SparkPeople Spark Louisiana -- The Official Team Team Messageboard A team for all of Louisiana and any misplaced Louisianians who just want to hear familiar words of home while working on becoming healthier, stronger, sexier, and fitter! SparkPeople Spark Louisiana -- The Official Team Team Messageboard Shelita king Hello Everyone, <BR> It's been a while since being on back. This may be a dumb question but I honestly don't remember. Is the community through watch watchers?? Wed, 4 Sep 2019 11:28:14 EST What is the worst thing you ever ate? Post what you regret the most about putting in your mouth. Thu, 15 Mar 2018 16:13:49 EST I want to be happy. I want to be finally happy with myself again. I struggle with my weight so much that it is the one thing I think about from the time I get up until I go to sleep. I am not happy with myself, because I have so much more going for me. I want to be able to have a better self image. Any help would be appreciated. I follow a wholesome whole foods diet and I exercise when I have the energy. Currently going through menopause so that makes it even harder. Encouragement and advice would be greatly app... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 10:38:47 EST Trying to Get Fit! Hi! I am a 59 year old mother and grandmother. I am also a Pastor's wife and teacher. I have little time but decided that i would make time to alter my bad habits. I have 30 pounds to lose and I am not a fitness guru by any means but I am ready and willing to make life time changes. Mon, 6 Feb 2017 12:18:44 EST Back on the Board! Hello everyone!! I am getting back on the Louisiana board. Haven't been doing to good at losing on my own. So here I am again. How are you all doing? Fri, 6 Jan 2017 10:04:49 EST Challange I am starting new again let's make challenges for our group.I plan on doing 10 minutes of exercise everyday I already did mine today. Thu, 11 Aug 2016 16:24:48 EST Hello There Everyone My name is Terri. Today is my first day on this program. I live in south Louisiana outside of New Orleans. I am 45 years old. I am married and I have 2 daughters and 1 grand daughter. I am looking to lose weight and I will need a support system to do so. My family will not help me. They only harm me by bringing in junk foods and heat and eat foods that are not good. I don't have a lot of close friends or people I can hang out with around me. I hope to make new friends that will last for a lon... Fri, 20 May 2016 17:33:48 EST Allow me to (re)introduce myself, my name is JP Hi everybody, <BR> <BR> I'm back on SparkPeople after several years away. When I was here before I had pretty good success. I lost almost 30 pounds, but I gained it back and more during my hiatus. <BR> <BR> I'm a husband, father, and engineer in New Orleans, and I'm trying to get in shape. Since I spend most of my day sitting at a desk, I definitely need to get out and exercise. Also, I am trying to eat healthy and practice self-control with my eating. It definitely takes practice. Fri, 8 Apr 2016 16:35:40 EST Bike Looking to get a bicycle. I am not looking to compete with it just looking to shed some pounds.Any suggestion on this subject? Sat, 20 Feb 2016 00:51:25 EST mrs b looking to get healthier in2016 hello <BR> I just wanted to introduce my self to the spark teams. I am from Louisiana and im 48 yrs old. I have a few goals that I am trying to accomplish to better my health and become more active in exercising. I came across the website and also heard about it from a few friends. I need support in eating correctly and following meal plans also challenging myself to keep up with daily goals that I have set up for myself Thu, 4 Feb 2016 18:16:35 EST Hey Y'all From Ponchatoula <BR> <BR> Weighing in at 244 lbs. I'm getting married in 2017 and want to be a beautiful healthy bride! Thu, 12 Nov 2015 11:03:26 EST FitBit - To Buy or Not? I keep hearing people talk about the FitBit, but I wonder if it is worth the expense. Someone also recommended UP by Jawbone. But is any of this useful for the beginner? Opinions? I don't want to shell out the money for something that won't really help me. Tue, 27 Oct 2015 06:26:31 EST Hi, Y'all Hi, everyone. I'm 37 and I live in Lake Charles. I just joined Spark today. I found it on Google while looking for a strength workout to alternate with my yoga workout, and it caught my attention because my car is a Spark, haha. Anyway, I just started trying to work out about a week ago. I also quit smoking that day, and so far so good! (If any of you are trying to quit, I found a wonderful app in the Play Store that tracks how much money you've saved, etc. - very motivating.) I do a workout... Tue, 27 Oct 2015 06:01:31 EST HELLO HELLO EVERYONE. IM NEW HERE. 34 YEAR OLD SINGLE MOM OF A 2 YEAR OLD <BR> Mon, 3 Aug 2015 15:20:20 EST hello hi all i am new just getting started here. I look forward to learning and sharing with all of you! Wed, 8 Jul 2015 20:00:26 EST Weight lose I'm new so I want some of you to help me get started Tue, 7 Jul 2015 22:16:38 EST Totally!! <em>104</em> Sat, 20 Jun 2015 10:05:39 EST Don't want to do it alone... Hi, all! I'm starting the Advocare 24 Day Challenge in the middle of next month and I need help. I was hoping to find a few people who may be planning on taking the Challenge about the same time so we can form a support group for motivation, recipe ideas, encouragement, all the things we need to help each other reach our goals. Personally, I'm hoping to lose about 10 or 15 pounds and am looking forward to the Challenge to jump start my weight loss. Is anyone else game? Sun, 24 May 2015 20:07:39 EST Hi, New Friends! I just joined Spark for the second time. I made some good and supportive friends here in the past. I'd like to make some new ones. I'm 41, been married over 15 years, and we have two boys. I'd like to lose over 50 pounds and need some support. Thu, 14 May 2015 20:15:44 EST katherine I feel like you can help me loss weight. Tue, 28 Apr 2015 12:55:51 EST Anyone up for a new challenge??? Just joined here & ready to roll! Sat, 28 Mar 2015 11:15:33 EST Thank You Thank you everyone for welcoming me to my new journey. I appreciate everyone for all the kind words. This is going to take me a little while to post messages and figure out how this works. Please be patient with me if I do not answer if you send a message. <BR> <BR> Thanks again. <BR> Donna Sun, 22 Mar 2015 20:42:45 EST need motivation I had almost reached my goal in 2014. I lost my sister in September and have been depressed. I am emerging from that depression (on my own - I am an R.N.) and have gained 25 lbs. since September....I must now lose 33lbs to reach my motivation is returning and I want to start today...I did it on my own before, but wanted to try Spark.. <BR> Tue, 20 Jan 2015 10:43:05 EST Healthy food AND a hit with the family? I'm sorta new to Sparkpeople, but I'm gonna jump right in with question...what healthy dish have you prepared that was a HIT with your family. Was it a great salad or a new way to do veggies? I'll go first ... tonight I prepared tilapia and it is GONE! No left overs!!! I dredged the filets in seasoned flour and cooked them in two TBSP olive oil and two TBSP butter (2 filets at a time, freshening up the oil and butter after each pair). Husband liked the dish, so did my pickiest eater! It... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 23:01:15 EST new to teams, not to Spark people! Hi. My name is Laura, a transplanted Texan, living in the Bayou state for about 40 Yeats now! I am a Christian lady, married with grown kids. Though not technically an "empty nester," I feel it when everyone else is out at jobs, movies, dates....and no one is home to help bring on the grocery bags!!! <em>24</em> I don't know if anyone else feels this way, but there is waaaay more good stuff on Sparkpeople than I have a chance to get to. Good "problem" to have <em>211</em> Mon, 29 Dec 2014 23:32:47 EST Laurie - Don't want to be Fat & 50 I am getting a little to close for comfort to the big "50" and need to drop at least 40 pounds to feel comfortable in my own skin. . . We recently bought and remodeled our house (lived in a camper for 6 months) and between working at work and then working at home, I have gained quite a bit of weight. I go all day without eating and want to eat everything in sight when I get home. I am from Watson, Louisiana, have two kids, two dogs and struggle daily with what to cook for dinner for everyon... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 09:00:21 EST introducing myself! Hi all! <BR> I've been tip-toeing in and out of Sparks People for a while. Gonna dive right in now! Too bad about the Saints :( We'll get next year! :) Mon, 22 Dec 2014 13:30:05 EST Hello I'm Margaret Hi my name is Margaret and I am enrolled in a sports nutrition class, my reason for joining! This is a neat website and I look forward to using it even after the assignment is complete. I have always dealt with fluctuating weight, and I am realizing this is due to my inconsistency with my nutritional needs! Any great tips are welcome! Thank you Tue, 23 Sep 2014 16:25:52 EST loosing weight isnt easy Hi my name is shanice branche I am new here and I would be very glad if I can find a few friends on here from Louisiana that could want to take walks and could help each other grow and loose the weight that we want to loose and to have someone you could talk to about your weight situation and not fill embarrassed while you loose weight together Thu, 4 Sep 2014 20:46:02 EST Using Supplements to aid in Weight Lose Am I the only one that is using Supplements to at least get a leg up on their journey. I walked today and done some house cleaning, My little one made me run which made me realize how old I feel for a 28 something year old. It has been one heck of a start. I am still worried about scheduling tho... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:53:53 EST Shreveport Sparker I'm Paula, I've been a SP member for a long time, but I've gotten off track & need to get back on. I live in Shreveport, would love to connect with other Shreveport/Bossier area Sparkers. I need accountability partners to help me stay on track! <BR> <BR> I'm a "biker chick", my husband & I love to ride - he has a Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 Nomad and I have a 900 Classic LT. We are members of Christian Motorcyclists Association (CMA), he is the President of our Shreveport chapter. <BR> <BR> Lookin... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 20:25:23 EST Virtual Walk/Run/Cycle thru US Join me on a Virtual Walk/Run/Cycle thru US @ <BR> <BR> This is for people who want to record their fitness miles on this free virtual trail across the US. (from Virginia to Oregon). It may be fun to see how far we go! There is a picture change of scenery each time you log your miles in showing you were you are in the US on the trail <BR> <BR> If interested in starting this, go to - you will be able to obtain a number and begin your walk across the U.S. I... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 16:42:59 EST Just joined! I just joined today. I want a way to keep myself accountable while I work to reach a healthy weight. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:05:04 EST Hi there Hi I I am Amanda nickname is Mimi 31 years old from Louisiana. Been struggling with my weight for a while now. Have a few disability's and health problems. Been trying to lose around 30 to 40 pounds. I want to lose weight get healthier and be able to keep up with my niece and future niece or nephew for the years to come. Please add me to spark friends need all the support and encouragement thru this walk Sat, 12 Jul 2014 14:11:37 EST Melanie My second day and exploring, using meal tracker but do not know everything Spark has to offer. <BR> <BR> Is there someone who can help me? <BR> <BR> Thanks Tue, 8 Jul 2014 13:43:37 EST Back on SP after being away for a long time! Hi, <BR> <BR> Like the subject says, I'm back on SP after being away for a long time. I've reset my goals, and I'm trying to get in shape again. <BR> <BR> I used the site for a couple of years probably 5 years ago and I lost 30-40 lbs. But since then I haven't been on consistently. Now I'm trying to get back into it. I was an active participant in this group way back then, but I this point, I guess I consider myself a "new" member. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I don't have time for a long intro,... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:47:08 EST Looking help with motivation! I'm ready to start just help with motivation and staying on track! Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:03:43 EST WHAT IS YOUR WORKOUT PLANS FOR TODAY? What is your workout plans for today? Post your workout so that we can cheer you on! <BR> <BR> I got 2 miles in today <em>311</em> Sun, 15 Jun 2014 18:48:27 EST WHAT WAS THE LAST FRUIT OR VEGGIE YOU ATE? What was the last fruit or veggie you ate today? Sun, 15 Jun 2014 18:35:39 EST A "Good Steward" of the LIFE God has given to me : All together, on " my journeys", whether here or other weight loss sites, etc., or on my own, I have managed, with God as my helper, to lose about 65 pounds. <BR> I still have about 15 or so more pounds to g to be in a "healthy" place that I know is RIGHT for my body. <BR> I am a Pastor's wife with 2 grown children and 6 grandchildren. So, God definitely needs me to be "healthy" <BR> to continue to live and be an example for them and others in my life. <BR> I love to ... Tue, 27 May 2014 00:11:47 EST Name: Jeana Hi I am Jeana (age 30) I am a mother of 3, and I am ready make a change in the way I think, eat, and exercise. I don't really know what all to say. I just know I love the ideas and all the helpful resources spark has to offer. :) I am looking around today trying to make a real goal set plan so that by this time next year I can enjoy the summer with the kids and be more fit and healthy!! Mon, 26 May 2014 13:27:14 EST Bossier City I everyone. I am teacher in the SBC area. With the summver coming I am eager and ready to shed this weight once and for all. My husband is also a teacher and we both have gotten unhealthy dealing with our jobs, our familys and just stress in general. Its too easy to turn to food and make up excuses for not exercising. Sun, 27 Apr 2014 11:52:04 EST Starting All Over Again! Monday, April 21, 2014 <BR> <BR> One of my sons took his life this month. I haven't been paying attention to my goals. After 3 weeks I am taking myself up by the boot straps and going on with my life. I will go back to work Wednesday of this week and I will start back with my exercising. I will also start watching my calories. Been emotional eating way too much also had to get back on Seroquel for Bipolar Disorder so I can work and do a good job and this medicine causes me to eat going to b... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:11:42 EST New here So glad there is a Team for Louisiana, where it can be difficult to stay on any eating program, especially down here in NOLA! Hope to get some good pointers here. Sat, 29 Mar 2014 16:12:32 EST Hey! I'm Leslie. Hi!! My name is Leslie and I'm 22 years old. I have struggled with my weight my WHOLE life and I'm just ready to get it under control and be HEALTHY. I'm 270lbs and I'd like to lose a MINIMUM of 70lbs. I have come to the conclusion that I lean to food for everything. I eat when I'm bored, lonely, sad, happy, anything! And the fact that I'm in school and working full-time makes healthy meals even harder to come by. I really just need the support and motivation to eat healthier and wake up earl... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 14:28:51 EST Halrod32 Morning everyone, My spark streak is growing and i'm learning a lot about diet and nutrition. I work out regularly and my eating habits have been keeping me from making any significant gain or loses in this case. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 10:14:16 EST A new start Good morning Louisiana Spark......I am new to the group. I am a retired school teacher from north Louisiana. I need to lose weight and get myself in shape so I can enjoy my retirement years in the best of health. I will check in with you guys when I have something to share. I am so new at this that I am not sure about procedures. Have a healthy week everyone!! <BR> Wed, 5 Mar 2014 11:39:33 EST Introduction Greetings <BR> I am from Houma , a mother of two, due to family history my doctor has put me on a regiment as a precaution. Diet and exercise have not always been my friend. I have finally fpund a support system wit Sparkpeople <BR> Wish me luck&#128515;&#128515;&#128515;&#128515;&#<BR>128515; Tue, 25 Feb 2014 15:27:55 EST Hi everyone! My name is LuLu and I have had Type I juvenile diabetes for the past 55 years. I just got an insulin pump last month and I am wondering if anyone here would know of a website I can use to calculate my carbohydrates that I eat each meal???? <BR> <BR> Any and all help will be appreciated! I am using MyFitnessPal on my Iphone; however, it does NOT calculate how many carbs I consume in each meal! For example, today, at lunch, I ate 1 1/2 cup of home made potato salad and it can't calculate th... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 15:21:23 EST cliche' of the new year.. sexy lard!!! HELLO!! Im a mother of 2.. full time NIGHT SHIFT worker of a stressful job.. and 230 lbs of pure sexy fat!!! <BR> <BR> unlike most.. my journey began months ago.. and no results.. working out minimum of 3xs a week 30 mins each time if not more.. (I also had lapband done 3 yrs ago-- regretfully with not very good results) <BR> Well.. about 3 weeks ago.. I decided.. in the resolution of a new year.. to change then.. before i gain another pound.. I have been working out 5-7 days a week.. chang... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 09:00:00 EST new mommy who wants a new look Hello. My name is Angel. I live in south Louisiana where we LOVE rich, yummy food and it seems like all gathering are focused around just that. I recently had a baby boy who I love so much, but I cant seem to lose the last 15 lbs of baby fat. In addition to the 15, I would like to keep going and get down to a healthy 150lbs, making a total weight loss goal of 40lbs. I love working out. The elliptical is my favorite cardio. I am very motivated to start and I do a good job for the first 2 week... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 15:32:09 EST Hi Hi y'all! I'm Kathryn and just re-joined sparkpeople. I joined spark in 2009 and lost some weight but graduated college and just stopped tracking and being involved on here. After graduating, I moved to Austin, TX and absolutely loved it there, but I was ready to come home to be with my family and start my masters program in Elementary Education. So I moved back to New Orleans and started my program. I was recently sleeved on 12/10/13 and thought I might as well give sparkpeople another shot,... Fri, 20 Dec 2013 13:53:01 EST From Ponchatou la...What about you? I am 32 years old with 3 children from Ponchatoula. Would love to connect with other locals with similar goals. I am looking to lose at least 25 lbs Wed, 18 Dec 2013 21:32:54 EST New in the SBC Hey all! I'm Jen, a California native, but have been in NW LA for 6 years now. I'm a single mom with two young kids, and hoping to find some friends to get fit with! I'm very active, but need to push myself harder, I've been exercising less and eating more with the changes that have gone on in my life. I need to turn that back around. I have about 40lbs to lose, but more importantly I want to FEEL healthy and LOOK healthy regardless of the number on the scale. :-) Sun, 15 Dec 2013 02:17:52 EST Why not? *waves from south Louisiana* <BR> <BR> I'm 34... divorced... one 9 year old. Highest weight was 345... I had gotten down to 235 about 4 years ago, but sadly, I'm back up to 300. I'm hoping with the help of spark people, I can get it back down and under control for good! Sat, 14 Dec 2013 12:28:16 EST Hello to all my fellow "Sparkies" My sister told me about this site about a year ago. I have put off joining until now. Today I have realized that if i am going to lose weight I have to (a) start now! putting it off any longer is totally foolish;and (2) make a commitment to make changes in my lifestyle. So here I am on Sparks making the commitment to people I do not know that i will make changes in my lifestyle to lose weight. My first commitment is to drink 8 glasses of water a day. <BR> <BR> Thanks for being here and ... Tue, 22 Oct 2013 21:01:57 EST New here. Just decided I can no longer be this obese. I actually "outgrew " my home scale. Depression is my main problem and eating is my only addiction. Fast food is everywhere. It's easy and I work in my car 7 days a week. VERY discouraged. Tue, 22 Oct 2013 13:53:38 EST I nailed it 2.0 Ok ladies and gents- we liked this one so much we called for a second show. Same as before except 200 fitness minutes per week this time. Please post "I nailed it" and the date every Friday by midnight. <em>381</em> <em>386</em> first posting is 10/25 and last posting is 11/29. Might also be helpful(but not nessacary) to get a starting weight so you can see how much you lost in six weeks. Good luck and look forward to seeing you each week. Fri, 18 Oct 2013 19:31:46 EST grandmaw13 I am 53 yrs old have arthritis in right shoulder & left knee. I have tried anything & everything nothing works. I do have high blood pressure but with the medicine its staying under control. My problem will be exercise if there is a way I can do chair & laying on my bed exercise i'm ready please help. I can't walk too good with my knee & can't lift to reach up or out with my right arm that's why I don't really exercise. Mon, 14 Oct 2013 19:07:39 EST Hi there :) Hey y'all! I'm Reagan from Northeast Louisiana. I'm new to Spark People and just began a workout program. I've always started and never kept up, but this time it's different. The first year of being married has put some weight on me, and I'm looking at getting myself back on track. I work with a trainer two days out of the week with a circuit training type workout and run 3 days a week with a couch to 5k program. The weekends are my "cool down" but I do a toning workout from a video or play t... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 10:51:28 EST Warrior Dash Is there anyone else doing the Warrior Dash on October 12? Sun, 6 Oct 2013 09:47:33 EST Hi from Colorado Hi Everyone. I am from Louisiana, but moved to CO 7 years ago. Our CO team really doesn't have anyone who participates so I am hoping to join you guys. I am 2 months into my journey and really feeling great these days. Anyways, hello! Wed, 2 Oct 2013 18:19:46 EST Chewing the Fat - Daily Chat I was rear-ended on the way to see my neice last night. I was lucky and don't have the damage you would expect when looking at the other person's car. I don't have any complaints <BR> - no real aches or pains, but Adam was with me and he told me this morning that his neck was hurting. I sent him to school and told him to call me if got worse and he hasn't called yet. So will have to see how he is feeling this afternoon - I hope that I don't have to go to the ER. UGH! but will do what I ... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 17:30:03 EST Today! Today was my first day walking my 2 miles again. It had been quite a while since I had done it so it took some extra time, but I got it done. I also did Zumba once I made it back home. That was such a challenge. For now there is no way I will be walking AND doing Zumba more than twice a week. As the time progresses on I will try to do more days of walking AND Zumba. Oh and on a positive note, I lost 2 pounds! Wed, 25 Sep 2013 18:18:16 EST Newbie here from Gueydan Hello everyone. I just recently joined SP in hoping to get some motivation to help me shed off all this excess baggage I am caring around. As everyone here knows it is not easy to try to lose weight living in Louisiana but for health reasons I need to drop some pounds. Any way just wanted to drop by and say hi. Wed, 25 Sep 2013 09:51:18 EST Hi Hello everyone. My name is Crystal. I am 26 years old. I have struggled with my weight my entire life. I have no motivation. I work nights so when I get off work, all I want to do is sleep. I ordered Zumba DVD's. I really need to lose this excess weight. Wed, 18 Sep 2013 00:00:15 EST I will reward myself with when I reach... I will reward myself when I lose 5 more pounds with a Spa Day. <em>244</em> Mon, 2 Sep 2013 11:44:13 EST “I Nailed It” 6 Week Challenge Please join us for our 6 Week “I Nailed It” Challenge beginning September 2(post on September 6) through October 18(Post by 11:59pm). <BR> 1. Our challenge is to exercise 100 minutes a week, yes just 100 minutes a week. That is 20 minutes for 5 days, 50 minutes for 2 days, 14 minutes for 7 days or however you add up 100 minutes for the week. <BR> 2. You will post your minutes each Friday by 11:59pm on the message board posting site. <BR> Post Example: I Nailed It—my 100 Minutes for th... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 18:02:26 EST September Chat Wow, today is the first day of September and the month that I started SparkPeople. I am forever thankful to God for me finding this community of friends and I look forward to the 10th when I can add 1 year to my Sparkpage. <em>244</em> <em>252</em> <em>386</em> <em>247</em> <em>220</em> Sun, 1 Sep 2013 08:51:58 EST New Sparker from Lake Charles Hi all! A good friend of mine suggested SP, so here I am. At the start of the new year, I had been determined to start eating differently and taking care of myself better. Though I wasn't exercising, I was changing (somewhat) what I eat. In June 2013, I learned I had diabetes (type 2) and high cholesterol, and the news was a kick to the butt in a major way. Since then, I've taken up walking and I do other forms of exercises and try to get it in five days a week. So far, I've lost 20 pounds, o... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 19:42:32 EST Share your goals and reasons for weight loss I am trying to lose 36 pounds of which I have lost 21 since September 2012. I just want to live healthier , have more energy and enjoy life <em>334</em> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 12:23:49 EST Back Again I am back on SP. Last time I did not loose any weight, but I was able to eat better and do more exercise. I did feel better then. Now I must loose a few pounds and move more. I have had some health issues come up lately and I think because I have gained some weight and have not been doing as much moving as I should. <BR> <BR> I am looking for a new start and a healthier / lighter me. <BR> <BR> Beth Mon, 26 Aug 2013 09:58:41 EST What made this day great for you? Today is agreat day because, I moved my body today. <em>334</em> Sun, 25 Aug 2013 08:32:55 EST Can you make a Word using Spark? Sparklicious! Sun, 25 Aug 2013 08:31:58 EST DollyKay78 My name is DollyKay, I'm a wife and mother of three great kids. I have several health issues, but I refuse to let them hold me down. I've been on this weight loss journey for 1 & 1/2 years. I have not been using spark people, mostly because trying was frustrating to me. I'm hoping with some help I can reach my goal of 115 lbs. Here goes...something. Thu, 22 Aug 2013 21:18:20 EST Virtual Walking Tour I have been doing a Virtual Walk/Run/Cycle thru the US since September 2012 and wanted to share this information with you guys. There is a picture change of scenery each time you log your miles in. For you walkers and runners it may be fun to see how far we go! <BR> <BR> If interested in starting this, go to <link> </link> - you will be able to obtain a number and begin your walk across the U.S. This team is for people who want to record their fitness miles on this free v... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 18:49:28 EST What is your favorite fall activity? I love to watch the leaves change colors as I travel each day. Mon, 5 Aug 2013 10:19:29 EST Are you a morning or a night person? MORNING Mon, 5 Aug 2013 10:14:25 EST Welcome all Saints Fans Hi everyone that loves the Saints, the time is getting closer to our 2013 Saints' Seasons. The guys are looking good. <em>244</em> Sat, 3 Aug 2013 10:35:58 EST August Chat Wow, where did the summer go? They have the school supplies out now, wasn't the children just let out of school. <em>246</em> Thu, 1 Aug 2013 19:51:43 EST Graffiti Run in NOLA Is anyone else going to the Graffiti Run in NOLA? Looks like lots of fun! Right now registration is on Groupon for half off! :) My husband and I just signed up. <BR> <BR><BR>/new-orleans-la-september-1-2013/ Sun, 28 Jul 2013 13:36:54 EST Run or Dye 5 K in Shreveport September 7th <link> </link> I think this would be a great opportunity to have a group event here in louisiana check it out looks like it could be fun . Thu, 25 Jul 2013 10:01:28 EST Greetings All! Greetings and salutations from the Red Stick. <BR> <BR> My name is Russel and I'm a SparkPeople retread. I joined a LONG time ago and never really followed up. I stayed tracking for about a month and then wandered off. <BR> <BR> Then, in 2011, at 44 my doctor was brutally honest with me when I weighed 307 pounds, so I joined Weight Watchers and lost over 100 pounds. I lost motivation when they cancelled my meeting and never got back into the program so I cancelled my membership last week. ... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 14:10:54 EST Hello Everyone I'm new to the site and finding it full of good information. I'm not new to the struggles of being healthy though. I am excited to be back on the journey though to a healthy lifestyle!!!! Mon, 22 Jul 2013 12:17:35 EST Hello everyone I am a transplant to Louisiana and I need to do to loose the weight and get healthy . I recently found out I am a Diabetic which runs in my family. But the good news is I can control it with Diet I just need a little help . I am 32 recently married unemployed and over weight I also have depression and tend to use food as a crutch when i am sad or bored . <BR> I am here for support and encouragement in my journey who is with me and anyone in the bossier area ? know of any group settings or ac... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 11:54:39 EST Lafayette Marathon and Half Marathon March 2014 Spark Louisiana Team Member, Alecia (Nappigurl), sent this information to our Team to share: <BR> <BR> <em>366</em> <em>363</em> <em>186</em> <em>331</em> <BR> Lafayette, Louisiana would be hosting its FIRST EVER Marathon and Half Marathon on the 30th of March, 2014. <BR> <BR> Please post your comments, suggestions or any information about this event here. Thank you for your support of Spark Louisiana. <BR> <em>366</em> <em>363</em> <em>186</em> <em>331</em> <BR... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 19:11:27 EST Newbie If you are new to Spark Louisiana, please share with us here. We will be happy to hear from you. <em>235</em> <em>244</em> <em>220</em> Fri, 5 Jul 2013 12:39:14 EST 10 Minutes of Exercise today Yes, <em>244</em> Fri, 5 Jul 2013 12:36:55 EST 1 Piece of Fruit/Vegetable Today Yes, fruit so far. Fri, 5 Jul 2013 12:35:40 EST Did You Track Your Food Today? Yes. Fri, 5 Jul 2013 12:34:02 EST What to Take on Your Trip A- Z Water Fri, 5 Jul 2013 12:25:43 EST Occupation A- Z Nurse. Fri, 5 Jul 2013 12:24:49 EST Post Until You Get 10 Points and Restart 3, 7 Fri, 5 Jul 2013 12:23:34 EST Monroe/West Monroe Area Is there anyone in the Monroe/West Monroe area, that I can become friends with? I would like to have a buddy to motivate an motivate me, and keep each other on track. If you live close by, email me. <BR> <BR> Ladybugy <em>376</em> Tue, 2 Jul 2013 20:41:23 EST New to the team Hi,I'm Joe and introducing myself to the team. I'm 60 years old and live in West Monroe. A year and a half ago I had a heart attack and subsequent open heart surgery. Needless to say I have a new motivation for exercise,weight control, and healthy eating. At present I'm 25 lbs over my goal weight and usually stay around 193 each week. I walk and perform tai chi daily and my food habits are pretty good,maybe nine on a ten point scale, but the lbs aren't dropping. Tue, 2 Jul 2013 09:03:33 EST July Challenge Do you want to try this again?? <BR> <BR> You may do either challenge or both: <BR> 30 days of at least 10 minutes of Fitness . . . Or . . .a Milage Challenge - how many miles can you rack up through running/walking/cycling in a month? <BR> <BR> ~~~~~ copy this for posting (or change the dates for when you start) ~~~~~ <BR> <BR> July <BR> <BR> 7/1: <BR> 7/2: <BR> 7/3: <BR> 7/4: <BR> 7/5: <BR> 7/6: <BR> 7/7: <BR> 7/8: <BR> 7/9: <BR> 7/10: <BR> 7/11: <BR> 7/12: <BR> 7/13: <BR> 7/14: <BR... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 14:07:58 EST July Chat Wow, we are 6 months into 2013 and we have accomplished so much and made so many friends on our journey to a healthier lifestyle. I am so excited today and so thankful to be here with my friends. I hope everyone has a great day and let's do what we do in the month of July to make our journey hot !!!! <em>243</em> <em>247</em> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <em>246</em> . <BR> Mon, 1 Jul 2013 14:03:08 EST July Chat Wow, we are 6 months into 2013 and we have accomplished so much and made so many friends on our journey to a healthier lifestyle. I am so excited today and so thankful to be here with my friends. I hope everyone has a great day and let's do what we do in the month of July to make our journey hot <em>246</em> <em>247</em> <em>220</em> <em>244</em> . Mon, 1 Jul 2013 13:24:59 EST What do you drink most frequently during the day? Water Wed, 26 Jun 2013 15:12:45 EST Did you Exercise Today and What did You Do? Yes, walking Wed, 26 Jun 2013 11:09:52 EST Hello. New here :-) 180 lbs lost ... 18 to go ! Yep, you ready it right. lol My name is Lindsey. I am 29 years old and have lost 180 lbs. I am a previous Sparkpeople member, but under a different account.... long story ... a lot has changed and emails etc had to be changed and deleted. I have not been on in about a year though. <BR> <BR> I am a prior military wife and was married for 11 years. After dealing with infidelity, domestic violance, losing 3 daughters at birth, having 3 wonderful boys and eating myself into a depressive state...... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 19:33:12 EST Today, I am... Today, I am at peace knowing that I am doing my best. <em>244</em> Fri, 7 Jun 2013 12:09:31 EST North of Alexandria or South of Alexandria North, 94 miles from Alexandria. Fri, 7 Jun 2013 12:01:28 EST full of sweetness Hello, I just joined yesterday but have been on a weight loss program since January. I have lost about 30lbs &#55357;&#56833;. I have now reached the point to where the weight isn't coming off as quickly. Looking forward to getting to know you all and hoping to hear some great suggestions and encouragement. Thanks Fri, 7 Jun 2013 11:52:11 EST SP members not alone I've been reading SP Blogs hoping to feel inspired. It amazes me how many of us are out there fighting the same battle. At times I feel alone in this journey I know this is not the case. As I read the entries I relate to so many no matter how varied they are. The trials and triumphs we all share are similar. <BR> <BR> My trials these past few weeks have been self imposed. I am fighting with myself about gaining 3 lbs over the past two months. WHY? Because I'm not seeing the whole picture. W... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 01:44:02 EST June Chat Wow, what a day. <em>198</em> The Spring into Summer Learning Swim party was a success even though the a/c went out. The kids and adults had so much fun and the food was great. <em>244</em> . Glad it is over and glad everyone had a great time. Sat, 1 Jun 2013 19:44:59 EST June Challenge Wondering if you guys would be intrested in a 30 day challenge?!?!?! <BR> <BR> You may do either challenge or both: <BR> 30 days of at least 10 minutes of Fitness . . . Or . . .a Milage Challenge - how many miles can you rack up through running/walking/cycling in a month? <BR> <BR> ~~~~~ copy this for posting (or change the dates for when you start) ~~~~~ <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> JUNE <BR> <BR> June 1: <BR> June 2: <BR> June 3: <BR> June 3: <BR> June 4: <BR> June 5: <BR> June 6: <BR>... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 15:08:25 EST What Emoticon are you today? <em>104</em> Fri, 17 May 2013 13:18:03 EST Positive or Negative Today I am very positive, how about you? <em>244</em> Fri, 17 May 2013 13:16:08 EST From West Monroe Is anyone from a 50 mile radius of Monroe/West Monroe. I would like to take back the Monroe/West Monroe team, if we can get members. Wed, 15 May 2013 22:10:16 EST Did you drink 8 glasses of water today? How many glasses of water did you drink today? Water is so important to us on our journey to a healthier lifestyle, so how are you doing? So far today, I have drank 2, on my way to 12. <em>334</em> Sun, 12 May 2013 10:16:27 EST ABC GAMES of Exercise A is for appointment. Make an appointment with yourself to do your exercise, it helps you to stick to it. Calendar it on your phone. <em>247</em> Sun, 12 May 2013 10:12:37 EST New to Spark People and Have Questions We are glad you are on our team, do you have any questions? Share here and will will get an answer for you. We want to help you on your journey to a healthier lifestyle. <em>220</em> Sun, 12 May 2013 10:06:51 EST WooHoo Moments WooHoo moments should be shared with others to encourage others. Please share these moments here. <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> Sun, 12 May 2013 10:03:51 EST 100 Ways to Healthy Snacking What is you way to stop eating those potato chips during the hours of 3-7pm? Please share what works for you. <em>220</em> Sun, 12 May 2013 09:58:52 EST What is Your Challenge for May? I am doing the 5% Spring Challenge that starts May 11, however I will be moving every day prior to the start day. Wed, 1 May 2013 15:47:18 EST May Chat Wow, a brand new month to make it what we want it to be. Best wishes, <em>223</em> . Enjoy today, it is a great day. Wed, 1 May 2013 15:45:40 EST Just found SparkPeople Hi, <BR> <BR> I just found Sparkpeople and am excited about joining, I definitely need the encouragement and support/accountability of others. Hoping to make a real life change rather than just constant yo-yo dieting. Thu, 25 Apr 2013 09:22:10 EST What made you smile today :) I am smiling because the rainy weather did not stop my exercise problem. <em>244</em> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 11:46:13 EST Post a Positive Today, anything is possible. First you need to believe it and then walk in it. Wed, 24 Apr 2013 11:44:25 EST I had a SPARK DAY! I finally got to over 1500 calories and I cut my grass for 2 1/2 hrs. today. I guess I finally got the old metabolism the boost it needed today. <em>224</em> Thu, 18 Apr 2013 17:43:10 EST Because of Spark People, I no longer.. I no longer eat desserts after lunch and dinner. <em>244</em> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 16:22:56 EST Begin a word with a vowel Apricot Mon, 15 Apr 2013 16:20:23 EST How many glasses of water today? 12 Wed, 10 Apr 2013 16:12:11 EST Favorite type of Music or Artist My favorite music is jazz. Sun, 7 Apr 2013 14:05:45 EST April Chat Welcome to April, Spark Friends. <em>381</em> <em>386</em> Wed, 3 Apr 2013 18:50:54 EST 30-30-30 April Challenge Looking forward to April, 2013 and our “ 30-30-30 April Challenge” in which you choose your 30 or do all 30-30-30. Let us know how you are doing on this Message Board topic, “30-30-30 April Challenge”. <em>125</em> <BR> 30 Miles in April <BR> <em>363</em> <BR> or <BR> 30 Minutes of exercise each day <BR> <em>319</em> <BR> or <BR> 30 Minutes of doing something that make your body move each day. <BR> or all of the above. <BR> <em>318</em> <em>231</em> <em>320</em> <em... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 17:29:24 EST We need a Louisiana Spark Girl Event! Hey Everyone , I'm Lindsey I live in Jonesboro, La. I think we could get some events going and spread the word about spark , it is beginning to look like it is keeping me disciplined, motivated, and committed to myself. I feel better, have more confidence, and ready to go!!! I want to meet other women from my region and make lasting friendships thru our hardships of losing this weight! Fri, 22 Mar 2013 15:07:51 EST Favorite Louisiana Thing Wow, there are so many things--the people. They are so friendly. Sun, 17 Mar 2013 19:23:51 EST April Challenge Does anyone have an idea for a challenge for April? Sun, 17 Mar 2013 19:20:56 EST Favorite color Pink. Sun, 17 Mar 2013 19:18:41 EST Hi I'm BridgetteB Hi I am 53 yrs old. Have reared 5 children and in need of motivation. I need to loose 26 lbs that Serouquil has put on me. I was diagnosed Bipolar in 1990 but I am ok. I believe that the LORD will help me through. As of now I need the encouragement to get from a size 14 to a size 8-10, that is what I am supposed to weigh. I used to be the motivator now I need the motivation.I plan to put all goal into full swing this Monday. Starting from the beginning of the week makes for a better start for... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 01:30:36 EST St Patrick's Day Plans What are your plans for St. Patrick's Day? I plan to wear something green to church and enjoy family and friends. <em>441</em> <em>440</em> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 16:23:33 EST Leesville, La Hi, Im looking to see if there is anyone in the Leesville / DeRidder area interested in keeping eachouther a little more accountable by meeting weekly or more for support or to possibly start walking together a few tmes a week. Tue, 12 Mar 2013 12:34:34 EST What do you like most about Spark People? The trackers. <em>252</em> Sun, 10 Mar 2013 20:57:56 EST Points for today What points did you get today. 3, 7 Sun, 10 Mar 2013 20:54:45 EST newbie Hi I'm Valerie. And I'm new here. Wed, 6 Mar 2013 12:53:09 EST New to SP I have struggle for the longest time to try and get rid of some belly fat. I hate doing it alone. I started a workout class, but no one was motivated like I was and I eventually gave the class up. I try to Zumba at home everyday, but need some others to help me stay motivated. After I had my first and only child I was 160 lbs and have gotten down to 124, but would love to try to get down to 110 and lose my belly! <em>249</em> Tue, 5 Mar 2013 17:29:25 EST Did you know that Easter is in March? I just found out that Easter is the 5th Sunday in this month, how about you? <em>449</em> <em>449</em> <em>449</em> <em>449</em> <em>449</em> <em>449</em> <em>449</em> <em>449</em> <em>449</em> <em>449</em> Mon, 4 Mar 2013 17:30:58 EST The same points on two spins in one day. 7, 7 Mon, 4 Mar 2013 17:27:34 EST How did you find SP? I found SP through a magazine article and I am so happy that I found them I have stayed with SP longer than any other weight loss plan. I <em>252</em> <em>244</em> Mon, 4 Mar 2013 17:24:26 EST Have you Huddled Today? Have you stopped by the wall to huddle today to encourage your members? I have huddled, how about you? Sun, 3 Mar 2013 08:46:19 EST Favorite item that is green This month, we salute the Irish and green is a favorite color for March. What is your favorite thing that is green. I love lime shebert, which is green. <em>137</em> <em>440</em> Sat, 2 Mar 2013 22:49:34 EST MARCH CHAT I don't know how to STICKY NOTE this but if someone can so we have our place to come chat this month. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I will head to Baton Rouge. My cousin, Janet, passed away. It wasn't a shock...we knew it was coming. She has fought a two year battle with brain cancer. She remained so strong all the way until about two days before she passed. Janet was a wonderful woman and very strong. She was over 6' tall and always so beautiful. I was going to go see her yesterday but everyone... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 17:34:25 EST I started the COUNTING thread.... in case someone is in a hurry and really keeps up with the daily points. Some day I am in a hurry and I come to only this board and another one. The other one is REALLY slow in traffic. In fact, I have been carrying on a conversation with myself for about three weeks now on the other board. LOL Wed, 27 Feb 2013 07:53:35 EST What is your favorite thing to do for Spring <em>378</em> My favorite thing is planning my garden. <em>378</em> Sat, 16 Feb 2013 13:49:58 EST Welcome To Spark Louisiana <em>247</em> Hi, we are glad you are here. <em>247</em> Sat, 16 Feb 2013 13:43:02 EST Share your Birthday and Sparkpeople Anniversary Please share your Birthday and Sparkpeople Anniversay date here. <BR> <BR> DOB 02/03 <BR> Sparkpeople Anniversary 09/10 Fri, 15 Feb 2013 23:08:56 EST New Orleans - Margarita Daiquiri Would anyone know how many calories are in a New Orleans Margarita Daiquiri ... from the daiquiri shop ..size large ... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 19:04:57 EST Hi, I'm New...looking for walking partner... Is anyone in Louisiana interested in training for, preparing for the Susan G. Komen Walk for the Cure...20 miles a day, 3 days in a row (60 miles) in Dallas, Tx, first week in November, 2013? Sun, 10 Feb 2013 22:30:09 EST Any ideas for Valentine Day What are you doing for Valentine's Day. I told hubby not to buy me candy this year. I think we will go to the movies and eat at home this year <em>246</em> Sat, 9 Feb 2013 17:41:37 EST COUNTING 1 Fri, 8 Feb 2013 18:00:19 EST I had King Cake and Crawfish...Now, HEALTH PLAN!!! I said I was going to give myself a day or two break and then hit it hard again. I had some King Cake yesterday afternoon. Not near as much as I wanted to eat but enough to stop craving it. Tonight was a special night....the ladies from church went to eat crawfish together. AND it is my only daughter's Birthday today. We got 20 pounds for the five of us and I couldn't eat my share. I got full. I had one of the boys sitting by me and he is not a fast peeler so I peeled for him since I a... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 23:01:49 EST February Chat February has been a good month so far, I hope I get good news at my weight in this week. <em>244</em> Tue, 5 Feb 2013 15:44:40 EST What is one item that you really should throw away My old tennis shoes. Sun, 3 Feb 2013 17:25:53 EST Once again...lost I am at it again...Im happy I lost one pound but I am 233lbs not the glamorous 219. The depression has cause me to puffer up and I have had it. I am feeling so low right now. I am achieving other goals and gaining weight on these depression pills. I spoke to my doctor. Hopefully he will listen to me this time. I want to be healthy again...I want my life back not just physically but mentally. Time to kick the cigarette habit and the reeve up the WII as soon as I can get one. Time for this to s... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 17:05:27 EST February 2013 Challenge <em>247</em> <em>247</em> <em>247</em> <em>247</em> <BR> February is the shortest month of the year and it is the month that we think about LOVE. This year, it would be wonderful if we will do something each day “just for me” to show our love to ourselves. It can be anything you do just for yourself on your journey to a more healthy and joyous life. The challenge begins February 1, but you can begin sharing what you think about this challenge today. I hope you enjoy the “Just ... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 14:40:48 EST Post YOUR Inspirations Here My inspiration for doing Spark People comes from wanting to feel and look better for myself. I am thankful that there are so many people here to encourage me. <em>252</em> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 14:15:08 EST I'm to the point of counting 2/10ths of a pound My weight is coming off so slow I have come to the point that I am counting 2/10ths of a pound bc my scale does. Ok...and I am NOT going to run the report on my weight loss anymore. I am not where I am supposed to be according to the chart and it frustrates me to look at that. I will have to wait until I am further along to do that. <BR> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 14:43:05 EST Today I Will Not... Today I will not weight again. Mon, 28 Jan 2013 18:18:03 EST Funny... I always thought that it took courage to take steps of accomplishments but it is about esteem. It takes way more than just courage or strength but I didnt have the heart to be confident in myself for years after being told that I was worthless until I decided I wouldnt give up on myself. I see now that esteem and honesty with self can get you alot futher than hiding. I guess it takes something deep within and the will to honestly shake those horrible thoughts loose. I can do it and I will. If... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 17:29:00 EST Sulking... I've lost in inches but gained in pounds. On top of that I take antidepressants causing the weight to fluctuate. I am so ticked. I gained 24lbs, and the doctors wonder why I don't want to take their meds... I work hard to keep the weight off. At one point I was down to 198 and now I look like an oompa loompa... pray for me but don't tell me to eat my fruits and veggies. I do it three times a day... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 13:18:41 EST The Many Things That Make Us Smile... There are many things that make me smile; the Lord, my family, people that smile, a brand new day, small children, running water, sunny day, rainy day,... <em>213</em> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 16:53:53 EST Years with SparkPeople How many years have you been with Spark People? I started in September and have already reach a milestone, I have never been with a healthy eating plan for more than 3 months before SP. <em>252</em> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 16:41:25 EST Who's running/walking the Classic?! This year marks the 35th anniversary of the Crescent City Classic and it's going to be AWESOME! Held annually, the Saturday before Easter, the Classic is the most enjoyable race I have participated in. The race welcomes runners/walkers/joggers of ALL levels with many participants donning costumes (bunny ears and tutus are popular). You will be encouraged and entertained by fellow participants as well as people along the course cheering you on! The Crescent City Classic is a New Orleans tradit... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 19:53:35 EST New member questions and virtual buddy request If you are new to our teams and have a question or would like a virtual buddy, please let us know here. Thanks <em>220</em> <em>381</em> Thu, 17 Jan 2013 19:10:25 EST Do you prefer walking or running? I prefer walking. <em>311</em> Thu, 17 Jan 2013 19:05:39 EST MARDI GRAS 2013 Wow, it is Mardi Gras time in Louisiana and the parties and the pagents have already begun. What are you doing for Mardi Gras in your community. Let's sound off, Louisiana. <em>410</em> Wed, 16 Jan 2013 13:24:20 EST WOOHOO I lost 3 inches off of my waist, <em>244</em> Mon, 14 Jan 2013 13:40:14 EST Team Goals What do you like about our Team Goals? I think it is great that we are all working together to meet our monthly goals. <em>381</em> <em>243</em> Fri, 11 Jan 2013 17:36:18 EST Favorite Breakfast Food My favorite breakfast food is oatmeal because you can add something good and different to it each day. Fri, 11 Jan 2013 17:28:36 EST What are you up to this weekend? We are preparing for our Mardi Gras Ball. It will be hard to stick to the health plan but we are going to do it. Hubby is in "training" this weekend bc he is King next year so we have to be there to learn. Fri, 11 Jan 2013 11:24:26 EST Houma Hi, I noticed a few people here from houma but I didn't see a thread like this. I was wondering if anyone in the houma area wanted a weight loss/work out/motivation buddy. I should warn your dont have a set work schedule so it can be hard to get together but I'd like to try and make it work. Let me know if any of y'all are interested. Thu, 10 Jan 2013 19:44:59 EST January 2013 Daily Chat Hello, team! <BR> <BR> I would like to start off with an apology for my lack of attention over the last couple of months. Things have been really busy for me and I have had some internet connectivity issues. A very slow connection is not very compatible with Sparks because of the heavy Javascripting. Lately, pages just don't want to load for me. :( <BR> <BR> So, we are at the beginning of a new year. I'm sure that y'all are full of plans and excitement for your future. I know I am! ... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 00:55:37 EST not a new years resolution Hello all, just joined and wanted to say hi. I used to eat pretty well and work out regularly but I've lost all my motivation so here I am lol. I'd love some motivation buddies so say hi :-D Wed, 9 Jan 2013 13:44:21 EST Hey there... I am a nursing student. The stress level i have is off the chart. I have been in school for a year now and I just keep gaining...This weight needs to come off...I am a very outgoing person and love having fun when i am not studying...anyways that is all i guess i should say for now...:) Tue, 8 Jan 2013 23:22:58 EST New on here. This is my first time on this site. First time for me to join a website to track losing weight. I am in the Lafayette area. I have three kids. One in high school, two in elementary. I have a lot of weight to lose. I hope to get it done within a year. I'm just tired of being too tired to run behind they kids. Wed, 2 Jan 2013 21:26:12 EST Hey Ya'll My name is Jessica and I live on the Westbank, 30 years old, always struggled with my weight. I am looking to get out a bit more and make new friends maybe run some races, and most definately get fit!! Wed, 2 Jan 2013 16:01:06 EST Liza Blessed Hello, starting my NEW YEAR off right with Spark People. :-) Tue, 1 Jan 2013 10:51:08 EST Introducing myelf I'm from north Louisiana. I'm 44 years old, mom to two boys, and married for 18 1/2 years to my college sweetie. I need to lose 40 lbs. I've just joined Weight Watchers. Looking forward to getting to know everyone and getting fit together! Sun, 30 Dec 2012 19:03:01 EST 1st words hi, folks <BR> just started this journey and am glad that all of you are out there. am looking forward to inter-acting with others as i try to get back to the best health i can have. <BR> <BR> posted an intro to myself on the message board, so please read it there. <BR> <BR> Sun, 30 Dec 2012 07:55:33 EST I allowed for the extra calories I ate and enjoyed holiday treats, yes it will mean some extra exercise :) and I don't feel deprived, so for me that means a real "do-able" life style change, I am really looking forward to all the neat things here at spark people and losing my weight in the next coming year. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 24 Dec 2012 10:41:31 EST Louisiana marathon and half marathon Are there any of you out there who plan on running the Louisiana half or full marathon in January 2013? I have signed up for the half. I have previously only run in 5k's. My mileage so far is up to 6 and I am just hoping to finish without falling over. If anyone can tell an inspiring story of their first half or full marathon it might help inspire me to keep my chin up. Thanks! The race is in Baton rouge on Jan. 20th. Sun, 25 Nov 2012 21:50:07 EST MzPowell08 Hello!! I am MzPowell08 Wed, 14 Nov 2012 17:28:31 EST Im a newbie ! Hi I'm Brittany Freeman. I live in Louisiana ,right across the lake from the city of New Orleans. I am super excited to be a part of this site! Does anyone have any good tips or tricks, or perhaps just want to talk , let me know ... <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> Love, <BR> <BR> Britt Fri, 9 Nov 2012 06:51:14 EST November 2012 Daily Chat Hi, Team!!! We are now into the first full week of November! Today is election day and I hope you're all planning to vote. It's such an important right that we have as citizens of this country and we should all exercise our rights! <BR> <BR> How did y'all do with your October goals? I did fairly well, though toward the end of the month there were lots of things going on that kept me away from the computer and if I don't log my nutrition almost immediately, it doesn't happen. So, I misse... Tue, 6 Nov 2012 12:56:36 EST Shoe Recommen dations? So, my next investment is going to be a good pair of shoes for when I work out. <BR> My normal activities include walking, jogging, crossfit, and zumba. Any suggestions on a shoe that could accommodate my entire routine? I really don't want to buy more than one pair, at least for now. Sun, 28 Oct 2012 19:13:46 EST I'm new to this... Hello all. I'm fairly new to this. I have been on a two year long weight loss journey. I have shed more than 100 pounds without surgery. I am really struggling to lose the last 50-55 pounds. I guess I am looking for motivation and people who are struggling with the same issues. Thu, 18 Oct 2012 14:27:12 EST Hi, I's Gloria from Louisiana Hello everyone. I am excited to be with you guys. I have never done this before. I think this is what has been needed in my life to lose this weight. I have struggled for almost twenty years to get rid of 100 pounds. Pray that I can follow the plan and be successful. I know I can do this I just have to continue in the faith and be committed to God and it will happen. I know it can be done. Pray for me and this path I am about to partake. I have done various diets and lost and gained b... Fri, 12 Oct 2012 11:34:55 EST October 2012 Daily Chat How's it going, y'all? Have you set any goals for the month? I discovered that I have been under-eating last month so my goal for this month is to log my nutrition everyday. I had gotten into a habit of eating not so good choices for snacks and sometimes for meals so I cut the junk and when I stopped losing weight I started trying to figure out why and logged my food one day to see if I was still eating more than I thought. To my surprise, I ate 3 meals and a snack and only consumed 996 ... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 13:20:57 EST What have you been doing right? I noticed that many of you have been here for a while and have made excellent strides towards your weight loss goals. <BR> Great job by the way! <em>243</em> <BR> I am still working on developing my routine and figuring out what works best for me. I found aside from the larger changes, the smaller ones can also be rather significant. <BR> What are some things that you've done that you feel contributed to your success? Tue, 2 Oct 2012 19:04:38 EST Hi!! I'm returning to Spark. Was on for about 6 months did great but let life get in the way...So now I'm back. Looking for an accountability buddy in the Shreveport Bossier area. Looking forward to getting to know a new, healthier me. Mon, 1 Oct 2012 10:25:24 EST Healthy Fare Potluck Lunch Hi, y'all! <BR> <BR> I just wanted to share some information from Rita61moody of the Lafayette area Sparkers team. She is hosting a potluck on Saturday, October 13th at noon. It will be at Girard Park in Lafayette. If you would like to attend please bring a dish to feed 6 to 10 people and a chair. Tea will be provided. If you would like something else to drink bring a drink as well. You can contact Rita61moody for more information. <BR> <BR> I know there are quite a few of y'all down ... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 01:28:06 EST Accountability Buddy in Acadiana I'm just starting on SparkPeople! I've fiddled around with other programs, but I am to the point where I have got to stick to the game plan. <BR> Anyone around Acadiana need/want an accountability or workout buddy? Sun, 23 Sep 2012 02:58:52 EST Hi, I'm new! I'm 50ish and loving life in New Orleans with my wonderful husband and three spoiled dogs. I had gastric by-pass surgery on July 17, 2012, and am down 48 lbs since surgery and 68 lbs since I began the journey in May. I'm looking to connect with people with similar journeys and interests. Wed, 19 Sep 2012 21:57:55 EST New Member Hi, My name is Shaunda. This is the first time I've joined anything like this and I am really excited about getting started. I am a Pre-K teacher, so I stay fairly active throughout the day. However, I just can't seem to lose the weight. I have tried every diet and program without success. I need help! Tue, 11 Sep 2012 12:49:31 EST i need a buddy Hi all i am new and i need a inspiration buddy that goes both ways .i would also like someone to walk with i am a at home mom so my schedule is pretty open. i hit a size 24w and i am devastated. i live in lake charles area Mon, 10 Sep 2012 17:04:42 EST Hello Hello, Just wanted to let yall know.....I have joined the team!! Alexandria, LA on board!! Mon, 10 Sep 2012 13:46:45 EST September 2012 Daily Chat Happy September, y'all! Hopefully these summertime temps will start winding down soon. It's interesting to me that we always end up with a heat wave after a hurricane passes through. Man, it sure has heated back up!! <BR> <BR> I'll be starting round 2 of Brazil Butt Lift tomorrow. I took a few days break between finishing round 1 and the beginning of round 2 and I have really been enjoying "lazing" around for a few days. I usually try to do planned exercise 6 days a week and take 2 or 3... Sun, 2 Sep 2012 14:43:26 EST lost some I am pleased to post that I went to my weigh in at 1pm an have lost 2 pounds ALL FAT according to medi clinic. <BR> Here is a prayer for all La.Please God Don't let this storm take any life an may we sustain very little damage esp.New Orleans they are just getting back on ther feet from 7 years ago. Mon, 27 Aug 2012 16:06:31 EST storm hI louisiana peeeps , <BR> Whated to send a heads up to people living in New Orleans area! <BR> I do not know what they will are will not put on TV but , I got a call from my husband( he works offshore) the agents in charge of offshore has issued an evac for the water around there, my husband was working around the causeway area. <BR> I know they don't alway say everything on TV. <BR> They expect the storm to be around cat 2 when it hits Tuesday! Sun, 26 Aug 2012 17:40:56 EST where is everyone Hay where is everyone from this neck of the woods it,s been 3 days scence anyone has posted . <BR> NOT GOOD! <em>40</em> <BR> I am still hanging in yesterday was a rough day felt faint and dizzy. I can only guess I did not take in enough cal. for the work I was doing outside.I know I had enough water because i drank10 glass not counting my power aid. Fri, 24 Aug 2012 18:06:15 EST AUGUST Chat Sorry I have been MIA, but I just had all my teeth pulled out for Dentures. How have you all been? I know August is almost over, but we still have time to discuss any issues we have been having weight wise. Is everyone staying on track with your water intake? Food? Any emotional eaters out there? Drop in and let us help each other through this. Good luck on your journey! Thu, 16 Aug 2012 09:18:54 EST Hello Hello, all you fine people. Fri, 10 Aug 2012 10:23:13 EST Hi Everyone I'm Trudy. I stumbled on this site while reading an email from another weight loss site. I saw an ad for the cookbook and downloaded it on my tablet. My interest was peeked and I decided to try Spark instead. I had lost 10 lbs before joining and have lost 3 more lbs since beginning this journery 2 weeks ago. My motivation is high and I am looking forward to making a lifetime committment to this new way of eating. Wed, 8 Aug 2012 18:50:50 EST Olympics Anyone? What events are you looking forward to? <BR> <BR> What events inspire you? <BR> <BR> My favorites to watch are; <BR> Athletics <BR> Diving <BR> Gymnastics - Artistic <BR> Gymnastics - Rhythmic <BR> Swimming <BR> Trampoline <BR> Triathlon <BR> Marathon <BR> Track & Field <BR> <BR> And since beginning the c25k, I am even more interested in the marathons!!!!! Sat, 28 Jul 2012 10:53:56 EST All the good cooking here makes us fat! Hi my name is Sonja, but on here I want to go by my super girl name, Sonjovia and you have to say it like they say ricola on the commercial. I am 36, I live in Alexandria and I have been in denial about my diabetes for 2 and1/2 years now and if I don't get my act together,I am going to suffer.You think I would would take it more seriously since I lost my grandmother to it after watching her suffer from it for years. Dang it, is just hard here with the way we all eat,and the food is so good! I... Thu, 26 Jul 2012 15:38:27 EST Hi all Hi all, <BR> <BR> I am Amanda from Lousiana,I am 29 years old and need to lose 30 pounds.I have a few health problems that are making my weight loss journey a very slow one.I have a lot of fitness dvds that I use including Leslie Sansone billy blanks and a few others along my collection.I have just recently been doing turbofire,turbojam and chelene extreme.Looking for frends that can help and support me along the way,feel free to add me.Need a lot of support.Looking forward to meeting new fr... Fri, 20 Jul 2012 16:17:45 EST Hi all Hi all, <BR> <BR> I am Amanda from Lousiana,I am 29 years old and need to lose 30 pounds.I have a few health problems that are making my weight loss journey a very slow one.I have a lot of fitness dvds that I use including Leslie Sansone billy blanks and a few others along my collection.I have just recently been doing turbofire,turbojam and chelene extreme.Looking for frends that can help and support me along the way,feel free to add me.Need a lot of support.Looking forward to meeting new fr... Thu, 19 Jul 2012 16:37:05 EST Not sure how this program works! I deal with back pain on a regular basics each day, but I'm tired of the pain stopping me from exercising and doing things I really want to do. I'm overweight, has tried many avenues to loose weight with no results. I eat lost of fruit and vegetables , drinks lots of water, avoid fast foods try to eat proper portions but, still with little or no weight lose. I'm desperate for suggestions or serious help. I need to loose roughly about 85 lb. to reach my desired weight. Thu, 12 Jul 2012 20:06:01 EST Hi guys Well, my name is Chelsea. I am a mom of a soon to be two year old little boy named Owen. I am soon to be married hopefully by march of next year. I live in Avoyelles parish in a somewhat small town named Bunkie. I am a 911 dispatcher as well as a soon to be licensed insurance agent. My fiance' is also a police officer as well as my father. I am pretty much an easy going person. It takes a lot to get make me upset. I'm basically here to try and change my life around, or to live heathier actual... Wed, 11 Jul 2012 17:06:42 EST Here I Go - Again! I'm hoping Spark People with give me th spark I need to lose 50 pounds by next March. I started Weight Watchers several times but lose interest after a few weeks. I lost 35 pounds back in 2006 but have gained it back. This time, I want to finish and keep it off. My biggest challenge is exercise - I already get up at 5 am to go to work, and I have a twelve-hour day every week day. Any helpful hints would be greatly appreciated! Wed, 11 Jul 2012 15:25:45 EST Hello from Lafayette! Glad to have found this group! Wed, 11 Jul 2012 13:36:21 EST Good Morning I am 62 years young and I need to lose 20 lbs to keep my Dr. happy and myself healthy. I live on a poultry farm in Louisiana and I am a very active Master Gardener. I grow a lot of what we eat every day. Sun, 8 Jul 2012 11:21:01 EST Love food; hate exercise! Hi, everyone, I'm Laura from Denham Springs (Baton Rouge area). I've already lost 19 lbs. on my own, but I have 50 more to go. And I've come to a dead stop <em>39</em> Thu, 5 Jul 2012 18:21:32 EST July 2012 Daily Chat Hello, Team!! I hope you're all still working toward achieving your goals! It's day 2 of the second half of the year. Do you need to regroup and start working a new strategy or recommit to your fitness journey? It's never too late!! <BR> <BR> Yesterday was the 5th anniversary of my decision to turn my life around and start taking care of my health. I've lost from my all time high weight of 210 to a point of fluctuating around 145 to 150. I'd like to get back down to that maintenance ra... Mon, 2 Jul 2012 18:01:30 EST Hi!! From near the Lafayette area!!! HI!!! I'm a 27yr old married mother of 2 with over 100lbs to lose and i am loving this website so far it has helped me greatly to stay on track the past couple of weeks!!! i look forward to reading others updated and staying motivated because of it!! Fri, 29 Jun 2012 14:28:53 EST 61 Easy ways to Lose Weight. <link><BR>y/201206/61-easy-ways-lose-weight </link> Thu, 28 Jun 2012 09:12:44 EST Newbie Hello everyone! <BR> I'm starting this again and this time trying to do it right! I'm a 27 year old newly-wed (09/30/11) from Houma, Louisiana. I'm trying to lose 127lbs! I want to feel better, look better and be able to start a family with my husband. Anyone else from around the Houma area? Mon, 25 Jun 2012 16:26:24 EST Newbie! Hello everyone! <BR> I'm newer to the game (again)! Just wanted to say hello and get myself out there! I'm a 27 year old newly wed (09/30/11) who is trying to lose weight to feel better, look better and to start a family with my husband! Anyone here from around the Houma, Louisiana Area? Mon, 25 Jun 2012 16:21:18 EST Today's login points 10 <BR> <BR> <em>347</em> Sat, 23 Jun 2012 20:34:57 EST Is anyone in the New Orleans/ Metairie Area? Looking for people in my area for a support system. Send me a message anytime! I'm new and very motivated! Tue, 12 Jun 2012 16:07:07 EST Greetings from New Orleans/ Metairie Area Hi everyone, my name is Susannah. I am 33...almost 34 years old this July, and I am here to get back into shape. I haven't stepped on a scale since May 21, 2010, and at that time, I weighed 153 pounds, I was in great shape, I worked out on a regular basis, and I loved trying on clothes, and felt great in them. I was easily fitting into a size 8. Oh, I should probably mention that I am 5 ft 9 inches tall, so I'm not short, and I don't consider myself to have small bone structure. <BR> <BR> Fo... Tue, 12 Jun 2012 14:46:15 EST hi i just wanted to introduce myself. I am 29 years old. I have never really tried to lose weight other than two years ago i lost 18 lbs then stopped. I went to the doctor in October of this year to find out why I was not getting pregnant. I found out that I had cyst on my ovaries and I was not ovulating. I came home and cried to my husband. He said were never eating out again and we are losing this weight. Well that was a lie we eat out. We just dent gorge on food ever night like we used to. I ... Wed, 6 Jun 2012 23:12:24 EST Hi ya'll! My name is Mariah. My goal is to lose 23 pounds by september 27th. I've started the insanity workout and eating way better. September 27th is my 5 year anniversary with my boyfriend, he is my motivation. I also have 2 dogs and am a die hard LSU football fan! Wed, 6 Jun 2012 15:49:46 EST JUNE CHAT 2012 Drop by and visit with all your Sparkfriends. We want to encourage you along the way. Tue, 5 Jun 2012 20:08:53 EST Hey! Hi, I love my state and all the goodies it has to offer like food. I need to make some changes so that I can enjoy the food I crave while being healthy. So I am here to make a change. <em>9</em> Sat, 2 Jun 2012 16:22:28 EST Howdy Y'all! I quit smoking a few years ago...and now I'm weighin' in at 208. That's not so bad tho ' cuz mid Feb. I was weighin' in at 220. Tryin' to get down to 145ish. Hopin' that'll lower my blood pressure & cholesterol & maybe even take some pressure off these arthritic bones. Sun, 27 May 2012 22:25:42 EST Another Newbie I guess this is where I say hello......hello. It seems I have developed somewhat of a rut for myself, two years to be exact and frankly tired of it. I hope to gain some motivation here and regain a healthier lifestyle and routine once again. Thu, 17 May 2012 05:26:20 EST kimsavoie Hi healthy folks Sun, 13 May 2012 19:52:47 EST May 2012 Chat How's it going, y'all? I've been enjoying the weather. I know it's getting a little warm out but I am still loving it. <BR> <BR> I've finally gotten pretty much adjusted to the new job and all and I have just had to face the fact that I can't spend hours on the computer on Spark People and Facebook anymore!!! I mean, sheesh, can't there just be 30 hours in a day. So, I'll keep trying to check in every couple of days. Hopefully, I can keep things stirred up a bit around here. LOL!! <B... Mon, 7 May 2012 22:30:29 EST Getting it together I am adopting a healther way of life today, and having this community of people and the support system to help me along the way is a breath of fresh air. I cannot wait to get my life back on track and become a success story , not only for myself, but for others. Mon, 7 May 2012 16:05:24 EST I HAVE TO MAKE IT!!! Hello. I'm Suga! I NEVER thought I'd be 200 pounds!!! I started informing my doctor about a weight gain last year and was put on a low fat diet. I stopped dining out, watched what I ate....GAINED weight. I tried WW.....GAINED weight.....Diet pills....GAINED weight......all along my doc says I'm healthy. "But doc, I'm not happy". She says "oh as we get older..." Well the line has been drawn and crossed! I am alone and I will succeed in my goal of getting back to the happy me! Tue, 24 Apr 2012 16:54:40 EST CHALLENGE IS NOW CLOSED!!!!! The SPRING MOTIVATION AND FITNESS CHALLENGE is here by closed. There will be NO challenge. Have a great day. Sat, 7 Apr 2012 09:59:51 EST APRIL CHAT 2012 Good morning and HAPPY APRIL everyone!! <BR> <BR> We can do our chats here. Mon, 2 Apr 2012 07:54:35 EST Hi My name is Sandy. I'm 49 and have had many significant life changes in the past year.. not the least of which was gaining far too much weight. I'm finally a bit more settled in my new home in north Louisiana and am hoping SparkPeople will help me along the journey to get my old body and energy back. Unfortunately, I don't really know anyone here so if you live anywhere around Mangham or Rayville Louisiana I hope you'll drop me a line. Wed, 28 Mar 2012 17:56:22 EST SPRING MOTIVATION & FITNESS CHALLENGE POST THREAD Post how you are doing in the challenge here. Wed, 21 Mar 2012 21:29:02 EST SPRING MOTIVATION AND FITNESS CHALLENGE This is where you will say if you are in for the challenge. This is how the challenge will work. <BR> <BR> *Runs from April 2, 2012 to May 31, 2012. If you have to drop out that is ok. <BR> <BR> *You will sign up here before April 2nd. There will be another thread for us to post our progress. <BR> <BR> *Each week there will be something "new" for us to do and something encouraging for us to read. <BR> <BR> *Week #1---Send 5 people a Spark Goodie everyday for the whole week. It MUST be som... Wed, 21 Mar 2012 21:11:11 EST SPRING CHALLENGE I will be putting forth a Spring challenge for us all. It will run from April 2, 2012 to May 31, 2012. If you want to be included you will just go to the Spring Challenge thread and let me know. I will have it up and ready by the end of March. Tweaking it a little. Mon, 19 Mar 2012 20:00:32 EST To live heathy, to be heathy. I lived my life on a incline,decline of heath. Wishy washy with heath and my knowledge on exercise limited. I have tried very few things that really worked. My goal is to lose the unwanted wait, but mostly to live healthy. I joined sparks for my voals and encouragement. I have 50 or so lbs to shake off. Im motivated!! Mon, 19 Mar 2012 09:04:09 EST MOTIVATED & DETERMINED MY name is memorie i am a mother of 2 girls 13 & 10...before the kids i was always small but we know that kids change things...i now weigh 174lbs 5'3. My mother has diabetes which i have seen the down side of this...diabetes will control you if not taken care of properly. My kids grandmother rest her soul died of kidney cancer & before she died she would always say if i had of taken time out for myself i may have caught this cancer early. These 2 ladies in my life changed me for the better... Sun, 18 Mar 2012 15:09:12 EST Hey Ya'll! I have been on spark for a while, but, just have not introduced myself yet. Sorry. Procrastinator..... <em>2</em> . I have started the Atkins Diet and hope to do well, but I really am insulin resistant and have to stay VERY low on carbs or will have no luck! Hoping to really see a difference and soon! Talk to ya'll later and give you an update! Have a great weekend! Fri, 16 Mar 2012 17:37:48 EST Losing for good, this time Hello. I'm a previous weight watcher and over the past four years have gained all my weight back and then some. I began Ideal Protein on Feb 1st of this year and have lost almost 24 pounds so far. I'm excited to be doing this! Mon, 12 Mar 2012 00:45:47 EST Hi everyone My name is Amy, 24, and new to sparkpeople. The doctor said I needed to lose 40-60 pounds for health reasons. My wake up call was when I ended up in the hospital with pneumonia and they found fat around my liver. I'm hoping to reach the weight I was my senior year of high school (135)-trying not to get discouraged because I know the weight loss process will be a tough one. Thu, 8 Mar 2012 22:58:33 EST Back after a long time Hi everyone. I'm back on SP after a 2 year hiatus. (If you want the long version of my SP journey, check my blog. <em>30</em> Anyway, I just wanted to say hi. I'm recommitting to my health, so you should be seeing me around here. <BR> <BR> Fri, 2 Mar 2012 16:29:34 EST Louisiana Daily Chat for March 2012 Well folks, time is marching on. <em>311</em> A new month with new goals. <BR> I 'm not setting any weight loss goals for this month, but I am aiming to work out 4x's a week instead of 3x's. I'm going through a gradual lifestyle change so setting small goals to help me reach bigger ones is my main concern. I've lost a lot of inches and I know the pounds will soon follow. <BR> To all my fellow Sparkers I wish you all the best this month in setting and reaching your goals. <BR> Thu, 1 Mar 2012 20:11:36 EST My message is long, but may help you Hi, ya'll, My story may be helpful because my weight problem was undiagnosed or improperly diagnosed for seventeen years, Polycistic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most under-diagnosed conditions and can cause insulin resistance resulting in uncontrollable weight-gain. <BR> It can manifest in many different ways; therefore many women are unaware they have it. <BR> <BR> For example, in my case, both my sister and I had PCOS, but our bodies and our symptoms were completely different. Whe... Thu, 1 Mar 2012 14:36:48 EST Trying Something New Hey everyone! I am just now joining Spark People, and I have never done anything like this before. I am a chronic dieter, and I just really want to stick with it this time, make a lifestyle change, and stay motivated!!! I started the 17 day diet yesterday and I have lost 1 pound so far. I don't really like this diet, because I get tired of eating chicken and having no sweets, but I have lost weight with it in the past, so I am trying it again. <BR> Is anyone else on the 17 day diet??? Tue, 21 Feb 2012 21:08:43 EST new here! Hello everyone. Im 19 years old and work at a hospital. Im not extremely over weight but my whole family is. I figured now is best time to get everything under control. Im in lafayette area and work at a hospital and usually do 8hr evening shifts or 12hr 7a-7p shifts. Makes it hard to eat right and keep things under control. I would greatly appreciate any support. Thanks so much for any help at all! Sun, 19 Feb 2012 16:18:00 EST 1st grade teacher Tried everything to lose 30 pounds, need help. Sat, 18 Feb 2012 18:52:42 EST Whole Wheat Pasta I had whole wheat pasta for lunch and it tasted so different. I guess I havent been eating wheat before! I have been cooking regular pasta and regular rices. I wonder if it's my taste bud or it's natural to taste different since I have been eating white stuff for a long time? Sat, 18 Feb 2012 17:08:35 EST New sparkpeople member Hello, My name is Jade and I live in Kenner, La. I weight 240 pounds and that's my heaviest point in my life. I have a beautiful 7 yrs old autistic daughter. I realized I need to lose weight and be healthy to be around Leah for a long time. I know it will be hard but this is the starting point! My first challenge is to quit drinking soda and start walking more! Any advices would be appreciated. Thanks. <em>213</em> Thu, 16 Feb 2012 16:32:27 EST Team Mates Hi everyone. I live in Denham Springs which is nearby most of our group. Although I am not able to exercise a lot right now (bad back), I will check on our team site freq if anyone would like to discuss our wt loss. I hope to stay committed for self-improvement. I am also attending Weight Watchers meetings in Baton Rouge. Hoping that both programs will bring more success. Wed, 15 Feb 2012 14:14:07 EST Sherri It's time to drop the extra weight to keep up with three grandsons. So many diets have not worked or just too much work for a slight loss. Age and or medication must have a role in the steady weight gain. Wed, 15 Feb 2012 00:02:12 EST wanna be healthy Hello My name is Nicole Campbell, and I am new to the site for the past week I have been walking but only able to do 10 min due to lower back problems, each week I plan to up the walking a notch if my body can do it. I also just as of recently invested in the supreme 90 day challenge, which also proves to be difficult but I am planning on doing as much as I can. And I can use all the motivation I can get. Mon, 13 Feb 2012 13:18:15 EST talk about a fast break!! I got on the scale for the first time since beginning and I HAVE LOST 17 POUNDS!!!! In just two weeks!! Yes, Yes, I know. Most of it is probably water weight but still 17 pounds!!! I have 9 more to my first goal of below 300!! I WILL make it. and I WILL lose the next 100 after that!! Mon, 13 Feb 2012 10:46:08 EST Louisiana Daily Chat for February 2012 Hello Everyone, Happy Monday! I'm hope you all are starting this week off with a bang. I sure did. I walked this morning at work and did my cardio dvd this evening. I also stayed within my calorie range today. I'm looking forward to a healthy and happy week. Of course I wish the same to you all. <BR> <em>104</em> Mon, 6 Feb 2012 22:34:11 EST Hi everyone exercise tip I am Angela from lousiana and I have discovered a really cool exercise program and I would like to share that with everyone. I have been doing The Pussy Cat Dolls Dancers Body Workout & 10 minute solution hip hop dance mix!!! <BR> I have been rotating them out with core exercising and walking & have lost about 15 #'s & dropped from a size 22/24 to size 16 in 1 month of doing this continuously. I had just been doing regular gym exercises, and hadn't got far on the weight loss!!! So good luck... Mon, 6 Feb 2012 20:20:40 EST Introduction Hello everyone! My husband and I just moved to the Baton Rouge area last Fall. Due to the move, I am now working out of my home office and I've found it very difficult to keep any sort of schedule without having an office to go to every day. I've also found it very easy to just snack on stuff throughout the day with the kitchen being right next door! My motivation to do anything is very low, but I really want to lose some weight and get healthy again, so I'm hoping this might keep me acco... Fri, 3 Feb 2012 13:53:14 EST Start yet again! Ok...I'm starting fresh yet again to try to get this weight off. My husband and I are taking our grandson and granddaughter on a cruise in July, so I'm trying to use that incentive to stay on track. My treadmill is back in use, we are bowling one night a week and eating lots of fresh veggies from our garden. This time I'm going to do it! Wed, 1 Feb 2012 09:14:06 EST My personal Goal I am shooting for a Size 12!!! I wear a 24 now but not for long. Wed, 1 Feb 2012 09:11:53 EST Sorry a little late.... I actually joined Spark People a couple weeks ago, but have not sent an introduction message. I am married to a Certified Executive Chef and I have a beautiful daughter. <BR> I graduated in Psychology and recently left my job. I decorate cakes and enjoy making candy, cookies, and recently dove into bread making. <BR> I am ready to take this journey and would love all the support I can get! Wed, 1 Feb 2012 00:28:31 EST Mardi do you deal? Unlike the rest of the country where it's just another boring Tuesday, here in Louisiana we are out on the parade route drinking, eating Popeyes, bbq, and king cake usually before 10 am. Or at least thats the way it is down in NOLA. So with a day literally meaning fat tuesday quickly approaching, I was wondering if you guys have any tips, tricks or strategies for dealing with Tuesday's temptations? Wed, 25 Jan 2012 17:39:01 EST alkia29 Hi my name is Alkia i am a mother of 3 and proud of it Sun, 22 Jan 2012 11:31:01 EST Introduction (Long over due) Hi SparkPeople, <BR> I am finally introducing myself. I joined SparkPeople back in Aug. 2011. Well, I should say I signed up because other than joining some groups I really didn’t do anything after that. However I have made up my mind to get serious about getting rid of some weight. I say "getting rid of" because I don't want to lose it and then find it again. I'm learning how to count calories which is working out ok so far. I have committed myself to working out at least three times a week.... Fri, 13 Jan 2012 18:54:43 EST Water How is the water going? I've had 6 cups today. Thu, 12 Jan 2012 16:58:53 EST Off an running ... well, off, anyway ... I amglad to find this place and I am looking forward to interaction. I don't care much for meetings because they are generally inconvenient and not very personal. A group of people who don't see each other except at meetings show up once a week to here a mini-lecture on something most of us already know. The weighing in and announcing progress is not enough. I need to interact on my progress at random times throughout the week. Some days are easier than others. I want somewhere to go for the ... Thu, 12 Jan 2012 14:56:22 EST Hey, y'all! Hello, Team Louisiana! I signed up for SP quite some time ago but never really used it. Been going strong since the beginning of January. I had a revelation as I was coming to work on Monday--choosing nutritious food really isn't difficult, I've just been LAZY! <BR> <BR> We've declared 2012 the "Year of Health" where I work and some of us gals have started a friendly "competition" for weight loss. Competition works better for me than just having a buddy to do this with, it motivates me more.... Wed, 11 Jan 2012 13:36:42 EST Challenges for 2012 When are we going to come up with new Challenges for 2012? We need to jump start the New Year. We need to start with something small. I just can't seem to follow LARGE:( I get side tracked by everything around me. Small does the trick. Please keep this TEAM going. Let's not let this fall by the wayside. <BR> <BR> Not a Leader but wishin' <BR> lady51(Veronica) Tue, 10 Jan 2012 19:53:15 EST Hello SparkTeam Louisiana Hi everybody, <BR> I'm Donna from Denham Springs. I am new to SparkPeople & glad to share the wt loss jouney with folks from La. Goooo Tigers! Mon, 9 Jan 2012 18:49:56 EST Newbie... I am new here and wanted to introduce myself. I am 32 years old and mother to 2 wonderful boys! I work full-time and also attend school full-time. In the past 6 months have been diagnosed with Hyperthyroidism and Graves Disease and had to have my thyroid removed which put me at Hypothyroidism and has caused a weight gain of 57 pounds. My Endo doctor has finally given me the "go ahead" to start dieting and exercising now that my thyroid levels are normal. So here I am to meet people for motiva... Fri, 6 Jan 2012 17:34:09 EST Not Dead Yet from Diabetes and Heart Failure But doing well after a rough year. Dr.'s improved me with Rx and a pacemaker or sorts. <BR> I'm 70#s overweight.... just turned 60 and now ready to face the truth. <BR> Since I'm on Injectable insulin, my Dr says it will be very hard to loose weight... which is very true. <BR> I got a bike for Christmas and live in a riding friendly neighborhood. So excited about that... but if feels like starting over. <BR> I eat a healthy diet... but not good enough to loose the weight. One of the problems ... Fri, 6 Jan 2012 11:07:20 EST Louisiana Daily Chat for January 2012 Evening everyone and Happy New Year! I hope you all are having a great Spark day. I just finished working out. "Whew" I also decided to track my food again. I think it will help me stay focused. I'm ready to start this new year off with a bang! <em>283</em> Tue, 3 Jan 2012 22:06:53 EST jeannine I'm a mom of 5 adults children and a gramdmother of 3 who need to get healthy for myself and I'm going back to school to be a X-Ray tech. I enjoy going camping with my family and love riding my bike. Tue, 3 Jan 2012 11:10:10 EST Hi from Louisiana! Greetings to one and all. New SparkPeople member here. I'm looking forward to using this site to make changes to my lifestyle, mainly more physical activity and less bad food choices. And maybe make some new friends along the way! <BR> <BR> Brenda Sat, 31 Dec 2011 23:54:04 EST Goodmorning Spark World Hi, my name is Nicole. Everyone calls me Ny because my first name is Nyesha. I'm very excited to start this experience today. Hopefully with the help of God and others, this is a trip I won't end until my goal has been reached. I'm determined to be a role model to my younger sister and a successful person in life. This is the start of a lifestyle change that will stick with me. Its best to be encouraged and remember no one wants best for you more than u so stay encouraged and be successful. W... Sat, 31 Dec 2011 09:39:52 EST New to the team! Hello! I'm 35 years old, wife, mother, and a nurse. I have fought my weight as long as I can remember. Unfortunately, I have a 13 year old daughter who is following in my footsteps. We (Hubby, daughter, and I) have decided that now is the time to start in a new direction. My challenge is I have the 13 year old who needs to lose weight and a 12 year old that needs to gain weight. Any suggestions? Fri, 30 Dec 2011 10:30:23 EST A little intimidated I've been navigating this site fora few hours toiday and I don't know where to get started. Nevertheless I am happy to be getting started somewhere. My goal for 2012 is to finally reach my goal weight and be the healthy individual I know that I can be. This probably doesn't sound like a proper introduction but I'm glad to be here. Mon, 26 Dec 2011 19:50:52 EST I'M READY TO BE A LOSER!! I've spent the last 15 years of my life using food to ease my sadness and loneliness while drastically limiting my physical activity. Result: 50 pounds that I don't want or need! As a former weight-loss instructor, I have blatantly ignored all the 'shoulds' and packed on the pounds - stuffing my feelings by stuffing myself with comfort foods. I am tired of the extra weight and how it burdens me physically, emotionally, spiritually, mentally. The time is NOW to get the weight off. Sun, 18 Dec 2011 19:02:11 EST Getting Started Hi, I have been apart of this site seems like forever but now I am ready to get the job done...any pointers or advice on how to be commited and driven? <BR> thanks :-) Sat, 17 Dec 2011 20:34:20 EST Running for my LIFE Hi ! My name is Mary I am from Kinder, LA. I am just intoducing myself to the Spark Louisiana Team. I am a wife, mother (two teenagers), Artist and teacher. This is my first time to post in the message boards. I have been a runner for about 4 years. I have run 2 marathons and 2 half-marathons. I will be running the Houston Marathon this January. I would like to lose 18 pounds! I have gradually gained this weight over the last year and I am feeling VERY discouraged. I am looking for that SPARK... Fri, 9 Dec 2011 10:00:14 EST Louisiana Daily Chat For December 2011 Wow! This year is almost over. Can you believe it? This year has had some serious peaks and valleys for me and my family. In my reflections on the year, there are lessons that I've learned and things that I wish I had handled differently. This last couple of months have been particularly difficult and I've been seriously fighting depression but I am so thankful for the friends that have stood by me and been supporting me through everything both here on SparkPeople and in real life. Your... Fri, 2 Dec 2011 19:17:13 EST New and a little intimidated! Hi! I'm new and hoping to lose 25 lbs! :) Thu, 1 Dec 2011 15:37:12 EST Hey Ya'll!! Im Shannon, 23 and a momma to two girls, My husband is in the AF and we are getting ready to make our journy from Mountain Home AFB, ID to Barksdale AFB, and I would love to meet people who have goals in mind!!! I love to do Cardio and weights!!! If anyone is in the Bossier/ Shreveport area please ADD ME!! Cant wait to get to know yall Thu, 17 Nov 2011 16:35:56 EST Oh hai! Okay, I've always wanted to do that. So now I have. Nice to meet ya'll. I'm hoping I can finish what I've started this time around :) <BR> Geaux Tigers *rawr* Thu, 17 Nov 2011 09:21:44 EST BEAUTIFUL WOMAN POSTS The following request is from Coach Jen. While the sentiment is so sweet, all the repeated posts deplete the site's resources enormously. Please refrain from repetitious posts. <BR> <BR> ~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~ <BR> <BR> Hi everyone <BR> <BR> This is just a friendly reminder to please not pass along "chain" type SparkMails or comments on your SparkPage. There's one going around right now about being a beautiful person and passing it along to 3 other people you know. It's nice in theory, bu... Wed, 16 Nov 2011 17:48:20 EST Hi, I'm Ashley Hey I'm Ashley & I'm new to Sparkpeople. I'm looking to lose about 30 pounds. Looking for motivating people to count on each other :) Mon, 14 Nov 2011 22:45:02 EST Greetings My name is Amber, I'm a 28 yr old SAHM and USAF wife. I've just started on my weight loss journey. Sun, 13 Nov 2011 16:32:43 EST Newbi Hi my name is Pam and I live in central La. Just joined today and looking forward to meeting others. Best of luck on your journey <em>41</em> Wed, 2 Nov 2011 16:49:58 EST