SparkPeople SP Class of August 8-14, 2010 Team Messageboard This team is for all members who joined SP from August 8-14, 2010. Welcome! SparkPeople SP Class of August 8-14, 2010 Team Messageboard Hidden emoctions Basically choose any emoction and change the number to match sequence. <BR> <BR> Here is the first on. 1 <em>1</em> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:13:45 EST lsb1974 last year my husband of 17 years walked out on me and my girls. he blamed me for everything, when i know there is/was someone else. he has made this very hard especially with his hatfullness, rudeness, name calling and insults. in this time i have probably gained about 30 lbs and the divorce isn't final. i am beginning to come to terms witht he divorce especially with his attitude change and he has compeletly went bonkers. my goal or saying for 2014 is 40 @ 40. i will turn 40 this year ... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 12:03:15 EST Setting an Example Hi. I'm a busy mom of 4 kids. I work a full time job and a part time job and between all that I've really let myself pack on the pounds! I want to loose weight in order to be a healthy example for my children. I'm going to start by exercising and staying away from fast food! I love using sparkpeople for motivation because in the past I've lost sight of my goals very easily. I'm going to stay on track this time because I want to be around to see my kids all grown up. Tue, 3 Jul 2012 13:08:18 EST 100 pounds down Hey there folks! Just thought I'd drop a line that since I joined spark the same week as you all, I've now officially lost over 100 lbs! 56 more to go! Mon, 16 Apr 2012 11:55:29 EST Daily chat Good morning team! I just got back from a work trip and I'm slowly catching up before we leave again in a bit over a week. <BR> Have I done well while I was gone? Well, I did's always a struggle isn't it? But I'm hanging in there and I guess that's what it's all about...persistance. Fri, 13 Apr 2012 09:35:03 EST Who's still out there? Hi everybody! We've been a team for a long time and of course a lot of us check in and then move on to other teams for more of our activity. I'm just wondering who is still out there...What are you doing? How are you doing? Fri, 23 Mar 2012 10:07:24 EST Days are getting are you using it? Last evening while I was enjoying an inside jog (since I was so busy cleaning my desk that I missed the daylight hours) my husband stuck his head in the room to tell me that today will have 3 whole minutes more of daylight! 3 minutes! As the days get longer here in the midwest, the fact that spring will arrive is assured. The thought come to will I put those extra minutes to good use? Today, I am going to get out for n outdoor run...just a "enjoy the simple act of getting outside... Fri, 17 Feb 2012 09:26:28 EST Reflections and Plans for the New Year As 2011 draws to a close, I was thinking about the past year and the future. <BR> <BR> If you had to apply one word to this past year, what would it be? <BR> <BR> For me, I'm afraid it would be, a more positive way of looking at it would me maintenance....I did maintain but that wasn't really my plan for this year, I had hoped to lose a bit more and perhaps become a faster, better runner. <BR> <BR> Well, we soon will be starting a new year. Now is the time for me to plan... Mon, 19 Dec 2011 10:22:34 EST Wow - Almost 1 year!!! How is everyone doing? I can hardly believe it has been so long! Fri, 22 Jul 2011 12:02:40 EST Hello There :-) Hi all my name is Tiffany and I am from MO. I originally joined in August 2010, but to be honest pretty much gave up on myself. I have made a renewed commitment to myself and would like to introduce myself to y'all. <BR> <BR> I have struggled with my weight pretty much my whole life. When I was in high school I lost alot of weight and felt/looked pretty good. Of course as you all know when you get out of school and real life smacks you in the face, you tend to just do what you have to do and... Fri, 8 Jul 2011 13:17:15 EST stuck I've lost 40 lbs since june last year. I feel good. But, I am now stuck. Have not lost any weight for a month. This is an mental thing, i think. Everyone who sees me goes on and on about my weight loss. I wonder if maybe all that praise has taken the edge off the motivation...lulled me into complacency? I'm just not sure why i'm just not trying anymore! It's not that I ever tried hard, I actually made modest changes whenever i hit a plateau before. This time is different. This time it's menta... Thu, 23 Jun 2011 03:50:27 EST Hi, new to this group I joined last August, but didn't even try the Spark approach. I just food journaled and exercised. (I was doing the food journal wrong and actually cheating myself.) I joined a month after I had my second baby and I wasn't worried about any dieting since I was breastfeeding. I'm still breastfeeding and my baby is turning 1 next month, but I'm ready to get serious and make this happen. Progress has been really good so far. I am on of those people who didn't think it was possible to lose ... Sat, 18 Jun 2011 08:19:01 EST sodium Anyone know what is a proper/healthy level of sodium to intake in a day? Fri, 13 May 2011 12:34:08 EST Keepin' it Up! How are things progressing? Anyone need support? Tue, 3 May 2011 12:20:16 EST New Beginnings(: Hey(: Im Norma and I reside in SD county. I am a college student embarking on a journey to a healthy lifestyle. I'm currently studying to become a nurse, but I do not want to be an overweight nurse, since to me it seems sort of ironic in a way (how do I have a right to tell people they need to be healthier if I'm not setting the example?). <BR> <BR> Good luck to everyone! <BR> <BR> Fri, 29 Apr 2011 12:48:05 EST Hi from Nairobi i first registered in August then i just could not get into it. But now i feel i am ready to start. Hope to be able to find the motivation and support in this online community Fri, 1 Apr 2011 12:50:22 EST Hi from Nairobi i first registered in August then i just could not get into it. But now i feel i am ready to start. Hope to be able to find the motivation and support in this online community Fri, 1 Apr 2011 12:47:27 EST Hi from Nairobi i first registered in August then i just could not get into it. But now i feel i am ready to start. Hope to be able to find the motivation and support in this online community Fri, 1 Apr 2011 12:41:37 EST A Blog Worth Reading This blog is one I read this morning on another team....words that I think are especially appropriate for us after all these months...please check it out.<BR>ournal_individual.asp?blog_id=4115496 <BR> <BR> I hope you'll see what I did in this....a very good analogy for our journeys here! Fri, 25 Mar 2011 18:29:49 EST Momentum Let's keep moving forward! Thu, 24 Mar 2011 11:51:43 EST A New, Healthier Me! THought I would take a few minutes to introduce myself.:) I've been on here for a little while, and have almost reached my weight loss goals (14lb to go!). Now it time to rev things up and look at my overall health, which between a bout with cancer, diabetes, and a recent diagnosis of early stage renal failure isn't the greatest. Its time to really get proactive though! I'm quitting smoking today, been doing yoga and strength training, and am starting a 5K training program. I have also d... Tue, 1 Mar 2011 08:45:02 EST Ready for March?! Ready for March?! <BR> <BR> I was thinking we're almost ready to start another month. Are you ready? Do you have any particular goals in mind for this month? Sat, 26 Feb 2011 11:13:08 EST What does your plan look like these days? I was wondering what your plan looks like these days....since our plans change over time partly due to our changing needs and our new knowledge and we change what we're doing to keep on track or to switch things up...SO, What are you doing? <BR> <BR> Right now, my plan involves tracking everything I eat and drink. I am trying to up the water even more since I am seeing that my wt fluctuations are more steady when I drink at least 10-11 glasses of water. I haven't been good about my ST but ... Wed, 9 Feb 2011 09:17:29 EST 6 Months So it has been 6 months since most of us have joined spark. I would love to hear how you are doing! Mon, 7 Feb 2011 10:59:49 EST hellospark family I'm a single female looking for workout partner in Mesquite,Texas around 30 and Beltline Rd. I have membership at Planet Fitness but looking to walk outside of gym as well. I have a few workout pieces st home I like to use as well. If you interested send a message. Looking for a support system while willing to be yours as well. Trying to change my lifestyle......Thanks for reading. M~ Mon, 31 Jan 2011 22:08:41 EST Report your weekly challenge exercise here! This is the spot to tell us all what we're doing each day for the weeks challenge. Sun, 30 Jan 2011 09:39:03 EST Weekly Challenges For a Fit February! I had been trying to think of a way to keep our spark burning brightly and just decided to jump in with some weekly challenges. <BR> <BR> Week one in February... <BR> <BR> 10 minutes of the strength training of your choice...every day of this week! Remember that muscle groups need to have a rest day so if you do upper body one day...go for core or lower body the next. <BR> <BR> This 10 minute challenge is in addition to whatever exercise you're doing right now. I'll post a thread for log... Sun, 30 Jan 2011 09:37:24 EST Domino Have you found your weight loss creating a domino affect in other ares of your life? <BR> <BR> I find that my life is more scheduled, routine. I make more meals at home. Thu, 13 Jan 2011 15:30:30 EST Rewards What are you going to reward yourself with, and when? <BR> <BR> When I lose 1 clothing size, I am going to treat myself to some new clothes! Thu, 13 Jan 2011 15:29:29 EST It's a New Year So a New Year, a New Beginning. <BR> <BR> Do you have any goals you would like to post? Sat, 1 Jan 2011 12:06:41 EST Calling all smart class sparkers! Ok....I've been thinking about this coming year and feel like a challenge would be in order. The big question is......What would challenge us in a meaningful way? How about it? What do you think would help to kick it into high gear for you? Let's work together to create a New Years challenge! I welcome all ideas! Tue, 28 Dec 2010 09:19:01 EST Gifts to be grateful for! This is a large group and certainly we all may not celebrate Christmas, but we can all appreciate the idea of gifts to be grateful for. This can be actual "things" we have received as a gift that meant so much to can be "non-things" like our families, health, weight loss!! or anything else. I thought it might be fun to share these things with each other. Fri, 24 Dec 2010 09:03:31 EST We Rock! I have been visiting members pages and I want to say congratulations to all of us! We have accomplished SO MUCH in a very short amount of time! <BR> <BR> Take some time to consider some of the positive changes you have made in your life! <BR> <BR> <em>345</em> Fri, 10 Dec 2010 13:17:53 EST Update How are you all coming with your goals? I would love to hear some success stories! Tue, 7 Dec 2010 21:17:32 EST Hi Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm Chang. I recently graduated from and now working at a doctor's office. Now since I have a steady schedule, I'd like to lose some weight and get out of the overweight range. My goal is also to build a healthy eating habit that will sustain into the future. I plan to use the SP articles and points to keep me motivated. So let's keep each other motivated! Send me messages if you'd like to share thoughts or become motivating partners. Love to get to know some of you on... Wed, 1 Dec 2010 10:48:34 EST December Goals Just three days til December rolls around and just one month til the 1st of the's the place to post your December goals...remember those goals will help to push into 2011 so let's make goals that will get us there ready to take on the new year! Sat, 27 Nov 2010 11:45:28 EST Found a way to deal with the down days?? I had a down day yesterday and today isn't looking to promising....the weather..yuck! Anyway, I know I need to exercise to bust out of this and maybe something else....It made me wonder..........Have you found good ways to deal with this kind of day? Sat, 13 Nov 2010 10:06:41 EST Desired Shred Hi, <BR> My name is Katie and I'm looking to lose a few pounds. A combination of poor exercise habits, desk jobs, and a terrible birth control with a side effect of weight gain have contributed to a 50 lb weight loss goal for me. 50 lbs. That's a lot for me. Typically I get started on something, sometimes I get started strong, but slowly back off due to life. <BR> Well, now I've relocated to a much much warmer climate. I can exercise outdoors all year long and there are local gyms with great... Sat, 6 Nov 2010 09:31:23 EST Glad to be a part of the Spark Community Hi! I'm Andrea and I absolutely love this site. It is a great tool to help keep me on track to meet my goals. I love the support of the Spark Community. Thanks!! Tue, 26 Oct 2010 11:45:42 EST hello! Hi, I'm Heather...I joined Aug 12th but just recently found this group! Nothing special about me-just a 26 yr student in college and married to a wonderful but busy hubby and we have 4 kitties together! Sat, 23 Oct 2010 18:21:04 EST Pounds to Pantrys Challenge Hello team, At this time of year our local food pantrys reach out to the community for help in stocking the shelves and I thought it would be a great challenge for us to turn our weight loss into foods to line their shelves. <BR> <BR> Here's the idea: Starting this weekend, if you wish to participate in the challenge, collect canned or dry goods equalling your wt loss on your weigh in day....stack those foods up in a visible place so you have visible proof of all the weight you are losing..... Thu, 21 Oct 2010 09:42:38 EST Energy level I have been working out everyday, sometimes multiple times a day if the intensity is low. When I first started two months ago, I felt more energetic during the day. I was getting my chores done faster. I wasn't dreading house work. I even slept better at night. <BR> <BR> The past week or so I feel like my energy level is dropping. The same exercises that I've been doing seem to be getting harder again. I don't move as fast or kick as high. I'm back to not sleeping. None the less, I push thr... Wed, 20 Oct 2010 03:37:47 EST Two Month Check In People have been asking, what is your progress after two months? <BR> <BR> I myself have not lost, but I have made some changes to my life and continue to move forward. <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Sun, 17 Oct 2010 03:13:04 EST Military Weight Standards Hello spark! I've been here a while, but this is my first post. I'm 22 and in the Coast Guard. I struggle to make my mandatory weight standards twice a year. I usually starve myself or eat diet pills like candy. Not this time! We had our weigh ins today and thanks in large part to spark, I passed with flying colors! I've passed this site on to my fellow coasties, hoping it will motivate them to reach their goals as well. I love the support and tools here at spark, its great motivation to kno... Fri, 8 Oct 2010 11:50:02 EST Favorite Spark Recipe! One of the great tools that I like to use for menu planning is the Spark Recipes. <BR> <BR> I LOVE the Taco Soup, Taco seasonings, and the Zucchini with Thyme! All of which were out of my cooking comfort zone! <BR> <BR> What are some of your favorites? <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> Wed, 6 Oct 2010 10:54:24 EST i eat at night Hello my name is Boogie and i eat during night! i go to bed to sleep and after about an hour of sleeping i wake automatically and go to fridge eat carbs. Except this i control my food. Tue, 5 Oct 2010 06:00:56 EST On the Road again Hello out there in spark world...I have been on the weight loss/lifestyle journey for about 2 years. I have had a couple of moments of getting off track, but for the most part I have maintained a steady course. I have found in the last month that I could really use some moral support. Sat, 2 Oct 2010 21:00:24 EST October Goals It's a new month, and time for new goals! <BR> <BR> What are yours? Fri, 1 Oct 2010 22:24:45 EST How are you doing? We're past the first month and second months now and as time goes on we'll see more and more months tick by....let's keep each other motivated by sharing our successes and gulp....challenges! <BR> <BR> How are we all doing?! Fri, 1 Oct 2010 10:36:35 EST Brand Spanky New! Hi! I'm new to SP. I'm a mom, wife, wanna be chef, a closet geek (well not so closet) and a gamer. I also have Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia and gluten intolerance. I look forward to getting to know you all. Thu, 30 Sep 2010 11:02:21 EST Trigger Foods When I get tired I crave chocolate. Once I start eating it, I can't put it down. If I could just learn to go to sleep instead of eating chocolate when I get the craving, it would be so much better! <BR> <BR> I don't have the ability to eat just one potato chip. I will typically finish the bag! <BR> <BR> What are some of your problem or trigger foods? <em>493</em> <em>483</em> Thu, 30 Sep 2010 10:56:59 EST New to Spark and in need of support. Hello everyone. My name is Michelle. I am new to this and still trying to figure out how this all works. I am looking for some support here because my husband doesn't. I need to get this weight off for my two boys. I don't want my children to have to deal with the weight issues I have dealt with. I would like to thank you for your support in advance. Wed, 29 Sep 2010 18:09:55 EST Hi! I'm Jen. Hi everybody! I am new to Spark People but not new to weight loss. I have been working out 6 days a week and eating better for the past 2 months and i have lost a little over 17 lbs. <BR> <BR> I started this journey for a few reasons. I will graduate in May 2011 with my BA in Marketing (finally!) and soon after that, my husband and I plan on starting our family. I want to look and feel my best for graduation as well as be in the best possible shape for having a baby. <BR> <BR> I work at i... Mon, 27 Sep 2010 20:21:04 EST Hello, I'm Amanda I'm 27 years old and have been using this site for about two weeks... it seems like a great tool. I also love all of the informative articles. Thanks! Mon, 27 Sep 2010 12:21:46 EST Weekend Plan Well it is almost the weekend again! <BR> What are some tips and tricks you have in mind to stay on track? Fri, 24 Sep 2010 11:03:45 EST stepping down Team I wanted to let you know that I am stepping down as leader. I will still be around to help with questions and please feel free to e-mail me as well. <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Simera <BR> Fri, 24 Sep 2010 08:54:46 EST Hello Hi there! <BR> I joined SP in august like all of you but I only notice now that there is a class for us! <BR> So I'm glad ti meet you and I am sure I'll find support here! <BR> I'm french and I'm a 32 YO teacher, have 2 beautiful kids, and... i really like SP, and I looking forward to know more about you all! <BR> <BR> A big hug! <em>213</em> Fri, 24 Sep 2010 05:36:25 EST Hi everybody Hi there! <BR> I joined SP in august like all of you but I only notice now that there is a class for us! <BR> So I'm glad ti meet you and I am sure I'll find support here! <BR> I'm french and I'm a 32 YO teacher, have 2 beautiful kids, and... i really like SP, and I looking forward to know more about you all! <BR> <BR> A big hug! <em>213</em> Fri, 24 Sep 2010 04:31:42 EST Hello I am new to the group. I have decided it i time to take care of me. After years of taking care of others, children and parents, I feel it is my time. Thu, 23 Sep 2010 14:08:20 EST freshstart 2010 Hello. I just joined this site. I was diagnosed with MS in 2008 and have been struggling with weight ever since. I work two jobs so on the go from morning to night. Divorced. My daughter just graduated from nursing school so now it's time for me. Its hard to exercise with the extra weight and issues with MS. I'm looking for a good exercise program I can do sitting in a chair to start. I believe once some weight is off I will be able to do a more upright (haha) program. Any suggestion... Thu, 23 Sep 2010 08:31:03 EST RN wanna lose 20lbs by end of december Tue, 21 Sep 2010 08:47:48 EST HI :) <em>213</em> I'm Laurie and I joined SparkPeople on August 12th. I came across this SparkTeam today and decided to join! <em>252</em> and have lost 13lbs so far! I love meeting new people and making new friends! Feel free to drop in on my page and say hi! Mon, 20 Sep 2010 22:23:29 EST Trying to stay focus Hi, <BR> <BR> Since I have joined this site, I have lost a total of 14lbs. The amazing thing about it is, I just lost it in about 10 days seriously. So now I am hyped, pumped and feeling good and then the weekend comes and I get lazy, hence the title trying to stay focus. I know I can do it, right? Yes I can, so I will keep on walking, eating more fruits and veggies and feeling good each time I put on a pair of supposedly tight jeans and they are loose....oh yeah. My story is typical, alwa... Sat, 18 Sep 2010 19:33:40 EST Spark Tools Spark has made such a difference in how I do things in my life (work and personal). I love how supportive people are. The articles are fantastic too! <BR> <BR> What tools do you find most helpful within Spark? <BR> <BR> Is there something that has made this click with you? <BR> <BR> Are you struggling with finding your way around the site? Wed, 15 Sep 2010 18:44:00 EST Buy the book and get a free DVD Some of you might already know this, but when you purchase The Spark book, until Sept 23, you get a FREE workout CD. <BR> <BR> The book has been incredible for me, and I am not even through it yet! It has become my bible, when I am feeling down or unmotivated, I pick it up and randomly open it to a part that I have read, and read it again! <BR> <BR> The DVD is an amazing bonus and a great value! <BR> <BR> P.S. You also get points for buying the book, reading the book, and doing some... Fri, 10 Sep 2010 12:36:50 EST 1st month tell us... How has your 1st month been? What have you learned about yourself and Spark? Did you meet what you set for your goals for the 1st month? What teams have you joined? What are you still struggling with? Thu, 9 Sep 2010 08:32:37 EST Lobster This might seem like a strange question, but what do you do with live lobster? A friend of mine is sending me some from the East Coast. <BR> <BR> I have never done lobster before! Wed, 8 Sep 2010 10:54:07 EST Week Check Up! How is your week going? Did you manage to get through the long weekend unscathed? <em>31</em> Tue, 7 Sep 2010 23:31:47 EST Introduction to Larry our new co-leader I wanted to provide you with an introduction to Larry our latest addition to the team leadership but I think he says it best is a link to his blog with his introduction: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR><BR>_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3613750 <BR> Tue, 7 Sep 2010 14:58:45 EST Oh Where or Oh Where can a Buddy be??!! Hey, is any one else looking for a buddy? I need someone that can really help me keep in check. Someone that I can message and help me keep on track. I want to do this for someone else too. Any takers?? lol. Sun, 5 Sep 2010 23:10:48 EST hi there im 38 will celeb birthday on sept 23. .. hi there, been on and off on my weight not im on the boundary of being obese. i need to loose weight 5-10 kilos bef sept 23. pls email me d best food to eat. im here in manila. i work a shifting sched like 430-130am sometimes earlier. I WANA LOOSE WEIGHT IN A HEALTHY WAYS GOD BLESS Sun, 5 Sep 2010 15:13:00 EST ?Really possible I'm not eating enough??? I've only been doing this 3 1/2 weeks, and have only lost a little over 5 pounds. Some days I've found it a challenge to eat all the healthy foods required to meet minimum calories, especially in the beginning. I'd enter in my food at the end of the day and have to snack just to reach the minimum. It feels like I'm constantly eating, and VOLUMES of food! I'm getting used to it now, but today, I entered in my fitness, and it says I'm burning too many calories and may have to set new fitness go... Sat, 4 Sep 2010 23:12:01 EST How many log in pts? Share how many log in points you got today! Either by number or Emoticon...have fun! Sat, 4 Sep 2010 09:23:35 EST Time to take it off I stepped on my scale on my 51st birthday. 325 pounds, the heaviest I have ever been, and the slacks and belt are getting tight. I refuse to buy any larger clothes, so it is time to take off this extra weight. Saw the add for SparkPeople, and decided to give it a try. Would like to lose a minimum of 125 pounds. Fri, 3 Sep 2010 22:50:39 EST Soda Cake I was asked to give more detail on how to make. <BR> <BR> This cake is really easy! <BR> <BR> 1 can of diet soda (any flavor) <BR> 1 cake mix (any flavor) <BR> <BR> Mix these two together and bake per directions on cake mix. <BR> <BR> I have done dark chocolate and diet Coke <BR> and Spice cake and Diet Sprite <BR> <BR> This cake will be soft so I don't but icing on it. <BR> <BR> Another good cake is Angel Food and a can of pineapple same method...just mix the two together and bake. <BR... Thu, 2 Sep 2010 13:30:31 EST How is your week going? Please share your successes or let the team offer you support for hardships! Thu, 2 Sep 2010 10:56:06 EST Love to workout and eat...... I am a busy person but I love to workout so I find time. I also love to eat:(. I am now eating clean and I love it:) Not so sure what to say since I am all new to this Thu, 2 Sep 2010 03:58:50 EST hello Just introducing myself. I am fairly new to SP and am really working on tracking my nutrition and exercise. I have been at it for a couple of weeks and have lost about 14 lbs so far!! I do wonder if anyone has ideas on helping my child to eat better, she does eat lots of fruits and vegies, but I am struggling with main dishes that she will eat! Tue, 31 Aug 2010 18:56:39 EST An Introduction to our new co-leader Please welcome our new co-leader! Wendy has shared a bit of information about herself with us and we wanted to share with you all....Welcome! <BR> <BR> Here's Wendy's note to the team! <BR> <BR> <BR> I am 35 years old with a 12 year old son who I have raised on my own. My weight started creeping up when I got pregnant. As I got larger, my health deteriorated! I now have high blood pressure, diabetes, and PCOS. A few months ago I was diagnosed with Celiac disease and multiple allergies inc... Tue, 31 Aug 2010 18:40:20 EST Did you meet your Aug Goals? Come and share how you did on your August goals!! Did you meet them, do you need to keep working toward a goal? Have you set news one for Sept.(check out Goals ad Challenges for Sept gaols. Tue, 31 Aug 2010 11:04:41 EST hi everyone hello ppl <BR> <BR> happy to find this team and b a part of it too!!!. <em>30</em> Mon, 30 Aug 2010 21:00:25 EST SEPT GOALS What are your goals for Sept? <BR> Whether big or small share your goals here! Mon, 30 Aug 2010 10:50:14 EST A Healthy Birthday Cake choice My Birthday is coming soon and I would like a DELICIOUS alternative for birthday cake. <BR> <BR> Suggestions? Sun, 29 Aug 2010 17:59:08 EST Hi fellow-SparkPeople I'm really excited about getting started and meeting new friends. I need lots of encouragement and any helpful hints to enable me to meet my goals. So glad to be a part of this wonderful group of folks. Sat, 28 Aug 2010 18:42:46 EST Hello Y'all! Hey gang. I'm not really 'new' and have been a member for quite a while but did not start strictly utilizing its services until August 12th. <BR> <BR> My name is Candice and I am a 29 year old wife and mother to three daughters. I am looking forward to hearing all of your success and well as hopefully sharing many of my own! Fri, 27 Aug 2010 14:42:37 EST Kim Yoffee I just got a job the requires me to sit at a desk for 7 1/2 hours per day. I've never had a job where I had to sit. Does any one have suggestions or small excercises I can do while sitting? I do walk to 40 minutes during my lunch break. Fri, 27 Aug 2010 10:45:26 EST Hi all!! I just wanted to say HI and introduce myself!! I am a "mess"! LOL But I feel I have come to the right place to get on track and meet my goals! I am 40yr, mother to 2 daughters and stepmother (Wicked Step Monster)LOL to a step daughter and 2 step sons. I have done the up and down weight gain and loss and am REALLY tired of it. I work as a RN and enjoy my job, but work nights so my eating is all sorts of messed up. I do have a question. How do I get my weight tracker on my page and stuff... Thu, 26 Aug 2010 22:40:30 EST Hi everyone I have had a weight problem all my life. I was the chubby little girl, plump teenager and overweight adult. Over the years, I have lost and gained hundreds of pounds. I finally gave up. Now, with diabetes, high blood pressure and a permanent back and knee injury, I need to lose weight for my health. I have about 100 pounds to lose <BR> <BR> I heard about a study that showed that on-line support groups helped people lose more weight, than trying to go it alone. I went looking for an on-line g... Thu, 26 Aug 2010 13:28:51 EST Hello everyone I'm Vicky and I'm glad to find the spark people group. I have been a member now for a couple of weeks and am really enjoying getting familiar with all of the great tools available. <BR> Thu, 26 Aug 2010 08:54:19 EST Hi Hi all, am an African from Ghana and trying to loose wait. Have been chabby from childhood but want to reduce now. Hope we stand ogether and achieve our goals. Wed, 25 Aug 2010 12:48:45 EST Protein What foods are high in protein, but low in fat? I can never seem to get enough protein in my diet. <BR> <BR> Wed, 25 Aug 2010 07:23:48 EST styx1985 I am a 42 year old female who is trying to loose 15to 20 lbs.. Tue, 24 Aug 2010 19:34:48 EST Greetings class of August 8-14 I've been with you for about 2 weeks now, but haven't introduced myself. I've been too busy checking out parts of the site, tracking, etc. It's been a good two weeks. I've tried many programs before and I think part of my fascination with this site is the ease with the computer capabilities and the ability to blog and message. I'm not one that takes praise well face-to-face, nor express my feelings face-to-face. This fits me much better. Good luck all! Tue, 24 Aug 2010 10:16:42 EST Stage 2 I made it to stage 2! I'm so happy, I am going to do this! Tue, 24 Aug 2010 06:17:53 EST Hi There! Hi everyone! I started SparkPeople almost two weeks ago and I've already lost 4 pounds! I'm so excited! Before SP I was plateaued for a YEAR after losing about 40 pounds. I'm so grateful that I've been able to find this website and that it's helped me to get back on track and continue my weight loss goals. :) Mon, 23 Aug 2010 14:25:45 EST How was week 2? Share you second week with us. Did you learn more about yourself, struggles, what exercise did you try? <BR> How are you getting around Spark? Mon, 23 Aug 2010 09:08:57 EST Hi Team! So I DID join Spark a few weeks ago but I'm still getting into the swing of things around here and only just now found this team. My name is Amanda and I'm glad to find a group of people who are, like me, just starting this journey. If anyone is looking for a buddy or someone to trade encouragement with don't hesitate to message me! WE CAN DO THIS!! Mon, 23 Aug 2010 00:56:59 EST HELP!! I stumbled.... Wow, that was harder than I thought. I stumbled over the last couple of days and I need to get back on track. I had gotten down to 236, but I am back to 241 (where I started.) Sun, 22 Aug 2010 12:49:39 EST Sorry I'm a little late... Starting back here on Spark and a little overwhelmed with all of the new features! :) Love all of the new teams, trackers, and options though. <BR> <BR> 30-second intro of me: live in northeast ohio with my wonderful girlfriend, volunteer, wanna-be artist, hoping to get healthier and take losing weight one goal at a time. <BR> Sun, 22 Aug 2010 11:29:54 EST New to Spark I plan to start the program on Monday. Right now I am trying to figure out where to start. Any suggestions?? <BR> <BR> Thank You, <BR> Sue Sat, 21 Aug 2010 20:30:57 EST When losing is good Hi all! I'm excited to try a new approach to weight loss. By tracking what I eat, I hope to zone in on "my areas of weakness" so to speak, and change that. I've waited far too long to take control of my weight, so cheers to taking the plunge. Sat, 21 Aug 2010 16:49:34 EST Hi another new kidd on the block Hi my name is teedee would like to just say Hello Sat, 21 Aug 2010 14:47:08 EST Just a quick question How often should I weigh in? Sat, 21 Aug 2010 09:13:38 EST Hello everyone! Hi everyone. My name is Karra. I am trying to lose about 50 more pounds. I had lost 40 pounds last semester, but over the summer break I have gained about 10 back. I used to work out 4 to 5 days a week, and the last two months I have not gone one time. I am trying to get motivated again to get back on track! I am hoping that Spark can give me the motivation I need. Fri, 20 Aug 2010 16:54:38 EST precious eyes hello everyone im here to meet my weight loss goal Fri, 20 Aug 2010 13:29:07 EST Lessfatten My goal is to lose 65 pounds from 208 pounds by 61/2 months starting August 19, 2010. ??? can I do it. Yes I can. Fri, 20 Aug 2010 10:45:02 EST Fresh Start Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm a mother of three, 24, daughter, 21 son & 13 daughter, from Sugar Land, Texas. My youngest daughter keeps me on the go. I am not only trying to lose weight and get healthy for myself but also to set a good example for her. <BR> I have been overweight since I got married 26 years ago. Have diabetes and high blood pressure. I wish to get off all these meds. They say "21 days forms a habit" I have to get motivated...most of the time I quit after a week. <... Fri, 20 Aug 2010 09:44:48 EST Hi Hi I am Samantha. I joined Sparkpeople almost a week ago and I am on my way to a healthier me and a happier me! Fri, 20 Aug 2010 09:26:35 EST I'm glad to be here! Hi Everyone. I am 48 years old and will lose my extra weight! My weight has crept up over the past 10 years and I am now at my all time high. The reason is simple - I love to eat and am not crazy about exercise. I have tried all types of diets which probably would have worked if I had really tried. I have enjoyed Spark People so much in just this first few days. For the first time I am focusing on the process as well as the goals. I have 4 kids, 2 grown & 2 in high school. I work more... Thu, 19 Aug 2010 22:41:37 EST Paramedic to join Army!! Hey guys! The names Krystin! Im here to get some helpful tips and motivation because after I graduate college as a Paramedic I plan to enlist into the Army! Only problem is.... I'm too over weight and need to shed the pounds! So if you can throw me some help or a little advice I'd really appreciate it!! Thu, 19 Aug 2010 19:51:33 EST Be my spark page buddy :) Hi, please add me as your friend on my spark page, thanks! <em>244</em> Thu, 19 Aug 2010 15:38:01 EST I need help with the nutrition tracker please! I was very upset today to find that things changed in my nutrition tracker and even after watching videos and searching the FAQs, I cannot figure it out! Before, beneath each meal there would be the suggested amount of calories, protein, fat, etc. and I found this extremely helpful so that throughout the day I would know if I were on track. Does anyone know how to turn this option back on? I am very frustrated and don't want to get discouraged! Thu, 19 Aug 2010 12:55:48 EST Hello! It has been a week since I have joined SparkPeople and have finally ventured the courage to introduce myself. (I am somewhat shy at first). I'm looking forward to finding new friends and support here as I have already fallen in love with this website. Thu, 19 Aug 2010 12:30:28 EST A Healthy Breakfast Is....... Hi Guys, <BR> Wanted to know what u have for breakfast to keep going and have the energy for entire the day? Thu, 19 Aug 2010 10:38:10 EST Hello!!!! Hello Everyone! I joined on Friday, but haven't done anything at all due to the onset of some female problems. Everything is starting to feel better now and I am ready to get my butt into gear at start shedding some pounds!!! <BR> <BR> After somehow managing to gain 25lbs in just a year I have decided that enough is enough... I've been trying to ease my way back into running again (my favorite!), but am having a hard time due to slight knee pain & tightness. <BR> <BR> I can't wait to make... Thu, 19 Aug 2010 09:59:56 EST Sick and Tired Hi, I am a married mother of 3, ages 6 months to 11 yrs. Like everyone else I HAVE HAD IT!!! I hate the person looking at me in the mirror! I have 80 pounds to lose and I know I can do it cause I put them on!! I wish everyone good luck and am looking forward to the journey! Wed, 18 Aug 2010 23:19:27 EST Entered & saved 1st recipe but it's NOT there! I'm really frustrated right now. I just took several hours this morning to enter my first personal recipe, Southwest Salad Topper, into my personal cookbook. This is also what I am having for lunch.... as soon as I get this message completed. <BR> <BR> After finishing all of the entry work (which was no small task, believe me) I hit "save." <BR> <BR> I waited for it to process until it said "done" on the bottom left of my screen. <BR> <BR> I then went to my recipes and it tells me I h... Wed, 18 Aug 2010 14:57:20 EST Hello, I'm new here. Hi, I'm a mother of two young adults. My son is 18 and my daughter is 20. I joined sparkpeople to help in my weight loss. I would love to lose 50 pounds but would be happy just to lose 30. 7 years ago I joined a womans workout center and lost nearly 60 pounds in two years. Then family issues, stress, and some other things slowed me down and I started slowly gaining it back. Over the past 5 years I've gained back 30 pounds (give or take). I really just like to get those 30 pounds back. I stil... Wed, 18 Aug 2010 12:28:24 EST Hello I am a 39 year old woman who is at my absolute heaviest in my life! I don't know how I got here, but I'm sick and tired of it and am trying to do something before I turn 40 years old. I had set a goal to be 100 lbs light by my 40 bday and instead gained 10 pounds...I found out about sparkpeople when i started looking for weight watcher meetings in my area and even though I'm new, i see myself already trying to make some progress. Thanks for future support. Wed, 18 Aug 2010 11:16:07 EST Hi Everyone! Hi my name is Linda. I am looking to lose at least 20 pounds. I am an animal lover and have two lap dogs. It has taken me years to put on all this weight so I know the journey to get of some of it won't be a short one. Wed, 18 Aug 2010 11:02:34 EST eager to loose those last pounds just introducing myself. i'm a 33 year old mother of a 15 month old. i'm back in school getting my second bachelor's degree - this time in nursing - and i have one more year left so i'm pretty excited (and pretty busy). i used to be very lean and fit but gained 70 pounds during my pregnancy. it's been very difficult, but i now have those last 15 pounds to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight and thought i'd give sparkpeople a shot. so, hi everyone! Wed, 18 Aug 2010 01:31:20 EST Want to be healthy!!! Hello my name is Monica and I am desperate to lose weight! Change my eating habits and get exercise. I know this is a lifestyle change and am looking forward to the challenge. I need all the support I can get.... So thank you all in advance. Tue, 17 Aug 2010 20:50:56 EST Hi :) Hi Everyone! My name is Tara. I am a high school teacher in a rural community, and I am looking to bring on a new change in myself and how I feel with the start of the new school year. Thursday will be Day 1 on my journey to a healthier me. Could use all the support I can get :) Tue, 17 Aug 2010 20:21:03 EST Hello My name is Gretchen. I'm 30, and I'm from Tampa, Florida. I've been living in Glasgow in Scotland for the past 3 1/2 years with my husband. I've lost 13 lbs so far and have at least 77 more to go. I have a few things that are motivating me right now but I'm always looking for more because I'm not stopping till i get there. Then I can set new goals. I'm also trying to lose weight so I can get pregnant. Don't have much control over that at the moment so I'm concentrating on losing weight as it'... Tue, 17 Aug 2010 14:14:24 EST Hi I'm trying to get into shape and firm up! I'm a busy young lady that works long hours and want to eat right and be in shape. Tue, 17 Aug 2010 12:24:48 EST MISSING: 6 POUNDS, DON'T RETURN IF FOUND. THANKS WOW, started on Wednesday, Aug 11 and was faithful the whole time. Weighed in on Monday to get a weekly goal set from Mon-Sun and wow, down 6 pounds. If that isn't inspirational, I don't know what is! If find that reviewing my meals for the next day each night before works well for me. I work as a cook in a nursing home, so we eat high calorie/high fat food. I plan what and how much i will eat the next day at work and plan the rest of my day around that. So far so good. Haven't gone out of th... Tue, 17 Aug 2010 11:23:43 EST Fit4me I've finally found a fun fit4me website and am enjoying myself so far. I'm in the beginning stages and am excited to see what all Sparkpeople has to offer. This feels right! Tue, 17 Aug 2010 09:57:16 EST Excited to be here! I'm excited that I "stumbled" across this site. It seems to have everything that I've been looking for--a wellness plan that encompasses the whole person. I look forward to working with all of you! <BR> Tue, 17 Aug 2010 08:52:11 EST MY GOAL IS TO LOSE 30LBS WHILE STRENGTHENING!! Hello all!!! Mother of 2, here in Memphis, Tennessee... somehow just stumbled across SparkPeople last week and glad I did!!! I'm so motivated by some of the info I see on this site, and the fact that I get to track EVERYTHING!! <BR> <BR> The nutrition & weight trackers are REALISTIC views of what's going on!! Good luck to all that are pursuing the same goal of weight loss, fitness, or maintaining!! Tue, 17 Aug 2010 02:12:05 EST Hello Everyone! Hello my name is Katie! Im new at all this!! I'am hoping to make progress on my weight loss and meet new people along the way that inspire me to try harder and never give up!!!! I look foward to talking to everyone! Thanks for everyones help! Mon, 16 Aug 2010 19:52:33 EST Hi Hey guys! <BR> I've been on sparkpeople off and on since 2007 and, well, it's been a long time off... <BR> Im so excited to join again and hope I can find people to help keep me motivated. <BR> <BR> Good luck everyone! Mon, 16 Aug 2010 19:32:37 EST I'm new A friend of mine told me to come here, I'm ready to shed some pounds <em>30</em> I have a 9 month old, who keeps me pretty busy, and a 2 year old step-daughter who keeps me on my toes..but no pounds have been lifted! I lost 2lbs since joining the was meant to be! Mon, 16 Aug 2010 17:04:48 EST starting over Hi, Everyone. I've been a member of SP since June, 2008. I lost about 65 pounds the first year, but then started slacking off. As a result, I've regained 40 of the pounds I lost. Before things get any worse, I decided to start again from scratch, which includes joining this team where I hope I'll find lots of motivation and enthusiasm. <BR> <BR> Losing wasn't really hard -- like the Nike ads say, "Just do it." The problem is that gaining is so much easier! I felt great when I got dow... Mon, 16 Aug 2010 13:53:55 EST Tell us about Week 1 How did you week go? Did you meet any of you goals? What are your new goals for this week? <BR> What did you struggle with? Mon, 16 Aug 2010 12:48:06 EST ready to begin!!! I am REAL new to this website.....hoping i get back to my oldself. I am setting goals, watching my food consumption and drinking a LOT of water. Mon, 16 Aug 2010 11:55:26 EST LOOKING FOR THE REAL ME I am new to SparkPeople, there is a lot of information and looks like a lot of support. Which is what I think I need. I am in my mid 40's and weight just doesn't come off as easy as it use to. In the winter months I don't do anything to help to lose the weight and my stresss level is very high which I know doesn't help. I have a sugar addiction that I haven't been willing to give up. My support at home is not really support as always critize what I say or do. Just want a better feeling about... Mon, 16 Aug 2010 11:03:36 EST Oops! (Hi Everybody) I joined on the 12th and I just realized I forgot to introduce myself here! <BR> <BR> My name is Amanda. My whole life I've been making goals to lose weight and be healthier, and then I usually come no where near accomplishing them. I want things to change. <BR> <BR> Glad to be here! Sun, 15 Aug 2010 19:28:26 EST thanks for being there hi - I joined this program last night and will be finding my way around. I'm glad to know that I can join with others in this venture. I am ready to put my health and fitness higher on my priority list so that I can enjoy life fully. Sun, 15 Aug 2010 19:14:48 EST THANK YOU To all who sent me a welcome message.....I want to thank you ALL soooo much for all the warm welcomes. It is AWESOME to know how much support I have...... <em>41</em> Look forward to chatting with you guys soon!!!!! :) <BR> <BR> Thanks again, <BR> <BR> Mary Lou Sun, 15 Aug 2010 17:39:33 EST Hi All! Hi all! I'm new to spark people. I've been gaining about 10 to 15 pounds a year since high school and have thought alot about trying to lose weight. I have an office job and for 3.5 months out of the year I'm stuck behind a desk for roughly 70 hours a week and that's when I tend to put on the most weight. I've never stuck to anything for very long and hope that being on here will give me the motivation I need to work hard and finally lose the weight! Good luck to everyone! Sun, 15 Aug 2010 17:26:32 EST My Introduction!!!! Hello everyone!!!! My name is DaResa Diamond. I am a single mother of a 5 year old son. My good friend Donna and I decided to start dieting together. She is doing Jenny Craig and I am trying out SparkPeople. My goals are to lose weight and get healthy not only for myself but for my son as well. Sun, 15 Aug 2010 15:54:40 EST Hello I am new I joined SP a year ago and deleted my account, it seemed overwhelming. Now I am going to try it again. I hate to track my food and I have been on a plateau for about a year. I enjoy exercise, but I seem to eat what I burn and more. I recently started the C25k program and have made it to Week 9 and will run in my first 5k August 21st. I feel really good about this accomplishment. I just need to get my eating under control. I hope I stick with it this time. <em>244</em> Sun, 15 Aug 2010 11:58:28 EST Hello! Hello everyone! I am new to SparkPeople. I am turning 30 in a few weeks, and I'm ready to lose the weight for good. I've started noticing hip pain and other things that I know are related to my weight, and after watching my mother struggle with similar problems, I'm determined to not go down that path as well. I'm excited to start my journey! Sun, 15 Aug 2010 07:24:13 EST Tired of being fat!!! Hi, i'm 46 years old and have been overweight since my early 20's. I started trying to seriously lose weight about 2 years ago. I don't know how much i weighed when i started, because i was scared to find out how heavy i really was. I know I was over 300 lbs. I am now down to 225, and I plan to get down to 150 lbs. I found this site to give me another tool to help me achieve my goal. Sun, 15 Aug 2010 02:07:03 EST Dagenes I'm not sure where to start but I'm 50+, Afro-Amer living in Los Angeles in search of a support group to help me reach my weight loss and health goals. I have more than 50 pounds to loose, somewhat ambivalent about pouring out things about myself but willing to test this forum. I'm currently thinking about trying the medically supervised liquid diet as a jump start to get at least 20 pounds off my knees so that I can continue to exercise, seems like I'm loosing mobility - my doctor advises t... Sun, 15 Aug 2010 00:23:24 EST Hi! Excited to have found this website Sat, 14 Aug 2010 22:36:50 EST Hello There! Hi. I'm Grace :) <BR> <BR> I work from home as a PHP developer, though that's just to pay the bills. I'm an (aspiring) actress, really. I graduated last year from IU with a degree in theatre and a concentration in performance. Living with my parents again for now because it's cheap, but sometime soonish I plan to move to LA and try to make it in the film biz. Sat, 14 Aug 2010 21:04:10 EST ciao Hi, my name is Anna. I am from Italy and I live in America for almost ten year, so I apoligize if my english is not really good.... anyway .... I'm happily married for almost 5 years, five cats, no kids ( still hope) I struggle with my waight for almost all my life .... I lost 60 pounds but is hard to keep it down, so I saw the program in tv about you guys so see if together we can do it. LOL Sat, 14 Aug 2010 20:43:34 EST Hi, I am new and looking for support & encouragmnt Hi , would it be possible for some other Christians to add me to their friend page? <BR> In Him, Rose Sat, 14 Aug 2010 16:39:14 EST Hello! I'm new here too, though I've been on my weight loss journey for about 4.5 months now. I've lost 40 pounds and have about 35 to go. Since I have felt my motivation slipping I thought a new community and daily logging of EVERYTHING could help me be more responsible about the "little slips" that seem to happen every day. I've also moved into more serious exercise now as it is SO much easier to move and so much more enjoyable now that I'm in much better shape! Sat, 14 Aug 2010 16:19:05 EST New Dieter Hi everyone, my name is Quanda and of course as you can see i am new to Spark People. A family member referred me to this site, so i hope it helps. I am 23 yrs old, a newly wed and about 260pd. I've always been known as the pretty big girl with alot of confidence and i'm tired of being known as that. So I am working to lose weight and become healthier. My goal is to lose about 70 pds and to become healthy for my age. My interest are singing, dancing, planning parties, ad doing hair. Sat, 14 Aug 2010 16:00:50 EST Hi all, I'm new Hi everyone. I'm new to Sparks. I hope this can get me back on track. A couple years ago I went to Weight Watchers and it took a year to lose 26 lbs getting me to goal weight. It was tough though, I was able to push through the pain walking, but after meeting my goal my beginning hip arthritis did not get better as I hoped, it got worse. Frustrated, I stopped walking (and watching points) and gradually the weight has all come back. Just finished up going to an ortopeadic Dr. who basical... Sat, 14 Aug 2010 16:00:41 EST I'm tired. I'm just plain tired of gaining weight and having to buy new clothes and looking at myself in the mirror in disgust. I work in the healthcare field and feel like a hypocrite. I wanted to get into the personal training field, because I know what to do and I can help people, but I think, why would anyone want to hire an overweight, unhealthy personal trainer. I'm hoping that by joining Spark that I can find the motivation to change my unhealthy eating and exercise habits into positive healthy h... Sat, 14 Aug 2010 15:55:21 EST Linda Hi, <BR> I am new to this sight. I am frustrated as to why I am not losing when I am walking 2 miles a day and bike riding 10 miles a night...I am married for 34 years and I am frustrated I can't seem to drop even a pound Sat, 14 Aug 2010 15:29:28 EST Hi my name is Kim Hi, I just wanted to say Hi and to get started with my healthier living and weight loss programe. I may not need to loose a lot of weight but even shedding a few pounds can be quite difficult at my age although I am very active and healthy. I look forward to recieving your help. Sat, 14 Aug 2010 14:04:23 EST Hallo0o Sparx folx! I am p0ptart! I am a single parent and 44 yrs old,soon 2be 45. I am finally getting my new life started and returned to school and am accepted in2 college! I am very excited to begin my new life! My youngest son and I are moving in2 a new house and everything seems to be coming together. I need to loose weight, for my general health and mental health also. I have been a BBW for too long. I had gotten ill in my 30s and had gone from 270lbs to 114 in 6months, and it took its toll on my health.I am now 188lbs... Sat, 14 Aug 2010 13:35:14 EST K__IERRA123 (WENDY) checking in! I have been on this site for a couple of days now, quite enjoying it! I am 34 (turning 35 in a week), fat and tired of it! I am turning over a new leaf. I am going to let go of excuses and go for it. Sat, 14 Aug 2010 11:45:05 EST Hello Everyone! I am weighing in at 192.4 and ready to get rid of it! I want a healthier lifestyle and to feel better about me! I have tried different diets, but the weight does not stay off. I have 2 children and prior to having them I was extremely active and weighed 120 pounds. After the birth of my second child, I developed high blood pressure and other health problems. In the past 6 weeks, I have had a severe allergic reaction and regularly get hives (daily). My appetite has increased to the point that ... Sat, 14 Aug 2010 11:06:38 EST Hi all Just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Charity. I am 26 years old from central MN. I work with the school district here and I am starting college in a few weeks. I am starting a new chapter in my life and wanted to be fit and healthy along with it. Cant wait to do this, and that saying something! Sat, 14 Aug 2010 11:04:57 EST Hi! Hi everyone! I'm Jean. I have many good things in life that make me feel blessed. I have a loving (and goofy) best friend named Ben who also happens to be my husband. Virgil, our Border Collie, is my constant companion around the house and loves to snuggle with me when Ben is working late. I have a house that Ben and I are looking forward to filling up with a family. My favorite things to do are to take evening walks with my fellows, work in my yard, read, and play piano and harp. ... Sat, 14 Aug 2010 09:31:50 EST Hello Everyone! My name is Angela and I am looking forward to meeting new friends as I take this journey to a new and healthier lifestyle. Sat, 14 Aug 2010 08:41:01 EST Introducing myself Hi! I'm 28 and have three little girls, ranging in age from 7 1/2 months to five years old. I've lost weight in the past (after the first two babies), but now I've got weight to lose again, and my addiction to sweets seems to be kicking my behind. I thought a little accountability might help, but have learned the hard way that having a family member keep me accountable is NOT a good idea. :) <BR> <BR> I love to read, exercise, knit, sing, and spend time with my family. <BR> <BR> I guess... Sat, 14 Aug 2010 08:33:51 EST Health and fitness at any age This has been a lifelong challenge, sometimes I am up for it and sometimes not. It takes work and I haven't given it the same energy and attention that I give other things in my life. Unfortunately I have ignored exercise for too long and see/feel the consequences. I'm back now, just 2 days into it. Hope to make it a habit. Sat, 14 Aug 2010 07:58:13 EST LMJONE1027 I am nurse. I have 3 kids. After two c section it get discouraging for me to lose weight and keep it off. I am looking forward to trying something new at my weight loss gaols Sat, 14 Aug 2010 07:11:54 EST New to Spark People! My weight has always yo-yoed a lot, and I want to finally get to a point where my weight stays stable. I hope I'll be able to do that here with Spark people. Sat, 14 Aug 2010 05:30:16 EST Hay-lo Sparkly Peeps Hey. I'm ready to do this. Any advice, tips, pointers, or info is greatly appreciated. I'm going from 220 lbs to 140 lbs. I can do it. It's not gonna be easy, but what journey is? Woo Hoo!!! I'm ready for this wild ride to begin!!! =) Sat, 14 Aug 2010 01:52:18 EST Hello everyone!! Hello and, am glad to have found this cool site...I live in Central Florida looking for some buddies to inspire each other and for friendship Fri, 13 Aug 2010 23:27:47 EST Hello, Im new here and trying to lose weight Hi, I hope this time I can be successful, I have 2 friends to work out with now, my trouble is that I like fruits and veggies and my husband does not always buy the healthies things, plus, its really hard to eat healthy when you have barely any money. Why is it that junk food costs less than healthy food? I want to get back to what I was when I met my husband 6 yrs ago. I have trouble with food. I also have the over weight gene(sp) in my family so it really suck. I tend to over eat, cau... Fri, 13 Aug 2010 21:47:58 EST Excited to be here! Just started on Spark this week and couldn't be more thrilled. I can't do this alone, I am sure I will have days where I come here to vent frustrations and will need a good swift kick in the butt! Fri, 13 Aug 2010 21:36:56 EST Slightly confused... Okay, first question is, how do I post in a forum? I've done this before I swear, but it just says reply and that seems to be replying to just the last post or create new thread? Which one do I click, I was hoping it would just say <BR> <BR> Then next question is how do I put a signature & my profile info so everyone can see it on the side? <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> Stephanie <BR> <link> </link> Fri, 13 Aug 2010 21:00:43 EST good evening! Hello, my name is Stephanie. I offically started The Spark yesterday and I have to say that I love it, but I am a bit hungry :( I did weight watchers in the past & so I am eating fruits veggies etc, but I've hit all my marks already for calories, fat, protein, carbs, etc. Hmmm, I feel like I am eating WAY less than WW, maybe I'll lose faster, lol? Fri, 13 Aug 2010 20:50:38 EST Hi everyone, my name is Deepa Hi everyone, my name is Deepa and I am new to SparkDiet...I am really hoping to make it work this time, and need all the support and motivation I can get. My first major goal is to lose 50 pounds in 6 months...but I am only focussing on 2 pounds a week for now..... Fri, 13 Aug 2010 19:50:33 EST Hi everyone, my name is Deepa Hi everyone, my name is Deepa and I am new to SparkDiet...I am really hoping to make it work this time, and need all the support and motivation I can get. My first major goal is to lose 50 pounds in 6 months...but I am only focussing on 2 pounds a week for now..... Fri, 13 Aug 2010 19:50:32 EST Making a change I want to lose 60lbs in one year. I hope I can do it! I know it will take my will power and Gods power to accomplish it. :) Fri, 13 Aug 2010 19:42:11 EST Wedding Weight Loss Hi, my name is Kathleen, I am 22 years old. I am on the most exciting journey of my life with the most incredible man! I am getting married June 25th and could not be more excited. I am in total planning mode, venue, reception, caterer, cake, photograph, etc. The one thing I am showing no interest/excitement for is the dress. Trying on a dress cares the daylights out of me. At 206 pounds and being 5'3 I am short and stout and I need help. I have my dream photographer for my big day and its no... Fri, 13 Aug 2010 18:34:00 EST What was your exercise today? Come share what you did today...Cardio or Strength training! Fri, 13 Aug 2010 18:28:44 EST Just started Wednesday!! And Loving it!! Hi Everyone just wanted to say how much I'm enjoying SparkPeople, it's really helping me stay motivated thus far. Hope I can keep it up! Fri, 13 Aug 2010 18:19:13 EST Introduction for Kathy----aka---lesskathy1 Hi everyone, <BR> This is just a quick note to say hello. I am an over 40, mother of school-age children who is in college (Gwinnett Tech) with 100 pounds to release. I say release because if you loose something it can be found again and I do not want to find this again! Anyway this website was recommended in an article I was reading on Yahoo, so I thought what the heck. I am enjoying the nutrition tracker it is an eye-opener. I intended to use this more and more each day. My number one goal... Fri, 13 Aug 2010 17:05:31 EST Hello from PA! Hey guys! I am Katrina and it's about time I get my health together.. I am here because I need to be; for my happiness, self esteem, health, and my family. <BR> <BR> I do not know anyone yet, so drop me a line if anyone reads this Fri, 13 Aug 2010 16:20:00 EST New to SP I joined Sparkpeople a few days ago. So far I am VERY impressed! The energy, the support, the motivation... This is inspiring. <BR> My name is Jenn, I'm 22, married and have a 1 year old. When I was pregnant I gained 65lbs. A year later I still have most of that weight. I am tired of "wanting" to do something about it. So I am DOING something now! Fri, 13 Aug 2010 15:13:16 EST Timetolose10lbs Hi, <BR> <BR> I am new to this sight. Just heard about it today and am excited to begin using it. Have been trying to lose 10 pounds for months and months and the pounds just won't come off (gave up long ago on trying to lose the tummy fat!). Have tried diets and exercise but still haven't lost any weight. Am getting very discouraged! Fri, 13 Aug 2010 15:11:14 EST Hi from Buffalo, NY area I am looking for a work out buddy in the Buffalo area. I have lost some weight, but my tread mill is getting worked to death and I am needing something different for exercise before winter gets here. Fri, 13 Aug 2010 13:59:26 EST Hello my name is..... Donyl. I am 34yrs old. I am married and have one son that is 15. I am new to spark. I am looking for help to lose weight and be more healthy. Fri, 13 Aug 2010 13:55:01 EST Hiiii! My name is Sandy. I have been struggling to loose 40 lbs and really hope this community can help me achieve my goal. Trying to transition from a student life to a regular life took a toll in a bad way, I want to remedy that before any other major life changes occur! <BR> <BR> Although I have been a member for only 2 days, I like the site. However, I am having some problems tracking the foods that I eat. I will try to spend more time on that. I am sure its there, but hiding under a different ... Fri, 13 Aug 2010 13:42:43 EST Giving it a try Hi, I've never done anything like this before so I don't really know what to do. I guess I am looking for support from people with weight issues like myself. None of my friends have eating or weight issues so they can't really understand what it feels like even though they try. Also trying to provide a good role model for my 10 yr old daughter who is also starting to have a weight problem. Fri, 13 Aug 2010 13:42:25 EST looking for a change hello all!, i'm here because i have been struggling for the past year and a half to make progress in this whole weight loss business and need a little help. i've already learned a lot from this website and hope that i can find the motivation to make it work this time. i'm hoping that by the end of the year i will be at a healthy weight and have a healthy lifestyle and mindset to go along with it. thanks for the support you give just by being a fellow member! Fri, 13 Aug 2010 13:26:46 EST Just want to introduce myself Hi! My name is Renee. I am 27 years old. I live in Dushore, PA. I am married and have two beautiful children both under the age of 2. I just recently had my second in June so I am now trying to lose all of the weight that I gained in both of my pregnancies. I am looking forward to get back to the body I had before I had children and maybe even improve that body! Looking forward to being about to see the changes using the trackers on this site! Fri, 13 Aug 2010 13:24:57 EST Hello I'm Kat from Tampa. Fri, 13 Aug 2010 13:20:00 EST make it work! My goal is healthy living and of course, weight loss. I am starting over. I could use less stress and anxiety in my life and one way of fixing that is to feel better. Living healthier will also set a good example for my children. I am exited to talk to all of you and excited for my success!! Fri, 13 Aug 2010 13:04:22 EST Workout Buddy Did anyone found workout buddy on Spark people who lives in your city and start working out with them? Fri, 13 Aug 2010 12:54:32 EST hello hello my name is sonzie... im new here just thought i would introduce myself and hopefully make a few friends :-) Fri, 13 Aug 2010 12:42:23 EST Just starting! I just started with sparkpeople and so far am stoked about the possibilities. I have used the nutrition and fitness trackers and find them easy, especially because I can use these on my cell phone, which is with me all the time! I hope this will make a difference in my ability to keep off any weight I shed. Like a friend told me, if something is LOST, you typically want to find it. Like, if you lose your keys, or your glasses, you are in hopes of finding them again. So, I don't want to LOSE ... Fri, 13 Aug 2010 10:46:56 EST Day One... Just started SparkPeople, I'm a single mom to 2 beautiful daughters ages 7 and 1. I am starting the new me today..I need to be healthy not only for myself but for my girls!!! And hopefully I can do it. In the past I have tried MANY diets and today I start with no diet but a life style change---no more fast food dinners, no more late night snacks, no more feeling sorry for myself and having some "feel better" ice cream. Today is the new Jenn the healthy lifestyle, fun, energetic mom. Thanks fo... Fri, 13 Aug 2010 10:39:08 EST A New Chapter in My LIFE! Good Day All ---- <BR> I am new to the world of SparkPeople, but I am glad to be here and hope that this will truly be my time to get fit, healthty and to stay that way! I am determined to make this happen and will need all of you as my support system! Will be talking to you all soon, have a wonderful weekend! Blessing.... Kim <BR> Fri, 13 Aug 2010 10:27:42 EST Today is the first day of the rest of my life. I've tried several diets and can't seem to stick to any. I want to start losing weight, but continue to gain...can't seem to stay focused. Sweets are constantly calling out to me. I've decided I need to do something for me, so today I start. <BR> Fri, 13 Aug 2010 09:49:14 EST Hi Im Denise! I'm married 19 yrs, two sons, 11 and 17, I work from home and looking for a partner to keep busy with excercise! Also, ready to embark on an adventure! I have spent my life raising my wonderful boys and have helped raise about 6 others. NOW, it's my time! I'm going to get back into shape! Fri, 13 Aug 2010 09:44:43 EST Hello I am Soo from Cairns, Queensland Australia. I had a baby in July this year and I am currently on maternity leave. I developed gestational diabetes, so I need to urgently try to loose some weight. I have never been my ideal weight, I am finding it difficult to maintain the weight loss at present. Fri, 13 Aug 2010 05:06:34 EST Im not that beautiful, but Id like to be. Hi there, Im just starting this spark diet and have quite a lot to loose. but in the end quite a lot to gain. <BR> I am not very motivated and I have tried many diets before and I cannot be bothered as I cannot motivate myself to do this for myself. I have a small motivation engine in my ear and thats my very tall son. He is tall and slim, but used to be plump and he wants me to try and get fit and healthy. I am going to do this for him and in turn I think it will change the way I thi... Fri, 13 Aug 2010 03:19:17 EST All things are possible! Hello! Just became a "spark person" today. Any encouragement or tips will be gladly accepted and appreciated. <BR> Fri, 13 Aug 2010 02:17:07 EST Hello, my name is Teri.... In my early 20's, I was about 116 - 120 lbs. I knew I was doing well....until I got married and I had my son. <BR> At that time, I weighed approximately 125 lbs. <BR> After my divorce, I had a very short experience with a modeling agency <BR> <BR> I'm really not exactly sure how I ended up in the 140 lb range but it seemed that after each relationship I had, I <BR> gained more & more. Now, I'm headed to top 240 lbs and "NOT" happy about it at all! <BR> <BR> Now...I'm married again and ... Fri, 13 Aug 2010 01:43:10 EST New to SparkPeople Hi everyone - I'm new to SparkPeople and looking for new ways to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle. This site is great and I think it will help me achieve my goals! Fri, 13 Aug 2010 00:08:28 EST Introducing myself.. I'm just trying to figure out how to actually connect with other people on this site. Hopefully it works out, add me to read more ^o^ Fri, 13 Aug 2010 00:01:18 EST New to this... Hello, <BR> <BR> I'm new to this site and announcing my health goals in a public manner! I hope this helps me to stay motivated. Good luck to everyone with your goals. Thu, 12 Aug 2010 23:43:51 EST one week,so far so good well i made it threw a week with no bad food choices an worked out ,the weekend is coming i have to stick with this,i feel good ,sore but proud of myself, Thu, 12 Aug 2010 22:21:32 EST Hello I am excited to join Spark People and hope that this will be the beginning of a sucessful journey to a healthy weight. I am looking to make friends that will help me along the way. Thu, 12 Aug 2010 21:50:56 EST Newbie here! :) Hi, I'm Emmie, 33 years old and from Altoona, PA. I'm actually a little nervous about all of this because I know how lazy and unmotivated I can get...especially when I'm stressed out. Hence, joining the group! :) In 1999, I was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease. Because of it, I have horrible eating habits which ranged from gorging myself at a meal to barely eating a thing all day. I've been in remission since 2002 and have continued those habits. My metabolism changed when I turned 31, b... Thu, 12 Aug 2010 21:22:00 EST new on here Hello Everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Paula and I am determined to lose the weight. My children are 16, 18, and 20 and I have absolutely no reason to wallow in the fact that I had kids, My baby isn't a baby anymore. I have 102 lbs to lose by the end of May, 2011. I want to look smoking hot in a bathing suit when I go out on the beach or in a boat with my friends. I also want to be healthy and boost my self-esteem a lot! Thank you for the encouragement so far and I know we ... Thu, 12 Aug 2010 21:15:55 EST Beginner runner! Hi, I am a beginner runner. I have been speed walking for two months and decided to kick it up a notch by running. I am now in my second week of walking and running a mile. I cant wait to actually start running one mile without stopping. Its very hard. But everytime I do it, and complete my goal for the day. It makes me feel good like I can do anything. My goal is to actually run a 5k next year. Thu, 12 Aug 2010 20:58:24 EST Hello, I'm Karen! Hi there, I am Karen. I am pleased to be here and am looking forward to getting to know everyone. Thu, 12 Aug 2010 20:48:17 EST Wanting more fun outdoors! Hello everyone out there! My name is Kayce and I recently moved to Salt Lake City, a very active community. I am definitely want to tone and stregthen my body so that I feel comfortable with any outdoor activity I choose to do... being skiing, snowboarding, hiking, swimming, rock climbing ... you name it. I am 128lbs. right now and although that does not sound like a heavy weight.. but at 5'2, I'm carrying a bit too much. Therefore I am looking to lost about 15-20 pounds by Thanksgiving. ... Thu, 12 Aug 2010 20:36:59 EST New beginnings I'm looking to lose weight to not only be healthier but also to feel comfortable in my own body. I've not been able to stay consistent with any other diet/exercise routines and I read that joining a community (whether online or in-person) was a great way to stay motivated and help in weight loss. I don't cook and I have trouble coming up with exercises that work for me. From what I've seen so far on this site I don't think I can follow the suggested meal plans (I'm on a very limited budget), ... Thu, 12 Aug 2010 18:50:48 EST Hi! I'm Jennifer! My goal is to lose 70+ pounds by April. Yup. That's nine months! I live in the tomball/magnolia area of TX and am a member of 24 hour fitness. I would love to have some cardio buddies or even do a ladies sensible lunch sometime! I would love to make friends with similar goals so that we can share our experience, strength and hope with each other! Have a fantastic day and I hope to hear from you soon! Thu, 12 Aug 2010 18:40:08 EST hello my name is Dina I am new to this site and I am serious about losing weight and I am looking for positive support Thu, 12 Aug 2010 18:26:26 EST Hi ny name is Carmlite I recently lost over thirty pounds and i joined this site to work on staying healthy and continuing to go after my goal. I've always been one of those dieters that never stuck with anything after not showing progress after a week or so but this time i just decided that enough was enough and after watching the weight come off I've decided that I never want to go back to being a "big girl" again. Thu, 12 Aug 2010 18:25:04 EST No more excuses I'm in my mid forties and time for a change. I saw myself in some pictures and I did not like what I saw, (yet knew). I read about this site today, and I hope I can lose at least 30 pounds by my birthday in January. (PS. I need to lose more than that for a healthy weight). I need motivation, I need support, and I need determination. Thu, 12 Aug 2010 18:04:17 EST Chellee from VA - Gaining Satisfaction I'm 44 and have about 30# to lose. Looking for friendship and support as I lose the pounds and gain satisfaction with myself! :) Thu, 12 Aug 2010 17:52:35 EST I'm new! I found this site when I was looking for 1500 calorie diet plans online. I joined because I need to lose weight. The only way I can lose weight is through diet as I recently hurt my back, which limits me to very slow walking (not very effective in my opinion). I am not very good at diets. So I am hoping to get some good ideas for meals that will be varied and tasty while still being low in calories. I am a single military parent who is going through a divorce so I am having a hard time w... Thu, 12 Aug 2010 17:50:59 EST This is weird OKAY. SO I'VE BEEN BATTLIN THIS WEIGHT FOR SO LONG. AND MY BIGGEST CULPRIT? I NEVER EXERCISE! Thu, 12 Aug 2010 17:43:53 EST I've just been sparked... Hi, <BR> My wife just introduced this to me and it looks amazing. I can't wait till we both see results and change our lifestyles. Thu, 12 Aug 2010 17:40:11 EST New member! :) Hey everyone, I am a new member and am excited about the changes I hope to make in my lifestyle. I am 22 and a recent college graduate and hope to lose the excess weight I gained while in school. Before college I was a competitive swimmer and didn't exercise much other than that, but I definitely need to now! Thu, 12 Aug 2010 17:36:15 EST Hello! Hey! I'm new...kinda nervous/excited about this site! Never done anything like this before. Looking forward to being supportive with you all! Thu, 12 Aug 2010 17:24:00 EST My name is Bella, and I have 50 pounds to lose I ahve never been this heavy in my life, and I admit to feeling defeated and desperate. I am going to try to lose 10 pounds or so a month, but I would be happy if I even lose 5 per month. I take anti-depressants which i think have greatly contributed to my weight gain. Also i eat a lot of frozen processed food and not many fruits or vegetabels. Basically my eating habits have become pretty terrible, partly because I have much less money than I used to, and I have to conserve money when I go s... Thu, 12 Aug 2010 17:22:53 EST Hi Everyone! Hi Everyone, I am new on here. Today is just day 2 for me. I stumbled across this website yesterday and am giving it a try! I have struggled with my weight my entire life and I just finally want to get healty! I was diagnosed this year with PCOS and its time to do something about it! I have a dog that I walk with on a daily basis, but I know I need to do more. I have always loved to cook, but now I am learning to cook healthy. I finally have the motivation I need to get healthy and thi... Thu, 12 Aug 2010 16:49:09 EST Hi From HI!! I live in a rural community where outdoor activity is difficult to access as mush of the land is privately owned and fenced. My husband and I both take care of my elderly mother-in-law who has Alzheimer's . Thu, 12 Aug 2010 16:20:34 EST Hi. My name is Keely and I'm from Salem County. Hi. I am Keely and I live in Salem County, NJ. I am 28 years old and have a 5 year old daughter. I have always had problems with my weight and am going to try once again to get the weight off. I hope this works. Thu, 12 Aug 2010 16:12:14 EST Hello =) Hello! I'm excited to be getting back on the fitness bandwagon! Good luck to everybody else out there, too =) Thu, 12 Aug 2010 16:07:26 EST Hey everyone! I am so excited to get started! I am a 26 year old mother of three, ages, 4, 2, and 8 weeks. I have always been an active and relatively healthy person. However, just having a baby has put me in a slump. I haven't motavated to do anything except spend time with my children. :o) But today is the day that I start getting back into shape! YAY... Thu, 12 Aug 2010 15:54:25 EST A New Me Hello my name is Dawn Zipper and I am a 43 year old lady that is working on losing 164 pounds by Sept 8, 2011. I will be remarring my wonderful husband for our 20th anniversary and I want to be able to pick ANY dress I want and not have to worry that I can only choose from the womens size that dont carry but a few dressses in that size. I am looking for a site that I can get help and motivation from and be able to track my succes. Thu, 12 Aug 2010 15:51:12 EST Hi All!! Hi All!! I am excited to start a new page in my life! After having my daughter, I have gained weight and want to get healthier for her. I hope to stay motivated! Any suggestions? Thu, 12 Aug 2010 15:39:47 EST Pushing 40 Hi everyone!!! I'll be 40 in a few months. I have finally decided that something needs to change. Thu, 12 Aug 2010 15:33:18 EST Howdy all! Hi! My name is Amanda, I live in a tiny town in the Canadian Arctic territory of Nunavut. I've been half-heartedly trying to stay healthy the past number of years, but have always had issues reaching a healthy weight, and then maintaining healthy weight as a constant in my really busy, activity-laden life! I'm 29, no kids, at a great job in a great profession, an elected municipal politician,and involved heavily in the small community I moved to almost 4 years ago. <BR> I am really excite... Thu, 12 Aug 2010 15:33:10 EST Wanting to feel that spark... Hi everyone. I'm a little nervous at the moment as I just joined SP and have gone through the site... I have hit a plateau in my weight loss efforts and I sort of need a bit of a kick in the butt to get moving in the right direction. I have already lost 50lbs in the last year but still need to lose more. I'm hoping that I can find the inspiration to continue with my weight loss with the support of the community and the help of the site. Thu, 12 Aug 2010 15:28:50 EST Hi All! Hi Everyone! I'm new to SP. I'm a 36 year old female. Who has recently begun a fitness program. I have much to lose, but so much more to gain, like my confidence, my health and stamina, my youthful outlook. Honestly I don't know how my weight got the best of me. I mean, Atari was mainstream and Nintendo was new, when we were kids, but I rarely got the chance to play any of those games. <BR> <BR> I remember running around my neighborhood, literally. I'm guess I'm old school. I actually... Thu, 12 Aug 2010 15:13:38 EST crossing my fingers! Today is day # 2 for me and i hope this really works... Thu, 12 Aug 2010 15:11:26 EST My Opportunity I've recently become unemployed for the first time in my life and have been gaining some unwanted weight. I have also lived with depression and sleep problems for most of my life, but without the focus of work to push these issues to the side, they have become overwhelming. I know that I don't have very much control when it comes to getting another job, but I do have control over my time and my body. So, I'm here to take my power back, get healthy and prepare myself for the rest of my life! Thu, 12 Aug 2010 15:10:42 EST Hello SP! New here..... new me..... me changes... Today everything is new... if anyone can take the time to give me any tips any heads up any new ideas to losing weight please feel free to let me know... or even if you just need a friend to talk to just add me or message me.. I havent figured out how everything works but Im exploring and learning new things every minute. I am also soooo pressed for time I have a laptop where I can take anywhere... but I go to school 8:30-3:00 sometimes until 5:00 and ... Thu, 12 Aug 2010 15:07:25 EST Serious about this Hi! <BR> I'm new to this SparkPeople website. It looks like it's going to work for me, because I need to lose some weight. I'm here in MoVal, and I'm serious about this. Any advice for a new user? Thu, 12 Aug 2010 15:05:56 EST Hello! Hi my name is Val. I am 35 years old and have a beautiful 7 month old baby girl. I am engaged to the most wonderful, supportive man- he is my best friend. We have a wedding date of Oct 2 of this year and I joined Sparkpeople to loose a little extra weight before the wedding. And to try to do it healthy, considering the stress of the past year!! I'm glad I found the site and excited to get started. Thu, 12 Aug 2010 14:58:36 EST Hello hello I am very new to the site.. Just recently started exercising consistently i am on week 3. i decided my daughter is 1 yr now.. it is time to get back on track.. Just looking for motivation .. <BR> Thu, 12 Aug 2010 14:44:12 EST Hi, I'm briarsgrandma I would love lose about 40 pounds, but it is so hard to do. My husband needs to lose about 50 to he has just been told he is borderline for sugar. We have decided to lose weight and try to eat right, any help will be appreciated. Thu, 12 Aug 2010 14:32:59 EST Fish oil Is fish oil necessary for vegetarian people? Thu, 12 Aug 2010 14:31:37 EST 30 and gaining Hi! I'm sherry. I'm a mom of 2. I had alot of time off work and before u know it I'm gaining pounds by pounds and don't <BR> Wanna be in the double digit sizes any more!!! <BR> I'm here to fix that!!!!! Thu, 12 Aug 2010 14:15:30 EST Hey New to the site as of 8/2010....Hoping to use the tool to reach my goals...naturally. I guess getting to know some people in the Tampa area would be kind of cool...any takers? Thu, 12 Aug 2010 14:13:56 EST Hi! I'm TeraLynn! I'm 31 and weigh so much that I get winded walking downstairs. Who does that. It's horrible. I can't even walk to the mailbox. All my friends think I look good as I am, and I do, too. I want to lose weight to be healthier and to stop destroying my body by weighing too much. I've never started something like this and followed through with it. I love cooking and eating. I don't exercise, but love yoga. I just never stick with it for very long. I need and healthy eating lifestyle to go with my A... Thu, 12 Aug 2010 13:54:17 EST Allow myself to introduce...myself Hi there! Just came across this site and I'm very impressed! I'm in the process of trying to kick those last few pounds before I move into maintainance mode. Hopefully SparkPeople will give me that push. Good luck to you all in your fitness goals! Thu, 12 Aug 2010 13:17:17 EST Feeling fat and alone Hi, my name is Jeanne. <BR> I'm a 42 year old mother of 2 and I am 74 pounds over weight. I thought I was hiding my weight with clothes until I saw a picture of my self. Boy was I fat! I want , and will get down to 145 pounds. I want my husband to look at me the way he did 22 years ago so....My sister in-law Grey-granny-goose has helped me get started. she has proved to me this (sparkpeople) works. Thank you for all your support now lets get started! Thu, 12 Aug 2010 13:17:13 EST Hello Hey all!!! My name is Christine. I am a 32 year wife and mom of 3 boys. We live in Raleigh NC, originally from NY. I am looking to drop a couple of lbs in a safe and healthy way. Thu, 12 Aug 2010 13:11:20 EST Hello! Wow! There is so much going on, on this site. I really want to stay on top of my plan and hopefully my new team can help me too. <em>213</em> Thu, 12 Aug 2010 13:03:34 EST Excited to join the team! I am still learning the ropes if this site, but I am super excited to have found it. I have quite a bit to lose before my April wedding but I am determined! Thu, 12 Aug 2010 12:48:28 EST Hi Everyone! Hi Everyone! I just wanted to introduce myself and say I JUST signed up. I'm very excited about having a healthier lifestyle and losing weight! I need you guys to help me stay accountable. <BR> <BR> Again, Hi! <em>213</em> Thu, 12 Aug 2010 12:42:18 EST I'm finally committing to the message boards Hello! My name is Carrie and this is my 3rd time over the last several years that I've "started" with SP. This is the first time though that I'm deciding to join in on the message boards. I'm kind of excited about it too. I'm not much of a writer, but this time around, I feel a lot more inclined to sharing then I have in the past and I think its because, this time around, I KNOW I am really going to lose the weight and keep it off. I've actually been working on my program now for a littl... Thu, 12 Aug 2010 12:31:40 EST New Years Baby wanting new life Hi, Up until 10 years ago, I was a great weight, before that I was always underweight. Never in my life did I ever believe that I would be 100 lbs more than I was 20 years ago. This lead to knee problems, which lead to lack of exercise, weight gain and low self-esteem. I could really use encouragement, and hear about realistic success stories to motivate me. Thu, 12 Aug 2010 12:26:49 EST Hi, I'm new to all of this Hi All, <BR> <BR> I'm really glad to be part of something bigger than myself. Just joined and registered today after being pointed in this direction several times. The difference is, I finally committed myself. Hope to hear more success stories and to have my own, soon! Thu, 12 Aug 2010 12:21:35 EST Hi, I'm new to all of this Hi All, <BR> <BR> I'm really glad to be part of something bigger than myself. Just joined and registered today after being pointed in this direction several times. The difference is, I finally committed myself. Hope to hear more success stories and to have my own, soon! Thu, 12 Aug 2010 12:21:33 EST It's Time for Me Hello - I've finally decided to do something about my self image. I am 60+ lbs overweight and feel horrible about myself. I'm on high blood pressure medication and was almost pre-diabetic a couple of years ago. My husband lost over 60 lbs and I overheard someone saying that he was "hot" and it got me worried that I just don't look good along side him. I want to live a long time so it's time for me! Thu, 12 Aug 2010 12:05:21 EST I have lost 100 pounds and need to lose 60 more Hi my name is Cindy, from SC. I started a healthy eating change in September of 2009. to date I have lost 100 pounds by changing the way i cook and eat. I have sixty more to go to be at my goal. I no longer take blood pressure meds, insulin, or high cholesterol meds. I feel great! Thu, 12 Aug 2010 11:58:28 EST Hello! College student that needs help. Hello! <BR> <BR> I am trying to return to a healthy weight after struggling with my weight for most of my life. About 5 years ago, I lost 20 pounds and was feeling great. I got compliments about my appearance, and going shopping for clothes was fun. I walked four miles everyday on the treadmill or roller bladed 10 miles, and I was dedicated to working out. When my family moved across the country, we sold our treadmill, and with it went my exercise routine. Right after that, I started colleg... Thu, 12 Aug 2010 11:47:25 EST Kissha here Hi all, im kissha... trying to lose some pounds. Thu, 12 Aug 2010 11:40:27 EST Ana...28 and ready for a change! I'm not getting any younger... both my age and weight numbers are going up and I need to fix it, nobody else can do it for me. Just trying to keep positive! Thu, 12 Aug 2010 11:37:15 EST Hey! to all Hi! I just now found this site quite by accident. I've been trying to start a diet every morning for months now. Was getting very depressed because every night seemed to be worse than the day before, and then I stumbled on this. So far, I think this is awesome: but the thoughts are: Can I do this? Will this really work for ME? Can I really change my lifestyle? It is worth the try. I want to feel good about myself and how I look again, but most importantly ENJOY life and especially as I get ol... Thu, 12 Aug 2010 11:33:02 EST Elizabeth My name is Elizabeth and I am new to spark it seems like it's going to be very helpful. My reason for joining is to be healthy, but also loose weight since I am newly engaged. Weight has been an issue for me for most of my life and I want to have this issue behind me once I get married. My fience has always helped me with my issue, but I feel it gets in the way of our relationship when I am constently obsessing. Thu, 12 Aug 2010 11:13:00 EST shedding the weight for good. i mean it this time! Im Allison, 21 yrs old. <BR> I have struggled with body image since a very very young age. My main goal is to be proud of my body & love myself for once! <BR> <BR> I want to reach my goal by Halloween. My son (3yrs old) & I get Halloween portraits done each year (instead of the traditional xmas pics) & I want to be proud of them for once Thu, 12 Aug 2010 10:56:30 EST New Memeber Hi, <BR> <BR> I am a new member and I wanted to intorduce my self to the team! Hi everyone! Thu, 12 Aug 2010 10:39:37 EST Hello All Hello fellow Spark members. My name is Kris and I'm 31 years old. I'm married with two wonderful young daughters with another one on the way. I'm excited about this resource and looking forward to making some progress towards my goals. Thu, 12 Aug 2010 10:35:58 EST Hi! My name is Merce and I'm new here. I really want this to work, scratch that I need it to work. I've been struggling with my weight ever since I can remember. I really can't afford to be the way I am anymore because my health is on the line. I hope that it all goes well for everyone and I promise to be as dedicated to this program as I can. :) Say hello or hi if you can! It's be much appreciated. Thu, 12 Aug 2010 10:31:47 EST Journey to a new and better me Hello everyone. I'm just beginning my journey to a better me. I am a 30 yr old music teacher that has gained 25+ lbs after I quit smoking 2 years ago. I guess I traded one bad habit for another. I've continually made excuses as to why I haven't started to lose weight and today I hope to change those excuses into motivation. I strive to be the type of man I want my 18 month old son to be. Thu, 12 Aug 2010 10:17:03 EST Time to drop the weight My name is Michaela and I have been trying to lose the last of my baby weight, with very little success. Mainly due to bad eating habits, over eating or eating bad snacks. I recently hired a personal trainer and joined a boot camp to boost my efforts. I hope this will all help me to achieve my desired weight and new look. Thu, 12 Aug 2010 10:13:41 EST I'm overwhelmed! I am so happy to see so many of you here and active but I have to apologize that I am not able YET to reply to each and every one of you....I hope to get to know you all eventually. In the meantime, I hope you will understand and know you are welcomed! Thu, 12 Aug 2010 09:54:05 EST New Here Hello - I am brand new here and don't have a clue what I am doing, but I do want to lose about 25 lbs, and I have been very succesful on weight watchers in the past, but this site looks very interesting so I thought I would give it a shot. I think I will try to look around here in my spare time (which I don't happen to have any of this week because I am leaving for vacation tomorrow) and hopefully would like to get on track next Monday after my week of vacation. My name is Kathy, I am 44 ye... Thu, 12 Aug 2010 09:46:18 EST First day and ready to get this started!! Hello! <BR> Today is my first official day. I am both excited and nervous but I feel ready to start making real life changes. Have you ever noticed that you get to a certain point and don't realize your current physical condition anymore? I did. This past weekend I met up with some old college friends of mine and of course the cameras were out. I have never been one to fully shy away from cameras (I prefer making funny poses and silly faces in most pics instead). But after I got back from the... Thu, 12 Aug 2010 09:45:01 EST HI EVERYONE!!!!! Ok so here is the deal...I am going on a cruise in December and need to lose some weight. I need help at least to look descent. I would like to lose 20 lbs before the cruise so i can at least fit into some of my old the past 5 years i have gained about 40 lbs. i would be happy losing just half of that by the time its curise time, and worry about the rest when i come back. MY PROBLEM IS I LOVE TO COME HOME FROM WORK AND SIT IN FRONT OF THE all know what i am talking abo... Thu, 12 Aug 2010 09:14:40 EST Sparkpeople is the real deal Hi everyone, <BR> I am Julien... <BR> I stumbled across this site in a forum about a week ago and I fell in love with it. For the first time in many year I sort of feel that I will achieve my weight loss goals. <BR> The food tracking tool is awesome as are the many other tools; and all this for free? <BR> Well iam telling all my friend... <BR> Hope to come back in a few weeks and share my success. <BR> Happy weight loss to you all. <BR> <BR> Julien Thu, 12 Aug 2010 08:51:13 EST Starting over... I had my second son 10 months ago...with the first the weight just came off. Somehow, that didn't happen with this one! I run regularly but don't really enjoy working out other than running or playing games with my kids. I work full time and my husband recently returned from a deployment. <BR> <BR> As I said, I have two kids, one is five and the other is ten months. My husband is active duty military and I am a counselor for teens with drug and alcohol problems. I love my family and ... Thu, 12 Aug 2010 08:33:30 EST Dawnisia I am 41 years old and have struggled all my life with weight problems. I am determined to get this weight off no matter what. I hope this can give me the ability to do that. Thu, 12 Aug 2010 08:31:19 EST Hello :) My name is Julie. i'm 27 and I want to lose about 15 lbs and get back in the shape I used to be in! I'm hoping SparkPeople will be the motivation I need :) Thu, 12 Aug 2010 08:25:41 EST 10 POUNDS MAY AS WELL BE A 1000! Hello out there. This is my first message posted anywhere. I'm a long-time lifetime member of Weight Watchers (which is a great program). I lost 40 pounds (for the third time) three years ago and have kept it off until recently. I've gained 10 pounds over the last year and I know I'm on my way to gaining it ALL back unless I can get motivated again. The WW support thing isn't working any longer. (No one wants to hear about a person's struggle to lose 10 pounds when they have a 100 pound... Thu, 12 Aug 2010 06:46:53 EST MizVette is in the house. Hi, I am a 53 yr old two-time cancer surviving woman trying to get a new grip in life by bettering my life choices including health and fitness. I have been more active in my life by meeting new people and attending more functions. I am bi-polar but am striving to control my mood swings through medication and meditation. Thu, 12 Aug 2010 06:00:43 EST My first attempt at losing weight. I'm a 28 year old housewife who has been 'heavy' her entire life. About 4 years ago I moved to Switzerland to get married.. And have really packed on the pounds. I've gained 1 to 2 pounds a month for the past 4 years. That's a ton of weight in a very short time.. And I've never quite known what to do to halt the progression. <BR> <BR> Now I've reached a point where I can't really buy clothes in any of the local shops.. And I seriously need a few new pairs of jeans and a couple shirts. Most o... Thu, 12 Aug 2010 03:20:04 EST Hi to everyone My name is Ana, here I am again in my many moments when I want to shrink myself thin...and not getting any younger and I know that I got loss some weight/pounds.. Thu, 12 Aug 2010 02:50:43 EST Looking for inspiration! So...I joined today by a fluke - a link from a newstory on Yahoo! I want to challenge myself to follow some kind of structure, so I hope this site will provide that for me! I have 100+ pounds to lose and I'm feeling ready to make that change :) Gotta get this under control before the big 3-0 - eek! Thu, 12 Aug 2010 02:22:49 EST New Girl - very excited to join the journey! Hi, <BR> My name is Nicki and I just found this amazing site. I'm looking forward to reaching out and getting to know some people as we figure out all this life stuff and new changes together! I've been overweight most of my life and really want to make some long-term lifestyle and attitude changes in my physical, mental, and spiritual health. I struggle with depression (managed very well right now and more under control than it has been for a long time) and have a tendancy to isolate myse... Thu, 12 Aug 2010 00:47:34 EST 4th time's the charm? This is the 4th time I've started SP. Every time I decide to pick it back up, I start out fresh with a new username. I just want to put those other failed attempts behind me. <BR> <BR> I'm 29, 5'1", and I weigh 183 lbs. When I met my husband 10 years ago, I was a whopping 110. Over the years, weight has just crept up on me. I live a pretty sedentary life, and I have a really crappy diet. I have two daughters, ages 3 and 1. I really want to be a good example for them. <BR> <BR> My m... Thu, 12 Aug 2010 00:47:25 EST Hi! Hi! I'm so excited to finally find something that I think will help me lose weight. I got married last year and enjoyed eating like a did on my honeymoon all year! Now I really need to lose the weight. Wish me luck! Thu, 12 Aug 2010 00:45:20 EST Need a change Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I am a 42 year old mother of 3, and wife of 1! My husband has a very rare, progressive disease which has added a LOT of stress to our lives. I also work full time, and take care of a household. I lost about 25 pounds a few years ago on weight watchers, but have since gained most of it back. I have an arthritic hip and will be having it replaced in November. My hip has been a great excuse for not exercising, and my stress level has been a great excuse for eating to... Thu, 12 Aug 2010 00:30:30 EST Hello I'm New :-) I am new to this site, just wanted to say hello and good luck everyone on ya'lls journey! Thu, 12 Aug 2010 00:11:39 EST Hi, I am ready to be healthy again I am 60 years old and have had a weight problem since I was 45...nothing I did helped me lose weight and keep it off. So I am starting again with SparkPeople to get healthy again. I am on medication for high blood pressure, high cholestrol, back pain, not sleeping, osteoarthitis and on and on, so I would appreciate any advice that anyone has regarding this program and it's results. Hope to gain support and be a supportive member. "I can do this!" Wed, 11 Aug 2010 23:40:54 EST New "kid" It's my first day and I'm a bit overwhelmed with all the info on this site. I hope to meet others who are over 50 and find themselves battling those few extra pounds that found us when someone else lost them! Wed, 11 Aug 2010 23:24:09 EST Greetings to all! I am restarting this weight loss journey and doing it with sparkpeople this time. I am going to be the new healthier me. Looking forward to making new friends along the way. Wed, 11 Aug 2010 23:15:25 EST I am new to this site Hi I am new to this site. My great friend invited me to join. My name is Amy and I am a 28yrs old female. I am shy, I want to lose over 100 pounds, and Im a type 2 diabetic. I would like to meet some new friends on here. Wed, 11 Aug 2010 22:54:31 EST Hello Hello! Hi. I've decided to lose weight, so a search online brought me here. I'm 21 and need to lose 50 lbs to be at my ideal weight. My biggest problem with exercising is staying motivated every day. It's just so hard to keep up the confidence! Wed, 11 Aug 2010 22:34:36 EST Goodbye Freshmen 15! When I received an invitation to my uncle's wedding, I decided it would be a great motive to lose weight. In 2008 I moved into the college dorms and gained twenty pounds in one semester! That was two years ago and I miss the body I had in high school. I am trying to lose at least 15 pounds by the end of October and hoping to stay on track this time! Wed, 11 Aug 2010 22:20:27 EST Hello Hi everyone, my name is Anna. I'm 26 years old and looking to lose about 25lbs before Christmas, mostly remnants of the freshman 15 (or 30..). I lost 15lbs last year but most of it has crept back:( so I'm starting again. Hoping to find some friends for motivation. Wed, 11 Aug 2010 21:52:49 EST Getting Started ....well..I've begun! I'm into week 2 and going strong..until I begin to get frustrated, which is why I'm here...I'm hoping I can gain some motivation on those week days and nights so that I can see this journey to the end! Wed, 11 Aug 2010 21:46:48 EST I think I am ready to do this I want to lose weight to be healthy (physically & emotionally), look better, feel better. I've tried on my own and am not doing it. I've started walking again and already I've slept better and feel better. Wed, 11 Aug 2010 21:42:58 EST Hello from Ladylunacy Hello all! I've finally come to a point in my life where enough is enough. I am going to strive to live healthier and to lose the 100+ pounds I've managed to accumulate for far too long. I have a terrible tendency of just giving up, but this time I really want to do this for myself. I'm getting use to navigating around here, so bear with me. Wed, 11 Aug 2010 21:29:13 EST tlsofra I'm hoping that this site will keep me honest and will help me get to my weight loss goal of 35 pounds. I've never done anything like this before, first time of everything I guess. I haven't been sucessful on my own so maybe a few of you can help me on this path to weight loss. Wed, 11 Aug 2010 20:53:14 EST Mid 20's Looking to Lose 20 lbs by Thanksgiving I received my boyfriend's sister's wedding invitation last week in the mail and realized that I could look great in 8 weeks, or be the same old fluffy girl that everyone is used to in a frumpy dress. On July 15, I weighed 140. I started tracking my calories and working out daily for 30 minutes last week. I am already down 4 lbs! The hardest thing for me has been cutting out sodas. Anyone have a good drink recplacement? Wed, 11 Aug 2010 20:49:43 EST