SparkPeople SP Class of January 30- February 5, 2011 Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=47169 This team is for all members who joined SparkPeople from January 30- February 5, 2011. Welcome! SparkPeople SP Class of January 30- February 5, 2011 Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=47169 Swimsuit Season Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17548x47169x47755787 Hey Friends -- if it isn't swimsuit season where you live, it will be eventually! This mini-challenge is to motivate us all to get ready! The challenge will run from today, April 25 until Saturday, April 28. <BR> <BR> Wednesday - If you haven't already done so, take and record your measurements. Access this tracker through your start page (under "Weight Tracker and Measurements" button. Commit to measuring weekly or monthly. Take 5 minutes to record this commitment on your personal calend... Wed, 25 Apr 2012 10:47:59 EST Becky B http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x46331789 I'm having a terrible time losing any weight!!! Please pray for me. Mon, 30 Jan 2012 22:43:44 EST Happy 1 year anniversary! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x47169x46171815 Hi Team. <BR> <BR> I am posting this several days early so I don't forget to say, "Happy anniversary." You have spent a year on the quest for a healthier life. If you are reading this, you still have your goals in mind whether your path has been a straight one (and rare) or a curvy path with lots of switchbacks, ups and downs and backtracking! <BR> <BR> You are here, thinking about your health, a year later and that is something to celebrate! Sun, 22 Jan 2012 10:05:18 EST Summerskin1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x45881434 Hello, I hope everyone is doing good today. I am new to Spark people and really looking forward to dropping this weight with everyone. This is New Year and I know this is going to be a struggle for me, but I know I can do this. I quit smoking over a year ago. I never thought I would be able to quit, because I really enjoyed smoking. I know to some that might sound crazy, but true. So now I am trying to loose this weight. Good luck everyone, I know we can do this together. Does the Sp... Sat, 7 Jan 2012 13:42:13 EST Is there aSparkpeople smartphone app? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x45019146 Hello, <BR> My laptop is down, and wondered if there was a sparkpeople app to download to my phone? Want to start tracking again! My daughter is getting married in April, and I am determined to look my best and health/ fit by then. Thu, 10 Nov 2011 19:20:48 EST Hello to All! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x43171797 Hello All, <BR> I just finished my first week of a new life style change! I stumbled upon this site and I'm looking forward to sharing with and supporting others in this incredible journey! <BR> <BR> Sun, 24 Jul 2011 21:37:07 EST Greetings from a newbie:) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x43073270 Hi! My name is Victoria and Just wanted to introduce myself. Summer is finally here, the heat is on. Since summer started I have only used my Computer 1-2 times a week. So saying will check in on spark at least once a week. Have a funtastic summer all:) Tue, 19 Jul 2011 10:40:50 EST Let's get outside challenge! - Week of July 3rd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17548x47169x42793429 Hi Everyone! So I know this may not be true everywhere but we are definitely enjoying a sunshine streak here in Toronto! Even if the sunny skies aren't happening your way, lets get outside this week and be active. Keep a log of what you did this week(walk the dog, cycle, play soccer with the kids, or whatever!) and post back here. Goodies for all for being active outdoors! Mon, 4 Jul 2011 10:35:02 EST Long Weekend Challenge! - Week of June 27th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17548x47169x42663018 Hello fellow Sparkers! This weekend coming up is a long weekend for both Americans and Canadians. You know with it will be the piles and piles of food! One of the best ways I've found to work with the long weekend is to bring along a dish to the party/BBQ/picnic...What healthy recipes do you have in your treasure trove to share with us? Post and share them here - let's help each other get through without feeling deprived! Mon, 27 Jun 2011 09:20:07 EST One Week Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17548x47169x42516536 This week, I challenge you to add movement into your day. Park out farther when you shop, put away laundry one piece at a time, pick up one piece at a time, do some sort of movement when you watch tv. Be creative and report back! Good luck everyone! Sun, 19 Jun 2011 14:52:53 EST Question http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x47169x42516029 Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm one of your new co-leaders and am sooooo happy about it, but my hubby brought doughnuts home this morning. My question is how do you deal with these little challenges? Mine tends to be hurt if I politely say no thank you, but those things are deadly. Any suggestions?? Sun, 19 Jun 2011 14:15:06 EST Hi, post-hysterectomy help! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x42290934 Hi, I`m New and I`m six weeks post surgery,and still get tired and in pain and swell at the end of the day in the belly!, been trying to walk and get frustrated cause I can`t do things like before, I didn`t lose or gain anything with the surgery, has anyone had this happen? ( I had thirteen staples lower abdomen.) Tue, 7 Jun 2011 13:21:21 EST weight loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17549x47169x42199514 I started spark in Feb 2011, I had lost 19 pounds before I started since Feb. I've only lost 5 pounds. I am making a new commitment to loose this weight once in for all. <em>2</em> Thu, 2 Jun 2011 18:51:09 EST Sorry http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x42199237 I joined in 2-2011. I hadn't checked my spark mail until today, I'm also bad about checking my e-mail, just wanted to say I'm sorry and I will be checking my spark mail daily. Thank you for the encouragement <em>24</em> Thu, 2 Jun 2011 18:36:44 EST Spring Bootcamp http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x47169x41875097 Hey, is anyone else doing the Spring Bootcamp? How are you doing with it? I'm loving it. It is the first thing in years to get me off the couch and get moving. Tue, 17 May 2011 10:01:08 EST Something to Celebrate -- a Challenge for May http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17548x47169x41608823 In April, our team was 21st in member points. If you realize there are hundreds of spark teams, you will realize how truly amazing this is. So our May challenge is for the whole team and super-simple; let's see if we can move up to 15th place in member points! <BR> <BR> There are 26 ways to accrue points every day. ALL of them encourage your weight-loss efforts and many of them take only a minute or two to accomplish. Will you help light up our leader board? <BR> <BR> For those who w... Tue, 3 May 2011 20:33:22 EST Help! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x47169x41254321 Hi everyone, <BR> I can use any encouragement/suggestions anyone has to offer. I had been doing well since joining Spark back in Feb.Now I'm almost completely off track I feel. <BR> This past Wed. I found my dad lying on the kitchen floor, he had fallen and cut open his head, there was lots of blood. He was admitted to hospital, he's diabetic and a new med had caused his blood sugar to drop so low that he was experiencing dizziness and double vision, etc. Needless to say they stopped new med;... Sat, 16 Apr 2011 07:12:43 EST Where is everybody? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x47169x41126693 I find using the message boards to be a great source of support and I'm wondering where is everybody on here? Let's stick to this and support each other in our journey! Sun, 10 Apr 2011 08:01:24 EST April 10-16 Challenge: Eat Your Fruits and Veggies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17548x47169x41118588 This challenge will stress how important eating our recommended daily amount of fruits and veggies (at least 3-5 servings per day). <BR> <BR> We encourage each of you this week to eat 1 serving of fruits and/or veggies per meal each day and report back to the group what you ate in each meal and how easy/difficult this was to do. <BR> <BR> Did you incorporate a lot of greens in your daily meals? Did you see any variety in the fruits and veggies you ate? Sat, 9 Apr 2011 18:32:18 EST Random facts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x47169x41000213 Did you know.... <BR> When the moon is directly above you, you weigh less. Mon, 4 Apr 2011 11:46:30 EST April 3-9 Challenge: Walk It Off! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17548x47169x40989488 Walking is obviously very important for our cardiovascular health, our muscles, bones, and weight loss! This week, we will focus on getting outside (or on a treadmill) and walking! Use this thread to discuss this week's challenge! Tell us about how much you walked, where you walked, with whom, etc. (Sorry this is a little late!) <BR> <em>313</em> <em>315</em> <em>313</em> <em>315</em> <em>313</em> <em>315</em> <em>313</em> <em>315</em> Sun, 3 Apr 2011 22:21:04 EST What new things have you tried since Spark? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x47169x40919341 So. <BR> <BR> I was on Sparkpeople trivia and one of the questions was to put the various thanksgiving pies into order of kcals. And sweet potato was on there. And that got me thinking-you can get sweet potato pie? So, I flicked through sparkpeople and found a recipe for under 170kcals. <BR> <BR> So one new thing I have tried because of sparkpeople will soon be sweet potato pie. I'm also f(finally) trying roller derby and I've tried kale as a snack rather than a main meal. <BR> <BR> What... Thu, 31 Mar 2011 15:10:34 EST Where do you find the time? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x47169x40819250 I started working again and have found my plan being pushed aside while I figure this all out. Where do you find the time for workouts? And tracking? This was much easier before. Sun, 27 Mar 2011 07:56:10 EST Hello! : ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x40814961 My name is Heather. I've been a member of sparkpeople for about 2 months. I must say that this is a wonderful site and I invite many of my coworkers and friends to check this out! I don't use this site to it's fullest potential but one of the smartest things I could have done is signed up for the articles. The articles alone have inspired me sooo much! I recommend them to others as well and I also encourage others to find a motivational website that provides tools to help jump start you! I do... Sat, 26 Mar 2011 22:31:14 EST Good-bye March Challenge March 27-April 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17548x47169x40813522 This week's challenge is goodbye March and good-bye bad habits. Every day, please post to the challenge thread to tell us one thing you have said Good-bye to since joining Spark. I challenge everyone to join the fun and celebrate one thing about yourself each and every day starting Sunday, 3/27. Sat, 26 Mar 2011 21:03:57 EST Hi Everyone!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x40658394 I'm new to the message boards! I've been on SparkPeople for a little while now, but am just now posting to the boards. How is everyone? I am really working hard to stay motivated!!!! Any tips? I always have the hardest time because I fell hungry ALL the time! I'm working hard to eat the right things and to eat smaller portions, but then I feel like I'm starving a little while later. So I would appreciate advice from all you lovely people out there! I've grown so tired of always feeling bad ab... Sat, 19 Mar 2011 13:43:56 EST Weight Loss Question??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x47169x40573392 I joined 2/5/11 and I've lost 8 lbs. It seems to be going so slow for me... I usually lose at least 10 lbs. in a month while dieting.. It's been six weeks and only 8 lbs... Is there anyone else losing slow like this??? Tue, 15 Mar 2011 12:22:49 EST Talk about Weekly Challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17548x47169x40530124 Hey folks! Do you want to continue weekly challenges? This week we had only Sweet Potato posting on the thread. I am happy to keep posting challenges if y'all want them but if you'd rather have a break -- let's take one! Let us here from you, please! <BR> Sun, 13 Mar 2011 13:54:50 EST Stopped Poking http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x40525835 I have been poking around with sparkspeople for a month now...I am seeing great results. Not only the scale but in my clothes. I refused to buy a larger size of anything. Now my clothes are very, very loose. I have dropped a dress size and I am back into some of my favorite clothes...My next step is to buy a scale and measure my food seriously. The sparks receipes are great.... Sun, 13 Mar 2011 09:44:44 EST Question http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x47169x40489620 I'm not being critical, but I just read an article by Sparkpeople on how to spot a fad diet, and then I looked at my spark emails and it had an advert for Splenda or something like a diet pill? Fri, 11 Mar 2011 10:51:26 EST Lent http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x47169x40425525 Is anyone giving anything up for Lent this year? I can't think of anything that I have in excess constantly enough to give up! I have considered facebook... <em>101</em> <em>24</em> Tue, 8 Mar 2011 14:56:45 EST Saving Women's Hearts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x47169x40407543 Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I am a blogger and from time to time I get books or products to review on one of my blogs. I recently got sent a copy of Saving Women's Hearts which is a fantastic book about heart health focused on women. I can't recommend this book highly enough. It is so worth reading! Very interesting to read and easy to follow. I'm giving away a copy of this book at the following address: <BR> <BR> http://clevermamas.blogspot.com/2011/03/<BR>saving-womens-hearts-blog-tour... Mon, 7 Mar 2011 20:17:49 EST March 6-12: Spark Smarts DIscussion http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17548x47169x40375766 I hope everyone has a great time exploring the site. Be sure to participate as I think we will be having a scavenger hunt soon! <BR> <BR> Sun, 6 Mar 2011 14:48:25 EST March 6-12: Spark Smarts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17548x47169x40375640 <em>227</em> Please don't reply here -- use the previous thread <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> This week's challenge is to get to know your Spark web site. As you complete each task, please let us know how the site is helping you reach your goals. <BR> <BR> Sunday -- Take a look at your friend feed. You can find it under your red "community" tab -- it tells you what your SparkFriends have been up to. <BR> <BR> Monday - Check out a Spark Videos (under your gold "Healthy Lifestyle" tab). Fitn... Sun, 6 Mar 2011 14:42:55 EST Thigh Rub http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x47169x40375154 Hate it when my thighs rub together when I walk. I did a Spark search on this topic but couldn't post because I don't belong to that team. I don't want to join because I really don't fit it. <BR> <BR> So, here is what I think: <BR> I have a goal of my thighs not meeting. I have added this "special measurement." It is my foot spread distance for thighs not to meet. LOL, but I'm serious. <BR> I hate walking in shorts because I know they will ride up. <BR> Cords are the worst - they add sound t... Sun, 6 Mar 2011 14:20:09 EST luckylady 24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x40324887 luckylady say hi to all on line <BR> im liiking forword to getting fit with this page so talk soon marie Fri, 4 Mar 2011 06:49:46 EST Trophies! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x47169x40299216 What trophies did everyone get? <em>109</em> <em>209</em> <em>264</em> <em>208</em> Thu, 3 Mar 2011 03:23:49 EST February 27-March 5 Challenge- Instructions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17548x47169x40195962 <em>227</em> Post your discussion in the next thread! <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> This week's challenge is called "Fitness Frenzy!!" <BR> <BR> Use this week to meet your fitness goals! Whether it is trying to exercise 10 minutes a day, or 60 minutes a day, try to increase your fitness level this week! Also, consider joining our team goal of doing 90 minutes of fitness per week located at the bottom of our team page. <BR> <BR> Use the discussion thread to talk about your fitness goals this ... Sat, 26 Feb 2011 23:57:49 EST February 27-March 5 Challenge- "Fitness Frenzy" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17548x47169x40195898 Use this thread for discussion in this week's challenge! Sat, 26 Feb 2011 23:53:20 EST Going to bed hungry? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x47169x40125679 Is anyone else going to bed still quite hungry? I've tried to eat my meals later, but I still hear my stomach rumbling in the night, <em>102</em> <em>4</em> Wed, 23 Feb 2011 17:54:56 EST Hey Everyone! New member looking for spark friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x40084441 Hey Everyone! My name is Rae and I am currently a college student who is turning her life around. I have a little extra weight from college that I am going to work to get off and just have a healthier life overall. I am eating healthier and tracking all my calories to help me succeed. I am also working out at least 5 days a week. I love to run and I'm going to be working towards my goal of running a half marathon this May. I have already ran a 5 mile race and a 10k race and I'm addicted to ra... Tue, 22 Feb 2011 00:47:39 EST Did you drink heavily this week? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17548x47169x40043364 Hey, just wondering how everyone did on their drinking challenge last week! I got in 8-10 glasses each day; I can easily lose site of my drinking so I needed this! Sun, 20 Feb 2011 11:11:50 EST Favorite Fitness Activity? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17548x47169x40037302 What is your favorite fitness activity?? Talk about it here. <BR> <BR> Do you like cardio? Strength training? Yoga? <BR> <BR> I LOVE the ellyptical, Jillian Michael's 30-Day Shred, Taebo, Yoga, and the stationary bike. I also love Coach Nicole's Fit, Firm, & Fired Up Strength Training DVD! <BR> <BR> <em>34</em> <em>34</em> <em>34</em> <em>34</em> Sun, 20 Feb 2011 00:19:16 EST February 20-26 Challenge- Instructions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17548x47169x40037145 <em>227</em> Please use the next thread for discussion! <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> This week's challenge is called "Brown Bag Challenge." Do you remember taking your lunch as a kid in a brown paper sack? The exciting thing about a brown bag lunch for me (prepared by my mom, of course) was that I never knew until I peaked inside what was in there for my lunch that day!! <BR> <BR> Essentially with this challenge, you'll try and eat a different thing for lunch and/or dinner each day. Try some... Sun, 20 Feb 2011 00:03:24 EST February 20-26 Challenge- "Brown Bag Lunches" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17548x47169x40037083 Here you will discuss your new and creative ideas for your meals this week. Enjoy! Sat, 19 Feb 2011 23:57:58 EST What nutrients are you tracking? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x47169x40006176 Just curious, is anyone tracking nutrients beyond fat, carbs and protein? I started tracking Vit C, Iron and Calcium-BOY AM I LACKING! Fri, 18 Feb 2011 12:45:59 EST Hello, I'm Thomasine. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x39984943 My name is Thomasine, and I am currently part of a weight loss program with my employer (WIHCC). My current goal to eat right, eat healthy, and to teach my children to do the same. My long term goal is to lose 30 pounds. I have a rare allergy, which limits my exercising on a daily basis. I have struggled with this issue for about 5 years now and I really have to watch what I eat which has been a real challenge for me. The past 3 years I have gained at least 30 pounds, with careless eati... Thu, 17 Feb 2011 13:38:04 EST Jumping in http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x39966541 Hi! <BR> I'm Di. I joined SP about 2 weeks ago and have spent time just about everyday exploring the site. I am hooked :) <BR> I thought it was finally time I jumped in and tried the message boards out. <BR> My goals are to make some positive changes in my life, to be healthy and to be happy. <BR> I am enjoying my first steps in getting there! Wed, 16 Feb 2011 17:56:45 EST MG Walk - PLEASE HELP! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x47169x39939064 My mom was diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis when I was five years old. Back then, she required a neck brace, oxygen, and wheelchair. Now, she goes without all of those things. In fact, she has used her experience as an MG patient to help start support groups all over the state of Florida. She also is an active board member for the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America. <BR> <BR> For these reasons, I am participating in the MG Walk in Jacksonville, Florida, which is being held on March 19t... Tue, 15 Feb 2011 14:37:48 EST Hint for getting sparkpoints for posting http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x47169x39935561 If you are finding it difficult to post 5 messages a day (I know I feel like I'm just randomly posting rubbish!) go to the message boards and browse the games forum. <BR> <BR> Could we maybe start a few games threads in this team? I think it would be fun, and it would encourage people to just post a bit more. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Tue, 15 Feb 2011 11:56:16 EST Color Wheel congrats http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x39931964 Congratulations to BookWormKris and AkORAL48 who both posted their color wheels! If you haven't checked them out, follow the links below and look in their photo galleries! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=BO<BR>OKWORMKRIS </link> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=AK<BR>ORAL48 (already awarded) </link> <BR> <BR> Congrats, also, to all who completed the challenge. I saw lots of notes about your observations about your foods and the colors you are eating! ... Tue, 15 Feb 2011 09:35:14 EST Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x47169x39890906 I started SP one week ago today. I think it is going very well so far! I've lost two pounds and 6 months after moving, I'm finally inspired to join another gym in my new city. Today, I'm not feeling so motivated yet, but I'm usually not motivated so much in the mornings. I'm ready for an awesome week number two! Sun, 13 Feb 2011 13:44:38 EST February 13-19 Weekly Challenge - Instructions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17548x47169x39880936 <em>227</em> Please use the next thread for discussion. <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> This week's challenge is -- <em>194</em> Drink it Up! <em>194</em> <BR> Okay -- it's not "that" kind of drinking. <em>334</em> This week's challenge is to get your water in -- 8 glasses a day -- and track it on your nutrition tracker. <BR> <BR> Consider joining our team goal for water drinking (at the bottom of the team page). Your goal is to drink 3.5 gallon - the size of those popular popcorn ... Sat, 12 Feb 2011 23:08:55 EST February 13-19 Weekly Challenge - Drink it up. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17548x47169x39880854 This is the spot to talk it up. It's gonna be so great to NOT be dehydrated this week! Sat, 12 Feb 2011 23:03:22 EST Monthly cravings http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17549x47169x39866279 I was doing well all week dispite working 10 hours days until last night. I have been so stressed at work due to lay offs and seeing so many of my friends leave, plus (I'm not trying to be inappropriate here) but my monthly cravings have also kicked in full gear...any suggestions to help control them? I did well at work yesterday eating and even turned down the doughnuts that people were eating in front of me all day but then bombed when I got home last night and the whole night. I'm having e... Sat, 12 Feb 2011 08:16:06 EST toolman51 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x39845265 Hello i am a buckeye .. i have about 100 lbs to lose . and i sure would like to have some help doing just that .. is there any one in my area to help .. by walking with me ... thanks for your time.. Fri, 11 Feb 2011 08:20:39 EST Let the fun begin http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17548x47169x39810450 Im in! sorry late on the start date...lol Wed, 9 Feb 2011 17:47:47 EST angiemarie123 is ready to GO!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x39794594 Hi, I'm not sure how I found this site, but so glad I did. I'm 53, married, 3 grown children. And 1 adorable granddaughter. I'm a nurse and morbidly obese with so many health problems d/t weight. I even went so far to see a gastric by-pass surgeon 2 wks. ago. Then I realized, what a stupid thing to do, so Here I am. I am finding it difficult to get started. Don't really know where to start. I would first like to lose 100lbs. Then, we'll see. I just want to feel better. This isn't me, and yet... Wed, 9 Feb 2011 03:26:03 EST New to Spark! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x39778547 Hi All! Just introducing myself since I'm new to Spark (signed up about a week ago)! I'm not new to the journey of getting healthy though! Been at it for 2.5 years now and I've definitely had my ups and downs. I stubbled upon this site and saw how motivating and inspirational everyone is and I couldn't NOT join! My main gain is of course to live a healthy life but I also have a goal of losing 100lbs! Tue, 8 Feb 2011 12:18:48 EST Hoping to succeed atleast this time http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x39743246 Hello there, I am Sangeeth from India. I am currently 87Kgs and 5'3. Obviously I am obese. I have tried many times to reduce my weight. Every time it starts great but after 2 or 3 weeks I just give up. Hope this time I reach my goal. Mon, 7 Feb 2011 04:28:56 EST question about fitness tracker http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17549x47169x39730776 I just did a Body Pump class at the gym today, which is all over body weight lifting to music, and I don't know how to enter it in my fitness tracker. I can't list all of the exercises that we did or the reps. Any ideas? <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Angie Sun, 6 Feb 2011 14:47:55 EST Trcking fitness http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17548x47169x39728347 Hi- I do a 30 minute workout on PBS - Body Electric with Maragaret Richards - I like it because it has stretching & weights is geared for someone like me (age & fitness level). <BR> It varies each day so does not get boring. I just don't know how to track it as far as my activity, I also walk 30 minutes a day for cadio and aim for 10,000 steps a day which I can track. Does anyone have any ideas how I can do this? Sun, 6 Feb 2011 12:57:45 EST Instructions for Feb 6-12 Weekly challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17548x47169x39724063 <em>227</em> Please post responses on the other weekly challenge thread <BR> <BR> Are you ready for our very first weekly challenge? We decided to make this one an "easy" one so you have no excuse for not participating! <BR> <BR> This week's challenge is called "Color Wheel." <BR> <BR> You need some kind of school or art and craft supplies for this: <BR> <BR> 1 Piece of paper <BR> Crayons or Markers or Paint or Colored Pencils or Colored sticky dots (or anything else!) <BR> <BR> Every ... Sun, 6 Feb 2011 09:36:15 EST Is this the right place to post? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17548x47169x39718943 I'm a lost newbie - trying to say I'm in. (I think!) <em>40</em> Sat, 5 Feb 2011 23:46:32 EST Not sure where this will post http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17548x47169x39718706 I'm in? Newbie here - Not sure what I'm doing and hoping this shows up in the right place. <em>40</em> Sat, 5 Feb 2011 23:33:48 EST Hi from Kirtinarama! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x39718650 Hi! I'm new here and super excited to see all that SparkPeople has to offer. I've been using a different tool to track my nutrition each day but it doesn't have all of these great interactive features, I think they will be very helpful for me. I'm Kirsten (Kirtinarama) and I live in the desert, in Tucson, AZ. I work for a non-profit that I love, enjoy reading, taking photos, sitcoms, art, and design/architecture. <BR> <BR> I have been overweight almost my whole life (I'm 40) and after many,... Sat, 5 Feb 2011 23:30:22 EST End of Day Two http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x47169x39717444 <em>334</em> <em>345</em> Sat, 5 Feb 2011 22:27:38 EST Hi there! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x39715638 Hello everyone: <BR> My name is Judy, I am 46 years old. and am aiming to lose about the amount of weight as my age....46 pounds. <BR> We eat pretty healthy, however, I just can't motivate myself to exercise. I think the wine doesn't help <em>33</em> <em>20</em> <BR> I would really like to become buddies with with somebody that has the same goals as I do and will push me and encourage me every step of the way, and I will do the same for you. <BR> Sat, 5 Feb 2011 21:03:21 EST busy/working mom http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x39714729 I would love to lose at least 10-15 lbs by April or May of this year. My weight has crept back up and I'm finding I don't have time to exercise during the week. I used to walk on my breaks, but lately I've been runing errands for myself and my kids. The only time I have is on the weekend and that's being ate up. My husband started and new job and doesn't have much leave. His solution is to go into work on the weekends. That means no gym for me. My 6 yr old is bored at the gym childcare and th... Sat, 5 Feb 2011 20:19:30 EST new here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x39709322 This looks like a great site for everything. Well put together. <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to getting plugged in. I have lost 50 lbs 2 years ago and have kept it off, I am now ready to work and get the next almost 50 gone. I love to run and have even done a marathon, but am currently not allowed to run due to a foot problem. It will be getting fixed and I hope to be back to running in a few months. In the mean time I need motivated to start and keep with a lifestyle change. I am de... Sat, 5 Feb 2011 14:55:09 EST Hello! New here :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x39708279 I was looking for a website to journal my eating habits and I ended up signing up for a Spark People membership! They seem to have the most comprehensive, easy-to-use one on the web. <BR> <BR> I already have very healthy eating and exercise habits but I am looking to clean up my diet even more and step up my fitness training. My story is that I own a website; www.FitnessBlender.com. We focus on the exercise portion of health. I am the one doing the videos and photos for all of the exercises... Sat, 5 Feb 2011 13:53:55 EST I'm back! (and not leaving this time) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x39708149 Hi Everyone. <BR> <BR> First of all, let me thank you all for being here. All of you have such incredible strength for taking the first step in the journey to making a better life for yourself, and because of that, you inspire me. <BR> <BR> I've been here before. I've had a tendency to get obsessive with this site, and my lifestyle change. This time, I'm determined to make this a balance and not let it consume me. Therefore, I'm trying to not make it this "all or nothing" deal, but starting... Sat, 5 Feb 2011 13:46:22 EST A new start.............. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x39705114 Hi! My name is Kim, and I am new to SparkPeople, but not to weightloss. Read my profile for info on me and my weightloss history, if you are interested. I could really use some help with motivation, so feel free add me as a friend, I will try to encourage where I can also.There are many times I could use a kick in the butt too! I am usually bad on joining in on message boards, and I'm hoping by becoming a part of this community, I can get the support and motivation I need, and maybe help ... Sat, 5 Feb 2011 11:14:31 EST Need a motivator http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x47169x39704381 I started playing around with SP just about 4 days ago on my phone. I am excited that I can link this site to it. I have already seen the scale go from 192.5 to 189.5 and I hope to get to 149 by July 4, 2011 just in time for bathing suit season. Anyone out there in a similar predicament? I would love to have another incognito buddy to share stories. <BR> <BR> BTW. This is the first time I have said my weight out loud! Sat, 5 Feb 2011 10:41:36 EST Hi Everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x39699241 Hi Everyone! I'm so excited about joining sparkpeople and eager to meet new spark buddies. I was able to lose weight last year for my wedding, but I soon gained some of it back, so I'm hoping to lose the weight I gained and to also get down to my goal weight. Nice to meet you all! <BR> Winnie Sat, 5 Feb 2011 02:16:32 EST Ready to Lose the Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x39694930 Howdy All! My name is Lora, and I'm looking to lose about 40 lbs by January 2012. I quit smoking in June 2010 and gained 10 lbs because of it. I have put off losing weight and made excuses for not doing anything about it. For awhile I had a bad case of Mommy Guilt. I had a hard time putting my needs first. Now my kids are 9 & soon to be 7. I'm ready to put myself first, lose the weight, and be a healthier me. I joined SparkPeople for the support and online tools. I look forward to me... Fri, 4 Feb 2011 20:50:14 EST Roller Derby! A new exercise maybe? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x47169x39690693 Has anyone found a new exercise to try yet that they would have never done before? <BR> <BR> <BR> Well, I think I'm going to try out roller derby! I was watching a tv programme that we have in the UK called embarressing bodies, and they featured a Roller derby team from Birmingham who actually train LITERALLY 5 mins down my street! So I did a bit of research and it turns out that they have inductions the first saturday of every month. Now I have a driving lesson tomorrow so I won't be goin... Fri, 4 Feb 2011 16:48:20 EST So Happy to Meet all of You! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x39688704 Greetings everyone! <BR> My name is Tonya. I am 38 years old. I am a single parent of a 14 year old daughter. I made the decision that this is the year that I am going to lose weight. I am more determined now than ever. I do not want to go into the next decade of my life overweight. I heard about SparkPeople on the news and decided to give it a try. I thank God everyday that I do not have any health problems. However, I do want to live a healthy lifestyle and be a good example for my daughte... Fri, 4 Feb 2011 14:54:21 EST 21 year old soon-to-be college graduate http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x39685944 Hey everyone. My name's Mickayla. I finally decided earlier this week that enough is enough - I need to make some changes in my life. I just want to be happier, and I know the first step to achieving that goal is being happy with me. <BR> 99 days from today, I am graduating from college, followed by a Caribbean cruise, and I have this goal. It's a goal of 30 pounds. Thirty pounds less and I will be under 200 pounds, something that hasn't been seen since high school. Thirty pounds less a... Fri, 4 Feb 2011 12:46:40 EST Got to do something http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x39683965 I am a 47 year old female who eats very healthy foods, runs outdoors when the weather is not brutal (I live in NY-so lately, the weather has been bitter) own a business, working 6 days a week, two children, husband and all the things that go with a hectic lifestyle. I know I'm preaching to the choir, but how in the heck can I get in shape--tighten the belly and get rid of the love handles with such little time. Fri, 4 Feb 2011 11:20:09 EST Hi, Im Brittany http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x39683247 Im 20 years old 146lbs trying to get to 130. I just want to interact with people and get motivated, soo talk to me ! :) Fri, 4 Feb 2011 10:49:28 EST HELLO ALL! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x39683244 Hi! I'm Heather and have been looming in Spark with Facebook for a while....just actually realized today that I hadn't actually joined yet! Oops! Anyways.....excited to be hear and learn and motivate together! I'm from TN (Nashville area) and am on a journey to lose weight, get healthy and be my best! I have lost 60 lbs so far and am on my second round of 50 to lose. Currently I am working out 5-6 days a week with Turbo Jam and am about to start with ChaLean extreme on Monday! :) I'm ... Fri, 4 Feb 2011 10:49:28 EST I'm new and trying to make friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x39683011 Hi everyone. I am new and trying to make friends. I have been trying to lose weight my whole life and have on numerous occasions quit and given up. This time around I am trying and I am going to try and keep at it. I do need to meet people that can motivate me as there are days that are harder than others to keep with this plan that I have. The main reason why I am doing this is for revenge of my ex. Both him and I dated for just over a year and I found out that while he was dating me, ... Fri, 4 Feb 2011 10:41:07 EST No Weight Loss Yet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x39681120 I have been on the plan for 5 days with no weight loss. Is that normal? Fri, 4 Feb 2011 09:26:49 EST Belly fat begone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x39677127 Cheers everyone! This seems like a nice place. I attend a Heathly Heart exercise programme 3X a week . My plan is to go nordic pole walking on alternate days. I haven't been walking as much as I should. I like polling because it provides a full body work out -- and cardio if you double pole or at least it does for me! I don't quite know how to fit my activities into the fittness section, it seems bewildering difficult to break the mold but I guess I will learn. My goal, in addition to deali... Fri, 4 Feb 2011 03:21:43 EST hello everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x39677108 Hi there, <BR> <BR> Just joined this site a couple of days ago, my goal was to start the new year with a healthy lifestyle, lose a couple of kgs and exercise more......I've been doing ok so far, but find myself wanting to share ideas, frustrations, goals etc with other like minded people so when i stumbled upon this page i thought why not.....so here i am, ready to pursue my goals and become a slimmer, fitter more healthy me........feel free to contact me and tell me about your goals! / Laur... Fri, 4 Feb 2011 03:18:06 EST Just Do It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x39676106 I'm gonna use Nike's slogan, for my own personal motto. I know I can Do It, now I just gotta 'Do It'! I've done some research, read some books and a bunch of articles, tried exercising & eating right, none of it helped. I can't do this by myself. Motivation and Accountability. Thats what I need and an easy here's-everything-you-need-to-be-successfu<BR>l guide all in one place! So here's to my hopefully, new habit changing, life changing, new beginning. Fri, 4 Feb 2011 00:22:41 EST Thanks for all the welcoming info. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x39675084 I will be 30 yrs. old on Feb.6th. I decided in November to start changing my diet. I didn't want to turn 30 still hating myself. I have been exercising since May with less than the results I had hoped for. It was time to get smart about what I was eating. I have lost 47 lbs. as of today Feb.3rd. I came across Spark when looking for calorie trackers, so I am just figuring it out. Seems helpful and encouraging, thanks again for the support! Thu, 3 Feb 2011 23:13:48 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x39673750 Hi, I'm Helen. <BR> <BR> I started reading the Spark book on Tuesday night, signed up here on Tuesday night as well and now it is Friday and I'm only just now sitting down to start finding my way around the web site. It's not that I haven't had time, it's more of an energy thing, I get home from work tired and not much gets done after that, I know that if I was healthier I'd have more energy. <BR> <BR> So as I'm sure you can guess, prioritising my health is something I need to learn, and... Thu, 3 Feb 2011 22:07:50 EST Hello fellow sparkies!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x39671199 Hey!! Well it's my second day here on the site and I LOVE it! There is sooooo much info to take in though. It's alittle over whelming but I know I'm going to like it. Such useful stuff on here!! I could spend all day just messing around on here but I have to work..ugh!! hee hee I'm looking forward to meeting some of y'all!!! Good luck everyone on your journey!! :o) Thu, 3 Feb 2011 20:17:49 EST Lunch with a Friend http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x47169x39669985 Lunch with a friend today DID NOT, I repeat DID NOT deter my FOCUS! I actually enjoyed my portobello and eggplant sandwich while she DOWNED a bacon cheeseburger WITH fries. Who knew I could have so much control. LOL!!!!! Thu, 3 Feb 2011 19:21:29 EST This is the last time I'm starting this, I swear http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x39668116 I'm pretty sure this is my fourth time starting with SP and it will be the last! My name is Juli, and I don't have that much to lose, but I'm hoping to be able to do the bikini thing come May. Actually, I'm determined! Thu, 3 Feb 2011 17:41:55 EST a mother and a wife for the best 4 men in my life http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x39665336 hello everyone thank you all for welcoming me to this new site , i am 45 years old , i have 3 old boys sammy 24, joseph 21, and my baby michael 18 , i have been married for almost 26 years , i am one of the people that gets bored fast , i just quit WW after a year ,i lost 10 lbs and i put them back on its very frustrated for me cause i need 20 lbs to be at my normal weight ,i am getting off prozac that i have been taking for 15 years , witch triggers to some weight gain no matter how activ... Thu, 3 Feb 2011 15:23:31 EST LOOKING FOR A SPARK BUDDY http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x47169x39663478 I am looking for a Spark Buddy to keep me on track. I am a 40 year old single mom of 1 daughter age 6. I like to go for walks when it is not icy or snowy out. This wintet has been hard on me with all the storms we have had here in NY City. I have about 100 pounds to lose to get to a healthy BMI. If you would like to be a Spark Buddy add me. Thanks Thu, 3 Feb 2011 14:01:33 EST Hello Everyone, http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x39662278 I just wanted to say it's good to be here and I hope this website is more beneficial for me than everything else I have tried. I know I managed to lose weight before, but now I find it is becoming even harder to do so as of late. I hope to become 145 LBS before this year is out. I am currently 185. I know I have a high expectation but I have done more than that before. In 2008-2009 I managed to go from 230LBS to 155LBS. Thu, 3 Feb 2011 13:07:34 EST Motivating a Spouse http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17549x47169x39656775 My husband and I both decided to join the local YMCA in January. He and I go every Tuesday and Thursday night together. He will eat whatever I make (which is healthy), but doesn't do anything to alter his food choices unless I am cooking a meal. In other words, his breakfasts and lunch are unhealthy. Additionally, he accomplishes very little at the gym. In a half hour of walking on the treadmill, he doesn't break a sweat. <BR> <BR> We've had conversations many times about how we both want t... Thu, 3 Feb 2011 09:47:28 EST Life begins at 65! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x39655020 I'm back and joined sparkspeople because I realized my 12 step food plan had too many carbs and I was losing weight very slowly - only 3 pounds a month. I've followed it faithfully for 6 months but I told my sponsor I might die before I achieve my goal weight. I was on another 12 step program that was too rigid, but this one I have been following has had over 200 carbs a day. My sponsor, a petite person, maintains her weight of 80 lbs with 80 carbs a day and the same amount of protein. My... Thu, 3 Feb 2011 08:33:36 EST Getting Serious ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x39652637 Gonna give this thing a try.......any advice will be welcomed ! Thu, 3 Feb 2011 05:14:14 EST THE NEW ME http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x39651012 HELLO MY NAME IS PATRICIA JUST JOINED THE CLUB AND I WANTED TO THANK EVERYONE WHO WELCOMED ME AND GLAD TO GET FRIENDS AND INTERACT WITH ALL OF YOU WITH ENCOURAGEMENT Thu, 3 Feb 2011 00:25:49 EST New to website http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x39648872 Hello I'm new here, this website is awesome. Still learning how to use this website. My goal is to lose 50 pounds and to be healthy. I look forward to being a part of this community. I'm a little shy, I have a beautiful son who keeps me on my toes. I have Rheumatoid Arthritis, I was diagnosed with 3 months after I had my son. I know losing the weight will improve my health. <BR> Melanie Wed, 2 Feb 2011 22:27:51 EST hi everyone!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x39646432 hi sparkers!!! i am so excited about beginning my weight-loss journey and would love to make some friends for support along the way!! Wed, 2 Feb 2011 20:54:10 EST Young and Motivated http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x39644781 Hey everyone. This is so new for me, im not sure if i will like it or not to be honest. A couple of friends told me about it so I figured I would try it out. Just wanted to say hello. Wed, 2 Feb 2011 19:47:07 EST New Girl on the Block ;) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x39640628 I am VERY new to this, I just signed up, I am very excited, and nervous. <BR> I just started a daily excercise plan, and I am enjoying it so far, I am worried I will lose the motivation though, which is why I found this site. <BR> Looking forward to meeting more people on here, and I will try to log in at least once a day! <BR> <BR> Hope to read on here more later, I have to go for now. Take care :) <BR> Sher ~aka: lovezu~ <BR> Wed, 2 Feb 2011 16:41:58 EST What went well and not so well for you today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17549x47169x39637535 So, today I had two cupcakes with frosting that I brought from my kids at school, because I figured it was for charity, and charity calories don't count (*Rolls Eyes At Self*) <BR> <BR> BUT I still got off my butt this evening and went for a run, and ran for the longest distance that I have for a while-km/3.13 miles. <em>104</em> Wed, 2 Feb 2011 14:07:20 EST Serious about losing weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x39636849 Hi, <BR> <BR> My name is Pamela and this is the second day being a Sparks member, right now I am really motivivated, I am finding this site very exciting, I have been trying WW for a while and it doesn't seem to be working for me now, so I decided maybe counting calories again and not points is what I need. <BR> <BR> I am looking to feeling better and of course looking better. <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 2 Feb 2011 13:39:45 EST Is there room here for another?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x39636207 Hi there! I am looking for someone to do all of the hard work for me, do my exercise and dieting, be motivated and motivating . . . Not the right place?? Just kidding - I need to do the hard work, I KNOW that it will be worth it. I have made a small improvement - eliminating fast food lunches. As much as I knew what they cost in terms of fat, calories, cholestrol, and sodium, I still found myself running through the drivethrough when I was pressed for time at lunch. Multitasking will not do a... Wed, 2 Feb 2011 13:12:32 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x39633253 I am new to the site, I am trying to get myself into a routine. I bought a treadmill and have some weights but I need something to get me to use them regularly. Hopefully this helps. Wed, 2 Feb 2011 11:26:46 EST Hello everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x39628534 Hi eeryone there I am Selmed and am now a community member needs motivations from you ALL. <BR> All the best to you all, and least I forget I need to lose over 40 pounds. <BR> PEACE Wed, 2 Feb 2011 09:01:58 EST Ready to Begin This Journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x39624942 Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm so excited to be a part of this group. I really need some support and encouragement. I gained 100 pounds last year. So horrifying!! <BR> <BR> I became sick with an ulcer, then IBS, then more stomach problems and heart problems. On top of all this my father became very ill and almost died. This stress caused me to totally shut down. I quit exercising and started eating big time. I pretty much stopped functioning. <BR> <BR> I went from 110 pounds to 210. I've quit ... Wed, 2 Feb 2011 02:58:09 EST Hey Everybody!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x39623397 2 weeks ago, I started The Y Life Challenge at my local YMCA. Basically, I get 2 personal training sessions per week, access to a Dietitian, and support from others in my group. All in all a great program, but they keep my food and exercise logs at the end of each week. So I came here to keep track of what I am doing day in a day out. I want to be able to see what trips me up. I am really excited to me more people who are ready going on the same journey as I am! Tue, 1 Feb 2011 23:55:34 EST Glad to get started! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x39622446 Hi to all! <BR> Still trying to find my way around and want to do all I can to get the support I need to keep going and get healthy! I've got a lot to lose but anxious to feel better and not so depressed about my health. I want to live a healthy life and not waste another day! Tue, 1 Feb 2011 23:04:28 EST I am interested in success http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x39622429 I am excited to have been told about this site. I have such a long journey ahead of me...but somehow I feel encouraged. Thanks to everyone who introduced themselves to me today.....I appreciate it !!!! Tue, 1 Feb 2011 23:04:01 EST hello there http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x39622314 hi my name is veronica i live in titusville fl i own a barbershop all my kids are grown <BR> i have 3 dogs Tue, 1 Feb 2011 22:58:15 EST Hello all http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x39622180 Hello there, I'm Brittany and I'm new to SP. I have a four month old son and want to shed around 15 pounds, and just be healthier for my family in general. Would love to get to know everyone and hear from other moms out there as well! Tue, 1 Feb 2011 22:51:29 EST Hey There all! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x39615875 Hi All! My name is Carrie and I just joined sparkpeople today! Im still trying to navigate around so any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks a bunch! Tue, 1 Feb 2011 18:34:41 EST Introducing Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x39614421 Hi All, <BR> <BR> My name is Nicole and I just joined Sparks today with a little bit of fear and trembling, coupled with a little bit of excitement and anticipation of this new phase in my life. I have never been super slim through out my life and I don't strive for that look, however, it would certainly be nice to be confident in a swimming suit instead of always trying to cover up my belly fat or my thunder thighs. <BR> <BR> In the past two years, I have had 5 miscarriages and each pr... Tue, 1 Feb 2011 17:30:30 EST So glad I found this site..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x39614333 Hi! My name is Mickey1218. I have LOTS of weight to lose...60 lbs. I am a member of weight watchers for the past two weeks. I've lost 4 lbs. This is going to be a long process! Any help or support I can get is very welcome. Nice to meet you all. Tue, 1 Feb 2011 17:26:46 EST Hi, I am new. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x39613873 I am new and I am hoping I can get motivated . I just turned 60 and am reallky feeling old and overweight. My biggest problem is my eating habits. I really need help!! Tue, 1 Feb 2011 17:05:45 EST Newbee http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x39606328 Hi, just signed up for this site and am eager to get started. I'm quite sick today so it will have to wait a day or two but then the game is on! Tue, 1 Feb 2011 12:19:29 EST Newbie (sorta) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x39604254 Hello... kinda new... started sparkpeople again... I needed a fresh start :) <BR> Looking for some buddies for support and motivation. please message or add me. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has a great day! Tue, 1 Feb 2011 11:09:45 EST newby http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x39596906 hi im new here hope i can loose some kg, im a mum of 4kids and soon to be married Tue, 1 Feb 2011 05:30:56 EST Hello all! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x39592840 New to this website and looking forward to everyones progress, making new friends and living a healthy lifestyle! :-) Mon, 31 Jan 2011 22:25:17 EST formyself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x39589310 I joined a weight lost program about a year ago. I lost a total of 27 lbs. Since the holidays I have gained approx. 12 lbs. of that back. I am very frustrated because I do not have time to eat regular meals and excercise like I am use to. I work a full time job and two part time jobs. Mon, 31 Jan 2011 20:13:16 EST Starting again, for the last time!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x39586997 I have previously been on Spark and had success. But as the story goes, I always go back to my old ways. I have been obese all of my adult life more now than ever. I am a mother of 5, only 1 15 year old daughter left at home. She is the light of my life, well her and my granddog Chevy. I really want to take her to Paris for her graduation and I can't do it like this. I have been out of work for almost 2 years and my husband was disabled 5 years ago at work, our home has been foreclosed, we mo... Mon, 31 Jan 2011 18:39:15 EST i FINALLY FOUND YOU!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x39586050 HELLO FELLOW MEMBERS. I'VE JOINED HOPING TO FINALLY GET A HANDLE ON MY LIFE!! AT 57 I THINK IT'S ABOUT TIME. I HAVE BEEN OVERWEIGHT MY WHOLE ADULT LIFE; EVEN HAD GASTRIC BYPASS SURGERY IN 2005. AND HERE I AM HAVING GAINED BACK HALF. I JUST NEED HELP WRAPPING MY HEAD AROUND A LIFESTYLE CHANGE. THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE. Mon, 31 Jan 2011 17:59:23 EST For the LAST time... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x39583663 Hi! I'm Bobbi. I'm a second year law student in Florida. I'm married to my best friend, and we have two dogs and a cat. I have been overweight most of my life, but really started to balloon in college, after one birth control shot. Since then, I feel like I have tried everything. At the beginning of the year, my husband and I joined the local YMCA. We received 4 free personal training sessions with our membership, and I'm excited to get started with that. <BR> <BR> I'm here because ... Mon, 31 Jan 2011 16:12:32 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x39583440 Hi.. I'm Renae.. I joined today. Trying to figure this all out!! Decided I needed a one stop place for information and tracking my daily intake. I'm excited about getting started! Mon, 31 Jan 2011 16:01:57 EST What Are Your Three Biiggest Dreams for 2011? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x47169x39581972 1. To lose 70 lbs. by New Years <BR> 2. Get a Wii Fit Plus for my Birthday on Feb. 10th <BR> 3. To Build a Closer Relationship with my sister. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>410</em> <em>437</em> Mon, 31 Jan 2011 14:56:07 EST Inspirational video http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x47169x39581622 This is a bit random, and I'm sorry if it sounds patronising, but in the UK we have a car advert that just makes me want to learn to ballroom dance, also to work out so I can have a body like the woman. What I like about her, is that she she is toned, but (and this will sound SO MEAN) there are parts of her body that are 'healthy' rather than 'supermodel skinny'. Meh, you'll see what I mean when you click the link <em>30</em> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-6njVFEq2A&<BR>feature=related </... Mon, 31 Jan 2011 14:41:19 EST newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x39578567 Hi, just registered, my names Jade and hopefully this site will help me Mon, 31 Jan 2011 12:35:22 EST Hello Everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x39574389 Hello everyone! My name is Jenai and I am happy to be on SparkPeople and I am ready to make some new friends and some life changes. Looking forward to joining the community! Mon, 31 Jan 2011 10:04:33 EST hello there! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x39573432 Hi all- I am super excited to get started here. I am a 27 year old busy gal who works 3 jobs, and is getting ready to finish school soon. I have reached my weight loss goals the wrong way before (crash diets, pills, etc.) and here I am back at it, ready to do it the healthy way! I have a boyfriend of 7 years who has an adversion to vegetables so any help I can get to sneak them into food would be awesome! :-) Looking forward to everyone's support and encouragement and hoping I can offer som... Mon, 31 Jan 2011 09:32:41 EST here again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x39572702 Hi. I am here again! I was on about a year or so ago. I was doing great. I managed to go from 166 to 139 and it stayed off for 8 months. Then I gave up cigarettes in Sept.!!!! My habits did not change eating wise. But I have managed to put on weight. A lot of it. I managed to undo 1 1/2 yrs labor in 5 months. I am now 159!!! This is so unfair. But I am here and ready to start over. Mon, 31 Jan 2011 09:03:16 EST WOW..Thank you http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x39570193 Thank you to all of you who have posted and/or sent me a message! I was overwhelmed with the support. I cannot thank you enough for the love. Because of you all, I have downloaded the iphone app and entered my food and exercise and will continue to come back for all the support this site has to offer. I have to get used to the message boards and the teams I have joined but I'm sure that wont take long. Today is the first day of the rest of my life and I am happy to say I have new "friends" to... Mon, 31 Jan 2011 06:58:39 EST 2011... year to grow up http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x39565986 my name is gary, i have never considered my weight a main concern untill it began making me uncomfortable in different situations and making it hard for me to be confident so i am, here to make a difference and make the first step into adult hood maturity Sun, 30 Jan 2011 22:41:57 EST Hello from Awatto http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x39564636 Hi, I'm new to sp! My reasons for joining are to create a healthier lifestyle for myself and my family. Other goals include: Buying new summer clothes in a smaller size and running my first 5K marathon by the fall (using podrunner intervals, totally recommend it). Nice to meet you! Sun, 30 Jan 2011 21:44:08 EST Kourtnie from New Orleans http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x39562709 I desperately would like to lose weight. I had three kids back to back. It seems like I have no tiome to exercise, eat right, or keep up with alot of calorie counting or journaling. I am looking for someone to support me and hold me accountable to my weight loss goals. Sun, 30 Jan 2011 20:28:15 EST Hello =) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x39560525 I lost alot of weight quite awhile ago now, but have managed to gain it back, plus some. I am finishing up at a career training school and looking to get my life moving in a new direction, including my relationship w/ my body and food. I feel I'm finally ready to commit to myself in the way necessary to accomplish my goals. Sun, 30 Jan 2011 18:45:26 EST New to Sparkpeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x39559076 Hi, my name is Beverly and I live in Ohio. I have joined Sparkpeople to help me to get healthy and lose weight. I am really out of shape, this summer I get to retire and their are so many things i want to do. Staying like I am there is no way I will be able to do anything. I know I need a support system so hopefully (if I can figuere it out) this will get me on track. Sun, 30 Jan 2011 17:29:43 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x39558635 My name is Kelly. I'm 32 years old. I'm a mother of two--my son will be 8 next month, and my daughter will be 5 tomorrow. My husband, Michael, is a pastor, and I am a part-time elementary music teacher. Michael is not on SparkPeople yet. My sister told me about this site over a year ago...maybe even two, but I was recently reminded of it while on allrecipes.com and decided to come check it out. Michael and I have been working out 6 days a week for the past three weeks, and I've been closely m... Sun, 30 Jan 2011 17:05:22 EST New to spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x39557777 I'm new to the spark people.com site. I've always had a battle with my weight and food and want to learn to live more healthily all of the time and quit dieting because the results always seem to be short term when you're "dieting". I know they say to never banish any kind of food but when it comes to sugar and sweets it seems like i'm better off not having them at all or I tend to over do it. It's like i'm addicted to sugar. I like to exercise and like to eat healthy food otherwise just wis... Sun, 30 Jan 2011 16:20:04 EST hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x39553524 Hi my name is rebecca Sun, 30 Jan 2011 12:41:36 EST Now o never http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x39550808 Hi, my dream is that once in my 58 years old life,I can get and keep a healthy weight . I know it is a long journey but I want to start month by month I know it is not going to be easy so I need support, reenforcement and help . So my friend if you are reading this and you want to help me I will be very grateful . You can write in English or Spanish, as you can see (read) English is not my first language. Thank you very much for your help Sun, 30 Jan 2011 10:41:38 EST Trying something new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x39548688 Hey, I am Kathy, Just want to stay fit and find time to exerice. I thought this might be a fun way to keep motivated. I take a run/walk class, but it is one night a week. This will help the rest of the week. Sun, 30 Jan 2011 09:01:22 EST Hey from the UK http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x39546505 I'm not very good at introducing myself, so I'm going to do it survey style-apologies if it seems quite random! <BR> <BR> Offline name-Phillippa-Jane <BR> Preferred name-Pippa <BR> Reason for Spark name-I LOVE CSI, I'm in the process of collecting all the boxsets <em>334</em> <BR> Age-24 <BR> Job-English Teacher at a secondary school (that's 12-16 year olds for those of you who have middle and high schools) <BR> <BR> Favourite... <BR> Colour-Green and Purple. My students say I wear alot ... Sun, 30 Jan 2011 05:02:37 EST now is the time http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x47169x39546415 Hi <BR> I hae tried for years to lose weight and am a real yo-yo dieter, I was going to see a dietican at the hospital as I wanted a gastric band but I am not ill enough in this health area, So i need to do it for me but i need help so I hope im in the right place Sun, 30 Jan 2011 04:37:34 EST Monthly Challenges begin in late February http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17548x47169x39326976 Later in February, we will post our very first monthly challenge. Jenni and I are in total agreement that challenges are one of the big ways to "shake things up" and renew your commitment to your health. <BR> <BR> Please keep an eye on this space for the announcement of our first monthly challenge. Thu, 20 Jan 2011 22:49:53 EST Weekly Challenge - begins Feb 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17548x47169x39326908 We will be having weekly challenges starting February 6. Some of these will be eating related, some exercise related, some support related. <BR> <BR> Challenges are a great way to stay motivated so please do join in the fun! <em>306</em> Thu, 20 Jan 2011 22:47:00 EST January/ February BSS Thread! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17548x47169x39326596 Welcome to the January/February BSS Challenge Thread!!! <BR> <BR> The BSS stands for Buddy Support System, team members supporting others led by a captain. <BR> <BR> I will be heading the group this month as Team Captain and once we have a solid group of active team members, I will ask for volunteers in the future to lead the BSS thread for a month. We hope you can find what you're looking for here, and if not, let me or Dreena know! I will be here every day setting you up with a new Dail... Thu, 20 Jan 2011 22:32:36 EST Information About Your Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x47169x39309164 <em>227</em> PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND HERE <em>227</em> <BR> Use another topic for questions and responses, please. <BR> <BR> First a hearty welcome from Jenn and I! We are thrilled to have you on board! Our team goal (besides losing weight and becoming healthy) is to be an active team! We want to encourage everyone here all the way to each of our goals! <BR> <BR> This topic was created to help you navigate your way through our Team Page. Our Team Forums are broken into 4 categories wit... Thu, 20 Jan 2011 09:49:42 EST