2010 23:10:52 EST "Women of Color" I just saw this team for the first time. I just have to say I love this term that seems to have been coined with Love. I imagine whoever coined this term is a very loving person. It is absent any preconceived notions or stereotypes, for me anyway. I wonder what is the terms origination, does anyone know? Tue, 12 Oct 2010 15:00:30 EST Hi Everyone! My name is Kaili and i've been planning, "attempting", procrastinating... everything but making changes! It stops TODAY! <BR> <BR> I've been a part of this biggest loser contest at work for 2 months now. We weigh in every Monday morning. Each week i fluctuate from 226-227. TODAY - 223! <BR> <BR> So this is my motivation to stop procrastinating! I'm not sure what I did last week to lose 3 lbs but I know what I AM doing to continue on my journey to be healthier, happier, wealthier & more love... Mon, 11 Oct 2010 17:11:34 EST Friends do you tell them or don;t you tell them I have a question? from my past I have told my circle of friends what I was trying to do hoping I would get some support from them, but it seems I don;t get any, meaning encouragement. So this time I have not shared with my circle of friends what I am trying to accomplish, but I really want to because there is nothing like getting encouragement to stick to it. If it wasn;t for this site I wouldn;t have any. So do I tell or no, or just let what I am striving to do speak for itself? Any suggest... Mon, 11 Oct 2010 13:37:45 EST Feeling better already I would like to just lose some weight, finally begin exercising & stop taking medication for hypertension. I want more energy. I feel like the time is now & I'm ready for the journey! Pray I feel this way tomorrow, the next day & etc... Mon, 11 Oct 2010 13:29:29 EST Exercise vs PMS Hello Ladies, <BR> <BR> I'm new to the team. I've got a question that I hope many of you can answer. How do you maintain your exercise schedule while coping with premenstrual bloating & discomfort? I always get sleepy and extremely lazy. If I abandon ship for a day, it usually ends up being 2 and 3 and then before I know it I'm not doing any physical activity at all. Would hate for that to happen... Mon, 11 Oct 2010 13:06:57 EST How do you send blog? Hi, <BR> <BR> I can't seem to figure out how to add a blog post to the team. Can someone help me with this? <BR> <BR> Alice Mon, 11 Oct 2010 09:43:30 EST Getting a start back again. Hello, I'm a 26 year old teacher and performance artist. I've always been heavy but have yoyoed between 170 to 190 in the past three years. The best shape I've been was when I was 21, around 140, and my goal is to get back there and stay there. As you probably know, its a bit discouraging being all the way back up to the 190s, having gone up and down. Any words of advice and encouragement from reformed yoyo dieters would be greatly appreciated. thank you! Mon, 11 Oct 2010 07:07:31 EST CALORIC INTAKE Hello Ladies, <BR> My weight loss efforts have not been going as expected. But, poof, I found out the problem. I have not been eaten at list my minimum amount of calories and on top of that I work out 4 times a week buring 3700 calories per week. I have been burning more calories than I have been intaking. <BR> <BR> So please ladies make sure you eat enough, especially if you work out. 1. Acknowledged the problem 2. Made the proper adjustmens 3. Now implementation. <BR> <BR> Have a good... Sun, 10 Oct 2010 20:09:52 EST New to this group Hello, <BR> My name is Cherlyne. I started my serious healthy lifestyle regiment this week. I walk 45 minutes every day to and from work. I go to the gym 3 times a week and i follow a healthy diet. My goal is to drop 50 lbs in the next 18 months. I think I found just the right environment to do so. Wed, 6 Oct 2010 10:06:20 EST this is my first day Hello this is my first day and im looking foward to it. i am just so glad to finally find a program thats not all about just trying to get every dime out of you tha they can. Tue, 5 Oct 2010 12:22:00 EST What Fruit I ate today I ate 1 apple and 1 plum today :-) Fri, 1 Oct 2010 19:18:29 EST New Start/New Chapter Hello , I am new to the team.. I wanted to introduce my self to the team....I am happily married 47yr old (soon to be 48 in a few months) mother of 3 adult daughters that are all married ....YES !!!!.....and one adult son who is not looking to be anytime soon...his 21 yrs old ....and let me not forget the apple of my eye my precious 3 yr old grandson....SparkPeople is a new start to a brand new way of living for me...It is truly what I have been searching for as I enter into a new chapter in ... Thu, 30 Sep 2010 22:20:52 EST Hi Team. I just joined I just wanted to intro myself. I'm 36 (soon to be 37), married for over 2 years and a mother of an almost 11 month. I've lost the baby weight and now I'm working on my next goal of getting to my wedding weight by Nov 1. I have about 10lbs to go. We will be trying to conceive in Nov for baby#2 which is the reason why I want to get to goal so I'm in the best shape possible. <BR> <BR> I look forward to getting to know you all. Please feel free to add me as your sparkfriend. I'm pretty active on... Thu, 30 Sep 2010 15:53:33 EST I was ashamed to post my weight Confession is good for the soul. I have to admit that I was initially apprehensive about posting my weight on the ticker and exposing it to the world. I fought with should I do the pounds lost or the starting to ending ticker. When I finally decided it felt like I had lost a few ounces :) I love seeing that number go down. Even if it doesn't move sometimes I still am reminded its worth the journey. <BR> <BR> By the way does anyone else love Zumba! Thu, 30 Sep 2010 11:25:53 EST Hello I'm Vanessa. This is a first step for me. I live in Atlanta, GA. I have 3 kids, 15,8, &6. Recently divorced. Glad to be on your team. Thu, 30 Sep 2010 10:35:13 EST A New Life Lease on Life!!! Hello EveryOne! My name is Kimberly and Monday, Sept. 27, 2010 was the 1st day of the Next chapter of my life. I vowed to take a new lease on life. I have realized that I am responsible for my happiness and well being. Life for me is generally Good, but I am looking to make it my Best Life Ever! I am more than aware of what it will take to accomplish this goal in its entirety. I made a list. I am motivated and hopeful that through SP, I will successfully reach and maintain my healthy w... Wed, 29 Sep 2010 20:43:40 EST Hello I'm a Newbie Hello, nice to meet everyone. My name is Terry. I'm working on my eating schedule. I workout 5 days a week, I walk my dog 30 minutes twice a day and I go to the gym for zumba or strenghth training during the week, but not eating correctly is doing me in, I'm losing inches not so much weight. Does anyone need a workout buddy? I'm in Dorchester and I go to lamberts and the Y, I have Lamberts until the end of October then full time at the Y.....Have a fabulous day Wed, 29 Sep 2010 12:45:46 EST Hi! I'm new here, and I'm ready to start my journey. I don't know how long it will take, but I'm prepared for the ride. lol <BR> -Tiana Tue, 28 Sep 2010 13:38:04 EST Emotional Eating I have found with myself, that I am an emotional eater, now that I have confessed and taken to the fact that, that is what I do, are there any suggestions on how to separate the two? Tue, 28 Sep 2010 10:40:52 EST Hello I am new to this site and it is a blessing to find women of color united on the journey to better health for ourselves. I have been on this journey for years and have failed many many times. So I am excited to find a site where you can share what your going thru and be encouraged, as well as possibly have the opportunity to encourage. So I am excited and I need as much encouragement as possible and help as possible to fight this battle. Mon, 27 Sep 2010 15:42:00 EST Hello Ladies! Thank you so much for the warm welcome. I am loving this site so far and already making some progress. I am excited to work with this team to reach our goals. I welcome all social support but I also feel that being supportive of others and trying to set a good example will help me tremendously and will be one of the key elements that I have been missing on this weight loss journey that I have been on. Sat, 25 Sep 2010 11:56:58 EST IS THE SCALE REALLY MY FRIEND? I deceided to create this topic because I have been reading a lot of posts which shows a lot of emphasis on what the scale says. I have learned over the years that the scale does not define how healthy you are or are not. The scale may not have moved but can you breathe better, the scale may not have moved but is your blood sugar down, the scale may not have moved but can you fit into those jeans you pushed way back into the closet, the scale may not have moved but do I have more energy. P... Fri, 24 Sep 2010 10:52:55 EST support! support! support! Hi everyone! I am new at this ,so I am very slow at this. I joined this sight out of desperate need of help and support in losing weight. I have hit rock bottom so I guest I have no other choice but to go up right. Tue, 21 Sep 2010 23:34:38 EST Hello beautiful ladies of color I am new to spark people and looking for some motivation. I have already lost 50 pounds, it took me a year but now I have hit a plateau and need help to get out of it. Want to lose about 30 more pounds. Tue, 21 Sep 2010 20:29:17 EST Jerrina Im 26 and new to the site any suggestions on how to get started. Ive been reading alot. Just trying to get use to the site. Thanks for all your help. Mon, 20 Sep 2010 09:41:19 EST Hey Guys Hey ladies! <BR> My name is Mitzi i am 30 years old from dorchester, MA. <BR> <BR> I have been trying for a few years to get back to the size I was before i had my daughter!.. She is 3 years old and those 10 lbs just dont want to go away. <BR> Its definitely my fault because as all you mothers know when we cook for our kids we eat with our kids and its not necessarily the BEST meals all the time. I joined spark because i think with a little motivation i can do it!.. Sun, 19 Sep 2010 15:17:52 EST Hey from SA Just a quick note to introduce myself. I am british born of Jamaican decent - I have been living in South Africa for the past seventeen years. my children study in asia and I finally have time for me.... Spark has opened a window that is giving me control in every area of my life. thanks for those who have gone before me.... your success spurs me on.... Sat, 18 Sep 2010 14:50:10 EST Failure at the Starting Line Ok so... This morning I was raring to go and doing well then I got a phone call that my fiancé was in the ER and I needed to get to the hospital. <BR> <BR> On my way there my emotions were up and down and all around and the first thing I thought of was I wanted something to eat! OMG - I was perfectly fine minutes before, but all of a sudden it was the ONLY thing I could think about besides my fiancé. <BR> <BR> While were in the room waiting for the doctors I turn to him and ask was he hungr... Thu, 16 Sep 2010 14:18:32 EST im taking the first step of being healthy Hello everyone my name is Eboni and I'm here 2 get healthy and for support. I need a support group because it seems like I'm addicted to sweets and fried foods. I knw its going to be hard at first, but I'm willing to make this LIFE CHANGE. <em>334</em> Thu, 16 Sep 2010 12:02:39 EST Introductions I am very happy to have found this team. I signed up for all the team goals, including prayer. I look forward to being a part of the team. Thu, 16 Sep 2010 11:47:26 EST Good Morning Ladies Good Morning - <BR> <BR> My name is Ebony a 27 year old mother of 2 beautiful children. After nearly 11 years of dating my fiancé and I have finally decided to get married. Since we have been together this long he has seen me through all of my physical changes good and bad! For our wedding I want to be at my very best not only for myself, but for him as well. My family is comprised of all types; large, small, thick, full-figured you name it we've got it! But, my family suffers from obesity a... Thu, 16 Sep 2010 11:02:49 EST GOT A NEW or FAV RECIPE? Keeping the taste buds excited keeps you on your journey! Got a new one or a favorite that is good FOR you and good TO you? Wed, 15 Sep 2010 00:44:37 EST Greetings! Welcome all... My name is Uche and I'm pumped and ready to go! Just joined yesterday after reading a glowing testimonial from an SP member on a running blog, and I hope this will give me the tools I need to keep myself accountable and stay motivated. <BR> Hoping to achieve my goals and so much more :) Tue, 14 Sep 2010 22:28:07 EST Injured Knee Can anyone out there suggest something, ANYTHING I can do to get some form of exercise while I'm recovering with ACL & LCL tear of Right knee? I am so unhappy just sitting her "vegging" out in front of the TV and slowly gaining back the weight I previously lost. I am/was fairly active until my injury (YMCA member, swimmer and aerobic fan) but I have now been reduced to zero activity and, I'm on crutches! HELP!! <em>33</em> <em>234</em> Tue, 14 Sep 2010 15:04:39 EST WORKING OUT Man, <BR> Yesterday I took an aerobics class at Lucille Roberts called Mega Mix. WOW, it was intense. I haven't done aerobics in quite a while, and I must say it was a lot of fun. The instructor was great. Talk about high impact, the warm up was crazy.LOL the class totaled approximately 45 minutes non stop. Since I started back at the gym, I have more energy and best of all, am sleeping much better. <em>334</em> I encourage all my team members, no matter what the size, get up and MOVE, yo... Tue, 14 Sep 2010 10:09:37 EST I'm Glad to be Here! Greetings All! <BR> Looking forward to getting healthier! Just signed up for the challenge and I hope to lose 12 pounds <em>9</em> Mon, 13 Sep 2010 14:07:45 EST New Here Hi. I am new here to Spark People and to Women of Color Unite. I've been here a week and lost 5 pounds so far. My goal is to lose 30 more as well as keep my blood sugar under control. I'm a Type 2 diabetic and my blood sugars had been all over the place till I came here. I realized I was not eating enough, so the calorie tracker has been a life saver. The nutritional guide helps me to see how many carbs and proteins I'm eating as well as the calories. I hope to make many new friends her... Sat, 11 Sep 2010 19:12:57 EST Let's make big things happen..... NOW!! Hello All, Just in the short time that I have been apart of Spark I know that this was the motivation that I needed to really jump start my life style change. I wish you all the best of luck and I hope you all meet your goals. Ladies let's make big things happen before the end of the year. Let's not wait for the new year there is still time to accomplish some of our goals. If your feeling down and out reach out to other members of the team. If you are doing big things please share. We nee... Fri, 10 Sep 2010 23:24:27 EST Greetings! I am just as excited as everyone that I've read about so far...I just learned about this past week and decided to join...I have already been busy on the site and I'm really looking forward to reaching my goals...I know that I've joined a great group of people and that I'll be encouraged as well as be an encouragement to others...take care and trust the journey! ;) <BR> <BR> Ms.Livvy Fri, 10 Sep 2010 22:21:14 EST Hello Everyone I would like to introduce myself. My name is Angela and I have been battling my weight for quite some time. My greatest weight loss was 50 lbs and I gained it all back. With me its all or nothing and I am learning to take things one step at a time and there will be set backs from time to time. But now, I have a new determination and raring to go!!! No more emotional eating!!!!I look forward to communicating with your all as we support each other with our endeavors!!! <em>244</em> Fri, 10 Sep 2010 15:02:52 EST Hello! Hi ladies! My name is Lisa Rene. I've been working on weight loss for years. I get motivated, then slack off. This time I really want to do something about it. I want to change the destructive habits and thoughts(emotional eating, looking at eating healthy food all the time as blah, etc.). These habits and ever present thoughts keep me from winning this battle. I can now truly recognize that. <BR> <BR> I stopped smoking 5 1/2 months ago and I gained about 30 lbs. That's alot of weight ... Wed, 8 Sep 2010 13:39:29 EST Taking The First Step Hi Everyone, <BR> I'm new to the community and just wanted to take the time to introduce myself. I am a Virginia Beach resident and mother of 3 that is desperately seeking to regain control of her life. I've struggled with my weight all my life, but after my last son the fight seems to have gotten tougher. My hope is that joining this community will make me more accountable and provide the support that I need along my journey. I'm trying to lose weight, live a more healthful lifestyle, an... Tue, 7 Sep 2010 19:59:11 EST Hello SparkPeople!!!! My name is Sade King. I serve part time in the NY Army National Guard and I am 22 years old. I just had a baby boy almost 4 months ago and I am currently trying to get back into shape and adjust to being a first time parent. Its difficult but I hope that with the help of SparkPeople, I can reach my goals Tue, 7 Sep 2010 11:22:32 EST Hi lovelies! Dieting and losing weight is not new to me, keeping it off successfully is. Once again I find myself on a journey to shed the pounds and be the best me I can be. I know I can do it, I have in the past but how the heck can I finally break the cycle of gaining back the pounds when life gets rough. You see, I'm an emotional eater. I use food to help ease the pain and I use food as a reward! WTH!?! How about I just use food as fuel?? Well thats what I am trying to do different this time aro... Tue, 7 Sep 2010 11:04:28 EST Hi Everyone... I am new to this spark thing and I am loving it so far. Today I went shopping and bought all my healthy foods and snacks. I am very happy about my decisions and I hope I stay on the right track. My plan is to loose 50lbs and keep it off. I am a busy single mommy of 2 and taking care of my grandmother on bed rest. Things are not always easy but I like that the one thing I can have full control of and time for is myself. Before I used to get stressed out and eat as much as I could and thought i... Sat, 4 Sep 2010 19:29:02 EST