SparkPeople SP Class of January 31- February 6, 2010 Team Messageboard This team is for all members who joined SP from January 31- February 6, 2010. Welcome! SparkPeople SP Class of January 31- February 6, 2010 Team Messageboard Re-Kick SP Class 1-31 - 2-6 , 2010 IN GEAR I am doing it, Who's with me! Any body here, say AYE and post an emoticon. Or message on my page. <BR> Deborah aka Lunadragon Wed, 23 Aug 2017 13:56:47 EST Hello, from one for two! My husband (cekelso) and I have just completed our first day. SparkPeople is brand new to him, though I used the site for a few weeks a couple years ago. We are beginning the 17 Day Diet as we both seem to be carb sensitive, any grains or starchy vegetables stimulating our appetites, and this eating plan seems easier for him to follow and feel more-or-less satisfied with. As our kids are all grown now, it's easier for the two of us to eat the same foods, so sauce for the gander is sauce for t... Fri, 31 Aug 2012 00:28:58 EST Hey! Newbie Hi, my name is Rachael. I am a freshman at Ohio University. I have decided that I won't to lose about 80 pounds by next January. I want to look super cute when I go study abroad. I am tired of being that girl who is bigger then her friends, who has never once thought, damn I look hot, I just want to wear a bikini and not feel insecure. There is my motivation. I hope to connect with other people who are going through the saw journey in hopes that we can support and help each other! Sun, 13 May 2012 22:11:00 EST Bueller? Bueller? Bueller? Anyone still here? Mon, 26 Sep 2011 16:59:20 EST June Goals ! Okay until I think of what I'm going to be doing for the month I'm going to do the wall push-uos! So here I go and I did 31 of them ! I'm thinking that my goal for June will be Doing Dumbbell bicepts & Tricept bends. I want to be able to do 50 by the end of June of each ! <BR> So here we go <BR> Bicept 10 Tricept 10 Wed, 1 Jun 2011 22:52:58 EST May Goals Let's encourage each other to meet our goals. Post your May goals and successes here. So that we can cheer you on. <em>321</em> Fri, 6 May 2011 20:36:53 EST Kay's Birthday Wish ! Today is my birthday and I want to push fitness minutes ahead on this team. By doing an extra 10 min. each we can do that and show our desires to live a healthy lifestyle. So to do this you will have to log into your fitness trackers an extra 10 min. today. Thanks for honoring my Birthday Wish ! Kay & The Pups <em>313</em> <em>313</em> Thu, 5 May 2011 11:52:15 EST Spring into Shape Bootcamp Discussion Those crunchless are something else. I enjoyed those kickboxing moves, just have to get the order in order in my head ! And right now I'm holding on to anything to keep my balance on the butt workout ! How have you been doing . I see that you are adding your stretches. That 5 mins adds to the fitness minutes that is really a good idea. I still don't like the fact that we don't get min. for thos Strength Training work outs ! <BR> I'm sorry I haven't been around much, been rather involv... Wed, 4 May 2011 00:24:08 EST Spring into Shape Bootcamp ! For any one on this team that is doing the Spring into Shape Bootcamp May 1-28th! Stop by and let the rest of us know that you are doing the Challenge! There are two team members that are going to be starting the Challenge on Sunday. We could discuss how things are going with the Challenge here as a team ! Tell us if your doing this Challenge. See YOU there, Karen & Kay. Martha are you with us ? Sat, 30 Apr 2011 00:46:18 EST Anyone still interested in the team? Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> It's been a little hard to reactivate the team but I would like to give it another try. Can you please post if you're still interested. Fri, 15 Apr 2011 16:53:24 EST Any one here that cares about this team? I see that some people are still around from this team because your blogs area scrolling by on the right side. Is there any reason for this team to be still on the boards? Just wondering. I know that the past leader of this team tried to get it motivated but just didn't get going. I was just wondering what happens to the team when no one asks to be co-leader? we will see! Kay & the Pups <em>313</em> Sat, 9 Apr 2011 12:14:32 EST Happy Anniversary!!! Happy Anniversary to all <em>236</em> <em>242</em> - Please post your experience, successes and maybe even your struggles. Let's Reconnect Wed, 2 Feb 2011 10:56:57 EST Going To Do It This Time Hello everybody: This is the year that I'm going to lose weight, eat healthy and excerise. I am 51 with a husband, 2 adult sons and one granddaughter, who is my joy. I have heel spurs that prevent extreme walking but I will be having surgery to relieve some of the pain and then I will be really walking. I am glad that I found this support system. Tue, 18 Jan 2011 12:35:35 EST New Year Resolutions Anyone? 2011 is upon us; I would like to hear if you have decided on any New Year Resolutions? Mon, 27 Dec 2010 14:12:13 EST 10 month check/ 1 year goals Hello everyone it's been 10 months since we all started this journey together. I like for you to post all your accomplishments so far and what your goals are for your one year anniversary. Sat, 25 Dec 2010 18:26:19 EST So how is everyone doing? I just agreed to take over the team from djs-debbie so I just wanted to say hello! It's been nine months, I'm curious to hear who's still active and on this team? What do you guys like to do -- do we have many runners/cyclists/etc? What have you accomplished since joining Spark? <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any ideas to keep the team active? Would you be interested in doing a daily/monthly/weekly challenge? <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is enjoying this wonderful fall weather! Sun, 17 Oct 2010 18:14:37 EST 8 Months Later... and I am just checking out my Spark Teams. Hi all! <BR> <BR> So, who's left and how are you doing? <BR> <BR> Obviously I am still here. Down 40 pounds, 35 more to go. Sat, 9 Oct 2010 12:20:04 EST Determined2019 I'm anxious to get aquainted to someone with similar problems and goals. I have lost and regained so many times, I can't count them. I always seem to lose my enthusiasm for exercise, so am hoping to find someone I can relate to and who can help me stay on the straight and narrow. Mon, 6 Sep 2010 11:46:35 EST Atkins Failure - Self Sabotage Hello, <BR> <BR> I am not new to atkins. I have been reading about it for over 20 years and I know it works. I have the inability to stop the sugar intake and my doctor tells me that I am only one half a point from Diabetes diagnosis. I need resolve. I am so jealous of all your success. Pray for ne as I start out once again. In it for my life. <BR> Surijah Mon, 23 Aug 2010 08:57:48 EST Hi, I'm Meredith Hi, I'm Meredith. I am 35 years old, married, two kids and need to lose 100 lbs. I am considering having a gastric bypass, I would be interested in anyone's thought to this. Fri, 20 Aug 2010 16:58:40 EST Hello from Central Texas My name is Sue and I'm a 34 yr old Ameriasian, and this whole process is new to me! About 2 yrs ago I weighed over 400 lbs, and now I am currently at 264 and I have a goal weight of 164. I was pressured by my doctor to have one of the weight loss surgery and I said no way! I made a deal with him that if I could lose 50 lbs that he would have to leave me alone, well I exceeded that , and I am very proud of myself. Some of you may think that I did ut unhealthy, but I did not! I changed my ... Thu, 12 Aug 2010 08:55:44 EST Almost six months down I haven't been active in this team, like, at all. Was just scrolling through some of my teams today, clicked on this one, and was so excited to see so many people who joined at the same time as me still active. <BR> <BR> Prior to this time, I had created at least 5 accounts at one point or another. Went at it gung ho for a week or two then faded out. But this time is different!!! <BR> <BR> 6 months in, I'm down 30, completed a 5k and am well on the road to a 10K. I'm so happy there are oth... Sat, 24 Jul 2010 22:36:20 EST Weekly Update - Early Here is my weekly update! It is early due to my upcoming vacation. Talk to y'all again soon. Take care! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3462252 </link> Fri, 23 Jul 2010 14:15:54 EST Weekly Update Here is my Weekly SP Update! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3447012 </link> <BR> <BR> Have a great week everyone! Mon, 19 Jul 2010 13:23:36 EST Daily Team Chat Sorry I didn't get July started. I was in the hospital having gall bladder surgery. Home and on the mend now! <BR> <BR> I decided to change it from a monthly chat that has to be started fresh each month to a continuing chat thread. Hopefully we'll get some activity here! Fri, 16 Jul 2010 21:15:35 EST I'm back! I've been gone for a couple of months but I'm happy to say I'm back with SP and lovin it. So here is a little update. <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3422421 </link> Mon, 12 Jul 2010 16:31:25 EST Has Anyone Tried Running Yet? We've been on this journey for almost four months now and I find that walking is great but I have this desire to run. I have never been a runner nor ever had a desire to do so but recently I've been feeling my inner person wanting to go. The only thing holding me back is fear. Have any of you experience this or conquered this little voice inside saying you can't do; you'll just fail? I would like to hear how you conquered this self doubt or about how you became a beginner runner. <BR> <BR>... Sat, 26 Jun 2010 14:35:25 EST Really need a Spark! Found SparkPeople early this year, started hard and just quit for about every stupid reason on the planet, work, home stress, etc. Read (and re-Read) Spark and really started to focus all of the success stories and am jumping in again. I didn't reach out for assistance before, but will start actively participating in Forums/Boards. <BR> <BR> I am 45 years old, have type 2 Diabetes and am really struggling with the disease and am feeling the wrath of the symptoms. I am overweight (current ... Fri, 25 Jun 2010 09:10:09 EST New to Sparkpeople and blogging I have a goal to lose 100 pound in two years and in the process I not only want to reshape my body but redefine my life. So far I've lost 33. This year I've committed myself to working out at the gym at least four to five times a week and it was hard to get back in the habit of working out but I'm getting better and stronger along the way. However, I know that know matter how hard I work out I won't accomplish my goal if I don't eat right as well. I've made plans to monitor my eating. I even ... Tue, 8 Jun 2010 21:31:56 EST June Chit Chat Good morning, team! Happy June! This month brings the start of the summer...the end of the school year...what are your plans to keep the Spark this summer? Tue, 1 Jun 2010 04:45:04 EST May 31st - Four Month Check In Well, it's been four months since you joined SparkPeople. How are things going? Mon, 31 May 2010 11:24:09 EST I'm ready! I'm really excited about this program and feel really confident that my life is about to change. I have never felt so focused on doing something for my health, for my weight. I have been 'dieting' for several years on almost an every other day basis. I want to do good and be healthy then give up. I would feel like I failed, so if I blow it on one portion of the diet and don't do as good as I think I should then why bother. Maybe I'd start again tomorrow or Monday or Wednesday, but then do ... Wed, 26 May 2010 01:13:08 EST Lurker! Hi! I've been tracking for a while, decided I'd better get with the program and introduce myself. Love eto sew, quilt,read- hmm. notice a trend here? too much sitting!! However, I'm working on that. Thanks for all the encouragement y'all have offered (and didn't even know you were!). Mon, 10 May 2010 19:10:12 EST andrea Hi, I just started working out and eating better for the last 4 months and I am happy to say that I have lost 27 pounds. Sun, 2 May 2010 15:04:44 EST May Chit Chat There is a little piece in Shape (May 2010) that says surfing the web may make you smarter. There was a study done by Dr. Gary Small at the University of California that found that people who searched the internet for an hour a day had a jump in their brain activity. I did a little google research after reading this and they think that in older people over time this may help prevent dementia. Just one more reason to do my Sparking every day! Sun, 2 May 2010 08:35:15 EST Hello I signed up for this months ago and am getting back to it. Don't know why I ever stopped, but I am determined this time to make it work. Tue, 20 Apr 2010 14:14:21 EST April Updates Check in and let us know how you are doing! Sun, 11 Apr 2010 16:00:24 EST Hello Everyone! I'm a college student from Delaware. A friend from my local church introduced me to SparkPeople back in January. I've only been using the NutritionTracker, but now I felt like it's time to stop being shy and say hello. I've been overweight for my entire life, most of my "attempts" last about 3 days but I've been going strong with SparkPeople for almost 7 weeks. My overall goal is to lose at least 200lbs, but I'm focusing on my first 50 right now. Well, I'll see everyone around the message boa... Sun, 4 Apr 2010 18:51:39 EST 2 months down - Tell us your successes and goals. We have completed 2 full months and how is everyone doing? Tell us some of your Successes and what are your goals for April. <BR> <BR> I am running my first Half tomorrow! Share with us how your first 2 months has gone! I have seen lots of good stuff going on - You guys can do this!!!!! <BR> <BR> also have a happy Easter!!!! <em>453</em> Fri, 2 Apr 2010 23:16:02 EST Looking ahead Today I am starting out on a new road. I am leaving the path that has allowed me to skyrocket my weight up to 270.5. I am getting on a new highway that will help me feel good about myself again. I will be able to get dressed in the morning without hating what I have become. I found a quote on Sparkpeople that inspired me: "I cannot change what has happened, I can only change how I react to it." With God's help, I am going to turn a new corner and lose 120 pounds. Mon, 29 Mar 2010 08:36:35 EST A NEW AND IMPROVED ME Hey! My name is Jackie. I am a single mother of four. I was working a fulltime job, but I have recently been laidoff. But it is okay, because now I have more time to spend withmy kids, do housework, relax and lose weight. My sister introduced me to sparkpeople, and so far I am really enjoying it. I love that someone is always there to help you out. Thu, 25 Mar 2010 15:14:11 EST Trying.again 38 year old, married to a wonderful man. I have 2 beautiful children. I work full time. I have always had a weight problem since I was young. It is a constant battle for me. My motivation waxes and wanes, hence so does my weight. <BR> Today my weight is up again...159.2# on a 5'2" frame. Stop the insanity!! I have been as low as 137# in Feb 2009. I exercise at least 5 days a week. Spinning, jogging, yoga on occasion, weight lifting consistently for 10yrs. I know what I need to do, s... Sun, 21 Mar 2010 07:52:48 EST Hello Sparkpeople-- call me lost Hello...I am 59 years old and have close to 55 lbs to lose. I lost 30 at the beginning of last year, but derailed in June and have had nothing but injuries, falls, and discouragement to the point I have gained back ALL of the weight. I have been looking over the site and listening to the audio book and am feeling totally overwhelmed--where to start? what to join? which team? how to track everything simultaneously? I want to be healthy and energized -- i'm just overwhelmed Fri, 19 Mar 2010 10:12:49 EST TRYING TO MAKE A CHANGE FOR THE BETTER Hello! I'm Erica. I became a member a while ago and have only been active on the site for about a week now. I love all the tools here. Just when I think I've seen everything, I discover something new on here. All of the encourageing words are almost's like a mental daily dose of medicine. <BR> <BR> I came here hoping to find the strength and motivation I need to get me through my new journey. I'll be 38 in a few months and I want to celebrate my new life with my 15yr old.... Tue, 16 Mar 2010 07:36:10 EST Looking for some Motivation??? I am not one to really toot my own horn, But I just celebrated my 1 year anniversary on SP yesterday and wrote a blog about my journey so far. I know sometimes its hard to find the motivation to do this. this is hard work and that is what I have done! Look at what I have accomplished - I am 53 and neverthat what I have accomplished was possible. Read my story and I am sure it will help you. <BR> <BR> You guys are doing great and I know we all need ways to get motivated! As one of the leaders... Sun, 14 Mar 2010 16:23:52 EST Just can't stand how hubbies shed faster! My hubby had the nerve to taunt me with his seven pound <BR> loss from being sick. I wish I would have loss that much <BR> from being sick. He worked his butt off at work and ate <BR> very little due to sickness. I instead fed my cold so I could <BR> get better faster. I gained three pounds just from existing. <BR> I can't believe the nerve my hubby must have in taunting me <BR> today. Can't he see how depressed I am. He had to twist <BR> the knife didn't he. The daughter had the nerve... Thu, 11 Mar 2010 13:53:05 EST brimoira Hello I've just moved over here from another thread, and I looking for a couple of old friends DebbiCz, Cwomack138, Roxiegirl59 , if you are there contact me, I have no idea what I doing. Moira Fri, 5 Mar 2010 09:28:33 EST March - Rub the blarney Stone for Luck! As we head into March - lets get some luck on our side and make this the best March ever. Get moving and lose some weight. <BR> <BR> I have a half marathon coming up on the 3rd of April and hope I can stay healthy - thats why I need some luck? Wed, 3 Mar 2010 14:55:16 EST Excited for the journey I need to lose 100 lbs. Any tips are appreciated. Wed, 3 Mar 2010 14:36:20 EST Hi Sparkpeople, I am Allyson! Hi, <BR> I joined Sparkpeople in early February 2010 and have not done much on-line work because I have been reading "The Spark." I recommend this book if you do not already have a copy. Chris is a down to earth guy and I find it easy to relate to him and the Spark members and their stories. Chris ties it all in - mental health with physical health! <BR> I am a late thirty-something woman who has decided that I want to get in shape and feel healthier. I joined a gym and have seen results... Wed, 3 Mar 2010 13:02:16 EST One month down check in -how are you doing? Just thought I'd start a post - a whole month into our journey together! <BR> <BR> How is everyone doing/feeling? <BR> <BR> Food wise I'm feeling pretty good, sticking to my points most days, incorporating more fruits and veggies. <BR> <BR> Exercise not nearly as well, and this is the area that always lags behind the rest. I have a hard time committing to a routine, and self-sabotage along the way regularly. Then the last week I have been down with a horrible bronchial and sinus infectio... Tue, 2 Mar 2010 19:53:35 EST Yours Trewly here in wyoming I signed up in January and then got scared because it all seemed so overwhelming. I am a very busy person and this seems like another thing to "do". Today I read the first six chapter of the Sparks book and began my own page. Is that progress? I need to lost 15 pounds... because it is not a terrible amount there is always an excuse. I have always exercised some and actually eat really heathly expect that I like especially little sweet snacks when I am working on the computer or give me a... Tue, 2 Mar 2010 16:19:38 EST Total new experience Hi ! This is the first time i have ever put a message online. Not only on spark, never had a myspace-faceboook- twitter- Plain and simple "Im a rookie! so pardon my lack of knowledge." my name is kristiee1, i joined spark a few weeks ago. I love the site , the programs etc... have more energy than ive had for along time. I know one thing its harder than heck losing weight after 50. Its slow but i think spark and i and the support boards can make it happen. Alittle info. about myself, Im... Fri, 26 Feb 2010 22:23:34 EST New.. again A couple years ago, I was a member of Spark, and loved it! Unfortunately, my motivation lacked seriously and I ended up quiting and all that fun stuff. <BR> <BR> This time, I'm back and sticking with it! I WILL lose 40-45 pounds by the end of the year. No more excuses, no more giving up! <BR> <BR> Good luck to everyone in here and I hope to get to know all of you. :) Fri, 26 Feb 2010 20:40:12 EST not enough carbs I've been tracking my food and notice that I frequently/constantly go under on my carbs, any small suggestions? <em>38</em> Wed, 24 Feb 2010 20:09:21 EST Three Weeks New I'm three weeks into this goal I've set for myself. Eating healthier, making much better choices beginning from the inside out. Although this site has been a wonderful help and a wealth of information, I'm starting to doubt myself. I'm disappointed at the results or maybe I've set my goals too high. Any advice is more than welcome. <BR> <BR> I have been tracking my nutrition (staying within my limits), working out at the gym and/or at home 3-4 days a week...I'm not ready to give up! HEL... Tue, 23 Feb 2010 22:34:35 EST my-motivation hi my name is chris and i am happy and exicted to become a part of the spark community. Tue, 23 Feb 2010 19:11:46 EST goals/rewa ards/other info How do you guys add in your goals and rewards or other info under your name area where the weight "ticker" is? <em>24</em> Mon, 22 Feb 2010 20:44:34 EST Encouragement <em>104</em> <BR> I want to thank each of you for your kind words and encouragement! I've been measuring and watching everything that goes in my mouth...Doc says my thyroid and metabolism is high but being 50ish is slowing me down. So, I guess I have to workout harder! <BR> <BR> Thanks to each of you and best wishes on you success! Mon, 22 Feb 2010 18:38:32 EST Good Heavens, tracking meals is hard. ...not to mention annoying. <BR> <BR> I've been failing miserably the past week or so trying to log food in. How do you all stay on top of counting your calories!? <BR> <BR> It's driving me nuts! Mon, 22 Feb 2010 12:30:53 EST New, and need help navigating this website! I'm new and want this website to work for me badly! I'm so overwhelmed at trying to figure it out. Please let me know what to do! Sun, 21 Feb 2010 23:55:29 EST Hi there! It's nice to meet you all! I am a 39 yr old mother of 3, and I am having difficulty finding time to make healthy meals; most days I am just grabbing whatever is quick and easy which often is not what's healthy. I also need to make time to exercise more. I'm looking forward to this experience and welcome any advice/support. Sun, 21 Feb 2010 19:34:34 EST Want to live a healthier life. I love to quilt, go to quilt shows and go on shop hops. <BR> I live with fibromyalgia; but it not going to run my llife. <BR> To lower my inflammation; I have to eat healthier. Sat, 20 Feb 2010 20:46:57 EST Hello, from a newbie in snow-covered Southern MD! I'm new at this "healthy living" thing. Until recent years, I've always been one of those annoying people who always found it easy to stay slim and to at least "look" relatively vibrant and healthy. As I approach my 40's, however, that's getting less simple. Long story short, I have a family... I want to be healthier for myself and for them! Additionally, I'm a vocalist with the US Air Force Band in Washington DC and, as I'm sure you can imagine, it's very important that I maintain a good... Wed, 17 Feb 2010 21:49:31 EST Hi Im Dale10 Well, lets see. Im 61 now, hard to believe!! I weight 177 and need to get down to 150 at least. I take thyroid meds for graves disease which was treated with radioactive iodine. I also take Paxil which everyone says is a huge weight gainer. Now Im having heart flutters and am getting tests done to find out why. It is so hard to lose weight!!! I dont eat bad during the day but at night I have to have a snack thats usually not berries or salad, lol!! Would love to talk to anyone on how ... Wed, 17 Feb 2010 06:56:09 EST It's time to get serious! I'm graduating from law school in May and getting married in August! Need to get healthier (grad school seriously took a toll on me) and I'm excited to do it with my fiance and Spark. Tue, 16 Feb 2010 10:07:30 EST Fed up!!!!!! Hello my name is Sandy, I was a little embrassed to write on this board and it has taken me a while to get started. <BR> I have been married for 30 years and I have 3 adult children and three grandchildren which one has gone home to be with my Lord. I have struggled with my weight since my third child was born 23 years ago. My wight goes up and down I have tried other weight lost programs and the just seem to bore me to be honest and I could not stick with them. I have been on this site for ... Tue, 16 Feb 2010 08:17:29 EST Hi from Michigan Hi, <BR> <BR> This is Anni from Michigan! I wok in an office and sit most of the day. Especially, now that we are short staffed it's sit, sit, sit. My husband and I have a commuter relationship and we see each other on the weekends. It's easy to sit around and junk out during the week...but, I did join a gym last December I suffered with sciatica and was off my schedule for about 5 months... it was awful! Now, I'm feeling better and back to working out a little bit at a time b... Mon, 15 Feb 2010 21:27:20 EST Hi, I'm Dottie I just started with a nutritional specialist to lose weight. Have muvh difficulty doing it alone. I'm 76 years old and I'm putting on the pounds because of stress. I'm working on my stress level and am succeeding somewhat. Spark people is very helpful and I enjoy looking at this web site. Mon, 15 Feb 2010 15:29:01 EST newtospark mom Hi, I started to sign up about ten days ago, I just got back to finishing the signing up. I am very interested in hearing others successes and trials. I have to confront weighing myself............... Mon, 15 Feb 2010 12:19:01 EST New to this Well I am 2 weeks into this program. I have lost a few pounds and am learning how to do things differently. The biggest help I have found was when I started opening my emails from sparkpeople. Who would have thought that there would be such great information that applied to ME! i am looking forward to the next four weeks and am looking for some people to help me stay accountable. I live in Marysville Washington would love to give/recieve support from anyone out there in forum land. <BR>... Sun, 14 Feb 2010 02:42:04 EST blakecolemom Hi, <BR> I am a 35 year old mom of 2 boys (7 and 4). My weight has steadily increased all my life, with some breif moments of weightloss here and there. I Reached an all-time max after the second child was born. I'm sure I'm not the only person who got so wrapped up in their kids they forgot to take care of themselves. My first born had a stroke in-utero, he undergoes therapy several times per week and botox treatments a couple times a year. My boys keep me busy to say the least - baseb... Sat, 13 Feb 2010 18:42:45 EST Weekly Sign In I have limited internet access and can't sign in weekly. Is there any way to backtrack on meals and exercise to fill those in weekly (over what looks like daily)? <BR> <BR> Please note, it will probably take me about a week to read your reply and message you back. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Sat, 13 Feb 2010 11:11:03 EST umbrella8 I joined about a week ago and really like the menu suggestions. I'm not following them completely because I have some healthy foods I want to use first and then will follow these more closely. I'm going to be away from home for about two weeks, so will try and get going for sure when I get back. <BR> I do eat healthy, but usually give myself bigger portions than my body needs. I haven't been exercising much because of our cold, windy weather here in the U.P. of Mich. I love to walk a... Fri, 12 Feb 2010 21:52:55 EST Hi, I'm "Joey", also known as prettyinpink66 I'm new here and ready to begin a new journey. Scared, yet excited! I have about 50-60 pounds to lose to reach my goal, but for now, let's shoot for the first 10. I'm looking forward to this new endeavor, being encouraged BY you as well as being an encourager TO you. Let's move forward and good luck to everyone! God Bless each and every one of you! Fri, 12 Feb 2010 18:16:53 EST Hi, I'm Abby, I'm new! I just started about two weeks ago and so far, I've already lost 6 pounds! Fri, 12 Feb 2010 11:56:31 EST Hello to Everyone I'm a retired nurse from Western New York who is very out-of-shape! I have very recently crossed over the line into being diabetic and Discovered I need to be much more responsible about my life style. I plan on traveling to Egypt this fall and need to be in shape before the trip. I have begun a monitored exercise program at the local wellness center. ait seems so nice to be able to use this website to monitor my progress and hopefully to make some new friends! JAB Thu, 11 Feb 2010 18:53:58 EST fish out of water hello I 'm a new to retirement and decide it's time to do something about my weigh.I need keep busy. Thu, 11 Feb 2010 12:03:28 EST Calories are ok, but Fat is too high! I have been doing good with keeping my calories under control. But, I have noticed I am over every day on my Fat content. Does any one else have this issue? Any suggestions, aside from the obvious ( eat less fatty food). I really thought I was making good choices. Thu, 11 Feb 2010 11:13:35 EST Hello there from a first time poster I am 61 years old, overweight, and know I would like to be active, healthy and involved in my grandchildren's and 18 year old son's life. I would like my son to be proud of his mama and for him also to know that I am concerned about my health enough to do something positive about it. My husband and I both struggle with weight. Snacking is an issue with both of us although not constantly. Some stats: we have 5 children, 39, 38, 36, 34, and 18. All boys, except for our 38 year old. We hav... Thu, 11 Feb 2010 08:43:24 EST Support is helpful My name is Cindy, and I have been a member of SP since the end of January. So far, I have lost 5 pounds, and I hope to continue on a positive track until I lose 50 pounds total. Thanks for being such a supportive community. It really helps. Thu, 11 Feb 2010 05:56:04 EST Walking Contradiction Introduce myself? Ok, here we go. I am a certified Project Manager for a major IT Consulting firm. I do everything from network administration to .NET programming, Linux, Perl, and Web configuration. I am an avid hunter and outdoorswoman as well as a conservationist. That does NOT mean I belong to PETA, (unless you mean People Eating Tasty Animals). I also love to sew and quilt, travel, and experience new cultures. My husband and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary last June and ... Wed, 10 Feb 2010 10:52:11 EST hello Hi...I am 34 years old from Western PA, sick and tired of carrying around extra weight and am finally doing something about it. I went from very little exercise to walking/jogging 4-5 days a week for a minimum of 1.5 miles. I have also been eating well. I'm ready to begin this journey, and not look back! Wed, 10 Feb 2010 03:38:30 EST Calorie burning question . . . What is the average amount of calories one should burn through exercise in one day? <BR> <BR> How many calories do you all burn in one workout? Tue, 9 Feb 2010 20:51:25 EST Hello, My butt is to big!!!!!!!!!!!! HI, IM a mom of two sons. I have high cholesterol. That I need to do somthing about. I need to get healthy but <BR> cant seem to get my eating under controll. And my butt is to big!!!!!!!!!!!! Ha Ha.God I need help. This is <BR> my last hope. Tue, 9 Feb 2010 20:22:16 EST Hello, My butt is to big!!!!!!!!!!!! HI, IM a mom of two sons. I have high cholesterol. That I need to do somthing about. I need to get healthy but <BR> cant seem to get my eating under controll. And my butt is to big!!!!!!!!!!!! Ha Ha.God I need help. This is <BR> my last hope. Tue, 9 Feb 2010 20:22:15 EST Hello... I just wanted to introduce myself... I currently am using Spark in conjunction with a personal trainer to finally step off the diet rollercoaster. Thanks for being so welcoming... I am loving the nutrition tracker. Tue, 9 Feb 2010 18:59:37 EST I'm jk I am a 32 year old mother of two and wife. I am excited about the changes that are happening in my life, including my weight loss. I have tried many different times and many ways to lose the 100+ lbsI have in excess and I have never been able to keep it off. This year my husband joined the fire academy and we have made a very concious effort to change not only our eating habits, but our sleep, exercise and attitudes as well. We're both looking forward to a new life in 2010 and on... Tue, 9 Feb 2010 12:33:13 EST Starting on my track to good health I am 38 and tired of yo yo dieting...I found this website through a friend and want to make it work for me! I hope I can become an active member and lose the 40 lbs to get to my goal! I know it will not happen overnight, but I am thrilled that I have found the motivation and support that will help get me there. Looking forward to spreading the spark to others too! Tue, 9 Feb 2010 11:49:31 EST Be thou my vision.. It is time to change my life to work toward the me God wants me to be. That includes transforming myself on the outside as well as on the inside. Challenges: Exercise, Stress, Emotional Eating. I am the mother of three children, 4.5, 2.5, and almost 1. My husband and I have ownership in a business that is seaonal and weather dependant. These are facts, not excuses and I have to remind myself to overcome these. I would love to hear from others with similar challenges and strategies to ov... Tue, 9 Feb 2010 08:10:01 EST New mom and lots of baggage to lose... Hello everybody, <BR> <BR> My name is Ana, I'm mom to a 5 month beautiful baby boy named Sabaston and finally decided to join Spark People. I have been struggling with being morbidly obese for approx. 5 yrs. I know most of it has been from emotional stress, but now the routine has also played a big role...Anyways, I'm still learning how to navigate through this site so any help would be highly appreciated. I would like to meet new people who will be a positive influence and might want a ne... Tue, 9 Feb 2010 02:56:15 EST Newbie Hi all I am new here and wanted to introduce myself. My name is Cassie. I am 28 and live in middle Tennessee. I hope to loose about 70lbs over the next year or so. <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance for the motivation and encouragement! Tue, 9 Feb 2010 00:12:57 EST Wannabthin Hi I just recently joined SparkPeople and I am truly excited about starting my new lifestyle. I have about 50 - 60 lbs. to lose but I'm confident that SparkPeople can help me. I want the energy I used to have back. I love my family, they are a real motivator for me I want to be healthy so I can enjoy sports with them. Mon, 8 Feb 2010 21:02:11 EST A little late on the resolution bandwagon What can I say? I thought I'd break from tradition and wait to kick-start my healthy habits until February. It's called procrastination. And I'm called Angie! <BR> <BR> Hi! I'm 31, happily married to a skinny dude with metabolism I would kill for. I lost 75 pounds a few years ago, but never met my goal weight and have struggled to get there ever since (35 more to go). I'm an emotional/stress/celebration binge eater, with a serious Diet Coke addiction. Anyone relate? <BR> <BR> Anyway, I'm ha... Mon, 8 Feb 2010 19:43:01 EST Hey How did your first week go???? How did your first week go? any questions for the class. LOl. <BR> <BR> Mon, 8 Feb 2010 19:05:01 EST What was your Weigh loss for the week Tell us what your weight loss for was? I usaully weigh in biMonthly but this past week I didn't lose any. <BR> <BR> Tell how much you lost this week... Mon, 8 Feb 2010 18:55:28 EST Intro - A broken lonely woman floundering about Hello there, <BR> <BR> My name is Lisa and I was introduced into SP by a co-worker of mine. I'm 41 years old, married and a mother of 3 (21, 19 & 14 years old). I am almost an empty nester boy, where does the time go? I have been on a journey of losing weight for quite some time now (unsuccessfully). I was diagnosed with graves disease right after my youngest child was born. Hyperthyroidism is not easy to live with and the treatment put my body in a whirlwind needless to say I find mysel... Mon, 8 Feb 2010 16:49:15 EST Can a woman lose weight during your period? Can a woman lose weight during your period, without feeling fatigue or hunger? Mon, 8 Feb 2010 13:42:27 EST tired of feeling tired hi i m new at this but not new at the yo yo i try to watch what i eat and excersize but with stupid hours at my work (i work 12 hour shifts i switch from days to nights every three,four days)so with these funky hours my eating is effected and i have a sit at desk job(for the most part) at that. i gained 25 lbs. in the last twelve months Mon, 8 Feb 2010 13:27:33 EST Here I go! Hey everyone! I wanted to introduce myself and beg for some help! I need some serious assistance getting motivated to exercise and diet. I need and want to commit to SparkPeople to help me achieve my weight loss goals. I work a very erratic, schedule, and I'd like to blame my "inflated" lifestyle on it. I can't do it anymore. I haven't been happy with my weight in YEARS. I really need a few positive, encouraging friends! Great to meet you all! Mon, 8 Feb 2010 10:05:04 EST Weight Loss query Well I am sticking to the meals, exercises etc, and have lost 4.2 Kg since I started a week ago. But I have heard that as you nearer your goal weight the weight becomes harder to lose. Is this true ? As this the first time I am doing this. <em>29</em> Mon, 8 Feb 2010 06:42:10 EST Introducing another new spark... Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> Just a quick introduction of myself I am a new to this site but loving it already. I have been doing increased excercise through the couch to 5k running program (would be interested to know how many others are also doing this program) but also needed to review/monitor my eating and general fitness. Had heard from a few people that this was a good site and glad I checked it out. <BR> <BR> I am looking to get fit to be a better father to my young son and hopefully inspi... Mon, 8 Feb 2010 01:21:05 EST I'm new and overwhelmed Hi my name is Debbie and I joined yesterday. I was told by another member that I should join this group so here I am. I have a ton of weight to lose and I need someplace that will hold me accountable and help me through this process. I'm determined to lose this weight but overwhelmed at how I'm going to pull this off. I hope this site works but from what I've seen from messages I have received already in one day, I think I'm in the right place. Good luck to everyone on their journey. Sun, 7 Feb 2010 23:18:43 EST New at this......spark people and message boards Hello. I am just beginning this journey and hoping this is the method I have been looking for. I am 45 years old and the mother of 4. I want to learn to make healthy choices and begin losing weight but more importantly, feel better about myself. Sun, 7 Feb 2010 23:12:10 EST Hi, I'm Rhonda and I'm ready! After seeing someone very close to me nearly bedridden, I have made the decision, the choice to make some positive changes in my life. My first choice is to begin scaling this mountain of weight I have carried around my entire life. I have had enough; I'm tired of being so tired. I never really cared before now. I hated the weight, but apparently thought it would somehow magically fall off. I've tried many diets but couldn't stick to any of them and didn't put forth much effort. Now, I want a... Sun, 7 Feb 2010 19:32:36 EST Hello everyone! Several days ago I went for a physical and was told what my BMI was. I'm really tired of being in the obese catagory and I decided that I was going to adapt a healthier style of eating and get back into a regular exercise routine. I know that the first step is to track my food intake so I went in search of an online food journal and stumbled across this site. I failed miserably at my first attempt to log what I'd had to eat that first day so I've been using another site. However, I'm back ... Sun, 7 Feb 2010 19:13:56 EST Very New Hi, My name is Sue, and I’m reaching the highest weight ever in my life, so with my limited activity and my back problem, I only follow an eating diet and lose weight, then resume my old eating habit and gain it back or even increase my weight. I’m tiered of that yo yo diet and I wish I can find away. I seriously have to lose weight but it’s very hard and I don’t know what to do any more. I’m 5’3 and I weight 185 lbs. I want to lose weight about 40 lbs. Do u think that’s possible???? Wh... Sun, 7 Feb 2010 18:52:27 EST I'm Motivated! Just read about Spark and joined last week while on vacation. Couldn't do much in someone else's home and on their daily plans. Started fresh this morning and have already exceeded MY goals! I hope I can keep this going. I have 50 pounds to lose that I have held onto for a long time. I have yo-yo dieted for years only to gain back more than I lost. I am one of those millions with no health insurance so I really need to lose some weight. On top of that, I am 56. Generally, I feel good ... Sun, 7 Feb 2010 17:35:39 EST New to site Hi. I'm excited to be here, to hear your success stories and to share mine! <BR> Cindy Sun, 7 Feb 2010 17:22:29 EST Recently discovered SparkPeople My blood sugar is in the pre-diabetic range and now is the time to turn it around! Improving my eating is what I need to focus on. Exercise is a regular part of my life and can still be improved. I enjoy all the resources. Sun, 7 Feb 2010 17:02:49 EST Glorialk Hi--just joined--not too sure on the how to's. I have to lose 21 lbs in 6 months according to my doctor. I work full time on a job on my feet 8 hrs a day. I have rhuemoid arthritis, osteoarthrits and fibromyalgia. Sometimes exercise is not an option. I know I need to lose this weight and could use all the help I can get! Sun, 7 Feb 2010 16:27:35 EST hi, new here Hello, <BR> <BR> <BR> Trying to find the courage to continue with weight loss..This past December I lost the use of my right leg..still don't know why, trying to eat less and and exercise my arms..while doing all sorts of tests to find whats wrong with my leg. Sun, 7 Feb 2010 15:27:08 EST A simple little cooking hint. When cooking soups or stews to remove the excess fat easy just wrap a few ice cubes in a cloth and draw it across the top of the liquid. The fat will congeal onto the cloth and so can be removed easy. Sun, 7 Feb 2010 14:44:31 EST Can we talk about weigh-ins for a minute? Okay. So I know we should be weighing ourselves one time a week. That's fine by me, I'd rather not spend every morning obsessing over the slightest tenth of a difference in the scale. <BR> <BR> I guess my biggest question is what time of day is the best to be weighing ourselves in at? In theory, the morning is the time of day when we weigh our lightest, right? But is that truly an accurate reflection of our weight since our water weight is down and we don't have anything in our bellies? <BR... Sun, 7 Feb 2010 13:06:41 EST Glad to find you! Hi, everyone! I am kindergarten teacher and have been overweight my entire life. After a bout with cancer several years ago, I lost 60 pounds. It's allllllllll back, as usual. I really need to get this under control. I must say I'm excited about Spark, but overwhelmed, too. I'm starting with my three simple goals and trying to get to the site everyday to spend some ME time. That will be quite a feat for the next few weeks. I so welcome your support! Sun, 7 Feb 2010 10:49:32 EST Hello, I'm new I am a 47 year old woman and I'm glad I found this place because now I know there are people with the same goals as me and it really motivates me knowing that. Sun, 7 Feb 2010 09:24:01 EST kg to lbs Can you tell me how to change the weight from kg to lbs? I checked and I put in pounds on the start page but now everything is showing up in kg. Thank you. Sun, 7 Feb 2010 09:17:47 EST Ryan Hey everybody! <BR> my name is ryan and i am a senior at York High School in Virginia. beach week and my summer vacation is comming pretty fast, and i need to loose about 20-40 pounds. if anyone has any more pointers feel free.' <BR> <BR> Sun, 7 Feb 2010 07:46:26 EST Hello all! I'm trying to lose a bunch of weight in 2010! Last year, I lost 30lbs, but now I'm stuck. I don't like exercising much, but lately found an exercise I love - Gold Gym's Cardio Workout Wii game. I have joined the site cause a friend of mine told me that this site has really helped her in her weight loss. Also, I'm a vegetarian (most of the time) - but still workin on that one! Sun, 7 Feb 2010 01:23:58 EST New to this site......hoping for motivation Hi, this is the first time for me on this site. I have pretty much done every diet out there & am never successful because I fall off the wagon you could say. I have had a hard time finding enough motivation to get up & do what I need to do to get healthy! being a former athlete I have all the tools I just continue to sabatosh myself & end up failing & putting more weight on than off. I am ready to be my "old"self where I can move freely & keep up with my very athletic & active 14 yr old son... Sat, 6 Feb 2010 23:36:43 EST Hello out there... I'm a Ph D student studying chemistry, and I just survived the most grueling semester of my life. I ate out of boredom, stress, whatever, and still managed to lose weight. But now, the bad habits are taking a toll, and I am uncomfortable in my skin, so I guess that means it's time to do something. Hence, signing up for this site. I tried it once before, but to be honest I can't stand tracking calories. It gets on my nerves. But I have to do SOMETHING, or I'll go nuts, so I'm back here, ... Sat, 6 Feb 2010 22:51:23 EST One third of the way there... Hello! Although I just signed up on SP this evening, I consider myself about 1/3 of the way through on my journey. Back in October '09, I was topping out (that I know of, could've been higher than that but didn't know it) at 209 lbs. I'm down about 25 pounds (I'll find out officially on Monday at my weekly weigh in), and figure I have about another 50 pounds to go. Although I'd like to see another 60 pounds come off, I don't know how realistic that would be. My next mini goal is to cross... Sat, 6 Feb 2010 22:41:34 EST hi im new to this site hi my name is mike i just joined spark people just the other day i am engaged and my goal is to lose weight and get in shape i go to the three time a week so i hope this website will help me Sat, 6 Feb 2010 22:01:15 EST Wow! Where do I start I am so excited! but quite overhelming--but sooo ready to lose weight and run a marathon Sat, 6 Feb 2010 21:42:49 EST New to SparkPeople! Hello Everyone! I just joined SparkPeople tonight and I am very excited. I read about the site in GH Magazine and I am so glad I found this wonderful resource to aid in my weightloss. I look forward to reading the message boards and supporting and receiving support from all of you. My goal is to lose 40lbs (the weight I gained while pregnant with my beautiful 3 year old daughter...yes, I have been lugging my pregnancy weight around with me for 3 years!) before trying for a second child. ... Sat, 6 Feb 2010 21:26:10 EST Exciting about a new beginning again I jsut nstarted with Saprk people this week and so far I find it fun and informative. I'm looking to restart this journey yet again but I feel encouraged that there is so much support here. It has already been helpful when I was feeling like I wanted towat everything yesterday. So far my days have been good nutrition wise but fitness is lacking and I need to get motivated in that area. Sat, 6 Feb 2010 20:59:02 EST Hello...... Hi everyone, Im Wally. A newbie to Spark. And I am very greateful to have found this site. Looking forward to getting healthy, making new friends and just living the life I deserve to live. Take care and look forward to talking to all of you. :) Quite the feat but can be done. <BR> <BR> Adios my Sparky Peeps, <BR> ~Wally~ Sat, 6 Feb 2010 20:36:06 EST Introducing ...... Me! Hey, I'm Crystal and I'm a new member to Spark People. I am a an aspiring mathematician at a university in NC. I hope to achieve some weightloss before I graduate in 2012. My main reason for weightloss is because I want to look on the outside the way I feel on the inside. I enjoy clothing and dresses and looking nice and sometimes It's hard to look good when you don't feel it. So I hope to change that! I wish you all major success! <em>249</em> Sat, 6 Feb 2010 20:02:39 EST Hello Hi, I am 30ish and i work six days a week. I have two children. I am very over wieght and am learning how to make healthier chosies with a low budget for grosserys. i love couponing it is a hobby. I have never had a hobby before couponing. Now my goals are for eating healthier on a budget and makeing meals i can freeze for the week. I have a friend that cooks once a month. and freezes the meals but not all are healthy. I would like to do the same but make it more low calorie. <BR> Nice to me... Sat, 6 Feb 2010 19:23:12 EST Just Joined Hello to everyone! I just joined SparkPeople about 15 minutes ago and I am still trying to figure out how to get around on the site. <BR> I am hoping to lose 25 pounds in the next 4 months. I know it's possible because I've done it before. I actually lost 40 pounds in 4 months, but gained every bit of it back. <BR> I need the motivation to stick with the program. I started eating better and plan to begin an exercise program this week. I purchased Leslie Sansone's newest walking program, which... Sat, 6 Feb 2010 17:59:18 EST Starting fresh! Just wanted to say hello. I'm reading the Spark book and starting the program. Two years ago I lost 85 pounds and kept it off for about a year. I loved the way I looked and the compliments I received. I also gained health benefits and was able to discontinue some of the medications I had started to need. Then, slowly, I began to regain some of my weight. I was losing my motivation and belief in myself that I could continue to stay thin and healthy. I have regained about 30 pounds. Wh... Sat, 6 Feb 2010 17:27:51 EST Looking for a friend 70 year old animal lover- related to Mo from FL and NY to be close to youngest child and new grandchild- 19 years after the last one. Sat, 6 Feb 2010 16:27:57 EST New member Hi! I have just joined and am trying to figure out the website. I am not very tech-savy. I have a long way to go and will need lots of support. Sat, 6 Feb 2010 16:15:55 EST Hello Team I started with SP on Tuesday night. So far, it has been much harder than I thought to stay under my calorie count, but am looking at recipes and trying to figure out how best to feel fed and do it. Having to track my intake has opened my eyes to how unhealthy I really am. Thanks SP friends for being here to support me on my quest to live a healthier life. Sat, 6 Feb 2010 16:13:40 EST I'm new and ready Hello, I'm tired of yo-yo dieting and anxious to start a healthy eating and diet plan. I'm looking forward to support from my new friends on sparkpeople. I will do this and succeed. Sat, 6 Feb 2010 15:32:39 EST Hoping for awesome lasting results Hello sparkpeople, <BR> I am excited to find this new website with so many tools to help me reach my health goals. <BR> I am the queen of roller coaster weight loss and gain. I am REALLY hoping that this is my year for the best results ever!!! Always looking for great advice and new ideas. Ordered my spark book. Cant wait to read it and get started!! <BR> Lana Sat, 6 Feb 2010 14:03:38 EST Hi Everyone, new member of this team! Hi everyone, my name is Sharon (Sassy71co) so I go by both. I just joined Spark People today and am learning how to navigate the site. I am looking forward to supporting others and reaching my goals in the process. Any tips that anyone can share would be wonderfully appreciated. <BR> <BR> Sharon Sat, 6 Feb 2010 12:30:04 EST Introducing myself: Lacy Good morning! My name is Lacy. I lost 10% of my weight from Nov. 2009- Feb 2010 using Weight Watchers. I recently joined a gym and am learning how to incorporate exercise into my life. I left Weight Watchers because I wanted to find a holistic plan incorporating both exercise and nutrition that would help me lead a more healthy lifestyle. <BR> I live in Oklahoma (Boomer Sooner!) and am a graduate student at OU in City Planning. I have a chihuahua named Jazzy and a hedgehog named Walter. My b... Sat, 6 Feb 2010 11:31:53 EST Hitting 70!! In 2 weeks I'll be turning 70. I'm really pretty healthy but would like to lose a few pounds which would help lower my blood pressure which is my main health concern. I eat a lot of the right things but also eat a few bad things like desserts. I love to cook and bake for my husband but love to eat my home baked treats. I go to aquafitness once a week and do Tai Chi twice a week. Our winters are pretty cold, but I like to X country ski when the weather's reasonable. In my spare tme I quilt and... Sat, 6 Feb 2010 11:15:29 EST Hi I'm new Hey everyone. My name is Kristilna. I'm 19 years old and I'm trying to lose 100 pounds. This is my second day and so far everything has been going well. I'm Happy to find other people who are trying to lose also, Because i don't think I could do this alone. The best thing would be for us all to push one another. I hope to find many friends and meet lots of people. Sat, 6 Feb 2010 10:23:41 EST hi im naomi im new to this today and i hope i can go the distance and lose the weight Sat, 6 Feb 2010 04:07:24 EST New to Spark People Hello, my name is Debiann, I'm 36 and new to Spark People. I have so many health issues I'm not sure where to begin. I need to lose about 50 pounds. I'm not so worried about the eating part of the life style change but the exercise due to health issues. I need a gluten-free diet which is new and I'm still trying to figure that out, although I did not see that as a choice. I have Rheumatoid Arthritis, I also have Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis in both knees, back and hips, degenerative disk, 2 b... Sat, 6 Feb 2010 01:57:49 EST My First Post... I am exhausted tonite but i want to complete this one task. I am an overweight mother of 4 housewife that is sick and tired of living the life that I'm living! I am ready for energy and strength to get through the day. I want to be able to play with my girls in the pool without wearing the "i just had a baby 10 months ago" swimsuit!!! I am ready to live again! So today is the beginning! Hello world Justus4mom is alive and ready to get started. Till next time...J4M Fri, 5 Feb 2010 23:45:02 EST My First Post... I am exhausted tonite but i want to complete this one task. I am an overweight mother of 4 housewife that is sick and tired of living the life that I'm living! I am ready for energy and strength to get through the day. I want to be able to play with my girls in the pool without wearing the "i just had a baby 10 months ago" swimsuit!!! I am ready to live again! So today is the beginning! Hello world Justus4mom is alive and ready to get started. Till next time...J4M Fri, 5 Feb 2010 23:45:00 EST Confort eating I would like to lose weight and girth. My emotional problems have caused me to eat for solace and over the years the pounds have slowly creeped up to an unhealthy level.I do not eat to live but live to eat. I realize after eating that I have not eaten because I am hungry but just to soothe my fears and phobias. I then feel very guilty but this unhealthy pattern soon repeats itself and goes on this way. Eating provides temporary comfort. I want to break this pattern and take pride in my looka ... Fri, 5 Feb 2010 23:04:42 EST 1st Day There is so much good information available here! I hardly know where to begin but am watching the help videos and seeking healthy ways to plan what I eat and exercise so that I can lose weight while caring for aging parents who love meat and potatoes and have candy and peanut butter cookies around all the time! Grateful for a friend who put me onto this site! Fri, 5 Feb 2010 22:16:37 EST The Ongling Lifetime Weight Loss Battle I am a soon to be 74 year old male who has had a weight problem all of my life. I have gained and lost at least 2000 pounds through out my lifetiime. I am now retired and happily married. Shortly after retirement five years ago, I developed heart disease and had a quadruple bypass to start the ball rolling. Since then I have been in and out of atrial fibrillation and have been cardioverted three times. I have also had a pacemaker implantation. In view of all of these issues I would like... Fri, 5 Feb 2010 21:05:28 EST Learning the Ropes! Well, it's been challenging trying to navigate my way through this site! I really want to be successful, not only in my weight-loss/wellness journey, but utilize this site and everything it and YOU have to offer. It'll take awhile, especially since I'm not much of a computer techie type of person. Joined on Wednesday, and did't realize it would set me up on the spot. I've printed a grocery list for next week and hope to bear down with things starting tomorrow. I've journaled all of my fo... Fri, 5 Feb 2010 20:58:07 EST Just Joined today! Hi! I am a registered dietitian who loves to cook and workout-particularly strength training. <BR> I had a baby 5 months ago and am looking to lose the last 8 pounds! <BR> <BR> I am a chocoholic and would love to chat with someone who has tips to overcome temptation and meet my wt loss goals! Fri, 5 Feb 2010 19:23:09 EST helloitsme5Ive been on Ive been on lots of diets through the years. This looks like a real winner. I am happy to join your group. Fri, 5 Feb 2010 18:08:48 EST Here All The Way Hi. I just joined-this time I'm not giving up! Fri, 5 Feb 2010 17:34:21 EST Here All The Way Hi. I just joined-this time I'm not giving up! Fri, 5 Feb 2010 17:34:21 EST hello Hi everyone. I just discovered the Spark program today. I trying to get up to speed quickly so that I can get the most out of the experience... I have to lose about 65 pounds that I have gradually put on over the years. I've been a chef for the past 6 years and since my career change I have found that losing weight is harder than ever. <BR> <BR> Good luck to all of us newbies! Fri, 5 Feb 2010 16:39:10 EST Let me introduce myself Hello, I'm new to spark people and wanted to jump in and introduce myself to you all. I'm 22 and have a perfect little girl. She's 6 months old now so I guess it's time to loose the baby-weight. I'm currently living in Slidell, LA but will be moving back to Washington DC in a month. I love to run and hope to someday run a marathon -- I'm getting closer and closer everyday. <BR> I look forward to getting to know you and learn about your goals. Fri, 5 Feb 2010 16:31:58 EST newbie Hello everyone! My name is Chrissy! Im new to this site and im looking to make friends, Gain & Give support to & from all. Fri, 5 Feb 2010 16:25:13 EST new to spark Hello my name is Amanda. i live in georgia. i am looking for someone to help motivate me and help me lose 40+ pounds. i have to gett this baby weight off so i will feel good about myself and feel attractive...... Fri, 5 Feb 2010 14:46:42 EST Newbie JAL Hi all - just learned about this program in GH magazine last night. I have a lot of weight to lose and know I have to do it. I'm a 6+ year breast cancer survivor and my doctors tell me how I continually threaten my risk of survival because of my obesity. I know how to eat and what to eat and how much to eat. I just plain don't do it. I eat a healthy diet but I know I consume too many calories. I like to treat myself a lot! I have this: I deserve this after all I've been through and I ... Fri, 5 Feb 2010 14:35:56 EST Post Your Favorite HEALTHY Recipe! Finding inspiration for healthy eating in the kitchen is always a challenge for me. So I thought it could be fun if we share some of our own personal favorite recipes with one another! <BR> <BR> A few years ago a friend of mine send me a word document (112 pages, no less!) of all crock pot recipes that has all the nutritional information provided along with the number of weight watcher points. I was amazed at how flavorful the meals were. So I figured I'd share a few of my favorites! <BR> ... Fri, 5 Feb 2010 13:35:32 EST introducing myself hello I have just started using this site and have never used a message board. I have been working on my weight lose for a year now but have really been trying harder in the last few months. My church has started an all womens weight lose called "A New You" we meet every tuesday and do the slim in 6 workout together. since starting that i have lost 8 lbs our motivation is a pot worth over $400. i have a hard time counting calories and keeping track of what i eat, I am hoping that this site... Fri, 5 Feb 2010 12:47:17 EST Making a lifestyle change Hello, I am tried of being fat. Recently my body has beed yelling enough already! It is time to do something about it. I will lose about a 100 lbs. and I am hoping this site will help achieve that goal. My wife says I am fanatical about this, but 12 lbs. lost is just conformation. She is just now getting on the train, but is also see some results. I just need to learn to take the time for exercise. This is the area that needs the most focus right now. I believe I have the eating under... Fri, 5 Feb 2010 12:22:18 EST Newbie question At the bottom of the page is a listing of team goals. After signing up for the goal, do I need to do anything besides tracking my water intake on my nutrition page? Thanks for any help. <BR> Karen Fri, 5 Feb 2010 11:45:17 EST Looking for someone to share tips/ideas with. Hi, my name is Jaya. I just starting my diet a couple of days ago. I'm a 22 year old mother of 3. I have about 30 lbs. to lose. I'm looking for someone that I can relate, but all are welcome! Just someone to share ideas, tips, triumphs and failures with. And someone that can keep me accountable! Hopefully we can motivate each other or just have someone to talk to that understands! Fri, 5 Feb 2010 11:39:59 EST Back on Track Hi! I hope that this will be a great way to meet my goal of running a marathon and hopefully shed some unwanted pounds on the way. Fri, 5 Feb 2010 11:12:53 EST Hi there! My name is Jayci. I just heard about SparkPeople and thought I'd give this a try! When I think about wanting to lose up to 70 lbs, that number sounds so huge! It sounds overwhelming. I know I can do it. It is just a matter of getting started. :o) I love the site so far, I have felt so welcome. Thanks for your support! Fri, 5 Feb 2010 10:56:26 EST Hello! I'm here to stay healthy I am 36 years old and am 5 years out from gastric bypass surgery. I totally beleave that it was one of the best decision I made for me. I went from being morbidly obese to a healthy weight. However, I have to work hard to maintain that weight loss. I'm here to continue on a path to staying healthy and maintaining the weight loss I have worked so hard for the last five years. I look forward to using these tools to continue that journey. Fri, 5 Feb 2010 09:12:05 EST Hello From Alaska! Hello! My name is Amanda and I live in North Pole, Alaska! I have battled weight my whole life, have in the past lost 70lbs and am once again on a weight loss journey! So far I really love and Hope this becomes a permenent change in my life! <BR> <BR> I look forward to meeting anyone here. My good friend Donna refered me here, and she was so wonderful to do to! Cheers to healthy living, and making positive life changes! Fri, 5 Feb 2010 08:56:43 EST Ready to start Hi everyone. I'm ready to start - again. This is my first time with spark. I am so impressed with the site and hope that by checking in daily will help me to reach my goal. I have lost and gained before, but I am determined to take it one day at a time making small changes as I go along. Looking forward to "meeting" others so that we can take the journey together. Fri, 5 Feb 2010 07:21:21 EST I need the motivation! Hi, I'm a retired nurse, wife, mother and g'mother. I have fought my weight all my adult life. My husband does not have weight issues, which makes it harder for me because he loves for me to cook like his mother always did! I know all the stuff about nutrition and exercise (I have TAUGHT it!), but my metabolism makes it almost impossible to lose weight. My biggest obstacle is lack of exercise because of pain. But, I'm willing to try again. Starting out slow - walking, Wii games, and ... Thu, 4 Feb 2010 23:59:14 EST Getting Started I'm equal parts excited and scared about getting started making some real changes in my life. I am a mother and wife; I work full time and I am going to school part time. Here's to making small goals! Thu, 4 Feb 2010 23:40:16 EST Wish me LUCK Hey everyone <BR> this is M.T. and this is my absolutely first day on sparkpeople <BR> wish my luck so i can achieve my goals i wanna look a million dollars on my wedding day <BR> take care Thu, 4 Feb 2010 23:30:31 EST Getting Back in the game... Hey there! - <BR> I used to be a member of sparkpeople when I first started college. Now, that I'm older and more disciplined, I'm hoping to get back in the game and lose this weight and keep it off! Glad to be here with other people who are trying to do the same thing as me: get healthy and stay that way! :-) Thu, 4 Feb 2010 22:59:53 EST Hello Out There! I am very excited to join the Sparks community, it sounds really supportive. I have tried various diets throughout the years but usually only for a very for short time. I personally believe that dieting causes me to eat more before, during and after the diet. I need to feel in control of my own self and I believe that the Spark approach will provide that. I don’t need someone else controlling my behavior based on their beliefs. <BR> <BR> I am at my heaviest weight right now. I have had... Thu, 4 Feb 2010 22:03:21 EST New here Hi All, <BR> Thank you for the mail I received from you all! Looking forward to getting to know you. <BR> <BR> Lisa Thu, 4 Feb 2010 21:01:18 EST Newbie.... Hi! I'm Amy...I'm a 37 year old breast cancer survivor who is finally learning to take care of myself. I have taught high school for 14 years. Thu, 4 Feb 2010 20:19:27 EST A GOD SENT HELLO; I AM SO HAPPY!! TO KNOW I CAN HAVE SOME HELP, I LOOK FORWARD TO READING SOMEMORE , HAVING SUPPORT FORM ALL OF YOU, THANKS SO MUCH FOR BEEN HERE , NOW I CAN HAVE SOME HOPE TO MAKE MY GOAL COME TRUE, Thu, 4 Feb 2010 19:14:22 EST Excited! Hi I am 35 years old and just got married...I am also a teacher. I decided to do something when i found myself out of breath walking to my classroom...when i read about this in Good Housekeeping i thought wonderful...something that is positive and free...what more can you ask for...:) Thu, 4 Feb 2010 18:41:35 EST Hello Everyone Hi, <BR> I am married and 40 years old. Our 19 year old son has moved out and I am excited and curious to <BR> see what life will be like from here. I love the outdoors and would like to be fit enough to really enjoy it. <BR> Laura <BR> Thu, 4 Feb 2010 17:33:55 EST Hello Everyone Hi, <BR> I am married and 40 years old. Our 19 year old son has moved out and I am excited and curious to <BR> see what life will be like from here. I love the outdoors and would like to be fit enough to really enjoy it. <BR> Laura <BR> Thu, 4 Feb 2010 17:33:45 EST Hello Everybody, I excited to be in the community! I saw this article about sparks in a ad. I thought maybe this will work for me. I am in a transition in my life, which has left me losing people I had been close to, plus my being an empty nester, I find myself eating when I feel alone. I have lost 60 lbs, but have gained 20 back, I realize I have to get back on track. I am exicited to connect with people who are in this journey, too. I look forward to meeting new people, I hope I can encourage you as I sure you will encourage me. Thu, 4 Feb 2010 17:22:59 EST First Mini Hurdle I walked past a table full of food at work (including delicious cookies) and didn't help myself to any. I'm proud of that. :-) Thu, 4 Feb 2010 16:52:01 EST Hi Hi Im Joy I have decided to do something positive about my weight...but boy do I need help!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> Nice to meet you all. xx Thu, 4 Feb 2010 14:44:19 EST Hello Everyone. I'm new as of today, and I'm very excited about this site. I hope to learn a lot and also share with everyone. Have a great day! Thu, 4 Feb 2010 14:37:02 EST Hello everyone I hae just joined this site so I am still trying to find my way around it. I think this site will be great for me as from what I can see it tells you how many calories to eat and what is good or bad to eat. I want to lose 50 lbs so maybe this is the site to do it on. Have a great day everyone. Thu, 4 Feb 2010 14:36:46 EST Excited to find this site! I'm so excited to have found this website. I signed up today and am going to do this in conjunction with a weight loss program offered by our local hospital. I've searched recipes and printed quite a few to try. I've used the nutrition and exercise tracker. I love both of those! Something feels different about my decision to lose weight this time. I feel more committed than ever! Thu, 4 Feb 2010 13:56:29 EST What's the deal? Why am I so hungry? I was so hungry so I had lunch early at 11AM. I had some cream of broccoli soup, 1 1/2 cups of chopped broccoli and a chicken breast. So, it wasn't really soup after adding stuff in. Nice, healthy, well balanced why am I hungry? It's not in my head, it's the light headed rumbling tummy hunger. Off to do some cleaning and to take my mind off of it. Thu, 4 Feb 2010 13:34:08 EST Baby Weight Be Gone! Hello everyone my name is Sara. I have 3 wonderful children whom I love very much. I do not however love the weight i gained while pregnant. So my goal is to lose all that weight. Currently I stay at home with my kids but will be moving and starting work sometime towards the end of March. I hope to get as much fitness in before I move and then continue my fitness and nutrition plans after I've moved. Unfortunately I'm moving from CA to ND. So I wont have much fitness outside until the summer ... Thu, 4 Feb 2010 13:23:10 EST This is Fun! Hi to all. I am looking for motivation and inspiration to keep with a healthy eating and exercise program I began in January. This site looks exciting and seems to have tons of information. Is it worth the time involved to be a part of this site? Thu, 4 Feb 2010 13:13:03 EST Hello Everyone! Hiya everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm Barb, hailing from Chicago and looking to drop around 15 pounds or so. In a perfect world, I'd like to be in the 130's, but for right now my realistic goal is 145. <BR> <BR> For the past few years I have lived an extraordinarily active lifestyle. As a triathlete I'm already swimming, biking and running multiple days a week. And in November last year, I completed my first Ironman (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and then 26.2 mile run). <BR> <BR>'d think I'd... Thu, 4 Feb 2010 13:07:26 EST Hi I'm new to this site...trying to shake things up to lose 10 to 12 stubborn pounds. I have been working out harder than usual for about a month now but the pounds won't budge. Hopefully with all the great things/recipes etc on the site will get them off Thu, 4 Feb 2010 12:52:23 EST Hi All My name is Stephanie and I am from Utah. I am at a 26 year old stay-at-home mother of two and am also a student through distance education. I have also been overweight but since having my two kids it has gotten out of hand. I started going to the gym last year and did ok until my hubby had to have knee sugery. But I am back at it. I stumbled upon this little gem and said why not try it. Thu, 4 Feb 2010 12:40:00 EST not so formal introduction here for the first time, but not the first time to get overweight and have to fight back. this time want to do it in a healthy and long lasting way Thu, 4 Feb 2010 12:00:04 EST Hi everybody Hello, today is pretty much day 1 for me. I have been on a diet for about 5 weeks and I have managed to lose somewhere in the neighborhood of 5 pounds even though I refuse to weigh myself except for once per week. I am quite possibly one of the most high strung people on the planet, so I am going to do my best to stick to the goals of the team. Thu, 4 Feb 2010 11:46:33 EST Newby here! Hi everyone! I have been thinking about getting going on losing weight for a while now. So, I read about this in Good Housekeeping, and thought it would be good to have some community support while I am doing this. I have all the usual excuses.....too busy, "I don't look that bad" (self talk). Unfortunately, the scale doesn't lie. When I got on it this morning, well, the number was not pretty. So, here I am. I am looking forward to getting to know some people, and hopefully pursue mut... Thu, 4 Feb 2010 11:10:34 EST My story... My weight has slowly increased over the past 10 years. When I was in college I was a little overweight, but now I am upwards in the obese category. I have spent the last 10 years justifying or minimizing my weight. It is at the point where it is unhealthy and I am always tired. I have a few hurdles to clear, but I know that I can get back to a healthy weight and maybe look good at the same time. My body has some natural muscle to it, but my midsection has always been the problem area, so with... Thu, 4 Feb 2010 10:55:51 EST No More Excuses Hello - Well here goes...I've been thinking for months that I need to DO something, anything to get my weight back to a healthy level. I ran across the sparkpeople site via a post on Facebook, and here I am. I have to admit my motivation is very low at the moment...and I'm hoping that I can get moving with the help of others in the same boat! Thu, 4 Feb 2010 10:37:57 EST Not going back again! I'm a 38 y.o. homeschooling mommy. I'll celebrate my 14th wedding anniversary this year with the love of my life. Last year I lost 40 pounds between April and August in preparation for my 20th class reunion. (I had a blast!) However, I've gained 10 pounds over the holidays and lost my momentum in the workout dept. I do NOT want to go back to where I was and so here I am. I need motivation and accountability. Thu, 4 Feb 2010 10:19:21 EST Penny HI, <BR> Mom of 8. All grown but 2 who are 17 and 16. Unemployed unfortunately right now and looking to make use of time for positive changes .I want to loose 63 lbs. I weighed 130 back 21yrs ago and felt great but only lasted short time due to getting pregnant and back up the ladder of being overweight. Basically have always been overweight since age 12. Love bread, margarine, mayo, and sweets. Need tips on how to get over on these foods but due to reflex a lot of fruits that have to much ci... Thu, 4 Feb 2010 09:14:44 EST Hi Guys!! Need Your Help! Hi! I'm a working (part-time) mum of four who desperately needs help to lose some weight! I've tried different diets in the past, some with success, others not, but lately I seem to be piling the pounds back on (5ft 4in - 11 stone) and since I have been diagnosed with a heart condition, albeit a non-life threatening one, and I'm starting to experience a few health problems despite only being 38, I think its about time I started taking control again. But I can't do it on my own! So please ... Thu, 4 Feb 2010 06:49:59 EST I'm just starting over... Again... Hello! <BR> <BR> I've tried Weight Watchers but found it to be too expensive for what I was getting from it (not much) and I also had many things going on at that time to keep up and make it worth the $ (never was in the first place)... I want to lose weight gained from health issues and not feel as though I've failed... I would also like to make new friends who share the same goals! Please check out my SparkPage for more about me! <BR> <BR> ~TJKilborn Thu, 4 Feb 2010 05:49:08 EST new to spark people Hi, <BR> <BR> My husband and I have decided to make 2010 a year of positive changes for our health. A friend told us about the site, and I really like the site so far. It seems like it might just be the ticket. <BR> <BR> We have a three-month old baby, so with sleepless nights, and caring for a newborn, eating well has been a challenge, to say the least! Also, our baby has a milk protein allergy, which means, because I'm nursing, I can't have any milk products (or soy, either). Havin... Thu, 4 Feb 2010 03:13:52 EST Hi Everyone, Debbie here Hi! I'm Debbie, 52yrs old, 50lbs to lose. I feel really good about needing to lose fifty pds, just over a year ago I needed to lose 120lbs!'s getting much harder to lose now. I read about sparkpeople in a magazine and thought it just might help to have others to talk to that are having the same battle. I've been losing the weight just for myself or so I thought. I had some girls at work tell me I was their inspiration though and now I feel a little pressure not to screw up fo... Wed, 3 Feb 2010 23:20:14 EST Hi I am new.. My name is Angela. I found this site while looking for recipes on losing weight. After browsing and reading the great reviews, I am glad I joined. I am here because I have about 50 pounds to lose. I want to lose the wieght on my own, without medicines. <BR> I once joined a weight loss center and lost the weight that I needed, but that was 19 years ago. <BR> I have living in my house 2 teenagers and a grandchild, so it can be pretty hard and stressfull to eat right and exercise the way that ... Wed, 3 Feb 2010 23:05:34 EST hello all my name is lauren and i am almost 20 years old. i really have been stressed out lately because of my appearance. I don't feel healthy, but i have a lack of motivation to do anything to better myself. i'm from pittsburgh, but i moved away from my family and friends to go to college in charlotte. i feel like my depression of missing home has effected my lifestyle. i'm really looking to turn myself around and have a positive body image. Wed, 3 Feb 2010 21:04:30 EST seemed to hit a wall Hey i just signed up today, because i seemed to have hit a wall w/ my trying to loose weight. i just had a baby girl in November and before and during my pregnancy i gained way to much weight. So i have been walking on the treadmill for 30 mins. everyday and watching what i eat, and doing some exercise. i was staring to loose about 2 pounds each week and now i have been stuck at the same weight for a while now, so i singed up to get help w/ what i eat and sticking to my work outs.... <BR> <B... Wed, 3 Feb 2010 20:29:28 EST I AM EXTREMELY NEW TO THIS GREETINGS, I AM EXCITED ABOUT THIS SITE! I HAVE NOT FIGURED OUT HOW TO BLOG YET - SO ANYONE? <BR> I AM DETERMINED TO HAVE THIS BE MY YEAR! I LIKE THE DIET PLAN, IT SEEMS A LOT TO EAT - BUT I AM COMMITTED TO ONE WEEK AT A TIME - THAT WAY HOPEFULLY I WON'T BE OVERWHELMED. <BR> I HOPE OTHERS WILL RESPOND TO SOME TIPS ON THE BEST WAY TO USE THE SITE. <BR> DOES ANYONE WALK? I WOULD LIKE TO START - I DO WORK BUT SOMETIMES WALK ON MY LUNCH HOUR DOWN EVERGREEN BY THE PARK ON OFFICERS ROW. Wed, 3 Feb 2010 20:19:13 EST Tired of being overweight Hi My name is Marianne and I am a physical therapist who is great at helping others but really bad at taking care of myself. I am ready to change my lifestyle and live healthy and slim! Wed, 3 Feb 2010 19:13:48 EST This is my Time! Hi everyone I'm Sistahmom and I'm tired of being fat and tired! I really want to lose the weight physically and mentally but it's been hard. I love to walk and jump rope but it's been so cold outside however excuses are keeping me from reaching my goals. This site seems a little intimidating but I'll figure it out and with the help of my spark people right! I joined the site because I need the motivation and the help to getting there. I'm a mom of two daughters and a granddaughter who is turn... Wed, 3 Feb 2010 18:37:53 EST Hi Hi my name is Kellie and I'm new:) Wed, 3 Feb 2010 16:55:23 EST starting over Hi I am 59 yrs old and am looking to lose 50lbs so I can play with my grandchildren. I love all animals but especially dogs. I have owned one all my life, my present dog is 11yrs old lab/pom starting so show his age just like me. <BR> Hope I can figure out how to use this site so I can reach my goal there is alot to take in. Wed, 3 Feb 2010 16:47:24 EST Hi, I am Christianlife, i have delt with weight issues all my life. Love to be outside gardening; hiking; walking and any outdoor activity. I am very excited about joining Sparkpeople. Wed, 3 Feb 2010 16:21:24 EST February RI Newbie I've made a decision to get back on track living a more vibrant and healthy lifestyle. SparkPeople looks like a great community and I'm looking forward to getting to know folks and get started. I'm fiftysomething with 100+ pounds to lose (again). Here's to a new beginning! Wed, 3 Feb 2010 16:16:59 EST Hi Spark People! Hello! My name is Heather and I just joined this site. A sorority sister of mine joined last week and not only had success, but fun too! I'm looking forward to the same. I am currently enrolled in a Fitness Class that requires me to work out 3 days a week for a minimum of an hour. I'm also enrolled in school full time and am starting a small business. Lots on my plate, but that is because I have determined that 2010 is all about me! :-) <BR> <BR> I look forward to exchanging ideas and... Wed, 3 Feb 2010 15:54:07 EST Howdy Everyone. Hi I'm new here. I am a stay at home mom of three little boys and I can never seem to find the time to exercise. I try to eat right, but the children's snacks taunt me whenever I pass by them. :-) Anyway I'm really excited about joining and getting on the right track. I can't wait to meet everyone. Wed, 3 Feb 2010 15:41:02 EST Hi Everyone My name is Shelby from Arkansas and I needs lots and lots of motivation. I'm in the process of creating my page now. Wed, 3 Feb 2010 15:25:45 EST Hi Everyone! I'm new to this website. I'm 26 and I need to lose at least 50 lbs (I'd like to lose 70lbs). I'm at my heaviest weight and am sick of it. I live in Henderson and enjoy walking/jogging as exercise. Anyone in Henderson need a work out buddy? :-) I've tried so many diets and I'm hoping this approach of "healthy living" (versus crash diets) will be my success story. I'm looking forward to get to know everyone! - MarisaM11 Wed, 3 Feb 2010 14:55:22 EST HI! Hello everybody. I'm not sure what to put in here besides that I am new. But you knew that because I wouldn't be posting in here if I was not. I am a 28 yr old mom to three handsom boys and a wife to a loving husband who really tries to support me but he's not that great at it. I was hoping to get some help to keep me motivated. I've done this a bunch of times and keep falling off the track. I want to reach my goal this time. I'm bound and determined to get there! I WILL NOT QUIT! Wed, 3 Feb 2010 14:47:03 EST Hello! I am 28, married, and getting my masters of occupational therapy currently. My schooling is an hour and a half away, so I have gained about 25 pounds since I started the program in May. I have joined a gym with my husband to try and lose the weight, but I still struggle daily with being too tired and not wanting to work out, eating a healthy meal too late, and getting a Dr. Pepper and something to munch on on my long drive home. <BR> I hope that SparkPeople will be the support I need to... Wed, 3 Feb 2010 14:42:21 EST Hi, I'm new!!!! I heard about Spark and thought this is the perfect place to gain the support I need to loss some much needed weight. My name is Jenn and I have been overweight my whole life but once I had my first child it just got out of control. I want to be at a healthy weight so I can run and play with my kids and be happy when i look in he mirror. I want to be proud to be ME. I've been putting it off forever but enough with the excuses I'm gonna do it this time. Wed, 3 Feb 2010 14:39:24 EST I'm new So, I heard about sparkpeople in a nutrition class and was interest to learn more about it and see how I can use it to help me with my weight loss goals. I've struggled with my weight my whole life which is a total pain since I'm been in the military. I haven't been in the weight standards since a little while after bootcamp....9 years ago :( I've decided to make a lifestyle change and I think this is the way to do it. I'm excited to get started on sparkpeople!!! Wed, 3 Feb 2010 14:16:43 EST HELLO IT'S ME HELLO EVERYONE!! I AM SO GLAD TO BE APART OF SOMETHING LIKE THIS.. IT CAN ME A STRUGGLE FOR ME AT TIMES TO BUT IT'S NICE TO KNOW THAT THERE ARE GROUPS OUT THERE FOR SOME KIND OF SUPPORT... Wed, 3 Feb 2010 14:05:59 EST It is MY time!!! Hello everyone! I am new to any type of online dieting but I am excited and ready to get started. My name is Alicia and I am 28 yrs. old. I have been overweight since the birth of my first child which was 7 years ago. I have since had another child and I feel as though I just can't keep up with them anymore. I have tried many types of diet trends in the past with no luck. I am just tired of being the overweight one in the family. My mother recently lost 35 lbs and I am so happy for her. Now i... Wed, 3 Feb 2010 14:00:28 EST newbie hi everyone my name is Robin i live in british columbia. and im new to all of this so any tips are great !! Wed, 3 Feb 2010 13:54:05 EST NEW BEGINNING IN HEALTH new to things like this. let myself go for a long time and now its time to get back into a healthy lifestyle. i hope to learn from all of you out thers and i'm willing to share my exeriences as well. <BR> so lets get started Wed, 3 Feb 2010 13:52:46 EST Hello Well, this is the first day I have looked at the Spark site. I bought the book after reading an article in Good Housekeeping. I am a little slow in figuring out where to find things here. I am 59 and am raising two grandaughters that we adopted who have autism. I am a little isolated and hope that I can become comfortable with sharing your community. I am looking forward to support in my weight loss progam. Wed, 3 Feb 2010 11:12:02 EST Hello everyone Hi everyone! I am Jenn, and am very excited about this new site. I have been venturing into livestrong, but heard about Spark, so I am here. I already like it (day 2). I know it will help with my goals! Wed, 3 Feb 2010 10:58:29 EST Hello Everyone I'm healthygirl47 I am so glad to have found sparkpeople it's a great support system to have and help keep you together. I have had a weight problems since my father's passing. I loose and gain. I hope I 'll be able to overcome and triumph and regain my self. I love to read cozy capers, movies and cajun food, mardi gras and spending time with family and friends. All support is welcome and hope to make new friends. Healthygirl 47 Wed, 3 Feb 2010 10:40:36 EST New user here. Hi all! There is much to look at here and read. I am looking for a new state of mind on how I view food and food choices. Wed, 3 Feb 2010 10:37:26 EST April's ISSUE Hello my name is April and weight loss has been an ISSUE of mine for some years now...I joined the group because a friend of a friend on facebook highly recommended it and so far I think it has some great tools that will help me Wed, 3 Feb 2010 09:37:56 EST Hello, everyone! Newbie here Hi, everyone. I'm new...just joined yesterday. I'm Marci, a 40 year old sahm. I am originally from the US (via West Virginia), but now live in England with my English hubby and our 2 daughters. I lost quiet a bit of weight a few years ago (doing Slimming World), but, unfortunately, gained most of it back a little over a year ago while pregnant with my youngest. I am really frustrated with this, so have made the decision to turn my frustration into determination and get this weight off...FOR... Wed, 3 Feb 2010 09:09:24 EST New to Spark, hoping to get my control back! Hi- this has been a great website so far, and I'm really excited. I joined Weight Watchers in Feb 07, I did great the first 1 1/2 - lost almost 70 lbs of the 130 I needed to lose. Then I kind of lost my momentum and plateaued for several months. Then my mom was diagnosed with stage IV cancer, she lost 20 lbs during surgery and chemo, and I gained it for her. These are all excuses for I haven't been eating right and I haven't been moving enough. I have two kids and a husband that keep my life ... Wed, 3 Feb 2010 08:15:31 EST Hello, I'm new... I'm new to this group and just started my fitness / health plan today. I'm really excited to start this journey. I live in Oregon and am the proud mother of two children adopted from Ethiopia. <BR> <BR> Rebekah Wed, 3 Feb 2010 01:36:02 EST Alexis Hi, I am hoping to lose some weight before my 21st birthday. I don't have a very healthy workout or diet at the moment but can hopefully change that before summer rolls in. My best friend and I are doing this together but we really don't know how to go about it. I am hoping to lose about 10 pounds. If anyone has any good tips or ideas I'd be happy to listen. Wed, 3 Feb 2010 00:26:28 EST Taking care of myself is feeling good I have been wanting some encouragement/support to help me get in shape so I really appreciate this site and all who contribute! Right now I am exploring and finding my way around. <BR> <BR> I look forward to meeting new SparkFriends. I like focusing on what is ahead and what is wanted so I don't spend much time on negative thinking. Greetings to any other Abraham-Hicks folks. Wed, 3 Feb 2010 00:24:19 EST Im Sassie Im Sassie, a stay at home mother of 4. I am looking to become mor ehealthy for my kids and tohelp them stay healthy! Tue, 2 Feb 2010 23:19:30 EST Hello! Just found this site and thought I would give it a try. I am a busy working mom to 4 great kids. My youngest is 1 and haven't managed to lose that baby weight yet. In the summer I love to go for long power walks or ride bikes with the kids. I struggle during the winter as I am not a cold weather person and hate being outside. Plus I turn the "Big 40" this year and want to lose this extra weight and be a healthier person before I reach that milestone! Would love and need motivation from o... Tue, 2 Feb 2010 22:26:25 EST starting just beginning the book and got the book in the mail today... am just on the first steps setting up my journey to a healthly lifestyle Tue, 2 Feb 2010 22:17:42 EST eating dinner too fast! I did well today, day one, but worked late and got home tired and very hungry, lost my resolve and ate dinner - too much and too fast. Any suggestions? Tue, 2 Feb 2010 22:01:34 EST I'm Bradley Parker Hello, <BR> I need to lose weight and I'm hoping this will be motivation to do just that. Tue, 2 Feb 2010 18:11:31 EST i need help! so i kind of be yoyo dieting for a long time now, and me and my boyfreind started to join a gym back in october. we go 5 days a week for about 3 hrs. the only problem is i cant stop eating my junk food. how do i stop the craving? i weigh 134 now and i get down to 115 but may. any suggestions?? <em>39</em> Tue, 2 Feb 2010 17:30:28 EST My feet hurt!! Hi..I'm a new nurse and my feet hurt. I'm sure it is because of my weight and I have been lucky enough to find this page. I need allot of encouragement to continue my venture to loose the weight, exercise and make this new lifestyle change an habit, not a fad! <BR> <BR> Looking forward to the journey! Tue, 2 Feb 2010 15:59:36 EST Ready to feel right again Hello all, <BR> As you probably guessed, I'm new here and I'm fired up. <BR> I am a mama of a 2 year old and a 6 year old. I have tried so many times to achieve my goals of feeling good and looking good...I'm hoping that the missing piece has been connecting with a larger community of folks that are working on the same goals <BR> Thanks for your support. <BR> Renee Tue, 2 Feb 2010 15:17:42 EST Hello new friends! I joined this community for support in losing the last of the weight that I need to lose and to learn once and for all how to live a healthy lifestyle all of the time, not just part of the time. I have lost over 100 pounds more than once in my life and the last time was in 2007. I haven't gained any of that weight back until recently and have only gained 10 pounds but want to nip this in the but. I have been very good at maintaining my weight loss this time around but I finally see that it is... Tue, 2 Feb 2010 14:41:46 EST I'm sure glad I found this website Hi, My name is Terri. I am 59 years old and have never had a weight problem until the last couple of years. I am trying to lose at least 40 pounds. I am married and have a daughter, Becky who is pregant with their 2nd child. I love to travel and I am a devoted animal lover. Love to horseback ride, have been scuba diving in several locations including Australia. I do a lot of crocheting, am working on a shawl for my Mom. Also love reading mysteries, suspense, thrillers. Just finished th... Tue, 2 Feb 2010 14:06:27 EST New and ready Hi, I'm Betsy and I'm struggling to get unstuck from my current weight. I need help with motivation. I recently left my job and am home a lot and find myself snacking a lot more than usual. Tue, 2 Feb 2010 14:03:18 EST New and ready Hi, I'm Betsy and I'm struggling to get unstuck from my current weight. I need help with motivation. I recently left my job and am home a lot and find myself snacking a lot more than usual. Tue, 2 Feb 2010 14:00:57 EST Hi... new here!!! Hi there, well, my name is Shannon and this is my 1st day as a "Spark Person"! I've had enough of being overweight and tired!! Its time to turn my life around. I have set a pretty big goal for myself... I will be a my goal weight on October 15, 2010, which is my birthday!!! However, I do have a mini goal as well... I would love to shed a bit of this weight by May 27, 2010! My sister and I leave for Ireland for a week and I would love to leave some of me behind in the States! LOL!! Plus, it ... Tue, 2 Feb 2010 13:59:55 EST Hi everyone!! My name is Erin. I am 40 years old. I live in Oklahoma City, OK. My four children are Jacob-22, Amy-20, Jeremy-17 and Tessa-15. Jacob and Amy live in Indiana and attend Purdue. Tessa lives in Indiana with her dad and Jeremy, lives with me. I have always loved to cook and I really want to have my own restaurant someday, SOON, I hope. I like to eat classic homestyle foods, so it's hard to give those up. I am looking forward to learning how to eat and be healthy. I am going to be a grandma and my eldest son is g... Tue, 2 Feb 2010 13:55:03 EST Hi Hello there my name is mercedes and I am excited to join spark people. I am a mother of two small children one 2 years and the other 11 months. I am happily married to a man that is my rock and my heart. I weigh 230pounds and I would like to weigh 190 to 180 pounds. I am a stay at home mom and volunteer firefighter. I am looking foward todoing tis program with all of you. Tue, 2 Feb 2010 13:40:24 EST Alphabet Food Post a food starting with the last letter of the previous food. <BR> <BR> If banana was the previous food you could put down apple... Tue, 2 Feb 2010 13:34:29 EST Yum or Yuck Post yum or yuck to the food and then post a new one... Tue, 2 Feb 2010 13:31:47 EST What was the last veggie you ate? Post once a day to remind you to eat your veggies! Tue, 2 Feb 2010 13:30:52 EST Ready to go!!! Hi everyone! I am a 33 year old mother of three who is also a pediatric registered nurse. I am looking to meet people with similar goals as mine (to lose 48 pounds this year, get more active, and reclaim my energy and happiness) for support!!! Tue, 2 Feb 2010 12:47:14 EST Hi, my name is Linda This is the first time I have ever heard of Sparkpeople. <BR> I need to loose 15 pounds. I had breast cancer last year and am looking forward to a healthy 2010. <BR> I had lost 35 pound before C and gained 20 pounds during chemo and steriods. So This is what I <BR> and trying to get off. <BR> I will look forward to any suggestions you may have for me. <BR> I am on colesterol medication now as my family has a history of heart disease and diabetes. <BR> Thank you Tue, 2 Feb 2010 12:36:01 EST Hi I am Angela Hi my name is Angela, I am a single mom of 2 girls. I live in surprise AZ. I have wanted to lose weight for a long time but could not find my motivation. This site is helping me. It has only been 2 days but so far I am on track, I hope I can maintain it. Tue, 2 Feb 2010 12:00:16 EST Hi 2 All You Future Thin & Healthy Men and Women As you can imagine I am new to this site, referred by my wonderful sister. After losing 70 pounds between March of 2009 to now, I've hit a brick wall and still listed on the BMI chart as Obese, I need some words of advise or encouragement. OR, just reading your own success/down-falls, would help too. <BR> <BR> I feel like I put all my energy/efforts into raising my 8 year old son and working, that I have forgotten about the most important part - MY HEALTH! I have a hard time making this... Tue, 2 Feb 2010 11:38:51 EST TARUSSO34 Hello to all. Like many, as I have gotten older and the kids demand more of my time, my weight has crept up higher than I would like and I have found exercise harder and harder to fit in my schedule. I am trying to lose the extra weight and just get back control and lead a healthier life style. This site looked like a good common sense approach to actually changing my lifestyle and not just dieting which would just be temporary. Any help is greatly appreciated. Tue, 2 Feb 2010 11:11:38 EST Hi to everyone at SP!!! I'm a 34 yr. old mother of 3 lovable kids! I have been married 12 years to a very great and supportive guy! We made a New Year's resolution together- we are going to run a 5K together in August! It sure makes you stick to your goal when you someone to answer too! I love what I have explored of this site so far and think this is the motivation I need to obtain my goals!!!! Tue, 2 Feb 2010 11:09:20 EST Hello-I am new at this Hi everyone! I am a wife, mother of 2 young girls, and 3 dogs, graduate student and nurse. I decided to try this with help from a friend who has enjoyed this. Wish me luck! Tue, 2 Feb 2010 11:02:31 EST New here Hey all! This losing weight the right way is new to me. I've always wanted a quick fix to the issue. I hope I can stick to the plan and do it the right way. If y'all have any advise please message me:-) Tue, 2 Feb 2010 11:00:06 EST Hello I'm ready to be HEALTHY ! Hello everyone I am so ready to started to shed these 30 pounds before I turn 30 !! I know with Faith and a lot of motivation and support I can DO IT !! Tue, 2 Feb 2010 09:36:41 EST Some fun suggestions... I was reading many team pages yesterday and found some fun ideas. Two I really liked since it reminded me to get my 5 fruits and veggies in. They were all stickied in the fun and games section. <BR> <BR> What was the last fruit you ate? <BR> <BR> What was the last veggie you ate? <BR> <BR> Yum or yuck. (you reply to the last food posted with yum or yuck, then post a new food) I liked this, too. It will help remind us of other foods out there that we may not typically eat. <BR> <BR> A... Tue, 2 Feb 2010 06:33:05 EST Introduction I have COPD, emphysema, and I have been told in the last week that I will be on 24 hour oxygen now, plus working. My lungs can no longer support my weight, so losing weight is my sole way to stay alive. I am new to this no sugar, low fat non-specific diet. I may also have diabetes -- will learn at the end of the week. I need help!!! Thank you. Tue, 2 Feb 2010 03:33:38 EST new to the site My name is Tia, i'm a 27 year old college student, mother, and career woman. Unfortunatly these parts of my life me to sit a lot (excess of 14 hours). I am looking to gain some resemblence of the body i once had and to have more energy to do things with my son. This is officailly my first day with the program and i am looking forward to the experience. Tue, 2 Feb 2010 01:07:18 EST Dieting on the cheap If anyone has any recommendations about how to keep this up and do it cheap, let me know please Tue, 2 Feb 2010 00:47:17 EST My husband and i really want a baby but we want to do it healthy. I've heard so much about how extra weight can be bad for pregnancy and childbirth. I need to make some changes before I think about conceiving. Tue, 2 Feb 2010 00:46:33 EST Doc said it was time to lose My psychiatrist wants me to lose weight. She knows I am an emotional eater. It's really hard to always pinpoint what sets me off too, because it's more so feelings than thoughts. i.e. : if I don't have a doughnut now I feel that I will die! So who else gets these feelings and what do you do about them. I've recently tried praying. It seemed to slow me down. I only had two pieces of carrot cake which amounted to about the size of a deck of cards, instead of 3 or 4. Tue, 2 Feb 2010 00:44:16 EST Time to lose but I'm only semi-confident Perhaps, these message boards will help. What do y'all think? Tue, 2 Feb 2010 00:39:12 EST Greetings to Sparkers My name is Cheryl and I am excited to be a part of this program. I have COPD and have gained a little weight over the last 4 years. This makes it harder for me to breath and I feel so heavy. My goal is a 20 pound loss which will put me at 140. <BR> Wishing you all well and will look forward to hearing from anyone that may have some of my same goals. <BR> C Mon, 1 Feb 2010 22:25:34 EST I have to do this!! I am 30yrs old and I have been over weight since I was a child. I lost 60lbs about 5 years ago. But gained it all back when face with a tragedy in my personal life. Just the other day I was at work and could feel how fat I had gotten and new I couldnt do this any longer. I got on my iPhone and downloaded the sparkpeople app. I look forward to a happy healthy future. Mon, 1 Feb 2010 21:19:35 EST Another newbie I've been playing around with SparkPeople for a while now (I find it difficult to navigate) and I think I am ready to begin using this as a tool to help me lose weight. I'll need your help staying on track, so please help by keeping me accountable! I've heard from a friend that joining teams is one of the most beneficial tools on this here I am! If you need the same 'push,' let me know. I'll try to help the best I can. Mon, 1 Feb 2010 21:13:52 EST hoping to lose 50 lbs in 6 months! I have joined this site hoping to lose weight and lead a healthier lifestyle! Mon, 1 Feb 2010 21:05:13 EST Hi I'm Kayla Hello! I'm Kayla. I joined SparkPeople, because I need to get healthy. I started out wanting to lose weight for a vacation I have coming up in August. But when I realized how much I weigh now and that I am almost considered obese...I was shocked! I'm in this now to not only get in shape for my trip, but to get healthy and in shape for life. I'm thrilled to have found this site to help me stay on track! Mon, 1 Feb 2010 18:23:14 EST That's a lot of food... I've tracked all my foods eaten and what I'll eat tonight for dinner. I had to find things to fill in to get to all my recommended nutrition goals for the day. I feel like I'll be eating until bed time! It's amazing how much you can eat when it's the right foods! <BR> <BR> <em>267</em> Mon, 1 Feb 2010 17:59:40 EST I have a spare tyre to get rid of Hi my name is Jim. I'm a pensioner while I worked was always slim and trim but retirement and just lazing around has inflated my tyre by 17 kilos so the weight is now 89 kilos. Here's hoping the team will help to flatten it for me. <BR> Good luck to all of you hope you reach your goal weight and be happy. <em>130</em> Mon, 1 Feb 2010 17:39:29 EST Wii Active I did my Wii Active 30 day challenge workout, it was only 15 min I think & 89 calories, but it was better then just lying in bed sleeping! :) <BR> <BR> Shoot - wrong place & I can't figure out how to delete this! It's supposed to be under what exercise I did today! Mon, 1 Feb 2010 16:05:13 EST Hi I'm Vicki! Hi! I am the mother of two small boys and am signing up here to get help with my weight lose goals. I hope it helps! Mon, 1 Feb 2010 15:55:21 EST hi I just joined and am hoping for some great resu Hi all I'm new to this site but, I like the looks of it so far if anyone has any tips/help I'd love to hear them. Thanks Mon, 1 Feb 2010 15:51:50 EST Hi. Looking for motivation... New to this site. I just happened to stumble upon it when searching for exercise videos online that I could do with a one year old. I am hoping to lose 15 pounds by April 15 and to improve my cardio. 12 years ago I was very active, climbing mountains, backpacking. Now I get winded going up a flight of stairs. Part of it is lifestyle changes. I moved away from the outdoor recreation areas I loved so much and spend most of my time as a stay at home mom. I am seeking the support of others and ho... Mon, 1 Feb 2010 15:51:04 EST New Sparky Found this site through my Kindle -- wondeful little piece of technology! Looks like a great site and am looking forward to using it in helping me jump start my weight loss again. i've used Weight watchers in the past but this time it just doesn't seem to be doing the trick. Guess having 3 teenagers and all the stuff they eat in the house isn't really helping my will power -- hope Spark People keeps me on track. Mon, 1 Feb 2010 15:33:11 EST hesitating but jumping in feet first Ok I am hesitating but I am still joining Spark and I WILL succeed. I just need support. To know I am not alone. To know I am worth all the time and effort I takeaway from my family to care for me. It's a hard thing to do. Mon, 1 Feb 2010 15:23:23 EST Hello! Hello My name is Faye and I am in need of a change. I want to lose weight and over all get healthier. Mon, 1 Feb 2010 15:01:44 EST My first day on Sparks! Hello! Today is my first day on this site! I've always been a very active person, but since I turned 40 a few years ago, it seems so much harder to stay at my weight. So it's either buy a size bigger or do something about it! I would like to lose the weight by April 1st! I hope this keeps me motivated! Mon, 1 Feb 2010 14:54:58 EST Getting Started Hello, I'm a mother of two active boys. I have been trying for the last 3 years to lose weight and have not been able to keep what I lost off. I am joining SparkPeople to help me stay focused and to give me the support needed to make this lifestyle change. I am wanting to lose 20 pounds and get more active, so I can keep up with my boys. Mon, 1 Feb 2010 14:50:45 EST My 1st day here! Hi, I'm new here & hoping to lose some weight, eat healthy, & exercise regularly - I just need to stay motivated to do so!! I am a mom of an almost 5 yr old boy & a 7 yr old girl. I also work full time as an adoptions social worker. I have to wake up at 5:30 to exercise on my Wii before getting everyone up for school and work. Oh, and I'm 37, 5'4" and 170. I'd really like to be closer to 150 & 140 would be even better!! Mon, 1 Feb 2010 14:47:50 EST Mom wanting her body back! Hi everyone! I am new to SP. Have tried just about everything to lose weight and have just been riding the roller coaster. I am hoping this site will help me or at least guide me in the right direction. I "WANT" to wear a bathing suit finally. Tired of crying when I try one on. Just need to know I am not alone!!!!!! Mon, 1 Feb 2010 13:58:20 EST hello Trying to learn how to introduce myself, I guess this will work. I'm 56 as of yesterday and have been 30 to 40 lbs. overweight for the last 10 years. So, perhaps this will help keep me motivated. Thanks Mon, 1 Feb 2010 13:07:40 EST New member Hello, <BR> I am just getting started on this program and about 3 weeks into my lifestyle change. I started at 161 lbs and am down to 146. Yahoo! I workout on my incline trainer almost every day. I have been writing down everything that I eat, weighing myself daily and keeping my calorie intake at around 1000. I would appreciate any helpful hints. Mon, 1 Feb 2010 12:06:15 EST Ready to start Hi, my name is Jill. I had my 3rd child almost 5 months ago and I'm now ready to get back into shape. Mon, 1 Feb 2010 11:48:26 EST Hope I hope to bring health and ability to enjoy things I used to do back into my life. I want to go swimming, skiing and hiking without being uncomfortable about my appearance, and lack of stamina. I believe in balancing work, family, health and spirituality and somewhere along the way I forgot health. I'm excited to bring it back and feel that energy again! Mon, 1 Feb 2010 11:34:43 EST Greetings and salutations! I am a 36-year-old stay-home-mom and I am ready to commit to a healthier lifestyle. I have had success with Weight Watchers in the past, and know that I need outside support to help me reach my goals. Getting to meetings with two small children is difficult for me, though, so when I heard about SparkPeople it seemed like the perfect place for me. My challenge is putting more activity into my daily life. I am a librarian by trade and currently a student - and my favorite pastime is reading... Mon, 1 Feb 2010 11:26:47 EST 69 pounds to rescue myself... Hello Everybody, <BR> <BR> Name is John, I dedided to start this program to get to my ideal weight, 152 pounds, which by the way, I haven't have since I was 21 or so. My current weight is 221 lbs. I have been there pretty much for the last two years. Right after I got married I gained 34 pounds ( I was 186 lbs) and I have not been able to shake them off. I stopped going to the gym, started eating more in restaurants and also enjoying my wife's excellent but fattening mexican food. We recentl... Mon, 1 Feb 2010 10:37:13 EST Newbie! Hi! My name is Michelle and this is my first time around on Spark People. I am married and have 2 beautiful children - 2 1/2 yrs old and 9 months. <BR> <BR> I have been doing weight watchers since September 2009 and have lost a total of 21 lbs. I have about another 30-40 lbs. to go and I am hoping this is the extra little "spark" that I need to keep me going. <BR> <BR> My son's first birthday is in April, and I would like to lose about a pound a week between now and then. Hoping thi... Mon, 1 Feb 2010 10:36:58 EST marionavenue Greetings! I am so eager to try this website with hopes of losing about 40 pounds and getting healthier! I would love to hear from other Portlanders who are retirement age, female, and are on the program. Thanks. Mon, 1 Feb 2010 10:29:14 EST