SparkPeople Girls of God (GOG) - 100+ lbs. to Lose Team Messageboard This team is for Christian Women with 100 or more pounds to lose, who are looking for encouragement, support and spiritual growth on their journey to a new healthier lifestyle. SparkPeople Girls of God (GOG) - 100+ lbs. to Lose Team Messageboard Hi! Hi all! <BR> <BR> Well I am looking forward to a laid back, self-care orientated BLC43 challenge, on the Determined Desert Tortoises team, which starts soon. By the way, there are still spaces left if you'd like to join us. For more info about the teams available (15 teams - all different - something for everyone) and how the challenge works you need to check out and join the registration team. <BR> <link><BR>idual.asp?gid=68423 </link> <BR> <BR> I ha... Thu, 23 Apr 2020 11:25:09 EST New Start Hi, My name is Sandy. I used to be a member of this team several, several years ago. I needed to lose weight then but there was so much going on I never followed through. Actually there's still a lot going on with my health and I believe it's because of my weight. I lost my husband about 3 years ago and that was very hard. We had been married for 50 years. I'm trying to get my life back together. I still teach Sunday School and Awana for the 4 and 5 year olds and that helps keep me mov... Tue, 10 Sep 2019 16:25:24 EST Hello, I'm new! I just joined your team on August 25, 2019. My name is Renee, I live in central Virginia with my wonderful husband and my beloved rescue cat. I am currently looking for a full-time job to get off disability after I received a miracle healing from a long-term condition earlier this year. <BR> <BR> I am already 80 pounds down in my weight loss journey. I stick to a range of 1200-1400 calories per day, and I figure that eventually I will stop losing in that range, so I'll know it's time to... Sun, 25 Aug 2019 19:05:38 EST New to the team Hello my name is Sandy and I am a returning member to Sparkpeople. I have not been active in a long time. I gained 60 pounds in the last 3 years. My Brother, Dad and Grandma all passed away and I deal with stress by eating. I have been married to my other half for 19 years and have two teenagers. I am a member of KCC church and do a lot of volunteer work with the teens and the women's ministry. I hope to meet some fellow Christians on my journey that will encourage me and that I can enc... Thu, 6 Dec 2018 13:37:39 EST Our Responsibility During a Disaster These are two very good blogs from Pastor David Gould. <BR> 09/29/18 GREAT DISTRESS AFTER THE HURRICANE MESS <BR> <BR> Don't forget, there is still great distress as well as great beauty. <BR> Untold numbers are homeless, sick, bereaved, wiped out, destitute, jobless, broken, hopeless, separated from loved ones. <BR> Countless elderly people and families have no where to live and no one to help them. <BR> People are without food, water, medical treatment, shelter, clothing. <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 3 Oct 2018 13:11:20 EST Jesus Never Wavered in Going to the Cross These are several blog posts that share biblical points to support this point. Many believe today that, in the Garden, Jesus weakened and didn't want to go to the cross - but these blog posts show how that just isn't true! <BR> <BR> 03/22/18 JESUS NEVER TRIED TO AVOID THE CROSS. <BR> His struggle in the Garden was to escape impending death before He could get to the cross. <BR> <BR> A brief statement concerning Jesus' approach to the cross. I actually have an article that is over 17,000 wor... Wed, 28 Mar 2018 14:10:35 EST 2018 New Year Challenge Here it is Ladies! Our new beginning at a lifestyle change. <BR> <BR> Set two main goals. A long term goal for the year and then a three month goal for the term of the challenge. Make these goals doable. They don't necessarily have to be weight goals, they could be health goals (getting off of a medication) or they could be an exercise goals (being able to run a mile). Make it goals that will help you to attain a healthier lifestyle. <BR> <BR> Each week we will set a goal that will help us ... Wed, 27 Dec 2017 14:55:56 EST New kid on the block Good morning, ladies. This is my second week with Spark People and I've already lost 1 pound. I am so proud of myself being headed in the right direction to finally take control and heal my body with healthy habits. I really need to lose about 125 pounds, but that sounds so overwhelming. I know that my desire to please God and create a better temple for Him to live in will play a big part in helping me reach my goals. I'm not much of a group participation person, but I'm a great "cheerleader"... Sat, 2 Dec 2017 08:28:52 EST Just need some support Help!!!! Hello, Here I am for the third time trying to get to 200. Three years working on this...( maybe longer) was 277 am at 265.8 I lose 10 gain 8 lose 5 gain 3. I get discouraged because there is no one here to encourage me. I pray, ask God to give me strength and patience...most of all the ability to stay focused and keep from backsliding off the scale..I feel depressed and just want to fit in somewhere. I am not trying to be a "Woe is me" person, just trying.... <BR> Have a good week all, God ... Tue, 18 Jul 2017 08:26:49 EST Outline of the Bible Here is an outline of the Bible, the title of the book, a description of the book and the number of chapters in each book. This helped me to understand the overall outlook of the Bible as well as get a bigger picture before I delved into the book. <BR> <BR> Outline of the Bible <BR> <BR> 5 Law: <BR> Genesis – The Beginning of the Hebrew People (50 chapters) <BR> Exodus – Covenant with the Hebrew People (40) <BR> Leviticus – Laws of the Hebrew People (27) <BR> Numbers – Sojourn of the Hebr... Fri, 30 Jun 2017 16:06:08 EST Three Truths about Sin Three Truths about Sin <BR> <BR> THREE TRUTHS #1 THE BELIEVER CAN SIN. #2 THE BELIEVER CAN "NOT" SIN. #3 THE BELIEVER CANNOT SIN. <BR> #1 A BELIEVER CAN SIN It is possible for a person who has believed on Christ, for salvation from sin, to return to sin either for a moment or for a lifetime. God created us with free will and God enables us to use our free will to believe and receive His saving power. God does not take away our free will at salvation. God allows us to choose to abide in, or t... Wed, 17 May 2017 14:40:41 EST Hi, I am new to this team. I am returning to Spark People after a few years... I first joined in 2012 and lost about 47 pounds, needless to say I have found most of it. I began to slack off when heal spurs began causing me problems and eventually quit completely. <BR> I need prayer and motivation to get back on track and stick with it. I can say that I gave up sodas when I began the journey May 23, 2009 and I have not had one since, nor do I have the desire for one. I also began to drink mainly water and continu... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 20:59:11 EST Returning team member <em>249</em> Joined Spark way back on July 25, 2007. My son was a few days away from being 8 months old; he is now 10 years old. I have came and went numerous times over the years as life became crazy and hectic. I am struggling as always with my weight and dealing with personal issues I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy. At 45, I never dreamed I would be in the situation I am today, yet here I am. It is only through my faith in God that I haven't completely gone off the deep end. AND th... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 22:41:51 EST NEW YEAR, NEW FOCUS CHALLENGE New Year, New Focus Challenge <BR> Starts January 1st! <BR> <BR> This challenge is about you. It’s not about me making choices for you, but about you deciding what choices you need to make to change your health, your weight, your fitness,or whatever you need to change this coming New Year. Not some ambiguous change, but a specific change. <BR> <BR> Our first challenge will be to set three goals. <BR> Goal 1: What do you want to accomplish this year? Be specific and be realistic. My goal is... Thu, 29 Dec 2016 14:34:32 EST New to this team I am returning to Spark people after being away for more than 3 or 4 years. I am a Christian, married for 32 years with a great family and job. I have one grandson that is the light of my life. I have been a caregiver for my disabled husband for 17 years. Over the years, I have not managed the stress well which contributed to my weight gain. Nevertheless, three months ago I found out that I have a rare fat disorder called Lipedema that is also contributing to my weight gain. So, needless to s... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 11:41:48 EST Appreciating God's Temple Hi, Everyone! This is my first day at Spark People. I've never joined a weight loss group or program of any kind before, and I'm excited about it <em>41</em> I look forward to meeting each of you and exchanging support. Thanks for inviting me, AutieJ! Fri, 26 Aug 2016 23:34:16 EST New to this team Hi everyone! I am new to this team also. It was the first one that caught my eye on Spark People. Since I love the Lord and my Church, I hope that I am a Girl of God. But I do not have 100 pounds to lose. I have about 70. Would it still be possible to join this team? I almost forgot! My name is Robyn. Hope to meet some new friends here. In addition to loving to read, I truly love animals. Cats and dogs are favorites of course. But I also love the large cats - lions and tigers - oh... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 12:36:18 EST TRIM HEALTHY MAMA CHALLENGE I'm very excited to start this new THM THREAD! <BR> I have the paperback THM. <link><BR>rl-Barrett/dp/0988775115 </link> <BR> <BR> I will begin by giving an overview of the plan. This is targeted to us "beginners" <BR> <BR> Anyone can do this and you need very little money to begin. I will be giving recipes and tips to help us get healthier and feel better!! I'm tired of feeling sick and tired all the bout ya'll?? <BR> <BR> We will be worki... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 19:30:09 EST new here I'm new here but really not. I'm Sandy and I've been here before Hoping I can stick with it this time. Fri, 1 Jan 2016 22:41:41 EST Hello Everyone! My name is Dustie. I'm joining spark people with the hope of finding encouragement to be the best me in all areas of my life. I am a born again Christian, wife and mother of 3 young children. I have always struggled with my weight. I am currently heavier than I ever have been and its starting to take a toll on my health and preventing me from being the mother I want to be. The last five or six years have been a struggle for me. I've changed a lot but in some areas I have changed for the worst... Mon, 16 Nov 2015 20:22:49 EST Hey girls! It's a new day! Hey everyone! So this is my second shot with SparkPeople. I had started with it last year and just never came back. I am determined now. I went to the cardiologist the other day and saw my weight. I was shocked and now I want to kick butt! It's hard and I am hoping that I can find an internet buddy to help me stay encouraged and on track. God is good and this is definitely a wake up call. Can't wait. Mon, 5 Oct 2015 06:27:45 EST New here and hoping to get to know you! Hi, my name is Kelley. While I've been a Spark People member since 2008, I've never really been active on the site until now. Maybe adopting a sibling group of 4 in the spring of that year has a lot to do with why I haven't been active, nor been taking proper care of myself. However, the kids are growing fast. The youngest will be 13 next week, so I am finding more and more time to take care of myself with each passing day. I look forward to meeting you, praying for you, cheering you on and s... Thu, 24 Sep 2015 18:03:31 EST Questons Is the joint where the thigh bone connects to the hip bone the sacroiliac joint? Whatever it is...I'm in trouble <em>24</em> <BR> I was leaning over to turn the shower thing-ee on and the right joint popped and I couldn't move for a couple of minutes. It still hurts and it's something I've never felt before. I woke with the back pain at midnight and still had it at 4 AM, even with the Ibuprofen. Last week, I had the grinding sensation in my back with pain...are my parts rusting out? <em>2... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 09:57:48 EST Rejoined SparkPeople Today I'm Kelly: a 50yo mother of 3, grandmother of 2, pet mom to 2 dogs and a cat. I have used SparkPeople with success before (so why did I stop? I don't know) so now that I'm discouraged, depressed, and desperate due to my size I'm back. <BR> <BR> I've hit an all time high of 277 lbs. on a 5' 1" frame. I feel terrible physically and emotionally, and if someone told me I'd have to live the rest of my life like I feel today, I'd just lay down and give up completely. BUT, no one can tell me tha... Fri, 12 Jun 2015 23:58:37 EST Ezekiel 18 - Outline for Study Outline and Verses from Document on Ezekiel 18:19-32 by Pastor David L. Gould <BR> <BR> I. Sin Results in Death for All People (Ex. 18:20) <BR> Gen. 2:16-17; Jn. 8:24; Ro. 5:12; Ro. 6:16, 20-21, 23; Eph. 2:1; Heb. 10:26-30; Rev. 21:8 <BR> <BR> II. God's Judgment is Person Specific (Ex. 18:20) <BR> Mt. 12:36-37; Mt. 16:27; Mt. 25: 29-30; Acts. 17:31; Ro. 2:2, 5-13; 1 Cor. 3:8; 2 Cor. 5:10; Col. 3:24-25; 2 Thess. 1:5; Rev. 20: 12-13; Rev. 21: 7; Rev. 22:11, 18-19 <BR> <BR> III. God Saves Who... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 15:07:40 EST Hello everyone. My name is Corliss, I am a Christian and child of the Most High God. I am a divorced mom of 11 children, all 11 are from my ex husband. Seven of them are grown and on their own. I am also a grand mother of 4 with a 5th on the way. I am engaged to a wonderful man who loves me and my children. We home school the four children that are still at home. I am from Killeen Texas but currently the six of us live in La Marque, Texas where my fiance' was born and grew up. I started with Spark Peopl... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 20:52:50 EST Hello! Just wanted to do a quick intro. My name is Lori. I am married to my soulmate and mom to five sweet kids ranging in ages 26 to 3:) I have a lot of work to do and am so glad to be a part of this group. I look forward to getting to know you all. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:20:35 EST Hello! Hello everyone! My name is Crissy and I'm 29 years old. I live in Kentucky with my amazing husband, 2 children (9 year old son/2 year old daughter), and our 3 year old mutt whose name is Malia. <BR> I've always been on the chunky side, however, I've had a wakeup call recently that made me realize just how far I've allowed myself to go. I'm now weighing in at my highest weight ever...210 lbs. <BR> I can't wait to meet all of you and watch you all meet your goals! <BR> <BR> <em>524</em> ... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 18:22:10 EST New Here Hi, all. I'm new to Spark People and these boards so I hope I'm posting in the right place. &#128522; <BR> <BR> I just thought I'd introduce myself -- maybe make some connections, get and give some encouragement and support. <BR> <BR> My name is Sandra, I'm (almost!) 50 years old and I live in Texas. I'm married (28 years), have two amazing kids, a 95 pound dog and I am a beloved Daughter of the King!! <BR> <BR> And I need to lose some weight and get healthy if I want to live a long, pro... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 17:53:28 EST Believer's Perfection - What the Bible Says This is a study my Pastor did on this topic. I will share the first part today and the second part in a couple more days. It covers a lot of the topics that we have been discussing in our main thread, but in a very concise and understandable way so I thought I would share it here. <BR> <BR> BELIEVER'S PERFECTION – PASTOR DAVID <BR> What the Old Testament says: <BR> <BR> Believer's Perfection is not Absolute Perfection. Only God is Absolutely Perfect in everything that is good. Absolute Pe... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 15:48:14 EST I want more from life! Hi all, <BR> <BR> My name's Lori. I'm 46 years old, a mom of two teens, wife to a very godly man, an expat living in the Middle East. I've just become very complacent - about my weight, about my spiritual life, about life in general. I just seem to have become comfortable being a couch potato and I'm really tired of it. I want more out of life! I want a dynamic walk with God once again, I want to be healthy, I want to have an interesting, vibrant marriage. <BR> <BR> I've been on Spar... Sat, 17 May 2014 03:17:27 EST Hi, I'm new on this team Hi. My name is Sindia, I am 51 yrs old and need to lose about 100 pounds. I joined SP in Oct but became more serious about losing my weight since the new year. I am a christian woman looking to increase my walk with God. I am glad I found this team, it looked like I could get support in both by weight loss and my walk with God. <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day Sun, 2 Mar 2014 16:04:37 EST returning because of lent! HI! <BR> <BR> I am a 29 year old Canadian who has a ton of weight to lose. With lent coming up i decided to get back to sparkpeople and health. I heard about a challenge for lent that was done a few years ago called body mind and spirit. Essentially for 40 days you focus on 3 goals, 1 for body, one for your mind and one for your spirit. The idea is that rather than just abstaining from something, you are actually replacing it with something that will nourish your body, mind and or spirit.... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 15:05:36 EST Bible Banter Another member started this on my other team and it has been such a blessing. She wanted to be more accountable in her Bible study time and sharing what she where she was at was helping. We started sharing with each other what we were gaining from our study time as well. It wasn't long before other members of the team started sharing what they were gaining from their study time as well. I will start sharing here what I am working on in my study time and what the Lord spoke to me about as wel... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 12:47:09 EST Waving Hi from Idaho A little bit about me… <BR> I’m 34 years young, married for almost 14 years with two preteens (girl 12 and boy 10). We live near Boise Idaho. <BR> <BR> Currently I am weighing in just under 280lbs. At the ob/gyn three weeks ago I was 280lbs (fully clothed with boots). At home, I weigh in nekkid and have been around 275lbs. haha! I’m 5’7&#8243; and my BMI is somewhere over 42. I’ve been overweight my whole life and come from an obese family. My highest weight was over 300lbs. <BR> <BR> Healt... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 02:47:37 EST NOT NEW - JUST RETURNING. HI EVERYONE! MY NAME IS ERIN AND I HAVE BEEN HERE BEFORE. I KNOW SOME OF YOU AND HOPE TO MEET MORE OF YOU ON THE WAY. Mon, 6 Jan 2014 16:07:30 EST Hi Y'all! Hey from south of Houston, TX! My name is Jennifer. I've been a member of SparkPeople for about two weeks. I was using another site but I had a difficult time getting involved. SparkPeople just feels a lot better. Since beginning my journey to a healthier me I've already lost 23 pounds. I need to loose a little over 100 more. I'm not on a diet. I just made some changes with the help of God. I'm cooking more, going to the gym, walking a lot and trying to eat foods that aren't pre-packag... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 17:29:26 EST 12 Week "Journey to better health" Challenge!! We are having a challenge to get us healthier!!! <BR> <BR> Here is the challenge: <BR> <BR> 1. Pick a healthy plan of eating and post what you will be following <BR> For example: weight watchers <BR> <BR> 2. Keep a food diary and stay within calorie limits <BR> Post if you stayed within calorie limits <BR> <BR> 3. Weigh in will be on Monday, September 16 <BR> Hip and waist measurements also( you can send your weigh in and measurements to me <BR> Missy(journey1234) you ca... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 20:23:46 EST Hello Hi everyone! I am a 29 year old admin from Iowa. I have been married for 4 years, but we have been together for 11 (I always have to throw that in lol). No kids yet, just the two cats. I am excited to find this team. I am have been on the path to Christ for a while but have just recently accepted him and feel like I need to make that a big part of this journey. Mon, 9 Sep 2013 17:46:20 EST Who I am I am 35 yo. I have been married for 11 yrs and we have 2 kids. Over the last 11 yrs and through the births of my kids I have gained 50 lbs. I now weigh 330lbs. This is the 1st time I have admitted how much I weigh. I have all the normal excuses for why I am so over budget is too tight, my time is too short, I just quit smoking, it's in my genes. The horrible truth is I am heading down a path of destruction and I am starting to see my son on the same path. I have got ... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 23:56:44 EST Starting Over on everything Hi I am Stephanie. I am a Spanish teacher living in WV. I have been on Spark for a while, but leave it from time to time. I am back because a picture got posted of me on a facebook page for my favorite band and I was very embarrassed. I have recently got back to my Christian faith, I rededicated my life to Christ on June 20 and was baptized on June 22. I am doing my best to keep my faith and loose the weight. Fri, 28 Jun 2013 08:33:42 EST Introduction Hi Lovely Ladies! <BR> <BR> My name is Dolly and I have around 150lbs to lose! I started out on sparkpeople when I was 17 and lost 50lbs...then gained 110lbs in about 6 years! <BR> <BR> Just last year I gave myself to Jesus and now I'm ready to begin again. I was hungry for God before, and now I have found Him. With His strength I can do this! <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to a great community of Christian women who encourage each other. <BR> <BR> Talk to you more soon! Tue, 11 Jun 2013 06:38:27 EST When having done stand (Eph 6:13) Hi, friends. I haven't posted here in awhile, but I just felt that I needed to reach out today to other people on this journey to healing in Jesus' name. I have 160 pounds to lose and I would be discouraged by that if not for God. Today I reminded myself to keep standing, just like Paul tells us to in Ephesians 6:13 "Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand." <BR> <BR> Last w... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 23:39:39 EST Hello New Group Hello everyone- <BR> <BR> I am 37 and I am not a new sparker, but I've lost my desire to work out after a change in work routine last year. I started on SP in March of last year and did very well up until August of last year when I changed work locations. I allowed myself to completely fall out of sync with my diet and excercise goals that prior to this I had been completing dilligently. <BR> <BR> I then fell off into sometime sparking between the months of September to December. I guess I... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 11:07:19 EST Coming Back..... I have recently returned to posting on SP...I'm not going to make any excuses , but I am proud to say by the Grace of God I am. I am trying to take it one step at a time and make better choices I want to be around to (someday) have grandchildren and extend the equality of my life... I know Jesus is walking with me and carrying me every step of the way, so I am trying it again and I am prayed up...powered up and ...Positive ! <BR> <BR> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 11:37:19 EST back at it again <em>244</em> i have been on an exercise frenzy. Just me and Jesus. He is my motivator this time. I started on Dec 1 and i have lost about 2 inches overall. Thank u Jesus. I have this thing in my heart this time and there is no turning back. On a mission. Thu, 17 Jan 2013 22:37:09 EST Help! Trying To Redo Church Newsletter I'm trying to create a church newsletter or a better one at least. This is the one I have right now. <BR> &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&<BR>&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&& <BR> Moss Community Church Family News <BR> Where faith, hope & God’s love lives. <BR> <BR> Volume 94, Issue 94 ~ 30 December 2012 <BR> <BR> Pastors: Bob & Donna Holloway <BR> Phone: 417-845-6283 <BR> <BR> If you have prayer requests, praise reports, comments or suggestions, you may call 417-845-6160 or send e-mail to ep... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 23:48:21 EST Petition Hey ladies ~ <BR> <BR> I received this e-mail from Laurette Willis, founder of PraiseMoves. If you want to sign it, please do so. <BR> <BR> Hey, <BR> <BR> I just signed the petition "Jamie Foxx: Apologize to God for calling Pres. Barack Obama "lord and savior"" and wanted to see if you could help by adding your name. <BR> <BR> Our goal is to reach 100 signatures and we need more support. You can read more and sign the petition here: <BR> <BR> <link> Mon, 26 Nov 2012 18:57:11 EST Starting over ... AGAIN! <em>213</em> Hi !! <BR> <BR> I've been a member of Spark People since 2008. A year and a half ago I lost 30+ but after 6 months gained it and more back. My life story since I had my kids starting 21 years ago. <BR> <BR> I am now female, fat and almost 50 (7 months). I desperately want to be healthy. I need to lose at least 110 lbs to get my BMI back to a normal range. <BR> <BR> I have thyroid issues, I have chronic hives, and asthma. <BR> <BR> I certainly am not the Jesus with skin o... Sun, 28 Oct 2012 10:47:36 EST Hi All! I'm Lori, a 40-something nurse that wants to get healthy. I lived in Zimbabwe for 2 years working at a rural mission hospital running their HIV / TB / immunization and malnutrition programs... and have done several short term medical mission trips - I LOVE to travel! I am happily single, and the proud momma of Maputi - my crazy Jack Russell terrier. Looking forward to 'meeting' you all! Fri, 26 Oct 2012 01:01:26 EST OCT. 22 HOLIDAY CHALLENGE Challenge 1 - tracking for calories and balance. <BR> <BR> Our goal is to make sure that we are eating healthy and staying in our calorie and balance limits while still enjoying the holidays. That might mean having to plan ahead if you know you are going to be at a family or Church dinner. Know how many calories you have to consume while there so that you will make wise choices. Bring your own drink so that you won't be tempted to grab a soda or sweetened tea. Pass on the bread or potatoes s... Sun, 21 Oct 2012 09:53:54 EST Introduction Hi! <BR> <BR> I'm Donna from New Hampshire. I have about 110 lbs to lose and have been using Spark People for around 2 years. I have been a very slow loser...I keep "falling off the wagon" but I keep getting back on so that is a good thing. I originally had 138 lbs to lose so I have made some headway. <BR> <BR> I'm just adding exercise to my program now because I found something that I could do at my weight with arthritis and muscle weakness. Tomorrow is my first day...I will start wi... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 12:30:30 EST Hi There From South Africa Not sure if I have introduced myself. I come from a small seaside suburb of East London, called Gonubie. We are on the South Coast of South Africa. I am 40 years old, and share a flat with friends, two birds, one cat and fish. <BR> I was baptised at the end of July and am part of my local Baptist church's worship team. Mon, 3 Sep 2012 10:01:09 EST Wisdom Teeth Hey girls, I am looking for some support and prayers here. I have gotten my 2nd wisdom tooth coming in. It started to come in a few days ago, and I just don't think there is going to be enough room for it. It's painful (words cant describe it!!) and everytime I try and eat, it's like food gets stuck in it and HURTS, even when I chew on the other side of my mouth. <BR> <BR> I haven't been to the dentist since probley almost 10 years ago now. I decided today that I had enough and that a denti... Fri, 24 Aug 2012 19:30:35 EST Hi Hello everyone. I have been part of SparkPeople for a while now and have kind of fallen off of the band wagon. My name is Melissa. I am married to a wonderful man and we have been married for 6 years. We have also been trying to have a baby over 5 years. I am so overweight and have been my whole life. I really need a support system and someone to encourage me. My husband tried his best to do this, but I always take offense (even thought I know he doesn't mean anything by it) and my feelings g... Sun, 19 Aug 2012 21:07:40 EST Progress! In the past week exactly, I have lost 2 pounds and a total of 6 inches all over my body. Feels good to see improvements when your feeling down about what your doing. <BR> <BR> I was wondering....has anyone else made or seen any improvements this past week or month? I hope so! Thu, 16 Aug 2012 13:35:19 EST Heartburn? I had bought a few months ago the Food Lion brand of the lemonade drink mixes. I remembered a few months ago when I would drink a couple bottles of them a day, I always had horrible heartburn. I mixed a bottle up tonight and once again, got heartburn. I think that the two of them are linked? Before I couldnt tell because there was so much new stuff I was eating and drinking and could never put my finger on it. Does anyone else get heartburn from lemonade? Could it be the acid? I have always w... Sat, 11 Aug 2012 03:21:17 EST Hey :) Hey all!! <BR> <BR> My name is Kristye, I am 22 and am trying to lose some, well, alot of weight!! To make a long story short, (for an introduction, anyways lol) I have recently started to become a little bit closer with God. He has been helping me in ways that I never knew were possible. I have been saved and worshipping Him since I was about 11. Just on here looking for encouraging words, and restarting my journey. I pray that God will help me thru this time. <BR> <BR> Blessings to all!! ... Tue, 7 Aug 2012 00:15:25 EST Christian Authors A-M Contemporary: <BR> <BR> Nordberg, Bette <BR> O'Conner, Karen (humor) <BR> Oke, Janette * <BR> Parr, Delia <BR> Parrish, Christa <BR> Peretti, Frank * <BR> Perry, Trish (chick-lit) <BR> Peterson, Tracie * <BR> Phillips, Michael <BR> Pizzuti, Suzi <BR> Raney, Deborah <BR> Riva, Renee <BR> Rivers, Francine * <BR> Ruchti, Cynthia <BR> Ryan, Elizabeth Anne <BR> Schaap, James C. <BR> Schalesky, Marlo <BR> Stewart, Carla <BR> Stokes, Penelope J. * <BR> Strawn, Linda <BR> Tang, Camy (chick-lit) <B... Sun, 5 Aug 2012 13:21:39 EST Christian Authors A-M This is a list of Christian authors that I gleaned from several sources. It isn't exhaustive, but it is as many as I could find. The stars are some of the authors that I have read and liked. <BR> <BR> CONTEMPORARY <BR> <BR> Aarsen, Caroline <BR> Allee, Jennifer * <BR> Ashley, Janelle <BR> Baart, Nicole <BR> Barton, Janet Lee <BR> Bateman, Tracey <BR> Bayne, Robin <BR> Beaumont, Nicola <BR> Bedford, Deborah <BR> Bell, James Scott <BR> Bentz, Joseph <BR> Berry, Christina <BR> Blackston, Ray... Sun, 5 Aug 2012 13:07:20 EST Hello, ladies! Kelly here. 34 years old. Married 12 1/2 years, 2 beautiful children- son is 7 1/2 and my daughter is just about 5. <BR> I have been too heavy ever since I was about 12. I have fought my weight since my late teens. My normal pattern is to do very well with eating and exercise for 3 days or so, then slack off, then be right back where I started. <BR> I have lost 10ish pounds in the last 7-8 months, mostly through the horrible pattern above. I weighed at 282 this morning. I would like to get do... Fri, 3 Aug 2012 19:15:32 EST August 1st Challenge Well, August 1st is just hours away and our challenge is just about here. I set up the ticker on our may team page. The challenge reads: I Stuck to My Diet Plan 3 Meals Per Day - you then put in a number each day (the number 1 because you did it once that day). There wasn't a good way to put that challenge in and no way to know how many meals each of us are doing, so three is the median number. I hope I didn't make it too confusing. <BR> <BR> I hope that you are excited to get started on th... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 17:46:38 EST Hi Girls of God! Hello! I'm new to Sparkpeople and to this team! I just wanted to stop by to say hello and introduce myself. I am a 29 year old Christian who has struggled with my weight all my life. I have been married to a wonderful man for 3 years. We do not have any children yet, but would like to soon, which is part of the reason I really need to get serious about losing weight and getting healthy! I have tried just about every diet out there, sticking with it only long enough to lose a few pounds, then ... Thu, 26 Jul 2012 21:30:24 EST God only gives what we can handel I wanted to know if I could have ppl send healing prayers my way I had knee surgery last week and I am still having alot of pain and disscomfort and on top of everything else I had to go yesterday because my one insition opened and now it hurts even more. I mad sure to have my hubby take me because I didn't want to get an infection in my knee so please pray for my knee to be well because as soon as it heals I am going in for a bone biopsy in my c-spine to help diagnose a mass I have on my sp... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 10:28:34 EST Hi, everyone! This group seems great! :) Good luck and prayers to everyone. Can't wait to see how everyone is doing. Mon, 23 Jul 2012 16:31:00 EST STORMS Thank you all for greeting me yesterday when I first posted, or was it the day before? Anyway, thanks for greeting me. I am happy to be here among other Christian women. It is just so awesome to -- in a sense -- walk into a room of complete strangers and be at home anyway. With Christ in our hearts, our Life, our Motivator, we are one with each other, and I love each moment I am with "strangers" and find I am with family. It is just so awesome! <BR> <BR> I wrote the following for our church ... Sun, 22 Jul 2012 17:22:03 EST May God be with me in my time of need... I need some prayers of healing to come my way I had knee surgery on the 17th of july and I am having a hard time with the healing prosses, my knee is not able to bend and the doc told me that it would the same day as the surgery but it is not and when I try to bend it , it puts me in a world of hurt... so please pray for my healing I need it... and keep spreading the spark... Thu, 19 Jul 2012 11:47:52 EST Bible Chapter Titles and Memory Verses This is something that my Pastor suggested we do many years ago and it helped me immensely in learning how to find my way around the Scriptures. I thought that I would share what I found in each chapter of the New Testament. At one point I did have much of this memorized, but age and hormones have robbed me of much of it. I can still find my way around because of learning this, but getting it exact is pretty much gone! Here's Matthew: <BR> <BR> 1 – GENEALOGY AND JESUS' BIRTH <BR> 1:18-25 No... Sat, 14 Jul 2012 18:05:26 EST Happy 4th to all Happy 4th of July to all stay healthy eat right and don't get sun burned at the pool... <em>283</em> Wed, 4 Jul 2012 17:42:40 EST this team sounds great! Hi, I'm a Jesus-follower, work in a church office, have a house-full ~ 9 people total, and am looking for a place to prayerfully support others and gain support on this God-focused health-quest. <BR> <BR> Need to shed well over 100 lbs, and relieve some inflamation symptoms along the way (fybromialgia....whatever). One thing I am doing right now is an alternate day fast shcedule, as this is reported to alieve inflamation. So today, I am attempting to stay on a liquids-only day, while I... Tue, 3 Jul 2012 13:38:04 EST Please send me prayes...I need them Ok I went to my follow up appointment today at my neuro surgen's office to get the results to my MRI with contrast so maybe they can find out what is going on in my c-spine because in my c-6 and c-7 there is a spot that is glowing on the MRI and the md does not know what it is so he told me there is a few things it could be...1. a cyst, 2. a tumor, or 3. cancer. So what they have decided to do is a bone biopsy to see what it turnes out to be... now cancer runs in my family in all directions,... Mon, 2 Jul 2012 22:17:56 EST Prayer Request I am feeling down in the dumps. I have fallen off the wagon and dont know how to get back on. This is the worst feeling ever. It feels impossible to hope anymore and hope that one day I can be at a healthy weight living a healthy lifestyle. Fri, 22 Jun 2012 20:47:59 EST Could I ask for some prayers please? I know I just joined, but I'm really struggling. I feel like I'm being attacked spiritually since I started trying to lose weight again and since joining here. I'm also in a lot of physical pain that I feel is also Satan trying to prevent me from doing what God wants me to do and what is good for me. I always have some level of pain, but the past few days have just been unbearable. I cried in the car on the way to work this morning because I hurt so bad. I know in my heart this is Satan ... Mon, 18 Jun 2012 19:49:00 EST Excited to be a part of this team! Hello! <BR> <BR> My name is Rebecca, I'm 38, married, Christian, and have over 200 lbs to lose. <BR> <BR> I've been struggling with weight for as long as I can remember, and have come to the realization recently that maybe the reason I've been struggling is because I haven't surrendered it completely to God. I have a hard time "letting go and letting God"...don't we all? I realized that I have to lean on God and ask for His help in this before I would be successful. God led me to Spark... Sun, 17 Jun 2012 22:06:48 EST what scripture is it? It's about running a race? finishing what God has started? it has slipped my mind but I want to memorize it. Fri, 8 Jun 2012 21:45:29 EST kate's memorization for today. Matthew 11:28-30 <BR> 28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Wed, 6 Jun 2012 10:00:57 EST So excited to meet you! Hello- My name is Kate, and as my sign in name states, I'm married to a really nice man. I have three kids ( 16, 14,12- every two years like a good Catholic girl). I joined this team because I think that there is a connection for me between food issues and rebellion. I've tried various bible studies, and every diet know to man. I have 130 plus pounds to lose, and honestly, I get lost is if think about 130.. I prefer to think of today, and maybe tomorrow. and I know that I can't do this wit... Wed, 6 Jun 2012 09:46:15 EST Has Anybody Gone Through Something Similiar.....? ..... & did you get over it? How did you get over it? What did you do? <BR> <BR> So apparently I've been more stressed out than usual for the last couple of months & haven't been taking my herbal supplement (Thyroid Activator from Nature's Sunshine) for my thyroid (I have hypothyroidism) because I haven't had the money to buy it for about the last month. Anyway, week before last, TOM & Aunt Flo visited & were supposed to leave this last Thursday, May 17. Wednesday, I couldn't work becaus... Sun, 20 May 2012 08:33:50 EST Good Morning I'm Donna and I am married. I have one daughter, two stepsons, three stepgrandsons, one stepgranddaughter and one great stepgranddauther on the way. <BR> <BR> I have tried lots of diets. I have diabetes which I am trying to keep tight control over. I am so glad I found a Christian team. I am looking forward to being here and getting to know everyone. <BR> <BR> Wed, 9 May 2012 07:34:17 EST Take 349,678! Hi everyone. I am 34 yrs old, live in Florida with my fabulous husband and two amazing daughters ages 13 and 4 (wow that sounded like a intro to wheel of fortune). I have about 120 pounds to lose to get to my ideal weight, not my suggested weight but my reasonable weight for my body. I have over the last 4 years had some huge ups and downs. First I got pregnant with my youngest daughter after living almost 10 years being told I could not have another child after my first. However this also le... Tue, 8 May 2012 11:20:21 EST New to this and sooo lost! I found this site and would love someone to help learn how this works. I really need support in the war that I'm in with my weight.. Please, if you have the time I guess reply or get in contact with me.. Thank you <BR> <BR> And May God bless! Fri, 4 May 2012 22:41:51 EST Inter-faith Greetings May the peace and blessings of the Lord be upon each and every woman in this group. I am Muslim, however, I enjoy interacting with people of all faiths. I am starting out on a new weight loss journey and looking for support and also to support others. My goal in losing weight is to use the experience and also my weight loss in the service of the Lord. Wishing everyone all the best! ~Kristin Mon, 23 Apr 2012 09:16:06 EST Hey! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm new to the group, but not to dieting. My A1C was 8.8 last time and I really need to lose weight - about 130-140 lbs. I lost 60 lbs about two years ago, but gained most of it back. It makes me feel defeated and it's so hard to even just get started. <BR> <BR> I am definitely a girl of God with a love for teenage girls and women. Especially those that have been sexually abused, as that's a part of my testimony. <BR> <BR> I have been married for 17 years, have ... Tue, 27 Mar 2012 10:02:26 EST Im New :o) A new fresh start. A new journey for me and I'm so grateful that God is with me, without him there would be no way that I could do this.Now I have a new team, ( my new sisters in Christ ) <BR> I'm sure that I can do this :o) Sat, 17 Mar 2012 14:15:25 EST Fasting and Prayer Hi, it occurred to me because so many of us are dealing with illnesses and sicknesses, that a day of fasting and prayer may do us some good. I believe God blesses unity and love, and taking examples in the bible , ew testiment and old testiment, fastings were used to invoke Gods Help and Blessings. I was thinking a Saturday or Sunday may be good ams most do not work on those days and it would be conducive to meditating and prayer. Let me know any ideas or problems with this and we will see... Tue, 13 Mar 2012 16:15:49 EST Hi I'm new And so afraid to fail again, that I am doing nothing. Today I want to start baby steps! Thanks for letting me be part of your group. <em>2</em> Thu, 23 Feb 2012 11:39:11 EST Sugar Regulated Like Alcohol Here's a link to an interesting article ~ <link><BR>-researchers-180605186.html </link> ~ What do you think? Thu, 2 Feb 2012 07:26:55 EST An AWWW Moment Want an AWWW moment? Check out this link - <BR> <BR> <link><BR>oday-today_pets_and_animals </link> Sat, 28 Jan 2012 12:35:16 EST Quarterly Report As with Finances, and the need to be accountable and keep an eye on the "bottom line"...I want to be accountable in all other areas of my life as well. I invite all who will, and want join me in this endeavor with a view to your specific Watch points, goals, plans of action and so forth. <BR> I know I'm getting a bit of a late start for the first quarter of the new year...some days I just drag my feet...literally! <BR> <BR> ~~~~~~~~Beginning of 2012:~~~~~~ <BR> <BR> Spiritual: I am ... Tue, 24 Jan 2012 10:34:05 EST Joining a Christ Centered team Hi! My name is Alden and I am finally working on literally being a living sacrifice for God. As many of us have, I have struggled with my weight my whole life and have had little success. This is the first time that I am truly allowing God to steer me through the process and it is helping immensely! I am using Romans 12:1 as a major support verse right now and it has made a big difference in the way I approach my daily living. <BR> <BR> I am excited to share my experiences with other Jesus l... Wed, 18 Jan 2012 12:38:38 EST Hello Hi, my name is Missy and I am 31 years old. I believe that this is my year to get healthy and lose weight and I know that the only way I can do this is with God's help. I had been looking for a christian sparkteam that seemed to fit me and found you all. I am getting married 9/22/12 and would like to be a much healthier me by then. Mon, 16 Jan 2012 14:58:48 EST I'm back too! :) Hi all........I'm finally back in action again too. Nice to see a few familiar faces/names still in this group! To reintroduce myself - my name is Laura -- from Iowa, I'm a nurse and a mom to a wonderful little miracle boy who is 4 yrs old. I'm having lots of knee/joint problems that are keeping me from keeping up with him - so am back to give this another shot. Tracking my food has always helped me.. and when I quit doing that.. I go back to old habits, and now with the new year, it's time... Fri, 6 Jan 2012 14:38:38 EST Just Beginning Hey! SAHM of two here. Looking for support and encouragement. I became a SAHM (not by choice) two years ago. I always thought that I could lose the weight if I didn't have to work 40+ hours a week. Well it has been two years and all I have done is gain. Of course a lot has happened in two years but still. I could have done something about it. So this year I vowed with the help of God I would start taking care of myself. I have over 100lbs to lose. I am newly married and my husband and I would... Tue, 3 Jan 2012 09:24:02 EST New Year, New Me Thanks for the warm welcome! Here's to a blessed year! Sun, 1 Jan 2012 08:39:13 EST hello Hi! Im Raynene and very happy to be here. I'll do all I can do all that I can to help support everyone I meet. Tue, 29 Nov 2011 16:15:18 EST I'm Back! It has been a long time but I have finally found my way back to this team where I first started on Spark. How I have missed you all! For those of you that don't know me, my name is Erin and I am a 64 yr. old disabled woman living in Nebraska but originally from Wisconsin. I am married, have 2 grown daughters that are still in WI. I've been on Spark about 2 years but had a serious crisis of faith and lost my way. I have found that God did not forsake me - even when I turned my back on Him... Tue, 29 Nov 2011 00:41:46 EST Kindle Freebies and Cheapies Hey ladies. Since there are now several of us who own Kindles, I thought that I would go ahead and start a thread for us. I will limit my entries to clean Christian fiction, or fiction that I know does not contain cuss words or sexual content. I ask that if you share a book it also have the same criteria, and if it isn't fiction that it be biblical non-fiction. <BR> <BR> This list is from yesterday and today. Some of it has been free before: <BR> <BR> FREE: <BR> A Simple Amish Christmas b... Wed, 2 Nov 2011 12:00:27 EST Hey everyone! Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm a 27 year old university student with 160+ pounds to lose. I've had a lot of mini ups and downs but on a whole i've been gaining wegiht. My two biggest problems are my lack of consistant motivation (it seems so impossible.... and its hard to remember wh i'm doing this) and the lack of a link between God and this journey. <BR> <BR> I've always been catholic/christian (minus a few years in my teens) but i've never really been able to make the link between weight l... Tue, 1 Nov 2011 01:35:28 EST NEW HOLIDAY CHALLENGE Hi ladies! I hope that some of you are willing to join me on this new challenge! The challenge starts on Wed. the 12th. <BR> <BR> For the next six weeks I am hoping the get us back in the mindset of healthy living and making wise choices. I want us to avoid those 10-15 added holiday pounds. I know that I have been playing games and coasting for far too long and slowly the pounds have been creeping back up again - it's time for me to make a commitment to do the right thing for myself again, d... Tue, 11 Oct 2011 14:25:37 EST New I am new here. I need to lose some weight and hope I can get help on this site. Sat, 1 Oct 2011 18:41:10 EST Hey GOG's!! I can't believe it's been about 3 years since I hung out on this site! I answered a quiz & I ended up editing my page & updating all the things that are 3 years behind. I'm still fighting my battle of the bulge, but things have changed for me. I fell in March, messing up my knee. I had to drop out of Curves & my knees are the worse for it, as arthritis has set in big-time & stiffened up, making movement difficult. I know that the key is exercise, so I'm trying to find something I CAN do so th... Thu, 8 Sep 2011 14:00:04 EST Hello - First Day Hi everyone. I am so glad to find you all here. Today is my first day with SparkPeople, so I am excited and looking forward to a healthier lifestyle. <BR> <BR> I am fortunate that I am as tall as I am (5'9"), but I have so much "junk in my trunk" that my clothes just look terrible on me. I am not happy with my personal appearance, so it is time to do something about it. <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to the motivation with like-minded Christian friends like you! <BR> <BR> Blessings, <... Sat, 3 Sep 2011 10:48:07 EST Faith to be healed! I wanted to share with you, my sisters in Christ, and companions in this healthy lifestyle journey, something I read in Scriptures this morning that really touched me. <BR> <BR> I am reading through Acts, and in chapter 14, Paul through the power of the Holy Spirit, heals a man who had been crippled and never walked in his life. Can you imagine? He didn't even know what it felt like to stand up and put your weight on your feet. But, as he listened, Paul looked at him and "realized he had fai... Wed, 17 Aug 2011 10:43:15 EST Hi there! I am starting up again on SP after a short stint a few years ago. I never really got started back then, so I'm essentially new! I am saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, and I have over 100 pounds to lose... So I figured this would be a good group to start with, and a good place to find and give encouragement. Mon, 15 Aug 2011 02:27:00 EST Hello All About a year ago I found this website. I was anything but a Christian. I lasted about a month and gave up. I got to a weight more than I have ever been. I come back today as a Christ loving woman with self value and much motivation. I want to lose 100 to 120lbs. For about a month now I have been losing weight very steadily. I have added about an hour of walking to my day each day and am eating a much better diet high in omega 3's, whole grains, lean meats, fresh fruits, and veggies. I have al... Sat, 6 Aug 2011 19:22:19 EST Need Prayers and Encouragement. I just want to ask you all to pray for me and maybe give me some ideas. <BR> I got back on track 7 weeks ago and have lost close to 23 pounds in that time. I have been going strong, working out, walking, eating right. <BR> <BR> The other day my leg started to hurt. I attributed it to muscle soreness because I'd done a lot of walking the two days previous. So I backed off on my walks, went slower and not as far. Still the pain got worse each day. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I went for a walk ... Sat, 30 Jul 2011 13:52:34 EST Anyone doing "Weight Loss God's Way"? I know I don't check in here very often. Sorry! Anyway, I'm making yet another stab at losing this weight. I just bought this ebook, "Weight Loss God's Way" by Frank Smoot. I've been getting emails from him for years. Anyway, the book is based on the idea that if we renew our minds (biblically) we can get control of our habits. I was just wondering if anyone here knows of a spark team specifically doing this program. <BR> <BR> God bless you all! With restrained appetites, joy, and ene... Wed, 27 Jul 2011 12:41:36 EST Hello Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I joined the group only yesterday and I thought I'd introduce myself. <BR> <BR> I am a simple Jesus girl struggling to let Him lead. I am a perfectionist and a black and white type of person. I am here because I am doing a lousy job of being in control. Lack of it is a much more accurate description. I have over 100lbs to lose, but as I am sure you all know, this is about so much than my weight. To say I am an emotional eater is an understatement. I eat when hungry... Sun, 24 Jul 2011 11:04:03 EST Hello sisters! I'm not new to spark, but new to this team. Trying once again to get a handle on my weight and the love handles (and rolls) off my body. So tried of dealing with this! Here I go again. Sat, 9 Jul 2011 02:59:39 EST Hi <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 8 Jul 2011 17:38:50 EST Hi!!! My name is vicki and I have quite a bit to lose!! Looking for friends, support, and prayer! :) Sun, 3 Jul 2011 22:37:50 EST Anyone Ever Read this???? <BR> <BR> I just wanted to throw this out as I highly recommend it. This has Christian based beliefs but I also feel that it could apply to other faith as well. I read this and it really put things in perspective to me so I wanted to share this with you all. The entire book is free to read online and the website has other articles as well as her BIO as well. Enjoy!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Website: <BR> <BR> <BR> ebook: <BR> Fri, 1 Jul 2011 11:48:42 EST Hi there :) Hi everyone! My name is Melani and I joined this group because we could all use a lot of prayer when it comes to sticking to goals, and struggling with weight-loss battles! I joined spark back in february, but this is week 9 of actually using it consistently. I have lost a total of 23 pounds, 20 of which were lost the first 6 weeks, and then I had 2 weeks of "being lazy" I didnt work out like I should have and indulged a tad more than I should (luckily I didnt gain any weight back during that... Mon, 27 Jun 2011 20:34:54 EST Hello There I'm Deb. I've been on SP for a while, but I just joined this team. I'm 37, married with two girls, and live in California. <BR> <BR> I've always been overweight - or so I thought. A girl told me I was overweight in 4th grade and it shocked me. For a while, my weight matched my age times ten - 200 at 20, 250 at 25, 300 at 30. I managed to stop that trend, maxing out at 320. And so far, through exercise mostly, I've lost that first ten or so pounds. <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I am glad to... Sun, 26 Jun 2011 11:49:09 EST Restarting On My Spark Journey Hello All! My name is Stephanie. I am 43 and happily married. I am a stay at home mom of a 2 and 4 year old, and love every minute of it. I am not new to Spark but had stepped away for a bit and am now back to jumpstart my way back to a healthier lifestyle. I have 200 pounds to lose according to the doctors but I see that for my body shape that is unrealistic....I'm a curvy girl and always have been. I will be happy with a 150 weight loss. I look forward to getting to know everyone and being ... Sun, 26 Jun 2011 10:32:33 EST need prayer badly Hey everyone please be praying for a man named Victor Rodriguez. Victor and his wife Crystal were on their honeymoon in the Bahamas and were in a horrific accident. Victor and Crystal were parasailing and the clip broke at 250 feet in the air and they fell. Crystal did not survive and Victor is in ICU. Please pray for the families and friends in this devastating situation! Victor is coming home in a couple of days from the ICU and they are flying her body on the same plane. Please pray for hi... Mon, 20 Jun 2011 17:19:07 EST Please keep my friend Judy in prayer... She has just been diagnosed with lung cancer. Three spots and stage 3 fast growing . She has a special problem that when they tried to do surgery on her a few months ago for unrelated illness they could not. The way her neck is they can't get the tubes down her throat and so they pulled out of the surgery quickly because she stopped breathing. She is in her mid 40s and they are putting a shunt in to start treatments this week. She loves the Lord and rely's on His healing power. Thank you... Wed, 15 Jun 2011 04:34:53 EST Hi Everyone... I have 105 pounds to lose and find that the support of SP is terrific. I am still trying to get use to all things here and so much I want to read but am learning more all the time. <BR> I live in Ky and work midnights. I have for many years and am now 61. It is so important that I get this weight off due to health issues, such as diabetes, bad knees, bad back, etc. I am praying 3rd time is charm. I have lost 100 pounds twice before in my life and can tell you getting older with diabetes ... Tue, 14 Jun 2011 04:58:51 EST Protein suggestions? So, it seems that almost daily I have trouble meeting the amount of protein that I need for my daily requirement. Do any of you have suggestions on how I can get more protein in my diet? What are things you eat throughout the day that help you meet that goal? Mon, 13 Jun 2011 13:22:59 EST HELP! I am struggling. I can do without cake, I can do without cookies, but put a Hershey bar or other candy in front of me and it's like the world is running out of supply! It was a rough weekend eating wise. I had a birthday party and a graduation party! I really struggle with the sweets. I can't just eat a small piece or just have one. It is, what I feel, a horrible addiction. It is something I have always struggled with. <BR> <BR> I just ask for prayers to help overcome this addiction a... Mon, 6 Jun 2011 14:20:37 EST MOTIVATION HELP I am Melissa I am 24 years old and I need help getting motivated to reach my happy weight of 180 I know that it seems crazy but if I can get motivated I feel like it is possible but right now I feel it is impossible! PLEASE HELP!!!!! Sun, 5 Jun 2011 01:05:20 EST Hello! Hello Everyone! My name is Jamie and I am new here to this group! I cannot tell you how excited I was to find a supportive, Christian group here on SP to help me on this journey. I have been struggling with weight all of my life and I am to the point where I know I have no choice but to get the weight off. I have been through a lot in my life but my faith and strength in the Lord have always gotten me through. I know with God's help and your support I can overcome this battle and have a ... Wed, 1 Jun 2011 09:10:31 EST Is compulsive overeating rebellion??? Hello everyone - I'm new here and I wanted yalls opinion-- Im reading a book which offered imho an interesting perspective. Compulsive eating is a form of rebellion -- thinking that the rules dont apply to us and that we can operate out of the realities of calories, metabolism, and weight gain. It says that when we rebel against controlled eating, we are actually rebeling against rules, against other ppl, against ourselves, and against God. <BR> <BR> I find alot of truth in this for me. I ... Fri, 6 May 2011 00:24:21 EST can you help? Take a look at my blog, see if you can help :-) <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4174070 </link> Mon, 18 Apr 2011 12:18:59 EST Turning it over to God I am 43 years old. I have been on and off of one diet or another since I was 12 years old. I have lost and gained 100 pounds several times (talk about a Yo-Yo dieter) I take the blue ribbon on losing and gaining back weight. I have a bigger problem then I can handle on my own and am trying to turn it over to God. I have been married for 15 years and have a 9 year old son. My husband has MS and can no longer work. I'm at home 24/7 having to help care for him...."In sicknesses and health" is s... Fri, 25 Mar 2011 17:09:19 EST What do you like best about SP? I teach Bible classes to high school students in the morning before school. <BR> I live in Nevada near Las Vegas <BR> I am married with 4 children. The oldest is married with a daughter of their own. <BR> I thank God every day for my blessings, for such a great family and for good friends. <BR> When I started with SP I weighed 283 and I have lost 33 pounds so far. <BR> <BR> I LOVE all the support and ideas here :) <BR> May God continue to Bless you and your family as well as your healthier l... Thu, 24 Mar 2011 21:25:55 EST New from Texas... Hi, Ladies! I'm new to SparkPeople and then obviously to SparkTeams. I'm looking forward to growing with you spiritually while shrinking in size physically. <BR> <BR> I'm a 40-something empty-nester mom who is trying to lose 100+ pounds in a healthy way. Began on March 8 and have lost 8 pounds to date. Need to connect with others who struggle with weight loss and are willing to be good accountability partners as well as encouragers. <BR> <BR> Many blessings, KaBee Sun, 20 Mar 2011 12:23:44 EST Would you pray with me? I had an interview Wed for a new nursing job that would allow me to have every Sunday off, but I would probably have to give up the volunteer work I do at our local Pregnancy Center. I just recently completed a course to be able to do ultrasounds at the pregnancy center. <BR> Presently I work 3 days per week which includes every other Sat and Sun. If offered the new position I would work full time Mon thru Fri with some Sat mornings. I have been praying for a different job -- I feel ... Fri, 18 Mar 2011 19:12:35 EST 52 week Bible reading plan I found this printable bible reading plan if anyone is trying to read through their bible in a year. <BR><BR>pdf Sat, 26 Feb 2011 09:11:02 EST Kinda New Hi. My name is Sara and I'm 25yrs old. I work with youth, and have a huge passion for missions and the persecuted Church. I've been a member of sparkpeople... but I got off track somewhere back around October. I'm ready to start again and keep push'n forward! I want to be able to do more with my ministry and that requires a much healthier me. :) Wed, 23 Feb 2011 13:17:50 EST New from Northern Illinois Area My name is Jenny. I am married and I have 3 kids, my husband has 4. All the kids are older and are having their own children now. togheter we have 3 grandsons and 3 granddaughters. I am having a lot of issues right now medically, not to mention financially...but it seems everyone is struggle that way now a days. Glad to have found this group as I could use some fellowship. My husband and I moved here last September and have not looked for a church home yet. We are lovong the area as we are cl... Tue, 15 Feb 2011 08:27:55 EST Trying to Stay on Track I am really trying so hard... feel a little stressed. this was my Birthday week... Have over ate a few times... Thinking I won't lose this week, But there is always next week. I am trying to keep positive and keep my eye on the end result... <BR> Could use some tips on getting over the rough spots in this journey... <BR> <BR> Thanks, God Bless! Jendana Sat, 12 Feb 2011 21:30:52 EST Losing that poundage! Hey girls! I have lost 41 pounds as of today! I can't believe it! God is SO faithful to me! Thu, 27 Jan 2011 19:12:19 EST Newbie from MD WHO YOU ARE AND WHERE YOU LIVE: <BR> Name: Marianne <BR> Where are you from? Maryland <BR> How long have you lived there? my whole life <BR> <BR> YOUR FAMILY: <BR> Are you married? YES <BR> Do you have kids? yes, 2 boys <BR> Do you live near any of your family? Yes <BR> <BR> YOUR WORK: <BR> Do you work outside of the home? No <BR> What types of jobs around the home do you enjoy? I am a homemaker & always have been. I enjoy the blessing of being home! <BR> Which ones would you rather not... Wed, 19 Jan 2011 18:04:34 EST Gotta keep trying.. ..AMEN?? Hello, I am back after 9 mos of sciatica,a near fatal collision that nearly claimed my hubby and daughter, a mild heart attack and heart ablation surgery....I will honestly tell you that I have had alot on my plate...Only by the grace of God I am able to crawl back to SP...I have been so emotional the last several months, just plain giving up and giving back because the spark inside me says "You are a blood bought child of God and you can be victorious through Christ and he will con... Mon, 17 Jan 2011 01:47:16 EST Hello From Maine! After many attempts, succeeding and then failing, I am determined to make 2011 the year I eat healthy, start (and continue) to exercise and be a positive role model for my daughter! <BR> <BR> I can't do it alone! My husband is a great support, but he won't push me and I know I need to be pushed! <BR> <BR> Who is with me?!?!? Sun, 9 Jan 2011 20:15:04 EST Hi! I'm new to Spark People! Hi! My name is Megan and I'm new to Spark People. I'm looking to make friends and to have encouragement to reach my weight loss goals. I've struggled with my weight for some time and I've finally had enough! I'd love to be able to help others as well. Fri, 7 Jan 2011 16:05:29 EST Hi! Hello Girls, <BR> <BR> After a long, long absence I am back. I've missed you. I do not know how active I will be in the group right now, but did want you to know that I've thought of you a lot and have continued to include you in my prayers. I look forward to catching up with each of you, even if that is just reading your posts for awhile before I get active with the group again. <BR> <BR> Many blessings to you all! <BR> <BR> Beth <BR> Mon, 3 Jan 2011 01:56:19 EST I'm baaaaaack Hello Girls, <BR> <BR> After a long, long absence I am back. I've missed you. I do not know how active I will be in the group right now, but did want you to know that I've thought of you a lot and have continued to include you in my prayers. <BR> <BR> Many blessings to you all! <BR> <BR> Beth Mon, 3 Jan 2011 01:36:39 EST Trials I've been on Sparks (for real this time) for a little over week. I'm new to blogging and things but as I was reading through the earlier entries from you all, I realized that the topics are really striking a cord with me. I continually struggle with why God allows things to happen the way that he does. I got some insight over the past couple of months. I attend a Community Bible Study group (CBS) and we just completed an in depth study of I & II Peter. 1 Peter deals with that exact thing. W... Sun, 12 Dec 2010 21:01:35 EST An Intro From Anita.... Hi-ya! <BR> I'm so happy to be a part of a group of ladies who are on the same road as I am...both spiritually and physically. <BR> Here are my answers to the intro questions.... <BR> <BR> ---What name would you like us to address you by?--- <BR> ---Where do you live?--- <BR> ---Tell us a little bit about your family.--- <BR> <BR> My name is Anita, I am a 35yo SAHM in Tennessee. I am very happily married to my best friend and God-given soul mate and we've been together for over 17 years. We... Tue, 7 Dec 2010 11:46:33 EST Hi ! I'm Myra and glad to be here Hi, I'm Myra and I love God and am starting a new journey in life. I live in Murfreesboro, TN and I am looking for new friends to share my journey. <BR> <BR> I have been over weight since I was 10 years old. On 12/29 I will turn 50 and do not want to turn 51 as my old self. I have been a Christian since I was 14 and love Jesus. I want to strengthen and grow my relationship with him while I follow the path of learning to treat my body as his temple the way he intended. <BR> <BR> My family... Sat, 4 Dec 2010 21:29:37 EST Holiday Challenge Welcome to the Holiday Challenge - 2010! <BR> <BR> This challenge will go from Black Friday to Dec. 23rd. <BR> <BR> Challenge 1: <BR> <BR> Allow yourself one special beverage per day (soda, sweetened, egg nog, punch, flavored coffees) and drink water or calorie free drinks the rest of the day. This way your special drinks will be that much more special, you won't have to deny yourself those special holiday liquid treats, and you won't be adding extra calories to your diet! <BR> <BR> Check... Thu, 25 Nov 2010 17:19:55 EST How does having a cold affect you? I had a terrible cold this week and was down for 3 days. I had several instances when I felt like eating whatever I wanted, but somehow, kept it within reason. Cheese is my weakness, so I had one ounce of cheese several times, which I haven't done since I started my program. I was too sick to be able to exercise but twice this week, but still lost 3 pounds! Thank you, Lord. In my weakness, you are strong. Mon, 22 Nov 2010 09:25:04 EST Hey, I'm Brandice :) Hey there girls! My name is Brandice, and I live in Grace, Idaho. I am 26, and married to the most wonderful man on earth. Arthur and I have three beautiful little girls. Zariya (4), Aliandra (3), and Calissa (2 in March). My family is the greatest blessing in my life. The Lord put us together and makes us stronger every day. <BR> <BR> I was born again when I was 11, and since then have had strong faith and testimony for Christ. However, I grew up in an area where there are only LDS churches... Mon, 15 Nov 2010 12:06:19 EST Surgery was a success Hi everyone I know you are probably wondering how it went. In a nutshell I will say if you want to know please read my blog about it since I am so happy I chose to go through with it as I did Wed, 10 Nov 2010 13:34:27 EST New start I am going to start as if today is the first day and put all my past failures behind me. I went to our church's Women's Jubilee over the weekend and feel that I am ready for a new commitment. One teaching was "do what you can do". I ask for prayer to have me not stop or give up any more, I will keep going with God's help. I am able to do all things through God who strengthens me. Mon, 1 Nov 2010 12:25:52 EST I NEED PRAYER, I'M FAILING SO BAD! I am failing so bad, I had lost 70lbs and have gained 45 back. I'm so out of control, I don't know why I can't get my head in it. Please everyone out there pray I will get control, that God will free me from the food addiction that I have. I pray and pray, and I I try and then the devil temps me and I fail! I'm ready to give up. I cry all the time, my body aches, I need prayer. Please hold me up in prayer. I want tomorrow to be a new day. A day pleasing to God and a day that will be the fresh... Sat, 9 Oct 2010 21:24:56 EST Hi from a newbie! :) Hello all! I'm a homeschooling mom of 2 from E TN. My kids are 9 and 6, and they keep me on my toes! I love it!!! My family is a HUGE reason for me being here...I want to be around for them for many years to come! so, my overall goal is to lose 100 lbs or more! God has given me a gift, and I need to take care of it!!!! Tue, 5 Oct 2010 00:53:25 EST Hi! New & not sure of what I'm doing lol Hi there. I'm new to sparkpeople and I am still trying to figure everything out. I hope to continue learning how to use it so if anyone has any pointers, please let me know.. My name is Beth, I'm a 35 yr. old wife and mother of a 15 yr. old daughter. I have lived in TN all of my life. I have been overweight all of my life and I've got to a point where I need to do something about it. I have health problems because of my weight and my family is also suffering the consequences of my poor cookin... Tue, 28 Sep 2010 11:53:04 EST Hi, new to this team... Hi! <BR> <BR> I have been on sp about 2 weeks now. I am trying to find good teams to join. <BR> <BR> I have a LOT to lose! And I just started again. This time I want to keep it off and not gain anymore! <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> Kaeann Mon, 27 Sep 2010 22:23:26 EST Out of my comfort zone Hi, <BR> I have taken another step out of my comfort zone and have started a new team - Anatomy of a Food Addiction. Please feel free to stop by and check the team out. <BR> Thanks. Jineane Thu, 2 Sep 2010 03:01:16 EST Supernatural weightloss Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I would like to ask if anyone here believes in Supernatural weightloss. I subscribe to Sid Roth's website - and he had a guest speaker "Tony Kemp" speak during the week of August 2-8th and was talking about how he experienced supernatural weightloss. Well I have heard about it before and after watching this video I prayed my own little prayer for God to help me with my weight loss. Now I happened to watch the program online somewhere during the week of 9... Mon, 23 Aug 2010 16:36:41 EST Fat is not a refuge...God is...yeah!!!! I will let God be the reflection I see in the mirror. Just the way I am and nothing more. I will finish the race well and I will not let food be the freind who comforts me. Food doesnt love me. I love the me God made a whole lot more. He never said losing this weight would be easy but he did say I can have victory. And he loves me today just as I am. I am the building made by the grand archetect of the universe. I just let the building get a little run down on the outside. I was made a Cathed... Sat, 21 Aug 2010 15:57:37 EST HI :-) Hi I'm Sara, I'm new to this whole sparkpeople thing still, but I'm learning my way around quickly. I was so excited to find this team. There is nothing like a wonderful group of Christian women facing the same challenges to support and pray for each other! Anyway... I am 24 years old. I was saved when I was about 10 or 11, but because the church I was attending didn't have much leadership for the youth at the time, I thought I had done all I needed to do. I had my "fire insurance" and so I w... Thu, 19 Aug 2010 22:08:56 EST endurance well I just saw my last posting was Dec 08.. I too was not ready then.. But God is saying its time now. I am actually taking the time to learn the site so bare with me. my goal not to give up this time. Wed, 18 Aug 2010 00:35:34 EST Just found this site yesterday! YAY! WHO YOU ARE AND WHERE YOU LIVE: <BR> Name: Alice <BR> Where are you from? NW PA <BR> How long have you lived there? Most of my life <BR> <BR> YOUR FAMILY: <BR> Are you married? Yes <BR> Do you have kids? No <BR> Do you have grandkids? No, but since our Mother passed, I have assumed the grandma position with my sister's (she is 16 years younger than I) four boys...they are 13, 11, 9, & 7 <BR> Do you have pets? 2 Cats & a Dog <BR> Do you live near any of your family? About 5 hours away ... Sun, 15 Aug 2010 14:35:44 EST Hello and Good morning Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I am very happy to have found this Christian group on Spark teams. I hope that I can find some like minded friends to help me get through the tough times. I will do my best to support any of the people I happen to chat with also. I am coming back for almost the 3rd time and have had a lot of difficulty staying with this program for very long. Have moved approximately 7 time during the past 2 years mainly because of financial issues and upheavals, I am realizing... Sun, 15 Aug 2010 06:07:25 EST Today. :) Hi I'm Elizabeth, <BR> <BR> Today there is a shift. <BR> Today marks a new life. <BR> Today is the day my soul has been awakened. <BR> <BR> For a little background, I grew up a "christian" I was the "religious" girl. When i was 16 some things happened and I was burned by the church and met some amazing people, thats when I realized that living for God is about more than just the religious rituals. So for about 4 years I was in this deep love relationship with the Lord. In December some b... Sun, 8 Aug 2010 16:22:34 EST New again I joined a year ago but stopped when I moved and so I am just getting back again. I feel the need to take more advantage of SP this time. My new goal is to lose 10% of my current weight by the end of the year. I want to make progress, not give up, not get down on myself if I have a weak day, just keeping trying to do something that moves me in the right direction. I have been obese far too long and I believe I can do it (become fit)! With God's help, all things are possible! Fri, 6 Aug 2010 14:49:33 EST Hi new Here !!! I wanted to join a team that really cares about what I'm going through , and you ladies seem very open and giving , glad to be a member !! Thu, 5 Aug 2010 23:27:28 EST New to team! Hello everyone! I'm Shelly, I have been part of spark's people for a while but had not chosen any teams. I have decided to get serious about loosing weight. And I'm so happy I found the GOG team. Looking forward to good fellowship and accountability! Mon, 2 Aug 2010 09:48:36 EST Not feeling too good Went to the doctor Monday, was diagnosed with strep throat - yuck! Please pray my daughter who just had a kidney transplant doesn't come down with it! Have a blessed weekend. <em>39</em> Fri, 30 Jul 2010 15:37:13 EST Hi Everyone, I am new Hi, I am new to SP, been a member for one week and I have lost 5 pounds. Yeah!! I am still finding my way around the web site. I was so excited to see the GOG Team. I have appreciated most the support I am already receiving and I plan to give back. Wed, 28 Jul 2010 12:49:17 EST Has anyone ever used FirstPlac e4Health? I have used this program in the past and had some success. I really enjoy the daily bible study. I'm thinking about starting a new one in a few weeks. Mon, 26 Jul 2010 15:18:32 EST Gifts for most weight lost! Who decides what gift you get if you win the "weigh-off"? Where does the money come from? It's such a nice thing to do! Sun, 25 Jul 2010 17:13:16 EST would love prayers for my sister's fiance's surger Hi Sisters in Christ! <BR> <BR> My sister's fiance George has had 11 surgeries since last Nov to remove cancer cells on his right kidney. The doctors now want to remove the right kidney. He is at Mayo and having the surgery at 12:30 pm eastern time today. He has faith that God will heal him. Your prayers mean everything! Thank you! Wed, 21 Jul 2010 08:25:01 EST Belated Birthday Blessings and a welcome! BELLALUCIA is new to our team and recently had a birtday on July 9th! Please make her feel welcome and wish her a happy birthday with me. <BR> <BR> Bellalucia, I hope that you had a great birthday. I pray that the rest of this year is filled with blessings and that you will draw closer to the Lord as He takes you through your journey. Welcome to the team! God bless, Kim <em>30</em> <em>146</em> <em>409</em> <em>144</em> <em>410</em> Mon, 19 Jul 2010 14:39:49 EST Starting Over and Need Support I joined SparkPeople in July 2009. I wanted to lose weight, but wasn't willing to give it 100% so I left. <BR> <BR> I came back in January 2010. I was pretty successful and lost 30 pounds. But after a while, I fell into some old eating habits and left for a second time. <BR> <BR> Now I am back again. I have gained almost all the weight back. I hope this time I can be successful with the weight loss and be consistent. <BR> <BR> I know I need the support of my Spark Friends. I hope we can... Sun, 18 Jul 2010 13:15:40 EST Birthday Blessings on the 29th for SUSIEQQ62! Please join me in wishing SUSIEQQ62 birthday blessings on her birthday on the 29th! <BR> <BR> Susieqq62, I hope that your birthday is extra special and filled with blessings; and that over the coming year my prayer is that you will draw closer to Jesus and find a deeper walk with Him. <BR> <BR> God bless, Kim <BR> <em>30</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>146</em> <em>144</em> Fri, 25 Jun 2010 12:36:06 EST Latest Blog Post: A Lesson in Forgiveness I hope all of y'all will come and read my latest blog post. I feel liberated after writing it and I hope y'all will too after reading it! <BR> <BR> *River* Thu, 17 Jun 2010 17:39:58 EST Latest Blog Post: A Lesson in Forgiveness I hope all of y'all will come and read my latest blog post. I feel liberated after writing it and I hope y'all will too after reading it! <BR> <BR> *River* Thu, 17 Jun 2010 17:39:55 EST Latest Blog Post: A Lesson in Forgiveness I hope all of y'all will come and read my latest blog post. I feel liberated after writing it and I hope y'all will too after reading it! <BR> <BR> *River* Thu, 17 Jun 2010 17:39:52 EST Latest Blog Post: A Lesson in Forgiveness I hope all of y'all will come and read my latest blog post. I feel liberated after writing it and I hope y'all will too after reading it! <BR> <BR> *River* Thu, 17 Jun 2010 17:39:48 EST Latest Blog Post: A Lesson in Forgiveness I hope all of y'all will come and read my latest blog post. I feel liberated after writing it and I hope y'all will too after reading it! <BR> <BR> *River* Thu, 17 Jun 2010 17:39:42 EST Latest Blog Post: A Lesson in Forgiveness I hope all of y'all will come and read my latest blog post. I feel liberated after writing it and I hope y'all will too after reading it! <BR> <BR> *River* Thu, 17 Jun 2010 17:39:35 EST Latest Blog Post: A Lesson in Forgiveness I hope all of y'all will come and read my latest blog post. I feel liberated after writing it and I hope y'all will too after reading it! <BR> <BR> *River* Thu, 17 Jun 2010 17:39:30 EST Latest Blog Post: A Lesson in Forgiveness I hope all of y'all will come and read my latest blog post. I feel liberated after writing it and I hope y'all will too after reading it! <BR> <BR> *River* Thu, 17 Jun 2010 17:39:12 EST Hello. First week here. Hello. I live in Zephyrhills, Fl, am happily married with a 3 year old child, quickly approaching 40, and love the Lord. I work full time and stay very busy. However, with 100 # to lose, I am making Him and healthy living a major priority. Look forward to getting to know you all. Wed, 9 Jun 2010 06:08:26 EST Birthday Blessing to DEB4HIM1 Please join me in wish Debbie birthday blessings whose birthday is June the 10th. <BR> <BR> Debbie, Happy Birthday! I pray that your day will be filled with blessings and throughout the year you will find yourself drawing closer to Him. <BR> <BR> God bless, Kim <em>30</em> <em>146</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>409</em> Mon, 7 Jun 2010 18:27:55 EST Belated Birthday Blessings for ANGELGIRLSANDY Please join me in wishing belated birthday blessings to Sandy, whose birthday was on the 2nd of June. <BR> <BR> Sandy, I pray that you will draw closer to the Lord throughout the following year and that it will be filled with blessings. <BR> <BR> God bless, Kim <em>30</em> <em>144</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>146</em> Mon, 7 Jun 2010 18:25:24 EST New to this team Hi everyone. My name is Sandy and I'm glad I found this team. I am a christian and I do need to lose weight badly. I have been a member of sparks for quite a while but I have just recently gotten real serious abot losing this weight. I get out of breath very easy and I can't hardly walk up and down stairs anymore. I have a lot of trouble with my knees and I guess I just need a swift kick and some good motivation. Sat, 5 Jun 2010 09:25:20 EST I just need some encouragement Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> I just came back to posting after a long while. I began this journey last February. I had hoped to lose at least 20 lbs in the year. I did not. I lost about 9, and over the months have just gained it back plus a couple more. <BR> I have really tried, but I know I am not being successful. I just seem to keep eating. I Love the Lord, I pray each day. I took junk food out of the house. I restocked with yogurts, salad greens and lean turkey breast. I read labels and do ... Mon, 24 May 2010 00:03:33 EST It's Been a Long Time Well Girls - for those of you who remember me, I lost 142 pounds about 2 years ago using the wonderful tools here on over the course of 14 months. In fact I even won a weight loss contest. But beware to those that think they stand - for it has taken me a little over 2 years to gain 110 pounds back - but here I am again. Remembering to put God first and not given in to the desire of my flesh to eat those tempting foods that draw me in - is always a challenge. I love the nut... Sat, 22 May 2010 19:38:15 EST PLUMPKITTYKAT had a birthday on the 15th Please join me in wishing Eileen a belated birthday blessings. <BR> <BR> I hope that you had a great day, Eileen. And I pray that each day of this year will draw you closer and closer to the Lord. God bless, Kim <BR> <em>30</em> <em>144</em> <em>410</em> <em>146</em> <em>409</em> Mon, 17 May 2010 18:25:38 EST Good Afternoon - My name I Rebecca and I live in Illinois. I am getting started this week,...again. I have set smaller goals for myself this time. Hopefully this will help. Can't wait to get to know you all better. Sun, 9 May 2010 16:34:17 EST Good Afternoon - My name I Rebecca and I live in Illinois. I am getting started this week,...again. I have set smaller goals for myself this time. Hopefully this will help. Can't wait to get to know you all better. Sun, 9 May 2010 16:25:07 EST Another Newbie! Hello! I joined Sparkpeople and this group yesterday. I am looking forward to meeting new people and making new friends! I have been heavy most of my life. I have lost plenty of weight and get really going in exercise, only to fall off the wagon so to speak and then I am at square one again. I am determined to make a difference in my life this time. I love to encourage and give support as well as receiving it. With God all tings are possible! Feel free to look at my Sparkpage! <BR> <... Tue, 27 Apr 2010 15:30:31 EST Scriptures To Confess Over Your Children: We found a new church to go to and they have these cards that you can pray over your children each day. <BR> <BR> I say them in the morning & my husband say them at night. <BR> <BR> <BR> EPHESIANS 6:4 Father I thank you that my children are not frustrated or exasperated but instead are confident because they have been raised in the fear and admonition of the Lord. <BR> <BR> ISAIAH 54:17 Lord I thank you that no weapon formed against my children can prosper and every tongue that rises u... Wed, 21 Apr 2010 14:25:45 EST i'm new and just wondering I am new here and was wondering what kind of Bible to you read and what is your religion background? <BR> <BR> I read the KJV1611 bible and am go to a Baptist Church. I have been saved for 30 years. I have come to realize that I can not do this weight lost journey with out him. Glad to be here. Wed, 21 Apr 2010 11:40:53 EST Found a great web site <BR> Found this site very interesting all the questions you never asked or were afraid to ask <BR> <BR><BR>scellaneous-Bible.html <BR> <BR> enjoyed Conchita <BR> Tue, 20 Apr 2010 17:52:43 EST Hi I am new! I am looking forward to making new friends, and giving/receiving support from everyone here. <BR> <BR> Please visit my Spark Page to find out more about me. <BR> <BR> Thanks and God bless! <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> Debbie Tue, 20 Apr 2010 12:59:18 EST I saw this and i wanted to share it <BR> The psalms of the Bible are a literary treasure chest of prayers for prosperity. Below is a list of which psalms to recite for common financial requests. You say the prayer or write the prayer out after lighting a candle. You may also recite the prayer as many times as you want to transform it into a kind of a mantra. <BR> Psalm 1: To disarm office gossips, discourage those who would harm your reputation <BR> Psalm 3: To conquer fear of poverty <BR> Psalm 5: To ask for a special financ... Mon, 19 Apr 2010 17:14:21 EST Birthday Blessings to ONAGAIN on the 22nd Let's all wish ONAGAIN a very blessed birthday! <BR> <BR> ONAGAIN, I hope that you have a wonderful day on the 22nd, and that you will draw closer to the Lord throughout the coming year. God bless, Kim <em>30</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>146</em> Sun, 18 Apr 2010 19:54:46 EST Hello from SC! Hello everyone! My name is Kristie and I am a stay-at-home mom to 3 beautiful children (14, 4 & 15 mo). My husband works out of town for about 3 weeks per month, so I often feel like a single parent. I'm new to SP and am looking to find some friends here as I work to lose all of this weight. I was excited to see this forum devoted to the Lord! <BR> <BR> I'm curious about the Camp challenge. I read through the page a bit, but couldn't find an explination for it. Can anyone enlighten me?... Sun, 18 Apr 2010 11:20:28 EST Birthday Blessings go out to JOHANNAG98 on Apr. 16 JOHANNA, I pray that you will have a wonderful birthday, and that you will draw closer to the Lord over the coming year. God bless, Kim <BR> <em>30</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>146</em> Mon, 12 Apr 2010 16:01:17 EST Hi From Missouri Hi All. I joined SparkPeople a couple of weeks ago. It is a lot to take in and I am looking for the boards, where I will be comfortable. <BR> <BR> I'm a wife, mother, and grandmother and love my roles. Thanks for having me here. <BR> <BR> Madelen Fri, 9 Apr 2010 11:37:01 EST In need of encouragement please I need prayer for my small business that it would continue to grow.I had a couple of setbacks a couple of weeks ago.which resulted in some emotional eating,but not to bad.I know God is in control,But some times lose sight of that.I would appreciate some prayer. Sat, 3 Apr 2010 23:35:56 EST Birthday Blessings to CALI FLOWER today! CALI, I pray that you have a blessed and happy birthday! <em>30</em> <em>410</em> <em>107</em> <em>146</em> <em>19</em> Sat, 3 Apr 2010 14:20:02 EST Birthday Blessings to SOARINGPHOENIX on the 29th! Happy birthday, SOARINGPHOENIX. I hope that your day is filled with blessings and joy! God bless, Kim <BR> <em>30</em> <em>144</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>87</em> Thu, 25 Mar 2010 17:46:53 EST Happy Belated Birthday Blessings to MOMMYDUKE3 I am so sorry I missed you MOMMYDUKE3. MOMMYDUKE3's birthday was on the 22nd. <BR> <BR> I hope that you had an extra special day! God bless you, Kim <em>2</em> <em>407</em> <em>410</em> <em>214</em> <em>107</em> Thu, 25 Mar 2010 17:42:25 EST Introduce yourself Hello everyone. My name is Charlotte, I live in Florida and have since 1995, originally from Ohio. <BR> I am married for the second time to a wonderful man and I have 2 children and a daughter in law. A precious child adopted me as his nana 2 years ago and I lovce him as if he were my own. I work at a women's shelter called Ruth House where we show others the love of Christ. Sun, 21 Mar 2010 19:12:35 EST did i do something wrong? Is the group mad. at me? Wed, 17 Mar 2010 08:37:19 EST Hello Everyone Hi I am Pam. I am looking for a supportive, positive, active team. I am back on SP as of today along with the weight plus more than the first time I joined. I know a few of you know the story. I am from Iowa. I have a wonderful husband, a beautiful daughter and her handsome boyfriend. I keep busy at work, friends and church...but they are all sit down activities. I would love to be bit small at the end of each month and a bit happier with myself. Tue, 16 Mar 2010 13:20:07 EST Will Day 1 ever get here? I have tried starting my journey to health for three days now and each day I start out with good intentions but end up fail big time. I wanted to let everyone know that I appreciate your support very much. I feel that I have let you down. Tue, 16 Mar 2010 12:46:59 EST hello Hi my name is Raynene and I know that I can not lose this weight without gods help. Sat, 13 Mar 2010 22:32:01 EST oops Grrrrrrrrrrr, I already see where I messed up on my first post to this group. I didn't introduce myself in the introduce yourself thread. Instead I created a new topic. I think I am confused as to the proper way to post. Such as when to post new topic, or when to click on reply. Sounds silly I know, but I really feel confused, lol. Thanks for listening! Tue, 23 Feb 2010 17:12:53 EST Hi Everyone! My name is Victoria. I live in California in the San Joaquin Valley. I am single and share a home with my cousin. I joined Sparks in 2009 but sort of fell out of the loop. I am now back and ready to start fresh. I have really gained a lot of weight over the past few years. I have a rare autoimmune disease called Behcets, and many of the medications I take help aid in "weight gain". I am also less active since I have a lot of joint pain. However, I joined a gym and I try to get there ever... Tue, 23 Feb 2010 17:07:27 EST BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS TO TATTER3 (Meta) on the 27th It's Meta's birthday on the 27's. Let's remember her with prayers and best wishes! <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday, Meta! I hope that your birthday will be extra special, and that you will draw closer to the Lord throughout the coming year! God bless, Kim <BR> <em>30</em> <em>410</em> <em>87</em> <em>144</em> <em>409</em> Tue, 23 Feb 2010 14:13:47 EST BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS for KLEBSNANA on the 21st It's KLEBSNANA's birthday on the 21st, so let's wish her a Happy Birthday and remember to pray for her! <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday, KLEBSNANA. I hope your day will be full of joy, and that you will draw closer to the Lord throughout the coming year. God bless, Kim <BR> <em>30</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>214</em> Wed, 17 Feb 2010 16:13:12 EST Okay, when??? I have my vcr/dvd hooked up now but I haven't been able to use it. Last night, I had a meeting to attend and tonight I'm going to the first week of a new women's Bible study. So, when will I ever get to do it? <BR> <BR> Mornings are NOT an option as I am so not a morning person. I know that this is probably one of those weeks that is just busy but I can't help to think that all the good I am doing will show up when I weigh in this week w/out exercise. <BR> <BR> Oh well, such is life.... Tue, 9 Feb 2010 17:23:51 EST BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS FOR EXERCISEFAN28 FOR TODAY! It's EXERCISEFAN28's (Jo Ann) birthday today. Let's all wish her a happy birthday and remember to pray for her! <BR> <BR> Jo Ann, I hope that your day is full of blessings and joy. Happy Birthday! God bless, Kim <BR> <em>30</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>146</em> <em>409</em> Thu, 28 Jan 2010 14:33:32 EST Bible Memorization trick I'm NOT saying there's any right or wrong way to memorize, but this worked well for me when I was in Bible quizzing in high school. (And I memorized three books of the Bible word for word!) <BR> <BR> What our quiz books recommened was this: <BR> <BR> Take the first phrase of the verse, repeat it until you can say it without looking. <BR> <BR> Look away, say it five times, check yourself. <BR> <BR> Then say that phrase FIFTEEN time, then repeat with next phrase of the verse. <BR> <BR> I ... Thu, 28 Jan 2010 04:01:19 EST CAMP ACCOUNTABILITY Welcome to the new site of the Camp Accountability Thread! Wed, 27 Jan 2010 11:38:24 EST ****INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE**** PLEASE IGNORE THIS THREAD! USE THE ORIGINAL THREAD TO INTRODUCE YOURSELF. DUE TO TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES WE ARE GOING TO CONTINUE TO USE THAT THREAD. THANK YOU! <BR> <BR> Welcome to Girls of God. We are so glad that you found our team. Below are some questions that will help us to learn a little bit more about you. You are invited to answer as many or as few as you care to, but please do not be too specific on where you live, remember, this is the internet and not just GoG ladies see this sit... Wed, 27 Jan 2010 11:24:52 EST Am I being overly sensitive? I'm curious about something -- am I being overly senstivie to this. <BR> <BR> Situation: I was accepted for a job in Korea this month but then found out I needed to dress up each day. Because of the type of job that was totally unexpected to me. I have jeans that fit but because of the way I hold my weight it's very difficult for me to find skirts or pants that fit and still look nice. By the time they fit around my stomach they are so baggy elsewhere. This has been true much of my life... Wed, 27 Jan 2010 04:24:39 EST Prayer Requests and God's Answers Hi Team. As we all realize, God wants and hears our prayers. Your team wants to pray with you and for you. Please let us know your prayer requests on a new post or send these to me via sparkmail. I will add your requests to this request thread which will now be a sticky for us. We also want to know when God answers. So, please don't forget to post or send me these responses to share with the team. God bless. Mon, 25 Jan 2010 19:30:07 EST PAHOLMES (Phyllis) has a birthday on the 28th. Let's all remember Phyllis on her special day! <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday, Phyllis! I pray that your day will be filled with blessings and that you will grow closer to the Lord throughout the coming year. God bless, Kim <BR> <em>30</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> <em>87</em> Mon, 25 Jan 2010 16:14:05 EST BELATED BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS FOR NENESMOM NENESMOM had a birthday on the 18th. Let's wish her a happy birthday and lift her up in prayer. <BR> <BR> Happy belated Birthday, NENESMOM. I pray that you have a year filled with blessings and growth in the Lord. God bless, Kim <em>30</em> <em>409</em> <em>19</em> <em>87</em> Mon, 25 Jan 2010 16:11:51 EST BELATED BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS TO SASSIGRANI (JUSTINA) Justina had a birthday on the 15th. Let's all wish you a belated happy birthday and remember to pray for her. <BR> <BR> Happy belated Birthday, Justina. I hope that your year is full of blessings. God bless, Kim <em>30</em> <em>144</em> <em>410</em> <em>146</em> Mon, 25 Jan 2010 16:09:11 EST Birthday Blessings to JACONRAD (Jennifer) Jennifer had a birthday on January 7th. Let's all wish her a belated happy birthday and remember her in prayer. <BR> <BR> HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Jennifer. <em>30</em> <em>409</em> <em>87</em> <em>19</em> <em>410</em> Thu, 21 Jan 2010 15:07:58 EST Birthday Blessings to SLIMMINGSUZ (Susan) Susan is our first Birthday girl. Her birthday was the 15th. Please join me in wishing her a belated happy birthday and asking the Lord's blessing on her. <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday, Susan! <em>30</em> <em>144</em> <em>410</em> <em>214</em> Wed, 20 Jan 2010 21:28:02 EST Finding clothes that fit? Anyone else have a difficult time finding clothes that fit? I don't know anyone who sews, so I have to rely on stores. The way my weight is mainly around my middle it's so hard to find anything that fits. I have clothes in my closet from size 16 to 28 and they all fit, but I've actually not been able to fit into some size 32s. My clothes are getting old and don't have much that looks nice. I actually had to turn down a job this month based just on the fact I don't have good enough clothe... Mon, 18 Jan 2010 01:14:20 EST Team Scripture Memorization This is where we will come to recite our memory verses for the team challenge! Type out the verse from memory, then go back and check it to make sure you got it right; put any corrections in parentheses. I really apprecitate everyone who is willing to participate in this challenge. I hope that it will bless you as much as it has blessed me. <BR> <BR> Kim Tue, 12 Jan 2010 16:22:52 EST Skin Care Does anyone have some easy recipes (for a beginner) for natural skin care? I've have combination skin on my face & my hands & feet get really dry in the winter, especially in the winter, as does the rest of my body. For easy, I mean 2-3 ingredients that will take 5 minutes & the ingredients are not expensive to get. I'm looking for a face soap & lotion as well as a body lotion. Something light for the summer would be good too. <BR> <BR> If nothing do it yourself, what products do you rec... Sun, 10 Jan 2010 13:56:57 EST Hello I signed up for Spark People in September and now I'm trying to use the tools they provide. Recently, I read the article on streaks. Just looking at the title, I thought it meant losing wt. every week in a losing streak. The article, however, stated that anything we do over and over can be a streak. It reminded me how I gave up chocolate and soft drinks for Lent when I was in high school. Every day it was easier to keep going. That's what I need to do now to get some positive habits goin... Sun, 10 Jan 2010 00:06:20 EST Hi! I am new to all of this, but got a shock to myself when I found out that I am 120lbs overweight and have a BMI of 41. So, I am here to change it!!! Sat, 9 Jan 2010 22:31:38 EST Hi from NC!! :o) Hi everyone -- I'm a new member of the group from western North Carolina. <BR> <BR> I have about 230 pounds to I have a lot of work ahead of me. I've put God in control -- that should help me not feel overwhelmed by it all. :) <BR> <BR> I'm glad I found this group! <BR> <BR> Juli Wed, 6 Jan 2010 20:00:48 EST Beautiful Video! <link><BR>pters/7.htm </link> Sun, 3 Jan 2010 15:12:40 EST Welcome! To all the new members that have joined since January 1 & will join later - welcome! <BR> <BR> <em>235</em> <em>229</em> Sun, 3 Jan 2010 09:11:55 EST Hi Hi team. I came to SparkPeople specifically looking for a group of Christian weight loss buddies. I've been on another weight loss site for a while and did find a lot of support there, however, I'm learning that I need more. So much of my weight loss struggle involves the spiritual as well as the physical and mental. Not many of my weightloss buddies could relate or help me with that. I've been praying about finding a Christian support group and I think you all are it! :D I'm excited to s... Sat, 2 Jan 2010 22:55:32 EST Hi all! Hi everyone! I am starting full force on my new healthy lifestyle. Look forward to going on this journey with all of you! Sat, 2 Jan 2010 22:49:56 EST Bible in One Year <BR> I am going to read through the Bible this year. <BR> <BR> I have a copy of the New Living Translation, Catholic Edition. It's one of those that are divided into daily readings that take you through the entire Scriptures over the course of a year. <BR> <BR> Would anyone care to join me in this? I've done it before, and it's a great way to immerse yourself in scripture, a little bit at a time. <BR> <BR> If you would like to join in, but don't have a through the year Bible, I'll post ... Fri, 1 Jan 2010 15:04:27 EST Daniel Fast I had asked some friends and ladies at church if they wanted to participate in the Daniel Fast. Sorry, but I just thought about posting it to my friends here! It is going to run from Jan.4th thru 24th. Besides the book of Daniel, I also used this website. <link> </link> Thank you! Fri, 1 Jan 2010 14:42:14 EST hi Counting on my Spark friends to help me thru to my goal in 2010 Happy New Year to all. <BR> Billie Thu, 31 Dec 2009 07:43:41 EST Hiya Hello everyone I just joined this team and so far I really like it here. Everyone seems to be so friendly. *smile* <BR> <BR> I have about 100 more pounds to lose (I've already lost 62). I would so much love a buddy, if anyone is interested please contact me. <BR> <BR> Love, <BR> Felisha <em>247</em> Wed, 16 Dec 2009 21:26:58 EST hey, im kathy hi hi!! im from nj....i am not new to spark but i new to this team : ) <BR> <BR> <BR> ~kathy Wed, 2 Dec 2009 19:22:34 EST Prayers for a speedy recovery Yesterday, I had reconstructive surgery done on my ankle. Luckily I'll be back to work quick because I work a desk job. But I'm requesting prayers for a speedy and complete recovery so that I can begin walking and working out again and get my weight heading in the right direction again. Thank you. Wed, 25 Nov 2009 18:12:32 EST Prayers Please Woo Hoo <BR> <BR> I have been approved for my surgery and they called me and scheduled it for the 17th of Dec. I have to admit I am scared. I have never had anything major done. Just when I was about to give up God came through for me and my prayers were answered. This is going to be a whole new life for me and I am so excited.. I have prayed so hard and had so many others praying for me. I have already set up my leave for three weeks and then I took a week of vacation so I will be off for ... Tue, 24 Nov 2009 16:31:32 EST Please pray if you can for my cousin Hi All <BR> <BR> I just found out that my cousin which i have not seen for years back in England has cancer. <BR> <BR> I was told that it has spread very badly and she has gone into hospital as she could not feel her legs. <BR> She has a 7 year old son. <BR> <BR> We are all praying for her, that she will have a moment with Jesus so that she will be with him forever if it come to that. <BR> <BR> She was due to go in for them to have a look to see how bad it spread on Tuesday. <BR> <BR... Wed, 18 Nov 2009 17:36:22 EST URGENT!! IF YOU GUYS CAN PRAY FOR HIM THAT WOULD BE AMAZING!! HE NEEDS AS MUCH PRAYER AS HE CAN GET! PLEASE PASS ALONG TO ANYONE YOU KNOW <BR> <BR> HEY EVERYONE PLEASE PRAY FOR MY FRIEND STEPHEN SHIRLEY. HE IS CURRENTLY BATTLING HODGKINS LYMPHOMA. LAST NIGHT HE CRASHED TWICE AND ONCE THIS MORNING. THE DOCTORS SAID THEY WON'T RESUSCITATE HIM IF HE CRASHES AGAIN. I KNOW MY GOD CAN TOTALLY HEAL HIS BODY AND JUST TAKE AWAY ALL OF THE CANCER! THANKS FOR ALL OF YOUR PRAYERS! ITS MUCH APPRECIATED! Thu, 12 Nov 2009 14:16:24 EST Hey everyone! I'm deb, 35 years old, mother of 2 beautiful girls, and married to a great guy for 11 years, and I live near San Francisco. <BR> <BR> Oh, and I'm 300 pounds. <BR> <BR> I've been on SparkPeople a few months, but just started really tracking my eating and fitness yesterday. So far, so good! Hoping to get to know you guys! Mon, 2 Nov 2009 21:41:13 EST Just 4 Fun... Just 4 Fun <BR> <BR> Post clean link or jokes just 4 fun....I'll START <BR> <BR> I know you don’t clean your computer screen very often <BR> And it is hard to clean the inside, click the link below....And <BR> Consider this my present to you! <BR> <link><BR>ean.swf </link> <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> <em>253</em> Wed, 28 Oct 2009 13:20:50 EST Holiday Challenge On Oct. 28th, this Wednesday, our Holiday Challenge will begin. I will give you one challenge each week for the next four weeks. <BR> <BR> Challenge One: Tracking <BR> <BR> From the 28th of Oct. to the 4th of Nov. we are going to track our calories, working to stay in the range that SP, your doctor, nutritionist, or diet plan has set for you; we will also work on staying in balance. After you track your food, at the bottom of that list are the ranges for your calories, carbs, fats and prote... Mon, 26 Oct 2009 23:29:49 EST Hi everyone...just joined. My name is Deanna and I am 26 years old and from Illinois. I was a very bad alcoholic for many years, my fiance committed suicide a year and a half ago, which was the push I needed to turn to JESUS and get saved. I truly love God. But all the years of abusing my body, drinking 10000 calories a day and comfort eating from my fiance's death has left me about 110 pounds heavier then I need to be. I really, really want to do this and get my body healthy...I know that God does not want me unhealt... Sat, 17 Oct 2009 13:23:09 EST Wishing everyone a great weekend I hope you all have a great and blessed weekend. We will start our move to the new house this weekend I am so looking forward to it. Fri, 9 Oct 2009 16:38:34 EST Hey from South East GA! Hey all! I am a mom of five from a small town of Woodbine Ga. This is a great site and I can't wait to get to know all of you and share in our victories! Wed, 7 Oct 2009 18:21:23 EST Hello form San Antonio Texas My name is Ronda and I am new to this group. I am 38 and I am married with two steps sons and one beautiful grand baby she is 2 months old. I am here to connect with Christian women and make long lasting friends. Where we can pray for each other and be there to stand with each other. <BR> <BR> I am in the process of getting approved to weight loss surgery it has been a long time coming so I am excited I have been over weight most of my adult life and I am ready to get rid of this fat! <BR>... Fri, 2 Oct 2009 14:16:34 EST Hello from Sugar Land, Texas Hello everyone, my name is Tara. I am a 36 year old single mom of two wonderful children. I joined Spark last week and found y'all just this morning. I feel this is the place for me to get to where I want to be. I know that I must place my journey into getting back in shape into God's hands if I want to succeed. I had been a smoker for 17 years and July 11, 2008, I put down my cigarettes and prayed for the strength to quit. I did not use gum, patches, or anything to help with quitting. ... Tue, 1 Sep 2009 11:10:05 EST Hello From California! Hello Everyone, <BR> You can call me Chern. I have been overweight since I have been 12 but I have been 100+ pounds overweight now for about 6 years and ever since those six years I have realized something had to change. However, I let procrastination and a lack of faith get in the way. I joined sparkpeople in 2007 but I didn't JOIN sparkpeople really until May of this year if you know what I mean. I have let the time that has passed not upset because I realized that I need to stop blaming... Wed, 26 Aug 2009 13:00:35 EST Just joined Hi there! I became a Christian less than 3 months ago, and my eventual goal is to lose 100 pounds. (Okay, I need to lose more but 100 pounds sounds more do-able than 150, etc.) :-D <BR> <BR> I HAVE to do this. My dad died of diabetes, and I don't want that to be my fate. Sun, 16 Aug 2009 14:55:36 EST Quick Breakfast I am trying to find an easy, un-sweet, no chocolate, freezable breakfast bar or equivalent. I don't know if there is something pre-made or if any of you ladies have a fabulous recipe. I work over 60 hours a week and am constantly on the go. Usually wake up too late to get breakfast and hate "sweet" tasting breakfast foods. I usually end up eating in my car on the way to work so things like yogurt in a cup/cereal etc is not an option. bagels and toast is getting really old!!! Please send... Wed, 12 Aug 2009 00:05:24 EST Day of Fasting and Prayer Hi ladies, somehow I deleted a previous post I was writing that seemed to really flow, so here I am again. Hope I don't delete it again! <BR> <BR> First of all, thank you for all of you who feel led to participate in this venture. As I said in our devotion and discussion forum, this is voluntary, not obligitory, and hopefully as shown in my past a very effective way to promote a change in ones life, letting the Holy Spirit to move and work what could be in a very profound way. <BR> I wa... Sat, 25 Jul 2009 10:19:14 EST New to the team Hello everyone, <BR> I am new to the team, but not to sparkpeople. I have been on and off of sparkpeople now for a couple of years. I am 28, will be 29 in just about 2 weeks, and have been married for 3 years. My husband and I have been trying to get pregnant for most of the 3 years that we have been married with no hope. I am joining this team, because I feel that I can have christian support to help me stay motivated to lose weight. Maybe weight loss will help me be able to conceive. My hus... Mon, 13 Jul 2009 11:39:11 EST What do ya think? I found this in my in box this morning. I think it makes me a little mad. But I am not surprised. I like what Nixon said at the bottom. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>des.overweight/index.html </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>15</em> Sun, 12 Jul 2009 08:15:13 EST trying again Hi Everyone, <BR> I was part of this group for a short time last year and eventually fell away from Sparkpeople. I am trying again. I appreciate your support and hope that I actually can stay with the program this time. I definitely need the accountability! Thanks in advance for all your support. <BR> Betty Sat, 11 Jul 2009 08:29:09 EST Musical Interludes For a little while now I have been wanting to share a song once a week. Now, I know some of us my not believe in contemporary christian music, and that's fine. My best friend does not either. But, it brings great joy to my heart and I spend part of my devotion every day listening and singing the praises of God. <BR> <BR> I believe: <BR> <BR> The Bible to be the only inspired, infallible and authoritative Word of God. <BR> (2 Tim. 3:15-4:1, 1 Thess. 2:13, 2 Pet. 1:21-2:1) <BR> <BR> The Gre... Fri, 3 Jul 2009 11:39:29 EST CoolWaters This is a journey for me that I knew I had to take to get rid of 100 lbs (or more) and I am hoping I will find other walkers, hikers, bikers, pray-ers and snail crawlers like me, who will introduce themselves and tell me how they are doing and what they are doing. I have not even had an opportunity to work my way through this wonderful web site of SparkPeople to figure it out, so I am looking forward to the days ahead to do just that. and to get myself started. <BR> <BR> I live in the state... Wed, 1 Jul 2009 15:30:23 EST hi from KS I replied in the introduction sticky but I'll put something here too. <BR> <BR> I am currently living in Winfield, KS and teaching in a public school. I returned from the Dominican Republic in June 2008. We lived there for four years and I worked in a Christian school. My son and I both loved it there and are really praying about whether we should return or not. <BR> <BR> I am single, never married and have been praying for God to bring the right man into our lives. My son is 9 years ... Thu, 25 Jun 2009 19:07:53 EST Hello Hi, I'm new to SP. I'm looking for a group to help keep me motivated and encouraged. I have a lot of weight to lose and know that God can give me the strength to do this. <BR> <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Mon, 22 Jun 2009 11:24:07 EST Hi from Western North Carolina! I've been on SP for awhile but am now just really getting involved. My long term goal is to lose 200lbs. It has been a difficult and long road for me. But I have finally given this problem to God. I've always tried to do it myself and have always failed. Thank God for His never ending love and guidance! I hope to make new friends that can help me reach my goals. And that I can help and encourage too! <BR> God Bless You! <BR> Dawn Sat, 6 Jun 2009 18:40:45 EST Hi another new one here..... I'm new to this team but not Spark. I am looking forward to getting to know you guys and even hope to make a few close friends. I'm 49, have 3 grown and gone children and 2 grandchildren. I have a wonderful husband, been married soon to be 32 yrs.I have a dog,- Jiggles, and shes my baby now. My hobbies are sewing,paint by number reading and just about any craft. I am a born again Christian and I love the Lord with all my heart. I look forward to the day of His returning. I attend a Assembly o... Fri, 29 May 2009 19:36:48 EST Good Morning! I'm new to the group and new to Sparkpeople. It can be overwhelming with all of the information but I'm glad it's all here for me. I'm glad I found this team where I can relate to people who put God first before all others! Wed, 27 May 2009 06:53:51 EST Hello Hi, i am new to the team. My name is Nicole. I am 21 years old. I live in Springfield, IL. I have lived here for 6 years. I'm originally from Chicago. I am a single mother of a handsome 18 month old boy, Alex. I am going to school to get my LPN. I graduate in December. I joined Spark People to lose weight and get healthy. I am 278 hoping to get down to 150. I enjoy reading, watching movies, playing with my son. Well that's a little about me. Hope everyone has a blessed day! <BR> Nicole <BR> N... Wed, 6 May 2009 10:00:52 EST 12 foundation stones, classes Here is the first class for those who are interested in getting a clear foundation of the Bible, it has helped me, and I am still going through the classes. here is #1 <BR> <BR> <BR> Bible Navigation <BR> ---------------- <BR> <BR> The Bible is a collection of 66 books. To make it easier to navigate, each book is divided into chapters and verses. <BR> <BR> In this handbook the usual shorthand method has been used to refer to Bible passages. <BR> <BR> Take 1 Samuel 9:1-27, for example: <... Tue, 5 May 2009 17:55:24 EST Hey Guys!!! I'm SO glad that I found this website, and I'm just as excited I found this group! I have lost significant amounts of weight in the past, but I always gained it back. Now I realize that I always lacked support. This time it's different for me because I know it's God's timing and it's for His purpose. I'm only 18 now, but I'm going to be a missionary in the future, and I know I need to lose a LOT of weight to be physically able to further His kingdom. Currently, I'm preparing to go on a missio... Tue, 5 May 2009 03:59:49 EST Hello From Ontario!!!! Hey evey-body, <BR> <BR> I am soooo glad I found this site. I am a mother of 5 kids, 2 are adopted. I am losing over 100 pounds. I gained tons of weight with my 3 preganices. I have no energy and it takes alot of effort just to play with my kids. I am very busy but want to make a differnce in my life and show my kids how healthy person lives. I am tried of being that couch potato. Please I need buddies to help me along and pray with me. I also will help you along in your journey. <BR> <B... Sat, 2 May 2009 09:48:58 EST would someone pray for me I lost my sister last month and have had 3 children who appear to be very so healthy (long and lean like their dad) but have been diagnosed with severe medical problems (one with kidney's, one with liver, one with spot behind sinuses, and my husband who also has the appearance of perfect health is having chest pains (8 days now) but his 10 year life insurance policy expired last week and he wants to wait to get new insurance approved before going to the doctor. My sister lived 12 hours away, ... Tue, 28 Apr 2009 22:41:06 EST Clean Christians Jokes (God, Are You Listening?) God, Are You Listening? <BR> <BR> A man was walking through a forest pondering life. <BR> He walked, pondered, walked, and pondered. <BR> He felt very close to nature and even close to God. <BR> He felt so close to God that he felt if he spoke God would listen. <BR> So he asked, "God, are you listening?" <BR> <BR> And God replied, "Yes my son, I am here." <BR> <BR> <BR> The man stopped and pondered some more. <BR> <BR> <BR> He looked towards the sky and said, "God, what is a mill... Tue, 28 Apr 2009 15:47:20 EST Just spinning wheels at the moment....LOL Hello....Everyone! <BR> <BR> Just stopped in to say hello....Hope everyone is doing well? I am finally back up on my leg from the whole muscle injury...Thank God!!! <BR> <BR> I am however setting still right now with my weight loss...I call it spinning wheels...If you know what I mean just setting still anxious to move forward but not making any progress...Anybody out there can relate????? <BR> <BR> I am however going to try and move it up a notch with exercise beginning tomorrow, try to d... Thu, 23 Apr 2009 01:08:33 EST thank god I have found you. HELP!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!! I am new to this group,I was part of another group but did not feel led to read their posts, i have since left, but i saw this group and i know it was God sent. Thu, 16 Apr 2009 16:26:42 EST Are You Prepared? Hi everyone! I'm not lost! I had cut down to just 4 teams, but then I ended up taking over three of my teams that lost their leaders, and so I don't have any spare computer time anymore. But I think about all of you often! <BR> <BR> Here's my question: Watching the news lately, makes you realize how fragile our food supply is. Between the hurricanes, ice storms, flooding, etc., you realize how easy it is to lose access to food. Then there is the economy, my brother's Christmas present fr... Thu, 2 Apr 2009 16:14:44 EST exercise can be fun! who knew!!! just like the new eating should become a pleasureable way of dining, so should the "exercise" become pleasureable movement, activity. Because if I'm not enjoying it, I won't stick with it. <BR> <BR> so I read the blog this week-end by Nicole Nichols, about discovering your fitness personality, <link><BR>cover_the_perfect_workout_for_your_fit<BR>ness_personality </link> , and also the one by Nancy Howard, <link><BR... Mon, 30 Mar 2009 08:30:02 EST Sheri's Bible Studies DISTORTED IMAGES OF GOD CORRECTED <BR> By Sheri Liegh Adams <BR> <BR> Many people don't even think of God. Many don't know there IS a God. But what about you? If you are reading this then you obviously are aware there is a God. You are aware because you are reading this article. If you are just becoming aware, then this article will maybe help clear up some misconceptions people have about God. <BR> <BR> I remember being a little girl and thinking that God was this big person, bigger than... Sun, 29 Mar 2009 19:54:32 EST You can Succeed under any conditions, AMEN???? Dear Spark Team Buddies, <BR> <BR> I just want to share a Blessing with you. As some of you know approx two weeks ago I tore the major muscle in the right calf...After only three weeks joining SP. I was so stressed because I really wanted to do well and it is hard for me to stay motivated with exercise etc. BUT!!!! I said LORD, please help me stay motivated and get through this trial and not be discouraged and give up... <BR> Well, I have been in Bed flat of my back, wheel chair and now crut... Sun, 29 Mar 2009 00:40:31 EST Hello from West Texas name is Monica. I am a single 36 almost 37 year old mother of three; 15,13,11 and to top it off I am caring for my Mom and 10 1/2 yr old brother. While dad is somewhere around here working all the time, I get the brunt of all the duties and that causes me to way overeat. I have always been one to emotional eat and this stems from childhood. I was once 450 lbs and the only way that was lost was do to severe illness. But I believe God's leading brought me here and I have been trying to ... Fri, 27 Mar 2009 23:16:12 EST Hi! Hello, I'm new to the group but not to SparkPeople. Felt like I was missing something but I think this is just what it was. So happy to have stumbled upon this group :) Thu, 26 Mar 2009 23:16:56 EST Hi! I am so glad I found this Group! I am so thankful for this group! I joined SP last week (and lost 5 lbs) and looked at a couple of groups but really wanted more. I have found it! <BR> <BR> I am 40 years old, live in the suburbs of Chicago, IL. My daughters are both in college. My boyfriend and I bought a house together four years ago. My walking companion is a 2 1/2 year old lab/aussie shepard mix named Chloe. The Lord has blessed me in my life. <BR> <BR> -Nancy Fri, 20 Mar 2009 19:38:55 EST Hi - Another Newbie Here I'm not new to Sparkpeople but new to this group. I am from Southeast Michigan, have 3 kids all grown and on their own, 6 grandkids and 1 lovable kitty named Joy. I'm happy to have this type of group to be part of because I know that without the help of the Lord, I will never make it. Thanks for being here. <BR> Marcia Wed, 18 Mar 2009 15:44:18 EST Hello Just joined My name is Cheryl and I am 44 years old soon to be 45 in July. I am a mother of 3 boys 24,21(soon to be 22),and an 8 year old. I am also a Granny to a wonderful little angel that will be 8 months old on the 11th. I fit in the 100 or more pounds to lose category. Looking forward to meeting and making new friends here. Please feel free to email me or pop in to say hello. I am still trying to learn my way around here so please bare with me. I still don't know how to do one of thos scale log... Mon, 9 Mar 2009 10:38:54 EST Hi....New Here. Hi Everyone! I am 27 years old and from the great state of TN! I am recently married (May 31, 2008) and my husband and I want more than anything to start a family. I am here to get healthier and lose weight before that can happen. I know with you guys and GOD behind me I can do it! <BR> <BR> I can do everything through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13 Fri, 6 Mar 2009 12:21:33 EST Memory Verse Challenge Hi Everyone! I thought that this would be a good challenge for us! It is so much more important for us to build spiritual muscle than to build up our bodies, therefore we should be concentrating on both. The Scriptures says: <BR> <BR> Ps. 119:11 Thy word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against Thee. <BR> <BR> Ps. 119:105 Thy word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path. <BR> <BR> With the Word Jesus resisted the temptations of the Wicked One in the desert (Mt. 4). <B... Wed, 4 Mar 2009 12:06:38 EST i'm new! is this a new team? i never saw this before.PTL <em>148</em> Mon, 2 Mar 2009 15:49:05 EST Hi I'm new! I'm new to the group and to SP. I just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Sandie, I'm single but live with my cat Lucy. I'm 44, I live in Springfield Missouri. I look forward to getting to know you all! <BR> <BR> Also I wanted to share a web site with offers a 60 day biblical weight loss study. It's 100% free. You are signed a real mentor who has already been thru the 60 day program. Each days lessons only take about 20-30 minutes and they are SO EYE OPENING. I just wan... Sun, 1 Mar 2009 12:56:52 EST Newbie I don't think I've already posted something in here... I'm Betty and have been morbidly obese for at least 10 years now... My goal is to lose about 125 lbs and see where it goes from there. Just jumping onto the spark train. Sun, 1 Mar 2009 00:58:03 EST Hi I"m new Glad to meet you all and hope this is an active board. My last board was just not acctive enough to offer any support. I have plenty of support to give! I invite you to take a peek at my web page to read more about me. Thanks! Sat, 21 Feb 2009 13:59:07 EST goes... Well, I guess I can say I'm new to all this. I've been a member on sparkpeople for almost two years and I have made very minimal progress. Today I went to a Dr.'s appt. and I am now absolutely overwhelmed. I don't even know which way to proceed because I never imagined that I would be carrying around so much weight, especially since I now weigh more than I did when I began...Any tips? Please help! I just don't even think I have the inner strength to do this. Mon, 16 Feb 2009 22:14:22 EST Looking forward to being with you guys! I am new to the team and wanted to say hi. <BR> I'm a homeschooling Mom looking for like-minded Christ followers to travel with. <em>30</em> <BR> I'm new to SparkPeople too but am enjoying all that I'm learning along the way and I look forward to making new friends. Sun, 15 Feb 2009 12:02:55 EST BACK AGAIN Ok girls, I just started back 2 days ago and I am really needing help in keeping going for more than a week or month. I get busy and slack and next thing you know, I'm not doing anything AGAIN. Anyway, I thought I was doing ok yesterday but didn't track my food until at the end of the night after I had already eaten everything, and was over like 550ish calories or so. So today I started tracking throughout the day and so far am doing good. Now I just need to incorporate excercise in. I t... Mon, 9 Feb 2009 16:11:51 EST GETTING TO KNOW MY WEIGH-IN BUDDIES As a fun way of getting to know each other, each Sunday I'll post an "ice breaker" question and hopefully it'll be a way for us to learn "little known facts" while creating new friendships! <BR> <BR> I'll also be posting my weigh-ins here for my accountability so if you'd like to join in, GREAT! <BR> <BR> Kick-off question (I'll post the next one this Sunday, Feb. 8 and on Sundays thereafter): <BR> <BR> "You've been given a yacht. What do you name it and why?" <BR> <BR> My answer: <BR... Fri, 6 Feb 2009 08:20:29 EST 24 Day Solo Juice Fast In about 7 months, I'll be moving to Hungary for long-term missions work. Over the next 7 months, i'm preparing for my departure spiritually and financially. <BR> <BR> Step 1 - I'm launching the first step in my "Hungry for Hungary" for Hungary with a 24 day juice fast. <BR> If you're interested in following me, check out and I'll be keeping that updated each day with a video or text (gotta show SOME love to my dial-up friends!) <BR> <BR> 12 days for each of th... Thu, 5 Feb 2009 08:14:27 EST Opening A New Restaurant Ladies - <BR> <BR> If you were going to open a cafe or a tea room, what would you serve? Mon, 2 Feb 2009 08:26:25 EST I am new to Spark People and this Spark Team Hi everyone! I just joined this team, and happy to have found a group of women who have similar interests and challenges. I have a spark page, so you can read about me there. <BR> <BR> I am 44, and have 129 pounds to lose. I recently rejoined weight watchers, so I am following their program. I am married, have 2 girls, age 8 and 4, and have a full-time job as an Occupational Therapist in the local public school system. We live in SW Washington, and there is snow outside today! <BR> <BR> I ... Sun, 25 Jan 2009 16:12:27 EST Witnessi ng...and Need A Motivation Buddy *deleted* Sun, 18 Jan 2009 09:01:40 EST New Here Hi I'm new. Just wanted to say hi! Sat, 17 Jan 2009 23:21:09 EST