SparkPeople SP Class of August 22- 28, 2010 Team Messageboard This team is for all members who joined SP from August 22-28, 2010. Welcome! SparkPeople SP Class of August 22- 28, 2010 Team Messageboard Hi! I'm Laura I am looking to add some Spark friends to keep me motivated! I am hoping to drop 10lbs, keep running, get stronger and feel healthy. I like to run on my own and take classes at the gym (pilates, zumba, bootcamp). I log on daily and track my food and exercise. <BR> <BR> I am hoping to find some similarly motivated friends! Sun, 8 Feb 2015 19:37:27 EST Where are you now? Anyone still hanging in there? <BR> Who has met their goal? <BR> Who is back for more? Fri, 1 Feb 2013 01:36:43 EST Ground Hog Day, will you see your shadow? Looking forward to the weekend. Wanna take part in some local events, have fun and counts as my workout hauling two kids around. <BR> <BR> What are some of the ways you sneak in a workout? <BR> What are some of the unconventional activities you count as your workout? Thu, 31 Jan 2013 00:49:22 EST Newly RE-Motivated, How about you? How are your goals? Anyone struggling? Who is on auto pilot? Thu, 21 Jun 2012 01:50:43 EST My name is.... Hi, <BR> My name is Jessica. I have about 60 lbs I want to lose, plus I want to get back to how I felt when I swam competitively, I want to feel strong again. I'm also in nursing school and I want to be an example for my patients. I don't want to be obese and try to educate my patients on proper nutrition. I also want to have a family and I don't want my habits to have a negative effect on them. Originally, I joined the site because of a class , but now I'm using it because my support s... Thu, 6 Oct 2011 13:54:00 EST Hello from Greece Hi all <BR> I have been a member since October last year. I haven't lost any weight, maybe I have gained some. I am currently holidaying in Greece, but will be home to Australia in just over a week. I have committed to start properly then, 3 July. <BR> <BR> I am a wife, mother of 4 and grandmother. <BR> <BR> Grandma_Sandy48 Fri, 24 Jun 2011 14:58:12 EST Points Plus struggles New to sparks but struggling with points plus plan. Seems like 29 points is alot but i just figured out i dont eat enough protein. Any suggestions . I am using pp+ and calorie counting as well. Sun, 3 Apr 2011 19:08:15 EST Hello Hi everyone, I have been on Sparks since August but this is my very first post. I was motivated by a blog I read today about caring for fellow spark members. So I figured it was time to meet these caring people and start having and being part of a support group. So here I am. Any motivation u can send my way will be greatly appreciated. Sun, 27 Feb 2011 19:54:08 EST Hi I am new here I have Alot of weigt to loose and I have started the Low carb diet today. If anyone has any advice on this it would be greatly apreciated. I have come to the point where I MUST loose the weight and I need some support. Mon, 17 Jan 2011 22:01:16 EST Restarting Sparkpeople Hi, Im April. I joined back in the fall last year but wasn't ready for a lifestyle change. I am 27 years old and have been overweight almost all my life. I am hoping by joining sparkpeople it will make a difference in how I try to approach weightloss now. Wish me luck in this new adventure. I am always open to suggestions and hope to make some new friends in the process. Good luck to everyone. Mon, 17 Jan 2011 12:28:57 EST Depressed around the holidays Hey everyone, needing some encouargement. Lost 112 lbs over 4 years and have kept it off, pretty much. This summer had surgery on an arm which threw a wrench in my workout routine. Also had our kitchen renovated, which has promoted unhealthy eating habits. Need to loose at least 20 lbs to feel good again. Short on enthusiasm and motivation. Kitchen still isn't done. Wow how quickly we can resume our old unheatlhy habits! Help! Dan Wed, 1 Dec 2010 15:22:39 EST Finally joining the team My name is Bobbi and I'm finally feeling comfortable enough to start participating more in spark teams. I am at a point now where I'm looking for the support it looks like I can get from these teams. Thought I would start with the one for the week that I first found sparkpeople. It looks like some of the team members have really done well - good for you! I look forward to reading more from this team. Tue, 16 Nov 2010 23:05:57 EST Baby Steps Hi, <BR> YAY, my very first post to a message board of any kind! This is but a small gesture in my attempt to make some positive changes in my life. I am, and have been for some time, ridiculously socially akward (no, really, it's painful to watch!). I'm in the process of reading the Sparkpeople book and decided that I can't skip the "little" steps that facilitate the journey of self improvement, simply because they force me outside of my tiny comfort zone. So, here's my gimpy little intr... Tue, 16 Nov 2010 11:43:29 EST Did You Spin The Wheel Today? Spinning the SparkWheel every day is one of the EASIEST ways to get SparkPoints. Let's see how many Points we can get as a Class every day!! <BR> <em>347</em> <em>252</em> <em>347</em> <em>252</em> <em>347</em> <em>252</em> <em>347</em> <em>252</em> <em>347</em> Tue, 16 Nov 2010 10:13:08 EST Hi Hi I'm just restarting my weight lose journey. I had started a while ago but some family issues came up and I fell off the wagon. but now i'm back and more detemined than ever. I have a mini goal that i just set for my self and that is to 10 - 13 lbs by Christmas. I am really working hard at this. Tue, 2 Nov 2010 10:41:09 EST hi there :) i really want to loose weight, i weigh about 140 pounds (10 stone). how can i keep myself motivated and has anyone got any tips for willpower? Sun, 31 Oct 2010 17:31:41 EST New to this team HI--I'm Carol...I joined Sparkpeople August 22, 2010. For some reason I never joined this team. So far I am very active in Sparkpeople and have lost 16 lbs. I've actually lost 58 lbs since March. I'm a 55 year young lady from Kansas & have pretty much been a yo-yo dieter my whole life. My goal is to maintain a healthy lifestyle allowing me to take the additional weight off & maintain the weight loss. I look forward to making new friends on this team & joining the team goals & challenges!... Sat, 23 Oct 2010 13:10:18 EST Motivational Monday 10-11-10 <em>243</em> <em>306</em> <em>345</em> <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> It’s Motivational Monday! Time to find the motivation to make this a great week! What kind of motivational saying or thought or story can you find today? <BR> <BR> <em>243</em> <em>306</em> <em>345</em> <em>250</em> Mon, 11 Oct 2010 06:45:18 EST Thankful Thursday 10-7-10 <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> It's Thankful Thursday! Take a moment to sit back and think about the good things you've got. What are you thankful for today? <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> Thu, 7 Oct 2010 11:00:53 EST WooHoo Wednesday 10-6-10 <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> It's another Woohoo Wednesday! What victory, big or small, can you celebrate this week? <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> Wed, 6 Oct 2010 09:58:02 EST Motivational Monday 10-4-10 <em>243</em> <em>306</em> <em>345</em> <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> It’s Motivational Monday! Got some motivational quotes or stories? Drop them off here to help motivate everyone! <BR> <BR> <em>243</em> <em>306</em> <em>345</em> <em>250</em> Mon, 4 Oct 2010 07:09:07 EST Hi everyone-newbie here-how's it going? Since starting on this date (and why I joined this team) I have lost 7 pounds. I really enjoy this website! I am a homemaker and live in Florida (6 years now-originally from OH). Been on and off diets for 36 years-my whole married life. Prior to that never had weight problems-I married a food addict-so began my food addiction also. So, since then he has become a diabetic and in July had to have 2 stents put in two arteries of his heart. So that was MY wake up call-more determined than ever... Sat, 2 Oct 2010 16:29:26 EST NEW NEED SOME ENCOURAGEMENT STILL NEW AT THIS AND NEED SOME ENCOURAGEMENT. i HAVE LOST ABOUT 120 ON MY OWN AND STILL HAVE ANOTHER 130. I FIND IT REAL HARD TO LOOK AND SAY TO MYSELF GOOD JOB BECAUSE I WEIGH 270 RIGHT NOW. I HAVE COME A REAL LONG WAY BUT I STILL HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO AS WELL. ABOUT ANOTHER 120. I JUST REALLY WANT TO LOOK IN THE MIRROR AND SAY YOU LOOK REAL NICE TODAY. Thu, 30 Sep 2010 01:06:44 EST WooHoo Wednesday 9-29-10 <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> It's another Woohoo Wednesday! What have you all been up to? Got any victories to celebrate? What little things have been working well for you? Tell us and we can all celebrate together! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> Wed, 29 Sep 2010 11:58:20 EST Breakfast I love breakfast and know that we need to eat breakfast to lose weight, but my stomach hurts in the morning after eating breakfast. Why is that? Is there anyway to avoid nausea after breakfast? <em>24</em> Wed, 29 Sep 2010 09:58:55 EST Question for 9-27-10 Thought I would pop in here and see how everyone is doing! Take a moment to answer this quick question and see all the fun answers! <BR> <BR> What is your favorite healthy breakfast? <BR> <BR> Maybe we can learn a bit about new ideas. Mon, 27 Sep 2010 08:43:49 EST Diana My goals....lose twenty pounds, work out five days a week, be able to run a mile,feel healthier and make better food choices...I feel that the support from this community will help me though my daily struggle to meet my goals Sat, 25 Sep 2010 11:13:44 EST Question re/ Oatmeal cookies Okay, please keep in mind this question is coming from someone who has never had to diet before in her life. Well now I do & I pretty much question everything. I found this recipe on SP for oatmeal cookies where it states the calories for this recipe of cookies is 66.1 calories. So here's my question: How many cookies are you allowed to eat in one sitting? I know this must be the most stupidest question ever asked on SP, but I will be making these cookies for the first time next week for me &... Fri, 17 Sep 2010 21:34:19 EST I know it's been a while I just finished writing a biog explaining why I've been away for so long especially after just coming back to SP after a year. These past couple of weeks have not been easy for me, but some how I've gotten through it. Hopefully with a lot of help from my fellow SP members I can move forward without looking back. <em>39</em> Fri, 17 Sep 2010 18:10:22 EST CHECK-IN 9-13 So, everyone here has been on Spark for at least a week, how is it going? What has been working? What do you need help with? Let the team know what's happening! Sun, 12 Sep 2010 07:05:25 EST Weekly Goals 9-13-10 What are your goals for this week? This is a place where you can list your goals, update us on how you are doing with them, and the community can help hold your accountable! <BR> <BR> What do you want to achieve this week? Sun, 12 Sep 2010 07:02:42 EST Hi everyone Ok, so I am new to this and a little skeptical. I have tried so many other ways to lose weight and this is the only "program" that seems to be all encompassing. I love that the nutrition tracker is on here and I can use my BB as well when I am away from my computer. I also love all the healthy articles as well. So, I hope that this is what I have been looking for because I am tired of being unhealthy. I refuse to just say overweight because it is more than weight that I am looking to change. ... Sat, 11 Sep 2010 21:45:43 EST Hopefully someone can answer this question... How much exactly is a glass of water? I've heard 8 fl oz and I've heard a cup... <BR> <BR> I'm trying to see if I am actually getting enough water b/c everyone says I am over doing it. Right now I am drinking between 7-10 bottles of water. Any ideas?? Fri, 10 Sep 2010 16:38:21 EST Hi, I'm new Hi, my name is Marilyn and I just turned 50yrs old. In my mind I feel mid 30's when weight would drop off when I asked it to. I have hit a wall,, still,, for about 12-15 years, taking weight off in now work, a full time job. Oh well, I am trying to Spark. Fri, 10 Sep 2010 16:34:01 EST Hello! I am HeidiLea, married with 2 teenage boys. I heard about SparkPeople from my MD about a year ago and it has taken me this long to decide that I have to take the first step. I know that I need to lose some weight, but I would also like to learn to live a healthier lifestyle so that I can keep up with my active family. I am looking forward to beginning this journey with all of you. Fri, 10 Sep 2010 15:20:54 EST Fun Fact Friday Being a scientist, I tend to troll research journals and websites for interesting diet and exercise facts. When I find some, I will post them here on Fridays for your reading enjoyment, and some of them might even be helpful! Fri, 10 Sep 2010 09:45:44 EST Intro - Bendie Since I started my own business about 10 years ago, taking the time to exercise has not been a priority. Plus i felt I should not have to deprive myself by "dieting." i kept getting bigger and bigger. Having a high metabolism, I thought it would drop off. Between eating on the run, drinking coke everyday, not exercising and travel, my weight and size went the other direction. I hate shopping for clothes anymore because i look awful in everything. I know I will never have the figure I had... Thu, 9 Sep 2010 23:03:05 EST Hello Spark People I'm Linda in Texas and this is my first message. I love this site. There is so much info it is almost overwhelming but I am taking my time asorbing it. I have battled my weight all my life and I will be 60 in a few months. I am an intelligent woman and I want to be healthier and more active. I hope this will help me. I'm also going on my first cruise in 3 months and I want to be able to keep up with my kids on sight seeing tours and look better in my clothes. Wish me luck! Wed, 8 Sep 2010 13:46:49 EST Being Awesome I read a bunch of health and fitness blogs, and one of the guys I like a lot wrote a post about being AWESOME today that I think you all should check out: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-to-be-awesome/ </link> <BR> <BR> Here's the first bit so you can see why I like this guy: <BR> <BR> How to be Awesome <BR> <BR> I am Awesome. <BR> <BR> You are Awesome too. <BR> <BR> This is important since the first part of becoming Awesome is realizing that you are already a... Tue, 7 Sep 2010 23:19:50 EST Hello Team! Hey guys, gals, and whomever else is out there! <BR> <BR> I am returned from my trip of insanity, and getting back into the real world. <BR> <BR> I ate way too much on my trip, and now will be back in the "zone" of eating right and exercising to try and recoup. After two years, a long trip still throws me off! Oh well, the getting back on track gets easier and easier, really! <BR> <BR> How has your all's first week been? Don't forget to check out my Day of the Week threads and add to them... Tue, 7 Sep 2010 23:15:46 EST Hi Hi everyone. Tue, 7 Sep 2010 18:12:46 EST I'm the big dawg No really I am the bog dog, 295 lbs. worth, noone believes i cross 300 occasionally. It is not fun anymore, back is going, already had 1 knee surger, diabetic, fatty liver. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!! I am making healthy changes in life, spark is the basis of most of what is going on. Sat, 4 Sep 2010 19:09:39 EST Brokepony rides again I found this site about a week ago. I am overwelmed with all there is to do. Message boards etc are sort of confusing to me. Sooooooo. here goes <BR> I am a 60 year old women. Married to a 73 year old florida cowboy. We now live in Alabama. We do still have a few cows. I got rid of my horse last year and have missed her from day one. However I got hurt a few years ago and was a little hesitate to get back in the saddle. Beside I have now grown too big for my saddle. (202lbs). And too weak to... Fri, 3 Sep 2010 20:20:45 EST All new to this Hi, I am new to sparks and have been trying to drop this weight for a while now. The recipes looks great and will be trying them soon. Fri, 3 Sep 2010 18:00:47 EST nana17 I have gluten and shellfish allergies. Been trying to eat healthy for the last month and have lost 7 lbs. Fri, 3 Sep 2010 06:50:46 EST Glad to be here Hello all. I'm glad to be a part of this team and a part of everyone's journey. After just having my third child 6 weeks ago, I am happy to be able to start working out again. I wouldn't say that I am battling "baby weight" as some people like to say. I gained just over twenty pounds with this pregancy, as well as the other two. However, I have always battled my weight and I'm just sick of it. One main thing I plan on doing differently this time is to keep a weekly photo diary so I can ... Thu, 2 Sep 2010 15:12:46 EST Hello! I would like to introduce myself but would first like to mention that I am honored to be part of this Spark team! <BR> I am a single 42 year old Christian woman with two wonderful children, who is ready to start living again as I lose wieght and embrace life again. I have read several messages and quotes which have inspired me thus far. I wish us all well and am looking forward to melting this extra person off as we all travel through a similiar journey! Thu, 2 Sep 2010 11:27:41 EST Mini-Vacation Hello to all my fellow sparkers! Just wanted to drop you a note that I am at a convention in Seattle and may not get to my email/spark until Sunday night-Monday. I'm not neglecting you! Okay, keep at it and have a great weekend! Thu, 2 Sep 2010 11:24:53 EST Excited about a new lifestyle! Yay! Finally a system that is free and really helps keep you on track. My goal is to lose 40 pds by January. I have a very hard time losing weight. I am currently 180, the heaviest I have ever been. I can't wait to feel good about my self, and to walk with a little pep in my step. So far so good. It's been two weeks. No weight loss, but clothes are fitting loser every day:) Thu, 2 Sep 2010 10:22:14 EST Excited about a new lifestyle! Yay! Finally a system that is free and really helps keep you on track. My goal is to lose 40 pds by January. I have a very hard time losing weight. I am currently 180, the heaviest I have ever been. I can't wait to feel good about my self, and to walk with a little pep in my step. So far so good. It's been two weeks. No weight loss, but clothes are fitting loser every day:) Thu, 2 Sep 2010 10:21:40 EST Sparky MAW This is my first time posting. I did finish one day's worth of nutrition tracking. It is easy, just wish my computer was faster. <BR> I'm trying to lose weight and get healthier. Thu, 2 Sep 2010 05:58:39 EST Excited to join the team New to sparkpeople and I am excited to join the plan. Want to make sure I take advantage of all the ways that I can be successful so please share with me your successes and your remedies to - late night cravings (can't go to bed have nightly tasks to complete) I am really so siked up about this program that I am anxious to see the results when I make my first weigh in - I feel good!!! I'm looking better!!! and I hope the world will be ready for a new slimmer me!! Wed, 1 Sep 2010 21:17:20 EST Hi All... Hi everyone - I just wanted to introduce myself. I live in Ireland and Im a big emotional eater. I got married a month ago and I was, and still am, 5 clothes sizes bigger than I want to be. I would like to change this for my first anniversary. I have tried weight loss clubs where you attend a meeting and get weighed, but I find they don't motivate me that much - it was more of a social event than anything else. This site was recommended to me by a cousin who has lost an amazing amount of... Wed, 1 Sep 2010 15:31:45 EST daretodream again I'm new at <BR> NH Sparkers....I'm in my late 50's and I was wondering if there is anyone else at this point in ours lives? I want to lose about 45 pounds. My goal is by next summer.... Wed, 1 Sep 2010 09:53:38 EST September Exercise Challenge - 1000 Min as a Team I bet this team can go ahead and log 1000 fitness minutes for the month of September! <BR> <BR> We'll start at 1000 here and every time you exercise, stop in here and subtract it and let's see how long it takes us to reach 1000. <BR> <BR> Right now, you all only need to be shooting for 10 minutes a day. With 10 min a day and 30 or so active people, we should be able to hit 1000! Wed, 1 Sep 2010 09:21:09 EST Sunnymay6 Hi, I have recently joined and am having fun reading encouraging words from many of you. I am 56 and want to misplace (:-) ) 35 lbs. Like many of you I have tried just about every "diet" there is and have ended up with a real metabolism problem. This time feels a bit different because I have been willing to give up my 38 year habit of drinking diet soda. I would be interested in hearing of someone else who has given up carbonation and what effect it had on weight loss. Tue, 31 Aug 2010 00:07:08 EST New here hi i'm new here need to lose weight Mon, 30 Aug 2010 20:34:36 EST Hello! Hi! My name is Liz and I am so excited to have found this website. With the help of sparkpeople, I'm confident I will meet my goals! The nutrition tracker has been an eye opener. Mon, 30 Aug 2010 12:43:21 EST Hello Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I am tired of not losing weight and eating less and being inactive. It is now time for me to get real and notice that I am eating mostly fat and carbs and no fruits and veggies which leaves me with no energy to be active. I am motivated to do something about and I hope in 6 months I can see a change in the way I live my life. Mon, 30 Aug 2010 08:31:15 EST Try,Try,Again! There's no shame in trying,over and over again!Each effort made to accomplish a healthier lifestyle,teaches us something.I've learned much in the past 45 years,one lesson,I have learned is that,everyday,we wake up,it's to face,our,committment,and our weakness as "human beings",over and ove again.So,i would like this,to be,my plea ,for any and all suggestions,for help in this huge task,whch,I can only take one day at a time.My weight is more today,than any other time in my life.So,please,sha... Mon, 30 Aug 2010 03:54:30 EST I'm back ! Hi Sparkers! I've come back because I've really been struggling without help from Sparkpople. Sun, 29 Aug 2010 19:33:44 EST Howdy Y'all! Howdy! I'm a newbie to this site. I'm hoping to improve my overall health and hopefully become a little more healthy. I love to cook and enjoy eating great food. My family is a challenge because they do not like great food. I find myself cooking to their tastes...not mine. I've decided to put ME back in front and do what is best for me. And, my family will also benefit in the long run. Sun, 29 Aug 2010 12:28:35 EST It's me............... Hi! Love being married, love being a mom, and love teaching! But I am sick of being overweight and feeling tired. I want to change my lifestyle! Sun, 29 Aug 2010 10:39:48 EST I can do this! I started logging my food around Aug 22 so I joined this "class." Hi classmates! The food planner is great! I set my goals and then I get feedback daily. And, without any lecturing! <BR> <BR> I've been on my food plan about 3 weeks. But, I've also been laid up in bed with a food injury. Did you know you cannot eat the same number of calories while you lie in bed as you do when you go to work? So, I gained 3#. But I did not fret. I asked my MD how many calories would help me lose w... Sun, 29 Aug 2010 00:51:04 EST I just had a baby! Like 9 months ago! ;) I'm Malia and I'm trying to get back to a healthier weight and lifestyle. I have a lot going on and unfortunatley I haven't made my health a priority. I need (and would appreciate!) support and daily reminders because I feel like I have ADD or something. If you want to know more, ask! :) Sun, 29 Aug 2010 00:22:51 EST Starting out hopeful Hey there, I am starting this journey determined to change my lifestyle and become healthier and fitter. I don't want to let my size restrict my life. I would love to hear about what has worked for you. Got any advice for me? Thanks much. Sat, 28 Aug 2010 22:52:32 EST Improving my 5K Time I'm working on getting a faster 5K run time, but I weigh 20 pounds more than I did when I was a decent runner 20 years ago. I don't think I'll ever get close to those race times of old, but I think I can get a lot closer than I have been with some more disciplined training, better nutrition, and a little less fat! Sat, 28 Aug 2010 20:19:38 EST Hi! Hi, I'm new to SparkPeople. I heard about it from a friend at work and I'm hoping it helps me lose a few pounds. Our company offers decrease health insurance next year for waist circumference and BMI - and I'm afraid I might miss out on the discount if I don't lose some! Sat, 28 Aug 2010 20:15:28 EST Weight goal bar @ the bottom of posts ?? I noticed that some members have their weight goal chart/bar at the bottom of every one of their posts. I was wondering how they do that. How do you add/attach that to your every post or discussion that you start? I'd like to do that too if I can, but I don't know how. Sat, 28 Aug 2010 19:42:31 EST Intorduction I joined SP to get support with loosing weight. I fall into the same cycle: I loose 10 pounds and then somthing happens (i.e. getting sick) that prevents me from doing more and I gain the 10 pounds back. I hope to learn some stratiges for getting over this hump. <BR> <BR> Thanks Sat, 28 Aug 2010 19:13:45 EST Hi guys! My name is Ashley, I'm 24 yrs old. I have a little girl who's 4, and her daddy/my fiancee works overseas in Iraq. I dont get to see him for at least another 4 months, so my goal is to get super hot for his homecoming! LOL! Sat, 28 Aug 2010 17:41:27 EST MareS410 I am going to give this a try. I have try everything else. This looks good. Sat, 28 Aug 2010 16:32:17 EST Saying Hi Just wanted to say hello to eveyone else joining this week! I am excited to be returning to a healthier life and about where it will take me. My plan includes running, weights, yoga and healthy whole food eating. Good Luck everyone! Sat, 28 Aug 2010 15:36:51 EST Time to get serious about me Although healthy, I have always been overweight. As I age, I find it's easier and easier to add, harder and harder to subtract the weight. With two boys still at home, I need to make sure I remain healthy so I can keep up with and keep them active. Sat, 28 Aug 2010 15:16:54 EST Learning to Live a Healthier Lifestyle! Hi, I'm Kelly. I am 25 years old and have a 5 month old baby girl. I never really watched what I ate and never really had a clue about how to eat a healthy diet. I never had to worry about watching my weight, but then my bad eating habits caught up with me at the age of 21. I had been slowly gaining weight, and it stayed on. So now I am working on losing it. I found out that I was allergic to milk/dairy products about a month after my daughter was born. So I have been eating a mostly v... Sat, 28 Aug 2010 15:02:36 EST A Picky Eater I'm 22, married to a wonderful man (26) and I have 2 dogs (Nemo and Buddy, both Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Nemo though is mixed with a Sh*tzu). I live in an apartment downtown in a very busy city. I'm 165 pounds. I consider my ideal weight to be about 130. I used to be fairly fit when I was younger, I did a lot of team sports. Unfortunately, I don't have any friends and I'm not big on joining strangers for a game of basketball or tennis. My husband has Cerebral Palsy and he has ver... Sat, 28 Aug 2010 12:31:24 EST mom seeking lifestyle changes Hello. I am a canadian nurse and mother of 6 kids in total. I came across this site and was very impressed. I have had good success with Weight Watchers in the past but found it was difficult to attend meetings with my schedule. I need to lose a significant amount of weight. One of my biggest weaknesses is soda pop, espescially when entertaining or working night shifts (we tend to snack a lot). I have teenagers that do not necessarily want to change (they just love macaroni and cheese--not... Sat, 28 Aug 2010 12:01:39 EST Question re/ SP points I notice that we get points every time we login & then again for a few other things. What I want to know is what exactly are these points for? What do we do with them? Are they just to motivate us? Sorry a lot of questions I know...LOL Sat, 28 Aug 2010 10:49:51 EST Hey Guys! Hi everyone. My name is Angie. I currently weight 210 lbs and I am tired of being obese. When I was 190 lbs I told myself that I would never reach 200 lbs. Now I am more than that. I need to start losing some weight. My goal is 140 lbs for now. My mini goal is to say goodbye to the 200s and say hello to the 100s. I'm trying to eat well and exercise daily. Wish my luck! Sat, 28 Aug 2010 10:21:19 EST Hello from Wisconsin Hi there. I am a 30ish mom of 4 kids. I do enjoy working out, but have been unable to workout most of the summer because of an injury. It's been hard, because my workouts keep me sane & give me energy. Hopefully, I'll be able to be back at the gym soon! <BR> I am working on loosing 18-20 pounds and gain some muscle. I'd also like to clean-up my diet a bit & get more fluids. <BR> So, that's me in a nutshell! Glad to be here. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Sat, 28 Aug 2010 10:12:33 EST Helo Everyone Hello everyone I am new to spark people and I am excaited about trrying something new to help me loose those extra unwanted pounds. I am also hoping that by doing this will help my youngest doughter who is overweitght to get movated to try to loose weight as well. I have tried other things in the past but failed as always. Hopeing and praying this works for me. Looking forward to the new me and making new friends a long the way :) Sat, 28 Aug 2010 07:45:36 EST Anybody working Nights and trying to lose weight ? Hello <BR> <BR> I joined 2 days ago and reaching out for help as I work nights and it isn't helping when it comes down to planning and eating healthy. I am just wondering if you work/worked nights, how do/did you manage to eat healthy. As I honestly believe that working in Night shift is another culprit in my weight gain. btw I have been working nights for almost 3 years. <BR> <BR> Happy Losing everyone <em>306</em> Sat, 28 Aug 2010 07:15:24 EST Hi, My name is... Brye. I am a SAHM of two. A girl who is 3 and a little boy who is about to turn one. I am currently training for a half marathon and I want to lose about 15-20 pounds. I joined Spark People because even though I have been training and running I haven't lost any weight in quite a while. Hopefully I will stay the course and use this website to achieve my goals. Any helpful hints? Sat, 28 Aug 2010 01:08:20 EST Glad to be here :) Hi!!!! My name is Tameka - I'm 32, and I am excited about all of the support I've been able to find since joining SparkPeople! You guys rock! I have about 50lbs to lose, but I KNOW I can do it! Thanks again for making me feel so welcomed <em>220</em> Fri, 27 Aug 2010 23:54:48 EST Newbie Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm a newbie from Massachusetts. Joined to get remotivated to lose some wt. I had gastric bypass on 10/18/2005 and have lost 130lbs. Have gained some back and had 4 slight redos. I'm looking to make some new friends to encourage me and keep me on track. <BR> <BR> I will answer all replies. <BR> <BR> <BR> Thank you Fri, 27 Aug 2010 23:54:35 EST working toward a goal Hello, Just wanting to get my health as well as my life back. I've been stuck in this body trying to except it for awhile, miserable and unhappy and I want something better, not just for the outside but the inside too. Tired of having clothes I can't fit into or looking frumpy as I walk out the door. I want my self esteem to improve and get back into dating again. No more excuses, time to get down to business, Fri, 27 Aug 2010 22:52:10 EST annie hi, this is my first day to be here, I hope it can help me control my eating and lose weight.... Fri, 27 Aug 2010 22:05:49 EST new life for Katy Hi everyone! I'm Katy. :D Fri, 27 Aug 2010 20:37:36 EST New but not new....LOL My name is Sylvia. I am a full time house wife. My husband & I will be celebrating our 4 yr. anniversary come this Oct. 7th. I am originally from Brooklyn, NY, but now both my husband & I live in Indiana. I used to be a SparkPeople member about a year ago(read my 1st blog entry), but I soon became discouraged because I could not stay within my calories limit each day. So I soon gave up & deleted my account. Well now I'm back for round 2. Hopefully this time I will be able to make it & do what... Fri, 27 Aug 2010 20:11:32 EST Well, here I am. Not sure if this is the place for me, but I am willing to try. Fri, 27 Aug 2010 19:15:29 EST Hello Everyone Hello, I am 25 years old. I have a 1 year old boy and a 5 week old daughter. I am committed to losing weight and be a healthy mother. I currently also attend college full time so I know its going to be a great challenge but I am ready to face any obstacle! Fri, 27 Aug 2010 17:18:53 EST Shonna Quashonna Williamson. No one really no me or understands me!!I may not be where i thought i'd be, but i will always end up where i was meant to be.... right where God intened me all along! Quashonna Grownandsexy Williamson!! Fri, 27 Aug 2010 15:25:57 EST Hi Sparkpeople! Glad to be on here. Looking forward to lots of info and encouragment. Fri, 27 Aug 2010 14:33:54 EST Hi there! I go by Sarah! I'm new here... kind of. I've been here before, but I had to come back! How is everyone doing today? :) Fri, 27 Aug 2010 13:45:42 EST Hello from Sunny Colorado I am trying to ditch the pounds I gained during the last 5 semesters of college. I am very active, love good food, and I hope to find a balance of the two that helps me maintain a healthy weight. Rock on! <BR> <BR> <em>58</em> <em>182</em> <em>332</em> <em>309</em> <em>310</em> <em>329</em> <em>256</em> <em>338</em> <em>267</em> Fri, 27 Aug 2010 13:22:40 EST Hello, Everyone! I am a returning member. I have been off Spark for about a year or so (long enough that I had to recreate an account!). I seem to have found about 20 of the 50 or so pounds I lost at that time. Anyhow, I'm going to try to stick with it this time. I hope everyone is having great day today! Fri, 27 Aug 2010 11:25:31 EST Wife/Mom looking to lose 20lbs by October 25 Ok. Here we go. I am 27 years old. I have a 2 month old a 5 year old. I am about 35 lbs more then I want to be. My goal is to lose 20 lbs by the end of October. I need to revamp my eatiing habits and make over my kitchen pantry and fridge with more healthy options. I am looking forward to walking 5 days a week once my Son starts school on September 8th. If anyone has similar goals I would love to do this together. <BR> Wish me luck. <em>24</em> Fri, 27 Aug 2010 10:37:31 EST challanges of being physically impaired & fitness I have a pretty bad neck disorder. I want to get back into shape since I gained 20 pounds when I was placed on steroids. However, I get frustrated because the only exercise I can do is walking and light stretching Fri, 27 Aug 2010 09:49:58 EST Hi everyone I Tina! Hi everyone my name is Tina and I am from Opelika, Al. I am 21 years old and have a beautiful 2 year old little girl named Chloe'. I decided to join Sparkpeople for many reasons, mostly for myself to be healthy and happy. I left my boyfriend of 3 years today (also Chloe's father) and I am trying to get on the right path to happiness. Its time to get my life on track by looking to God, losing the pounds, starting school, and becoming the best mom I can be. I am a newbie to this and am looking... Fri, 27 Aug 2010 02:13:27 EST Hi from Monroe NJ New to SparkPeople!! <BR> Trying to do this on my own, with no success. Always looking for workout buddies! Fri, 27 Aug 2010 01:01:17 EST Another Newbie Hi, another newbie here! I just learned about Sparkpeople .com today and I'm really glad that I took the time to see what this website is all about. <BR> A little about myself...I'm a wife and mom of 2 school aged boys and an avid knitter and reader. I'm involved with the Cubscouts and Boyscouts since I have one of each. I was thin until I was about 20 and after that was when I started gaining weight. Since my pregnancies, I've had a difficult time of losing weight and feeling good abou... Fri, 27 Aug 2010 00:46:36 EST Hi new to SP Hi my name is Lynsey and I am so tired of being over weight and now is the time to get serious. I have lost 30 pounds so far with Jenny Craig and still more to go. I like the way SP has a group of people in the same boat. Thu, 26 Aug 2010 23:10:49 EST This is me Hi, my name is Erica. I live in Bloomington/Normal, IL. I am working on loosing weight and looking for people in the area looking for a buddy to walk with or work out with. I've always struggled with my weight. My life is about to get even busier at the end of September as I am going to be working on finishing my BA in Business Administration in an excelrated program at a local univeristy in town. Between working, school, planning my wedding, and spending time with my family and friends i... Thu, 26 Aug 2010 18:07:25 EST Hi I'm new here I just started this site yesterday. There's a lot of information here. Very informative and inspirational Thu, 26 Aug 2010 17:26:00 EST New to the family Hey i the kid on the web. I lookint forward to loseing wieght. I hope everyone will help me i have tried everything and i fail time and time again. Looking forward to getting to knw everyone. Thu, 26 Aug 2010 17:25:44 EST New to sparkpeople!! Hi my name is Savannah and I am new to the spark community.. I am married and have a 5 year old son... I am on the road of weightloss to lose 85+ pounds.. I am looking for some good people to make friends with so that I can encourage them and be encouraged along the way.. Thanks and looking forward to hearing from you <em>30</em> Thu, 26 Aug 2010 16:45:13 EST Hello Everyone Hello all, I have joined the ranks of the Sparkpeople! I need all of you to help me and I promise to help you to live a healthy life and feel strong and free. Please send me a message if you would like to partner with each other and support our goals. VERY HAPPY TO JOIN YOU ALL! Thu, 26 Aug 2010 16:27:43 EST lady d Hi everyone this is my second time trying this,I am a great procrastigator so it was hard to stay the course.I want to make this work so here I am with more focus. Thu, 26 Aug 2010 16:17:49 EST Hello From Oklahoma!! My wife (LJCANNON) has been a member of SparkPeople for over a year and she has RAVED about the site. I have started walking with her in the evenings and I am looking forward to getting to know other SparkFriends. Thu, 26 Aug 2010 12:24:01 EST Hi everyone I just joined Sparkpeople and wanted to introduce myself to everyone. I have struggled with my weight for quite some time now, and hope this website can help keep me on track and motivated. I want to lose weight for myself, for my health and so I can be a better man for my beautiful girlfriend. Thu, 26 Aug 2010 11:22:23 EST Thankful Thursday <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> It's Thankful Thursday! On Thursdays I like to stop and think about something on my journey I'm thankful for, big things or small things. Join me on Thursday's or whenever you are thankful for something! <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> Thu, 26 Aug 2010 11:22:06 EST Im new.... Thanks for all the motivational words so far, I am looking forward to this journey and together, we can beat this thing! Thu, 26 Aug 2010 11:21:30 EST Hello Everybody Hi My name is Toya, and I am here to lose some weight. I hit a plateau and need that extra push now to get this extra 35lbs off of me. If anybody has any suggestions or words of motivation, please feel free to share. Good Luck everyone with your individual goals Thu, 26 Aug 2010 10:41:20 EST Hello Sparkers!! Hello everyone <BR> <BR> My name is Carletta from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I am a married mother of 3 beautiful children. I have been struggling with getting this weight off and keeping it off for the past 8 years. I would take it off but put it right back on. I really need motivation. I want to get this weight off because of health issues. I need to be here for my kids. I look forward to interacting with everyone and sharing our weight loss stories. <BR> <BR> Good luck everyone!! Thu, 26 Aug 2010 10:30:32 EST New to spark....... and looking for change!! I am hoping that this is the last place I come to for help with weight loss! I have tried everything and can never stick to it!!!! I had a recent break down and feel now is my time.... with the help of all these resources and hopefully new friends, I am hoping I achieve my goals and begin to make a major change in my life that will make me a more happy person. I have twin boys and need to help myself so I can be there for them... I need your help and hope I fit it!!!! Thu, 26 Aug 2010 09:58:36 EST Giving it a try! Looking forward to trying this site - I have lost 30 lbs since February and have about 35 more to lose. I am stuck in my second slump and I hate it! So time to get some help and motivation! Thu, 26 Aug 2010 03:45:05 EST Hello--I'm new to SparkPeople I'm Myrmaid and this is my 20 thousand attempt to lose weight. I hope this works for me. Wed, 25 Aug 2010 23:55:19 EST Motivated but challenged~ Hello Fellow Sparkteams Well my name is Sue and I am hoping that Spark community and lifestyle will be the answer to my many of you have tried it all and then some....gym, trainers, pills, etc...but the pounds just won't come off ! I just learned about 3 months ago that I have a hypothyroid condition....hmmmm so here I am working double time to try to get my health and fitness all figured out. I hope that with my motivation combined with all of your support and information I can make it to my goal by F... Wed, 25 Aug 2010 23:31:16 EST Hi ! Hi ! I have been overweight for most of my adult life. My weight affects my self confidence and esteem. I do not like to have my pictures taken . I have to try on multiple outfits before i decide on one that does not show my belly bulge and love handles. I want to overcome this once and for all. I need your support :-) Wed, 25 Aug 2010 23:22:30 EST This is me Hi, my name is Chris and I have alot of weight to lose. I am 45 years old and have two children. Both boys 14 months apart. I have tried alot of different things to lose weight and I have found that I really need support from other people to help me. I was told that this website is a great way to get support. If anyone wants to know anything else about me just ask. I am an open book. Oh, by the way I have been married for 15 yrs. Wed, 25 Aug 2010 21:56:39 EST Hello Hello everyone. My name is Tiffany and this is my second time starting sparkpeople. The last time I started I didn't give it my all. I recently purchased the book The Spark because I am in desperate need of getting my life and weight under control. I decided that I needed a fresh start so I cancelled my old sparkpeople account and I am staring all over. Wed, 25 Aug 2010 20:52:21 EST HELP Hi Everyone, I'm desperate for help so I'd like to try Sparkpeople, but this is all so overwhelming. I'm totally new to this networking thing!! What's the best way to wade through all of this information and connect with others? Wed, 25 Aug 2010 18:51:54 EST Where I am on my journey My name is Kristi and I'm 28 years old. I'm married with 2 children-- ages 3 and 1. I want to lose weight and enjoy the last of my 20s in a healthy way! <BR> <BR> My highest weight (that I know of) was 235 lbs. on Memorial Day/May 2008. A few (not so subtle) family members made comments that month about my weight and were concerned about my health. It was upsetting at the time, but something clicked and I decided to make changes in my eating habits and my sedentary lifestyle. <BR> <BR> Fr... Wed, 25 Aug 2010 18:22:46 EST Feeling fat!!! :( Hi!! My name is Shannon Wilbur and i really want to lose weight. I dont like what i see when i look in the mirror and that prompts me to want to change. I am 29 years old and i am a clerk at my local library. I have been married for 101/2 years to a wonderful guy. We dont have any kids, just our dogs, max and buddy. My husband has lost about 50 pounds himself just mowing the yard and sweating it off at work, but it doesnt come off that easily for me. Wed, 25 Aug 2010 16:41:49 EST new from southern illinois Hi everyone ! I'm Laura, I'm here because at this time in my life I am determined to lose weight. I'm starting to get older and if I dont start now I am setting myself up for some serious health risks in the future and I'm almost to the point where my kids are raised and I can have a life again and I dont want that life to be sitting on the couch watching Ghost Hunters and snacking and justifying it by washing the chips down with a diet coke. <BR> <BR> So here I am taking the first steps to... Wed, 25 Aug 2010 16:33:06 EST Hey I'm Jason Hi, <BR> My doctor told me about this site. very informative and helpful. I need to lose 40 lbs. Because I had a health scare. I've changed my diet to fruits and veggies and chicken. I eat less. what's helped is saying I'm eating for energy as apposed to filling my stomach. Anyway, look foreword to meeting people in my same boat. <BR> <BR> cheers, Jason Wed, 25 Aug 2010 16:03:54 EST Greetings... Good afternoon everyone... Just stopping in to say hello to everyone. My name is Scott and I'm just kinda finding my way around. I'm ready to get it done though! Wed, 25 Aug 2010 14:25:37 EST Hello! Friends? New here. Friends wanted to help keep me on track. Wed, 25 Aug 2010 13:22:18 EST Savycd says HELLO everyone I am just starting and feeling alittle overwhelmed with the website...but really ready to start living a healthier life.. <BR> I just got diagnosed with sleep apnea..this really pushed me to loose weight seriously...I have amild case...but based on my doctors reports I am border line High blood pressure...border line diabetes...border line high cholestoral...but that wasnt the only thing...I am SICK and TIRED of looking unhealthy and feeling thanks to this WONDERFUL WEBSITE...I... Wed, 25 Aug 2010 12:01:15 EST Lulu'sSpark Hi, I just finished Chapter One of the SparkPeople book and am working my way through the getting started portion for new members. My goals include loosing approx. 7 pounds, exercising 10 minutes/day, eating healthy which should lead me to starting to feel better about myself and future. Wed, 25 Aug 2010 10:54:37 EST A new beginning!!! Hi, my name is Becky! I have just recently separated from my husband after 13 years of marriage. I have a daughter that is in the 5Th grade, and she is my life. With all the changes in our life I have really just got lazy, I have no energy and stop eating healthy. I need to get some energy for myself and daughter. So today I chose to make a change, here I go!!!!! Wed, 25 Aug 2010 10:11:20 EST WooHoo Wednesday! <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> It's Woohoo Wednesday! Some of us on Spark, and more so if you follow the facebook or the twitter, like to celebrate midweek with WooHoo Wednesday. What we do is get to celebrate a victory you have had in the past week. This victory can be big or small, they are all important on the journey! <BR> <BR> Drop in here on Wednesday's to celebrate together all the little victories that make up your big victory of reaching your goal some day! <... Wed, 25 Aug 2010 09:55:51 EST Hi, I'm Bramaine Hello Everyone: <BR> <BR> Today is my first day on the SparkPeople website. I am very excited and hopeful for this program. My goal is to lose 12 pounds by October. <BR> I have recently started looking at myself in the mirror and I don't like what I see any more. When I talk about weight loss with family members, they all say that I look fine and I don't need to lose any weight. I know that's not true, b/c I'm not able to fit into a lot of my clothes any more. I don't know why I have been ... Wed, 25 Aug 2010 09:34:52 EST name is lee helen1 hope i can stick with it , have tryed many ways to eat but no one get me what l like. <BR> hope it works. Wed, 25 Aug 2010 01:04:25 EST New beginings starting with Sparks I fell into this web site by accident - saw the book and wanted to know more before I made yet another diet book purchase. I'm excited to get started and can't wait to read more. I have met my goal in the past but can't seem to maintain. I'm also not exercising very much (slacking off for the summer) and want to get inspired to get back to a regular workout routine. I would also love to connect with someone here in Missoula MT to workout/walk or go to other classes (yoga). Wed, 25 Aug 2010 00:12:41 EST hi Hi, I've used this site before and even won a tee shirt, I'm excited to be back! Tue, 24 Aug 2010 23:10:58 EST Wendy from Marysville WA I'm Wendy and I've just joined SparkPeople as a way to better track my progress and keep me motivated in reaching my weight-loss goals. My goal is to get back to 175 pounds... in however long it takes (but not longer than 1 year) and to do so in a slow, and healthy way, by changing my lifestyle patterns and helping my family be healthier as a result. I used to be very active in high school and miss some of the activities I used to enjoy (bike riding, softball, etc.) and hope to resume those... Tue, 24 Aug 2010 21:31:35 EST Hello, everyone! I just started I'm still getting the hang of it. <BR> I'm a stay-at-home mom of one, and love it! I eat pretty well most of the time and feel okay about my weight, etc., but I know I can feel even better, so I thought this would help. My primary method of working out is T-Tapp, and I walk as much as I can. <BR> We'll see how this works for me! Have a great day! Tue, 24 Aug 2010 21:13:26 EST I'm New! Hi! My name is Sara. I joined Spark People after reading about it from a Yahoo! article. I decided to join because no matter how hard I try I eat a horrible diet and I am definitely not in the shape I used to be in. My short-term goal is to lose 10 pounds by October 31. My long-term goals are to look great for my wedding day (May 14, 2011!) and learn how and continue to live a healthy lifestyle. Hopefully I can pull my Fiance on board with me! <BR> Hi! My name is Sara. I joined Spark People ... Tue, 24 Aug 2010 20:43:15 EST New to site I am a forty three year old woman, All my children are grown and married.. So it is just me and my husband of 25 years.. I have recently been having some sleep issues that have taken be to a lung specialist . He informed me that I have Obesity hyporventilation syndrome or the nice word for it is Pickwick disease.. He told me if I dont lose a 100 or more poinds in a year I will die.. He suggested weight loss surgery and that scares me to death I want to be able to prove to myself and others I ... Tue, 24 Aug 2010 19:37:13 EST My hardest, but last of my 5 goals set in 5 years. Hi, <BR> My name is Andrea and I am almost 40 years old and a mother of three girls and currently in a relationship. I made 5 goals to do in five years and I have almost accomplished them all. Losing weight is the last one of the five. Unfortunatley it seems as though this is the hardest of them all. I really thought that quitting smoking was going to be the hardest and it turned out to be the easiest. I am here because I cannot do this alone and I am looking for a lifestyle change not a... Tue, 24 Aug 2010 19:15:06 EST Hey there ! Hi there SP...My name is Heather and Yes I am new!!! I hope to lose weight...with the help of all of you. I am a SAHM of two beautiful girls. I need to get off my ever growing butt and do something ...anything!!! I overeat, I eat too many sweets, I know what I am doing is wrong and I know it is going to just increase the number on the scale when I step on it. I am fooling myself when I step on it and think that it is going to be lower without actually doing something. My goal is to weight 1... Tue, 24 Aug 2010 15:00:36 EST Hi Everyone, I'm new to the site.... Hi , I am new to the site today, my name is Tina. I have approximately 50 lbs to lose and could sure use some friendly encouragment along this journey. Hope to here from some of you who are on this same jouney! Tue, 24 Aug 2010 14:36:20 EST Howdy from Hockley, Texas I am a 28 year old work-at-home mom of an extremely energetic 1 1/2 year old. I joined this site in order to have some assistance in losing just a little bit of extra flab that seems to drag the energy out of me and of course, I am concerned about looking pleasant for my husband. I also train and ride horses and it is a concern of mine to not be overweight for my horses' sake as I care about their comfort as well. All in all, I would like to lose about 20 pounds and build up some strength.... Tue, 24 Aug 2010 14:22:59 EST Tuffy's mom has finally joined Spark Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> I have done every possible diet out there, with quick drastic results that faded away as quickly as I had achieved them. In Nov. 2009 I became Vegetarian. In March 2010 I flirted with being Vegan. Currently I consider myself Vegan who each Cheese on occasion (pizza- YUM). However, I have discovered that I am lactose intolerant - YAY! This is good because it gives me even more reason to stay away from cheese. <BR> <BR> I am from Miami, FL and moved to Boston in A... Tue, 24 Aug 2010 13:56:28 EST Hello from VA My name is Brandy and I am a 34 year old wife and mother to 5 children between me and my husband we are losing one to college today. I am a college student myself and am a stay at home mom. I am tired of having no energy and wanting to sleep all the time. I have high blood pressure and doctors say it's my weight and nothing else that is causing it. I want to be healthy again so I am taking the leap to get into shape. I need all the help I can. Thank you and I wish all of you success in your j... Tue, 24 Aug 2010 11:53:14 EST Tuesday Tips This is the place each week to get some great, simple tips for your healthy lifestyle. I'll try to add a tip each Tuesday and if you have other great tips, feel free to do the same! Tue, 24 Aug 2010 11:09:32 EST my name is nikki i am from alabama and i am new just wanted to say hi and let all know that i just started this so i hope this dose work for me Tue, 24 Aug 2010 07:43:40 EST hi Hi all. im new to this site....on first impressions it seems cool!! :) Tue, 24 Aug 2010 05:40:10 EST hi Hi all. im new to this site....on first impressions it seems cool!! :) Tue, 24 Aug 2010 05:39:48 EST HELLO!!! Hey everyone I'm 19 years old and I'm ready to shed these pounds! My goal is to lose 50lbs hopefully by February or March! Mon, 23 Aug 2010 22:50:15 EST Getting to Goal I am a new member from Easton, PA. I started my journey at 439 lbs about 3 years ago. I have lost 222 lbs as of today 8/23/10 and I have 47 lbs to reach my goal. Mon, 23 Aug 2010 22:47:38 EST darrin hi my name is darrin and im new to this site im trying to lose like 40 to 50 pounds any input would be good on like exsercize plans and eatin healthy Mon, 23 Aug 2010 22:09:40 EST Hello everyone! Hi everyone, my name is Amilia and I am from Florida. Like most of you, my goal is to look and feel healthier. most of my weight tends to go to my belly, so it makes me feel really self-conscious, especially when I look in the mirror and get that lovely dose of reality. <BR> <BR> anybody else ever get that? you don't think you're THAT bad until you get in front of a decent mirror or get a picture taken of you. I really hate that! So, I am here because I want to change that and I hope that I... Mon, 23 Aug 2010 21:04:10 EST The Final Countdown Hey, my name's Britney. I'm trying to get into yet another fitness plan, I usually don't last past a week or two. I just need to lose like 12 pounds, I hope this website works. Thanks to all who support me :) Mon, 23 Aug 2010 20:28:17 EST Atleast I know I am not alone.... Hello All, <BR> <BR> My name is Amy and I am now embarking on a weight loss journey. I love to cook so any recipes and snack tips would be fabulous. I would love to have a work out buddy (or buddies) I live in North Jersey by Colonia, NJ. Also, I will be doing the breast cancer walk with my nonprofit in Jackson, NJ and we would love to have more walkers join us. If you ware interested in joining the Joshua Harr Shane Foundation team, let me know! I look forward to losing weight with yo... Mon, 23 Aug 2010 20:25:56 EST Trying to lose weight, once again:( Hello My name is Jenn and once again need to loose weight. Kept my weight off for about 5 years , but now it's slowly creeping back on again. I know every single excuse"oh... I gain weight when I just look at food" or "too much sodium' or :too old to do crazy work outs. <BR> So here I am. need to loose about 10-15 lbs Gonna give it a shot Mon, 23 Aug 2010 19:09:18 EST Here i go again... Hi..i'm new to Spark People as of yesterday. I have lost 40 lbs on my own but need all the encouragement i can get to meet my goal of losing another 40. I am 54 years young and have been a classic yo-yo dieter most of my adult life...always able to lose weight but never able to keep it off. This looks to be a great program with a lot of support and help from people who truly understand where i'm coming from!! I fully understand I MUST learn to make this a lifestyle change and not a tempor... Mon, 23 Aug 2010 18:43:55 EST Just starting out Well, here it goes. My name is Lyle, and I'm 27 years old. I'm fed up with being fat, and want to make some changes so that I won't be anymore. I've been having problems getting started, and I guess I just need some support and encouragement. I always seem to lose my confidence and motivation very quickly. These days, I don't get time for much since I work a full-time job, and then I have classes in the evenings. I'm always feeling too tired to wake up early, to get in a quick jog or walk or ... Mon, 23 Aug 2010 17:42:20 EST HELLO FROM NEWTON,KANSAS HI MY NAME IS SPARKINMYEYES Mon, 23 Aug 2010 16:54:30 EST Big Hugs to All.... Big Hugs to all who like me are taking the daunting step of changing their lives for the better. This is so challenging, isn't it? I'm alone for the first time in my adult life and I consider it a bonus. I don't need to take care of anyone else so I have no excuse for not taking care of myself anymore. I can't take the self-nagging anymore!! lol <em>213</em> Mon, 23 Aug 2010 14:13:37 EST Hi Hi, I am Diana 19yrs, and have had weight issues since young. I have always had a unstable weight that ranges between 185 to 165lbs. <BR> My goal is to be 135lbs and gain a healthy lifestyle, and hopefully with the help and support of this team I will. Mon, 23 Aug 2010 13:57:20 EST nat1234 hello everybody out there i just made the most important move in my life by signing up i want to make a change in my life by loosing weight and gaining confindence in myself i have a 1 year old in december she will be 2 and i need to start a healthy change in my life so i can pass it down to her thank you to all of you guys that are doing the samething with me i am very greatful to that thanks so much Mon, 23 Aug 2010 13:27:44 EST Hello Hi my name is Chris. Im bran spankin new to the site and Im very excited about it. In one way or another I have led an active lifestyle throughout my life. Ive been a football player, served in the US Army, and now Im a firefighter. Though I feel like im in good shape I have an addiction to overindulgence. I eat what I want when I want. I carry my weight ok but I need to lose a chunk of pounds and learn how to keep it off. I look forward to getting help and support as well as giving it. Mon, 23 Aug 2010 12:05:13 EST Delores 1111 my goal is like everyone else to loose weight,more so now than ever i lost my sister just over a year ago she was obese .she decided to have gastric bypass surgery and lost her life four days later,since then i really have been on an eating benge gained 33lbs . Mon, 23 Aug 2010 10:46:41 EST Delores 1111 my goal is like everyone else to loose weight,more so now than ever i lost my sister just over a year ago she was obese .she decided to have gastric bypass surgery and lost her life four days later,since then i really have been on an eating benge gained 33lbs . Mon, 23 Aug 2010 10:46:41 EST Delores 1111 my goal is like everyone else to loose weight,more so now than ever i lost my sister just over a year ago she was obese .she decided to have gastric bypass surgery and lost her life four days later,since then i really have been on an eating benge gained 33lbs . Mon, 23 Aug 2010 10:41:55 EST Motivational Monday <em>243</em> <em>306</em> <em>345</em> <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> It’s Motivational Monday! This is the place at the beginning on the week to place some motivational thoughts, pictures, and stories. This is also the place to come back to later in the week when you need to remember that motivation. Please feel free to leave motivational here on Monday's pr whenever! I'll try to update on Mondays! <BR> <BR> <em>243</em> <em>306</em> <em>345</em> <em>250</em> Mon, 23 Aug 2010 07:35:21 EST Noelle from CT Hi, I'm Noelle. I'm 25 from central CT. My long-term goal is to lose enough weight to make a difference with my blood sugar issues and my injured spine. It seems as though nothing they try (medications, insulin, etc) helps to bring my sugar down (I like to think I'm Optimus Prime of type 2 diabetes lol) and my vertebra is all screwy in my lumbar area so losing weight will take some stress off of that. Those are the two big health reasons that I need to get back on this wagon. I was on Spark o... Sun, 22 Aug 2010 23:35:47 EST HI I am Mandy. This is about my fifth time trying to start a diet program and I can never seem to get in the hang of it. I'm good for a week and then something happens and I get off then it is so hard to get back on. I feel that I have failed myself of being happy during the time that I should be most happy because of my weight. Here's to one last chance to get this losing weight going! Sun, 22 Aug 2010 21:52:00 EST No more excuses! I will be turning 34 on Oct 16. I have been overweight my entire 30's. I do not want to waste another year. Now is the time and with this website there are no more excuses! Time to hold my feet to the fire! Sun, 22 Aug 2010 21:42:34 EST Hello Let me introduce myself, My name is Marsha and I am glad to be here. <em>214</em> Sun, 22 Aug 2010 21:29:50 EST emma from ga my name is emma from ga thank you for d welcome i weight 285 pound want 2 no will lose 90pounds within 10 months have to find my way around the board but thank you Sun, 22 Aug 2010 21:05:57 EST Floating away Hi, <BR> I have some exciting news. At the end of Day 3 I have drank all my water by 7:15pm. <em>244</em> Exciting isn't it? <BR> <BR> Hopefully I won't be up several times through the night. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Have an awesome Monday everyone! <BR> Sue Sun, 22 Aug 2010 19:34:42 EST Hello, I'm Sharon I'm past social security age, a mother of 4, grandmother of 12, great grandmother of 4. My husband and I own a retail business which not only occupies the vast majority of our time, but plays havoc with meal times and meal plans. I have type 2 diabetes and need to lose approximately 50 +- pounds to help with my blood sugars, my general health and my self image. I am looking forward to the prospect of this journey to a healthier me in a smaller size. Any help or suggestions will be greatly... Sun, 22 Aug 2010 16:52:00 EST Good Afternoon All! I just joined Spark today! I currently reside in Charlotte NC. My goal is to loose 50lbs in a year and doing so the healthy way- without weightloss medications. I want to learn how to cook healthy meals and live a healthier lifestyle for the long run! Any tips, encouragment or advice is welcome! Thanks All!! Sun, 22 Aug 2010 15:43:51 EST I am excited to lose weight and get fit! I am 33 yrs old, married, have 2 boys (11 and 9). I also have 3 german shepherds (2 male, 1 female), a female golden retriever, and two cats. So we have quiet the house full. They all keep me busy. I am excited for school to start. It helps me get back into a routine. I am originally from Utah (Kaysville, Heber). I also lived in Northern California (Roseville) for 8 years. I am excited to go on this journey. I look forward to getting to know others with the same healthy lifestyle goals. Sun, 22 Aug 2010 11:32:43 EST Here We go I am a 54 year old grandmother who has a goal of getting healthy, losing weight and feeling good about myself before my 55th birthday in March. I have 6 sons whom I have spent 31 years giving my time and energy to. Now I feel it'smy time to rejuvenate myself so that I can be just as active with my grandchildren. Sun, 22 Aug 2010 10:44:13 EST hi my name is amy hi my name is amy, i live in the north of scotland. im married to a soldier of the brittish army. my main aim of joining spark people is to gain body confidence by losing some weight. I would like to be a couple of dress sizes smaller by my mums wedding in february 2011. I'd love to hear how others have suceeded in their weight loss, how they kept their will power strong etc. thanks amy x Sun, 22 Aug 2010 10:15:54 EST Teaming up with my daughter Hi Everyone. I am teaming up with my daughter to lose weight as she prepares to join the Navy after high school. We are excited about having each other to be accountable to. Sun, 22 Aug 2010 09:33:03 EST